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The KingGoji (キンゴジ,   Kingoji?) is the Godzilla suit design used in the 1962 Godzilla film, King Kong vs. Godzilla.


Name

The KingGoji's name comes from another kaiju's name in the film it appeared in, King Kong (キングコング,   Kingu Kongu?), and Goji, which comes from Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira (ゴジラ?).

Detail

One of the most popular Godzilla designs, the KingGoji was noticeably different from any Godzilla suits before or since. The suit was more reptilian in appearance and the build was very stocky, especially in the lower half of the body. The head was small and streamlined, with a combination of human-like eyes placed on the sides of the head in a reptilian manner.

Other distinctive features for the KingGoji included large hands with spike-like claws and thumbs nearly as large as the three other fingers. The KingGoji also had several features that would be common to all Godzilla suits until 1984's 84Goji. These were a lack of ears, no fangs, three toes, a smooth underside for the tail, and one main row of dorsal plates flanked by two small rows.

Trivia

  • A statue of the KingGoji can be seen in Colonel Gondo's office in Godzilla vs. Biollante.
  • The suit was also used in Mothra vs. Godzilla as a stand-in for the MosuGoji suit in two scenes. It is first used in the scene where Godzilla is shown wading to Iwa Island in the distance, and is later utilized when Godzilla is cocooned in silk by the Mothra larvae and falls into the ocean. The KingGoji was also featured in early publicity stills and posters for the film.
  • A finless version of this design was used in the original version of The Revenge of Shinobi for the Sega Genesis. Named as Godzilla, it was one of the bosses. In later versions, it was replaced with a dinosaur skeleton.
  • The KingGoji heavily influenced the MireGoji design.
  • One of the two Godzilla suits used in the 1983 fan film Godzilla vs. Wolfman is a replica of the KingGoji, the other being a replica of the MosuGoji.

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