Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

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Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby JVM » Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:41 am

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Megalon's a fun monster really, maybe it's childhood nostalgia, but I've always felt drawn to him. The Seatopians as well always interested me, but I just love Megalon, except when he burrows and grabs me from underground...
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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby Starfishman » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:46 am

I too have always loved Megalon. He was such a neat looking monster and I especially liked him because of his goofiness and that he had drills for hands

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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby ZigraDude » Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:28 am

Megalon is an awesome monster. He's got a really cool design and a huge personality. He doesn't seem very intelligent in his movie, but that's why I love him. I'd love to see Megalon return one day, even if he was called the "Christmas tree monster" from the MST3K crew. :lol:

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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby HayesAJones » Fri Dec 24, 2010 2:15 pm

A cool creation. Not a huge fran, but I can see why his design and goofy personallity are popular.
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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby Lionblaze » Fri Dec 24, 2010 2:20 pm

I like Megalon, he has a personality and a good interesting design. He definately needs to be featured in another Godzilla film to show his potential.
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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby edgaguirus » Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:28 pm

Megalon has a pleasing design, but he doesn't interest me that much.
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Megalon went into a bar and saw Gigan. Megalon said, " Again? I thought you gave this up."
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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby JVM » Sun Dec 26, 2010 11:20 pm

^ That's a good point actually, but I don't think that's ever been confirmed, has it?
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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby Killswitch » Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:33 pm

Cyborg Monsters like Megalon and Gigan translate well into video games. I think Megalon has a ton of potential, considering all of its weapons.
I've always been a big fan of the Megalon design, but wasn't too impressed with his role in the film.

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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby Zilla103192 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:10 am

NSZ wrote:
Killswitch wrote:Cyborg Monsters like Megalon and Gigan translate well into video games. I think Megalon has a ton of potential, considering all of its weapons.
I've always been a big fan of the Megalon design, but wasn't too impressed with his role in the film.


It's been confirmed for a little over a year now that Megalon isn't a cyborg, just another giant creature that evolved to the point of what it currently is due to the effect of Earth's magnetic waves.


why do people even think megalon to be a cyborg/mech... hes a giant beetle... not to hard to see that... :?
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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby Showa Gyaos » Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:13 pm

Megalon is criticized for being a "terrible" character. His suit is considered tacky and cheap. He is the main antagonist in his debut film, which was ridiculed for being too wacky (at least in Japan). I disagree with each of these opinions.

He looks like a monster you would expect to find in a Showa Godzilla movie. The atmosphere of the series during the '70s adds to Megalon's charm. I adore him. :D
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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby Killswitch » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:41 am

NSZ wrote:
Killswitch wrote:Cyborg Monsters like Megalon and Gigan translate well into video games. I think Megalon has a ton of potential, considering all of its weapons.
I've always been a big fan of the Megalon design, but wasn't too impressed with his role in the film.


It's been confirmed for a little over a year now that Megalon isn't a cyborg, just another giant creature that evolved to the point of what it currently is due to the effect of Earth's magnetic waves.


Earth's magnetic waves didn't create Megalon's metal drill arms. That star shaped horn doesn't look natural either.
Plus, your not a bit suspicious of all the powers and weapons this creature has? Drill arms, Gravity beams, bombs. I mean, this bug can do it all - fly, tunnel underground, water etc.

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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby HayesAJones » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:13 pm

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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby Arbok » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:21 pm

I felt Gigan was borderline for what worked in the Godzilla franchise, and I love his design.

With Megalon, I felt the design kind of drifted into the realm of some of the unimaginative and at the same time overly extravagant looks that were being used on TV shows of the time. He just didn't mesh well with the other characters of the Godzilla universe at that time. The drill hands are just odd. All said, he is probably one of my least favorite characters from the franchise, but certainly feels more at home in the series in contrast to the other character which debuted in this 1973 film.
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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby Jeragon85 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:03 pm

He does have some interesting abilities. However why does he only have four limbs if he is an insect? He gets beaten up by Godzilla worse than any other monster.

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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby Bluezilla » Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:34 pm

Always thought he was an interesting design. Most of his powers come straight from the world of beetles.
Napalm from the bombadier beetle (acid bombs)
Drills from stag, scarab and dung beetles. (they have shovels for front legs)
Flight, burrowing and water skills are common for most beetles.
Horn from the rhinoceros beetle.
Laser not so much.
If only they had found a suit actor with four arms.

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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby JVM » Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:59 pm

Godzillatheultimate wrote:
Killswitch wrote:Earth's magnetic waves didn't create Megalon's metal drill arms. That star shaped horn doesn't look natural either.
Plus, your not a bit suspicious of all the powers and weapons this creature has? Drill arms, Gravity beams, bombs. I mean, this bug can do it all - fly, tunnel underground, water etc.

I take it you are a fan of Matt Frank.

Something wrong with someone being a fan of his work?

Megalon isn't a cyborg by Word of God, but I think it's understandable why someone would come to that conclusion, and I swear some old material DID call him a cyborg before Toho decided to actually give a poop about foreign releases and such.
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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby Greyshot151 » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:06 pm

It would explain why they sent Gigan but anyway if you get rid of the lightning horn plus trade the drill arms for bladed shovel arms. It would be a more natural monster but is that good. Every monster needs a little wackyness to be good. Anguirus' back legs for example, Ghidorah's three legs, Gigan's bladed chest, need I go on.
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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby HayesAJones » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:09 pm

Grayshot954 wrote:... Ghidorah's three legs...

I assume you mean heads?
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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby Greyshot151 » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:11 pm

Sorry my bad. Yes Ghidorah's three heads.
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Re: Monster Discussion #34: Megalon

Postby Bluezilla » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:29 pm

JVM wrote:
Godzillatheultimate wrote:
Killswitch wrote:Earth's magnetic waves didn't create Megalon's metal drill arms. That star shaped horn doesn't look natural either.
Plus, your not a bit suspicious of all the powers and weapons this creature has? Drill arms, Gravity beams, bombs. I mean, this bug can do it all - fly, tunnel underground, water etc.

I take it you are a fan of Matt Frank.

Something wrong with someone being a fan of his work?

Megalon isn't a cyborg by Word of God, but I think it's understandable why someone would come to that conclusion, and I swear some old material DID call him a cyborg before Toho decided to actually give a poop about foreign releases and such.

I can remember reading the reviews for this film before I went to see it around 1977. Just about positive they called Megalon a cyborg in it.
Probably still have the review at parents house.


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