Written by Barney Buckley
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Godzilla is rather famous and the most popular monster out there. There are 28 Godzilla films created by the Toho Motion Picture Company, one from TriStar pictures and one of the 3 from Legendary Pictures. Godzilla would not be Godzilla if it wasn’t for the suits that were created to make these amazing movies. The student actors that had to wear the suits are also truly amazing and very strong people to have to walk in these suits as they went through some trials and tribulations just to make the films what they are today. Today we are not talk about the suits as there are quite a bit of them and I will explain some details about the suits as well as the statistics based on the suits this entire article is based on the history of the Godzilla suits used in the Godzilla films.
I want to 1st point out some vital statistics on all the Godzilla suits within the Showa Series they are all according to the actual height in the movie all these Godzilla’s are 50 m tall or 164 feet tall. They also have the same weight equivalent they had 20,000 metric times or 22,000 tons. The powers and weapons of these Godzilla suits according to the movies are it does have anatomic breath, super regenerative powers which allows Godzilla to heal at a rapid rate as his G cells heal the areas. Now we will talk about the certain sewage used within the Showa Series of Godzilla films.
Shodaigoji Suit -1st we will talk about the original classic started it all came out in 1954 it was from the movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The suit name for this suit is Shodaigoji and the creator’s names were Ryosaku Takayama and Iwao Mori as they did the name that I’ve mentioned above this particular suit way extremely at a heavy 220 pounds. This suit was extremely heavy and very pokey to move in. The suit after Harou Nakajima would literally faint in this suit because of the heat that was created as it was very hard to breathe it. Humility could only withstand being in the suit for more than 5 minutes of time. The suit did in fact have a twin and both the suits had 4 toes and timing years behind his head. The actual suit had aligning of cloth like substance with bamboo which gave the suit the durability needed. Shodaigoji the suit was actually painted a brown color different from all the rest as all the rest were actually painted gray or green in color the only exception to the suit was its color.
Gyakushugoji is the next to talk about is based on the Godzilla so they came out in 1955 a year later however there was some discrepancies when the film was actually released in the United States. Warner Bros. did not want to pay for the rights to use the Godzilla name so it changed the Godzilla name to Gigantis the Fire Monster and there to change the movie and it was supposed to be called tentatively “The Volcano Monsters” the Toho Motion Picture Company actually sent to suits for Warner Bros. to use in the film as a do a lot of cutting and re-cutting however than them getting totally different suits for what the Toho motion picture company actually sent. This particular suit is the same height as the original however this was supposed to be a better one. The dorsal place were raw and jagged and this is something they stopped doing in the latter films which took away from the spooky look of the Godzilla suits and gave them a more rounded a more kinder look. This particular suit is rather famous because it would be the very 1st Godzilla to fight an enemy and that enemy’s name is Anguirus. The Gyakushu Godzilla suit is generally overlooked by most Godzilla fans. It is very similar to the Shodaigoji suit using the 1954 film however it is a little slimmer in build and has a smaller head. Given it a very lean look and also they made the suit much more flexible to battle Anguirus. The Gyakushugoji suit also has movable eyes were the original did not. This suit also had a separate set of legs that were more like boots and it was also used for close-ups on Godzilla’s feet. At the request of the company American International Pictures, Toho did in fact build a new Godzilla and Anguirus costume as I mentioned before it was for the proposed Americanization of the movie Gigantis the Fire Monster, and as I mentioned before it was to be called “The Volcano Monsters” these particular suits especially the Godzilla suit was actually called Godzilla Type 1957. These are brand-new suits and never appeared in any fell and frog as reasons it will not be listed as a separate costume. However like to point out there are several features of the suit, principally a thick stature and it was a 3 child rather than a fort so suit design influenced by the design of the next suit ever come out 7 years later the Kinggoji suit.
Kingoji Suit- Speaking of the Kingoji suit where I talk about this soon as it is one of the most popular suits in the Showa Series when it comes to collecting Godzilla figures is the most original and different looking Godzilla suit within the Showa Series. The Kingoji suit is a Godzilla suit that had a reptilian look to it and it had a skinny face however the body was very large and bulky. This particular suit is very popular among fans simply because this Godzilla faced off against the legendary King Kong or should I say the Toho Companies version of King Kong. This suit also sported long front fangs that would eventually disappear within the Showa Series. The suit is also the very 1st time that you do not see small years on either side of his head. Because this last years and technically had no fangs it did have 3 toes as well as a smooth underside for the tail. One thing I like to mention is that the dorsal place that there is one main role of dorsal plates that flanked by 2 smaller rows of dorsal plates. This particular suit was used in the next movie Mothra versus Godzilla which came out in 1964 or as some people would like to call the movie Godzilla versus The Thing it was used for brief scenes within the film and to long shots from behind one were Godzilla approaches Iwa Island and the other scenes were Godzilla is trapped in the silken web of the twin Mothra law was and then Godzilla suddenly plunges into the ocean that was the Kingoji suit. One last particular thing about this suit is that the Kingoji suit was used in this obscured 8 mm film titled “Legend of the Super Beast: Wolfman versus Godzilla” which apparently it was shot on the production of King Kong versus Godzilla came out in 1962. One thing about this particular film I don’t know if it’s true or not but I read somewhere that the Kingoji suit that was supposed to be used for this film was to decayed and the company had to build an exact duplicate of the Kingoji suit and that they were going to use in the film however the film was never finished and I am sure a lot of fans would love to see the film.
Mosugoji Suit – The next suit. We are going to talk about is the Mosugoji suit. This suit is probably the most popular among fans as well as collectors this is a traditional suit very popular in nature. In some aspects of people would think this is the best Godzilla suit ever made is very dark and scary looking and has a reptilian look something that the 80s and 90s did not accomplish. There was one rather annoying aspect about this particular suit it did in fact have a mouth that shackled back and forth it was very loose and you can notice it in the film. The Mosugoji Godzilla suit the body was sleek and bell -shaped with a pronounced breastbone and knees. Their hands featured a more slender look very sharp claws with the fingers held apart, which look like they could tear the nice high-rise OC apartments to ribbons. The dorsal plates are nearly identical to that of the Kingoji suit. The head was walking portion to the body and the facial features were very chilling and defined it did happen asked eyebrows they gave him a very evil look. In the movie Ghidrah: The Three-Headed Monster the Mosugoji costume was given different facial features and they did manage to fix the shackled mouth and this particular head had mobilized that were inserted the upper lip and he were reduced and the tongue was elongated and it would go past the lower row of teeth. This modified costume is also called the “SanDaikaiju (3 Giant Monsters)-Godzilla suit. This very same suit that they call the Mosugoji Godzilla suit was “Disguised” and named Gomess from the Ultra-Q series episode number 1. They added armor plating and claws added to the Mosugoji suit to create Gomess and they were later removed with minor damage. It would be later in 1966 that they would use the Mosugoji suit once again at this time it was fitted with a brand-new head from the Daisengoji Godzilla suit simply because the original head was too far decayed and damaged so they had to use the head of the Godzilla that was used in the movie you. Ebirah: Horror of the Deep which came out in 1966 and some people recognizes movie as Godzilla versus The Sea Monster. It was repainted and equipped with an elaborate frill and named Jirassu or as most people call it Jirass and you would see this in the original Ultraman series I like to call Ultraman Hayata which came out in 1966 you will find this particular suit on episode number 10 and it is called “Secret of the Dinosaur Base”
Daisengoji Suit – The next suit that we’re going to talk about is the Daisengoji suit. This suit is technically called the Mosugoji 2 suit is very similar to the original that was used in Mothra versus Godzilla that cannot 1964 but the head was slightly modified to fit Godzilla’s metamorphosis from evil to. The Mosugoji 2 suit is every bit as good as the original because of his commercial success from the movie King Kong versus Godzilla the Toho Motion Picture Company decided to release another Godzilla film in 1964 and that was called Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster the original Mosugoji suit had to go through some repairs during the filming of Mothra versus Godzilla as I mentioned before the mouth was shackled back and forth in the head actually caught on fire which didn’t help the suit much. So the head of the Mosugoji suit was replaced with a much sturdier design and as I’ve mentioned is called the Mosugoji 2 suit wore the Daisengoji Godzilla suit. Some fans were referred to this particular suit as the repair suit as it did have much more mobility than the original Mosugoji suit. The suit also had another name they would like to call this particular suit the Nankai (South Seas)-Godzilla. One little-known fact is that the restored Daisengoji Godzilla suit was officially retired after Godzilla versus the sea monster came out in 1966. This particular suit did receive a nice workout as of late 1971 being employed for the water seems in the movie Son of Godzilla they came out in 1967, Destroy All Monsters this came out in 1968 and yes Godzilla Versus the Smog Monster which came out in 1971. The last films I mentioned this particular suit was used in the scene when Hedorah traps Godzilla in a ravine and tries to bury him with sludge.
Musukogoji Suit – This next suit that I am going to talk about is probably the least favorite of all the Godzilla suits today is called the Musukogoji suit and this is probably the most obvious looking Godzilla to date. This particular suit had a fat neck, small hands and crude hot looking dorsal plates. The head was horrible with a stubby face oversize mouth with crew T and large, glassy eyes place high at the top of this particular head and right angle given him a goofy look the suit was equipped with mobilizing eyelids. The Musukogoji Godzilla suit was fortunately never again received a starring role and appeared only once more for water seems and Godzilla on Monster Island. This is the scene while you are traveling to the mainland with Anguirus that they start talking to each other this was a little strange to say the least.
Soshingekigoji Suit – Now talk about the Soshingekigoji suit which was used in over 5 films. This would technically be the most used Godzilla suit to date. This particular suit was very bulky and had a head that was shaped like the Cookie Monster. Although this suit wants again abandon the jacket and uneven dorsal place. The suit was made to appeal to children, the suit was also made to sit around the actor inside, to make battles easier. The Soshingekigoji suit design was used and for other films and they are Destroy All Monsters (1968), Godzilla’s Revenge (1969), Godzilla Versus the Smog Monster (1971) and finally Godzilla versus Gigan (1972). Let’s talk a little bit more about this particular suit like the Daisengoji suit it had a wall proportion bell -shaped body with a pronounced breastbone in a very long with the head there was very similar to the Daisengoji Godzilla suit. The eyelids did slaughter briefly in a scene where King Ghidorah flies overhead at Mount Fuji. One last note in the last 2 films that this suit was used Godzilla on Monster Island (Godzilla versus Gigan) the suit was obviously dilapidated and in very poor condition as you can see pieces of latex hanging off the suit.
Megarogoji Godzilla Suit – is the last suit used in the Showa Series and had a very friendly look that appeal to children are particularly fond of this particular suit as it had simple designs. This particular suit was not as silly looking as the most Musukogoji suit and this suit was used in the movie Godzilla versus Megalon, Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla, and Terror of Mechagodzilla. The head was changed to an even more child friendly look in the eyes were enlarged with a pattern in the middle. The head was also increased in size this suit was used in 1973 show “Zone Fighter” unlike Ultraman and Ultra-Q Godzilla was the actual character in 5 of these episodes. More about the suit the actual face does change throughout the entire 3 movies it goes from a friendly to a more evil look as it fights even better monsters. The phrase did have a simple muzzle, oversized brows and huge eyes and made the King monster resemble a puppy the eyes of the Megarogoji Godzilla suit and had movable eyelids. In the movie Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla there was a Godzilla and it came out all the earth however it was the fake Godzilla and a fault Anguirus as Anguirus knew it was not Godzilla this particular suit is called the Mekagoji suit.
The eyes did not move in this suit as it was intended for publicity only and was never actually supposed to be used in the film however this suit does boast a toothy grin complete with fangs. It was used when the disguised Mechagodzilla battle Anguirus as I mentioned before.. This suit was also used when Godzilla fall Mechagodzilla at the oil refinery. It was also used for a special scene in the Japanese theatrical trailer for Cosmic Monster, when Godzilla is shown morphing into Mechagodzilla. This same “phony-Godzilla” costume was also employed for the final scene in The Terror of Mechagodzilla when Godzilla wades off into the ocean. Another publicity Godzilla suit (which appeared to be smiling) was employed in Cosmic Monster, in the scene when Godzilla appears in the ocean off Okinawa. For the movie The Terror of Mechagodzilla the Megarogoji Godzilla suit received another facelift the model was reduced and given much more detail the height of the brows were lowered in the eyes reduced to an acceptable size. The new face gave off a semi-comical semi-mean look. The eyes in this particular suit did not move and it did not have movable eyelids the only thing that did not change was the actual body. This particular suit is called the Meka-Gyakshu-Godzilla.
This would and the technical details of the Showa Series of Godzilla suits and now we will be getting into the Heisei Series of Godzilla suits as they are larger and much more detailed. The vital statistics of his Godzilla suits do very they range from 80 m tall 100 m tall and the weights you fluctuate from 50,000 times to 60,000 metric tons or 66,000 tons. The powers and weapons of these Godzilla’s are does have an atomic breath, super regenerative powers, can absorb radiation, and it does have what is called a nuclear pulse.
Shodaishokkigoji Suit – Let’s begin with what is called the Shodaishokkigoji suit or the 1984 Godzilla suit. This particular suit is among the top 5 of my favorite Godzilla suits. The Toho Company decided once again to betray the king of monsters as an evil creature and this is what Tomoyuki Tanaka wanted to do ever since the Showa Series one into the direction they did want to bring Godzilla back to his original origins. The Shodaishokkigoji suit would possess the general appearance of the 1954 Godzilla and the facial expressions of the 1964 Godzilla. The latter incarnation being arguably the most evil -looking version of Godzilla up to that time. The 1984 Godzilla suit did possess features previously seen in the 1954 1955 Godzilla suits such as fangs, 4 toes, ears, staggering rows of dorsal place, and a rough underside of the tail. The detailing in the legs of the 1984 Godzilla suit was very very good but the muscular stature for the chest and shoulders were less well-defined. By doing this it did diminish the costumes overall image of the power. The dorsal place will very well detailed, but also appeared to be more numerous compared to the 1954 in 1955 Godzilla suits.
The largest dorsal place were placed at waist level, which had not been done before or since. This is the only Godzilla suit that you will see the largest dorsal place around the waist making this a truly unique suit. The chair was a lot longer than any previous version of Godzilla suits, the neck was short and I had was fairly large in proportion to the body. The 1964 style eyes were red-brown irises, looking suitably evil. The 1984 Godzilla suit also boasted a new feature for a Godzilla suit. The upper did in fact curl law when he snarled. There was another Godzilla suit there was virtually identical to the land suit it was useful water scenes and believe it or not it was the very 1st time molds were used to construct a Godzilla suit (as opposed to the scratch-built methods previously employed for other Godzilla suits within the Showa Series) it was easy to build 2 matching costumes. I also like to mention that there was a 5 m tall mechanical figure of Godzilla called the “Cybot” that was used for several close-ups in the movie. Unfortunately, the face of the “Cybot” scarcely resembled the face of the Godzilla suits used in this movie.
The Biogoji /Ghidogoji Suit – was the suit that technically after 1984 was not supposed to be created however they did continue the timelines within the Heisei Series because technically in 1985 with the return of Godzilla he did in fact fall into the volcano and supposedly died in the volcano however in this film he is seen walking out of the very same volcano again so technically he is not dead because of the creation of this film Godzilla versus Biollante which came out in 1989. This particular suit was an even better design than the last one that I mentioned once again the facial expressions and also plays were also enlarged even more on the suit. Godzilla was given animal like eyes with no white outer part to show. The dorsal place did in fact light up by themselves simply because they did in fact incorporate fiber optics into the dorsal plates. The head and neck was very movable as he is capable of moving his neck back and forth and his upper lip was able to lower down to get him a snarl if you need to do so. Also there was a 2nd row of teeth added to the mouth of this particular suit which is absolutely cool look at when you see it. One thing that is confusing is the fact that Godzilla 1984 or the return of Godzilla and this particular movie Godzilla versus Biollante which came out in 1989 are technically Showa Series movies but are named as Heisei Series timelines.
They were created dorm the Showa Series or show era in Japan and that is one the rain of the Emperor Hirohito which range from 1926 to 1989 and that is why I say these are Showa series films but it is also the very 1st film in the new series that would be later called “Versus Series” or the “Heisei Series” The Return of Godzilla is a direct sequel to the original film Gojira (1954). Godzilla versus Biollante which came out in 1989 was the very 1st film to be filmed in the Heisei Series were the Heisei era which is reigned by Emperor Akihito 1989 to the present. This is where it lends confusion with American Godzilla fans call this particular series the Heisei Series. Anyway let’s talk more about the suit the face of slightly changed to look much fiercer than his predecessor. It appeared much more massive than before and its chest was completely bulked up. The dorsal place remain the same as before and a little known fact is very same suit was actually stolen from the special effects department at the Toho Motion Picture Company lot. The suit was later found on the shore of Lake Okutama just outside of Tokyo by a terrified old woman. The suit was in such terrible condition and beyond repair so they did in fact could not use it on the film.
The suit had a triangular build stocky legs which would remind you of the Kingoji suit from 1962. A 2nd suit was built especially for the water scenes and this particular suit is called “Sea 1989 Godzilla suit” this particular suit was made all the lighter material and although it was constructed from the same mold as the land suit the sea suit featured some differences. Such as a pronounced crest at the top of the head and not looking squared shoulders. The sea suit was also used for Godzilla’s grand appearance as he lumbers out of the volcano at Mt. Mihara. Interestingly, the first constructed 1989 Godzilla suit was rejected, and is thus called the NG (No Good) 1989 Godzilla suit. Compared to the land and sea suits, the NG suit featured a wide, flat head, a short, thick neck and thinner thighs. The NG suit was employed for publicity photos, but also appears in the finished film when Godzilla approaches the Twin 21 Towers in Osaka. Previously, all Godzilla suits featured a zipper that ran along one side of the body to allow entry for the suitmation actor. Both the land and sea Godzilla suits had a new feature that would apply to all later Godzilla suits; the dorsal plates were mounted on a separate block-shaped piece of rubber that could be detached from the suit by means of velcro strips.
This set could be alternated with a special set of dorsal plates made in Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) that would glow electrically, giving greater realism when Godzilla’s dorsal plates emitted light. Furthermore, a mechanical upper-half for Godzilla, which was constructed from the same molds as the costumes, was employed for close shots. This method was also employed in the subsequent films, though with a varying degree of success in matching the mechanical figures with the Godzilla suits. The Land and Sea 1989 Godzilla costumes were repaired and employed in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991). The Land 1989 suit was fitted with a new head and used for the climactic battle with Mecha-King Ghidorah at Shinjuku. Compared to the previous head of the land suit, the new head looked a bit wider and flatter. This costume, 1991 Godzilla A, was later cut in half. The upper half was used in the scenes when Godzilla emerges in the Bering Sea, advances up the hill at Hokkaido, and also for tight shots during the first battle with King Ghidorah. The lower half of the suit was later used when Godzilla tramples Rodan at Adonoa Island in Godzilla vs. Mecha-Godzilla (1993).
The Sea 1989 suit was fitted with round shoulders, an especially pronounced chest, and a new head that featured a high crest and a splendidly fierce face. This costume, 1991 Godzilla B, was employed for the majority of the filming of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. In this author’s opinion, 1991 Godzilla B is the best and most powerful image of Godzilla in the Heisei Series of Godzilla films. N Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), 1991 Godzilla B was used in the underwater battle with Battra, when Godzilla emerges from the volcano at Mt. Fuji, and when Battra toppled the Landmark Tower onto Godzilla (though in this last instance the suit was empty and rigged into position with over-head wires). 1991 Godzilla B should have had QR code stickers on it, as it has the dubious distinction of being stolen from Toho before shooting commenced on Godzilla vs. Mothra.
The Batogoji Godzilla Suit – was a suit that was used in the movie Godzilla versus Mothra 1992. Once again this particular Superdome I stayed the same with the exception of the face was changed ever so slightly and the dorsal plates also remain the same however he was not as massive as before. The bill of the 1992 Godzilla suit was thinner than that of the 1989/1991 suits which is called the Biogoji/Ghidogoji suit which gave this particular suit a sleek sturdy but less powerful image than the previous incarnations. The legs were very well detailed however less bulky than the legs of the 1989/1991 suits. The arms were jointed with more flexibility at the biceps, but unfortunately it did make this suit appear unnatural from certain angles. The face was essentially the same as all the other 1992 suit did featured new attributes such as a smaller, flat 4 head, golden eyes with a thick neck and a pronounced ribbing. The golden eyes made the face of the 1992 Godzilla look more impressive and expressive than he original suits that I’ve mentioned before.
This particular suit also incorporated a new feature by the means of electronic device in the head that will allow the head to tail up and down independently of the body. This very same suit was also used in the movie Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla 1993 specifically for the battle with Rodan at Adonia Island and these were some pretty spectacular scenes the suit look absolutely amazing in the scenes. There were several close-ups of the 1993 Godzilla suit that intercut door this sequence. There was also several scenes of Godzilla’s initial rampage through Japan, and 1 Godzilla wades into the ocean at the finale. This is where you will see this particular suit at play. Additionally, the 1992 Godzilla suit was employed for water scenes in the movie Godzilla versus Spacegodzilla that came out in 1994. Since the costume would only be seen from the waist up the laser cut off at the knees and the tail was removed. The tail was manipulated underwater by means of a lever like device, which was a good but not always convincing effect.
Radogoji Godzilla Suit – Now we’re going to talk about the Radogoji Godzilla suit this particular suit was used in the movie Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla 1993 this is a much bulkier suit and is not one of my favorites in the Heisei Series is probably the least favorite of the Heisei Series for me. Though it is very similar in appearance to its predecessor the 1993 Godzilla suit like I mentioned before is bulkier while the head does appear to be wider the problem of the arm joins for the 1992 Godzilla suit were corrected for the 1993 costume and this particular costume was slimmer and less detailed the tail in fact was placed higher than any of the previous costumes and is probably one of the main reasons I don’t really care for the suit is an odd look.
The things that I mentioned unfortunately causes the 1993 Godzilla suit to appear top-heavy from certain angles. This particular suit was also employed for the “Monster Planet of Godzilla” which is a 3-D amusement park ride which open in Japan in March 1994. In the movie Godzilla versus Spacegodzilla which came out in 1994 the suit was used for Godzilla’s entrance and exit at Birth Island and when Spacegodzilla levitated Godzilla and hurled him into the buildings. During the movie Godzilla versus Destoroyah which came out in 1995 the 1993 Godzilla suit was employed for the water scenes. However this time the suit was modified to match the critical mass appearance all the main filming suit. Since the suit was only to be used in waist deep in water the legs and tales were removed and was previously done with the suit that was used in 1992 for the movie Godzilla versus Spacegodzilla it was repeated again.
The Mogegoji/Desugoji Suit – is perhaps my all-time favorite it has a lot of features that I do like about the suit. The design of the Godzilla suit had changed as the face is much fiercer, the teeth are larger, and the dorsal plates were yet again enlarged so that the side road just as long as the middle row this is an absolutely impressive suit. The most impressive thing about the suit is the actual ahead the eyes and the mouth it looks absolutely impressive because of Godzilla’s critical mass in the movie Godzilla versus Destoroyah the suit itself the eyes glow a spooky red. Marks all over his body were visible because of his meltdown from inside. His dorsal plates were a glowing red as well as the eyes. There are holes incorporated into the body to allow steam to show that Godzilla’s heart was getting extremely hot, and meltdown was getting closer and closer. What I mentioned above was theDesugoji suit which is the Mogegoji suit with all the added features is the most impressive suit today in my opinion. The Mogegoji suit was perhaps the best proportion of all the Godzilla suits ever since Godzilla versus Biollante that cannot 1989. It did feature a stocky, triangular bill, broad shoulders and heavy legs, the 1994 Godzilla combine the best features of the 1992 and 93’s respectively.
The neck of the 1994 suit was quite wide at the shoulders and featured much less pronounced ribbing. The face of this costume was basically the same as the 1992 and 1993 costumes. However, the eyes of the 1994 Godzilla appeared bigger than those of the previous suits, while the white areas of the eyes become more pronounced, thus giving this suit a slightly less menacing expression than its predecessors. The head of the 1994 Godzilla could also fully rotate independently of the body. However, this new feature was barely seen in the final film, perhaps because it caused a visible fold in the nape of costume’s neck. The 1994 Godzilla suit was employed again for Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. To create the critical mass appearance of Godzilla for this movie, sections of the costume were removed and approximately 200 tiny orange light bulbs were inserted. These areas were then covered with semi-transparent vinyl plates. The suit was also fitted with a mechanism that allowed steam to pour from various parts of Godzilla’s body. The eyes were also modified to glow electronically. When enhanced with computer graphics, these changes to the 1994 Godzilla suit made the image of Godzilla reaching critical mass appear very convincing. Incidentally, Godzilla actor Ken Satsuma reported that the steam generated from the costume was pure carbon monoxide and that it caused him to faint several times during filming.
The Shodaijira Suit – Now were not talk about perhaps the most hated of all the Godzilla’s. People seem to hate this movie for all the wrong reasons simply because this Godzilla did not have the spiritual visitation of any other Godzilla but the hate that was created because of that is absolutely preposterous and on the border of immature but that’s my fault on that anyway let’s talk about this particular suit. It is called the Amerigoji suit or the Shodaijira suit and we will also be talking about the Finaljira suit which is completely CGI. Keep in mind this is a smaller breed of Godzilla it only stands around 60 m tall that’s the American version. The Toho Motion Picture Company their version is 90 m tall they are technically the same Godzilla date they just seem to have different heights for some odd reason. This particular design was done by Patrick Tatopoulos was done many special effects for movies like Independence Day, Stargate as well as other movies. This particular Godzilla is a hunched bent-over marine iguana. Which was created by nuclear testing by the French government it somehow grew to gigantic proportions from iguanas on one of the islands and it is seen running through your before it meets his death on the Brooklyn Bridge.
The movie’s incarnation is a re-imagining of the Japanese Godzilla monster in which technically it was betrayed by a man in a latex rubber suit however this is not the case this one is a combination of CGI and electronics. When the movie Godzilla: Final Wars came out in 2004 it did release and reintroduce a new American version of this Godzilla and they called it Zilla simply because this Godzilla did not have the spiritual visitation of the Japanese counterpart so Shogo Tomiyama did in fact change the name from Godzilla to Zilla. This particular design of Godzilla is much more agile, quicker, and much more believable in the way of realism this is what you would see if a real Godzilla would attack. The dorsal plates are much jagged than most Godzilla suits its colors are truly unique to a more realistic iguana type Godzilla. This now for obvious reasons is a lot longer.
This particular Godzilla did not have the elements of any other Japanese Godzilla it did not breathe fire because this was a realistic take on Godzilla and for obvious reasons people were upset with this because they are used to seeing the atomic breath as well as the invisibility of Godzilla we get that because like I mentioned this is a realistic take on a giant mutated iguana running through New York. This particular Godzilla did in fact have what is called a hurricane breath which is less powerful though however it is so hot it can ignite gasoline and start huge fires. This particular Godzilla and his origins are very similar to the Japanese origins by Godzilla 1998 was created by French testing as I mentioned before. This particular Godzilla for obvious reasons can run over 300 miles an hour and can leave buildings were no other Godzilla can do that. The Finaljira version of Godzilla is very similar to the American version however is cheaply done CGI the colors and everything about this Godzilla are completely different, but yet they are the same monster according to some sources.
There are subtle differences between the 2 Godzilla’s one the dorsal plates on the American version of Godzilla they point in the opposite directions of each other and the colors of the scan of the Finaljira is more like a stone great color this is presumably to blend in with the Sydney architecture, this is very similar to how Shodaijira blend in to New York’s architecture. Now there are other incarnations of this particular Godzilla one is called cyber Godzilla or cyber Zilla which you will see any animated cartoon series of Godzilla. There is also like I mentioned the animated series of Godzilla this is Godzilla Junior from the movie that they found the last egg in the Madison Square Garden to survive this is just a continuation from the movie.
The Miregoji Suit – The next particular suit we are going to talk about is yet again from the Toho Motion Picture Company and it is called the Miregoji suit. This is a drastic redesign of Godzilla in my opinion I am very pleased with this design is completely different. This particular suit that was created in 1999 brought back some old elements from the past Godzilla suits as well as a fresh new look or the Godzilla suits. You will notice in this particular suit design that there are a lot of features of the Kingoji suit such as the largemouth with a large row of teeth and it also has the meatloaf of the Mosugoji and Biogoji suits. The most drastic of redesigning would be the dorsal plates and body the actual dorsal plates are elongated and very spiky and purple in color and the colors would eventually change in the suit designs in the future. This is a particular suit that you either love it or you hate this suit. The dorsal plates are the largest dorsal plates of any Godzilla suit to date the head in itself is also a major improvement by adding Fr.12 instead of just 4 huge mouth and the sleek design of the head made an improvement version of the Kingoji suit this is how you want to look at it.
The Giregoji Suit – is very similar to the Miregoji suit as it is pretty much the same suit however it was tweaked a little from the last movie the mouth was made smaller and the snout was given more of an edge; the face was flattened, and the neck was longer, so we could have better mobility. Godzilla scholar in fact had changed from a dark forest green to a neon green with the dorsal plates painted more of a pink color. This particular suit was created by Shinichi Wakasa was a gray suit designer for the Shinsei Series of Godzilla films. And the suit after the sport’s most of the suits in the Shinsei Series if not all of them except for GMK is none other than Tsutomu Kitgawa.
The Sokogekigoji Suit – in my opinion is one of the most amazing designs of Godzilla is technically my 3rd favorite Godzilla suit out there my all-time favorite is the burning Godzilla and then the 1991 Ghidogoji suit is my 2nd favorite and then this one is my 3rd favorite I love the design dorsal plates the way he looks the colors everything about this suit including his evil pupil less eyes. Shesuke Kaneko is an amazing director he had directed the triple threat Gamera series that came out from 1995 to 1999 some of the best Kaiju movies to date he turned around and directed this particular film and design this particular Godzilla absolutely amazing. When he designed this particular Godzilla he did incorporate some of designs from the original classic 1954 Shodaigoji as well as the Heisei Series and combined them to give Godzilla that new and old look. The most noticeable features about this particular Godzilla is the pupils and irises in the eyes were actually removed given him a ghostlike feature. This is truly the most evil looking of all the Godzilla’s to date. The dorsal plates have shrank in size from the previous millennium suit designs and return to the original look of the Showa Series and Heisei Series feel to it. The scan of the suit was returned to a charcoal black color. In the movie GMK is a truly remarkable movie where he fights Baragon, Mothra, and a weird looking King Ghidorah who is in fact a good guy and that for obvious reasons did not sit well with me in most fans.
The Kiryugoji Suit – is an updated version of the Miregoji suit, Giregoji suit and the reason for this is that the Toho Motion Picture Company decided to stray away from Shesuke Kaneko’s Godzilla design and go back to the Miregoji/Giregoji suit designs. This was due to the fact that the GMK Godzilla suit being the tallest of all the Godzilla suits they would have to make a new Kiryu suit and was not in their budget to do so. This particular suit went through some obvious changes one being the head was reduced in size from the Miregoji suit. The eyes contain pupils again which the previous suit the Sokogekigoji suit did not have any pupils in his eyes. Then was completely changed and made smaller to represent the head of the Heisei Series Godzilla. The dorsal plates on this particular suit were reduced a bit and they lost her purple color. They also decided to keep the classic bone-white-collar but still remained jagged like the Miregoji/Giregoji dorsal plates. Godzilla skin also returned from the Miregoji/Giregoji green to the old charcoal black, Godzilla’s traditional color. In the following year the film Godzilla: Tokyo SOS the sequel to Godzilla against Mechagodzilla that came out in 2002 Godzilla’s appearance remained basically the same with the exception that they incorporated a large scar on the chest of the Godzilla suit.
The Finagoji Suit – Finalgoji is a suit that to me does not sit well with me was a horrible design in my opinion it looks rather faint in some aspects the head is too small for the body this particular Godzilla runs too fast Godzilla is a slumbering beast that stops and destroys everything in his path he does not run in like a ninja like he does in this movie is not one of my favorite designs. This particular Godzilla is a celebration of its 50th anniversary film that came out in 2004 is called Godzilla: Final Wars it was directed by Ryuhei Kitamura wanted to make Godzilla a leaner meaner look by combining the looks of the previous 3 eras of Godzilla films so this particular Godzilla is a Godzilla of the Showa Series, Heisei Series, and Shinsei Series. Yarn delays are slimmer than usual allowing the actors arms fingers and legs to fit perfectly into the suit. Godzilla’s thighs are also one size smaller and the tail was taken from the Giregoji suit and used in the previous 2 films were used.
The suit also has a much more noticeable ears, which sets this suit apart from other suits and like I mentioned before certain elements about the suit I do not like. The Toho Motion Picture Company had mentioned that creating a much leaner and more flexible suit the suit makers at this company used less urethane foam and rubber instead of a special material resulting in a lighter suit. This also makes the dorsal plates a lot smaller I do like this element about the suit dorsal plates look absolutely amazing on the suit. In fact when they created the actual suit it was actually been reduced by 44 pounds showing that the actor inside is much more movable and flexible and can make those crazy martial arts movements and quick movements that he does and that’s another thing I didn’t like about this Godzilla film a little too quick in my opinion but that’s not the worst thing about it.
Legendarygoji Suit – The last and final Godzilla that we are going to talk about is not a suit at all is an actual CGI rendering of Godzilla. This is the largest Godzilla so far he does stand at 108.7 m tall war 355 feet tall making the heaviest and most massive of all the Godzilla’s and he does look menacing and absolutely amazing on screen however I am not a big fan of the toy line simply because the detail is not in there. I just don’t like the way they look. I am optimistic about this particular Godzilla while he looks impressive on screen there are a lot of things about this movie I don’t like. I could go on about this but that’s for another particular article is a good movie but not a great. Let’s talk about the CGI rendering of this Godzilla. This particular Godzilla would weigh in at a massive 164,000 tons. The powers and weapons of this particular Godzilla let’s begin with his metabolism would generate 1.4 MW or about as much power as that of a large wind turbine on a rampage smashing helicopters knocking over buildings fighting Mothra he can generate 37 MW.
That’s enough energy to fuel the town of 3000 people. His bone structure Godzilla’s balls are roughly 20 times greater than that of the force of a T Rex is so his bones would need to be phenomenally strong in order to support that weight. The skin texture of this Godzilla is tough soldiers were rifles really that’s always the case they always seem to want to shoot at him and it does no affect any Godzilla other than a 1998 running away the Army just doesn’t get it can do nothing to him. Anyway back to skin texture is crocodile like high is a very cool looking texture and looks absolutely amazing. Now we’re going to talk about his strength. Even for the strength of this Godzilla he has always been supreme in this particular department and is Godzilla is no different. Unlike most versions of Godzilla however this Godzilla strength feature is displayed more than just Godzilla thrown monsters around it shows in his in the environment. In my humble opinion this Godzilla does not come off as the most powerful of all Godzilla’s but he can throw his weight around. He does have a tough time with the 2 Muto. Godzilla has great swimming expertise Godzilla swimming at full speed manages to create tsunamis of around 12 m in height and that’s because of his mass. As well as a speed he is an adept swimmer. His durability for obvious reasons you like most Godzilla’s you can shoot anything you want at him it just bounces off and pretty much in just hurts a little bit is a typical Godzilla in that aspect.