kkawachi wrote:Hey ebirahsmeg1 sorry but even as a Gigabrain KG owner I gotta agree with Brad, the X-Plus is gonna be a world-ender at any price. The Unifive/Xplus Usa resin is nice, but I expect a huge step forward to the Asai Ghidorah or beyond with this figure. Again I LOVE the Gigabrain. Its a great figure that nails the character its going for with just enough art/quirk mixed in. The Marmit varient I got is also great at this. Much smaller sculpt, but good, and a better paint scheme in my opinion. But for me, I value accurate representations above all. This is why to me, Bandai has fallen way by the wayside; while it was the series throughout my youth, it dosent have the charm of a marmit or gigabrain, or the photo realism of an X-Plus. Again, X-Plus has had poor moments. 25cm G '67, Megalon, 30cm G '92 & GMK G are just a few examples that jump to mind as dissapointments to me. But more often than not, for me, it is a marmit or gigabrain that just misses the boat to me. I do love that there are so many varients, odds are at least one will appeal to me, you dont get that option with X-plus. But they are at a near 90% success rate with me. The 30cm Godzillas are all for the most part abso-freakin'-lutely gorgeous, museum quality figs. The Gargantuas, Baragon, Manda, Rodan, and Hedorah have no peers either. The latest development? Great sculpts in the 25cm line (Gigan and MG). Gigabrain and Marmit will earn many of my dollars, but X-Plus is king right now. Thats how I see it.
I'll post my thoughts in much more detail on this topic at some point in the Xplus thread (I don't want to turn a GB thread into a "vs Xplus" discussion as neither side will ever convince the other and is a waste of time...however, I feel many fans are getting *WAY* too hung up on the silly "realistic vs stylized" debate recently, especially on the TK forums as collectors on CT don't seem as hung up on this. It seems as if I am being branded as a "stylized" collector...nonsense, as I really could care less about styles as I collect whatever figure I think best represents a kaiju...it just so happens that more often than not, the stylized figures win out vs the so called "realistic" figures), but I couldn't disagree more...they're extremely *inconsistent* and *not* just a "few" misses as you claim and are far below
the "90%" rate you are touting (Just one quick example, the 25 inch MG you are praising flat out sucks imo...he leg pose makes him look slouched over and extremely dumpy...the 30 inch MG is even worse with his "splits" pose. Finally, your claiming that their Hedorah figure along with a few others "have no peers" is also way off the mark. Again, I will get into more detail later in the XPlus thread). For the insanely high prices they charge (double/triple/quadruple the price of even the most expensive Bandais/Marmits/GBs), I expect these things to be near perfect everytime...and they often fall short and are extremely overrated. It's a shame, since I live in Japan, I can get these things far cheaper than collectors in America (though still expensive), and I really want to love this line, I really do (I own several Xplus as well...hey, I love "realistic" figures as much as the next collector), but their inconsistencies do not justify the high prices for me to take the plunge regularly.
I have *never* said that an Xplus KG could not top this GB one...however, I did say they would be hard pressed to do so and it's not going to be a cake walk (even several XPlus fans and collectors have admitted this) and would have to really hit it out of the park and make a near flawless figure (for which I am sure they will charge $300-400 for it as well)....And I stand by that assessment.