The MosuGoji (モスゴジ) is the Godzilla suit design used in the 1964 Godzilla films, Mothra vs. Godzilla and Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. It also appeared in some water scenes in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep.
In Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, the SanDaikaijuGoji's name comes from the film's Japanese title, specifically san daikaiju (三大怪獣), meaning three giant monsters, and Goji, which comes from Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira (ゴジラ).
Widely regarded as one of the best Godzilla suits of all time, the MosuGoji is as different from the KingGoji as the KingGoji was from its two predecessors, ShodaiGoji and GyakushuGoji. The body of the MosuGoji suit was sleek and bell-shaped, with a pronounced breastbone and knees. The hands featured slender, sharp and menacing claws with the fingers held apart. The dorsal fins were nearly identical to those of the KingGoji suit. The facial features were defined, with pronounced brows and large, angry-looking eyes. The suit's eyes could move, although a scene in the film shows Godzilla with no pupils because the eyes rolled upwards. During the film, the suit's upper jaw noticeably wobbles when in motion. This is a result of the suit becoming damaged during filming of the Nagoya Castle scene - Haruo Nakajima tripped on the set while the scene was being filmed, destroying not only the Nagoya Castle prop but damaging the suit, crushing several of its teeth and breaking the suit's jaw. However, Eiji Tsuburaya was impressed with the footage, and decided to repair the suit and keep the scene in the film.
In Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, the MosuGoji suit was given a new head with different facial features. Movable eyes were inserted, the upper lip and teeth were reduced and the tongue elongated, going past the lower row of teeth. This was done due to damage the suit's head had sustained during the previous film, primarily the scenes where Godzilla smashes headfirst into Nagoya Castle and later when his head is briefly set on fire. This suit is also called the SanDaikaijuGoji (三大怪獣ゴジ).
Use in other media
- Godziban (2019-)
The MosuGoji suit with Haruo Nakajima
Jirass vs. Ultraman
The SanDaikaijuGoji suit in use as Gomess
The cover for the soundtrack of Mothra vs. Godzilla
The cover for the soundtrack of Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Bandai Godzilla: High Grade Set 3 Godzilla '64
Y-MSF Godzilla 1964
Bandai Godzilla 50th Anniversary Memorial Box Godzilla 1964
Gigabrain Godzilla 1964
Hazawa-Gumi Godzilla 1964
Hazawa-Gumi Godzilla 1964 (Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster)
S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 1964
Cast Godzilla 1964 emerging from underground ornament
Cast Mini Godzilla 1964 (Mothra vs. Godzilla) ornament
NECA Godzilla 1964
- MosuGoji was the first Godzilla suit to be used as the primary suit in more than one movie.
- Mosugojira was the name of an insect monster from Mirrorman.
- A replica MosuGoji suit appeared in an early version of the 1983 fan film Wolfman vs. Godzilla. It was eventually replaced by a replica of the KingGoji suit.
- Stock footage of the MosuGoji suit appears in Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs. Gigan and Godzilla: Final Wars.
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