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[UPDATED] Alter previews their Muse of Range Murata photo
[UPDATED] Alter previews their Muse of Range Murata
by Kristina Pino

[Update: now with pre-order links! Release slated for May. Retail at ¥12,600]

We just saw this lovely statue over at MegaHobby Expo, where she was on display in full colors. Now, we finally have a proper preview from Alter's blog with a better look at her from all angles.

This statue is absolutely stunning, and I'm trying hard not to be too biased since I'm a fan of the artist. She really did translate to 3D rather well in the hands of Alter's wizards, and as an added bonus it looks like you can remove her scarf for a little extra showy skin.

She's going to be up for order starting Wednesday, Dec. 18th, so keep an eye out at your favorite retailers then to reserve your copy! This is the sort of statue that I'd have right on my desk next to my computer - apart from the rest. I know I sound gushy, but can ya blame me?

[Pre-order at: AmiAmi | Hobby Search | HLJ]

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Tomopop LinkUP: The Girls und Painter edition photo
Tomopop LinkUP: The Girls und Painter edition
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to another round of Tomopop LinkUP! December 12 is observed as 'National Ding-A-Ling Day', a day set aside to watch out for crazy people. I couldn't say why, but doesn't that also mean it's a good day to act crazy? I don't see why not! After all there's a very fine line between genius and insanity and it probably takes a good amount of both to make it in the figure world. 

This week we're looking at some brilliantly warped works from a number of designers and customizers as well as a number of great looking ladies along with a few other things. 

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11:00 AM on 12.12.2013

Recruit your own Lynette Bishop with this pre-order

Alter's Strike Witches lineup has no end in sight, and with the semi-recent announcement of a new season that's probably going to be a fact for some time yet. The latest pantsless loli is Lynette Bishop, who has seemingly adv...

Emily Smalara

9:15 PM on 11.29.2013

MegaHobby Expo: Autumn - Alter

Alter showed up in force at MegaHobby Expo, and after waiting it out, we've got a nice little round-up here of what they had on display. Check out the gallery for images of: Labrys Super Soniko and Kaguya in swimsuits Infini...

Kristina Pino

11:00 AM on 11.28.2013

Live your schoolgirl fantasy with these UtaPri dreamboats

I've noticed that as rare as male figures tend to be, it's often Alter that picks up the slack more than many other producers. Their latest foray into the less-than-fair sex comes with the two pretty boys from Uta no Prince-s...

Emily Smalara

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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Alter's Francesca Lucchini swoops down for pre-orders photo
Alter's Francesca Lucchini swoops down for pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

I hate Strike Witches and all things tangentially associated with it, but even I can't deny that Alter's line of figures based on the show has been excellent and a real showcase of their famous quality. Now it's time for the latest member of the team to show up, the childish catgirl from Romagna Francesca Lucchini.

It's another fine effort from Alter, with wonderful cloth detailing on her flapping shirt and, in what's become the line's calling card, an incredibly well reproduced weapon (in this case the Browning M1919A6). For those of you who just can't get enough, there's a gallery up over at Alter's blog. For those whose mind is already made up, you can snag her today at a cool ¥9800 by hitting the links below.

[ Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | J-List | Big in Japan ]

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Check out and see how to safely display Alter's Suzuha photo
Check out and see how to safely display Alter's Suzuha
by Jon Wills

Emily just posted a preview gallery to Alter's Suzuha, but I wanted to go a bit more in-depth. You see, Alter's primary intent with their photos was not just to show off their figure but really to show some nice closeups as to how Suzuha should be poised on her bike for long term display.

Hit the jump or check out the gallery to see more of how to assemble Alter's Suzuha Amane.

Via Alter's blog

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7:00 PM on 11.08.2013

Take this Suzuha Amane gallery for a spin

Alter's Suzuha of Steins;Gate fame has certainly had a rocky start. First announced over a year ago and getting subjected to the usual Alter delays, she only recently saw the Light of Day and, as you can imagine, quickly disa...

Emily Smalara

2:00 PM on 11.08.2013

Ring in the holidays with sexy Santa Sonico

While there are few things more annoying than the proliferation of Christmas goodies popping up everywhere just days after--and occasionally even before--Halloween, I think anyone can make an exception for Alter and their fan...

Emily Smalara

3:00 PM on 11.07.2013

Papakiki's adorable Miu is up for order!

I didn't really expect much to come from Papakiki even though I really did enjoy the series quite a bit, as I've stated before. Fans like me are still waiting for a Raika Oda figure, for example, but apparently the Takanashi ...

Emily Smalara

[Sorta NSFW] Alter previews its Santa Sonico photo
[Sorta NSFW] Alter previews its Santa Sonico
by Jon Wills

Late last month we caught a quick glimpse of Alter's Santa Sonico, but we really didn't get many good photos showing off the details of her sculpt. Alter apparently sought to remedy this issue and posted a nice splash of pretty photos on their blog! While they do not show off anything more than what you would see on a swimsuit figurine I would still suggest you not view this at work.

I have to hand it to Alter and their photographer, they took some really exceptional photos showing off all of Sonico's nice curves and they got close up here and there where it really counted, like the detail work done to make Sonico's little hood look extra fluffy and the sweet look in her eyes.

Okay yeah, she is also very showy and sensual and the photos do a great job of showing that off. It could be the way the bokeh came out, but it's getting a little stuffy in here! I have never really liked a Sonico figure before, but this one is both (somehow) hot and cute enough to turn my head. I only wish they had a full Santa girl suit for her and that this was just how she looked when that was cast off... Ah well, one can dream right?

I have to wonder about why Alter is making all of these Christmas themed figurines. Wouldn't it be funny if it was some sort of inside joke that they will be done by next Christmas or something? Well, we'll see, hopefully this Sonico will be released before next Christmas. Pre-orders will open soon!

[via Alter's blog]

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