X-Plus’ Destoroyah Reissue (now with light gimmick) now up for Preorder.
The Toho Large Monster Series Destoroyah vinyl figure by X-Plus is now available to order again. This truly amazing vinyl was first released back in December of 2015. It followed the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995 which was released the summer before.
But, there’s something special about this release. Unlike the original release, this one will have light-up eyes and horn.
Also new is the way X-Plus is taking orders. There is no deadline. Instead, X-Plus will end orders as soon as a predetermined number of reservations is reached. Because of this, we have no idea at all when the preorder window will close.
This is good in that you may have more time to place your order, like the Godzilla 2016 Form 2 figure which is still taking orders. Then again, you could wake up one day to discover your chance is gone, just like that.
Reservations started today, July 21. X-Plus is asking for ¥29,700 (currently $266 USD).
There is no standard version of this release. If you want it, you’ll have to take the RIC. It will be available only from the X-Plus Ric store, Premium Bandai and the Godzilla Store. All three stores are in Japanese and will NOT ship overseas so you’ll need a forwarding service like Tenso.com or have a friend with connections get one for you.
This figure is expected to release in October 2017.
• This figure is freaking amazing. The intricate details, textures and paint applications make this one of the most impressive figures X-Plus has ever put out.
• Despite being in the smaller (25cm) series, this figure is big. And not only because the suit was bigger; it’s actually big for the series. Both it and the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995 are oversized enough that they seem to need to belong to another series somewhere between the 25’s and the 30’s. So they’re technically not in scale with the rest of your Large Monster Series Collection.
There is a place for it though. Destoroyah (and Godzilla 1995) scale very well all of the figures in the Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection.
• It’s heavy. To help keep its balance, both legs are filled with resin. It will never topple over.
• The wings come already attached. You need only add the tail.
• This figure has a tendency to arrive with a detached wing. Because of what I feel are oversights in the packaging, it’s not uncommon to have your figure arrive with one of the wings popped out of it’s socket.
The floor of the styrofoam shell is too thin in my opinion. There are also two pockets of space below that (in the box and in the case box) which can permit this heavy figure to shift downward if the package is plopped down. The tip of the wings are held in place by the snug styrofoam pit in which it sits, while the rest of the figure is “permitted” to shift slightly downward.
But don’t worry. The wings can be easily reattached using superglue. They connect very easily each using a “tab” (no suction cups). You’ll just have to be patient while you sit there are hold the wing while it sets.
• Finally, it really does need to be repeated: this figure is freaking amazing. It almost feels like it needs to belong to a super premium X-Plus line or something. It really is that good.
William Fett of The Godzilla Files reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Destoroyah (東宝大怪獣シリーズ デストロイア 少年リック限定版 ) RIC Exclusive Version vinyl figure by X-Plus. Based on the 1995 film, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, this RIC came with an exclusive Crab Form Destoroyah.
• See more content from William at his The Godzilla Files YouTube Channel.
Leslie Chambers reviews the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1995 (東宝30㎝シリーズ 「ゴジラ1995」) Standard Version vinyl figure by X-Plus. It was released in April 2017.
• See more of Leslie’s reviews at his YouTube Channel.
Diego Doom reviews the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1995 東宝30㎝シリーズ 「ゴジラ1995」vinyl figure by X-Plus. This amazing figure was just released in April 2017 in Japan.
See more of Diego Doom on his YouTube Channel.
Matt Jacobson, a.k.a. Gojira851 unboxes and reviews the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1995 vinyl figure by X-Plus.
See more of his videos at Gojira851’s YouTube Channel.
The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1995 vinyl figure by X-Plus was first revealed at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition (a private industry event) in late 2016.
Pre-orders for the figure opened February 3, 2017 and ended on February 19, 2017. The figure was released in April 2017. The average price for the Standard Version was about $190. The RIC Exclusive version of this figure came with a mini Oxygen Destroyer and sold for ¥25,920 (about $232).
This release marks the first time X-Plus has put out an original 30cm Series Heisei Godzilla original sculpt (Not Sakai) since 2013 with the release of the 30cm Series Godzilla 1984. Also consider that we haven’t seen ANY other X-Plus original 30cm Godzilla’s after 2013 besides the two versions of the Godzilla 2014 figure.
Yes, it’s been a long, long time but X-Plus is back with bang. The new 30cm Series Godzilla 1995 is f’n AMAZING.
Rich Eso reviews the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1995 RIC Boy version vinyl figure by X-Plus.
• See more content from Rich at his Fresh Vinyl Reviews YouTube Channel.
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.
The Godzilla Vinyl Wars Previews Exclusive Burning Godzilla 1995 Sofubi is available for order from Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles. From a limited run of 200, we will be getting 14 of them. And as of this writing, only 8 are left. Only $54.99 plus shipping. Get ’em while they last!
Daiei 30cm Series Daimajin
大映30㎝シリーズ 大魔神 少年リック限定版
X-Plus has released several Daimajin figures in the Large Monster Series in the past. But the great statue has finally stepped into the Daiei 30cm Series!
Daimajin (大魔神) was a film trilogy set in feudal Japan put out by the Daiei Film Company in 1966. All three movies featured a “great demon god” in the form of a statue embedded in the side of a mountain. The actions of evil men soon increase the great statue’s rage and prompts it to come to life and exact its revenge and dish out some badass justice. If you haven’t seen these movies: check them out! Imagine mixing Kurosawa and Harryhausen together. That’s Daimajin!
This new Ric Boy figure will come with an impressive array of features and extras. Included are 5 alternate hands with which to interact with the included sword, metal chain, hook, spike (nail?), a mini Tsurukichi figure and a “god of military arts” face. The shoulder joints, hidden below flaps of armor, can be articulated. And perhaps most impressive of all, the position of the eyes can be changed!
Too many options? Pick them all! Just change the figure every few months and you’ve got a fresh display. Holy shit, okay, really, sign me the hell up!
This figure is a Japanese release and will be sold only in Japan.
Preorders for the Daiei 30cm Series Daimajin will open soon. There is no price to report yet. It is expected to ship in late November.
This new offering seems set to become the ultimate Daimajin figure.
X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (Freeze Version)
ギガンティックシリーズ ゴジラ1995 凍結ver. 少年リック限定商品
The X-Plus GBG is back again! Originally released (sans the ice) back in August 2014, it was reissued through Bandai as a special SDCC Exclusive which came with tail already attached. Apparently Japanese collectors have been clamoring for a frozen version in order to relive the amazing climax scene from the final film in the Heisei series.
The new Gigantic Series “Burning Godzilla” is a bit of fire and ice. It’s basically the same figure we all know but with splashes (sprays?) of frosty white to represent the icing from the JSDF‘s freezing weapons.
It seems this release is getting a cold reception in the West. Apparently many of us think it was just doused with a can of spray snow. But is it a simple rehash? Think of it what you will. I see it as simply another option for collectors and yet another opportunity for those who missed out on the previous releases. I actually wouldn’t mind having one myself.
This exclusive Ric Boy version comes with a mini Super X III which is about 11cm (4.3 inches) long.
LIMITED TO 300
This figure will be limited to a run of only 300 and it seems at this time it will be available only from X-Plus’ Ric Boy online store.
This figure is a Japanese release and will be sold only in Japan.
This figure will run you ¥40,824 ($402 USD). Just remember to add about $100 to that for shipping from Japan.
I do not believe there will be a Standard version available. This Ric is expected to become available for preorder on September 21. The final product is expected to ship in November.
New Ultraman Ace and Taro fare
The Large Monster Series Ultraman Ace “Space Showdown” Set (大怪獣シリーズ ウルトラマンエース 異次元空間対決セット 少年リック限定商品) will include both our hero along with a Yapool (Yapuru ヤプール) figure. There will also be a stand for Ace. It will run you ¥19,980 ($196 USD). I suspect this will be available only from the X-Plus Ric Boy site. Preorders are open now and will end September 26. The set is expected to ship in November.
The Large Monster Series Cosmo Liquid (大怪獣シリーズ コスモリキッド) hails from the Ultraman Taro series (1973-1974). The X-Plus version stands about 25cm tall and will run you ¥13,824 ($135 USD). Preorders are open now at the X-Plus Ric Boy site through September 26 and it’s expected to ship in November.