The Godzilla Vinyl Wars Previews Exclusive Burning Godzilla 1995 Sofubi is available for order from Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles. From a limited run of 200, we will be getting 14 of them. And as of this writing, only 8 are left. Only $54.99 plus shipping. Get ’em while they last!
I don’t usually review the cheap stuff, but the recently released Rodan 1993 Figural Vinyl Bank by Diamond Select Toys keeps catching my eye. I got the urge to talk about it so here I am with my third “Not X-Plus, But…” figure review.
Standing a little over 9 inches (22cm) tall, Diamond’s Rodan bank has a wingspan of about 15 inches (38cm). It’s very sturdy and is very stable standing on its own.
Sculpt-wise, it totally captures the essence of the Heisei Rodan from 1993’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II. I wouldn’t say it’s perfect, though. The torso seems a bit wide. Because of that, and it’s lack of good detail, I’d have to say it may be considered slightly stylized.
Being an X-Plus collector and a realism buff, I originally dismissed this “bank” when I first saw it. But, seeing as how Rodan 1993 is totally unrepresented in my collection, I got one. What the hell? It’s only SRP $29.99.
It was when I walked passed it a few times today that it started to catch my eye. Rodan 1993! I got a little tinge of excitement even though this figure is pretty crude when compared to the X-Plus quality which I’ve become accustomed to. But, I love seeing that Heisei Rodan head when I walk by it! But, that gappy seam at the base of the neck bugs me.
And then I remember, this is a bank. You can insert coins into a slot on the figure’s back and retrieve them by removing the head.
Why the hell anyone would want to save a fist full of coins in a Rodan figure is beyond me. I can’t help thinking that turning a figure into a “bank” somehow puts it into it’s own licensing category or something, and thus the only way Diamond could make these.
The head is on fairly snug but will give way with a slight back and forth tug. Note: when you receive your Diamond Select Rodan Bank, the gap under the head may be much more pronounced than you see in this mini review. That’s just because the factory didn’t insert them on all the way. You can easily tweak it on tighter after you de-bag and de-tag it.
But, be careful when you do! Rodan’s beak and head “spikes” are fairly sturdy, strong and sharp. Keep this in mind if you plan on giving it to your kid as a “Don’t Touch Daddy’s X-Plus, Touch This Instead” figure.
The Diamond Select Rodan 1993 Vinyl Bank is around about the same size as the two Showa Large Monster Series Rodan figures by X-Plus. Here you see it with the Large Monster Series Rodan 1956. If you don’t mind mixed quality on your shelves and scale is not an issue for you, then this bank would look good in your 25cm series collection.
Serendipitously, this bank is almost in scale with the X-Plus 30cm Series. Seen here with the X-Plus 30cm Series Godzilla 1992 (closest relative available from X-Plus), Rodan is a bit taller than he need be to be in scale with Godzilla. Remember, Rodan was a little guy in 1993.
So, again, if you don’t mind mixed quality on your shelves, this bank is an “okay” fit with your X-Plus 30’s. And, don’t forget: as mentioned in my Gee Okamoto Interview, X-Plus plans to begin work on a Mechagodzilla 1993 figure next year!
This thing makes me HUNGRY for an X-Plus version. For now, this will have to do.
The Rodan 1993 Figural Vinyl Bank may be subpar for X-Plus and resin kit purists, but if your collection is a bit more eccentric, this thing is pretty damn nice. Especially for the low SRP of $29.99.
Please note that this bank is seen here in somewhat dramatic lighting and won’t look as good out of the bag… unless you apply your own dramatic lighting.
Just released, you can grab this thing practically everywhere. You’d do best to find one at a local comic store so you don’t have to worry about dishing out an extra $10 or so for shipping. Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles has them ready to ship for $25.99. Vampire Robots has them for $25. Amazon has them for $31.
Wow. It’s a really awesome time for U.S. fans right now. Godzilla and Ultraman celebrities are popping up left and right all over the country. If you told me two years ago that I would actually be able to get some of these autographs, or even “meet” them in person, I would have thought you were nuts. But it’s really happening!
Friends of mine have been kind enough to get autographs for me over the last two years since these conventions always seem to take place far, far away from where I am. That changed last October when I got to actually MEET Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma and Tom Kitagawa. See pics of that here.
For someone who never even dreamed of having a single autograph from anyone from Godzilla or Ultraman, I’ve now amassed quite a collection now! And I LOVE it!
Anyway, to the point of this post. I’m pleased to announce that we will be bringing autographs to our webstore, Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles. In cooperation with a celebrity specialist for pop culture conventions, Flossie’s is pleased to make available the first batch of autographs to our store.
First up is Satoshi “Bin” Furuya who was the suit actor for the original Ultraman as well as Amagi from Ultraseven. And then there’s Hiroko Sakurai who played Science Patrol member Akiko Fuji, also from the original Ultraman. She also played Yuriko Edogawa in Ultra Q.
We have three photos styles for each star. And each are available in a variety of Sharpee colors. And they’re available now. So, if you had the same problem I had, and none of the cool conventions were in your area, this is a chance to bring home something from our childhood heroes.
I’ve tried to keep the price down as low as I could. They’re more costly than they were at the show, but way below the stupid prices on Ebay. Also, we took a risk by getting these as the price tag for this lot was mighty steep. If it works out, there will be more from on the way from the Godzilla films.
I researched the best way to present these autographed photos to you. I purchased acid-free sleeves to store them in along with acid-free cardboard backings to keep them flat. I also chose the sturdiest mailers I could find and will even slap on TWO “Do Not Bend” stickers; one on each side.
Though I was not able to attend the signing, the autographs were obtained from people I trust completely. Plus, I was even provided with photos of each star signing a pic from each batch of the different styles we have.
They were signed this past weekend in Lexington, Kentucky. And we have a limited quantity: 40 in all right now. But that’ divided up between two stars, six photo styles and three different color sharpees.
I would be genuinely pleased as hell if I’m able to help get some of these to some of you who watched these conventions pop up crazy far from your reach like they’ve been for me until recently. And even to those of you outside of the U.S. I hear Godzilla and Ultraman stuff is particularly hard to get in Europe. If you get one, please come back and leave a comment!
Feel free to email me with any questions concerning the autographs! Use the email at the top of this page.
This doesn’t have anything to do with X-Plus but I just HAD to make a post about this. This past weekend I attended Chiller Theatre in Parsippany, New Jersey and…. WOW! I was actually in the room with all three Godzilla suit actors who were together for the very first time in the U.S. I will NEVER forget the Friday I got to meet all three and the Saturday in which I loitered in the autograph room to see them some more!
Above is me and my stupid grin with Haruo Nakajima, the man who powered the Godzilla suits from 1954 to 1975.
As if that wasn’t magical enough, I also got to meet Kenpachiro Satsuma who worked the suit from 1984 through 1995. He also helmed some Showa monsters like Hedorah in 1971! And then there was Tsutomu “Tom” Kitagawa who made Godzilla move from 1999 through 2004.
And a fantastic bonus was getting to finally meet other Godzilla and X-Plus fanatics with whom I’ve spent so much time talking to through the internet.
Left to right: Rich Eso, Brian Mattoscio, David Dopko, myself, Paul Romero and Vince Elliot.
Sideshow Collectibles just posted a video tease of their upcoming high quality statue of the new Godzilla design.
I don’t think I like it.
I did at first. I watched the video in awe at all of the amazing detail in the sculpt and started to salivate imagining a huge, awesome Godzilla 2014 statue in my collection. That is, until they pulled back and showed the whole thing.
I mean, what the hell is up with the head turned back like that? I was hoping for something more standard and less comic bookish. All my dreams (well, one of them) are crushed now! heh. Seriously, this is Godzilla and this is important stuff!
I really believed this was going to be the ultimate Godzilla 2014 in my collection. But that whiplash head-turn has me very disappointed. And I wasn’t expecting that. I thought, how the hell could they mess this up? There’s no way they could find a way to position the Big G in a funky dance pose like they did with their Pacific Rim Gipsy Danger statue.
Anyway, sorry for my rant. I’m a collectible reviewer and I’m used to nitpicking. Watch the video and see/judge for yourself. Everything else about this statue (besides the head turn) looks freaking amazing. Perhaps I’ll change my mind after Sideshow releases more photos.
I have yet to see the movie (which I will do 2 hours from now). Who knows, perhaps I’ll find this pose is actually accurate after which I’ll take it all back.
If I don’t see this in the movie, then all my hopes will rest upon X-Plus for a more standard looking, high quality vinyl version.
If you are an adult collector and have a little terror running around the house who insists on pulling your X-Plus figures off their shelves, or deviously plots to kidnap one of them and retreat into his room where he will delight in playing with it ala Chocolate-faced Kid from Final Wars style, there’s hope for you.
The Diamond Select Godzilla 1989 Vinyl Bank, while no where near as good-looking as X-Plus, isn’t all that bad. And at $34.99 MSRP, it’s perfect for giving to your growing kaiju fan.
But be aware the tag rates this item as good for kids 8 years of age and up. It also mentions a choking hazard. I don’t see how this figure could possibly choke anyone, but better safe than sorry.
This bank is also a good way to take Godzilla to work with you since you know those fools who work there with you are going to pick up, roar and then laugh. Better they do it with this than one of your precious X-Plus Gojis.
My mother is selling the Diamond Select Godzilla Vinyl Banks at FlossiesGifts.com, but they are everywhere. Even Ebay has them in abundance so shop around!
Would Fuji have made a good companion for the Doctor? Why not? She fought aliens and giant monsters. The Doctor fought aliens and… some giant monsters. And it’s not like the TARDIS translator doesn’t know Japanese. Ultraman’s Fuji was from 1966-67 so that would match her up with the second Doctor (Patrick Troughton). Whattaya think?