X-Plus has just announced and opened preorders for the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla (1995) “Hong Kong Landing” vinyl figure. Sculpted by master artist, Yuji Sakai, this will be one of the very best Burning Godzilla’s you could add to your collection.
It’s based on Goji’s appearance in the movie Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995), the flick which ended the Heisei Series. Mr. Sakai captured the pose from one of the opening shots of the film, where Godzilla rampages through Hong Kong.
X-Plus reports that this figure will be a full 30cm (11.8 inches) tall and a hefty 51cm (20.4 inches) long!
The listed height of 30cm is curious since most of the previous entries in the Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection usually hit only 27.5cm. Bandai also reports the height to be 30cm. Diamond Distributors is contradicting the others by reporting a height almost a full inch less.
If this figure truly is a full 30cm tall, then it will look great displayed with the rest of your 30cm Series collection. However, if you’ve got a Yuji Sakai shelf set up as I do, it will clash a bit standing a little taller.
AND THAT TAIL! At over 20 inches long, this figure will be almost as long as the 30cm Series Battra. Make sure you have room for this guy on the shelf.
STANDARD AND RIC
This vinyl will be available as both a Standard Version and a RIC Exclusive version.
There is no light gimmick or extra mini figure with this. Just a difference in material.
The fiery patches on the RIC will be made with orange-tinted translucent vinyl with silver paint on the inside designed to help refract light. This same technique was used previously on the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995, original 30cm Series Godzilla 1995, Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 and 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Shin Godzilla 4th Stage figures.
The Standard will have the same paint scheme, but there will not be any translucent vinyl. I’m not completely sure about this, but I suspect Orange Vinyl will be used instead. Black paint apps will cover the orange everywhere except where it’s supposed to show. This technique was used on both the Standard and Ric Versions of the original Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla Fourth Form.
Here is another comparison on display at Super Festival in Japan. This time the Ric is on the left. It’s hard to see a difference at first, but try to focus on the upper leg. There, you can see the real difference.
One very clear difference is the tail. On the Standard, the dorsal fins on the tail are ash white while on the Ric, they are orange all the way down.
Please keep in mind that the prototype figure in all of the photos here were painted by Yuji Sakai himself. You can probably expect there to be some differences in the mass produced factory run.
Diamond Distributors has listed the Standard Version of this figure and will be making it available to comic and toy shops in the U.S. You will be able to place an order at your local comic shop or your favorite online store.
But, beware: the price will be noticeably higher than if you were to order it from a Japanse store like Hobby Search. Plus, you’ll probably have to wait over a whole month longer before you can get your hands on it.
I’d like to take a moment and say that I don’t think you should take this as a sign that the “Diamond Deal” is back on. I believe Diamond is simply being a middleman here and is purchasing this figures from X-Plus the same as they would purchase S.H. MonsterArts figures from Bluefin Distribution.
The Godzilla 1995 figures Diamond will be obtaining were not made just for them as the “Diamond Reissues” were. And so there is no negotiated price keeping the cost down lower for stores.
Also, I don’t think that you can take this as a sign that the cancelled Large Monster Series figures will be back on the table. The last time I spoke with X-Plus about this I was told that reissues were still possible but there were no plans to proceed at this time. However, the door is not closed so anything is possible.
If you want to get one local, tell your local shop to look up Diamond Item Code MAR198635. I can’t tell you what it will cost since each store will decide on its own price tag. And Diamond is not currently listing a suggested retail price. I can tell you, though, that the cost for each figure for the stores is much higher than they were for the Diamond Reissues.
Preorders for the Ric Exclusive end on May 28 on the X-Plus site. Deadlines for the Standard Version from Japanese stores will vary but should be around about the same time. The Deadline for your local comic store to get you one from Diamond is in May 27.
Diamond barely has time to get this figure listed in their Previews Magazine, so I suspect that they will get extras with a bulk purchase. So, if you miss a Hobby Search deadline, there’s a chance Diamond will have some extras later which your comic store can pick from.
WHERE TO ORDER
- Hobby Search (Standard Version): $212.85 plus shipping from Japan.
- Hobby Link Japan (Standard): $234.36 plus shipping from Japan.
- Official X-Plus Shonen Ric Japanese Site (Ric Exclusive) ¥28,620 (Currently $256 USD). The site is in Japanese and they will not ship overseas; you will need forwarding service. You can also order it from the North American Site for $238.83 plus shipping from Japan.
- Your Local Comic Shop (Standard Version). Ask them for a price.
- Kaiju Addicts / Flossie’s (Both Standard and Ric Versions). I will have these listed with prices on Flossie’s late Saturday afternoon.
The 30cm Series Godzilla 1995 is expected to be released in August 2019.
Take note here that the dorsal fins on the Ric are orange all the way down, while they are white on the Standard.
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