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

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

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

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?

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!

Kaiju Addicts TV Episode 9: Kong, Gigantic Godzilla 1964, New GMK, Prime 1 Studio Gamera 1999 and More

In this new episode of Kaiju Addicts TV: a look at the 30cm Star Ace Kong with his paint apps plus the revelation that this figure will be an international release. A new Gigantic Series Godzilla 1964 is displayed with paint apps and a new Large Monster Series Godzilla 2001 based on the original MM28 kit.

We’ll also take a look the upcoming 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1954 which is up for preorder now, Death Ghidorah, and the upcoming GMK Mothra 2001 and Baragon 2001 set.

Finally, a lengthy look the recently announced Ultimate Diorama Masterline Gamera 3 vinyl statue by Prime 1 Studio. It’s 21.7 inches tall! You can order this one from Sideshow Collectibles.

Leslie Chambers returns to Kaiju Addicts TV with a quick look at the Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1954.

Finally a look at recent North American (Diamond) Reissues.

• See more episodes at the Kaiju Addicts YouTube Channel.

By | 2017-12-06T17:38:53+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: Kaiju Addicts TV, X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: |Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV Episode 9: Kong, Gigantic Godzilla 1964, New GMK, Prime 1 Studio Gamera 1999 and More

New, Giant-Sized Gamera 1999 Vinyl coming from Prime 1 Studio

Ultimate Diorama Masterline Gamera 1999 Vinyl Statue by Prime 1 Studio.
ULTIMATE DIORAMA MASTERLINE GAMERA 1999 VINYL STATUE. PHOTO COURTESY OF PRIME 1 STUDIO.

Prime 1 Studio is taking orders for 21.7 inch monster vinyl and polystone statues based on ‘Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris’

Get ready for a giant-sized Gamera 1999 vinyl perfect for adding to your Gigantic Series collection. But it’s NOT from X-Plus. This big guy is being made by Prime 1 Studio and it’s due out in the third quarter of 2018.

The Ultimate Diorama Master Line Gamera 1999 Vinyl Statue by Prime 1 Studio is based on Gamera’s appearance in the film Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris.

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By | 2017-12-06T22:29:37+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , |Comments Off on New, Giant-Sized Gamera 1999 Vinyl coming from Prime 1 Studio

UP FOR PREORDER: 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1954

X-Plus 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1954 vinyl figure.

Now up for pre-order: the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection Godzilla 1954 vinyl figure by X-Plus.

Just look at this badass from master Godzilla sculptor Yuji Sakai. Here the King of Monsters stands in a hyper-movie-accurate sculpt that (it’s been a while since I said this…) looks like it walked right out of the movie!

From what I understand, this was originally sculpted in 2014 to commemorate Godzilla’s 60th anniversary. And now Mr. Sakai’s creation will now be available in vinyl form from X-Plus.

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By | 2017-11-11T12:37:13+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Comments Off on UP FOR PREORDER: 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1954

UP FOR PREORDER: X-Plus Large Monster Series Death Ghidorah

X-Plus Large Monster Series Death Ghidorah vinyl figure.

Now up for pre-order: the Large Monster Series Death Ghidorah vinyl figure by X-Plus.

Ghidorah collectors, rejoice!

This big, bad guy appeared in the first installment of the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy in 1996. It was introduced a couple of months ago at Super Festival 75 in Japan.

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By | 2017-11-10T10:28:03+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on UP FOR PREORDER: X-Plus Large Monster Series Death Ghidorah