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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

4:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Space Dandy episode 14 spawns a real life Be@rbrick, baby

If you caught the premiere episode of the second season of Space Dandy over the weekend then no doubt you noticed a cameo by a certain Japanese toy line. Never a stranger to self parody, episode 14 features the gang jumping f...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

9:00 PM on 07.06.2014

Anime Expo 2014: Good Smile Company's panel

Today may mark the end of Anime Expo 2014 but it heralds the starts of Tomopop's coverage of the convention. Good Smile Company's panel, which took place last Friday night. Good Smile Company staff, including their CEO T...

Natalie Kipper

8:30 PM on 07.06.2014

Anime Expo 2014: Yes Anime

Yes Anime's Anime Expo booth was home to a few new prototypes including ... 12-inch Tiger and Bunny plushes based on the popular characters as alpacas? Yes: the plushes are designed to look like alpaca-fied versions...

Brian Szabelski

8:00 PM on 07.04.2014

GSC shows their competitive side with third Good Smile Cup (part one)

No question that Good Smile Company is full of some of the most talented sculptors, painters, and designers in the industry. We know what they can do under assignment, but what happens when the reins come off and staff are fr...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

All You Need is Love with Kyoto Animation's Shinka Nibutani photo
All You Need is Love with Kyoto Animation's Shinka Nibutani
by Martin Siggers

It's a good time to be a fan of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, what with Kotobukiya and Amakuni both recently unveiling figures from the series. Now Kyoto Animation, the studio responsible for making the show in the first place, is back with another addition to their own range. This time it's the seemingly-perfect Shinka Nibutani who's hitting the store.

After excellent figures of Rikka and Dekomori, Nibutani doesn't disappoint either. As with Dekomori, KyoAni have skipped the rather rote school uniform in favour of the fetching and fanservice-y cheerleader look. The sculptors have taken full advantage with an energetic jumping pose and pom-poms. Perhaps the most eye catching thing about the whole figure is the gigantic LOVE base, which both holds Nibutani in the air and provides a suitable backdrop for her.

Overall she's a fantastic looker and perhaps the best Chuunibyou figure yet. As ever though, there's a catch. Like all of KyoAni's figures she's exclusive to their online shop, so you'll need to have your favourite proxy on standby. Then there's the price, a sizable ¥12,000. Still, you're getting quite a figure for the money. I know I'm still tempted, anyone else?

[ Pre-order at Kyoto Animation Online Shop (proxy needed) | Nippon-Yasan ]

[ via Kyoto Animation ]

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10:30 AM on 07.03.2014

figma Chariot rides into pre-orders, demands macaroons

One of the many things I enjoyed about the Black Rock Shooter anime was the design of the superbly disturbed original character, Chariot. Though she's been out and about as a Nendoroid, her creepy character design was al...

Martin Siggers

9:30 AM on 07.03.2014

Get your preview of S.H. Figuarts Sailor Uranus and Neptune

Sailors Moon through Saturn have all either been released or announced, so the next logical step was for Neptune and Uranus to get their announcement. That news did come last month, with the two being released at the turn of ...

Andres Cerrato

10:00 PM on 07.02.2014

Bandai squeezes out some new One Piece figures

How's this for timing? Only a few weeks ago Adult Swim's Toonami aired the episodes of One Piece where Luffy gets wedged between two buildings and Zoro gets stuck upside down inside a chimney. And then Bandai goes and reveals...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Don't freak out before pre-ordering Nendoroid Armin photo
Don't freak out before pre-ordering Nendoroid Armin
by Martin Siggers

We saw him in scans last month, but now Nendoroid Armin has full burst onto the scene, showing up in a very charming Kahotan preview and going up for pre-order at all the major stores.

I like Armin's character design - his blonde boyishness is a nice break from a succession of dark haired grim faced heroes - and the included faces are excellent as always, particularly the fantastic 'shocked' expression. Still, as cool as it is I'm getting pretty weary of seeing a billion figures in the Attack On Titan uniform and this doesn't really do much to change that. If you can't get enough though, know that he'll cost you ¥3,889 and be out this October. Hit the links below to get your pre-orders in.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | J-List | Big in Japan | Good Smile Online Shop (w/exclusive grass stand) ]

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10:00 PM on 06.28.2014

Kahotan Station shows off new Nendoroids, figmas

Just a few days ago, Kahotan hosted a broadcast on NicoNico showing off Good Smile's latest ... in the middle of the night here. Thankfully, ani735para on Tumblr grabbed a bunch of screenshots from the broadcast, which have r...

Brian Szabelski

Kotobukiya's Mikasa means business in Amiami's preview photo
Kotobukiya's Mikasa means business in Amiami's preview
by Tianxiao Ma

I've been impressed by what I've seen of Kotobukiya's Mikasa figure so far. Amiami recently uploaded a preview gallery, and their shots made me feel even better about the figure.

In the gallery you can get a great look at the shading on her cloak, the sculpt on her uniform, and of course her maneuver gear. Every thing looks good so far, though I did notice that from some angles Mikasa looks a little less graceful. From the side, it looks like she's in full-on titan killing mode. From the front and back, it kind of looks like she's stumbling. It's only natural; tree branches are hard to balance on after all.

Pre-orders are still open for Mikasa so if you missed out on (or don't want, for whatever reason) Good Smile Company's version, you can still pick this one up.

[via Amiami Blog]

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