GodzillaFanFreaks Reviews X-Plus Mechagodzilla 2 with Gojifan93

GodzillaFanFreaks teams up with Gojifan93 to review the Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 2 東宝30cmシリーズ メカゴジラ (1993) Japanese Standard Release vinyl figure by X-Plus.

• See more video reviews at the GodzillaFanFreaks YouTube Channel.

By | 2017-08-09T03:49:29+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on GodzillaFanFreaks Reviews X-Plus Mechagodzilla 2 with Gojifan93

Haruo Nakajima Passes Away

Haruo Nakajima.
PHOTO: DAVID ERIC DOPKO

It is with overwhelming sadness we report that Haruo Nakajima has passed away on August 7, 2017 at the age of 88. More than anything else, he loved to meet and spend time with his fans, and we are very fortunate to have so many wonderful memories of those times when he visited with all of us. Our deepest condolences to his dear daughter, Sonoe Nakajima.

– Jim Cirronella

By | 2017-08-07T15:24:56+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on Haruo Nakajima Passes Away

Leslie Chambers Reviews the X-Plus Large Monster Series Hedorah RIC exclusive vinyl figure

Leslie Chambers reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Hedorah (東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「ヘドラ」 ショウネンリック限定版) Ric Boy Exclusive Version vinyl figure by X-Plus.

• See more of Leslie’s reviews at his YouTube Channel.

By | 2017-08-09T04:20:38+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Leslie Chambers Reviews the X-Plus Large Monster Series Hedorah RIC exclusive vinyl figure

Gojira851 Reviews the 30cm Series SuperMechagodzilla RIC vinyl figure by X-Plus

Gojira851 reviews the Toho 30cm Series SuperMechagodzilla 東宝30㎝シリーズ スーパーメカゴジラ ショウネンリック限定商品 vinyl figure by X-Plus. This is the Ric Exclusive version of the new Mechagodzilla II (1993) combined with Garuda.

• See more video reviews at the Gojira851 YouTube Channel.

By | 2017-08-09T03:56:46+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Gojira851 Reviews the 30cm Series SuperMechagodzilla RIC vinyl figure by X-Plus

X-Plus 30cm Series (Shin) Godzilla 2016 Third Form up for preorder

X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Shin Godzilla 2016 Third Form vinyl figure.
ALL PHOTOS: X-PLUS

The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla (2016) Third Form (東宝30cmシリーズ ゴジラ(2016) 第3形態) just opened for preorders on X-PlusShonen Ric website.

This version of Shin Godzilla is the intermediate form between the crawling “Kamatakun” form and the fully grown Fourth Form.

This guy didn’t have that much screen and probably gets the least amount of attention among all of the forms seen the movie (with the exception of the tail first form).

When combined with the Large Monster Series Godzilla (2016) Second Form and the Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla, they form a roughly in-scale display of the monsters progression from the movie.

SIZE
This figure fits right in with the 30cm Series with a height of 29cm (11.4 inches). As for the length, it’s reportedly 48cm (18.90 inches) long. That’s pretty impressive — and that’s with about half of the tail curling straight up. Most 30cm figures are only about 15 inches long.

That 48cm is probably going from nose to tail so you won’t need 19-inch-deep shelves to hold this guy as his feet land just slightly over half its length.

Though this form was able to stand taller, it is posed in a drastic and dynamic forward lean in mid-roar. The photos reveal fantastic details and textures. It’s looks freakin’ awesome.

It’s hard to get a “feel” for how big this figure will be and, unfortunately, X-Plus didn’t provide a photo of someone holding it. I tried to mimic how big this figure would be [ROUGHLY] by sizing it on my monitor and comparing it to my hand. I think this should be pretty close, but don’t hate me if I got it wrong.

Super rough size comparison between sized image and my hand.

RIC ONLY
You know, I’m not even sure we can call this a RIC since there are no extras. And even X-Plus doesn’t mention the usual “ショウネンリック限定商品” (Shonen Ric Limited Item).

But the distinction needs to be made: you can order this only from the RIC site, the Premium Bandai Store and the Godzilla Store. All three sites are in Japanese and won’t ship overseas. You’re more than likely to find some middleman stores and dealers selling them on the gray market though. We will probably have some available at Flossie’s after they are released.

The figure will come in a blind box (typical for a 30) and the tail will need to be attached by you.

The price is ¥19,980 (Currently $181 USD).

NO PREORDER DEADLINE
Pre-orders opened August 4 and, like the other Shin Godzilla figures before it, it has no pre-order deadline. Orders will simply close suddenly when X-Plus reaches their sales target. There’s no way of knowing when this will happen so this isn’t an ideal situation for the undecided. If it helps any, the Second Form was up for pre-order for quite a while (longer than I expected).

The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla (2016) Third Form is expected to ship in November 2017.

By | 2017-08-04T04:43:10+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , |Comments Off on X-Plus 30cm Series (Shin) Godzilla 2016 Third Form up for preorder

X-Plus unveils new, upcoming vinyls at Summer Wonder Festival, including a Skull Island Kong, a Gigantic Godzilla 1964, GMK Baragon and More!

The X-Plus booth at Summer Wonder Festival in Japan last weekend was full of new releases.
PHOTO: JAMIE DAVIES

This past Sunday at Summer Wonder Festival in Chiba, Japan, X-Plus revealed several new vinyls for the first time. And all of them were nice surprises.

30CM SERIES KONG

X-Plus 30cm Series Kong 2017 prototype on display at Summer Wonder Festival.
PHOTO: GEE OKAMOTO

Woah! One of the bigger highlights of the display was a 30cm Series Kong based on the monster from this year’s Kong: Skull Island.

A very early prototype stood in the center of the X-Plus booth celebrated with a huge banner behind it. Seems we’re not the only ones excited about this release.

Kong stands with one open hand and one fist draped to his sides while he looks off into the distance with an unhappy expression. One can’t help but wonder if the RIC exclusive version may be an alternate roaring head. It’s far too early to know right now. The details of the RIC version are still being considered.

There is no word on a release date nor a price. Keep visiting Kaiju Addicts for more details as they come in.

GIGANTIC SERIES GODZILLA 1964

A prototype of the upcoming X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1964 on display at Wonder Festival.
PHOTO: JAMIE DAVIES

Standing tallest on the table beside Kong was a new prototype for a Gigantic Series Godzilla 1964. We had no warning of this so it’s truly a nice surprise. This is why we love Wonder Festival.

One thing to note on this figure is the way the tail wraps around the side just as on the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962. No doubt this helps reel in the size of the shipping box. But it also helps us when it comes time to display the big badass.

Note: the tail on this figure is raised a good inch or two above the shelf and will come with a tail base.

No word or price or release date yet.

LARGE MONSTER SERIES GMK BARAGON AND GMK MOTHRA SET

Toho Large Monster Series Baragon 2001 vinyl figure on display at Summer Wonder Festival.
PHOTO: JAMIE DAVIES

Many of us have been clamoring for a GMK Baragon for quite a while now. All I can say is, it’s about time!

Baragon looks FANTASTIC! It’s hard to tell, though, if he’s in scale with the Large Monster Series Godzilla 2001. (He looks large in some photos, small in others.)

Toho Large Monster Series Mothra 2001 vinyl figure on display at Summer Wonder Festival.
PHOTO: JAMIE DAVIES

Mothra looks pretty small. But, she was small in the movie so this is actually an excellent size for the figure. It’s frozen in flight, supported by a base and metal pole just like its predecessors, the Large Monster Series Mothra Imago 1961 and 1964. (Just a lot smaller).

This set is a part of the Large Monster Series “Favorite Sculptors Line”. I have no clue what that means. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that these vinyls will be based on previously released kits. Whatever. They’re just new 25’s to me and that’s all I need.

X-Plus Large Monster Series Godzilla 2001, King Ghidorah, Baragon and Mothra vinyl figures.
PHOTO SOURCE: UNKNOWN

With the release of this set, X-Plus completes yet another movie monster line-up.

It’s a shame that it’s been seven years since the Large Monster Series Godzilla 2001 had been released. Many newer collectors have yet to add him to their collections.

A fantastic substitute, and I would argue a better choice, would be the Large Monster Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001. Not only is it an inch taller which makes it scale better with the GMK King Ghidorah, it’s readily available to buy right now.

But keep this in mind: lately it’s been X-Plus’ modus operandi to reissue older figures to pair up with newer releases from the same movie. And since it’s been a long 7 years since Godzilla was released, it’s not unreasonable to assume a reissue may be on the way.

This set is expected to be released in November so pre-orders will open in a month or so.

LARGE MONSTER SERIES SPACE GODZILLA AND BABY GODZILLA

Prototype of the X-Plus Large Monster Series Favorite Sculptors Line Space Godzilla on display at Wonder Festival.
PHOTO SOURCE: UNKNOWN

Also on display was a new, unpainted set of prototypes for a Large Monster Series Space Godzilla and Baby Godzilla.

I’m not sure what’s going on here, but that SG sure does look stylized. Hard to tell without the paint apps, but, yeah, it looks a bit fancy to be movie accurate. And that’s weird. So far, X-Plus has done stylized sculpts only with the Gigantic Series.

BABY GODZILLA
On the other hand, Baby Godzilla looks reasonably movie accurate. I’m going to assume this smaller figure will be the RIC Exclusive extra.

No word on price, but these figures are set to come out this October.

GIGANTIC SERIES ULTRASEVEN

X-Plus Gigantic Series Ultraseven vinyl figure on display at Summer Wonder Festival in Japan.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

X-Plus revealed a Gigantic Series Ultraseven. This big guy is the second in the series and follows the original 1966-1967 Gigantic Series Ultraman which is about 19.5 inches tall. Ultraseven here will probably be a tad taller because of that Eye Slugger on his head.

No word on price or release date.

NEW LARGE MONSTER SERIES ULTRAS

New X-Plus Ultraman figures on display at Wonder Festival.
PHOTO: JAMIE DAVIES

Look, I am a HUGE Ultraman fan. Though, I tend to stick with the original series. I really don’t know what we’re looking at here. I don’t even recognize most of these guys I’m just going to hand the mic over to X-Plus Ultra collector and super expert, Vince Elliot.

Wonderfest revealed FOUR new sculpts coming to the Large Monster Series Ultraman line. The X-Plus table introduced two brand new sculpts for the Return of Ultraman, or Ultraman Jack series. The first sculpt we see is the Meteorite amphibian kaiju, Zagoras (not yet painted) in 25cm scale.

The next inclusion in the Return of Ultraman series is the 25cm Leogon. The very monster that inspired Biollante. In fact, the episode was written by Shinichiro Kobayashi, the same person who wrote the storyline for Godzilla vs. Biollante. The crawling figure is seen painted, and looks to be slated for an October release.

The Ultraman Ace line continues to produce amazing figures. The next in the series is the daunting King Crab (not yet painted) in 25cm scale. With a unique tail design, this figure will surely be a shelf hog, he also looks to have great size. The final Ultra X-Plus teased was the 25cm Alien Katan (not yet painted) for the growing Ultraman Taro line-up. Katan was a formidable foe and will look amazing along with your Ultraman Taro line-up.

X-Plus is going full speed with the Ultra series, with seemingly two releases pumping out each month. And, if Wonderfest tells us anything, they’re definitely not slowing down anytime soon.

– VINCE ELLIOT

TOHO 30CM SERIES GODZILLA 2016 THIRD FORM

Painted prototype of the X-Plus 30cm Series Shin Godzilla Third Form vinyl on display at Wonder Festival.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

For the first time, we got a look at what the upcoming Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2016 Third Form vinyl looks like with it’s prototype paint apps.

We also have a date and a price. This figure will go for ¥19,980 (about $181 USD) and is expected to release in November. (Same month as the GMK set! Save that money!)

TOHO LARGE MONSTER SERIES GODZILLA 2016 SECOND FORM

Painted prototype of the X-Plus 30cm Series Shin Godzilla Second Form vinyl on display at Wonder Festival.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

We’ve seen completed pics of the X-Plus Kamatakun already. We’ve got a date for release now. This figure is coming in October.

Click here for our first post on this figure a few good production photos from X-Plus.

GIGANTIC SERIES GODZILLA 2016 FOURTH FORM

Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla.
PHOTO: JAMIE DAVIES

Also on display were the Gigantic Series (Shin) Godzilla 2016 Standard and RIC versions.

What’s puzzled some collectors are their solid red (standard) and red and clear (RIC) looks. I’ve noticed that some collectors are under the impression that these are new versions in fun & fruity colors. Nope.

The figures will be molded in red vinyl and painted over with black. A small percentage of the red vinyl will be left unpainted in order to create that red glowing-in-the-cracks look from the movie. As for the RIC, some of the parts will be molded in translucent vinyl and that’s the white bits you’re seeing.

So why are they showing these figures off in the nude? My guess is that’s all they have to show right now. The painted prototypes are more than likely at the factory. X-Plus leader, Gee Okamoto, was in China just about a couple of weeks ago and I’m assuming he took the painted prototypes there to leave as a sample for the production painters.

So, sorry, no red or red and glowie Gigantic Shins for you.

Click here to see painted prototype of Gigantic Shin Standard.

Click here to goto the X-Plus site for photos of the Gigantic Shin RIC Exclusive version.

30CM SERIES GODZILLA 1989 RE-ISSUE WITH MINI ROSE FORM BIOLLANTE

X-Plus 30cm Series Godzilla 1989 RIC Reissue on display at Wonder Festival.
PHOTO: JAMIE DAVIES

The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1989 Ric Boy Exclusive version will be reissued. Like its original Japanese release in 2012, this figure will come with a mini Rose Form Biollante figure (which is 4.25 inches tall).

You may think this to be an odd choice for a reissue since X-Plus put out a North American reissue just a couple of years ago. But, remember, it’s been five long years since Japanese collectors have had a chance to grab this one.

Pre-orders for this figure have not opened yet, but when they do, it will run you ¥22,000 (about $199 USD!). This figure expected to ship this November.

Click here to see my Review of the Original 30cm Series Godzilla 1989 Release.

LARGE MONSTER SERIES DESTOROYAH RIC

Got your eye on that reissue of that Large Monster Series Destoroyah? It’s an upcoming reissue with new, nighttime paint scheme and lights in the eyes and horn.

I already reported on this in another post which you can see by clicking here.

DEFOREAL

X-Plus Deforeal Godzilla figures.
PHOTO: JAMIE DAVIES

Also on display were the already released Deforeal versions of the Shin Godzilla second and fourth forms as well as new entries, the Fourth Form roaring version and Third Form and, surprise, a 1954 Train Biter.

By | 2017-08-01T05:11:34+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus unveils new, upcoming vinyls at Summer Wonder Festival, including a Skull Island Kong, a Gigantic Godzilla 1964, GMK Baragon and More!

Kaiju Addicts TV, Episode 8: A look at Legendary Pictures monsters in vinyl by X-Plus, Including new Kong Skull Island announcement

In this new episode of Kaiju Addicts TV: a look at X-Plus figures based on monsters from Legendary Pictures including the 30cm Series Godzilla 2014, Godzilla 2014 Roar Version and Pacific Rim‘s Large Monster Series Leatherback and Knifehead.

PLUS: a first look at the newly announced 30cm Series Kong from Kong: Skull Island.

• See more episodes at the Kaiju Addicts YouTube Channel.

By | 2017-07-30T18:10:52+00:00 July 30th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV, Episode 8: A look at Legendary Pictures monsters in vinyl by X-Plus, Including new Kong Skull Island announcement

The Godzilla Files Reviews the X-Plus 30cm Series Mechagodzilla II vinyl figure

William Fett of The Godzilla Files reviews the Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 2 東宝30cmシリーズ メカゴジラ (1993) Japanese Standard Release vinyl figure by X-Plus.

• See more content from William at his The Godzilla Files YouTube Channel.

By | 2017-08-09T04:05:46+00:00 July 30th, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Godzilla Files Reviews the X-Plus 30cm Series Mechagodzilla II vinyl figure

X-Plus Diamond Update: Godzilla 2000 Ver. 2, Godzilla 1954 Train Biter, Mechagodzilla 1975

X-Plus Godzilla 2000 Version2, Godzilla 1954 Train Biter and Mechagodzilla 1975 vinyl figures.

Here’s an update on what’s going on with the next wave of X-Plus North American (Diamond) Reissues:

12IN SERIES GODZILLA 2000 VERSION 2
This figure is currently on its way via cargo ship and is expected to arrive at the port on September 6.

The release date is also currently set to September 6 which is more than likely not accurate. After they arrive in port, Diamond will need about 4 to 6 weeks to get these figures in stores, so we’re looking at late September / early October before this guy gets on your shelf.

12IN SERIES GODZILLA 1954 TRAIN BITER
This figure has an expected availability of August 30. However, there is no sign of this figure on the cargo ship inventories. This figure will likely be delayed.

12IN SERIES MECHAGODZILLA 1975
This figure also has an expected availability of August 30. And, again, there is no sign of this figure on the cargo ship inventories. This figure will likely be delayed.

We hope there will be more information to be updated soon after the folks at Diamond get settled down now that SDCC has ended.

By | 2017-07-27T13:29:59+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Diamond Update: Godzilla 2000 Ver. 2, Godzilla 1954 Train Biter, Mechagodzilla 1975

Kaiju Addicts TV, Episode 7: Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla, Shin Form 2, North American Gigantics and More

In Episode 7 of Kaiju Addicts TV: a look at the Gigantic Series Godzilla 2016 Fourth Form and the Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla Second Form.

Also, new Gigantic Series figures for North America: Godzilla 1962 and 2000. Plus a look at the upcoming RotoKaiju King Kong 1962 vinyl fit. Finally a guest review of the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1992.

• See more episodes at the Kaiju Addicts YouTube Channel.

By | 2017-07-24T00:47:05+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV, Episode 7: Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla, Shin Form 2, North American Gigantics and More

X-Plus to Reissue Destoroyah Ric with Lights

Toho Large Monster Series Destoroyah vinyl figure by X-Plus, main photo.

X-Plus’ Destoroyah Reissue (now with light gimmick) now up for Preorder.

The Toho Large Monster Series Destoroyah vinyl figure by X-Plus is now available to order again. This truly amazing vinyl was first released back in December of 2015. It followed the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995 which was released the summer before.

But, there’s something special about this release. Unlike the original release, this one will have light-up eyes and horn.

Also new is the way X-Plus is taking orders. There is no deadline. Instead, X-Plus will end orders as soon as a predetermined number of reservations is reached. Because of this, we have no idea at all when the preorder window will close.

This is good in that you may have more time to place your order, like the Godzilla 2016 Form 2 figure which is still taking orders. Then again, you could wake up one day to discover your chance is gone, just like that.

Reservations started today, July 21. X-Plus is asking for ¥29,700 (currently $266 USD).

There is no standard version of this release. If you want it, you’ll have to take the RIC. It will be available only from the X-Plus Ric store, Premium Bandai and the Godzilla Store. All three stores are in Japanese and will NOT ship overseas so you’ll need a forwarding service like Tenso.com or have a friend with connections get one for you.

This figure is expected to release in October 2017.

COMMENTARY NOTES

• This figure is freaking amazing. The intricate details, textures and paint applications make this one of the most impressive figures X-Plus has ever put out.

• Despite being in the smaller (25cm) series, this figure is big. And not only because the suit was bigger; it’s actually big for the series. Both it and the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995 are oversized enough that they seem to need to belong to another series somewhere between the 25’s and the 30’s. So they’re technically not in scale with the rest of your Large Monster Series Collection.

There is a place for it though. Destoroyah (and Godzilla 1995) scale very well all of the figures in the Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection.

• It’s heavy. To help keep its balance, both legs are filled with resin. It will never topple over.

• The wings come already attached. You need only add the tail.

• This figure has a tendency to arrive with a detached wing. Because of what I feel are oversights in the packaging, it’s not uncommon to have your figure arrive with one of the wings popped out of it’s socket.

The floor of the styrofoam shell is too thin in my opinion. There are also two pockets of space below that (in the box and in the case box) which can permit this heavy figure to shift downward if the package is plopped down. The tip of the wings are held in place by the snug styrofoam pit in which it sits, while the rest of the figure is “permitted” to shift slightly downward.

But don’t worry. The wings can be easily reattached using superglue. They connect very easily each using a “tab” (no suction cups). You’ll just have to be patient while you sit there are hold the wing while it sets.

• Finally, it really does need to be repeated: this figure is freaking amazing. It almost feels like it needs to belong to a super premium X-Plus line or something. It really is that good.

By | 2017-07-21T08:05:35+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on X-Plus to Reissue Destoroyah Ric with Lights