1madzilla Review the X-Plus Large Monster Series Leatherback RIC Pacific Rim vinyl figure.

YouTuber 1madzilla reviews the Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead (大怪獣シリーズ パシフィック・リム 「ナイフヘッド」)  vinyl figure by X-Plus. This is the RIC Exclusive version which comes spattered in blue kaiju blood. (There are standard versions out there without the blood.)

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By |2018-01-06T20:44:15-04:00January 5th, 2018|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on 1madzilla Review the X-Plus Large Monster Series Leatherback RIC Pacific Rim vinyl figure.

Kaiju Addicts TV, Episode 8: A look at Legendary Pictures monsters in vinyl by X-Plus, Including new Kong Skull Island announcement

In this new episode of Kaiju Addicts TV: a look at X-Plus figures based on monsters from Legendary Pictures including the 30cm Series Godzilla 2014, Godzilla 2014 Roar Version and Pacific Rim‘s Large Monster Series Leatherback and Knifehead.

PLUS: a first look at the newly announced 30cm Series Kong from Kong: Skull Island.

• See more episodes at the Kaiju Addicts YouTube Channel.

By |2018-10-04T06:07:46-04:00July 30th, 2017|Categories: Kaiju Addicts TV, X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV, Episode 8: A look at Legendary Pictures monsters in vinyl by X-Plus, Including new Kong Skull Island announcement

Kaiju Addicts TV: Shin Godzilla and other New X-Plus Announcements for November

My first real episode of Kaiju Addicts TV is now available on Youtube. It’s a news video covering the new X-Plus announcements made this month.

Special thanks to Rich Eso for doing the intro to this episode!

Please help out my ratings by Liking the video and leaving a comment on Youtube.

By |2017-05-29T20:28:12-04:00November 8th, 2016|Categories: Kaiju Addicts TV, X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Kaiju Addicts TV: Shin Godzilla and other New X-Plus Announcements for November

X-Plus continues its Legendary lineup with Pacific Rim Knifehead

Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead vinyl figure by X-Plus.
PACIFIC RIM, KNIFEHEAD © LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT. PHOTO: X-PLUS

Today, X-Plus announced the Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead (大怪獣シリーズ パシフィック・リム 「ナイフヘッド」) vinyl figure. It comes in both Standard and Ric Boy Exclusive versions.

The figure looks like another outstanding high-end vinyl with fantastic attention to detail, especially in its musculature and many skin textures. At first glance, though, something seems to be off. It could be that I’m simply too accustomed to seeing only the NECA versions (which seem to clash on a couple of details with this figure). Well, I’ll reserve judgement on that until it arrives (because, oh, hell yeah, I’m getting it.)

Above is a recent Twitter video from X-Plus. You’ll note the clearly visible seams. Note that this is just the prototype. The finished product will look a lot better.

The X-Plus Ric Boy site reports that the figure stands about 30cm (11.8 inches) tall. One wonders why it’s not in the 30cm Series, but instead the Large Monster Series, where a typical figure stands only 25cm. I won’t guess right now and, instead, save that for the future review.

Large Monster Series Knifehead and Leatherback vinyl figures by X-Plus.

The new Knifehead figure will be considerably larger than the Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Leatherback which was released last August. But don’t worry. It’s supposed to be that way. According to Pacific Rim Wiki, Leatherback, a Category IV kaiju is 267 feet tall. Knifehead, a Category III, stands taller at 315 feet. So though it may be hard to see in the movie, these guys just are not the same size.

Artist Jaroslav Kosmina back this up in his now famouse Kaiju Size Chart:

Kaiju Size Chart by Jaroslav Kosmina. Used with Permission.

Knifehead Ric Boy Exclusive Version

Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead Ric Boy version vinyl figure by X-Plus.
PACIFIC RIM, KNIFEHEAD © LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT. PHOTO: X-PLUS

The exclusive Ric Boy version, available only from X-Plus’ online Ric Boy store, has some extra features.

Firstly, a large spatter of blue kaiju blood; battle damage from a rough encounter with jaegar, Gipsy Danger. The “design” of this spatter is very impressive with an intricate coastline carefully drawn.

The confusing part of this blood, though, is when it can be seen. The Ric Boy site, when translated by Google, seems to say that it’s visible only with a black light. And yet the photos seem to show a Knifehead in normal room light. So what’s going on?

I reached out to X-Plus for an answer and I believe what they were trying to say is that it appears clear in normal light, and fluorescent in black light. Perhaps they touched up their photos in Photoshop then to show off the figure and the blood effect in the same light?

LIGHT GIMMICK?
One of the photos of Knifehead on the X-Plus site seams to show it with a blue light gimmick emitting from the eyes and from within the mouth. Again, the text on the page says absolutely nothing at all about a light gimmick. And the Product Material list doesn’t mention the batteries as they usually do. So, sorry, I really don’t know what to tell you.

LEGENDARY
This is the second vinyl in X-Plus’ Pacific Rim series. The first was the Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Leatherback which was released last August. Knifehead is also their fourth in their catalog of figures based on films from Legendary Entertainment. The 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 came out in July 2015 and the 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 Roaring Version in February 2016.

X-Plus Leatherback vinyl figure with Godzilla 2014 Roaring version.
PHOTO: JOHN STANOWSKI/KAIJU ADDICTS

What’s fan-fuckin-great about all of these is that they are not that far off from being in scale with each other. Technically, the Pacific Rim figures should be a tad smaller in order to stand beside Legendary’s Godzilla. But they look good together on the shelf as they are. I am a freak about proper scale and yet I have no problem displaying these together.

PRE-ORDERING THE STANDARD
All three of our favorite Japanese stores have English versions of their site and will ship directly to you.

Hobby Search is offering it for ¥14,999 ($145 USD).

AmiAmi is offering it for ¥15,260 ($146 USD).

Hobby Link Japan is offering it for ¥15,833 ($151 USD). (Just make sure to tell them to use EMS. They always want to use FedEx by default and that’s crazy expensive.

PRE-ORDERING THE RIC
You can preorder the Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead Ric Boy Exclusive version for ¥17,999 ($172 USD) at X-Plus’ online Ric Boy Store.

The preorder window closes “November 8 18”. What the hell does that mean? Got me. Pick one. Stick with the 8 just in case.

Expected release is mid-December 2016.

Now… where’s my X-Plus 30cm Female MUTO???

See more photos of the X-Plus Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead on the Ric Boy site.
See High Resolution Photos of the X-Plus Knifehead at ScifiJapan.com.

By |2017-05-28T07:57:28-04:00October 27th, 2016|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on X-Plus continues its Legendary lineup with Pacific Rim Knifehead

Shin Godzilla Headlines X-Plus October Announcements

Shin Godzilla, Gyaos, Ultraman and Pacific Rim’s Knifehead newest vinyl kaiju up for pre-order from X-Plus

Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla vinyl figure by X-Plus.
LARGE MONSTER SERIES SHIN GODZILLA STANDARD VERSION. TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD. PHOTO: X-PLUS

Today, X-Plus announced the Toho Large Monster Series “Shin Godzilla” vinyl figure. It will come in both Standard and Ric Boy Exclusive versions.

This new figure is based on the newest entry in the franchise, Shin Godzilla (シン・ゴジラ), or as it’s often called by its early, aborted name, Godzilla Resurgence.

The news comes well after other brands like Bandai and Banpresto have already delivered. Let’s hope that this is a case of saving the best for last!

SIZE
The upcoming Shin Godzilla vinyl will reportedly by 25cm (9.8 inches) tall from head to toe and 50cm (19.6 inches) from nose to tail.

Although it’s technically the right height for a Large Monster Series figure, that bigass tail will give it more “presence”.

As usual, the tail will come detached but is easily connected to the figure. According to the X-Plus site, the tail will be in one piece. But Gee Okamoto of X-Plus says it actually may be necessary for the tail to come in multiple pieces.

Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla
東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「シン・ゴジラ」

Another view of the Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla vinyl figure by X-Plus.
LARGE MONSTER SERIES SHIN GODZILLA STANDARD VERSION. TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD. PHOTO: X-PLUS

The Standard Version will come with red paint details to replicate the fission glow from the movie.

PRE-ORDER
You can pre-order the Standard Version from the usual online Japanese retailers.

Hobby Search has it for ¥17,982 (about $173 USD).

Hobby Link Japan for ¥17,575 (about $169 USD). …did you catch that? Hobby Link is actually the cheaper route for a change!

As of this writing, it has not appeared on AmiAmi.com yet. Keep checkin’.

The release date for the Standard is late December 2016.

Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla Ric Boy Limited Edition
東宝大怪獣シリーズ 「シン・ゴジラ」 少年リック限定版

Toho Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla Ric Boy Exclusive version vinyl figure by X-Plus.
LARGE MONSTER SERIES SHIN GODZILLA RIC BOY EXCLUSIVE VERSION. TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD. PHOTO: X-PLUS

NO LIGHT GIMMICK
You would think that Shin Godzilla and all his fission glows would be a perfect candidate for a light gimmick. Alas, X-Plus had other ideas.

TWO HEADS
The Ric Boy limited edition will come with two interchangeable heads. One closed-mouth “regular head” (the same as the Standard version) and one “roaring head”.

Since the lower jaw has separated at the chin, this “roaring head” is actually a silent, wide-open precursor to his ridiculously powerful atomic breath.

There is no word on how and where the head joint will be. But I can tell you that the switch will have to made the same way that the tails are attached. It will NOT employ magnets like the Large Monster Series Leatherback does.

DIFFERENT EYES
The eyes on this alternate head are painted differently to replicate his protective eyelid membranes which closed right before he burned the city in one breath.

DIFFERENT HIGHLIGHTS
On the Ric, the red highlights retreat on the neck, chest, spines and — especially — the tip of the tail to make way for violet, also to mimic Godzilla’s look when firing his atomic breath.

PRE-ORDER
You can pre-order the Ric Boy version at X-Plus’ online Ric Boy store.

Caution: the site is in Japanese and you will need to pay up front in full. Also, they will not ship overseas so you will need a forwarding service like Tenso.com.

The Ric Boy version will run you ¥19,980 (about $192 USD).

Expected release for the Ric is late December / early January.

UPDATE

Demand for the Shin Godzilla 2016 Ric Boy has been so high, X-Plus had to move up the deadline to Oct.28. There were getting too many orders. They will open pre-orders for this figure Again sometime soon. Stay tuned for more information.

See the X-Plus page for the Ric Boy version of this figure.

Daiei 30cm Series Gyaos (1967 Edition)
大映30㎝シリーズ 「ギャオス(1967年版)」

Daiei 30cm Series Gyaos 1967 vinyl figure by X-Plus.
UNPAINTED PROTOTYPE OF THE DAIEI 30CM SERIES GYAOS (1967). © KADOKAWA 1967. PHOTO: X-PLUS

Way back in August 2014, X-Plus released the very first Showa Gamera entry into their larger line. The Daiei 30cm Series Gamera (1967) is from the 1967 film Gamera vs. Gyaos, the second Gamera film and the first to provide a giant foe, Gyaos.

A 30cm Gyaos was later teased and promised. Years later, the big guy is ready to land on your shelf!

The Daiei 30cm Series Gyaos (1967) vinyl figure will be approximately 30cm (11.8 inches) tall. The figure is posed arching backward in mid roar with both wings spread. As usual, this is a very accurate sculpt carefully made to look just like the suit used in the movie.

RIC BOY VERSION
The Ric will come with a light gimmick which will illuminate the eyes, powered by a detachable ‘battery box’ requiring four AAA batteries.

The Ric will cost ¥21,600 ($208 USD) and is available from X-Plus’ online Shounen Ric webstore.

X-Plus mentions that there will be a Standard version (without the light gimmick). Keep checking Hobby Search, AmiAmi and Hobby Link Japan for details.

Pre-order deadline for the Ric is mid-November. It is expected to ship in late December / early January.

See this figure on the X-Plus Ric Boy site.

Large Monster Series “Ultra Strategy No. 1” Ric Boy Set
大怪獣シリーズ 「ウルトラ作戦第1号」セット 少年リック限定商品

Large Monster Series Ultra Strategy No. 1 vinyl figure set by X-Plus.
© Tsuburaya Productions. PHOTO: X-PLUS

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Ultraman. What better way to celebrate than with a new X-Plus Ultraman vinyl set?

The new “Ultra Strategy” vinyl figure set from X-Plus comes with two previously released figures (reissues) combined to celebrate the very first episode of Tsuburaya‘s original Ultraman television series which aired in 1966-1967.

The Large Monster Series Ultraman Type-A faithfully reproduces the original Type-A suit, complete with all its wrinkles, in one of suit actor Bin Furuya‘s signature poses. This is exactly how our hero looked in the very first episode.

Bemular (or Bemura) is the very first kaiju foe to face any Ultraman and also appeared in the first episode. Of all the Ultra Kaiju created over the many years, Bemular is senior to them all.

X-Plus had previously released both a Bemular vinyl and later a taller Bemular Reborn vinyl. The Reborn version is what you’ll get in this set.

X-Plus states that both figures are “about 24cm” but that’s not quite accurate. I have both of the original releases right here in front of me. Ultraman is actually about 8.625 inches (21.9cm) tall. Bemular is 8.875 inches (22.5cm), a full quarter of an inch taller.

While Bemular appears to be taller than Ultraman (as it should be), this is deceiving. If this Ultraman sculpt were to stand up straight, he would be the tall one. For some maddening reason, all of X-Plus’ Ultraman figures are taller than the bipedal kaiju which should beat him on height almost every time. But, Ultraman’s crouched wrestling pose does bring him down in height visually and so these two do look great together on the shelf.

Although this set bundles two reissues, there is something new and unique about them. The paint applications have been updated.

A Google translation of the X-Plus Ric Boy page seems to indicate that Ultraman’s reds will now be redder. And photos of the Bemular prototype clearly show a brownish and greenish paint scheme as opposed to the original Reborn release’s brownish and reddish brownish palette.

This set comes with both figures plus an optional stand for Ultraman. No assembly will be required. Although you may have to tweak Ultraman’s articulated ankle joints to get them positioned for proper balance.

The Ultraman Type A vinyl will come with interchangeable arms for two different poses.

UPDATE !!
A late and awesome development: the Ultraman Type A figure will come with an extra set of interchangeable arms for the Spacium Ray pose! (Freakin’ Nice!)

This Ric set will cost you ¥19,980 ($192 USD). It is available only from X-Plus’ Shounen Ric Webstore. This site is in Japanese and you will need to pay up front in full. Also, they will not ship overseas so you will need a forwarding service like Tenso.com.

Collectors on Facebook can contact Mike Johnson for some help getting this set.

See more photos at X-Plus’ Ric Boy page for this set.

Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead

X-Plus Pacific Rim Knifehead tease graphic.

Finally, X-Plus has left us with a tease for the upcoming Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead. More on that as the news comes in.

UPDATE:
See NEW post X-Plus Continues its Legendary Lineup with Pacific Rim Knifehead.

See High Resolution Photos of all of these figures at ScifiJapan.com.

By |2017-05-28T07:57:28-04:00October 21st, 2016|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Shin Godzilla Headlines X-Plus October Announcements