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Good Smile Company to attend Sakura-Con photo
Good Smile Company to attend Sakura-Con
by Natalie Kipper

Those of you planning on attending Seattle's Sakura-Con should be excited to hear that Good Smile Company will have a presence there. They will be sharing booths #423 and #332 with Ultra Tokyo Connection. Attendees will have the chance to purchase some of Good Smile Company's and Max Factory's harder to find figures, including Nendoroid Snow Miku - Magical Snow Version, figma Snow Mikufigma Armin Arlert, Nendoroid Mami Tomoe - School Uniform Version, and Nendoroid Asuna Titiania Version. All of these toys will be in limited supply so hurry over to Good Smile Company's booth if you fancy them.

[via Good Smile Company's tumblr]

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Nendoroid Gilgamesh emerges from the Gate of Babylon photo
Nendoroid Gilgamesh emerges from the Gate of Babylon
by Martin Siggers

After breaking cover at WonFes, it was surely only a matter of time before the King of Heroes from Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night wound up in a Kahotan preview. And indeed, today's that day as Nendoroid Gilgamesh goes under the camera.

Gil has always had an incredibly impressive character design when decked out in his golden armour, and Good Smile Company have done an admirable job recreating that design in super-deformed size. The sharp lines, the cloth drapes, it's all there and in excellent detail. They've managed to nail his ultra-smug expression as well, although it's a little disappointing you only get one additional face (a shouting one).

You'll find ample compensation in the accessories though. Aside from an immaculately painted recreation of his sword Ea, the major pack-in here is a large plastic effect part that clips onto the stand behind him. By mounting the included weapons through the appropriate slots in the effect, you're able to recreate his 'Gate of Babylon' ultimate attack. It's quite a sight for sure. Kahotan's also sure to point out each individual weapon can be held as a normal accessory.

Overall, it's looking like one of the sharpest Nendoroids yet. We don't have a price yet (I'd guess above average) but we do know that pre-orders will open on April 9th, next Wednesday. Who's in?

[via Kahotan's blog ]

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Eren Yeager is somewhat less menacing as a Nendoroid photo
Eren Yeager is somewhat less menacing as a Nendoroid
by Tianxiao Ma

The Nendoroid Attack on Titan characters aren't my favorite, but that's not the point of Nendos, is it? Kahotan has posted another great preview for Nendoroid Eren Yeager, with guest appearances by Nendoroid Mikasa and the Colossal Titan.

Nendoroid Eren comes with a pretty good number of accessories, including his maneuver gear and various effect pieces. Kahotan also demonstrates a way to turn the box liner into a makeshift backdrop (there's a special accessory for the stand that holds it up). I also like the little bloody hand part for showing Eren about to use his ability.

He'll be out later this month. Hopefully the weather's improved enough where your living for some Survey Corps operations!

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7:00 PM on 04.02.2014

Nendoroid Racing Miku 2014 packages are now available

April 1 was full of pranks, but Good Smile hid a little real news in the mix: personal sponsorship packages for Good Smile Racing's 2014 Super GT season are now available. As has become customary, that means a new Nendoroid R...

Brian Szabelski

1:00 PM on 03.31.2014

Good Smile Company's 1/1 Swimsuit Girl seems REALLY detailed

Kahotan's latest blog is now up and she's got an exclusive look at the largest figure yet to come out of Good Smile, the amazing Bath Time Collection: Swimsuit Girl! Modelled at a staggering life size scale, Swimsuit Girl is ...

Martin Siggers

Check out Natsu Dragneel's fairy tail abs photo
Check out Natsu Dragneel's fairy tail abs
by Tianxiao Ma

A male figure from Good Smile Company? No your eyes aren't deceiving you. Out of curiosity I tried to find the last male figure GSC made. There was a limited-release Giant God Warrior figure, if that counts as male. In terms of normal releases, you'll have to go back to 2012 for their 1/8-scale Kamui Kobayashi figure.

So Natsu joins some rare company. He also joins Fairy Tail alumna Lucy Heartfilia, who is GSC's first figure from the series. They look great together, don't they? Kahotan shot a preview for Natsu on her blog, notably showing off his back muscles. She also mentions that Gray Fullbuster is being targeted for an April pre-order date, so I'm sure more info on him is on the way.

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5:00 AM on 03.27.2014

Nendoroid Mako, figma Ryuko now available for pre-orders

Yesterday we had a double whammy of Kill la Kill previews, with both Nendoroid Mako and figma Ryuko going under the cameras. Now, as promised, they're both available for you to spend your hard-earned on. For all the supe...

Martin Siggers

Nendoroid Mako Mankanshoku takes a bruising in this preview photo
Nendoroid Mako Mankanshoku takes a bruising in this preview
by Martin Siggers

With Nendoroid Ryuko going up for pre-orders last week, it was surely only a matter of time before her ever-present partner Mako showed up. So it's proved to be, as today Kahotan has revealed Mako in all her glory for a full preview.

Mako is a pretty simple design, given her standard school uniform look, but Good Smile Company have attempted to make up for that with some great accessories and extras. So you'll get a miniature version of the Mankanshoku family dog Guts, as well as a plate of Mako's mother's 'mystery croquettes' for them to fight over.

The expressions are the real star here though as you'd expect. Mako comes with four expressions out of the box - normal, happy, 'serious' and sleepy, which comes complete with snot bubble. Orders from the GSC Online store will also bag an extra one, a rather freaky looking face plate made entirely of bruises. In addition Mako comes with special leg parts for her knock-kneed pose and (in what I think is a first for a Nendoroid) bendable rubber arms to replicate her...extravagant posing ability.

All in all it looks like a great package for Mako, assuming GSC don't get greedy and price her above average. Pre-orders begin tomorrow, and if you got Ryuko, you're pretty much contractually obliged to get this one too.

[via Kahotan's blog]

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Make Nendoroid Rin Tohsaka part of your fate photo
Make Nendoroid Rin Tohsaka part of your fate
by Tianxiao Ma

Saber gets all the attention these days, but Good Smile Company hasn't forgotten about tsundere master Rin Tohsaka of Fate/stay night! She got a gorgeous scale figure way back in the day, but now returns as a diminutive Nendoroid.

Kahotan has put up a preview to herald the pre-order period, which starts now. You can see the variety of poses and effects pieces, but my favorite part is the embarrassed expression.

You can pre-order Rin for ¥3,900. She's set for a July release.

[ Pre-order at Good Smile Online ShopHobby Search | AmiAmi ]

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2:30 PM on 03.21.2014

[UPDATED] Nendoroid Mako turns up, shows off her Guts

[Update: More images added!] We've known about her even since she emerged at WonFes, and she popped up for a very quick cameo in Kahotan's preview of Ryuko. Now though we've got our first full-on look at the painted version o...

Martin Siggers

9:00 PM on 03.20.2014

Good Smile's Natsu lights up pre-orders

Since he was already complete and painted at Wonder Festival, we knew it wouldn't be long before Good Smile Company's version of Natsu Dragneel was available for order. Indeed, today's the day for the Fairy Tail hero to ...

Martin Siggers

1:30 AM on 03.20.2014

Discover the power of shamelessness with Nendoroid Ryuko

[Update: Kahotan's preview is up!] Are you enjoying Kill la Kill? I'm far behind but have loved what I've seen so far. Of course, now that the marketing push is in full force, I'm finding it hard to resist the merchandise. Ne...

Tianxiao Ma