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X-Plus Reveals Painted 30cm Series Mechagodzilla II RIC prototype with Garuda

X-Plus 30cm Series Mechagodzilla II painted prototype on display at the Spring Miyazawa Model Exhibition.
ALL PHOTOS: X-PLUS

Last week, at the Spring Miyazawa Model Exhibition in Japan, X-Plus displayed a painted prototype of their upcoming Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla II based on the giant mech from 1993’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II.

It looks like this figure is FINALLY getting ready to go up for pre-order! And it’s been quite a wait. We first learned of this figure in late 2015 when we interviewed Gee Okamoto of X-Plus who revealed plans to begin work on it in 2016.

X-Plus revealed the unpainted sculpt a while ago but we’ve seen nothing of it since then. Until now!

But that’s last week’s news. Look what happened today!

X-Plus 30cm Series Mechagodzilla II painted prototype on display at Super Festival 74.

Super Mechagodzilla

Today, at Super Festival 74 in Japan, X-Plus brought Mechagodzilla II again. But this time they displayed the RIC exclusive. This version will feature an in-scale Garuda attached to its back forming Super Mechagodzilla.

A close-up of Garuda on the back of Mechagodzilla II vinyl by X-Plus.

I have no word at this time on whether or not Garuda will be able to detach from the figure.

A close-up of the head of the new, upcoming Mechagodzilla II vinyl by X-Plus.

X-Plus indicated in a tweet that they will be able to start taking pre-orders for this figure soon. A sign at both model shows reveal a planned release in July 2017.

A close-up of the chest on the new, upcoming Mechagodzilla II vinyl by X-Plus.

And, now we wait!

Standard versions (without Garuda) will be available at the usual online Japanese stores. If you want the RIC (with Garuda), you’ll have to order directly from X-Plus. If you expect to have trouble doing that, you could contact California dealer, Mike Johnson. You can find instructions on how to contact Mike at Rich Eso‘s Fresh Vinyl site.

• These images came from Twitter. You can follow the X-Plus Twitter feed here.

By | April 23rd, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Reveals Painted 30cm Series Mechagodzilla II RIC prototype with Garuda

The Godzilla Files Reviews the X-Plus Biollante

William Fett, continues his new X-Plus Youtube series with Review of the Toho Large Monster Series Biollante (Bluefin North American Reissue) vinyl figure.

See X-Plus videos at more at The Godzilla Files on Youtube.

By | April 15th, 2017|Reviews From Other Sites|Comments Off on The Godzilla Files Reviews the X-Plus Biollante

Diego Doom Reviews the Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla by X-Plus

Diego Doom reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla Standard Version vinyl figure by X-Plus.

See more of Diego Doom on his YouTube Channel.

By | April 15th, 2017|Reviews From Other Sites|Comments Off on Diego Doom Reviews the Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla by X-Plus

Sold Out in Japan, Large Monster Series Titanosaurus is still in Stock at Flossie’s

X-Plus 25cm Titanosaurus still available at Flossie's.

The recently released Toho Large Monster Series Titanosaurus vinyl figure by X-Plus (from 1975’s Terror of Mechagodzilla) has quickly SOLD OUT at the “big 3” Japanese stores.

Hobby Search, AmiAmi and Hobby Link Japan list this figure as unavailable. HOWEVER, sometimes it will come back in to stock in very limited numbers when cancellations occur.

What to do: Keep checking all three sites. Check several times a day. Sold out figures usually pop up suddenly and vanish just as quickly. Use the links below.

Hobby Search
Ami Ami
Hobby Link Japan

Or Get Titanosaurus NOW at Flossie’s

You can grab one right now from Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles. It’s available right now for $159. There are less than 10 available (at the time of this writing).

Get the 25cm Titanosaurus Now at Flossie’s

By | April 15th, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Sold Out in Japan, Large Monster Series Titanosaurus is still in Stock at Flossie’s

Rich Eso Reviews the Large Monster Series Titanosaurus Vinyl Figure by X-Plus

Rich Eso reviews the Large Monster Series Titanosaurus RIC Boy version vinyl figure and compares with the Toho 30cm Series version.

• See more content from Rich at his Fresh Vinyl Reviews YouTube Channel.

By | April 15th, 2017|Reviews From Other Sites|Comments Off on Rich Eso Reviews the Large Monster Series Titanosaurus Vinyl Figure by X-Plus

Pre-orders Open for Large Monster Series Hedorah by X-Plus

Toho Large Monster Series Hedorah Standard version vinyl by X-Plus.
TOHO LARGE MONSTER SERIES HEDORAH (STANDARD). PHOTO: X-PLUS

Toho Large Monster Series Hedorah Vinyl Figure by X-Plus
東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「ヘドラ」

Recently, X-Plus surprised collectors by announcing a Large Monster Series version of Hedorah (a.k.a. The Smog Monster). I love it when they do that. No teases, no warning. It just appears one day. Surprises like this keep the hobby exciting.

A JAPANESE RELEASE
This will be a Japanese release licensed for Japan only, but will be easy enough for anyone anywhere to get.

IT’S BIG
This is going to be a big one The Large Monster Series (also known as the 25cm Series and, most proper of all, the Daikaiju Series) is home to Godzilla figures typically 10 inches tall. But seeing as how Hedorah towered over Godzilla in 1971’s Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster, 1972), the figure will follow suit and will look down on the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1971 which was released way back in 2011.

A scene from Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Toho 1971.
SCENE FROM “GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH, TM & © TOHO CO., LTD., 1971

This new Smoggie is reportedly 28cm tall. That’s a tad over 11 inches. It seems to me that it may need to be a bit taller to be totally accurate to the movie. But, alas, the 25cm Godzilla 1971 is not in my collection (yet) so I can’t compare. Regardless of how much taller this new figure should be, it will definitely be taller as it should be.

EXTRA TOUCHES
X-Plus is going all out on this release by going the extra mile with little touches to make this outstanding sculpt even more exciting as a figure.

SPARKLES
Firstly, you may recall that in the movie, Hedorah had bit of a twinkly texture all over his grotesque skin. X-Plus is adding that twinkle in the form of sparkles to be applied after the paint apps. This little detail was absent and, to some, sorely missed on the Toho 30cm Series version of this monster.

According to photos from Hobby Search, the sparkles will be present on the Standard version of this figure. But, note that high resolution photos which X-Plus provided to SciFiJapan.com do not show the sparkles on the Standard version. I’m hoping that that’s simply because the photos were shot before the sparkles were applied.

EYES
A Google Chrome translation of the Ric site says “Round characteristic eyes are to be reproduced with clear parts.” So it seems that the detail in the eyes will be “behind” clear plastic to give the eyes a sense of depth. They didn’t have to do that. And they didn’t do that for the 30cm Series version. And that makes this version all the more special. X-Plus is really making it hard to pass on this one.

SUPER-RIC
The Standard version knocked me out of my chair. And since my ass was already on the floor, the RIC version pushed me through the floor.

Not kidding. The Ric boy version of the Large Monster Series Hedorah kicks ass.

In addition to the clear eyes and movie-accurate twinkle, the RIC comes with THREE (really FOUR!) exclusive features.

Light gimmick on X-Plus Hedorah RIC.“Pattern 2” light-up eyes on the RIC Exclusive. PHOTO: X-PLUS

LIGHT-UP EYES
The Ric Hedorah will have steady lights behind the eyes to mimic the monster from the movie. I’m not usually big on light-ups, but Hedorah just seems like a perfect candidate for this exclusive gimmick. I always found the Smog Monster to be creepy and even mesmerizing; when I was a kid, and still to this day. And part of the reason are those glowing red eyes.

BLINKING LIGHT-UP EYES
The glowing eyes are just the beginning. With a flick of a switch on the power supply, the eyes blink as does the top of the head. This is to mimic Smoggie while he fires his eye ray. The Google Chrome translation of their site seems to indicate that X-Plus has made a point to specifically mention the part of the eye which acts as the emitter of the ray. So I’m guessing that there may be an extra, devoted LED in the corner of its eye.

Damaged eye on X-Plus Hedorah RIC.
Optional Damaged on on the RIC Exclusive. PHOTO: X-PLUS

DAMAGED EYE
In the movie, Godzilla took out one of Hedorah’s eyes. It’s swollen lids closed up for the rest of the fight. The RIC version of this figure will provide you with an extra piece to pop in over that eye.

Alternate arms on X-Plus Hedorah RIC.
Optional, alternate arms on the RIC exclusive. PHOTO: X-PLUS

ALTERNATE ARMS
But, wait, there’s more. This figure’s downward arms can be removed and replaced with optional, alternate up-raised arms which drastically change the pose.

A TRULY AMAZING RELEASE
X-Plus could easily have gotten away with making the sparkles a RIC exclusive feature packaged with non-clear, steady, light-up eyes. So both version of this release are PACKED with extra reasons to buy. But with great features, comes great monetary responsibility. It’s a little pricey for a Large Monster Series figure.

WHERE TO GET THE STANDARD VERSION
Hobby Search / ¥16,650 ($149.89)
Ami Ami / ¥16,980 ($152.86)
Hobby Link Japan / ¥17,575 ($$158.22)

All three stores are located in Japan and have English versions of their sites. The links above will take you to those. Each of these stores are very easy to order from. It’s easy to pay and they will ship directly to you overseas (and fairly quickly, too.)

WHERE TO GET THE RIC BOY VERSION
Direct from X-Plus / ¥24,840 ($223.60)

Ric Exclusives are officially available only from the X-Plus Direct Sales site. This can be a problem for westerners as the site is in Japanese only and the new account process can be tricky to complete. It will require a lot of online translations and some ingenuity to decipher the drop-down menus. Also, X-Plus will NOT ship to you overseas, so a forwarding service, like Tenso.com, will be required.

Pre-orders for the RIC boy version will end on April 24.

If you’re not up to the headache of ordering direct, you can request the services of Mike Johnson, a dealer in California. Rich Eso has instructions on how to order from Mike on the Fresh Vinyl website.

TO RIC OR NOT TO RIC
The Standard version already has a higher-than-usual price tag. As for the Ric… ouch! Which one should you get?

If you’re going the Standard route, I don’t think you should feel bad or left out. Yes, you’ll be missing out on three exclusive features, but what you will get is probably what most of us will wind up with on our shelves anyway: a Hedorah figure with the arms hanging down, no eye patch and no lights on. Plus, you’ll still get those clear eyes and movie-accurate twinkles… and a FANTASTIC sculpt.

A JUNE RELEASE
The Toho Large Monster Series Hedorah is currently scheduled to be released in mid-June, 2017.

By | April 9th, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Pre-orders Open for Large Monster Series Hedorah by X-Plus

Hi-res Pics of New Large Monster Series Hedorah, Godzilla 2004 and Spectreman from SciFiJapan.com

X-Plus June Previews from SciFi Japan.

Late last month, X-Plus added several teases on their front page. Darkened images clearly show a new Large Monster Series (25cm Series) Hedorah. This new Smoggie is seen with both its arms drooping down and raised in the air. It’s also seen with a damaged eye patch and without. Looks like the RIC Boy version is the way to go with this one!

Also shown are painted images of the new Large Monster Series Godzilla 2004 which we’ve been following since the unpainted prototype first appeared at Winter Wonder Festival last February in Japan.

A new Large Monster Series Spectreman is also on the way. All three are expected to land this June.

Keep watching X-Plus’ website for new info on when preorders open.

In the meantime, visit our friends at ScifiJapan.com and check out the high resolution photos of each figure!

By | April 4th, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Hi-res Pics of New Large Monster Series Hedorah, Godzilla 2004 and Spectreman from SciFiJapan.com

Gojira851 Unboxes and Reviews the Large Monster Series Titanosaurus vinyl figure

Matt Jacobson, a.k.a. Gojira851 unboxes and reviews the Large Monster Series Titanosaurus vinyl figure by X-Plus.

See more of his videos at Gojira851’s YouTube Channel.

By | April 3rd, 2017|Reviews From Other Sites|Comments Off on Gojira851 Unboxes and Reviews the Large Monster Series Titanosaurus vinyl figure

X-Plus 12in Series (30cm) Godzilla 2004 Now Shipping

12 Inch Series Godzilla 2004 Diamond Reissue.

The Kaiju 12in Series Godzilla 2004 by X-Plus (the North American re-issue of the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2004) is NOW IN STOCK at Flossie’s.

You can order one now for only $139 plus shipping. We ship almost immediately.
Payment plans are available if needed.

Get the Godzilla 2004 Now at Flossie’s

For more information and photos, see my Review of the Original Release.

By | March 21st, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus 12in Series (30cm) Godzilla 2004 Now Shipping

Full Review: Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 vinyl figure by X-Plus

Kaiju Addicts Full Review: Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 Vinyl by X-Plus.

X-Plus had tackled fan favorite Godzilla 1962 twice before (post 2008) in both the Large Monster Series and the Toho 30cm Series. The third time is a (big) charm with this latest release. The X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962, ギガンティックシリーズ 「ゴジラ(1962)」 was announced in April 2016 and finally landed three months later in July.

This vinyl is super-movie-accurate in both sculpt and paint applications. The result is one helluva King Kong vs. Godzilla collectible. Dare I say ‘the ultimate’ Godzilla 1962 collectible?

It’s about 18 inches tall and its width (or length) from its left foot to the tip of its sideways tail is a whopping 25 inches! It’s got quite a bit of heft to it at almost 7 pounds. Truly Gigantic.

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By | March 19th, 2017|Kaiju Addicts Reviews|Comments Off on Full Review: Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 vinyl figure by X-Plus

Four New X-Plus Diamond Reissues Now Up for Pre-orders

Four new X-Plus North American reissues are now up for pre-order.

Four new X-Plus Godzilla North American (Diamond) Vinyl Reissues are now up for Pre-order!

You can pre-order any of these right now from me through Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles or your favorite online toy dealer. You can also ask your Local Comic Store to order one for you. Help them find it by using the Item Codes listed below.

12in Series Mechagodzilla 1975

• Item Code: JAN178436
• SRP: $230
Pre-order at Flossie’s for $140
• Expected Ship Date: August 30, 2017

12in Series Godzilla 1954 “Train Biter”

• Item Code: JAN178434
• SRP: $230
Pre-order at Flossie’s for $140
• Expected Ship Date: August 30, 2017

12in Series Battra Larva

• Item Code: JAN178433
• SRP: $230
Pre-order at Flossie’s for $140
• Expected Ship Date: September 27, 2017

12in Series Godzilla 1992 Yuji Sakai Version

• Item Code: JAN178435
• SRP: $230
Pre-order at Flossie’s for $179.99
• Expected Ship Date: September 27, 2017

By | March 12th, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Four New X-Plus Diamond Reissues Now Up for Pre-orders

Full Review: Toho 30cm Series Rodan 1964 Vinyl Figure by X-Plus

Full Kaiju Addicts Review: Toho 30cm Series Rodan 1964 vinyl figure by X-Plus.

The Toho 30cm Series Rodan 1964 vinyl figure by X-Plus really does look like it literally flew out of the movie and onto your shelf. It’s based on Rodan’s second film appearance as seen in Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster, 三大怪獣 地球最大の決戦 (1964). What makes this a monster of a figure is its nearly two-foot-long wingspan. It stands in perfect scale with his buddy, the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1964. And it is a marvel of sculpting, texture and paint.

It was originally released in Japan way back in 2012. It was reissued for the North American market (through Diamond Distributors) in June 2016 as the Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series Rodan 1964 giving collectors who missed out another chance at grabbing this amazing vinyl.

This review was made with the 2016 North American (Diamond) Reissue.

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By | March 12th, 2017|Kaiju Addicts Reviews, REVIEWS|Comments Off on Full Review: Toho 30cm Series Rodan 1964 Vinyl Figure by X-Plus