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    Product Info and Exclusive GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in March 2018. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Most X-Plus figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. Soft Series: Stegon -- Shounen Ric Exclusive /?????????????????????????????? Product Code: 411-TYST03R Product Size: Length Approximately 20cm (7.9

    Product Info and Exclusive GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in March 2018. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Most X-Plus figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. Soft Series: Stegon -- Shounen Ric Exclusive /?????????????????????????????? Product Code: 411-TYST03R Product Size: Lenght Approximately 20cm (7.9

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/geed/movie (Japan) Tsuburaya Productions has provided information and high-res images for their upcoming theatrical feature based on the ULTRAMAN GEED (?????????, Urutoraman Jiido, 2017) television series. In ULTRAMAN GEED THE MOVIE, the titular hero teams up with Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Orb and Orb`s sometime friend/sometime foe Juggrus Juggler against an alien force threatening intelligent life across the universe. Geed also takes on a new form -- Ultimate Final -- and wields a powerful new weapon, the Giga Finalizer. The film is directed by Koichi Sakamoto, lead director on the ULTRAMAN GEED series. A former action director and executive producer on the American POWER RANGERS franchise, Sakamoto made his directing debut in Japan with MEGA MONSTER BATTLE ULTRA GALAXY: THE MOVIE (?????? ???????? THE MOVIE, Daikaiju Batoru Urutora Ginga Densetsu THE MOVIE, 2009). Sakamoto`s credits include

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: ani.tv/uo (Japan) ULTRAMAN ORB THE CHRONICLE will begin airing on six TV Tokyo affiliates on January 6, 2018. The 25 episode television series will be presented in the same style as ULTRAMAN ZERO THE CHRONICLE (???????? ? ?????, Urutoraman Zero Za Kuronikuru, 2017) by using footage from previous shows and movies, mixed with new content, to present a comprehensive look at Ultraman Orb. Orb`s alter ego, Gai Kurenai (Hideo Ishiguro), returns to host and narrate the series. Gai will also select the best episodes from the original ULTRAMAN ORB (?????????, Urutoraman Oobu, 2016) TV show and look back at the battles of Ultra Heroes of the past. ? Sources ULTRAMAN ORB THE CHRONICLE contains material from the following titles... · Series: ULTRAMAN ORB · Online Series: ULTRAMAN ORB: THE ORIGIN SAGA (????????? THE ORIGIN SAGA, Urutoraman Oobu THE

    Product Info and Exclusive GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in February 2018. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Most X-Plus figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older."/> Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection: Godzilla (1954) GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS! /??30????? ????????????? ???(1954)

    Product Info and GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in December 2017 and January 2018. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Most X-Plus figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. Daikaiju Series: Leogon -- Shounen Ric Exclusive /??????? ???? ???????????? Product Code: 411-TSLG11R Product Size:

    Author: Richard Pusateri A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE In the Matter of UM Corporation v. Tsuburaya Productions Co. Ltd., in Los Angeles Federal Court, at 11:30 am Monday, November 20, 2017, the eight jurors delivered a unanimous verdict in favor of Tsuburaya Productions. The jury determined the controversial 1976 "Agreement" (granting licensing rights for Ultraman material to Thai businessman Sompote Saengduenchai and Chaiyo Productions) to be "not authentic." The jurors indicated they thought the document was "...not actually signed by Norobu Tsubaraya." After the case was declared closed by Judge André Birotte Jr., jurors were thanked by Judge Birotte and the lawyers for both sides. Some of the jurors explained to the lawyers what evidence and testimony influenced their decision. This latest installment of the ongoing legal battle between UM Corporation (“UMC”) and Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (“TPC”) began in Los Angeles

    On August 7, 2017, the news came out that Haruo Nakajima, beloved Godzilla and Kaiju suit actor and a pioneer of the art, had passed away. Word spread through fandom quickly via social media and the outpouring a affection, grief and shock was amazing and heartfelt. At SciFi Japan, we felt a fitting tribute needed to be done and it was something that should not be rushed or thrown together. Over the last month we have been talking to people who worked closely with Mr. Nakajima to bring him to the US and around the world, to meet his fans and share his stories of the golden years of suit acting in Japanese films. We start off with an overview of his life and career, written by author Ed Godziszewski, followed by remembrances from a variety of colleagues that traveled with him over the last few years.

    Product Info and GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in October and November 2017. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Most X-Plus figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. Toho Daikaiju Series: Destoroyah Light-Up Version /????????? ?????? ??Ver. Sales Agent: Plex Co., Ltd. Product Code:

    Details on Events and Players Behind DRAGON FORCE: SO LONG ULTRAMAN Author: Keith Aiken Special Thanks to Bob Johnson, Brad Warner, Kazuo Suzuki and Robin Kwok On July 10th in Beijing, the Chinese animation studio Guangzhou BlueArc Culture Communications Co., Ltd. hosted a promotional event for DRAGON FORCE: SO LONG ULTRAMAN (??????????, G?ngti? f?ilóng zh? zàijiàn àotèmàn), a 3D computer animated film featuring the iconic Japanese superhero, Ultraman. Director/BlueArc Founder/President Wang Wei -- aka Tommy Wang -- described his movie as an official re-interpretation of the classic character, saying, "This domestic animation film presents a new image of the hero Ultraman to the world, in the hopes it can surprise adults and children." BlueArc`s announcement certainly came as a surprise to Tsuburaya Productions, creator and copyrights owner of the Ultraman series. On July 19th, Tsuburaya President and CEO Shinichi Oka issued a press

    Exclusive Large Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and daikaiju-sized photos of their Event Exclusive figures for the Tokyo hobby show, Wonder Festival. These items will be available at the X-Plus booth (#4-01) this Sunday, July 30th at Makuhari Messe exhibition center. Most X-Plus figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. DefoReal Series: Godzilla (2016) 4th Form Clear Red Ver. /?????? ???(2016)?4?? ??????Ver. Sales Agent: Plex Co., Ltd. Product Size: Height Approximately 14cm (5.5 Inches), Length Approximately 13cm (5.1 Inches) Material: PVC (Soft Vinyl) Specifications: Unpainted Package: Window Box Price: ¥3,000 yen (Approximately $26.98 US, Tax Included) ? Set Contents Shin Godzilla Figure Celebrate Summer with this red color variant of the

    Highly-anticipated NEO ULTRA Q, ULTRA GALAXY MEGA MONSTER and ULTRAMAN ZERO to Launch Next Month Source: TOKU press release Introduction: Keith Aiken Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango After a decades-long drought, fans of Tsuburaya Productions` Ultraman franchise are finally seeing a veritable monsoon of Ultra Series releases in North America. Over the past few years, the streaming service Crunchyroll has licensed 11 different Ultra shows, including simulcasts of the newer series like ULTRAMAN GEED (?????????, Urutoraman Jiido, 2017). Tsuburaya has also partnered with William Winckler Productions to create all-new English language dubbed and subtitled versions of the most recent Ultraman feature films; the English language ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE (??? ?????????? ??! ????10??!!, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Ginga S Kessen! Urutora 10 Yuushi!!, 2015) and ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE (??? ??????? ??????????????, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman X Kita Zo! Ware-ra no Urutoraman, 2016) both played in theaters in 2017, and

    Author: Bob Johnson Source: William Winckler Productions, Inc., Tsuburaya Productions Special Thanks to William Winckler A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Last year, William Winckler Productions, Inc. created all-new English language dubs for the feature films ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE (??? ?????????? ??! ????10??!!, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Ginga S Kessen! Urutora 10 Yuushi!!, 2015) and ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE (??? ??????? ??????????????, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman X Kita Zo! Ware-ra no Urutoraman, 2016) and the TV movie ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY (?????????????, Urutora Faito Bikutorii, 2015). ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE and ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE enjoyed successful screenings in theaters across the United States in a limited run that covered more than fifty theaters. ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE and ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY played as a double feature in the Philippines. Due to the success of these screenings, and Tuburaya`s appreciation of Winckler`s dubbing, Winckler and Tsuburaya Productions are

    Product Info and GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto and Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in September 2017. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Most X-Plus figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. Toho 30cm Series: Godzilla (1975) /??30cm????????1975? Sales Agent: PLEX Corporation Product Size: Height Approximately 30cm

    Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto and Jun Umeji The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their Daikaiju Series figure of the "Flame Super Beast" Firemons from the ULTRAMAN ACE (??????A?????, Urutoraman Eesu, 1972-1973) television series. Introduced in ULTRAMAN ACE Episode 39: LIFE OF SEVEN, LIFE OF ACE! (????????????, Sebun no Inochi, Eesu no Inochi!), Firemons boasts an outlandish, almost comical design typical of Ultra Monsters from the early 1970s. But the kaiju`s appearance was deceiving... Firemons proved to be one of Ace`s greatest foes, even defeating the Ultraman in their first encounter. X-Plus` Firemons towers over their Daikaiju Series Ultraman Ace, standing 11 inches tall. The figure comes with a fire sword. Firemons joins X-Plus’ lineup of figures scheduled for release this

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto and Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of Garamon for their Real Master Collection PLUS line of statues with bonus features. The popular monster was introduced in ULTRA Q Episode 13: GARADAMA (????Q 13: ???). First released as a soft vinyl figure in November 2014, the Garamon statue is constructed of poly resin to more closely reproduce the high degree of detail from the prototype sculpt. The figure comes with a bonus display stand. This item is sold exclusively online from the company`s official Shounen Ric website and will not be available from retail stores. Real Master Collection PLUS: Garamon -- Shounen Ric Exclusive /????????????? ???? ???????????? Product Code: 411-TRGM07R Product Size: Height Approximately 24cm (9.4 Inches)

    Source: TOKU press release Official Site: amazon.com/toku Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango Olympusat Inc., has announced that TOKU, the only 24/7 live and on-demand television network dedicated to eye-catching anime, popular live-action titles and cult classics from Asia dubbed into English, is now available for Amazon Prime members on Amazon Channels. Amazon Prime members can now sign up for a monthly subscription to watch TOKU’s exciting and highly-entertaining content for just $3.99 per month, after a 7-day free trial. The TOKU subscription on Amazon Channels allows Amazon Prime members to stream and enjoy their favorite anime, live-action movies and cult classics from Asia, on demand, whenever they want and without the need for a cable subscription. “TOKU caters to a wide audience of anime, tokusatsu and Asian programming fans, which is why we are thrilled to work with Amazon to bring our cutting-edge

    Product Info and GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto and Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and daikaiju-sized photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in August 2017. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Most X-Plus figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection: Godzilla (1991) Shinjuku Version /??30????? ????????????? ???(1991)??????? Product

    Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in July 2017. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Exclusives and Limited Editions with bonus features or extra pieces not available from other retailers. The standard "General Distribution" versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Most X-Plus figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. Toho 30cm Series: Mechagodzilla 1993 /??30cm???? ????? 1993 Sales Agent: PLEX Corporation Product Code: 000014960 Product Size: Height Approximately 35cm (13.8 Inches)

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