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    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)

    QUEEN`S BLADE: THE WANDERING WARRIOR Network Premiere Also Announced Source: TOKU press release Official Site: sevenx.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango 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, announced the U.S. premiere of the highly anticipated tokusatsu television series, ULTRASEVEN X (??????? ????, Urutorasebun Ekkusu) on Monday, June 5, 2017. Weekdays at 7 p.m. EST, TOKU will feature back-to-back episode of ULTRASEVEN X. This 12-episode Japanese television series follows the story of a powerful and mysterious red and silver giant whose main mission is to protect mankind from the Shadow Rulers, an evil alien species who threatens conquer the planet and destroy humanity. “As the tokusatsu genre continues to gain strength outside of Japan, we are thrilled to present to our audience the U.S.

    Source: TOKU press release Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango 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, announced the network premiere of the highly anticipated tokusatsu television series ULTRAMAN NEXUS (??????????, Urutoraman Nekusasu, 2004-05) on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Weekdays at 7 p.m. EST, TOKU will feature back-to-back episode of ULTRAMAN NEXUS. This 37-episode Japanese television series follows the story of a powerful warrior whose main mission is to protect mankind from destructive monsters and gigantic creatures called the Space Beasts. As a member of the Terrestrial Liberation Trust (TLT), Ultraman Nexus is committed to fight any threats that could endanger the planet. When needed, his powers and abilities can be summoned by the deunamists, a group of young and brave individuals who poses the power

    Source: TOKU press release Official Site: vap.co.jp/neos (Japan) Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango 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, presents the U.S. premiere of the tokusatsu television series, ULTRAMAN NEOS (?????????, Urutoraman Neosu, 2000–01) on Monday, May 1, 2017. Weekdays at 7 p.m. EST, TOKU will feature back-to-back episodes of the 15th installment of the Ultra series, ULTRAMAN NEOS. This 12-episode Japanese television series follows the adventures of Ultraman Neos, a skilled warrior from Nebula M78 who is sent to Planet Earth alongside his commander Ultraseven 21 to protect mankind from terrifying kaiju and alien invasions. Upon arriving to earth, Neos quickly merges with Genki Kagura, a young member of the Hi-tech Earth Alert Rescue Team, to join the fight against any terrestrial or

    Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their upcoming coin banks of monsters from the Gamera and Ultraman franchises. The new banks bring together two recently-announced additions to X-Plus` giant monster product lines. The FAVORITE SCULPTORS LINE is scheduled to launch in May with a Tsuburaya 30cm Series figure of the ULTRAMAN ACE villain Vakishim, and will offer soft vinyl figures based on previously released/limited edition models from top sculptors. The DefoReal Series premieres in June with a Godzilla (2016) 4th Form figure, and will blend the popular “Super Deformed” style -- cute figures with large heads, squat, chubby bodies and stubby limbs -- with more realistic features. The SD proportions on the coin banks are less extreme than those

    Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji and Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Let`s try this one more time! Earlier this month, SciFi Japan posted a look at X-Plus’ giant monster figures for June 2017 that included information and exclusive photos provided by the manufacturer. X-Plus has since added several more items to their lineup, so we’re back with an update covering all (hopefully) of June`s giant monster figures with more than 60 HUGE high-res pics! 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.

    Exclusive Large Photos 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 event exclusive figure kit of the ULTRA SEVEN villain Alien Waiell. The creature first appeared in Episode 2: TERROR IN GREEN (????, Midori no Kyoofu) of the Tsuburaya Productions television series. Originally released as a standard soft vinyl figure in August 2015, the Daikaiju Series: Alien Waiell is being reissued as a model kit that must be fully assembled for display. The pieces of the unpainted figure are molded in semi-transparent green soft vinyl. The figure kit will be available this Sunday, April 23 exclusively at X-Plus` booth during the Tokyo model and toy show Super Festival 74 (???????????74, Suupaafesutibaru 74). The production run for this

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Bandai`s “Ultra Hero 500” line continues with new soft vinyl figures of characters from the upcoming Tsuburaya Productions mini-series, ULTRAFIGHT ORB (??????????? ????????????, Urutorafaito Oobu Oyako no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!). Ultra Hero 40: Ultraman Orb (Lightning Attacker)/ ???????????? 40 ?????????(???????????) Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660117292000 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: April 22, 2017 Price: ¥648 (Approximately $5.83 US, Tax Included) Ultra Hero 41: Ultramann Orb (Emerium Slugger)/ ???????????? 41 ?????????(??????????) Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660117230000 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: April 29, 2017 Price: ¥648 (Approximately $5.83 US, Tax Included) Ultra Monster DX: Reibatos/ ??????DX ????? Manufacturer:

    Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Earlier this month, SciFi Japan posted an early look at X-Plus’ giant monster figures for June 2017 that included photos of unpainted prototypes. X-Plus has now provided complete product specs and more than 40 HUGE high-res pics of all the painted figures so we’re back with an update. 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. Toho Daikaiju Series: Hedorah /????????? ????? Sales Agent: Plex Co., Ltd. Product Size: Height Approximately

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: tv-tokyo.co.jp/uz (Japan) On Saturday, April 15th, Tsuburaya Productions will launch their new 8 episode mini-series, ULTRAFIGHT ORB (??????????? ????????????). Each 3 minute-long episode will air with the ongoing series, ULTRAMAN ZERO THE CHRONICLE (???????? THE CHRONICLE, Urutoraman Zero THE CHRONICLE, 2017). A spin-off of the ULTRAMAN ORB (?????????, Urutoraman Oobu, 2016) television series and ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE (??? ?????????????????????, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Oobu Kizuna no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!, 2017), ULTRAFIGHT ORB focuses on the bond between parent and child. The father and son team of Ultra Seven and Ultraman Zero assist Orb in his battle with a fierce new villain, Reibatos. The series marks the live-action debuts for two forms of Ultraman Orb introduced in the Data Cardass game, Ultraman Fusion Fight! (????????????????!, Urutoraman Fuyuujon Faito!). The new fusion up "Ultraman Orb Emerium Slugger" is achieved by merging

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/orb/movie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions and distributor Shochiku have held a number of promotional events featuring cast and crew members of their new release, ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE (??? ?????????????????????, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Oobu Kizuna no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!). The most recent took place this past Tuesday, March 21st at the CINECITTA` Kawasaki. In attendance were Taiki Kudo, Toru Iwaoka, Yudai Ohno, Sota Hanamura and Hayate Wada of Da-iCE (pronounced “Dice”), the musical group that performed the film`s theme song, “Two As One”. Lead performer Kudo and vocalist Hanamura were also voice actors for some of the aliens in the movie. Ultraman Orb was also on hand in his new Orb Trinity form from the film, along with the bad guys Alien Serpent and Rekyum the Radio Wave Creature. ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE is now

    Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Earlier this month, SciFi Japan posted details for the giant monster figures scheduled for release by X-Plus Co., Ltd. in May 2017 that included photos of some unpainted prototypes. X-Plus has now provided high-res pics of the painted figures so we’re back with an update. 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. FAVORITE SCULPTORS LINE Tsuburaya 30cm Series: Vakishim /FAVORITE SCULPTORS LINE ??30??????????? Prototype Sculptor: Koji Sugimoto (GORT) Product Size:

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. In 2015, Bandai halted their main line of “Ultra Hero 500” and "Ultra Monster 500" soft vinyl figures to make way for subsets devoted to ULTRAMAN X (???????, Urutoraman Ekkusu, 2015) and ULTRAMAN ORB (?????????, Urutoraman Oobu, 2016). Now, as a tie-in with the ULTRAMAN ZERO THE CHRONICLE (???????? THE CHRONICLE, Urutoraman Zero THE CHRONICLE, 2017) television show, the Ultra Hero 500 and Ultra Monster 500 series resume with Zero`s friends and foes plus reissues of some figures previously released under the “Ultra Hero X” imprint. Additional releases for March and April 2017 include new larger scale Ultra BIG and Ultra Monster DX figures. Ultra Hero 35: Ultraman X/ ???????????? 35 ?????????? Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660117155000 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: March 25, 2017 Price: ¥648 (Approximately $5.75 US, Tax Included)

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/orb/movie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE While monster movie fans in American were heading to theaters for the opening weekend of KONG: SKULL ISLAND, their Japanese counterparts were doing the same for ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE (??? ?????????????????????, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Oobu Kizuna no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!). The latest Ultraman film was released in cinemas across Japan this past Saturday, March 11th. Tsuburaya Productions and distributor Shochiku have provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos from the ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE opening day stage greeting at Shochiku`s flagship theater, the Shinjuku Piccadilly. The event was held from 9:35-10:00am with the first screening of the film. In attendance were director Kiyotaka Taguchi and the main cast of the ULTRAMAN ORB television series and the new movie; Hideo Ishiguro (Ultraman Orb’s alter ego, Gai Kurenai), Miyabi Matsuura (SSP leader

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/orb/movie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions and distributor Shochiku have provided SciFi Japan with a another batch of high-res photos from ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE (??? ?????????????????????, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Oobu Kizuna no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!). The film opens at cinemas across Japan this Saturday, March 11th. On Thursday, February 23rd, the cast of ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE celebrated the completion of post-production with a live appearance in Tokyo. The fan meet-and-greet was attended by star Hideo Ishiguro (Ultraman Orb`s alter ego, Gai Kurenai), Koji Moritsugu (Ultra Seven`s alter ego, Dan Moroboshi), Kensuke Takahashi (Ultraman X`s human host, Daichi Ozora), Oniyakko Tsubaki (Murnau), and the comedy trio Jungle Pocket -- Hirohisa Ota, Otake and Shinji Saito -- who provided voices for Alien Hipporito Callisto, Alien Temperor Batista and Alien Guts Doppel. Callisto, Batista and Doppel also

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd., Bandai Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The whole universe is mine!! The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their latest collaboration with Bandai; a light up Ultraman Belial figure produced as a tie-in to the ULTRAMAN ZERO THE CHRONICLE (???????? THE CHRONICLE, Urutoraman Zero THE CHRONICLE, 2017) television series. Introduced in MEGA MONSTER BATTLE ULTRA GALAXY: THE MOVIE (?????? ???????? THE MOVIE, Daikaiju Batoru Urutora Ginga Densetsu THE MOVIE, 2009), Belial is the first evil Ultraman from the Land Of Light in Nebula M78. Betraying his people in the quest for ultimate power, the villain has earned the title "the worst of the worst." X-Plus first released their Ultraman Belial figure in 2010. This new edition comes with a display stand featuring a gimmick that

    Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Note: This item is still in the unpainted prototype stage. SciFi Japan will run photos of the finished, painted figure as soon as they`re available. The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of Vakishim, the first giant monster figure in their new FAVORITE SCULPTORS LINE. Vakishim was introduced in Tsuburuya Productions` ULTRAMAN ACE (??????A?????, Urutoraman Eesu, 1972-73) Episode 3: BURN! SUPER-BEAST HELL (??? ????, Moeru Choujuu Jigokuu), a Super-Beast synthesized from a caterpillar and a space monster by the evil alien Yapool. The fan favorite returned in ULTRAMAN MEBIUS (??????????, Uruotraman Mebiusu, 2006-07) asnd has appeared in various Ultra shows and movies over the past decade. The FAVORITE SCULPTORS LINE offers soft

    Author: Keith Aiken Special Thanks to William Winckler A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions` original ULTRAMAN (???????????????, Urutoraman: Kuso Tokusatsu Shirizu, 1966-67) television series was a syndication hit in America, airing on stations around the country for close to two decades. Despite that, the Japanese company had -- at best -- limited success getting other titles in the Ultra franchise distributed in the US... years of effort resulted in a few co-productions, a handful of home video releases, some festival screenings, and the occasional TV broadcast, but nothing of any consistency. The tide finally began to turn in 2014, as Tsuburaya entered into an agreement with Crunchyroll to stream several of the older shows and -- for the first time -- simulcast the latest series, ULTRAMAN X (???????, Urutoraman Ekkusu, 2015) and ULTRAMAN ORB (?????????, Urutoraman Oobu, 2016). This past January saw

    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 May 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. Toho Daikaiju Series: Gabara /????????? ????? Sales Agent: Plex Co., Ltd. Product Size: Height Approximately 23cm (9 Inches) Material: PVC (Soft Vinyl) Specifications: Painted; Some Assembly Required Package: Window Box Shipping: Mid-May 2017 General Distribution Version

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/orb/movie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions and distributor Shochiku have provided SciFi Japan with a new batch of high-res photos from ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE (??? ?????????????????????, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Oobu Kizuna no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!). The film will open at the Shinjuku Piccadilly and other cinemas across Japan on Saturday, March 11, 2017. About Tsuburaya Productions Tsuburaya Productions, creator and copyrights owner of the superhero ULTRAMAN series was founded in 1963 by Eiji Tsuburaya, world-renowned special effects wizard also known for his special effects work on the Godzilla series. With more than fifty years` experience, it is one of Japan`s oldest and most respected independent film and television production houses. Its popular Ultraman

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