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Mikuzukin doesn't seem to be scared of wolves photo
Mikuzukin doesn't seem to be scared of wolves
by Tianxiao Ma

Last spotted at WonFes, Max Factory's Mikuzukin figure now has two proper previews. You can see some promo shots of her on the figma blog, and another gallery at Kahotan's Blog. I've been looking forward to this figure even before it got a paint job, and I'm not disappointed at all.

Mikuzukin (a portmanteau of Miku and Akazukin, the Japanese name for Red Riding Hood) is a design featured in Project Diva 2nd. It's a wonderful reinterpretation of Miku, putting her in an extremely cute outfit - and the skirt's just short enough to show the all-important zettai ryouiki. Jump on over to Kahotan's Blog or the official Max Factory preview to see all the little details. She'll be up for pre-order soon, and yeah... I'm getting in on that for sure!

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Contest Time: Win Adventure Time's Changing Faces BMO photo
Contest Time: Win Adventure Time's Changing Faces BMO
by Vanessa Cubillo

What time is it? Contest time!

Ok, I had to write that. Now that it's out of my system I feel better. Yes, now that it's August, we're having another contest to shower our readers with toys.

As you can see, this month's prize comes from the wacky cartoon, Adventure Time. Thanks to Shadow of the Nerd, we have a Changing Faces BMO figure to give to one lucky reader. So since BMO is a cute game system, our theme for this contest will be video games.

To win, all you have to do is leave a comment answering, What are some of your favorite video games? Get your comments in by August 17.

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SDCC 2014: So So Happy/Skelanimals photo
SDCC 2014: So So Happy/Skelanimals
by Natalie Kipper

The San Diego Comic-Con booth belonging to So So Happy and Skelanimals was split in half, with each brand taking up a wing of the long set of tables. Much of So So Happy's merchandise was apparel with a few character backpacks, plushes and those cosplay onesies we saw previously at this year's WonderCon. The onesies are now also made to cover the Skelanimals characters along with So So Happy's host of monsters. It was pretty fun to see fans walk up to the booth dressed in them. They got such special attention; it was sweet! One of the hottest items on So So Happy's side was a limited edition iJustine-themed hoodie. The Skelanimals portion was host to the booth's con-exclusive, the Cute-as-Hell Diego plush, along with other goodies like the die-cut Kit purse, which seemed very popular.

Check out our gallery to see more of what the booth had in store!

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10:00 PM on 08.09.2014

PlayStation Optimus Prime makes first colored appearance

At the recent corporate UDX conference in Akihabara where many new hobby goods for 2014 were displayed for people within the industry, Takara Tomy was showing off a relatively finished looking Sony PlayStation Optimus prime. ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



ArtFX+ X-Force Deadpool receives cutting-edge preview gallery photo
ArtFX+ X-Force Deadpool receives cutting-edge preview gallery
by Scarecroodle

Kotobukiya has released an image gallery for its upcoming ArtFX+ X-Force Deadpool, a redeco of the ArtFX+ Deadpool coverage (currently available for pre-order).

The X-Force variant is something of a common sense re-deco, especially since it's a more contemporary outfit (although Deadpool was created in the 90s so everything with him is somewhat contemporary). I'm guessing that Kotobukiya's inevitable ArtFX+ Wolverine will probably also receive an X-Force deco (and a '90s Jim Lee deco... and a brown & tan John Byrne deco... and so on) as will a somewhat likely ArtFX+ Psylocke (especially given that the character has had several Fine Arts statues and a few Bishoujos now).

It's a decent-looking repaint, although I've never been a fan of this outfit. Be sure to check out the additional images in the gallery.

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Jakks to produce articulated 4-in Wario photo
Jakks to produce articulated 4-in Wario
by Scarecroodle

We've received word from Jakks Pacific that they will be producing a 4-inch articulated Wario along with their other 4-inch and 6-inch Nintendo offerings. Subsequently, we stumbled on a blurry image of said 4-inch Wario in packaging (see gallery) and it appears that Wario will be quite a bit larger than the other figures in the 4-inch line.

Additionally, kenmasters226 over on the Fwoosh forums posted a comparison shot of the Jakks Mario next to Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Mario (reviewed) which show that the two are remarkably close in proportions (see gallery) although the difference in articulation is visible. It seems like a decent enough stand-in for the pricier SHF Mario if you want to save roughly fifteen bucks (or if you didn't like the Bandai one's face).

The line has been sighted at both Toys "R" Us and Target now, with the 4-inch figures apparently retailing for US$9 at Target.

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8:00 AM on 08.09.2014

Custom Delights: Funko Pop! Supernatural Crowley

Funko’s Supernatural Pop! series is a little sparse for a show that’s been on for 10 years. So instead of waiting around for Funko to release more figures, one fan decided to create her own custom figure for the ...

Vanessa Cubillo



10:00 PM on 08.08.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Revoltech - Iron Man

Kaiyodo had Iron Men past and future at their Wonder Festival booth ... well, Revoltech Iron Men. Kaiyodo's display featured not only their past Iron Man Revoltechs, but the upcoming Mark XXI figure in its golden splendor.&nb...

Brian Szabelski



[Update] Japanese 7-Eleven stores give away two giant Evangelion prizes photo
[Update] Japanese 7-Eleven stores give away two giant Evangelion prizes
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

[update: All 25 of the statues put up for sale sold out in two minutes at that price. Two minutes! That's insane!]

Ever wonder what it would look like if NERV was funded by a major international convenient store chain? Probably not, but you're going to find out. 7-Eleven in Japan is working with the Evangelion franchise to produce giant two meter tall Unit 01 figures colored in 7-Eleven green, orange, and red. Best part is fans (only in Japan) don't even have to walk into a store to score one of the two up for grabs. One will be given away to a random person who visits 7-Eleven's Japanese Twitter account and retweets the announcement. The other one simply requires liking their Japanese Facebook page. The giveaway only runs from now to August 11 so fans will want to act fast.

Sounds painless, but if you're a glutton for punishment you could always buy one. 7-Eleven is taking orders until August 31 for anyone crazy dedicated enough to drop ¥1,700,000 (a little more than US$16,600) on their choice of either 7-Eleven colors or normal purple. On the brightside the delivery guy will also put it together, though apparently they want a lot of space to work so I have to wonder if they'd work outdoors. 

I certainly wouldn't be against winning one (if I was eligible), but I don't know if there's any character I would pay as much as a car to own a figure of. 

[via Rocket News 24, Anime News Network]

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3:00 PM on 08.08.2014

Bandai is releasing functional Sailor Moon transformation wands

By now, we’ve seen pretty much everything Bandai could make from Sailor Moon. So that’s why it’s been a long time since I’ve been excited about any new Sailor Moon releases. Well, now it’s retur...

Vanessa Cubillo



Stare into the cold, dead black eyes of Havoc Skeletor photo
Stare into the cold, dead black eyes of Havoc Skeletor
by Scarecroodle

Funko has unveiled its second Hikari Skeletor colorway, "Havoc Skeletor", which consists of a strange mix of metallic color, glitter, and translucence in a deco vaguely reminiscent of the character's actual colors.

While nowhere near as cool (or evil-looking) as the Mystic Powers Skeletor, Havoc Skeletor has a charm of its own as the mix of colors is rather striking. In some ways, it's Funko's most interesting Hikari offering to date

As always, you can enter to win a copy via Funko's Facebook page. Not that you will win, mind you, because the odds are abysmally low and, because it takes about three days for the contest to wrap, the pre-orders could be sold out in that time so you're better off just pre-ordering if you want one.

Hikari Havoc Skeletor is limited to 2,000 pieces and will run you US$50. He's slated for a September release.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth ]

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Diamond Comic Distributors releases top ten figure and game sales information for July photo
Diamond Comic Distributors releases top ten figure and game sales information for July
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Comic Distributors has released its sales figures for July. Topping the charts for the figures and games section were a few expected newer entries along with the DC Bombshells Poison Ivy which seems to stick the top of the sales charts like a bad (or good?) rash.

Did your favorites make the cut? Find out after the jump.

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