The Godzilla Files Reviews the X-Plus 30cm Series Battra Larva

William Fett of The Godzilla Files reviews the Toho 30cm Series Battra Larva North American (Diamond) Reissue vinyl figure by X-Plus.

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Michael Aldrich Unboxes the X-Plus 30cm Series Godzilla 1992

Collector, Michael Aldrich unboxes the 12in Series Godzilla 1992 by X-Plus. This is the North American reissue of the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1992 and is the same in most every way.

You can see more of Michael’s videos at his Youtube Channel.

By | 2017-05-28T07:57:21+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Michael Aldrich Unboxes the X-Plus 30cm Series Godzilla 1992

Leslie Chambers Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 by X-Plus

Leslie Chambers reviews the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1992 vinyl figure by X-Plus.

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KaijuRob Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 by X-Plus

KaijuRob reviews the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1992 vinyl figure by X-Plus. On top of this excellent review, he addresses sore points to this figure which other collectors have complained about and explains why it’s actually one of the best.

You can see more of KaijuRob’s videos on his YouTube channel.

By | 2017-05-28T07:57:25+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on KaijuRob Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 by X-Plus

Rich Eso Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 Vinyl by X-Plus

Rich Eso reviews the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1992 東宝30cmシリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ1992 丹沢進撃.

• See more content from Rich at his website: www.FreshVinylHQ.com.

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Jim Cirronella Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 RIC by X-Plus

GUEST REVIEW BY JIM CIRRONELLA

Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1992 vinyl by X-Plus. Photos by Jim Cirronella.
ALL PHOTOS: JIM CIRRONELLA

Here is my review of the X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection GODZILLA 1992 (Tanzawa Advance) with product pics. This is specifically for the RIC edition which features light-up dorsal plates.

There has been controversy surrounding the quality of this figure due to many of the photos being posted online; hopefully some of these concerns may be cleared up now because much of it seems to be unwarranted after seeing the actual product.

Godzilla ’92 comes packaged in the typical X-Plus blind box with illustrated label affixed to the front, common to the Yuji Sakai modeling collection. Each box has also been packaged within its own sturdy shipping carton, which is really helpful.

X-Plus 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 box. Photo by Jim Cirronella.

Inside, the figure has been well secured to the plastic tray and protected for transit. The tail (in two separate sections), tail base and power supply unit are all packaged separately from each other. X-Plus receives top marks for its packaging here, which has been done to minimize any damage to this expensive figure.

X-Plus 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 with the 30cm Series Battra vinyl. Photo by Jim Cirronella.

Regarding quality, first of all, the overall height of 27cm (10.6 inches) as listed on the X-Plus page is incorrect. The figure, when assembled, stands 11.25″ (28.5cm), so it scales well with X-Plus’ 30cm Battra Larva (and there was much rejoicing…)

The figure is molded in charcoal gray with the only painted areas being the eyes, mouth, nails and dorsal fins. There is also a light spray of pink in the nose and ears. All of the figures that I inspected had uniform paint on the facial features, without any significant deviation.

The completed figure represents the original sculpt very well, which is classic Yuji Sakai. In 12-inch size, he has expertly interpreted the details of a 6-foot monster suit which was fashioned to appear hundreds of feet tall on screen.

Some collectors have commented negatively on the stance and arm positioning, but these are clearly indicative of the suit actor’s portrayal. Looking at this figure, you can almost envision Kenpachiro Satsuma toiling away inside of Godzilla in order to give the character life.

The tail when assembled gives the figure a total overall length of about 17 inches, and the supplied tail base must be utilized for the figure to stand properly.

X-Plus 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 battery connection. Photo by Jim Cirronella.

The RIC exclusive light-up dorsal feature is activated via a connection at the back of the leg. It’s a strong effect, and recalls the scene when Godzilla first surfaces from the ocean in the film. Do not compare it to scenes which have optical enhancement or you’re likely to be disappointed.

I believe it’s the advance product pics which have caused the most controversy. The official X-Plus images show a darkly-lit figure, indicative of the Tanzawa attack sequence in Godzilla vs. Mothra. The sample figure has also been dry brushed in light blue to bring out the detail of the sculpt.

The actual product is not painted in this fashion and so the vinyl color makes it very difficult to photograph from many angles. In flat lighting, the minor gloss of the vinyl picks up reflections that look like inconsistencies in the coloring.

Viewed from different angles, the highlights can look like white flecks on the figure. The light spray in the ears and nose has also been a problem for many, but this is a design choice and not a quality control error. And, since the product pics do not show this, certainly there will be some disappointment among collectors as to why it was added.

In addition, there has been concern that the figure’s legs look too thin. X-Plus’ pics seem to show a more hefty and squat figure, but this is simply a trick of the dark lighting and black background. When the same pics are brightened, the sample figure’s sculpt appears identical to the final product.

Overall, the X-Plus Yuji Sakai GODZILLA 1992 receives a thumbs-up. For the price, I agree that this figure should be exactly as expected, without any need for the buyer to have to touch it up. On the other hand, the area that’s causing the most controversy — the face — is literally one inch in length. So unless your figure comes with an unpainted eyeball, it’s very difficult to label these concerns as a lack of quality control.

By | 2017-05-28T07:57:26+00:00 December 11th, 2016|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Jim Cirronella Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 RIC by X-Plus

Kaiju Addicts TV Episode 2: Upcoming X-Plus Nov., Dec. and January Releases for North America from X-Plus

Episode 2 of Kaiju Addicts TV is now available. I take a look at all of the Diamond and Bluefin Reissues that have just released and will be released now thru January 2017.

They are the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive (Available Now), 12in Series Godzilla 1992 (Available Now), King Ghidorah (Available next week!), 12in Series Godzilla 1984 (Coming in December), Biollante (Coming in December) and the Gigantic Series GMK Fin Emission Version (Coming in January 2017).

Leslie Chambers introduces this episode and we also get our first Guest Review from Jeremy Soles on his Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 Ric Boy.

There’s also a contest for a Godzilla 1984 photo signed by suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma.

Visit this video directly on YouTube to get access to all of the links mentioned in the video. They’re below the video in the description.

By | 2017-05-29T20:27:05+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Categories: Kaiju Addicts TV, X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV Episode 2: Upcoming X-Plus Nov., Dec. and January Releases for North America from X-Plus

Full Review: Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1992 Vinyl Figure by X-Plus

X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1992 vinyl figure review by Kaiju Addicts.

The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1992 is based on the Heisei film, Godzilla vs. Mothra. X-Plus first released this figure in 2011, very early on in the modern run of accurate vinyls which had a slow start around 2009. This was X-Plus’ very first Heisei Godzilla figure in the 30cm Series.

I had to dish out $500 for this figure in the aftermarket back in 2013. But new collectors will get a way better deal than I did.

Five years after this figure’s debut, it’s set to be re-issued for the first time, but only for the North American market. Sorry, Japan! Diamond Distributors will release it in late November 2016. It has a suggested retail price of only $160. But you will find retailers selling it for less. (You lucky bastards.)

This figure is known for not having the most accurate sculpt, but it does have other stellar qualities instead.

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30cm Series Godzilla 1992 Diamond Reissue Coming Two Months Early

X-Plus 30cm Series Godzilla 1992 Diamond Reissue vinyl figure arriving 2 months early.
TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD. PHOTOS: JOHN STANOWSKI / KAIJU ADDICTS

Originally planned as a January 2017 Release, this vinyl badass will be here Next Month!

The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1992 is getting reissued for the very first time, but not in Japan! It will be available for the North American market (through Diamond Distributors) under the name, Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 1992 Battle For Earth Version. (Not very many use these new titles, but if you’re ordering this from your local comic store, best use the name Diamond gave them.)

This figure was originally assigned a January 2017 release. But in a move which may upset your planned budget, it’s been bumped up to November 16, 2016. That’s next month!

TWO FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER?
Note that the 12in Series Godzilla 1984 (1985) figure was already scheduled for a November 30, 2016 release. Does this mean there will be TWO new X-Plus figures tugging at our wallets?

Could be. But, as Michael Cherkowsky of Vampire Robots pointed out, the ’84 may get pushed back to December. This seems likely since the ’92 is already on a cargo ship headed for the States, and the ’84 is not.

It’s possible that the release of this figure was pushed up to clear January for the newly announced Gigantic Series Godzilla 2001 Diamond Reissue which has a current release date of January 4, 2017.

ENDING 2016 WITH A DOUBLE DOSE OF GODZILLA 1992
This change is also odd in that it will come out shortly before the newly announced shorter, yet more accurate Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1992 Japanese release expected in late November/early December.

Close-up of the mouth detail on the X-Plus Godzilla 1992 vinyl figure.

KAIJU ADDICTS REVIEW ON THE WAY
A 30cm Series Godzilla 1992 Review is in the works and will be released shortly.

PREORDER
Click here to Preorder the 12in Series Godzilla 1992 Diamond Reissue at Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles for $139.
• Or ask your local comic store about this figure or order from your favorite U.S. online retailer.

By | 2017-05-28T07:57:28+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on 30cm Series Godzilla 1992 Diamond Reissue Coming Two Months Early

Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 (Tanzawa March) vinyl announced

The Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection Godzilla 1992 against a dark sky.
TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD. PHOTOS: X-PLUS

X-Plus and master sculptor Yuji Sakai are teaming up again to bring us yet another fantastic Godzilla vinyl.

News of the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection Godzilla 1992 Tanzawa March (東宝30cmシリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ1992 丹沢進撃 ) vinyl figure surprisingly broke first at Japanese retailer, Hobby Search.

X-Plus’ Ric Boy site has yet to mention it. They have a page for it in the works; it’s just not ready to go live yet.

Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection Godzilla 1992 Tanzawa March vinyl figure by X-Plus.

This sculpt comes from 1992’s Godzilla vs. Mothra (ゴジラvsモスラ). As usual, Sakai sculpted this not only to fit the movie but a particular scene.

After the first battle between Godzilla and Battra at sea, both are sucked into an underwater fissure in the Philippine Trench. Godzilla then swims up a lava stream and emerges from Mount Fuji. From there he marches over the Tanzawa Mountains (丹沢山地) to Yokahama and then finally to Tokyo where he resumes his battle with the big bugs.

A screenshot from Godzilla vs. Mothra, 1992.

This new figure is posed to match a scene during Godzilla’s battle with Self-Defense Force tanks and masers in the Tanzawa mountains. If you have the movie on DVD, set it to play at 1 hour, 16 minutes. That’s the scene.

SIZING UP WITH BATTRA
Yuji Sakai’s original resin version of this figure stands 29.5cm but X-Plus’ vinyl version will be a bit shorter. They had to cast the prototype in wax in order to make a new mold. This process will reduce its height to about 27cm. Because of this, the figure will be a little short next to the Toho 30cm Series Battra Larva. But it should be fine as long as you’re not a scale freak like me. If you are, you’ll need to rely on the original X-Plus 30cm Series Godzilla 1992 for that since its a full 30cm.

DOUBLE DIPPING THE ’92
This is the second time X-Plus will put out a ’92. In 2011, they released their own sculpt, the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1992. A North American re-issue of this original figure is due to be released in January 2017. It’s much taller, and far less expensive ($139 at Flossie’s). But the sculpt is no match to the accuracy sculpted into the Sakai version.

Pose comparison with the Yuji Sakai 1991.
LEFT: 30CM SAKAI GODZILLA 1991, RIGHT: 30CM SAKAI GODZILLA 1992. PHOTOS: X-PLUS

SIMILARITIES TO THE ’91
A number of collectors have already remarked that they felt this new Sakai ’92 is too similar to the Sakai ’91 which was released last year. For the more casual Godzilla fans and collectors, I’ll point out some of the differences.

The head angles are different. The chest on the ’92 isn’t as bunchy. The leg stances are different. The tails may seem similar, but they are noticeably different, especially from the side. The ’92’s tail doesn’t rise as high as the ’91’s. The front of the ’92 has a more segmented neck. Very significant from the side is the more natural progression of the dorsal fins on the back as they rise up to the head. On the ’91, there is a very abrupt “step” in this pattern.

This is a classic example of X-Plus giving you more than you asked for or even think you wanted. These figures are super accurate and faithful to the designs of the actual suits, even in ways you didn’t know about.

STANDARD VERSION
Hobby Search has the X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 Standard Version up for pre-order at ¥23,750 ($233 USD). They say the figure is due for release in late November 2016.

RIC BOY VERSION
A Ric Boy (or Shounen Ric) version is up for preorder at X-Plus’ Ric Boy site. The figure will come with light-up fins and will run you ¥28,944 ($281 USD). Ouch!

The preorder window for Rics closes on October 20, 2016 and you can expect your figure to ship in late November-early December 2016. You can order it here at the Ric Boy store.

Godzilla Dream Evolution book.
DREAM EVOLUTION

If you own a copy of the Godzilla Dream Evolution book featuring all of Sakai’s works, turn to pages 32 and 33. You’ll find a 2-page spread there with 3 photos of this figure.

If you don’t already have a copy of Sakai’s Godzilla Dream Evolution hardback photo book, consider grabbing one. Any future X-Plus collaborations will be in that book allowing you to see the possibilities.

Also, keep in mind the upcoming Yuji Sakai’s Work Masterpiece Art Collection coming soon from X-Plus, and from Bluefin here in the states! This new line will feature Sakai’s works based on Godzilla movie stills, posters and more.

You can get a copy from Amazon for $46.38.
We also have them ready to ship at Flossie’s for $44.99.

By | 2017-05-28T07:57:29+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Rich Eso Reviews the Toho 30cm Series Battra Larva Vinyl Figure

Rich Eso reviews the Toho 30cm Series Battra Larva (東宝30cmシリーズ 「バトラ(幼虫)」) vinyl figure recently released by X-Plus.

See more content from Rich at his website: www.FreshVinylHQ.com.

By | 2017-05-28T07:57:34+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Rich Eso Reviews the Toho 30cm Series Battra Larva Vinyl Figure