X-Plus Reveals the Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla and a LOT more!

Today, X-Plus is displaying a lot of new figures at Winter Wonder Festival 2017 in Chiba, Japan. The biggest story here is, of course, the upcoming Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla.

Prototype of the X-Plus Shin Godzilla on display at Winter Wonder Festival in Japan.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

As you can see, this new Shin is very stylized just like the Gigantic GMK and Burning Godzilla.

Prototype of the X-Plus Shin Godzilla on display at Winter Wonder Festival in Japan.

If you look closely at the first photo, you’ll see an alternate head in front of the figure. This could be the RIC Exclusive. There are photos of the prototype with this closed mouth head on in the photos below.

EARLY PHOTOS OF THE GIGANTIC SHIN GODZILLA

X-Plus Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla in the early stages.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

These early photos show the figure being worked on and aren’t as complete as the one at Wonder Festival. But they do give you a closer look at the detail and also what’s going on with that tail.

X-Plus Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla in the early stages.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

X-Plus Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla in the early stages.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

X-Plus Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla in the early stages.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

Now back to Wonder Festival…

SHIN GODZILLA: STAGE 2 AND STAGE 3

Early stages of Shin Godzilla by X-Plus, on display at Winter Wonder Festival.
PHOTOS: JAY DAVIES

Also on display were a Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla Stage 2 and a 30cm Series Shin Godzilla Stage 3.

Early stages of Shin Godzilla by X-Plus, on display at Winter Wonder Festival.
PHOTOS: X-PLUS

30CM YUJI SAKAI SHIN GODZILLA

Not enough Shin? There’s more: the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Shin Godzilla was announced with only a sign. Fortunately, the figure was at the show, at Mr. Sakai’s booth.

30cm Yuji Sakai Shin Godzilla.
PHOTO: JAY DAVIES

This will be released as a pricey limited edition (60) resin kit. Later on, X-Plus will put it out in vinyl as a 30cm Series figure (possibly Summer?)

LARGE MONSTER SERIES GODZILLA 2004

Large Monster Series Godzilla 2004 by X-Plus on display at Wonder Festival.
PHOTOS: X-PLUS (LEFT), JAY DAVIES (RIGHT)

The upcoming Large Monster Series Keizer Ghidorah painted prototype with a newly announced Large Monster Series Godzilla 2004 to go with it.

GABARA! RIC MINYA!

Large Monster Series Gabara and RIC exclusive: Minya on display at Wonder Festival.
PHOTOS: JAY DAVIES (LEFT), X-PLUS (RIGHT)

A painted version of the upcoming Large Monster Series Gabara with an unpainted Minya. Looks like Minya might be the RIC exclusive?

LARGE MONSTER SERIES KING GHIDORAH

X-Plus GMK King Ghidorah on display at Wonder Festival.
PHOTOS: X-PLUS

Here is the Large Monster Series Godzilla 2001 pitted against the upcoming Large Monster Series King Ghidorah 2001. You can better see the RIC exclusive glitter effect in the second photo.

WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS BUSTS

Upcoming Sanda and Gaira Gargantuas busts from X-Plus on display at Wonder Festival.
PHOTOS: X-PLUS

Again, no word on when most of this is coming out or even going up for pre-order. And, so, we wait.

2017 is going to be a kickass year for X-Plus.

By | February 18th, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Reveals the Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla and a LOT more!

Diamond Reveals New, Upcoming X-Plus Re-issues coming to North America

New X-Plus Reissues announced at Toy Fair.

Today at the Toy Fair trade show in New York, Diamond Distributors revealed the next set of X-Plus vinyl figures slated for North American release. These figures are reissues of Japanese releases, now licensed for sale only in the United States and Canada. No word on when these will be available for pre-order; it’s likely going to be quite a while.

Please note that all of the Toho 30cm Series re-issues for North America have been re-named the “Godzilla 12in Series.”

The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954 Trainbiter and Godzilla 2014 Blue Fins Version figures by X-Plus are set to be reissued in North America.

12IN SERIES GODZILLA 1954 “TRAIN BITER”
This crazy awesome piece was originally released in March 2016. It features a monochrome paint scheme and stylized sculpt of the original King of Monsters chomping on a train. At 11.5 inches tall, it’s noticeably shorter than the rest of the figures in this series.

It’s X-Plus’ first stylized piece in the 30cm Series, but don’t let that scare you away. If you’ll pardon the anathema, this sculpt improves on the 1954 design. But, yes, if you are an accuracy freak you might want to skip this one. But you’d be missing out on some serious badassery.

12IN SERIES GODZILLA 2014 “BLUE FIN EMISSION VERSION”
The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 “Roar Version” was first released in Japan in February 2016. It has the same sculpt as the original Godzilla 2014 which X-Plus put out in July 2015, but with an upturned head in a roaring pose.

This “roar” version also sports translucent fins tinted blue to mimic their look when charging up for a puff of atomic breath. The figure’s pose makes it 13 inches tall and one of the tallest in the series.

The original sculpt with regular black fins is already set to come out from Diamond in June and can be pre-ordered now.

More information and photos on both versions can be seen in my reviews of the Japanese releases:
Full Review: Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Vinyl Figure by X-Plus
Quick Review: Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Roar Version Vinyl Figure by X-Plus

The Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1975 and Kiryu 2003 by X-Plus are set to be reissued in North America.

12IN SERIES MECHAGODZILLA 1975
X-Plus originally released the Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1975 just last year in August. And, now everyone will get another crack at him. This awesome, awesome, awesome figure, based on his second appearance in Terror of Mechagodzilla offers a rougher sculpt and shinier paint than on the 1974 version and doesn’t need a base to stand like the ’74 does.

It has articulation in the jaw, head, neck, shoulders, hips and feet. And it will look great next to your 12in Series Titanosaurus which Diamond released early last year (and is set to appear again — another batch of Titano’s are on their way here right now!)

12IN SERIES MECHAGODZILLA 2002 (Kiryu)
X-Plus first released their Kiryu 2002, complete with blue jet and cannon pack as a resin piece way back in 2012. It was later released, in vinyl this time, as a very limited Summer Wonder Festival Exclusive in 2015. Not so exclusive anymore, eh?

It will have articulation in only the shoulders and wrists. Trust me, this thing is amazing. Even if you’re not big on Kiryu, this figure just might win you over.

I could be wrong but I think the blue jet pack can not be removed. If you want a clean-look Kiryu, you can order the 2003 version. It’s available to order and ship right now from stores in the U.S. and Canada.

I can offer only more info and photos of the the 2003 version (no back pack). The two figures are so similar, it’s worth a look:
FULL REVIEW: X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Kiryu Vinyl Figure

The Toho 30cm Series Battra Larva and Gigan 2004 "Rebuilt" figures by X-Plus are set to be reissued in North America.

12IN SERIES BATTRA LARVA
Based on 1992’s Godzilla vs. Mothra, the Toho 30cm Series Battra Larva was first unleashed in early summer 2016. It’s 12inches tall from the tip of its translucent horn and a whopping 21 inches long! It may not see eye to eye with Godzilla, but this thing is BIG!

I would not be surprised if this figure breaks Diamond’s current $200 SRP ceiling.

Match this figure up with the 12in Series Godzilla 1992 (which is available in the U.S. right now). Or, if you want to be really accurate, with the Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 (Expected to be released by Diamond this April) since that was actually the suit used in the fight sequence at sea while Battra was still in its larval stage.

12IN SERIES GIGAN 2004
Talk about double dipping! The Toho 30cm Series Gigan 2004 (from Godzilla: Final Wars) was reissued by X-Plus and Diamond just last year. X-Plus is now set to release the same figure again, but with it’s RIC exclusive alternate parts: the second head and it’s buzzsaw arms permanently attached.

The earlier stage of Gigan 2004, with its first head and more classic-style, bladed arms is available to purchase right now from stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection Godzilla 1992 Tanzawa March vinyl figure by X-Plus.

12IN SERIES GODZILLA 1992 YUJI SAKAI VERSION
Although I don’t have a photo of it on display at Toy Fest, the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1992 will also be reissued. This was just released in Japan last November. And, you may not get your hands on the Diamond Reissue until next November or even later.

Here is a quick gallery of bigger, cleaner shots of the figures.

There is no word yet on price or expected release dates for any of these figures. But what’s the rush? We’ve got Diamond Reissues already releasing every month now through July.

Keep checking Kaiju Addicts for more details. And please have a look at the X-Plus Diamond / Bluefin Release Schedule.


OTHER X-PLUS/DIAMOND NEWS – SECOND BATCH OF KAIJU ON THE WAY

X-Plus 30cm Series Anguirus 1968, Kiryu 2003, Titanosaurus and Space Godzilla vinyls are getting second batches.

X-Plus has made a Second Batch of many of the figures released by Diamond early last year. Space Godzilla, Anguirus 1968, Titanosaurus and Kiryu 2003 each had new runs and they are due to hit the Diamond warehouse any day now. The quantities are smaller than the first batch but there should be plenty to go around. You should start seeing them pop up on stores that had previously sold out. But many of these are still in stock and ready to order right now.

By | February 18th, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|0 Comments

Diamond Update: 12in Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Reissue Delayed

X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Vinyl Figure side view against black.

YUJI SAKAI GODZILLA 1989
The North American re-issue of the X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1989 from Diamond seems to be delayed. It was, and still is, listed as having a release date of February 22. But this figure has not even gotten on the cargo ship yet. And trips across the ocean typically take one month (one and a half with bad weather).

Stay tuned for more news on its new release date.

X-Plus 30cm Series Godzilla and Gigan 2004.

12IN SERIES GODZILLA 2004
What IS on the boat is this guy: the 12inch Series Godzilla 2004. He’s on his way and it’s looking like he’s going to make it on time for his mid-March release date.

Your Gigan 2004 will soon have company. (What? Don’t have Gigan? Get one here!)

ALSO ON THE BOAT
Remember those second batches Diamond was trying to set up for the Kaiju which came out early last year? Well, it’s happening. On the cargo ship with Godzilla 2004 are a bunch of 12in Series Anguirus, Titanosaurus, Space Godzilla and Kiryu figures.

These new runs are probably not as big as they were in 2016. So if you need one that’s sold out right now, get ready to act. They’ll be here in mid-March.

BIOLLANTE
And, let’s not forget Bluefin. Their reissue of the Large Monster Series Biollante is still due at the end of the month!

By | February 15th, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Diamond Update: 12in Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Reissue Delayed

Kaiju Addicts TV: First new figures for 2017, King Ghidorah’s new box and Godzilla 1984’s sculpt modification and more

Episode 3 of Kaiju Addicts TV is now available.

In this episode, I review recent X-Plus releases in Japan and North America. We learn about upcoming releases including a Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1995, Large Monster Series Titanosaurus and Keizer Ghidorah. We were also recently teased with a Large Monster Series Gabara and GMK King Ghidorah.

We discuss the problems with the Large Monster Series King Ghidorah 1968‘s packaging from the original release and look at why the new box is so much better.

Also, we’ll take a look at a surprising sculpt modification on the North American reissue of the 30cm Series Godzilla 1984 which now stands taller. And a quick guest review of the Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1999 by Leslie Chambers.

Finally, we take a quick look at some fantastic toy photography featuring X-Plus, by collector, John Ruffin from his site, MyKaiju Godzilla.

By | February 4th, 2017|Kaiju Addicts TV, X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV: First new figures for 2017, King Ghidorah’s new box and Godzilla 1984’s sculpt modification and more

X-Plus Biollante Release in Sight. It arrives in Late February 2016

Large Monster Series Biollante Bluefin Reissue.

The Toho Large Monster Series Biollante North American reissue by X-Plus now has an expected arrival date of February 17, 2017. That’s when Bluefin Distribution expects to have the figures reach their warehouses.

If the cargo ship hits rough weather on the high seas, we may need to add as many as two weeks to that.

Please give Bluefin time to process their shipment when it arrives, and time for them to ship out to the many stores in their network.

It’s possible that your Biollante will not be ready to ship to you until early March 2017.

You can order a Large Monster Series Biollante from me at Flossie’s for $429.99 or from any comic shop or online store that carries products from Bluefin.

— Bluefin Distribution is also handling the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive and Large Monster Series King Ghidorah figures, with more releases planned.

By | January 21st, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Biollante Release in Sight. It arrives in Late February 2016

Gigantic GMK North American Reissue Delayed

Gigantic Godzilla 2001 Blue Dorsal Fin Version figure by X-Plus.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

The Gigantic Series Godzilla 2001 Blue Fin Emission Version North American reissue (coming from X-Plus and Diamond Distributors) which was originally planned for release this month in the U.S. has been delayed.

Diamond has changed the release date to “To Be Decided” because as of now, X-Plus is unable to provide a firm shipping date.

Note that it takes a cargo ship about one month to cross the Pacific in good weather; about a month and a half with bad weather.

(The reissue of the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1999 is still set to release in a couple of weeks.)

By | January 7th, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Gigantic GMK North American Reissue Delayed

X-Plus Reveals Gabara and Godzilla 1999 Variant at Super Festival 73

Prototype of the Large Monster Series Gabara vinyl figure from X-Plus on display at Super Festival 73 in Tokyo.
PHOTO: KYLE YOUNT

X-Plus revealed a prototype of an upcoming Large Monster Series Gabara on their table at Super Festival 73 in Tokyo this weekend (Sunday, January 8).

Gabara is the bully from All Monsters Attack (ゴジラ•ミニラ•ガバラ オール 怪獣大進撃), 1969. Many collectors have been clamoring for this for a long time now. Once again, X-Plus delivers.

Gabara is expected to be released in June 2017. No word yet on price.

GODZILLA 1999

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1999 Orange Fin Variant on display at Super Festival 73 in Tokyo.
PHOTO: KYLE YOUNT

Getting second bill on the table was a variant of the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1999 from Godzilla 2000: Millennium (ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム).

The original release came out in Japan in December 2013 and a North American reissue (of the original) is expected to be released through Diamond Distributors this month in the U.S.

This new variant (to be available in Japan) sports a modified head sculpt with open mouth (it was closed on the original release) and translucent fins tinted a reddish orange to mimic Godzilla’s look as he prepares to unleash his atomic breath. Also, it appears in this photo that this figure has reddish-brown highlights over its asphalt black skin.

This new version of G’99 is expected to be released in Japan in May 2017 for ¥20,000 (currently $171 USD).

AND MORE
Also on display were UltraSeven foe, Alien Mephilas 2 which is due out in March 2017 for ¥14,904 ($127), the Final Wars Kaiser Ghidorah (still unpainted) also due out in March 2017 (no price yet) and the painted prototype of the Toho Large Monster Series Titanosaurus which is available for preorder now from the RIC store for ¥15,012 ($128). A Standard version should be available for preorder soon at SRP ¥14,580 ($125).

Both versions of the new Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla were also on display.

GIGANTIC SERIES GODZILLA 1995 SOFT VINYL KIT

Unpainted kit version of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 for sale at Super Festival 73 in Tokyo.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

X-Plus made an unpainted kit version of their Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (the FOURTH incarnation of this figure!) available at Super Festival. It was sold for ¥25,000 ($214 USD) and allowed only one purchase per person.

No word yet on if there were any leftovers after the show for online sales.

SPECIAL THANKS to KYLE YOUNT (of the KaijuCast) for all of the Super Festival table photos on this post!

By | January 7th, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Reveals Gabara and Godzilla 1999 Variant at Super Festival 73

Kaiju Addicts TV Autograph Contest Winner

The winner of the Kaiju Addicts TV Autograph Contest is YouTube user WHALEZILLA.

You will receive a Godzilla 1984 photo signed by Heisei suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma!

Check your email and get back to me.

By | January 1st, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV Autograph Contest Winner

MyKaiju 2016 Toy Photography Year in Review

Godzilla fan and collector, John Ruffin, has been putting his graphic design and photography talents to work on his collection. A big chunk of that work employs Godzilla vinyls made by X-Plus.

2016 has been a particularly prolific year for him. Watch the video and feast your eyes!

By | January 1st, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on MyKaiju 2016 Toy Photography Year in Review

X-Plus Reveals 30cm Burning Godzilla, 25cm Titanosaurus and Kaiser Ghidorah

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1995 vinyl figure by X-Plus.
ALL PHOTOS: AKIHIKO “GEE” OKAMOTO / X-PLUS

X-Plus was at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition yesterday where they revealed a few new vinyls set to come our way in March 2017. The samples have not yet been painted, but that just lets us focus more on these amazing new sculpts of Burning Godzilla, Titanosaurus and Kaiser Ghidorah.

Preorders will be taken early in 2017.

Today, X-Plus has moved the show to Tokyo Comic Con where X-Plus vinyl boss, Gee Okamoto, was kind enough to send some photos our way.

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1995
東宝30cmシリーズ 「ゴジラ(1995版)」

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1995 vinyl figure by X-Plus.

With the recent releases of the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995 and the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (in all of its three versions) you may find this new 30cm Series version to be unneeded. The hell with that! I say this is probably the ULTIMATE version to have! The Gigantic is stylized and not movie-accurate. The 25 is pretty damn good but has face issues, and thick-paint-on-face issues on top of that. But this one is looking like a freaking masterpiece to me. This is THE ONE.

Just LOOK at that sculpt!

NO LIGHT
As for the Ric Boy Exclusive: there will be no light gimmick. While that may at first seem like a travesty, let’s remember what happened with the Large Monster Series version and its light gimmick. Eyes were often unevenly lit, and the face needed to be smothered in a thick, opaque, detail-killing coat of paint.

I’m actually kind of glad that we don’t have to worry about this amazing sculpt suffering the same fate as its shorter version. But then, what will the Ric extra be? The frozen version of the Gigantic Series G’95 already came with a mini Super X3. I would be floored if maybe they included a Junior Godzilla. We’ll have to wait and see.

Standard: ¥22,680 ($199 USD), Ric: ¥24,840 ($218 USD). Coming in March 2017.

Toho Large Monster Series Titanosaurus
東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「チタノザウルス (メカゴジラの逆襲)」

Toho Large Monster Series Titanosaurus vinyl figure by X-Plus.

X-Plus will complete it’s Large Monster Series Terror of Mechagodzilla line-up with this new Titanosaurus, ready soon to join your Godzilla 1975 and Mechagodzilla 1975 on the shelf!

Note the translucent fins on the head, back and tail. That’s something the 30 doesn’t have. As for which one looks better, I’ll leave that to you.

Standard: ¥14,580 ($128 USD), Ric: ¥15,012 ($132 USD). Coming in March 2017.

Toho Large Monster Series Kaiser Ghidorah
東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「カイザーギドラ」

Toho Large Monster Series Final Wars Kaiser Ghidorah vinyl figure by X-Plus.

The true identity of Monster X, Kaiser Ghidorah, (sometimes spelled Keizer Ghidorah) from 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars.

This figure is in the smaller Daikaiju Series (Large Monster Series) but there’s a lot more to it than most figures in the series, hence it’s 30cm Series pricing.

Standard: ¥19,980 ($175 USD), Ric: ¥21,600 ($190 USD). Coming in March 2017.

Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla
東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「シン・ゴジラ」

Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla vinyl figure by X-Plus.

Also on display was an unpainted Daikaiju Series Shin Godzilla Standard molded in black and a painted sample of the Ric Boy version. I’m assuming this painted version is a sample from the factory and not X-Plus’ master sample painted in Osaka. Its violet paint apps seem different from earlier photos and seems a bit “airbrushy” to me. They may be going for a faux light look.

The Standard version will have only red accents. I seriously can not wait for these. Getting both!

Preorders for the X-Plus Shin Godzilla have already closed.

Also on display at both shows were the new Toho Large Monster Series Ultraman Jack (Appearance Pose), Toho Large Monster Series Kingstron (from Return of Ultraman), and a painted version of the upcoming 30cm Series Gyaos.

There were also appearances by the 30cm Series Gamera 1967, Large Monster Series Godzilla and Mechagodzilla 1975 to support the new Gyaos and Titanosaurus.

Here is a gallery of extra photos taken at Tokyo Comic Con.

MORE INFORMATION
See even more photos (from the Miyazawa Model Exhibition) over at Dengeki Hobby Web.
See high resolution photos of Shin Godzilla, Gyaos, Ultraman Jack and Kingstron over at SciFi Japan.

By | December 2nd, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Reveals 30cm Burning Godzilla, 25cm Titanosaurus and Kaiser Ghidorah

Kaiju Addicts TV Episode 2: Upcoming X-Plus Nov., Dec. and January Releases for North America from X-Plus

Episode 2 of Kaiju Addicts TV is now available. I take a look at all of the Diamond and Bluefin Reissues that have just released and will be released now thru January 2017.

They are the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive (Available Now), 12in Series Godzilla 1992 (Available Now), King Ghidorah (Available next week!), 12in Series Godzilla 1984 (Coming in December), Biollante (Coming in December) and the Gigantic Series GMK Fin Emission Version (Coming in January 2017).

Leslie Chambers introduces this episode and we also get our first Guest Review from Jeremy Soles on his Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 Ric Boy.

There’s also a contest for a Godzilla 1984 photo signed by suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma.

Visit this video directly on YouTube to get access to all of the links mentioned in the video. They’re below the video in the description.

By | November 27th, 2016|Kaiju Addicts TV, X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV Episode 2: Upcoming X-Plus Nov., Dec. and January Releases for North America from X-Plus

Kaiju Addicts TV: Shin Godzilla and other New X-Plus Announcements for November

My first real episode of Kaiju Addicts TV is now available on Youtube. It’s a news video covering the new X-Plus announcements made this month.

Special thanks to Rich Eso for doing the intro to this episode!

Please help out my ratings by Liking the video and leaving a comment on Youtube.

By | November 8th, 2016|Kaiju Addicts TV, X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV: Shin Godzilla and other New X-Plus Announcements for November