Rich Eso reviews the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1954 (酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ(1954) 怪獣王 ゴジラ) RIC Exclusive Version vinyl figure by X-Plus.
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X-Plus Godzilla 1954 and Mechagodzilla 1975 releasing next week; Train Biter already sold out at Diamond!
The North American reissues of the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954 Train Biter and the 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1975 vinyl figures by X-Plus will arrive in U.S. stores on Wednesday, October 4.
If you’ve already placed your order with us at Flossie’s, expect to have your order charged on Monday or Tuesday (Oct. 2-3, 2017). We will begin shipping them out on Thursday.
DIAMOND ALREADY SOLD OUT OF TRAIN BITERS!
Diamond Distributors is already sold out of the Godzilla 1954 figure. If you haven’t placed your order already, you will NOT be able to do so at Comic Stores as usual. The only stock left will be in the hands of stores and retailers who already ordered them ahead of time.
I’ve been saying for some time now: Diamond will not be stocking up high with X-Plus extras now and in the future. The chance of missing out is much higher now, so make sure your pre-order early from a store you trust!
We have some preorder slots still available for both figures at Flossie’s.
Today at the Toy Fair trade show in New York, Diamond Distributors revealed the next set of X-Plus vinyl figures slated for North American release. These figures are reissues of Japanese releases, now licensed for sale only in the United States and Canada.
Please note that all of the Toho 30cm Series re-issues for North America have been re-named the “Godzilla 12in Series.”
12in Series Godzilla 1954 “Train Biter”
This crazy awesome piece was originally released in March 2016. It features a monochrome paint scheme and stylized sculpt of the original King of Monsters chomping on a train. At 11.5 inches tall, it’s noticeably shorter than the rest of the figures in this series.
It’s X-Plus’ first stylized piece in the 30cm Series, but don’t let that scare you away. If you’ll pardon the anathema, this sculpt improves on the 1954 design. But, yes, if you are an accuracy freak you might want to skip this one. But you’d be missing out on some serious badassery.
12in Series Godzilla 2014 “Blue Fin Emission Version”
The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 “Roar Version” was first released in Japan in February 2016. It has the same sculpt as the original Godzilla 2014 which X-Plus put out in July 2015, but with an upturned head in a roaring pose.
This “roar” version also sports translucent fins tinted blue to mimic their look when charging up for a puff of atomic breath. The figure’s pose makes it 13 inches tall and one of the tallest in the series.
The original sculpt with regular black fins is already set to come out from Diamond in June and can be pre-ordered now.
More information and photos on both versions can be seen in my reviews of the Japanese releases:
• Full Review: Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Vinyl Figure by X-Plus
• Quick Review: Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Roar Version Vinyl Figure by X-Plus
12in Series Mechagodzilla 1975
X-Plus originally released the Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1975 just last year in August. And, now everyone will get another crack at him. This awesome, awesome, awesome figure, based on his second appearance in Terror of Mechagodzilla offers a rougher sculpt and shinier paint than on the 1974 version and doesn’t need a base to stand like the ’74 does.
It has articulation in the jaw, head, neck, shoulders, hips and feet. And it will look great next to your 12in Series Titanosaurus which Diamond released early last year (and is set to appear again — another batch of Titano’s are on their way here right now!)
12in Series Mechagodzilla 2002 (Kiryu)
X-Plus first released their Kiryu 2002, complete with blue jet and cannon pack as a resin piece way back in 2012. It was later released, in vinyl this time, as a very limited Summer Wonder Festival Exclusive in 2015. Not so exclusive anymore, eh?
It will have articulation in only the shoulders and wrists. Trust me, this thing is amazing. Even if you’re not big on Kiryu, this figure just might win you over.
I could be wrong but I think the blue jet pack can not be removed. If you want a clean-look Kiryu, you can order the 2003 version. It’s available to order and ship right now from stores in the U.S. and Canada.
I can offer only more info and photos of the the 2003 version (no back pack). The two figures are so similar, it’s worth a look:
• FULL REVIEW: X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Kiryu Vinyl Figure
12in Series Battra Larva
Based on 1992’s Godzilla vs. Mothra, the Toho 30cm Series Battra Larva was first unleashed in early summer 2016. It’s 12inches tall from the tip of its translucent horn and a whopping 21 inches long! It may not see eye to eye with Godzilla, but this thing is BIG!
I would not be surprised if this figure breaks Diamond’s current $200 SRP ceiling.
Match this figure up with the 12in Series Godzilla 1992 (which is available in the U.S. right now). Or, if you want to be really accurate, with the Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 (Expected to be released by Diamond this April) since that was actually the suit used in the fight sequence at sea while Battra was still in its larval stage.
12in Series Gigan 2004
Talk about double dipping! The Toho 30cm Series Gigan 2004 (from Godzilla: Final Wars) was reissued by X-Plus and Diamond just last year. X-Plus is now set to release the same figure again, but with it’s RIC exclusive alternate parts: the second head and it’s buzzsaw arms permanently attached.
The earlier stage of Gigan 2004, with its first head and more classic-style, bladed arms is available to purchase right now from stores in the U.S. and Canada.
12in Series Godzilla 1992 Yuji Sakai Version
Although I don’t have a photo of it on display at Toy Fest, the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1992 will also be reissued. This was just released in Japan last November.
Here is a quick gallery of bigger, cleaner shots of the figures.
There is no word yet on price or expected release dates for any of these figures. But what’s the rush? We’ve got Diamond Reissues already releasing every month now through July.
Keep checking Kaiju Addicts for more details. And please have a look at the X-Plus Diamond / Bluefin Release Schedule.
Other X-Plus / Diamond News: Second Batch of Kaiju on the Way
X-Plus has made a Second Batch of many of the figures released by Diamond early last year. Space Godzilla, Anguirus 1968, Titanosaurus and Kiryu 2003 each had new runs and they are due to hit the Diamond warehouse any day now. The quantities are smaller than the first batch but there should be plenty to go around. You should start seeing them pop up on stores that had previously sold out. But many of these are still in stock and ready to order right now.
Rich Eso reviews the Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1954 vinyl figure by X-Plus.
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Leslie Chambers reviews the Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1954 (ギガンティックシリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション 「ゴジラ1954」) vinyl figure by X-Plus.
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MyKaiju.com controller, John Ruffin, has long been my favorite digital artist working with X-Plus. He’s only just received his Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1954 vinyl figure by X-Plus, and he’s already made another masterpiece with it.
I’ve been saying for years now that X-Plus figures are so good they look like they walked right out of the screen. Here, John puts it back into “the screen” again and the result looks totally authentic.
Check out John’s photo gallery here on Kaiju Addicts and be prepared to be wowed.
And, there is a LOT more to see at John’s site: MyKaiju.com. Get some coffee and don’t expect to get out of that chair for while when you go. There’s enough there to keep you mesmerized for quite a while.
Get ready, North America. Even more X-Plus is on the way!
Both Diamond and Bluefin, distributors of X-Plus North American releases, have made new reveals this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. And some of them are really surprising.
Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 2000: Millennium
It looks like we’re getting another Godzilla 2000 from Diamond. It’s in addition to the 30cm Series Godzilla 1999/2000 already released by X-Plus in December 2013 which is due to be reissued in North America through Diamond in March 2017.
I’ve read (on the Facebook groups) that this vinyl will be based on an old KOC resin kit which came out around the same time the movie did. It seems to be a bit shorter than other figures in the Godzilla 12in Series (Toho 30cm Series) but this could be due to its forward lean in the pose.
The really, really interesting thing about this news is that a Japanese release from X-Plus has not happened yet. This is totally weird and unprecedented.
Will Japan still get it first? Will be a North American release only? Or, could it be that X-Plus is beginning to sync their Japanese releases with their North American releases so that every one everywhere gets one at the same time? I really don’t know, but that would be fucking sweet.
Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 2014
The 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 is now on display at the Diamond booth at SDCC.
It’s actually been planned for quite some time now. In fact, Diamond probably could have been announced it at the same time as they did the ’84, ’92, ’04 and the two Sakai’s. Perhaps they were saving it to make more of a splash at the convention.
Here’s hoping that they reissue the Roaring Version at some point as well.
Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 2001
The Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001 is also now on display at the Diamond booth at SDCC.
The first release happened a mere four months ago in Japan and it seems way, way too early for a Diamond Reissue. I’m guessing, though, that it probably won’t be until late 2017 before you can get your hands on it. (If you want it NOW: we still have two of the Japanese originals available at Flossie’s.)
On to Bluefin
Since the Diamond Reissues first showed up, North American collectors have been getting hit on two fronts. Enter Bluefin, and the Great Three-Front War on our wallets.
Bluefin is about to release reissues of the Large Monster Series Biollante and King Ghidorah. They are now on display at Bluefin’s booth at SDCC and are due to be released later this month.
Also on display at the Bluefin booth is the Bandai Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (1999°C Version) SDCC Exclusive. (No, it doesn’t light up. That light is coming from the table.)
Now back to the new reveals. The final vinyl surprise from SDCC is…
Yuji Sakai’s Work Masterpiece Art Collection No. 1 (Godzilla 1954 Still Version)
The second of the two biggest surprises from SDCC (kaiju-figure-wise) is an upcoming vinyl version of Yuji Sakai’s Godzilla 1954 Still Version.
And, yep, it’s another train biter.
You probably noticed Godzilla’s funky mug in the photo above. It’s not sloppy work but rather a piece of Godzilla history in three dimensions.
I’m not a Godzilla expert or anything but I believe Mr. Sakai had based this sculpt on a 1954 publicity still photo which had a lot of painting touch-ups performed upon it. Back then they used to paint on photos to change something, correct errors or make something clearer. (It was the early 20th century’s version of Photoshopping.)
Take a look:
Sakai’s original resin version is 23.5cm (9.25 inches) tall. So, consider this a Large Monster Series entry.
If you have Sakai’s book Godzilla Dream Evolution, turn to page 82 for four crisp photos of the original resin.
This announcement is particularly interesting because, like the vinyl version of the KOC Godzilla 2000 mentioned at the top of this post, this figure has not yet been released by X-Plus in Japan yet. What’s going on here??
Also interesting is the name of the line on the back wall: Yuji Sakai’s Work Masterpiece Art Collection.
“Collection”? “No. 1”?
This is totally conjecture on my part, but it sounds to me like they plan to release a series of Mr. Sakai’s more playful work including maquettes, poster versions, busts, etc. There are quite a few to choose from. Again, open up your Godzilla Dream Evolution book and take a look at the possibilities.
If you don’t own the Godzilla Dream Evolution book, we have some available at Flossie’s.
No word on prices or release dates yet. Our on-the-spot reporter, Kevin DeAntonio, will attempt to get some facts on Sunday. If he’s successful, I’ll update this post.
The Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1954 (ギガンティックシリーズ 酒井ゆうじ 造形コレクション 「ゴジラ1954」) is your chance to own of THE ultimate Godzilla collectibles
X-Plus has just opened the pre-order window for the Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1954 vinyl figure.
We knew it was coming, but its arrival is a bit sooner than expected. Gigantic Series figures usually have very long pauses between releases. The Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 had literally just begun to ship when this new figure went up for preorder.
No doubt, X-Plus is attempting to capitalize on the imminent release of the Shin Godzilla (Godzilla: Resurgence) movie which features a monster design that is drastically new, yet firmly anchored on the original 1954 design.
This figure will be the 5th entry in the Gigantic Series and also the 5th figure in the Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection. It will be the 2nd (technically 3rd if you count the Sakai 1999) non-stylized, movie accurate entry in the Gigantic Series.
One key feature of this release is that it has been designed by lauded Godzilla sculptor, Yuji Sakai. His involvement on a figure release instantly raises the price. Because of Mr. Sakai’s amazing talent, this figure (I have to say it again:) looks like it walked right out of the movie!
The next key feature, and probably the first you’ll notice when seeing it in person, is its size. It is a whopping 44cm (17.3″) tall. With its lifeless, yet movie-accurate, tail in tow, it has a length of 75cm (29.5″). That’s almost two and half feet!
RIC BOY EXCLUSIVE
The Ric Boy Exclusive version comes with a sculpted logo plate with Japanese syllables in katakana. ゴ(go), ジ(ji) and ラ(ra) are stacked upon each other to spell Gojira. It’s 12cm (4.75 inches) tall. It comes with a mini “train biter” bust at the base.
The price for the Ric Boy Exclusive version is ¥49,896 ($491 USD). Yeah, you read that right. You can thank the figure’s gigantic size and Mr. Sakai’s involvement for that price tag.
ORDERING THE EXCLUSIVE VERSION
Click here to Order the Exclusive version at X-Plus’ Online Ric Boy Store. (Site is in Japanese only. Will not ship overseas. You will need a forwarding service like Tenso.com).
There is a less expensive route: the Standard Version. It won’t get you the logo nameplate extra, but it will give you a nice break on the final bill.
ORDERING THE STANDARD VERSION
Japanese online store, Hobby Search will give you a standard version for ¥43,890 ($431 USD). That’s a savings of $60! (Do you really want to pay an extra $60 for a little logo plate anyway?)
Hobby Search has an English version of their site and they will ship directly to you.
Hobby Link Japan will also ship overseas. Click here to order it from Hobby Link Japan.
AmiAmi, once again, seems to be allergic to the very idea of shipping oversized boxes overseas. If you’re dead set on getting it from AmiAmi, you can order it from the Japanese language version of their site, here. Keep in mind you’ll need a forwarding service (like Tenso.com). Remember, they don’t want to bother with shipping big boxes overseas.
As of this writing, the deadline for orders has not yet been determined.
The figure is expected to ship in October 2016.
• You can find photos of the resin version of this figure in Yuji Sakai’s Godzilla Dream Evolution book on Page 21. I often flip through this book to see what the next X-Plus Sakai might be. All of the possibilities are in there. (You can order that book here.)
• High Resolution Photos at SciFi Japan.
Rich Eso reviews the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954 “Train Gripper” (東宝30cmシリーズ 「ゴジラ1954（電車咥えモノクロver.）」) vinyl figure by X-Plus.
See more content from Rich at his website: www.FreshVinylHQ.com.
It’s Winter Wonder Festival time again at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Chiba, Japan and take a look at who showed up: the Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection Godzilla 1954 by X-Plus. (Cue wild applause.)
In my interview with X-Plus’ Gee Okamoto from last year, he said he wanted to make a Gigantic Series Godzilla 1954, Godzilla 1962 and Godzilla 1989. So this big reveal was only half a surprise. (But, I’m still fully giddy about it.)
This vinyl figure will be reproduced from a piece by renowned sculptor, Yuji Sakai. It will be the 5th figure in the Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection, and the 4th in the Gigantic Series.
Sakai’s book, Godzilla Dream Evolution, states that the original resin version of this figure is 48cm (18.8 inches) tall. The vinyl X-Plus version will be slightly shorter.
If you have the book, the original figure is on page 21.
This figure is due out in early summer. (Thanks for translating, Dell!)