Tohl Narita: “This is a kaiju formed from the lion.”
Although it was initially planned that Gubila would be converted from Gavadon B, Gubila turned out to be a newly sculpted kaiju, and the remodeling of Gavadon B into another kaiju was realized with this Zumbolar.
While Narita drew an impressive design based on the lion as he stated, it is a shame that the costume remodeled from the other kaiju seemingly ended up falling short of fully expressing the attraction of Narita’s fascinating design with an active feel. If the costume should have been newly made, the kaiju might have given us a totally different impression.
The remodeling work was done by Ryosaku Takayama who had sculpted the costume of Gavadon A and B as the FRP was applied by Takayama to the translucent lighting parts projecting from its body and 40w light bulbs were set in there by Shigeo Kurakata, kaiju mechanic, while the same method was also used for Giradorus later that appeared in “Ultraseven.”
It is said that Haruo Nakajima, the original Godzilla actor, was initially planned to play Zumbolar. As the costume was too small for Nakajima to wear, it was decided to extend the costume by cutting it into halves although it turned out that Kunio Suzuki took Nakajima’s place finally so that the costume helped being separated.
Kurakata says in a book that the excessive use of gunpowder in this episode caused complaints from the Bisen studio where the series were filmed and that the use was restricted for the subsequent episodes. It seems that the large amount of fire used in this episode left Suzuki who acted the kaiju no choice but to stand up to avoid the fire while filming although Zumbolar was set to be a four-footed kaiju.
While this episode is noted for the appearance of Annu Mari as Patty from the SSSP India, Hiroko Sakurai (Akiko Fuji) says both of them wore long hair at that time and that Sakurai tied her hair to make their appearances distinctive paying respect to the guest actress supposing that Mari would appear with her long hair, whereas Mari showed up on the set with her hair cut short taking pains with Sakurai to make it easier for her to act Fuji with her long hair. It is an anecdote I feel somewhat warms my heart!