UPDATED OCTOBER 15, 2014
Pre-orders have begun for the X-Plus Large Monster Series King Ghidorah 1968!
You can order the Ric Boy version of this figure at the official X-Plus Ric Boy Online Shop. The cost is ¥38,880 (currently $361.09) plus shipping. The Ric Boy version comes with a mini Kilaack Saucer. (UPDATE: In addition to one Kilaack Saucer, the Ric Boy also comes with a Fire Dragon version. That’s TWO saucers! I don’t have a good translation of the page, but it seems to say that the Fire Dragon Saucer will be a regular Kilaack Saucer covered with non-removable “fire parts”.
The Standard Version (no saucerS) is already up for pre-order at Japanese site AmiAmi.com for ¥32,850 (currently $305.08). AmiAmi has an English-version site and ships outside of Japan.
UPDATE: Hobby Search will NOT be selling this figure due to its large size.
I’ve been getting emails asking me if Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles will be selling the X-Plus King Ghidorah. The answer is no (sorry!). This figure is licensed for Japan only. Flossie’s sells only X-Plus figures licensed for North America (Diamond Reissues). If you want King Ghidorah, you’ll have to grab one from one of the sites mentioned above.
NEW FIGURE DETAILS
• As mentioned in a previous Kaiju Addicts post, King Ghidorah will come with two wing pieces made of sturdy ABS plastic. They will not droop in the summer heat. They will come loose in the box and will need to be attached.
• The interior of King Ghidorah’s body will be reinforced with ABS “innards” designed to accept the wing joints and will be strong enough to hold them up.
• As previously reported, King Ghidorah’s heads will be injection molded pieces while the necks will be vinyl. The Ric Boy site now reports that the necks will be reinforced with metal wires. This will support the necks (two of which reach out almost horizontally) and prevent them from sagging in hot weather. (The same technique was used on the X-Plus Biollante tentacles.)
UPDATE: It seems the heads will be VINYL. But they will contain injection parts for the horns and perhaps tongues.
King Ghidorah, despite it’s large size, is a part of the Large Monster Series and is in scale with other figures in this series (which are typically 25cm tall). Like the X-Plus Biollante, King Ghidorah’s large size (mostly from its wings and center head) does not grant it membership to the 30cm Series line.
The X-Plus site states that it will be 32cm (12.5 inches) tall from the top of the middle head to the ground and 47cm (18.5 inches) from the top tip of the wings to the ground. The width (from wing tip to wing tip) is 62cm (24.4 inches). The length from the furthest-reaching head to the tips of the tails is 51cm (20 inches).
Dimensions for the Kilaak Saucer which comes with the Ric Boy Exclusive have disappeared from their site. But they originally posted that the saucer will be 15cm (5.9 inches) in diameter. That’s pretty big for an extra!
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Pre-orders for the X-Plus King Ghidorah end October 27, 2014 at the Ric Boy Online Store. The figure is expected to be released in December.