Pre-orders finally opened today for the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla (2016) – 東宝30㎝シリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション ゴジラ(2016).
This vinyl is based on a resin kit which Yuji Sakai first revealed in 2017 at Winter Wonder Festival in Chiba.
According to X-Plus, this figure’s “overall” height will be about 29cm (11.4 inches). They don’t specify if this is the height of the top of the head or it’s upraised tail. I suspect it’s the head since that tail seems to rise well over the head. If this measurement is for the head, then this 30cm Series figure would be only a mere 3/4 of an inch (2cm) taller than the Large Monster Series (Shin) Godzilla 2016.
Note that this figure will come with a low tail stand.
STANDARD AND RIC VERSIONS
This figure will come in both a Standard and a RIC Exclusive version. Though the differences are not immediately apparent.
The Standard Version will be molded in opaque red vinyl and employ the same painting technique used to paint the Large Monster Series version.
As for the RIC: a light gimmick was explored early in the process, but Mr. Sakai decided that the result deviated too much from the scene this sculpt is based on so they elected to take another approach.
The RIC Exclusive version will NOT light-up. But it will come with “clear molding on the red body part” with silver paint applied to the inside. I suspect this will create a refraction effect similar to the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995, the 30cm Series Godzilla 1995 and the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995.
This comparison photo offers little discernible difference between the two making your decision rather difficult. (RIC is on the left, Standard is on the right.)
ORDERING THE RIC
You can order the RIC Exclusive version from X-Plus’ RIC site for ¥28,620 (currently about $259 USD). The site is in Japanese and will not ship directly to you overseas. You’ll need a forwarding service like Tenso.com.
Reservations for the RIC version will end July 3, 2018 at 5pm (Japan Time).
ORDERING THE STANDARD VERSION
The standard version will be available from Hobby Search, AmiAmi and Hobby Link Japan. All three sites have English versions and will ship to you directly overseas.
• Preorder from Hobby Search for $217.
• Links to other stores will be posted here as they go live.
Both versions are currently expected to ship in August 2018.