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

 

 

 

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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!

X-Plus Winter Wonderfest Releases!!

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X-Plus announced last night on the RIC site (http://www.ric-toy.ne.jp/top.html) their offereings for the Winter Wonder Festival 2015 event! The Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2004 is getting a very limited re-issue.  X-Plus is reporting only 80 were made for Wonder Festival and 70 will be offered from the RIC Boy site.  The SRP for Godzilla is 20,000¥ which is just under $200.  The WF Exclusive will include the light up dorsal plate gimmick. The original 30cm Godzilla 2004 was originally released in May 2013. Many collectors have been hoping to see a re-issue of this figure and X-Plus has answered that call! FRESH!

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Ultraseven will also see a re-issue in the Large Monster Series as well. Ultraseven is expected to see 200 piece available, 100 for Wonder Festival and 100 offered from the RIC Boy site.  Ultraseven’s SRP is 10,000¥, just under $100.

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So, now you must be asking yourself “How do I get my hands on these?!”.  Simple answer: you will need to message Mike Johnson right away. There is another way to order this off the RIC Boy site but that will require a forwarding service which can be a pain in the ass if you ask me. I use Mike Johnson. Easy as 1, 2, FRESH! Click HERE to learn how to order with Mike Johnson.