Mothra / Godzilla 1964 Base News

I’m not sure how I missed this but X-Plus showed off the base design for the new Large Monster Series Mothra 1964 Ric Boy Exclusive with Godzilla 1964 on their blog.

Base for the Large Monster Series Mothra 1964 vinyl figure by X-Plus.

Looks like the egg will indeed be removable from the base. Good news, methinks! You now have options as to how you want it to look on your shelves. And toy photographers, rejoice! I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of ‘outside’ shots of this set.

Tail base for the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1964 vinyl figure by X-Plus.

And this photo settles the question “Will G’64 come with the base?” once and for all. Instead of the rocky platform that rose previous releases of the 25cm Godzilla 1964 to a height above other Godzilla figures in the line, you’ll be getting a little tail support instead. I kind of like this. Now Godzilla 1964 will be level with his brothers on the shelf.

I kind of wish X-Plus would make this rocky nub available separately for those of us who already have the G’64 and don’t like the original base. But, don’t fret. If you have an original and want your 64’s feet on the ground, I have an idea for that you use right now on my review.

By |March 22nd, 2015|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

Ultraman Autographs now available at Flossie’s

Ultraman Autographs now available from Flossie's.

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.

Bin Furuya and Hiroko Sakurai signing autographs in Lexington, Kentucky, March 2015.

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!

Click Here to Get Ultraman Autographs at Flossie’s

Feel free to email me with any questions concerning the autographs! Use the email at the top of this page.

By |March 18th, 2015|Not X-Plus, But ..., X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

The New Diamond/X-Plus Deal. And the first 10 known figures are….

The first 10 figures announced to be available in Diamond's second contract with X-Plus.

The new contract between Diamond Distributors and X-Plus was recently announced and I’ve finally got some kaiju names! The first 10 figures (that we know about) are:

12 Inch Series Baragon 1965 SRP $160
12 Inch Series Rodan 1968 (Do they mean 1964?) SRP $180
12 Inch Series King Ghidorah 1968 SRP $418
12 Inch Series Anguirus 1962 (Probably a typo and meant to be 1968) SRP $160
12 Inch Series Gigan 1972 SRP $160
12 Inch Series Titanosaurus SRP $160
12 Inch Series Biollante SRP $599
12 Inch Series Space Godzilla SRP $180
12 Inch Series Kiryu 2003 SRP $200
12 Inch Series Gigan 2004 SRP $200

Note the “12 Inch Series King Ghidorah” and the “12 Inch Series Biollante”. We all know that both are actually a part of the Large Monster Series (aka 25cm Scale). So, please don’t get confused by their official North American names.

Also, the line has quite possibly been renamed the “Godzilla Kaiju 12 Inch Series“. I kept the old series name in my list because I’m just not sure about this yet.

There are still 14 more figures which we do not know about yet, and that includes the Godzilla figures.

No word yet on a schedule.

The new figures are slated (as far as I know right now) to start showing up in July of this year. And when it does start, there will be two figures offered EVERY MONTH. So you’ve been warned! Start saving now!

Note that some online stores have a habit of posting pre-orders for these figures before their actual pre-order starts. Some also post incorrect expected release dates. When in doubt, consult the X-Plus Diamond Re-Issue Release Schedule here on Kaiju Addicts. I won’t steer you wrong!

For now, Flossie’s Gifts will not put up any figures for pre-order until a schedule appears. But don’t worry, we’re definitely going to carry them and take care of you guys like we’ve been!

April X-Plus Releases Announced: Mothra 1964, Godzilla 1991 and Appearance Pose Ultraman

G91-Mothra64-Ultraman

X-Plus just announced their new releases and this is a whopper of a month!

SAKAI GODZILLA 1991

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1991 Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection.

First up is the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido Version — another mouthful of a name! It’s 27.5cm (10.8 inches) tall (yes, another shorty) and about 44cm (17.3 inches) long! There will be both Standard and Ric Boy versions. The Ric exclusive version will come with a 12-LED light gimmick in the dorsal fins. It will come with a newly designed “battery box” which will now house 4 AAA batteries.

As you can see in the photo gallery at the end of this post, the tail on this new Sakai is well above the floor. No word yet on whether or not some sort of “base” will be included to hold the tail up.

The price for the Ric Boy version is ¥28,620 (currently $239). Pre-orders for the Ric are now open and will close March 16.

The standard is up for pre-order for ¥22,500 (currently $188) at Hobby Search.

It is expected to ship in Late April or May. Click here to see the Sakai ’91 on the X-Plus Ric Boy Site.

MOTHRA 1964 AND GODZILLA 1964 SET

X-Plus Large Monster Series Mothra 1964.

The new Toho Large Monster Series Mothra 1964 with base and egg is getting released in a Ric Boy Exclusive set along with a Large Monster Series Godzilla 1964 re-issue. There is a Standard Version of Mothra which WILL come with the egg, but not with Godzilla.

Mothra is 38cm (14.9 inches) in height (on the stand) and has a wingspan of 64cm (25.1 inches). As reported before, the wings are made of ABS material and will not droop in warmer temperatures. Like the Mothra ’61 before it, the thorax has ABS reinforcements inside which the wings attach to.

Preorders for the Mothra / Godzilla 1964 Set are now being accepted and will close on March 16. The Price for this set is ¥29,700 (currently about $248.) Click here to see the Mothra 1964 and Godzilla 1964 Set on the X-Plus Ric Boy Site.

The Standard Version is available from Hobby Search for ¥16,650 (currently $139).

It is expected to ship in Late April or May.

ULTRAMAN C-TYPE APPEARANCE POSE

X-Plus Large Monster Series Ultraman C-Type Appearance Pose.

Wow! I’ve been wondering if they were ever going to get to this pose. Finally! The Large Monster Series Ultraman C-Type Appearance Pose is listed as being 29cm tall (with his arm raised as it is).

The Ric Boy Version of this figure will come with a light gimmick, no doubt LED lights in the eyes and color timer. Pre-orders are being taken now and will close March 16. The price is ¥12,960 (currently $108). Click here to see the Ultraman C-Type Appearance Pose figure on the X-Plus Ric Boy Site.

The Standard Version (with no light) is available at Hobby Search for ¥8,370 (currently $70).

By |February 27th, 2015|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

X-Plus Large Monster Series Biollante and Godzilla 1989 to be Premium Bandai Edition

Bandai promo for X-Plus Biollante and Godzilla 1989 Set.

The promised re-issue of the Large Monster Series Biollante and Godzilla 1989 Set by X-Plus has popped up on the Japanese Bandai site of all places. Seems this set can be obtained from there only. Shortly after, a page for the set appeared on X-Plus’ Ric Boy site. And based on the translation from Chrome, it seems that the set will be available only from the Bandai site. To further back that up, the order button on the Ric page leads to the Bandai site.

According to X-Plus’ Ric Boy site, the set will go up for order in June and will cost ¥59,400 (currently $500.43).

As already reported, both Biollante and Godzilla will have light gimmicks. But what’s new about that is the fact that Biollante’s belly doesn’t just glow red, it pulses too. See the video below!

If you’re worried about being able to grab a Biollante from the Bandai site, you may have another option. It seems that Biollante will be part of the new Diamond Deal. If you don’t mind not having the light gimmick and have a little patience, you should be able to get one easier from North American online retailers or your local comic shop. Crazy, huh?

Shark City Ozark 1:6 Scale Bruce Bust Review Coming Soon…

Shark City Ozark Bruce Bust breaking the surface against black.

I know, I know. This is a Godzilla review site. More specifically, an X-Plus Godzilla review site. But I just had to make an exception for this, the new Shark City Ozark Bruce Bust by Mike Schultz. Photography is almost complete. In the meantime, have a look at this advance photo.

And wipe your mouth, dude. You’re drooling.

UPDATE: Review is now available HERE.

X-Plus and Diamond back together again for more North American Re-issues!

X-Plus / Diamond Distributors: It's a Deal!

It looks like Diamond will be importing X-Plus vinyls yet again! Retailer Michael Cherkowsky broke the news when he posted photos of the Diamond Distributors table today at Toy Fair in New York. Up-to-date news will be posted here in this pinned post.

FEBRUARY 15, 2015
• A new source say that King Ghidorah will be offered, as well as Biollante!
• There will be 24 releases over 12 months. 12 Godzilla and 12 Kaiju.
• Could be a mix of both the Large Monster Series (25cm) and the 30cm Series (12inch).
• Solicitations start in July.
Note: It sort of feels like X-Plus is setting North America up for a classic Japanese release schedule with a couple new figures every month. This could be GOOOOD!

FEBRUARY 14, 2015
• Michael Cherkowsky visited the Diamond table at Toy Fair and posted photos of the Large Monster Series King Ghidorah which was said to be simply a “placeholder” to indicate that they would be carrying X-Plus again. He also said that he was told that there would be 24 figures in this new deal. TWENTY-FOUR! I will attempt to confirm this with Diamond on Monday.
• Word got out that X-Plus Dragonball figures will now be carried by Bluefin for North America.

JANUARY 16, 2015
• X-Plus told me that they were about to have a meeting to attempt to seal the new deal, but that nothing was certain. They also said that Gamera and Ultraman figures would not be included.

John Ruffin X-Plus Photo Gallery added to Kaiju Addicts

Godzilla movie poster recreated using X-Plus Godzilla 1968 and Minya, by John Ruffin.

X-Plus collector John Ruffin takes photos of his collection and also composites figures into poster art as well. And they look awesome! John has allowed me to add a gallery of his work to the Kaiju Addicts Photo Gallery Section. Click here to see John’s work. And don’t forget to check out the other galleries available under the PHOTOS menu at the top of this site.

By |February 8th, 2015|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off