Design Details



Portrayed by:

Kōji Sora
Masaki Shinohara

First appearance:

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

Last appearance:

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Redesigned into Giant Condor

Design Chronology






The SanDaikajiuRado (三大怪獣ラド?) is the Rodan suit design used in the 1964 and 1965 Godzilla films, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and Invasion of Astro-Monster.


In Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, the SanDaikaijuRado's name comes from the film's Japanese title, specifically san daikaiju (三大怪獣?), meaning three giant monsters, and Rado, which comes from Rodan's Japanese name, Radon ( (ラドン?).

In Invasion of Astro-Monster, the DaisensoRado's name comes from the film's Japanese title, specifically daisensō (大戦争?), and Rado, which comes from Rodan's Japanese name, Radon (ラドン?).


The SanDaikaijuRado suit looks very similar to its predecessor, ShodaiRado, but with significant differences. Alterations from Rodan's previous traits include more rounded wings with short claws, a longer neck, a smaller and thinner beak, and large expressive eyes in contrast to the pitch black eyes of the ShodaiRado suit. The suit is also called the DaisensoRado (大戦争ラド?) in Invasion of Astro-Monster.


  • The SanDaikaijuRado suit is the only Rodan suit to be used in more than one movie.
  • While the body of the suit remained the same, the wings were changed in each movie it appeared in.
  • After its appearance in Invasion of Astro Monster, one of the DaisensoRado puppets was sent to Tsuburaya Productions. There, it was de-feathered and remade into the giant bird, Litra. Afterwards, the prop was modified again, and given a completely new color scheme and feathers to turn it into the endangered bird kaiju, Larugeus. Finally, the suit was returned to Toho, and was de-feathered again, then redesigned heavily into the puppet used for the Giant Condor.

List of appearances


Television series

Kaiju designs
Godzilla designs
Showa ShodaiGojiGyakushuGojiKingGojiMosuGojiDaisensoGojiMusukoGojiSoshingekiGojiMegaroGoji
Heisei 84GojiBioGojiBatoGojiRadoGojiMogeGoji
Millennium MireGojiSokogekiGojiKiryuGojiFinalGoji
TriStar Pictures 1998 film designJuvenile 1998 design
MonsterVerse 2014 film design
Post-Millennium 2007 film design2016 film design2017 film design
Anguirus designs
Showa ShodaiAngiraSoshingekiAngira
Millennium FinalAngira
King Kong designs
Showa ShodaiKonguGoroKongu
Universal Pictures 2005 design
MonsterVerse 2017 design
Mothra designs
Showa ShodaiMosuLarva/ShodaiMosuImagoGojiMosuLarva/GojiMosuImagoSanDaikaijuMosuLarvaSoshingekiMosuLarva
Heisei HeiseiMosuLarva/HeiseiMosuImagoReoMosuImago
Millennium SokogekiMosuLarva/SokogekiMosuImagoTokyoMosuLarva/TokyoMosuImago
MonsterVerse 2019 design
Rodan designs
Showa ShodaiRadoSanDaikaijuRadoSoshingekiRado
Heisei HeiseiRado
Millennium FinalRado
MonsterVerse 2019 design
King Ghidorah designs
Showa ShodaiGhido
Heisei HeiseiGhidoHakuAkiGhidoRaishuGhido
Millennium SokogekiGhido
MonsterVerse 2019 design
Mechagodzilla designs
Showa ShodaiMekagojiGyakushuMekagoji
Heisei HeiseiMekagoji
Millennium MireMekagojiTokyoMekagoji
Miscellaneous designs
Showa ShodaiBaraShodaiEbiraShodaiGiganMegaroGiganShodaiKamaShodaiMandaSoshingekiMandaShodaiMiniraShodaiKumoShodaiHedoShodaiShisa
Heisei ShodaiBioRozuShodaiBioShodaiSupesuGoji
Millennium ShodaiOrugaShodaiMegagirasuSokogekiBaraFinalEbiraFinalKamaFinalMiniraFinalKumoFinalHedoFinalShisaFinalMandaFinalAngiraFinalGiganZilla design
MonsterVerse MUTO designSkullcrawler design