Mecha-Ghidorah (メカギドラ is a Mekagidora)mechanical version of King Ghidorah conceived by anime mechanical designer Kunio Okawara. Illustrations of the mech by Masami Watanabe and Yuji Kaida were published in an article in the March 1983 issue of TV Magazine entitled "Super Space Monster Robot! Mecha-Ghidorah vs. the King of the Monsters Godzilla," along with his backstory, anatomy and abilities. The article was later republished in 2018 in volume 41 of the Godzilla All Movie DVD Collector's Box.[a] Mecha-Ghidorah predated Mecha-King Ghidorah by nearly a decade.
In a spotlight of a plastic model of Mecha-Ghidorah made by Toshikazu Shishizawa which was published in SF Plamo Magazine, he was instead called Mecha-King Ghidorah (メカキングギドラ).
Mecha-Ghidorah maintains the same silhouette as its organic counterpart, being a bipedal dragon with wings for forelimbs, three heads, and twin tails. However, its body is considerably more angular and is plated with a golden metal. Each of Mecha-Ghidorah's heads are adorned with horns resembling antennae, and its necks lack Ghidorah's manes. In place of eyes, each head has a single, differently-colored spherical visor which doubles as a laser firing apparatus. The mech also appears to have a hatch in his pelvis, which houses his primary energy source.
Mecha-Ghidorah was developed in the Dark Nebula (暗黒星雲 by the Dark Mysterious Star Alliance Ankoku Seiun) (暗黒怪星連合, consisting of representatives of the Ankoku Kaisei Rengō)People of the Third Planet of Yomi, Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens, M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens, Kilaaks, Xiliens, Natarls and Mysterians. Conceived as the ultimate weapon against Godzilla, it was patterned after the monster's archnemesis King Ghidorah and incorporates technology from many of the aliens' previous creations, such as that of Mechagodzilla, Gigan, Moguera and the Daimakan.
Both of Mecha-Ghidorah's wings contain many rows of antigravity plates (反重力プレート, presumably enabling flight. hanjūryoku purēto)
Mecha-Ghidorah's three heads are outfitted with beam-firing eyes (ビームはっしゃアイ, each of which emits a different laser beam. bīmu hassha ai) His central eye, which appears to be colored white, fires a Freeze Ray (れいとう光線. Inversely, his left eye, colored red, fires a Heat Ray Reitō Kōsen) (熱光線. Finally, the eye of his right head, colored green, fires King Ghidorah's Gravity Beams Netsu Kōsen) (引力光線. Inryoku Kōsen) These beams were designed with reference to those of Mechagodzilla and the Daimakan.
Mecha-Ghidorah is equipped with six high-precision antennae (高性能アンテナ, two on each head. kōseinō antena)
- While they are not mentioned as part of the lineup of the Dark Mysterious Star Alliance, an illustration of Mecha-Ghidorah in his hangar appears to show the top of the head of a Garoga from Zone Fighter. A woman is also present with a hairstyle similar to that of Namikawa.
- The DVD Collector's Box reprint erroneously lists its original publish date as March 1981 (Showa 56).
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