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Needlar in Zone Fighter
Subtitle(s) Needle-Shooting Terror-Beast
(針吹き恐獣,   Harifuki Kyōjū)[1]
Height 77 meters[2]
Weight 80,000 metric tons[2]
Place(s) of emergence Planet Garoga[1]
Controlled by Garogas
Relations Garogas (creators)
Allies Garogas
Enemies Zone Fighter
First appearance Zone Fighter episode 24, "Defeat the Needle-Shooting Terror-Beast Needlar"

Needlar (ニードラー,   Nīdorā) is a needle-shooting kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in episode 24 of the 1973 tokusatsu kaiju series Zone Fighter, titled "Defeat the Needle Shooting Terror-Beast Needlar."


Needlar is a hybrid of sorts and draws traits mainly from horses as well as insects. His head is shaped like that of a horse and has a long, dark brown mane which drapes down the back of it. Near his mouth, two short mandibles can be seen which spread apart when his jaws are open. Needlar does not have ears, but in their place are two insect-like antennae. These appendages rest directly behind his orange, robotic looking eyes. Needlar's entire body is a dark turquoise color, but is mostly covered in metal panels. However, part of Needlar's insides can be seen from the left side of his body; red wires run out from the hole over to another exposed part on the opposite side. Finally, Needlar has a short lock of hair starting on his back side which resembles a horse's tail.


Zone Fighter

"Defeat the Needle Shooting Terror-Beast Needlar"




Needlar can create both small and large shurikens which when thrown will embed themselves into their target and eventually self destruct. The larger version of the shuriken is wielded like a sword by Needlar before being thrown at Zone Fighter.

Needla Might

Needlar wields a giant blowgun which when held up to a hole in his neck will fire explosive darts. These are coated with poison, according to All Kaiju Kaijin (First Volume). According to Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia, this attack is called the Needla Might (ニードラマイト Nidoramaito).

Gamma Beam

Needlar can fire a beam of orange energy from his hands which can constrict any enemy it comes in contact with as well as shocking them. According to All Kaiju Kaijin (First Volume), this attack is called the Gamma Beam (ガンマービーム Ganmabimu).

Fire breath

Like most Terror-Beasts, Needlar can breath a concentrated stream of fire from between his mandibles.



Needlar (back, right) along with Jikiro, Grotogauros, Destro-King, Gelderah, and Zandora in Goji-Maga

Needlar along with Zone Fighter, the Garogas, and several other Terror-Beasts appeared in a volume of the fan-made manga Goji-Maga.


Main article: Needlar/Gallery.


This is a list of references for Needlar. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Matsui, Satoshi, ed. (28 July 2014). Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. p. 137. ISBN 978-4-09-682090-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ballard, Jim M. (14 November 2009). "ZONE FIGHTER Series Guide". SciFi Japan. Archived from the original on 1 March 2021.


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