What is the Favorite Sculptors Line from X-Plus?!

Hey X-Plus collectors! X-Plus has been releasing some new figures in a line dubbed the “Favorite Sculptors Line“. What does this mean? I was curious about this when I was doing my write up for the newly announced 25cm Death Ghidorah figure, because that too, falls under the FSL (Favorite Sculptors Line).  My curiosity lead me to ask Gee Okamoto, right from X-Plus.

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Gee told me that the Favorite Sculptors Line is basically forming to be a line based around famous garage kits. Gee said he has chosen the ones he likes. That is pretty damn cool if you ask me. The new Death Ghidorah was previously released as a model kit from GOWROW. What else is in the FSL? Coming out in January, a Toho Large Monster Series 25cm Baragon 2001 and Mothra 2001 will be released under this line. Both of those kaiju were MM28 (Monster Maker 28) kits. I really can’t wait for these figures personally.

 

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Other figures for this line include coin banks that are about about 11cm/4in tall from the Ultra universe and the Showa Gamera films as well as a 30cm Ultra Kaiju.

 

 

So there you have it! The Favorite Sculptors Line is based around famous model kits that were previously released and chosen by Gee Okamoto himself! What would you like to see released in this line? How about a MM28 Godzilla 1974? Maybe I already asked Gee to do that!? HA!

Leave me your suggestions in the comments section below! FRESH~

 

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Questions for YOU!!

Hey yo! If you are here on FVHQ reading this, I have a question for you: Why are you here?! What I am getting at is what would you like to see on this page. Just posting my reviews is almost pointless honestly because you get that content on YouTube and my Facebook page. So what would you like to see me do here? I do not use utilize this as much as I really would like to and I have even contemplated the idea of just closing this site. There are other websites that have much more detailed info (Kaiju Addicts, Club Tokyo) so I do not really want to be a clone of those sites.

So what can I do differently? What would you like to see me do? Write ups? Written reviews? Top 5 lists? Favorite lists? News updates? You tell me?

Again..if you are reading this…I want your feed back. Post in the comments section on THIS PAGE and talk to me! FRESH! XD!

X-Plus Death Ghidorah and Sakai Godzilla 54!!!

The X-Plus site just opened up preorders for the new Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1954 and the Toho Large Monster Series Death Ghidorah!!

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Preorders are open! Teased earlier in the fall of 2017, X-Plus has jumped into the first entry of the Mothra trilogy with Death Ghidorah and a new Sakai Godzilla 54 is on the way for the 30cm line.

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Link to the 30cm Sakai Godzilla 54 on the RIC site click here.

The details for the Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1954 shows a February 2018 release date. The RIC version come packaged with light up dorsal plates and the MSRP is listed at ¥28,620 or converted to $252 before shipping. The preorder window closes on December 15 at 18:00 local time in Japan. Being that this is a Sakai release, the height of this Godzilla clocks in at 28cm tall, average for the Yuji Sakai line. Godzilla will be sporting a black and white paint scheme just like we saw him in the original film, 63 years ago!

Now, you may be asking “Why do we need another 30cm G54” or even another 54 for that matter. Well, why not?! The Sakai line is its own thing. I am not surprised to see this really. With the continued Sakai line, this just makes me hope we get some suits that don’t have as much exposure as others, then again, I won’t say no to a Sakai Burning Godzilla or Godzilla 1964! The Gigantic Series Godzilla 1954 is done by Yuji Sakai too. This 30cm version looks very similar but at a first glance, it looks much crisper. Of course this is a prototype so we will have to wait and see. Either way, I am excited (big surprise right?)!

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Link to the X-Plus Death Ghidorah page on the RIC site click here.

Death Ghidorah! Friggin awesome right!? Heck yea it is. Death Ghidorah weighs into the Toho Large Monster Series (25cm scale) and as part of the Favorite Sculptors Line. I need to find out exactly what this Favorite Sculptors Line is exactly so stay tuned once I find out. Death Ghidorah will be touching down in February 2018! This is a sculpt from the GOWROW kit, much like the 25cm Keizer Ghidorah and 30cm Battra, being transitioned from resin over to vinyl. The RIC features are light up eyes and mouths! The RIC version of Death Ghidorah has a MSRP of ¥29,610 or converted to $257 before shipping.  Death Ghidorah is going to be a massive shelf hog (great..more room to find!) standing at a height of 29cm, wingspan of 68cm and 57cm from head to tail. Mama Mia! I found our new center piece for the kitchen island.  The pre-order window closes on December 4th at 6pm local time in Japan! Death Ghidorah will be produced mostly out of vinyl with an exception to the wings, which will be made of ABS plastic. ABS plastic wings are just like King Ghidorah 68, both 25cm adult Mothra’s, which is to ensure the figure maintains it integrity and insures there is no vinyl slouching and warping. The ABS production process may prove to cost more money but it is definitely the smarter road to take for these winged Kaiju! Death Ghidorah appears to sporting a deathly looking paint scheme with lots blacks and reds. I am really digging this figure. Hoping to see a Mothra Leo later next year!

As of this writing, the other online retailers such as Hobby Search of Amiami have yet to open up preorder sales for both of these items. As in the past, the Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection line has always seen a standard release so that be available soon. Death Ghidorah should be showing up for a standard release as well. Both standard version should be a few bucks cheaper than their RIC counterparts so if you are looking to save a some money, you will have that option.

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Start saving your pennies because X-Plus is here to take your monies! GET THE X!

FRESH!

-RICH

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

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