The Large Monster Series Pestar vinyl figure by X-Plus was released in early 2010. It was later reissued as a Wonder Festival exclusive soft version in July 2011. It’s based on the oil-eating menace, Pestar which was featured in episode 13 (titled Oil S.O.S. / オイルSOS) of the original Ultraman television series which first aired in 1966.
This is the latest Ultra kaiju to join my collection: the Large Monster Series Pestar by X-Plus. I’ve been wanting one for years now. Don’t know why I didn’t pull the trigger until now.
The details on this are insane! And it’s a dead ringer for the monster in the original Ultraman series (1966-1967). Every time I look at it I’m flung back to Tilton Street where I lived as a kid; where I watched Ultraman reruns on TV every day.
I freaking love these things. Thanks to X-Plus, I finally have the monsters I’ve always wanted. But, hey, we need more Ultraman ’66 monsters, X-Plus! Okay?
Leslie Chambers reviews the Gigantic Series Ultraman C-Type (ギガンティックシリーズ 「ウルトラマン（Cタイプ）」) vinyl figure by X-Plus.
• See more of Leslie’s reviews at his YouTube Channel.
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!
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Shin Godzilla, Gyaos, Ultraman and Pacific Rim’s Knifehead newest vinyl kaiju up for pre-order from 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!
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
The Standard Version will come with red paint details to replicate the fission glow from the movie.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daiei 30cm Series Gyaos (1967 Edition)
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.
Pre-order deadline for the Ric is mid-November. It is expected to ship in late December / early January.
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
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.
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.
Large Monster Series Pacific Rim Knifehead
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.
See NEW post X-Plus Continues its Legendary Lineup with Pacific Rim Knifehead.
Daiei 30cm Series Daimajin
大映30㎝シリーズ 大魔神 少年リック限定版
X-Plus has released several Daimajin figures in the Large Monster Series in the past. But the great statue has finally stepped into the Daiei 30cm Series!
Daimajin (大魔神) was a film trilogy set in feudal Japan put out by the Daiei Film Company in 1966. All three movies featured a “great demon god” in the form of a statue embedded in the side of a mountain. The actions of evil men soon increase the great statue’s rage and prompts it to come to life and exact its revenge and dish out some badass justice. If you haven’t seen these movies: check them out! Imagine mixing Kurosawa and Harryhausen together. That’s Daimajin!
This new Ric Boy figure will come with an impressive array of features and extras. Included are 5 alternate hands with which to interact with the included sword, metal chain, hook, spike (nail?), a mini Tsurukichi figure and a “god of military arts” face. The shoulder joints, hidden below flaps of armor, can be articulated. And perhaps most impressive of all, the position of the eyes can be changed!
Too many options? Pick them all! Just change the figure every few months and you’ve got a fresh display. Holy shit, okay, really, sign me the hell up!
This figure is a Japanese release and will be sold only in Japan.
Preorders for the Daiei 30cm Series Daimajin will open soon. There is no price to report yet. It is expected to ship in late November.
This new offering seems set to become the ultimate Daimajin figure.
X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 (Freeze Version)
ギガンティックシリーズ ゴジラ1995 凍結ver. 少年リック限定商品
The X-Plus GBG is back again! Originally released (sans the ice) back in August 2014, it was reissued through Bandai as a special SDCC Exclusive which came with tail already attached. Apparently Japanese collectors have been clamoring for a frozen version in order to relive the amazing climax scene from the final film in the Heisei series.
The new Gigantic Series “Burning Godzilla” is a bit of fire and ice. It’s basically the same figure we all know but with splashes (sprays?) of frosty white to represent the icing from the JSDF‘s freezing weapons.
It seems this release is getting a cold reception in the West. Apparently many of us think it was just doused with a can of spray snow. But is it a simple rehash? Think of it what you will. I see it as simply another option for collectors and yet another opportunity for those who missed out on the previous releases. I actually wouldn’t mind having one myself.
This exclusive Ric Boy version comes with a mini Super X III which is about 11cm (4.3 inches) long.
LIMITED TO 300
This figure will be limited to a run of only 300 and it seems at this time it will be available only from X-Plus’ Ric Boy online store.
This figure is a Japanese release and will be sold only in Japan.
This figure will run you ¥40,824 ($402 USD). Just remember to add about $100 to that for shipping from Japan.
I do not believe there will be a Standard version available. This Ric is expected to become available for preorder on September 21. The final product is expected to ship in November.
New Ultraman Ace and Taro fare
The Large Monster Series Ultraman Ace “Space Showdown” Set (大怪獣シリーズ ウルトラマンエース 異次元空間対決セット 少年リック限定商品) will include both our hero along with a Yapool (Yapuru ヤプール) figure. There will also be a stand for Ace. It will run you ¥19,980 ($196 USD). I suspect this will be available only from the X-Plus Ric Boy site. Preorders are open now and will end September 26. The set is expected to ship in November.
The Large Monster Series Cosmo Liquid (大怪獣シリーズ コスモリキッド) hails from the Ultraman Taro series (1973-1974). The X-Plus version stands about 25cm tall and will run you ¥13,824 ($135 USD). Preorders are open now at the X-Plus Ric Boy site through September 26 and it’s expected to ship in November.
Ready to get blasted with yet more new releases from X-Plus? There are FIVE new announcements. We’ll address four of them here. See my separate post for Legion.
Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1975 (東宝30cmシリーズ メカゴジラ 1975)
X-Plus has started taking orders for their upcoming Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1975 based on the giant robot’s appearance in Terror of Mechagodzilla (メカゴジラの逆襲), the final Godzilla film from the Showa era.
Though appearing very similar to the 1974 suit (and X-Plus’ 30cm Series 1974 figure) to casual fans, there are some significant differences, most notably the MG2 emblem on each arm and lightning bolt plates on the chest replacing the quarter circle plates from the previous suit.
This new 1975 version looks like it has seen more action with stronger wrinkles in the sculpt more generously shadowed with dark paint. Also, this figure does not need a base to stand as the 1974 version does.
IT’S FULLY 30CM
X-Plus originally stated that this figure would be a mere 27cm tall which had disappointed many collectors. That size, however, was later explained to be an error. X-Plus now states that this figure is a full 30cm tall.
It’s not common for X-Plus releases to have articulation. But if this figure is anything at all like it’s predecessor, you’ll be able to move the head, jaw, shoulders, wrists. The door on the chest which hides Mechagodzilla’s energy beam is hinged and will open and close. There will also be some minor give in the legs, especially the feet.
X-Plus had previously released a Mechagodzilla 1975 for the Large Monster Series (Daikaiju Series), but that one won’t plausibly be able to display well with your Toho 30cm Series Titanosaurus (also from Terror of Mechagodzilla). If this movie is near and dear, you’ll want to pick up this new figure. (And if you missed out on the 30cm Series Titanosaurus, we still have some available at Flossie’s for $149.)
STANDARDS AND RICS
The Ric Boy version of this comes with a double dose of exclusive extra features. Firstly, the head can be removed to reveal Mechagodzilla’s electronic brain. And, then there’s the light gimmick. Battery powered lights glow from the figures eyes, chest beam emitter, and electronic brain.
The Ric is available from the X-Plus’ online Ric Boy store for ¥22,950 ($216 USD). The preorder cutoff date is July 4, 2016. Shipping is expected to occur in late July / early August.
A Standard version will be available, sans the electronic brain and the light, from various online retailers in Japan. You can order one from AmiAmi for ¥16.940 ($159 USD), Hobby Search for ¥16.650 ($157 USD) or Hobby Link Japan for ¥17,575 ($165 USD).
• Mechagodzilla’s tail comes separate in the box and must be inserted.
• Mechagodzilla lovers hoping for a mechanical trio of all three incarnations, rejoice! Last year X-Plus told us that they hope a Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 2 (from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2, 1993) will be in the works later this year. On that, X-Plus recently told us to “stay tuned”.
• See high resolution photos of the 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1975 at SciFi Japan.
• See the Kaiju Addicts Review of the similar 30cm Series Mechagodzilla 1974.
• Video: Samson West highlights the differences between the 1974 and 1975 suits (using Large Monster Series figures).
Toho Large Monster Series Kamacuras (東宝大怪獣シリーズ カマキラス)
X-Plus is finally bringing the mutated mantises of Sogell Island to vinyl. Along with Minya and Kumonga, Kamacuras made his debut in Son of Godzilla (怪獣島の決戦 ゴジラの息子), 1967. This group of three mischievous insects, already large enough to take down a man, were mutated to kaiju size when Minya’s telepathic cries for a parent interfered with a radioactive weather balloon test.
News of this release is fantastic. Kumonga collectibles haven’t been made available as often as other characters from the Godzilla franchise. This super-detailed, movie accurate vinyl version from X-Plus will help to fill the void.
This release will complete X-Plus’ monster line-up for Son of Godzilla. The Large Monster Series Godzilla 1967 and Large Monster Series Kumonga have already been released. Minya was released with the Ric Boy version of Godzilla.
X-Plus states on the Ric site that this figure is 23cm (9 inches) tall. I believe that number is wrong. After all, that’s almost as tall as a Large Monster Series Godzilla. As you can see in the photo above, Kamacuras only comes up to Godzilla 1967’s chest. AmiAmi sets the height of this figure to 16.5cm (6.5 inches). That’s more like it.
Before you get disappointed, the size is as it should be. Kamacuras was smaller than Godzilla. It was the gang of three which made them such a menace.
AmiAmi says the length will be 30cm (11.8 inches). This little guy suddenly seems more impressive. He’s longer than Godzilla is tall. Keep in mind that Kamacuras is a crawler and like all crawlers, they take up more horizontal space.
AmiAmi lists the width (or leg span) of this figure to be 27cm (over 10 1/2 inches). Make no mistake, this bug is going to take up a nice bit of your shelf. Its “footprint” is equal to that of a 30cm Series figure.
This Kamacuras figure is completely made of vinyl. That does not bode well for the four, skinny legs holding this bug. Vinyl tends to get soft and give under pressure during the summer months. To compensate, X-Plus is including a vinyl base sure to keep your bug on its feet. It should be said that the geometric cube and trapezoid shape of this base is rather distracting and clashes with the jaggy curves of the bug above it. It’s painted in a solid brown which blends in with the figure. (It would have been nice if X-Plus had given this base a rocky appearance to mimic one of Sogell Island’s many giant boulders. Perhaps that’s something you could do on your own with some fake rocks from the hobby store.)
I wrote earlier that it’s not common for X-Plus releases to have articulation, yet here have another figure that can move. You will be able to rotate each of the grasper front legs at the “shoulder”. This will make it easier to pose your giant mantis with your Large Monster Series Godzilla 1967 and Minya (if you have ’em). Articulated front legs will also come in very handy for adding variety to your Ric Boy set of three.
SciFi Japan reports that the head will also be poseable. (I wonder why X-Plus keeps providing more important details about their figures to other sites other than their own.)
STANDARDS AND RICS
The Ric is available from the X-Plus’ online Ric Boy store for ¥19,980 ($188 USD). The preorder cutoff date is July 4, 2016. Shipping is expected to occur in late July / early August.
A Standard version will be available, which will comprise a single Kamacuras, from various online retailers in Japan. You can order one from AmiAmi for ¥8,470 ($80 USD), Hobby Search for ¥8,325 ($78 USD) or Hobby Link Japan for ¥8,788 ($83 USD).
• See high resolution photos of the Large Monster Series Kamacuras at SciFi Japan.
• If you are getting the Ric Boy Kamacuras “3-Pack” and already own the Kumonga Ric Boy, then you’ll really have four mantises. Kumonga’s base has a web shrouded Kamacuras built in.
• RELATED: See the Kaiju Addicts Review of the Large Monster Series Kumonga 1967.
Large Monster Series Fake Ultraman Ric Boy (大怪獣シリーズ にせウルトラマン ナイトカラー発光版 少年リック限定商品)
In episode 18 of the original 1966 Ultraman series, Alien Zarab had disguised himself as Ultraman in an effort to cause unrest among the population of Tokyo. Zarab Seijin’s “fake Ultraman” was released in vinyl previously by X-Plus. This new version sports a darker “nighttime” paint scheme and light gimmick.
The figure is approximately 23cm (9 inches) tall and comes with an ABS stand which plugs into one of the feet to power the lights.
There does not appear to be a Standard version of this figure. The Ric is available from the X-Plus’ online Ric Boy store for ¥12,960 ($122 USD). The preorder cutoff date is July 4, 2016. Shipping is expected to occur in late July / early August.
RMC Plus 50th Anniversary Ultraman
RMC stands for Real Master Collection and it’s X-Plus’ polystone line. RMC Plus adds light.
To celebrate fifty years of Ultraman (the original series began in 1966), X-Plus will offer a hard, polystone depiction of Ultraman in his “appearance pose”. It stands atop a polystone base with an extruded Ultraman logo in Japanese as well as the Ultra 50 logo. Hovering near Ultraman’s knee is a Science Patrol Jet VTOL made with PUR (hard plastic).
Now, dim the lights and switch on the power. Ultraman’s eyes light up in white, and his color timer in steady blue. (The option to switch to a blinking red light is probably not available since he’s in his appearance pose: just arrived and at full power). It seems the base also emits light.
I find it interesting that they chose the C-Type suit for this release. The first series ran, I think, from July 1966 to April 1967. C-Type came last and was seen mostly in 1967. It seems an A-Type would be more appropriate. I’m not complaining though—Type C is my favorite.
The height of the figure on the base is about 30.5cm (12 inches) and requires some minor assembly. It will cost ¥19,980 (about $191 USD). As of this writing, the X-Plus Ric Boy Store has not yet begun accepting orders.
Also, it seems they will be limited in number. But, they also plan to offer them at unspecified upcoming events.
Rich Eso reviews the Large Monster Series Gesura vinyl figure by X-Plus. This figure completes X-Plus’ line-up for the original Ultraman series kaiju.
See more content from Rich at his website: www.FreshVinylHQ.com.
X-Plus has provided Ultraman fans with multiple releases of the original 1966 titan of light from Nebula M78. Each release featured our hero in a different iconic pose. The wrestling pose, a standing pose and, of course, the Spacium Ray pose. For years I wondered when the hell were they going to get around to the Appearance Pose?
It finally appeared in February 2015 as a pre-order and hit shelves a month later. And it’s freaking awesome!