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.
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.
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.
X-Plus Mothra 1964, Godzilla 1964, 1989, Biollante and Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 at Winter Wonder Festival 2015
Winter Wonder Festival in Chiba, Japan is just getting started and already we have a couple peeks at the X-Plus table. Here’s our first look at a painted version of the upcoming Large Monster Series Mothra Imago 1964! Beside her is the LMS Godzilla 1964 which is expected to get re-issued.
And perhaps even (literally) bigger news is the presence of the Large Monster Series Biollante on the table. WOW! Collectors have been clamoring for a Biollante re-issue and it seems their wishes are about to come true. And she’s not alone, the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1989 is up for reissue as well!
Oh, wait, there’s more…
Both Biollante and Godzilla are coming with light gimmicks. You can see the 光 (hikari-light-shine) symbol on the sign! It also seems they will be bundled together in a set. There are reports that this set will go up for pre-order around May 2015.
Not enough for ya? How about the next entry into the Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection? The Sakai Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido Version has been teased just like the first entry was with a sign on the table. And if you remember correctly, it was not long at all before the figure actually went up for pre-order!
Here’s a photo of the prototype X-Plus sent to me last month. Lookin’ good!
If you have the Yuji Sakai Godzilla Dream Evolution book, turn to page 29 — that’s him!
Sakai also made a Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku version which looks a bit too similar in pose to the 1989 Osaka version we already have. So I think the Hokkaido version was the better choice, especially since it has a closed mouth. (I’d like to see more closed-mouth figures.) The Hokkaido version also has killer arm and claw poses. It looks freaking awesome!
The Sakai Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido has a long, winding tail which seems to rise up higher than any other X-Plus Godzilla figure. Also, Sakai’s curious habit of sculpting the tail above the ground is back. Only this time it’s significantly higher than on the Sakai ’89. I really hope X-Plus plans on including a small mini-base for the tail to rest on.
Also on display at Wonder Festival was the special light-up reissue of the the 30cm Series Godzilla 2004 and the Ultraseven “Boss”. If you’re at the show you can grab one right now. But if you’re like most of us, you have to enter the online lottery for a chance to buy one.
And there’s a bunch of new Ultraman kaiju being teased at Wonder Festival as well. Whew! There’s a TON of good stuff heading our way!
Although the X-Plus Godzilla 2014 was not at the show, staff told collector Sarawud Kongkiattiwong that the latest Goji should go up for pre-order at the end of March 2015.
Thanks to Toon Narak for the Mothra and Biollante photos and for Eakarach Monwat from the X-Plus Kaiju Collectors Club Facebook Page for sharing the photos!