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3:00 AM on 07.28.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: MegaHouse's Tieria Erde

MegaHouse's Tieria is just one of those figures that demanded more pictures than just the one or two. I might be wrong, but I think this is the first time we're seeing it in color, too. I was a little bit dubious of this figu...

Kristina Pino


2:30 AM on 07.28.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya shows Black Butler

I was rather impressed with the Black Butler display over at Kotobukiya's booth at Wonder Festival featuring Ciel and Sebastian. They're still unpainted prototypes, but man do those figures look amazing, especially with the f...

Kristina Pino

12:30 AM on 07.28.2014

SDCC 2014: Bluefin - miscellaneous figures

Bluefin's presence at SDCC is spread across two booths, one with the Tamashii Nations items and one more dedicated to sales. The sales booth did have some prototypes of upcoming figures, including the titan in the header. The...

Tianxiao Ma

8:00 PM on 07.27.2014

Wonder Festival Summer 2014: Aniplex Plus

Though it hasn't been around long, Aniplex's exclusive plus line has already garnered an enviable reputation. It's partially due to smart pairings with established manufacturers such as Good Smile Company and partially due to...

Martin Siggers

12:00 PM on 07.26.2014

SDCC 2014: Weta

Weta's booth always makes a splash. This year, you could spot it a mile away as it was heralded by a giant, sleepy Smaug head. Obviously there would be a lot of merchandise associated with Tbe Hobbit. There were also some new Lord of the Rings statues displayed. Oh, and dwarves. So many dwarves. Click on through for the highlights.

Tianxiao Ma

7:00 AM on 07.26.2014

SDCC 2014: Union Creative

I didn't expect to see a ton of Japanese figure makers at SDCC, but I'm glad Union Creative showed up. They had a small display next to AAA Anime's booth, but it had some figures worth seeing. There wasn't much in terms of new figures, but getting a chance to see some finished products in person was pretty reassuring to me.

Tianxiao Ma



Ready your weapons and wallets to pre-order Kotobukiya's Rikka photo
Ready your weapons and wallets to pre-order Kotobukiya's Rikka
by Martin Siggers

I was very excited after Kotobukiya showed off their prototype for Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!'s Rikka Takanashi, and now the final painted version has showed up that excitement hasn't diminished one bit. In fact, colour has just bought out even more from the distinctive design - the big transparent orb, the unwrapping bandages, the hanging belt charm - they're all cool details that are highlighted by the newly finished paintjob. In a neat touch she even has a removable eyepatch to show off her 'wicked eye'.

What with that big weapon, it's also gratifying to see Kotobukiya hasn't taken the opportunity to charge a premium price. Rikka comes in at ¥9,800 (which as hard as it is to believe seems to be the new normal) and should sneak into the end of the year, with release due this December. I'm pretty excited, and if you are too you can hit the links below to get your order in. 

[ Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan ]

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Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders photo
Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

Kotobukiya pretty quickly carved out a reputation as the go to manufacturer for Sword Art Online figures, what with their spectacular renditions of Asuna and Leafa. Now that the second series of the anime is starting up they're back in the game, this time with a figure of cool calm sniper girl Sinon from the currently airing Gun Gale Online arc. 

Sinon looks great as you'd expect and Kotobukiya have done a good job of reproducing her distinctive outfit. I love the crisp white stripes and black piping, and there's plenty of detail to be found on her weapon. The ejecting cartridge and accompanying smoke trail effect in particular are wonderful touches. I've got a big problem with the rather inexplicable pose though. Is she falling? Diving? Did she just trip? It's disappointingly static and I'd have liked a look which made much more explicit if this was an action pose or just something more casual.

That aside, people love the ladies of Sword Art Online so I'm sure there'll be plenty of fans chomping at the bit to get their hands on her. Sinon is available to order now for what's fast becoming the standard high-end figure price of ¥9,800. She's due out in December, so hit the links if you feel like bringing a deadly assassin home.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan ]

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7:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Underwear must be a foreign concept to Wing's Chachamaru Ashikaga

You see, it's not that she isn't wearing underwear (well, her top can be cast off). It's just how poorly she's wearing it - oh my... Anyway, this is Wing's Chachamaru Ahikaga, a character from the visual novel Full Metal...

Tianxiao Ma

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



Start the fireworks, the rest of Koto's Jubilee has been revealed photo
Start the fireworks, the rest of Koto's Jubilee has been revealed
by Scarecroodle

Kotobukiya has unveiled the full prototype for its upcoming Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee. The sculpting (which still subject to great) looks surprisingly great and I find that I absolutely love the design... which is why I'm not looking forward to seeing it painted because things can only go downhill from here. Granted, if Kotobukiya could make the pose work then perhaps there's hope for the paint as well.

The one point of interest is that the statue doesn't seem to have any special effects. The Shunya artwork depicted an overly stylized version of Jubilee's energy plasmoids and I would have assumed we might see something similar in the finished product since they've done the same for other characters. It's possible that the piece is being sculpted separately because it will likely be removable.

Casual X-Men fans will best remember Jubilee from X-Men: The Animated Series where the character had a starring role (yet received no action figure in the associated toy line despite having the potential for a great light-up gimmick). She would go on to have a very minor place in X-Men Evolution (where, due to differences in design, it didn't really even look like Jubilee) and was featured in some deleted scenes in the films. Jubilee seems to be frequently cut in favor of Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat, formerly Sprite) who serves a similar function as a teen/rookie member and features a power that offers more diversity to the team (although both have powers known for shorting or damaging electrical instruments).

In the comics, Jubilee has often served as Wolverine's "Robin" (more literally used in Amalgam, where she became the character known as Sparrow and served as a sidekick to Dark Claw (a fusion of Wolverine and Batman)).

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Walk on water to these Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class pre-orders photo
Walk on water to these Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class is without a doubt one of the most striking designs from Kantai Collection and in fact one of the most striking character designs we've seen in quite a while period. Whereas most of her compatriots adopt the standard 'cute girls, cute outfits' ethos, Wo-Class looks more like something out of War of the Worlds than something you'd put on a hug pillow. That's cool by me.

Good Smile Company have already announced a Nendoroid and a Dekacchu of Wo-Class as Wonder Festival exclusives, but they've now gone ahead with and put up orders for a stunning 1/8 scale version too. It's a great rendition of her very alien black and white look, lavished with the traditional GSC attention to detail and some particularly tasty shading. Not only is that gigantic hat removable but she comes with three tiny 'airships' to display alongside her, not to mention that great looking water base.

It's absolutely the first KanColle figure I feel genuine interest in owning, but I'd need deeper pockets than I currently have, as Wo-Class is listed at a sizable ¥12,778. That's not unreasonable given the complexity and quality of the figure, but it's definitely outside impulse buy territory. If you aren't dissuaded, hit the links below and you'll see her come sailing in in February 2015(!).

[ Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan | Good Smile Online Shop (with bonus poster) ]

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