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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




Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: figma photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: figma
by Scarecroodle

[UPDATE: Was pointed out that the figure next to the Thinker might just be an unpainted version rather than Michelangelo's David]

Spartans, great works of art, little vampires, and alien-hybrid super soldiers were just some of the figmas on display at Summer WonFes. These items included Rodan's The Thinker which, like figma Indiana Jones, belong in a museum.

The Thinker might raise a 'WTF flag' in the minds of at least a few people, but I mostly see the possibilities: a figma Statue of Liberty, a figma Sphinx, a figma Christ the Redeemer, and a figma Venus de Milo (okay, maybe not that last one!). Otherwise, The Thinker is a neat choice given that he's occasionally been parodied as coming to life in cartoons and the such.

The rest of the display included an unpainted Leonidas (300), painted Shinobu (Bakemonogatari), unpainted Solid Snake, Guyver, a thing or two I didn't recognize, and then a bunch of items already up for pre-order including figma Motoko. Check them out in the gallery.

Finally, on a bitter final note, it looks like the Conan Edogawa definitely won't receive any articulation. I was holding out hope that they just hadn't worked the jointing in rather than leaving him as a static figurine which appears to be the case. I guess I can always hope for a Nendoroid, though.

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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

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 Motoko Kusanagi may soon Stand Alone on your shelf photo
figma Motoko Kusanagi may soon Stand Alone on your shelf
by Scarecroodle

Max Factory's figma Motoko Kusanagi (Stand Alone Complex ver.) is currently available for pre-order.

figma Motoko was first unveiled at Winter WonFes earlier this year where it received the expected amount of excitement. While I was also really hyped at the time, I can't help but think that the timing is a little off. I mean, where was this figure five or more years ago when I really wanted a Motoko figure for my shelf? Sure, an articulate SAC version of Motoko has long been on my figure wish list (the CM's Corp one just didn't cut it), but my want level has gone from 11 down to a 5 over the years.

That's not to say that figma Motoko doesn't look great; on the contrary, Max Factor has done a wonderful job on the sculpting and paint (although the standard face is so-so). The official images feature some cool poses. She comes with three faces (standard, shouting, and smiling) and two weapons (Seburo A5 and Seburo C26A). However... it's just not as exciting now.

Given that the SAC design is probably my favorite Motoko design (as much as I enjoyed the original Ghost in the Shell I never liked its art and I wasn't a fan of the manga) and that the series was, at one point, among my favorite anime, I feel like I'll probably wind up buying a copy. I just wish that Max Factory had released it at a time when I both more into the show and more into the figma line (not to mention when the line was more affordable).

Max Factory's figma Motoko Kusanagi can be pre-ordered for ¥4,800 and is slated for a December release.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | HobbySearch | AmiAmi ]

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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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6:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Max Factory shows they understand swimsuit figures with Misty

Max Factory has shown a proclivity for making figures of sexy ladies recently, and this swimsuit version of Misty from Shining Hearts has caught my eye. I find most swimsuit figures to be boring, but this one appeals to ...

Tianxiao Ma

10:30 AM on 07.03.2014

figma Chariot rides into pre-orders, demands macaroons

One of the many things I enjoyed about the Black Rock Shooter anime was the design of the superbly disturbed original character, Chariot. Though she's been out and about as a Nendoroid, her creepy character design was al...

Martin Siggers

10:30 AM on 06.25.2014

figma Racing Miku 2013 storms the track

People love racing, people love Miku. Once again, figma will release a new version of the digital diva, now actually getting ready to take the track instead of being a sideline cheerleader. With orders opening up for the late...

Andres Cerrato

3:30 PM on 06.24.2014

Figma Nagato invades Pearl Harbor and your pre-orders

KanColle is...odd. The amalgamation of pretty women and WWII Imperialist Japanese ships has become a hit, and in becoming so, the subject of many pieces of amusement. The next in the line is none other than figma Nagato, whic...

Andres Cerrato



10:00 AM on 06.23.2014

Delays hit Max Factory's Cerberus, Phat Company's Ryuko and more

Ah, the Good Smile Company delay announcement post. It's like an old familiar friend at this point, popping up once or twice a month to shatter our hopes and dreams, and then riding off into the sunset. While Deep Sea Miku re...

Martin Siggers