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Details on the upcoming X-Plus/Diamond Reissues keep changing. In an attempt to catch up, I asked Diamond’s purchasing manager some questions. This isn’t a lot of new information, but some of it is significant. Read on.

KAIJU ADDICTS: A fellow retailer, Michael Cherkowsky of Vampire Robots, attended Diamond’s Retailer Summit in Baltimore last month and spoke with some folks from Diamond and got some rather surprising news. He said that, apparently, the original plan for 24 X-Plus reissues over a one-year period has been scrapped in favor of a different plan. Is this true?

DIAMOND: Yes, the plan has been modified due to the time constraints of the licensing. The total count of Godzilla and Kaiju figures is now more like 14.

KAIJU ADDICTS: So, we now looking at 12 to 14 figures in total instead of the original 24 previously planned. Is it true that the schedule will now run from January 2016 thru December 2017?

DIAMOND: Both of these statements are correct; we are aiming to ship the first ones in January.

KAIJU ADDICTS: It was also said that straight re-issues of previous Japanese Godzilla releases are no longer happening. Instead, they would be “retooled if not entirely re-sculpted” and that you’ve “seen first passes at new sculpts”. Is this true and can you elaborate?

DIAMOND: At that moment it was true, but this is a very fluid situation. Since the summit, we have been informed that there is now a good chance that we can remake the Japanese releases. I am in Tokyo next week and hope to get this finalized. Stay tuned!

KAIJU ADDICTS: I don’t suppose you can reveal which Godzilla figures are coming our way?

DIAMOND: When I return from Tokyo. Stay tuned…

KAIJU ADDICTS: Are we getting any more non-Godzilla Kaiju figures besides the eight already up for pre-order?

DIAMOND: AS of right now, that is the list.

KAIJU ADDICTS: Bluefin recently announced that they will be distributing the X-Plus Biollante and King Ghidorah re-issues. Why did Diamond let those figures go?

DIAMOND: Our licensing arrangement is for the 9-12 remakes [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][reissues]. Biollante and King Ghidorah may seem large but they are actually to scale with the 8” line [25cm Large Monster Series] which is in Bluefin’s license.

So there you have it. To summarize:

• 12 to 14 figures throughout 2016 and 2017.
• No definite release dates for any figures other than the first 8 Kaiju already announced.
• As of now, no more Kaiju other than the first 8 already announced. That means the remaining 4 to 6 figures will be Godzilla.
• I noted a contradiction. He said the license was for 9-12 reissues yet agrees with the 12 to 14 count. Perhaps they are actually licensed for 12 but have plans in the works to try to get two more?
• Sculpt modifications to figures may be scrapped and replaced with the original plan to put out straight re-issues as they’ve done in the past. They should know next week. It’s unknown when they will share that information.
• No word yet on which Godzilla figures we will get. But that’s also getting ironed out next week when Diamond goes back to Japan. (I think I want this guy’s job!) It seems Diamond may be willing to share that information soon after.
• The reason why Bluefin will be selling Biollante and King Ghidorah is all about scale. Despite their size, they are still technically seen as belonging to the 25cm Series. And Bluefin has the license for that scale. Diamond has it for 12 inch figures.
• I have no idea why he referred to the Large Monster Series as an eight-inch line. It’s actually almost 10 inches. My guess is there is a range for that license. 8 to 10 inch range or something like that.

That’s all I’ve got. As usual, keep visiting Kaiju Addicts for new updates. And don’t forget to bookmark the X-Plus / Diamond Reissue Release Schedule for all facts on one consecutive page.

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