Aliens & SDF
Staff of Toho
||The Return of King
Shinichi Sekizawa, Takeshi Kimura
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hailing for Nebula Space Hunter M begin a slow conquest
of Earth, stealing identities and building a base of
operations from a giant Godzilla Tower. Their ultimate
plan of action is to decimate the Earth and then rule
the remains. The Nebula Space Hunter M aliens scheme
to use King Ghidorah, Gigan and the monster Mogu to
accomplish their goal by controlling the creatures
from action tapes. Due to the interference of humans,
the tapes accidentally summon Godzilla, Rodan and Varan
to the area, who in turn face off against the three
space monsters for the fate of Earth.
project was an early, more extravagant version of what
would ultimately become Godzilla
vs. Gigan (1972). Despite the similar plot
to what the movie became, the original concept had
a rather large monster cast. On the alien side, King
Ghidorah was touted as the project's character to beat,
unlike the final draft which placed greater focus on
cyborg monster was also fairly different at this stage,
still having a scythe-like hand, but also a spiked
ball and chain on the other. They were to work alongside
another new monster called Mogu, a flying beast that
could fire an oral weapon from its maw.
On Earth's side, Godzilla, Rodan and Varan were to
face off against the invaders. All three monsters had
helmed their own films, while Godzilla and Rodan's
marquee value was already well known.
Unfortunately, the project's budget was ultimately
far too modest for the idea's in this early script.
At the minimum, it would have required three new suits
in the form of Gigan, Mogu and Varan, the latter of
which only had a small prop used for it in Destroy
All Monsters (1968). Taking the budget under
consideration, Mogu was dropped while Rodan and Varan
were replaced by Anguirus, to take advantage of the
new suit that had been created in 1968 for the monster.
King Ghidorah's name was dropped from the title, and
the film became Earth Destruction Directive: Godzilla
Note: The picture seen above was created by artist
John Rhodes using published artwork as a basis for
use by Toho Kingdom. It was not created by Toho nor
is it their official look for the unused character.
||Aliens, SDF, Misc
King Ghidorah, Rodan, Gigan, Varan and Mogu
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