X-Plus Reveals Shin Godzilla, Mechagodzilla II and a Gigantic Series Ultraman at Wonder Festival

Good lord! Make it stop! I just can’t take any more awesome today.

Today, X-Plus revealed some new figures at their Wonder Festival table.

Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla (2016)

Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 2016 vinyl figure by X-Plus on display at Wonder Festival.

Feast your eyes on the Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla (2016).

The figure will be in the Large Monster Series (Daikaiju Series). However, it will be bigger than you would expect.

X-Plus told me a few weeks ago that it will be oversized compared to other figures in the line. X-Plus vinyl boss, Gee Okamoto, said, “The size is like the Daikaiju Series Godzilla 1995“. That would actually put it in line with the 30cm Sakai figures. One need only compare it to the Large Monster Series Gamera 1996 standing next to it in the photo above to see how impressive this figure will be.

No word on when it will be released.

Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1993

30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1993 vinyl figure by X-Plus on display at Wonder Festival.

We first heard about a potential Mechagodzilla II figure last November during our interview with X-Plus. Now, after an 8-month wait, we get our first glimpse at this new entry into the Toho 30cm Series.

It’s really great to see X-Plus taking on more Heisei lately. Destoroyah, Battra and now this; love it!

I have to say, though: is it just me or does his feet seem big? Like, really big? I’m a bit concerned about this. Judge for yourself.

Hope this is just some sort of camera lens trick

The sign says this one is coming out in September.

Gigantic Series Ultraman Type C

Gigantic Series Ultraman by X-Plus on display at Wonder Festival.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

The Gigantic Series goes Ultra!

X-Plus boss, Gee Okamoto said he wanted to make a Gigantic Ultraman during our interview last November. So glad he actually did it. This thing looks fantastic!

It’s expected to ship in September.

Large Monster Series Gamera 1996

Huh?

X-Plus released a Large Monster Series Gamera 1996 back in June of 2014. It seems they will be releasing another in September.

Unlike the first release which has a head tilted slightly upwards, this new sculpt has a head tilted slightly downward. I don’t get it. Perhaps X-Plus feels this new sculpt will better pair up with the Large Monster Series Legion which is due out in August.

Either way, those who missed out on Gamera two years ago will get another shot at him.

By | July 23rd, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Reveals Shin Godzilla, Mechagodzilla II and a Gigantic Series Ultraman at Wonder Festival

X-Plus Godzilla at SDCC; Four More Vinyls for North America Revealed

Get ready, North America. Even more X-Plus is on the way!

Both Diamond and Bluefin, distributors of X-Plus North American releases, have made new reveals this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. And some of them are really surprising.

Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 2000: Millennium

Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 2000: Millennium vinyl figure on display at SDCC.
PHOTO: KEVIN DeANTONIO

It looks like we’re getting another Godzilla 2000 from Diamond. It’s in addition to the 30cm Series Godzilla 1999/2000 already released by X-Plus in December 2013 which is due to be reissued in North America through Diamond in March 2017.

I’ve read (on the Facebook groups) that this vinyl will be based on an old KOC resin kit which came out around the same time the movie did. It seems to be a bit shorter than other figures in the Godzilla 12in Series (Toho 30cm Series) but this could be due to its forward lean in the pose.

The really, really interesting thing about this news is that a Japanese release from X-Plus has not happened yet. This is totally weird and unprecedented.

Will Japan still get it first? Will be a North American release only? Or, could it be that X-Plus is beginning to sync their Japanese releases with their North American releases so that every one everywhere gets one at the same time? I really don’t know, but that would be fucking sweet.

Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 2014

30cm Series Godzilla 2014 on display at SDCC.
PHOTOS: KEVIN DeANTONIO

The 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 is now on display at the Diamond booth at SDCC.

It’s actually been planned for quite some time now. In fact, Diamond probably could have been announced it at the same time as they did the ’84, ’92, ’04 and the two Sakai’s. Perhaps they were saving it to make more of a splash at the convention.

Here’s hoping that they reissue the Roaring Version at some point as well.

Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 2001

30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2001 vinyl figure at Diamond's SDCC booth.
PHOTO: KEVIN DeANTONIO

The Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001 is also now on display at the Diamond booth at SDCC.

The first release happened a mere four months ago in Japan and it seems way, way too early for a Diamond Reissue. I’m guessing, though, that it probably won’t be until late 2017 before you can get your hands on it. (If you want it NOW: we still have two of the Japanese originals available at Flossie’s.)

On to Bluefin

Since the Diamond Reissues first showed up, North American collectors have been getting hit on two fronts. Enter Bluefin, and the Great Three-Front War on our wallets.

Bluefin is about to release reissues of the Large Monster Series Biollante and King Ghidorah. They are now on display at Bluefin’s booth at SDCC and are due to be released later this month.

Bandai Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 at SDCC 2016.
PHOTO: KEVIN DeANTONIO

Also on display at the Bluefin booth is the Bandai Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (1999°C Version) SDCC Exclusive. (No, it doesn’t light up. That light is coming from the table.)

Now back to the new reveals. The final vinyl surprise from SDCC is…

Yuji Sakai’s Work Masterpiece Art Collection No. 1 (Godzilla 1954 Still Version)

Bluefin's Yuji Sakai's Work Masterpiece Art Collection No. 1 Godzilla 1954 vinyl figure.
PHOTO: STEVE CERAGIOLI

The second of the two biggest surprises from SDCC (kaiju-figure-wise) is an upcoming vinyl version of Yuji Sakai’s Godzilla 1954 Still Version.

And, yep, it’s another train biter.

You probably noticed Godzilla’s funky mug in the photo above. It’s not sloppy work but rather a piece of Godzilla history in three dimensions.

I’m not a Godzilla expert or anything but I believe Mr. Sakai had based this sculpt on a 1954 publicity still photo which had a lot of painting touch-ups performed upon it. Back then they used to paint on photos to change something, correct errors or make something clearer. (It was the early 20th century’s version of Photoshopping.)

Take a look:

Touched up publicity still from Godzilla (1954).
TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.

Sakai’s original resin version is 23.5cm (9.25 inches) tall. So, consider this a Large Monster Series entry.

If you have Sakai’s book Godzilla Dream Evolution, turn to page 82 for four crisp photos of the original resin.

This announcement is particularly interesting because, like the vinyl version of the KOC Godzilla 2000 mentioned at the top of this post, this figure has not yet been released by X-Plus in Japan yet. What’s going on here??

ART COLLECTION?
Also interesting is the name of the line on the back wall: Yuji Sakai’s Work Masterpiece Art Collection.

“Collection”? “No. 1”?

This is totally conjecture on my part, but it sounds to me like they plan to release a series of Mr. Sakai’s more playful work including maquettes, poster versions, busts, etc. There are quite a few to choose from. Again, open up your Godzilla Dream Evolution book and take a look at the possibilities.

If you don’t own the Godzilla Dream Evolution book, we have some available at Flossie’s.

No word on prices or release dates yet. Our on-the-spot reporter, Kevin DeAntonio, will attempt to get some facts on Sunday. If he’s successful, I’ll update this post.

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

Updated: X-Plus Announces Limited Wonder Festival ‘Son of Godzilla’ vinyl figure set

X-Plus Son of Godzilla Set.

Wonder Festival Commemorative Toho Large Monster Series ‘Son of Godzilla’ Set, 東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「ゴジラの息子」セット

X-Plus has announced even more reissues! This upcoming set will include the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1967, Minya 1967 and Kumonga 1967… all in one box!!!

RED EYES
Update: X-Plus just released photo of the set and, for some reason, Kumonga has red eyes. (?) I don’t remember this guy ever having red eyes. I could be wrong, of course. But even if he did at one point, most of the time (probably 90% of the time) they were purple. Not sure I like this.

Anyway, it’s being put together specially for Summer Wonder Festival 2016 (garage kit convention) which will take place Sunday, July 24 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.

Don’t get excited yet. These sets will be more difficult to get than usual.

Only 200 sets will be made. 100 of them will be available at Wonder Festival. I believe they may be limited to only one per customer. Another 80 sets will later be sold to winners of an online lottery which will take place soon at the X-Plus Shounen Ric webstore. The final 20 sets will be made available at the Amazing Model Expo which will be held August 13.

The price will be ¥30,000 ($286 USD).

Good luck to all who will pursue this set. Especially those who have already preordered the upcoming Large Monster Series Kamacuras or Kamacuras set. We’ll now have a complete Son of Godzilla lineup on our shelves!

You can see more photos of the Son of Godzilla Set at the Ric Boy site.
• See the Kaiju Addicts Large Monster Series Kumonga Review.

By | July 20th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Updated: X-Plus Announces Limited Wonder Festival ‘Son of Godzilla’ vinyl figure set

High Resolution Photos of X-Plus ‘Fake Ultraseven’, Godzilla 1973 and Legion at SciFi Japan

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SciFi Japan has just posted high resolutions photos of the recently announced Large Monster Series Fake Ultraseven, Large Monster Series Godzilla 1973 and the Large Monster Series Legion. Visit their site, click on the photos and ZOOM in!

Click Here to see the Photos at SciFi Japan

By | July 20th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on High Resolution Photos of X-Plus ‘Fake Ultraseven’, Godzilla 1973 and Legion at SciFi Japan

Correction: Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 NOT Available to Take Home from G-Fest; Pre-order Only

Bluefin's Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive on display at G-Fest.
PHOTO: RICH ESO

I had previously reported that Bluefin’s Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive would be available to purchase at G-Fest. I also said that you would be able to buy one and take it home with you.

Bluefin’s Media Department told me this point blank right on the phone. It turns out that’s all wrong.

The Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive can be preordered at G-Fest only. $499 is required up front.

The plus side to this is, you don’t have to lug it home and you can get it shipped to you in late July for ONLY $35! (Bluefin gets great discounted rates from FedEx and UPS because of the volume and frequency of their shipping.)

By | July 16th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Correction: Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 NOT Available to Take Home from G-Fest; Pre-order Only

X-Plus Announces Large Monster Series Godzilla 1973 Re-Issue

X-Plus Large Monster Series Godzilla 1973.

Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 1973 (Fierce Fighting Color Version) Ric Boy, 東宝大怪獣シリーズ ゴジラ1973 激闘カラーver. 少年リック限定商品

X-Plus just announced a re-issue of their Large Monster Series Godzilla 1973 vinyl figure.

This figure was first released in late 2010. It has since been reissued in 2012 as a very limited set bundled with an also reissued Jet Jaguar. Both of these releases happened ages ago so this new opportunity to grab Godzilla 1973 is most certainly welcome.

The figure is based on Godzilla’s appearance in the 1973 film, Godzilla vs. Megalon (ゴジラ対メガロ). X-Plus reports the height to be about 23cm (9 inches).

What’s new about this version is its “fierce fighting color” which appears to be simply some tan highlights representing the dirt this guy was rolling around in with Jet, Gigan and Megalon.

A Jet Jaguar reissue has recently hit the streets just as a Gigan and Megalon set had done earlier in March, 2016. Now, with this new Godzilla 1973 release, the tag teams of Godzilla vs. Megalon are complete yet again for newer collectors.

This new, exclusive version will cost you ¥11,880 yen (currently $113, USD) at the X-Plus’ Shounen Ric online store here. It is not openly available anywhere else (besides the upcoming gray market).

Preorders end on Monday, July 25. It is expected to ship around September 2016.

Large Monster Series Fake Ultraseven Light-up Version, 大怪獣シリーズ 「ニセウルトラセブン」 発光版 少年リック限定商品

Also announced is a Large Monster Series version of the Fake Ultraseven (or Robot Ultraseven) from the 1967-1968 series. When attached to its base, this figure’s eyes and beam lamp will light up.

It will cost you ¥12,960 ($124) at the X-Plus Shounen Ric store.

Preorders end on Monday, July 25. It is expected to ship around September 2016.

By | July 15th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Announces Large Monster Series Godzilla 1973 Re-Issue

Bluefin Announces Bandai Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive. Will be Available at G-Fest for Preorder

You have another chance to grab one of the ultimate Godzilla collectibles, the Gigantic Burning Godzilla

Bandai Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive vinyl figure from Bluefin.
PHOTO: BANDAI / BLUEFIN DISTRIBUTION

Bluefin Distribution today announced the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (1999°C Version) SDCC Exclusive vinyl figure. It will be available “exclusively” through Bandai‘s official North American distributor, Bluefin, at both the SDCC and G-Fest conventions (in San Diego and Chicago, respectively) this very month. (More on availability later in this post).

The figure is limited to only 500 units worldwide.

It has a highly stylized sculpt based on Godzilla’s appearance in the 1995 film Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. It is truly MASSIVE at nearly 19 inches tall and about 34 inches long! Out of the box, the figure weighs nearly 8 pounds.

Most of the figure is made with heavy, translucent vinyl. Yellow, orange and red paint applications, applied from the inside, interact with the clear and refractive properties on the outside for a truly AMAZING reproduction of the fiery patches seen in the movie.

This figure has quickly become a prized fan/collector favorite as it literally exudes the fierceness and power of the “spirit” of the monster. This piece is sure to be a highlight, if not the main star, of your Godzilla collection.

Not X-Plus?

Even though this figure is created from the same mold which X-Plus used, X-Plus’ name is nowhere to be found on the box nor the press materials. It’s referred to as coming from either a “Bandai Vendor” or “Bandai Gashapon”.

I don’t pretend to understand the relationship between X-Plus and Bandai, but I do know that it’s tight. X-Plus obtains all of their Toho licenses from a company called Plex (you can see their logo on all of your X-Plus boxes.) And Plex is the licensing arm of Bandai.

Okay, whatever. At the end of the day, it’s still the “same” thing with only minor differences.

Unboxing Video

A Bluefin employee tackles the gigantic box (with the help of Bluefin brand manager for X-Plus). It’s not for the faint-hearted. He nearly butchers the box—I guess he’s excited, too!

Bluefin/Bandai GBG vs. X-Plus GBG: The Differences

This new version of the figure is created from the same mold which X-Plus used for their version (released back in August 2014). But there are a few key differences.

THE TAIL
The tail comes completely and permanently attached on this version—hence the need for the insidiously huge box. That’s a nice feature, but only after you get it home. SDCC and G-Fest attendees will have a serious dilemma when it comes to carting this thing back to the cave, especially since most attendees will be traveling from afar.

Half of the X-Plus version came with tails that are overly and easily convinced to disconnect when handled, but their box sizes were much, much more manageable than this new behemoth.

MORE FIERY PATCHES
The outline of the fiery patches on Godzilla’s neck, chest and thighs are created by determining where the asphalt black would end on the outside. On this new figure, there is more fire. Whereas the X-Plus version had little hints of orange on the neck, this new Bluefin/Bandai version is much hotter. There’s more to see across the neck with patches reaching further up and additional “veins” of fire and that’s as it should be if you go by the movie. Bluefin/Bandai version wins here.

They’re also more colorful. As stated in the video, “The orange is a much brighter, more vibrant color.” Yes, ’tis true. They are indeed much brighter. But don’t knock my X-Plus and make it sound like the new one is superior, buddy! One could argue that the brighter colors make it look more toylike. 😛

PEARLY WHITES
The smaller, outer rows of dorsal fins on the back, and all over the tail are much brighter and whiter on the Bluefin/Bandai version. There are darker, ashy whites on the X-Plus version which I feel is more reserved and realistic. You decide.

TOES
Though not really visible in the video, it’s stated that there is more paint detail on the claws of the hands and feet. One more point for the Bluefin/Bandai version.

EYES
Finally, the eyes on the Bluefin/Bandai version are brighter and certainly more “piercing”. Seeing as how this figure is already stylized, that’s a definite plus.

Side view of Bluefin's Bandai Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995.
PHOTO: BANDAI / BLUEFIN DISTRIBUTION

That’s it. It’s practically the same aside from some differences in the paint. If you are an X-Plus purist, I think you’ll find this version of the figure will fit in just fine. You could even casually still refer to it as an X-Plus.

How to Get a Bluefin/Bandai Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995

UPDATE: The Bluefin Press Release was utterly wrong about this figure being available at G-Fest. It turns out they’re only taking pre-orders in Chicago.

The Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (1999°C Version) will first be available for pre-order at G-Fest XXIII, being held this year from July 15 thru July 17 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare.

It will then be available at San Diego Comic-Con, July 21 thru July 24 at the San Diego Convention Center.

THE GIGANTIC PRICE
The suggested retail price is $500. Yep, half a grand. The original X-Plus Ric 2014 Release was almost a C-note less. But those days are gone. This is now an exclusive and highly limited run. If you want/need one, start planning right now!

THE GRAY MARKET
No doubt, the gray market will be ready to jump on this. If it does, be prepared for high markups on Ebay. And, don’t forget to factor in the insane shipping cost this huge box will demand.

Better yet, don’t take a chance. Get your ass to G-Fest or SDCC. Don’t forget to bring a truck!

Getting it home

Take it to the UPS Store and ship it to yourself. I’m not saying this is the best way to do it. But if you traveled to get to the con, it’s probably the only way.

Just keep in mind that the bill will be… gigantic.

For SDCC, there are several UPS Stores in the 92101 zip code, but the closest is 5 minutes away at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.

The only question now is, how the hell do you get it to the UPS store?

[NOTE: I’m not familiar with San Diego so please research this online yourself and plan ahead!]

DRIVING TO THE CON?
The box will probably not fit into your car. But you could take it out of the box, collapse the box and squeeze the foam sides in separately. Just plan ahead and bring a blanket or something to wrap the figure in so it doesn’t get scuffed on the trip back home.

If you don’t already own the X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995, I sincerely hope you find a way to grab the Bluefin / Bandai version. This thing is badass. It’s highly detailed, badass, huge, badass and it’s badass!

NOTES:
• This figure does NOT light up.
• According to Bluefin’s media department, this figure WILL be at G-Fest. You will be able to buy one and take one home with you.
• It’s not clear yet whether or not Bandai is holding on to any of this run to be made available in Japan or other world markets. But, this is a possibility. If you don’t live in the U.S., pay attention, just in case.
• Click here to See the Kaiju Addicts Review of the X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 for tons of photos and more details on that version.
• SPECIAL THANKS to collector Michael Farrah for letting me know there was a Bluefin Press Release out there and for forwarding it to me!

By | July 12th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|2 Comments

X-Plus Now Taking Orders for Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1954

Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1954 vinyl figure by X-Plus.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

The Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1954 (ギガンティックシリーズ 酒井ゆうじ 造形コレクション 「ゴジラ1954」) is your chance to own of THE ultimate Godzilla collectibles

X-Plus has just opened the pre-order window for the Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1954 vinyl figure.

We knew it was coming, but its arrival is a bit sooner than expected. Gigantic Series figures usually have very long pauses between releases. The Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 had literally just begun to ship when this new figure went up for preorder.

No doubt, X-Plus is attempting to capitalize on the imminent release of the Shin Godzilla (Godzilla: Resurgence) movie which features a monster design that is drastically new, yet firmly anchored on the original 1954 design.

This figure will be the 5th entry in the Gigantic Series and also the 5th figure in the Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection. It will be the 2nd (technically 3rd if you count the Sakai 1999) non-stylized, movie accurate entry in the Gigantic Series.

Full view of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1954 by X-Plus.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

One key feature of this release is that it has been designed by lauded Godzilla sculptor, Yuji Sakai. His involvement on a figure release instantly raises the price. Because of Mr. Sakai’s amazing talent, this figure (I have to say it again:) looks like it walked right out of the movie!

The next key feature, and probably the first you’ll notice when seeing it in person, is its size. It is a whopping 44cm (17.3″) tall. With its lifeless, yet movie-accurate, tail in tow, it has a length of 75cm (29.5″). That’s almost two and half feet!

The Ric Boy Exclusive version logo nameplate.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

RIC BOY EXCLUSIVE
The Ric Boy Exclusive version comes with a sculpted logo plate with Japanese syllables in katakana. ゴ(go), ジ(ji) and ラ(ra) are stacked upon each other to spell Gojira. It’s 12cm (4.75 inches) tall. It comes with a mini “train biter” bust at the base.

The price for the Ric Boy Exclusive version is ¥49,896 ($491 USD). Yeah, you read that right. You can thank the figure’s gigantic size and Mr. Sakai’s involvement for that price tag.

ORDERING THE EXCLUSIVE VERSION
Click here to Order the Exclusive version at X-Plus’ Online Ric Boy Store. (Site is in Japanese only. Will not ship overseas. You will need a forwarding service like Tenso.com).

STANDARD VERSION
There is a less expensive route: the Standard Version. It won’t get you the logo nameplate extra, but it will give you a nice break on the final bill.

ORDERING THE STANDARD VERSION
Japanese online store, Hobby Search will give you a standard version for ¥43,890 ($431 USD). That’s a savings of $60! (Do you really want to pay an extra $60 for a little logo plate anyway?)

Hobby Search has an English version of their site and they will ship directly to you.

Click here to order the Standard Version at Hobby Search.

Hobby Link Japan will also ship overseas. Click here to order it from Hobby Link Japan.

AmiAmi, once again, seems to be allergic to the very idea of shipping oversized boxes overseas. If you’re dead set on getting it from AmiAmi, you can order it from the Japanese language version of their site, here. Keep in mind you’ll need a forwarding service (like Tenso.com). Remember, they don’t want to bother with shipping big boxes overseas.

Another angle of the Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1954 vinyl figure by X-Plus.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

PRE-ORDER DEADLINE
As of this writing, the deadline for orders has not yet been determined.

SHIPPING DATE
The figure is expected to ship in October 2016.

• You can find photos of the resin version of this figure in Yuji Sakai’s Godzilla Dream Evolution book on Page 21. I often flip through this book to see what the next X-Plus Sakai might be. All of the possibilities are in there. (You can order that book here.)
High Resolution Photos at SciFi Japan.

By | July 5th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Now Taking Orders for Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1954

Chance to Win a Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 RIC with Summit Kaiju Creative Photo Contest

Summit Kaiju Photo Contest Grand Prize: Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 Ric boy.

Summit Kaiju is giving you a chance to WIN a Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 Ric Boy vinyl figure from X-Plus! All you have to do is take your very best photo!

Runners-up will be awarded smaller prizes yet to be announced.

The Summit Kaiju Creative Photo Contest is now taking submissions in four categories: Best Kaiju Collection and Setup, Kaiju Diorama, Digitally Designed (Photoshop) and Kaiju Portrait (No Photoshop).

The submissions will be judged by your favorite Godzilla fan sites like KaijuCast, Fresh Vinyl, Skreeonk, My Kaiju Godzilla, Kaiju Addicts and more.

Send your best photo to the Summit Kaiju Creative Photo Contest. Click here for their online form!

The deadline is July 10, 2016, 12:05 Mountain Standard Time. UPDATE: the contest is now open to entries from around the world. But any winners outside the continental U.S. will be responsible for shipping fees.

Click here for the rules.

By | June 30th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|1 Comment

New and High Resolution Photos of X-Plus Legion at Scifi Japan

X-Plus Legion vinyl figure.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

SciFi Japan has just posted an array of high resolutions photos of the recently announced Large Monster Series Legion vinyl figure by X-Plus which we reported on earlier here.

And what’s extra special about this batch is that it contains many new photos seen there for the first time. Click on any of their photos for a super-close, exploded view on your monitor!

Click Here to see the Photos at SciFi Japan

By | June 27th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on New and High Resolution Photos of X-Plus Legion at Scifi Japan

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!)

• See NEW and HIGH RESOLUTION images of the X-Plus Legion at SciFi Japan!
• 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.

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