30 DAYS OF GODZILLA CHALLENGE
[Day 5: Favorite Godzilla Costume]: For today’s challenge, I decided to choose the one suit that fills me with the most glee when it appears on screen. My favorite Godzilla Costume is the 1995 Burning Godzilla (aka Desu-goji / デスゴジ) from Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (ゴジラvsデストロイア). It was a one-time gimmick that tied into the desperate plot of the film beautifully: Godzilla’s nuclear heart is overheating and the King of the Monsters not only is in danger from his own meltdown, but both Japan and the entire the world could…let’s just say “suffer” from the effects of a 50,000 ton nuclear monster’s reactor core going critical.
Desu-goji has been one of my favorites since I saw the film in a theater cam VHS tape back in 1996 and while I don’t own an excessive amount of plastic versions of this guy, I am so excited for the Gigantic version to be released by X-Plus some time this year!
Some honorable mentions: the GMK suit was considered for the “favorite” but because its end result wasn’t as true to the original maquette design as I hoped. The 1964 suit is definitely my favorite from the Showa era, but is overpowered by my flaming friend. In my opinion, the 1989 - 1991 suit is actually the epitome of Godzilla design. If you asked me to draw the “big guy”, that’s probably the design that would spring from my pencil, but while I adore that suit, it’s not as impressive as the winner here, Burning Godzilla.