Giant Eagle 大ワシ

Giant Eagle
Giant Eagle

Wingspan : 35 meters
Mass : 2,000 tons

Powers / Weapons

Flight

Appearances

All Monsters Attack (1969, stock footage)

Series // Showa


Description

In Ichiro Miki's dreams, the land mass of Monster Island was densily populated by a variety of kaiju. From Anguirus to Kumonga, the isle hosted a diverse and sometimes hostile population of creatures.

After taking a Pan American Airways flight, Ichiro lands on Monster Island to visit the various beasts for himself. He first encounters Godzilla and a trio of Kamacuras, who are locked in combat. The King of the Monsters easily gains the upper hand and defeats the giant mantises. With the battle over, Ichiro becomes distracted after hearing a roar in the distance. Climbing a tree for a better vantage point, he witnesses Gorosaurus and other kaiju like Manda nearby.

Unfortunately for the young boy, his location in the tree places him in harms way as a nearby Giant Eagle starts to circle. Ichiro quickly climbs down and attempts to hide, while the avian monster instead engages Godzilla. The bird creature attacks it's target furiously, scratching and pecking at its foe. Godzilla slams the beast with his forearms, causing it to crash into some rocks. This briefly disorients the avian monster, but does not halt it's continued attack. Eventually the Giant Eagle decides to fly away to gain some distance, intending to dive bomb Godzilla. The plan backfires as the King of the Monsters utilizes the opportunity to charge and unleash his atomic ray. The blast scores a direct hit, burning away feathers and engulfing the Giant Eagle in flames and smoke. The avian beast attempts to flap it's wings to stay airborne, but ultimately succumbs to it's wound. It first crashes into some rocks before it's body falls into the sea.


Powers / Weapons
Flight

Flight

The Giant Eagle is capable of flight through the use of it's two wings. The creature was fond of flapping it's wings to gain height and then spread them and remain extended so it could dive bomb targets. The exact speed that the Giant Eagle could fly at is unknown.


Background and Trivia
  • No original footage of the Giant Eagle exists. Its onscreen appearance is composed entirely of stock footage of the Giant Condor from Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), who is standing in for the Giant Eagle. Because of this, the Giant Eagle is the only kaiju in the Godzilla series whose first appearance is also a stock footage credit.
  • Unsurprisngly, due to the nature of stock footage being used to represent the large bird, some publications credit both the 1966 and 1969 appearances as the Giant Condor. The 2000 publication Large Picture Book of Godzilla: Toho Special Effects Movie World (ISBN: 4873765587) is one example where the book lists a separate bio for the avian monster from All Monsters Attack (1969) but lists the name as the Giant Condor instead of the Giant Eagle.
  • The Giant Eagle doesn't just share footage with the Giant Condor, but also sound effects and has the same roar as the Giant Condor.
  • Stats are rarely listed for the Giant Eagle. The few publications that do cite the wingspan at 35 meters, which is 10 meters larger than the Giant Condor. It should be noted that one of these sources, the Godzilla 1954-1999 Ultra Complete Works, list this same wingspan for both the Giant Eagle and the Giant Condor, but this is assumed to be in error as most other books place the 1966 feathered kaiju at 25 meters. Despite being larger, almost all publications that list the mass cite it at 2,000 tons, which is the same as the Giant Condor.