Super Unimportant Reviews unboxes and then reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Biollante North American (Diamond) Reissue vinyl figure by X-Plus.
The Toho Large Monster Series Biollante North American reissue by X-Plus now has an expected arrival date of February 17, 2017. That’s when Bluefin Distribution expects to have the figures reach their warehouses.
If the cargo ship hits rough weather on the high seas, we may need to add as many as two weeks to that.
Please give Bluefin time to process their shipment when it arrives, and time for them to ship out to the many stores in their network.
It’s possible that your Biollante will not be ready to ship to you until early March 2017.
You can order a Large Monster Series Biollante from me at Flossie’s for $429.99 or from any comic shop or online store that carries products from Bluefin.
— Bluefin Distribution is also handling the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 SDCC Exclusive and Large Monster Series King Ghidorah figures, with more releases planned.
X-Plus Biollante Bluefin Reissue now expected in December 2016
X-Plus King Ghidorah Bluefin Reissue will be here in 2-3 weeks
The North American reissues of the X-Plus Large Monster Series Biollante and Large Monster Series King Ghidorah vinyl figures, to be put out through Bluefin Distribution, have had several setbacks with release. They were originally expected to arrive last July.
The problem started when X-Plus visited the factory and became unsatisfied with one of the aspects of the Biollante figure’s production. In an effort to put out the best product that they can, they ordered the run to be corrected.
Meanwhile the King Ghidorah figures passed inspection and sat quietly, waiting for the new Bio’s to be completed so that they could be shipped together to Bluefin in the U.S.
Bluefin Distribution pressed X-Plus about this issue just as much as end collectors pressed their stores. They are aware of the commitment they’ve made to X-Plus fans and have, at least, arranged to have the King Ghidorah figures ship on their own, ahead of Biollante.
Actually, King Ghidorah has already been at sea for two weeks now. If the ship is met with continued calm seas, it could be here in only two weeks. Any rough weather or encounters with sea kaiju could double that time.
As for Biollante: her new expected release date is December 2016. Yes, two more months. Aargh! But, please don’t be angry with Bluefin. They’re just as frustrated as all of us.
Factory time in China is hard to come by and the schedules are packed tight. The reworking of Biollante was probably squeezed into the schedule at the earliest date possible.
I know two more months of waiting is disappointing. But you will be floored when you do get this beast of a vinyl.
As for King Ghidorah, you can clear a space on your shelves now. Everyone’s favorite uchuu kaiju will soon be landing!
GodzillaFanFreaks reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Biollante by X-Plus.
Good timing with this one! Biollante will soon be re-issued for North America through Bluefin Distributors.
See more of his reviews at GodzillaFanFreaks Youtube Channel.
The time has come! Big monsters about to march!
The North American re-issues of the Toho Large Monster Series Biollante and the Toho Large Monster Series King Ghidorah 1968 by X-Plus are now open for preorders.
Originally planned to be distributed by Diamond Distributors, who already have the license for all of the Toho 30cm Series (or 1/6 Scale figures as the lawyers like to call them), these two vinyl behemoths will be distributed by Bluefin.
Bluefin is the California-based distributor responsible for bringing us westerners the S.H. MonsterArts line. And they now have the North American license for all of X-Plus’ Large Monster Series (or, as the lawyers call them: 1/8 scale figures).
SEARCHING FOR THEM ONLINE
These two figures technically have new series names, which, of course, we will all ignore. But you might want to take note of them just the same. They are the 8″ TOHO Kaiju Biollante and the 8″ TOHO Kaiju King Ghidorah. These new monikers are misleading since Biollante is 12″ tall and King Ghidorah reaches up to 18.5″.
The 8″ must somehow refer to the Large Monster Series scaling but still does not make sense since most of the figures in that series are 10″. Whatever! Just take note of the new names for when searching for them online since some stores will use them.
If you’d like to search by UPC (a practice becoming more common) Biollante’s code is 4532149013420 and King Ghidorah’s is 4532149013413.
When pre-orders end for each store is, of course, up to each store. But know this: the deadline for orders from stores to get their big order in to Bluefin is April 30. You might be wise to get your order in a little bit before then.
If you see a store still taking preorders after April 30, that just means either they ordered extras ahead of time — or — they didn’t update their site to show that orders are capped. So be careful and get your order in early!
Biollante has a suggested retail price of $469.99. King Ghidorah’s SRP is $429.99.
Note that most stores will have similar pricing and won’t stray very far from the SRP’s.
ORDER FROM A PLACE CLOSE TO YOU GEOGRAPHICALLY
Biollante’s box is huge! And King Ghidorah’s isn’t so small either. Also, keep in mind that X-Plus has probably modified King Ghidorah’s box to prevent the broken figures which plagued collectors when the original Japanese release came out. This may mean a bigger box. You’d do well to find a store close to your state and order from there to try to save on some shipping $$.
RELATED: See the Kaiju Addicts Full Review of the X-Plus King Ghidorah 1968 here.
Recently, I posted that Michael Cherkowsky from Vampire Robots had read a press release that the X-Plus Biollante and King Ghidorah which were originally going to come from Diamond Distributors are now coming from Bluefin Distribution instead.
Looks like we have our first piece of confirmation on that as this photo from Kevin Leung clearly shows. Biollante is sitting on one of Bluefin’s tables at New York Comic Con along with some Gigantic Series Dragonball Z figures, also by X-Plus.
The Toho Large Monster Series King Ghidorah showed up at Bluefin’s booth a little later. Fantastic news for those who missed out on this figure. It really is one of the best X-Plus has done. Let’s just hope they modified their packaging in an effort to prevent another wave of broken horns and necks.
Also on display at Diamond’s NYCC booth were the X-Plus Space Godzilla, Kiryu, Gigan 1972, Gigan 2004, Titanosaurus and Rodan.
Keep watching my Diamond Re-Issue Release Schedule for more updates. (Looks like I might have to change the name to the Diamond/Bluefin Reissue Release Schedule!)
Leslie Chambers reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla and Biollante Ric Boy Set by X-Plus. Watch and drool.
See more of Leslie’s reviews at his YouTube Channel.
Another review for the X-Plus Toho Large Monster Series Biollante, Leslie Chambers style.
See more of Leslie’s reviews at his YouTube Channel.
Rich Eso replaces his original review for the X-Plus Large Monster Series Biollante vinyl figure for a “fresh” retake. Now, be prepared. The review starts off with something just a tad shocking which we do not recommend you try at home.
Visit Rich’s website at www.FreshVinylHQ.com.
The promised re-issue of the Large Monster Series Biollante and Godzilla 1989 Set by X-Plus has popped up on the Japanese Bandai site of all places. Seems this set can be obtained from there only. Shortly after, a page for the set appeared on X-Plus’ Ric Boy site. And based on the translation from Chrome, it seems that the set will be available only from the Bandai site. To further back that up, the order button on the Ric page leads to the Bandai site.
According to X-Plus’ Ric Boy site, the set will go up for order in June and will cost ¥59,400 (currently $500.43).
As already reported, both Biollante and Godzilla will have light gimmicks. But what’s new about that is the fact that Biollante’s belly doesn’t just glow red, it pulses too. See the video below!
If you’re worried about being able to grab a Biollante from the Bandai site, you may have another option. It seems that Biollante will be part of the new Diamond Deal. If you don’t mind not having the light gimmick and have a little patience, you should be able to get one easier from North American online retailers or your local comic shop. Crazy, huh?