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11:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Take another look at GSC's exclusives before Wonder Festival

Well look at that, we're only a couple days away from Wonder Festival this weekend and Good Smile Company has another preview for their upcoming exclusives. Sure, you've already seen the figures they have in store, but thanks...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


9:00 PM on 07.22.2014

No assembly required for Kotobukiya's new Yotsuba

It's a well known fact that all decent human beings love Yotsuba&! and therefore should feel nothing but glee when new merchandise is announced. Today it's Kotobukiya's turn to draw out our 'awwwws' as they're puttin...

Martin Siggers



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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Tomopop Review: FuRyu's Cardcaptor Sakura photo
Tomopop Review: FuRyu's Cardcaptor Sakura
by Martin Siggers

The drought of Cardcaptor Sakura figures has long been a source of incredible frustration to me. The series has everything you need to make an army of great collectibles - cute girls, handsome boys, annoying mascots and an adorable lead character who has an endless supply of flashy outfits. Even though Good Smile Company announced a very adorable Nendoroid, there's still a glaring lack of scale static figures. So when FuRyu announced they would be making a prize figure of Sakura, fans jumped all over it. Can something traditionally cheap and cheerful live up to a long held desire though?

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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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Standby, here are your Gundam Build Fighters Season 2 Gunpla photo
Standby, here are your Gundam Build Fighters Season 2 Gunpla
by Andres Cerrato

Gundam Build Fighters was amazing. It didn't have a great plot, but it was at least enjoyable if just for all of the cameos. It certainly surpassed expectations in the west and now season 2, Gundam Build Fighters Try is on the horizon. With a new series based around Gunpla, there are of course new Gunpla for you to buy this upcoming October.

The main Gunpla of the series appears to be the Build Burning Gundam, which is unrelated to the God/Burning Gundam from G Gundam. Next is the Lightning Gundam, which is based off the Re-GZ. Lastly, there's the Winning Gundam, which is an original SD that features a combination gimmick to have different modes. In addition, there's the Powered GM Cardigan, which at this time has no other info about it except that it will come with a lot of weapons.

There's quite a bit to like here and I know that the series will have some more Gunpla that will have me buying them with no hesitation. Hopefully the show will be just as good as last time. After the jump, you'll find all of the pictures and release info.

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8:00 AM on 07.16.2014

MG Hi-Nu Gundam ver Ka's Heavy Weapons are ready for battle

The Hi-Nu Gundam ver. Ka is simply a beautiful mobile suit. While the first MG Hi-Nu had its detractors because it wasn't like the original design by Izubuchi, the new kit follows his design aesthetics much more faithfully. A...

Andres Cerrato



Up your gothic lolita exposure with Nendoroid Suigintoh photo
Up your gothic lolita exposure with Nendoroid Suigintoh
by Tianxiao Ma

Good Smile Company will roll out another Rozen Maiden Nendoroid after the series made its return last year. This time it's Suigintoh, of course bearing the gothic lolita aesthetic the show is known for.

Kahotan's preview plays around with some of her expressions, and suggests to me this Nendo has a bit of sass. In it you can also get a better look at the detailing of her outfit, and the very cool Nendoroid-sized wings. She goes up for pre-orders on the 17th in Japan.

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Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Honda Futayo photo
Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Honda Futayo
by Chris Seto

One thing which has always bemused me is why a show like Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon has not received more figures than it has, given its ridiculously large cast of characters. Early releases focused on Horizon and we've had a few releases of Asama Tomo, but other than a beach queen figure of Mitotsudaira, and the occasional prize figure, that has been it. And the figures have been a little lacklustre. Tomo never seemed to pose like her character should, and one of the bigger Horizon releases was done by Volks, who have not got the best reputation when it comes to their PVC releases (their resin kit and doll releases are without peer though).

So, we were really lacking in Horizon figures - That is, until Kotobukiya stepped in. Their first release is Honda Futayo, the honourable air-headed duelist warrior of the group, and one third of the busty trio (the other two being Tomo and Aoi Kimi).

She steps into an arena which is honestly lacking any major competition, but that doesn't mean that she can slack off. So, does the Kotobukiya figure hold up to scrutiny? Only one way to find out.

Let's get it on!!

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12:00 PM on 07.10.2014

Megahouse's Space Dandy and Honey are up for pre-order baby

OK, it might not be as delightfully continuity-baiting as Be@rbrick Dandy, but there's good news for Space Dandy fans who prefer their figures a little more traditionally styled. After popping up at MegaHobby Expo a few ...

Martin Siggers



Nendoroid Satsuki Kiryuuin demands you bow down and pre-order photo
Nendoroid Satsuki Kiryuuin demands you bow down and pre-order
by Martin Siggers

We saw a pretty good glimpse of Nendoroid Satsuki in the Kahotan Station stream a few days back, but now Good Smile Company's resident blogger has taken the wraps off completely for a comprehensive preview.

As with Ryuko and Mako before her, Satsuki's cartoony style is perfect for squashing down to Nendoroid scale and she looks fantastic as a result. What's a little less fantastic is the limited selection of accessories. Satsuki comes with only two (admittedly great) faces - stern and shouting. Other add ons are limited to both sheathed and unsheathed versions of her sword, Bakuzan. Still, where's my teacup?

If the accessories are a little lacking, GSC have attempted to make up for it with a very cool base. It's a replica of the peak of Honnouji Academy where Satsuki often stands to deliver ominous proclamations. In a great piece of style swiped from the show, she'll also come with a massive text piece reading STUDENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT to be displayed behind her. Orders from the Good Smile Online Shop get an exclusive bonus in the form of two additional text plates (NATURALS ELECTION and TRI-CITY SCHOOL RAID TRIP).

Overall, it's a toughie. I feel you should get a little more for your ¥4,200 but at the same time the basic figure is so precious it's difficult not to go all in. I think I'll be buying and if you want to join me, hit the links below and eagerly anticipate a parcel this October.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan | Good Smile Online Shop (with exclusive text plates) ]

[ via Kahotan's blog

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9:30 PM on 07.07.2014

Anime Expo 2014: Good Smile Company's booth

[Update: Added images for revolmini Solid Snake] You can always count on Good Smile Company to bring something cool to an anime convention. Going by Natalie's coverage of their booth, it looks like they didn't disappoint this...

Tianxiao Ma