X-Plus Announces 30cm Series Godzilla 1975

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1975 vinyl figure by X-Plus.

Last week X-Plus announced the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1975 vinyl figure. It’s based on Godzilla’s appearance in the 1975 movie, Terror of Mechagodzilla.

X-Plus reports that it’s about 30cm tall (11.8 inches) and will come in both a Standard version (available in stores) and a RIC Exclusive version (available from X-Plus directly).

The RIC exclusive version comes with a complete Mechagodzilla 1975 head plus an alternate left arm so that Godzilla can cradle it just as he did in the movie. It is available for pre-order now from the X-Plus site for ¥19,980 (about $180 USD) until July 20 at 6pm (Japan time).

Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1975 Ric Boy Exclusive vinyl figure by X-Plus.

You can preorder the Standard version from Hobby Search for $149.65, Ami Ami for $149 and Hobby Link Japan for $161.70.

It’s expected to ship in September 2017.

MOMENTOUS RELEASE
This release is significant in that it’s the first “proper” 30cm Showa Godzilla figure to come out since the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1955 which was released waaaaay back in 2011. And only four other 30cm Series Showa figures came out before that in 2010. Note: I’m not counting the Godzilla 1954 “Train Biter” from March 2016 since it’s stylized and not movie accurate. Point is: this new figure is a long, long time coming.

30CM 1975 LINEUP
With this new release, X-Plus’ Terror of Mechagodzilla monster lineup will be complete in the Toho 30cm Series. Both the 1975 Mechagodzilla and Titanosaurus have already been offered. If you don’t have them, no need to worry. The 30cm Series Titanosaurus is available right now as a North American (Diamond) Reissue. And a Diamond Mechagodzilla ’75 is expected to be released in the U.S. this August.

X-Plus Titanosaurus.
X-Plus Mechagodzilla 1975.

By | 2017-06-24T23:47:33+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on X-Plus Announces 30cm Series Godzilla 1975

X-Plus 30cm Series Mechagodzilla II (1993) to be Reissued through Diamond

Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series Mechagodzilla (1993 Version) vinyl figure by X-Plus.

The new announcements for North American releases from X-Plus and Diamond just keep coming.

X-Plus’ Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla II (1993) was only just announced for a Japanese release not that long ago and is due out any time now. And, before we can even get our hands on the first release, pre-orders have opened for a North American (Diamond) Reissue.

Keep in mind this will be the Standard only. The Super Mechagodzilla configuration with Garuda will not be offered. (Although, X-Plus did give us a Gigan 2004 reissue and then later another Gigan 2004 reissue with all of the RIC parts, so who knows? Maybe they’ll double dip again.)

This reissue is called the Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla II ’93 Version.

Diamond’s SRP is $180. As usual, you’ll be able to order one for less at your favorite online toy store or local comic shop.

Preorders are open at Flossie’s for $149.

The “safe” deadline for dealers is August 4, 2017. If you and your store get them ordered before then, you’ll be guaranteed to get one. If your store orders extra figures before that date, you’ll be able to pre-order them after the deadline.

The current expected ship date for this figure is January 3, 2018. (Date may change.)

See my post about the Japanese release here.

By | 2017-06-25T12:12:39+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on X-Plus 30cm Series Mechagodzilla II (1993) to be Reissued through Diamond

Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2000 to be Re-issued in the U.S.

X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 2000, Extra shot 3.

Another chance for you to add this Yuji Sakai masterpiece vinyl to your collection has come!

The Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2000 vinyl figure by X-Plus was first released in Japan in October 2015. It then became a rare and costly find on the aftermarket. Not a problem anymore.

X-Plus recently told Diamond that a reissue is headed their way. The news broke a day after we discovered that the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 would also be released stateside.

This third entry from X-Plus’ Gigantic Series features a sculpt by master Yuji Sakai which is based on Shinji Nishikawa‘s conceptual sketches of what the new Millennium Godzilla might look like. Some of the details were lost in translation when the suit was made for the movie Godzilla 2000: Millennium back in 1999. So you won’t get a movie-accurate piece. However, this early work by Sakai has become legendary and is most welcome. Especially since every Gigantic which has come out (before the 1962) has been heavily stylized. So, this guy fits right in anyway.

At 14 inches tall, it’s noticeably shorter than most Gigantic Series figures, but still a monster of a figure.

Diamond Distributors lists the SRP at $424.99. You will, as usual, be able to get it for less.

You can pre-order it now from Flossie’s for just $329.

I encourage you, though, to shop around. You can order this figure right from your local comic store or your favorite online toy shop.

SEE MORE PHOTOS
For a full spread of photos and an extensive write-up on this figure, visit my Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2000 Review here on Kaiju Addicts.

The deadline for guaranteed figures for dealers is September 25, so try to get your order in before then so that you will be assured that you won’t miss out.

Diamond expects this figure to ship on February 28, 2018. (Date may change.)

By | 2017-06-24T15:26:30+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2000 to be Re-issued in the U.S.

Creative Photo Contest will award a Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla by X-Plus

Summit Kaiju’s 2017 Creative Photo Contest is accepting toy photography entries. This is their second year and will be awarding a top prize of one X-Plus Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla.

The Figure Mania Show from YouTube goes over the rules in this video.

Winners will be selected during the G-Fest XXIV Godzilla convention in Chicago in July.

By | 2017-06-21T09:03:35+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Creative Photo Contest will award a Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla by X-Plus

Rich Eso Reviews the X-Plus Gabara

Rich Eso reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Gabara (東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「ガバラ」) RIC Exclusive Version vinyl figure by X-Plus. This is the bully from 1969’s All Monsters Attack and collectors have been screaming for X-Plus to release him in vinyl for a long time.

• See more content from Rich at his Fresh Vinyl Reviews YouTube Channel.

By | 2017-06-21T07:16:51+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Rich Eso Reviews the X-Plus Gabara

X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 Release coming to U.S.

Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 vinyl figure by X-Plus.
PHOTOS: JOHN STANOWSKI / KAIJU ADDICTS. GODZILLA TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD.

Your second chance to own the ultimate KingGoji collectible has arrived!

The Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 vinyl figure by X-Plus is to be re-issued for the United States and Canadian markets.

Licensed only for North America, it will be available to comic stores and online retailers exclusively from Diamond Distributors.

Many collectors consider this vinyl to be one of X-Plus’ very best efforts. Sculpted by Gigantic Series regular, Ryu Oyama, this magnificent beast is a work of art.

And, it’s huge! The figure stands 18 inches (45.7cm) tall and has a footspan of 16 inches (40.6cm)! It’s tail curls around the body to save room on the shelf (and in the box) but even that is a 25 inch (63.5cm) span from left foot to tail. It weighs nearly 7 pounds.

Need a visual to appreciate its size?

Jon Harald Aspheim

Steve Harron

Nice, huh? You’ll need two hands to big this badass up.

THE PRICE
Diamond lists a suggested retail price of $499.99. That’s a pretty steep climb from the Japanese standard release which was $325 at Hobby Search. But those original figures had only to cross the East China Sea to get to Japan. The boat ride to Diamond is going to be a lot longer.

You should shop around for a good price for this one. Some retailers are bound to offer them and more reasonable rates.

RELEASE DATE
Diamond currently lists an expecting shipping date of February 2018. That’s 8 months from now! At least you’ll have time to save up for it.

WHERE TO ORDER
Diamond would like to encourage you to order through your local comic shop. Ask the guy behind the counter to look it up by it’s Diamond Previews Exclusive name, “Gigantic Series Godzilla vs King Kong Godzilla Fig 1962 Ver.” (Yes, I know. The got the name of the movie wrong. It’s really King Kong vs. Godzilla.).

You could also have them look it up by its current Item Code: MAY178196. Be aware that that code will likely change to a new one at some point.

FLOSSIE’S
Hell, yeah, we’ll have this available at Flossie’s! Keep watching our online store at www.GetXPlus.com.

PRE-ORDER DEADLINE
The “safety net deadline” for retailers to place orders for this figure is August 28, 2017. Any orders from retailers placed after that date will still probably be filled. But there’s no guarantee there will be enough to go around. Diamond isn’t loading up on extra X-Plus stock as much as it has in the past. So to be safe, get your order in before August 28. And make sure the store you order from places their order in to Diamond before August 28 as well.

Kaiju Addicts Full Review: Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 Vinyl by X-Plus.

WANNA SEE MORE?
I reviewed the original release of this figure back in March. There is a ton of photos and useful information at www.kaijuaddicts.com/full-review-gigantic-series-godzilla-1962-vinyl-figure-by-x-plus/

By | 2017-06-16T15:38:27+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

The Godzilla Files Reviews the Large Monster Series Gabara

The Godzilla Files reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Gabara vinyl figure by X-Plus release late last month.

William is turning out to be a very active X-Plus reviewer. Make sure you visit his YouTube channel and subscribe.

See X-Plus videos at more at The Godzilla Files on Youtube.

By | 2017-06-07T22:05:55+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on The Godzilla Files Reviews the Large Monster Series Gabara

New Feature: X-Plus Figure Deadline and Release Calendar

Kaiju Addicts Release Calendar.

Happy first of June! And with this new month comes a new Kaiju Addicts feature: an online calendar which will allow you to easily keep track of Pre-order Deadline, Expected Figure Release Dates and more.

The idea for this feature came when I almost forgot to place my order for the 30cm Series Mechagodzilla. I couldn’t decide whether or not to get the Ric or Standard. (I wound up ordering both!) Thing is, I thought I had more time to decide. When I realized the deadline was looming I decided to come up with a way to avoid this from happening again.

It is easily accessible from the right of the top menu bar seeing as how it will likely be a frequently referenced tool. From phones and some tablets, the Calendar link will be at the bottom of the list when you press the Menu “hamburger”. This calendar collapses nicely for views on mobile phones, too.

Now you can keep track of Japanese Release Pre-order deadlines, Figure release dates for both Japan and the North American Diamond Re-issues and important Flossie’s events like when figures will come to be in stock.

Expanding events will also lead to helpful links for ordering.

Please keep in mind that release dates can change all the time so this calendar may not be 100% accurate. But it’s a good starting point. And a great way to remind you to start saving for a release and which months your wallet will get that extra squeeze.

— John

By | 2017-06-01T03:33:18+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on New Feature: X-Plus Figure Deadline and Release Calendar

New X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku Version and Godzilla 1971 Returns!

New X-Plus figures just announced for a Japanese release.
PHOTO: X-PLUS. GODZILLA TM & © TOHO CO., LTD., 1971

Yesterday, X-Plus made two exciting announcements for the Japanese market sure to get your attention.

Let’s start with something old made new again.

Large Monster Series Godzilla 1971 with Ric extras attached.
PHOTO: X-PLUS.

The “25cm Series” Godzilla 1971 originally came out in 2011 and was never seen again. It’s been one of those really hard-to-figures and has been on far too many wish lists for far too long. Finally! Time for a re-issue.

Enter the Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 1971 (Showdown Image) Shounen Ric Exclusive (東宝大怪獣シリーズ ゴジラ(1971) 対決イメージVer. ショウネンリック限定商品). This is the same sculpt from 2011 with a slightly modified paint scheme meant to mimic Godzilla’s appearance in the night time final battle with Hedorah. X-Plus reports that the skin will be darker with a tinge of blue to mimic the monster’s look at night. They also refined the color on the dorsal fins.

Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 1971 vinyl figure by X-Plus.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

With this RIC Exclusive version, you’ll be getting interchangeable accessories just like the original release had. There will be an extra set of arms so you can pose Godzilla with or without the newly plucked Hedorah nuclei in his hands. (We ‘mericans have been calling them eggs or eyeballs. …I think they’re eggs.)

You’ll also get to replace Godzilla’s left peeper with the eyelid he closed after getting hurt in battle with the toxic Smog Monster. Don’t quote me on this, but I think the eyelid may be a separate piece which you just pop into place. I’ve never had this figure before and I’ve been waiting to get my hands on one for a long time now.

A scene from Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Toho 1971.
SCENE FROM “GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH, TM & © TOHO CO., LTD., 1971

The timing of this re-issue is no coincidence since the new Toho Large Monster Series Hedorah (adult form) will be released in a couple of weeks. You’ll be able to pose these two face-to-face on the shelf.

The Large Monster Series Godzilla 1971 exclusive Ric version is about 23cm tall (9 inches) and it will cost you ¥14.040 (currently about $126 USD) and it can be purchased directly from X-Plus on their Shounen Ric website.

The site is in Japanese and you’ll have to use a forwarding service like Tenso.com to get it since they won’t ship directly to you. A much better option would be to order through California dealer Mike Johnson. You’ll find info on how to do that at Rich Eso‘s Fresh Vinyl site.

The pre-order window for this figure is open now and will close on June 20 at 6pm Japan time. I think that’s 5am Eastern Standard Time.

I’m not positive but I am under the impression that there will not be a standard version available. That seems to be the X-Plus modus operandi when it comes to reissues like this one. (If I’m wrong, don’t shoot the reviewer!)

This figure is expected to ship in August. This figure will not be available later in North America. Bluefin Distribution holds the license for this series in the U.S. but they have no plans to offer any other Large Monster Series figures other than Biollante and King Ghidorah 1968 at this time. So order one NOW.

FLOSSIE’S
Yes, we WILL be carrying this figure at Flossie’s. But we will not be taking pre-orders and will, as usual, make them available about one week after they are released. If you can’t order one from the Ric site, your best bet is to pre-order with Mike Johnson as explained above.

Next up, a new Yuji Sakai figure. Or, at least, new to X-Plus.

Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku vinyl figure by X-Plus.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

The Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku Version (東宝30㎝シリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ(1991)新宿バージョン) is now available to order.

This is the 5th figure in the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection. And it is the 6th if you count the Gigantic Series Godzilla 2000.

It features a sculpt based on Godzilla’s appearance in Shinjuku from 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (ゴジラvsキングギドラ).

For those of you who already own the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido Version: this not just the same suit in a new pose. During the Heisei films there were usually two suits in every film. The main suit from the previous movie would be used in the next as a “water suit” for ocean and bay scenes. In the case of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, the Goji we saw in the water and on land in Hokkaido was the water suit from Godzilla vs. Biollante.

This new Shinjuku version is a modified and repaired version of the other suit from Godzilla vs. Biollante. X-Plus was careful to note Yuji Sakai’s extraordinary attention to detail when he reproduced the new throat area on this suit which was damaged beyond repair from the previous movie. This figure will be more accurate than any casual fan will even know (and that includes myself!)

30cm Series Sakai Godzilla 1991 side view.

A word of warning: Yuji Sakai’s insistence for keeping his tails up in the air (almost always requiring a tail base) is on hyperdrive on this figure. From some angles, the tail shoots almost cartoonishly upward as if someone just stepped on his foot. This odd feature shouldn’t be much of a concern since most of you will be posing your figures face front on the shelf.

The 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 (Shinjuku Version) will be available as a Standard version and also as a Ric Boy which will come with light-up fins. It will be about 27cm / 10.6 inches tall. On the short side for a 30cm figure, but it will fit right in with the rest of your X-Plus / Sakai collection.

You can preorder the Ric from X-Plus’ Shounen Ric site (see above) for ¥28,620 (currently about $257 USD). Pre-orders are open now and will end on June 20.

The Standard Version — without the light gimmick — will be available from the usual haunts: Hobby Search ($202), AmiAmi ($201) and Hobby Link Japan ($230) for less money. All three stores have English versions of their sites, are easy to order from and will deliver directly to you.

Delivery is expected in August 2017.

It’s possible that a North American re-issue will be available next year in the U.S. if the deal between X-Plus and Diamond Distributors continues. Why chance it though?

Note: We will not be carrying this figure at Flossie’s. (But we will later if it becomes a Diamond Reissue.)

By | 2017-05-31T04:19:42+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on New X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku Version and Godzilla 1971 Returns!

X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2001 Diamond Reissue will be Released June 7

X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2001 will be released July 7, 2017.

North American Sakai GMK (Diamond) Reissue will be in stores and ready to ship starting July 7, 2017

The Yuji Sakai celebration continues with the upcoming release of the X-Plus 12in Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2001 vinyl figure, a re-issue of the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001 which was originally released in Japan last year.

This re-issue is being made available to stores in the United States and Canada only. And thanks to the arrangement between X-Plus and Diamond Distributors, you can order one of these vinyl masterpieces from your local comic store or favorite online store.

At Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles, we have several pre-orders still available. This figure has a suggested retail price of $230. But you can grab one from Flossie’s for only $179.99 plus shipping. That’s $50 off!

3-Month Payment Plans are available if needed. Email me for details or just read about it on the Sakai 2001 page at the Flossie’s website.

They start shipping in under two weeks. Time for you to start watching your email for a note from the store you ordered from or to give your comic store a call to see if they’re on top of things.

Didn’t order one yet? …

Click Here to Order One Now at Flossie’s

By | 2017-05-28T18:35:57+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2001 Diamond Reissue will be Released June 7