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).
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 fins were made large again, too. The tail was longer, and the eyes featured more white areas in them.
The suit was massive, weighing in at 242 pounds, much more than the Godzilla suits used in the 1970s, 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 this suit and the water suit made from the same mold, 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. 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. After production wrapped, Toho put it on display in multiple film festivals around Japan. The Cybot Godzilla's head was exhibited as recently as 2004, 20 years after the release of The Return of Godzilla.
Use in other media
- Multiplayer Adventure: New Godzilla (1985) - NEC PC-8801
- Godzilla: Trading Battle (1998) - Sony PlayStation
- Godzilla 60th (2014) - browser
- Godzilla Kaiju Collection (2015) - Android and iOS
- Godzilla Defense Force (2019) - Android and iOS
The full Cybot being used to promote Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla in 1994
The cover for the soundtrack of The Return of Godzilla
Bandai Godzilla 50th Anniversary Memorial Box Godzilla 1984
X-Plus Defo-Real Godzilla 1984
NECA Godzilla 1984
Cast Godzilla 1984 ornament
Cast Godzilla 1984 falling into Mount Mihara ornament
Bandai Real Godzilla 4 Godzilla 1984 with Shockirus
Monogram International Figural Bag Clips
Mondo Godzilla 1984
Bandai Movie Monster Series Godzilla 1984
Super7 Godzilla '84
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