The Star Ace Kong Skull Island 32cm Soft Vinyl Statue which X-Plus has been showcasing at toy and model shows is finally going up for pre-order this week. International distributors were contacted early Monday morning and given details on this release.
This incredible, movie-accurate vinyl features Kong as he appeared in the 2017 film Kong: Skull Island from Legendary Pictures. It sports an incredible likeness with finely sculpted fur and captures the spirit of Kong’s personality in the facial expression.
Available in two versions: it is now open for pre-orders from the same stores which you get your X-Plus vinyls from in Japan, the United States and all over the world.
THE X-PLUS CONNECTION
This figure is being distributed by Star Ace, a company based in Hong Kong which is known for making high quality 1/6 scale figures. Star Ace is a subsidiary of X-Plus.
Although this vinyl will be branded with the Star Ace logo, know that it was sculpted and directed by X-Plus.
I suspect that it’s being handled by Star Ace because this figure is an international release. X-Plus releases are always limited to distribution in Japan; and their North American releases to North America. But, Kong will be available all over the globe.
So, if you are an X-Plus collector: YES, you should consider this an X-Plus even though it carries the Star Ace brand.
STANDARD AND DELUXE VERSIONS
Kong will be available in two versions: Standard and Deluxe.
The Standard Version (SA9002) will get you just the figure while the Deluxe Version (SA9001) comes with one change and a couple of extras.
Buyers of the Deluxe Version will get a detailed diorama base featuring Skull Island terrain. It’s sculpted with water in the center with two flat areas to accommodate Kong’s feet.
The Deluxe Version will also include a mangled helicopter which you could lay at the figure’s feet on the base. Or…
You can insert the chopper into Kong’s left hand so that it appears that he’s gripping it. Now, that is a nice touch!
ONLY ONE LEFT HAND
Note that the left hand pose is sculpted differently than the open hand on the Standard Version. This closed hand is sculpted to hold the chopper.
The Deluxe Version does NOT come with an option of open or closed hand. If you get the Standard, you get it open. If you get the Deluxe, it’s closed.
DELUXE VERSION IS LIMITED TO 800 PIECES WORLDWIDE
Not everyone will be able to get a Deluxe Version. And there is no accurate mechanism in place to keep track of store orders from all over the world to halt orders once all 800 pieces are spoken for. It’s gonna happen. Some stores will get their Deluxe Version numbers cut. And some of you will be left Kongless.
The Standard Version is definitely the safer route since is NOT limited and plenty will be made to fill all Standard orders.
The Star Ace Kong will be 32cm (12.59 inches) tall. The diorama base which comes with the Deluxe Version will add 3cm for a total height of 35cm (13.7 inches).
In comparison, the 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 is 32.3cm (12.75 inches) tall, practically the same height as the Star Ace Kong. The 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Roaring Version is a tad taller at 33cm (13 inches). So, this Kong will look great next to your X-Plus Legendary Godzilla vinyls (as long as you don’t mind the fact that Goji is technically three times taller).
PRE-ORDER AND RELEASE DATES
Star Ace reported that Kong will be released in July 2018. But, I have reason to believe that that is actually when the manufacturing will be complete. The actual release in Hong Kong and Japan will be in mid-August.
If you are planning to pre-order your Kong vinyl from a U.S. store, it’s quite likely that you will need to wait a further 4 to 6 weeks for the figure to arrive and a further week or two for the U.S. distributor to get the product checked and sorted and ready for delivery. Unless Kong’s bound for the U.S. ship out on the same day they ship to HK. Then you can take two weeks off for that.
Star Ace reported on their Facebook Page that the Standard Version will cost you $139.99 and the Deluxe Version, $179.99. But they will probably differ from retailer to retailer.
WHERE TO GET IT
Contrary to what I’ve previously reported, this figure will not be available to order from directly from the Star Ace website. Instead, it will be available to order from stores all over the world including your favorite shops in Japan like Hobby Search, AmiAmi, etc.
I was told that the Star Ace Kong would be available from the usual stores in Japan.
AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM U.S. STORES
The Star Ace Kong is an International Release and so you are now able to order from stores in the United States. Just keep in mind that U.S. stores will get the goods about a month after they are made available in Hong Kong and Japan.
If you have a favorite store from which you get your X-Plus fix, you should also be able to get the Star Ace Kong from there as well.
GET KONG FROM FLOSSIE’S
YES, you can order these figures from us at Kaiju Addicts and Flossie’s right now!
You can also pre-order one from your local comic book store. But BE CAREFUL! The preorder window is short so you must place your order BEFORE APRIL 16! Actually, you should do it BEFORE then. April 16 is the deadline for your comic store to place their order in to Diamond Distributors. You should probably make sure the shop you choose gets their order in on time.
Help the guy behind the counter out by giving them the Diamond Distributors exact Product Name and Item Code for the figure you want.
For the Standard: the Product Name is KONG SKULL ISLAND KONG SOFT VINYL STATUE and the Item Code is FEB188472.
For the Deluxe: it’s KONG SKULL ISLAND KONG SOFT VINYL STATUE LTD DLX VER and the Item Code is FEB188473.
Open this page on your phone and take it with you to the comic store so that you will be ready to show the codes when ordering.
Keep in mind that Diamond Distributors expects to be able to ship these figures to stores by September 26, 2018. (That’s a little over a month after they become available in Japanese stores.)
NOTE: NOT EVERY DELUXE VERSION ORDER WILL BE FILLED – ALLOCATIONS MAY OCCUR
As mentioned above, the Star Ace Kong Deluxe Version is a Limited Edition. Only 800 pieces will be made available worldwide.
This means that, yes, you are TAKING A CHANCE if you order a Deluxe. There is no way to tell which retailers will get their orders cut. But one thing is for certain: they will get cut. It’s already very apparent that the Deluxe Version is getting much more of a response than the Standard Version.
IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO RISK MISSING OUT: ORDER A STANDARD! Otherwise, you’re rolling the dice. Good luck to you!
DEADLINE AND RELEASE DATES
Pre-order Deadlines will vary from store to store in both Japan and the U.S.
But, please be aware of these two important dates:
This is the main cut-off date. Star Ace must have all orders from stores and retailers by this date.
This is the cut-off date for Diamond Distributors. Stores in the United States and Canada must have their orders in by this date.
Needless to say, the end store collectors wind up ordering from must have your orders in before these dates.
MORE PROMOTIONAL IMAGES
You can see where X-Plus got the inspiration from for the Deluxe version!
Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section below. I’ll help out if I can.