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Gigantic Series Sakai Godzilla 1954 shown at Wonder Festival

Gigantic Series Godzilla 1954 on display at Wonder Festival.

PHOTO SOURCE UNKNOWN.

It’s Winter Wonder Festival time again at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Chiba, Japan and take a look at who showed up: the Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection Godzilla 1954 by X-Plus. (Cue wild applause.)

In my interview with X-Plus’ Gee Okamoto from last year, he said he wanted to make a Gigantic Series Godzilla 1954, Godzilla 1962 and Godzilla 1989. So this big reveal was only half a surprise. (But, I’m still fully giddy about it.)

This vinyl figure will be reproduced from a piece by renowned sculptor, Yuji Sakai. It will be the 5th figure in the Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection, and the 4th in the Gigantic Series.

Sakai’s book, Godzilla Dream Evolution, states that the original resin version of this figure is 48cm (18.8 inches) tall. The vinyl X-Plus version will be slightly shorter.

If you have the book, the original figure is on page 21.

The original Sakai sculpt of the Godzilla 1954 can be found on page 21 of Godzilla Dream Evolution.

This figure is due out in early summer. (Thanks for translating, Dell!)

By |February 7th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Gigantic Series Sakai Godzilla 1954 shown at Wonder Festival

Gigan and Megalon Get Reissued as Wonder Festival Exclusives

Toho Large Monster Series Megalon and Gigan Winter Festival Winter 2016 Commemorative Release.

The Toho Large Monster Series Gigan and Megalon (東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「ガイガン(1972)&メガロ」セット) will be re-issed as a commemorative Winter Wonder Festival 2016 (ワンダーフェスティバル 2016 「冬」) set.

Wonder Festival (or WonderFes) is a biannual garage kit and model show which focuses on anime, mecha and kaiju. It is held at the Makuhari Messe convention center, in Chiba, Japan. It will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

50 sets will be sold at the convention. Another 50 will be made available from X-PlusRic Boy Site. Keep in mind that it’s not going to be “first come, first served” as a lottery will be used to determine which orders get filled.

The price is ¥20,000 (currently about $165 USD). The set will come together in a blind box.

If you want to enter the lottery for a chance to purchase this set, keep watching this page. A “buy” button will appear when ordering begins.

By |February 1st, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Gigan and Megalon Get Reissued as Wonder Festival Exclusives

New Opportunities for Grabbing the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954 “Train Biting, Monochrome Version” Vinyl Figure by X-Plus

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954 "Train Biter" Monochrome Version vinyl figure.

I originally reported slightly over a month ago that the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954 “Train Biting” or “Train Gripper” Monochrome Version Vinyl Figure by X-Plus was going to be available through online retailer DeAgostini as an exclusive. But X-Plus’ January announcements reveal that there will now be more options for collectors to get their claws on one.

The figure is now available for pre-order directly from the X-Plus Ric Boy site and also from other online retailers (so far it’s shown up on AmiAmi.com). The Ric version will come with the base whereas the Standard Version will not.

This is not a new sculpt, having come from a previously released garage kit. But this is the first time it’s surfaced in vinyl. While it’s details remain true to the essence of the the 1954 suit, liberties were taken to make it sway from being accurate to being stylized, which X-Plus reports has “attracted a lot of fans”. Personally, I feel they’ve managed to keep enough of the accurate details of the original, stiff suit and managed to render it more dynamically.

Front view of the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954 "Train Biter" Monochrome Version vinyl figure.

The legs are planted in a wider, more powerful stance than actor Haruo Nakajima could probably have accomplished with the suit. It appears the sculptor had other ideas about the inner toes which now reach more forward than awkwardly to the inside as on the suit. The hands are more expressive. And the overall texture appears more rough and detailed.

I’m kinda diggin’ it!

This figure has another set of “firsts” for X-Plus. For the first time, they’ve brought a stylized (albeit slightly stylized) figure into the Toho 30cm Series. (Previously, they’ve done this only with the Gigantic Series). Another first is the inclusion of a built-in “prop” in the form of the Shinagawa Railway Station train and the figure’s interaction with it. This figure is sure to shake up your X-Plus shelves.

If you get the version with the base, then it’s also sure to make a splash on your shelves as it re-enacts the destruction of Sukiya Bridge. Curious, the train scene and the bridge scene were actually two different scenes brought together here in this sculpted montage of the first ever Godzilla movie. (Note: it hasn’t been said, but certain that the figure can be removed from the base.)

The figure alone is 30cm (12 inches) tall, and 34cm (13.38 inches) on the base. It’s 42cm (16.5 inches) long. It comes in a blind box and, to be clear, it’s made of vinyl.

Reservations for the Ric Boy version (with Sukiya Bridge base) are open now at the X-Plus Ric Boy store for ¥23,760 ($196 USD). You have until February 15, 2016 to place your order. (And don’t forget to mind the 12-hour difference! The 15th comes and goes sooner in Japan!)

You can get the Standard Version from other online retailers. So far, AmiAmi.com is the only store to list it. You can pre-order it there for ¥17,250 ($142 USD).

If you don’t like ordering from overseas, stores which import such as Big Bad Toy Store and Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles may be getting some, but they’ll be more expensive.

Am I getting this? Hell, yes!

By |January 30th, 2016|Uncategorized, X-PLUS NEWS|4 Comments

Revisit the Kaiju Addicts Review of the X-Plus 30cm Series Anguirus

Kaiju Addicts Full Review of X-Plus 30cm Series Anguirus Vinyl Figure.

The X-Plus 30cm Series Anguirus Diamond Reissue is about to be released. This is a good time to revisit an older review I made of the original release. It’s something to look at while you wait impatiently for your pre-order to arrive, or, it’s something to help you decide whether or not to grab one if you haven’t reserved one yet.

This figure will be available in online stores and comic shops across North America starting next week!

Click Here for the Review!

By |January 13th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Revisit the Kaiju Addicts Review of the X-Plus 30cm Series Anguirus

Rich Eso’s ‘Fresh Vinyl Live’ to Discuss X-Plus and More, January 15th on YouTube

Rich Eso's "Fresh Vinyl Live".

X-Plus Power Collector and all around Super Godzilla Fan, Rich Eso is going live again. Catch Fresh Vinyl Live Friday, January 15, 2016 on YouTube. Rich’s guests (so far) will include KaijuCast‘s Kyle Yount, Uber Goji Fans David Eric Dopko, Brian Mattoscio, Robert Dwyer and myself (John Stanowski).

The show starts at 9 p.m. EST. Keep watching Rich’s YouTube Channel for the live link!

By |January 9th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Rich Eso’s ‘Fresh Vinyl Live’ to Discuss X-Plus and More, January 15th on YouTube

30cm Series Godzilla 1955 and Anguirus 1955 Limited Showdown Set Announced

The X-Plus Godzilla and Anguirus 1955 vinyl figures interlocked into a fighting pose.

PHOTO: JOHN STANOWSKI / KAIJU ADDICTS

X-Plus has just announced that they will be releasing a Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1955 and Anguirus 1955 Limited Showdown Set (東宝30cmシリーズ ゴジラ1955&アンギラス1955 限定対決セット). It will be available from both Bandai and the X-Plus Ric Boy Online Shop.

This set will be yet another re-issue of both Toho 30cm Series Figures combined into one set. Each monochrome figure was originally released, separately, in 2011. A colorized set was later released, also in 2011. Most recently, both figures were re-issued again in 2014, but licensed only for North America.

Because of the recent Diamond Comics Distributors releases, these figures are not rare in the West by any means, but for mainstream Japanese collectors who haven’t seen these beasts for four long years (although Diamond reissues are readily available in shops like Mandarake), this is a great opportunity.

PRE-ORDER DETAILS
If you missed out on this pair, this is a great chance to grab both in one go. And for a hell of a price! ¥30,000 for the set (currently USD $249).

Curiously, there is no mention of a pre-order deadline; only a release date: May 2016 (the same as the DeAgostini Godzilla 1954 Train in Mouth figure).

You can click here to pre-order them from Bandai.

• Or, you can click here to order them from the X-Plus Ric Boy Online Shop.

Some collectors have voiced concern over yet another batch of re-issues. But, this is a Bandai release and it is not taking up a slot in X-Plus’ regular release schedule. Think of this as a bonus, especially if you don’t have them!

If you’re on the fence about this release, just take a look at these:

X-Plus Godzilla and Anguirus Ice Composite.

PHOTO: JOHN STANOWSKI / KAIJU ADDICTS

X-Plus Godzilla and Anguirus 1955 diorama shot by Steve Harron.

PHOTO: STEVE HARRON

The X-Plus 30cm Series Godzilla 1955 and Anguirus 1955 shot by John Ruffin.

PHOTO: JOHN RUFFIN / MY KAIJU GODZILLA

SEE THE KAIJU ADDICTS REVIEWS
You can get more details and photos of each figure here on Kaiju Addicts:

  • X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1955 Vinyl Figure Review by Kaiju Addicts.

Full Review: X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1955 Vinyl Figure Original Release

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By |December 25th, 2015|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on 30cm Series Godzilla 1955 and Anguirus 1955 Limited Showdown Set Announced

DeAgostini Exclusive X-Plus Godzilla 1954 ‘Train in Mouth’ Vinyl Figure Announced

DeAgostini Exclusive X-Plus Godzilla 1954 Train in Mouth Vinyl Figure.

DeAgostini has a new X-Plus exclusive: the Godzilla 1954 “Train in Mouth” Monochrome Version vinyl figure (ゴジラ1954 「電車咥えモノクロver.」). I don’t know much about DeAgostini other than the fact that they have an online store in Japan and that they’ve had X-Plus exclusives before in the past.

This stylized rendition of the original king of the monsters has fantastic detail, texture and comes with a removable base featuring city rubble. And, though it’s not quite movie accurate, it does totally capture the “feel” of Godzilla 1954.

What makes it even more special are the three train cars dangling from Godzilla’s mouth.

It’s made of vinyl and will stand 34cm (13.3 inches) when on it’s base. It’s about 42cm (16.5 inches) long. This guy would fit right in with your 30cm Series collection.

It’s now available for pre-order from the DeAgostini site. It will cost you ¥22,000 (currently UDS $183). The deadline for orders is February 8, 2016 and is expected to ship sometime in May 2016.

I’ve never ordered anything from DeAgostini so I can’t tell you anything useful except that I heard you will need a forwarding service like Tenso.com in order to get one. You can order one here.

This figure is available from DeAgostini only and will not be available from the usual X-Plus vendors. I wonder, though. They made a point to call this the “Monochrome Version”. Perhaps we’ll get another crack at it in a color version at some point?

Also, I wonder what other 1954ish goodies are in the works now that Shin Godzilla has revived the look for 2016.

By |December 24th, 2015|X-PLUS NEWS|2 Comments

Not X-Plus, But… Quick Review: Rodan 1993 Figural Bank by Diamond Select Toys

The Rodan 1993 Figural Vinyl Bank by Diamond Select Toys.

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.

Close-up of the head sculpt.

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.

Back view.

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.

Coins can be retrieved by removing the head.

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.

Size comparison with the X-Plus Large Monster Series Rodan 1956.

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.

Size comparison with the X-Plus Godzilla 1992.

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.

Diamond Select Rodan Bank with N-Scale buildings.

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.

By |December 24th, 2015|Not X-Plus, But ..., X-PLUS NEWS|0 Comments