At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates....
Trying to collect figures on a shoestring budget? It's hard to do unless you're willing to set your sights a little smaller. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for something cheap. Bluefin Distribution and Tamashii Nations are bringing over a bunch of the latest gashapon, prize figures, scale figures, blind boxes and other small-scale collectibles along with an ample number of role play items from a wide range of anime.
When it comes to the Dragon Ball stuff it's hard to tell what's more popular; the figures or the role play stuff. Aside from their S.H. Figuarts and Figuarts ZERO offerings they also displayed their new line of of Shodo articulated mini figures. They're 80mm tall (just over 3 inches) fully articulated, painted like their big brothers, and features a Goku based on his appearance in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. They also had prototypes of some new prize figures on display that will certainly see released soon.
Fun as those are it's hard to not be impressed by the number of role play items on display. Goku's pole and disk-firing wristbands look good, plus there's Trunk's sword, the Dragon Radar, and glowing Dragon Balls. But the best choice is the variety of Scouters in red, blue, and green. They even have an exclusive three-pack with NYCC stickers on the sides. They can scan cards to read out power levels and make a bunch of noises. I remember seeing a lot of people walking around Otakon with these on this year so they're definitely popular even among non-cosplayers.
If Dragon Ball isn't your thing then maybe you're interested in the huge variety of figures being released for One Piece? Portraits of Pirates? Check! Movie Z figures? Check! Costume figures? Check! Super deformed, mini, and trading figures? Check, check, and check! Looks like most of the cast of characters are well represented, even some of the lesser villains look to have multiple figures.
Perhaps you're more of an Evangelion movie fan? There was no shortage of figures for the third movie; ranging from a number of figures for the pilots (including two figures of Shinji, imagine that!) to the Evangelion Mechanics line featuring little Eva Units in complex display sets.
Probably the franchise taking up the most space is Gundam. There was so much Gundam stuff that wasn't Gunpla it would take far too long to try to name it all. There's Gundam STANDart, Gundam Converge, Assault Kingdom, and so very much more. Just go look at the gallery, it's all there.
Too a lesser extent they also had a number of different Saint Seiya figures on display for various characters in different forms. They also had the highly detailed figures from Monster Hunter Encyclopedia XI and XII on display.
This is a great effort from Bluefin. It's nice to see so much stuff from Bandai made available outside of Japan without the need for customers to import.
Banpresto were also present at Chara Hobby, so that can mean only one thing... Lots of Ichiban Kuji items!!
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I make it a point to visit one of my local arcades at least once every couple of weeks to see what figures are in the UFO catchers, and I figure I may as well share it with you all. Pardon the image quality — I don't walk around arcades with my DSLR.
The way that prize figures in arcades work is, rather than trying to pick them up like a normal crane game, you've got to manipulate various objects inside the machine that would then give way to a box with your new figure in it. Sometimes, it's a square of toilet paper that sits in your way; other times, it's one little peg that needs to be moved aside. These games are designed to eat tons of yen before they pay out, which is why they can sometimes be expensive or difficult to find online.
Check out the gallery for images of what I saw in the UFO catchers last week, which include goodies from Amnesia, Evangelion, Bakemonogatari, Toy Story, P4U: The Ultimate, Blue Exorcist, and bonuses like plush Robo-Hello Kitty.
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New hobby magazine scans showed these Ichiban Kuji prize figures based on characters one of my favorite shows, The Idol Master. If you remember, last month I sort of bashed Ichiban Kuji's designs of their K-ON! prize figures. So what do I think of their latest design of the Idol Master characters? Well in short, I think they are really cute.
The body language of these girls feels very close to what I would expect from their characters, and while the outfits of the figures do not differ greatly this is more excusable given their idol nature. Sure in The Idol Master each girl has little subtle differences, but regardless the sculpt and body language of their figurines still bring out each idol as an individual character. Besides, at least Ichiban Kuji made all of their hair ornaments different and there are lots of different details such as the way their skirts and outfits seem to move with their poses, which really adds a lot to the overall look.. I hope that Ichiban Kuji continues this design trend and keeps making great looking collectibles like these.
My favorite character of the lot is hard to place because many of these figures and espcially all the minis are so cute. However if I had to choose one I would choose Prize A: Haruka. Her posturing is very cute and her hair sculpt is very good. I also love those little ribbons up in her hair.
What do you think Tomopeeps? Do you like these Idol Master girls? Let us know in the comments.
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Ever look over your collections and think about what started it all in the first place? As collectors, we always treasure new and old things, but there is always a special place in our hearts for the first things we collect.
The header images may make it obvious, but hit the jump to see what figurine kick started many of our editors' collections.
Without a doubt, the biggest merchandising surprise in the last couple of years is Tiger & Bunny. I don't think anybody figured that both men and women would flock to a show inspired by western super heroes, but lo and behold, everybody loves it. What's even more interesting is how that the most popular character is Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, the main character. He's a guy in his late-thirties, which is quite a bit older than your usual protagonist, yet everybody snaps up every bit of merch that's got his face on it. Believe me, there's a ton of it.
Shows that get this popular usually get a bunch of prize figures. Since they're on the cheaper end of the figure scale, companies can take risks and make obscure characters and/or different outfits for popular characters that usually wouldn't get any love. Then again, that lowered price usually means lower quality. However, just because a prize figure is cheap doesn't mean it's bad quality. The Master Stars Piece Kotetsu is definitely an example of a nice figure that's available for a lower price.