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....
Figuarts Zero Sailor Mars is about ready to go up for pre-order in Japan, with reservations for the Tamashii Shop-exclusive figure starting at 4 p.m. Japan Standard Time (or about 13 hours from this post). Shipping out in Feb...
You know, there's something to be said about the harem show. Sure, they're usually puerile, insipid and lacking in any sort of redeeming value. Yes, they usually rely on fanservice in lieu of good animation or solid design. You know what... there's very little to say about most harem shows beyond their pervy value.
What's interesting on the merch side of things is that most harem shows don't usually get posed figures. Outside of Bakemonogatari, which definitely has a harem element to it, I can't think of many series that'll get figmas or Figuarts. Bandai, perhaps trying to stretch out their poseable figure line, has gone ahead and made an S.H. Figuarts of Momo Deviluke, from To Love-Ru Darkness.
How good is the figure? Well, let's just put it this way: there's usually a reason why harem shows don't get poseable figures. Hit the jump to find out why.
So we've gone through and covered Sailor Moon, Tamashii Buddies and Dragon Ball Z ... that can't be all of Tamashii Nations' SDCC offerings, can it? Not in the least, as many of their other licenses got a chance to shine in their booth, too. Whether you're a fan of fighting superheroes, fighting ninjas, video game icons, or ... fighting superheroes, there's something for you from this year's Tamashii Nations showing.
Hit the jump for some of the best of the rest, and be sure to check out the gallery for more!
Tamashii Nations have done a fairly decent job catering to Dragon Ball Z fans with their Figuarts lines, and this year's San Diego Comic Con was no different. Broly pretty much stole the show on the S.H. Figuarts side of...
It wasn't too hard to spot the Sailor Moon merchandise in Bluefin/Tamashii Nations' booth this year, with plenty of folks gathered around the cases, snapping photos of the figures inside. All eight currently announced S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon pieces were all there, including Sailors Uranus, Neptune and Saturn.
If you've been following Tomopop, none of the figures there will be new announcements to you, but it's still nice to see them in person. They look to be pretty standard fare for the S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon line, so if you liked (or disliked) the other Senshi they've done, you'll probably feel the same about these three. And since Neptune and Uranus are Tamashii Web Shop exclusives in Japan, they are apparently going to cost more here as well at US$50 each.
Figuarts Zero Sailor Venus and Mercury were also at the booth, joined by Figuarts Zero Sailor Moon. Of the two, Mercury is probably going to be the one to get your attention with the effects parts/base she'll be coming with. Venus looks alright as well, though she doesn't have as lively of a feel as Mercury does. Some of you guys and gals weren't so hot on Figuarts Zero Sailor Moon for various sculpting reasons, but are Mercury and Venus something you're more excited about?
Bluefin and Tamashii Nations set aside a corner display at their booth to show off the new Tamashii Buddies line. It's a series of 3.5-inch trading figures, each coming with a unique backdrop and base to display them on, which are apparently also stackable so you can display them on top of each other on your shelving.
The figures themselves look to have the same quality as their bigger counterparts in the Figuarts Zero line, and so far both Dragonball/Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon have been announced. Sailor Moon was the only figure on display from her series, while Dragonball fans can look forward to the likes of Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, Freeza, Broly, Cell, Super Saiyan Gohan and even Kid Goku from the original series. That last one is the one I know I want!
You'll have to wait until November for the Tamashii Buddies to become available in Japan, and presumably a little longer after that for a North American release.
Tamashii Nations have finally unveiled shots of the upcoming SHF Luigi, who is slated for release this December along with a brand new play set (Super Mario Play Set C). Let's just say that, if I were to receive one or three of these for Christmas this year, I'd be a pretty happy gal.
See Luigi in action in the gallery, messing around with monsters and shells and traveling via warp tube. Also cool: see Luigi and Mario together. Imagine all the great stop-motion YouTube videos they would star in!
This release looks like loads of fun, and I can't wait to see more shots once it's finally out in the wild. Maybe I'll see him at Wonder Festival this weekend? I'm ear-to-ear grinning over here.
Being honest here, I kind of forgot that Injustice was a thing. The game was released quite some time ago and the S.H. Figuarts Batman from the game was debuted at New York Comic Con last year. Since October last year, we did...
Sailors Moon through Saturn have all either been released or announced, so the next logical step was for Neptune and Uranus to get their announcement. That news did come last month, with the two being released at the turn of ...
Mario is the figure that so many have wanted a quality representation of. While there have been a few over the years, they did little more than just move arms up and down. Earlier this year, Bandai brought the news that many had waited for, an articulated Mario was on the way. Long rumored, but finally in existence. Not only were we getting Mario, but there's also the expansion parts sets to add more of the Mushroom Kingdom.
How does S.H. Figuarts Mario and accessories sold separately fair? Find out in today's video review!
You will do just about anything to feel like you're really there. Bandai has long made products to make you feel as if it were real to you and that's their goal with the new Proplica line. The first entry into the new series is Sailor Moon's Moon Stick, which if done correctly, should transform you into a magical girl. Unfortunately, that didn't work for me so I'll have to live with just lights and sounds. Maybe it'll work better for you.
Follow the jump for today's video review of the Proplica Sailor Moon Moon Stick!
It's just a day full of surprises. Just as we thought that SHF Broly would be the beginning of the larger-sized S.H. Figuarts, here comes a sneak. Inserted into the Android 17 pre-order page on Premium Bandai is a group shot ...