Gigantic GMK North American Reissue Delayed

Gigantic Godzilla 2001 Blue Dorsal Fin Version figure by X-Plus.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

The Gigantic Series Godzilla 2001 Blue Fin Emission Version North American reissue (coming from X-Plus and Diamond Distributors) which was originally planned for release this month in the U.S. has been delayed.

Diamond has changed the release date to “To Be Decided” because as of now, X-Plus is unable to provide a firm shipping date.

Note that it takes a cargo ship about one month to cross the Pacific in good weather; about a month and a half with bad weather.

(The reissue of the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1999 is still set to release in a couple of weeks.)

By | January 7th, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Gigantic GMK North American Reissue Delayed

X-Plus Reveals Gabara and Godzilla 1999 Variant at Super Festival 73

Prototype of the Large Monster Series Gabara vinyl figure from X-Plus on display at Super Festival 73 in Tokyo.
PHOTO: KYLE YOUNT

X-Plus revealed a prototype of an upcoming Large Monster Series Gabara on their table at Super Festival 73 in Tokyo this weekend (Sunday, January 8).

Gabara is the bully from All Monsters Attack (ゴジラ•ミニラ•ガバラ オール 怪獣大進撃), 1969. Many collectors have been clamoring for this for a long time now. Once again, X-Plus delivers.

Gabara is expected to be released in June 2017. No word yet on price.

GODZILLA 1999

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1999 Orange Fin Variant on display at Super Festival 73 in Tokyo.
PHOTO: KYLE YOUNT

Getting second bill on the table was a variant of the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1999 from Godzilla 2000: Millennium (ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム).

The original release came out in Japan in December 2013 and a North American reissue (of the original) is expected to be released through Diamond Distributors this month in the U.S.

This new variant (to be available in Japan) sports a modified head sculpt with open mouth (it was closed on the original release) and translucent fins tinted a reddish orange to mimic Godzilla’s look as he prepares to unleash his atomic breath. Also, it appears in this photo that this figure has reddish-brown highlights over its asphalt black skin.

This new version of G’99 is expected to be released in Japan in May 2017 for ¥20,000 (currently $171 USD).

AND MORE
Also on display were UltraSeven foe, Alien Mephilas 2 which is due out in March 2017 for ¥14,904 ($127), the Final Wars Kaiser Ghidorah (still unpainted) also due out in March 2017 (no price yet) and the painted prototype of the Toho Large Monster Series Titanosaurus which is available for preorder now from the RIC store for ¥15,012 ($128). A Standard version should be available for preorder soon at SRP ¥14,580 ($125).

Both versions of the new Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla were also on display.

GIGANTIC SERIES GODZILLA 1995 SOFT VINYL KIT

Unpainted kit version of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 for sale at Super Festival 73 in Tokyo.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

X-Plus made an unpainted kit version of their Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (the FOURTH incarnation of this figure!) available at Super Festival. It was sold for ¥25,000 ($214 USD) and allowed only one purchase per person.

No word yet on if there were any leftovers after the show for online sales.

SPECIAL THANKS to KYLE YOUNT (of the KaijuCast) for all of the Super Festival table photos on this post!

By | January 7th, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Reveals Gabara and Godzilla 1999 Variant at Super Festival 73

Kaiju Addicts TV Autograph Contest Winner

The winner of the Kaiju Addicts TV Autograph Contest is YouTube user WHALEZILLA.

You will receive a Godzilla 1984 photo signed by Heisei suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma!

Check your email and get back to me.

By | January 1st, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV Autograph Contest Winner

MyKaiju 2016 Toy Photography Year in Review

Godzilla fan and collector, John Ruffin, has been putting his graphic design and photography talents to work on his collection. A big chunk of that work employs Godzilla vinyls made by X-Plus.

2016 has been a particularly prolific year for him. Watch the video and feast your eyes!

By | January 1st, 2017|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on MyKaiju 2016 Toy Photography Year in Review

X-Plus Reveals 30cm Burning Godzilla, 25cm Titanosaurus and Kaiser Ghidorah

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1995 vinyl figure by X-Plus.
ALL PHOTOS: AKIHIKO “GEE” OKAMOTO / X-PLUS

X-Plus was at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition yesterday where they revealed a few new vinyls set to come our way in March 2017. The samples have not yet been painted, but that just lets us focus more on these amazing new sculpts of Burning Godzilla, Titanosaurus and Kaiser Ghidorah.

Preorders will be taken early in 2017.

Today, X-Plus has moved the show to Tokyo Comic Con where X-Plus vinyl boss, Gee Okamoto, was kind enough to send some photos our way.

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1995
東宝30cmシリーズ 「ゴジラ(1995版)」

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1995 vinyl figure by X-Plus.

With the recent releases of the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995 and the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (in all of its three versions) you may find this new 30cm Series version to be unneeded. The hell with that! I say this is probably the ULTIMATE version to have! The Gigantic is stylized and not movie-accurate. The 25 is pretty damn good but has face issues, and thick-paint-on-face issues on top of that. But this one is looking like a freaking masterpiece to me. This is THE ONE.

Just LOOK at that sculpt!

NO LIGHT
As for the Ric Boy Exclusive: there will be no light gimmick. While that may at first seem like a travesty, let’s remember what happened with the Large Monster Series version and its light gimmick. Eyes were often unevenly lit, and the face needed to be smothered in a thick, opaque, detail-killing coat of paint.

I’m actually kind of glad that we don’t have to worry about this amazing sculpt suffering the same fate as its shorter version. But then, what will the Ric extra be? The frozen version of the Gigantic Series G’95 already came with a mini Super X3. I would be floored if maybe they included a Junior Godzilla. We’ll have to wait and see.

Standard: ¥22,680 ($199 USD), Ric: ¥24,840 ($218 USD). Coming in March 2017.

Toho Large Monster Series Titanosaurus
東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「チタノザウルス (メカゴジラの逆襲)」

Toho Large Monster Series Titanosaurus vinyl figure by X-Plus.

X-Plus will complete it’s Large Monster Series Terror of Mechagodzilla line-up with this new Titanosaurus, ready soon to join your Godzilla 1975 and Mechagodzilla 1975 on the shelf!

Note the translucent fins on the head, back and tail. That’s something the 30 doesn’t have. As for which one looks better, I’ll leave that to you.

Standard: ¥14,580 ($128 USD), Ric: ¥15,012 ($132 USD). Coming in March 2017.

Toho Large Monster Series Kaiser Ghidorah
東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「カイザーギドラ」

Toho Large Monster Series Final Wars Kaiser Ghidorah vinyl figure by X-Plus.

The true identity of Monster X, Kaiser Ghidorah, (sometimes spelled Keizer Ghidorah) from 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars.

This figure is in the smaller Daikaiju Series (Large Monster Series) but there’s a lot more to it than most figures in the series, hence it’s 30cm Series pricing.

Standard: ¥19,980 ($175 USD), Ric: ¥21,600 ($190 USD). Coming in March 2017.

Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla
東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「シン・ゴジラ」

Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla vinyl figure by X-Plus.

Also on display was an unpainted Daikaiju Series Shin Godzilla Standard molded in black and a painted sample of the Ric Boy version. I’m assuming this painted version is a sample from the factory and not X-Plus’ master sample painted in Osaka. Its violet paint apps seem different from earlier photos and seems a bit “airbrushy” to me. They may be going for a faux light look.

The Standard version will have only red accents. I seriously can not wait for these. Getting both!

Preorders for the X-Plus Shin Godzilla have already closed.

Also on display at both shows were the new Toho Large Monster Series Ultraman Jack (Appearance Pose), Toho Large Monster Series Kingstron (from Return of Ultraman), and a painted version of the upcoming 30cm Series Gyaos.

There were also appearances by the 30cm Series Gamera 1967, Large Monster Series Godzilla and Mechagodzilla 1975 to support the new Gyaos and Titanosaurus.

Here is a gallery of extra photos taken at Tokyo Comic Con.

MORE INFORMATION
See even more photos (from the Miyazawa Model Exhibition) over at Dengeki Hobby Web.
See high resolution photos of Shin Godzilla, Gyaos, Ultraman Jack and Kingstron over at SciFi Japan.

By | December 2nd, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Reveals 30cm Burning Godzilla, 25cm Titanosaurus and Kaiser Ghidorah

Kaiju Addicts TV Episode 2: Upcoming X-Plus Nov., Dec. and January Releases for North America from X-Plus

Episode 2 of Kaiju Addicts TV is now available. I take a look at all of the Diamond and Bluefin Reissues that have just released and will be released now thru January 2017.

They are the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive (Available Now), 12in Series Godzilla 1992 (Available Now), King Ghidorah (Available next week!), 12in Series Godzilla 1984 (Coming in December), Biollante (Coming in December) and the Gigantic Series GMK Fin Emission Version (Coming in January 2017).

Leslie Chambers introduces this episode and we also get our first Guest Review from Jeremy Soles on his Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 Ric Boy.

There’s also a contest for a Godzilla 1984 photo signed by suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma.

Visit this video directly on YouTube to get access to all of the links mentioned in the video. They’re below the video in the description.

By | November 27th, 2016|Kaiju Addicts TV, X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV Episode 2: Upcoming X-Plus Nov., Dec. and January Releases for North America from X-Plus

Kaiju Addicts TV: Shin Godzilla and other New X-Plus Announcements for November

My first real episode of Kaiju Addicts TV is now available on Youtube. It’s a news video covering the new X-Plus announcements made this month.

Special thanks to Rich Eso for doing the intro to this episode!

Please help out my ratings by Liking the video and leaving a comment on Youtube.

By | November 8th, 2016|Kaiju Addicts TV, X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV: Shin Godzilla and other New X-Plus Announcements for November

Kaiju Addicts TV, 発射!

The very first episode of Kaiju Addicts TV is now live!

It’s just a quick Channel Introduction. But hopefully it’s a start for more to come.

Please help me out with my YouTube ratings and LIKE the video, and especially leave a comment (on YouTube)!

And don’t forget to subscribe!

By | November 3rd, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV, 発射!

X-Plus Shin Godzilla 2016 Begins Secondary Pre-Order

Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla Ric Boy Exclusive version vinyl figure by X-Plus.
LARGE MONSTER SERIES SHIN GODZILLA RIC BOY VERSION. TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD. PHOTO: X-PLUS

The Secondary Pre-order window for the Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla 2016 Ric Boy exclusive vinyl figure by X-Plus has opened again.

Pre-orders had to be stopped early because of an overwhelming number of requests for the figure. X-Plus had decided to split the release into two runs. They are now taking orders for that second run.

Figures ordered in October are due to arrive at the end of December. Well, most of them anyway. A certain percentage of those original orders had to be pushed toward the second batch, which should be released in late January 2017.

You can pre-order the Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla Ric NOW at X-Plus’ Shounen Ric webstore here.

Again, the site is in Japanese only, and you will need a forwarding service like Tenso.com since X-Plus will not ship overseas.

The deadline for the secondary pre-order is Tuesday, November 15 at 6pm. Just remember that Japan is about 12 hours ahead of the U.S.

See our original post on the X-Plus Shin Godzilla for more figure details.
Click here to see high resolution photos of the X-Plus Shin Godzilla, Standard and Ric, at SciFi Japan.

By | November 2nd, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Shin Godzilla 2016 Begins Secondary Pre-Order

Flossie’s: GVW Godzilla 1995 “Roaring” Sofubi, $54.99

GVW Godzilla 1995 Sofubi available at Flossie's.

The Godzilla Vinyl Wars Previews Exclusive Burning Godzilla 1995 Sofubi is available for order from Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles. From a limited run of 200, we will be getting 14 of them. And as of this writing, only 8 are left. Only $54.99 plus shipping. Get ’em while they last!

SEE MORE AT FLOSSIE’S

By | October 30th, 2016|Not X-Plus, But ..., X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Flossie’s: GVW Godzilla 1995 “Roaring” Sofubi, $54.99

X-Plus continues its Legendary lineup with Pacific Rim Knifehead

Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead vinyl figure by X-Plus.
PACIFIC RIM, KNIFEHEAD © LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT. PHOTO: X-PLUS

Today, X-Plus announced the Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead (大怪獣シリーズ パシフィック・リム 「ナイフヘッド」) vinyl figure. It comes in both Standard and Ric Boy Exclusive versions.

The figure looks like another outstanding high-end vinyl with fantastic attention to detail, especially in its musculature and many skin textures. At first glance, though, something seems to be off. It could be that I’m simply too accustomed to seeing only the NECA versions (which seem to clash on a couple of details with this figure). Well, I’ll reserve judgement on that until it arrives (because, oh, hell yeah, I’m getting it.)

Above is a recent Twitter video from X-Plus. You’ll note the clearly visible seams. Note that this is just the prototype. The finished product will look a lot better.

The X-Plus Ric Boy site reports that the figure stands about 30cm (11.8 inches) tall. One wonders why it’s not in the 30cm Series, but instead the Large Monster Series, where a typical figure stands only 25cm. I won’t guess right now and, instead, save that for the future review.

Large Monster Series Knifehead and Leatherback vinyl figures by X-Plus.

The new Knifehead figure will be considerably larger than the Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Leatherback which was released last August. But don’t worry. It’s supposed to be that way. According to Pacific Rim Wiki, Leatherback, a Category IV kaiju is 267 feet tall. Knifehead, a Category III, stands taller at 315 feet. So though it may be hard to see in the movie, these guys just are not the same size.

Artist Jaroslav Kosmina back this up in his now famouse Kaiju Size Chart:

Kaiju Size Chart by Jaroslav Kosmina. Used with Permission.

Knifehead Ric Boy Exclusive Version

Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead Ric Boy version vinyl figure by X-Plus.
PACIFIC RIM, KNIFEHEAD © LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT. PHOTO: X-PLUS

The exclusive Ric Boy version, available only from X-Plus’ online Ric Boy store, has some extra features.

Firstly, a large spatter of blue kaiju blood; battle damage from a rough encounter with jaegar, Gipsy Danger. The “design” of this spatter is very impressive with an intricate coastline carefully drawn.

The confusing part of this blood, though, is when it can be seen. The Ric Boy site, when translated by Google, seems to say that it’s visible only with a black light. And yet the photos seem to show a Knifehead in normal room light. So what’s going on?

I reached out to X-Plus for an answer and I believe what they were trying to say is that it appears clear in normal light, and fluorescent in black light. Perhaps they touched up their photos in Photoshop then to show off the figure and the blood effect in the same light?

LIGHT GIMMICK?
One of the photos of Knifehead on the X-Plus site seams to show it with a blue light gimmick emitting from the eyes and from within the mouth. Again, the text on the page says absolutely nothing at all about a light gimmick. And the Product Material list doesn’t mention the batteries as they usually do. So, sorry, I really don’t know what to tell you.

LEGENDARY
This is the second vinyl in X-Plus’ Pacific Rim series. The first was the Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Leatherback which was released last August. Knifehead is also their fourth in their catalog of figures based on films from Legendary Entertainment. The 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 came out in July 2015 and the 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Roaring Version in February 2016.

X-Plus Leatherback vinyl figure with Godzilla 2014 Roaring version.
PHOTO: JOHN STANOWSKI/KAIJU ADDICTS

What’s fan-fuckin-great about all of these is that they are not that far off from being in scale with each other. Technically, the Pacific Rim figures should be a tad smaller in order to stand beside Legendary’s Godzilla. But they look good together on the shelf as they are. I am a freak about proper scale and yet I have no problem displaying these together.

PRE-ORDERING THE STANDARD
All three of our favorite Japanese stores have English versions of their site and will ship directly to you.

Hobby Search is offering it for ¥14,999 ($145 USD).

AmiAmi is offering it for ¥15,260 ($146 USD).

Hobby Link Japan is offering it for ¥15,833 ($151 USD). (Just make sure to tell them to use EMS. They always want to use FedEx by default and that’s crazy expensive.

PRE-ORDERING THE RIC
You can preorder the Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead Ric Boy Exclusive version for ¥17,999 ($172 USD) at X-Plus’ online Ric Boy Store.

The preorder window closes “November 8 18”. What the hell does that mean? Got me. Pick one. Stick with the 8 just in case.

Expected release is mid-December 2016.

Now… where’s my X-Plus 30cm Female MUTO???

See more photos of the X-Plus Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead on the Ric Boy site.
See High Resolution Photos of the X-Plus Knifehead at ScifiJapan.com.

By | October 27th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus continues its Legendary lineup with Pacific Rim Knifehead

Shin Godzilla Headlines X-Plus October Announcements

Shin Godzilla, Gyaos, Ultraman and Pacific Rim’s Knifehead newest vinyl kaiju up for pre-order from X-Plus

Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla vinyl figure by X-Plus.
LARGE MONSTER SERIES SHIN GODZILLA STANDARD VERSION. TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD. PHOTO: X-PLUS

Today, X-Plus announced the Toho Large Monster Series “Shin Godzilla” vinyl figure. It will come in both Standard and Ric Boy Exclusive versions.

This new figure is based on the newest entry in the franchise, Shin Godzilla (シン・ゴジラ), or as it’s often called by its early, aborted name, Godzilla Resurgence.

The news comes well after other brands like Bandai and Banpresto have already delivered. Let’s hope that this is a case of saving the best for last!

SIZE
The upcoming Shin Godzilla vinyl will reportedly by 25cm (9.8 inches) tall from head to toe and 50cm (19.6 inches) from nose to tail.

Although it’s technically the right height for a Large Monster Series figure, that bigass tail will give it more “presence”.

As usual, the tail will come detached but is easily connected to the figure. According to the X-Plus site, the tail will be in one piece. But Gee Okamoto of X-Plus says it actually may be necessary for the tail to come in multiple pieces.

Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla
東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「シン・ゴジラ」

Another view of the Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla vinyl figure by X-Plus.
LARGE MONSTER SERIES SHIN GODZILLA STANDARD VERSION. TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD. PHOTO: X-PLUS

The Standard Version will come with red paint details to replicate the fission glow from the movie.

PRE-ORDER
You can pre-order the Standard Version from the usual online Japanese retailers.

Hobby Search has it for ¥17,982 (about $173 USD).

Hobby Link Japan for ¥17,575 (about $169 USD). …did you catch that? Hobby Link is actually the cheaper route for a change!

As of this writing, it has not appeared on AmiAmi.com yet. Keep checkin’.

The release date for the Standard is late December 2016.

Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla Ric Boy Limited Edition
東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「シン・ゴジラ」 少年リック限定版

Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla Ric Boy Exclusive version vinyl figure by X-Plus.
LARGE MONSTER SERIES SHIN GODZILLA RIC BOY EXCLUSIVE VERSION. TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD. PHOTO: X-PLUS

NO LIGHT GIMMICK
You would think that Shin Godzilla and all his fission glows would be a perfect candidate for a light gimmick. Alas, X-Plus had other ideas.

TWO HEADS
The Ric Boy limited edition will come with two interchangeable heads. One closed-mouth “regular head” (the same as the Standard version) and one “roaring head”.

Since the lower jaw has separated at the chin, this “roaring head” is actually a silent, wide-open precursor to his ridiculously powerful atomic breath.

There is no word on how and where the head joint will be. But I can tell you that the switch will have to made the same way that the tails are attached. It will NOT employ magnets like the Large Monster Series Leatherback does.

DIFFERENT EYES
The eyes on this alternate head are painted differently to replicate his protective eyelid membranes which closed right before he burned the city in one breath.

DIFFERENT HIGHLIGHTS
On the Ric, the red highlights retreat on the neck, chest, spines and — especially — the tip of the tail to make way for violet, also to mimic Godzilla’s look when firing his atomic breath.

PRE-ORDER
You can pre-order the Ric Boy version at X-Plus’ online Ric Boy store.

Caution: the site is in Japanese and you will need to pay up front in full. Also, they will not ship overseas so you will need a forwarding service like Tenso.com.

The Ric Boy version will run you ¥19,980 (about $192 USD).

Expected release for the Ric is late December / early January.

UPDATE

Demand for the Shin Godzilla 2016 Ric Boy has been so high, X-Plus had to move up the deadline to Oct.28. There were getting too many orders. They will open pre-orders for this figure Again sometime soon. Stay tuned for more information.

See the X-Plus page for the Ric Boy version of this figure.

Daiei 30cm Series Gyaos (1967 Edition)
大映30㎝シリーズ 「ギャオス(1967年版)」

Daiei 30cm Series Gyaos 1967 vinyl figure by X-Plus.
UNPAINTED PROTOTYPE OF THE DAIEI 30CM SERIES GYAOS (1967). © KADOKAWA 1967. PHOTO: X-PLUS

Way back in August 2014, X-Plus released the very first Showa Gamera entry into their larger line. The Daiei 30cm Series Gamera (1967) is from the 1967 film Gamera vs. Gyaos, the second Gamera film and the first to provide a giant foe, Gyaos.

A 30cm Gyaos was later teased and promised. Years later, the big guy is ready to land on your shelf!

The Daiei 30cm Series Gyaos (1967) vinyl figure will be approximately 30cm (11.8 inches) tall. The figure is posed arching backward in mid roar with both wings spread. As usual, this is a very accurate sculpt carefully made to look just like the suit used in the movie.

RIC BOY VERSION
The Ric will come with a light gimmick which will illuminate the eyes, powered by a detachable ‘battery box’ requiring four AAA batteries.

The Ric will cost ¥21,600 ($208 USD) and is available from X-Plus’ online Shounen Ric webstore.

X-Plus mentions that there will be a Standard version (without the light gimmick). Keep checking Hobby Search, AmiAmi and Hobby Link Japan for details.

Pre-order deadline for the Ric is mid-November. It is expected to ship in late December / early January.

See this figure on the X-Plus Ric Boy site.

Large Monster Series “Ultra Strategy No. 1” Ric Boy Set
大怪獣シリーズ 「ウルトラ作戦第1号」セット 少年リック限定商品

Large Monster Series Ultra Strategy No. 1 vinyl figure set by X-Plus.
© Tsuburaya Productions. PHOTO: X-PLUS

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Ultraman. What better way to celebrate than with a new X-Plus Ultraman vinyl set?

The new “Ultra Strategy” vinyl figure set from X-Plus comes with two previously released figures (reissues) combined to celebrate the very first episode of Tsuburaya‘s original Ultraman television series which aired in 1966-1967.

The Large Monster Series Ultraman Type-A faithfully reproduces the original Type-A suit, complete with all its wrinkles, in one of suit actor Bin Furuya‘s signature poses. This is exactly how our hero looked in the very first episode.

Bemular (or Bemura) is the very first kaiju foe to face any Ultraman and also appeared in the first episode. Of all the Ultra Kaiju created over the many years, Bemular is senior to them all.

X-Plus had previously released both a Bemular vinyl and later a taller Bemular Reborn vinyl. The Reborn version is what you’ll get in this set.

X-Plus states that both figures are “about 24cm” but that’s not quite accurate. I have both of the original releases right here in front of me. Ultraman is actually about 8.625 inches (21.9cm) tall. Bemular is 8.875 inches (22.5cm), a full quarter of an inch taller.

While Bemular appears to be taller than Ultraman (as it should be), this is deceiving. If this Ultraman sculpt were to stand up straight, he would be the tall one. For some maddening reason, all of X-Plus’ Ultraman figures are taller than the bipedal kaiju which should beat him on height almost every time. But, Ultraman’s crouched wrestling pose does bring him down in height visually and so these two do look great together on the shelf.

Although this set bundles two reissues, there is something new and unique about them. The paint applications have been updated.

A Google translation of the X-Plus Ric Boy page seems to indicate that Ultraman’s reds will now be redder. And photos of the Bemular prototype clearly show a brownish and greenish paint scheme as opposed to the original Reborn release’s brownish and reddish brownish palette.

This set comes with both figures plus an optional stand for Ultraman. No assembly will be required. Although you may have to tweak Ultraman’s articulated ankle joints to get them positioned for proper balance.

The Ultraman Type A vinyl will come with interchangeable arms for two different poses.

UPDATE !!
A late and awesome development: the Ultraman Type A figure will come with an extra set of interchangeable arms for the Spacium Ray pose! (Freakin’ Nice!)

This Ric set will cost you ¥19,980 ($192 USD). It is available only from X-Plus’ Shounen Ric Webstore. This site is in Japanese and you will need to pay up front in full. Also, they will not ship overseas so you will need a forwarding service like Tenso.com.

Collectors on Facebook can contact Mike Johnson for some help getting this set.

See more photos at X-Plus’ Ric Boy page for this set.

Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead

X-Plus Pacific Rim Knifehead tease graphic.

Finally, X-Plus has left us with a tease for the upcoming Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead. More on that as the news comes in.

UPDATE:
See NEW post X-Plus Continues its Legendary Lineup with Pacific Rim Knifehead.

See High Resolution Photos of all of these figures at ScifiJapan.com.

By | October 21st, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Shin Godzilla Headlines X-Plus October Announcements