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....
Kotobukiya's Bishoujo lineup seems to be growing by the day. The latest Street Fighter gal to hit the, uh, streets is Cammy. Although she isn't out in the US, she is currently available to import from Japanese retailers.
When a 2D design gets translated to 3D, you'd expect some slight differences. With Cammy, I think there has been a significant shift in style thanks to the sculpt. Whether that's good or bad depends on your tastes, but read on to see what I'm talking about.
I used to fancy myself an anime-obsessive. I would watch as many things as I could jam into my eye sockets and if it had a robot of some sort in it? Boy, I'd be on that double time. However, as time has gone on, I can't watch nearly the same amount of stuff I used to, and that's why I haven't seen Infinite Stratos. Despite some potentially interesting content (robotic exoskeletons, nations at war, harem antics, etc.), it was remained unwatched.
I will say this though: if the gals are as cute as their Figuarts ZERO counterparts, I may have to give it a watch sometime soon. Hit the jump to see what I mean!
You know, there's something to be said about the harem show. Sure, they're usually puerile, insipid and lacking in any sort of redeeming value. Yes, they usually rely on fanservice in lieu of good animation or solid design. You know what... there's very little to say about most harem shows beyond their pervy value.
What's interesting on the merch side of things is that most harem shows don't usually get posed figures. Outside of Bakemonogatari, which definitely has a harem element to it, I can't think of many series that'll get figmas or Figuarts. Bandai, perhaps trying to stretch out their poseable figure line, has gone ahead and made an S.H. Figuarts of Momo Deviluke, from To Love-Ru Darkness.
How good is the figure? Well, let's just put it this way: there's usually a reason why harem shows don't get poseable figures. Hit the jump to find out why.
The drought of Cardcaptor Sakura figures has long been a source of incredible frustration to me. The series has everything you need to make an army of great collectibles - cute girls, handsome boys, annoying mascots and an adorable lead character who has an endless supply of flashy outfits. Even though Good Smile Company announced a very adorable Nendoroid, there's still a glaring lack of scale static figures. So when FuRyu announced they would be making a prize figure of Sakura, fans jumped all over it. Can something traditionally cheap and cheerful live up to a long held desire though?
In the past, the majority of Monster Factory's plushes have been, well, monsters. In their upcoming Kickstarter venture, the studio is branching out into the realm of mythological critters. Fittingly named "The Mythicals," the first run (should they be funded) will feature plushes of a dragon, Cthulhu, and a unicorn. They all look darling but the unicorn in particular spoke to me. Who wouldn't want a ropy-poly fantasy horse-thing? Plus, it's name is Margot.
Suffice to say, I was more than a little pumped to check Margot out in person, and I can't wait to share what I discovered with you!
One thing which has always bemused me is why a show like Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon has not received more figures than it has, given its ridiculously large cast of characters. Early releases focused on Horizon and we've had a few releases of Asama Tomo, but other than a beach queen figure of Mitotsudaira, and the occasional prize figure, that has been it. And the figures have been a little lacklustre. Tomo never seemed to pose like her character should, and one of the bigger Horizon releases was done by Volks, who have not got the best reputation when it comes to their PVC releases (their resin kit and doll releases are without peer though).
So, we were really lacking in Horizon figures - That is, until Kotobukiya stepped in. Their first release is Honda Futayo, the honourable air-headed duelist warrior of the group, and one third of the busty trio (the other two being Tomo and Aoi Kimi).
She steps into an arena which is honestly lacking any major competition, but that doesn't mean that she can slack off. So, does the Kotobukiya figure hold up to scrutiny? Only one way to find out.
In case you didn’t know, The Walking Dead is a comic book series and show about zombies. So far, McFarlane has been one of the major companies that has been producing toys from both the show and the comics. Coming from McFarlane’s TV series 4, Riot Gear Zombie is the figure we’ll be looking at today.
Taken from season three of The Walking Dead, these zombies were seen outside the prison, and their gear proved to be very useful later on in the series. How well did this depiction of a zombie translate to an actual figure?
Mario is the figure that so many have wanted a quality representation of. While there have been a few over the years, they did little more than just move arms up and down. Earlier this year, Bandai brought the news that many had waited for, an articulated Mario was on the way. Long rumored, but finally in existence. Not only were we getting Mario, but there's also the expansion parts sets to add more of the Mushroom Kingdom.
How does S.H. Figuarts Mario and accessories sold separately fair? Find out in today's video review!
In a relatively short space of time, FREEing have established themselves as a solid middle ground manufacturer of figures. They may not be able to match the big boys like Alter, Kotobukiya or their parent, GoodSmile Company, but they have shown the ability to punch above their weight on previous occasions.
Unfortunately, one thing they do lack is consistency. While some of their releases are solid entries, we've also had a fair few duds from them as well. Ones which come to mind are their Blazblue releases. They have already released figures for Rachel Alucard and Makoto Nanaya and they were... how should we say, poor. Rachel came off as emotionless rather than melancholic and as for Makoto... I'll let our Tomopop review spell things out for you.
Then FREEing decided to step into the fray once more for a third release from the Blazblue series and they decided to hit a bit close to home for this reviewer by choosing μ-12 as the subject. Will it suck like the previous releases, or might they actually get it right on the third try? Only one way to find out...
You will do just about anything to feel like you're really there. Bandai has long made products to make you feel as if it were real to you and that's their goal with the new Proplica line. The first entry into the new series is Sailor Moon's Moon Stick, which if done correctly, should transform you into a magical girl. Unfortunately, that didn't work for me so I'll have to live with just lights and sounds. Maybe it'll work better for you.
Follow the jump for today's video review of the Proplica Sailor Moon Moon Stick!
While Gainax's seminal mecha show Gunbuster has begun to get a bit more love from the figure world over the years (such as the rather excellent Super Robot Chogokin Gunbuster), it's sort-of-sequel Diebuster has mostly been left out in the cold. It's understandable since Diebuster is nowhere near as beloved as its forefather, but still a shame. So when ever anybody makes figures from the show, my ears prick up. That's why we're here today, to take a look at Sentinel's take on Diebuster's lead robot, Buster Machine No.7. Be warned, spoilers for the show will follow!
"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!