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Kahotan previews the Eva Racing Nendoroid Asuka photo
Kahotan previews the Eva Racing Nendoroid Asuka
by Tianxiao Ma

Since we saw Nendoroid Rei, the natural progression would be to see Nendoroid Asuka because they are the only two characters in the whole of Evangelion. It's still strange to me that the first Nendoroid Eva pilots we get are the Eva Racing designs, but something is better than nothing.

Actually this Asuka is way better than nothing. Whereas Rei is mostly unexpressive, Nendoroid Asuka has a cheerful smile and an angry face. I also like her selection of arms and legs better (but let's be real, I'm buying both). Kahotan says they'll both be up for pre-order in a couple of days, but make sure you take a look at her preview in the meantime!

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Bandai reveals S.H. Figuarts Cardcaptor Sakura, goes head-to-head with Max Factory photo
Bandai reveals S.H. Figuarts Cardcaptor Sakura, goes head-to-head with Max Factory
by Martin Siggers

It seems like only yesterday I was complaining about how there were no Cardcaptor Sakura figures, but now we're practically drowning in them, as Bandai have announced they'll be producing an S.H. Figuarts version of Sakura Kinomoto. What's more, we've already got fully coloured, production ready pictures!

Interestingly, this comes only a few days after Max Factory revealed their own poseable Sakura as part of the figma range. The two figures are uncannily similar, even down to the choice of outfit. Speaking of that, I know this is one of the famous ones, but could we please get a little more variety? Just sayin'. Regardless, it's a clear case of throwing down the gauntlet to a rival company, and it'll be interesting to see which way collectors decide to go. It seems like Bandai have the jump here though, as Sakura is already pencilled in for a March 2015 release. More news as we get it.

[ via Bandai ]

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1:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Sailor Venus joins the Tamashii Buddies line-up

Bandai's Tamashii Buddies line is getting ready to roll out in Japan, but before the first Dragonball Z Buddies arrive in November, we're getting another announcement. Sailor Venus is joining Sailor Moon in the Buddies line-u...

Brian Szabelski

8:30 AM on 10.19.2014

Get a first glimpse of the Macross F Dollfie Dream Collaboration!

Well, that didn't take long! It was only a week ago when the Macross F X Dollfie Dream collaboration was announced (with a basic website with no info made live a few days later) but we've already got a first glimpse of the tw...

Chris Seto



Eva Racing Nendoroids kick off with Rei Ayanami photo
Eva Racing Nendoroids kick off with Rei Ayanami
by Tianxiao Ma

Aside from a custom creation a while back, the Evangelion pilots have never been made into Nendoroid form. It looks like that will change soon with the Evangelion Racing Nendoroids on the horizon.

Kahotan has a preview up of Nendoroid Rei Ayanami in her race queen outfit. It takes design queues from her usual plug suit, but is quite a bit more revealing. As far as accessories go, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot: you'll have an alternate smiling (barely) face, and two parasols. Rei will be a Good Smile Online Shop exclusive, and will go up for pre-order on Monday.

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9:00 AM on 10.17.2014

figma blog shows off Cardcaptor Sakura prototype

As I've noted several times before, I'm a huge Cardcaptor Sakura fan and the series's recent return to the front lines of the anime toy world has filled me with unmitigated glee. We've known for a while now that Max Fact...

Martin Siggers

5:00 AM on 10.14.2014

NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya up close

You probably got the gist of the Kotobukiya booth offerings by now, but why settle for the gist? Andres was able to get up close to the figures for some super-size shots. I thought I knew what we'd be seeing, but was pleasant...

Tianxiao Ma

11:30 AM on 10.11.2014

NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya

After reading all about Kotobukiya's future products in Tian's overview of their panel at this year's New York Comic-Con, I am sure you are chomping at the bit to feast your optical nerves on the company's booth from the...

Natalie Kipper

9:00 AM on 10.11.2014

NYCC 2014: Good Smile Company Up-close

Good Smile Company is awesome for getting us right up close with their latest display pieces at New York Comic Con! You can practically smell the fresh paint on the figures! This is as close as you can get without being there...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

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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