X-Plus has just opened the preorder window for the Toho 30cm Series Super Mechagodzilla (1993) ‘Fighting Color Version’ 東宝30㎝シリーズ スーパーメカゴジラ 激闘カラーVer. vinyl figure.
This vinyl is an impressive, movie-accurate sculpt based on MG’s appearance in the 1993 Heisei film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (ゴジラvsメカゴジラ in Japan and also Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II in the U.S. DVD release).
And with this release you get Garuda (ガルーダ), the massive aerial weapon which connects to Mechagodzilla’s back. The two combined form Super Mechagodzilla.
Garuda comes as a separate piece and must be attached by you. This does not mean that you officially have two display options because there are no dorsal spines on the back in the area where Garuda attaches. So if you don’t have Garuda attached, it will not look complete from the back.
Should you get the itch to display this figure without Garuda, you can. From the front, you or anyone else won’t be bothered by its bare back. However, this does not mean that you can display Garuda separately as the two main cannons are sculpted into the bent position.
This vinyl will comes with blazing yellow LED lights in the eyes which you can power with the included power source.
Unlike the majority of X-Plus’ releases, this one has some articulation. You can move the shoulders, elbows, wrists, neck and jaw. Unlike every X-Plus Showa Mechagodzilla release, the moveable jaw on this one closes all the way for a completely closed mouth look should you choose. The teeth perfectly interlock like they did on the actual suit.
Now if this isn’t enough badassery for you, there is one more bonus for you. This guy is BIG. While most figures in the 30cm Series come in at 30cm (12 inches), this one towers up to 35.8cm (over 14 inches). More bang for your buck! If you are a stickler for scale, don’t fret. Mechagodzilla was way tall in the movie so scaling on your shelf will be just fine.
As usual, X-Plus likes to differentiate reissues with modified paint apps. On this release, Mechagodzilla will have a dirtier look replicating its appearance from the film’s climax. For those of you who thought that the original 2017 release looked too clean, this one’s for you.
Unfortunately there is a slight balance issue here with all of that weight on MG’s back. His short tail does not reach the ground, so this figure tends to tilt backward unless you use the included tail base.
RIC-ONLY INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
This release will be a Ric Exclusive available from X-Plus’ Shonen-Ric as X-Plus sites (both Japanese and U.S. sites) and also from The Godzilla Store in Japan. Since this will be an international release, you can order one from the U.S. Ric site for $225 plus shipping from Japan. Please note that you will be required to pay in full, up front at the time of ordering.
For those of you who know where to look, this vinyl will also be offered by stores who dab into the secondary market. Kaiju Addicts and Flossie’s will likely be offering this soon as well. Please check back soon.
On the X-Plus Ric site, preorders started on September 6 and will end on October 1. Other stores may have later deadlines. It is expected to be released in December 2019.
The sculpt is being reissued from the original release of the 30cm Series Super Mechagodzilla (1993) which came out in July 2017. There was a Standard Version with no Garuda and no plasma cannon on the belly. The Ric Version came with both. A North American (Diamond) Reissue of the Standard came out in March 2018 and is still available to order at certain stores.
We have a few North American Standard Reissues left at Flossie’s for $169.
You can read my Kaiju Addicts review of the the original Mechagodzilla 1993 release (both Standard and Ric) for an in-depth look. There is a ton of information there which applies to this new release and will hopefully help you decide where to go from here.