X-Plus recently announced their December offerings available now for pre-order. Read on for details!
Note: Some of these production photos feature unpainted prototypes. Final figures will be fully painted. Also, apologies for some of the fuzzy pics below. I tried to contact X-Plus to ask for higher resolution images but I didn’t get a response.
Toho 30cm Series Gigan 2004
It’s Gigan from “Godzilla Final Wars” (ゴジラ ファイナルウォーズ, 2004). Love him or hate him, he’s up for pre-order right now and will ship in late December / early January. My translator didn’t do a good job at the X-Plus site, but I think that the Ric Boy version of this figure will come with an alternate head and alternate chainsaw arms.
X-Plus reports that this figure is “about 29cm” so it looks like this figure will be shorter than the most of the rest of the 30cm Series. This is one case in which I don’t mind because it should scale up properly with the X-Plus Godzilla 2004 which is also short.
Not being a big fan of Final Wars nor the overly anthropomophic kaiju in it, I can’t say if this figure is a good likeness. But, I will admit it has some pretty nice sculpting details on it. I expect the paint job will be pretty nice too. Fan or no fan, this will be an impressive figure.
Large Monster Series Gamera 1965
Next up is a new figure based on the orginal appearance of everyone’s favorite giant turtle from “Gamera” (ガメラ, 1965). It’s 23cm tall and part of the Large Monster Series.
I’m beginning to think that I actually prefer this figure over the recently released X-Plus Gamera 1966 figure. The ’66 suit was better, but as for the X-Plus figures, this new ’65 seems to have a more natural pose.
The Ric Boy exclusive version of this figure will come with a mini warhead rocket which was used to expel Gamera from the Earth in the movie.
Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2003 Re-Issue
Woah! Just a short month after announcing a new Godzilla 1999 figure, X-Plus has revealed that they will be reissuing the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2003 from “Godzilla × Mothra × Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS” (ゴジラ×モスラ×メカゴジラ SOS). Originally released back in March of 2010, this is another chance to grab this figure!
This is an interesting choice for X-Plus since the new Godzilla 1999 version will be coming out only one month before. But it’s good news all the same for those who’d like to partner the Godzilla 2003 re-issue with the 30cm Series Kiryu figure, also from 2003, due to ship any day now.
This re-issue will be a Ric Boy exclusive edition which will come with light-up fins and can be purchased only from the Ric Boy site and from aftermarket sources like Ebay.
Next up is Ultraman Taro. I think this may be a re-issue. It comes with a light gimmick which includes the eyes, color timer and “beam lamp”(forehead?). The Ultraman C-Type Standing makes another appearance, this time in polyresin as part of the Real Master Series. And then there’s Ultra kaiju Hipporito (?) which hails, I believe, from Ultraman Ace. I really don’t know this guy so I’ll stop talking about him right now.
• Click here for the Ric Boy Ultraman Taro page on the X-Plus site.
• Click here for the Ric Boy Real Masters Series Utlraman C-Type page on the X-Plus site.
• Click here for the Ric Boy Hipporito Alien page on the X-Plus site.
• Related: Kaiju Addicts Full Review of the Ultraman C-Type Spacium Pose Figure.
Toho Gigantic Series Godzilla 2001
And finally, there’s the guy causing all the fuss: the Godzilla 2001 from X-Plus’ new line, the Gigantic Series. This one is reportedly 37.5cm tall and 78cm long. Why the fuss? It’s big, expensive and suit accuracy is replaced with artistic flair. But despite all three problems, this figure is starting to warm up quickly with a lot of collectors who initially said “humpf!” I, myself, am an accuracy freak… but I’m still gettin’ it!
• Click here for the Ric Boy Gigantic Series Godzilla 2001 page on the X-Plus site.
• High Resolution photos of Gigantic Series Godzilla 2001 at SciFi Japan.
• My first report on this figure: Newly announced X-Plus Godzilla Gigantic Series goes big; favors flair over accuracy.
• Kyle Yount holds Gigantic Series GMK at X-Plus headquarters.
Preorders for all of the X-Plus December figures (except GMK) ends November 18, 2013. Preorders for Gigantic Series GMK ends November 8.
If you want to go after any of the available Ric Boy versions, you’ll have to do so from the Ric Boy site which can get pretty complicated. If you can’t manage that, join the X-Plus Kaiju Collectors Facebook Group and ask for Mike Johnson. He’s got connections and I get all of my own Ric Boys from him.
If you are a new collector and have any questions, please ask them in the Comments section below.