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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ゴジラ(1954) 怪獣王 ゴジラ
ショウネンリック限定発光Ver.

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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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東宝大怪獣シリーズ デスギドラ
ショウネンリック限定版

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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

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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.

FRESH-

-Rich

 

 

 

New X-Plus for 2017!!

Oh boy, X-Plus is running out of the gate for 2017 already! X-Plus is set up at the Tokyo Comic Con and they have teased a new Toho 30cm Series Burning Godzilla, a 25cm Toho Large Monster Series Keizer Ghidorah and Titanosaurs.  In addition to these new figures, a 25cm Large Monster Series Shin Godzilla is on display as well. It looks like this is either a frozen Shin Godzilla or just an unpainted prototype.

The Toho 30cm Series Burning Godzilla should be a FULL SIZE 30cm figure. The RIC Exclusive version has not been revealed at this time but it appears from the placard that the standard version will be ¥22,680/$198 and the proposed RIC will be ¥24,840/$217. When I was in Japan with fellow collectors Kyle, David, Jon and Dell, a year ago at the time of this writing, we saw what appeared to be a prototype 30cm Godzilla 95. I have to go back and look at my pictures from the X-Plus HQ, but the official 30cm Godzilla 1995 pictured here to what I saw appears to be different. Also take note, this will now be the third Burning Godzilla, not including the SDCC or the Freezing GBG, to have come out from X-Plus. We have the original Gigantic Burning Godzilla and the 25cm Burning Godzilla. I can tell you from these early prototype photos of this new 30cm BG, the detail looks way better than the 25cm’s detail. The 25cm Burning Godzilla had somewhat of a lackluster detail and paint job on the face while trying to cover the vinyl to prevent bleed through for the RIC version. Here is to hoping this 30cm version of Burning Godzilla is a home run!  Release should be first quarter of 2017.

For the first time in X-Plus vinyl form, from Godzilla Final Wars, Keizer Ghidorah will be released in the 25cm Toho Large Monster Series line. The proposed standard price will be ¥22,680/$198 and the proposed RIC Exclusive is ¥24,840/$217. Not much of a big difference between the proposed standard and RIC price. One thing is for sure, Keizer Ghidorah will be a pretty big 25cm figure!  Release should be first quarter of 2017!

Now the 25cm Godzilla 1975 and 25cm MechaGodzilla 1975 will have the final piece to complete the line up with a 25cm Titanosaurus! The proposed standard price will be ¥14,580/$127  and the proposed RIC Exclusive is ¥15,012/$131. Hmm…that does not sound right based off what is on the placard. $3 difference from the standard to the RIC. I cannot translate what is on the placard so we will have to wait for further info from another source for the time being. Most of us avid X-Plus collectors already have a 30cm Titanosaurus. Will you be jumping into the 25cm version?!  Release should be first quarter of 2017!

Here is the 25cm Shin Godzilla. The Shin Godzilla in the picture appears to be a prototype,…or is it? This kind of looks like a frozen form of Godzilla from the end of Shin Godzilla once the blood coagulate kicked in, freezing Godzilla’s blood and rendering him frozen in place. Or, this is just an unpainted vinyl prototype made of dark vinyl awaiting the red highlights. The placard states releases dates for December 2016 and January 2017 to coincide with the releases dates for the first and second batches. Yes, there are two batches of the standard 25cm being released because the demand was so high for this figure. Is it just a unpainted prototype or a Frozen form Shin Godzilla?! You tell me!

2017 is starting off hot! I can’t fathom these orders right now at the time of this writing. Get your wallets ready people. Diamond is still releasing their reissues and we also have a new Sakai G92 on the way along with a new repainted RIC Gigan 2004. X-Plus teased a MechaGodzilla 93 a few months ago, so, our plates are full. That is all I have for now! Save up your pennies so you can buy vinyl, fresh vinyl! BAM!

New X-Plus Announcements!

NEW X-PLUS ANNOUNCEMENTS!! Ok, hopefully by now you have seen these pictures since they popped up on Facebook! At the Spring Miyazawa Model Exhibition, X-Plus revealed a 25cm Leatherback from Pacific Rim, a 30cm MechaGodzilla 1975, a 30cm Battra larvae and a Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962!

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Gee Okamoto, representative from X-Plus HQ, mentioned last year that we would see Pacific Rim figures from X-Plus and now they are ready to roll out the first release. Leatherback is the first release.  The Pacific Rim line is to be in the 25cm scale. This is a big ass 25cm figure that is for sure. No price or release date for this guy as of yes.

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From the Toho 30cm Series, MechaGodzilla 1975 will be released at the end of June 2016. The price point is looking to be ¥19,440 which is translated to about $179.  First impression of this figure is beautiful. The wear and tear looks spot on. Lots of wrinkles and nice paint apps.

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Up next is the a Gigantic Godzilla 1962 (King-Goji)! This is a new sculpt from Kaibitsuya! The previous releases in the Gigantic line were stylized where this new Godzilla is quite suit accurate. I love it. While I was in Japan in December 2015 I had the privilege of seeing this figure in clay form still being sculpted. This is a BIG figure. No release date or price set yet but I am going to guess this is going to be over $300 before shipping. Can’t wait for this!

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Last week X-Plus announced via the RIC site a Toho 30cm Series Battra larve! This is a reproduction of the Gow Row kit that came out a few years ago. The RIC exclusive for this release will be light up eyes and horn. This is expected to release at the end of May 2016 with a price point of ¥19,980 or about $183.

We have a hot summer ahead of us from X-Plus. This news also comes on the heels of the Blue Fin announcement that they will be distributing a 25cm King Ghidorah and a 25cm Biollante!! Check out the news for those figures at Kaiju Addicts here!

Start saving your pennies guys! New FRESH VINYL is a coming!!

-Rich

 

 

Fresh Vinyl Live! from Japan!

Hey guys! Here is the newest episode of FVL! which was also recorded as an episode on Kyle Yount’s Kaijucast podcast! Please forgive me for the end of the video, the last 15 minutes were not recorded as my camera ran out of space. The audio is right from the Kaijucast stream, so I tried to make work as best I can.  Expect another episode of FVL! to return in January 2016 as we have LOTS of new Fresh Vinyl to talk about! FRESH!

X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 2000 RIC Exclusive Fresh Vinyl Review!

Oh boy! Where do I even begin?! I just can’t stop gloating about this figure! It really is a beautiful piece. Originally sculpted by master sculptor, Yuji Sakai, X-Plus reproduced this figure in vinyl form and it is definitely FRESH! Watch my review and see for yourself how FRESH this X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 2000 is! BAM!