Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

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Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby JVM » Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:59 pm

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The original Mechagodzilla is one of my favorite Toho monsters of all-time. He's a timeless foe and has a massive arsenal, and he manages to be one of Godzilla's more interesting villains in this OP's opinion. Not to mention he's one of the few to face off against Godzilla multiple times as a foe in the Showa era.
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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby TokyoVigilante » Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:23 pm

The original Mechagodzilla remains one of the most well-rounded incarnations of the character. A vicious, cold machine that begins as a doppelganger then turns into a walking war machine. Plus the coolest array of weaponry, IMO.

I give this one props for being the only Mechagodzilla to really use the "Robot Clone" angle. Kiryu or MG'93 don't really bother with that and it's such a shame because there is such story potential. GvsMG'74 glosses over it, but I'd like to see future incarnations really make a film about it.

Unlike Kiryu and MG'93, the original Mechagodzilla was more then a weapon, it was a character and a villain in and of itself. It was a force that was controlled passively by the Simians, not heroically piloted by the some human chumps.

It remains my favorite incarnation of the character.
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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby Primevalgodzilla V2 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:33 pm

Huh? While MG '93 wasn't much of a clone, Kiryu certainly is.

MG '74 is a badass kaiju IMO and my second-favourite incarnation of MG. I do find him rather overrated, but he's still a great enemy for Godzilla and one of his most threatening foes in the original G series.
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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby JVM » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:28 pm

Primevalgodzilla V2 wrote:Huh? While MG '93 wasn't much of a clone, Kiryu certainly is.

MG '74 is a badass kaiju IMO and my second-favourite incarnation of MG. I do find him rather overrated, but he's still a great enemy for Godzilla and one of his most threatening foes in the original G series.


Kiryu is fine in my book, but the Godzilla angle isn't really played up beyond the bones themselves.
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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby edgaguirus » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:55 pm

The original MG is one of the great Godzilla foes. As a skin covered clone, it brought back the evil destructive nature we first saw in Godzilla. With the skin shed, MG became a menacing character.
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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby gpulse90 » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:02 pm

He was the first to actually send Godzilla in retreat, the others were overpowered or a problem came up with him
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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby Guardian7 » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:30 pm

Mechagodzilla... you want the ultimate? you need look no further than the original...
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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby Primevalgodzilla V2 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:36 am

I always liked his tin-can look. It gives him an interesting texture and sheen.
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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby Guardian7 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:12 am

When I was younger I used to hate him and think he was stupid.

Since I started getting back into it in the last six years or so... I have discovered that Mechagodzilla is one of my favorites. Particularly the first one.

No other controllers, no made by humans, no bones of Godzilla necessary.

He disguised himself as Godzilla
Whipped three Kaiju's butts (unlike ANY of the ones that would come after)
Did it all with simple seventies programing!
and if Godzilla hadn't cheated... MG would have won... and there would be a new world ORDER!!! LOL

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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby KaneLocke » Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:20 am

Huh... in that first pic in the topic, MG's got a gangsta lean goin' on...
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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby Primevalgodzilla V2 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:04 pm

My personal favourite is MG '93, but I'm a fan of the Showa version as well.
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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby Guardian7 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:22 pm

It is probably because I saw Mechagodzilla then as a total rip off of MechaKong... Whom I loved!

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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby HayesAJones » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:38 pm

A very, very cool creation. A giant, Godzilla-shaped, firepower-packed alien machine? Sigh me up for some of that!
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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby edgaguirus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:35 pm

I really liked when MG turned his head the other direction to attack both Godzilla and KC. No other monster has ever done that.
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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby Goji » Thu Dec 30, 2010 10:10 am

My favorite mech of all time, and easily my favorite incarnation of the character. I love this guy; the retro "tin can" look, that sinister, lifeless gaze, and that explosive arsenal of his. You gotta love those psychedelic eye beams too.. he is just all around made of awesome.

I loved Kiryu, and the U.N. MG was okay I suppose...but the Mechagodzilla character really needs to go back to being an evil robot built by aliens, I just can't stress this enough. The fans want it, and this incarnation of the character has continued to be the most popular even after the introduction of two different Mechagodzilla's over the years. Maybe a future "Godzilla director" for Toho will raise a finger, and demand to have an "evil" MG in his film. We can all hope!

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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby ZigraDude » Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:23 pm

The original Showa Mechagodzilla is my favorite incarnation of the character and is one of my favorite Godzilla villains (Second to the Showa King Ghidorah). Like others have said, Mechagodzilla is at his best when he's the villain of the film. I personally think he's a bigger threat to Godzilla when's he's the villain, but that's just me. I like how he's the only monster that tried to ruin Godzilla's reputation by disguising himself as Godzilla and making him look like the bad guy. It even made AnGUEErus attack his friend Godzilla. :P

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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby shark » Thu Dec 30, 2010 2:05 pm

ZigraDude wrote: like how he's the only monster that tried to ruin Godzilla's reputation by disguising himself as Godzilla and making him look like the bad guy. It even made AnGUEErus attack his friend Godzilla. :P


I remember one character saying Angurius knew it wasn't the real Godzilla so he was trying call for Godzilla. Been a while since I watched, but I don't think Angurius thought he was the real deal.

I love the fight between MechaGodzilla and Angurius- I know it was done before in King Kong but the way he breaks Angurius's jaw and then throws it back down on the floor like it's disgusting to touch is badass. The character himself also looks cool and I love his arsenal of weapons.

I also agree with mostly everybody else MechaGodzilla is best as a villian.
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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby ZigraDude » Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:05 pm

I was making a joke about the dubbed line in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.

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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby Guardian7 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:30 am

Actually I don't think that Anguirus knew it wasn't Godzilla until either he heard him or after he was attacked by him.
It was strange that Anguirus was able to hone in on him though. He tunneled through Japan to get to him, popping out of the ground right where he was.

The fight between Anguirus and MG reminds me a lot of GRA... especially the jaw cracking scene.

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Re: Monster Discussion #36: MechaGodzilla (Showa)

Postby Showa Gyaos » Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:16 pm

My favorite foe of Godzilla. EVER.
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