Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Figure Review - X-Plus Toho Large Monsters Series Baragon 1965

Baragon, in his original 1965 design, receives another treatment in X-Plus' 25cm series of figures! Baragon is a monster who first appears in Toho's 1965 monster flick, Frankenstein Conquers the World, in which he is portrayed as an antagonist. He later goes on to make a small appearance in 1968's Destroy All Monsters alongside Godzilla and many of Toho's famous giant monsters. He wouldn't appear again until 2001's Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack in which he is one of the ancient Guardian Monsters alongside Mothra and King Ghidorah who must face against the return of Godzilla.

The new X-Plus Toho Large Monsters Series Baragon is quite a large figure. It is apparently bigger than its previous quadrupedal counterpart, a figure that I do not have. It stands between 9 to 10 inches tall. Due to the lack of spiky parts on this figure, I must admit, holding this figure is like cuddling with a soft vinyl teddy bear! 

I was caught by surprise of how much detailing there is on this figure! Everywhere on its body there is some sort of bump, texture, crease, and whatnot. The coloration is pretty nicely done too. For the record, the photos on this review have been slightly enhanced from their original RAW format, but in person, the striking contrast of colors between the bumps on its back to the main body is not as noticeable. It's still nice looking regardless. 

It's not until you get right up close to the figure when you can really appreciate the amount of detail that is on this figure. You can basically say that about any other X-Plus figure, but it's really evident with Baragon. The eyes have a slight yellowish tint, the horn is sculpted out of yellow translucent vinyl. The online RicBoy exclusive for this figure has a light up feature for the horn as well as an alternate pair of upward facing ears. 

X-Plus does not only aim for character accurateness, but suit accurateness as well! If you can see in the photo right above, the neck is filled with little dots. Those dots are actually the holes on the suit that the actor uses to see through while on set of the film. The fact that X-Plus goes the extra mile to be suit accurate with their figures is another reason why I love their figures so much!

As we go down the body, the details and textures are much more noticeable and great to look at. Its as if someone took the actual suit and shrunk it down. The overall sculpt is that great in my opinion. I adore the textures on the underside of the figure as well as the bumps on its arms and legs. 

I have only one minor complaint about this figure, and I am unsure if this evident with anyone else's figures or not, but the seam on the back of the figure's left leg is really noticeable. That's how it was when I took it out of the box. I figure it'll be an easy fix, so I will not worry about it!

X-Plus' Baragon scaled with its Revoltech counterpart.

Disregarding my minor issue with this figure, I think that this figure, overall, is a real knockout! X-Plus has really outdone themselves with this one, I think. Paint, detail, sculpt, it's the complete package! Having missed out on the original Baragon sculpt from a couple of years ago, this one makes it up personally! If you're an X-Plus collector and missed out on this during the preorder period, they're still available at Hobby Search, so act now! It's a great figure to have in your collection.

Unfortunately this will be my last X-Plus figure for a while. Due to other monetary priorities, I have to cut back. But don't fret! I'll be sure to update you guys on other great reviews from our friends at Kaiju Addicts as well as charismatic Rich Eso on Youtube with future X-Plus releases! 

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