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.
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.)
— 少年リック (@shounen_ric_xp) October 31, 2016
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.
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:
Knifehead Ric Boy Exclusive Version
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?
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.
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.
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???
Youtuber Society Must Be Collected unboxes the Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Leatherback standard vinyl figure by X-Plus. He also does a quick review and size comparison.
Yesterday, X-Plus tweeted a photo of the upcoming Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Leatherback under a black light with exciting results. Seen above is the Standard version of the figure glowing as the monster did in the movie.
And the Ric Boy version looks even more brilliant…
Before you get excited, these photos most likely look more brilliant than they would in person. Taking photographs in low light requires longer shutter speeds and it’s difficult to capture what the eye sees. This is good news for the toy photographer as you should be able to reproduce these results.
That’s assuming, of course, that X-Plus shot the same figures we’re all about to get and didn’t use special paint just for these photos.
Leatherback is available to pre-order Now!
If you want the Ric Boy version you better act now. Pre-orders close on May 24. And don’t forget that Japan is in our future, so make your deadline May 23.
The Ric comes with a wider mouth, erect head tendrils, extended gill plates on the back and more greenish paint highlights all around. You can order it here.
• Original X-Plus Ric Boy Leatherback Page.
• High Resolution Leatherback Photos at SciFi Japan.
• Original Kaiju Addicts Post about Leatherback.
• Get the Standard Leatherback at AmiAmi – $127.
• Get the Standard Leatherback at Hobby Search – $129.
• Get the Standard Leatherback at Hobby Link Japan – $135.
• Follow X-Plus on Twitter here.
Large Monster Series Jet Jaguar Re-issue Ric Boy Exclusive
東宝大怪獣シリーズ ジェットジャガー (発光Ver.) 少年リック限定商品
Ready for a big scoop of Hallelujah dipped in awesome sauce?
X-Plus just announced a re-issue of the elusive and much sought-after Jet Jaguar!
Jet was originally released in late 2010. It was re-issued as part of a super-limited set with Godzilla 1973 for Winter Wonder Festival in 2012. This makes this new release his THIRD appearance. Who could see that coming? Don’t you just love surprises?
It looks like this 23cm vinyl figure will be released as a Ric Boy only. Other recent Large Monster Series re-issues got the same treatment. If you want this one, you’re going to have to get it from X-Plus’ Ric Boy site, or call on Mike Johnson or Jamie Davies for some assist.
Jet Jaguar is going to not only grace us again with his presence, but will do so with light gimmick eyes. I expect the power source will be built into the base and insert into the bottom of one foot just like all of the Large Monster Series Ultraman figures.
Also new to this release: JJ will come with one closed fist and one open hand so he’ll be ready to Punch! Punch! …Slap!
The X-Plus Large Monster Series Jet Jaguar will run you ¥12,960 ($119 USD).
$120 bucks for Jet? Someone pinch me!
Pre-orders end May 24. The figure is expected to ship late June/early July.
So… First a Megalon re-issue and then this. Could Godzilla 1973 be next?
Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Leatherback
大怪獣シリーズ パシフィック・リム レザーバック
X-Plus also announced open pre-orders for their first figure based on Pacific Rim: Leatherback. And their excitement shows.
( KAIJU invasion! Large Monsters Series “Pacific Rim” start-up! )
This hefty monster has a great sculpt in a static, yet somehow dynamic pose. You can literally feel Leatherback’s power.
X-Plus states that this figure is about 25cm tall just like most of the Large Monster Series line. But don’t be fooled. This figure is big for the line, just as X-Plus General Manager Gee Okamoto told us during our interview last year. The thing about this figure is that it’s leaning forward. If it were to stand up straight, it would tower over the rest of the 25cm figures on your shelf.
It’s also bigger because it has a lot more “mass” than a typical Large Monster Series figure. This thing is using a lot of vinyl.
It’s clear X-Plus would like to make more kaiju figures from Pacific Rim. Let’s hope this figure gets a warm reception so that can happen.
But, why start with Leatherback? Sure, he’s one of the “Big 4”, but I’d say he’s at least 3rd or 4th most popular. My guess is he was the easiest to make.
An X-Plus Knifehead figure is also being prepared, but he’s got those small legs. X-Plus probably needs time to make sure the figure will stand properly. As for the rest: Otachi would have a more complicated sculpt and Slattern would be just plain huge.
Perhaps a successful Leatherback run will prompt X-Plus into taking the extra steps needed for the rest.
But, alas, in the short time since it was announced, it seems that more U.S. collectors plan on passing rather than dishing out $165 on a monster not yet dear to their hearts.
Me? Hell, yeah, I’m getting it.
This magical decade of kaiju revival we’re living in right now is bringing a lot of new interest in giant monsters, and there is plenty more to come. Pacific Rim 2 is back on the table. Jurassic World writer, Derek Connolly, has just signed on to pen the sequel so there’s more PR to come. We may all become greater PR fans, and you might regret not grabbing Leatherback now while you can.
The Large Monster Series Leatherback Ric Boy version will cost ¥17,999 ($165 USD).
But if $165 is just too much to ask for a kaiju you literally just met not that long ago, a Standard version will have a more lenient price tag.
So far, it appears that a Standard Version will be available which will lack the open-mouth roaring head which is said to be the Ric exclusive feature. Does that mean the Ric will come with two heads? I have no idea. We’ll have to wait and see.
Pre-orders for the Ric version end May 24.
Leatherback is expected late June / early July.
Need to get psyched for this?
Gigantic Series Daizyujin (Zyuranger)
ギガンティックシリーズ 恐竜戦隊ジュウレンジャー 「大獣神」
Hey, Power Rangers. There’s a Gigantic Series Super Sentai Robo Line on the way. Not my thing, so I’ll forward you to August Ragone‘s news post.
It’s been exactly twenty years since Legion first attacked movie theaters in 1996’s Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来). And X-Plus is right on cue with plans to bring this insectoid kaiju to vinyl on the film’s 20th anniversary.
X-Plus tweeted this photo of the upcoming Large Monster Series Legion vinyl figure on their table at Super Festival 71 held in Japan.
If you have the X-Plus Large Monster Series Gamera 1996 in your collection and he’s feeling lonely, be sure to tell him he’s due for some company.
Also on display was the upcoming Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 and a painted version of the upcoming Large Monster Series Leatherback from Pacific Rim.
X-Plus made good on its promise to dive into creating kaiju from Guillermo del Toro‘s 2013 giant monster flick, Pacific Rim.
An unpainted prototype of a Leatherback figure stood on X-Plus’ table at the 2016 Spring Miyazawa Exhibition in Japan.
And, just like Gee Okamoto of X-Plus told us last year for an interview, although the upcoming Pacific Rim figures will be in the Large Monster Series (25cm Series)… they will be big.