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12:00 AM on 08.01.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company - Vocaloids

Now that we're seeing more and more creative takes on Vocaloid designs, I'm actually enjoying their presence. It looks like the days of the same boring Miku design being made over and over again are done with. Good Smile Comp...

Tianxiao Ma




Think outside the box in this Nendoroid Solid Snake preview photo
Think outside the box in this Nendoroid Solid Snake preview
by Martin Siggers

After lurking in the shadows for a while, Nendoroid Solid Snake has finally emerged into the glaring light of a proper preview by Kahotan, and to say he's looking great would be an understatement. It really looks like Good Smile Company have bought their A game with this one.

For a start, Snake is one of the new super poseable style of Nendoroids, which means that he's got flexible elbow and knee joints. Furthermore, he's got a special flexible torso part allowing him to go prone. There's also a custom left leg to allow him to take up his classic 'chatting on the codec' pose, two guns, and the character's trademark cigarette.

Really though, this figure is dominated by a pair of absurdly brilliant extra parts. Snake only comes with one alternate face, but what a face it is. Good Smile have recreated his original Playstation 1 low-polygon face (supposedly from the actual game's data) and included it as an entire separate head part. It's equal parts amazing and absurd and definitely makes him stand out, if nothing else.

The second extra is of course Snake's constant companion, the cardboard box. It's not jsut any box accessory though. Not only is it big enough for Snake to actually hide under, but Kahotan confirms it's actually a perfect miniature replica of the box he'll ship in, emblazoned with GSC logos and Snake's Nendoroid number (#447). It's a great little in-joke and the kind of detail that really makes you appreciate the thought that went into the figure.

Kahotan ends her post by highlighting some incoming additions to the Metal Gear range that were unveiled at Wonder Festival or earlier - Nendoroid Venom Snake (from The Phantom Pain), figma Snake and figma Gurlukovich Soldier. There's also the important news that pre-orders for Snake open tomorrow. I was on the fence earlier but I think it's fair to say this preview has thoroughly convinced me. Who's with me?

[ via Kahotan's Blog ]

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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Nendoroid gallery photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Nendoroid gallery
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

I know there's been a lot to take in this week with all the new announcements, but you've got room for some Nendoroids, right? They may be small, but the gallery is big! We got shots of stuff from major games like Super Mario Bros. and Metal Gear to the latest anime like Captain Earth and Sword Art Online II. Plus some more Nendoroid More: Cube play sets that look to represent a convenience store or maybe a school store (with recycling bins and gashapon machines) and school shoe lockers with umbrella holder! Plus Nendoroid More bathing suits! 

Great stuff, click below to check it out and don't forget about the newly announced figures.

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12:00 AM on 07.28.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Racing

Wouldn't be a Wonder Festival if Good Smile Company didn't bring along some Hatsune Miku figures for us. They pulled out all the stops with the latest race queen versions of Miku including no less than two figmas, some fun Ne...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

2:00 AM on 07.27.2014

[Updated] Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company Announcement wall

[List updated!] Good Smile Company's favorite way of late to announce new products at Wonder Festival is to put up a wall full of new figure announcements. There are a lot of things to be excited about about so take a moment to look over the photos in the gallery. Follow the jump for the list!

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

10:50 PM on 07.26.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Nendoroid Batman, figma Leonidas and more

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer is here and Good Smile Company hit the ground running. We've got our first good look at the Nendoroid Batman that they hinted at and it looks quite good. Looks like he'll come with a Bat Signa...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

10:11 PM on 07.26.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Nendoroid Elsa from Frozen

Wonder Festival always delivers great news to toy collectors. Well, Good Smile Company had a great surprise! They will be making a Nendoroid of Elsa from Disney's Frozen. Photos weren't allowed, not that this will stop everyo...

Vanessa Cubillo

11:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Take another look at GSC's exclusives before Wonder Festival

Well look at that, we're only a couple days away from Wonder Festival this weekend and Good Smile Company has another preview for their upcoming exclusives. Sure, you've already seen the figures they have in store, but thanks...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



figma Solid Snake sneaks out of the shadows, brings Nendoroid version with him photo
figma Solid Snake sneaks out of the shadows, brings Nendoroid version with him
by Martin Siggers

We'd already known Nendoroid Solid Snake was coming thanks to an announcement at Wonder Festival. Now though it seems Good Smile Company have gone deeper into Kojima territory, as on livestream today it was revealed Max Factory have been preparing a figma version of the grizzled hero.

This is no artwork reveal either. Instead we got a look at a fully sculpted grey prototype that seems pretty close to final, what with the high level of detailing. That's not all though, as we also got to see a fully painted and seemingly complete Nendoroid Snake.

They're both looking really great, with the level of detail on figma Snake a particular eyecatcher. No further details are forthcoming but I'd have to imagine they'll get out soon. The Nendoroid in particular looks preview-ready. We'll be sure to go on high alert for more news.

via [ Good Smile's Twitter / Kojima's Productions Twitter / Figsoku ]

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With so many Sabers flying around, GSC's feels like an Extra photo
With so many Sabers flying around, GSC's feels like an Extra
by Scarecroodle

Kahotan has released a preview gallery for Good Smile Company's upcoming 1/7-scale Saber Extra (Fate/Extra). Pre-orders are expected to open on July 17.

While I was at least a little interested when we first saw an unpainted prototype during Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014 earlier this year, I have to confess that the painted version strikes me as... well, boring. It's not a bad design, but after seeing Kotobukiya's pretty good rendition of the character (except for what one reader called a "Gumby arm") just a few months ago and Gift's excellent version a few years before that, GSC's take seems to fall a little flat.

GSC's Saber Extra sports an almost stoic expression that I associate more with her mainstream counterpart (Arturia, Fate/Stay Night). The pose isn't bad in and of itself, but if you look closely at her legs you might think that the character is stumbling. The upper torso screams, "Action!", while the lower section shouts, "Poor balance!"

If you look at the parts rather than the sum, GSC's Saber Extra is a decently sculpted, well-painted figure. It may not be overly exciting, but it was completely done. That's not to say that the figure in its entirety is bad, mind you, but something feels off. Perhaps it's her balance. I suppose we should be happy that she doesn't have Gumby arm.

Look for pre-orders to open shortly.

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Up your gothic lolita exposure with Nendoroid Suigintoh photo
Up your gothic lolita exposure with Nendoroid Suigintoh
by Tianxiao Ma

Good Smile Company will roll out another Rozen Maiden Nendoroid after the series made its return last year. This time it's Suigintoh, of course bearing the gothic lolita aesthetic the show is known for.

Kahotan's preview plays around with some of her expressions, and suggests to me this Nendo has a bit of sass. In it you can also get a better look at the detailing of her outfit, and the very cool Nendoroid-sized wings. She goes up for pre-orders on the 17th in Japan.

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10:30 PM on 07.08.2014

Get to work on these Nendoroid Sonico pre-orders

Sonico has never been my favorite character for figures, but I've liked what Good Smile Company has done with her. At least the Tiger Parka Nendoroid version (which is getting re-released) was legitimately very cute. It also ...

Tianxiao Ma