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Gojira851 Reviews the X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Closed Mouth Version

Gojira851 reviews the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1989 Closed Mouth Version RIC Exclusive version vinyl figure by X-Plus.

• See more video reviews at the Gojira851 YouTube Channel.

By |2019-02-02T21:33:22+00:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Gojira851 Reviews the X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 Closed Mouth Version

MAILBAG: Dusting X-Plus

Dust.

Good morning!

First of all, I want to say I really enjoy the Kaiju Addicts site. I discovered it around the time of the 2014 movie, when I also started getting into the older movies (up to that point I had only seen the 1998 movie and Godzilla vs Monster Zero). Your reviews helped me decide on getting my own Godzilla 2003 X-Plus figure. Even though I don’t intend to get any more figures, I still look forward to your reviews.

I have a question I’m hoping you can help with. I keep my Godzilla clean by wiping it down with a damp paper towel now and then, but after a few years a lot of dust has gathered between his fins and the folds of his skin. I can’t wipe harder with the paper towel because the figure’s texture will just tear it up. I also don’t want to risk taking any paint off the figure. I thought perhaps I could use compressed air, but I decided to ask you, first. How do you clean your X-Plus figures?

Thanks for your time!
– Kristofer R.

Hey, Kris!

I usually use a soft paint brush to lightly dust my figures off. (The kind you paint walls with.) I usually do this at least once a year. The shape of the brush makes it easy to get in between the rows of dorsal spines.

Some collectors run their X-Plus figures under the sink or in the shower. That’s a perfectly fine thing to do. Just try to avoid having the water go inside the figure. And try not to use a lot of pressure.

In your case, I would not use the damp paper towel method any more. What I think is happening is that the water accumulates in the deep parts of the figure’s texture and takes some dust with it. You can’t reach this with the paper towel and the water needs to simply evaporate. But the dust that the water took with it stays there in the creases.

If I were you I would get the soft paint brush and dust it off first. And then run it under water to try to get the dust stuck in the texture.

A word about not doing anything: These vinyls sometimes off-gas. If you have a lot of dust on them, the gas can’t escape. Some of this gas accumulates and combines with the dust on the surface of the figure. This makes your figures sticky.

John

By |2019-01-20T16:40:00+00:00January 20th, 2019|Categories: TIPS|Comments Off on MAILBAG: Dusting X-Plus

Leslie Chambers Reviews the 30cm Godzilla 1967 vinyl figure by X-Plus

Leslie Chambers reviews the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1967 (東宝30㎝シリーズ ゴジラ(1967)) RIC Exclusvie Version vinyl figure by X-Plus. This came with a two extra in-scale Minya / Minilla figures.

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

By |2019-01-20T13:12:59+00:00January 20th, 2019|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Leslie Chambers Reviews the 30cm Godzilla 1967 vinyl figure by X-Plus

Rich Eso Reviews the 30cm Series Fire Rodan by X-Plus

Rich Eso reviews the Toho 30cm Series Fire Rodan (東宝30㎝シリ ファイヤーラドン) RIC Exclusive Version vinyl figure by X-Plus.

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

By |2019-01-20T12:53:12+00:00January 19th, 2019|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Rich Eso Reviews the 30cm Series Fire Rodan by X-Plus

Preorders Open for X-Plus Large Monster Series Sanda vs. Gaira (Version 2) Set

X-Plus Large Monster Series Sanda vs. Gaira V2 set.

X-Plus has just opened preorders for the second Toho Large Monster Series Sanda vs. Gaira Set. The official name doesn’t seem to have anything which sets it apart from the first 25cm Gargantuas set which went up for preorder in February 2018. Both seem to have the same name, so let’s just call this set “Version 2”.

This new set was first seen at X-Plus’ table at Winter Wonderfest earlier this winter and features both Sanda and Gaira as they appeared in the 1966 film War of the Gargantuas.

X-Plus Large Monster Series Sanda vs. Gaira V2 set.

Gaira (which was brought to life by Godzilla suit actor Haruo Nakajima) is posed leaping in the air and must be suspended by an iron pole which is in turn supported by a vinyl base with rocky motif. If you’re wondering, yes, that pole is going up Gaira’s butt. 🙂

Older brother, Sanda, is posed to engage Gaira as soon as he lands.

Publicity photo from Toho's "War of the Gargantuas", 1966.

Together, this set is highly reminiscent of a publicity still made for the movie making this a very classic and special way to see these monsters on your shelf. But you may want to pass on it if you have the first set since this new release is mostly based on that first set.

The sculpts for both Gaira and Sanda are the same from the first set… from the waist up. But the legs of both figures are newly sculpted and posed. The X-Plus site reports that there are also small changes made to Sanda’s forehead.

Also new is a dash of blood in the paint apps on Gaira. Both figures are said to have the same poseable eye system as the set that came out last year.

Sanda stands at at about 22cm (8.6 inches) and Gaira, with his knees up, at 19cm (7.4 inches).

It seems this set is Ric Exclusive only and may not be available in stores. If you want this, you’ll have to get it direct from X-Plus or use dealers like Mike Johnson. We, at Flossie’s, do plan to take orders as well. Stay tuned for that.

The Toho Large Monster Series Sanda vs. Gaira set is priced at ¥24,840 (currently about $227 USD).

Preorders are open until February 5, 2019. This set is expected to ship in March 2019.

Click here to see more photos at the X-Plus site.

By |2019-01-17T17:56:55+00:00January 17th, 2019|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Preorders Open for X-Plus Large Monster Series Sanda vs. Gaira (Version 2) Set