Hello fellow Kaijuologists! It’s me — your favorite mustachioed samurai sword-wielding hero! Today I’ve crashed my drill-tipped spaceship into the side of this webzone in order to list off my top and bottom three Godzilla designs.
I’ve made it no secret that I’ve seen the least Godzilla movies of anyone on the cast, so I have set up some special rules for my list:
I will review a design purely based off of its look
I will then watch a movie that suit was in and write an addendum to each suit after seeing it in motion.
Before I get started I need to stress that each of these designs are special and I don’t really hate any of them. The time and effort put into each and every Godzilla design really does show the love that Toho (and now Legendary) have for this creature.
MY BOTTOM THREE
Apparently this is one of the most popular ones... shoot. I think it looks fine from the side but from the front he looks like a pinhead. On top of that, his eyes look like they are rolled up into his skull. Taking those two elements together reminds me more of the alligator from All Dogs go to Heaven and less of a terrifyingly powerful monster.
My problems with the head are still prominent when you see the Kingoji in motion, but on the bright side, the film tries to keep shots of Godzilla in profile which really helps out. I also noticed that sometimes the suit's knees seem to hyperextend to the left or right because of how loose they are.
Whoa, this guy seems like an outlier. The ghost eyes are super spooky and pretty rad. However, his face is distracting with the square mouth shape and the whole suit looks so...floppy. His gut and neck buckle even when the suit is not moving which is really odd looking. This seems like a feature adopted from one of the earlier suits.
I WAS WRONG! I WAS SO WRONG! This is one of the best Godzilla movies I’ve ever seen! Also, this is now tied for my favorite “Beam Reveal” sequence. That being said, I still feel like the suit is a bit floppy in the gut and neck which was not an issue a few years before this with one of my favorite suits. The eyes actually play a part in the story which is super cool. (Tokyo Tidbit: Kyle was actually playing this at his birthday last year but I missed it because I was busy cooking Godzilla themed burgers for everyone!)
Cameron already covered this guy, but I really had to put him on my list as well. This is the thinnest Godzilla has ever looked, making him look more like a dude in a suit and less like a monster. While that might make it a very mobile suit, it also makes him look less like a titanic monster and more like something a Tokusatsu team would fight.
What? What did I just watch? Why is this happening? Who okayed this movie!? This feels like the least Godzilla movie I’ve ever watched. Oh, the suit? Right, well, it definitely feels like a monster in a tokusatsu movie. I feel like the arms were too expressive since they fit the suit actor so well. I honestly can’t say that watching this in motion made me like it any better.
My Top Three
Oh boy! I get to talk about things I like now, this is going to be a fun list, though it was tough to pick just three.
Man, first off, I need to stress that I love the neck frills. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this look used in a few comics too and that’s pretty great. Also the look of the dorsal plates are fun. This whole suit comes across as a happy medium between MireGoji (who just missed the top three) and a more traditional Godzilla.
Seeing the suit in motion brings up some issues. I still like this suit for the most part, but there is something off with the eyes. They are bright and don’t seem to blink all that much. Aside from that though, I’m a huge fan of the sculpted look of the scales on this suit. The ending of this movie raises a lot of really dumb questions though...
AKA Bearzilla AKA Alligatorzilla. I love the SCALE of this creature (both its size and its alligator skin...get it?). I find him to be one of the more symmetrical Godzillas, he’s still triangular with a wide waist and narrower shoulders, but it all looks proportional. And while Finalgoji is also pretty symmetrical, this design still looks bulky and massive.
I feel like using CGI in my design review list is cheating. But I really love the look of this Godzilla. His dorsal plates look less like a natural creature and more like the jagged rocks on a coast, which is a really nice image when he swims through the water.
THIS IS IT Y'ALL, MY NUMBER 1!
Okay so, I love both variants of this suit but Burning Godzilla is just perfect. I love the detailed eyes, the detail of the scales, and the light work in the body. It has some of the best musculature we’ve ever seen in a Godzilla suit.
YES. Nothing has changed, this is still my favorite Godzilla. The animatronics in the face are amazing and the people at Toho know it. I will say that I was a little underwhelmed by the more traditional dorsal plates, but that comes down to personal taste.
I couldn't talk about these in the article because they were never released but I wanted to throw a shout out to the two unmade American Godzilla movies. Godzilla 3D and Godzilla vs Gryphon. Both of these designs are pretty interesting and worth talking about I think. My least favorite of the two is Godzilla 3D.
It looks like it's just a T-Rex head glued to a Hana Barbara Godzilla body. However, the Godzilla in "Godzilla Vs Gryphon" is AWESOME!
It's looks very much like a true Godzilla and it's a real shame we didn't get this instead of the much maligned Godzilla '98.
Alright gang, that’s it, my top and bottom 3 Godzillas! What did you think? Do you agree? Do you hate me now? Let me know in the comments! (Please don’t hate me though, I have a very soft heart…)