Got GBG? These happy collectors do! The standard version of the X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 has been turning up on doorsteps all over the world! Special thanks to everyone who sent in a Size Comparison Photo of themselves with the GBG!
It was only two weeks ago that news of a Yuji Sakai sculpt being used for a new X-Plus vinyl broke at Summer Wonder Festival in Tokyo. And before we could spend much time wondering when it would go up for pre-order, X-Plus dropped a kaiju bomb. The time… is now!
On Friday, August 8, the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Model Collection Godzilla (1989), “Osaka Landing” Vinyl Figure showed up on X-Plus’ Ric Boy site, ready for orders!
By the way, how about that name! It’s longer than Godzilla’s tail! And it’s even LONGER in Japanese: 東宝30cmシリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ（1989）「第四種警戒態勢 大阪上陸」.
NOTE: I’m familiar with only a handful of kanji, katakana and hiragana. So I can’t read Japanese. And I’m not all that good at deciphering Google translations of Japanese either. So, keep in mind that I did my best to glean information you could use from a Japanese-only source. Now, on to what we know:
IT’S SCULPTED BY YUJI SAKAI
I won’t pretend to know everything about this guy who is so incredibly verbose with his hands and a bit of clay. But I can tell you he’s one of the most respected Godzilla model sculptors. If you can shed more light on Sakai-san, please do in the comments. If you’ve never heard of him, I can say you’ve probably seen his work. Most of the S.H. MonsterArts figures were sculpted by him. This guy is good. He knows every Godzilla suit by heart and has proved it time and time again. His work can be found in the book Godzilla Dream Evolution. You can get it from Amazon.com. You can also get it a lot cheaply from Amazon.co.jp. (It’s okay, it’s a book. They will accept your money and will ship directly to you.)
The sculpt for the Osaka Landing ’89 figure was originally released by Sakai as a resin kit. X-Plus has many times in the past made figures from previous resin kits so this isn’t something new.
REGULAR RELEASE: RIC BOY AND STANDARD
This isn’t a web special or limited run. It will come in two flavors like we’re used to. The Ric Boy version has translucent fins and a light gimmick. And, even though the standard version does not, it will likely still have the same, soft, translucent fins.
Yuji Sakai’s name and work come at a price. The Ric Boy version will cost you ¥28,944 ($284). The standard is reported to cost ¥27,000 ($264). Ouch!
X-Plus openly admits this figure stands only at 28cm (about 11 inches). Though very disappointing, it’s not something most of us are not used to. The X-Plus Godzilla 1968, 1984 and 2004 also come in at around 28cm. (Not that we’re happy with that.)
This is the part I find confusing. Apparently the original Sakai sculpt is a full 30cm. They used the original master mold to make a wax cast, which was then used to create a new mold for X-Plus to use. And somewhere along the line there was some shrinkage, leaving us with a final product of only 28cm.
NOW! If you’re set up with the Ric Boy site you can preorder an exclusive right now. Orders will be taken until August 25. No doubt the Standard version will begin to show up on sites like Hobby Search, AmiAmi and Hobby Link Japan. The figures are expected to release in Late September / Early October.
WHY ARE THE PHOTOS SO DARK?
From what I understand, these photos show a prototype figure which was painted on the spot at X-Plus Headquarters in Osaka. So what the photo shows paint-wise hasn’t been finalized yet. I’ve lightened the photos just so that you can see more detail in the sculpt.
DIAMOND RE-ISSUE OF ORIGINAL X-PLUS 30CM SERIES GODZILLA 1989 ON THE WAY
If this new Sakai figure is too short or too expensive for you, it’s good to know you have another option. Diamond announced at SDCC this year that Wave 7 will include a re-issue of X-Plus’ original Godzilla 1989 figure which is a full 12 inches tall and will cost between $139 and $159. It will go up for pre-order later this year. Check out the Kaiju Addicts X-Plus Godzilla ’89 Review for a closer look.
SciFiJapan.com always provides fantastic photos of each Wonder Festival in Japan, including this super close-up of the upcoming X-Plus Large Monster Series King Ghidorah. (Makin’ me Kinda Ghiddy!) Click on the photo for a larger view.
This year they got permission to shoot video and they kick it off with a good look at X-Plus’ table!
Visit SciFiJapan.com for more photos and the video!
X-Plus King Ghidorah Vinyl Figure Rears Its Heads
X-Plus has just revealed the first image of the much anticipated Toho Large Monster Series King Ghidorah 1968 (東宝大怪獣シリーズ キングギドラ1968)! It’s currently on display at their booth at the Summer Wonder Festival show in Tokyo. The image was just posted on X-Plus’ Twitter account.
It will be a part of the Toho Large Monster Series where most figures are typically 25cm tall (about 10 inches), but as you can see in the photo, the figure looms high above other figures in the series and has wings that teeter over even 30cm figures.
They tweeted that the figure will be available later this year and that it is still pending approval.
New 30cm Godzilla 1989 Figure by Yuji Sakai
But wait! That’s not all! Images ’round the web are showing a sign on the same table showing a new 30cm sculpt of Godzilla 1989 which was sculpted by Yuji Sakai. The image on the sign matches this sculpt (shown above) found on page 28 of Sakai’s book Godzilla Dream Evolution.
An X-Plus figure based on a Yuji Sakai sculpt is a dream come true. But it’s going to come at a steeper price. ¥29,700. (Currently converts to $291.)
X-Plus may have looked like it was falling asleep at the wheel for the past few months, but apparently they were hard at work getting ready to knock our socks off!
No word yet as to pre-order or release dates.
In a super advance reveal, Diamond confirmed what most of us already knew: The X-Plus Godzilla 1989 and Gorosaurus would indeed be in Wave 7 of Diamond’s Reissues.
They are on display right now at Diamond’s booth at the San Diego Comic Con. Also on display are Wave 6 figures Godzilla 1955 and Anguirus 1955 which Pre-orders are being taken for right now. Wave 5 figures Godzilla 1962, 1968 and Hedorah were also on display.
No word yet on when Wave 7 figures G’89 and Gorosaurus will go up for Pre-order. November seems a likely time for that to me.
X-Plus / Diamond Wave 8
Wave 7 will be the final set of vinyl reissues which are part of Diamond’s current deal with X-Plus and Toho. But don’t fret! Plans are in the works to continue the reissues throughout 2015 and 2016. And for confirmation of that we need to wait until New York Comic Con in October 2014 where Diamond hopes to make an announcement!
Wave 6 of the X-Plus Diamond Reissues will be the Toho 12in Series Godzilla 1955 and the Toho 12in Series Anguirus 1955. Both figures are monochrome to match their looks in the second ever Goji flick Godzilla Raids Again.
Pre-orders for both vinyl figures officially open in a couple of weeks. As for FlossiesGifts.com, I’m going to wait until next week before taking early pre-orders. Because, you see, Diamond will announce Wave 7 at SDCC (July 24-27).
Which is curious since we all know Godzilla 1989 and Gorosaurus are the last two figures remaining from the original announcement. I’m hoping Diamond has a surprise in store for us next week. Even if they don’t…. Godzilla 1989 and Gorosaurus!!
Check out David’s X-Plus Photo Gallery as well as all the other galleries under the PHOTOS tab here on Kaiju Addicts!
SciFi Japan has high resolution images of some of X-Plus‘ June Announcements featuring Ultra Kaiju Gander and Grand King vinyl figures, plus a Real Master Collection Ultraman A-Type (polyresin).