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For Toho's first Godzilla film since 2004, they chose to go back to the dark tone of the original 1954 Godzilla film. To coincide with this, it was decided to give Godzilla a more grotesque and frightening appearance. The new Godzilla's design draws heavily on the ShodaiGoji, featuring a rounded head with small beady eyes and dark, bumpy skin.
The ShinGoji appears to retain the traditional maple leaf shaped dorsal plates of previous designs, which run up to the top of its neck. The middle row of plates is larger than the others, and is flanked on both sides by at least two smaller rows. The dorsal plates are jagged in appearance, and feature a porous bony surface in their center which is reminiscent of cancellous bone. Unlike most previous designs, the dorsal plates are the same black color as the rest of the body, as was the case with the LegendaryGoji.
This suit features several features distinct from previous designs as well. Inspired by the original vision that Godzilla was supposed to be a 'victim' of the Hydrogen bomb, this Godzilla features red scales resembling keloid scars. Similar scars can be observed running into structures in his black dorsal plates which are reminiscent of blood vessels.
In addition, he possesses countless uneven rows of jagged, shark-like teeth inside his mouth and a pronounced nose with large round nostrils, and his mouth extends partially into his cheeks, some teeth protruding from the skin above and underneath his mouth. His lower jaw is similar to that of a snake, and it splits open when Godzilla uses his iconic atomic breath. Godzilla's eyes are considerably more sunken into their sockets, being shaded by his brow ridges. His eyes do not appear to have any eyelids.
This Godzilla also sports a long neck and very thin and short arms which barely reach out beyond the chest. Its feet possess five digits, while all other Godzilla designs have either three or four. The fifth digit is much smaller than the others, and has a vestigial claw, resembling a dewclaw digit which is often present on many mammals and some predatory reptiles.
Images of the "suit" used for the ShinGoji show reddish exposed muscles over several parts of its body, most notably on the neck. Godzilla's rib cage protrudes from the rest of his body, coming to a pointed and pronounced sternum, far more pronounced than the Godzilla designs from the Heisei series. This design also appears to possess a longer neck than previous versions. This Godzilla features more visible bone structure is visible through his skin in some places, giving him an emaciated appearance.
The trailer for the film showed the design in full for the first time, showing that it has been revised somewhat in comparison to the teaser poster. Godzilla's neck is now more ridged, and bears numerous open sores that lead to exposed muscular tissue. His brow ridges also seem to be slightly less pronounced, making his eyes seem larger in comparison to the rest of his head. Godzilla's tail is much longer than in previous designs, causing it to constantly be suspended in the air far behind him. The tip of his tail seems to be covered in skeletons.
Images of Yuji Sakai's upcoming 2016 Godzilla figure show a full glimpse of the design's feet, which are very different from previous designs aside from possessing a dewclaw digit. The feet are digitrade, and resemble those of theropod dinosaurs, as Godzilla seems to stand on the front of his feet with his heels in the air. The toe claws also appear to point upward. These traits are also reflected in the golden maquette of the design displayed at a Nico Nico conference in April. A close-up of the maquette's foot shows that Godzilla also has at least three additional very small, seemingly vestigial, toe claws growing from the side of his foot.
Scars and open wounds can be found all over his skin, and the scars over his body bear cracks through which exposed flesh can be seen. Most of these lesions occupy regions where Godzilla's skin would normally fold, giving the injuries a similar appearance to numerous Ichthyotic conditions.
The ShinGoji will be portrayed by a combination of puppets and various props, animatronics, and a "suit" operated by three people, all enhanced with digital effects. This version of Godzilla has been confirmed to be the tallest Godzilla to appear in a film yet, standing 118.5 meters tall, while Legendary's Godzilla is only 108.2 meters tall.
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