The Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1954 (ギガンティックシリーズ 酒井ゆうじ 造形コレクション 「ゴジラ1954」) is your chance to own of THE ultimate Godzilla collectibles
X-Plus has just opened the pre-order window for the Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1954 vinyl figure.
We knew it was coming, but its arrival is a bit sooner than expected. Gigantic Series figures usually have very long pauses between releases. The Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 had literally just begun to ship when this new figure went up for preorder.
No doubt, X-Plus is attempting to capitalize on the imminent release of the Shin Godzilla (Godzilla: Resurgence) movie which features a monster design that is drastically new, yet firmly anchored on the original 1954 design.
This figure will be the 5th entry in the Gigantic Series and also the 5th figure in the Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection. It will be the 2nd (technically 3rd if you count the Sakai 1999) non-stylized, movie accurate entry in the Gigantic Series.
One key feature of this release is that it has been designed by lauded Godzilla sculptor, Yuji Sakai. His involvement on a figure release instantly raises the price. Because of Mr. Sakai’s amazing talent, this figure (I have to say it again:) looks like it walked right out of the movie!
The next key feature, and probably the first you’ll notice when seeing it in person, is its size. It is a whopping 44cm (17.3″) tall. With its lifeless, yet movie-accurate, tail in tow, it has a length of 75cm (29.5″). That’s almost two and half feet!
RIC BOY EXCLUSIVE
The Ric Boy Exclusive version comes with a sculpted logo plate with Japanese syllables in katakana. ゴ(go), ジ(ji) and ラ(ra) are stacked upon each other to spell Gojira. It’s 12cm (4.75 inches) tall. It comes with a mini “train biter” bust at the base.
The price for the Ric Boy Exclusive version is ¥49,896 ($491 USD). Yeah, you read that right. You can thank the figure’s gigantic size and Mr. Sakai’s involvement for that price tag.
ORDERING THE EXCLUSIVE VERSION
Click here to Order the Exclusive version at X-Plus’ Online Ric Boy Store. (Site is in Japanese only. Will not ship overseas. You will need a forwarding service like Tenso.com).
There is a less expensive route: the Standard Version. It won’t get you the logo nameplate extra, but it will give you a nice break on the final bill.
ORDERING THE STANDARD VERSION
Japanese online store, Hobby Search will give you a standard version for ¥43,890 ($431 USD). That’s a savings of $60! (Do you really want to pay an extra $60 for a little logo plate anyway?)
Hobby Search has an English version of their site and they will ship directly to you.
Hobby Link Japan will also ship overseas. Click here to order it from Hobby Link Japan.
AmiAmi, once again, seems to be allergic to the very idea of shipping oversized boxes overseas. If you’re dead set on getting it from AmiAmi, you can order it from the Japanese language version of their site, here. Keep in mind you’ll need a forwarding service (like Tenso.com). Remember, they don’t want to bother with shipping big boxes overseas.
As of this writing, the deadline for orders has not yet been determined.
The figure is expected to ship in October 2016.
• You can find photos of the resin version of this figure in Yuji Sakai’s Godzilla Dream Evolution book on Page 21. I often flip through this book to see what the next X-Plus Sakai might be. All of the possibilities are in there. (You can order that book here.)
• High Resolution Photos at SciFi Japan.