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10:50 PM on 07.26.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Nendoroid Batman, figma Leonidas and more

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer is here and Good Smile Company hit the ground running. We've got our first good look at the Nendoroid Batman that they hinted at and it looks quite good. Looks like he'll come with a Bat Signa...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

10:30 PM on 07.26.2014

SDCC 2014: Gecco

Last year, Gecco was hiding out in ToyMunkey Studio's booth for San Diego Comic Con, but this year they're more front and center at the VIZ Media booth. In fact, they're supplying one of VIZ Media's exclusives this year: a 4t...

Brian Szabelski



SDCC 2014: Tamashii Nations - Sailor Moon photo
SDCC 2014: Tamashii Nations - Sailor Moon
by Brian Szabelski

It wasn't too hard to spot the Sailor Moon merchandise in Bluefin/Tamashii Nations' booth this year, with plenty of folks gathered around the cases, snapping photos of the figures inside. All eight currently announced S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon pieces were all there, including Sailors Uranus, Neptune and Saturn.

If you've been following Tomopop, none of the figures there will be new announcements to you, but it's still nice to see them in person. They look to be pretty standard fare for the S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon line, so if you liked (or disliked) the other Senshi they've done, you'll probably feel the same about these three. And since Neptune and Uranus are Tamashii Web Shop exclusives in Japan, they are apparently going to cost more here as well at US$50 each.

Figuarts Zero Sailor Venus and Mercury were also at the booth, joined by Figuarts Zero Sailor Moon. Of the two, Mercury is probably going to be the one to get your attention with the effects parts/base she'll be coming with. Venus looks alright as well, though she doesn't have as lively of a feel as Mercury does. Some of you guys and gals weren't so hot on Figuarts Zero Sailor Moon for various sculpting reasons, but are Mercury and Venus something you're more excited about? 

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7:00 AM on 07.26.2014

SDCC 2014: Union Creative

I didn't expect to see a ton of Japanese figure makers at SDCC, but I'm glad Union Creative showed up. They had a small display next to AAA Anime's booth, but it had some figures worth seeing. There wasn't much in terms of new figures, but getting a chance to see some finished products in person was pretty reassuring to me.

Tianxiao Ma



SDCC 2014: A first look at Tamashii Buddies photo
SDCC 2014: A first look at Tamashii Buddies
by Brian Szabelski

Bluefin and Tamashii Nations set aside a corner display at their booth to show off the new Tamashii Buddies line. It's a series of 3.5-inch trading figures, each coming with a unique backdrop and base to display them on, which are apparently also stackable so you can display them on top of each other on your shelving.

The figures themselves look to have the same quality as their bigger counterparts in the Figuarts Zero line, and so far both Dragonball/Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon have been announced. Sailor Moon was the only figure on display from her series, while Dragonball fans can look forward to the likes of Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, Freeza, Broly, Cell, Super Saiyan Gohan and even Kid Goku from the original series. That last one is the one I know I want!

You'll have to wait until November for the Tamashii Buddies to become available in Japan, and presumably a little longer after that for a North American release.

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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