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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Photo by Jay Davies courtesy of X-Plus

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Photo by Jay Davies courtesy of X-Plus

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Photo by Jay Davies courtesy of X-Plus

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Photo by Jay Davies courtesy of X-Plus

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Photo by Jay Davies courtesy of X-Plus

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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Image provided by Kyle Yount via John Stanowski

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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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Image provided by X-Plus

 

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!

Shin Godzilla Appears!

December 9, 2015 marks the day the world got it’s first glimpse at Toho’s new Godzilla design which was featured in newspapers in Japan and through a teaser poster that flooded Facebook. The poster also reveals the release date for the film, Friday July 29, 2016!!  Take a look at the poster for yourself:

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Oh boy! Here is a Japanese newspaper clipping of the Godzilla news:G16 newspaper

Godzilla fan’s worldwide have already started dissecting the first glimpse of the new Godzilla. One major Godzilla fan, David Eric Dopko, expressed his pleasure with the new design as follows:

“Just a few words on this revealed design for Sin Gojira- First of all, I love it! To me it’s an homage to the original concept of the ’54 design with added emphasis on the horrific twisted and mutated aspect of the creature that was conceived as a metaphor for the atomic bomb. As I predicted the fans of the classic Showa films dig it- and the fans who loved the 2014 film are disappointed. I can’t wait to finally see a dark, somber and SCARY Godzilla film! I am a happy man indeed!”
– David Eric Dopko

Famed Japanese artist, Shinji Nishikawa jumped on his first rendition of Shin Godzilla and here is what he dished out:

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American Kaiju artists Matt Frank and Jeff Zornow attacked the drawing boards with their first renditions of the King of the Monsters shortly after this news broke as well. Here is Matt Frank’s design followed by Jeff Zornow’s:

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Friggin….AWESOME!

We are  not done  yet! Toho decided to give us a double punch of excitement for Godzilla 2016 with the very first teaser for the film! Here it is:

 

Is this exciting or what?!!? Godzilla overload for one day? Yes please and thank you!! So what does Mr. Fresh Vinyl think of this new Godzilla? Well at first I quickly thought the poster was just fan art. I did not see any Toho markings on the poster at all. We all know how Toho can be with Godzilla when it comes to copyright infringement so I thought right off the bat it was just fan art. Quickly my thoughts were debunked by trusted and reliable sources that the poster and design was legit! Ok, so what do I think?  I thought the face was smushed a bit, the eye seemed small and beady and I didn’t like the dorsal plate so high up on the neck like it is.  As I continued to look at the design over the next few hours it really grew on me. I am really digging it more the more I look at it.

Godzilla is a monster. He is supposed to look ferocious and pissed off and that is what I see here in this teaser poster. The jagged teeth, the bumpy mutated skin and the sinister look that the eye ball is glaring out is exactly what Godzilla needs to be. I see resemblance to the original Shodai-Goji, Godzilla 1954.  Godzilla is a beast brought to life by destruction and destruction is the way of life this beast will live out and that is exactly what needs to be portrayed in this new film.

The teaser trailer was very chaotic. People running down a busy Tokyo street. People were running in terror, screaming as they tried to get away…from Godzilla. This is the fear that a Godzilla needs to portray, it is what I want to see to say the least. So that is my take. I am down with the new design. I cannot wait to see it in action. I am ready to see this Godzilla living and breathing. Give me more Toho. I am already more excited about this Godzilla than I was for the entire LP Godzilla 2014. Godzilla is coming home. Nuff said.

FRESH!