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4:00 PM on 07.04.2014

What Kristina Is Up To: Getting musical

Oh hey, I'm back! And the weather is still pretty much gloomy and rainy in Japan, even though we're in July. The humidity is up, which is nice - my skin is amazing right now. But my students are getting frustrated because we'...

Kristina Pino




What Kristina Is Up To: Bookmarks for summer photo
What Kristina Is Up To: Bookmarks for summer
by Kristina Pino

Summer is almost here, which means that students are almost off on break. Well, many students are, anyway. Some elect to do summer school (or are forced to by their parents), and end up missing out on that glorious month of vacation.

It's a small consolation, but students at the school I work at will be getting some handmade bookmarks and other things during the summer session, and a huge chunk of those are made by yours truly. Check out some of my designs below.

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Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Hatsune Miku Deep Sea Girl ver. photo
Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Hatsune Miku Deep Sea Girl ver.
by Tianxiao Ma

The wait for Good Smile Company's Deep Sea Girl Hatsune Miku has been lengthy, but Good Smile Company at long last has shipped her out. And you know what? I'm not bitter.

I think we all know (more or less) what we'll be getting with this figure. Even after tons of preview galleries and pre-release coverage, this figure still manages to capture my imagination. It really is special, so read on to see why.

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1:00 PM on 06.06.2014

Good Smile Racing teams up with Mirai for a new Racing Miku

I'm already losing track of all the different racing Mikus, especially since there are multiplele figures of every design. Now we're getting another, as Good Smile Racing has announced they've allied with Team Mirai to produc...

Martin Siggers

5:00 PM on 05.16.2014

Snow Miku 2015 competition winner revealed!

You saw all of the finalists earlier today, but this morning's GSC livestream revealed the final designs for both Snow Miku 2015 and adorable bunny Yukine. Miku is going to be Taran's design #4, while Yukine will be Hayuki's ...

Martin Siggers



Snow Miku Nendoroid design contest finalists announced photo
Snow Miku Nendoroid design contest finalists announced
by Scarecroodle

Kahotan has announced the finalists for the 2015 Nendoroid Snow Miku Costume Design Contest. The results consist of four possible designs for Snow Miku and another four for Rabbit Yukine.

While I'm partial to design #4 for Miku, all of the designs look like winners (figuratively speaking, of course, because there can be only be one). It's a really nice batch of designs. I'm even more conflicted over Rabbit Yukine as I like both the mustachioed design #2 and perky design #3... but also the cute design #4. I guess what I'm saying is any design except for #1 would be great.

Have you guys picked your favorites yet?

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Deep Sea Miku gets another preview, might actually be real photo
Deep Sea Miku gets another preview, might actually be real
by Martin Siggers

Deep Sea Miku is gorgeous. Deep Sea Miku has also been delayed more times than most of us can count. In an effort to convince us that she's finally actually a real thing, Kahotan has put up a new blog post previewing the lovely blue haired girl. If you're thinking this feel a little familiar though, you're right, since almost exactly one year ago Mikatan did the same thing.

The figure itself is as pretty as ever, but all this new preview does is highlight how incredibly long it's taken for her to get off the production line and onto store shelves. Personally I'm not going to believe she's actually shipped until readers start telling us they've physically got their hands on her. Still, if you've got a pre-order this is hopefully a sign your investment will finally have something to show for itself.

via [ Kahotan's blog ]

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11:30 AM on 04.26.2014

Let's get racy with figma Racing Miku and 1/7 Red Riding Hood Miku

Have you had enough Miku? Of course you haven't! Overnight, for us at least, at a special NicoNico event, Good Smile Company decided to let word out of two new pieces of Miku that you will tell yourself you cannot live withou...

Andres Cerrato

8:00 PM on 04.08.2014

Get a look at Funko's Vocaloid Pop! figures

At NY Toy Fair, we got a look at all of Funko’s upcoming series. One of those series shown were prototype renderings of figures from Vocaloid. Now Funko has released official images of these figures with more informati...

Vanessa Cubillo



Hobby Japan's Sakura Miku is pretty in pink for pre-orders photo
Hobby Japan's Sakura Miku is pretty in pink for pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

Kahotan's preview today spotlights Good Smile Company's second collaboration with Hobby Japan for their Figure Japan magazine (the first being their 1/10 Ultimate Madoka). As we saw a few weeks back, it'll be a scale version of Sakura Miku, based on GSC's existing Miku figure but reduced to 1/10.

The downsizing doesn't appear to have hurt the quality though, as this is still a lovely looking figure. Kahotan notes the use of pearlescent paint to give her a real shimmer, and those massive twintails are still a standout feature of the sculpt. Happily, there'll be an easy way for overseas buyers to get her, as GSC have also put the magazine and figure bundle up on their online store. You'll pay 7,980 for the package, with deliveries due in October. Anyone tempted to splash a little pink into their life?

[ Pre-order at Good Smile Company Online Store ]

[via Kahotan's blog]

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Pink is the new turquoise with Hobby Japan's Sakura Miku photo
Pink is the new turquoise with Hobby Japan's Sakura Miku
by Tianxiao Ma

Hobby Japan has teamed up with Good Smile Company to produce a Sakura Miku scale figure. If the sculpt looks familiar, that's because it's based on GSC's 1/8-scale Miku. This one has been run through a copier and shrunken to 1/10-scale. Luckily the shrinking process hasn't impacted the detailing on her beautiful twin tails.

Sakura Miku will be an exclusive, coming in October bundled with Figure Japan magazine. For now you can check out Hobby Japan's gallery of the painted prototype. They're promising an update of some sort on March 9, so speculate away on what that might be about!

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8:00 AM on 02.23.2014

All of the things for Good Smile's Spring lottery

We've mentioned Good Smile's Spring Kuji items briefly before, but there's finally a nice collection of retail shots of all of the new items for us to drool at. Starting March 8th, they'll be stocked at the shelves of Family ...

Kristina Pino