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    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)

    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)

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