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1:00 AM on 10.11.2014

Don't wait until the spring to view Sakura Saber

Fate/stay night's Saber has had many faces, but none as Japanese as Sakura Saber. If you're not familiar with Good Smile Company's latest take on Saber (first announced nearly a year ago!) don't feel bad, she comes from a rat...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

4:00 AM on 10.10.2014

NYCC 2014: Good Smile Company

We got the teaser just the other day, now we get to see the whole thing! It's fairly rare for Good Smile Company to tackle properties from the west (though that seems to be changing every event), but with recent efforts to gi...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



TF Masterpiece MP-05 Megatron to get a new exclusive release photo
TF Masterpiece MP-05 Megatron to get a new exclusive release
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Big Bad Toy Store is reporting that a new release of Transformers MP-05 Megatron is on the way. They're listing it as a 30th Anniversary exclusive, but stop short of saying where exactly it's intended to be sold. While it certainly isn't a North American release it's hard to guess what store or event it is being produced for. It also wouldn't surprise me if it turned out to not be a Japanese release at all, but yet another "Asia Exclusive" like the upcoming Masterpiece Optimus Prime reissue instead. Others think this might be one final run for the mold similar to the final use of the original Masterpiece Optimus Prime mold MP-01L which had the word "Last Shot" molded into his back and perhaps signals an all new Megatron in the modern scale on the horizon. 

Whatever the case we don't get a very clear idea of what this will look like and the photos where in black and white. We know it'll have chromed parts, but it also is listed as a "Destron leader repaint". Destrons are the Japanese equivalent to Decepticons so that's not a lot to go on. However, when the original G1 figure was first released to Japan around 1985 one of the biggest changes to the figure (aside from removing the chrome) was using blue where the American figure used red. I wouldn't at all be surprised if this new figure featured blue parts instead of the red of the original Masterpiece. 

BBTS has the figure listed at US$199.99 and a December release, same month as Ultra Magnus gets released which gives more credit to the theory of this being an exclusive to Asia. And let's face it, for most people this is the absolutely worst TF MP figure there is with lots of floppy joints, skinny legs, and overall poor design. Hopefully we'll get a proper new MP Megatron in the coming years, but for now it looks like Starscream is still leading the Decepticons.

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S.H.Figuarts Sasuke Uchiha gets some new shots photo
S.H.Figuarts Sasuke Uchiha gets some new shots
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

You've probably already heard by now, but the Naruto manga is now in it's final weeks, set to end at the beginning of November. Seems like bad timing for Bandai to be releasing Naruto figures, that might have a little something to do with Sasuke here being a Tamashii Web exclusive. But don't fret, Bluefin has us covered.

Over at the S.H.Figuarts blog they've posted a few more photos of Sasuke that, let's be honest, aren't incredibly flattering. Compared to the early photos his face and hair have lost some details. His hair isn't as pointy and now hangs over his eyes more. His facial features have gotten softer and in some shots almost translucent when compared to what was certainly a hand-painted prototype. Body sculpting still looks nice and despite the challenging legs they appear to be very well articulated so that's a big plus. 

He won't be out for a few more months, late January/early February depending on where you go. Tamashii Web prices him at ¥5,184, but you won't be able to get it without some help if you aren't in Japan. On the other hand Bluefin has him priced at US$52.99 and if you go with, say, Amazon you might be able to get free shipping so that may be one of the better routs to take. 

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10:00 PM on 10.05.2014

Bring the fight to life with Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax prize figures

Japanese publishers love their crossover fighting games. Just in recent years we've seen games like Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match merging characters from various Aquaplus visual novels and games and J-Stars Victory Vs ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:30 PM on 10.01.2014

Spark a revolution with Figuarts ZERO Sabo from One Piece

One of the worst kept secrets in the One Piece anime has finally made his debut in this past weekend's episode and it would seem a figure debut wasn't far behind. Even though the anime refuses thus far to show his face and ca...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Alter unveils promo shots of their second Mikan Yuuki photo
Alter unveils promo shots of their second Mikan Yuuki
by Tianxiao Ma

To Love-Ru has recently gotten a couple of high quality figures from Max Factory. Now Alter is gearing up to release their second Mikan Yuuki figure. If you'll recall, Alter's first take on Mikan had her lying prone in her casual clothing. This variant is rather plain, featuring her in the stereotypical school swimsuit.

Alter's blog has some promo shots. It looks like a decent enough figure, though nothing really stands out to me. Mikan will have a smiling expression and a more... let's say accusatory face. Pre-orders begin in just a few days!

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Kahotan previews Good Smile Company's Eren yeager photo
Kahotan previews Good Smile Company's Eren yeager
by Tianxiao Ma

I'm sure Good Smile Company's Eren Yeager will be a fine figure - the definitive one, even - but all these Attack on Titan guys are starting too look the same to me. Back when the show first aired, I was starving for AoT figures. Oh, the irony.

Kahotan's latest preview shows off Eren in all his hotheaded glory, leaping off a chimney and presumably toward the maw of a titan. Stop me if you've seen this before: the maneuver gear, the gas canisters, the blade holder, and the wires all make for an impressive figure. But Sentinel's figures were impressive. Kotobukiya's figures were impressive. I guess we'll see how GSC stacks up (I do have their Mikasa on order so I'll soon know first-hand).

Eren is up for pre-order right now for ¥13,800. Unlike Mikasa, it doesn't look like Eren will get a deluxe variant, or even a Good Smile Online Shop exclusive bonus. He's set for an April 2015 release.

[ Pre-order at Good Smile Online ShopHobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | Play Asia | J-List | ToysLogic | Big in Japan | Big Bad Toy Store ]

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11:00 PM on 09.26.2014

Kotobukiya has a titan of an Eren Yeager model on the way

Plastic models aren't just for giant robots. Giant humanoid monsters need a little plamo loving, too. Kotobukiya is showing off an updated look at their upcoming tian form Eren Yeager model kit from Attack on Titan at All Jap...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:42 PM on 09.25.2014

Perfect Grade Gundam Unicorn coming this December

It's the kit that everyone said they wanted when they learned what they could do. The gimmicks for the Perfect Grade line made people dream of what the Unicorn could be if they were to do it. Yes, it's finally coming this Dec...

Andres Cerrato



Black Butler's Sebastian is simply one hell of an awesome RAH figure photo
Black Butler's Sebastian is simply one hell of an awesome RAH figure
by Natalie Kipper

Sebastian Michaelis of Black Butler was recently revealed to be the latest in Medicom Toy's Real Action Heroes line of figures. AmiAmi Blog's preview highlighted the demon-turned-butler's accessories and various poses. He comes with three interchangeable facial expressions (neutral with a slight smirk, winking, and a sideways glance) and two different hair parts (normal and swept to the side). That's not even mentioning the whole set of of cutlery (fans know why),  the tea set with tray, and the candelabra plus two interchangeable sets of hands to hold them all.

And while that is all very impressive, I was most blown away by the detail in Sebastian's outfit. They even got his pocket watch and his gloves and tailcoat are removable! The subtly different tones in fabric were also a lovely touch. I'm not going to lie; if I were to buy a RAH, Sebastian would be the one. But like all figures in the Real Action Heroes series, they are darn expensive. Sebastian will set you back ¥23,760. He is listed on AmiAmi right now but the pre-order won't go live until midnight Japan Time on September 24. RAH Sebastian Michaelis is estimated to ship in late June 2015.

[pre-order at AmiAmi; images via AmiAmi Blog]

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Make it a shrine festival date with Aniplex+'s Mami figure photo
Make it a shrine festival date with Aniplex+'s Mami figure
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Aniplex+ is back again with another Madoka Magica girl clad in their best kimono. Joining Madoka and Homura is figure number three, Mami (Maiko edition) in a very cute pink kimono. The detail is quite exceptional with lots of bright and vivid colors, every piece covered in flower petals. Her hair has some very intricately sculpted and painted decorations and even her bright blue fan looks great! Just like with the other two this is certainly a figure made to impress. As if that wasn't enough she also comes with a little Charlotte figure laughing at her feet. 

The figure itself is 1/8 scale and stands at 190 mm. She's expected to be released in April at US$119.98. As an Aniplex+ exclusive she's only available directly through Right Stuf or Akiba Anime. Pre-order cutoff to guarantee a figure is October 31, but both shops have ordered additional figures in the past to continue taking orders after the date, though you're taking a big chance!

Oh, and check the gallery for a preview of the Sayaka and Kyouko figures!

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