September 2016 X-Plus Announcements: Daimajin, Frozen GBG and more Ultras

Daiei 30cm Series Daimajin vinyl figure by X-Plus.

Daiei 30cm Series Daimajin

大映30㎝シリーズ 大魔神 少年リック限定版

X-Plus has released several Daimajin figures in the Large Monster Series in the past. But the great statue has finally stepped into the Daiei 30cm Series!

Daimajin (大魔神) was a film trilogy set in feudal Japan put out by the Daiei Film Company in 1966. All three movies featured a “great demon god” in the form of a statue embedded in the side of a mountain. The actions of evil men soon increase the great statue’s rage and prompts it to come to life and exact its revenge and dish out some badass justice. If you haven’t seen these movies: check them out! Imagine mixing Kurosawa and Harryhausen together. That’s Daimajin!

Accessories and options for the X-Plus 30cm Daimajin.

This new Ric Boy figure will come with an impressive array of features and extras. Included are 5 alternate hands with which to interact with the included sword, metal chain, hook, spike (nail?), a mini Tsurukichi figure and a “god of military arts” face. The shoulder joints, hidden below flaps of armor, can be articulated. And perhaps most impressive of all, the position of the eyes can be changed!

Too many options? Pick them all! Just change the figure every few months and you’ve got a fresh display. Holy shit, okay, really, sign me the hell up!

This figure is a Japanese release and will be sold only in Japan.

Preorders for the Daiei 30cm Series Daimajin will open soon. There is no price to report yet. It is expected to ship in late November.

This new offering seems set to become the ultimate Daimajin figure.

See the 30cm Series Daimajin at the X-Plus Ric Boy site.

X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (Freeze Version)

ギガンティックシリーズ ゴジラ1995 凍結ver. 少年リック限定商品

Various angles of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 Frozen Version with Super X III.

The X-Plus GBG is back again! Originally released (sans the ice) back in August 2014, it was reissued through Bandai as a special SDCC Exclusive which came with tail already attached. Apparently Japanese collectors have been clamoring for a frozen version in order to relive the amazing climax scene from the final film in the Heisei series.

The new Gigantic Series “Burning Godzilla” is a bit of fire and ice. It’s basically the same figure we all know but with splashes (sprays?) of frosty white to represent the icing from the JSDF‘s freezing weapons.

FROSTBITE?
It seems this release is getting a cold reception in the West. Apparently many of us think it was just doused with a can of spray snow. But is it a simple rehash? Think of it what you will. I see it as simply another option for collectors and yet another opportunity for those who missed out on the previous releases. I actually wouldn’t mind having one myself.

This exclusive Ric Boy version comes with a mini Super X III which is about 11cm (4.3 inches) long.

LIMITED TO 300
This figure will be limited to a run of only 300 and it seems at this time it will be available only from X-Plus’ Ric Boy online store.

This figure is a Japanese release and will be sold only in Japan.

This figure will run you ¥40,824 ($402 USD). Just remember to add about $100 to that for shipping from Japan.

I do not believe there will be a Standard version available. This Ric is expected to become available for preorder on September 21. The final product is expected to ship in November.

See this figure on the X-Plus Ric Boy site.
See my review for the original Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 release for more details on the sculpt.

New Ultraman Ace and Taro fare

Ultraman Ace Showdown Set and Cosmo Liquid figures by X-Plus.

The Large Monster Series Ultraman Ace “Space Showdown” Set (大怪獣シリーズ ウルトラマンエース 異次元空間対決セット 少年リック限定商品) will include both our hero along with a Yapool (Yapuru ヤプール) figure. There will also be a stand for Ace. It will run you ¥19,980 ($196 USD). I suspect this will be available only from the X-Plus Ric Boy site. Preorders are open now and will end September 26. The set is expected to ship in November.

The Large Monster Series Cosmo Liquid (大怪獣シリーズ コスモリキッド) hails from the Ultraman Taro series (1973-1974). The X-Plus version stands about 25cm tall and will run you ¥13,824 ($135 USD). Preorders are open now at the X-Plus Ric Boy site through September 26 and it’s expected to ship in November.

See Exclusive High Resolution photos of all of the new X-Plus Vinyl announcements at SciFiJapan.com.

By | September 17th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on September 2016 X-Plus Announcements: Daimajin, Frozen GBG and more Ultras

X-Plus Kamacuras Import Available at Flossie’s

X-Plus Kamacuras vinyl figure available at Flossie's Gifts & Collectibles.

We’ve imported a small quantity of the X-Plus Toho Large Monster Series Kamacuras at Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles. Sorry for the higher price, but we had to pay to have these imported. It’s $134.99 plus shipping. Payment plans are available if needed.

Click Here to Order Kamacuras at Flossie’s

By | September 15th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Kamacuras Import Available at Flossie’s

X-Plus 30cm Series Kiryu (Diamond Reissue) Hits Stores Next Week!

X-Plus Kiryu Vinyl Figure Review.

The Toho 30cm Series Kiryu (2003) 東宝30cmシリーズ 「3式機龍(2003版)」 vinyl was first released by X-Plus in 2013. It was “re-issued” in the Summer of 2014 as a polyresin Real Master Collection version.

Hold on, there’s more. In the summer of 2014, the vinyl was released yet again. This time with an alternate battle damaged head and other tweaks.

X-Plus’ take on the Machine Dragon is back yet again. This time as the Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series Mechagodzilla 2003. This new batch is strictly for the North American market and will be distributed stateside via Diamond Distributors.

Pre-orders opened back in August of 2015. It’s been a long, long wait. Now, it’s finally on its way.

Diamond will begin shipping the new Kiryu figures to retailers on Monday, September 19. If you’ve placed an order from an online store, you should be getting a charge soon, and big box in the mail!

If you ordered from Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles: your order will be charged early next week and shipping will begin on Thursday, September 22.

If you ordered from your local comic store: time to give them a call!

Click here to see my review of the original Kiryu release.

Click here to order the X-Plus 30cm Series Kiryu from Flossie’s.

Click here for the X-Plus Diamond and Bluefin North American figure release schedule.

By | September 15th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus 30cm Series Kiryu (Diamond Reissue) Hits Stores Next Week!

X-Plus Godzilla 1973 Import Available at Flossie’s

X-Plus Large Monster Series Godzilla 1973 Import now available at Flossie's Gifts & Collectibles.

We’ve imported a small quantity of the X-Plus Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 1973 at Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles. Sorry for the higher price, but we had to pay to have these imported. It’s $177 plus shipping. Payment plans are available if needed.

SOLD OUT!

By | September 2nd, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Godzilla 1973 Import Available at Flossie’s

X-Plus Announces 30cm Series Godzilla 1984 Shinjuku Decisive Battle Version Ric Boy

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1984 Shinjuku Decisive Battle Version vinyl figure by X-Plus.
THE NEW SHINJUKU VERSION (LEFT) AND THE ORIGINAL RELEASE (RIGHT). PHOTO: X-PLUS

The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1984 (東宝30cmシリーズ 「ゴジラ(1984)」), originally released in 2013 is getting another reissue with tweaks.

X-Plus recently announced the upcoming Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1984 – Shinjuku Decisive Battle Version. And it’s coming with two significant new features.

The figure will come with a light gimmick. The dorsal spines will glow with light when you connect the “battery box” to it. Contrary to early online discussions: all three rows of fins will emit light.

And, the figure will have an alternate paint scheme. I’m really not sure what they’ve done other than add dusty highlights. I’ve read online that the skin is darker but going by the photos, it looks the same as the original to me (except for those highlights a plenty). The dorsal fins are also different in that they aren’t as white as the ones on the original. Perhaps this is due to the material being translucent vinyl.

This figure will be available as a Ric Boy only and preorders can be made only on the X-Plus Ric Boy site. There will not be a standard version.

Preorders will be taken until August 30. It will run you ¥20,000 (about $199 USD).

Apparently this figure will have a limited production run and all order may not be filled. There is a 2-figure limit for each household.

If you are a Facebook regular and know Mike Johnson and Jamie Davies, this is definitely a figure you’d need their help getting!

It’s expected to ship in late September / early October.

See more photos of the Godzilla 1984 Shinjuku Version at the Ric Boy site (Japanese).
• If you know how, Preorder the Godzilla 1982 Shinjuku Version at the Ric Boy Online Store (Japanese).

RELATED:
See my Review of the original Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1984 release. (Sorry, it’s one of my earlier reviews and not as polished.)

DIAMOND RE-ISSUE OF ORIGINAL OUT IN NOVEMBER
Note: a North American reissue of this figure in its original state (sans the light gimmick and highlights) will be released in the United States and Canada (through Diamond Distributors) in November 2016. It has an MSRP of $160 but will be available for less from most of your favorite U.S. X-Plus stores.

By | August 26th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Announces 30cm Series Godzilla 1984 Shinjuku Decisive Battle Version Ric Boy

X-Plus Reveals Shin Godzilla, Mechagodzilla II and a Gigantic Series Ultraman at Wonder Festival

Good lord! Make it stop! I just can’t take any more awesome today.

Today, X-Plus revealed some new figures at their Wonder Festival table.

Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla (2016)

Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 2016 vinyl figure by X-Plus on display at Wonder Festival.

Feast your eyes on the Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla (2016).

The figure will be in the Large Monster Series (Daikaiju Series). However, it will be bigger than you would expect.

X-Plus told me a few weeks ago that it will be oversized compared to other figures in the line. X-Plus vinyl boss, Gee Okamoto, said, “The size is like the Daikaiju Series Godzilla 1995“. That would actually put it in line with the 30cm Sakai figures. One need only compare it to the Large Monster Series Gamera 1996 standing next to it in the photo above to see how impressive this figure will be.

No word on when it will be released.

Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1993

30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1993 vinyl figure by X-Plus on display at Wonder Festival.

We first heard about a potential Mechagodzilla II figure last November during our interview with X-Plus. Now, after an 8-month wait, we get our first glimpse at this new entry into the Toho 30cm Series.

It’s really great to see X-Plus taking on more Heisei lately. Destoroyah, Battra and now this; love it!

I have to say, though: is it just me or does his feet seem big? Like, really big? I’m a bit concerned about this. Judge for yourself.

Hope this is just some sort of camera lens trick

The sign says this one is coming out in September.

Gigantic Series Ultraman Type C

Gigantic Series Ultraman by X-Plus on display at Wonder Festival.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

The Gigantic Series goes Ultra!

X-Plus boss, Gee Okamoto said he wanted to make a Gigantic Ultraman during our interview last November. So glad he actually did it. This thing looks fantastic!

It’s expected to ship in September.

Large Monster Series Gamera 1996

Huh?

X-Plus released a Large Monster Series Gamera 1996 back in June of 2014. It seems they will be releasing another in September.

Unlike the first release which has a head tilted slightly upwards, this new sculpt has a head tilted slightly downward. I don’t get it. Perhaps X-Plus feels this new sculpt will better pair up with the Large Monster Series Legion which is due out in August.

Either way, those who missed out on Gamera two years ago will get another shot at him.

By | July 23rd, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Reveals Shin Godzilla, Mechagodzilla II and a Gigantic Series Ultraman at Wonder Festival

X-Plus Godzilla at SDCC; Four More Vinyls for North America Revealed

Get ready, North America. Even more X-Plus is on the way!

Both Diamond and Bluefin, distributors of X-Plus North American releases, have made new reveals this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. And some of them are really surprising.

Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 2000: Millennium

Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 2000: Millennium vinyl figure on display at SDCC.
PHOTO: KEVIN DeANTONIO

It looks like we’re getting another Godzilla 2000 from Diamond. It’s in addition to the 30cm Series Godzilla 1999/2000 already released by X-Plus in December 2013 which is due to be reissued in North America through Diamond in March 2017.

I’ve read (on the Facebook groups) that this vinyl will be based on an old KOC resin kit which came out around the same time the movie did. It seems to be a bit shorter than other figures in the Godzilla 12in Series (Toho 30cm Series) but this could be due to its forward lean in the pose.

The really, really interesting thing about this news is that a Japanese release from X-Plus has not happened yet. This is totally weird and unprecedented.

Will Japan still get it first? Will be a North American release only? Or, could it be that X-Plus is beginning to sync their Japanese releases with their North American releases so that every one everywhere gets one at the same time? I really don’t know, but that would be fucking sweet.

Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 2014

30cm Series Godzilla 2014 on display at SDCC.
PHOTOS: KEVIN DeANTONIO

The 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 is now on display at the Diamond booth at SDCC.

It’s actually been planned for quite some time now. In fact, Diamond probably could have been announced it at the same time as they did the ’84, ’92, ’04 and the two Sakai’s. Perhaps they were saving it to make more of a splash at the convention.

Here’s hoping that they reissue the Roaring Version at some point as well.

Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 2001

30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2001 vinyl figure at Diamond's SDCC booth.
PHOTO: KEVIN DeANTONIO

The Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001 is also now on display at the Diamond booth at SDCC.

The first release happened a mere four months ago in Japan and it seems way, way too early for a Diamond Reissue. I’m guessing, though, that it probably won’t be until late 2017 before you can get your hands on it. (If you want it NOW: we still have two of the Japanese originals available at Flossie’s.)

On to Bluefin

Since the Diamond Reissues first showed up, North American collectors have been getting hit on two fronts. Enter Bluefin, and the Great Three-Front War on our wallets.

Bluefin is about to release reissues of the Large Monster Series Biollante and King Ghidorah. They are now on display at Bluefin’s booth at SDCC and are due to be released later this month.

Bandai Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 at SDCC 2016.
PHOTO: KEVIN DeANTONIO

Also on display at the Bluefin booth is the Bandai Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (1999°C Version) SDCC Exclusive. (No, it doesn’t light up. That light is coming from the table.)

Now back to the new reveals. The final vinyl surprise from SDCC is…

Yuji Sakai’s Work Masterpiece Art Collection No. 1 (Godzilla 1954 Still Version)

Bluefin's Yuji Sakai's Work Masterpiece Art Collection No. 1 Godzilla 1954 vinyl figure.
PHOTO: STEVE CERAGIOLI

The second of the two biggest surprises from SDCC (kaiju-figure-wise) is an upcoming vinyl version of Yuji Sakai’s Godzilla 1954 Still Version.

And, yep, it’s another train biter.

You probably noticed Godzilla’s funky mug in the photo above. It’s not sloppy work but rather a piece of Godzilla history in three dimensions.

I’m not a Godzilla expert or anything but I believe Mr. Sakai had based this sculpt on a 1954 publicity still photo which had a lot of painting touch-ups performed upon it. Back then they used to paint on photos to change something, correct errors or make something clearer. (It was the early 20th century’s version of Photoshopping.)

Take a look:

Touched up publicity still from Godzilla (1954).
TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.

Sakai’s original resin version is 23.5cm (9.25 inches) tall. So, consider this a Large Monster Series entry.

If you have Sakai’s book Godzilla Dream Evolution, turn to page 82 for four crisp photos of the original resin.

This announcement is particularly interesting because, like the vinyl version of the KOC Godzilla 2000 mentioned at the top of this post, this figure has not yet been released by X-Plus in Japan yet. What’s going on here??

ART COLLECTION?
Also interesting is the name of the line on the back wall: Yuji Sakai’s Work Masterpiece Art Collection.

“Collection”? “No. 1”?

This is totally conjecture on my part, but it sounds to me like they plan to release a series of Mr. Sakai’s more playful work including maquettes, poster versions, busts, etc. There are quite a few to choose from. Again, open up your Godzilla Dream Evolution book and take a look at the possibilities.

If you don’t own the Godzilla Dream Evolution book, we have some available at Flossie’s.

No word on prices or release dates yet. Our on-the-spot reporter, Kevin DeAntonio, will attempt to get some facts on Sunday. If he’s successful, I’ll update this post.

By | July 23rd, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Godzilla at SDCC; Four More Vinyls for North America Revealed

Updated: X-Plus Announces Limited Wonder Festival ‘Son of Godzilla’ vinyl figure set

X-Plus Son of Godzilla Set.

Wonder Festival Commemorative Toho Large Monster Series ‘Son of Godzilla’ Set, 東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「ゴジラの息子」セット

X-Plus has announced even more reissues! This upcoming set will include the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1967, Minya 1967 and Kumonga 1967… all in one box!!!

RED EYES
Update: X-Plus just released photo of the set and, for some reason, Kumonga has red eyes. (?) I don’t remember this guy ever having red eyes. I could be wrong, of course. But even if he did at one point, most of the time (probably 90% of the time) they were purple. Not sure I like this.

Anyway, it’s being put together specially for Summer Wonder Festival 2016 (garage kit convention) which will take place Sunday, July 24 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.

Don’t get excited yet. These sets will be more difficult to get than usual.

Only 200 sets will be made. 100 of them will be available at Wonder Festival. I believe they may be limited to only one per customer. Another 80 sets will later be sold to winners of an online lottery which will take place soon at the X-Plus Shounen Ric webstore. The final 20 sets will be made available at the Amazing Model Expo which will be held August 13.

The price will be ¥30,000 ($286 USD).

Good luck to all who will pursue this set. Especially those who have already preordered the upcoming Large Monster Series Kamacuras or Kamacuras set. We’ll now have a complete Son of Godzilla lineup on our shelves!

You can see more photos of the Son of Godzilla Set at the Ric Boy site.
• See the Kaiju Addicts Large Monster Series Kumonga Review.

By | July 20th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Updated: X-Plus Announces Limited Wonder Festival ‘Son of Godzilla’ vinyl figure set

High Resolution Photos of X-Plus ‘Fake Ultraseven’, Godzilla 1973 and Legion at SciFi Japan

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SciFi Japan has just posted high resolutions photos of the recently announced Large Monster Series Fake Ultraseven, Large Monster Series Godzilla 1973 and the Large Monster Series Legion. Visit their site, click on the photos and ZOOM in!

Click Here to see the Photos at SciFi Japan

By | July 20th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on High Resolution Photos of X-Plus ‘Fake Ultraseven’, Godzilla 1973 and Legion at SciFi Japan

Correction: Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 NOT Available to Take Home from G-Fest; Pre-order Only

Bluefin's Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive on display at G-Fest.
PHOTO: RICH ESO

I had previously reported that Bluefin’s Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive would be available to purchase at G-Fest. I also said that you would be able to buy one and take it home with you.

Bluefin’s Media Department told me this point blank right on the phone. It turns out that’s all wrong.

The Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive can be preordered at G-Fest only. $499 is required up front.

The plus side to this is, you don’t have to lug it home and you can get it shipped to you in late July for ONLY $35! (Bluefin gets great discounted rates from FedEx and UPS because of the volume and frequency of their shipping.)

By | July 16th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Correction: Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 NOT Available to Take Home from G-Fest; Pre-order Only

X-Plus Announces Large Monster Series Godzilla 1973 Re-Issue

X-Plus Large Monster Series Godzilla 1973.

Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 1973 (Fierce Fighting Color Version) Ric Boy, 東宝大怪獣シリーズ ゴジラ1973 激闘カラーver. 少年リック限定商品

X-Plus just announced a re-issue of their Large Monster Series Godzilla 1973 vinyl figure.

This figure was first released in late 2010. It has since been reissued in 2012 as a very limited set bundled with an also reissued Jet Jaguar. Both of these releases happened ages ago so this new opportunity to grab Godzilla 1973 is most certainly welcome.

The figure is based on Godzilla’s appearance in the 1973 film, Godzilla vs. Megalon (ゴジラ対メガロ). X-Plus reports the height to be about 23cm (9 inches).

What’s new about this version is its “fierce fighting color” which appears to be simply some tan highlights representing the dirt this guy was rolling around in with Jet, Gigan and Megalon.

A Jet Jaguar reissue has recently hit the streets just as a Gigan and Megalon set had done earlier in March, 2016. Now, with this new Godzilla 1973 release, the tag teams of Godzilla vs. Megalon are complete yet again for newer collectors.

This new, exclusive version will cost you ¥11,880 yen (currently $113, USD) at the X-Plus’ Shounen Ric online store here. It is not openly available anywhere else (besides the upcoming gray market).

Preorders end on Monday, July 25. It is expected to ship around September 2016.

Large Monster Series Fake Ultraseven Light-up Version, 大怪獣シリーズ 「ニセウルトラセブン」 発光版 少年リック限定商品

Also announced is a Large Monster Series version of the Fake Ultraseven (or Robot Ultraseven) from the 1967-1968 series. When attached to its base, this figure’s eyes and beam lamp will light up.

It will cost you ¥12,960 ($124) at the X-Plus Shounen Ric store.

Preorders end on Monday, July 25. It is expected to ship around September 2016.

By | July 15th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Announces Large Monster Series Godzilla 1973 Re-Issue

Bluefin Announces Bandai Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive. Will be Available at G-Fest for Preorder

You have another chance to grab one of the ultimate Godzilla collectibles, the Gigantic Burning Godzilla

Bandai Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive vinyl figure from Bluefin.
PHOTO: BANDAI / BLUEFIN DISTRIBUTION

Bluefin Distribution today announced the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (1999°C Version) SDCC Exclusive vinyl figure. It will be available “exclusively” through Bandai‘s official North American distributor, Bluefin, at both the SDCC and G-Fest conventions (in San Diego and Chicago, respectively) this very month. (More on availability later in this post).

The figure is limited to only 500 units worldwide.

It has a highly stylized sculpt based on Godzilla’s appearance in the 1995 film Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. It is truly MASSIVE at nearly 19 inches tall and about 34 inches long! Out of the box, the figure weighs nearly 8 pounds.

Most of the figure is made with heavy, translucent vinyl. Yellow, orange and red paint applications, applied from the inside, interact with the clear and refractive properties on the outside for a truly AMAZING reproduction of the fiery patches seen in the movie.

This figure has quickly become a prized fan/collector favorite as it literally exudes the fierceness and power of the “spirit” of the monster. This piece is sure to be a highlight, if not the main star, of your Godzilla collection.

Not X-Plus?

Even though this figure is created from the same mold which X-Plus used, X-Plus’ name is nowhere to be found on the box nor the press materials. It’s referred to as coming from either a “Bandai Vendor” or “Bandai Gashapon”.

I don’t pretend to understand the relationship between X-Plus and Bandai, but I do know that it’s tight. X-Plus obtains all of their Toho licenses from a company called Plex (you can see their logo on all of your X-Plus boxes.) And Plex is the licensing arm of Bandai.

Okay, whatever. At the end of the day, it’s still the “same” thing with only minor differences.

Unboxing Video

A Bluefin employee tackles the gigantic box (with the help of Bluefin brand manager for X-Plus). It’s not for the faint-hearted. He nearly butchers the box—I guess he’s excited, too!

Bluefin/Bandai GBG vs. X-Plus GBG: The Differences

This new version of the figure is created from the same mold which X-Plus used for their version (released back in August 2014). But there are a few key differences.

THE TAIL
The tail comes completely and permanently attached on this version—hence the need for the insidiously huge box. That’s a nice feature, but only after you get it home. SDCC and G-Fest attendees will have a serious dilemma when it comes to carting this thing back to the cave, especially since most attendees will be traveling from afar.

Half of the X-Plus version came with tails that are overly and easily convinced to disconnect when handled, but their box sizes were much, much more manageable than this new behemoth.

MORE FIERY PATCHES
The outline of the fiery patches on Godzilla’s neck, chest and thighs are created by determining where the asphalt black would end on the outside. On this new figure, there is more fire. Whereas the X-Plus version had little hints of orange on the neck, this new Bluefin/Bandai version is much hotter. There’s more to see across the neck with patches reaching further up and additional “veins” of fire and that’s as it should be if you go by the movie. Bluefin/Bandai version wins here.

They’re also more colorful. As stated in the video, “The orange is a much brighter, more vibrant color.” Yes, ’tis true. They are indeed much brighter. But don’t knock my X-Plus and make it sound like the new one is superior, buddy! One could argue that the brighter colors make it look more toylike. 😛

PEARLY WHITES
The smaller, outer rows of dorsal fins on the back, and all over the tail are much brighter and whiter on the Bluefin/Bandai version. There are darker, ashy whites on the X-Plus version which I feel is more reserved and realistic. You decide.

TOES
Though not really visible in the video, it’s stated that there is more paint detail on the claws of the hands and feet. One more point for the Bluefin/Bandai version.

EYES
Finally, the eyes on the Bluefin/Bandai version are brighter and certainly more “piercing”. Seeing as how this figure is already stylized, that’s a definite plus.

Side view of Bluefin's Bandai Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995.
PHOTO: BANDAI / BLUEFIN DISTRIBUTION

That’s it. It’s practically the same aside from some differences in the paint. If you are an X-Plus purist, I think you’ll find this version of the figure will fit in just fine. You could even casually still refer to it as an X-Plus.

How to Get a Bluefin/Bandai Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995

UPDATE: The Bluefin Press Release was utterly wrong about this figure being available at G-Fest. It turns out they’re only taking pre-orders in Chicago.

The Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (1999°C Version) will first be available for pre-order at G-Fest XXIII, being held this year from July 15 thru July 17 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare.

It will then be available at San Diego Comic-Con, July 21 thru July 24 at the San Diego Convention Center.

THE GIGANTIC PRICE
The suggested retail price is $500. Yep, half a grand. The original X-Plus Ric 2014 Release was almost a C-note less. But those days are gone. This is now an exclusive and highly limited run. If you want/need one, start planning right now!

THE GRAY MARKET
No doubt, the gray market will be ready to jump on this. If it does, be prepared for high markups on Ebay. And, don’t forget to factor in the insane shipping cost this huge box will demand.

Better yet, don’t take a chance. Get your ass to G-Fest or SDCC. Don’t forget to bring a truck!

Getting it home

Take it to the UPS Store and ship it to yourself. I’m not saying this is the best way to do it. But if you traveled to get to the con, it’s probably the only way.

Just keep in mind that the bill will be… gigantic.

For SDCC, there are several UPS Stores in the 92101 zip code, but the closest is 5 minutes away at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.

The only question now is, how the hell do you get it to the UPS store?

[NOTE: I’m not familiar with San Diego so please research this online yourself and plan ahead!]

DRIVING TO THE CON?
The box will probably not fit into your car. But you could take it out of the box, collapse the box and squeeze the foam sides in separately. Just plan ahead and bring a blanket or something to wrap the figure in so it doesn’t get scuffed on the trip back home.

If you don’t already own the X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995, I sincerely hope you find a way to grab the Bluefin / Bandai version. This thing is badass. It’s highly detailed, badass, huge, badass and it’s badass!

NOTES:
• This figure does NOT light up.
• According to Bluefin’s media department, this figure WILL be at G-Fest. You will be able to buy one and take one home with you.
• It’s not clear yet whether or not Bandai is holding on to any of this run to be made available in Japan or other world markets. But, this is a possibility. If you don’t live in the U.S., pay attention, just in case.
• Click here to See the Kaiju Addicts Review of the X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 for tons of photos and more details on that version.
• SPECIAL THANKS to collector Michael Farrah for letting me know there was a Bluefin Press Release out there and for forwarding it to me!

By | July 12th, 2016|X-PLUS NEWS|2 Comments