Giant Condor

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Giant Condor / Giant Eagle
The Giant Condor in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Alternate names Giant Eagle, Ookondoru, Oowashi, Daikondoru, Daiwashi
Subtitle(s) Monster Bird (怪鳥,   Kaichō)[1]
Giant Monster Bird (大怪鳥,   Daikaichō)[2]
Species Giant mutated bird
Length 15 meters[3][note 1]
Wingspan 25 meters[3][note 2]
Weight 2,000 metric tons[3][note 3]
Place(s) of emergence Letchi IslandEHotD, Monster IslandAMA
Enemies Godzilla
Written by Shinichi Sekizawa
Modeled by Teizo Toshimitsu
First appearance Latest appearance
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep All Monsters Attack
Roar(s)

The Giant Condor (大コンドル,   Ōkondoru), also known as the Giant Eagle (大ワシ,   Ōwashi), is a giant bird kaiju created by Toho who first appeared in the 1966 Godzilla film, Ebirah, Horror of the Deep.

Name

This monster has two different names for its two appearances: Giant Condor (大コンドル,   Ōkondoru) in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep and Giant Eagle (大ワシ,   Ōwashi) in All Monsters Attack. It is actually called the "Giant Eagle" by Ichiro in the Japanese dialogue for All Monsters Attack, but goes unnamed in the English dub.

Development

The Giant Condor was conceived by Shinichi Sekizawa as an opponent for King Kong in his 1966 draft, Operation Robinson Crusoe: King Kong vs. Ebirah, and was included as an homage to the Pteranodon seen in the original 1933 King Kong.[4] Kong was, however, replaced with Godzilla during production due to problems with Rankin/Bass Productions, resulting in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep.

The Condor was portrayed using a remodeled Rodan prop from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster through Invasion of Astro-Monster, following its use as the monster Litra in Tsuburaya Productions' Ultra Q.[5][6] The modifications were performed by Toho's then-chief modeler, Teizo Toshimitsu.[6] The Giant Condor reappeared in the stock footage-heavy All Monsters Attack as the Giant Eagle, though no new footage was created for the monster.

Origins

While the Giant Condor's origins are not disclosed during the events of Ebirah, Horror of Deep, Tomoyuki Tanaka states in his 1984 book Definitive Edition Godzilla Introduction that the Condor was a bird native to Letchi Island which was transformed into a monster, similar to Ebirah.[2] It is unknown whether the Giant Condor was employed as a defense by the Red Bamboo, or simply attacked Godzilla of its own free will.

History

Showa series

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

The Giant Condor battling Godzilla in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

The Giant Condor appeared from the skies above Letchi Island and briefly grappled with Godzilla, but proved to be little more than a nuisance to the King of the Monsters, who roasted it with his atomic breath and caused its burnt corpse to plummet into the ocean below.

All Monsters Attack

In the dreams of Ichiro Miki, Godzilla was wandering around his home of Monster Island only to be attacked by the Giant Eagle. Godzilla fought briefly with the avian monster, but killed it with a blast of its atomic breath and sent its burnt corpse falling into the ocean.

Abilities

Flight

The Giant Condor is capable of flight at speeds of up to Mach 1.[7]

Physical capabilities

While not exhibiting any uncanny abilities during his brief encounter with Godzilla, the Giant Condor was shown to fight tooth-and-nail using its sharp beak and talons.

Weaknesses

The Giant Condor was not shown to be particularly resilient, being easily repelled by Godzilla and dispatched with a single blast of his atomic breath.

Filmography

Books

GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla

The Giant Condor inhabited North Africa and preyed upon United Earth soldiers that participated in "Operation: Long March."[8]

Gallery

Main article: Giant Condor/Gallery.

Trivia

Notes

  1. While the majority of sources list the Giant Condor and Giant Eagle's lengths as 15 meters, some including the 2014 publications Godzilla Completely Deciphered (p. 103) and Godzilla Dictionary [New Edition] (p. 54), and the 2016 publication Shin Godzilla Walker: The New Legend of the King of the Monsters (p. 59) instead list a length of 20 meters. Additionally, the 1972 publication Kaiju Kaijin Complete Works 1: Godzilla (p. 128) and Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works (p. 113) place the Giant Condor's length at 35 meters.
  2. While the majority of sources list the Giant Condor and Giant Eagle's wingspans as 25 meters, some including the 2014 publications Godzilla Completely Deciphered (p. 103) and Godzilla Dictionary [New Edition] (p. 54) instead list a wingspan of 45 meters, while the 1972 publication Kaiju Kaijin Complete Works 1: Godzilla (p. 128) gives a wingspan of 75 meters. Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works (p. 135) gives Giant Eagle specifically a 35 meter wingspan.
  3. While the majority of sources list the Giant Condor and Giant Eagle's weights as 2,000 metric tons, some including the 2014 publications Godzilla Completely Deciphered (p. 103) and Godzilla Dictionary [New Edition] (p. 54), and the 2016 publication Shin Godzilla Walker: The New Legend of the King of the Monsters (p. 59) instead list a weight of 600 metric tons. Additionally, Definitive Edition Godzilla Introduction (p. 83) and Kodansha Hit Books: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Monster Great Complete Works (p. 73) place the Giant Condor's weight at 20 metric tons and 2,100 metric tons, respectively.

References

This is a list of references for Giant Condor. 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]

  1. Godzilla Toho Giant Monster Pictorial Book. Shogakukan. p. 121. 1 April 2005. ISBN: 4-09-280052-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Definitive Edition Godzilla Introduction. Shogakukan. p. 83. 15 July 1984. ISBN: 4-09-220142-7.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Encyclopedia of Godzilla (Mechagodzilla Edition). Gakken. p. 104. 10 December 1993. ISBN: 405600174X.
  4. Japanese SFX & Fantasy Movies. Keibunsha. p. 178. 1997. ISBN: 4766927060.
  5. All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th edition). Yosensha. p. 126. 4 September 2016. ISBN: 978-4-8003-0362-2.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Pictorial Book of Godzilla 2. Hobby Japan Co., Ltd.. p. 88. 1 December 1995. ISBN: 978-4894251175.
  7. Godzilla Dictionary [New Edition]. Kasakura Publishing. p. 54. 7 August 2014. ISBN: 9784773087253.
  8. Oki, Renji. GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla. Kadokawa. pp. 53-85. 25 April 2018. ISBN: 9784041063453.
  9. Johnson, Michael. Marmit :: Vinyl Paradise :: Giant Condor. Club Tokyo. Retrieved on 7 March 2020.
  10. Godzilla Defense Force - Unreleased Content. Toho Kingdom. Retrieved on 7 March 2020.

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