Earlier today X-Plus announced a new line of Godzilla vinyl figures. It’s a head or two above the Toho 30cm Series and it towers over the Large Monster Series (25cm). It’s called The Gigantic Series, and in case you haven’t realized it yet, they’re pretty damn big. READ MORE…
(Photo by X-Plus.)
The first entry into this new line is Godzilla 2001 from the movie “Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack” (ゴジラ・モスラ・キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃).
The X-Plus Ric Boy site reports that this monster of a figure is 37.5cm (14.75 inches) tall and 78cm (30 inches) long. And the photos they provided show how it requires two hands carry! Is this a dream come true for collectors who like big? Can we really look forward to a whole line of ginormous Godzilla vinyls?
For now we can safely say that we’re at least getting one of them. No doubt sales figures will determine if this madness continues. The Gigantic Series Godzilla 2001 Ric Boy is listed at ¥34,650. That currently translates to about $354.00. Hobby Link Japan has the standard version listed at ¥31,350 ($320). Don’t forget to add on for shipping a gigantic box over the Pacific.
These price tags will no doubt create more admirers than buyers and put the Gigantic Series into its own niche market. But X-Plus probably knows this and is ready and willing to cater to a smaller group of collectors with deeper pockets. It’s my guess that as long as this 37.5cm GMK gets at least a lukewarm response, more will be on the way, just not every month.
The new X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 2001 has one other noteable quality besides its size and price. The sculpt on this figure is a departure from X-Plus’ traditional über-accuracy. Up until now, X-Plus has strived to deliver vinyl figures true to the original suits used in the movies; that meant no exaggerations, no interpretations and no artistic license. This new figure seems to be breaking some rules in that regard.
The pose is more dynamic and nimble than what we saw in the movie. Although GMK was originally intended to lean forward like this, the suit actor complained that there was simply too much weight for him to bear. This is clearly a case of the sculptor realizing his “vision” over reality.
I could be wrong, but it seems to me that the skin texture is overall too deep and coarse. Yes, it makes for a more exciting and tactile look but in the end this feature makes the figure more of a ‘painting’ of GMK rather than a ‘photograph’. The roughness on the dorsal spines and the gill-like texture on head also seem exaggerated.
On the X-Plus Kaiju Collectors Facebook Group, Kyle (KaijuCast) Yount pointed out the figure’s remarkable similarity to a Kaibutsuya kit released in 2005. X-Plus has used sculpts from previously released kits before, but they were always on the accurate side. Can we expect more embellished figures from the Gigantic Series?
Collector discussions seem divided on the merit of this new figure. There is the ‘this looks badass!’ camp and the ‘this isn’t accurate’ camp. But both agree it’s pricey. What do you think?
UPDATE: As for the kit this figure is derived from, a collector contacted me with more details. He said, ” Just a FYI it is the 2005 Kaibutsuya kit release. Oyama Ryu is the sculptor. Kaibutsuya is the company name that released it. It was originally sculpted in 2004 with a different head. And then in 2005 Oyama Ryu resculpted the head for Wonder Festival release again. The resculpt was known as version 1.5.”