X-Plus and master sculptor Yuji Sakai are teaming up again to bring us yet another fantastic Godzilla vinyl.
News of the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modelling Collection Godzilla 1992 Tanzawa March (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 ) vinyl figure surprisingly broke first at Japanese retailer, Hobby Search.
X-Plus’ Ric Boy site has yet to mention it. They have a page for it in the works; it’s just not ready to go live yet.
This sculpt comes from 1992’s Godzilla vs. Mothra (ゴジラvsモスラ). As usual, Sakai sculpted this not only to fit the movie but a particular scene.
After the first battle between Godzilla and Battra at sea, both are sucked into an underwater fissure in the Philippine Trench. Godzilla then swims up a lava stream and emerges from Mount Fuji. From there he marches over the Tanzawa Mountains (丹沢山地) to Yokahama and then finally to Tokyo where he resumes his battle with the big bugs.
This new figure is posed to match a scene during Godzilla’s battle with Self-Defense Force tanks and masers in the Tanzawa mountains. If you have the movie on DVD, set it to play at 1 hour, 16 minutes. That’s the scene.
SIZING UP WITH BATTRA
Yuji Sakai’s original resin version of this figure stands 29.5cm but X-Plus’ vinyl version will be a bit shorter. They had to cast the prototype in wax in order to make a new mold. This process will reduce its height to about 27cm. Because of this, the figure will be a little short next to the Toho 30cm Series Battra Larva. But it should be fine as long as you’re not a scale freak like me. If you are, you’ll need to rely on the original X-Plus 30cm Series Godzilla 1992 for that since its a full 30cm.
DOUBLE DIPPING THE ’92
This is the second time X-Plus will put out a ’92. In 2011, they released their own sculpt, the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1992. A North American re-issue of this original figure is due to be released in January 2017. It’s much taller, and far less expensive ($139 at Flossie’s). But the sculpt is no match to the accuracy sculpted into the Sakai version.
SIMILARITIES TO THE ’91
A number of collectors have already remarked that they felt this new Sakai ’92 is too similar to the Sakai ’91 which was released last year. For the more casual Godzilla fans and collectors, I’ll point out some of the differences.
The head angles are different. The chest on the ’92 isn’t as bunchy. The leg stances are different. The tails may seem similar, but they are noticeably different, especially from the side. The ’92’s tail doesn’t rise as high as the ’91’s. The front of the ’92 has a more segmented neck. Very significant from the side is the more natural progression of the dorsal fins on the back as they rise up to the head. On the ’91, there is a very abrupt “step” in this pattern.
This is a classic example of X-Plus giving you more than you asked for or even think you wanted. These figures are super accurate and faithful to the designs of the actual suits, even in ways you didn’t know about.
Hobby Search has the X-Plus Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1992 Standard Version up for pre-order at ¥23,750 ($233 USD). They say the figure is due for release in late November 2016.
RIC BOY VERSION
A Ric Boy (or Shounen Ric) version is up for preorder at X-Plus’ Ric Boy site. The figure will come with light-up fins and will run you ¥28,944 ($281 USD). Ouch!
The preorder window for Rics closes on October 20, 2016 and you can expect your figure to ship in late November-early December 2016. You can order it here at the Ric Boy store.
If you own a copy of the Godzilla Dream Evolution book featuring all of Sakai’s works, turn to pages 32 and 33. You’ll find a 2-page spread there with 3 photos of this figure.
If you don’t already have a copy of Sakai’s Godzilla Dream Evolution hardback photo book, consider grabbing one. Any future X-Plus collaborations will be in that book allowing you to see the possibilities.
Also, keep in mind the upcoming Yuji Sakai’s Work Masterpiece Art Collection coming soon from X-Plus, and from Bluefin here in the states! This new line will feature Sakai’s works based on Godzilla movie stills, posters and more.