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An illustration of Mecha-Ghidorah by Yuji Kaida
Subtitle(s) Super Space Monster Robot
(宇宙超怪獣ロボ,   Uchū Chō Kaijū Robo)[1]
Species Mechanical King Ghidorah duplicate
Height 100 meters[1]
Weight 60,000 metric tons[1]
Place(s) of emergence Dark Nebula[1]
Relations Dark Mysterious Star Alliance (creators)[1]
Enemies Godzilla
Designed by Kunio Okawara
First appearance "Super Space Monster Robot!
Mecha-Ghidorah vs. the
King of the Monsters Godzilla"

Mecha-Ghidorah (メカギドラ,   Mekagidora) is a 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.[1] 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.

Name[edit | edit source]

Mecha-Ghidorah's name is a combination of the suffix mecha (メカ,   meka), a shortening of "mechanical" (メカニカル,   mekanikaru) also used in the name of Mechagodzilla, and Gidora from "King Ghidorah."

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).

Design[edit | edit source]

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.

Origins[edit | edit source]

Mecha-Ghidorah was developed in the Dark Nebula (暗黒星雲,   Ankoku Seiun) by the Dark Mysterious Star Alliance (暗黒怪星連合,   Ankoku Kaisei Rengō), consisting of representatives of the People of the Third Planet of Yomi, Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens, M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens, Kilaaks, Xiliens, Natarls and Mysterians.[1] 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.[1]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Flight[edit | edit source]

Both of Mecha-Ghidorah's wings contain many rows of antigravity plates (反重力プレート,   hanjūryoku purēto), presumably enabling flight.[1]

Beam-firing eyes[edit | edit source]

Mecha-Ghidorah's three heads are outfitted with beam-firing eyes (ビームはっしゃアイ,   bīmu hassha ai), each of which emits a different laser beam.[1] His central eye, which appears to be colored white, fires a Freeze Ray (れいとう光線,   Reitō Kōsen). Inversely, his left eye, colored red, fires a Heat Ray (熱光線,   Netsu Kōsen). Finally, the eye of his right head, colored green, fires King Ghidorah's Gravity Beams (引力光線,   Inryoku Kōsen).[1] These beams were designed with reference to those of Mechagodzilla and the Daimakan.[1]

Rotating Cutter[edit | edit source]

Mecha-Ghidorah has a Rotating Cutter (回転カッター,   Kaiten Kattā) identical to that of Gigan mounted on his back to slice opponents.[1]

Tail drills[edit | edit source]

Mecha-Ghidorah's two tails double as drills (ドリル,   doriru). These are patterned after the Mysterian burrowing robot Moguera's drill nose.[1]

Antennae[edit | edit source]

Mecha-Ghidorah is equipped with six high-precision antennae (高性能アンテナ,   kōseinō antena), two on each head.[1]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

External links[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The DVD Collector's Box reprint erroneously lists its original publish date as March 1981 (Showa 56).

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Les/Sandbox/Mecha-Ghidorah. 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. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 TV Magazine. Kodansha. 1 March 1983. pp. 86–91. Unknown parameter |ed= ignored (|edition= suggested) (help)


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