CRAB, Giant

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Giant King Crab '29

Species: Unclassified Lithodidae; Type: Natural
Width (shell): 58 ft (18 m, est); Weight: 3,000 tons (est)
Attributes: Claws, thick shell, marine, water breather
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Water Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: One (welterweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanoids
Film: The Mysterious Island (1929)
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Description: This colossal Crab may be quite dangerous to humans and sea people, but nothing more than a satisfying meal for a proper daikaiju (giant monster).
Review:
1,000 Misspent Hours
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Giant Crab '53

Species: Giant ; Type: Natural
Width (shell): 4 ft (1.2 m, est); Weight: 600 lb (273 kg, est)
Attributes: Claws, thick shell, amphibious
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land/Water Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: Crabs; Enemies: Humanity
Film: Port Sinister (1953)
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Additional Data:
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Description: These modestly giant crustaceans decided that the crab pots weren't for them; no, they would die on their claws as free Crabs!
Review:
Unseen Films
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Crab Monster

Species: Unclassified Brachyura; Type: Super-powered mutant
Width (shell): 6 ft (2 m, est); Weight: 1 ton (est)
Attributes: Claws, thick shell, amphibious
Powers: Heat waves, summon earthquakes, regeneration, intelligence absorption
Intelligence: Average; Land/Water Speed: Slow
Kaiju Level: One (welterweight); Weakness(es): Electricity
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanity
Film: Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
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Additional Data:
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The Monster Archives


Description: Another mutated Crab from the Atoll Islands (USA) deep in the Pacific, the Crab Monster is even more dangerous than a run-of-the-mill Giant Crab. This demonstrates the evolution of many kaiju; as they mutate they become more formidable, sometimes in unpredictable ways. In this case, these monsters can regenerate from even a claw, they can emit heatwaves, cause earthquakes, and even absorb the memories of their victims. Plus they have a freaky face.
Reviews:
1,000 Misspent Hours
Million Monkey Theater


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Giant Crab '61

Species: Unclassified Brachyura; Type: Mutant
Width (shell): 12 ft (4 m, est); Weight: 8 tons (est)
Attributes: Claws, thick shell, amphibious
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): Delicious
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanity
Film: Mysterious Island (1961)
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Harryhausen

Description: Inhabitants of a mysterious island lost deep in the Pacific, this crustacean was more than a match for a group of unarmed men, but spears did the trick nicely. For the men, not the unlucky Giant Crab.
Review:
1,000 Misspent Hours

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Giant Hermit Crab

Species: Dardanus calidus; Type: Natural
Width (shell): 6 ft (2 m, est); Weight: 1 ton (est)
Attributes: Claws, thick shell, amphibious
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Slow
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: None; Enemies: Giant Scorpion, humanity
Film: The Lost Continent (1968)
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Description: This sassy Giant Hermit Crab wasn't about to take any lip from humans, or a Giant Scorpion for that matter!
Review:
Gone with the Twins
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Giant Crab '70

Species: Unclassified Brachyura; Type: Natural
Width (shell): 4 ft (1.2 m, est); Weight: 600 lb (273 kg, est)
Attributes: Claws, thick shell, amphibious
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Fast
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: Crabs; Enemies: Humanity
Film: When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)
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Description: These are little giants, but big enough to chase down humans and gobble them up like Little Debbie Snack Cakes. These fast-running Crabs hunt in packs to increase their odds of rounding up a meal.
Review:
Cool Ass Cinema

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Ganimes

Species: Charybdis japonica; Type: Super-powered mutant
Height: 82 ft (25 m); Weight: 12,000 tons
Attributes: Claws, waterspout, amphibious
Powers: Super durability and endurance
Intelligence: Animal; Land/Water Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Two (middleweight); Weakness(es): Supersonic waves
Allies: None; Enemies: Kamoebas, humanity
Film: Space Amoeba (ゲゾラ・ガニメ・カメーバ 決戦! 南海の大怪獣, 1970)
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Toho Kingdom
Rodan's Roost

Description: Ganimes was an innocuous Japanese rock Crab, mutated and turned gigantic by the influence of the Space Amoeba. Ganimes was able to fight equally well on land or sea, and his tough shell helped him to resist small arms fire and other inconveniences. He fought Kamoebas to a standstill.
Reviews:
Toho Kingdom
Black Hole Reviews

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Giant King Crab '73

Species: Unclassified Lithodidae; Type: Mutant
Width (shell): 6 ft (1.8 m, est); Weight: 3 tons (est)
Attributes: Claws, thick shell, marine, water breather
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Water Speed: Slow
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanity
Film: The Neptune Factor (1973)
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Description: This curious Crab climbed onto a submersible that intruded on his home within a deep sea trench, causing everyone on board much consternation.
Review:
DVD Drive-in!
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Giant Crab '80

Species: Unclassified Brachyura; Type: Mutant
Width (shell): 16 ft (5 m, est); Weight: 18 tons (est)
Attributes: Claws, thick shell, amphibious
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land/Water Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): None revealed
Allies: One (welterweight); Enemies: Humanity
Film: Island Claws (1980)
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Additional Data:
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Description: After exposure to nuclear power plant spill off, these Crabs grew much larger than one would normally expect to find off of the coast of Florida (USA), and poured through the beachfront in an unruly mob of crustacean craziness.
Review:
Crustacean Hate!

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Giant Crab '09

Species: Unclassified Brachyura ; Type: Prehistoric
Width (shell): 6 ft (1.8 m, est); Weight: 1 ton (est)
Attributes: Claws, thick shell, amphibious
Powers: None revealed
Intelligence: Animal; Land Speed: Moderate
Kaiju Level: Zero (lightweight); Weakness(es): Delicious
Allies: None; Enemies: Humanity
Film: Land of the Lost (2009)
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Description: Another maddeningly close call for Rick Marshall, this Giant Crab almost had its claws around his neck when the poor creature fell into a hot spring.
Review:
Roger Ebert

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