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The ToraGoji in GODZILLA (1998)
Type CGI/suit/animation
Nicknames AmeriGoji, 98Goji,
TriStarGoji, EmeGoji
Portrayed by CGI, animatronic,
Kurt Carley (suit and motion reference), animation
Used in GODZILLA (1998),
Godzilla: The Series
This article covers the 1998 Godzilla design. For the Godzilla incarnations, see Godzilla/TriStar and Godzilla/Godzilla: The Series.

The ToraGoji (トラゴジ)[1] is the Godzilla design used in the 1998 Godzilla film, GODZILLA and its sequel television series, Godzilla: The Series.

Name[edit | edit source]

The ToraGoji's name comes from the Japanese name for TriStar (トライスター,   Toraisutā), and Goji, which comes from Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira (ゴジラ). In Japan, a popular nickname for the design is EmeGoji (エメゴジ), derived from the first part of director Roland Emmerich's surname, spelled in Japanese as Emerihhi (エメリッヒ), combined with Goji. Another name is AmeriGoji (アメリゴジ), derived from "America," which was often used to describe him prior to the 2014 film, as he was the only American film incarnation.

Detail[edit | edit source]

The ToraGoji is a very drastic redesign for Godzilla, to the point of bearing little resemblance to previous designs. The design's CGI model has a stance similar to modern depictions of theropod dinosaurs, such as Tyrannosaurus rex, in contrast to Godzilla's traditional upright humanoid posture.

The color of the design's skin is a very dark blue on the top of his body, to the point of looking black during some scenes, a silvery light-blue color on the sides of the body, and tan on the underside, as if to blend in with the urban environment. The design has powerful, long legs and arms, which enable for very swift movement; something it was specifically designed to have.[2]

The ToraGoji design has a notably big underbite with a huge chin, and teeth that stick out of the mouth, much like crocodiles'. In contrast to Godzilla's traditional maple leaf-shaped dorsal fins, the ToraGoji has curved, spike-like scutes, curving towards the front, described as looking somewhat like reversed shark fins.

Godzilla only has four fingers in the master CG model used in the movie, the giant animatronic, and the final design maquette. However, a vestigial fifth digit is present in the suit.

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GODZILLA (1998)[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This Godzilla redesign was made by Patrick Tatopoulos based only on Roland Emmerich's instructions that the monster had to be quick and agile.
  • Although Toho had little to do with the making of this design, they still knew what it looked like and nevertheless approved it.[2] Toho's chairman at the time, Isao Matsuoka, even said he felt it kept the essence of Godzilla, though many of Toho's executives and employees would later express their displeasure with the design.[3]
  • The animatronic Godzilla was designed by veteran Disney Imagineer Bob Gurr, who also created the giant animatronic King Kong for the Universal Studios Hollywood tour.[4]
  • To create Zilla's CGI model for Godzilla: Final Wars, Toho scanned Trendmasters' Ultimate Godzilla figure based on the ToraGoji design.[5] Some alterations were made to Zilla's model, such as the removal of the dewlap on his neck and having his scutes point straight upward instead of curving forward, in addition to making his skin a stone gray color.
    • The comic series Godzilla: Rulers of Earth directly bases Zilla's appearance on the ToraGoji design, complete with the curved scutes and dewlap. However, it portrays Zilla as green rather than blue and adds a fifth digit to his hands, a trait present neither in the ToraGoji or Zilla in Godzilla: Final Wars.

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for ToraGoji. 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. All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th Edition). Yosensha. 4 September 2016. p. 232. ISBN 978-4-8003-0362-2.
  3. GODZILLA Unmade: The History of Jan De Bont's Unproduced TriStar Film - Part 4 - SciFi Japan
  4. Theme Parkeology presents Moments with Bob Gurr
  5. GODZILLA: THE SERIES- The Lost Trendmasters Toy Line - SciFi Japan


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