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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: MegaHouse


Sailor Senshi, swordsmen, and shinobi in here
Feb 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
MegaHouse appears to have had one of the larger displays on the floor at Wonder Festival 2015 Winter. MH had no shortage of new figures to show alongside some figures they've been toting along for a few years now. While a lar...
MegaHouse Ginpachi-sensei photo
It's not a cigarette but a lollipop that's been so lolilolilolied it smokes
The last time we caught a glimpse of Ginpachi-sensei at Wonder Festival 2013 Summer over a month ago, he was still in his unpainted prototype form, but now, the homeroom teacher from the light novel series (and anime extras),...

MegaHouse Gintama photo
Beware of Gorilla!
How would you like Gintoki and his cohorts to join you for some refreshing tea time? Well, now they can, thanks to MegaHouse's delightful Gintama "Tea friends series - Would you like to rest a little?" figure set. The box set...

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Megahobby Expo 2013 Spring: Gintama's Ginpachi


So much GIN
May 25
// Kristina Pino
Since Pedro already posted up the Naruto-related G.E.M. series additions, I am taking up the slack here with a Gintama-related G.E.M. series figure, Ginpachi-sensei! This prototype was shown at Megahoubby Expo by MegaHouse, a...

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Gintama's Kyubei shows her softer side


Alpha Omega - 1/8 Scale
May 16
// Emily Smalara
It's not terribly often one sees Gintama's Kyubei Yagyu and thinks of anything girly, but Alter and Megahouse are providing us with a more restrained look at the Yagyu family beauty. While she may have been raised as a boy, y...
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MegaHouse pre-order announcement roundup


Get ready for glitchfest
Apr 04
// Yami Casas
Thanks to a recent update via twitter, MegaHouse has finally announced the upcoming figures available for pre-order come April. So, get ready for a good old fashioned round up, MegaHouse Style. First, we have two legendary p...
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G.E.M. series Hijikata Toushirou gets a second look


You won't be able to resist Mayora 13†this time around
Mar 07
// Yami Casas
Recently MegaHouse opened pre-orders for a familiar face in their G.E.M. series, and if you’re a Gintama fan as I am, you’re probably over the moon with the addition. Making a second appearance in the popular lin...
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See Banpresto's latest figures from the 31st Prize Fair


Fate/Zero, K-ON!, IDOLM@STER, and many others hit the show!
Feb 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Just when you thought all of the figure shows were over for February another one sneaks in with a bunch of new things to see. Dengeki Hobby has posted their coverage of the Japan Amusement Expo 2013 31st Prize Expo showi...
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Alpha x Omega shows off two prototypes in scans


Check out the awesome Yzak and lovely Yagyu
Jan 24
// Kristina Pino
Though the Gundam SEED project has been headed by MegaHouse so far, it looks like Alpha Omega is getting in on the action (yes, I know they're related) by producing their own figure from the series featuring Yzak Joule. I'm a...
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Gintama's Kagura is ready to set Yoshiwara into flames


Have some sukonbu
Jan 10
// Yami Casas
Fans of the hit series Gintama have a lot to be celebrating. Not only is the anime resuming with an all new story arc, but finally, the second member of Yorozuya Gin-chan is ready for pre-order. The feisty 'China Girl,' Kagur...
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Banpresto's latest may be worth it even if not a prize


Gintama, Ao no Exorcist, Saint Seiya, and Natsume Yuujin-chou cover the latest prize figures from Banpresto
Nov 19
// Jonathan Tubbs
It was just a couple of weeks ago that we saw Banpresto display several of their upcoming prize figures for 2013 at the 30th Prize Fair. It was then last week that the Master File Blog gave us a much better look at the Gundam...
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MegaHouse's Kintoki of Gintama works his charm


Two weeks after animate lists this impostor, Kintoki becomes available at the usual retailers.
Nov 08
// Jonathan Tubbs
Oh ho, you scamps at animate. Posting a product nearly two weeks in advance of MegaHouse making it official for pre-order. I can only assume you were charmed by Kin-chan just like the many others in the recent art of the Gint...
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The G.E.M. series reminds us Gintama is about Kintoki


Gintama, or was that Kintama, get's a 1/8-scale figure of the Yorozuya leader Kintoki... right?
Oct 27
// Jonathan Tubbs
My memory is a little fuzzy, but it looks like MegaHouse will be releasing yet another figure of the star of Gintama, Kintoki Sakata. The leader of the Yorozuya and all around liked character Kin-chan will be released as a 1/...
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Fourth time's the charm for MegaHouse's Sakata Gintoki


Aug 11
// Yami Casas
Recently, MegaHouse unleashed a good deal of new figures available for pre-order from its popular G.E.M line. Among the different array of choices, was a very familiar face, Sakata Gintoki from the hit manga/anime series Gint...
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MegaHouse pre-order announcement roundup


Aug 02
// Yami Casas
Grab onto your wallets, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! Recently, MegaHouse announced via twitter, the upcoming figures that will be available in August for pre-order. First up, we have two One Piece Portrait.of.Pirates ...
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Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: MegaHouse


Jul 29
// Kristina Pino
MegaHouse are always bringing in some exciting stuff, aren't they? Check out the gallery for images of: Just a few One Piece pirates, including Franky, Crimin Nami, and P.O.P. Sailing Again Perona (now painted!). Several Aqu...
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MegaHobby Expo 2012 Spring: MegaHouse Part 2


May 26
// Jonathan Tubbs
Though there were few unpainted figures shown at the event, MegaHouse had a plethora of painted figures from titles of all types. Well, mostly shounen but still there's a bit to look at. From Ruroni Kenshin, the two flavors o...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for April 4, 2012


Apr 05
// Jonathan Tubbs
Like trading figures and other figure odds and ends? That is what you have to look forward to in today's Reserve or Regret. There are normal figures, too, but the majority of what you will find are figures of the trading vari...
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Gintama's Kamui challenges you to pre-order him


Mar 08
// Jonathan Tubbs
Fans of Gintama who have been waiting for the next man to pop up will have much to squeal about. You've already had Shinsuke (reviewed) show up which brought you much delight. Now you have that scary Yato brother of Kagura to...
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Banpaku Event Coverage: Shounen Showdown!


Mar 05
// Jon Wills
In our continuing coverage of Banpresto Hakurankai, or Banpaku for short we get a glimpse of some of Banpresto's newest figures and they certainly have a lot in the making. This time We’ll be looking at Naruto, One Piec...

Tomopop Review: G.E.M. Shinsuke Takasugi by MegaHouse

Feb 23 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure name: G.E.M. Shinsuke TakasugiFigure maker: MegaHouseRetail price: ¥6,800Available at: HobbyLink Japan Beginning with the customary box shot, I noticed that there isn't any official scale specified. The figure stands about 8 inches tall, which puts him at around 1/8 scale. It's pretty much in line with other offerings from MegaHouse. Have I mentioned that photographing through plastic is a freaking pain? I think the trick is to use less light, which might sound counter-intuitive. I have yet to perfect the technique, though. In the packaging, Shinsuke doesn't have his jacket on. That piece was set in its own plastic tray to protect it in shipping. His jacket simply slides on, without any need to fit pegs or anything. Without it Shinsuke looks rather small and frail. With the jacket, he looks commanding. I love the casual way he wears it, letting it flutter in the breeze. With his sword drawn and pipe in hand, Shinsuke certain looks like a badass. He wears those gold butterflies well. This figure conveys a sense of movement. Though Shinsuke himself is standing still, it feels like all sorts of action is about to go down. His cool gaze suggests he's about to cut down an enemy, and possibly walk casually away from an explosion. The detailing on the kimono is nice and clean, with the butterflies having a little more sheen to them than the rest of the outfit. Shinsuke's sword is somewhat less ornate. It's just a plain, straight blade mounted to a shirasaya. While it might be the hip thing to do if you lived in the Edo period, it doesn't make for a particularly interesting figure. The wood effect on the scabbard is fairly convincing, though. From a visual standpoint, I was mostly interested in that awesome, fluttering jacket. It perfectly captures the anime badass, standing in the wind calmly before some kind of fight. The folds and waves in the cloth are well done, though I can't say I'm a fan of the pattern. I like the way the various ripples catch the light. They lend some depth to these photos. One thing that annoys me is how Shinsuke's pipe is not attached to his hand. You have to slide it between his fingers, which is an finnicky task because they don't hold it particularly well. For such a distinct piece of the figure, you'd think MegaHouse would make it a little more secure. The pipe pops out at the slightest jostling -- I actually had it sitting on my shelf for a day when I found it had popped out on its own -- and is easy to lose. I'm sure the ladies would enjoy a shot of his bare chest. Unfortunately there's not much definition there. Shinsuke is more analogous to the thin, underage waif who knows kung fu as opposed to the buxom fanservice heroine. At least, that's what his character design says to me. Still, I'd probably take this shot for a female figure, so here you go. A delicate build comes with feminine feet, apparently: It does kind of look like he has toenail polish. I didn't think to get the upskirt shot (the lighting would have been tough anyway) but yes, he's wearing a fundoshi. No, his junk is not that well-defined. There's just a slight amount of sloppiness in the paint job around his feet, but the rest of the figure is very clean in this regard. Shinsuke's expression is borderline creepy. His hair covers up a bandaged eye, which is painted pretty convincingly. His hair is also nicely shaded with purple to add some depth. The only real issue with the sculpt is the highly visible seam on the sleeve. Most of the time this is covered up by the jacket. There's also a little sloppiness on the paint by his collar. MegaHouse is one of the few manufacturers with a dedicated line for male characters. They haven't made figures of any of the male characters I actually care about, but maybe their example will inspire others. As for Shinsuke, he certainly has some appeal and is priced reasonably to boot. Still, he doesn't really have much presence. He made for a nice photography session, but when displayed among my other figures, he just fades into the background. I do like this figure, and he has that quality that makes him look good from every angle. For me, the only problem is that I'm not a Gintama fan. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing this review sample!]
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The world of PVC figures has many subjects, but for some reason there has always been a dearth of male characters. Why is that? I've come across at least as many female collectors as male ones, so why does the figure industry...

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Prize Fair 2012 Summer: Banpresto - JUMP Comics


Feb 18
// Jonathan Tubbs
If there's something you know you'll have a constant supply of, it's the action and adventure from JUMP Comics. And since there's usually so many popular titles coming from it, you can always expect to find prize figures. Ban...
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Wonder Festival 2012 Winter: Miscellaneous figures


Feb 15
// Brian Szabelski
Despite all our coverage of Wonder Festival 2012 Winter, there's a lot of other companies who and some figures that haven't been posted yet for one reason or another, so we're rounding some of them up right here! Notably, CM'...
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MegaHobby EXPO: Gintama's Kamui by MegaHouse


Nov 22
// Jonathan Tubbs
With the way MegaHouse has been releasing their boys from parody title Gintama, it comes as no surprise that the next in line would be the crazy popular Kamui. Can you blame them? I mean, look at the pretty face. Makes you sm...
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Gintama's Shiroyasha and Takasugi slash it up as DX Figures from Banpresto


Oct 18
// Jonathan Tubbs
Wow. Has it really been five years since the Gintama anime premiered? Guess that's why we are starting to see characters like Gin-san and Shinsuke as they looked during the Joi War. I guess Shinpachi and Yamazaki were too bus...
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One Piece, Gintama plushes evolve into blankets


Sep 18
// Natalie Kipper
It's not even fall and yet, the plush universe is gearing up for winter. Two new plushes spotted over at AmiAmi are not only fuzzy, soft buddies to cuddle up with as the temperature drops, but they even supply the blanket! Ba...
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WF2011S: MegaHouse goes into battle with Shiroyasha Gintoki from Gintama


Jul 24
// Jonathan Tubbs
MegaHouse really loves Gintama but I guess that's because you folks love it just as much and can't stop buying the figures. During Wonder Festival 2011 Summer, the company displayed its current line of figures from the t...
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Gintama's master of cosplay... er, disguise, Katsura, is in plain sight for you to pre-order


Jul 07
// Jonathan Tubbs
With the recent announcement of the exclusive Elizabeth figure from Gintama, it was only a matter of time that partner and leader of the Joui faction would show up. After all, he was appearing in the photos demonstrating his ...
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Gintama's Elizabeth is coming from MegaHouse if enough join the Joui faction


Jul 05
// Jonathan Tubbs
I've been pretty excited about getting Gintama's Elizabeth when MegaHouse announced her...? him...? ...it? at Jump Festa in December. After a long time waiting, Elizabeth is finally available for pre-order. As mentioned in th...
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MegaHobby Expo 2011 Spring: More Gintama is coming!


May 22
// Colette Bennett
For a girl who loves pretty boys, Gintama is the show to see. At this year's MegaHobby Expo 2011 Spring, we got a better look at the upcoming releases in the Gintama line that we originally saw in prototype form at Jump Festa...

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