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....
FREEing's 1/8-scale Racing Miku Sepang Version is currently available for pre-order. The figure features Vocaloid mascot Hatsune Miku in what might be her oddest racing attire thus far, although I'm sure it's a bar others may...
It's been a long time coming but Ques Q have finally released the Grizzry Panda Busou Shinki figures which they have been teasing for the longest time! They first announced their acquisition a year ago at Wonder Festival and ...
Bandai of America's Power Rangers Legacy White Tigerzord and Saba are currently available for pre-order.
The Legacy series has been capitalizing on MMPR nostalgia for a few years now, with such entries as the original Megazord and Dragon Zord. but that enthusiasm is still going strong for many fans with the addition of the White Ranger's (Tommy) zord and talking sword. Both feature die-cast parts although Saba likely features more die-cast, given the higher price-tag. Additionally, the White Tigerzord will apparently combine with previous zord builder items.
Saba can be pre-ordred for US$100 and is slated for a December release while the White Tigerzord will follow it in January for US$80.
It's a well known fact that all decent human beings love Yotsuba&! and therefore should feel nothing but glee when new merchandise is announced. Today it's Kotobukiya's turn to draw out our 'awwwws' as they're puttin...
I was very excited after Kotobukiya showed off their prototype for Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!'s Rikka Takanashi, and now the final painted version has showed up that excitement hasn't diminished one bit. In fact, colour has just bought out even more from the distinctive design - the big transparent orb, the unwrapping bandages, the hanging belt charm - they're all cool details that are highlighted by the newly finished paintjob. In a neat touch she even has a removable eyepatch to show off her 'wicked eye'.
What with that big weapon, it's also gratifying to see Kotobukiya hasn't taken the opportunity to charge a premium price. Rikka comes in at ¥9,800 (which as hard as it is to believe seems to be the new normal) and should sneak into the end of the year, with release due this December. I'm pretty excited, and if you are too you can hit the links below to get your order in.
Sideshow Collectibles' gargantuan 32-inch Sentinel maquette is currently available for pre-order.
I was fairly wowed when I saw the preview image back in May and the full thing is, well, staggering. Not what quite what I expected, but still really cool. The pose is a little odd but it seems to have been chosen to show off the Sentinel's machine-y musculature and weapons array. If the detail and size wasn't enough for you, the Sentinel also features light-up features AND an interchangeable head with neck articulation. The only thing that's not totally awesome? That US$900 price tag.
Between the size and the size of the price-tag, the Sentinel maquette is going to have to just be something I admire in photographs. I would love to see Sideshow Collectibles turn this design into a fully articulated figure, though, especially with retractable weapons.
Sideshow Collectibles' Sentinel maquette is slated to ship next July and will run you US$900. As with Sideshow's other offerings, a payment plan is available.
Max Factory's figma Motoko Kusanagi (Stand Alone Complex ver.) is currently available for pre-order.
figma Motoko was first unveiled at Winter WonFes earlier this year where it received the expected amount of excitement. While I was also really hyped at the time, I can't help but think that the timing is a little off. I mean, where was this figure five or more years ago when I really wanted a Motoko figure for my shelf? Sure, an articulate SAC version of Motoko has long been on my figure wish list (the CM's Corp one just didn't cut it), but my want level has gone from 11 down to a 5 over the years.
That's not to say that figma Motoko doesn't look great; on the contrary, Max Factor has done a wonderful job on the sculpting and paint (although the standard face is so-so). The official images feature some cool poses. She comes with three faces (standard, shouting, and smiling) and two weapons (Seburo A5 and Seburo C26A). However... it's just not as exciting now.
Given that the SAC design is probably my favorite Motoko design (as much as I enjoyed the original Ghost in the Shell I never liked its art and I wasn't a fan of the manga) and that the series was, at one point, among my favorite anime, I feel like I'll probably wind up buying a copy. I just wish that Max Factory had released it at a time when I both more into the show and more into the figma line (not to mention when the line was more affordable).
Max Factory's figma Motoko Kusanagi can be pre-ordered for ¥4,800 and is slated for a December release.
Diamond Select Toys' latest PREVIEWS offerings (now available for pre-order) inlcude a MLP:FIM Fluttershy vinyl bank, an electronic B9 robot, and the Frank Gorshin Riddler vinyl bank bust. In short, it's another mixed month.
Kotobukiya pretty quickly carved out a reputation as the go to manufacturer for Sword Art Online figures, what with their spectacular renditions of Asuna and Leafa. Now that the second series of the anime is starting up they're back in the game, this time with a figure of cool calm sniper girl Sinon from the currently airing Gun Gale Online arc.
Sinon looks great as you'd expect and Kotobukiya have done a good job of reproducing her distinctive outfit. I love the crisp white stripes and black piping, and there's plenty of detail to be found on her weapon. The ejecting cartridge and accompanying smoke trail effect in particular are wonderful touches. I've got a big problem with the rather inexplicable pose though. Is she falling? Diving? Did she just trip? It's disappointingly static and I'd have liked a look which made much more explicit if this was an action pose or just something more casual.
That aside, people love the ladies of Sword Art Online so I'm sure there'll be plenty of fans chomping at the bit to get their hands on her. Sinon is available to order now for what's fast becoming the standard high-end figure price of ¥9,800. She's due out in December, so hit the links if you feel like bringing a deadly assassin home.
You see, it's not that she isn't wearing underwear (well, her top can be cast off). It's just how poorly she's wearing it - oh my... Anyway, this is Wing's Chachamaru Ahikaga, a character from the visual novel Full Metal...
Max Factory has shown a proclivity for making figures of sexy ladies recently, and this swimsuit version of Misty from Shining Hearts has caught my eye. I find most swimsuit figures to be boring, but this one appeals to ...
Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class is without a doubt one of the most striking designs from Kantai Collection and in fact one of the most striking character designs we've seen in quite a while period. Whereas most of her compatriots adopt the standard 'cute girls, cute outfits' ethos, Wo-Class looks more like something out of War of the Worlds than something you'd put on a hug pillow. That's cool by me.
Good Smile Company have already announced a Nendoroid and a Dekacchu of Wo-Class as Wonder Festival exclusives, but they've now gone ahead with and put up orders for a stunning 1/8 scale version too. It's a great rendition of her very alien black and white look, lavished with the traditional GSC attention to detail and some particularly tasty shading. Not only is that gigantic hat removable but she comes with three tiny 'airships' to display alongside her, not to mention that great looking water base.
It's absolutely the first KanColle figure I feel genuine interest in owning, but I'd need deeper pockets than I currently have, as Wo-Class is listed at a sizable ¥12,778. That's not unreasonable given the complexity and quality of the figure, but it's definitely outside impulse buy territory. If you aren't dissuaded, hit the links below and you'll see her come sailing in in February 2015(!).