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9:00 PM on 09.03.2014

[Updated] Take aim at this new SAO Sinon Nendoroid gallery

[Update: Hey, look, pre-orders are up. Find them down below.] Coming into the Sword Art Online 2 anime I wasn't really sure what to expect from series newcomer Sinon. The early previews made her look like the cold, emotionles...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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10:30 PM on 07.27.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya SAO2 Sinon

I have to admit, watching the latest episode of Sword Art Online II I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Sinon isn't quite the emotionless ice queen she seemed to be up to now. She's actually has a rather normal and ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

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



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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12:30 PM on 06.16.2014

Good Smile reveals its June figure delays

Good Smile Company has just posted its list of delays for June, and thankfully, the delays aren't long. Everything on this month's list has been pushed back to a July release, with Penguin Parade releases making up the majori...

Brian Szabelski

7:00 AM on 05.08.2014

Treasure Festa in Ariake 11: Griffon - Nanoricchi gallery

Griffon Enterprises' Nanoricchi line is fairly new but the chibi figures were still a major presence at Japan's Treasure Festa in Ariake 11. The majority of the figures were revealed back at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter but th...

Natalie Kipper



WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 1 photo
WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 1
by Natalie Kipper

For a toy collector, if you only attended one panel at last weekend's WonderCon, it was Kotobukiya's Spring Preview. They had licensing announcements. They had prototypes. They had concept art a plenty. Heck, they even had a very generous raffle! So much awesomeness is impossible to contain within a mere one post and thus this panel's summary has been split into two posts. The anime, Star Wars, and gaming news can be found here and the rest will be in part two. For now, don't worry so much about that. Just read on and take in the excitement.

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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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Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! It's been a pretty busy week in all sorts of ways. We're still plowing our way through Wonder Festival coverage with the shadow of Toy Fair looming over us. But outside of that the Olympics are in full swing once again and Valentine's Day is tomorrow, probably the two best events for precious metals. Man, why is the shortest month of the year also the busiest?

This week we've got more galleries, customs, LEGO pieces, and plushies. Follow me after the jump to see it all! Incidentally, I've tried to watch Full Metal Panic twice and still haven't finished the first season...

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1:00 PM on 02.13.2014

Kotobukiya's Fairy Dance Asuna is unbarred for pre-orders

Kotobukiya unveiled their second take on Asuna back in January, and we got to see her in all her painted glory at Wonder Festival this past week. Proving the company doesn't hang around, she's now up for pre-order, completing...

Martin Siggers



Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya's Cu-poche photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya's Cu-poche
by Natalie Kipper

Ah yes, the Cu-poche; what some might call Kotobukiya's answer to Good Smile Company's popular Nendoroid line. Whatever your take on the chibi-fied figures, Wonder Festival's Cu-poche display is sure to draw more than a few eyes. A good many of the figures shown had already been released, ( Dark Magician Girl, Haruka AmamiSaber, and Kirino Kousaka, for example), giving the display a feel of a museum exhibit showcasing the lines past and future.

The new prototypes draw from the anime series, Sword Art Online and Chu 2 Byo, along with an extra-special original figure. From Sword Art Online, we see an unpainted Asuna Cu-poche. From the world of Chu 2 Byo, Kotobukiya provided a painted prototype of Rikka Takanashi plus a silhouette teaser image of Sanae Dekomori. Finally, we come to the Scale Bathing Suit Body Cu-Poche. This is Cu-poche doesn't come from any game or anime series; it is just a charming little lady in her swimsuit.

Check out the gallery to see the photos Tomopop's own Kristina Pino snapped for us!

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8:00 AM on 02.11.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya scale figures

We've already seen some of the new hotness that Kotobukiya brought to WonFes, but there's always room for more. Their scale figure lineup looks pretty diverse this year, which is great if you're sick of KanColle. Here's the r...

Tianxiao Ma