News: X-Plus Mothra Imago 1961 Pre-orders Start; Godzilla ’64 Cancelled

X-Plus Large Monster Series Mothra Imago 1961 Vinyl Figure.

Today, X-Plus replaced their “tease” graphic for a Large Monster Series Mothra Imago 1961 and Godzilla 1964 Set with a live page taking pre-orders for Mothra only. It seems the set is off. …or postponed. or I don’t know what. The Google translation of their announcement is unclear.

It reads:

“(Adult) resale decision Mothra!
Emission gimmick has also been built, boy Rick limited edition, will be limited resale.
Due to the various circumstances, Mothra of the 1964 edition was postponed, suddenly, resale decision. For production after this product, by some modification of the mold, to manufacture the 1964 edition, this will be the last chance available to ensure the Mothra (1961 edition). If you missed the last time to buy, wished for one another, it all means at this opportunity! This product is the boy Rick limited sale item. Is not available for purchase in retail stores. Please note.”

It sounds to me like that set was actually going to feature a 1964 version of Mothra! Well, don’t get too excited. The idea is off the table for now. And more than likely a long time since it would be weird to sell two versions of Mothra at nearly the same time.

Either way, the UBER RARE Mothra 1961 is coming back! X-Plus plus says the Ric Boy edition will come with the same light gimmick in the eyes. What is unclear is whether or not there will be a standard edition. Right now, I’m thinking no.

The Ric Boy Mothra 1961 is going for ¥19,332 (about $176 right now). Preorders are open now and will close October 6th. Release is expected in late November.

NOTE: X-Plus says that they will use the mold for this figure to make the 1964 version, so this is your LAST CHANCE to get Mothra 1961!

By |September 26th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

X-Plus Sakai ’89 Ric Boy Delayed

X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Vinyl Figure.

The X-Plus Godzilla 1989 Sakai Ric Boy figures will be delayed until Late October.

Standard versions are still on track for September 30.

Please refer to the Ric Boy Site and your favorite online translator for more details.

By |September 24th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

‘Fresh Vinyl Live’ talks X-Plus

It’s been quite a while since I joined fellow collectors on Rich Eso‘s Fresh Vinyl Live stream on YouTube. I was really glad to be back with Rich, Diego Doom, Samson West, David Dopko, Skreeonk’s Jon Bumpus, the Tokyo Toy Fiend, Cody Roberts and Dell Champagne Martinez. (Hope I didn’t forget anyone!) Saturday. We talked about the X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 and a slew of other X-Plus topics. If you have THREE AND A HALF hours to spare… check it out!

Happy Collectors Pose with their Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995

Collectors pose with their new X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995.

Got GBG? These happy collectors do! The standard version of the X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 has been turning up on doorsteps all over the world! Special thanks to everyone who sent in a Size Comparison Photo of themselves with the GBG!

See Even More Collectors Photos on the Review!

By |September 6th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

All About the X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Vinyl Figure

X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Vinyl Figure.

ALL PHOTOS: X-PLUS.

It was only two weeks ago that news of a Yuji Sakai sculpt being used for a new X-Plus vinyl broke at Summer Wonder Festival in Tokyo. And before we could spend much time wondering when it would go up for pre-order, X-Plus dropped a kaiju bomb. The time… is now!

On Friday, August 8, the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Model Collection Godzilla (1989), “Osaka Landing” Vinyl Figure showed up on X-Plus’ Ric Boy site, ready for orders!

By the way, how about that name! It’s longer than Godzilla’s tail! And it’s even LONGER in Japanese: 東宝30cmシリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ(1989)「第四種警戒態勢 大阪上陸」.

NOTE: I’m familiar with only a handful of kanji, katakana and hiragana. So I can’t read Japanese. And I’m not all that good at deciphering Google translations of Japanese either. So, keep in mind that I did my best to glean information you could use from a Japanese-only source. Now, on to what we know:

X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Vinyl Figure.

IT’S SCULPTED BY YUJI SAKAI
I won’t pretend to know everything about this guy who is so incredibly verbose with his hands and a bit of clay. But I can tell you he’s one of the most respected Godzilla model sculptors. If you can shed more light on Sakai-san, please do in the comments. If you’ve never heard of him, I can say you’ve probably seen his work. Most of the S.H. MonsterArts figures were sculpted by him. This guy is good. He knows every Godzilla suit by heart and has proved it time and time again. His work can be found in the book Godzilla Dream Evolution. You can get it from Amazon.com. You can also get it a lot cheaply from Amazon.co.jp. (It’s okay, it’s a book. They will accept your money and will ship directly to you.)

The sculpt for the Osaka Landing ’89 figure was originally released by Sakai as a resin kit. X-Plus has many times in the past made figures from previous resin kits so this isn’t something new.

REGULAR RELEASE: RIC BOY AND STANDARD
This isn’t a web special or limited run. It will come in two flavors like we’re used to. The Ric Boy version has translucent fins and a light gimmick. And, even though the standard version does not, it will likely still have the same, soft, translucent fins.

X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Vinyl Figure.

IT’S EXPENSIVE
Yuji Sakai’s name and work come at a price. The Ric Boy version will cost you ¥28,944 ($284). The standard is reported to cost ¥27,000 ($264). Ouch!

IT’S SHORT
X-Plus openly admits this figure stands only at 28cm (about 11 inches). Though very disappointing, it’s not something most of us are not used to. The X-Plus Godzilla 1968, 1984 and 2004 also come in at around 28cm. (Not that we’re happy with that.)

This is the part I find confusing. Apparently the original Sakai sculpt is a full 30cm. They used the original master mold to make a wax cast, which was then used to create a new mold for X-Plus to use. And somewhere along the line there was some shrinkage, leaving us with a final product of only 28cm.

X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Vinyl Figure.

WHEN? WHERE?
NOW! If you’re set up with the Ric Boy site you can preorder an exclusive right now. Orders will be taken until August 25. No doubt the Standard version will begin to show up on sites like Hobby Search, AmiAmi and Hobby Link Japan. The figures are expected to release in Late September / Early October.

WHY ARE THE PHOTOS SO DARK?
From what I understand, these photos show a prototype figure which was painted on the spot at X-Plus Headquarters in Osaka. So what the photo shows paint-wise hasn’t been finalized yet. I’ve lightened the photos just so that you can see more detail in the sculpt.

X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Vinyl Figure.

DIAMOND RE-ISSUE OF ORIGINAL X-PLUS 30CM SERIES GODZILLA 1989 ON THE WAY
If this new Sakai figure is too short or too expensive for you, it’s good to know you have another option. Diamond announced at SDCC this year that Wave 7 will include a re-issue of X-Plus’ original Godzilla 1989 figure which is a full 12 inches tall and will cost between $139 and $159. It will go up for pre-order later this year. Check out the Kaiju Addicts X-Plus Godzilla ’89 Review for a closer look.

Summer Wonder Festival Images of X-Plus King Ghidorah and More from SciFiJapan

X-Plus Large Monster Series King Ghidorah vinyl figure at Summer Wonder Festival. Photo by SciFiJapan.com.

PHOTO: SCIFIJAPAN.COM.

SciFiJapan.com always provides fantastic photos of each Wonder Festival in Japan, including this super close-up of the upcoming X-Plus Large Monster Series King Ghidorah. (Makin’ me Kinda Ghiddy!) Click on the photo for a larger view.

This year they got permission to shoot video and they kick it off with a good look at X-Plus’ table!

Visit SciFiJapan.com for more photos and the video!

By |August 7th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

X-Plus King Ghidorah Revealed; Yuji Sakai 30cm Godzilla 1989 Teased!

X-Plus Large Monster Series King Ghidorah 1968.

X-Plus King Ghidorah Vinyl Figure Rears Its Heads

X-Plus has just revealed the first image of the much anticipated Toho Large Monster Series King Ghidorah 1968 (東宝大怪獣シリーズ キングギドラ1968)! It’s currently on display at their booth at the Summer Wonder Festival show in Tokyo. The image was just posted on X-Plus’ Twitter account.

It will be a part of the Toho Large Monster Series where most figures are typically 25cm tall (about 10 inches), but as you can see in the photo, the figure looms high above other figures in the series and has wings that teeter over even 30cm figures.

They tweeted that the figure will be available later this year and that it is still pending approval.

New 30cm Godzilla 1989 Figure by Yuji Sakai

30cm Godzilla 1989 Sculpt by Yuji Sakai.

But wait! That’s not all! Images ’round the web are showing a sign on the same table showing a new 30cm sculpt of Godzilla 1989 which was sculpted by Yuji Sakai. The image on the sign matches this sculpt (shown above) found on page 28 of Sakai’s book Godzilla Dream Evolution.

An X-Plus figure based on a Yuji Sakai sculpt is a dream come true. But it’s going to come at a steeper price. ¥29,700. (Currently converts to $291.)

30cm Godzilla 1989 Sculpt by Yuji Sakai.

X-Plus may have looked like it was falling asleep at the wheel for the past few months, but apparently they were hard at work getting ready to knock our socks off!

No word yet as to pre-order or release dates.

Click Here for more information on the X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Vinyl Figure.

Godzilla 1989 and Gorosaurus Confirmed for Diamond Reissue Wave 7

The X-Plus Godzilla 1989 and Gorosaurus vinyl figures on display at Diamond's booth at SDCC.

PHOTO: WILL WANG

In a super advance reveal, Diamond confirmed what most of us already knew: The X-Plus Godzilla 1989 and Gorosaurus would indeed be in Wave 7 of Diamond’s Reissues.

They are on display right now at Diamond’s booth at the San Diego Comic Con. Also on display are Wave 6 figures Godzilla 1955 and Anguirus 1955 which Pre-orders are being taken for right now. Wave 5 figures Godzilla 1962, 1968 and Hedorah were also on display.

No word yet on when Wave 7 figures G’89 and Gorosaurus will go up for Pre-order. November seems a likely time for that to me.

X-Plus / Diamond Wave 8

Wave 7 will be the final set of vinyl reissues which are part of Diamond’s current deal with X-Plus and Toho. But don’t fret! Plans are in the works to continue the reissues throughout 2015 and 2016. And for confirmation of that we need to wait until New York Comic Con in October 2014 where Diamond hopes to make an announcement!