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X-Plus Makes a Move on Star Wars Holographic Chess Creatures

Star Wars Holochess Creature vinyl figures by X-Plus.

Today at Super Festival in Japan, X-Plus showcased painted prototypes of their upcoming Star Wars Holochess figures. These were first revealed in 2017 (although this is the first time I’m reporting about them here on KaijuAddicts.com).

All eight creatures from the holographic chess game (Dejarik) as seen onboard the Millennium Falcon in the original Star Wars (1977) will be made available from X-Plus.

X-Plus seems to have had access to detailed images of each character. These materials are still somewhat fresh since each creature was recreated at Phil Tippet Studios for their encore appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

The original rubber puppets had degraded over the past 40 years. But Phil and his team were able to scan them using a process called photogrammetry to create accurate new 3D models which were then 3D printed, cast, and molded in silicone to be animated, again by hand, for the new trilogy. An original armature used for “Mr. Big” (that guy in the lower right of the photo) was used to scale the new puppets to the same size as those made in the 70’s.

This process no doubt provided more than ample source material for X-Plus to recreate them, yet again, in vinyl.

These new vinyls are not 1:1 scale as seen in the movies but, instead, appear to be nearer the size of the actual puppets.

According to the placards on the table, X-Plus will release two a month starting in April and ending in July. You can see the order in which they’ll be released in the photo. The top right and lower right are expected to be released in April. Then, going right to left, the next two. Then the next two, etc.

No word on price yet. But since we’re looking at an April release, pre-orders (along with more information) should be coming around fairly soon.

Let’s hope that this new direction or X-Plus is successful. Who knows? Perhaps this could prompt them to pursue a line of proper Star Wars creatures like TaunTauns, Dewbacks, Wampa Ice Creatures and Rancors. Can you freaking imagine that? Fingers crossed!

By | 2018-01-07T13:35:51+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , |Comments Off on X-Plus Makes a Move on Star Wars Holographic Chess Creatures

Toruk811 Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido Version vinyl figure by X-Plus

Toruk811 reviews the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla (1991) Hokkaido Version vinyl figure by X-Plus. (東宝30cmシリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ1991「ギドゴジ北海道バージョン」 ). This is the North American (Diamond) Reissue.

• See more content at his YouTube Channel.

By | 2018-01-06T20:35:53+00:00 January 6th, 2018|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Toruk811 Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido Version vinyl figure by X-Plus

Kaiju Addicts TV – Episode 10. Godzilla 2014 gets a MUTO, plus February and March Releases on the way

In this new episode of Kaiju Addicts TV: a look at a new bonus extra coming with the the 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Roar Version Diamond Reissue: a MUTO head. A quick review of upcoming Japanese releases and a long look at the huge number (NINE!) of North American (Diamond) Reissues due out in February and March.

• See more episodes at the Kaiju Addicts YouTube Channel.

By | 2018-01-06T02:03:22+00:00 January 6th, 2018|Categories: Kaiju Addicts TV, X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV – Episode 10. Godzilla 2014 gets a MUTO, plus February and March Releases on the way

1madzilla Review the X-Plus Large Monster Series Leatherback RIC Pacific Rim vinyl figure.

YouTuber 1madzilla reviews the Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead (大怪獣シリーズ パシフィック・リム 「ナイフヘッド」)  vinyl figure by X-Plus. This is the RIC Exclusive version which comes spattered in blue kaiju blood. (There are standard versions out there without the blood.)

• See more video reviews at the 1madzilla YouTube Channel.

By | 2018-01-06T20:44:15+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on 1madzilla Review the X-Plus Large Monster Series Leatherback RIC Pacific Rim vinyl figure.

X-Plus Godzilla 2014 Roar Version Reissue will come with Severed MUTO Head

Close-up of new severed MUTO head to be included with Godzilla 2014 Diamond Reissue vinyl figure.

We’ve just heard from X-Plus that the upcoming 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 (Roaring / Blue Fins Version) North American (Diamond) Reissue will come with a little bonus…

The X-Plus 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Roar Version with MUTO head hanging from hand.

You’ll get a severed female MUTO Head which can connect to and hang from Godzilla’s hand allowing you to recreate the finale from Legendary‘s Godzilla (2014).

Scene from Legendary's Godzilla (2014).

Head with figure Angle 2

The MUTO head was never included with either of the original Japanese releases and will be a completely new addition for the North American reissues. (Although it’s possible it may be included in future Japanese reissues.)

The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla (2014) Roar Version North American (Diamond) Reissue will be made available through Diamond Comic Distributors under the name “Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 2014 Blue Dorsal Version” and is available to preorder at comic stores and online retailers.

Preorder it at Flossie’s for $149!

It’s expected to release on January 31, 2018. And, it is now officially “on the water” heading to the U.S.

UPDATE (1-3-18): Diamond Comic Distributors today released a set of 8 photos of the new bonus piece. Click on the photos below for a larger, hi-res view.

UPDATE: (1-5-18): X-Plus just sent over these photos with the figure and MUTO head together.

• See the Kaiju Addicts Review of the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Roar Version Original Japanese Release.
• RELATED: See the Kaiju Addicts Review of the 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 First Release (Closed Mouth / Black Fins).

By | 2018-01-05T04:05:16+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on X-Plus Godzilla 2014 Roar Version Reissue will come with Severed MUTO Head

Quick Review: Large Monster Series Pestar (Ultraman 1966) vinyl figure by X-Plus

Kaiju Addicts X-Plus Large Monster Series Pestar (Ultraman 1966) vinyl figure review.

The Large Monster Series Pestar vinyl figure by X-Plus was released in early 2010. It was later reissued as a Wonder Festival exclusive soft version in July 2011. It’s based on the oil-eating menace, Pestar which was featured in episode 13 (titled Oil S.O.S. / オイルSOS) of the original Ultraman television series which first aired in 1966.

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By | 2017-12-31T04:43:44+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Categories: Kaiju Addicts Reviews|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Quick Review: Large Monster Series Pestar (Ultraman 1966) vinyl figure by X-Plus

Full Review: Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001 vinyl figure by X-Plus

X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001 Vinyl Figure Review.

The Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001 vinyl figure by X-Plus was first announced in late 2015. It was released in Japan in late February / early March, 2016. It was re-issued by X-Plus for the United States and Canada in June 2017.

This figure is based on Godzilla’s appearance in the 2001 Shusuke Kaneko film, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, the third movie in the Millennium Series.

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By | 2018-01-20T09:41:40+00:00 December 30th, 2017|Categories: Kaiju Addicts Reviews|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Full Review: Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001 vinyl figure by X-Plus

Will February and March bring an Unprecedented Double Tsunami of X-Plus?

Graphic: X-Plus Tsunami.

We’re set to get hit with NINE Diamond Reissues in February and March. That’s if their release dates stick. Read on to learn about the big X-Plus crunch which may be headed our way to turn our wallets to dust.

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By | 2017-12-21T20:06:08+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: |Comments Off on Will February and March bring an Unprecedented Double Tsunami of X-Plus?

Leslie Chambers Reviews the X-Plus Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla Form 2

Leslie Chambers reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla Second Form (東宝大怪獣シリーズ ゴジラ(2016) 第2形態) Standard Version vinyl figure by X-Plus.

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

By | 2017-12-29T16:55:12+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Leslie Chambers Reviews the X-Plus Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla Form 2

Gojira851 Unboxes and Reviews the Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla

Gojira851 reviews the Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla 2016 (ギガンティックシリーズ ゴジラ(2016)第4形態) standard version vinyl figure by X-Plus.

• See more video reviews at the Gojira851 YouTube Channel.

By | 2017-12-29T19:57:24+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Gojira851 Unboxes and Reviews the Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla

X-Plus 12in Series ‘Final Wars’ Mecha Gigan 2004 Released!

30cm Series Repaired Gigan 2004 vinyl figure by X-Plus.

The 12in Series Mecha Gigan 2004 North American Diamond Reissue hit stores on Wednesday, December 13. It was originally expected to be released in October but was delayed. Now, the wait is over.

This figure’s North American reissue name is sort of poorly chosen since Gigan is a cyborg and is already kind of mech-ish.

The original Japanese version was first released in 2013 under the moniker Toho 30cm Series Godzilla: Final Wars Gigan (2004 Version).

The RIC version came with an alternate head and arm attachments to represent the giant cyborg in scenes after he was repaired from damage with his first fight with Godzilla.

This Diamond Reissue comes with only those pieces: second head with reinforced neck and chainsaw arms.

The reissue of the first stage of Gigan 2004 is still readily available from stores in the U.S. and Canada.

GET IT AT FLOSSIE’S
If you placed a preorder with Flossie’s, expect your order to be charged soon. We’re also lowering the price by $5 for all preorders and all new orders for a limited time. We start shipping next week.

DIDN’T ORDER ONE YET?
We have about 10 still available at Flossie’s on sale for $167.99.

By | 2017-12-25T00:13:00+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , |Comments Off on X-Plus 12in Series ‘Final Wars’ Mecha Gigan 2004 Released!