The ShodaiGame (初代ガメ?) is the Gamera suit design used in the 1965 film, Gamera.


The ShodaiGame's name comes from shodai (初代?), meaning first generation, and Game, which comes from Gamera (ガメラ?).


The ShodaiGame is based on the appearance of a turtle, and has five clawed fingers on each hand, five toes, and a long tail. The underside of the shell has a brick-like pattern, while the top of the shell has several spikes protruding from it. The suit's face is made to look menacing, with small angry-looking eyes and huge tusks protruding from its lower jaw, as well as a very pointed snout. The ridge on the top of the head is also much more pronounced than it would be in later designs.

For Gamera's flying scenes, a miniature puppet about three feet in length was constructed, which was suspended by piano wire and filled with a mechanism that allowed it to spew flames from its arm and leg holes.


  • According to director Noriaki Yuasa, several weightlifters were hired to portray Gamera in the original film, but none of them were able to last more than three days due to how heavy the suit was.[1]

List of appearances


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Kaiju designs
Godzilla designs
Showa era
Heisei era
Millennium series MireGojiSokogekiGojiKiryuGojiFinalGoji
TriStar Pictures
Toho reboot series
Anguirus designs
Showa era ShodaiAngiraSoshingekiAngira
Millennium series FinalAngira
Mothra designs
Showa era ShodaiMosuLarva/ShodaiMosuImagoGojiMosuLarva/GojiMosuImagoSanDaikaijuMosuLarvaSoshingekiMosuLarva
Heisei era HeiseiMosuLarva/HeiseiMosuImagoReoMosuImago
Millennium series SokogekiMosuLarva/SokogekiMosuImagoTokyoMosuLarva/TokyoMosuImago
MonsterVerse 2019 design
Rodan designs
Showa era ShodaiRadoSanDaikaijuRadoSoshingekiRado
Heisei era HeiseiRado
Millennium series FinalRado
MonsterVerse 2019 design
King Ghidorah designs
Showa era ShodaiGhido
Heisei era HeiseiGhidoHakuAkiGhidoRaishuGhido
Millennium series SokogekiGhido
MonsterVerse 2019 design
Mechagodzilla designs
Showa era ShodaiMekagojiGyakushuMekagoji
Heisei era HeiseiMekagoji
Millennium series MireMekagojiTokyoMekagoji
Gamera designs
Showa era ShodaiGameBaruGameGironGameUchuGame
Heisei era HeiseiGameRegionGameIrisuGameAvantGameShodaiToto
Miscellaneous designs
Showa era ShodaiBaraShodaiEbiraShodaiGiganMegaroGiganShodaiKamaShodaiMandaSoshingekiMandaShodaiMiniraShodaiKumoShodaiHedoShodaiShisa
Heisei era ShodaiBioRozuShodaiBioShodaiSupesuGoji
Millennium series ShodaiOrugaShodaiMegagirasuSokogekiBaraFinalEbiraFinalKamaFinalMiniraFinalKumoFinalHedoFinalShisaFinalMandaFinalAngiraFinalGiganZilla design
MonsterVerse MUTO designSkullcrawler design
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