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9:00 PM on 06.02.2014

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: Inshun Houzouin is all about spears and butts

Apart from a random Jubei figure here and there, I haven't seen much Hyakka Ryoran activity. I think Alter is the only manufacturer that ever really gave the franchise any attention (I guess Hobby Japan too). At MegaHobby Exp...

Tianxiao Ma


8:00 PM on 06.02.2014

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: Travel through some dungeons with Mefmera

MegaHobby Expo had a number of new Alter prototypes on display, including this Mefmera from Dungeon Travelers 2. I don't know anything about the game, but this figure is rather pretty. From all the Rage of Bahamut figures tha...

Tianxiao Ma

7:00 PM on 06.02.2014

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: A full-blooded Valkyria joins the battle

Some figures can be encapsulated with a single word. I think the word for this one is "bendy." This is Alter's version of Aliasse, a character from Valkyria Chronicles 2. As you can tell by her gear, she's a Valkyria - a warr...

Tianxiao Ma



MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: Alter didn't make Neptunia's Black Heart just for you, you know photo
MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: Alter didn't make Neptunia's Black Heart just for you, you know
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

We've seen Hyperdimension Neptunia figures and merchandise for the game and anime series from a number of figure companies like Wing and quesQ, now Alter is ready to make their first jump into the franchise. They're finally revealing their take on the HDD mode of Lastation's resident tsundere CPU Noire after announcing her some three months ago.

Though unpainted, they've clearly made the most dynamic looking Neptunia figure yet. Black Heart is shown dashing into battle with sword in hand. I love the off-kiltered angle of the figure even though that might lead to a bit of leaning over time. Well, it's Alter, I'm sure they know what they're doing. No release info yet, but with the summer convention season fast approaching I'm sure we'll be seeing her in color soon. 

[via Hobby Search]

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4:00 PM on 05.31.2014

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: Alter goes back to the well for a new Fate Testarossa

Man, remember when Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha was the hottest thing in the figure world? A few years back it seemed like we'd get a new Nanoha or Fate figure every week. A lot of those figures were made by Alter (I own ...

Martin Siggers

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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5:00 AM on 04.02.2014

No ifs, plenty of butts - Alter's Asuka now up for pre-order

We got a rather lovely preview gallery of her last week, and now as promised Alter's latest take on the feisty Asuka Langley Shikinami is now up for orders at all good stores. Just as a reminder, you'll get her decked out in ...

Martin Siggers



Alter's new Asuka preview brings up the rear photo
Alter's new Asuka preview brings up the rear
by Martin Siggers

I'm no big fan of Evangelion 3.0, but I thought the newly eyepatched-up design for our favourite tsundere redhead Asuka was fantastic, especially when paired with her stylish sweater and cat-eared cap. Alter's latest version of her ticked all my boxes then, plus an additional one for those who like shapely derrières.

Since Tian's original look at her, she's been painted and now Alter have put her under the camera for a full-on preview. There's a ton of delicious detail to appreciate here, like her gorgeous hair (always an Alter speciality) and the sharp, bold paint. As I've said before, I like my Asukas haughty or angry, and her sneering face here definitely fits that criteria. The preview also reveals that her hat will be removable and her left arm will be replaceable, going from holding the cap brim to being tucked in her pocket.

All in all, it's looking like another fantastic figure from the masters. Pre-orders are set to open next Wednesday, the 2nd of April. I'm sorely tempted, anyone else with me?

[via Alter's blog]

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8:00 PM on 03.13.2014

Tomopop LinkUP: Ready. Set. LEGO!

LEGO toys are one of those things that I think most boys and probably a lot of girls can associate with. Raise your hand if you've ever tried to dig a LEGO brick out of your mom's vacuum or know the pain of stepping on a bloc...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



1:00 PM on 03.05.2014

Alter's Summer Holiday Hayate now up for pre-order

We saw her rather lovely preview last week, and now Alter's bikini-or-shorts-depending-on-your-preference version of Hayate Yagami is now up for pre-orders. That's the good news. The bad news is she's listed at a whopping &ye...

Martin Siggers