Diamond Announces X-Plus Re-Issue Wave Five

X-Plus Diamond Re-Issues Godzilla 1968, 1962 and Hedorah.

As if all the X-Plus Japanese release announcements weren’t exciting enough, we now get to see what Diamond Distributors is getting ready for us in the 5th Wave of vinyl figure re-issues. And what a whallop this (tidal) wave will be!

Godzilla 1968 (Destroy All Monsters) MSRP $160, Godzilla 1962 (King Kong vs. Godzilla) MSRP $160, and Hedorah (Godzilla vs. Hedorah, a.k.a. The Smog Monster), MSRP $180. That’s THREE uber awesome releases! No doubt the Godzilla 2014 buzz had something to do with that.

I believe Pre-orders will end May 20, 2014 and the figures should ship sometime near November 2014. Long wait, as usual. But it will be worth the wait; it always is.

You can pre-order these three Godzilla Figures at Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles. That’s my mother’s store! No, really! I talked her into selling X-Plus. I’m the lucky guy who gets to take care of putting them away in the warehouse though. A labor of love it will be, yeeeees!

Keep watching my X-Plus Diamond Re-Issue Page for more information, and links to more online shops carrying these beauties as they turn up.

By |April 11th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

Rich Eso talks Bandai Theater Exclusives… in a Kaiju Addicts T-Shirt!

Rich Eso talks about Bandai Godzilla Theater Exclusives, and he does it in a Kaiju Addicts t-shirt! Not X-Plus, but… it’s Kaiju!

See more of Rich’s reviews on his Fresh Vinyl YouTube Channel. He shows off a lot more than just X-Plus figures so check out his videos!

X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 Photos

X-Plus Gigantic Series Burning Godzilla 1995 Vinyl Figure.

AmiAmi.com just posted photos of the X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 vinyl figure and is currently taking preorders. They’re asking ¥34,600 for it. That’s about $335. AmiAmi says the release date is late June.

X-Plus Gigantic Series Burning Godzilla 1995 Vinyl Figure.

X-Plus Gigantic Series Burning Godzilla 1995 Vinyl Figure.

Holy crap! Look at how the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 dwarfs even the Gigantic GMK!

CLICK HERE TO SEE 5 MORE!

By |April 5th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

X-Plus Announces New Vinyls; Teases Next Gigantic Series Godzilla Figure

Back from a long hiatus, X-Plus finally announced a slew of new figures on the Ric Boy site last night. They also introduced a newer, slower release schedule and teased the next entry in the new Gigantic Series!

X-Plus April Announcements.

LONGER WAITS
It seems X-Plus has adopted a new release schedule. Many of the recently announced figures may not actually reach your shelves until as late as AUGUST! In the past, X-Plus would make announcements for new figures near the changing of the month. The pre-order window typically would close about three weeks later and you would finally get your new figure delivered a month after that. Enter the new schedule: Many of the new figures have release dates which may fall on early June to late August.

Late August?

Instead of waiting two months we now have to wait two to FIVE months? What’s going on? Are these release dates just typos? Are the extra production demands to fill Diamond North American releases clogging the works? Or — and this is my favorite — maybe they spent so much money on a Godzilla 2014 license that they have to cut corners?

I don’t know the answer right now. But in the meantime: let’s move on to some GOOD NEWS…

GIGANTIC SERIES GODILLA 1995 ON THE RADAR!

X-Plus Gigantic Series Burning Godzilla 1995 Vinyl Figure.

Probably the biggest news (pun intended) is the “Coming Soon” tease for the second entry in the X-Plus Gigantic Series. Just as Kyle Yount (KaijuCast) first reported, the next big guy will be a gigantic DesuGoji from 1995′s Godzilla vs. Destroyah (ゴジラVSデストロイア).

CLICK HERE FOR MORE GIGANTIC GODZILLA 1995 PHOTOS.

AmiAmi.com just posted photos of the X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 vinyl figure and is currently taking preorders. They’re asking ¥34,600 for it. That’s about $335. AmiAmi says the release date is late June.

X-Plus Gigantic Series Burning Godzilla 1995 Vinyl Figure.

Just LOOK at how it towers over the first Gigantic Series figure! For those of you new to X-Plus, the new Gigantic Series began late last year with the stylized Godzilla 2001. See my X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 2001 Review to see how mindboggingly awesome that figure turned out to be! Hopefully we can expect the same from the upcoming DesuGoji.

Keep watching Kaiju Addicts for more news on this guy.

LARGE MONSTER SERIES GAMERA 1996

X-Plus 25cm Gamera 1996 early production photos.

Introducing the Large Monster Series Gamera 1996 as he appeared in Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, ガメラ2 レギオン襲来 (1996). This is quite a surprise since X-Plus had been releasing only Showa Gamera figures in the 25cm Large Monster Series and saving the Heisei figures for the taller 30cm Series. No longer! This is great news! Hopefully we’ll get to see some painted versions soon.

The exclusive Ric Boy version of this figure will come with a light gimmick which will make his chest glow. I can’t wait to see how that’s going to work. It’s my guess that it will come with an alternate piece recreating the scene where his chest plates opened up to unleash a firey can of whoopass.

Also, might this mean there may be an X-Plus Legion in our future? Unlike the 30cm Series, X-Plus has put out figures of nearly all of Showa Gamera’s foes. Let’s hope the pattern continues and we get a Heisei Gyaos, Legion and Iris.

Pre-orders for the Large Monster Series Gamera 1996 Ric Boy version end April 21, 2014. If the standard version will do, keep checking Hobby Search, it should be showing up soon. Either way, the Ric Boy site reports this figure won’t be out until “early June to late August 2014″.

Click here to see a list of past X-Plus Gamera Figure Releases.

REAL MASTER COLLECTION GODZILLA 1989

X-Plus Real Master Collection Godzilla 1989 Resin Figure.

Originally released in 2012 in vinyl, Godzilla 1989 will return in polyresin as part of the Real Master Collection. I believe the run will be limited to 50 figures and will only be available from the Ric Boy webstore for ¥30,780 (currently about $298).

Don’t like resin? This figure may be re-issued in vinyl again for the North American market through Diamond Distributors. Watch my Diamond Re-Issue Schedule page for updates on that.

ULTRA KAIJU DODONGO

X-Plus Gigantic Series Dodongo.

Announced previously, the upcoming Giant Series Dodongo (Ultraman, 1966) now has images of the painted figure.

Also announced were Ultraman 80, a resin Ultraman Ace, and a slew of Ultra Kaiju I honestly don’t recognize. Check out the X-Plus Ric Boy site for more information.

Nakajima-san and X-Plus!

Godzilla suit actor Haruo Nakajima with the X-Plus Gaira vinyl figure.

Godzilla suit actor Haruo Nakajima (中島 春雄) posed with this X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Gaira for collector Dell Champagne Martinez this weekend at the Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank, California.

Nakajima-san is mostly known for wearing the Godzilla suit from 1954 to 1975, but he also dabbled with other kaiju. He wore the Gaira suit in The War of the Gargantuas (フランケンシュタインの怪獣 サンダ対ガイラ) in 1966.

I wonder if Dell had trouble getting his X-Plus figure back. Nakajima-san doesn’t appear to want to let it go!

See my Kaiju Addicts X-Plus War of the Gargantuas Vinyl Figure Review.

By |March 30th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

X-Plus April Announcements

X-Plus just announced the first few figures for April release. There’s a Large Monster Series Gamera 1968 and Viras Set, a Giant Series Dodongo (Ultraman Kaiju), and a curious looking Ultraman Taro kaiju whose name I just don’t know. Pre-orders end March 10. Visit the X-Plus Ric Boy website and check them out!

By |February 28th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

UPDATED: Wonderfest Special Announced: It’s Baragon!

X-Plus 30cm Series Baragon 1968.
ORIGINAL 30CM SERIES BARAGON RELEASE. PHOTO: X-PLUS

X-Plus just tweeted that the Wonderfest special will be a re-issue of the 30cm Series Baragon 1968 with light-up horn gimmick. This is a great chance to grab this guy if you missed him, especially since Baragon is absent from the teased figures in the Diamond Previews spread.

ORIGINAL TWEET:
“WF2014冬】開催記念商品「東宝30cmシリーズ バラゴン(1968)発光Ver.」を販売予定です。販売数や方法は後日告知いたしますので、お待ちください!”

See the Wonder Fest Baragon Page on the X-Plus Ric Boy site.

UPDATE!

Apparently, X-Plus will have a lottery to decide who will be able to buy one of the 40 WF Web Sale Baragons which were made. BAD NEWS if you are not in Japan. It seems that the only payment option available will be Collect On Delivery. So, if you use a forwarding service like Tenso.com (because the Ric Boy site does not ship overseas) then you are out of luck since Tenso won’t do that.

I was excited for this figure and planned a review but it looks like I’m one of those out of luck on this one. –Sniff–

However, if you are in Japan, you can join the lottery and get a chance at being able to purchase a Wonder Fest Baragon re-issue. Visit www.ric-toy.ne.jp/wf2014w.html on February 17 for your chance to buy one. Good Luck! がんばって!

By |February 15th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

The X-Plus Pose Wins Over Spacium Pose : 4 to 3

X-Plus collectors Kyle Yount (KaijuCast), Loren Portillo, Jonathan Peter Lee and Dell Champagne Marinez take this opportunity to switch up the Ultraman Spacium Pose with the X-Plus Pose with suit actors Haruo Nakajima and Bin Furuya.

KaijuCast Controller, Kyle Yount, and X-Plus Collectors Loren Portillo, Jonathan Peter Lee and Dell Champagne Marinez pose with legendary suit actors Haruo Nakajimi (Godzilla) and Bin Furuya (Ultraman) at the Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil this past weekend in San Francisco. They show off their love of X-Plus vinyl figures with the X-Plus Pose while the esteemed guests enacted Ultraman’s Spacium Pose.

By |February 11th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off