Diamond Reissuing the 25cm’s!!

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So Diamond will be reissuing the 25cm line starting in 2018.  I knew this day would come. It was inevitable.  Should I be mad? No. Am I a little bummed? Yes.  Why?

Well, first off, lets talk about the AWESOMENESS this means for X-Plus collectors. This means X-Plus collectors that have been wanting to fill in gaps in their collections or those who simply been wanting to add that certain 25cm figure to their line up now have the chance to do so at a very reasonable price. You won’t have to hunt on eBay or YJA and you won’t have to deal with 3rd party sellers and their jacked up prices. King Caesar and more notably, the Landing Stage Hedorah are among the most sought after 25cm figures and now you will be able to get this VERY SOON! Make sure you check Vampire Robots and Flossies Gifts for the new pre-orders.  Seriously, this is great news. I am happy for those collectors who have been wanting these harder to find figures who will now be able to get them without paying out the ass.  Let’s be honest, some figures were going for highway robbery in the various outlets and that does bother me that some people are charging 3x, 4x or more for a figure that originally cost $100 or so (non-RIC) before shipping.

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What else does this good news mean? Well, if X-Plus is doing business with Diamond for reissues, this means business is good on the X-Plus front. Right? Right! So what does that mean for us X-Plus collectors? It means more friggin figures will be coming for a while. So if you thought that hole in your wallet was going to heal and scar over you are wrong. X-Plus is going to shred our wallets in the years to come.  New sculpts through out the 25cm, 30cm and Gigantic series lines. More DefoReal figures. It is going to be good.  Just means you need to find more shelf space. HA!  Hell, the Gigantic Shin Godzilla and Gigantic Godzilla 1964 are not only monsters but they are expensive monsters.

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Now, lets look at the other side of the spectrum. How can I say this without sounding like an elitist snob?! First off, I have been collecting X-Plus since early 2013. I have dumped a lot of money into this line.  I bought the 25cm Landing Stage Hedorah back in 2013 when no one gave a shit about that figure. I won it off YJA for $92. YES!!! 92 FRIGGIN DOLLARS with no other bids and no one to challenge me for it. I actually bought it with the “might as well” mind set because I saw it there. So that was a big plus for me then. Over the past four years, that figure has become highly sought after. I have seen it sell for $600+. INSANE!! Does that make the figure that valuable? Yes and no. Yes because that just shows how much some people are willing to pay for a figure.  If someone is willing to drop a certain amount of money on one figure, then it IS worth that much to them to have it. No because…JUST NO. That is nuts. 6x its initial MSRP? Crazy.  While I may be bummed that my rare 25cm Hedorah won’t be rare anymore, I have never been happy to see someone pay that much money for a figure that cost about $100. It’s absurd. Then again, I have spent a crazy amount of $$$ on figures because its what I wanted so it all depends how bad we want a certain figure.  So, to see it accessible at an attainable price with a Diamond re-issue is great!

Additionally, X-Plus USED to be exclusive and limited. With all these reissues from Diamond, they pretty much killed the exclusivity for most of the line.  What was once rare is no longer. Sure, X-Plus does their own reissues but those are even limited to small quantities.  The new 30cm Godzilla 89 with light up dorsal plates and Rose Form Biollante is going to have a small run. Why would collectors not want that? Because many got their fill of the easily accessible and affordable Diamond reissue. Is that a bad thing? Not all.

The RIC only reissues still hold up as being rare, such as the 30cm Godzilla 1964 w/closed mouth and light up dorsal plates and the recent 30cm Gigan 2004 Start Up Ver. w/light up visor are just two examples of still limited figures. Some figures are still hard to come by. Diamond has not done a 30cm Manda to this day. Not everything is accessible but most of it is.

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Now, I do not plan on selling my X-Plus collection.  I have ditched all the boxes and I am in this for the long haul. I have invested a lot into X-Plus, that is clear with everything I have done with Fresh Vinyl. If it wasn’t for X-Plus, Fresh Vinyl would have never been born.  Collecting an X-Plus collection as an investment as is collecting any other toy line. Now…HOLD UP…I mean an investment as in a personal investment. Yes, I have spent a lot of money here and put a lot of work into this collection. So, yes, it is an investment because I have gained personal satisfaction from all that X-Plus has brought.  If you guys don’t look at your collections as personal investments, well…that is just silly, yah know what I mean? We all shell out lots of money for these figures, how could we not look at our collections as an investment from a personal perspective, yah know?  How else can I explain that? We don’t buy figures with the mindset “I will sell this in 6 months for X$$$ heehee”. Sure, dealers will stock up on these figures from Diamond and get them into your hands. But that is just the service those retailers provide.  Back to the investment part, I am passionate about this line just as I am passionate about Bandai and many of my stylized Marmit and M1 figures.

One other thing I think about with re-issues is how they will saturate the market.  Collectors will get into the hobby fast and then turn around and dump their figures shortly after release.  Some will cancel their orders from Vampire Robots and Flossie’s Gifts just before release. This has been a trend since the beginning of the Diamond reissues.  I understand that is how hobby works. Real life sets in and we have to let some things go to take care of more important matters. That is part of adulting. Adult first, play later. The mortgage and electric bill has to be paid. Toys are not essential.

Those that are selling older figures have a hard time selling because the supply is up and the demand is low. That is normal and I expect that. Supply and demand 101 folks. Some collectors try to get out of the line and blow out their figures for extremely fair prices. I see some collectors trying to sell 30cm figures for $110 shipped! That is amazing yet at the same time scary because a few years ago, if you tried to sell something for $110 you would have been told you are crazy for selling so cheap. Again, this is all normal.  On the Facebook X-Plus Collectors group, figures listed at $110 shipped won’t get a bite at all. Pretty crazy how the market has changed. All in all, I have nothing against anyone selling figures as it is none of my business who does what with their possessions. I have been selling off stuff for the past 2 years or so, selling non essential figures. I take that money and turn old vinyl into new vinyl.  It actually breaks my heart a little when I see figures up for sale from collectors because I love these figures so much, it stinks to see us part with them, but again, that is how the hobby works.

In conclusion, yea, I am a little bummed to see reissues of certain figures because, yes, it is nice to have something rare. Don’t kid yourself and think you wouldn’t feel the same way because then that is just hypocrisy.  More important, I am glad X-Plus is still a hot collectible line. Sure, the X-Plus bubble has popped a bit but there is plenty of room in the playground for everyone now and that my fellow collectors is pretty damn fresh at the end of the day. BAM!
Thanks for reading!

-Rich

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Keizer Ghidorah REVIEW!

Hey guys! I know I don’t update as much as I should nor as mush as I’d like to, but here is my review for the X-Plus 25cm Keizer Ghidorah, from 2004’s Godzilla Final Wars.  Now, I will say, while I am not a big fan (if at all) of GFW or what Toho decided to do with Ghidorah’s design for the film, the figure of Keizer Ghidorah is pretty damn cool. Originally a GOWROW model kit, X-Plus picked this up and released in May 2017 in their 25cm Toho Large Monster Series line.  He is bulky, ugly and without a doubt fresh in my book! Check out my review for all my thoughts!  FRESH!

X-Plus 25cm Gabara FRESH VINYL review!

Still kinda crazy to think this is my first Gabara figure. Can’t complain that its an X-Plus, quite fitting actually being that my focus on collecting has been X-Plus the past four years. BAM! You can’t go wrong with this release. You could get this right now off of Hobby Search for $102 before shipping. Best opportunity you have to get this now. If you are a Showa fan then this is a MUST HAVE vinyl figure!

 

X-Plus @ Winter WonderFest!

Ok..so..holy shit. X-Plus blew a big load in Tokyo at WF this past weekend. It was a big load..one that you need to change your sheets, that kind of load. Yea, this is not your mom and pop blog here people. Sack up.  X-Plus plans on raping your wallet for 2017 and they showed us exactly what the raping will be.  Here is a list of everything coming to the Godzilla line via 25cm, 30cm and Gigantic Series:

  • 25cm Titanosaurus
  • 25cm Gabara with Minya as the RIC
  • 25cm Keizer Ghidorah (delayed…but coming soon)
  • 25cm Godzilla 2004
  • 25cm Shin Godzilla Form A
  • 30cm Shin Godzilla Form B
  • 30cm Shin Godzilla via Yuji Sakai
  • 30cm GMK King Ghidorah
  • 30cm MechaGodzilla 93 (eventually)
  • 30cm Godzilla 2000 w/ Orange Dorsal Plates
  • Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla

Told yah..they blew a big load! There is also a Sanda and Gaira bust and another crossover piece from Evanglion, a Evanglion stylized Ms. Namikawa in Planet X dress. Meh. Not sure about these last mentioned pieces. X-Plus is still pounding out DBZ, Ultraman and some other stuff but I am just focusing on Toho related Kaiju.  In my last blog, I basically said that 2017 was looking like it was going to be an expensive year and now that WF has concluded, X-Plus has confirmed that it IS going to be an expensive year. Better start saving your pennies. I am. I am also selling off certain figures (NOT ANY X-PLUS) that I can do without from other lines I have collected. Gonna turn old vinyl into new vinyl. Anyway… X-Plus is going hard this year. I am pretty excited. I just hope all these releases are spread out accordingly.

Again, if you are reading this, this is all old news to you. These pictures were provided by Jay Davies who was in attendance at WonderFest in Tokyo.  He is one lucky SOB to see these all up close and personal. I hope to make WonderFest one of these years. But seriously, I have 4 shelves already full of X-Plus. I am pretty tapped on room on those shelves so that means I need to set up another one.  Not a big deal really but DAMN. The GSG (Gigantic Shin Godzilla) is going to be a massive shelf hog with his big ass tail. Just look at the pics below. GSG will command a lot of real estate on your friggin shelves.

I am also really glad to see X-Plus dropping Form A and B. I skipped the SHMA version because I had a vibe X-Plus was going to do their own and I am glad I skipped the SHMA ones. I don’t really care for articulation anyway. Check out the pics below if you have been under a rock the past 24 hours. BAM!

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What are your thoughts? Can you swing all these releases? Do you want to get them all? Who is more crazier: us for collecting these all or X-Plus for releasing them all!? LOL

FRESH~

-Rich

X-Plus Vs 2017..and your wallet!

I feel like I don’t write anymore. Well until now because X-Plus is going to blow the shit out of our wallets. Look, I am not going to talk to you guys like kindergarteners. I am going to write this as if we are talking face to face. By the time of this writing, if you are an avid X-Plus collector like I am then you know what is coming out the end of March of this year. You don’t need me to spoon feed you information.  On to business! Forget about any re-issues. I am not talking about re-issues here. I am talking about BRAND NEW X-Plus figures that have not seen the light of day until NOW. X-Plus is hitting us hard for the month of March 2017. 25cm Keizer Ghidorah, 25cm Titanosaurus and a 30cm Burning Godzilla.

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Bitching. I am glad I am in Houston, Texas right now making some extra OT because I am going to need it come the end of March.  X-Plus is smoking some serious good shit over there. Maybe inhaling too much Fresh Vinyl? Probably. They are like…”Lets slap these bitches with three Toho releases in one month!”.  Hell, if you are an Ultraman collector, that is a little easier and less painful but DAMN.  I am getting all three of the March releases. Now, that is if all three release as scheduled.  I am probably going to have to drop almost $1000 for those three after shipping and all.  CRAZY. Us collectors have to stop and ask ourselves “Should I get one? Two? All three?” I am a nut when it comes to X-Plus so I will be going after all three but I am even feeling the pressure.  I guess I can kind of look at it like this: No end of January or end of February release so…its not that bad, right? I guess it is not. It would have been easier if these were spread out a bit. My wallet is taking a breather right now but its going to get kicked in the balls come March.

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What else is coming? How about the just teased 25cm GMK King Ghidorah?! How about a 25cm Gabara!?

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Yea, X-Plus is doing big things for 2017 so far. Gabara is slated for an end of June release. ABOUT FRIGGIN TIME! I will say a few of us knew Gabara was coming because while in Osaka, Japan with Gee Okamoto from X-Plus HQ, while out to dinner at Kaiju Sakaba, I asked him if Gabara was on the way.  So excited for this figure. I currently do not own a Gabara in my collection at all so this is a very welcomed addition to Fresh Vinyl HQ. The 25cm GMK King Ghidorah was JUST teased on Feb. 3, 2017 so no info is available at this time regarding release date, price or RIC extra.  We have 5 big releases coming our way. How does this affect the way we collect? Depends on if we want a certain Kaiju and depends on our budgets. Yea, I am sure we will see plenty of these figures go up for sale a month or so after release because some people just like to dip there finger in the flavor of the month. That’s the truth, though I accept it, it doesn’t mean I have to like it but whatever. I really can’t wait for these release. I am super excited about …ALL OF THEM. Hell, Godzilla Final Wars is not an enjoyable film by any means and I have never been a fan of the design of Keizer Ghidorah because it is simply not what I think about when I think of King Ghidorah BUT this X-Plus version of the Gow Row Keizer Ghidorah is really bad ass looking. And it’s X-Plus so, you guys know I am an X-Plus whore so I gotta get it. Just look at him:

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Ok, how about a break down of what we already know:

Toho Large Monster Series Titanosaurus –

  • Release date – End of March 2017
  • Price – $107 (standard)/$133 (RIC)
  • RIC Exclusive – closed fan tail. Standard comes with an open fan tail.
  • BRAND NEW SCULPT
  • How to Order – Order standard from Hobby Search/Amiam or order the RIC or Standard’s from Mike Johnson.

Toho 30cm Burning Godzilla

  • Release Date – End of March 2017
  • Price – $183 (Standard)/$230 (RIC)
  • RIC Exclusive – Oxygen Destroyer
  • BRAND NEW SCULPT
  • How to Order – How to order – Order standard from Hobby Search/Amiam or order the RIC or Standard’s from Mike Johnson.

Toho Large Monster Series Keizer Ghidorah

  • Release Date – Tentatively end of March 2017
  • Price – ? (prob going to be expensive)
  • RIC Exclusive – ? (Xilian ship?)
  • Originally a Gow Row kit.
  • How to Order – How to order – Order standard from Hobby Search/Amiam or order the RIC or Standard’s from Mike Johnson.

Toho Large Monster Series Gabara

  • Release Date – Tentatively end of June 2017
  • Price – Standard should be around $110 and the RIC will be around $140. STILL TBA!!!
  • RIC Exclusive – ? (Probably a 1969 version of goofy ass Minya)
  • BRAND NEW SCULPT
  • How to Order – How to order – Order standard from Hobby Search/Amiam or order the RIC or Standard’s from Mike Johnson.

Toho Large Monster Series GMK King Ghidorah 2001

  • Release Date – ?
  • Price – ?
  • RIC Exclusive – ?
  • Originally a MM28 sculpt
  • How to Order – How to order – Order standard from Hobby Search/Amiam or order the RIC or Standard’s from Mike Johnson.

If anyone would like to order a RIC Exclusive of any these releases, when the preorder window is open for each release, you can order with Mike Johnson. If you would like to order with Mike, please follow this link here.

Better start saving your pennies. Any Ghidorah figure will be a lot of money. Given that both upcoming Ghidorah figures are being reproduced from form model kits, they will most likely be on the higher end of our budgets. When the Showa King Ghidorah came out, that was about $300 before shipping. The bigger the figure, the higher the shipping cost.

I haven’t even mentioned the Diamond re-issues people! Those of you that are hunting down older 30cm figures and looking to fill in gaps, the Diamond re-issues are the way to go. Good thing is those figures are readily available and very affordable. Make sure you check out Flossie’s Gifts and Vampire Robots for those pre-orders to stay current on your Diamond re-issues. I am going to need another shelf for my G-ROOM or I need to get my ass into gear and finish my basement this year. I am probably going to sell off some non essential stuff too. S.H. Monster Arts and some Bandai stuff. No X-Plus will leave my grip. Ok. I am done rambling. Bring on the X-Plus.

FRESH-

-Rich

 

 

 

X-Plus 25cm Titanosaurus Rises!!

Earlier this month X-Plus teased a 25cm Titanosaurus, which is now available for preorder. Titanosaurus is slated for a late March/early April 20117 release. The RIC exclusive for the figure is offered with a closed fan tail option while the standard option will be an open fan tail. The RIC is priced at 15,012¥/$127. No standard release has been announced at this time, but one can speculate that it will be announced shortly…I guess.  The release of this figure will complete the Terror of MechaGodzilla 25cm line as both the 25cm Godzilla 1975 and MechaGodzilla 1975 have been released already, over three years ago.  Preorder window for the RIC Exclusive closes on January 16, 2017 at 18:00 local time in Tokyo.

X-Plus 30cm Godzilla 1992 Yuji Sakai REVIEW

Hey guys! Before you watch this video, go in with the mindset that this is my opinion based on how I have seen things evolve within the X-Plus community. New “collectors” within the past 2 years or so seem to not realize how a production line works in a Chinese factory with a small production window. X-Plus has grown immensely in the last few years. They are cranking out more figures in a small window of time. Variances are going to happen from the production line to that of what we see on the prototype. All in all…there is too much bitching and complaining going on over STUPID shit. Enjoy my review: