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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 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