Last week, at the Spring Miyazawa Model Exhibition in Japan, X-Plus displayed a painted prototype of their upcoming Toho 30cm Series Mechagodzilla II based on the giant mech from 1993’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II.
It looks like this figure is FINALLY getting ready to go up for pre-order! And it’s been quite a wait. We first learned of this figure in late 2015 when we interviewed Gee Okamoto of X-Plus who revealed plans to begin work on it in 2016.
X-Plus revealed the unpainted sculpt a while ago but we’ve seen nothing of it since then. Until now!
The Standard Version will not come with Garuda attached to its back. Also note that the Plasma Grenade is in the CLOSED position, hidden behind a metal shield on its belly. For extra power, you’ll need the RIC version which was just revealed today! (See below).
Today, at Super Festival 74 in Japan, X-Plus brought Mechagodzilla II again. But this time they displayed the RIC exclusive. This version will feature an in-scale Garuda attached to its back forming Super Mechagodzilla.
Garuda looks amazing. It’s a shame all this detail will be facing the wall behind your shelf.
UPDATE: I was told by X-Plus that Garuda is “fixed” onto Mechagodzilla and will not be removable and that Garuda’s guns are also “fixed” and can not be rotated upward. If you want Mechagodzilla in his pure form, you’ll need to grab a Standard version.
Unlike the Standard version, Mechagodzilla’s Plasma Grenade emitter is sculpted on his belly in the open position. That, in combination with Garuda’s massive maser cannons and a mouth ray ready to fire, this Mechagodzilla II is ready for anything in its most powerful configuration: Super Mechagodzilla.
So do you grab a Standard or a RIC? The Standard comes solo (no Garuda) and has no Plasma Grenade in the closed position leaving a smooth, metal belly ready to absorb Godzilla’s heat ray. The RIC does come with Garuda, and an open Plasma Grenade.
Starting thinking about it. X-Plus indicated in a tweet that they will be able to start taking pre-orders for this figure soon. A sign at both model shows reveals a planned release in July 2017.
And, now we wait!
Standard versions (without Garuda) will be available at the usual online Japanese stores. If you want the RIC (with Garuda), you’ll have to order directly from X-Plus. If you expect to have trouble doing that, you could contact California dealer, Mike Johnson. You can find instructions on how to contact Mike at Rich Eso‘s Fresh Vinyl site.
• These images came from Twitter. You can follow the X-Plus Twitter feed here.
It’s worth noting that with the release of Mechagodzilla II, the Toho 30cm Series will have a complete roster of the metal monster in all his incarnations. Mechagodzilla 1974 and Mechagodzilla 1975 along with Kiryu 2002 and 2003 are waiting for MGII to join the ranks. (We still don’t have a Kiryu 2002 standing solo without the blue “battle pack” but that’s a small nitpick.)
The X-Plus Mechagodzilla 1974 is long sold out and not likely to show up again for a long while (if ever).
You can pre-order Mechagodzilla 1975 right now at Flossie’s (for $149) and other stores. It’s expected to be released in August 2017.
A North American re-issue of Kiryu 2002 (with blue “battle pack”) in vinyl is expected to open for pre-orders soon.
And the Standard Kiryu 2003 is available at Flossie’s (on Sale for $139) and other stores RIGHT NOW. Grab one while you can.
A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE 30CM HEISEI BADDIE LINE-UP
For the longest time the only Heisei foe we’ve had in the 30cm Series has been the beefy Space Godzilla (available now). Battra was added last year and a reissue is up for pre-order right now. Mechagodzilla II, in either form, will be a much appreciated addition to help represent the 90s on the shelf.