Rich Eso reviews the Large Monster Series Legion 大怪獣シリーズ 大映特撮編 「レギオン」 vinyl figure by X-Plus. It’s from what is arguably one of the very best kaiju movies ever made: Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, ガメラ2 レギオン襲来 (1996).
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Rich Eso‘s evil twin, Rick Esco Unboxes the Large Monster Series Legion and the Large Monster Series Kamacuras Ric boy by X-Plus.
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SciFi Japan has just posted an array of high resolutions photos of the recently announced Large Monster Series Legion vinyl figure by X-Plus which we reported on earlier here.
And what’s extra special about this batch is that it contains many new photos seen there for the first time. Click on any of their photos for a super-close, exploded view on your monitor!
Large Monster Series Daiei Special Effects Edition Legion vinyl figure by X-Plus
大怪獣シリーズ 大映特撮編 「レギオン」
• Height: 38cm (almost 15 inches)
• Length: 57cm (22.4 inches)
• Price (Ric Boy): ¥44,820 ($435 USD), Order here.
• Price (Standard / Hobby Search): ¥36,000 ($350), Order here.
• Order Deadline (Ric Boy): July 11, 2016
• Expected Release: Late August / Early September
X-Plus today revealed the Large Monster Series Legion vinyl figure based on the 1996 film, Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来), one of the best kaiju films of the modern era.
Legion has a frightening set of jagged, insectoid appendages including four sets of legs, one pair of forearms with nasty pincers and a crown sporting ten claws. All of these are faithfully reproduced on the vinyl with impressive detail and loads of shadowy highlights.
There are some interactive options when posing this figure. The main head “pincers” can open and close. And the array of smaller claws behind the head are each individually poseable. Spread them out. Retract them. Or aim them in all directions like the jittery mandibles of real insect.
At nearly 15 inches tall, the Large Monster Series Legion is a monster of a figure. It towers 7 inches taller than its companion figure, the Large Monster Series Gamera 1996 which was released in June of 2015. It’s even 3 1/2 inches taller that the larger figures in the 30cm Series!
As for length… get this: it’s 22 1/2 inches long; almost two feet!
STANDARDS AND RICS
There will be both versions available. The Ric Boy exclusive edition will come with a light gimmick. As far as I can recall, the only options for lighting Legion are its blue eyes (red when angry) and the “nub” between his eyes which fires one of his energy weapons. But, is that really enough of a reason to dish out an additional $85? Hopefully, X-Plus has something more exciting up its sleeve.
The Large Monster Series Daiei Special Effects Edition Legion vinyl figure is yet another amazing achievement by X-Plus. It will surely be the ultimate, movie-accurate Legion collectible you can get. And it will make your collection shine!
(Please Note: X-Plus previously released a Legion vinyl many years ago. It’s smaller and nowhere near as detailed as this. If you go shopping for this new release, make sure you don’t get suckered into getting that older version because of shady product titles and descriptions!)
Leslie Chambers reviews the Daiei 30cm Series Gamera 1995 vinyl figure by X-Plus. He’ll be releasing more X-Plus Gamera reviews in anticipation of the upcoming Legion figure release so stay tuned.
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It’s been exactly twenty years since Legion first attacked movie theaters in 1996’s Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来). And X-Plus is right on cue with plans to bring this insectoid kaiju to vinyl on the film’s 20th anniversary.
X-Plus tweeted this photo of the upcoming Large Monster Series Legion vinyl figure on their table at Super Festival 71 held in Japan.
If you have the X-Plus Large Monster Series Gamera 1996 in your collection and he’s feeling lonely, be sure to tell him he’s due for some company.
Also on display was the upcoming Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 and a painted version of the upcoming Large Monster Series Leatherback from Pacific Rim.
X-Plus has just opened the preorder window on the Toho Large Monster Series Destoroyah (東宝大怪獣シリーズ デストロイア) just in time to make it in for the 20th Anniversary of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (ゴジラvsデストロイア)!
I am literally at a loss for words. Just LOOK at that sculpt! This thing is OFF the Awesome Charts.
The figure is 34cm (13.3 inches) tall and they made a point to mention that even though this figure is a part of the Large Monster Series, it easily takes up the same space as a 30cm series figure. (Although, technically, a 30cm Series Destroyah would be even bigger.)
IN THEIR OWN WORLD
Speaking of size and scale, they showed an image of the upcoming red baddie with the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995 which was released last month. The scale between the two figures look to be about right. But, since the Godzilla ’95 is significantly taller than other Goji’s in the series, these two, technically, are out of scale with the rest of the family. This may not be an issue for you if you plan to pair these two fantastic figures up. Destroyah is going to demand more airspace than most other figures and so you’ll likely be finding a separate place to display this famous confrontation.
Destroyah’s four wings will apparently be made with injection molded hard PVC, just like both Mothra Imagos. I think I really like that. These wings will be impervious to deformation caused by summer heat.
They will come detached in the box and will need to be inserted. I am really, really curious how this is going to work. I wonder if the connection points will also be made of PVC nestled inside each wing as on the Large Monster Series King Ghidorah figure. Here’s to hoping they’re a snug fit.
If you are worried that the soft vinyl connection points on Destroyah’s back may not be up to the task of supporting the wings during the hotter months, know that this figure will be reinforced with urethane foam on the inside of the body (just like the tail on the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995).
Also, in an effort to keep the figure balanced against the outstretched wings, the lower legs will be filled with heavy polyresin. X-Plus really thought this one through!
The detail of the blood vessels in the eyes will be reproduced with decals just like the 25cm Series Godzilla 1995.
RIC BOY AGGREGATE
The Ric Boy version of this figure will come with a Destoroyah Aggregate Form extra. It’s 14cm (5.5 inches — pretty impressive) tall and it has INSANE detail. This extra figure will be made of hard polyresin since, as they mention on their site, it can’t be reproduced properly in vinyl.
As you know, polyresin is prone to breaking easily. And a design like this, with long, spikey bits is just screaming to break. So take care when finding a place to display it. Assuming, of course, you get it in one piece in the mail. X-Plus says that this extra will be “packaged separately from the Destoroyah (full body)”. I guess that means its getting its own box. I just hope they’re confident they found a good way to package and ship it. The polyresin Monster Museum Ultraman pieces, though packaged very well, often arrived with broken pieces. And those were much smaller!
If you’re going for the Ric, have some super glue on standby. Here’s hoping you won’t need it.
WHEN? HOW MUCH?
The Toho Large Monster Series Destoroyah Ric Boy will be available to order until October 5, 2015 and is slated to ship out in late November / early December. It will ship by itself. (If you order this and the RMC Gamera 1995, you’ll get separate shipments.)
The Ric Boy version will cost you ¥30,888 (currently $255.88 USD).
So, get your Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995 figure warmed up. He’s getting company!
REAL MASTER COLLECTION GAMERA 1995
Also celebrating a 20th anniversary is Gamera 1995. This figure is now getting an introduction into the Real Master Collection (polyresin). It’s limited to 100 pieces and sales will be restricted to three per person. It’s available to preorder at the Ric Store until October 5 and will run you ¥27,648 (currently $229 USD).
Happy Birthday to Godzilla, Destroyah and Gamera! お誕生日おめでとうございます!!
Brutazilla reviews the Daiei 30cm Series Gamera 1967 Vinyl Figure by X-Plus.
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The month of G. X-Plus announces Gorosaurus 1968, Gamera 1971 and a Gigantic GMK kit.
TOHO LARGE MONSTER SERIES GOROSAURUS 1968
The 25cm Gorosaurus is back…. sort of. This “re-issue” uses the Gorosaurus 1967 sculpt (from King Kong Escapes) and combines it with paint modifications so that it matches the look of the 1968 Destroy All Monsters version of the suit. Got that? Same figure, slightly different paint and ever so slightly different name.
The original Large Monster Series Gorosaurus 1967 Ric Boy came with a miniature of the sub from King Kong Escapes. From what I can tell from Google Chrome’s lacking translation of the X-Plus site, this sub is NOT included with this 1968 version. And I guess that makes sense since there was no 1967 sub in Destroy All Monsters. They’re getting ya on a technicality here!
Despite the apparent lack of an extra sub, this figure is still listed as a Ric, which leads me to believe that it will be available only from the Ric Site. Keep in mind I’m working off a crappy translation. Don’t get pissed if I got it wrong!
The Toho Large Monster Series (25cm) Gorosaurus 1968 is up for pre-order now at the Ric site. Orders will be taken until April 17. It’s expected to ship late May / early June.
The price is ¥11,988 (currently $99.79 USD). Click here to see more photos on the Ric Site and to order.
DAIEI LARGE MONSTER SERIES GAMERA 1971
This one sure took it’s sweet time. The 25cm series Gamera 1971 from Gamera vs. Zigra is finally up for pre-order. The Ric Boy version comes with a mini (swimming?) Gamera figure.
I still don’t know if there is a standard version which would be available on sites like Ami Ami and Hobby Search. Keep watching those sites to find out.
Orders are being taken now at the Ric site until April 17. It’s expected to ship late May / early June.
The price is ¥12,960 (currently $107.89 USD). Click here to see more photos on the Ric Site and to order.
ANOTHER GIGANTIC GMK KIT
The Sofvi.Tokyo website spilled the beans on yet another incarnation of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 2001. It’s another un-assembled, unpainted KIT. But this time, the fins will be translucent so that you could install your own lights while building it.
It will be available at the Super Festival 68 model and toy show on April 26, 2015. …OR, on May 5 at the Amazing Model Expo in Osaka. Sorry, I don’t which is which since I’m just — again — working working off a translation of the sofvi.tokyo site. Just know that if you see a listing in the future for a Gigantic GMK kit with clear fins on Ebay or something, it’s not a mistake.
According to sofvi.tokyo, the kit will be limited to 100 units. The list the price as ¥18,000 (currently $149.84 USD). NICE PRICE… if you good at building and painting!
DISCLAIMER: As usual, I get 95% of my info the same as you so please be lenient if I got any facts wrong!
The X-Plus Ric site just announced a re-issue of the Large Monster Series Angurius 1968, 東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「アンギラス（1968年版）」 少年リック限定再販. I’m not positive about this, but I think this re-issue is limited to the Ric store and won’t be available in stores.
This re-issue comes hot on the tails of the newly released Large Monster Series King Ghidorah 1968 and the Godzilla 1968 Re-issue (also not available in stores). X-Plus seems intent on helping collectors get the essentials for their Destroy All Monsters shelf. Anguirus is ¥12,312 which currently comes to $104.48 USD. That’s ASTOUNDING considering how much this figure fetched in the aftermarket!
REAL MASTER COLLECTION PLUS GAMERA 1999
Also announced is a splinter off their polyresin line, Real Master Collection PLUS. These statues are still made of polyresin, but apparently they’ve found a way to incorporate light gimmicks on them. Great news for RMC collectors!
First up is the Real Master Collection PLUS Gamera 1999 (リアル・マスター・コレクション PLUS 「ガメラ（1999）」 少年リック限定商品) based on the original 30cm Series vinyl version. Gamera ’99 is ¥29,700 which currently comes to $252.04 USD. Note: I just want to stress that this figure is polyresin, not vinyl.
See my X-Plus 30cm Series Gamera 1999 review for more info on the original vinyl version of this figure.
Pre-orders for both figures are being taken now and up until February 18 at the Ric Boy Web Store. They are expected to release in late March/early April.
Since both figures are Ric Exclusives, you’ll have to order them from X-Plus’ Ric store directly. You can set up an account with them but only if you can navigate their Japanese site. Plus, since they don’t ship overseas, you’ll have to also have an account with a forwarding service like Tenso.com. If this sounds like a headache, there’s always Mike Johnson. Mike is a dealer in California who regularly gets Ric Boys into the hands of western collectors. To find out how to order from Mike, see Rich Eso‘s How To Order From Mike Johnson guide.