The Toho Large Monster Series King Ghidorah 2001 vinyl figure by X-Plus has a fantastic, movie-accurate sculpt, a dazzling spread of seemingly individually sculpted scales, an insanely awesome paint job (which you really do need to see in person to fully appreciate) and an amazing “presence” on the shelf. Check out this review packed with new photos and see why I think it’s one of the best X-Plus figures of 2017.
Now up for pre-order: the Large Monster Series Death Ghidorah vinyl figure by X-Plus.
Ghidorah collectors, rejoice!
This big, bad guy appeared in the first installment of the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy in 1996. It was introduced a couple of months ago at Super Festival 75 in Japan.
Rich Eso reviews the Toho Large Monster Series Keizer Ghidorah (東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「カイザーギドラ」) (standard version) vinyl figure by X-Plus. This is Monster X’s ultimate form in 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars.
Rich also provides a size comparison with the recently released Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 2004.
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Rich Eso reviews the Toho Large Monster Series King Ghidorah 2001 Standard Version vinyl figure by X-Plus.
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Kaiju Addicts TV: First new figures for 2017, King Ghidorah’s new box and Godzilla 1984’s sculpt modification and more
Episode 3 of Kaiju Addicts TV is now available.
In this episode, I review recent X-Plus releases in Japan and North America. We learn about upcoming releases including a Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1995, Large Monster Series Titanosaurus and Keizer Ghidorah. We were also recently teased with a Large Monster Series Gabara and GMK King Ghidorah.
We discuss the problems with the Large Monster Series King Ghidorah 1968‘s packaging from the original release and look at why the new box is so much better.
Also, we’ll take a look at a surprising sculpt modification on the North American reissue of the 30cm Series Godzilla 1984 which now stands taller. And a quick guest review of the Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1999 by Leslie Chambers.
Finally, we take a quick look at some fantastic toy photography featuring X-Plus, by collector, John Ruffin from his site, MyKaiju Godzilla.
William Fett, continues his new X-Plus Youtube series with an Unboxing and Review of the Toho Large Monster Series King Ghidorah (Bluefin North American Reissue) vinyl figure.
He makes a point to address the new packaging which, hopefully, will correct all of the breakage issues which the original Japanese release suffered.
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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!
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.