The ShodaiManda's name comes from shodai (初代?), meaning first generation, and Manda, which comes from Manda's Japanese name, Manda (マンダ?).
ShodaiManda is clearly based on Chinese dragons, as it has a scaly puppet with hair all through its back, two whiskers, four horns on its head, fairly long snout, reptilian pupils, four short legs with small claws, and a long serpent-like body. The suit also has fangs and a reptile-like underbody.