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X-Plus Giant Monster Figure Lineup for February 2016

10 hours 34 min ago
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. Alien Magma, Red Giras and Black Giras © Tsuburaya Productions. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to 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 February 2016. Continued...
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Godzilla Collectibles from February 2016 Diamond Previews

8 February, 2016 - 10:17
Photos courtesy of Diamond Comic Distributors. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Diamond Comic Distributors Special Thanks to Zoe DiGiorgio Diamond Comic Distributors has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for new Godzilla items available in comic book shops beginning April 2016. These Godzilla products are also listed in Diamond's February edition of the Previews Catalog, on sale now. Continued...
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MASKED RIDER 1 Info, High-Res Images & Trailer from Toei

7 February, 2016 - 15:50
Kamen Rider Ghost, Masked Rider and Kamen Rider Specter charge into battle in the new movie, MASKED RIDER 1. Photo courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © 2016 "Masked Rider 1" Production Committee © Ishimori Pro · TV Asahi · ADK · Toei
Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: superhero-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Company has provided SciFi Japan with information, high-res photos and a trailer for their latest Kamen Rider movie, MASKED RIDER 1 (仮面ライダー1号, Kamen Raidaa 1-go). Continued...
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GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN Figure Set from X-Plus and Premium Bandai in May

7 February, 2016 - 08:21
Godzilla and Anguirus TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The desperate struggle in Osaka revived! The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their two figure set of Godzilla and Anguirus from the 1955 film GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (ゴジラの逆襲, Gojira no Gyakushuu). Continued...
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ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE Press Notes and Images

6 February, 2016 - 12:32
Ultraman Nexus, Ultraman Max, Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman X, Ultraman, Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Ginga and Ultraman Victory team up in ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE. Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. © 2016 "Ultraman X The Movie" Film Partners
Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/x (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The popular television superhero Ultraman X leaps to the big screen with his first feature film, ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE (劇場版 ウルトラマンX きたぞ!われらのウルトラマン, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman X Kita Zo! Ware-ra no Urutoraman). Tsuburaya Productions and Shochiku Co., Ltd. have provided details and high-res images from the new picture, which begins its theatrical run at the Shinjuku Piccadilly and other cinemas across Japan on March 12th. Continued...
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IDW Solicits Godzilla: Oblivion #2 for April 2016

20 January, 2016 - 09:00
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer
Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2016 Toho Co., Ltd.
IDW Publishing has announced solicitations for the second issue of Godzilla: Oblivion. From the creative team of writer Joshua Fialkov (Doctor Who, Ultimate FF) and artist Brian Churilla (Big Trouble in Little China!, TMNT), the five part mini-series is set on an Earth where monsters don't exist... until a scientist creates a portal to another dimension where kaiju rule supreme and Godzilla is their unrivaled King! Godzilla: Oblivion #2 will be available from comic book shops and retailers in April 2016. The Subscription Variant edition features cover art by James Stokoe (Godzilla: Half Century War, Godzilla in Hell). Continued...
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Ultra Kaiju Daru~n Rubber Strap Showa and Heisei Collections in March

10 January, 2016 - 08:20
Image courtesy of Movic Co. © Tsuburaya Productions
Source: Tsuburaya Productions, Movic Co., Ltd. In March, the Japanese collectibles company Movic Co., Ltd. will release cute Chibi-style versions of monsters from Tsuburaya Productions' Ultra Series as part of their Daru~n rubber strap line. The initial wave consists of two sets -- one for characters from the classic Showa Era Ultraman shows and another for modern Heisei Era creatures -- each containing eight figures. Continued...
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ONE PIECE FILM GOLD Sets Sail in July

9 January, 2016 - 12:10
Logo courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © Eiichiro Oda/ 2016 "One Piece" Production Committee
Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: onepiece-film2016.com (Japan) Debuting in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in July 1997, Eiichiro Oda's pirate adventure One Piece (ワンピース, Wan Piisu) has achieved worldwide sales in excess of 320 million copies. In June 2015, the manga was certified by Guinness World Records as "most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author". Continued...
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Toei Announces New Kamen Rider Anniversary Movie: MASKED RIDER 1

8 January, 2016 - 21:14
Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: superhero-movie.com (Japan)
Promotional art for the film featuring the classic Masked Rider design. Image courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © 2016 "Masked Rider 1" Production Committee © Ishimori Pro · TV Asahi · ADK · Toei
On New Year's Day, Toei Co. announced their 2016 "Superhero Year" project commemorating the anniversaries of the studio's Kamen Rider and Super Sentai franchises with new movies, home videos, TV programs, and events. The first major release will be the feature film MASKED RIDER 1 (仮面ライダー1号, Kamen Raidaa 1-go), opening nationwide in Japan on Saturday, March 26th. The movie is based on the original Kamen Rider television series, MASKED RIDER (仮面ライダー, Kamen Raidaa), which aired from April 3, 1971 – February 10, 1973. The hit show sparked a "transforming hero" boom in Japan, inspiring decades of imitations and sequels up to the current KAMEN RIDER GHOST (仮面ライダーゴースト Kamen Raidaa Goosuto, 2015-2016) series. For the new film, the hero Takeshi Hongo will wear an updated version of the classic Masked Rider costume. Continued...
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CCP Announces Ultraman and Neronga PVC Figures

28 December, 2015 - 22:15
Photo courtesy of CCP. © Tsuburaya Productions.
Source: CCP, Ltd. The Japanese company CCP (Character Contents Production) has solicited new Ultraman and Neronga figures for their 1/6th scale (relative to the hero/monster suits) soft vinyl series. Based on ULTRAMAN Episode 3- SCIENCE PATROL, MOVE OUT! (科特隊出撃せよ, Katokutai Shutsugeki-seyo), the figures will be available in both standard and light-up versions, sold separately and as 2-piece sets beginning July 2016. Continued...
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Godzilla Collectibles from January 2016 Diamond Previews

23 December, 2015 - 20:47
Photos courtesy of Diamond Comic Distributors. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Diamond Comic Distributors Special Thanks to Zoe DiGiorgio and Deborah Moreland Diamond Comic Distributors has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for new Godzilla items available in comic book shops beginning March 2016. These Godzilla products are also listed in Diamond's December edition of the Previews Catalog, on sale now. Continued...
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New Garamon Resin Cast Model Kit from Kaiyodo in January

21 December, 2015 - 19:04
Kaiyodo is releasing a new resin model of the ULTRA Q monster Garamon. Photo courtesy of Kaiyodo. © Tsuburaya Productions.
Source: Kaiyodo Co., Ltd. The fan favorite monster Garamon from ULTRA Q (ウルトラQ, Urutora Kyuu, 1966) will be available in a new resin cast model kit from Kaiyodo Co., Ltd. in January 2016. Continued...
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Godzilla vs Biollante Completion Now On Sale

21 December, 2015 - 06:40
Source: Hobby Japan
Cover art for the new book, Godzilla vs Biollante Completion. Image courtesy of Hobby Japan. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
Hobby Japan has released the Japanese language book Godzilla vs Biollante Completion (ゴジラvsビオランテ コンプリーション, Gojira Tai Biorante Konpuriishon), detailing the production of the fan favorite film GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE (ゴジラ VS ビオランテ, Gojira Tai Biorante, 1989). For more information, please see the earlier report on SciFi Japan.
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3 Films from Takeshi Kitano on UK Blu-ray in Early 2016

20 December, 2015 - 23:25
Image courtesy of Third Window Films. © Office Kitano
HANNA-BI, KIKUJIRO and DOLLS from Third Window Films Source: Third Window Films Special Thanks to Claire Marty British label Third Window Films is pleased to announce the Blu-Ray releases of three films from Takeshi Kitano. All feature new 2K remasters from Office Kitano. The first 1000 copies of each feature cardboard slipcases with new illustrated artwork by Marie Bergeron supported by Filmdoo's Film Creativity Competition. Continued...
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New YU-GI-OH!: THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS Images from Toei

18 December, 2015 - 13:24
YU-GI-OH! celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016 with the feature film, YU-GI-OH!: THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS. Image courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © Kazuki Takahashi ・ Studio Dice/ 2016 "Yu-Gi-Oh" Movie Production Committee
Source: Toei Co., Ltd., 4K Media Inc. Official Site: yugioh20th.com (Japan), yugioh.com (US) The YU-GI-OH! franchise celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016 with a new anime feature film, YU-GI-OH!: THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS (遊☆戯☆王 THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS) opening theatrically in Japan on April 23, 2016. Continued...
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X-Plus Giant Monster Figure Lineup for January 2016

17 December, 2015 - 14:14
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD. Oil Drinker © Tsuburaya Productions.
Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in late January 2016. Continued...
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Godzilla Returns to IDW Lineup in March 2016

16 December, 2015 - 09:00
Publisher Solicits New Comic Book Mini-Series, Godzilla: Oblivion Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer
Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2015 Toho Co., Ltd.
After a brief hiatus, Godzilla returns to American comics with a new mini-series, Godzilla: Oblivion. IDW Publishing is now taking solicitations for the first issue, which will be available from comic book shops and retailers in March 2016. Writer Joshua Fialkov (Doctor Who, Ultimate FF) and artist Brian Churilla (Big Trouble in Little China!, TMNT) are the creative team for the series. Issue #1 features cover art by James Stokoe (Godzilla: Half Century War, Godzilla in Hell). In the series, a scientist has created a portal to another dimension -- one where monsters rule supreme! A terrifying expedition begins into a world where hope has died and Godzilla is the unrivaled King of the Monsters. But what happens when a baby kaiju hitches a ride back to the original, monster-less dimension? Continued...
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Two Classic Series Clash in Titanic Fashion!

15 December, 2015 - 23:27
CYBORG 009 VS. DEVILMAN Review Part 1 Author: Paul Haberman ©2015 Ishimori Productions and Dynamic Productions.
©2015 Ishimori Productions and Dynamic Productions.
I remember a time long, long ago when Japanese animation was really, really cool. Back in the 80s, trading VHS tapes of sometimes poor quality Japanese TV recordings was a favorite past time of mine. The fact that any of these shows were recorded in the first place was always amazing to me. Even more amazing that the recordings made it into the hands of collectors in the U.S. It wasn’t until the 90s that Japanese animation gained some momentum in the U.S. and began becoming mainstream. Now, forget about it. Words like “anime” and “manga” are firmly established in the mental lexicons of nerds everywhere. Back in the 80s, getting tapes of Japanese cartoons was a hard won victory, each tape a closer step to unlocking new stories and characters, whereas nowadays it is a luxury. Collectors in the 80s always wished for a time when we could have easy access to Japanese programming—perfect quality commercial releases with either dubbing or subtitles. That time has come and we are now enjoying an era of splendor where 90% of everything is easily available at our fingertips, either on DVD, BluRay, fansub download, or streaming online. It is amazing to think about how far things have come since the 80s. It is possible that a lot of younger fans are blissfully unaware of how easy they have it these days. With this bliss might come a gap in knowledge of certain classic characters and older TV shows from the 70s and 80s. Continued...
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