Update: More details have been released in this Bandai Shokugan blog entry from June 8th.
Sofubi as a concept is a thing in itself in Japan. I am not going to discuss it further since it isn't really something we see frequently here on the blog but here is a very nice summary about the phenomenon.
|Mock-up showing the new gigantic sofubis and the original SofV figures that they are based upon.|
|Box art from the 2005 SofV figure set, the first set was released in 2004.|
The three figures have are from set number two, the first set did contain the green and brown Zaku II figure seen in Bandai's comparison shot as well as some other figures like the Dom and the Gouf.
The figures come in these random boxes which you normally associate with Gashapon, as well as a strange old piece of candy. From this set I have a Zaku I, a Gogg and a Gelgoog.
As you can see the figures have a really cartoonish style, even when compared with their appearances in the original anime. A lot of detail has been omitted and the details that remain are stylized and enhanced.
The figures come with some really basic articulation which normally allows for the arms to rotate and sometimes also the chest area. There are no accessories for the figures and the hands are closed fists and so cannot hold anything anyway.
|SofV Gelgoog posing together with a Converge Gelgoog (far left), a Strategy of Gundam 1/300 Gelgoog (center left) and a 1/220 Gelgoog from FW Ultimate Operation (far right).|
The revised sofubi DX figures are scheduled for release in October 2018 and come with a suggested price of ¥2500 each.