Getting Ready for X-Plus-Mas

X-Plus Godzilla 1968 and Hedorah decorate the Christmas Tree. Photo by David Peeler.

The 30cm Series Godzilla 1968 and Hedorah decorate the X-Plus-mas Tree. Photo by collector David Peeler.

By |December 14th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

Rich Eso X-Plus Collection Update

Rich Eso X-Plus Collection as of November 2014.

X-Plus reviewer and power collector Rich Eso recently reorganized his shelves and, well, feast yer eyes!

By |November 24th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

X-Plus Reveals 30cm Godzilla 2014 and New Godzilla Kaiju Museum Line

Prototype of the X-Plus Godzilla 2014 vinyl figure on display at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition (Autumn 2014).

30CM SERIES GODZILLA 2014
X-Plus revealed an unpainted prototype of their upcoming 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition this month. No word yet on exact size and expected release.

New Godzilla Kaiju Museum mini polystone line from X-Plus on display at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition.

KAIJU MUSEUM GODZILLA LINE
Also revealed: A new line of mini Godzilla figures in the X-Plus Kaiju Museum Series. These are made of polystone and are about 3.5 inches tall. Previous entries in this line included kaiju from the original Ultraman series which have insane detail and came with its own display case.

(Photo credits go to Dengeki Hobby.)

By |November 18th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

X-Plus Diamond Re-Issue Wave 6 and 7 Update

X-Plus / Diamond Reissue Wave 6 and 7 update.

OUCH! It looks like both Wave 6 AND 7 of the X-Plus Diamond Reissues will be shipped out AT THE SAME TIME! (That’s the Toho 12inch Series Godzilla 1955, Anguirus 1955, Godzilla 1989 and Gorosaurus 1967.)

What a way to throttle collectors’ wallets. We’re getting blasted with Mothra, King Ghidorah, the Holidays and now FOUR re-issues all at the same time! But WHY?? Diamond has to get Wave 7 out before their contract with X-Plus, Toho, Plex, etc. runs out which is at the end of the year.

Also, in order to make the deadline, Diamond couldn’t wait around to see how many figures needed to be made in Wave 7 so they had to guess. But don’t fret, looks like every retailer who placed an order is going to get them filled.

So, depending on who you are, this is either really good news, or really bad news. If you ordered Wave 7 from Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles, note that we will hold your order for up to a month if you need time for your wallet to heal.

By |November 17th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

Daring Gigantic Burning Godzilla Re-Paint

X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 re-paint by Mark Callaway.

Sugoi! Have you ever wondered what your X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 vinyl figure would look without those itchy, burning patches? Now, thanks to collector Mark Callaway (a regular on the X-Plus Kaiju Collectors Club Facebook Group), you don’t have to!

Mark made the bold move to cover those brilliant, translucent firey patches of red and orange with a fresh coat of standard Godzilla-black.

X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 re-paint by Mark Callaway. Side view.

He feathered in an ash white over those burning dorsal plates as well. The only part he couldn’t resolve were those tiny, piercing eyes which he left as they are.

So, why the hell would anyone give up those awesome burning patches that came with the figure?

X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 re-paint by Mark Callaway. Beside original.

That’s easy. Mark has more than one!

By |November 17th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

News: X-Plus Ric Boy Blog & Twitter Update on King Ghidorah and Sakai ’89

Collection of X-Plus figures from Destroy All Monsters.

KING GHIDORAH

Woah, if this doesn’t get you excited for the upcoming King Ghidorah figure, I don’t know what will.

X-Plus King Ghidorah and Godzilla 1968.

X-Plus posted a second photo to whet our appetites even more. Wow! Hurry, December! We need King Ghidorah now!

Fire Dragon extra which comes with the X-Plus King Ghidorah Ric Boy version.

Also posted was a photo of the Fire Dragon which comes with the King Ghidorah Ric Boy version. (It also comes with a standard Kilaak Saucer.)

From http://www.ric-toy.ne.jp/blog-rojiura/?p=3985.

Soft vinyl proof of the upcoming King Ghidorah figure.

Just posted on the Ric Boy Twitter feed, a new photo of an unpainted, soft vinyl “proof” from the factory. They seem pleased with it.

And there are new details to be gleaned from this shot. The vinyl, unexpectedly, reaches out away from the body ready to help hug the wings when they’re inserted. I think this is great; not so much for the extra support but for the consistency in material and texture reaching over the wings. Supposedly the inside of the body will still be reinforced with “extra material” to really grab the wings when assembled.

Also interesting are the heads. X-Plus had told me in an email that the heads would be injection molded, meaning hard plastic. It’s now obvious that what they meant was that the heads would contain injection molded parts (the horns and perhaps the tongues).

Lookin’ good, X-Plus!!
From: https://twitter.com/shounen_ric_xp

Shot of the light-up fins on the Ric Boy version of the Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Ric Boy version.

YUJI SAKAI GODZILLA 1989 OSAKA LANDING RIC BOY
X-Plus proudly proclaimed that the Sakai ’89 Ric Boy will come with more LED lights than usual, now filling all three rows of dorsal fins.

Sakai89Ric-Plug

Finally, a nice, little, new feature: the Sakai ’89 Ric will come with a “lid” which you can use to plug into the power jack to hide the hole when not connected to the battery box for the light-up fins.

Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Ric Boy versions should be shipping at the beginning of November.

From: http://www.ric-toy.ne.jp/blog-rojiura/?p=4005.

By |October 27th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

Rich Eso’s Fresh Vinyl Live talks about X-Plus King Ghidorah, Sakai ’89 and more

The Fresh Vinyl Live crew chat about the upcoming X-Plus King Ghidorah, review the Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 and get into the Chiller convention next week where all three Godzilla suit actors will be in attendance. I’m also touched that they took a moment to make fun of me. …Bastards.

Pre-orders for X-Plus King Ghidorah Open! Plus, new details on figure.

UPDATED OCTOBER 15, 2014

X-Plus Large Monster Series King Ghidorah vinyl figure. Photo by X-Plus.

PHOTOS: X-PLUS

Pre-orders have begun for the X-Plus Large Monster Series King Ghidorah 1968!

You can order the Ric Boy version of this figure at the official X-Plus Ric Boy Online Shop. The cost is ¥38,880 (currently $361.09) plus shipping. The Ric Boy version comes with a mini Kilaack Saucer. (UPDATE: In addition to one Kilaack Saucer, the Ric Boy also comes with a Fire Dragon version. That’s TWO saucers! I don’t have a good translation of the page, but it seems to say that the Fire Dragon Saucer will be a regular Kilaack Saucer covered with non-removable “fire parts”.

Order from X-Plus Ric Boy Online Store

The Standard Version (no saucerS) is already up for pre-order at Japanese site AmiAmi.com for ¥32,850 (currently $305.08). AmiAmi has an English-version site and ships outside of Japan.

Order Standard from AmiAmi.com

UPDATE: Hobby Search will NOT be selling this figure due to its large size.

I’ve been getting emails asking me if Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles will be selling the X-Plus King Ghidorah. The answer is no (sorry!). This figure is licensed for Japan only. Flossie’s sells only X-Plus figures licensed for North America (Diamond Reissues). If you want King Ghidorah, you’ll have to grab one from one of the sites mentioned above.

NEW FIGURE DETAILS

• As mentioned in a previous Kaiju Addicts post, King Ghidorah will come with two wing pieces made of sturdy ABS plastic. They will not droop in the summer heat. They will come loose in the box and will need to be attached.

• The interior of King Ghidorah’s body will be reinforced with ABS “innards” designed to accept the wing joints and will be strong enough to hold them up.

• As previously reported, King Ghidorah’s heads will be injection molded pieces while the necks will be vinyl. The Ric Boy site now reports that the necks will be reinforced with metal wires. This will support the necks (two of which reach out almost horizontally) and prevent them from sagging in hot weather. (The same technique was used on the X-Plus Biollante tentacles.)

UPDATE: It seems the heads will be VINYL. But they will contain injection parts for the horns and perhaps tongues.

SIZE (UPDATED)

King Ghidorah, despite it’s large size, is a part of the Large Monster Series and is in scale with other figures in this series (which are typically 25cm tall). Like the X-Plus Biollante, King Ghidorah’s large size (mostly from its wings and center head) does not grant it membership to the 30cm Series line.

The X-Plus site states that it will be 32cm (12.5 inches) tall from the top of the middle head to the ground and 47cm (18.5 inches) from the top tip of the wings to the ground. The width (from wing tip to wing tip) is 62cm (24.4 inches). The length from the furthest-reaching head to the tips of the tails is 51cm (20 inches).

Dimensions for the Kilaak Saucer which comes with the Ric Boy Exclusive have disappeared from their site. But they originally posted that the saucer will be 15cm (5.9 inches) in diameter. That’s pretty big for an extra!

Pre-orders for the X-Plus King Ghidorah end October 27, 2014 at the Ric Boy Online Store. The figure is expected to be released in December.

By |October 10th, 2014|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off