Now we come to Toho's Gorosaurus. Gorosaurus while not a headliner himself has co-stared with both Godzilla and King Kong. He is unique among the many kaiju for being almost singularly unremarkable save for his size. Gorosaurus is not a mutant, atomic creation, space monster, hybrid or diety. He is simply a humble theropod dinosaur of enormous size. Having no super powers per say Gorosaurs attacks with a leaping two footed kick and it was these elements that informed my design decisions on this beast.
As he was strictly a dino I went with the traditional theropod build. Studying his defining features and traits I was struck by his triangular head and I knew this was a feature I had to maintain to honor the original. I chose to reference both the velociraptor and the carcharodontosaurus as both presented me with options for flat, wedge shaped heads. Keeping raptors in mind and given his style of attack I gave the dino overly muscular legs with great sickle killing claws on each foot. The head is large in proportion to the body like that of the original giving him a fearsome bite as in close quater combat as his small arms are only good for clinging to a foe so he can deliver scything kicks. Additionally the head skull is fortified with thick bone for head bashing (a tactic used by crocodiles and the t-rex in Jurrassic Park) The tail is long for superior balance and heavy enough to land clubbing blows. The body is somewhat bulky in an homage to the Vastosaurus Rexes of King Kong which were heavier than the JP t-rex but showed great agility. This extra mass would help my version absorb the punishment the superior kaiju could dish out. I never like segmented tails on a creature with no other segmented areas. There just doesnt seem to be a reason for it physiologically. To make this make since for me I provided Gorosaurus with plated armor traveling along his dorsal plane. This was further enhanced with scale patterns referenced from 1998's Zilla (a beast who was more akin to Gorosaurus than Godzilla). Lastly decided not to use the conventional dorsal spines Gorosaurus normally has but instead went with the large, flexible spines of the iguana to give him a more interesting silhouette.
Here then is a kaiju who lacks the raw power of a Godzilla but still has the weapons, robust physical power and toughness of body to be a worthy foe in his own right. One last interesting point is the color scheme. While Gorosaurus's look has changed little over the years apparently the painting of the suit is inconsistant. Ive noticed that other artists depict him as green, blue or purple. I ended up choosing purple with the yellow belly and blush on the throat as it was an appealing color combination.