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4:00 PM on 10.30.2014

Max Factory strikes back with painted figma Cardcaptor Sakura

Surprise! In what almost seems like an intentional piece of counter-programming, the figma blog decided today was the day to release the first fully painted shot of the upcoming figma Sakura Kinomot. Though we've seen he...

Martin Siggers


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Max Factory sneaks in a box full of figma Solid Snake details and photos photo
Max Factory sneaks in a box full of figma Solid Snake details and photos
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Metal Gear fans are finally getting the Solid Snake figure they've waited nearly 30 years for. Sure, there have been other Snake action figures, but figma Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid 2 is certainly aiming to be the best. The figma style of super articulation wouldn't be enough for Max Factory. Oh no. They've aimed to make a Solid Snake that can do just about everything he can do in the games.

Starting from the head this figure will feature the rarely seen figma eye articulation allowing Snake to have his eyes pointed in any direction, perfect for looking around corners or down the sights of a gun. He'll have two expressions, either a stoic expression that can be used any number of ways with the eye articulation, or another with his teeth grit for really turning up the intensity (but doesn't have eye articulation). He also has a hidden flap in his hair that allows him to extend the range of his neck and lift his head up further, ideal for army crawling or sniping. 

Moving down the line he comes with a few specialized hands for gun gripping. One of the hands has a finger shaped for wrapping around the trigger, but the other lets him rest his finger on the side of the gun. He also has a special hand holding a cigarette for a little downtime. But the most interesting is a pair of hands specially made to allow him to hang from edges by his fingertips!

For weapons he'll come with a tranquilizer gun and an assault rifle complete with muzzle flash effect part. Of course he wouldn't be nearly complete without a cardboard (or in this case heavy paper) box to hide inside! But that's not all, when pre-orders open in Japan Friday (effectively Thursday night in North America) the Good Smile online shop will have an exclusive release featuring a second handgun with removable silencer and, best of all, a reproduction of the actual figma box used to ship these figures to stores! That's got to be the best figma exclusive yet.

Unfortunately they've stopped short of telling us exactly how big he'll be and his price, but they've clearly left us a lot to look forward to when he's released in May. In the meanwhile checkout the gallery and take a look at our exclusive close-up looks at the prototype from New York Comic Con 2014. 

[via Max Factory blog]

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12:00 PM on 10.17.2014

Ponder no more: figma The Thinker is up for pre-order

Rodin's "The Thinker" being made into a figma can be described as "interesting," "a bizarre decision" or "literally figures as art." It can also now be described as up for pre-order! The first entry in Max Factory's Table Mus...

Brian Szabelski

9:00 AM on 10.17.2014

figma blog shows off Cardcaptor Sakura prototype

As I've noted several times before, I'm a huge Cardcaptor Sakura fan and the series's recent return to the front lines of the anime toy world has filled me with unmitigated glee. We've known for a while now that Max Fact...

Martin Siggers

9:00 AM on 10.11.2014

NYCC 2014: Good Smile Company Up-close

Good Smile Company is awesome for getting us right up close with their latest display pieces at New York Comic Con! You can practically smell the fresh paint on the figures! This is as close as you can get without being there...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

11:00 PM on 10.02.2014

It's fall, time to take your figmas to school

There are an endless number of figma schoolgirls out there (I counted, they're infinite), but they've always lacked a school setting to hang out in. Max Factory is rectifying that now with the figmaPLUS line of display sets. ...

Tianxiao Ma

1:00 AM on 09.24.2014

Give Shimakaze a friend: figma Amatsukaze goes up for pre-order

Amatsukaze is one of the cuter Kantai Collection designs that I've seen, and she pushes a lot of the same buttons as Shimakaze does. Their respective designs have a lot of parallels including their outrageously short skirts (...

Tianxiao Ma

7:45 PM on 09.19.2014

Two loli vampires are ready to emerge from your shadow

Shinobu, formerly a notable omission from the Monogatari series figma line, will soon get her moment in the sun. The really-old-but-looking-young vampire is getting to releases from Max Factory: the standard figma and a figFI...

Tianxiao Ma



Get in some more figFIX Shimakaze preview action photo
Get in some more figFIX Shimakaze preview action
by Tianxiao Ma

figFIX Shimakaze is up for pre-order, but if you wanted to ogle her midriff some more, Max Factory's figma blog has another preview for you. My theory about this is that since the figma didn't come with the half-damage body (because that would be like giving you two figmas for the price of one!), Max Factory decided to create this figFIX line. That theory's almost certainly incorrect but it's fun to pretend.

Anyway, there isn't anything you haven't already seen here, which is a phrase that often gets uttered when something perverted happens. I'm just a huge fan of the little damaged Rensouhou-chans. They're so cute!

[ via figma blog ]

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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



Checking out this figma Flyboy Zombie preview gallery is a no-brainer photo
Checking out this figma Flyboy Zombie preview gallery is a no-brainer
by Scarecroodle

Max Factor has released a preview gallery for its upcoming Dawn of the Dead figma "Flyboy" (pilot Stephen Andrews) Zombie which highlights alternate parts like a blood burst for the head, an interchangeable "exploded" leg, and an interchangeable head you can stick a machete in. Basically this figure features a LOT of spoilers for thirty+ year old films.

The original Dawn of the Dead is something of a classic (the new one was pretty cool as well, love that bedroom scene) and it's been cool (but also a little odd) to see it honored with this figma. Max Factory has really managed to capture some gruesome detail with the figure. I absolutely love the extreme blood drip all along the front of the figure and the choice of accessories are just too awesome. For all you horror-hounds out there, expect pre-orders to open in the very near future.

Also, my sincere apologies for everybody who was waiting to see this film. Although, in fairness, you probably should have seen it when it first came out on laser disc... or later when it came out on VHS... or even later when it came out on DVD... or when it was finally released on Blu-ray about seven years ago.

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12:00 PM on 08.29.2014

Fire all your cannons with Yamato Heavy Armament ver.

Kahotan's already previewed Max Factory's Yamato Light Armament ver. figure, so it goes without saying that the Yamato Heavy Armament ver. would get a preview, too! The 1/8-scale Heavy Armament ver. is part of the Wonder...

Brian Szabelski