At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates....
With the somewhat unexpected departure of Pedro last month (who we all thank for his years of service and wish him nothing but the best), Tomopop has fallen a little behind in the features department over the last couple of weeks. As such, the month's DO WANT! ran a few days late as I tried to quickly pull things together.
Hit the jump to see me once again host the Monthly DO WANT! feature and, well, to see the editors' wants.
Now that we've had a while to unpack the information assault from the Wonder Festival/SDCC tandem (both happened on the same weekend!), the Tomopop crew thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of our personal favorite things from both events.
It would take too long to cover everything I want, so it looks like a top 10 list is in order. Read on to see what tickled my fancy!
Juri fans, the time is here! Kotobukiya's Street Fighter Bishoujo gal is up for pre-orders after a few trips around the preview gallery circuit. I don't think that's the correct metaphor for this character but I don't care!
Titanfall was meant to be the first really big release for the new generation of consoles. Made by a team which consisted of a lot of people who made the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare games, there was high expectations on this game to give us something which really said that the next generation of console games were here! Well, they failed. But they did give us a brilliant multiplayer-focused game which is fantastic fun to play, it just doesn't scream "next gen".
Though, with such a great sci-fi setting and mecha in the game, it shouldn't be a surprise that companies would want to release figures from the game, and one of the most recent ones was ThreeZero! Like their stablemate, ThreeA, these guys are known for their very high quality releases and their high price tags. We were fortunate enough to get a review sample from them so we got a good look at their newest release. How was it?
The new campaign offers up more of the line (instead of just Ryu) and is already at US$12,000+ in contributions although it still seems on track for failure given its ludicrous US$550,000 target. As for why the company needs funding in the first place, there was apparently a dispute among the partners where the group allegedly tried to cut out the company's artist/co-founder, campaign creator Rocco Tartamel (who declined to return our emails).
To Tartamel's credit, the packages are somewhat more enticing because you can select the specific characters you're interested in rather than just buying a Ryu and hoping that your support will eventually help the others to appear. To Tartamel's discredit, the goals for these campaigns seem almost completely out of touch with some other companies' offerings. The Four Horsemen's Gothitropolis Kickstarter, for instance, closed with over US$300,000 in pledges for the series *but* the company's target was only US$65,000. Granted, the Gothitropolis stuff shared parts but, even comparing that to the original Ryu-only campaign, it came in twenty grand cheaper on the target. I'm assuming that at least part of the expense is tied into the fact that Tartamel doesn't have the Horsemen's existing infrastructure but something seems a bit off here.
I still wish Tartamel all the luck in the world and I'm strongly considering putting in a pledge for a Sagat, but I just can't see this thing getting funded. It's certainly not a bad line (it even features fabric clothing for added poseability!), it's just that the targets don't seem realistic.
Nendo Halloween Miku is absolutely adorable, but I have to admit being a little baffled as to why the character is holding a candy cane. I mean, that's really more of a Christmas thing; I can't even recall ever seeing candy canes for sale except around the winter holidays. Did they run out of candy corn and think, "Well, this also has 'candy' in its name so it'll be a decent substitute"? Given that the original artwork depicts Miku as being armed with a fencing sword, the fact that she's instead holding a candy cane is even more unusual.
The character will apparently also come with a holiday-appropriate Jack-o'-Lantern (did you know that Jack-o'-Lanterns were originally made from turnips?) which matches her Halloween-y outfit. She even has these cute little vampire teeth! Although I adore the overall look, I'm going to try waiting in case the design also gets a figma.
For additional release information and a look at the artwork, be sure to check out our original coverage. Otherwise there's a full image in the gallery.
Kotobukiya has posted a preview gallery for its upcoming Street Fighter Bishoujo Juri. The psychotic taekwondo expert is depicted in a battle-ready stance.
Juri is one of those characters whom I really wanted to like in Super Street Fighter IV (and among the reasons I picked up the Street Fighter IV follow-up), but I could never get into the character's play style. In much the same way do I want to like the Bishoujo Juri but, as so often is the case, I really don't like Shunya-designed face. However, the rest looks great. To Shunya's credit, the pose looks like it could have been in the games; the Street Fighter Bishoujos have been a lot better in that regard than other Bishoujo series. Given that the figure doesn't have the option of an alternate head, I'm wondering if we may someday see a variant with her blazing Feng Shui Engine eye.
Be sure to check out the images in the gallery. Expect pre-orders to open soon.
Kahotan's already previewed Max Factory's Yamato Light Armament ver. figure, so it goes without saying that the Yamato Heavy Armament ver. would get a preview, too! The 1/8-scale Heavy Armament ver. is part of the Wonder...
Somehow, Riot Games' League of Legends has had very little in the way of merchandise — especially figures — which is weird, considering its popularity. That's all changed, however, as it looks like Riot and Good Smile Company have come together to produce Nendoroid Ahri.
The popular mid-lane champion is going to be available at the 2014 World Championships in Seoul, South Korea, per the ticket page on Interpark for the event's semifinals. Ahri should be available at the onsite shop, which will be open during the semifinals at Seoul's Olymic Gymnastics Arena on Oct. 11 and 12.
We'll let you know if she becomes available anywhere besides 2014 Worlds, but given GSC's track record of bundling Nendos with limited edition game packages ... I don't have high hopes yet.
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Actually I don't have anything against KanColle. Just as I'm a fan of Strike Witches, I can't help but to like yet another property featuring moe anthropomorphized versions of military vehicles. However it has been difficult ...