You can now plan on adding these once rare and pricey X-Plus vinyls to your collection for a fraction of the current aftermarket cost
Diamond Distributors, sole license holder for X-Plus 30cm Series vinyls in North America, has just announced the upcoming availability of the Godzilla 1984(1985) Godzilla 1992, Godzilla 1999 (2000) and Godzilla 2004 (Final Wars) vinyl figures.
All four figures, from X-Plus’ Toho 30cm Series, are renamed — yet again — as the Godzilla 12 Inch Series. When shopping for them, try searching for them with both series names. (Also try Godzilla Kaiju 12in Series… Diamond just can’t make up their minds.)
The 12in Series Godzilla 1984 (Diamond Stock #STK684130), of course, hails from the film “Godzilla“, also known as “The Return of Godzilla” which came out in Japan in 1984 and later in the U.S. as Godzilla 1985. The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1984 vinyl figure by X-Plus was originally released in Japan in 2013.
Note: a 30cm Series Godzilla 1984 was on loan to Diamond for display at Toy Fair in New York last February. It had a hinged jaw and many collectors wondered if we were getting that version (myself included). But I asked X-Plus directly and found that we are not getting a hinged jaw. It will be set in the open position just as the original was.
• See my Kaiju Addicts 30cm Godzilla 1984 Review of the original release. It’s one of my earlier reviews so you may notice a slight difference in format.
• Expected Release: November, 2016.
The 12in Series Godzilla 1992 (Diamond Stock #STK684133) features the king of monsters as he appeared in 1992’s Godzilla vs. Mothra: The Battle for Earth which also featured Mothra and Battra. The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1992 vinyl figure by X-Plus was originally released in Japan way back in 2011.
The Toho 30cm Battra Larva, due out in Japan next month, comes from the same movie as the Godzilla 1992. Get ready to pair them up!
• Expected Release: January 25, 2017.
The Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 1999 2K Millennium version vinyl figure (Diamond Stock #STK684134), is based on Goji’s appearance in Godzilla 2000: Millennium. The original release came out back in 2013. I believe this will be this figure’s very first re-issue.
• See my Kaiju Addicts 30cm Godzilla 1999 (2000) Review of the original release.
• SRP $160. Expected Release: March 29, 2017.
The Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 2004 Final Wars version vinyl figure (Diamond Stock #STK684131) features the final form which Godzilla was to take until the upcoming Shin Godzilla (Godzilla: Resurgence). This figure was re-issued only once before as a Wonder Festival 2015 exclusive.
• Pair this one up with the 30cm Series Gigan 2004 scheduled to come out next month (July 2016).
• See my Kaiju Addicts 30cm Godzilla 2004 Final Wars Review of the original release.
• SRP $160. Expected Release: May 31, 2017.
Now, you can get them all for only SRP $160 each. They will be available in comic shops and from online retailers throughout the United States and Canada. These re-issues will not be directly available in Japan or anywhere else outside of North America. (They will, no doubt, turn up in the gray market.)
Comic shops and online retailers have until June 20, 2016 to place their big orders. So, if you intend to order these from your local comic store, make sure they know the deadline.
Pre-orders from online retailers will extend beyond that date and run until each store’s number of customers matches the number of figures they’ve ordered from Diamond by the retailer deadline. So, it will not be unusual for you to see pre-orders still being taken after June 20.
So far, pre-orders are being taken by myself (Kaiju Addicts) from the family business, Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles for $149 each. You can now reach our X-Plus selection at Flossie’s with this new, easier URL: GetXPlus.com.
They are also available from Vampire Robots for $170 shipped. Big Bad Toy Store is taking orders for $169.99. More stores will soon follow once they catch on that they’re available.
This is a great opportunity for new collectors and those who had missed out on the initial releases!
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