|A small portion of my X-Plus collection from November 2014|
Written by Arlo Hansen
There is no doubt in my mind that vinyl figures of all shapes and sizes have been a staple for a large number of toy collectors for decades. For me personally, my first introduction to the wonderful world of vinyl toys were Bandai's Godzilla figures. I bought my very first figure in 2001 and never looked back! Over the years, Bandai's Movie Monsters Series figure line has dwindled down. From that point, I started looking elsewhere to satisfy my vinyl addiction. For years (2008 to 2011) I was on a collecting hiatus, that is until Bandai began their S.H. MonsterArts series of figures. However, while those figures are really neat, they did not give me the same nostalgic feeling that I used to have years prior when collecting Bandai's vinyl figures.
In late spring of 2012, my eyes began glancing over towards a series of highly detailed and incredibly sculpted vinyl figures from a company called X-Plus. They were quite expensive, and at the time I did not have the money to dive right in and buy the figures I really wanted. However, I gave it a shot with a single figure (which is a part of my list below,) that reignited that old butterfly sensation in my stomach I used to get when I received a brand new figure in the mail when I was a child. It thwarted me on a path that would rebuild my collection as well as empty my wallet!
Below is a list of my top five favorite X-Plus figures between mid-2012 and right now. Take note that I do not own every figure, and the ones in my list are from my personal collection. The list is in no particular order.
Without further ado, let's get started!
#1 - Toho Large Monsters Series Gigan 1972
#2 - Toho Large Monsters Series King Ghidorah 1968
#3 - Toho 30cm Series Hedorah
#4 - Daiei 30cm Series Gamera 1999
#5 - Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954
There are many more figures I wish I could add to this list, but these five are what come to mind first when posed with the question, "what are your top five favorite X-Plus figures?"
If there is a figure not listed here that you believe to be one of the best, then give us your reasons in the comments section below!