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I always found it odd how little the 1998 version of Godzilla resembled a real iguana.
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DarthGojira's avatar

This is an excellent way to merge Iguana and Godzilla. Tatopolous really didn't have a coherent vision

XenoTeeth3's avatar

Iguana GojiraB-)

Tho i personally love Godzilla 1998 , i always thought it was kinda strange that an iguana mutates into a theropod .

Zimzilla99's avatar

good job, you used the creatures origin to actually make a proper Godzilla design. have a watch now

Phoenix-Fightmaster's avatar

It was always weird how the 1998 design claimed to be more realistic by resembling a theropod... while also making it abundantly clear that she's a lizard.


I appreciate how floppy and splayed this design is, while still looking sturdy and powerful. Lizards have a LOT of personality that we often gloss over in creature design, and all of that is present here, while still meshing perfectly with the traditional Godzilla features.


Also little note, but I appreciate how it's specifically a marine iguana that the design is based on. It always bothered me how the lizards implied to be Zilla's parents were clearly greenies, but everyone claims she's a mutated marine iguana anyway?

MugenSeiRyuu's avatar

With the added bonus of looking more like a proper Godzilla.

LordSuttonOfSin's avatar

Beats 1998 by miles

SpeculaTimsauru5's avatar
I would've forgiven half of 98 godzilla's sins if they had used this design instead.
ShinSpinosaurus's avatar

1998 Godzilla is a nuclear mutated iguana

MugenSeiRyuu's avatar

But he doesn't look like it at all.

ShinSpinosaurus's avatar

Yeah but if you watched the movie you would know that 1998 godzilla is a nuclear mutated iguana.

Phoenix-Fightmaster's avatar

Literally everyone knows that.

MugenSeiRyuu's avatar

I watched the movie. The thing is however that very little about it recalls that. For example marine iguanas are herbivores.

ShinSpinosaurus's avatar

Unless if you’re nuclear mutated. If you noticed, a bunch of iguanas were caught in a nuclear explosion.

Lediblock2's avatar

Not to mention that the stock footage doesn't show marine iguanas at all. It shows green iguanas and some varanids. So even that justification completely falls apart, just the same as everything else about Zilla.

ShinSpinosaurus's avatar

it does but only for 3 seconds

Lediblock2's avatar

We're aware of that - the thing is, she has literally no resemblance to a marine iguana, not to mention that marine iguanas aren't native to the area where Zilla was mutated. French Polynesia is on the opposite side of the Pacific.

ShinSpinosaurus's avatar

That’s one of the things that confused me about Zilla

Adonis89's avatar

My dad would of really loved that version of Godzilla, if that design was caught on Patrick Tatopoulos's vision. but I'm still stuck with the movie version, If Zilla should stay the same look in real-life he should at least be a hybrid at some point.

Tsubasa0Ryu's avatar

This is why anytime someone says that '98 Godzilla looks like a giant iguana is spouting bullshit. Amazing piece and nice colorations.

GaroFan94's avatar

He does, but with a dash of therapod.

Tsubasa0Ryu's avatar

Interviews say that monitors were a greater influence on his design. Also he looks nothing like an iguana save for the dewlap.

Paleovenator's avatar

More like the other way around, a theropod with a dash of iguana ;P

Phoenix-Fightmaster's avatar

Or a hunched over humanoid with a dash of theropod, and a light sprinkle of iguana.

Paleovenator's avatar

Yeah ngl, you hit the nail on the head with this description!

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