X-Plus has opened the preorder window for the Toho Daikaiju Series (aka Large Monster Series, 25cm Series) Godzilla 1999 (宝大怪獣シリーズ ゴジラ(1999)) vinyl figure. It’s based on Godzilla’s appearance in the 1999 film, Godzilla 2000: Millennium (ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム).
Rich Eso reviews the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1999 Ver. 2 North American “Diamond” Reissue vinyl figure by X-Plus. This figure is unique in that while it was released in the U.S., it was never released in Japan.
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Gojira851 unboxes and reviews the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1999 Version 2 version vinyl figure by X-Plus. This vinyl, based on Godzilla’s appearance in Godzilla 2000: Millennium, was released only in North America.
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Super Unimportant Reviews unboxes and then reviews the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1999 Version 2 North American (Diamond) Release vinyl figure by X-Plus. This figure was released exclusively for North America!
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Full Review: X-Plus 12in Series Godzilla 1999 (2000) Version 2 (Diamond) Previews Exclusive vinyl figure
The 12in Series Godzilla 1999 Ver. 2 Previews Exclusive vinyl figure does have a few issues. It’s short. The fins are a bit too vibrant. And its marching pose makes him appear to be leaning from several angles.
But it ain’t all bad. This figure has a movie-accurate sculpt which skillfully incorporates little details casual viewers aren’t even aware of (including me!). It has a fantastic, dynamic pose which accurately captures the spirit of Tom Kitagawa and the G2K suit.
Having spent time with this figure for this review, I can’t imagine not having it on my shelves. It may not be the best. But, it’s certainly no where even near the worst. Plus, it makes for a great stand-in for a Godzilla vs. Megaguirus Godzilla.
It’s definitely a keeper and worth getting.
The 12in Series Godzilla 2000 Ver. 2 Diamond Reissue from X-Plus was previously set to be released this month.
The release date for this figure has been pushed back two months. You can expect it to be in stores on September 9, 2017.
Despite the delay, it still won’t be long for this one. If you still need to pre-order one, you can do so at Flossie’s for $139.
Matt Jacobson, a.k.a. Gojira851 unboxes and reviews the 12in Series Godzilla 1999 2K Millennium Version vinyl figure by X-Plus. This is the North American re-issue of the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1999.
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X-Plus revealed a prototype of an upcoming Large Monster Series Gabara on their table at Super Festival 73 in Tokyo this weekend (Sunday, January 8).
Gabara is the bully from All Monsters Attack (ゴジラ•ミニラ•ガバラ オール 怪獣大進撃), 1969. Many collectors have been clamoring for this for a long time now. Once again, X-Plus delivers.
Gabara is expected to be released in June 2017. No word yet on price.
Getting second bill on the table was a variant of the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1999 from Godzilla 2000: Millennium (ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム).
The original release came out in Japan in December 2013 and a North American reissue (of the original) is expected to be released through Diamond Distributors this month in the U.S.
This new variant (to be available in Japan) sports a modified head sculpt with open mouth (it was closed on the original release) and translucent fins tinted a reddish orange to mimic Godzilla’s look as he prepares to unleash his atomic breath. Also, it appears in this photo that this figure has reddish-brown highlights over its asphalt black skin.
This new version of G’99 is expected to be released in Japan in May 2017 for ¥20,000 (currently $171 USD).
Also on display were UltraSeven foe, Alien Mephilas 2 which is due out in March 2017 for ¥14,904 ($127), the Final Wars Kaiser Ghidorah (still unpainted) also due out in March 2017 (no price yet) and the painted prototype of the Toho Large Monster Series Titanosaurus which is available for preorder now from the RIC store for ¥15,012 ($128). A Standard version should be available for preorder soon at SRP ¥14,580 ($125).
Both versions of the new Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla were also on display.
GIGANTIC SERIES GODZILLA 1995 SOFT VINYL KIT
X-Plus made an unpainted kit version of their Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (the FOURTH incarnation of this figure!) available at Super Festival. It was sold for ¥25,000 ($214 USD) and allowed only one purchase per person.
No word yet on if there were any leftovers after the show for online sales.
SPECIAL THANKS to KYLE YOUNT (of the KaijuCast) for all of the Super Festival table photos on this post!
After its second showing at NYCC this week (the first showing being at SDCC earlier), this guy shows up for pre-order in North America.
Meet the Godzilla 12in Series Godzilla 1999 2K Millennium Version 2 vinyl figure by X-Plus.
The “Godzilla 12in Series” is the name for the North American releases which are distributed from Diamond. If this had come out in Japan first (and it still might??), it would have been called the “Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1999 etc.”
This figure originally came from a previously released kit. Many collectors say that it’s from the KOC soft vinyl kit which was released in 1999. But it looks like it may also be based on the resin kit by M-Arts which came out in 2007.
Firstly, you’ll note that this thing looks fucking suh’weet in this photo. It’s not quite as accurate as X-Plus’ first release, but the dynamic pose is a welcome change to the vinyl status quo. But this photo doesn’t tell the whole story.
Diamond lists no height for it yet. But, it’s obviously short as you can see from this photo from NYCC.
It’s on the far left. I’d be surprised if it even reaches 10 inches tall. It dips well below the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1984 which, as you know, is already short for the series. In the figure’s favor is the fact that it’s crouching forward somewhat drastically.
The figure also seems to have a wicked lean to it. One more pronounced than the one on the 30cm Series Varan. Look at it from any other angle than the one posted on the top of this post and you’ll see it. It leans forward and to its right side.
Will this soft vinyl figure be falling off your shelf in the summer? Will X-Plus weigh it down with some resin or foam?
SO, WHAT’S GOING ON?
I think the next thing which should be discussed here is the fact that X-Plus has never released this in Japan. Does this mean that North America is getting it first? That would be most unexpected and… just bizarre. (But, I wouldn’t complain.)
This isn’t the only one either. Bluefin has been showing off the Yuji Sakai’s Work Masterpiece Art Collection No.1 figure, a 25cm Godzilla 1954 “train biter” sculpted to look like a publicity still which had been so touched up with hand-painted tweaks on the photo that the suit’s face changed. It’s also never had a release in Japan from X-Plus.
So what’s IS going on? Is it possible that X-Plus will in fact put both of these up for preorder in Japan before they get around to making the North American batch? Should you be wary ordering these two from Diamond and Bluefin since they may be available sooner from Hobby Search and AmiAmi?
Or, is it possible that X-Plus’ Japanese and North American releases are about to sync up and get released at the same time?
I just don’t know. And X-Plus won’t talk. They say that since these are being offered by Diamond and Bluefin, that it’s up to those two companies to discuss them. Sigh.
Well… I’m just not feelin’ this one. But, don’t let me ruin it for you. There are plenty of collectors who dig it.
I’d like to show more photos of this figure on display now at NYCC. I’m just waiting for permission from the photographers.
The suggested retail price is $160. Expected release: July 2017.
If you are ready to pre-order now, I’ve made this figure available at Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles. It’s only $139 plus shipping.
Vampire Robots also has preorders open for $160 shipped.
More stores are sure to follow soon as soon as they catch on.