X-Plus has just opened the preorder window on the Toho Large Monster Series Destoroyah (東宝大怪獣シリーズ デストロイア) just in time to make it in for the 20th Anniversary of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (ゴジラvsデストロイア)!
I am literally at a loss for words. Just LOOK at that sculpt! This thing is OFF the Awesome Charts.
The figure is 34cm (13.3 inches) tall and they made a point to mention that even though this figure is a part of the Large Monster Series, it easily takes up the same space as a 30cm series figure. (Although, technically, a 30cm Series Destroyah would be even bigger.)
IN THEIR OWN WORLD
Speaking of size and scale, they showed an image of the upcoming red baddie with the Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995 which was released last month. The scale between the two figures look to be about right. But, since the Godzilla ’95 is significantly taller than other Goji’s in the series, these two, technically, are out of scale with the rest of the family. This may not be an issue for you if you plan to pair these two fantastic figures up. Destroyah is going to demand more airspace than most other figures and so you’ll likely be finding a separate place to display this famous confrontation.
Destroyah’s four wings will apparently be made with injection molded hard PVC, just like both Mothra Imagos. I think I really like that. These wings will be impervious to deformation caused by summer heat.
They will come detached in the box and will need to be inserted. I am really, really curious how this is going to work. I wonder if the connection points will also be made of PVC nestled inside each wing as on the Large Monster Series King Ghidorah figure. Here’s to hoping they’re a snug fit.
If you are worried that the soft vinyl connection points on Destroyah’s back may not be up to the task of supporting the wings during the hotter months, know that this figure will be reinforced with urethane foam on the inside of the body (just like the tail on the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995).
Also, in an effort to keep the figure balanced against the outstretched wings, the lower legs will be filled with heavy polyresin. X-Plus really thought this one through!
The detail of the blood vessels in the eyes will be reproduced with decals just like the 25cm Series Godzilla 1995.
RIC BOY AGGREGATE
The Ric Boy version of this figure will come with a Destoroyah Aggregate Form extra. It’s 14cm (5.5 inches — pretty impressive) tall and it has INSANE detail. This extra figure will be made of hard polyresin since, as they mention on their site, it can’t be reproduced properly in vinyl.
As you know, polyresin is prone to breaking easily. And a design like this, with long, spikey bits is just screaming to break. So take care when finding a place to display it. Assuming, of course, you get it in one piece in the mail. X-Plus says that this extra will be “packaged separately from the Destoroyah (full body)”. I guess that means its getting its own box. I just hope they’re confident they found a good way to package and ship it. The polyresin Monster Museum Ultraman pieces, though packaged very well, often arrived with broken pieces. And those were much smaller!
If you’re going for the Ric, have some super glue on standby. Here’s hoping you won’t need it.
WHEN? HOW MUCH?
The Toho Large Monster Series Destoroyah Ric Boy will be available to order until October 5, 2015 and is slated to ship out in late November / early December. It will ship by itself. (If you order this and the RMC Gamera 1995, you’ll get separate shipments.)
The Ric Boy version will cost you ¥30,888 (currently $255.88 USD).
So, get your Large Monster Series Godzilla 1995 figure warmed up. He’s getting company!
REAL MASTER COLLECTION GAMERA 1995
Also celebrating a 20th anniversary is Gamera 1995. This figure is now getting an introduction into the Real Master Collection (polyresin). It’s limited to 100 pieces and sales will be restricted to three per person. It’s available to preorder at the Ric Store until October 5 and will run you ¥27,648 (currently $229 USD).
Happy Birthday to Godzilla, Destroyah and Gamera! お誕生日おめでとうございます!!