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8:00 AM on 09.17.2014

Give Miku a splash of color with the Tell Your World version

As far as Miku variants go, the "Tell Your World" version isn't terribly radical. In fact it's mostly just a cool splash of paint on the standard Miku design. However the sculpt has a delicacy and sense of motion that really ...

Tianxiao Ma


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2015 Snow Miku Nendoroid (and Rabbit Yukine) sculpt revealed photo
2015 Snow Miku Nendoroid (and Rabbit Yukine) sculpt revealed
by Scarecroodle

Good Smile Company has released a photo of its upcoming Nendoroid Snow Miku 2015. The figure is based on option #4 from the fans' poll while her accessory, the Rabbit Yukine, is based on option #3. The two will be accompanied by a lily of the valley accessory.

While I'm still happy that my favorite design won, the unpainted sculpt is rather boring. All of the magic in this one is clearly in the colors and, as such, I hope to see it painted soon. Rabbit Yukine, by contrast, looks adorable even without any color. All in all, I think my favorite Snow Miku design is *still* the Magic Snow version although I still have high hopes for this one.

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Check out Miku's P-p-p-p-pumpkin face in this Nendo Halloween Miku gallery photo
Check out Miku's P-p-p-p-pumpkin face in this Nendo Halloween Miku gallery
by Scarecroodle

Good Smile Company has released an image gallery for its recently unveiled Nendoroid Halloween Miku. Most striking among these images is a rather unexpected display option: a jack-o-lantern mask/face for the diva of all seasons. Anybody who didn't like the vampire fangs on those other faces now has another option.

However, on a more disappointing note, the character apparently isn't a vampire; GSC describes the character as being, "dressed up a cute little devil for Halloween". Wow, buzzkill! Otherwise Halloween Miku comes with an open-mouth face, a smirking face (with one exposed fang), an alternate jack-o-lantern face, that baffling candy cane, and a jack-o-lantern that can be displayed by itself or used as an alternate head for a Nendoroid Petite (as shown with the little Len figure in one of the photos; he's not listed as coming with the figure). Vampire or devil, she's still pretty neat.

Nendoroid Halloween Miku will be on sale for US$45 at a number of American conventions. She was first announced as being on sale at the NY and LA Miku Conventions, but she's apparently making her way to NYCC in October (which makes it even harder to pass her up) and will be at future events as well. If you can't get her there, GSC's online shop will have her available in limited quantities.

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9:00 AM on 09.11.2014

If figma Shimakaze isn't damaged enough for you, try the figFIX version

[Update: Check out Kahotan's preview!] I have the figma Shimakaze, and it's a nice figure. What it lacks, though, is the half-damaged version with strategically torn clothing. If that's something you really need on a figma-is...

Tianxiao Ma



Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Tomoko Kuroki photo
Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Tomoko Kuroki
by Vanessa Cubillo

One day I came across this odd manga called No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guy’s Fault I’m Not Popular. Not only was the title something that reminded me of early Panic at the Disco song titles, the main character was bizarre. Tomoko Kuroki is strange, socially awkward, and sometimes down right crazy.

Still, there’s a part of me that roots for her, and that’s why I was very happy when Good Smile Company released a Nendoroid of Tomoko. So does this figure live up to the truly weird character that Tomoko really is? Click the cut and  read on to find out. 

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9:00 PM on 09.03.2014

[Updated] Take aim at this new SAO Sinon Nendoroid gallery

[Update: Hey, look, pre-orders are up. Find them down below.] Coming into the Sword Art Online 2 anime I wasn't really sure what to expect from series newcomer Sinon. The early previews made her look like the cold, emotionles...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Get back to school with this Nendoroid More Classroom preview photo
Get back to school with this Nendoroid More Classroom preview
by Martin Siggers

To celebrate its release this week, the Good Smile Company Lab blog took a quick overview of the new Nendoroid More Cube #01 set. Designed to recreate the interior of your average Japanese classroom, the set comes with a blackboard backdrop, desks, lockers, book and even a charming Nendoroid-sized computer.

The preview is full of charm, roping in school-themed Nendoroids like Chitoge and Ryuko and Mako to show everything off. As ever from GSC the level of detail is wonderful, from the opening lockers to the clearly printed book spines. It's a cute little diorama that's ideal for some photo ops, and at just ¥1,512 it won't break the bank either.

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8:00 AM on 09.01.2014

Good Smile Company has a Kill la Kill surprise at Fan Expo

Good Smile Company had something sweet to announce coming out of Fan Expo in Toronto: a new figure of Kill la Kill's Satsuki in 1/8-scale! In order to get around the potential spoiler situation, I've written my thoughts after the break. Click on if you're not afraid of spoilers.

Tianxiao Ma



It's no trick! Nendoroid Halloween Miku has been fully unveiled photo
It's no trick! Nendoroid Halloween Miku has been fully unveiled
by Scarecroodle

Mamitan has unveiled the fully painted Nendoroid Halloween Miku. As previously reported, the figure will be first available at Miku Expos in Los Angeles and New York City during October.

Nendo Halloween Miku is absolutely adorable, but I have to admit being a little baffled as to why the character is holding a candy cane. I mean, that's really more of a Christmas thing; I can't even recall ever seeing candy canes for sale except around the winter holidays. Did they run out of candy corn and think, "Well, this also has 'candy' in its name so it'll be a decent substitute"? Given that the original artwork depicts Miku as being armed with a fencing sword, the fact that she's instead holding a candy cane is even more unusual.

The character will apparently also come with a holiday-appropriate Jack-o'-Lantern (did you know that Jack-o'-Lanterns were originally made from turnips?) which matches her Halloween-y outfit. She even has these cute little vampire teeth! Although I adore the overall look, I'm going to try waiting in case the design also gets a figma.

 For additional release information and a look at the artwork, be sure to check out our original coverage. Otherwise there's a full image in the gallery.

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1:30 PM on 08.28.2014

Pre-order Good Smile's Colossal Titan for a colossal price

Yesterday we saw Kahotan preview Good Smile Company's astonishing new Colossal Titan polystone statue, and we simultaneously cooed over the detail while ruminating over the surely epic price tag. Well, now pre-orders have beg...

Martin Siggers



League of Legends finally gets a licensed figure in Nendoroid Ahri  photo
League of Legends finally gets a licensed figure in Nendoroid Ahri
by Brian Szabelski

Somehow, Riot Games' League of Legends has had very little in the way of merchandise — especially figures — which is weird, considering its popularity. That's all changed, however, as it looks like Riot and Good Smile Company have come together to produce Nendoroid Ahri.

The popular mid-lane champion is going to be available at the 2014 World Championships in Seoul, South Korea, per the ticket page on Interpark for the event's semifinals. Ahri should be available at the onsite shop, which will be open during the semifinals at Seoul's Olymic Gymnastics Arena on Oct. 11 and 12.

We'll let you know if she becomes available anywhere besides 2014 Worlds, but given GSC's track record of bundling Nendos with limited edition game packages ... I don't have high hopes yet.

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Good Smile Company unleashes the Colossal Titan preview photo
Good Smile Company unleashes the Colossal Titan preview
by Martin Siggers

We've seen Good Smile Company's breathtakingly massive rendition of the Colossal Titan from Attack On Titan at several trade shows now, but he's finally reached the last stage of his journey - a Kahotan preview shortly before pre-orders open.

Good Smile is touting this as the beginning of a brand new line they've dubbed 'Wonderful Hobby Selection'. It's being billed as the company's ultimate range of goods, with the press release boasting of the very best detail and quality GSC has to offer. Personally I thought that their regular stuff was pretty great already, but I guess you can always go further. The Colossal Titan certainly looks to do that. For a start, he stands a pretty impressive 490mm tall and is sculpted out of polystone. Sculptor Takeyuki Takeya has absolutely gone to town on the detail, with a fantastically dense representation of every muscle and sinew. I think my favourite detail might be the crumbling wall base, with its hundreds of individually craved bricks. If you're going to try and sell a new range on extravagant detail, this as definitely the piece to choose to start with.

It's all terribly impressive, and I don't even want to guess at what the price will be, especially considering this thing is both polystone and gigantic and heavy. Pre-orders will begin on the 28th, so you've got a chance to sort out a bank loan before they go live.

[ via Kahotan's Blog ]

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