84Goji

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MegaroGoji
84Goji
BioGoji
Monster Design
The 84Goji in The Return of Godzilla (click to enlarge)
84Goji
Type
Suit, Animatronic, Full-scale foot
Nicknames
None
Portrayed by
Kenpachiro Satsuma
Used in
The Return of Godzilla

The 84Goji (84ゴジ?) is the Godzilla suit design used in the 1984 Godzilla film, The Return of Godzilla.

Name

The 84Goji's name comes from the year the film it was featured in, The Return of Godzilla, was released (1984, because in Japan the film was just called Godzilla, and Godzilla did not face any other monsters), and Goji, which comes from Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira (ゴジラ?).

Detail

Godzilla was revived in 1984 for the film The Return of Godzilla, this time reverting to the more menacing appearance of his debut, as opposed to the friendlier appearance used at the end of the original series. The 84Goji was made to closely resemble the original suit: Godzilla was again four-toed instead of three, his fangs and ears reappeared and his dorsal plates were made large again too. The tail was longer, and the eyes featured more white area in them.

The suit was massive, weighing in at 242 pounds, much more than the Godzilla suits used in the 1970's, which weighed about 88 pounds. Kenpachiro Satsuma became Godzilla's suitmation actor for The Return of Godzilla, and would reprise the role for the rest of the Heisei series, ending with Godzilla vs. Destoroyah in 1995.

Though most of the Godzilla footage in the film is of the suit, it was the animatronic "Cybot Godzilla" that earned the most publicity before the film's release. Standing 16 feet tall and weighing 1.2 tons, the Cybot Godzilla cost $475,000 to build. The Cybot was primarily used for close-up shots of Godzilla in the film, which could become obvious due to its head not matching that of the suit.[1] Toho also built a full-size, crane-operated model of Godzilla's foot. Almost all shots of it were deleted from the American edit of the film, Godzilla 1985.

Due to problems with the mechanisms in the suit's eyes, Godzilla's eyes sometimes face away from each other, giving a somewhat comical appearance which wasn't intended by Toho. This is particularly apparent during close-ups of the suit, most notably during a scene where Godzilla stares down the Super X after rising back to his feet.

This suit was stolen from Toho a little while after The Return of Godzilla was released, and to this day nobody has been able to find the suit, or the culprit, though it is highly unlikely that the suit is currently intact, considering how long Godzilla suits normally last. However, the massive Cybot Godzilla remained in Toho's ownership, and was put on display in multiple film festivals around Japan.[2] The Cybot Godzilla's head was seen on display as recently as 2004, 20 years after the release of The Return of Godzilla.

Use in Other Media

Video Games

Gallery

Production

The Return of Godzilla

Screenshots

The Return of Godzilla

Post-Production

Merchandise

Covers

Magazines

Toys

References

This is a list of references for 84Goji. 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]

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Kaiju4EVER

5 months ago
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My favorite Heisei series Godzilla design.