Toruk811 Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido Version vinyl figure by X-Plus

Toruk811 reviews the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla (1991) Hokkaido Version vinyl figure by X-Plus. (東宝30cmシリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ1991「ギドゴジ北海道バージョン」 ). This is the North American (Diamond) Reissue.

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By | 2018-01-06T20:35:53+00:00 January 6th, 2018|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Toruk811 Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido Version vinyl figure by X-Plus

Full Review: Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001 vinyl figure by X-Plus

X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001 Vinyl Figure Review.

The Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001 vinyl figure by X-Plus was first announced in late 2015. It was released in Japan in late February / early March, 2016. It was re-issued by X-Plus for the United States and Canada in June 2017.

This figure is based on Godzilla’s appearance in the 2001 Shusuke Kaneko film, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, the third movie in the Millennium Series.

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By | 2018-01-20T09:41:40+00:00 December 30th, 2017|Categories: Kaiju Addicts Reviews|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Full Review: Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001 vinyl figure by X-Plus

Rich Eso Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku Version Vinyl Figure

Rich Eso reviews the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku Version  (東宝30㎝シリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ(1991)新宿バージョン) RIC Exclusive Version vinyl figure by X-Plus. It was released in Japan in August 2017.

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By | 2017-10-20T18:12:50+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Rich Eso Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku Version Vinyl Figure

Leslie Chambers Reviews the 30cm Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 “Shinjuku Landing” vinyl figure by X-Plus

Leslie Chambers reviews the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku Landing Version (東宝30㎝シリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ(1991)新宿バージョン) Standard Version vinyl figure by X-Plus.

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By | 2017-09-10T00:31:21+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Leslie Chambers Reviews the 30cm Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 “Shinjuku Landing” vinyl figure by X-Plus

Photo: Godzilla 1991 Attacks Portland!

X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 vinyl figure against the downtown Portland skyline.
PHOTO: LOGAN TEN FINGERS

X-Plus collector, Logan Ten Fingers, just received his 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 from us at Flossie’s and he’s sent in this awesome shot of it up against downtown Portland, Oregon.

Do you have a great shot of your X-Plus? Send them in and let us share them on Kaiju Addicts!

By | 2017-07-10T20:12:43+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Categories: PHOTOS|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Photo: Godzilla 1991 Attacks Portland!

New X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku Version and Godzilla 1971 Returns!

New X-Plus figures just announced for a Japanese release.
PHOTO: X-PLUS. GODZILLA TM & © TOHO CO., LTD., 1971

Yesterday, X-Plus made two exciting announcements for the Japanese market sure to get your attention.

Let’s start with something old made new again.

Large Monster Series Godzilla 1971 with Ric extras attached.
PHOTO: X-PLUS.

The “25cm Series” Godzilla 1971 originally came out in 2011 and was never seen again. It’s been one of those really hard-to-figures and has been on far too many wish lists for far too long. Finally! Time for a re-issue.

Enter the Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 1971 (Showdown Image) Shounen Ric Exclusive (東宝大怪獣シリーズ ゴジラ(1971) 対決イメージVer. ショウネンリック限定商品). This is the same sculpt from 2011 with a slightly modified paint scheme meant to mimic Godzilla’s appearance in the night time final battle with Hedorah. X-Plus reports that the skin will be darker with a tinge of blue to mimic the monster’s look at night. They also refined the color on the dorsal fins.

Toho Large Monster Series Godzilla 1971 vinyl figure by X-Plus.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

With this RIC Exclusive version, you’ll be getting interchangeable accessories just like the original release had. There will be an extra set of arms so you can pose Godzilla with or without the newly plucked Hedorah nuclei in his hands. (We ‘mericans have been calling them eggs or eyeballs. …I think they’re eggs.)

You’ll also get to replace Godzilla’s left peeper with the eyelid he closed after getting hurt in battle with the toxic Smog Monster. Don’t quote me on this, but I think the eyelid may be a separate piece which you just pop into place. I’ve never had this figure before and I’ve been waiting to get my hands on one for a long time now.

A scene from Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Toho 1971.
SCENE FROM “GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH, TM & © TOHO CO., LTD., 1971

The timing of this re-issue is no coincidence since the new Toho Large Monster Series Hedorah (adult form) will be released in a couple of weeks. You’ll be able to pose these two face-to-face on the shelf.

The Large Monster Series Godzilla 1971 exclusive Ric version is about 23cm tall (9 inches) and it will cost you ¥14.040 (currently about $126 USD) and it can be purchased directly from X-Plus on their Shounen Ric website.

The site is in Japanese and you’ll have to use a forwarding service like Tenso.com to get it since they won’t ship directly to you. A much better option would be to order through California dealer Mike Johnson. You’ll find info on how to do that at Rich Eso‘s Fresh Vinyl site.

The pre-order window for this figure is open now and will close on June 20 at 6pm Japan time. I think that’s 5am Eastern Standard Time.

I’m not positive but I am under the impression that there will not be a standard version available. That seems to be the X-Plus modus operandi when it comes to reissues like this one. (If I’m wrong, don’t shoot the reviewer!)

This figure is expected to ship in August. This figure will not be available later in North America. Bluefin Distribution holds the license for this series in the U.S. but they have no plans to offer any other Large Monster Series figures other than Biollante and King Ghidorah 1968 at this time. So order one NOW.

FLOSSIE’S (UPDATE)
Sorry, we were late on this one. We weren’t able to order them on time. Flossie’s will NOT be carrying this figure.

Next up, a new Yuji Sakai figure. Or, at least, new to X-Plus.

Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku vinyl figure by X-Plus.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

The Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku Version (東宝30㎝シリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ(1991)新宿バージョン) is now available to order.

This is the 5th figure in the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection. And it is the 6th if you count the Gigantic Series Godzilla 2000.

It features a sculpt based on Godzilla’s appearance in Shinjuku from 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (ゴジラvsキングギドラ).

For those of you who already own the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido Version: this not just the same suit in a new pose. During the Heisei films there were usually two suits in every film. The main suit from the previous movie would be used in the next as a “water suit” for ocean and bay scenes. In the case of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, the Goji we saw in the water and on land in Hokkaido was the water suit from Godzilla vs. Biollante.

This new Shinjuku version is a modified and repaired version of the other suit from Godzilla vs. Biollante. X-Plus was careful to note Yuji Sakai’s extraordinary attention to detail when he reproduced the new throat area on this suit which was damaged beyond repair from the previous movie. This figure will be more accurate than any casual fan will even know (and that includes myself!)

30cm Series Sakai Godzilla 1991 side view.

A word of warning: Yuji Sakai’s insistence for keeping his tails up in the air (almost always requiring a tail base) is on hyperdrive on this figure. From some angles, the tail shoots almost cartoonishly upward as if someone just stepped on his foot. This odd feature shouldn’t be much of a concern since most of you will be posing your figures face front on the shelf.

The 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 (Shinjuku Version) will be available as a Standard version and also as a Ric Boy which will come with light-up fins. It will be about 27cm / 10.6 inches tall. On the short side for a 30cm figure, but it will fit right in with the rest of your X-Plus / Sakai collection.

You can preorder the Ric from X-Plus’ Shounen Ric site (see above) for ¥28,620 (currently about $257 USD). Pre-orders are open now and will end on June 20.

The Standard Version — without the light gimmick — will be available from the usual haunts: Hobby Search ($202), AmiAmi ($201) and Hobby Link Japan ($230) for less money. All three stores have English versions of their sites, are easy to order from and will deliver directly to you.

Delivery is expected in August 2017.

It’s possible that a North American re-issue will be available next year in the U.S. if the deal between X-Plus and Diamond Distributors continues. Why chance it though?

Note: We will not be carrying this figure at Flossie’s. (But we will later if it becomes a Diamond Reissue.)

By | 2017-06-26T12:13:37+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on New X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku Version and Godzilla 1971 Returns!

X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2001 Diamond Reissue will be Released June 7

X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2001 will be released July 7, 2017.

North American Sakai GMK (Diamond) Reissue will be in stores and ready to ship starting July 7, 2017

The Yuji Sakai celebration continues with the upcoming release of the X-Plus 12in Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2001 vinyl figure, a re-issue of the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001 which was originally released in Japan last year.

This re-issue is being made available to stores in the United States and Canada only. And thanks to the arrangement between X-Plus and Diamond Distributors, you can order one of these vinyl masterpieces from your local comic store or favorite online store.

At Flossie’s Gifts & Collectibles, we have several pre-orders still available. This figure has a suggested retail price of $230. But you can grab one from Flossie’s for only $179.99 plus shipping. That’s $50 off!

3-Month Payment Plans are available if needed. Email me for details or just read about it on the Sakai 2001 page at the Flossie’s website.

They start shipping in under two weeks. Time for you to start watching your email for a note from the store you ordered from or to give your comic store a call to see if they’re on top of things.

Didn’t order one yet? …

Click Here to Order One Now at Flossie’s

By | 2017-05-28T18:35:57+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Categories: X-PLUS NEWS|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 2001 Diamond Reissue will be Released June 7

Gojira851 Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 vinyl figure by X-Plus

Matt Jacobson, a.k.a. Gojira851 unboxes and reviews the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1989 ‘Osaka Landing’ version vinyl figure by X-Plus.

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By | 2017-05-29T21:13:13+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Gojira851 Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1989 vinyl figure by X-Plus

Leslie Chambers Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 by X-Plus

Leslie Chambers reviews the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1992 vinyl figure by X-Plus.

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By | 2017-05-28T07:57:22+00:00 January 21st, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Leslie Chambers Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 by X-Plus

KaijuRob Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 by X-Plus

KaijuRob reviews the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1992 vinyl figure by X-Plus. On top of this excellent review, he addresses sore points to this figure which other collectors have complained about and explains why it’s actually one of the best.

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By | 2017-05-28T07:57:25+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on KaijuRob Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 by X-Plus

Rich Eso Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 Vinyl by X-Plus

Rich Eso reviews the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1992 東宝30cmシリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ1992 丹沢進撃.

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By | 2017-05-28T07:57:26+00:00 December 27th, 2016|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Rich Eso Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 Vinyl by X-Plus

Jim Cirronella Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 RIC by X-Plus

GUEST REVIEW BY JIM CIRRONELLA

Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1992 vinyl by X-Plus. Photos by Jim Cirronella.
ALL PHOTOS: JIM CIRRONELLA

Here is my review of the X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection GODZILLA 1992 (Tanzawa Advance) with product pics. This is specifically for the RIC edition which features light-up dorsal plates.

There has been controversy surrounding the quality of this figure due to many of the photos being posted online; hopefully some of these concerns may be cleared up now because much of it seems to be unwarranted after seeing the actual product.

Godzilla ’92 comes packaged in the typical X-Plus blind box with illustrated label affixed to the front, common to the Yuji Sakai modeling collection. Each box has also been packaged within its own sturdy shipping carton, which is really helpful.

X-Plus 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 box. Photo by Jim Cirronella.

Inside, the figure has been well secured to the plastic tray and protected for transit. The tail (in two separate sections), tail base and power supply unit are all packaged separately from each other. X-Plus receives top marks for its packaging here, which has been done to minimize any damage to this expensive figure.

X-Plus 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 with the 30cm Series Battra vinyl. Photo by Jim Cirronella.

Regarding quality, first of all, the overall height of 27cm (10.6 inches) as listed on the X-Plus page is incorrect. The figure, when assembled, stands 11.25″ (28.5cm), so it scales well with X-Plus’ 30cm Battra Larva (and there was much rejoicing…)

The figure is molded in charcoal gray with the only painted areas being the eyes, mouth, nails and dorsal fins. There is also a light spray of pink in the nose and ears. All of the figures that I inspected had uniform paint on the facial features, without any significant deviation.

The completed figure represents the original sculpt very well, which is classic Yuji Sakai. In 12-inch size, he has expertly interpreted the details of a 6-foot monster suit which was fashioned to appear hundreds of feet tall on screen.

Some collectors have commented negatively on the stance and arm positioning, but these are clearly indicative of the suit actor’s portrayal. Looking at this figure, you can almost envision Kenpachiro Satsuma toiling away inside of Godzilla in order to give the character life.

The tail when assembled gives the figure a total overall length of about 17 inches, and the supplied tail base must be utilized for the figure to stand properly.

X-Plus 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 battery connection. Photo by Jim Cirronella.

The RIC exclusive light-up dorsal feature is activated via a connection at the back of the leg. It’s a strong effect, and recalls the scene when Godzilla first surfaces from the ocean in the film. Do not compare it to scenes which have optical enhancement or you’re likely to be disappointed.

I believe it’s the advance product pics which have caused the most controversy. The official X-Plus images show a darkly-lit figure, indicative of the Tanzawa attack sequence in Godzilla vs. Mothra. The sample figure has also been dry brushed in light blue to bring out the detail of the sculpt.

The actual product is not painted in this fashion and so the vinyl color makes it very difficult to photograph from many angles. In flat lighting, the minor gloss of the vinyl picks up reflections that look like inconsistencies in the coloring.

Viewed from different angles, the highlights can look like white flecks on the figure. The light spray in the ears and nose has also been a problem for many, but this is a design choice and not a quality control error. And, since the product pics do not show this, certainly there will be some disappointment among collectors as to why it was added.

In addition, there has been concern that the figure’s legs look too thin. X-Plus’ pics seem to show a more hefty and squat figure, but this is simply a trick of the dark lighting and black background. When the same pics are brightened, the sample figure’s sculpt appears identical to the final product.

Overall, the X-Plus Yuji Sakai GODZILLA 1992 receives a thumbs-up. For the price, I agree that this figure should be exactly as expected, without any need for the buyer to have to touch it up. On the other hand, the area that’s causing the most controversy — the face — is literally one inch in length. So unless your figure comes with an unpainted eyeball, it’s very difficult to label these concerns as a lack of quality control.

By | 2017-05-28T07:57:26+00:00 December 11th, 2016|Categories: Reviews From Other Sites|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Jim Cirronella Reviews the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 RIC by X-Plus