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8:00 PM on 07.27.2014

Wonder Festival Summer 2014: Aniplex Plus

Though it hasn't been around long, Aniplex's exclusive plus line has already garnered an enviable reputation. It's partially due to smart pairings with established manufacturers such as Good Smile Company and partially due to...

Martin Siggers



SDCC 2014: Hasbro shows off even more new Transformers photo
SDCC 2014: Hasbro shows off even more new Transformers
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

It's hard to believe that with so many new Transformers yet to be released from Toy Fair in February and BotCon back in June that there would be anything left to show at San Diego Comic Con. Well, believe it, they've got more!

At Hasbro's Transformers Breakfast Thursday morning they've given us a very early first look at the first figures in their new Transformers: Combiner Wars sub-line with Aerialbots Superion and Stunticons Menasor! Both teams feature Voyager class figures as their central leader with Deluxe figures making up the limbs. It appears that all eight Deluxe figures are new molds or at lest slight variations on multiple molds. However, as suspected, Stunticon leader Motormaster is a remold of the Optimus Prime figure revealed back at BotCon. Even more interesting is that both teams also make use of a surprise sixth member. Superion is shown using Legends Powerglide (also shown at BotCon) as a gun, while Menasor's chest shield is a yet unrevealed legends car. Keep in mind that these are very early hand painted prototypes, they're even being held together with glue, but they appear to have learned from every mistake they made with the Fall of Cybertron Combaticons. 

Then came Hasbro's Transformers panel were there were more reveals and some general clarification on some of the things said back at BotCon. Starting with Kre-O they revealed new figures of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. This time around they finally caught on and made it so you can build and transform them without having to take them apart again (as it should have been from the start). For Age of Extinction Generations figures they pointed out that the Platinum Edition Optimus Prime and Grimlock set will actually be a Kmart exclusive while Silver Knight Optimus Prime is a Target exclusive. This is the first time Platinum Edition figures have been sold in a physical store other than Toys R Us. They also revealed that Amazon will be getting a G1 repaint of Slog to go with the SDCC exclusive set. There was also mention that Masterpiece Grimlock might be making a return trip to Toys R Us soon. 

They then went into more detail on the Combiner Wars series explaining that the title will be used as the central theme for all Generations figures (aside from the movie figures) for 2015. The Deluxe figures will include comics that reveal the origins of the teams. Like with the original G1 figures the Deluxe figures are interchangeable and all use the same connection piece to form either arms or legs. They also pointed out that the new Voyager Optimus Prime can indeed combine with either team as well! Art shown for combined Optimus appears to have Combaticon Blastoff as his right arm so take that as you will.

Unfortunately there have been a few name changes thanks to copyright losses over the years. Fireflight is now Firefly and Slingshot is now Alpha Bravo (I really hope that's temporary, he's also a helicopter now), while Wildrider is completely replaced by truck Offroad. Here's what release waves for Generations look like in 2015. Of course there will likely be much more released later.

  • Deluxe Wave 1: Firefly, Skydive, Alpha Bravo, Dragstrip
  • Deluxe Wave 2: Air Raid, Dead End, Breakdown, Offroad 
  • Voyager Wave 1: Silverbolt, Optimus 
  • Voyager Wave 2: Motormaster

Only a small amount of time was spent talking about next year's Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series. They revealed One-Step Changers for Sideswipe and Decepticon Underbite, Legends figures for fembot Strongarm and Optimus Prime, and what they're calling Warrior class Bumblebee. 

That appears to be it for reveals from SDCC. It's a little lighter than years past and surprisingly there was nothing new revealed for the movie which could mean they might be putting that line to rest pretty quickly. Enjoy the gallery!

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3:00 AM on 07.24.2014

SDCC 2014: A look at the creatures of Thimblestump Hollow

Hiding out in Cardboard Spaceship's booth were a trio of prototypes for an upcoming series called Thimblestump Hollow. The series will feature the creatures/work of Chris Ryniak and Amanda Spayd, with sculpting by Scott Wette...

Brian Szabelski



figma Solid Snake sneaks out of the shadows, brings Nendoroid version with him photo
figma Solid Snake sneaks out of the shadows, brings Nendoroid version with him
by Martin Siggers

We'd already known Nendoroid Solid Snake was coming thanks to an announcement at Wonder Festival. Now though it seems Good Smile Company have gone deeper into Kojima territory, as on livestream today it was revealed Max Factory have been preparing a figma version of the grizzled hero.

This is no artwork reveal either. Instead we got a look at a fully sculpted grey prototype that seems pretty close to final, what with the high level of detailing. That's not all though, as we also got to see a fully painted and seemingly complete Nendoroid Snake.

They're both looking really great, with the level of detail on figma Snake a particular eyecatcher. No further details are forthcoming but I'd have to imagine they'll get out soon. The Nendoroid in particular looks preview-ready. We'll be sure to go on high alert for more news.

via [ Good Smile's Twitter / Kojima's Productions Twitter / Figsoku ]

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10:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Mysterious Japanese Optimus Prime appears online

Best part about being a fan even in this day and age is that there are still surprises and mysteries that are hard to explain on their own. Over on Transformers Facebook fan site Planet Iacon they've found themselves wit...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

9:30 AM on 06.24.2014

Kotobukiya show off their Rikka Takanashi prototype

Considering how popular Kyoto Animation's Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! has been, it's been somewhat surprising there haven't been figures from it. The only two offerings so far have been directly from KyoAni themselves...

Martin Siggers

1:00 PM on 06.07.2014

Akuma Homura takes flight in figma form

Firstly, let's say SPOILERS for those of you who haven't seen the third Madoka Magica movie. All clear? Good! Good Smile Company and its various sub brands have ridden the Puella Magi Madoka Magica train pretty hard so f...

Martin Siggers



Capcom's Morrigan gets some prototype shots photo
Capcom's Morrigan gets some prototype shots
by Martin Siggers

We were very excited when Capcom announced they'd be turning out a new figure of Darkstalkers icon Morrigan a few weeks back. At the time we only got a (rather lovely) piece of artwork to illustrate what she was going to look like, but now the company have updated with some unpainted protoype shots.

It's looking like a solid start, with the sculpt capturing the unique pose very well, while at the same time smoothing out the bits which need to be sorted in the 2D -> 3D transition. I'm a little worried about the face, which currently looks more anguished than alluring, but I suspect it's a case where paint will make the difference. What do you think readers, does this first look turn you off or are you more excited than ever?

[ via Capcom ]

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MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: MegaHouse's Yato will certainly cost more than 5 photo
MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: MegaHouse's Yato will certainly cost more than 5
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

I have to admit I'm a little surprised that the first figure released for the anime series Noragami is the main character Yato. I know that seems a little strange to say, but come on, it's a guy. I was really sure the first would be the not-a-cat tailed Hiyori because, you know, she's a girl and this is Japan. Not that I'm disappointed, I'm always happy to see companies, in this case MegaHouse, buck the trend every now and then. Well, he will be part of the G.E.M. series which is dominated by male characters...

Sculpting looks pretty good, but the obvious draw, besides being a decreasingly rare male figure, is the appearance of him floating in mid air. I'm a sucker for non-typical posing like this. He's shown with a bottle which could be sake or it could be miracle cure he got from some huckster, it's hard to tell when it comes to the former war god that will do any job from finding cats to cleaning bathrooms for ¥5. 

No real info on prize and release date just yet. I really hope they announce Hiyori and Yukine, if they did that I'd order for sure!

[via Hobby Search]

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MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: Alter didn't make Neptunia's Black Heart just for you, you know photo
MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: Alter didn't make Neptunia's Black Heart just for you, you know
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

We've seen Hyperdimension Neptunia figures and merchandise for the game and anime series from a number of figure companies like Wing and quesQ, now Alter is ready to make their first jump into the franchise. They're finally revealing their take on the HDD mode of Lastation's resident tsundere CPU Noire after announcing her some three months ago.

Though unpainted, they've clearly made the most dynamic looking Neptunia figure yet. Black Heart is shown dashing into battle with sword in hand. I love the off-kiltered angle of the figure even though that might lead to a bit of leaning over time. Well, it's Alter, I'm sure they know what they're doing. No release info yet, but with the summer convention season fast approaching I'm sure we'll be seeing her in color soon. 

[via Hobby Search]

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12:30 AM on 05.31.2014

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: G.E.M. series Anthy Himemiya from Revolutionary Girl Utena

How many of you watched the hell out of Revolutionary Girl Utena back in the day? Well, with seeing this new prototype of Anthy Himemiya, it's definitely wanting to make me go back and watch it again. It's been several y...

Rio McCarthy



12:10 AM on 05.31.2014

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: MegaHouse's Honey from Space Dandy in color

We just saw her in the magazine scans, but now Honey is sweet as can be in person with her new color job. Hobby Search tweeted a picture of how she looks at MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring, and I think I actually giggled with glee...

Rio McCarthy