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8:00 PM on 09.30.2014

D-Style Optimus Prime assembles its pre-orders

It was way back in February at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter that Kotobukiya made a small announcement that Optimus Prime would be joining their D-Style line of super deformed robot model kits. It was only a matter of time as t...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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Kahotan previews Good Smile Company's Eren yeager photo
Kahotan previews Good Smile Company's Eren yeager
by Tianxiao Ma

I'm sure Good Smile Company's Eren Yeager will be a fine figure - the definitive one, even - but all these Attack on Titan guys are starting too look the same to me. Back when the show first aired, I was starving for AoT figures. Oh, the irony.

Kahotan's latest preview shows off Eren in all his hotheaded glory, leaping off a chimney and presumably toward the maw of a titan. Stop me if you've seen this before: the maneuver gear, the gas canisters, the blade holder, and the wires all make for an impressive figure. But Sentinel's figures were impressive. Kotobukiya's figures were impressive. I guess we'll see how GSC stacks up (I do have their Mikasa on order so I'll soon know first-hand).

Eren is up for pre-order right now for ¥13,800. Unlike Mikasa, it doesn't look like Eren will get a deluxe variant, or even a Good Smile Online Shop exclusive bonus. He's set for an April 2015 release.

[ Pre-order at Good Smile Online ShopHobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | Play Asia | J-List | ToysLogic | Big in Japan | Big Bad Toy Store ]

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2:00 PM on 09.29.2014

Pre-order Yotsuba and Danbo in space!

The greatest thing to come out of Wonder Festival Winter was Sentinel’s take on Danboard. They took this charming cardboard robot and threw him up in space. That sounds kind of cruel, but no they made him a spaceship! ...

Vanessa Cubillo



Astro Boy rockets into Funko's Hikari line photo
Astro Boy rockets into Funko's Hikari line
by Scarecroodle

If you were surprised by Funko's previous choices for its Hikari line, get ready for another curveball: Funko is adding Astro Boy to its sofubi series. Astro Boy (star of, well, Astro Boy) will be available in a "Classic Metallic" deco and an Entertainment Earth-exclusive "NVS" deco.

I like both designs and have difficulty in calling which one might be cooler. The Classic Metallic version (which is only really metallic on the non-"flesh" parts?) captures the appearance of his animated counterpart while the NVS makes for a nice evil mirror. Otherwise, Astro Boy is a pretty neat, relatively unexpected choice for a line that's thus far focused exclusively on characters from Western media.

The Classic Metallic Astro Boy is limited to 3,000 pieces while the EE-exclusive NVS version is limited a far smaller 750 pieces. The two can be pre-ordered for US$50 each and are slated for a November release. As always, check out Funko's Facebook page for a chance to win one.

[ Pre-order Classic Metallic | NVS at Entertainment Earth ]

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9:00 AM on 09.25.2014

Travel some dungeons with Alter's Alisia Heart

How we got from To Heart to this is a mystery to me. Anyway, this is Alisia Heart, a character featured in Dungeon Travelers 2. As you can see, Alter has made a magnificent figure of her. I'm sure this is an exact replica in ...

Tianxiao Ma

8:00 AM on 09.25.2014

Tony Taka has another lovely fairy design in the works

Because every brunette must have a blonde counterpart, Kotobukiya will be releasing another butterfly/fairy-themed Tony Taka heroine. "Fairy Garden" Annabel will join "Peace Keeper" Daisy, released a while ago, in Koto's Tony...

Tianxiao Ma



Gaming Heads' Sly Cooper steals the scene photo
Gaming Heads' Sly Cooper steals the scene
by Scarecroodle

Those deviously sly fellows at Gaming Heads have done it again, releasing yet another gaming icon statue. This time the subject is none other than Sly Cooper, the star of his eponymous Sony-exclusive game series.

Sly looks pretty neat in an action-ready pose. The character is perched upon what appears to be a rooftop diorama (the statue stands 12-inches tall including the base) with his cane in-hand. Like the sculpt but not the paint? Gaming Heads also has an exclusive bronze-painted version of the statue seemingly fit for a museum (from which it might later be stolen).

The regular version is limited to 750 pieces and can be pre-ordered for US$200. The exclusive version will run you US$210 and has a smaller 350 piece run. Both are slated for a second quarter release.

[ Pre-order Sly Cooper Regular Edition | Sly Cooper Exclusive Edition at Gaming Heads ]

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1:00 AM on 09.24.2014

Give Shimakaze a friend: figma Amatsukaze goes up for pre-order

Amatsukaze is one of the cuter Kantai Collection designs that I've seen, and she pushes a lot of the same buttons as Shimakaze does. Their respective designs have a lot of parallels including their outrageously short skirts (...

Tianxiao Ma



Funko releases product images for Game of Thrones Legacy series 2; available for pre-order photo
Funko releases product images for Game of Thrones Legacy series 2; available for pre-order
by Scarecroodle

Funko has released some product images for its currently available for pre-order Game of Thrones Legacy series 2. The selection includes some much-wanted selections like the ever-popular Arya Stark, Robb Stark (direwolf head sold separately?), Jaime Lannister (in Kingsguard armor), Khal Drogo, another Daenerys, and Brienne of [expletive deleted (spoilers)] Tarth.

This second series fleshes out the line rather nicely, especially for giving the Hound his sidekick. The craftsmanship on this series looks a bit nicer than the first wave, with some really cool detailing on Jaime's armor and a neat Brienne of Tarth. However, given Game of Thrones' gigantic cast, I'm wondering if Funko will be able to get to everybody especially considering that a few of the characters may need variants (and I don't just mean a more wolfy Robb Stark, although that would make for a twisted con exclusive).

All of the figures from Funko's Game of Thrones Legacy series 2 can be pre-ordered individually for US$20 and are slated for an almost-upon-us October release.

[ Pre-order Arya | Brienne | Daenerys | Jaime | Khal Drogo | Robb at Entertainment Earth ]

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9:00 AM on 09.23.2014

Pop Culture Shock's Man-At-Arms readies for the pre-order hordes

Pop Culture Shock is continuing their 1/4-scale He-Man line with Man-At-Arms as the next entry. The mustachioed royal guard carries his mace in one hand and has his wrist gauntlet firing on the other arm. The sculpt look...

Brian Szabelski



Black Butler's Sebastian is simply one hell of an awesome RAH figure photo
Black Butler's Sebastian is simply one hell of an awesome RAH figure
by Natalie Kipper

Sebastian Michaelis of Black Butler was recently revealed to be the latest in Medicom Toy's Real Action Heroes line of figures. AmiAmi Blog's preview highlighted the demon-turned-butler's accessories and various poses. He comes with three interchangeable facial expressions (neutral with a slight smirk, winking, and a sideways glance) and two different hair parts (normal and swept to the side). That's not even mentioning the whole set of of cutlery (fans know why),  the tea set with tray, and the candelabra plus two interchangeable sets of hands to hold them all.

And while that is all very impressive, I was most blown away by the detail in Sebastian's outfit. They even got his pocket watch and his gloves and tailcoat are removable! The subtly different tones in fabric were also a lovely touch. I'm not going to lie; if I were to buy a RAH, Sebastian would be the one. But like all figures in the Real Action Heroes series, they are darn expensive. Sebastian will set you back ¥23,760. He is listed on AmiAmi right now but the pre-order won't go live until midnight Japan Time on September 24. RAH Sebastian Michaelis is estimated to ship in late June 2015.

[pre-order at AmiAmi; images via AmiAmi Blog]

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Make it a shrine festival date with Aniplex+'s Mami figure photo
Make it a shrine festival date with Aniplex+'s Mami figure
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Aniplex+ is back again with another Madoka Magica girl clad in their best kimono. Joining Madoka and Homura is figure number three, Mami (Maiko edition) in a very cute pink kimono. The detail is quite exceptional with lots of bright and vivid colors, every piece covered in flower petals. Her hair has some very intricately sculpted and painted decorations and even her bright blue fan looks great! Just like with the other two this is certainly a figure made to impress. As if that wasn't enough she also comes with a little Charlotte figure laughing at her feet. 

The figure itself is 1/8 scale and stands at 190 mm. She's expected to be released in April at US$119.98. As an Aniplex+ exclusive she's only available directly through Right Stuf or Akiba Anime. Pre-order cutoff to guarantee a figure is October 31, but both shops have ordered additional figures in the past to continue taking orders after the date, though you're taking a big chance!

Oh, and check the gallery for a preview of the Sayaka and Kyouko figures!

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