Bandai Biollante Movie Monster Series 6 Inch Vinyl Figure!

YO! Lets talk about the new Bandai 6″ Movie Monster Series Biollante figure! Bandai teased this figure in the fall of 2017. Collectors were pretty excited for this and I think it is safe to say for good reason. Sure, we are getting ANOTHER Heisei Bandai figure but this is the first time we are getting a Kaiju from the Heisei era that has not been done in 6″ form yet. Hell, this marks the first time we are seeing a new Bandai Biollate figure since the original 8″ Biollante that came out in 1992 with that cool ass box.

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So why Bandai? Bandai has seen a resurgence of new figures since the release of Shin Godzilla back in 2016. Sure, we got two new Bandai figures from Legendary’s Godzilla (2014) with Godzilla and the male MUTO figure but it was not really until Shin Godzilla came out that we started seeing more new stuff. Most stuff is reworked reissues. We have seen new releases of Burning Godzilla, Godzilla 2000, Destoroyah, Kiryu and MechaGhidorah. These figures have seen quite a few releases already over the years since the dawn of the 6″ line, dating back to 1998 with the Godzilla Island and Toho Kaiju Series lines which later morphed into the on going Move Monster Series. So throw in a new 6″ Kaiju that has not seen the light of day in the Bandai line in over 26 years! Pretty exciting actually.

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Lets dig into the figure. Just released in the Spring of 2018. Once you get your Biollante, take it outside and put it in the ground, water her and watch her grow! NO! Do not do that! Sorry guys, your Biollante figure is not going to grow bigger. The figure stands just shy of 5” tall. Yea, she is short but even then, she is a bulky figure. I honestly do not see any issue with the size of the figure. I think it is a good size when all is said and done. The figure is priced at $15 right out of Japan. For those of us that pre-ordered the figure from online retailers like Hobby Search of Hobby Link Japan, you will have to pay a shipping fee, so that makes obtaining this figure close to the $30 mark. Still not bad.IMG_9421

Detail wise, the figure looks great. As I said in my video review, the only points I hit the figure for were for the back tentacles lacking paint and not scaling with the rest of the figure.  Everything else honestly looks really good. Detail on the legs, stomach, head and mouth are all done really well. The paint job is subtle throughout with some light green highlights across the back. The mouth, teeth and eyes are painted nicely. I actually really dig the color of the eyes. Kind of like a magenta color. The stomach has a nice glossy orange to it. The figure itself is made of green vinyl so it does appear to mostly flat green but it has some depth to the paint job. Details of vines and plant line membrane are nicely sculpted throughout. The main tentacles are painted and detailed nicely too. Really no complaints.  The tag is done with a gate fold with Biollante images and Movie Monster Series titling. Pretty plain and simple. There are a few points of articulation. You can spin the head round and round if you want. The forward tentacles can be rotated as well. Yay!

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Not a bad figure at all. A very good release in my opinion. Considering the size and price of about $15, a very good release. If you missed out on the preorder for this, you will have to utilize some of our Kaiju dealer friends such as Mike Johnson and Showcase Daikaiju, just to name a couple. Keep in mind, the figure was released in Japan for 1,800 JPY. Factor in  your shipping charge to the USA and you are looking around $30. If you are buying from a dealer here in the USA, expect to pay a few bucks more. Prices can vary from dealer to dealer.

Anyway, if you didn’t grab this figure, I highly recommend it. The sculpt is really nice and it does look a bit better than the original 8” from 1992. Just my two cents. I still love the original but this new one looks really nice.

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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.

東宝30㎝シリーズ 酒井ゆうじ造形コレクション
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

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!