The New Diamond/X-Plus Deal. And the first 10 known figures are….

The first 10 figures announced to be available in Diamond's second contract with X-Plus.

The new contract between Diamond Distributors and X-Plus was recently announced and I’ve finally got some kaiju names! The first 10 figures (that we know about) are:

12 Inch Series Baragon 1965
12 Inch Series Rodan 1968 (Do they mean 1964?)
12 Inch Series King Ghidorah 1968
12 Inch Series Anguirus 1962 (Probably a typo and meant to be 1968)
12 Inch Series Gigan 1972
12 Inch Series Titanosaurus
12 Inch Series Biollante
12 Inch Series Space Godzilla
12 Inch Series Kiryu 2003
12 Inch Series Gigan 2004

Note the “12 Inch Series King Ghidorah” and the “12 Inch Series Biollante”. We all know that both are actually a part of the Large Monster Series (aka 25cm Scale). So, please don’t get confused by their official North American names.

Also, the line has quite possibly been renamed the “Godzilla Kaiju 12 Inch Series“. I kept the old series name in my list because I’m just not sure about this yet.

There are still 14 more figures which we do not know about yet, and that includes the Godzilla figures.

No word yet on a schedule.

The new figures are slated (as far as I know right now) to start showing up in July of this year. And when it does start, there will be two figures offered EVERY MONTH. So you’ve been warned! Start saving now!

Note that some online stores have a habit of posting pre-orders for these figures before their actual pre-order starts. Some also post incorrect expected release dates. When in doubt, consult the X-Plus Diamond Re-Issue Release Schedule here on Kaiju Addicts. I won’t steer you wrong!

For now, Flossie’s Gifts will not put up any figures for pre-order until a schedule appears. But don’t worry, we’re definitely going to carry them and take care of you guys like we’ve been!

April X-Plus Releases Announced: Mothra 1964, Godzilla 1991 and Appearance Pose Ultraman

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X-Plus just announced their new releases and this is a whopper of a month!

SAKAI GODZILLA 1991

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1991 Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection.

First up is the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido Version — another mouthful of a name! It’s 27.5cm (10.8 inches) tall (yes, another shorty) and about 44cm (17.3 inches) long! There will be both Standard and Ric Boy versions. The Ric exclusive version will come with a 12-LED light gimmick in the dorsal fins. It will come with a newly designed “battery box” which will now house 4 AAA batteries.

As you can see in the photo gallery at the end of this post, the tail on this new Sakai is well above the floor. No word yet on whether or not some sort of “base” will be included to hold the tail up.

The price for the Ric Boy version is ¥28,620 (currently $239). Pre-orders for the Ric are now open and will close March 16.

The standard is up for pre-order for ¥22,500 (currently $188) at Hobby Search.

It is expected to ship in Late April or May. Click here to see the Sakai ’91 on the X-Plus Ric Boy Site.

MOTHRA 1964 AND GODZILLA 1964 SET

X-Plus Large Monster Series Mothra 1964.

The new Toho Large Monster Series Mothra 1964 with base and egg is getting released in a Ric Boy Exclusive set along with a Large Monster Series Godzilla 1964 re-issue. There is a Standard Version of Mothra which WILL come with the egg, but not with Godzilla.

Mothra is 38cm (14.9 inches) in height (on the stand) and has a wingspan of 64cm (25.1 inches). As reported before, the wings are made of ABS material and will not droop in warmer temperatures. Like the Mothra ’61 before it, the thorax has ABS reinforcements inside which the wings attach to.

Preorders for the Mothra / Godzilla 1964 Set are now being accepted and will close on March 16. The Price for this set is ¥29,700 (currently about $248.) Click here to see the Mothra 1964 and Godzilla 1964 Set on the X-Plus Ric Boy Site.

The Standard Version is available from Hobby Search for ¥16,650 (currently $139).

It is expected to ship in Late April or May.

ULTRAMAN C-TYPE APPEARANCE POSE

X-Plus Large Monster Series Ultraman C-Type Appearance Pose.

Wow! I’ve been wondering if they were ever going to get to this pose. Finally! The Large Monster Series Ultraman C-Type Appearance Pose is listed as being 29cm tall (with his arm raised as it is).

The Ric Boy Version of this figure will come with a light gimmick, no doubt LED lights in the eyes and color timer. Pre-orders are being taken now and will close March 16. The price is ¥12,960 (currently $108). Click here to see the Ultraman C-Type Appearance Pose figure on the X-Plus Ric Boy Site.

The Standard Version (with no light) is available at Hobby Search for ¥8,370 (currently $70).

By |February 27th, 2015|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

X-Plus Large Monster Series Biollante and Godzilla 1989 to be Premium Bandai Edition

Bandai promo for X-Plus Biollante and Godzilla 1989 Set.

The promised re-issue of the Large Monster Series Biollante and Godzilla 1989 Set by X-Plus has popped up on the Japanese Bandai site of all places. Seems this set can be obtained from there only. Shortly after, a page for the set appeared on X-Plus’ Ric Boy site. And based on the translation from Chrome, it seems that the set will be available only from the Bandai site. To further back that up, the order button on the Ric page leads to the Bandai site.

According to X-Plus’ Ric Boy site, the set will go up for order in June and will cost ¥59,400 (currently $500.43).

As already reported, both Biollante and Godzilla will have light gimmicks. But what’s new about that is the fact that Biollante’s belly doesn’t just glow red, it pulses too. See the video below!

If you’re worried about being able to grab a Biollante from the Bandai site, you may have another option. It seems that Biollante will be part of the new Diamond Deal. If you don’t mind not having the light gimmick and have a little patience, you should be able to get one easier from North American online retailers or your local comic shop. Crazy, huh?

Shark City Ozark 1:6 Scale Bruce Bust Review Coming Soon…

Shark City Ozark Bruce Bust breaking the surface against black.

I know, I know. This is a Godzilla review site. More specifically, an X-Plus Godzilla review site. But I just had to make an exception for this, the new Shark City Ozark Bruce Bust by Mike Schultz. Photography is almost complete. In the meantime, have a look at this advance photo.

And wipe your mouth, dude. You’re drooling.

UPDATE: Review is now available HERE.

X-Plus and Diamond back together again for more North American Re-issues!

X-Plus / Diamond Distributors: It's a Deal!

It looks like Diamond will be importing X-Plus vinyls yet again! Retailer Michael Cherkowsky broke the news when he posted photos of the Diamond Distributors table today at Toy Fair in New York. Up-to-date news will be posted here in this pinned post.

FEBRUARY 15, 2015
• A new source say that King Ghidorah will be offered, as well as Biollante!
• There will be 24 releases over 12 months. 12 Godzilla and 12 Kaiju.
• Could be a mix of both the Large Monster Series (25cm) and the 30cm Series (12inch).
• Solicitations start in July.
Note: It sort of feels like X-Plus is setting North America up for a classic Japanese release schedule with a couple new figures every month. This could be GOOOOD!

FEBRUARY 14, 2015
• Michael Cherkowsky visited the Diamond table at Toy Fair and posted photos of the Large Monster Series King Ghidorah which was said to be simply a “placeholder” to indicate that they would be carrying X-Plus again. He also said that he was told that there would be 24 figures in this new deal. TWENTY-FOUR! I will attempt to confirm this with Diamond on Monday.
• Word got out that X-Plus Dragonball figures will now be carried by Bluefin for North America.

JANUARY 16, 2015
• X-Plus told me that they were about to have a meeting to attempt to seal the new deal, but that nothing was certain. They also said that Gamera and Ultraman figures would not be included.

John Ruffin X-Plus Photo Gallery added to Kaiju Addicts

Godzilla movie poster recreated using X-Plus Godzilla 1968 and Minya, by John Ruffin.

X-Plus collector John Ruffin takes photos of his collection and also composites figures into poster art as well. And they look awesome! John has allowed me to add a gallery of his work to the Kaiju Addicts Photo Gallery Section. Click here to see John’s work. And don’t forget to check out the other galleries available under the PHOTOS menu at the top of this site.

By |February 8th, 2015|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off

X-Plus Mothra 1964, Godzilla 1964, 1989, Biollante and Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 at Winter Wonder Festival 2015

Large Monster Series Mothra Imago 1964, Godzilla 1964 and 1989 at Winter Wonder Festival.

Winter Wonder Festival in Chiba, Japan is just getting started and already we have a couple peeks at the X-Plus table. Here’s our first look at a painted version of the upcoming Large Monster Series Mothra Imago 1964! Beside her is the LMS Godzilla 1964 which is expected to get re-issued.

Large Monster Series Biollante on the X-Plus table at Winter Wonder Festival.

And perhaps even (literally) bigger news is the presence of the Large Monster Series Biollante on the table. WOW! Collectors have been clamoring for a Biollante re-issue and it seems their wishes are about to come true. And she’s not alone, the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1989 is up for reissue as well!

Oh, wait, there’s more…

X-Plus Biollante and Godzilla 1989 at Winter Wonder Festival.

Both Biollante and Godzilla are coming with light gimmicks. You can see the 光 (hikari-light-shine) symbol on the sign! It also seems they will be bundled together in a set. There are reports that this set will go up for pre-order around May 2015.

Sign for the upcoming Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 by X-Plus at Winter Wonder Festival.

Not enough for ya? How about the next entry into the Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection? The Sakai Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido Version has been teased just like the first entry was with a sign on the table. And if you remember correctly, it was not long at all before the figure actually went up for pre-order!

X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 prototype.

Here’s a photo of the prototype X-Plus sent to me last month. Lookin’ good!

If you have the Yuji Sakai Godzilla Dream Evolution book, turn to page 29 — that’s him!

Page from Yuji Sakai Dream Evolution book showing the resin Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido resin kit.

Sakai also made a Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku version which looks a bit too similar in pose to the 1989 Osaka version we already have. So I think the Hokkaido version was the better choice, especially since it has a closed mouth. (I’d like to see more closed-mouth figures.) The Hokkaido version also has killer arm and claw poses. It looks freaking awesome!

The Sakai Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido has a long, winding tail which seems to rise up higher than any other X-Plus Godzilla figure. Also, Sakai’s curious habit of sculpting the tail above the ground is back. Only this time it’s significantly higher than on the Sakai ’89. I really hope X-Plus plans on including a small mini-base for the tail to rest on.

Also on display at Wonder Festival was the special light-up reissue of the the 30cm Series Godzilla 2004 and the Ultraseven “Boss”. If you’re at the show you can grab one right now. But if you’re like most of us, you have to enter the online lottery for a chance to buy one.

Various Ultraman kaiju on display at the X-Plus table at Winter Wonder Festival 2015.

And there’s a bunch of new Ultraman kaiju being teased at Wonder Festival as well. Whew! There’s a TON of good stuff heading our way!

GODZILLA 2014
Although the X-Plus Godzilla 2014 was not at the show, staff told collector Sarawud Kongkiattiwong that the latest Goji should go up for pre-order at the end of March 2015.

Thanks to Toon Narak for the Mothra and Biollante photos and for Eakarach Monwat from the X-Plus Kaiju Collectors Club Facebook Page for sharing the photos!

X-Plus Ultraman Taro Ver. 2 and Godzilla 1968 released

X-Plus Ultraman Taro and Godzilla 1968.

The Large Monster Series Ultraman Taro and Godzilla 1968 (with Minya extra) were released yesterday (Jan. 28) in Japan.

If you missed out on these: Taro may be available from Japanese web stores. Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles should be receiving some imports soon as well. As for Godzilla, now is the time to watch Ebay and other auction sites to try and grab this one. Now, go get ‘em!

By |January 29th, 2015|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off