X-Plus recently announced the Toho Large Monster Series King Ghidorah (1968) Flight Version / 東宝大怪獣シリー キングギドラ(1968) 飛行Ver.
It is a modified version of the original (standing) release which first came out in December of 2014 and since reissued for North America through Bluefin Distribution.
This new flying version has been reshaped with the legs tucked back. The tails may have been straightened slightly but it’s hard for me to tell. Either way, this new figure will NOT stand on the shelf and must be supported in the air by a set of iron poles and plastic bases and cradles.
The body, like the original, is made of vinyl. The wings will be made from ABS plastic to prevent drooping.
X-Plus reports the the vinyl’s height will be 47cm (18.5 inches). It may not be clear what they are measuring from but it’s likely from toes to wing tips. The original standing version also comes in at 47cm.
The RIC comes with a fabric Mount Fuji backdrop. This is the location of the final battle in Destroy All Monsters (1968). No word on the size of the backdrop, but it looks pretty big. (See photo.)
(By the way, X-Plus is currently offering a Complete Destroy All Monsters set including the new flying pose Ghidorah and 10 other 1968 version figures for about $1,340!)
Click here to see my Kaiju Addicts review of the King Ghidorah 1968 original standing version. Aside from the modifications to the pose, paint apps and the potential for the interior of the legs to be resin-free, this review should still be helpful.
The cost on X-Plus’ Shounen Ric site is ¥39,960 (about $360 USD). This figure will also be available at The Godzilla Store. Both are tricky to order from since the sites are in Japanese and neither will ship overseas without the use of a forwarding service like Tenso.com. Contact dealer Mike Johnson for an easy alternative to these stores.
This vinyl will have a limited run so it is possible that it will sell out before the scheduled end date. X-Plus says, though, that if there is enough interest in more, they will follow up with a second run.
Preorders opened September 7, 2018 and will end on October 2, 2018 as long as they don’t reach the maximum number for the run. It is expected to ship November 2018.
Keep watching SciFiJapan.com for high resolution photos coming soon.
Well, this is interesting. And, I have to say it looks GREAT. The original standing version is already centerpiece material with it’s huge wingspan. But, to see this suspended in a flight pose… wow!
One thing you should be prepared for if you decided to grab one: make sure your display area has the clearance. The standing version needs at least 18.5 inches of vertical space. This new flying version is no doubt going to need even more room while suspended on those poles.
And, about those poles… this set-up looks wildly precarious. If this thing isn’t balanced perfectly, it could suffer from damage in a drop, especially on the wing spikes. I’m actually really surprised that X-Plus thinks that this is a good idea.
I suspect (just a guess now) that this version will not be weighted down with resin like the standing version is. So, this Ghidorah could feel lighter in hand, and lighter on those stands.
Either way, BE CAREFUL. As I mentioned in my Fire Rodan post, the same stands are used on the Favorite Sculptors Line Mothra 2001 and those bottom ‘plates’ frequently fall off the poles when you lift or move them.
Here’s hoping for no issues though. And, good for you if you get a flying Ghidorah. It looks ridiculously cool in this pose.
Finally, one thing I’m curious about is whether or not the original mold is now gone. When they modified the Large Monster Series Mothra 1961 Imago to look like a 1964 version, the possibility of reissuing the ’61 is out the window. I wonder if the same is true now for the standing version of the King Ghidorah 1968. Whether this is true or not, California-based Bluefin Distribution still has a healthy stock of them so stores will still have access to them for a while yet.