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ShodaiBara
Frankenstein Conquers the World Baragon

Nicknames:

SoshingekiBara

Design Details

Type:

Suit

Portrayed by:

Haruo Nakajima

First appearance:

Frankenstein Conquers the World

Last appearance:

Destroy All Monsters

Design Chronology

Previous:

None

Next:

SokogekiBara

 

The ShodaiBara (初代バラ?) is the Baragon suit design used in the 1965 Toho film, Frankenstein Conquers the World, as well as the 1968 Godzilla film, Destroy All Monsters.


Name

The ShodaiBara's name comes from shodai (初代?), meaning first generation, and Bara, which comes from Baragon's Japanese name, Baragon (バラゴン?).

Detail

The ShodaiBara suit had bat-like ears, skinny arms, bulky legs, and an armored back. In Destroy All Monsters, the suit was painted darker and the entire head had to be removed because it was overused and a new one had to be made. The new head had different ears, less teeth and different eyes.

Trivia

  • The ShodaiBara suit is famous for its extensive reuse and constant reshaping and repurposing in some of Tsuburaya Productions initial Tokusatsu TV shows. The suit was originally supposed to be in more scenes in Destroy All Monsters, but the suit was too damaged, as a result of when Eiji Tsuburaya used it for Ultra Q and Ultraman. The suit was first reused for Pagos in Ultra Q episode 18, then it was used for Neronga in Ultraman episode 3, then it was used for Magular in Ultraman episode 8, and finally, it was used for Gabora in Ultraman episode 9. When Tsuburaya returned the suit to Toho, it becomes very clear that they weren't able to use the suit that much which explains why the suit was used at the very end of the movie when it shows all the monsters living peacefully on Monsterland.
  • Despite Baragon's supposed height in the films, the ShodaiBara costume is roughly at equal height/length compared to both Godzilla and Gorosaurus.
  • The ShodaiBara suit's wireframe skull would be later used as the base for the Flying Hedorah prop.

List of appearances

Films

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