ToraGoji

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Godzilla Designs
MogeGoji/DesuGoji
ToraGoji
MireGoji
Monster Design
The ToraGoji in GODZILLA (1998)
ToraGoji
Type CGI/Suit

Nicknames AmeriGoji, 98Goji, TriStarGoji, EmeGoji

Portrayed by CGI, Animatronic,
Kurt Carley (Suit and motion reference)
Used in GODZILLA (1998)
  • This article covers the 1998 Godzilla design. For the Godzilla incarnation, see Godzilla/TriStar.

The ToraGoji (トラゴジ,   Toragoji?)[1] is the Godzilla design used in the 1998 Godzilla film, GODZILLA.

Name

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?).

Detail

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 urban environment.

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

The design has powerful, long legs and arms, which enable for very swift movement; something it was specifically designed to have.[2]

Use in Other Media

Video Games

Gallery

Production

Screenshots

GODZILLA (1998)

Post-Production

Merchandise

Covers

Toys

Promotional

Magazines

Trivia

  • 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

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]

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TriStar
GODZILLA (1998)
Godzilla (TriStar)
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Suit



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Sharp79377937 the Godzilla fan

18 days ago
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Do any of you guys know that this Godzilla is Female
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Kaiju4EVER

18 days ago
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No, it isn't. This Godzilla is a male that can asexually reproduce. The 1998 movie even mentions this. The only reason why some fans say that its a female is only because they don't want to except the fact that he's a male.
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CdrWikizilla

9 months ago
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Huh, so the designs name is ToraGoji. kewl. I like it
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Titanollante

9 months ago
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This design's official name is ToraGoji. Should the page be renamed to ToraGoji?
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GodzillaIsland7.2

9 months ago
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Yes, I think it should.
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Les

9 months ago
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I concur.
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Deathrock9

9 months ago
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"This design's official name is ToraGoji"

Then rename the page. You don't need to ask anyone about renaming it. Anyone who says it shouldn't be renamed to match the official name is just a moron.
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Deathrock9

13 months ago
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Why did they think it would be a good idea to give this suit male genitalia? It really doesn't look right.
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SkullIsland

13 months ago
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What do you mean?
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Deathrock9

13 months ago
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Check this image: http://wikiz...lla_suit.png
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SkullIsland

13 months ago
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I guess that's where the eggs came from.
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Toolen

12 months ago
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Why did they think ANYTHING about this piece of garbage was a good idea?
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CdrWikizilla

9 months ago
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Toolen, please stop, this monster and movie get enough hate as it is and frankly this fandom needs to get the hell over it.
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Sharp79377937 the Godzilla fan

18 days ago
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Don't you mean Female?
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Deathrock9

13 months ago
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ShodaiJira is a stupid name for this page considering Godzilla 1998 and Zilla are legally different characters.
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Deathrock9

13 months ago
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Thank goodness it's gonna be changed.
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Toolen

12 months ago
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Why does it matter? They're the same character. They just changed the name for subsequent releases featuring the character. Technically speaking, this is the original Zilla design.
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MosuFan2004

9 months ago
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Please stop. They are different characters. The 1998 Godzilla is Godzilla and Zilla is Zilla.
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Krazar77

14 months ago
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I really dig this design.