Hi, for those interested in an update or want to know how shipping is going:
I had ordered a Monster from From Japan for a real good price - $160. Based on the box's dimensions and using their calculator, it seemed I could ship it Japan Post Surface for like $40. After I purchased it though, they said they planned on using a box about twice the size (for the cushioning) - but now shipping would be $140 since it would not qualify for surface anymore.
Based on people's advice here, I asked them to use a smaller box and specifically said I honestly don't care if the Monster's box isnt super protected. It took a few emails back and forth, but they did so and were able to ship using Surface. Shipped out on 7/20 and arrived in Texas today, 9/18.
Really happy with the outcome!! They put it in a box just barely bigger than the Monster's Box - enough room for about 2 layers of bubble wrap. I can't see any damage whatsover.
I want to thank everyone here for the advice and also From Japan for working with me and having great customer service. I will def use them again. I might just wait for shipping to return to normal, ha!!!
(The Monster was my first Hi-Metal R purchase but he arrives to be with his friends Max, Miriya, the Glaug and Regult).