The Toho Large Monster Series Angurius 1968 was first released in Japan in 2012. It was reissued there twice more; once in 2015 and again in early 2018. That last one is going to be released any time now here in the U.S.
If you’re on the fence about whether or not to dive into the Large Monster Series, then this review is for you.
Rich Eso reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Anguirus 1968 (東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「アンギラス（1968年版）」) vinyl figure by X-Plus.
This is actually an older review which was originally published in 2014. I’m embedding it in a new post because it’s highly relevant now with the upcoming Diamond Reissue due out in early June 2018.
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Large Monster Series Anguirus 1968 and Destoroyah North American Diamond Reissues Now Heading for U.S.
The North American (Diamond) Reissues of the X-Plus Large Monster Series Angurius 1968 and Destoroyah, which were delayed from their original April release, now have a new date. Both figures have just boarded the cargo ship and are on their way to the United States. Diamond has published a new expected release date of June 6, 2018. There is still time to preorder both of them at Flossie’s and other stores.
Leslie Chambers has a complete line-up of X-Plus vinyls from the 1968 Showa classic, Destroy All Monsters. On the eve of this film’s 50th anniversary, he talks about each figure and demonstrates, yes, you can get the whole DAM roster of kaiju on your shelves.
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Diamond and X-Plus has just announced ELEVEN Large Monster Series Re-issues for the U.S. and Canada! Several of them are currently super rare and pricey. And many others will help you complete a 25cm Series Destroy All Monsters line-up on your shelves! Pre-orders are NOW OPEN. They start shipping in March 2018…
Collector Sam Torres had been taking diorama shots with his X-Plus vinyl collection for a while now. His latest batch is nothing short of amazing.
I added a gallery for Sam here in the Kaiju Addicts ‘Photos’ section. There’s a few more too large to fit comfortably here in the main news feed.
See more pics in the Sam Torres Photo Gallery!
Nice review on the Toho Large Monster Series (25cm Series) Anguirus 1968 Re-issue that just came out.
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Collectors have been starting to dish out more creative ways to shoot their X-Plus figures. We’ve gone through worm’s-eye-view phases, sky shot phases and are now in the midst of an n scale building phase. But Steve Harron took his Toho Large Monster Series Anguirus 1968 vinyl figure by X-Plus and placed it in something as simple as a little snow, a little light and a little smoke and took some freaking amazing shots!
UPDATE (JUNE 13, 2015): X-Plus asked Diamond to remove the figures mentioned below from their retailer site and start anew with new solicitations. No need to panic. Sounds like they’re just reorganizing or something. However, we’d be foolish to assume that the list below is still rock solid. We have to consider that there may possibly be some changes. I don’t know this for a fact. I’m just saying that they’re shuffling things around and things may change. Also, recently some item codes were created for some of the Godzilla figures. No word yet on which ones they are.
The new contract between Diamond Distributors and X-Plus was recently announced and I’ve finally got some kaiju names! The first 10 figures (that we know about) are:
12 Inch Series Baragon 1965 SRP $160
12 Inch Series Rodan 1968 (Do they mean 1964?) SRP $180
12 Inch Series King Ghidorah 1968 SRP $418
12 Inch Series Anguirus 1962 (Probably a typo and meant to be 1968) SRP $160
12 Inch Series Gigan 1972 SRP $160
12 Inch Series Titanosaurus SRP $160
12 Inch Series Biollante SRP $599
12 Inch Series Space Godzilla SRP $180
12 Inch Series Kiryu 2003 SRP $200
12 Inch Series Gigan 2004 SRP $200
Note the “12 Inch Series King Ghidorah” and the “12 Inch Series Biollante”. We all know that both are actually a part of the Large Monster Series (aka 25cm Scale). So, please don’t get confused by their official North American names.
Also, the line has quite possibly been renamed the “Godzilla Kaiju 12 Inch Series“. I kept the old series name in my list because I’m just not sure about this yet.
There are still 14 more figures which we do not know about yet, and that includes the Godzilla figures.
No word yet on a schedule.
The new figures are slated (as far as I know right now) to start showing up in July of this year. And when it does start, there will be two figures offered EVERY MONTH. So you’ve been warned! Start saving now!
Note that some online stores have a habit of posting pre-orders for these figures before their actual pre-order starts. Some also post incorrect expected release dates. When in doubt, consult the X-Plus Diamond Re-Issue Release Schedule here on Kaiju Addicts. I won’t steer you wrong!
For now, Flossie’s Gifts will not put up any figures for pre-order until a schedule appears. But don’t worry, we’re definitely going to carry them and take care of you guys like we’ve been!
The X-Plus Ric site just announced a re-issue of the Large Monster Series Angurius 1968, 東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「アンギラス（1968年版）」 少年リック限定再販. I’m not positive about this, but I think this re-issue is limited to the Ric store and won’t be available in stores.
This re-issue comes hot on the tails of the newly released Large Monster Series King Ghidorah 1968 and the Godzilla 1968 Re-issue (also not available in stores). X-Plus seems intent on helping collectors get the essentials for their Destroy All Monsters shelf. Anguirus is ¥12,312 which currently comes to $104.48 USD. That’s ASTOUNDING considering how much this figure fetched in the aftermarket!
REAL MASTER COLLECTION PLUS GAMERA 1999
Also announced is a splinter off their polyresin line, Real Master Collection PLUS. These statues are still made of polyresin, but apparently they’ve found a way to incorporate light gimmicks on them. Great news for RMC collectors!
First up is the Real Master Collection PLUS Gamera 1999 (リアル・マスター・コレクション PLUS 「ガメラ（1999）」 少年リック限定商品) based on the original 30cm Series vinyl version. Gamera ’99 is ¥29,700 which currently comes to $252.04 USD. Note: I just want to stress that this figure is polyresin, not vinyl.
See my X-Plus 30cm Series Gamera 1999 review for more info on the original vinyl version of this figure.
Pre-orders for both figures are being taken now and up until February 18 at the Ric Boy Web Store. They are expected to release in late March/early April.
Since both figures are Ric Exclusives, you’ll have to order them from X-Plus’ Ric store directly. You can set up an account with them but only if you can navigate their Japanese site. Plus, since they don’t ship overseas, you’ll have to also have an account with a forwarding service like Tenso.com. If this sounds like a headache, there’s always Mike Johnson. Mike is a dealer in California who regularly gets Ric Boys into the hands of western collectors. To find out how to order from Mike, see Rich Eso‘s How To Order From Mike Johnson guide.