X-Plus Shows Off Gigantic Godzilla 2000 and Legion at Summer Wonder Festival 2015

The X-Plus table at Summer Wonder Festival 2015.

X-Plus proved that it’s got the goods at the 2015 Summer Wonder Festival, ワンダーフェスティバル held at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba today (July 26, 2015). And it looks like we’re in store for some fantastic releases in the coming months!

Starting on the left is our first good view of the upcoming Legion displayed with the Large Monster Series Gamera 1996 which you already have (or wish like hell you had now). Further down stands the new Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2000 followed by the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995 which will hit shelves next month. (Make sure you grab this ’95 now while you can; Destroyah will be arriving later this year!)

LEGION

Closer view of the Large Monster Series Legion on the X-Plus table at Summer Wonder Festival 2015.

This Large Monster Series Legion figure (from Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, ガメラ2 レギオン襲来) looks like it’s going to be a shelf-buster like Biollante, King Ghidorah 1968 and the upcoming Destroyah. It towers over the 25cm Series Gamera 1996 as well it should… but by this much? Time to pop the movie in and have a look.

UPDATE: Here’s a new angle!

Another view of the Large Monster Series Legion on the X-Plus table at Summer Wonder Festival 2015.

Too tall or not, SIGN ME UP RIGHT NOW!

GODZILLA 2000

Closer view of the Gigantic Series 2000 Godzilla 2000 with orange fins.

Next up is the Toho Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection Godzilla 2000. You can get more information on this already discussed figure on my previous post here.

Here, we can get a glimpse of how well this sculpt translated into vinyl. As for those fins: I’m not sure but it seems to be the general consensus on the X-Plus Kaiju Collectors Club Facebook Group, that this represents Godzilla powering up for a blast of atomic breath (which was, indeed, orange in the movie.) We also think that this orange-finned figure will be the Ric Boy version. I say that because…

The Gigantic Series Godzilla 2000 on display at Yuji Sakai's table at Summer Wonder Festival 2015.

A more standard, purple-finned version of the X-Plus figure was on display at Yuji Sakai’s table in the same room. Methinks I’ll be gettin’ this one!

KIRYU 2002

Finally, the 50 units of the awesome vinyl version of the Toho 30cm Series Kiryu 2002 Ric Boy (with blue backpack) sold out at the show. The web lottery for the remaining 50 units should start soon. Keep watching the Ric Boy site for that to begin. More on Kiryu 2002 on my previous post here.

Note: I really don’t know the source of these photos since they’re plastered everywhere now. If I used on of your pics, please let me know and I’ll add a photo credit below it.

So, what do you think? Are you getting Legion? Getting Godzilla 2000? If so, which version? Are you preparing for a face-off with Destroyah later this year and getting the Godzilla 1995 next month? Are you going for the Kiryu 2002? Let us know in the Comments below (and be entered for a chance to win a free Kaiju Addicts Photo Book (details to come)).

John Ruffin’s latest artwork aided by X-Plus

John Ruffin is back at work with two new composites featuring X-Plus vinyl figures. There’s a whole gallery of John’s work here on Kaiju Addicts, but you should head over to his website My Kaiju Godzilla and check out all of his awesome works.

Godzilla Poster recreation composite with X-Plus Mothra 1964 and Godzilla 1962 by John Ruffin.

X-PLUS MOTHRA ’64 AND GODZILLA ’62 IN POSTER COMPOSITE BY JOHN RUFFIN.

Composite with X-Plus Godzilla 2001 by John Ruffin.

GMK COMPOSITE WITH X-PLUS GODZILLA 2001 BY JOHN RUFFIN.

By |July 24th, 2015|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on John Ruffin’s latest artwork aided by X-Plus

Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2000 Announced

Clip of a publication announcing the X-Plus Gigantic Series Sakai Godzilla 2000.

X-Plus just announced a new entry into the Gigantic Series and it’s about bloody time! Meet the Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Modelling Collecting Godzilla 2000!

This is not based off the suit from the movie Godzilla 2000: Millennium (ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム) but rather a design from conceptual artist Shinji Nishikawa, the man responsible for making the initial designs for many Heisei and Millennium kaijus. The sculpt, of course, comes from the great Yuji Sakai.

I first saw this news when collector Brian Jow posted the photo above on the X-Plus Kaiju Collectors Club Facebook Group. (BTW, if you want X-Plus news as quick as possible, JOIN THIS GROUP! We have agents everywhere!) I do not know which publication this is, but I have some friends in Japan trying to find out. If you recognize it, please contact me and let me know by email or in the comments.

If you want a better look at the figure and have the Yuji Sakai Dream Evolution book, the resin version is on Page 19.

Hell, let’s get a better look now:

39cm Yuji Sakai sculpt of Godzilla 2000 Nishikawa design.

Yeah, I’m feelin’ this one! But, keep in mind the photo above is of the Resin version. We’re sure to loose some detail in the vinyl version.

Collector Dell Champagne Martinez used his Japanese powers to translate the text from the original photo. It reads:

X-Plus Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Gojira 2000 Millennium. It will be released in September and the price is yet to be determined. Limited sales.
It faithfully reproduces Shinji Nishikawa’s 2 dimensional design with the sharp dorsal fins and rows of teeth, in three dimensions. Height is approximately 400 millimeters. Prototype supervision by Yūji Sakai.

400 millimeters is 40cm, or 15.74 inches. Hmm. Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 is 18.5 inches tall. This new figure will be about 3 inches shorter than GBG, and only about 4 inches taller than the 30cm Series. But, don’t get so disappointed, that’s still a pretty BIG figure! The higher it is, the wider it is, and the overall more bulk it has. Don’t worry, it will certainly command attention.

Full shot of the 39cm Yuji Sakai sculpt of Godzilla 2000 Nishikawa design.

Also, note how the tail is raised off the ground; a Sakai trademark I’m beginning to dislike. Looks like this figure will need a base to support the tail like the Gigantic Series Godzilla 2001.

As for price… I’m almost afraid to know what it will be. Gigantic Series figures have hefty price tags. Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection figures also have hefty price tags. Put the two together and I fear we’ll have a price so high that most of us will have significant trouble being able to cover. We’ll have to wait and see.

Oh, and did you notice something interesting? The Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection is no longer confined to the 30cm Series. I wonder if we’ll get even more different sizes in the future. Time to pull out your Yuji Sakai Dream Evolution book and flip through for possibilities. You can get a copy at Flossie’s while they last.

So, what do you think? Do you want to go after this figure? Chime in with a comment below and be automatically entered for a chance to win a Free Kaiju Addict Photo Book (details to come).

New 30cm Series Kiryu 2002 in VINYL heads to Wonder Festival and Web Lottery

Toho 30cm Series Kiryu 2002 Wonder Festival Summer Commemorative Edition.

X-Plus recently announced a Wonder Festival 2015 Summer Commemorative Toho 30cm Series Kiryu 2002 RIC BOY. This figure represents the original “machine dragon” from his first appearance in 2002’s ゴジラ×メカゴジラ (Godzilla X Mechagodzilla). And it will be Vinyl.

This figure comes with Kiryu’s original, blue back jet/missile pack and forearm guns. If that’s not enough to get you going, the figure also comes with a light gimmick which allows the figure’s yellow eyes to light-up!

This figure was originally released by X-Plus in 2012, but in Polyresin form; a true statue. This is the first time it’s been slipped into vinyl. And it’s doing it for a very limited run of 100.

The figure will go for ¥20,000 (currently U.S. $161.55). Not bad! But the trick is to be able to get one of them.

If you are lucky enough to be in Japan, you could just go to Wonder Festival and try to be one of the first 50 people to ask for one. Summer Wonder Festival 2015 takes place July 26 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. Admission is ¥2,000.

Not in Japan? Then it’s the web lottery for you. Keep watching the Kiryu 2002 page on the Ric Site for the magic button to appear which will lead you to a page on their Ric store and make an order. Again, keep in mind that you may NOT be one of the 50 who will have their order honored.

Also, remember that the Ric site does NOT ship outside of Japan. If you manage to start an account on their all-Japanese webstore, you’ll need a forwarding service like Tenso to use instead of your non-Japanese address.

One final thing: If you can wait, Kiryu is planned for a Diamond re-issue, in vinyl, in North America sometime within the next year. No word yet on whether that will be the 2002 version or the 2003 version. Also, it’s my “guess” that it will not come with either backpack. Keep watching the Diamond Reissue Schedule for more news on that.

By |July 15th, 2015|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on New 30cm Series Kiryu 2002 in VINYL heads to Wonder Festival and Web Lottery

X-Plus announces Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995

Angles of the X-Plus 25cm Godzilla 1995 vinyl figure.

X-Plus has just announced the Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995 (東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「ゴジラ1995」 少年リック限定版) vinyl figure on their Ric Boy site.

The figure is listed as being 26cm (10.2 inches) tall, although further down the page they say that it will be between 25 and 26cm.

Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995 Vinyl Figure by X-Plus.

Click on the above photo for a big, hi-res version!

Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995 Vinyl Figure by X-Plus.

Note: these shots are of an early version of the figure and the obvious seams will likely be filled and concealed on the main production run. Also note the OUTSTANDING appearance of the burning patch on the figure’s chest. It has the same AWESOME look as the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995. DAMN, THIS LOOKS GOOD! (Again, click the above photo for a really large look at a higher res version. Take a good look at the head sculpt while you do!

The Godzilla 1995 Ric Boy will come with a light gimmick. All of the fiery patches on his chest, belly and thighs will ignite with LED light. But it doesn’t end there! Godzilla’s eyes will also be ablaze when you flick that power switch! Even though it hasn’t been shown, X-Plus tells me “of course” the fins will light up as well.

Additional angles on the new X-Plus Godzilla 1995, including a view of the light gimmick in action.

This figure will likely take top spot as X-Plus figure with the most spectacular light gimmick. (I’m sure this is one figure many collectors will be turning on a LOT more than other light-up figures.)

Perhaps the extra lights and work required to insert them is part of the reason for this figure’s INSANELY high price tag. The Ric will set you back ¥25,920 (currently $206.35). Yeah, you read that right. It’s going to be a 25cm Series figure with a 30cm Series price tag! (Price won’t stop me, though. It WILL be mine!)

If you’re not ready to dish out over 200 bucks (plus shipping from Japan) you could opt for the Standard Version which X-Plus tells me WILL be available and that they’re working on the final details of those right now. No word on prices for those yet. Keep checking sites like Hobby Search and AmiAmi.

The official pre-order deadline for the Ric Boy version June 15. If you’re set up with an account at the Ric Store, you can order it here. The figure is expected to ship late July/early August.

And don’t forget: this Godzilla 1995 vinyl can be paired up with the Toho Large Monster Series Destroyah which will come out later this year!

Creating Stomping Grounds for X-Plus with N-Scale Buildings

N Scale Buildings and X-Plus promo graphic.

N Scale Buildings made for electric train sets are a great way to add even more interest and pizzazz to your X-Plus collection. You can scatter them between figures on the shelves. Or, you can create entire dioramas using not only N Scale buildings but environment elements like hills and trees. Plus, toy photographers can reach new levels of awesomeness by incorporating them into their shots. Having Godzilla on your shelf is cool. But having him tower over buildings is potentially cooler! N Scale buildings help make these 12-inch X-Plus vinyls feel a little bigger on the shelf.

Click Here for the Article!

By |May 5th, 2015|TIPS, X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Creating Stomping Grounds for X-Plus with N-Scale Buildings

X-Plus Gives a First Look at the Toho Large Monster Series Destroyah

X-Plus figures at the Amazing Japan Model Expo 2015.

WOAH! An early model of the upcoming Toho Large Monster Series Destroyah vinyl figure by X-Plus is now on display at the Amazing Japan Model Expo 2015. Looks freaking impressive even without paint! And, it looks to be pretty big seeing as how it’s eye to eye with the upcoming Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014.

(Also on display are the first five entries of X-Plus’ 4-inch Godzilla Kaiju Museum figures.)

By |May 5th, 2015|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Gives a First Look at the Toho Large Monster Series Destroyah

X-Plus Godzilla 2014 slated for June; Kaiju Museum Update

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 vinyl figure by X-Plus - painted.

Here we have our first look at the upcoming Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 vinyl figure by X-Plus… painted!

Hmm. I don’t remember his belly being that yellowish. I also don’t remember his mouth being that red. He kind of looks like he just finished eating a live deer or something. I think perhaps the camera that took this shot is just making it look hyper saturated. And, ouch, that neck seam.

Update: ah, I spoke too soon. Here’s another shot with respectable colors:

04-15_Godzilla2014-2

Still, the sculpt looks fantastic! And the texturing… wow! I want one! I WANT ONE NOW! But according to the sign at the bottom left of the photo, we’re going to have to wait until June. (That, or pre-orders open. Either way, it’s coming.)

X-Plus Kaiju Museum: the first five figures.

Also on display at this show (I don’t know which show it is) are a couple more revelations concerning the upcoming Godzilla Kaiju Museum line. This 4-inchers are made of polyresin and if they are anything at all like their Ultraman cousins which came out a couple of years ago, they are gonna be cool. Though I’m still afraid that Gigan is going to break before it even get out of the box.

Anyway, the big news here is they’ve added Godzilla 1964 and Mothra 1964 to the line-up. (Godzilla 2014, Gigan 2014 and Godzilla 1954 were previously shown and announced.) Also, it seems they’ve made a change to Gigan 2014. Earlier photos showed him with the simple claws, but now’s he’s sporting the rotating saws and neck brace.

I WANT THESE, TOO!

Thanks to the AmiAmi Blog for taking the photos!