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....
"Everybody's weak. That's why we rely on others. We live by helping one another. We can say, we need one another. I've been able to survive because I have you and the others." — Hibiki Kuze, Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
Pop on that bunny hood, and let's listen to some tunes, shall we? Hibiki Kuze is the main character of Devil Survivor 2 The Animation, also just known as the protagonist from Devil Survivor 2 the 3DS game. I'm a pretty big fan of Shin Megami Tensei and their numerous projects, so I was excited to get this guy in my hands.
Take a peek after the jump to see if that excitement still stands after playing around with him a bit!
Kotobukiya must have hit a winning formula with their Bishoujo figures because they're cranking them out like nobody's business. Well they're cranking them out like it's their own business, because it is - ah you know what I'm trying to say.
This time we go back to the first property to get the Bishoujo treatment: Marvel Comics. I'm sure you're all aware of Bishoujo Spider-Woman by now. From the promo shots, the figure looks like it has a lot going for it. Naturally I was excited to have a sample in my hands.
So far, Bandai's put the Sailor Moon license to good use on their S.H. Figuarts line, as they've been very busy churning out the entire cast (sans Tuxedo Mask ... really, guys, come on). However, it's been years since we've seen a new scaled Sailor Moon figure, which makes the release of Figuarts Zero Sailor Moon all the better
My past experiences with the Figuarts Zero line have been relatively positive, but does the first Sailor Senshi from Bandai hold up to those expectations?
Resident Evil is one of those franchises you'd assume a horror fan would be into, but it's never quite caught on with me. The zombies and assorted monsters are cool, but I've always been turned off by all the convoluted conspiracies (and, at times, also the gameplay). However, I've enjoyed a few of the games and I like many of the character designs like Resident Evil 6's Helena Harper. As such, I was happy to see Square-Enix give the character the Play Arts Kai treatment.
The wait for Good Smile Company's Deep Sea Girl Hatsune Miku has been lengthy, but Good Smile Company at long last has shipped her out. And you know what? I'm not bitter.
I think we all know (more or less) what we'll be getting with this figure. Even after tons of preview galleries and pre-release coverage, this figure still manages to capture my imagination. It really is special, so read on to see why.
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (or Haganai for short) is an anime series I've actually wanted to watch for quite a while, and after finally having a Sena Kashiwazaki figure in my own hands, I think it's darn near time. This splashy beach figure of Sena is based on Haganai NEXT's view of her, and I think it's safe to say she will end up being my favorite character in the series. I mean.. she plays dating sims. What else do I need to know?
Hit the jump to see how I felt about the figure from Aoshima and FunnyKnights!
For the longest time Transformers fans wanted two things: New combiner figures and a reissue of Fortress Maximus. The combiner part happened several times over, but has yet to be done in a way that really excites. As for the Fort Max reissue Hasbro said no many times citing safety laws and the massive figure failing drop tests. Takara Tomy, however, was able to make it a reality last year thanks to the much more lenient Japanese safety laws. Fans in the west, hoping for a compromise, begged Hasbro to make a new city-bot that would be just as impressive as Fortress Maximus in both size and features. Hasbro continued to say no, but in reality they were secretly working with Takara to make this guy: Transformers Generations Metroplex.
This figure has seen four different releases now, each just a little different from the others.We'll be taking a look at the Japanese retail version from Takara Tomy. It's an exciting figure that does nothing but impress every step of the way. So join me after the jump as we check out all of the features in the figure that gave birth to the Titan class figure scale.
Mooooo-ve aside, cat girls! There's a new (and oddly appropriate) animal-themed outfit in town. AlphaMax's Sena Kashiwazaki Cow Design Swimsuit Ver. may seem an udderly wacky outfit at first glance, but the costume is well-suited to the fetishism of mammary glands.
So how many cow-related puns can I milk out of one review? Find out after the jump!
It's a lot of fun to follow a figure from genesis all the way to finished product. Good Smile Company's elaborate take on Akane Isshiki from Vividred Operation was one of the first figures I covered when I arrived at the site, and I've kept my eye on her as she's gone from prototype to pre-order and finally to a box sitting on my desk.
Problem is though, while I admired the figure, I was more ambivalent on the show she came from. I enjoyed Vividred Operation's bright, technology infused take on the magical girl genre, but hated its crass, creepy fanservice. I've got a pretty consistent rule that I only collect figures from shows that I like, but that rule can waver occasionally, and this was such a case. Was it the right move, or will I be regretting it?
With the figure making market pretty much established and the big players set up, perhaps it's time for smaller companies to step up and shake the boat a little.
We've seen some companies take a stab at making new figures for a while now. Amiami are just about gearing up for their first release in the shape of Shinonono Houki from Infinite Stratos and companies like Phat Company, Wing and FREEing are now standing firm after being relative newcomers to the figure markets. Now is the time to pass the baton and give another batch of new companies a chance to enter the ring.
One of these newcomers is Pulchra. A very new company which only started trading late last year. Their first releases were little smartphone holders, but they've now moved over to full figure releases and one of their first is Noire from Hyperdimension Neptunia. Is she any good? erm...
Over the years of my figure collecting, Megahouse's Portrait of Pirates line has remained my favorite series of figures. Based off of characters from the immensely popular One Piece, the figures tend to be excellent representations of guys and gals that you love, or at least love to hate.
After tearing through all the heroes, Megahouse started to release P.O.Ps of high-tier antagonists and villains. Of note was the release of Crocodile, the leader of the organized crime organization known as Baroque Works and generally a pretty big jerk. Being my favorite villain, I wanted to nab him during his first release, but financial issues prevented me buying him.
Thanks to a re-release earlier in 2014 and the kind folks at HLJ, I finally have the evil pirate in my hands. How does this repainted re-release compare to modern P.O.P. expectations? Well, you'll have to hit the jump to find out!
Yes, Vegeta has returned once again. After two very popular releases in the S.H. Figuarts lineup, Vegeta now gets his own Figuarts Zero. The third Super Saiyan gets the fourth release in the line, well behind his son from the future and that low class Kakarot. Just like in the series though, Vegeta gets his moment to shine and this release certainly takes advantage of that.
Take a gander at why he's the Prince of all Saiyans in today's review of Figuarts Zero Super Saiyan Vegeta!