Monday, 27 July 2015

X-Plus Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1999 and Large Monsters Series Legion

Summer Wonderfest 2015 is underway in Japan right now, and the guys at X-Plus have unveiled a couple of nifty figures for us Kaiju collectors!

First is the next addition to the Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection, Godzilla 1999. Unlike the first two additions to the line, Godzilla 1999 will be released in the Gigantic Series as opposed to the Toho 30cm Series due to the design being based on Shinji Nishikawa's early, and quite popular, concept design for the creature for Godzilla 2000: Millennium. It's expected to be around 400mm tall (40cm or 15in,) and will be released sometime towards late September. No price has been announced yet. It's worthy to note that the figure displayed at X-Plus' booth has brightly colored orange spines while the one at Yuji Sakai's booth is colored normally. It's speculated that the Gigantic Sakai Godzilla 1999 with the orange spines will be the RIC Boy exclusive. More on that when details become available. 

Secondly is the utterly massive Large Monsters Series Legion in all her glory! Compared to the Large Monsters Series Gamera 1996, Legion absolutely dwarfs it. Based on the display card next to the figure, Legion is set to release in December, and will be packed with Gamera 1996 as a set for the online RIC Boy exclusive. 

Other than that, the Toho Large Monsters Series Godzilla 1995 was also shown as well. Its release date was recently pushed back to sometime later in August or early September. 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

DiegoDoom Reviews the X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014

SPECIAL EARLY-BIRD REVIEW - S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla (2014) Spit Fire Ver.

Written by Arlo Hansen

I admit, 2015 has been quite a slow and boring year for the S.H. MonsterArts figure line from Bandai Tamashii Nations. Other than Gamera 1996 and Mecha King Ghidorah, every other figure released so far has been a repaint such as Godzilla 2000 Millennium Special Color Ver. as well as the upcoming Godzilla 1964 Appearance Ver. in October/November and the recently announced King Ghidorah Special Color Ver. coming out in December/January. However, as much as collectors have complained, I for one see merit in some of these repaints. Godzilla 2000 Millennium, Godzilla 1964, and King Ghidorah have been BIG sellers when they first came out, and now their after-market prices have reached sky high. These repaints allow new collectors to acquire these particular sculpts without harming the value of the originals. Many have complained about this fact, but I personally don't mind it.

When Bandai first announced Godzilla (2014) Spit Fire Ver. I was particularly skeptical of it. Both the original S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla (2014) and the Poster Image Ver. had alarming quality issue errors that angered many fans and collectors. Even right when I got the figure, I was unsure whether or not this figure would possess the same errors or not. 

Is the S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla (2014) Spit Fire Ver. a worthy figure to have in your collection? Let us take a closer look at this figure!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

S.H. MonsterArts King Ghidorah (Special Color Ver.) Coming Out December 2015!

Heads up, fellow collectors!

Bandai Tamashii Nations is unleashing the king of terror once again this holiday season! The S.H. MonsterArts King Ghidorah is making a comeback in a more vibrant gold coloration (to match with the shade of gold used for their figure of Mecha King Ghidorah,) and packed with some neat accessories including the KIDS time machine, different colored beam effects that mimic the original poster art for Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991,) and a special display stand to showcase King Ghidorah in a flying pose.

The figure is slated to release in December 2015 in Japan, and then will be brought over to North America in January 2016. It's currently priced at 14,904 Japanese Yen (approximately $120 USD.)

On a personal note; while I do own the original release, which does have a duller shade of gold, I will be getting this variant. It's a lot more vibrant and certainly will stand out more on the shelf, especially with that awesome flight stand!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Original Figure Review - NECA Pacific Rim Mini Figure Set

Before I get started on this review, I'd like to give a huge shoutout to my pal, Steven McCarthy of Steven's Toy Reviews on YouTube for acquiring this box set for me! Be sure to check out his amazing, and often very spot-on, reviews on action figures of our favorite giant monsters. Also, be sure to watch his review of this particular box set too. 

Without any further ado, let us get started! 

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Steven Reviews the S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2000 Millennium Special Color Ver.

NECA Ultimate Striker Eureka & Deluxe Mutavore coming November 2015


"From the sci-fi movie Pacific Rim, we present the definitive collector’s version of Striker Eureka!

The towering mech from Down Under gets the “Ultimate” treatment, with an all-new body and new articulation. Its open chest of rockets is actually an interchangeable piece that swaps out to show a fiery missile launch! There’s even a nuclear payload that attaches to the back of the figure.

The 7” scale Australian mech is made from the actual digital files utilized by ILM in the creation of Pacific Rim for exacting accuracy and detail. Comes in collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging with opening flap."


"From the epic Pacific Rim movie, our newest boxed, ultra-deluxe kaiju action figure is Mutavore!
Just when the world thought that the alien invasion was over, this Category IV kaiju emerged from the breach and easily broke through Sydney’s Anti-Kaiju Wall. At over 8” tall and over 6” wide, Mutavore is massive – larger than the previously released Trespasser, Scunner and Knifehead! This movie-accurate figure utilizes 100% new tooling, features over 30 points of articulation, and is to scale with our Jaeger action figures."

Both figures are now available for preorder at BigBadToyStore!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

NEW Godzilla Statues from Sideshow Collectibles and Mondo

With Sideshow Collectible's massive two-foot tall Godzilla Maquette releasing very soon, they go ahead and unveil ANOTHER Godzilla statue at San Diego Comic-Con. This one appears to be in a smaller scale than the maquette and has more of an artistic edge this time around. I think it looks pretty rad and fierce! Really considering on getting it when preorders pop up.

On the other end of the spectrum, Mondo is releasing their own unique Godzilla statue based on the teaser poster art they did for SDCC 2013. No word yet on price nor size, but preorders are said to open up sometime in the Fall. Like the new Sideshow statue above, I am keen on getting this one too!

NEW Pacific Rim Kaiju & Jaegers Revealed!

Ah, San Diego Comic-Con has come once again.

You know what that means... New figure reveals! This year, NECA did not disappoint with two new additions to their Kaiju and Jaeger lines - Hardship and Mutavore for the Kaiju, and Battle at the Docks Gipsy Danger and Ultimate Striker Eureka for the Jaegers. Along with them include Flying Otachi, Anteverse Gipsy Danger, and Baby Otachi.

All of them look AMAZING. Ultimate Striker Eureka is expected to come out by the end of the year. No date has been set for the two new Kaiju, but I am assuming one would release before the end of the year while the other comes out early next year.

NECA Deluxe Mutavore

NECA Deluxe Hardship

NECA 7" Ultimate Striker Eureka

Streven Reviews NECA's Pacific Rim SDCC Figure Set

Our good friend, Steven McCarthy, has just acquired and reviewed NECA's brand new Pacific Rim Chibi Figure Set which is currently being sold as a San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Exclusive. 

I will also be acquiring, and reviewing, this set too. Thanks to Steven, himself, he picked up a set on my behalf and I should be getting it in the mail in a matter of days. Can't wait! Until then, enjoy Steven's review for these neat little figures. 

Monday, 6 July 2015

Funko to release Godzilla into their POP! Vinyl line

Head's up collectors!

Funko is bringing the King of Monsters to their immensely popular POP! Vinyl figure line! Gamestop has begun accepting preorders at various locations (whether it was intentional or not.) I did some digging and sources claim that Funko has been keen on doing Godzilla products for a while, but were beat out by NECA last year in regards to licensing rights for merchandise connected to the 2014 film. Regardless, we're getting Godzilla figures from Funko now, and I read that their selection may reach beyond just their POP! line.

No images of their POP! Godzilla have been released just yet, but I am assuming that they'll unveil it along with more potential products at San Diego Comic-Con this week.

We'll update when new information is made available.

PS: Wouldn't it be awesome if we got a POP! Jet Jaguar? My life would be complete!