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12:15 AM on 04.08.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: figma Chariot (tv ver)

On display at Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014 was a somewhat long-awaited figma Chariot (tv version) of Black Rock Shooter fame. The figma will apparently come with a sword and a gargantuan-sized wheel sure to drive the...



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8:00 PM on 03.06.2014

figma Strength tv ver. flexes muscles in preview gallery

Max Factory's upcoming figma Strength tv version has received a preview gallery. The figure was previously slated to release in January but since then has been bumped back to March. While I've never really jumped on the Black...


Cut your way to this Nendoroid Black Gold Saw preview photo
Cut your way to this Nendoroid Black Gold Saw preview
by Martin Siggers

Good Smile have never been the most hasty of companies, and in her preview even Kahotan admits that it's been almost two years since the Black Rock Shooter animated series aired. Still, they're nothing if not thorough and now the final entry in the new line of 'Animation version' Nendoroids from the series has arrived.

Although we've seen the BRS designs to death by this point this is still a great looking Nendoroid, with her spiky design and eerie face really doing a lot to convey the creepiness of the character. She's also bundled with one of my favourite accessories for a while - two tiny figures of her 'incomplete girls', marvelously detailed for their minuscule size. Pre-orders open tomorrow and we'll have all the links right here.

[via Kahotan's blog]

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6:00 AM on 01.20.2014

Good Smile announces first delays of 2014

Good Smile Company has just announced their releases and their delays for January and it's a pretty regular month. Which is to say, there's a fair few delays, some of them disappointingly high profile. Probably the most notab...

Martin Siggers

Nendoroid Strength is quite a handful photo
Nendoroid Strength is quite a handful
by Tianxiao Ma

The Black Rock Shooter craze peaked just as I was getting into figure collecting - in fact the original figma BRS was one of the first figmas I ever bought. Seeing the franchise continue on sure does take me back a ways!

Kahotan's English blog has a preview of the new Nendoroid Strength up. She's sporting her signature hoodie, and of course her gigantic robot hands too. In the package you'll get a selection of alternate arms and her "insane" expression. If you have her ordered, she'll be shipping out on December 16. Just in time for the holidays!

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12:00 PM on 10.11.2013

NYCC 2013: Good Smile Company part 1

In this first round-up of Good Smile Company's showing at NYCC, we've got plenty of Attack on Titan merch on display in the way of figma and Nendoroids of Mikasa and Eren, and the Colossal Titan playset, along with some detai...

Kristina Pino

9:00 PM on 08.12.2013

Good Smile Company announces August delays

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Good Smile Company recently updated their website announcing the August release schedule, and well, you can already guess where this is going, right? Our monthly nemesis, the dreaded '...

Yami Casas

6:00 AM on 07.29.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Nendoroids Part 1

Good Smile Company had so many Nendoroids on display this year at Wonfes that I couldn't pack all of them into one gallery post. Many of the ones on display are ones we have already written up pre-order notices for, such as&n...

Jon Wills

4:10 AM on 07.29.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Max Factory's figmas

Max Factory had a nice showing of figma at Wonfes this year. They had a beautiful flying figma of Amy from Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet that I want to pre-order right now. Additionally figmas of Kristina and Ok...

Jon Wills

10:30 AM on 07.26.2013

Good Smile Company teases their WonFes reveals

With Summer WonFes only two days away, Mikatan has turned her camera on the Good Smile offices to capture the bustle of preparation. And wouldn't you know it, it looks like among all the rushing around some prototypes have sn...

Martin Siggers

[UPDATED] Let's have a big hand for figma Strength photo
[UPDATED] Let's have a big hand for figma Strength
by Martin Siggers

[Update: Pre-orders are go!]

There had been worrying rumours that Max Factory was having trouble with the new TV Animation ver. of Strength from Black Rock Shooter, with some even saying that the figma might be cancelled altogether. Today though those rumours were laid to rest as the figma blog posted a full preview of Strength. And hey, after all of that she's looking nothing short of stunning.

Those two massive hands are definitely the showstopper, with individual articulation on the thumb and three fingers, along with replaceable fingertips to replicate her massive artillery barrages. The arms each come with their own stand and you can actually mount them both on one side which means that (if you've got a second figure, natch) you can recreate the anime's climactic four armed fight. Don't underestimate Strength herself though, as she's not lacking. It's an excellent sculpt, with two fantastic slasher smile faces, 'normal' arms and a poseable tail, along with a removable hood and scarf.

Overall this is the most impressive figma I've seen in forever and the first 'must buy' from the range for me for quite a while. Naturally such extravangance doesn't come cheap though, as she'll retail at a cool ¥5800 when she goes on pre-order, with deliveries planned in January 2014. Still, I'm there, who's with me?

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

[via figma blog]

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Anime Expo 2013: Good Smile Company photo
Anime Expo 2013: Good Smile Company
by Natalie Kipper

Anime Expo may have ended but our coverage of the con certainly hasn't! Good Smile Company's booth was quite the attendee-magnet. The line to purchase GSC's two exclusive Nendoroids (more on that in a second) for sale wrapped around their booth multiple times! I am honestly shocked there were any remaining pieces of the Hatsune Miku Yukata Natsutsubaki Ver. and Madoka Kaname Maiko Ver. Nendoroids but both were just put up on GSC's online store (Miku and Madoka). After seeing them up close, I really regret not picking up at least one of the two for myself. They looked absolutely adorable!

There was a rather large display of Good Smile Company's many Black Rock Shooter figures (many of which came from Mamitan's personal collection), ranging from figmas to Nendoroids to Pixtones. This was to celebrate of AX's Guests of Honor, the one and only Huke, creator of Black Rock Shooter. The artist held a signing at the booth as well, which I unfortunately learned of after-the-fact. Also on display were some upcoming figures including: Deep Sea Miku, Madoka Maiko Ver. (figure, not Nendoroid), some Idolm@ster Nendoroid Petites (complete with stage), and the Mikudayo Nendoroid.

Check out the gallery to see pictures of the displays and the lovely figures within them!

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