At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates....
I don't know if you'd call Strike Witches character designs creative. On one hand, they are a bizarre mix of moe girls, WWII-era airplanes, animal ears, and authentic weaponry. On the other hand, basically all the character d...
Terra Battle concert planning is now underway as the popular mobile-RPG surpasses 1 million downloads in less than a month. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.
Levi, the cool-headed neat freak captain of Attack on Titan's scouting legion, is now getting the PVC treatment from Good Smile Company. Along with the intricate maneuver gear, you'll also get... part of a Titan head. It's bi...
If pretty women with giant swords floats your boat, check out Amakuni's Bishamon from the manga/anime series Noragami. She's supposed to be a god of combat - I guess she looks the part? Kind of?
This looks to be a Hobby Japan...
FREEing has found big success in their recent forays into Yukata figures, and A Certain Scientific Railgun remains a perennial merchandise favourite. It's hardly surprising therefore that the two have crossed paths, with...
What was teased in July has now become a real thing: here's Kotobukiya's Tekken Bishoujo Anna Williams! The translation from illustration to figure went pretty well. While Anna's pose looks a bit silly from some angles, at least it's not super twisted like Nina's. Overall I find her red dress and powerful legs to be the most appealing parts.
Needless to say I love everything about this - great pose, incredible detail (all those ruffles!) and a delightful paintjob. She's even got a nicely unique look due to being based on manga art rather than the anime design. A little chubbier in the face, a little more extravagant with the hair, it's a good way to make the figure stand out from the increasing hoard of Cardcaptor Sakura merchandise that's descending upon us.
At ¥11,000 Sakura isn't on the cheap side, but Kotobukiya has a reputation of delivering high quality stuff and it's certainly a price I'm willing to pay. If you're with me, hit the links below to ensure Sakura comes winging to your door in April of next year.
Got the sneaking suspicion that Kotobukiya has already made a Xiao Mei? Well you'd be correct. But why let a good design go to waste? Kotobukiya will soon be releasing another variant of Shining Blade's Xiao Mei, this time paired with a the black cat Rinrin.
Both are super cute and Xiao Mei's dialed up the fanservice, so I'm sure Shining series fans and Tony Taka enthusiasts won't be disappointed. Akiba Hobby has a preview gallery up of a sample featured in Kotobukiya's museum in Akiba. Pre-orders are still open for US$89.99.
With the amount of attention I pay to boobs and (female) butts, it seems only fair that I cover some eye candy for the ladies too. Max Factory's upcoming figure of Ren from Dramatical Murder fits the bill very nicely!
Kahotan's preview shows off two versions of Ren: the cloaked Wonderful Hobby Selection version (dubbed "Rhyme Mode ver.") and a permanently topless "Together, Forever" version. If you're after the abs, you probably won't have any issues with either version. However I'm somewhat miffed by the decision to put out an exclusive WHS version at nearly double the price (something we also saw with Yamato). I feel that the WHS version is the true version of the figure - the one that Max Factory would have sold in the past at a normal price. Maybe economics has made this unfeasible, but there's something bothersome about a stripped down (in both senses) figure for ¥10,000+.
Speaking of pricing, the "Rhyme Mode" variant will be ¥19,800 while the barebones "Together, Forever" version will be ¥10,800. Pre-orders started a couple of weeks ago and are still open if you're interested.
Alter has made a couple of Asuka figures before, with the last one released almost four years ago. If that one was too happy and/or immodest for you (those test plugsuits can be quite revealing), this release may be more to your liking.
Although I don't find this figure to be particularly noteworthy, I have been wanting to expand my Eva collection for a while without shelling out for RAHes or Revoltechs. Read on to see how this Asuka measures up.
I've never been a fan of To Heart 2's character designs, but its quasi-spin-off Dungeon Travelers improved things a bit. Here's a figure of Mefmera from Dungeon Travelers 2 as made by Alter. One thing's clear: this one's all ...
I don't know too much about DRAMAtical Murder but the visual novel (and now anime) has already made it's mark in the toy world, with several fine figures mostly of protagonist Aoba. During today's Kahotan Station stream, the team over at Good Smile Company announced their latest addition to the range, this time of Aoba's companion Ren.
Dubbed 'Rhyme Mode ver.' it;'s another tremendously striking figure that keeps up a recent GSC tradition of incredibly awesome, elaborate bases. The figure itself is no slouch either, coming with two display options. You can have a massive, raggedy cloak for maximum visual impact, or you can remove it for maximum bishonen-ogling appeal. It also looks liek those on a tighter budget will have the option of the shirtless version with a much simpler base. In either case, it's another fine looking product that's no doubt going to send fans of the game wild.
I really like these dynamic, aerial poses for their Attack on Titan figures. But more than that, I like the unintentional humor of looking at them off-angle and realizing they look like drunk people staggering around. Seriously, check out the gallery and tell me what you think.