Rich Eso reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Rodan 1956 (東宝大怪獣シリーズ ラドン（1956年版）) original release vinyl figure by X-Plus. This figure is getting reissued by X-Plus and is due out this month!
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Gojira851 reviews the Favorite Sculptors Line Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 2001 (FAVORITE SCULPTORS LINE 東宝大怪獣シリーズ ゴジラ(2001)) standard version vinyl figure by X-Plus.
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Rich Eso reviews the X-Plus Large Monster Series Mothra 1964 (東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「モスラ1964」) Ric Boy vinyl figure released in April/May 2015.
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GodzillaFanFreaks reviews the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 Standard vinyl figure by X-Plus.
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New Opportunities for Grabbing the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954 “Train Biting, Monochrome Version” Vinyl Figure by X-Plus
I originally reported slightly over a month ago that the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954 “Train Biting” or “Train Gripper” Monochrome Version Vinyl Figure by X-Plus was going to be available through online retailer DeAgostini as an exclusive. But X-Plus’ January announcements reveal that there will now be more options for collectors to get their claws on one.
The figure is now available for pre-order directly from the X-Plus Ric Boy site and also from other online retailers (so far it’s shown up on AmiAmi.com). The Ric version will come with the base whereas the Standard Version will not.
This is not a new sculpt, having come from a previously released garage kit. But this is the first time it’s surfaced in vinyl. While it’s details remain true to the essence of the the 1954 suit, liberties were taken to make it sway from being accurate to being stylized, which X-Plus reports has “attracted a lot of fans”. Personally, I feel they’ve managed to keep enough of the accurate details of the original, stiff suit and managed to render it more dynamically.
The legs are planted in a wider, more powerful stance than actor Haruo Nakajima could probably have accomplished with the suit. It appears the sculptor had other ideas about the inner toes which now reach more forward than awkwardly to the inside as on the suit. The hands are more expressive. And the overall texture appears more rough and detailed.
I’m kinda diggin’ it!
This figure has another set of “firsts” for X-Plus. For the first time, they’ve brought a stylized (albeit slightly stylized) figure into the Toho 30cm Series. (Previously, they’ve done this only with the Gigantic Series). Another first is the inclusion of a built-in “prop” in the form of the Shinagawa Railway Station train and the figure’s interaction with it. This figure is sure to shake up your X-Plus shelves.
If you get the version with the base, then it’s also sure to make a splash on your shelves as it re-enacts the destruction of Sukiya Bridge. Curious, the train scene and the bridge scene were actually two different scenes brought together here in this sculpted montage of the first ever Godzilla movie. (Note: it hasn’t been said, but certain that the figure can be removed from the base.)
The figure alone is 30cm (12 inches) tall, and 34cm (13.38 inches) on the base. It’s 42cm (16.5 inches) long. It comes in a blind box and, to be clear, it’s made of vinyl.
Reservations for the Ric Boy version (with Sukiya Bridge base) are open now at the X-Plus Ric Boy store for ¥23,760 ($196 USD). You have until February 15, 2016 to place your order. (And don’t forget to mind the 12-hour difference! The 15th comes and goes sooner in Japan!)
You can get the Standard Version from other online retailers. So far, AmiAmi.com is the only store to list it. You can pre-order it there for ¥17,250 ($142 USD).
If you don’t like ordering from overseas, stores which import such as Big Bad Toy Store and Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles may be getting some, but they’ll be more expensive.
Am I getting this? Hell, yes!
I just got an email from new Godzilla fan and current Okayama, Japan resident, Ted Ekering. He says that he’s discovered X-Plus by reading Kaiju Addicts. That’s kray kray!
He had chosen the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection Godzilla 1991 as his first figure. (Don’t anyone tell him that it’s all downhill from here!)
Lucky for us, Ted already has a collection of TomyTec and KATO N-Scale buildings which he’s used previously for Gundam model kit dioramas.
Low angles really sell the shot!
Ted put the TomyTec Electrical Towers kit to good use here. I can’t wait for Ted to get his hands on more X-Plus and take more diorama pics!
Obelisk Collectibles reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Destoroyah by X-Plus.
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