JAPAN RELEASE: 2012
JAPAN RE-ISSUE: 2013, (EBIRAH SET)
SERIES: LARGE MONSTER SERIES (25cm)
MATERIAL: SOFT VINYL
FROM: From “Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster”, 1966
HEIGHT: 9.25 inches / 23.495 cm<
WIDTH: 6.75 inches / 17.145 cm
LENGTH: Length: 15 inches / 38.1 cm
REVIEW AND PHOTOS: JOHN STANOWSKI
This is the very first X-Plus vinyl I acquired and I hope you can see how it became the catalyst for a downward spiral into an X-Plus addiction.
What can I say? It looks amazing. The familiar rough Godzilla-skin is very detailed and stands out even though it’s mostly just one color. There aren’t very many visible joint seams on this figure other than where you connect the tail. If you look closely you may notice lines above the elbows but they are hard to miss. Though the tail comes in one piece you can see how it used to be two before they glued them together halfway down. Other than those two, it looks and feels like one piece. This figure has separated fingers with the exception of two which are webbed together on its right hand.
Head to head with the original, the X-Plus figure comes close. But keep in mind the orginal is a rubber suit which folded and contorted when in action. In the second photo you see a comparison of Godzilla’s dorsal spines. The X-Plus figure comes very close, yet in other scenes the similarity fades somewhat. All in all, the X-Plus is successful in capturing the essence of the 1966 Godzilla and is worthy of being called a definitive collectors item.
The X-Plus 25cm Godzilla 1966 is in a standard, straight-on pose. He’s looking forward and is mostly symmetrical in every way. Even his tail goes straight back. If I’m not mistaken this pose was taken from when Godzilla stood on the beach looking out into the choppy waters where Ebirah has just surfaced. It’s a really great pose.
The skin on the Godzilla 1966 is pretty much one single color: a very nice asphalt black. There is very subtle highlight shading on the bumps of his chest and around his thighs. The same asphalt black creeps into the dorsal spines and claws where it meets tan highlights on the edges. The teeth are a very off white (almost tan) color which distances it from the stark white found on cheap toys. The eyes are painted with a slight orangeish tinge around the dark corneas which really adds a nice touch.
The Large Monster Series Godzilla 1966 looks good beside the X-Plus Ebirah 1966.
This figure has a tail which goes straight backward making the total length 15 inches! If your display shelf is a standard 11.5 inches deep then this fellow is going to take up some room. You won’t be able to get more than a forward 3/4 view of him. That actually works out just fine as I think this is his best angle! The tail will take up some space for the next figure so it’s a good idea to but him next to a figure with a smaller footprint like a 25cm Mechagodzilla or Gigan.