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8:00 AM on 09.01.2014

Good Smile Company has a Kill la Kill surprise at Fan Expo

Good Smile Company had something sweet to announce coming out of Fan Expo in Toronto: a new figure of Kill la Kill's Satsuki in 1/8-scale! In order to get around the potential spoiler situation, I've written my thoughts after the break. Click on if you're not afraid of spoilers.

Tianxiao Ma


12:00 PM on 08.29.2014

Fire all your cannons with Yamato Heavy Armament ver.

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...

Brian Szabelski

8:00 AM on 08.28.2014

Max Factory's Yamato is on board with pre-orders

Here's Max Factory's Yamato, in case you were wondering about Kantai Collection's take on the legendary battleship. I rather like the figure, except for the mismatched socks. My favorite piece would have to be her hair, espec...

Tianxiao Ma

11:30 PM on 08.25.2014

Racing Miku 2014 spools up for pre-order

As promised, Good Smile Company's Racing Miku 2014 ver. is now up for pre-order. A few of you guys expressed your approval of the design, and I'm with you. I've also decided that those are turbochargers because they're connec...

Tianxiao Ma



Amakuni's new Asuka is a cut above photo
Amakuni's new Asuka is a cut above
by Martin Siggers

Amakuni have recently carved out a lucrative niche collaborating with Hobby Japan magazine, producing high quality exclusive figures for the publication. That collaboration doesn't look like it's about to stop anytime soon either, as today the two put their latest work up for order, an impressive 1/6 rendition of Asuka Langley Shikinami from Evangelion 3.33.

The posterior-emphasising pose is a little reminiscent of Alter's take on the same character, but Amakuni's version holds its own well through the addition of a distinctive long halberd, which I don't remember from the film but adds a unique touch. It's a nice pose, graceful yet relaxed and made more noticeable by the decision to use Asuka's new plugsuit from the film, and intriguing mess of red, purple and white which shouldn't really work but somehow does.

All in all it's a very cool take on one of the most-overexposed characters in the figure world, and I'm definitely pondering an order. As an exclusive, you know the drill - a high price tag plus the additional cost of a proxy, though in this case that's somewhat offset by the generous size of the figure. Asuka is available now at ¥11,000, and is expected to arrive next May.

[ Preorder at Big in Japan | Nippon-Yasan ]

[ via Akiba Hobby ]

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7:00 PM on 08.23.2014

Racing Miku got some upgrades for 2014

For those of you keeping track, this would be the fourth Racing Miku design we see this year. I took a look through the history of Racing Miku figures (just scale, not counting prize figures, figmas, etc.) and she has really ...

Tianxiao Ma

8:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Expand your fleet with FunnyKnights' Amatsukaze

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 ...

Tianxiao Ma

7:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Max Factory's Samurai goes up for pre-order again

I'm guessing quite a few people missed out on Max Factory's Samurai (sometimes called Katanako) the first time if aftermarket prices are any indication. This is a re-color rather than a straight up re-release, but if you stil...

Tianxiao Ma

10:00 AM on 08.20.2014

Alter's Hozuki Ferrari is ready to find some treasure

I've never heard of Galilei Donna before, but Alter decided it was a big enough deal to make a figure with the license. It seems to be an adventure series about three sisters looking for treasure. I choose to believe it's in ...

Tianxiao Ma

9:00 AM on 08.20.2014

[NSFW] Alphamax's Excellen Browning is not about leaving stuff to the imagination

Despite having the SkyTube brand to market their ero figures, Alphamax's seems to have gotten more ero as well. While this Excellen Browning isn't fully naked, we're at a point where black censor bars would achieve a similar ...

Tianxiao Ma



Good Smile Company's new Ryuko Matoi is the height of fashion photo
Good Smile Company's new Ryuko Matoi is the height of fashion
by Martin Siggers

[ Spoilers ahead for Kill La Kill! ]

Back at Wonder Festival we saw Good Smile Company unveil a prototype for new figure of Kill La Kill heroine Ryuko Matoi. Rather than go for any of her more common looks though, the company opted to ramp up the craziness and produce a figure of her final episode 'Senketsu Fashion Week' super form, which I will never not refer to as Senketsu Hulk Hogan thanks to its red and yellow colour scheme.

Now Moeyo have put out a more comprehensive preview gallery and I have to say she's looking pretty good. As ever with these colossal 'ultimate form' figures GSC seem to have ladled on the detail and drama. The pose seems designed to take up the absolute maximum amount of shelf space possible, and that hair is approaching Yu-Gi-Oh! levels of awesome ridiculousness. My major concern here is that there's simply not that much for the sculptors to go to town on - after all, this is about as close to naked as an outfit can come. It's definitely a case where we'll have to see a more finalised coloured version before we pass judgement. If you're looking to catch the eye though, there's little doubt she'll do that.

[ via Moeyo (NSFW link) ]

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10:30 AM on 08.12.2014

Max Factory's Mikuzukin goes up for pre-order

The lovely Mikuzukin figure from Max Factory is up for pre-orders, merrily skipping along with a wolf on her head. I have a feeling this Miku design will be pretty popular. If you haven't already, you can check out the previe...

Tianxiao Ma