Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Pacific Rim Wondercon Trailer

Thanks to popular demand, Guillermo Del Toro gladly releases the once exclusive Wondercon Pacific Rim footage/trailer to the web!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Upcoming X-Plus Releases

A couple new notable teasers popped up on X-Plus' blog recently. One pertaining to the Toho Large Monsters Series Godzilla 1975 and the other to the Daiei Large Monsters Series Gamera 1965.


Check out Deron Morgan's epic original kaiju teasers for Gamis 2012, and Gamis vs. Darmagon!

"Not a hero, not a villain, but a force of nature: Gamis! Gamis is my tribute kaiju. I have been a fan of giant monster movies for over 30 years. I hope you enjoy."
- Deron Morgan

Gamis 2012

Gamis vs. Darmagon

Product Photos of MonsterArts Kong!

Amiami has posted product photos on their blog for the S.H. MonsterArts King Kong that just released the other day! 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Kaiju Addicts!

Do you love X-Plus figures? Kaiju Addicts is a brand new site dedicated to anything X-Plus related! You can find figure reviews, and details in regards to finding these great figures. Be sure to check it out! From time to time you may find one of our reviews posted there as well.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Real Master Collection EX Gotengo & Manda 1963

X-Plus is currently taking orders for the Real Masters Collection EX Gotengo & Manda 1963. This is a RicBoy exclusive and will not be sold standardly through retail. The price for this epic-looking display is around 49,980 yen (approx. $508.85 USD). NOTE: If you wish to order through X-Plus directly, you'll need to use a middleman service since X-Plus themselves does not ship outside Japan.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Upcoming Godzilla Stateside Releases!

The latest issue of Previews Magazine has this amazing spread of upcoming Godzilla related products being released this year as well as a tease for future X-Plus/PLEX products to be brought to domestic markets!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Box for S.H. MonsterArts King Kong

Well, the MonsterArts King Kong's release approaches and thanks to our friends at Import Monsters, we have our first glimpse at the box design for the figure! Notice that they strayed away from the typical box art that they utilize for their Godzilla line of figures.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Movie Review - Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo

Last November, Studio Khara and Hideaki Anno released the third installment to the Rebuild of Evangelion four-part movie franchise, Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. The film was an instant hit with box office earnings surpassing those of the previous two films. The film is notable for its near complete separation to the Evangelion story that most fans are familiar with and taking the franchise in a seemingly new direction. So without further ado, let us dive into the review of this epic feature film!

Beware, there be SPOILERS ahead!

The movie begins with Asuka and Mari, piloting Evangelion Unit 02, and Unit 08 respectively retrieving Unit 01 from orbit while engaging the Nemesis series, artificial Angels created by Seele. Upon returning to Earth, Shinji is retrieved from Unit 01's entry plug and awakens from stasis inside the AAA Wunder. He realizes that everyone around him is treating him coldly, including Misato and
Ritsuko. Suddenly the Nemesis series returns and attacks, forcing Misato to order that they take to the skies. She deploys Asuka in Unit 02 to ignite the vessel's engine. Succeeding, Wunder takes to the air and manages to destroy the Nemesis series. Shinji is then told b
y Asuka that 14 years have past, and that Rei is gone. The Wunder is then attacked by Evangelion Mark .09. Hearing Rei's voice, Shinji calls out to her. The hand of the unit tears the ship's hull revealing itself. Shinji comments the resemblance to Unit 00 (which was devoured by the 10th Angel, Zeruel, in the last film). Misato threatens to activate the DSS Choker around his neck if he escapes. Shinji asks why they're attacking an Eva Unit. Misato reveals that they're an organization named Wille, which aims to destroy all of NERV's Eva Units. Shinji ultimately decides to run away. Just as they make their escape, Ritsuko urges Misato to activate the choker and kill Shinji, but she hesitates as he becomes out of signal range.

Upon returning to NERV, Shinji sees that it has been destroyed. He is soon reunited with his father, Gendo, who orders him to pilot the new Eva unit with Kaworu Nagisa. Over time, Shinji begins to open up and bond with Kaworu. Shinji is soon revealed that he was the cause of Third Impact by Kaworu, and the true fate of his mother, Yui Ayanami, by Fuyutiski. Not able to handle the guilt and realization, Shinji has a mental breakdown. Upon asking him to pilot and retrieve the Spears of Longinus and Cassius in order to reverse Third Impact, Shinji rejects Kaworu. In an act of trust, Kaworu miraculously takes off Shinji's DSS Choker and puts it on himself, saying that he will carry Shinji's burden. Through this, Shinji's faith in Kaworu is restored and agrees to pilot with him.

Evangelion Unit 13 and Mark .09 descend into Central Dogma where they find a beheaded Lilith, and Eva Mark .06 impaled by the two lances. Upon closer inspection, Kaworu realizes that the two lances are the same! Just then, Asuka in Unit 02 descends and begins attacking Unit 13. The Mark .09 repels Unit 02, but is shot down by Unit 08. Shinji begs Asuka to stop and allow him to fix everything. Asuka doesn't listen and tries to destroy Eva 13. However her Eva's battery runs out and Unit 13 continues approaching Lilith and Eva Mark .06. Kaworu begs him to stop, but Shinji takes full control of the Eva and pulls out the lances, which form into two Lances of Longinus. Lilith is reduced to a pool of LCL as the dormant 12th Angel is released from within Eva Mark .06. The 12th Angel forms a core around Eva 13. The Eva suddenly awakens and devours the 12th Angel. It then becomes a giant of light and ascends to the sky with the Mark .09 in pursuit. Mari comments that Unit 13 is one of the "surviving Adams." 

Just as Fourth Impact initiates, the AAA Wunder rams Unit 13 in the hopes to destroying it. However the ship is attacked by the Mark .09 who regrows a new head and attempts to regain control of the vessel from Unit 01. Unit 02 boards the Wunder and activates its Beast Mode to battle the Mark .09 (hereby referred to as an Adams Vessel). Rei ejects herself from the Mark .09's entry plug just as Unit 02 fires its cannon into the Adams Vessel. However, it regenerates. In a final attempt to destroy it, Asuka activates Unit 02's self destruct system and ejects herself. In the meantime, Kaworu impales the lances into Unit 13, halting Fourth Impact. The DSS Choker around his neck activates and beheads him. Shinji is in shock as Eva 13 descends back to Earth. Mari in Unit 08 notes that the Doors of Guf have not closed yet and that Shinji is Seele's true backup. She leaps onto Unit 13 and force ejects Shinji's entry plug before slamming into the ground. Fourth Impact is averted, and the Wunder retreats with Ritsuko questioning on "who to thank" for preventing the fruition of the event. 

Some time later, Asuka drags a nonreactive Shinji from his entry plug. Soon they're met up by Rei. Asuka comments that they're out of signal range of the Wunder and need to go where the Lilin are. The three begin wandering the red landscape in search of the Lilin. 


The first time I watched Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo, I had mixed feelings about it. However, most of that was due to its departure from the familiar story that we're used to seeing and hearing from Evangelion. After the second and third watch I began to appreciate and applaud how the film takes the story and franchise in a new direction. The most notable difference between the movies and original series is the time skip. At this point in the series, Shinji was trapped within Unit 01 for three months since his battle with Zeruel and the unit's awakening. During that time, Ritsuko and Misato work to retrieve Shinji. However, in 3.33, the time skip is an astounding 14 years! This fact was kept shrouded from the public eye until the movie premiered. It certainly was a surprise, and was the first indication that this is no longer the same Evangelion story anymore. 

I recall hearing that the Rebuild series is mean't to show Hideaki Anno's original intent for the Evangelion story, which he was unable to do due to budget cuts and time back when he was producing the original anime. In that regard, I can see many similarities between some aspects of 3.33 and one of his past works, Nadia: Secret of Blue Water. Not only do they have a huge vessel, but several of the musical numbers in the movie originally came from Nadia. Even the AAA Wunder has some design features that resemble Captain Nemo's Nautilus from the same series. I have no complaints about this aspect though. I find the inclusion of the AAA Wunder a unique aspect to the Rebuild series. 

As for the characters themselves, Shinji certainly has the spotlight here in 3.33. This is his story. We're seeing events unfold through his perspective. Due to the nature of the film, Shinji's character experiences a "Fish out of Water" scenario where he thwarted into an unknown situation and everything that he was familiar with has turned onto itself. Characters such as Misato, Ritsuko, Mari, Asuka are very minor in this installment, only appearing in the first third of the film and the climax. Rei's character is given a little development. Being that she's a completely different character from the last movie, she has her own little development going on. She starts out being an obedient drone who does whatever she's told to, but after Shinji confronts her about not being the Rei he saved and resents her, she begins to question her existence and about her other self. Gendo has very limited screen time as well as Fuyutiski. Despite the latter's lack of presence, he still plays a vital role in the story in regards to revealing to Shinji the truth behind Gendo's motives.

The animation for this film is absolutely fantastic. Perhaps the best in the quartet so far! There is a natural flow to how the characters, vehicles, and the Evas move. The mixture of CG and traditional animation is pretty flawless and there are times when the two methods become undistinguishable and mesh together so well. What makes 3.33 pretty remarkable visually is that since this is a Post-Third Impact world, much of what we are familiar with is pretty much gone. The Earth is red, cities are in complete ruins, the blood stained moon fills the sky, Eva-like bodies litter the ground. It is very surrealistic. Also the scenes within Central Dogma are very haunting. Seeing all the giant beheaded skulls, and a head-less Lilith, one would wonder what happened in between 2.22 and 3.33. Hopefully that is answered in the next film or in spin-off material (if there will be any.)

Overall, after a few times seeing it, Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo is a fantastic entry into the Rebuild of Evangelion series. It is a certain departure from the original anime and becomes its own story. Sure, there are some elements from the original series and even The End of Evangelion. I eagerly await to hear any news on the fourth and final film! To conclude, this movie receives a personal 4/5 rating. It is epic, and fun to watch in HD. While there are many mysteries still wide open, this film presents a similar aura that 1.11 did. It put us in a world where nothing is familiar and we must learn about it in order to live in it and combat it. 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

D-Arts Venusaur for August!

Tamashii Nations has released promo images for the D-Arts Venusaur slated for an August release date. More information will be provided when available.

Monday, 22 April 2013

X-Plus Figures To Be Released Stateside!

Joyous news to X-Plus collectors in North America! It seems Diamond Distribution is bringing over X-Plus' popular line of Godzilla related figures, under the name PLEX, starting with the Toho 30cm Godzilla 1954 and 30cm MechaGodzilla 1974. The figures are slated for a June 30th release date, and so far the only store selling them is Anime Island. Hopefully more figures are reissued and released in North America, allowing newcomers to the X-Plus brand to build up their collections.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Evangelion 3.33 on BluRay and DVD Next Week!

The wait is coming to an end as Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo comes on DVD and BluRay next week in Japan. Check out this awesome promo trailer!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

New Pics of X-Plus 30cm Godzilla '04 & Gamera '95

X-Plus has just uploaded various new pictures onto their blog in the last day. The exclusives for both figures are finally painted too.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Figure Review - X-Plus Winter Wonderfest 2013 (True Colored Ver.) Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954

Despite this being the most priciest purchase I have ever made on a figure, it was absolutely worth it! 

This is the X-Plus Winter Wonderfest 2013 Exclusive True Colored Ver. Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954 (quite a mouth-full, eh?) from the classic tale between man and beast, Gojira (1954). For those who are unaware, X-Plus released a standard version of this figure in a monochrome color scheme. This figure, however, depicts the original Godzilla in a color scheme that represents what the creature would've looked like if the film were shot in color. I'd like to also note that this figure is highly limited. Somewhere between 300 and 500 of these figures exist. 

Like all of X-Plus' Wonderfest exclusives, the figure is packed in a cardboard box void of any artwork that is present on all of their standard figure releases. The name of the figure as well as the event is printed across the front of the box. Usually I'll give a score for the presentation of the package, but since this is an exclusive rather than a standard release, I'll let it slide. 

After opening the box, the figure, like its standard counterpart, is secured in a plastic molding in two pieces, the main body and the tail. 

Once I took the figure out and assembled the two pieces (by utilizing a hairdryer to soften the vinyl on the tail in order to insert it into the socket on the main body), I took some time to really admire the craftsmanship that went into sculpting and painting this figure. 

The Wonderfest Godzilla 1954 stands a little over a foot tall just like its standard version. From nose to tail it is at least two feet in length. The detailing on this figure is absolutely amazing as is with all of X-Plus' figures. It captures every bit of detail from the suit very meticulously. What drew me to this figure primarily was the fact that it depicts the 1954 Godzilla in color! The spines, claws and teeth are a bright bony color with a yellowish hue. The skin itself is a mix of dark grays and greens. The fact that this is a colorized version of the 1954 Godzilla design makes this piece a highly unique piece in my overall collection. In regards to detail, sculpt, and color, this figure receives a 5/5 score!

Along with the actual figure, the Wonderfest 2013 exclusive Godzilla 1954 was also accompanied with a miniature figurine of the Oxygen Destroyer, the only weapon in the entire franchise to actually kill Godzilla! The mini Oxygen Destroyer is around three to four inches long and it perfectly replicates the prop in every way possible. As an accessory, this is a definite 4/5.

This is the second Godzilla figure that I bought for the X-Plus Toho 30cm line. In comparison to last year's 30cm Godzilla 1989, the Godzilla 1954 figure stands at least an inch or two taller.

Overall, the X-Plus Winter Wonderfest 2013 True Colored Ver. 30cm Godzilla 1954 figure is truly a remarkable figure! I perfectly captures the fine details from the actual suit and goes beyond to replicate what it would've actually looked like in color! The inclusion of the mini Oxygen Destroyer is also a plus on the list. All in all, I am giving this figure a full 5/5 rating! It is just fantastic and pleasing to look at. 

Fits right in with the collection!

My overall X-Plus collection as of now 04/16/13

Monday, 15 April 2013

S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon

S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon 
Aug/Sept 2013 U.S. MSRP Coming Soon

The Opening song is now playing manually in your head!

3 interchangeable face parts, 3 left hand parts, 5 right hand parts, 2 Moon Sticks, Moon Tiara effect parts, Luna.

Source: Bluefin Distribution

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Latest Purchase

Well, this has been my priciest purchase yet! But I think it is absolutely worth it. I just bought myself the X-Plus Winter Wonderfest 2013 Exclusive Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954! Only 300 to 500 of these figures exist. Period.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Bluefin Tamashii Nations Preorders: Fire Emblem

S.H. Figuarts Fire Emblem
$54.99 - August 2013

The flamboyant hero “Fire Emblem” whose alter-ego Nathan Seymour owns his sponsor company, “Helios Energy” joins the S.H.Figuarts advanced action figure series in appropriately fiery form with dynamic articulation and high-detail. Only offered as a Tamashii Web Shop Exclusive in Asia, this S.H.Figuarts title has been made specially available to US fans. Figure set features cape parts, flame effect parts, three sets of interchangeable hand parts, and special display stand. 

Source: Bluefin Distribution

Monday, 8 April 2013

Otaku Recon 2013 Update

It is confirmed! Along with the last several S.H. MonsterArts figures (Godzilla '95, Junior, Destoroyah, and Kong) I will also be showcasing a few of my X-Plus figures too! Originally I was meaning to also bring the D-Arts Pokemon figures as well as the upcoming Revoltech Evangelion figures, but I thought that would be a tad too much.

Due to limited display space, I will only be displaying a few of my figures. They'll be the upcoming 30cm Godzilla 2004, 30cm Titanosaurus and the Large Monsters Series Mothra Adult 1961.