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5:30 PM on 12.11.2014

Go green with ARTFX J Syaoran Li pre-orders

While we've had a lot of Cardcaptor Sakura merchandise recently, almost all of it has been centred around the titular character herself. The story wouldn't be the masterpiece that it is though without another key piece o...

Martin Siggers

2:30 AM on 07.28.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya shows Black Butler

I was rather impressed with the Black Butler display over at Kotobukiya's booth at Wonder Festival featuring Ciel and Sebastian. They're still unpainted prototypes, but man do those figures look amazing, especially with the f...

Kristina Pino

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

7:30 AM on 05.31.2014

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: Max Factory teases DRAMMAtical Murder's Ren

DRAMMAtical Murder fans got a nice one-two punch this weekend with a pair of announcements. First, Good Smile Company announced via Facebook that they'll be re-releasing Max Factory's Aoba figure. This decision was inspi...

Tianxiao Ma

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

Tomopop Review: Figuarts ZERO Akainu & Aokiji Battle Ver. photo
Tomopop Review: Figuarts ZERO Akainu & Aokiji Battle Ver.
by Pedro Cortes

With dozens and dozens of characters over 17 years of publication, One Piece is a figure company's dream. There are so many characters that can be made into figures, and just as many fans foaming at the mouth to pick them up. What's even better is that there are enough action scenes, costume changes and time skips to provide multiple versions for release.

One of these spin-offs is the battle versions of the Figuarts ZERO line. Previously released characters get put into (ostensibly) better poses with effect parts that reflect their abilities. It's a great idea, but one that could lead to collector fatigue. However, when the quality of the figures is so good, it's hard to imagine fans not snapping them up when they get the chance.

Hit the jump to see two such figures get some excellent battle versions!

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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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Nendoroid Aoba bares it all in time for pre-orders photo
Nendoroid Aoba bares it all in time for pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

Boy Nendoroids are perhaps even rarer than boy figmas, so it's always a big deal whenever one shows up. Particularly when they look as good as Aoba, protagonist of the PC game DRAMAtical Muder and now ultra-adorable deformed bishounen.

First revealed at Wonder Festival earlier this year, Kahotan's now got the scoop on the final production version, finished off in Aoba's trademark blue palette. The wizards at GSC have done their usual terrific job recreating the fine details, be it his puffy bomber jacket or extravagant boots, and that shock of cyan hair is very eye-catching. His adorable dog Ren is present and correct too and wonderfully modelled for the scale. Aside from the standard expressions, Aoba's also got a truly unique accessory - the option to drive fans wild by going shirtless, with matching alternate hair to recreate a soundtrack album cover.

It all adds up to a package that's both unique and easy on the eye, and I'm sure legions of fanboys and fangirls are racing to get their pre-orders in. You can actually do that right now, as Aoba's on sale at 3,889, with orders due to land in September. Any of you have room for a big-headed pretty boy in your life readers?

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

[ via Kahotan's blog ]

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2:00 AM on 02.27.2014

New Prince of Tennis ARTFX J Shiraishi Kuranosuke Gallery

Shiraishi Kuranosuke, remember that name. Why? He's hot, and he plays tennis. No further questions needed. This young man is featured in Kotobukiya's ARTFX J line they've been doing for New Prince of Tennis, and is looking mi...

Rio McCarthy

3:00 PM on 02.12.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: G.E.M. Kakashi Anbu Ver.

For some reason, people used to really dig Anbu Kakashi. Maybe it was because of the stripped down design. Perhaps it was because it was part of mysterious character's even more mysterious past. Either way, I remember seeing ...

Pedro Cortes

9:00 PM on 02.11.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Good Smile's Natsu Dragneel

After I loved Lucy so much I was psyched for Good Smile Company to do more Fairy Tail figures and, like most people, assumed we'd get a sucession of the main ladies. But no, GSC have decided to throw us for a loop and in...

Martin Siggers

9:15 PM on 02.08.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Vertex's Shinji and Kaworu

Vertex has a new sculpt they're showing off at WonFes, and it's of Evangelion's two boys, Shinji Ikari and Kaworu Nagisa. The two are apparently floating in mid-air, with Shinji looking a little bit dazed and Kaworu's arms ex...

Brian Szabelski