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5:00 PM on 08.26.2014

Good Smile Company unleashes the Colossal Titan preview

We've seen Good Smile Company's breathtakingly massive rendition of the Colossal Titan from Attack On Titan at several trade shows now, but he's finally reached the last stage of his journey - a Kahotan preview shortly b...

Martin Siggers


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






Amakuni's new Asuka is a cut above photo
Amakuni's new Asuka is a cut above
by Martin Siggers

Amakuni have recently carved out a lucrative niche collaborating with Hobby Japan magazine, producing high quality exclusive figures for the publication. That collaboration doesn't look like it's about to stop anytime soon either, as today the two put their latest work up for order, an impressive 1/6 rendition of Asuka Langley Shikinami from Evangelion 3.33.

The posterior-emphasising pose is a little reminiscent of Alter's take on the same character, but Amakuni's version holds its own well through the addition of a distinctive long halberd, which I don't remember from the film but adds a unique touch. It's a nice pose, graceful yet relaxed and made more noticeable by the decision to use Asuka's new plugsuit from the film, and intriguing mess of red, purple and white which shouldn't really work but somehow does.

All in all it's a very cool take on one of the most-overexposed characters in the figure world, and I'm definitely pondering an order. As an exclusive, you know the drill - a high price tag plus the additional cost of a proxy, though in this case that's somewhat offset by the generous size of the figure. Asuka is available now at ¥11,000, and is expected to arrive next May.

[ Preorder at Big in Japan | Nippon-Yasan ]

[ via Akiba Hobby ]

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1:00 PM on 08.21.2014

Figuarts Zero Sailor Mars goes up for pre-order

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...

Brian Szabelski

12:00 PM on 08.21.2014

New scans reveal Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar release date, price

Ever since it was announced last November, I've been chomping at the bit to know more about Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar. Who wouldn't be eager to see more of one of the all-time great super robots joining the undoubted king of...

Martin Siggers

10:00 AM on 08.20.2014

Alter's Hozuki Ferrari is ready to find some treasure

I've never heard of Galilei Donna before, but Alter decided it was a big enough deal to make a figure with the license. It seems to be an adventure series about three sisters looking for treasure. I choose to believe it's in ...

Tianxiao Ma

8:00 AM on 08.20.2014

Get over your mommy issues with Clayz's Rei Ayanami

No you haven't fallen into a time warp, this is an Evangelion 2.0 figure in 2014. Like, a thousand years after the film's release. Why this Ayanami? And why now? I don't know, but I welcome it. The subject admittedly isn't th...

Tianxiao Ma

8:00 PM on 08.19.2014

Nendoroid Link sails to two month delay, brings others along for the ride

Bad news for those of you who were eagerly anticipating getting your hands on Good Smile Company's rendition of Nintendo's Wind Waker hero - he's been delayed until October. This news was revealed in GSC's regular resche...

Martin Siggers

6:00 PM on 08.19.2014

Take tea with these Nendoroid Hiei preorders

The unstoppable  Kantai Collection merchandising juggernaut rolls onwards, and though I've long since given up attempting to identify the individual characters, I know a cute Nendoroid when I see one. That's exactly...

Martin Siggers



Tomopop Review: AmiAmi's Shinonono Houki photo
Tomopop Review: AmiAmi's Shinonono Houki
by Chris Seto

It has always bemused me why <IS> Infinite Stratos hasn't really seen many figures of the girls in their actual <IS> suits. We've had them in their school uniform, swimsuits, pilot suits and even the girls wearing animal ears which was only shown in one episode of the (awful) second season of the anime! 

When it comes to the <IS> figures, we've had the AGP line but that's about it... until now! Rather than getting an established company taking in the challenge, instead we have a newcomer in the shape of AmiAmi, in their first major figure release, to give us the first figure of the <IS> suit and who we get is Shinonono Houki in Akatsubaki! There's been a bit of history with this figure. She was first shown two years ago with pre-orders opening soon after. She was initially meant to be released in late 2013 but delays meant that she only got a release recently and her initial price was... severe. However, it was lowered when she was finally released but the price is still somewhat on the high side. 

So, we have a figure which has been beset with delays (making Bayonetta seem punctual), with a high pricetag and by a manufacturer with little history. Not exactly a recipe for instant success! But, not only did AmiAmi rise up to the challenge but they also laid the gauntlet down to all the big figure makers with their first release!

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Tomopop Unboxes: August 2014 Anime Bento photo
Tomopop Unboxes: August 2014 Anime Bento
by Natalie Kipper

Anime Bento is a cool new subscription service that delivers hand-picked Japanese toys, accessories, and tasty treats right to your door. For this unboxing video, I open up their first box and examine its innards. Fun stuff. You can find out more about subscribing to Anime Bento here.

[a big thank-you to Anime Bento for supplying me with this sample!]

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6:00 PM on 08.15.2014

Tomopop Birthday Club: A present for Martin

I'm normally very meticulous with keeping track of my figure mail. I log every purchase and keep an eye out for every package. So when this large box turned up my doorstep, I was a touch confused. It's pretty clearly postmar...

Martin Siggers





Good Smile Company's new Ryuko Matoi is the height of fashion photo
Good Smile Company's new Ryuko Matoi is the height of fashion
by Martin Siggers

[ Spoilers ahead for Kill La Kill! ]

Back at Wonder Festival we saw Good Smile Company unveil a prototype for new figure of Kill La Kill heroine Ryuko Matoi. Rather than go for any of her more common looks though, the company opted to ramp up the craziness and produce a figure of her final episode 'Senketsu Fashion Week' super form, which I will never not refer to as Senketsu Hulk Hogan thanks to its red and yellow colour scheme.

Now Moeyo have put out a more comprehensive preview gallery and I have to say she's looking pretty good. As ever with these colossal 'ultimate form' figures GSC seem to have ladled on the detail and drama. The pose seems designed to take up the absolute maximum amount of shelf space possible, and that hair is approaching Yu-Gi-Oh! levels of awesome ridiculousness. My major concern here is that there's simply not that much for the sculptors to go to town on - after all, this is about as close to naked as an outfit can come. It's definitely a case where we'll have to see a more finalised coloured version before we pass judgement. If you're looking to catch the eye though, there's little doubt she'll do that.

[ via Moeyo (NSFW link) ]

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