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King Ghidorah Designs
None
ShodaiGhido
HeiseiGhido
Kaiju Design
Kg
ShodaiGhido
Type
Suit/Puppet (With wires)
Nicknames
DaisensoGhido, SoshingekiGhido, GiganGhido
Portrayed by
Haruya SakamotoGTHM, Shōichi HiroseIoAM, Susumu UtsumiDAM, Kanta InaGvG
Used in
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster,
Invasion of Astro-Monster,
Destroy All Monsters,
Godzilla vs. Gigan,
Zone Fighter

The ShodaiGhido (初代ギド?, ShodaiGido) is the King Ghidorah suit design used in the 1964, 1965, 1968, and 1972 Godzilla films, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Destroy All Monsters, and Godzilla vs. Gigan, as well as the 1973 television series, Zone Fighter.


Name

In Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, the ShodaiGhido's name comes from shodai (初代?), meaning first generation, and Ghido, which comes from King Ghidorah's name.

In Invasion of Astro-Monster, the DaisensoGhido's name comes from the film's Japanese title, specifically daisensō (大戦争?), meaning great war, and Ghido, which comes from King Ghidorah's name.

In Destroy All Monsters, the SoshingekiGhido's name comes from the film's Japanese title, specifically sōshingeki (総進撃?), and Ghido, which comes from King Ghidorah's name.

In Godzilla vs. Gigan, the GiganGhido's name comes from another kaiju's name, Gigan (ガイガン?, Gaigan), and Ghido, which comes from King Ghidorah's name.

Detail

Originally, before production of Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, this suit had purple scales and rainbow-colored detail on the wings, but later on, the entire body is recolored into a gold color. The heads of this suit has two curved horns on both sides with a crescent in the middle and a mane on each one, much like the appearance of a Chinese or Japanese Dragon. The actor is inside the middle head, and would hunch over, holding a pole, with the necks and heads being controlled by wires.

In Godzilla vs. Gigan, a stiff prop was used for scenes when King Ghidorah flew. This prop had red eyes and its wings and necks were fixed in place, giving King Ghidorah the bizzare appearance of hovering in the air.

The suit is also called DaisensoGhido in Invasion of Astro-Monster, SoshingekiGhido in Destroy All Monsters, and GiganGhido in Godzilla vs. Gigan.

Gallery

Production

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

Invasion of Astro-Monster

Destroy All Monsters

Godzilla vs. Gigan

Zone Fighter

Screenshots

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

Invasion of Astro-Monster

Destroy All Monsters

Godzilla vs. Gigan

Zone Fighter

Post-Production

Merchandise

Toys

Magazines

Trivia

  • The ShodaiGhido was portrayed by a different suit actor in every one of the Godzilla films it appeared in.

Poll

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