The BatoGoji's name comes from another kaiju's name in Godzilla vs. Mothra, Battra (バトラ?, this is because even though Mothra is Godzilla's main enemy in the film, "MosuGoji" was already used), and Goji, which comes from Godzilla's BatoraJapanese name, Gojira (ゴジラ?).
The build of the BatoGoji suit was thinner than the BioGoji suit, which gave this costume a sleek, sturdy but less powerful image than the previous 1990’s vintage Godzilla suits. For the BatoGoji, the arrangement of the dorsal plates was changed and the largest plate was located in the middle of the back. The legs were less bulky than the legs of the BioGoji suit. The arms were jointed with more flexibility at the biceps.
The face was essentially the same as the BioGoji suit, though the BatoGoji suit featured new attributes: a smaller, flat forehead, golden eyes and a thick neck with pronounced ribbing. The golden eyes made the face of the BatoGoji look more expressive than the BioGoji suit, yet also compromised the more realistic, animal-like expression of the latter suits. The size of the teeth also appeared smaller than the BioGoji suit. The BatoGoji suit also included a new feature; by means of an electronic device the head could tilt up or down independently of the body.
The BatoGoji suit was also used in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, specifically for the battle with Rodan at Adonoa Island, although several close-ups of the 1993 RadoGoji suit were intercut during this sequence, for several scenes of Godzilla's initial rampage through Japan, and when Godzilla wades into the ocean at the finale.
Additionally, the 1992 BatoGoji suit was employed for water scenes in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla. Since this suit would only be seen from the waist up, the legs were cut off at the knees and the tail was removed. The tail was manipulated underwater by means of a lever-like device.
List of appearances
- Godzilla vs. Mothra (First appearance)
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (Used during battle with Rodan, the initial rampage through Japan, and upon wading out to the ocean)
- Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (Some water based scenes)