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1:45 AM on 07.27.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: ALTAiR Archer

Alter had an unpainted 1/8-scale Archer (Fate/Stay Night) on display at Summer WonFes. The Archer-class servant is depicted gesturing aimlessly with a sword while looking backwards. Maybe he's pointing at something. At any rate, the sculpting looks neat and I'm curious as to how he'll turn out painted. He's supposedly slated to release in 2015.


10:00 AM on 05.31.2014

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: ALTAiR teases last two UtaPri boys

Hobby Search captured an image of a teaser for the final two male members of STARISH from Uta no Prince-Sama, Syo Kurusu and Natsuki Shinomiya, to complete the set in scaled figures. They're a lovely pair, and from the looks ...

Kristina Pino

11:00 AM on 05.14.2014

ALTAiR's Haruka and Makoto now available for pre-order

We saw them previewed the other day and now ALTAiR's take on the boys of Iwatobi Swim Club are ready to take your hard earned money from you. No, not that way, get your minds out of the gutter.  Haruka and Makoto have go...

Martin Siggers

ALTAiR's Free! boys get previewed, pre-orders begin Wednesday photo
ALTAiR's Free! boys get previewed, pre-orders begin Wednesday
by Martin Siggers

A sizeable chunk of the internet fanbase has been eagerly awaiting full scale figures of the Free! club members ever since Alter announced they were picking up the licence and adding the boys to their ALTAiR male line. They've been popping up at various events in prototype form, but now the Alter blog has let loose a full on preview of the two announced figures - Haruka Nanase and Makoto Tachibana.

Both of the guys are looking absolutely great. It's rare that we get some male beefcake to show off on Tomopop and ALTAiR have gone all out with the pecs, glutes and other muscles I don't even know the name of. It's not just all ogling though - the company's trademark paint and attention to detail really shines in their team jackets, which add a nice splash of colour and movement to what could have been overly simplistic figures. Faces are top notch too, as is Alter's habit, and the blog notes both will come with goggles which can be placed round their necks.

Overall, they're real lookers, and I suspect anybody who wants some dreamy boys on their shelf will be thrilled. Pre-orders will begin this Wednesday at a still unknown price, though I think ¥8-10,000 is a solid guess. Keep it tuned to Tomo and we'll let you know when orders go live. I've got a nagging feeling they won't stick around too long

[ via Alter's blog ]

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[REMINDER] Tomopop Micropixel: Best of Friends photo
[REMINDER] Tomopop Micropixel: Best of Friends
by Martin Siggers

Christmas will soon be upon us, so what better time to start giving stuff away? Yes, it's time for a new photo contest!

The theme this time out will be Best of Friends. We want to see your figures hanging out with each other, spending some quality time. Naturally, two figures is the obvious way to go here, but don't let that restrain you - we'll accept pictures of figures with pets or even people, as long as it's a great shot. Be imaginative and creative. If it's unexpected or makes us laugh, that's extra points!

If you're interested in entering, then you can comment on this post with your photo or a link to your photos. Alternatively, post over in the Cblogs - we'd love to see how you went about taking your pictures.  You're only allowed to enter once per person, so bring your A-game. This contest is open for readers worldwide, but please note if you're outside the United Kingdom then we'd nicely ask you to cover the cost of shipping the prize.

We've got the perfect prize for the competition too, with Alter's version of everyone's favourite yaoi couple best buddies Waver Velvet and Rider (review), from Fate/Zero, up for grabs. If you want them on your shelf, you've got until midnight CST on Monday 23rd December to get those entries in. Good luck!

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Have a full, delicious look at ALTAiR's Ren and Masato photo
Have a full, delicious look at ALTAiR's Ren and Masato
by Kristina Pino

It's been a few weeks since we finally saw Ren and Masato in their full-color glory, but alas, we were only able to admire them from the front! But ALTAiR have just updated their blog with more images and all is right with the world.

Of course, they both look absolutely fantastic. Masato comes with an extra face that gives him a more serious look, and Ren comes with a swoon-worthy smolder as his alternate expression. As expected of ALTAiR, all the other details look great.

In more good news, it looks like these two will be going up for pre-order this coming Wednesday, so fans won't have to wait too long now to reserve their pretty UtaPri boys. Are these bad boys on your list? Check the gallery for plenty of images to help you in that decision.

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11:40 PM on 11.02.2013

ALTAiR shows off some Free! prototypes

Max Factory aren't the only ones getting in on the Free! action. At Animate Girls Festival 2013, ALTAiR also showed off two prototypes for their upcoming Free! line, featuring Haru and Makoto. I haven't watched the show, so i...

Kristina Pino

5:30 AM on 11.01.2013

UtaPri's Ren and Masato are now fabulously painted

ALTAiR have just revealed the painted prototypes of Hijirikawa Masato and Jinguji Ren, which were last seen back towards the end of August. As with the others in this set, they are dressed up in their idol gear, and looking t...

Kristina Pino

10:00 AM on 10.31.2013

ALTAiR provides Raven assembly instructions

Hey all! I'm sure you were as surprised as me, but ALTAiR's Raven has actually shipped out! To tide us over and get us ready for his arrival ALTAiR kindly published an article on how to safely assemble the "Old Man" Raven. Hit the jump If you want to see the details and sneak a few early peeks at your incoming Raven figurine! 

Jon Wills

8:00 AM on 10.09.2013

Pre-order ALTAiR's chosen one Zelos Wilder right now!

It's been five lonely months since ALTAiR last teased us with an unpainted sculpt of Zelos Wilder and announced their plans to make a Loyd Irving sculpt at Tales Festival 2013. However my friends, the wait is over and it...

Jon Wills

Delays hit Alter's release schedule  photo
Delays hit Alter's release schedule
by Yami Casas

I knew things seemed a bit too quiet in Alter-land. After all, Alter wouldn't be Alter without a delay or two on a monthly basis, right? Right. They recently updated their September shipment schedule, and as you can probably guess, the dreaded "D" is upon us once again. This time around, it's packing quite the list of delayed goodies.



Well, thanks to the delays, my wallet can breathe a sigh of relief. However, this means I have to wait another month before Raven officially joins my Tales shrine. What about you, Tomochii's? Are any of these delays cause for budgetary relief or disappointment?

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6:00 AM on 09.26.2013

Upcoming Free! figurine of Tachibana Makoto by ALTAiR

Free!, this seasons boy swimming club series has been pretty popular in Japan. I'm glad that the Japanese folks are reaching out to female audiences out there and merchandising men to them. It's been happening for some time, ...

Jon Wills