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    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd., Bandai 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 latest collaboration with Bandai; an Ultraman Mebius Light Up Version figure produced in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the ULTRAMAN MEBIUS (??????????, Uruotraman Mebiusu, 2006-07) television series. Previously released by X-Plus as a standard figure in December 2009, this new limited edition comes with a display stand featuring a light up gimmick that illuminates Mebius` eyes and color timer, along with a switch operation to change the color timer from blue to blinking red. Two LR44 button batteries are included. This item is sold exclusively by the Premium Bandai website and will not be available from retail stores. Recommended for fans and collectors age 15 years and

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: b-boys.jp/ultraman/orb/products (Japan) The Japanese toy company Bandai has released several new items in their ULTRAMAN ORB (?????????, Urutoraman Oobu) figure line. Most figures come with a plastic Ultra Fusion Card featuring audio and/or data files that can be accessed by the DX Orb Ring (sold separately). Ultra Hero Orb 05: Ultraman Orb (Orb Origin)/ ??????????? 05 ?????????(???????) Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660087137000 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: October 29, 2016 Price: ¥648 (Approximately $6.21 US, Tax Included) Ultra Monster Orb 07: Bemular (Empowered)/ ????????? 07 ????(??) Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660087342000 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: November 5, 2016 Price: ¥864 (Approximately $8.27 US, Tax Included)

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to 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 their giant monster figures scheduled for release in late December 2016. 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: Shin Godzilla /????????? ???????? Sales Agent: Plex Co., Ltd. Product Size: Height Approximately 25cm (9.8 Inches), Length Approximately 50cm (19.6 Inches) Material: PVC (Vinyl) Specifications: Painted; Some Assembly Required Package: Window Box Shipping: Late December 2016 – Early January 2017

    Product Info and High-Res Photos Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Earlier this month, SciFi Japan posted information and photos of the giant monster figures scheduled for release by X-Plus Co., Ltd. in late November 2016, including the unpainted prototype of Zetton Second Generation. The final design has been approved so X-Plus has now provided photos of the fully painted figure. Daikaiju Series: Zetton Second Generation -- Shounen Ric Exclusive /??????? ??????????????????? Product Size: Height Approximately 25cm (9.8 Inches) Material: PVC (Zetton), ABS (Display Stand) Specifications: Painted; Some Assembly Required Package: Window Box Shipping: Late November 2016 - Early December 2016 Price: ¥14,040 (Approximately $136.17 US, Tax Included) ? Contents Zetton Display Stand Instruction Manual Zetton II from Tsuburaya Productions` RETURN OF ULTRAMAN (???????????, Kaettekita Urutoraman 1971-72) joins the X-Plus Daikaiju Series figure line. The

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to 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 their giant monster figures scheduled for release in late November 2016. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Exclusives and Limited Editions of the figures with exclusive features or bonus 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 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection: Godzilla 1992 Tanzawa Advance /??30cm???? ????????????? ???1992 ???? Product Size: Height Approximately 27cm (10.6 Inches) Material: PVC (Soft Vinyl) Specifications: Painted; Some Assembly Required Package: Blind Box Prototype Production and Supervision: Yuji Sakai

    Exclusive High-Res 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 Daikaiju Series event exclusive figure of the ULTRA Q monster Garamon. First released as a standard color figure in November 2014, Garamon has been reissued with a new monochrome color scheme. The paint and sculpt depict the look of the monster as seen in it’s first appearance, the black & white ULTRA Q Episode 13: GARADAMA (????Q 13: ???). The production run for this item was limited to 200 pieces. 100 figures were sold September 25th at the Tokyo model and toy show Super Festival 72, while the remaining 100 are being offered exclusively via mail order by X-Plus` Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric is running

    Product Info and High-Res Photos Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Earlier this month, SciFi Japan posted information and photos of the giant monster figures scheduled for release by X-Plus Co., Ltd. in late October 2016, including the unpainted prototype of Cosmo Liquid. The final design has been approved so X-Plus has now provided photos of the fully painted figure. Daikaiju Series: Cosmo Liquid -- Shounen Ric Exclusive /??????? ????????????????? Product Size: Height Approximately 25cm (9.84 Inches) Material: PVC (Soft Vinyl) Specifications: Painted; Some Assembly Required Package: Window Box Shipping: Late October 2016 – Early November 2016 Price: ¥13,824 (Approximately $135.16 US, Tax Included) ? Contents Cosmo Liquid Body Cosmo Liquid Tail Instruction Manual Following their release of Liveking this past April, X-Plus continues their line of monster figures from the ULTRAMAN TARO (?????????, Urutoraman Tarou, 1973-1974) television

    Author: Daisuke Ishizuka Sukagawa in Fukushima Prefecture is well known by Tokusatsu fans as the birth city of Mr. Eiji Tsuburaya, creator of Ultraman and the special effects wizard behind GODZILLA (???, Gojira, 1954) and many other Toho classics. There is a memorial monument near his childhood home that is a place for fans to visit. I visited Sukagawa in 2001 when it was the 100th anniversary of Mr. Tsuburaya`s birth. I recently visited again so I could see the new monuments erected there. First, I visited JR Sukagawa Station. There is Ultraman monument which was created in 2013 at the station square. Sukagawa city became the sister city to the Ultraman planet in “Nebula M78” and the monument was built as its memorial symbol. The ceremony was done on July 7th, the birthday of Mr. Tsuburaya. In 2015, a total of eight

    Product Info and High-Res Photos 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 late October 2016. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Limited Editions of the figures with exclusive features or bonus pieces not available from other retailers. The standard versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Daiei 30cm Series: Daimajin — Shounen Ric Limited Edition /??30????? ???????????? Product Size: Height Approximately 30cm (11.8 Inches) Material: PVC (Daimajin), Iron (Chain) Specifications: Painted; Some Assembly Required Package: Closed Box Shipping: Late October 2016 – Early November 2016

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: b-boys.jp/ultraman/orb/products (Japan) The Japanese toy company Bandai has announced two additions to their September lineup of ULTRAMAN ORB (?????????, Urutoraman Oobu) figures. Both come with a plastic Ultra Fusion Card featuring audio and/or data files that can be accessed by the DX Orb Ring (sold separately). Ultra Monster Orb 06: Juggrus Juggler/ ????????? 06 ?????????? Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660086482000 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: September 10, 2016 Price: ¥864 (Approximately $8.59 US, Tax Included) Ultra Monster DX: Maga-Orochi/ ??????DX ????? Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660086499000 Product Size: Height Approximately 200mm (7.87 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: September 17, 2016 Price: ¥2,700 (Approximately $26.16 US, Tax Included) For more information on ULTRAMAN ORB, please see the earlier coverage here on

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: b-boys.jp/ultraman/orb/products (Japan) The Japanese toy company Bandai has added several figures to their line of ULTRAMAN ORB (?????????, Urutoraman Oobu) products. Most figures come with a plastic Ultra Fusion Card featuring audio and/or data files that can be accessed by the DX Orb Ring (sold separately). Ultra Hero Orb 03: Ultraman Orb (Hurricane Slash)/ ??????????? 03 ?????????(??????????) Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660077619000 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: August 6, 2016 Price: ¥648 (Approximately $6.04 US, Tax Included) Ultra Hero Orb 04: Ultraman Orb (Thunder Breastar)/ ??????????? 04 ?????????(?????????) Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660077626 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: September 24, 2016 Price: ¥648 (Approximately $6.04 US, Tax Included)

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to 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 their new Kaiju Kidoairaku (meaning "Monster Emotion") line of resin busts, based on the concept of monsters conveying a specific emotion or impression. The series kicks off in November with two monsters from Tsuburaya Productions` Ultra Series. Both are sculpted by RYO, with production and painting supervised by Kaibutsuya studio (X-Plus` Gigantic Series Godzilla figures and Wonder of Wild Series). X-Plus figures and statues are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Kaiju Kidoairaku: Red King Painted Polystone /?????? ???????? ????????????? Product Size: Height Approximately 20cm (7.9 Inches) Material: Polystone Specifications: Painted Package: Closed Box Shipping: Late November 2016

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to 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 their giant monster figures scheduled for release in late September 2016.* X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Limited Editions of the figures with exclusive features or bonus pieces not available from other retailers. The standard versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. *X-Plus is considering releasing one more figure in September. SciFi Japan will have further details as they become available. Daikaiju Series – Daiei Special Effects Edition: Gamera 1996 Head Renewal Ver. — Shounen Ric Exclusive /??????? ????? ???1996???????????????????? Product Size: Height Approximately 23cm (9

    Detailed Figure Stands Over 3 Feet Tall; Costs $1,000 Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: Premium Bandai (Japan) Premium Bandai commemorates the 50th anniversary of the original ULTRAMAN (??????, Urutoraman, 1966-67) television series, with the Ultimate Modeling Series SP: Ultraman figure. The new large-scale figure is based on ULtraman`s C-type design as seen in the final episodes of the show. The Ultimate Modeling Series is a line of figures standing 1 meter (3.3. feet). The large size allows for more accurate replication of details from the original character suits and props such as production wear and tear, subtle changes in color, and sculpting of the suits and masks. Previous Ultimate Modeling Series entries include Ultraman A-type, Ultra Seven, and Ultraman Jack from RETURN OF ULTRAMAN (???????????, Kaettekita Urutoraman, 1971-72). The Ultraman C-Type prototype was produced by Tsuburaya Productions LIGHT SCULPTURE STUDIO (LSS), the

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to 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 their giant monster figures scheduled for release in late August 2016. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Limited Editions of the figures with exclusive features or bonus pieces not available from other retailers. The standard versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Daikaiju Series: Imit-Ultra Seven Light Up Version -- Shounen Ric Exclusive /??????? ????????????????????????? Product Size: Height Approximately 23cm (9 Inches) Material: PVC (Imit-Ultra Seven), ABS (Display Stand) Specifications: Painted; Some Assembly Required Package: Window Box Shipping: Late August 2016 - Early September 2016 Price:

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: b-boys.jp/ultraman/orb/products (Japan) The Japanese toy company Bandai adds to their July lineup of ULTRAMAN ORB (?????????, Urutoraman Oobu) figures with the first standard size monster and two more larger DX monsters. All three figures come with a plastic Ultra Fusion Card featuring audio and/or data files that can be accessed by the DX Orb Ring (sold separately). Ultra Monster Orb 01: Alien Mefilas/ ????????? 01 ??????? Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660086444000 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: July 30, 2016 Price: ¥864 (Approximately $8.59 US, Tax Included) Ultra Monster DX: Maga-Jappa/ ???????? ?????? Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660077831000 Product Size: Height Approximately 170mm (6.7 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: July 23, 2016 Price: ¥2,160 (Approximately $21.48 US, Tax Included)

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: bandai.co.jp/candy/ultra In October, Bandai will release a new line of Ultraman candy toys (toys or figures packaged with candy or gum) in celebration of the franchise`s 50th anniversary. Part of the company`s “Shodo Tenohirado” series, "SHODO Ultraman VS" will offer pre-painted action figures of heroes and villains from the Ultra Series, each with 15 points of articulation. The first wave of "SHODO Ultraman VS" includes the original Ultraman, Ultra Seven, King Joe and Zetton. Made for fans and collectors ages 15 and older, each boxed figure stands 100mm and comes with a piece of gum. SHODO Ultraman VS /SHODO??????VS Product Size: Average Figure Height Approximately 100mm (3.9 Inches), Width Approximately 40mm (1.57 Inches) Figure Material: PVC, ABS Display Stand: PVC Release Date: October 2016 Price: ¥540 (Approximately $5.26 US, Tax Included) Each ? Set Contents 1. Ultraman

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: acro-japan.com/kaiju ACRO Co., Ltd. continues their KAIJU REMIX SERIES, the pre-painted soft vinyl figure line offering new takes on the classic monsters and aliens from the Ultra Series by top artists and FX filmmakers. The latest additions are two creatures from the original ULTRAMAN (?????? Urutoraman, 1966-67) television series. KAIJU REMIX SERIES: Antlar/ KAIJU REMIX SERIES ????? Manufacturer: ACRO Co., Ltd. Sculptor: David Meng Product Size: Height Approximately 35cm (13.8 Inches) Release Date: April 2016 Price: ¥14,000 (Approximately $136.91 US) + Tax Antlar is sculpted by David Meng, a former member of Peter Jackson`s New Zealand studio, Weta Workshop. His credits include THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy (2001-03), KING KONG (2005), AVATAR (2009) and PACIFIC RIM (2013). Meng relocated to the United States in 2011 and is still active in the film industry. This

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji and Sachiko Ikenouchi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in late July 2016. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Limited Editions of the figures with exclusive features or bonus pieces not available from other retailers. The standard versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Toho 30cm Series: Mechagodzilla 1975 /??30cm???? ????? 1975 Product Size: Height Approximately 27cm (10.6 Inches) Material: PVC (Vinyl), ABS (Plastic) Specifications: Painted; Some Assembly Required Package: Blind Box Shipping: Late July 2016 - Early August 2016 Price: ¥19,980

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji and Sachiko Ikenouchi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos for a late addition to their June 2016 lineup of giant monster figures... the Real Master Collection PLUS: Ultraman 50th Anniversary statue. Celebrating 50 years since the broadcast debut of ULTRAMAN (?????? Urutoraman, 1966-67), the RMC PLUS poly resin statue depicts the Ultraman C-type design, capturing the characteristics of the hero’s mask and suit from the final episodes of the classic television series. The figure was previously released in soft vinyl as Large Monsters Series: Ultraman (C-type) Appearance Pose in April 2015. The RMC PLUS Ultraman comes with a poly resin display stand that illuminates the figure’s eyes and color timer, and changes the color timer from blue to blinking

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