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....
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!
You're probably already well aware that 2014 marks yet another Transformers movie year. This time around Transformers 4: Age of Extinction begins a new story arc featuring returning and new Autobots (now in more knightly looking forms) facing a threat from both Deceptions and humans alike. Of course Both Hasbro and Takara Tomy have big toy plans for the movie and they've kicked it off with a dual release of First Edition Optimus Prime. Both figures are 100% identical, this one just happens to be the Takara Tomy release.
It's no secret that the two companies have been slashing the costs to make Transformers figures by simplifying them. Unfortunately even collector-level figures haven't been spared. I won't lie to you, this figure is anything but 'prime'. Follow me after the jump for the full review.
It's been a while for Megahouse's line of Gundam SEED figures. Opening first with G.E.M. Athrun Zala, then the figure of the songstress with the really long initials, RAHDXG.A.NEO Lacus Clyne, then actual main character G.E.M. Kira Yamato. The line finally comes to a hastened close with Alpha x Omega Yzak Jule. All lines aside, Megahouse has put in some great work in putting out figures for the 10th anniversary of SEED and Yzak is in a place to continue that tradition.
Find out how this figure fares in today's review of Alpha Omega Yzak Jule!
Funko's Pop! line of figures has felt like a mixed bag to me for some time. Sure, the sheer number of choices you have are pretty good and they're kinda cute looking, but as some of our past reviews have indicated, quality control is a bit of a concern. I've never had the chance to check them out myself until now, when a box arrived at my front door with Pop! Nemo, BMO and Sherman inside of it.
Hit the jump to check this trio out and see if they're any better than the other Pop! figures we've reviewed!
It is very easy to make Iron Man toys. Given all of the armor possibilities, it's a goldmine for companies to drill through. Good Smile Company already found a lot of success with their first Nendoroid of Tony Stark's armors, the Iron Man Mk VII from The Avengers. After a quick sell-through, it's time to hit the mine again, this time delving into Iron Man 3's premier armor, the Mark 42.
Let's find out if you'll actually want to add this to your Hall of Armor in today's review!