X-Plus unveils Large Monster Series Legion… and it’s HUGE!

Large Monster Series Legion vinyl figure by X-Plus.

Large Monster Series Daiei Special Effects Edition Legion vinyl figure by X-Plus

大怪獣シリーズ 大映特撮編 「レギオン」
• Height: 38cm (almost 15 inches)
• Length: 57cm (22.4 inches)
• Price (Ric Boy): ¥44,820 ($435 USD), Order here.
• Price (Standard / Hobby Search): ¥36,000 ($350), Order here.
• Order Deadline (Ric Boy): July 11, 2016
• Expected Release: Late August / Early September

X-Plus today revealed the Large Monster Series Legion vinyl figure based on the 1996 film, Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来), one of the best kaiju films of the modern era.

Side view of X-Plus Legion vinyl figure.

Legion has a frightening set of jagged, insectoid appendages including four sets of legs, one pair of forearms with nasty pincers and a crown sporting ten claws. All of these are faithfully reproduced on the vinyl with impressive detail and loads of shadowy highlights.

Demonstration of articulation options on the X-Plus Legion vinyl figure.

ARTICULATION
There are some interactive options when posing this figure. The main head “pincers” can open and close. And the array of smaller claws behind the head are each individually poseable. Spread them out. Retract them. Or aim them in all directions like the jittery mandibles of real insect.

Size comparison between X-Plus Large Monster Series Gamera 1996 and Legion figures.

SIZE
At nearly 15 inches tall, the Large Monster Series Legion is a monster of a figure. It towers 7 inches taller than its companion figure, the Large Monster Series Gamera 1996 which was released in June of 2015. It’s even 3 1/2 inches taller that the larger figures in the 30cm Series!

As for length… get this: it’s 22 1/2 inches long; almost two feet!

STANDARDS AND RICS
There will be both versions available. The Ric Boy exclusive edition will come with a light gimmick. As far as I can recall, the only options for lighting Legion are its blue eyes (red when angry) and the “nub” between his eyes which fires one of his energy weapons. But, is that really enough of a reason to dish out an additional $85? Hopefully, X-Plus has something more exciting up its sleeve.

Dramatic image of X-Plus Gamera 1996 and Legion.

The Large Monster Series Daiei Special Effects Edition Legion vinyl figure is yet another amazing achievement by X-Plus. It will surely be the ultimate, movie-accurate Legion collectible you can get. And it will make your collection shine!

(Please Note: X-Plus previously released a Legion vinyl many years ago. It’s smaller and nowhere near as detailed as this. If you go shopping for this new release, make sure you don’t get suckered into getting that older version because of shady product titles and descriptions!)

• RELATED: Kaiju Addicts Review: Large Monster Series Gamera 1996

By | June 24th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus unveils Large Monster Series Legion… and it’s HUGE!

X-Plus June Announcements: 30cm Mechagodzilla 1975, Kamacuras and RMC Ultraman

June Announcements from X-Plus.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

Ready to get blasted with yet more new releases from X-Plus? There are FIVE new announcements. We’ll address four of them here. See my separate post for Legion.

Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1975.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1975 (東宝30cmシリーズ メカゴジラ 1975)

X-Plus has started taking orders for their upcoming Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1975 based on the giant robot’s appearance in Terror of Mechagodzilla (メカゴジラの逆襲), the final Godzilla film from the Showa era.

Though appearing very similar to the 1974 suit (and X-Plus’ 30cm Series 1974 figure) to casual fans, there are some significant differences, most notably the MG2 emblem on each arm and lightning bolt plates on the chest replacing the quarter circle plates from the previous suit.

This new 1975 version looks like it has seen more action with stronger wrinkles in the sculpt more generously shadowed with dark paint. Also, this figure does not need a base to stand as the 1974 version does.

IT’S FULLY 30CM
X-Plus originally stated that this figure would be a mere 27cm tall which had disappointed many collectors. That size, however, was later explained to be an error. X-Plus now states that this figure is a full 30cm tall.

ARTICULATION
It’s not common for X-Plus releases to have articulation. But if this figure is anything at all like it’s predecessor, you’ll be able to move the head, jaw, shoulders, wrists. The door on the chest which hides Mechagodzilla’s energy beam is hinged and will open and close. There will also be some minor give in the legs, especially the feet.

X-Plus had previously released a Mechagodzilla 1975 for the Large Monster Series (Daikaiju Series), but that one won’t plausibly be able to display well with your Toho 30cm Series Titanosaurus (also from Terror of Mechagodzilla). If this movie is near and dear, you’ll want to pick up this new figure. (And if you missed out on the 30cm Series Titanosaurus, we still have some available at Flossie’s for $149.)

Close-up of Mechagodzilla's Electronic Brain.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

STANDARDS AND RICS
The Ric Boy version of this comes with a double dose of exclusive extra features. Firstly, the head can be removed to reveal Mechagodzilla’s electronic brain. And, then there’s the light gimmick. Battery powered lights glow from the figures eyes, chest beam emitter, and electronic brain.

The Ric is available from the X-Plus’ online Ric Boy store for ¥22,950 ($216 USD). The preorder cutoff date is July 4, 2016. Shipping is expected to occur in late July / early August.

A Standard version will be available, sans the electronic brain and the light, from various online retailers in Japan. You can order one from AmiAmi for ¥16.940 ($159 USD), Hobby Search for ¥16.650 ($157 USD) or Hobby Link Japan for ¥17,575 ($165 USD).

NOTES
• Mechagodzilla’s tail comes separate in the box and must be inserted.
• Mechagodzilla lovers hoping for a mechanical trio of all three incarnations, rejoice! Last year X-Plus told us that they hope a Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 2 (from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2, 1993) will be in the works later this year. On that, X-Plus recently told us to “stay tuned”.
See high resolution photos of the 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1975 at SciFi Japan.
• See the Kaiju Addicts Review of the similar 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1974.
• Video: Samson West highlights the differences between the 1974 and 1975 suits (using Large Monster Series figures).

Large Monster Series Kamacuras vinyl figure by X-Plus.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

Toho Large Monster Series Kamacuras (東宝大怪獣シリーズ カマキラス)

X-Plus is finally bringing the mutated mantises of Sogell Island to vinyl. Along with Minya and Kumonga, Kamacuras made his debut in Son of Godzilla (怪獣島の決戦 ゴジラの息子), 1967. This group of three mischievous insects, already large enough to take down a man, were mutated to kaiju size when Minya’s telepathic cries for a parent interfered with a radioactive weather balloon test.

News of this release is fantastic. Kumonga collectibles haven’t been made available as often as other characters from the Godzilla franchise. This super-detailed, movie accurate vinyl version from X-Plus will help to fill the void.

This release will complete X-Plus’ monster line-up for Son of Godzilla. The Large Monster Series Godzilla 1967 and Large Monster Series Kumonga have already been released. Minya was released with the Ric Boy version of Godzilla.

Size comparison between X-Plus Godzilla 1967 and Kamacuras.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

SIZE
X-Plus states on the Ric site that this figure is 23cm (9 inches) tall. I believe that number is wrong. After all, that’s almost as tall as a Large Monster Series Godzilla. As you can see in the photo above, Kamacuras only comes up to Godzilla 1967’s chest. AmiAmi sets the height of this figure to 16.5cm (6.5 inches). That’s more like it.

Before you get disappointed, the size is as it should be. Kamacuras was smaller than Godzilla. It was the gang of three which made them such a menace.

AmiAmi says the length will be 30cm (11.8 inches). This little guy suddenly seems more impressive. He’s longer than Godzilla is tall. Keep in mind that Kamacuras is a crawler and like all crawlers, they take up more horizontal space.

AmiAmi lists the width (or leg span) of this figure to be 27cm (over 10 1/2 inches). Make no mistake, this bug is going to take up a nice bit of your shelf. Its “footprint” is equal to that of a 30cm Series figure.

BASE
This Kamacuras figure is completely made of vinyl. That does not bode well for the four, skinny legs holding this bug. Vinyl tends to get soft and give under pressure during the summer months. To compensate, X-Plus is including a vinyl base sure to keep your bug on its feet. It should be said that the geometric cube and trapezoid shape of this base is rather distracting and clashes with the jaggy curves of the bug above it. It’s painted in a solid brown which blends in with the figure. (It would have been nice if X-Plus had given this base a rocky appearance to mimic one of Sogell Island’s many giant boulders. Perhaps that’s something you could do on your own with some fake rocks from the hobby store.)

ARTICULATION
I wrote earlier that it’s not common for X-Plus releases to have articulation, yet here have another figure that can move. You will be able to rotate each of the grasper front legs at the “shoulder”. This will make it easier to pose your giant mantis with your Large Monster Series Godzilla 1967 and Minya (if you have ’em). Articulated front legs will also come in very handy for adding variety to your Ric Boy set of three.

SciFi Japan reports that the head will also be poseable. (I wonder why X-Plus keeps providing more important details about their figures to other sites other than their own.)

The Ric Exclusive version will come with three kamacuras figures.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

STANDARDS AND RICS
The Ric is available from the X-Plus’ online Ric Boy store for ¥19,980 ($188 USD). The preorder cutoff date is July 4, 2016. Shipping is expected to occur in late July / early August.

A Standard version will be available, which will comprise a single Kamacuras, from various online retailers in Japan. You can order one from AmiAmi for ¥8,470 ($80 USD), Hobby Search for ¥8,325 ($78 USD) or Hobby Link Japan for ¥8,788 ($83 USD).

NOTES
See high resolution photos of the Large Monster Series Kamacuras at SciFi Japan.
• If you are getting the Ric Boy Kamacuras “3-Pack” and already own the Kumonga Ric Boy, then you’ll really have four mantises. Kumonga’s base has a web shrouded Kamacuras built in.
• RELATED: See the Kaiju Addicts Review of the Large Monster Series Kumonga 1967.

X-Plus Fake Ultraman.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

Large Monster Series Fake Ultraman Ric Boy (大怪獣シリーズ にせウルトラマン ナイトカラー発光版 少年リック限定商品)

In episode 18 of the original 1966 Ultraman series, Alien Zarab had disguised himself as Ultraman in an effort to cause unrest among the population of Tokyo. Zarab Seijin’s “fake Ultraman” was released in vinyl previously by X-Plus. This new version sports a darker “nighttime” paint scheme and light gimmick.

The figure is approximately 23cm (9 inches) tall and comes with an ABS stand which plugs into one of the feet to power the lights.

There does not appear to be a Standard version of this figure. The Ric is available from the X-Plus’ online Ric Boy store for ¥12,960 ($122 USD). The preorder cutoff date is July 4, 2016. Shipping is expected to occur in late July / early August.

NOTES
See high resolution photos of the Large Monster Series “Fake Ultraman” at SciFi Japan.

Ultraman 50th Anniversary figure by X-Plus.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

RMC Plus 50th Anniversary Ultraman

RMC stands for Real Master Collection and it’s X-Plus’ polystone line. RMC Plus adds light.

To celebrate fifty years of Ultraman (the original series began in 1966), X-Plus will offer a hard, polystone depiction of Ultraman in his “appearance pose”. It stands atop a polystone base with an extruded Ultraman logo in Japanese as well as the Ultra 50 logo. Hovering near Ultraman’s knee is a Science Patrol Jet VTOL made with PUR (hard plastic).

Now, dim the lights and switch on the power. Ultraman’s eyes light up in white, and his color timer in steady blue. (The option to switch to a blinking red light is probably not available since he’s in his appearance pose: just arrived and at full power). It seems the base also emits light.

I find it interesting that they chose the C-Type suit for this release. The first series ran, I think, from July 1966 to April 1967. C-Type came last and was seen mostly in 1967. It seems an A-Type would be more appropriate. I’m not complaining though—Type C is my favorite.

The height of the figure on the base is about 30.5cm (12 inches) and requires some minor assembly. It will cost ¥19,980 (about $191 USD). As of this writing, the X-Plus Ric Boy Store has not yet begun accepting orders.

Also, it seems they will be limited in number. But, they also plan to offer them at unspecified upcoming events.

• RELATED: See the Kaiju Addicts Review of the Large Monster Series Ultraman C-Type Appearance Pose vinyl version.

By | June 23rd, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|0 Comments

Exclusive Hi-Res Photos of Upcoming X-Plus Diamond Yuji Sakai Godzilla Figures

SciFi Japan has high resolution photos of the upcoming Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 and 1991 figure reissues from X-Plus.

SciFi Japan has added even more high resolution photos straight from X-Plus. Get up close with the 12in Series Godzilla 1989 vs. Biollante Version (originally released as the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection ‘Osaka Landing’ Version and the 12in Series Godzilla 1991 VS Ghidorah Version (originally released as the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 “Hokkaido Landing” Version.

Both figures are being licensed and reissued for the North American market.

Visit SciFi Japan to see the photos!

By | June 13th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Exclusive Hi-Res Photos of Upcoming X-Plus Diamond Yuji Sakai Godzilla Figures

Diamond Announces X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla’s 1989 and 1991 Re-issues

Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection Godzilla 1989 and 1991 vinyl figures.
JOHN STANOWSKI / KAIJU ADDICTS

The much coveted first entries in the Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection are up for grabs again.

Is your head still spinning from the recent announcements concerning the upcoming North American reissues of Godzilla‘s 1984, 1992, 1999 and 2004? Well, there’s more…

Diamond Distributors just announced the upcoming availability of the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 and 1991 figures in the U.S. and Canada. Their price tags are a bit heavier because they’re coming from master Godzilla sculptor, Yuji Sakai.

Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 1989 vs. Biollante Version Vinyl Figure
Originally released as the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection Godzilla 1989 “Osaka Landing” Version (東宝30cmシリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ(1989)「第四種警戒体制 大阪上陸」)
• Item Code: APR158699
• SRP: $230
• Expected Ship Date: February 22, 2017
See my Review of the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989.

Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 1991 vs. Ghidorah Version Vinyl Figure
Originally released as the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection Godzilla 1991 “Hokkaido Landing” Version (東宝30cmシリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ1991「ギドゴジ北海道バージョン」)
• Item Code: APR158700
• SRP: $230
• Expected Ship Date: April 26, 2017

As usual, you can Pre-order a Diamond Re-Issue X-Plus figure and your local comic store or from online retailers.

You can get both from Kaiju Addicts and Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles (that’s our family business!) for only $194.99 each.

We have a new, easy-to-remember URL to get to Flossie’s: www.GetXPlus.com.

• Click here to read about the upcoming Godzilla 1984 (1985), 1992, 1999 (2000) and 2004 releases.

By | June 11th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Diamond Announces X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla’s 1989 and 1991 Re-issues

Exclusive High Resolution Photos of Upcoming X-Plus Diamond Re-issues at SciFi Japan

Close-up of the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1992 from SciFi Japan.

SciFi Japan just posted a TON of GLORIOUS high resolution photos of the upcoming North American reissues of the 30cm Series Godzilla 1984 (1985), Godzilla 1992, Godzilla 1999 (2000) and Final Wars Godzilla 2004 vinyl figures.

This site is the only game in town to get exclusive high res pics like this direct from X-Plus. (Kaiju Addicts doesn’t even get these — WTF?)

If you want to see even more of the amazing detail put into each figure up close, goto SciFi Japan’s X-Plus USA Godzilla Series 2016/2017 Lineup from Diamond post.

And, keep going back. SciFi Japan publishes hi-res X-Plus photos every month. Bookmark ’em!

By | June 11th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Exclusive High Resolution Photos of Upcoming X-Plus Diamond Re-issues at SciFi Japan

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Kaiju Addicts is now on Twitter.

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By | June 8th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts is now on Twitter.

Toho 30cm Series Rodan Diamond Re-Issue Lands June 15

X-Plus Rodan Diamond Reissue gets released next week.

This is not a drill. Repeat: This is NOT a drill.

Radar stations everywhere report a flying mass of giants objects approaching! Duck and cover! And clear a space on your shelf!

The Toho 30cm Series Rodan 1968 vinyl figure has been reborn as the Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series Rodan 1968 for North America thanks to a deal between X-Plus and Diamond Distributors.

After an almost yearlong wait, this figure will start arriving on Wednesday, June 15.

If you placed a pre-order, get ready to bug your comic store manager or your favorite online retailer for a status.

Miss out? We have extras coming in at Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles for only $149.

By | June 7th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Toho 30cm Series Rodan Diamond Re-Issue Lands June 15

X-Plus Teams with Mook Publisher to Offer Exclusive Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla (2016) Figure Kits

Special red and green versions of the X-Plus Shin Godzilla figure kits.

A “mook” is a cross between a Magazine and bOOK. It looks like a magazine but is designed to stay on the shelf longer. Consider it a book in magazine form.

Kadokawa has a mook in the works dedicated solely to the upcoming release of Shin Godzilla. Each copy of the publication will come with a special, exclusive Shin Godzilla 2016 vinyl kit made by X-Plus which you will need to assemble (and they promise that it’s easy to put together).

There are two versions of the kit: one comes in clear red; another in phosphorescent green. Please note that in the photo above that the colors are simulated.

When assembled, each kit is 26cm (10.23 inches) tall and 50cm (19.6 inches!) long.

You can choose which kit you get with your magazine. Each one is ‎¥5,400 (currently $50.41 USD). Or, you can order a bundle of both for ¥10,800 (currently $100.81 USD). Sorry, no price break for bundling.

Kadokawa is looking to get 2500 orders before going through with the project. I’m not sure what will happen if they don’t reach that number. I would assume that the magazine (or “mook”) would still get published, just without the X-Plus kits.

An early look at X-Plus' Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla sculpt.

PROPER X-PLUS LARGE MONSTER SERIES SHIN GODZILLA ON THE WAY?
The one thing we X-Plus collectors should be focused on, of course, is that X-Plus has a Shin Godzilla sculpt in the works. Hopefully a fully assembled and color-accurate version will be out at some point. I would think X-Plus should hold off on that for now in an effort to keep the mook versions special. But, there is plenty difference between unassembled kits in simple specialty colors and fully assembled, properly painted versions. So, hopefully an X-Plus release won’t be too far out.

ORDERING THE SHIN GODZILLA MOOKS
Before you ask, I have no idea if they ship overseas. If not, a handy online translator and a Tenso account is your best friend here.

Clear Red “A Course” version can be ordered here.
Phosphorescent Green “B Course” version can be ordered here.
Set of 2 “C Course” can be ordered here.

Delivery is expected in August 2016.

Special thanks to X-Plus collector Stephen Cheng for breaking the news on the X-Plus Kaiju Collectors Club Facebook Group. If you’re on Facebook, you should definitely join the group. If you’re not using Facebook yet, this group is a really good reason to start!

By | June 6th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Teams with Mook Publisher to Offer Exclusive Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla (2016) Figure Kits