Kaiju Basement Unboxes Gomora and Mechagodzilla 1975

Kaiju Basement had a Double Box Day. He unboxes the Large Monster Series Gomora Ver. 3 and the Large Monster Series Mechagodzilla 1975 Ric Exclusive vinyl figures by X-Plus

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By |2019-08-09T16:39:28-04:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Kaiju Basement Unboxes Gomora and Mechagodzilla 1975

Preorders Open for Large Monster Series Gomora Version 3

Front right view of X-Plus Large Monster Series Gomora Ver. 3.

X-Plus is revisited yet another classic monster from Ultraman. Preorders have just opened for the Large Monster Series Gomora Version 3 from the original Ultraman (1966-1967) two-part episode, The Prince of Monsters.

This classic kaiju is a favorite among Ultraman fans and X-Plus has made strides to improve the sculpt. It will stand at about 24cm (9.4 inches).

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By |2019-04-28T22:15:57-04:00April 28th, 2019|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Preorders Open for Large Monster Series Gomora Version 3

Diego Doom Unboxes the Gigantic Series UltraSeven

Diego Doom is an ultra-tease as he unboxes the Gigantic Series UltraSeven (ギガンティックシリーズ ウルトラセブン) vinyl figure by X-Plus. He has a full review in the works. We’ll add it to this post as soon he’s published it.

• See more video reviews at the Diego Doom YouTube Channel.

By |2018-04-06T04:43:29-04:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Diego Doom Unboxes the Gigantic Series UltraSeven

Quick Review: Large Monster Series Pestar (Ultraman 1966) vinyl figure by X-Plus

Kaiju Addicts X-Plus Large Monster Series Pestar (Ultraman 1966) vinyl figure review.

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.

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By |2018-09-09T19:39:59-04:00December 31st, 2017|Categories: Kaiju Addicts Reviews|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Quick Review: Large Monster Series Pestar (Ultraman 1966) vinyl figure by X-Plus

PHOTO: Large Monster Series Pestar by X-Plus

Large Monster Series Pestar vinyl figure by X-Plus.

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?

By |2017-09-03T01:23:21-04:00September 3rd, 2017|Categories: PHOTOS|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on PHOTO: Large Monster Series Pestar by X-Plus

Vince Elliot Reviews the Large Monster Series Firemons (Ultraman Ace) vinyl figure by X-Plus

The latest addition to the X-Plus‘ line of Ultraman Ace figures is the mass of vinyl known as Large Monster Series Firemons (大怪獣シリーズ ファイヤーモンス). It was released in August 2017.

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By |2017-11-16T10:44:25-04:00August 31st, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Vince Elliot Reviews the Large Monster Series Firemons (Ultraman Ace) vinyl figure by X-Plus

Leslie Chambers Reviews the X-Plus Gigantic Series Ultraman

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.

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By |2017-05-28T07:57:27-04:00November 15th, 2016|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Leslie Chambers Reviews the X-Plus Gigantic Series Ultraman

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

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

September 2016 X-Plus Announcements: Daimajin, Frozen GBG and more Ultras

Daiei 30cm Series Daimajin vinyl figure by X-Plus.

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!

Accessories and options for the X-Plus 30cm 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.

See the 30cm Series Daimajin at the X-Plus Ric Boy site.

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

Various angles of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 Frozen Version with Super X III.

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.

FROSTBITE?
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.

See this figure on the X-Plus Ric Boy site.
See my review for the original Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 release for more details on the sculpt.

New Ultraman Ace and Taro fare

Ultraman Ace Showdown Set and Cosmo Liquid figures by X-Plus.

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.

See Exclusive High Resolution photos of all of the new X-Plus Vinyl announcements at SciFiJapan.com.

By |2017-05-28T07:57:29-04:00September 17th, 2016|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on September 2016 X-Plus Announcements: Daimajin, Frozen GBG and more Ultras

X-Plus June Announcements: 30cm Mechagodzilla 1975, Kamacuras and RMC Ultraman

June Announcements from X-Plus.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

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.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

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.

ARTICULATION
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.)

Close-up of Mechagodzilla's Electronic Brain.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

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).

NOTES
• Mechagodzilla’s tail comes sepa