Kaiju Addicts TV – Episode 10. Godzilla 2014 gets a MUTO, plus February and March Releases on the way
In this new episode of Kaiju Addicts TV: a look at a new bonus extra coming with the the 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Roar Version Diamond Reissue: a MUTO head. A quick review of upcoming Japanese releases and a long look at the huge number (NINE!) of North American (Diamond) Reissues due out in February and March.
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The 12in Series Godzilla 2014 Diamond Reissue by X-Plus was originally set to be released on July 26. The date has been moved forward and will now be in stores on July 19, 2017.
If you still need to pre-order / order this big guy, we have them at Flossie’s for $149.
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.
Obelisk Collectibles reviews the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Roaring Version vinyl figure by X-Plus.
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Rich Eso reviews the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Roaring Version vinyl figure by X-Plus.
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The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Roar Version vinyl figure by X-Plus (released February 2016) is mostly the same figure as the original version which was released seven months earlier. But, three key differences warrant its own review.
Here, in this Quick Review, I will discuss the new head sculpt, translucent dorsal spines and nighttime paint scheme. You can get my thoughts on the rest of the figure in the Review for the Original Version.
X-Plus suddenly announced today pre-orders for the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Limited Roaring Version vinyl figure (東宝30cmシリーズ GODZILLA ゴジラ(2014) 限定咆哮Ver.).
The figure is basically the same as the original release which stomped into collectors’ hands last July (2015) with two very noticeable differences:
1. The head sculpt on this figure is reared upward and in full roar! But this isn’t really anything new. In fact, this how we first saw the figure back in January 2015 at Wonder Festival 67.
Back then we thought we were going to get a Ric version that came with both heads, but they instead settled on using the one laying on the table in the photo above and gave us a mini MUTO instead. Well, now we get to have both!
2. Translucent vinyl dorsal fins painted blue capturing the moment of imminent atomic breath discharge from the movie. No, they do NOT light up even though some of the graphics on Bandai’s site seems to suggest they do. For example: 発光状態をイメージした means “Image of light-emitting state” according to collector and superfan, John Ruffin (Check out his site!).
But, Gee Okamoto from X-Plus has confirmed to me that there is no light feature. But the fins definitely are translucent and their clear quality can capture light from the room and hint at the same effect.
I normally despise the translucent vinyl fins because they’re so much softer than the usual material. But I’m making an exception for this figure. The fins are small enough not to feel cheap when touched. I’m looking forward to this one. (I’ll just have an X-Plus 2014 for each floor in my house!)
Now, as to its availability: this figure is going to be a Ric Boy Exclusive AND a Premium Bandai Exclusive. As contradicting as that may sound, you should note this will NOT be available in regular stores, so it’s exclusive enough that it will be harder to get. If you are able to navigate the all Japanese Ric Boy and Premium Bandai sites, have at it. The pre-order window is now open. Curiously, there’s no word on when that window will close.
The figure will cost you ¥20,000 yen (about $167 USD) at both sites. It is expected to start shipping out in February 2016. (I wonder how that’s going to work with all the toy business strangling holidays in both China and Japan at that time of year.)
Pre-order at the X-Plus Ric Boy Store here – Limit 2 per customer.
Pre-order at the Premium Bandai Store here – Limit 2 per customer.
And for those who can’t navigate setting up an account at either site, we have our usual savior:
Order this figure from Mike Johnson. Rich Eso has a great how-to article explaining how to get in touch with Mike, a trusted source for hard to get X-Plus figures for many a collector.
(UPDATE: Jamie Davies has reached his capacity for this figure and can take no more orders.)
If you are new to X-Plus and would like to know more about (most of) this figure, visit my Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Review of the original release. You’ll just have to mentally substitute the head and clear fins when you do.
One final thing: I’d like to make a prediction. It was revealed earlier by Michael Cherkowsky of Vampire Robots that our promised 12 Godzilla Diamond Reissues have been taken away and that we are instead getting about 5 Godzilla figures, all with new or modified sculpts. I would not be surprised in the least if one of these is this Godzilla 2014, with roaring head, sans the clear fins. Not a fact. But don’t be surprised if it happens.
Now, X-Plus… WHERE is our 30cm Series Female MUTO? (taps foot.)
The Kaiju Planet has a written review with lots of photos of the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 vinyl figure by X-Plus. Visit Arlo’s site and read his review!