Pre-order window opens for new Godzilla vinyl re-issues
Ultra realistic vinyls based on the Godzilla franchise created by the toy arm of Japanese company, X-Plus, are being made available directly in the North American market once again via Diamond Distributors. These once rare and highly sought after vinyl figures are getting another run for collectors’ money… and that’s okay with us!
This new run of re-issues has a new name. It’s now called the “Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series“. Previously, it was called the “Toho 12in Series“. But what’s in a name? Established fans and collectors usually just refer to them by their original name from Japan, the “Toho 30cm Series“.
X-Plus originally planned to release 24 figures (two a month; one Godzilla, one foe) throughout a one year period. But, delays with licensing Godzilla himself had caused delays with getting the second X-Plus kaiju invasion started. And so, monsters like Rodan, Gigan and Kiryu are being sent to the front lines first, with Godzilla (hopefully) bringing up the rear sometime soon.
In a strange move from Diamond, eight of Godzilla’s friends and foes are available for pre-order all at once. You can order them NOW from comic shops and online stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. The initial deadline for retailers to order is October 26, 2015. But, there is talk of that date changing either forward or even backward. Best thing for you to do is order as soon as possible.
Despite the fact that pre-orders are open now for the first 8 figures, each one will be released separately, each in its own month. Anguirus is set to attack first and is expected to make landfall on January 27, 2016. A new kaiju will be released each month afterward. But, again, you have to pre-order them now.
Here’s the list along with suggested retail prices, expected release dates and item codes to give to your local comic store:
|Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series Anguirus 1968||JUL158058||SRP $180||Expected to ship January 27, 2016|
|Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series Gigan 1972||JUL158060||SRP $180||Expected to ship February 24, 2016|
|Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series Baragon 1965||JUL158059||SRP $180||Expected to ship March 30, 2016|
|Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series Titanosaurus||JUL158065||SRP $180||Expected to ship April 27, 2016|
|Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series Rodan 1968 (1964?)||JUL158063||SRP $180||Expected to ship May 25, 2016|
|Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series Space Godzilla||JUL158064||SRP $200||Expected to ship June 29, 2016|
|Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series Gigan 2004||JUL158061||SRP $200||Expected to ship July 27, 2016|
|Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series Mechagodzilla 2003 (Kiryu)||JUL158062||SRP $200||Expected to ship August 31, 2016|
NO SIGN OF BIOLLANTE OR KING GHIDORAH… YET
When Diamond Distributors first revealed the first 10 figures for this new deal on their website, they included the X-Plus Large Monster Series Biollante and the Large Monster Series King Ghidorah 1968. Then, suddenly, the figures were removed from the Diamond site, only to appear again last week. Curiously, Biollante and KG were not included. Hopefully, they will be added again at a later date.
BUDGET FOR FIGURES CAREFULLY
Keep in mind while planning your budget to juggle the purchases of these “Diamond Re-issues” that when licensing issues get resolved, Godzilla himself will join the fight at some point. New Godzilla re-issues will most likely take up release dates alongside the figures in the above table. If this happens, this will, at some point, change the schedule from one figure a month to two figures a month. I don’t know this for a fact, but I think it’s pretty safe to say that’s what will happen. So, collectors, plan your attack carefully. You shouldn’t pre-order liberally from the list above only to cancel some of your orders later to make room in your budget for yet-to-be announced Godzilla figures. When you place a pre-order with a comic shop or online store, they are committed to Diamond to still purchase the figures they ordered for you. Plus, there are still brand new releases (some surprises) coming out of Japan each month eager to nip at your wallets as well!
WHERE TO ORDER YOUR KAIJU FIGURES
Probably the most obvious place to order these figures is from your local comic store. If anything, you will save money on shipping since you’ll be going to pick them up when they come in. But be warned! I’ve heard many stories from collectors who wound up not getting the goods when ordering from their local shop because they simply weren’t paying attention to the schedule. It doesn’t have to be that way for you. You MUST make sure the guy behind the counter knows what’s going on. Make sure he knows the deadline for ordering from Diamond. Remind him a week before. And check again later to make sure that he actually placed the order for your figures in to Diamond on time.
HELPING YOUR LOCAL COMIC STORE WITH YOUR GODZILLA ORDER
The new X-Plus figures may not show up in Diamond Previews for quite a while still. But don’t worry, comic store retailers have access to Diamond Distributors’ Retailer Website. To help them quickly find the figure you’d like to pre-order, give them the Item Code! They are listed in the table above. TIP: Do this ASAP. And make sure the shop places their order in with Diamond ASAP as well. Do NOT wait for the listed October 26 deadline. This Diamond/X-Plus deal “seems” to be on a bumpy road this time around with delays, odd decisions, etc. So, better safe than sorry.
GETTING FIGURES FROM ONLINE STORES
X-Plus / Diamond Re-issues are currently available for pre-order from Big Bad Toy Store as well as some smaller shops like Vampire Robots and Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles.
Plug time. (You knew it was coming.) I’ve joined forces with my mother and her online shop Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles to offer X-Plus figures myself. (Hey, she already had the infrastructure to sell online. Just try to appreciate the irony of buying badass Godzilla vinyls from a shop whose logo has a heart in it!)
At Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles, I personally take care of all the distributor orders, customer orders, customer correspondence and I box all the orders as well. And being a collector myself, I try to do it all the way I’d like it done if I were a customer myself. And I’m available all the time via email and Facebook to answer any questions or solve any problems. (By the way, I’m always available to answer any general X-Plus questions as well. I’ll do my best to help you out the same way the guys at the X-Plus Kaiju Collectors Club Facebook Group did for me when I started collecting.)
MORE STORES TO CHOOSE FROM COMING SOON
Even though they’re not on board quite yet, other stores like Entertainment Earth and even Amazon have carried these figures before and will most likely again… once they catch on that they’re available again.
As for those time limits. The best thing to do to attempt to ensure you get your figures is to pre-order as soon as possible from a store who is also ordering them as soon as possible. However, latecomers should still have ample opportunity to secure one of these figures regardless of the October 26 deadline. That deadline is for retailers. There’s no reason why some stores wouldn’t place their orders in to Diamond without waiting to see how many customers they have yet. So you may see wildly varying deadlines from site to site.
A WORD TO POTENTIAL NEW COLLECTORS:
You may be a life-long kaiju fan who was unaware of X-Plus until now. Feel free to browse around KaijuAddicts.com for more information on these fantastic vinyl figures. There are written reviews by myself as well as tons of video reviews by others which you can watch right here. When you’re done, make some popcorn and visit Rich Eso’s YouTube channel for non-stop reviews. And don’t forget to check out his home base at FreshVinylHQ.com. And for more one-on-one, join the X-Plus Kaiju Collectors Club Facebook Group where questions and answers whiz by daily as well as a steady stream of photos from collections all over the world.
AND SO IT BEGINS!
The second X-Plus invasion of North America has started! Plan your attack, get your pre-orders made and make some room on your shelves for some wickedly awesome and freakishly accurate vinyl figures from X-Plus which were rare and pricey up until now. It is a FANTASTIC time to be an X-Plus collector, and all around Kaiju fan!
OTHER NEWS SITES AND BLOGS:
If you’d like to help spread the word on the upcoming X-Plus vinyl figure re-issues licensed for North America, I’d be happy to provide you with some big photography on some of the figures. Just contact me at the email address at the top of the page.