The Soft Series Hedorah (Final Form) vinyl figure by X-Plus is now up for preorder. This international release by X-Plus is also a Ric Exclusive-only release. There won’t be a standard version available in stores.
Sethasaurus Rexx reviews both the 30cm Series Godzilla 1968 and the 30cm Series Hedorah vinyl figures by X-Plus. Both are North American (Diamond Reissue) releases.
• See more video reviews at the Sethasaurus Rexx YouTube Channel.
Rich Eso reviews the Soft Series All-Fours Hedorah RIC Exclusive Version vinyl figure by X-Plus. This is a new entry in the Large Monster Series and is made of soft, squeezable vinyl. The Ric version comes with a vinyl factory with smoke stacks.
• See more content from Rich at his Fresh Vinyl Reviews YouTube Channel.
Super Unimportant Reviews reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Hedorah Landing Version North American (Diamond) Reissue vinyl figure by X-Plus. This figure was released exclusively for North America in June, 2018. As of this writing, this figure is still readily available!
See more videos at Super Unimportant Reviews YouTube Channel.
SuperGhidorah reviews the Soft Series Toho Large Monster Series Hedorah (やわらかいじゅうシリーズ ヘドラ（上陸期）) vinyl figure by X-Plus.
If you’ve been wondering just how soft this new version of Hedorah is, this video makes it completely clear.
• See more videos at the SuperGhidorah YouTube Channel.
Rich Eso reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Hedorah (東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「ヘドラ」 ショウネンリック限定版) RIC Exclusive Version vinyl figure by X-Plus.
• See more content from Rich at his Fresh Vinyl Reviews YouTube Channel.
Kaiju Addicts TV, Episode 6: X-Plus Mechagodzilla 1993, Hedorah, Godzilla 1971, 1975, 2004 and Kiryu 2003 Heavy Arms Version
In this new episode of Kaiju Addicts TV: a look at both the 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1993 and the Super Mechagodzilla Ric Exclusive, the Toho Large Monster Series Hedorah, Large Monster Series Godzilla 1971 (to go with Smoggie), 30cm Series Godzilla 1975 (Holy Shit!), Large Monster Series Godzilla 2004 and the 30cm Series Kiryu 2003 Heavy Arms Nightime Version.
• See more episodes at the Kaiju Addicts YouTube Channel.
William Fett of The Godzilla Files reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Hedorah (東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「ヘドラ」) standard version vinyl figure by X-Plus.
This figure is based on the suit from 1971’s Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster).
• See more content from William at his The Godzilla Files YouTube Channel.
Yesterday, X-Plus made two exciting announcements for the Japanese market sure to get your attention.
Let’s start with something old made new again.
The “25cm Series” Godzilla 1971 originally came out in 2011 and was never seen again. It’s been one of those really hard-to-figures and has been on far too many wish lists for far too long. Finally! Time for a re-issue.
Enter the Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 1971 (Showdown Image) Shounen Ric Exclusive (東宝大怪獣シリーズ ゴジラ（1971） 対決イメージVer. ショウネンリック限定商品). This is the same sculpt from 2011 with a slightly modified paint scheme meant to mimic Godzilla’s appearance in the night time final battle with Hedorah. X-Plus reports that the skin will be darker with a tinge of blue to mimic the monster’s look at night. They also refined the color on the dorsal fins.
With this RIC Exclusive version, you’ll be getting interchangeable accessories just like the original release had. There will be an extra set of arms so you can pose Godzilla with or without the newly plucked Hedorah nuclei in his hands. (We ‘mericans have been calling them eggs or eyeballs. …I think they’re eggs.)
You’ll also get to replace Godzilla’s left peeper with the eyelid he closed after getting hurt in battle with the toxic Smog Monster. Don’t quote me on this, but I think the eyelid may be a separate piece which you just pop into place. I’ve never had this figure before and I’ve been waiting to get my hands on one for a long time now.
The timing of this re-issue is no coincidence since the new Toho Large Monster Series Hedorah (adult form) will be released in a couple of weeks. You’ll be able to pose these two face-to-face on the shelf.
The Large Monster Series Godzilla 1971 exclusive Ric version is about 23cm tall (9 inches) and it will cost you ¥14.040 (currently about $126 USD) and it can be purchased directly from X-Plus on their Shounen Ric website.
The site is in Japanese and you’ll have to use a forwarding service like Tenso.com to get it since they won’t ship directly to you. A much better option would be to order through California dealer Mike Johnson. You’ll find info on how to do that at Rich Eso‘s Fresh Vinyl site.
The pre-order window for this figure is open now and will close on June 20 at 6pm Japan time. I think that’s 5am Eastern Standard Time.
I’m not positive but I am under the impression that there will not be a standard version available. That seems to be the X-Plus modus operandi when it comes to reissues like this one. (If I’m wrong, don’t shoot the reviewer!)
This figure is expected to ship in August. This figure will not be available later in North America. Bluefin Distribution holds the license for this series in the U.S. but they have no plans to offer any other Large Monster Series figures other than Biollante and King Ghidorah 1968 at this time. So order one NOW.
Sorry, we were late on this one. We weren’t able to order them on time. Flossie’s will NOT be carrying this figure.
Next up, a new Yuji Sakai figure. Or, at least, new to X-Plus.
The Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku Version (東宝30㎝シリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ(1991)新宿バージョン) is now available to order.
This is the 5th figure in the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection. And it is the 6th if you count the Gigantic Series Godzilla 2000.
It features a sculpt based on Godzilla’s appearance in Shinjuku from 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (ゴジラvsキングギドラ).
For those of you who already own the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido Version: this not just the same suit in a new pose. During the Heisei films there were usually two suits in every film. The main suit from the previous movie would be used in the next as a “water suit” for ocean and bay scenes. In the case of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, the Goji we saw in the water and on land in Hokkaido was the water suit from Godzilla vs. Biollante.
This new Shinjuku version is a modified and repaired version of the other suit from Godzilla vs. Biollante. X-Plus was careful to note Yuji Sakai’s extraordinary attention to detail when he reproduced the new throat area on this suit which was damaged beyond repair from the previous movie. This figure will be more accurate than any casual fan will even know (and that includes myself!)
A word of warning: Yuji Sakai’s insistence for keeping his tails up in the air (almost always requiring a tail base) is on hyperdrive on this figure. From some angles, the tail shoots almost cartoonishly upward as if someone just stepped on his foot. This odd feature shouldn’t be much of a concern since most of you will be posing your figures face front on the shelf.
The 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 (Shinjuku Version) will be available as a Standard version and also as a Ric Boy which will come with light-up fins. It will be about 27cm / 10.6 inches tall. On the short side for a 30cm figure, but it will fit right in with the rest of your X-Plus / Sakai collection.
You can preorder the Ric from X-Plus’ Shounen Ric site (see above) for ¥28,620 (currently about $257 USD). Pre-orders are open now and will end on June 20.
The Standard Version — without the light gimmick — will be available from the usual haunts: Hobby Search ($202), AmiAmi ($201) and Hobby Link Japan ($230) for less money. All three stores have English versions of their sites, are easy to order from and will deliver directly to you.
Delivery is expected in August 2017.
It’s possible that a North American re-issue will be available next year in the U.S. if the deal between X-Plus and Diamond Distributors continues. Why chance it though?
Note: We will not be carrying this figure at Flossie’s. (But we will later if it becomes a Diamond Reissue.)
Toho Large Monster Series Hedorah Vinyl Figure by X-Plus
Recently, X-Plus surprised collectors by announcing a Large Monster Series version of Hedorah (a.k.a. The Smog Monster). I love it when they do that. No teases, no warning. It just appears one day. Surprises like this keep the hobby exciting.
A JAPANESE RELEASE
This will be a Japanese release licensed for Japan only, but will be easy enough for anyone anywhere to get.
This is going to be a big one The Large Monster Series (also known as the 25cm Series and, most proper of all, the Daikaiju Series) is home to Godzilla figures typically 10 inches tall. But seeing as how Hedorah towered over Godzilla in 1971’s Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster, 1972), the figure will follow suit and will look down on the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1971 which was released way back in 2011.
This new Smoggie is reportedly 28cm tall. That’s a tad over 11 inches. It seems to me that it may need to be a bit taller to be totally accurate to the movie. But, alas, the 25cm Godzilla 1971 is not in my collection (yet) so I can’t compare. Regardless of how much taller this new figure should be, it will definitely be taller as it should be.
X-Plus is going all out on this release by going the extra mile with little touches to make this outstanding sculpt even more exciting as a figure.
Firstly, you may recall that in the movie, Hedorah had bit of a twinkly texture all over his grotesque skin. X-Plus is adding that twinkle in the form of sparkles to be applied after the paint apps. This little detail was absent and, to some, sorely missed on the Toho 30cm Series version of this monster.
According to photos from Hobby Search, the sparkles will be present on the Standard version of this figure. But, note that high resolution photos which X-Plus provided to SciFiJapan.com do not show the sparkles on the Standard version. I’m hoping that that’s simply because the photos were shot before the sparkles were applied.
A Google Chrome translation of the Ric site says “Round characteristic eyes are to be reproduced with clear parts.” So it seems that the detail in the eyes will be “behind” clear plastic to give the eyes a sense of depth. They didn’t have to do that. And they didn’t do that for the 30cm Series version. And that makes this version all the more special. X-Plus is really making it hard to pass on this one.
The Standard version knocked me out of my chair. And since my ass was already on the floor, the RIC version pushed me through the floor.
Not kidding. The Ric boy version of the Large Monster Series Hedorah kicks ass.
In addition to the clear eyes and movie-accurate twinkle, the RIC comes with THREE (really FOUR!) exclusive features.
The Ric Hedorah will have steady lights behind the eyes to mimic the monster from the movie. I’m not usually big on light-ups, but Hedorah just seems like a perfect candidate for this exclusive gimmick. I always found the Smog Monster to be creepy and even mesmerizing; when I was a kid, and still to this day. And part of the reason are those glowing red eyes.
BLINKING LIGHT-UP EYES
The glowing eyes are just the beginning. With a flick of a switch on the power supply, the eyes blink as does the top of the head. This is to mimic Smoggie while he fires his eye ray. The Google Chrome translation of their site seems to indicate that X-Plus has made a point to specifically mention the part of the eye which acts as the emitter of the ray. So I’m guessing that there may be an extra, devoted LED in the corner of its eye.