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Hunter x Hunter Hisoka photo
Hunter x Hunter Hisoka

Here's a Hunter x Hunter Hisoka figure anyone can turn on

Hide the kids!
Dec 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
No, that's not clever lighting used to censor Hisoka's nether regions. That is, in fact, a red LED embedded in his crotch. When Hisoka is aroused everyone knows it thanks to the bright light that emanates from his loins so wh...
Love Live! photo
No trick; all treat
Megahouse and Alter will be teaming up again with their Alpha x Omega collaboration to reveal a new Love Live! Eli Ayase figure at Megahobby Expo 2015 Autumn on November 28. The official Love Live! website reports that the fi...

Premium Digimon photo
Premium Digimon

Premium Bandai gives you the tools to lead the Digidestined

Be the next goggle-head
Aug 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Digimon is 15 years old and Premium Bandai knows how to celebrate! They could just do a bunch of figures and models and call it a day, but that wouldn't be enough. Instead they're doing a bunch of figures, a model, a cool Dig...
Log Horizon Akatsuki photo
Just say wow, wow, wow, wow!
Let's take a moment and look at what Log Horizon has going for it: Nine light novel volumes and counting 11 manga volumes between four different titles, all ongoing Two anime seasons totaling 50 episodes (and a good chance f...

Wooser photo

Nendoroid Wooser returns in a budget-friendly light version

Available for less than US$20? Count me in!
Mar 17
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Back in 2013 Good Smile Company released a pair of Nendoroid Wooser figures after the popular first season of anime shorts. The sets featured Wooser with Rin and Darth Wooser with Ren and a ton of extra stuff from the&nb...
Kotobukiya Durarara!!X2 photo
Kotobukiya Durarara!!X2

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Kotobukiya doles out Durarara!!X2

You haven't seen crazy yet
Feb 07
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's unfortunate, but Durarara!! has been a long neglected series deserving of figures. Sure, there have been a few scale figures (of the same three characters) and a bunch of trading figures, but there's been no real variety...
Attack on Titan photo
Attack on Titan

Sentinel Armin Arlert is ready for action

Don't mess with the blonde kid
Feb 02
// Rachael Chambers
Sentinel has released another figure in it's BRAVE-ACT lineup! Joining fellow Attack on Titan Scouts Levi and Eren in 1/8-scale PVC comes Armin, the strategic genius. Fully painted and with optional accessories, he's ready to...
Skull Kid figurine photo
Skull Kid figurine

Skull Kid figurine included with Majora's Mask 3D pre-order

The 3DS remake just got sweeter
Jan 08
// Rachael Chambers
There has been great anticipation for the release of Majora's Mask on the 3DS. To sweeten the deal, Nintendo has included a detailed Skull Kid figure in the US$50 Limited Edition bundle. This is great news to anyone who is a ...
Digimon Megahobby Expo photo
Digimon Megahobby Expo

MegaHouse rounds out the remaining Digimon DigiDestined at Megahobby Expo

Hail, hail, the gangs all here
Dec 03
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
MegaHouse showed off the finished sculpts for the remaining Digimon Adventures DigiDestined at Megahobby Expo Autumn 2014. What started with Tai and Matt in 2014 and continued with Kari and T.K. looks to be possibly wrapping ...
One Piece Megahobby Expo photo
One Piece Megahobby Expo

MegaHouse shows a lot of pieces of One Piece at Megahobby Expo

Trafalgar Law fans will be happy
Dec 03
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Once again One Piece was the number one manga in sales in Japan for 2014 so it's no wonder why MegaHouse couldn't show any restraint when displaying OP figures at Megahobby Expo Autumn 2014. Some of these we've seen before, b...
Naruto Megahobby Expo photo
Naruto Megahobby Expo

The Naruto manga ends as MegaHouse adds more figures

Manga and movie represented at Megahobby Expo Autumn 2014
Dec 02
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
If you're like me then your week feels a little less complete after years of getting a weekly dose of the Naruto manga ended in November. Sure, I was satisfied with the ending (got my pairings!), but I still want more. Thankf...
Satsuki Kiryuin: Senketsu photo
Satsuki Kiryuin: Senketsu

Get ready for a change with GSC's Satsuki Kiryuin: Senketsu Ver.

Another great garage kit gets the Good Smile Company finished treatment
Oct 30
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Good Smile Company is no stranger to the world of garage kits, be it making them or repurposing them into amazing scale figures. In this case it's the later when they reproduce Sakurako Iwanaga's super detailed garage kit tak...
Sakura Saber photo
Sakura Saber

Don't wait until the spring to view Sakura Saber

Just don't let it fall!
Oct 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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...
Wonder Festival photo
Wonder Festival

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Art Spirits

Better late than never(?)
Aug 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Art Spirits likes to take things slow. After they first announced their To LOVEru Darkness Precious Collection Momo Belia Deviluke figure it took some seven months for them to finally reveal it. The same seems to be...
Wonder Festival photo
Wonder Festival

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Broccoli

Broccoli gets a bit obscure for source material
Aug 04
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Broccoli apparently doesn't care if a series isn't a super popular anime or blockbuster game. Just having a following is enough for them. Just take visual novel series Amairo Islenauts as an example, it's getting its fir...
Good Smile Racing photo
Good Smile Racing

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Racing

Race queen or beach queen?
Jul 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Wouldn't be a Wonder Festival if Good Smile Company didn't bring along some Hatsune Miku figures for us. They pulled out all the stops with the latest race queen versions of Miku including no less than two figmas, some fun Ne...
Koto SAO2 Sinon photo
Koto SAO2 Sinon

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya SAO2 Sinon

Good eye, sniper
Jul 27
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I have to admit, watching the latest episode of Sword Art Online II I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Sinon isn't quite the emotionless ice queen she seemed to be up to now. She's actually has a rather normal and ...
Wonder Festival photo
Wonder Festival

[Updated] Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company Announcement wall

So. Much. Awesome.
Jul 27
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
[List updated!] Good Smile Company's favorite way of late to announce new products at Wonder Festival is to put up a wall full of new figure announcements. There are a lot of things to be excited about about so take a moment to look over the photos in the gallery. Follow the jump for the list!
Nintendo  photo

Nintendo announces that their toy NFP project is called Amiibo

How scientific of them!
Jun 10
// Vanessa Cubillo
[Update: Added more pictures and information] Last month, we heard that Nintendo was going to be making figures that can be integrated into their video games. At the time, these toys were called Nintendo Figurine Platform, or...
Alien vs Predator photo
Alien vs Predator

She-Predator Machiko Noguchi to receive Premium Format figure

No, it's not actually a female predator or a gender-bender although I know that's probably what you were hoping for
May 08
// Scarecroodle
Sideshow has announced plans to add "She-Predator" Machiko Noguchi to its Premium Format figure line. Noguchi is a human who hunted alongside Predators in the Alien vs Predator comics. While the character's concept seems out ...
IDOLM@STERS Beach Queens photo
IDOLM@STERS Beach Queens

Grab some shade with IDOLM@STER Beach Queens Ranko

Pre-orders up on one great looking figure.
Feb 07
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Ranko Kanzaki has had a lot going for her recently. First we saw the new figma version go up for pre-order last week, the first of the IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls to be sold at standard retail, and now Ranko fans get to add a...
TMNT Hello Kitty photo
TMNT Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty Ninja Turtles really says it all

And the price tag says even more
Nov 19
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hello Kitty gets crossed over with lots of different franchises, but this one is really out there. Dreams Come True, Inc. has announced their latest COOL JAPAN X COOL AMERICA project promoting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ...
Okuyuki photo

Japanese service Okuyuki crowd-funds art into figures

Artists also stand to make a little cash off their works
Nov 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
A new Japanese service intends to use crowd-funding to produce figures based on the works of various artists. Okuyuki allows users to submit original character art along with a brief description and other details and goals to...
Nendoroids photo
New desk and chair set in development
Thanks to a preview on Good Smile Company's New Recruits blog we're getting our first complete look at the new desk and chair set designed specifically for Nendoroids! They're squat little things and a perfect match for ...

Miss Monochrome Nendoroid photo
So I guess that means she's popular?
In episode four of the anime short series Miss Monochrome -The Animation- the rather obvious statement that "Nendoroids are proof of popularity" is made. This leads our android idol singer title character on a mission to...

Madoka Magica Nagisa photo
As if you had any doubt
While the figma version of new Madoka Magika The Movie -Rebelion- magical girl Nagisa Momoe is still in the early prototype stages, the Nendoroid version is looking much further along. Good Smile Company's Kahotan has po...

Captain Harlock photo
Captain Harlock

Hot Toys' Captain Harlock is out of this world

Yep, it's articulated
Oct 26
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hot Toys is very well known for making some truly astounding 1/6 scale figures, but they might have outdone themselves this time. Their new Captain Harlock figure based on the visuals from the 2013 Space Pirate Captain Harloc...
NYCC Tamashii Nations photo
A lot of everything: Dragon Ball, One Piece, Evangelion, Gundam, Saint Seiya, and Monster Hunter
Trying to collect figures on a shoestring budget? It's hard to do unless you're willing to set your sights a little smaller. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for something cheap. Bluefin Distribution and Tamashii Nati...

Tomopop Review: Phat! Company's 1/8 Meruru

Oct 08 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Figure Name: 1/8 MeruruFigure Maker: Phat!Price: ¥7,429 Available at: HobbyLink Japan Starting with the box there's really not a whole lot to get exited for. From the front it's your standard window box colored entirely in eye-catching, customer luring yellow. The entire figure is visible, so there are no real surprises for anyone buying one in person. There are also windows on the sides and top giving a pretty good view from several directions. It also helps to let some light in.  Out of the package it's every bit the sculpt we saw previewed. She's in a pose based in part on her standing pose in the production art, but altered into a walking pose. You can also see the final version of the base; the clear disk has now been replaced by a convex pink-frosted clear stand that looks good under the figure.  Clearly a figure only intended to be seen from the front as long as the backdrop is in place. Sculpting is still good.  Taking a closeup look at the face they did a great job with her likeness. Her eyes are nice and sharp, her nose isn't all awkward if not viewed just right, and her mouth has a little bit of depth to it rather than just a big, pink blob. In fact, the overall sculpt is sharp for the most part, and the paint is nice and clean. I should probably point out that the yellow is a little brighter in these photos, and the official ones, than in person. The yellow is of a much duller (though still bright) shade on the actual figure, which is the appropriate shade for the most part.  Tiny crown! Pretty much the only feature on her that lets you know Meruru is a princess and not just an alchemist. All of the trim is in a light gold while the gems are painted in metallic green. There's also a chain hanging off the back with a star on the end.  You've probably noticed by now that the most glaring eyesore about this figure is on the top of her head. The seam running from side to side is one thing, you almost expect those, but the top of her head is the worst. It looks like a big ball of uncooked dough. It's lumpy and has those weird lines running through it. Her braids are also kinda muddled and lack the detail that you see in the rest of the sculpt. Shame, it's like the sculptor didn't have a proper reference so they gave up. Usually she's shown with a slight part down the middle, she has braids on both sides of her head after all.  The sculpt of the rest of her hair is nice with lots of tresses going every which way while she walks. It's probably being tossed around a bit too much, but you know, art and such. Come on, tell me that doesn't look like a hair octopus! Unfortunately, this is also one of the areas that they made a bit of a miss on. Her hair is inexplicably brown instead of pink. Yeah, there's a very tiny bit of pink in there, but compared to the official figure images linked above it's nowhere near accurate. In-game her hair shade ranges from light pink to a pinkish-blond, but never brown like this.  Her staff is sculpted pretty much perfectly. The translucent green gem in the center is a nice touch, they could have just as easily painted on like on the crown, but they thankfully didn't. The color is interesting. They went with silver, though for whatever odd reason the game alternates between gold and silver depending on if it's game art (silver) or a character model (gold). At least it's an appropriate variant.  What never appears silver in the game in any way is the trim of her outfit. No matter what art you look at her clasps, belt, sleeves, and boots and various other shiny bits are always gold. It's so strange for them to choose silver when surely their reference art did everything in gold. It's so strange that the only gold is on her crown and the pouch hidden on her back. Maybe gold paint costs more so they went with the cheaper silver? No idea, but it's a disappointing choice.  Another oddity is her sleeve cuffs. The pattern printed on them is right, but it's very scarce when it should be very little empty space. It's also really strange that her right cuff here has only yellow flowers while her left cuff has all red flowers. There's no basis for that, they should be evenly spread on both cuffs.  Since I'm already complaining, here's another problem. Let me start by saying the boots are wonderfully sculpted with lots of great details and even some stitching. However, if you're going to sculpt a figure in a walking pose with their foot lifted you might want to consider sculpting the bottom of their boot. How they can do such great sculpting on the top and totally forget the bottom is really beyond me! One last thing to complain about before trying to end this on a positive note: If you look at the official galleries the inside of her cape should consist of four clearly defined colors: green, yellow, pink, and purple. What you get is a muddy blur of colors; the green stands out at the bottom, but the pink overpowers the yellow and purple so much that they're barely there. And while the opalescent coating is still present it does little to replicate the art. Real shame, that's one of my favorite features of her outfit.  On a somewhat positive note I do like her backdrop, if you can call it that. It has some nice pastel colors and shifts from translucent clouds to a series of stars. It's not based on anything from the series, but it does fit and maybe you can think of the transition from clouds to stars as a metaphor for alchemy. It's certainly better than the giant medallion Rorona comes on. It's not without problems, though. The star side has some really rough edges that should have been caught during production.  The flowers on her cape are very vibrant pastel shades and well sculpted. The bow around her neck is also nice and a deep pink color also found on her crown, staff, pouch, and the back of her cape. Though in reality that deep pink should really be a bright pink. I'm sure someone was looking for a shot like this. What can I say, she's well sculpted. Whoever was in charge of the figure may not be able to get the deco right, but at least they know anatomy.  And with that we come to an end. If you don't look too closely, this is a nice figure that will be fine standing on a shelf from a distance. Get a little closer and compare it to the character art and you'll quickly start picking it apart. If you view it from the obvious direction with the backdrop behind her the sculpting is fantastic, but from other directions you're going to notice the blobby hair and mirror finish on the bottom of her boots. The biggest drawback is the bizarre color changes. If they had spent just a little more time refining the sculpt and done a better job of color matching they would have had a perfect figure. As-is it just feels like a mock-up or a prototype that got rushed through production. Unless you're fine with the lack of accuracy, or don't know the character enough to care, then this is a perfectly fine figure. If you're looking for a perfect rendition of Meruru that matches her price then you'll either have to keep waiting or modify this one.  [Thanks, as always, to HobbyLink Japan for the review sample!]
Princess Meruru photo
Not quite as advertised
Back in 1997 Gust Corporation introduced the world to the Atelier video game series. 16 years and 15 games (plus a few spin-offs) later the series has become a staple among JRPG fans. And yet, the series has been pretty light...

Calen Ca Vocaloid photo
Calen Ca Vocaloid

The most terrifying Vocaloid returns for pre-orders

Union Creative's Calne Ca is ready to traumatize the rest of the figures on your shelf
Oct 04
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
When we first and last saw Union Creative's Calne Ca figure her horrifying visage was on display at Wonder Festival 2013 Summer back in July. I know I said it before, but it's worth repeating that this isn't Miku Hatsune, but...

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