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!

 

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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.

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-Rich

 

 

 

Jet Jaguar Reissue on the way from X-Plus!!

X-Plus is reissuing the 25cm Jet Jaguar!!

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Jet Jaguar is expected to drop at the end of June or early in July this year! The price tag for this is 12,960¥ or $118! Great price right? RIGHT! Better than some of those auctions on eBay or YJ asking for over $500!! The hell with that!!

At this time, it appears this is a RIC only reissue If this is the case, we will not see a standard available on sites like Hobby Search or Amiami. As has been with other re-issue 25cm figures (Godzilla 68, Rodan 64, Anguirus, etc), this will only be able to be purchased through the RIC site.

Jet Jaguar will feature a light up gimmick for the eyes. I’ve been saying the light up gimmick on the X-Plus figures are becoming tiresome but this is a fine example of when it will stand out!

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Also, the original RIC Jet Jaguar came with an extra set of arms as the standard figure comes with open hands already set in place. The RIC extra came with extra arms with clinched fists. This new RIC comes with an open left hand and a cliched fist on the right! Mix of both!!

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The preorder window is open NOW and it will close on May 24th at 6PM Japan time!

I have the 25cm JJ from the G73/JJ from a few years back but this is a must have for me, easily! Fresh!!

X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962!

On April 14, 2016, X-Plus officially announced on the RIC site the release of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 from 1962’s King Kong Vs Godzilla!! ギガンティックシリーズキンゴジ!!Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 10.27.38 AM

Pre-orders are open right now for the RIC exclusive with a price point of ¥39,900 which translates to about $365 based on currency exchange rates. The window for the RIC pre-order closes on April 18th!!! That is only 4 days! The release window for this figure is looking like it will be the end of May and/or early June!! That will be a busy month for collectors with the 30cm Battra and now a Gigantic Godzilla 1962!! Start saving your pennies!!

The Gigantic Godzilla 1962 will stand 48cm tall!!! Now, just to put this into perspective, the Gigantic Series Burning Godzilla is a hair shorter at 47cm!! This Godzilla is BIG! Godzilla 62 will also be 65cm from foot tip to the tail tip(if I read that correctly)! You are going to need a big ass shelf for this big sum bitch!! Godzilla will also be made of PVC, or as I like to call it, VINYL! BAM!

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Based off the translation from the RIC site, the RIC exclusive for Godzilla 1962 will be painted dorsal plates to give off the look of charging up dorsal plates. Instead of actually putting a light up gimmick, the dorsal plates will look similar to that of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 2000, the Roaring Godzilla 2014 and the Gigantic Series Burning Godzilla. Honestly, if this figure had a light up feature, it would probably cost a whole lot more money than it already does. On another hand, to get this figure to light up sounds like a real pain in the ass at the end of the day. That is a lot of wires and lights to shove up inside this figure. I am good with the RIC gimmick that they are going for. Which one are you going to get, RIC or standard?!

Upon announcement, these photo’s for the figure are unpainted. This leaves so imagination to us collectors to visualize what this big ass figure is going to look like when its all said and done but let me ask you this, are we really doubting X-Plus? Sure, there have been some hits and misses in the past but X-Plus has a very good track record so on my own account, I am not worried about what it will look like. I am sure it will look FRESH.

What else about this figure?! This is a brand new sculpt fro Kaibutsuya, the same company behind the Gigantic Series GMK and Burning Godzilla figures. While in Japan, a few other collectors and myself had the privilege of seeing this beauty still in clay form having the finishing touches sculpted on to it. When we saw this guy, our jaw’s hit the floor. You will not be disappointed! This is also a suit accurate Godzilla where as the previous Godzilla’s in this line were stylized. It is nice to mix things up and to have a suit accurate Gigantic Series release is a great addition to the line. Maybe we will get that M1 50cm Godzilla 1964 later down the road!!!

I am also going to take a guess the legs will be reinforced to support the weight of the figure so it does not slouch or droop in the warmer months. The tail will need to be assembled right out of the box. The box will most likely be fashioned in the same manner as the GGMK and GBG. Be prepared for a big ass box too!

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X-Plus collectors thought a Gigantic Series Godzilla 1954 was going to be coming next but this came out of left field! That only means we will have a 5th release in this line later down the road with the G54. Time will tell! Amiami, Hobby Link Japan and other online retailers have not offered the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 just yet on their sites. Expect them to pop up in the next few days or so. Stay tuned for more pictures once they are unveiled by X-Plus!!

FRESH! I can’t wait to get this guy!

-Rich

REVIEW X-Plus Godzilla 2001 Yuji Sakai RIC Exclusive!

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Fresh out of the box comes the X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 2001.  These are just a few pictures from my review for this figure and I can tell you right now this figure is certified FRESH.  I picked up the RIC Exclusive of this figure which comes with the awesome blue light up dorsal plates. Check out my review and hit me up in the comments section. LIKE/SHARE/SUBSCRIBE (if you want of course). BAM!IMG_6745IMG_6751IMG_6772

 

 

FVL RETRUNS in January 2016!

This is a public service announcement brought to you by…me, Mr. Fresh Vinyl..who the heck did you expect!? King Kong!? Heck no! Fresh Vinyl Live will return in January 2016! It has been a while since we had a live broadcast so guess what?! We have lots of new toys to talk about. The last live show was filmed at G-FEST XXII and a pre-recoreded show was filmed in Osaka, Japan in November 2015. There have been lots of new toys announced, released and teased for 2016! Keep an eye open for a show date and time soon! Plan for around mid to late January! IT. WILL. BE. FRESH!

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