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ShodaiManda
Manda head

Nicknames:

None

Design Details

Type:

Puppet

Portrayed by:

Puppet
(With wires)

First appearance:

Atragon

Last appearance:

Atragon

Design Chronology

Previous:

None

Next:

SoshingekiManda

 

The ShodaiManda (初代マンダ?) is the Manda puppet design used in the 1963 Toho film, Atragon.


Name

The ShodaiManda's name comes from shodai (初代?), meaning first generation, and Manda, which comes from Manda's Japanese name, Manda (マンダ?).

Detail

The ShodaiManda is clearly based on Oriental dragons, as it has a scaly puppet with hair all through its back, two whiskers, four horns on its head, a fairly long snout, reptilian pupils, four short legs with small claws, and a long serpent-like body. The suit also has fangs and a reptile-like underbody.

Trivia

  • The Ultra Q monster, Kai Dragon, was created (and loosely disguised) from reusing the ShodaiManda prop.
  • A smaller ShodaiManda was used for scenes of it swimming rapidly and for the scene of it getting frozen.
  • Although this Manda puppet was only used in one Toho film, it is the only one to be used in more than one production, counting its use as Kai Dragon. 

List of appearances

Films

Television series

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