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?
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.
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.
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.