After a few months, projects, and prayers, I finally got the X-Plus 25cm Toho Large Monster Series King Ghidorah (東宝大怪獣シリーズ キングギドラ 1968)! My X-Plus collection would not be complete without this beautiful figure. Many collectors already made the move. However, there were many reports of damaged figures due to inadequate packaging for shipping. Horns, necks, and tails were severed requiring glue and who knows what else. So I waited.
Ghidorah seemed to disappear from online shops and ebay prices were too high as usual. While searching on Hobby Link Japan, I found it. The stock was low and I had to act quickly. I just finished a small design project and I had enough to make the buy! I heard HLJ was pretty good with shipping this X-Plus figure providing a larger box and additional packaging. A few days later on a snowy cold Philadelphia weekday, the USPS drive arrived at my front door with a box larger than life! My excitement peaked as I pealed away the boxes, but my stomach churned afraid to see what was inside the box. And to my pleasure, Ghidorah was perfect, unbroken, and completely intact. As reported, the wings are tricky to attached. One wing went in perfectly, but the other put up a fight. Now, it’s holding on, but it’s best to keep the figure in spot where falling is less likely.
Ghidorah comes in at 32 cm high and 47 cm long. It’s a bit more than a figure being made of vinyl (the body) and ABS (the wings). It’s heavy and substantial in the hand. The wings are made of thin plastic and along with the horns are fragile and could be easily broken. Ghidorah is highly detailed like the suit straight off the Toho set. The photos do it no justice making it appear more golden. However, it’s color is muted and matches the Destroy All Monsters Ghidorah suit color. It’s a pricey acquisition (38,880円) that was best to acquire now rather than later and risk price inflation and scarcity. It was worth the wait!