X-Plus recently announced a Wonder Festival 2015 Summer Commemorative Toho 30cm Series Kiryu 2002 RIC BOY. This figure represents the original “machine dragon” from his first appearance in 2002’s ゴジラ×メカゴジラ (Godzilla X Mechagodzilla). And it will be Vinyl.
This figure comes with Kiryu’s original, blue back jet/missile pack and forearm guns. If that’s not enough to get you going, the figure also comes with a light gimmick which allows the figure’s yellow eyes to light-up!
This figure was originally released by X-Plus in 2012, but in Polyresin form; a true statue. This is the first time it’s been slipped into vinyl. And it’s doing it for a very limited run of 100.
The figure will go for ¥20,000 (currently U.S. $161.55). Not bad! But the trick is to be able to get one of them.
If you are lucky enough to be in Japan, you could just go to Wonder Festival and try to be one of the first 50 people to ask for one. Summer Wonder Festival 2015 takes place July 26 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. Admission is ¥2,000.
Not in Japan? Then it’s the web lottery for you. Keep watching the Kiryu 2002 page on the Ric Site for the magic button to appear which will lead you to a page on their Ric store and make an order. Again, keep in mind that you may NOT be one of the 50 who will have their order honored.
Also, remember that the Ric site does NOT ship outside of Japan. If you manage to start an account on their all-Japanese webstore, you’ll need a forwarding service like Tenso to use instead of your non-Japanese address.
One final thing: If you can wait, Kiryu is planned for a Diamond re-issue, in vinyl, in North America sometime within the next year. No word yet on whether that will be the 2002 version or the 2003 version. Also, it’s my “guess” that it will not come with either backpack. Keep watching the Diamond Reissue Schedule for more news on that.