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ShodaiGoji
GyakushuGoji
Kaiju Design
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ShodaiGoji
Type
Suit
Nicknames
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Portrayed By
Haruo Nakajima
Used In
Gojira

The ShodaiGoji (初代ゴジ?) is the Godzilla suit design used in the 1954 Godzilla film, Gojira.


Name

The ShodaiGoji's name comes from shodai (初代?), meaning first generation, and Goji, which comes from Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira (ゴジラ?).

Detail

The ShodaiGoji is popular with fans who prefer the first, darker toned Godzilla film. This suit featured a heavy lower body, small arms and a large, round head. The face had pronounced brows while the eyes were completely round with tiny pupils, a feature unique to this costume.

For close-up shots, a hand-held puppet and the prototype suit were used. Curiously, when the camera focuses on Godzilla's head in such close-ups, such as when he is firing his Atomic Breath, Godzilla appears to have larger, more glossy-looking eyes as a result.

The suit also included several features particular to itself and to the GyakushuGoji: fangs, four toes, a rough underside for the tail and pointed tail tip, and staggered rows of dorsal plates (these features would reappear with the Heisei series of Godzilla films from 1984 to 1999). The dorsal plates for both the ShodaiGoji and the GyakushuGoji were dynamic in design and unique to the two costumes. During filming, a separate pair of Godzilla legs were used for close-up shots of Godzilla's feet.

Portrayal

The ShodaiGoji was the first of its kind--a suit fully operated by a man inside of it. As there were no established procedures on how to build or operate a suit like the original Godzilla suit, Godzilla special effects artist Eiji Tsuburaya and the production staff had to pioneer suitmation.[1]

The ShodaiGoji was portrayed by Haruo Nakajima, who would go to portray Godzilla up to Godzilla vs. Gigan. Nakajima has said that he made Godzilla walk like an elephant from observations he made by watching how an Indian elephant called "Indira" back around the time of Godzilla's production.[2]

Gallery

Production

Gojira

Godzilla Raids Again

Screenshots

Gojira

Post-Production

Merchandise

Covers

Toys

Cards

Trivia

  • This is the only known Godzilla to have been brown since all future incarnations of the Godzilla suits were all charcoal black, and much later, green.
  • The ShodaiGoji suit was 6.5 feet tall and weighed 200 pounds.

References

This is a list of references for ShodaiGoji. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

Kaiju   Designs
Godzilla ShodaiGojiGyakushuGojiKingGojiMosuGojiDaisensoGojiMusukoGojiSoshingekiGojiMegaroGoji84GojiBioGojiBatoGojiRadoGojiMogeGojiMireGojiSokogekiGojiKiryuGojiFinalGojiThirdStreetGojiLegendaryGojiSnickersGoji
Mothra ShodaiMosuLarva/ShodaiMosuImagoHeiseiMosuLarva/HeiseiMosuImagoSokogekiMosuLarva/SokogekiMosuImagoTokyoMosuLarva/TokyoMosuImago
Rodan ShodaiRadoSanDaikaijuRadoSoshingekiRadoHeiseiRadoFinalRado
Gamera ShodaiGameHeiseiGameRegionGameIrisuGameMireGame
King Ghidorah ShodaiGhidoHeiseiGhidoRaishuGhidoSokogekiGhido
Gyaos ShodaiGyaoHeiseiGyaoIrisuGyaoMireGyao
Anguirus ShodaiAngiraSoshingekiAngiraFinalAngira
Manda ShodaiMandaSoshingekiMandaFinalManda
Meganulon ShodaiMeganuronGiraMeganuronShodaiMeganura
Fairy Mothra ShodaiFairyReoFairyRaishuFairy
Garu Garu ShodaiGaruRaishuGaru
King Kong ShodaiKonguGoroKongu
Zilla ShodaiJiraFinalJira
Orochi ShodaiOrochiHeiseiOrochiInyoshiOrochi
Other Showa Designs ShodaiBaraShodaiGiganShodaiMiniraShodaiEbiraShodaiHedoShodaiShisaShodaiKamaShodaiKumoShodaiKamo
Other Millennium Designs SokogekiBaraTokyoKamoFinalGiganFinalMiniraFinalEbiraFinalHedoFinalShisaFinalKamaFinalKumo

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