Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Figure Review - X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1999

As the era of Japan's Godzilla came to an end with the creature's iconic death scene in the 1995 film, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Hollywood took a crack at the Big G in their American reinvention of the character directed by Roland Emmerich. Unfortunately film was a massive disappointment amongst both fans and critics alike. This outrage, according legend, prompted Toho Studios to revive the classic Godzilla franchise in an all new film, Godzilla 2000: Millennium, released in December 1999 in Japan then brought over to the United States on August 18, 2000 for a limited theatrical run.

Along with Godzilla's return for the new millennium, he was given a brand new look mixing a bit of the classic design with the new. X-Plus finally took a crack at this fan-favorite design in figure form, released earlier this month.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Figure Review - Robot Spirits Evangelion Unit 02

Happy Box Day, people!

Today I received one of four belated Christmas gifts (that I bought for myself,) the Robot Spirits Evangelion Unit 02, also known as EVA-02 Production Model on the packaging. For the sake of this review and for people unfamiliar to the Evangelion franchise, we'll continue to refer to it just as Evangelion Unit 02.

Firstly, I have to give thanks to my buddy, John Thomson, who is a contributor for our good friends over at Importing Monsters. He was the one who pointed this figure out to me, knowing that I have been looking for one at a good price. Once he showed me the listing over at Jungle, I went in head first for it. So, if you're reading this John, I just wanted to say thanks a bunch!

S.H. MonsterArts Gigan 2004 Promo Images

Tamashii Nations has released more promo images featuring the upcoming S.H. MonsterArts Gigan 2004, releasing April 2014.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Figure Review - Ultra-Act Ultra Seven (Renewal Ver.)

I am essentially caught up with Tamashii Nations' Ultra Brothers figure releases with my latest purchase of the Ultra-Act Ultra Seven (Renewal Ver.). Ultra Seven is the titular hero from the third series in the Ultra franchise. Ultra Seven is notable for facing moral dilemmas throughout his own series. Within the Ultra universe, Ultra Seven is the nephew of both Father of Ultra, and Mother of Ultra, step-cousin of Ultraman Ace, biological cousin of Ultraman Taro, and the father of Ultraman Zero. 

This figure of him is Tamashii Nations' second attempt at sculpting the character, and frankly this one fairs better than the original.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Ultra-Act Imitation Ultraman Promo Images

Tamashii Nations has released a set of promotional images for the upcoming Ultra-Act Imitation Ultraman, releasing in April 2014.

Friday, 20 December 2013

S.H. MonsterArts Gigan 2004 and Ultra-Act Imitation Ultraman [Renewal Ver.]

Here are two notable releases from Tamashii Nations for April 2014 -

S.H. MonsterArts Gigan 2004

Ultra-Act Imitation Ultraman (Renewal Ver.)


Thursday, 19 December 2013

Figure Review: NECA Pacific Rim 18" Series Gipsy Danger

Guillermo Del Toro's monster sized epic, Pacific Rim, has come and gone from theaters to DVDs and BluRays. However, the products are still coming out at full throttle! On top of NECA's line of seven inch figures, the company is starting to put out a line of 18 inch tall figures starting with our lead Mark 3 Jaeger, Gipsy Danger.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Figure Review - S.H. MonsterArts MechaGodzilla

Just to let you guys know, this is not my first S.H. MonsterArts MechaGodzilla. I bought this one the other week from to replace the one I currently have. Why? Apparently my first MechaGodzilla figure had a chipped tooth. I discovered this relatively recently and based on photos of it from when I first got it back in December 2011, I must've accidentally broke it when I put the figure's beam effect in its mouth (I do not suggest that at all... more on that later.)

So in the spur of the moment during Black Friday shopping on Amazon, I couldn't help but snag this one along with the tons of other stuff I bought as well. Back in 2011, when I first got this figure, The Kaiju Planet did not exist, so I felt that this would be a good opportunity to give this guy a proper review.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Figure Review - Ultra-Act Mother of Ultra

Before we start things off, I am only familiar with Mother of Ultra, the first and only (so far) female Ultraman, from her appearance in the movie, Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend The Movie, so for any of you Ultraman fans out there, forgive me if I get some details and facts wrong in this review. Without further ado, let us begin!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Figure Review - X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Space Godzilla

First things first... Happy Thanksgiving, fellow Kaiju Fans!

This year we have much to be thankful for as collectors, and I am extremely thankful towards X-Plus for creating super awesome, and super detailed, figures of all of our favorite giant monsters. Now, it may not be a big fat meaty turkey, but here we have a true behemoth in all sense of the word. This is the X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Space Godzilla from Toho's 1994 film, Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Bluefin Tamashii Nations March 2014 (April 2014 U.S.)

S.H.Figuarts: Kamen Rider Kabuto (Rider Form)

"Walking the path of Heaven; the man who will rule over all."

The continually evolving S.H.Figuarts series has achieved yet another milestone in action figure technology!  Kamen Rider Kabuto rejoins the S.H.Figuarts series, this time featuring enhanced articulation without compromising the accuracy of the design.  By capturing the proportions of the actual suit actor and employing overlaid bone, frame, and muscle diagrams, an unparalleled sculpt of Kamen Rider Kabuto has been rendered exactly as he appeared in the series.  Enhanced articulation allows for him to naturally perform his roundhouse style Rider Kick while naturally highlighting the form and function of the human body.  Two types of Kabuto Kunai Gun accessories are included for both gun and sword modes, as well as a multitude of interchangeable hands.  'Clock Up' and grab this one at lightning speed.

Robot Spirits: Kshatriya

The massive Kshatriya Mobile Suit that battled the Unicorn Gundam in the Mobile Suit Gundam UC series joins the Robot Spirits line!  The Kshatriya features its appropriately sized massive form, complete with a variety of effects, including a historical first- a Funnel Rack opening gimmick!  A total of 24 Funnel connector arms, as well as Funnel effect parts (6 large and 6 small), and 8 thruster effect parts are featured in set.  Two beam sabers, as well as the ReZEL beam saber used in Episode 1 are also included, along with three sets of interchangeable hand parts for dynamic posing options.

Armored Girls Project: MS Girl Unicorn Gundam

It's beauty meets technology!

The Unicorn Gundam Girl joins the Armored Girls Project series via a collaborative design project with Hajime Katoki and mecha designer Mika Akitaka.  Extensive option parts allow for the transformation of armor from Destroy Mode to Unicorn Mode.  The set also features original accessories which are compatible with the previously released Robot Spirits Unicorn Gundam (Destroy Mode) Full Action Ver (sold separately) to enhance playability.  This deluxe action figure set also includes interchangeable faces, as well as armor (unicorn mode) and head parts (unicorn mode),a beam magnum, 2 beam sabers, a beam javelin, Armed Armor DE, and 3 sets of interchangeable hands.

Figuarts ZERO: Sailor Moon

She's back!  Sailor Moon joins the established ranks of the Figuarts ZERO series with her upgraded 'Sailor Moon R' design!  Sculpted in an all-new larger scale, she has been meticulously crafted in exquisite detail by the team at VOLKS- the original makers of the popular garage kits released during the original TV anime broadcast twenty years ago.  With special attention to not only proportions and accuracy, but also attention to color and detail, Sailor Moon’s uniform employs an elegant pearlescent paint with subtle shadows for added effect.  Her 'Cutey Moon Rod', hair, and crescent moon shaped stand all use translucent parts, while her boots stand out against her smooth skin with a glossed enamel shine.

S.H.Figuarts: Momo Velia Deviluke

From the To Love-ru Darkness manga series, Momo Velia Deviluke joins the S.H.Figuarts series!   Clad in a Sainan High School uniform, the “Third Princess of Deviluke” comes complete with her Devilukean tail, D-Dial, and vine. The suggestively versatile vine is constructed with soft material to portray the character’s plant control powers, which can be used with the separately sold S.H.Figuarts Konjiki no Yami (Golden Darkness).  Two interchangeable facial expressions are included, as well as interchangeable hands (3 left, 4 right) are also featured in the set to depict a variety of situations. As an added bonus, a special display stand is also included.

Tamashii Effect: Impact Gray Version

Tamashii Nations is proud to announce an all new series to be used in conjunction with advanced action figure lines and the Tamashii Stage display stand line.  Ideal for enhancing battle scenes with extreme collateral damage caused by being kicked through walls, explosive impact, or massive power build up cratering effects, these extensive effect accessory sets will be initially available in two separately sold colors (Gray and Beige), and can be used with separately sold Tamashii STAGE support stands and action figure lines such as S.H.Figuarts to create extreme action sequences.

Tamashii Effect: Impact Beige Version

Tamashii Nations is proud to announce an all new series to be used in conjunction with advanced action figure lines and the Tamashii Stage display stand line.  Ideal for enhancing battle scenes with extreme collateral damage caused by being kicked through walls, explosive impact, or massive power build up cratering effects, these extensive effect accessory sets will be initially available in two separately sold colors (Gray and Beige), and can be used with separately sold Tamashii STAGE support stands and action figure lines such as S.H.Figuarts to create extreme action sequences.

Figuarts ZERO: Super Saiyan Vegeta

The third installment in the popular Figuarts ZERO Dragonball series will be Super Saiyan Vegeta.  Available only as a Tamashii Web shop exclusive in Asia, this item has been made specially available to fans in North America via Bluefin Distribution.  Portrayed executing his “Final Flash” attack during the character’s violent battle with Cell, this master-crafted sculpt features brilliant translucent effects and subtle coloring in the palm areas to portray the powerful technique.  The smoke around his feet also acts as a special display stand, further enhancing the display.  No detail has been overlooked, including the bulging veins on this determined Saiyan’s forehead.  The prince would be proud.

S.H. MonsterArts Mothra

Following the release of Battra comes one of the most requested S.H.MonsterArts releases of all time- S.H.MonsterArts Mothra!  Sculpted by Yuji Sakai, this exquisite Kaiju action figure depicts Mothra in intricate detail with a brilliant color-scheme and vivid bright blue eyes.  Even her furry insect exterior has been replicated!  Featuring advanced S.H.MonsterArts articulation at the neck, torso, wings, Mothra is able replicate virtually any pose seen in the films.  A special display stand is also included in the set to allow Mothra to take flight.  Close the screen doors, S.H.MonsterArts Mothra is heading your way soon!

Source - Bluefin Distribution

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Ultra-Act Ultraman Gaia & XIG Fighter Set Promo Images

Tamashii Nations has released a new set of promo images for the Ultra-Act Ultraman Gaia & XIG Fighter Set, which will be released as a web exclusive in April 2014. Japanese preorders start tomorrow.

S.H. MonsterArts Mothra [Adult] Promo Images

Tamashii Nations has released various promo images for the S.H. MonsterArts Mothra [Adult] releasing as a web exclusive in Japan in April 2014. Preorders are set to start tomorrow in Japan.