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11:00 AM on 04.08.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: Phat! Company's Kosaki Onodera

Though I'm only one volume of the manga into Nisekoi, I'm actually pretty pleased to see that one of the characters is getting a figure. Phat! Company was showing a prototype of Kosaki Onodera, the girl who is basically not m...

Kristina Pino

9:00 AM on 04.08.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: GSC's Gray Fullbuster

We've known he was coming since Wonder Festival, and we've seen grey (er, no pun intended) protoypes floating about, but at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition Good Smile Company finally showed off the fully painted version of Gray...

Martin Siggers

10:10 PM on 04.07.2014

Make room on the shelf, RAH Ultimate Madoka is coming!

Oh yes, this is real. Medicom Toy just announced this massive Real Action Heroes Ultimate Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica! She's a 1/6 scale figure in an extravagantly detailed cloth outfit as well as her bow and arrow....

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

10:00 AM on 04.06.2014

Volks Revisits the Idolm@ster for their next Dollfie Dream Releases

[EDIT - Dollfie world was kind enough to post up some scans of Volks News and they do indeed have prices for the ladies. Shibuya Rin can be yours for ¥58,000 while Kanzaki Ranko will set you back an eye watering ¥62,0...

Chris Seto



Homura beats the stuffing out of Kyubey in this figure photo
Homura beats the stuffing out of Kyubey in this figure
by Natalie Kipper

It's about time someone taught that albino talking squirrel-thing a thing or two! In Aniplex+'s latest 1/7-scale figure, Puella Magi Madoka Magica's Homura Akemi definitely looks determined (and dare I say, more than a little hardcore). With wisps of her time-traveling magic captured beautifully at the base combined with Homura's hair and outfit frozen in motion, the figure does an excellent job of capturing the magical girl's grace as she steps out into a battle. For those of you who don't dig girl-on-Incubator violence, it appears as though Kyubey can be removed from the figure. I kind of like that its there, though.

This figure unfortunately seems like it is exclusive to the Japanese Aniplex+ online store, where it costs ¥9,999 to pre-order. It is tentatively listed to ship in October of this year. So those wishing to purchase it have two choices: use a proxy service or hope that it will eventually come to the newly-launched USA store. Whatever you do, don't make a contract to get the figure. It isn't worth it; trust me.

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Good Smile Company to attend Sakura-Con photo
Good Smile Company to attend Sakura-Con
by Natalie Kipper

Those of you planning on attending Seattle's Sakura-Con should be excited to hear that Good Smile Company will have a presence there. They will be sharing booths #423 and #332 with Ultra Tokyo Connection. Attendees will have the chance to purchase some of Good Smile Company's and Max Factory's harder to find figures, including Nendoroid Snow Miku - Magical Snow Version, figma Snow Mikufigma Armin Arlert, Nendoroid Mami Tomoe - School Uniform Version, and Nendoroid Asuna Titiania Version. All of these toys will be in limited supply so hurry over to Good Smile Company's booth if you fancy them.

[via Good Smile Company's tumblr]

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Nendoroid Gilgamesh emerges from the Gate of Babylon photo
Nendoroid Gilgamesh emerges from the Gate of Babylon
by Martin Siggers

After breaking cover at WonFes, it was surely only a matter of time before the King of Heroes from Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night wound up in a Kahotan preview. And indeed, today's that day as Nendoroid Gilgamesh goes under the camera.

Gil has always had an incredibly impressive character design when decked out in his golden armour, and Good Smile Company have done an admirable job recreating that design in super-deformed size. The sharp lines, the cloth drapes, it's all there and in excellent detail. They've managed to nail his ultra-smug expression as well, although it's a little disappointing you only get one additional face (a shouting one).

You'll find ample compensation in the accessories though. Aside from an immaculately painted recreation of his sword Ea, the major pack-in here is a large plastic effect part that clips onto the stand behind him. By mounting the included weapons through the appropriate slots in the effect, you're able to recreate his 'Gate of Babylon' ultimate attack. It's quite a sight for sure. Kahotan's also sure to point out each individual weapon can be held as a normal accessory.

Overall, it's looking like one of the sharpest Nendoroids yet. We don't have a price yet (I'd guess above average) but we do know that pre-orders will open on April 9th, next Wednesday. Who's in?

[via Kahotan's blog ]

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Wir sind die jager, and you can be one too with Sentinel's Eren photo
Wir sind die jager, and you can be one too with Sentinel's Eren
by Tianxiao Ma

If you're itching for more Attack on Titan scale figures, Sentinel will be putting theirs up for pre-order soon. This Brave Act Eren Yeager was shown unpainted at WonFes, but now you can get a look at the painted version on Sentinel's blog.

Eren doesn't have the most exciting pose ever, but you do get a couple of poses to choose from. There will also be a cleaning variant as there was with Levi! Eren will be going up for pre-order on April 9 for ¥8,200. You'll also be able to pre-order Levi again on the same day, as he'll be getting another production run.

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Kotobukiya unveils ARTFX J Levi from Attack On Titan photo
Kotobukiya unveils ARTFX J Levi from Attack On Titan
by Martin Siggers

We've sung the praises of Kotobukiya's ARTFX J version of Eren Jaeger to the high heavens - it's simply the most stunning Attack On Titan figure yet seen. Now though Kotobukiya is going to challenge themselves, as they've taken the wraps off of a matching version, this time of dour elder statesman Levi.

Still only a grey prototype at this stage, the early production can't hide the dynamism of the figure, which is posed even more extravagantly than Eren. Levi is bent nearly double as he leaps off his tree trunk base, swords in hand. As with Eren, there's a real sense of frantic movement, and the fine detailing is immense. Check out the way his jacket hangs off him, or great touches like the broken sword embedded in the tree base.

There's no further details to be had at this moment, but the Kotobukiya blog promises they'll show off a coloured sample as soon as possible. The shot of Eren and Levi posed alongside each other is a tantalising prospect for those who already have the first figure on order, and I'd have to imagine a lot of people will be sold on this preview alone. Does that include you readers?

[ via Kotobukiya's blog ]

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Eren Yeager is somewhat less menacing as a Nendoroid photo
Eren Yeager is somewhat less menacing as a Nendoroid
by Tianxiao Ma

The Nendoroid Attack on Titan characters aren't my favorite, but that's not the point of Nendos, is it? Kahotan has posted another great preview for Nendoroid Eren Yeager, with guest appearances by Nendoroid Mikasa and the Colossal Titan.

Nendoroid Eren comes with a pretty good number of accessories, including his maneuver gear and various effect pieces. Kahotan also demonstrates a way to turn the box liner into a makeshift backdrop (there's a special accessory for the stand that holds it up). I also like the little bloody hand part for showing Eren about to use his ability.

He'll be out later this month. Hopefully the weather's improved enough where your living for some Survey Corps operations!

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8:00 PM on 04.02.2014

S.H. Figuarts Naruto starts a hurricane of pre-orders

Bandai has quietly started taking pre-orders on their upcoming Naruto Uzumaki figure from Naruto Shippuden. I say quietly because the figure hasn't gotten much in the way of fanfare since it made a surprise debut at New York ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker





Aniplex USA launches their own Aniplex + Store photo
Aniplex USA launches their own Aniplex + Store
by Martin Siggers

Exclusive items are the bane of overseas collectors, forcing us through expensive and inconvenient proxies just to get the figures we want. But from today, those buyers after Aniplex's exclusive Aniplex+ figures won't have to suffer through all of that. That's because Aniplex of America have just opened up their own version of the Aniplex+ store.

This is no half-assed gesture either, as they've kicked off with pre-orders for both of Aniplex's current figures - the lovely Homura Akemi kimono version and the sultry dress shirt Saber, who only went up on the Japanese store a few weeks ago. Both are pretty keenly priced, coming in close to their Japanese value - $109.98/¥11,880 for Homura and $89.98/¥9,500 for Saber. It's not just America who benefits either - international shipping is available and the company says they'll ship to North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Orders are being fulfilled by RightStuf, with international (non-USA) orders costing a bit more due to the additional shipping.

Needless to say this is a big boon for figure fans. I'm a huge advocate of anything which makes figures more available for everyone, and this does exactly that. It's not just a toy thing of course (for example, the store is also currently selling an insanely expensive box of the third Madoka Magica movie) but as Aniplex seems to be committing to being a figure maker, it's bound to prove useful. Homura is available until May 7th, while Saber closes up a little earlier on the 22nd of April. Anyone who's been on the fence about them, does this help sway you?

[ Pre-order at Aniplex USA ]

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