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Kaiyodo Xebec Gamera III Series: part 1
Kaiyodo Xebec Gamera III Series: part 2
Since the release of the Toho film "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 91", Bandai Japan has always been the main toy company to produce vinyl figures for the newest kaiju film. In recent years, toy companies such as M1 and Marmit have released their versions of kaiju that would appear in new films, yet Bandai Japan's representions have always been the favorite and most anticipated among collectors.
1999 saw Daiei release the third film installment of their Gamera trilogy titled "Gamera III, Gamera vs. Irys". Bandai Japan would produced vinyl figures from the newest Gamera film at that time. In an unprecedented move, Kaiyodo Xebec also produced toys that directly tied in to the new "Gamera III" film. This would be the first time another Japanese toy company, other than Bandai, would produced new toys tied to a new film. Kaiyodo Xebec's Gamera 99, Gyaos 99 and Irys figures would not be made of vinyl, but as solid PVC figures, another first for new figures based on a new film.
Kaiyodo Xebec produced detailed and accurate representations of Gamera 99 and Irys that many collectors felt were better than Bandai Japan's versions. Gamera was paired with a Gyaos that was styled in a flying postion and sold on card and secured in a clear plastic display case. An added accessory included a painted variant right hand that can be interchanged on Gamera. Irys was sold in the same styled display case with the only difference being the coloring of the lettering and the sticker on the display case properly identifing Irys. All four tentacles required to be assembled on Irys. Surprising, quite a bit of english can be found on the packaging which leaves to wonder if Kiayodo Xebec had planned a U.S. release of these figures.
Many collectors today are well aware of the constant paint variants and translucent figures Japanese toy companies have produced thru the years. Kaiyodo Xebec is possibly the first of these Japanese toy companies to produce multiple paint and translucent variations of their Gamera III Series. There are at least nineteen known varitations produced for this series with fifteen of the pieces being Gamera figures.
Unfortunately, information is sketchy on some pieces. Some releases I'm unaware of what they were sold as and some pieces were created as "Giveaway" items never intended for sale. This article will be more of a "Checklist" of what Kaiyodo Xebec has released provided with information I do have. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any information on these items not listed.
First Issue Gamera 99 w/ Gyaos
First release of the Kiayodo Xebec Gamera. Includes a red translucent right hand. Gyaos is painted blue with white highlights on the wings. There are two versions of the First Issue Gamera. The second sports a brown painted version of Gyaos.
Kaiyodo Xebec First Issue Gamera w/ Blue Gyaos
Kaiyodo Xebec First Issue Gamera w/ Brown Gyaos
First Issue Irys
Highly detailed and regarded as one of the best representations of Irys made as a toy. No extra items were included with Irys and no known paint variants seem to exsist.
Kaiyodo Xebec First Issue Irys
Limited Edition Battle Damaged Gamera 99 w/ Gyaos
Second release features a Limited Edition battle damaged version of Gamera sporting a chest wound and damage to the shell. Includes a stump right arm featuring the missing hand Gamera sacrificed during the film. The clear plastic display case was inverted, facing Gamera in the opposite direction as opposed to the packaging of the First issue. Two versions was released with a Brown and Blue Gyaos.
Kaiyodo Xebec Limited Edition Battle Damaged Gamera 99 w/ Brown Gyaos
Kaiyodo Xebec Limited Edition Battle Damaged Gamera 99 w/ Blue Gyaos
Exclusive Gold Gamera 99 w/ Gyaos
The first of many unknown releases of the Kaiyodo Xebec Gamera III Series. The Gold version of Gamera 99 and Gyaos is believed to be a "Giveaway" item for a certain event or to a certain company. What indicates this it the lack of the Daiei license sticker not found on the packaging suggesting this item wasn't intended for sale. A reddish/pink right hand is included.
Kaiyodo Xebec Exclusive Gold Gamera 99 w/ Gold Gyaos
Hyper Hobby Exclusive Glow Gamera 99 w/ Gyaos
Japanese Toy Magazine Hyper Hobby simulateously sold Exclusive Glow versions of Gamera 99, Gyaos, and Irys. Gamera 99 and Gyaos are a light green glow material with no painted highlights. The extra right hand is the same light green glow hand found on the figure.
Hyper Hobby Exclusive Glow Irys
Hyper Hobby's Glow Irys is done in a pinkish glow material. It is rare to find this set broken up for sale.
Kaiyodo Xebec Hyper Hobby Exclusive Glow Gamera 99 w/ Gyaos
Kaiyodo Xebec Hyper Hobby Exclusive Glow Irys
Second Edition "Shibuya" Gamera 99 w/ Gyaos
The third release of the Kaiyodo Xebec Gamera III Series. This set represents Gamera's battle with Gyaos in the Shibuya District during the film. Gamera inaccurately sports a burning hand while the extra hand is blood stained. There are two versions of this release featuring a translucent red and regular blue Gyaos.
Kaiyodo Xebec Second Edition "Shibuya" Gamera 99 w/ Translucent Red Gyaos
Kaiyodo Xebec Second Edition "Shibuya" Gamera 99 w/ Regular Blue Gyaos
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