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ShodaiMinira
All Monsters Attack - Minilla stares intently

Nicknames:

SoshingekiMinira
AllKaijuMinira

Design Details

Type:

Suit

Portrayed by:

Masao Fukazawa
Puppets
(Animatronic)

First appearance:

Son of Godzilla

Last appearance:

All Monsters Attack

Design Chronology

Previous:

None

Next:

FinalMinira

 

The ShodaiMinira (初代ミニラ,   ShodaiMinira?) is the Minilla suit design used in the 1967, 1968 and 1969 Godzilla films, Son of Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters and All Monsters Attack.


Name

In Son of Godzilla, the ShodaiMinira's name comes from shodai (初代?), meaning first generation, and Minira, which comes from Minilla's Japanese name, Minira (ミニラ?).

In Destroy All Monsters, the SoshingekiMinira's name comes from the film's Japanese title, specifically sōshingeki (総進撃?), meaning attack of the marching [monsters], and Minira, which comes from Minilla's Japanese name, Minira (ミニラ?).

In All Monsters Attack, the AllKaijuMinira's name comes from the film's Japanese title, specifically ōru kaijū (オール怪獣?), meaning all kaiju, and Minira, which comes from Minilla's Japanese name, Minira (ミニラ?).

Detail

ShodaiMinira is the same dark green-gray color all over, the only exceptions are the mouth, which is pink, as well as its eyes and teeth, which are white. It has big eyebrows and an almost humanoid nose, somewhat like MusukoGoji's.

Its snout is very small, much smaller than the normal Showa Godzilla suits, thus giving it a humanoid appearance. It seems that the suit has a smile most of the time. The suit has very small dorsal fins in its back as well. This suit is also called the SoshingekiMinira (総進撃ミニラ?) in Destroy All Monsters, and AllKaijuMinira (オール怪獣ミニラ?) in All Monsters Attack.

An animatronic puppet was also created and used to portray Minilla just after he hatches in Son of Godzilla. This puppet bears some marked differences from the suit, including a more spherical head and a lighter skin tone.

List of appearances

Films

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