X-Plus Tweets Leatherback under Black Light

Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Leatherback Standard in Black Light.

Yesterday, X-Plus tweeted a photo of the upcoming Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Leatherback under a black light with exciting results. Seen above is the Standard version of the figure glowing as the monster did in the movie.

And the Ric Boy version looks even more brilliant…

Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Leatherback Ric Boy in Black Light.

Before you get excited, these photos most likely look more brilliant than they would in person. Taking photographs in low light requires longer shutter speeds and it’s difficult to capture what the eye sees. This is good news for the toy photographer as you should be able to reproduce these results.

That’s assuming, of course, that X-Plus shot the same figures we’re all about to get and didn’t use special paint just for these photos.

Leatherback is available to pre-order Now!

If you want the Ric Boy version you better act now. Pre-orders close on May 24. And don’t forget that Japan is in our future, so make your deadline May 23.

The Ric comes with a wider mouth, erect head tendrils, extended gill plates on the back and more greenish paint highlights all around. You can order it here.

Original X-Plus Ric Boy Leatherback Page.
High Resolution Leatherback Photos at SciFi Japan.
Original Kaiju Addicts Post about Leatherback.
Get the Standard Leatherback at AmiAmi – $127.
Get the Standard Leatherback at Hobby Search – $129.
Get the Standard Leatherback at Hobby Link Japan – $135.
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By | May 21st, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Tweets Leatherback under Black Light

Pre-orders Open for Jet Jaguar Re-issue and Pacific Rim’s Leatherback

Large Monster Series Jet Jaguar.

Large Monster Series Jet Jaguar Re-issue Ric Boy Exclusive
東宝大怪獣シリーズ ジェットジャガー (発光Ver.) 少年リック限定商品

Ready for a big scoop of Hallelujah dipped in awesome sauce?

X-Plus just announced a re-issue of the elusive and much sought-after Jet Jaguar!

Jet was originally released in late 2010. It was re-issued as part of a super-limited set with Godzilla 1973 for Winter Wonder Festival in 2012. This makes this new release his THIRD appearance. Who could see that coming? Don’t you just love surprises?

It looks like this 23cm vinyl figure will be released as a Ric Boy only. Other recent Large Monster Series re-issues got the same treatment. If you want this one, you’re going to have to get it from X-Plus’ Ric Boy site, or call on Mike Johnson or Jamie Davies for some assist.

Jet Jaguar is going to not only grace us again with his presence, but will do so with light gimmick eyes. I expect the power source will be built into the base and insert into the bottom of one foot just like all of the Large Monster Series Ultraman figures.

Also new to this release: JJ will come with one closed fist and one open hand so he’ll be ready to Punch! Punch! …Slap!

The X-Plus Large Monster Series Jet Jaguar will run you ¥12,960 ($119 USD).

$120 bucks for Jet? Someone pinch me!

Pre-orders end May 24. The figure is expected to ship late June/early July.

So… First a Megalon re-issue and then this. Could Godzilla 1973 be next?

[ Click here for my X-Plus Jet Jaguar Review. ]

Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Leatherback
大怪獣シリーズ パシフィック・リム レザーバック

Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Leatherback vinyl figure.

X-Plus also announced open pre-orders for their first figure based on Pacific Rim: Leatherback. And their excitement shows.

KAIJU襲来!!! 大怪獣シリーズ「パシフィック・リム」始動!!
( KAIJU invasion! Large Monsters Series “Pacific Rim” start-up! )

This hefty monster has a great sculpt in a static, yet somehow dynamic pose. You can literally feel Leatherback’s power.

X-Plus states that this figure is about 25cm tall just like most of the Large Monster Series line. But don’t be fooled. This figure is big for the line, just as X-Plus General Manager Gee Okamoto told us during our interview last year. The thing about this figure is that it’s leaning forward. If it were to stand up straight, it would tower over the rest of the 25cm figures on your shelf.

It’s also bigger because it has a lot more “mass” than a typical Large Monster Series figure. This thing is using a lot of vinyl.

It’s clear X-Plus would like to make more kaiju figures from Pacific Rim. Let’s hope this figure gets a warm reception so that can happen.

But, why start with Leatherback? Sure, he’s one of the “Big 4”, but I’d say he’s at least 3rd or 4th most popular. My guess is he was the easiest to make.

An X-Plus Knifehead figure is also being prepared, but he’s got those small legs. X-Plus probably needs time to make sure the figure will stand properly. As for the rest: Otachi would have a more complicated sculpt and Slattern would be just plain huge.

Perhaps a successful Leatherback run will prompt X-Plus into taking the extra steps needed for the rest.

But, alas, in the short time since it was announced, it seems that more U.S. collectors plan on passing rather than dishing out $165 on a monster not yet dear to their hearts.

Me? Hell, yeah, I’m getting it.

This magical decade of kaiju revival we’re living in right now is bringing a lot of new interest in giant monsters, and there is plenty more to come. Pacific Rim 2 is back on the table. Jurassic World writer, Derek Connolly, has just signed on to pen the sequel so there’s more PR to come. We may all become greater PR fans, and you might regret not grabbing Leatherback now while you can.

The Large Monster Series Leatherback Ric Boy version will cost ¥17,999 ($165 USD).

But if $165 is just too much to ask for a kaiju you literally just met not that long ago, a Standard version will have a more lenient price tag.

So far, it appears that a Standard Version will be available which will lack the open-mouth roaring head which is said to be the Ric exclusive feature. Does that mean the Ric will come with two heads? I have no idea. We’ll have to wait and see.

Pre-orders for the Ric version end May 24.
Leatherback is expected late June / early July.

Need to get psyched for this?

Gigantic Series Daizyujin (Zyuranger)
ギガンティックシリーズ 恐竜戦隊ジュウレンジャー 「大獣神」

X-Plus Gigantic Series Super Sentai.

Hey, Power Rangers. There’s a Gigantic Series Super Sentai Robo Line on the way. Not my thing, so I’ll forward you to August Ragone‘s news post.

By | May 13th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|0 Comments

X-Plus Legion to Attack This Summer

Prototype of the upcoming Large Monster Series Legion by X-Plus.

It’s been exactly twenty years since Legion first attacked movie theaters in 1996’s Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来). And X-Plus is right on cue with plans to bring this insectoid kaiju to vinyl on the film’s 20th anniversary.

X-Plus tweeted this photo of the upcoming Large Monster Series Legion vinyl figure on their table at Super Festival 71 held in Japan.

If you have the X-Plus Large Monster Series Gamera 1996 in your collection and he’s feeling lonely, be sure to tell him he’s due for some company.

Also on display was the upcoming Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 and a painted version of the upcoming Large Monster Series Leatherback from Pacific Rim.

By | April 23rd, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Legion to Attack This Summer

Where to Buy Kaiju Online by Rich Eso

Rich Eso tells you where you can get X-Plus and other Godzilla collectibles online.

See more content from Rich at his website: www.FreshVinylHQ.com.

By | April 23rd, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Where to Buy Kaiju Online by Rich Eso

Pre-Orders Open for Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962

Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 Vinyl Figure by X-Plus.

The Gigantic Series Godzilla (1962) is up for pre-order. Based on Godzilla’s appearance in King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), it will tower at 48cm (almost 19 inches) even in its slightly crouched pose. It’s also 48cm in length… and that’s with the tail curled! The width of a front-faced figure, including the tail wrapping alongside, will be 65cm (25.5 inches)!

This vinyl behemoth will be the 4th figure in the Gigantic Series and it’s worth noting that this will be the first non-stylized sculpt. Yes, the Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1999 isn’t really stylized since that figure represent Sakai’s own vision which was significantly altered for the suit. Also worth noting that the next in the series, Godzilla 1954, also is not stylized.

But back to KingGoji: It’s available for pre-order right now!

The Ric Boy version seems to be coming with an alternate paint job on the fins. A combination of translucent vinyl and paint will recreate the appearance of Godzilla’s fins while atomic breath is being fired. No, there will be no lights installed. But, supposedly, the fins will give the impression that they are glowing, much like the Ric version of the Gigantic Sakai Godzilla 1999 did.

The Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 Ric Boy is available at the Online Ric Boy Store for ¥41,040 ($367). Pre-orders end Monday, May 9 (Japan time).

YES, a Standard version (with fins painted in the “off-state”) is available from other retailers. At this writing, Hobby Search has it for $305, and Hobby Link Japan for $323. No sign of it on AmiAmi yet. Keep checking.

By | April 18th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Pre-Orders Open for Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962

X-Plus Shows Off Upcoming Figures… including one Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962

X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 and 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1975 vinyl figures on display.

X-Plus gives us our first look at the upcoming Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 at the 2016 Spring Miyazawa Exhibition in Japan.

This will be a novel addition to the Gigantic Series since it will be the first sculpt in the series which is more (if not all) suit accurate and not overly stylized as the first three entries were. No word yet on a release date yet, but keep watching X-Plus’ Ric site as a 1962 announcement will be arriving any day now.

Exhibition attendees also got to see a painted version of the upcoming Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1975 (just in time to pair up with the Titanosaurus Diamond Re-Issue coming out this month!) Still no word on when MG will available for order.

The Toho 30cm Series Battra Larva and Large Monster Series Leatherback were also on display.

(Photos from Dengeki Hobby. See more of their photos here.)

By | April 13th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Shows Off Upcoming Figures… including one Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962

X-Plus Reveals Large Monster Series Leatherback In the Works

Large Monster Series Leatherback vinyl figure from X-Plus.

X-Plus made good on its promise to dive into creating kaiju from Guillermo del Toro‘s 2013 giant monster flick, Pacific Rim.

An unpainted prototype of a Leatherback figure stood on X-Plus’ table at the 2016 Spring Miyazawa Exhibition in Japan.

And, just like Gee Okamoto of X-Plus told us last year for an interview, although the upcoming Pacific Rim figures will be in the Large Monster Series (25cm Series)… they will be big.

By | April 12th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Reveals Large Monster Series Leatherback In the Works

X-Plus Announces 30cm Series Battra Larva

TOHO 30cm Series Battra Larva vinyl figure by X-Plus.

Great news for those of you yearning to add more Heisei to your collection: X-Plus has just announced the Toho 30cm Series Battra Larva vinyl figure. Battra comes from the 1992 movie Godzilla vs. Mothra (ゴジラvsモスラ).

Sculpted by Takashi Saiwai (GOWROW) as a kit (which came out only last year I believe), this piece is a pretty accurate representation of everyone’s favorite evil larva. (How many evil larvae do you know, anyway?) Though, I did notice that the horn is larger than it should be when comparing photos of this figure to shots from the movie. Not that big a deal in my book since I didn’t even know until I compared the shots. I’d rather it be more accurate but I’ll take what I can get.

The Battra suit is a maze of textures, colors and spikes so this guy is sure to be impressive on display in your collection. Plus, it’s colors will help break up the forest of asphalt gray and treebark textures on your shelves.

X-Plus says that this figure will be 30cm (12 inches) tall. That will definitely include that overly large horn. He won’t see eye-to-eye with the previously released Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1992, but they look like they will scale well enough with each other.

Side view of the Toho 30cm Series Battra Larva vinyl figure by X-Plus.

This bugger is going to be a whopping 50cm (19.5 inches) long!

Manibles are articulated and can be displayed opened or closed.

A Ric Boy version (available here), will have a light gimmick and will cost you ¥19,980 ($184 USD).
Standards (sans the lights) will be available at other online retail stores. Hobby Search currently has is available to order for ¥16,200 ($148 USD). NOT BAD!

Click here to order this from Hobby Search.
Also, try AmiAmi.com and Hobby Link Japan.

Pre-orders end for the Ric Boy version on April 18, 2016.

The X-Plus Battra is expected to ship out some time in June 2016.

See more photos of the X-Plus Battra at the Ric Boy site.

X-Plus Godzilla 1992 and Battra.

We have GOT to get these guys together!

By | April 12th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Announces 30cm Series Battra Larva