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Tengu is a twenty-point monster and comes in purple and red for the original colors. The figure is also available in all four later neon colours, plus the rarer premium colours of pine green and blue. The figurine keeps the dog-like qualities of the Tengu, and seems to have reptilian arms.
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Species: Humanoid Bird
Size: 8 Feet Tall
Born: 2000 Years ago in Japan
Habitat: Lives in Japanese mountains and forests
These mischievous monsters live inside hollowed out trees throughout the forests of Japan. The Tengu likes to believe he knows everything, but in reality he can easily be fooled. However, he has a nasty temper, and if you get caught tricking a Tengu, he will sneak up to you in his coat that makes him invisible, and either eat you or pick you up in his powerful claws and throw you into a volcano! The Tengu can often be seen "sushiing" just above the ocean off the Japanese coast in search of his favorite food - raw fish and seaweed... yuck!
Tengu was one of the monsters who received a complete makeover for the 2006 remakes. Tengu was included in the group The Ancients, and lost many of his canine-like qualities. Instead, he was depicted as a bird humanoid, wearing a long, purple robe and wielding a spiked staff. On the website and collectable game card, Tengu was given a total points value of 165, and the following description:
"Tengu is winged creature that is part human and part bird. He is an expert in martial arts, battle tactics and sword play. He sometimes will impart his knowledge to human beings through dreams."
In other media
Comic Book Series (1991)
In the Monster in My Pocket comic series, Tengu is a servant of Warlock. Along with Karnak, he spies on the heroes and returns back to Warlock to tell the evil monsters their progress. He was used for comedic effect, often mistaking Tengu for "Thank you," replying with "You're welcome."
Video Game (1992)
Tengu appears as an enemy monster in the Monster in My Pocket video game. He resides in the Bamboo Garden (Stage 5, Area 1), flying and attacking the player as he or she is walking by.
His entry in the instructions manual reads: "Jumps in front of you and tries to punch you."