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11:00 AM on 04.23.2014

GSC's Gray Fullbuster is fit for the masses

A couple of weeks back, Martin showed us some of the first photos of the fully painted Gray Fullbuster from the Miyazawa Model Exhibition. Well, thanks to Kahotan, we have some more photos of the buff magic user. For one, we ...

Pedro Cortes


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Good Smile Company's Mikasa Ackerman leaps off roofs, into pre-orders photo
Good Smile Company's Mikasa Ackerman leaps off roofs, into pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

Although I proclaimed Kotobukiya's version of Eren Jaeger the only Attack On Titan figure you'd ever need, I might be forced to eat my words here, as Good Smile Company have served up a full preview of their astounding take on Mikasa Ackerman to go along with pre-orders opening today.

Like Kotobukiya, GSC have chosen to show their subject in full flight, hair, clothes and weapons flailing out in a great display of movement. Mikasa here is portrayed very much in character - demure, but with steely determination. The pose is really dynamic, though if I had a critique I'd say she's a little too turned around, making it a bit unnatural. Detailing is, as you'd expect from GSC, immaculate.

The company has chosen to offer Mikasa in two forms, both identical except for one detail. The 'DX' version, priced at 14,200 and exclusive to the GSC Online Shop, includes a wonderful looking base designed to mimick a rooftop, while the regular version (13,200) does without. The base is a fantastic bonus for sure, but many buyers will have to be tempted by the prospect of store discounts on the regular version. Either way, for fans who simply can't have her soon enough, we've got links for you below.

[ Pre-order regular ver. at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan | Good Smile Company Online Shop ]

[ Pre-order DX ver. at Good Smile Company Online Shop ]

[ via Kahotan's blog ]

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10:00 PM on 04.21.2014

[NSFW] Super Pochaco can serve me beer anytime

When we first posted this, I mistook this for Sonico. I mean, considering it's a Nitroplus character, it wasn't necessarily the worst assumption to make. However, thanks to astute readers Elite7x and s1ic3, I now know this is...

Pedro Cortes

11:00 AM on 04.21.2014

Get your wallets out, it's a Megahouse sale at HLJ

Stop the presses: if you have any extra money in your pockets, get ready to put it in the bank and use it. Hobby Link Japan has got itself a sale on a bunch of Megahouse figures. Going on until May 2, you can get up to 65 per...

Pedro Cortes

6:00 PM on 04.20.2014

WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya didn't bring much (if anything) new to WonderCon, which is understandable as it's not a tentpole convention in the US. However our determined editor Natalie covered their booth all the same despite being sick as a ...

Tianxiao Ma



FuRyu's Mikasa Ackerman is finally previewed photo
FuRyu's Mikasa Ackerman is finally previewed
by Kristina Pino

A little over a month ago, we had just a peek at this Mikasa figure when we had a look at her partner in plastic, Eren. And it's about time, too, since she's due for release in June.

Check out the gallery for some pictures from FuRyu's production blog, and let us know what your thoughts are! Personally, I think she's great for a prize figure. I mean, I guess her hair looks a little goopy, but it's tough to argue with ~¥1,600.

[Pre-order at Big in Japan]

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Watch this adorable preview of Nendoroid Ozawa Rina and Nameko photo
Watch this adorable preview of Nendoroid Ozawa Rina and Nameko
by Kristina Pino

The folks at Nameko Paradise blog had an opportunity to handle GSC's decomaster of Nendoroid Ozawa Rina, to adorable results. The host of the video walks us through her various signature poses with Nameko as illustrated on book and game covers.

There isn't much more to say except that it's delightful - I've been in love with this figure's design since we first started seeing her around, since she translates perfectly into Nendoroid form.

I've also included a few images in the gallery below from their blog (click through for more), with detailed looks at the figures. Enjoy!

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Miku Type 2020 is almost here, looking gorgeous photo
Miku Type 2020 is almost here, looking gorgeous
by Martin Siggers

We were stunned by her first appearance at Wonder Festival last July, and now nine months later Kahotan has put out word that Max Factory's terrific Hatsune Miku Type 2020 is shipping out to lucky buyers. To celebrate the occasion, we've been gifted a preview gallery that confirms she's still as pretty as ever.

As anyone who's ever read any of my articles knows I'm obsessed with the portrayal of movement in figures and this is one of the best examples I've ever seen. The way her train flows out behind her, the ribbons on her wrists and ankles, and of course those colossal twin tails of hair - it all adds up to one great looking figure (and at 1/7 scale pretty huge too). Are any of you lucky readers awaiting her arrival?

[ via Kahotan's Blog

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[UPDATED] Good Smile Company's Mio Honda has stars in her ears photo
[UPDATED] Good Smile Company's Mio Honda has stars in her ears
by Martin Siggers

[Update: Pre-orders are up! Click the links below to get her] 

Good Smile Company have really been knocking it out of the park with their iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls figures lately. Even though I'm an avowed non-fan of the series I've really been digging some of the recent figures like Uzuki Shimamura. Now it's Mio Honda's turn to join the troupe, done up in her 'New Generation' look.

She's looking pretty good too. I'm a big fan of the orange and red colour scheme, although perhaps slightly less so of the pose. It's fine, just a bit generic is all. The base  is a nice bonus too. As ever GSC's eye for detail is up to scratch, be it the glossy finish on her boots or the delightful star shaped charms she's got scattered about her person. It's a pretty loud, brash figure, but I'm going to guess that's pretty in keeping with the character.

All in all it definitely looks like another winner. Pre-orders are up now at a not-unreasonable ¥8,380 and she'll be on your own personal stage come October

[ Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | J-List | Big in Japan ]

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10:00 AM on 04.17.2014

Keep your eyes on the prize for these Gundam Unicorn figures

With the final episode of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn ready to hit theaters May 16, the promotional rush is building up into a marketing frenzy. Of course, this being a Sunrise production, there are a ton of mecha that'll be p...

Pedro Cortes



This preview should make you feel pretty good about Kotobukiya's Eren Yeager photo
This preview should make you feel pretty good about Kotobukiya's Eren Yeager
by Tianxiao Ma

It's always great when a figure captures some of a character's personality. For Attack on Titan's Eren Yeager, that personality mostly consists of rage and combativeness. Kotobukiya's figure does a fine job showing Eren doing his thing.

I love the dynamic pose, his determined expression, and the use of the tree stump as a base. The paint and detailing look spot-on as well. Amiami has a large preview gallery showing Eren from all angles and showing the removable cape. If you have him on order, looks like you won't be regretting it!

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9:30 PM on 04.16.2014

Megahouse's Tieria Erde goes undercover for exposing previews

I never thought that this would be an actual figure, but here it is. From the plot twist of an episode of Gundam 00 comes the RAHDXG.A.Neo Tieria Erde by Megahouse. While it's not the usual appearance of Tieria, it's certainl...

Andres Cerrato