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Sena and Kobato sport their NEXT Beach Queens suits photo
Sena and Kobato sport their NEXT Beach Queens suits
by Kristina Pino

Sena and Kobato (of Haganai, Haganai NEXT) already had entries in the Beach Queens line a while back, but with the second season of the anime, Wave gave them an encore.

Sena sports a nice, relaxed expression and hairdo as she strides along in her way-too-small bikini. Kobato strikes her signature pose while hanging on to an inflated inner tube. Both of these figures are still available for pre-order at the usual places, and will be released this coming January. You can check out a selection from AmiAmi's gallery in our own below, but do click through to see their full sample review.

Feel free to share your thoughts! As for me, I'm not liking the seam lines on both figures (they're more obvious on Sena), though I appreciate the meaty thigh thing Sena has going for her. That and I'm feeling the absence of Kobato's bunny plush.

[Pre-order Sena: AmiAmi | Hobby Search | J-List]
[Pre-order Kobato: AmiAmi | Hobby Search | J-List]

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10:00 AM on 10.07.2013

It's almost game time for Super Sonico Cheer Girl

Orchid Seed have been rather quiet about their lovely Cheer Girl version of Sonico (last seen at WF), and it looks like they're almost ready to let her go now. In a recent blog update, the team also mentions that she'll have ...

Kristina Pino

Who likes POP 'Strawhat' Nami's short shorts? Not me! photo
Who likes POP 'Strawhat' Nami's short shorts? Not me!
by Scarecroodle

Nami has picked up a new (old) hat for a limited edition Bandai web exclusive Portrait of Pirates figure. The figure (which I couldn't believe was real when I first saw it) is entitled Nami: Mugiwara version and depicts the Strawhat Pirates' navigator basically cosplaying as Luffy.

Uh, wow much? If somebody told me about a design that put Nami in a(n overtly sexualized) version of Luffy's clothing, I wouldn't even be able to picture it and yet here we have a design that looks so oddly spectacular it almost seems natural... except for those daisy dukes --- in fact, I absolutely love the design with the sole exception of the denim thong that Nami is wearing. And no, don't try telling me those are actually shorts. Shorts don't ride up like that from behind.

The denim thong wouldn't be so bad if not for all the butt cleavage. I suppose it works if you just never turn the figure around. The figure is fantastic otherwise. Nami has a neat character design and a decent enough pose, which makes it a shame that MegaHouse really went overboard on that rear view.

Portrait of Pirates Nami Mugiwara version can be ordered from Bandai's premium site if you're in Japan or through Big in Japan (or your preferred hunter) in you reside in another part of the world. She'll be released in February 2014.

[ Pre-order at Big in Japan ]

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8:00 PM on 09.02.2013

Sorceress of Dragon's Crown has her pre-orders revived

Last month, Alpha Max opened its pre-orders for its rendition of the Sorceress from Dragon's Crown. The figure was controversial to its design, and out of nowhere, was pulled from pre-orders. Now the Sorceress has been summon...

Andres Cerrato

2:00 PM on 08.07.2013

Pre-order CM's Asuka and defy the laws of physics

Um...so this figure of Asuka from Senran Kagura by CM's Corporation is nice I guess. It's the latest in the their Gutto Kuru La Beaute line, and the paint looks good. I like the yellow and green checks colour palette. The swo...

Martin Siggers

4:00 AM on 07.21.2013

SDCC 2013: Yamato

Yamato had a tremendous showing at SDCC this year and showed off a few prototypes. Also they had some A+ models which should be coming to stores soon. Also at the booth was last year's 50cm tall Cat woman collectible which st...

Jon Wills

8:00 AM on 07.11.2013

Pre-order FREEings Yuzuko from Yuyushiki

FREEing just announced that their swimsuit figure of Yuzuko from Yuyushiki is now available for pre-order. Her sculpt is looking very sharp and captures the style of the show well. Yuzuko isn't really striking a sexy pose in ...

Jon Wills

9:00 AM on 07.08.2013

Pre-order Griffon's Leafa

Say what you will about the second major arc of the animated series Sword Art Online. Personally I enjoyed it because it was different. Sure, it was not as intense as the original, also it lost a lot of the live or die feelin...

Jon Wills

8:00 AM on 07.03.2013

See more of Media Factory's Sena in her maid outfit

Both Akiba Hobby and Moeyo have gotten their mitts on Media Factory's lovely new Sena figure, so I've included some of their images in our own gallery. It's only a selection from what they've posted, so be sure to click throu...

Kristina Pino

1:00 AM on 07.02.2013

Pre-order Bandai's AGP Charolotte & Rafale Custom II

Just in time for season two of Infinite Stratos Bandai has announced that its Armor Girls Project Rafale Revive Custom II X Charlotte Dunois is now available for pre-order. Charlotte is a very popular girl from the series so ...

Jon Wills

7:00 PM on 06.11.2013

Pre-order Lechery's Amadeus Black Piano

Lechery's Amadeus Black Piano figurine is now available for pre-order. She is built to 1/6th scale and is made out of candy resin, PVC and ABS plastic.  Amadeus hits all the right notes too if I don't say so myself....

Jon Wills

Alter's Laura Bodewig is cooler than anticipated photo
Alter's Laura Bodewig is cooler than anticipated
by Jon Wills

When we first previewed Alter's Laura Bodewig in some hobby magazine scans In July of last year I was quick to dismiss her. For one, in Infinite Stratos I liked all the other girls more than her. Also I thought her figure looked too generic with a bland face. I could not have been more wrong.

To be fair it wasn't entirely my fault, or at least I tell myself in retrospect. The stock photos for her simply did not show off her prettiest aspects and it wasn't until now that she is released that we get a good full look at her. Not only can we see that she is a great maid figurine with all the ribbons, frills and such that you would expect, it also has details in places you wouldn't usually look.

Not only does her maid outfit look purrfect. She also comes with two hair styles, one straight and one twin tailed and with either type of hair you can have an eyepatch covering her other eye or not. You can arrange either a super pretty tea set in her hands or a pistol. Her tea set comes with a silver platter too that you can set anything on as well. Part of me wants to sculpt a plastic pizza and put it there. That would be awesome wouldn't it?

The more I stare at her photos the more I wish that I had pre-ordered her. The obvious solution to this problem would be for me to just pre-order everything that Alter makes, that way I would not have this issue. I did a little hunting around for those interested and included some order links to our favorite merchants who have this lovely maid in stock.

[ Order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | Plamoya | Big in Japan ]

Via Akibahobby

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