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C3X Chara Hobby 2015: We got our Super Fumina!!!


All's right with the world!
Aug 23
// Chris Seto
Rest easy everyone! The single best unit (yes, even better than Tryon 3!!) has finally been confirmed to be getting a kit release from bandai! We knew it was going to happen, it was just a matter of when! The HGBF Super Fumin...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 3)


*drops the mic*
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
That's it, I'm done. If you want an image which pretty much explains what kind of weirdness to expect from these kinds of galleries, I think the banner image pretty much sums it up. We can safely ignore the cool (and borderli...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 4)


See you later, Space Samurai!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
We're just about ready to wrap up the garage kit coverage for this years summer Wonder Festival and for our penultimate gallery, we're taking a look at the last few anime garage kits from the dealer floor. There's an appearan...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits (part 2)


Retro for all!!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
Here's our second and last gallery for the video game garage kits for this Wonder Festival and we have a fair bit of retro goodness to share! From the Flameman from Megaman, to the evil minion from the Pop'n Twinbee series an...

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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 2)


Decidedly normal
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
For our second gallery of misc garage kits, we have a... rather normal collection if we have to be honest. Most are likely to be based from a video game series but sadly, my knowledge doesn't stretch far enough to name them a...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 3)


King! King!! King Gainar!!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
And here we are, at the third anime garage kit gallery and we have a few older anime shows added to the mix. We have ourselves a Boogiepop Phantom kit and also one of Adette from Overman King Gainer! Remember that show? I mea...
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The Tetsuya Nomura designed Hatsune Miku can now be yours!!


MY EYES!! OH GOD, MY EYES!!!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
Bit late to the party but for those of you who remember the Tetsuya Nomura Designed Hatsune Miku and were not scarred for life, she is now available for pre-order on your preferred online store! It's just that.... Oh god...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: KanColle kits (Part 2)


It's good to be bad!
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
We've reached the second and final KanColle gallery for this Wonder Festival and this time, we get a couple of rather cool looking Abyssal ships in this gallery but mostly, we get several ships out of their usual attire. Espe...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Vocaloid Garage Kits


Miku Miku you!
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
The popularity of Hatsune Miku may have waned among garage kit builders but she still has a presence within the booths. You aren't getting rid of her that easily! Sadly, none of the other Vocaloids got a shout out this time a...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 2)


more ship girls!
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
And now, we get to part 2 of our collection of anime garage kits and it's good to see ship girls not from KanColle getting some love still with kits of Takao (best ship) and Kongou from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio present. Chiyo-...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 1)


Jul 31
// Chris Seto
Next up, we have the first gallery of kits which either didn't fit into one of the previous categories, were completely original designs or I simply didn't know where they came from! These galleries often prove to be popular ...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Volks


It's nothing much
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Volks had a rather (read: very) subdued showing at wonder festival this time around with the only major new showing being a charagumin kit of Angelise from Cross Ange. There were also unpainted prototypes of the fonewear...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: KanColle kits (Part 1)


Stare into the abyss...
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Well, it's not like we would be able to avoid this but, as stated earlier, there are far fewer KanColle kits this time around! Having said that, it is still the title with the largest number of kits under its name. As usual, ...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits (part 1)


In the blue sky
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Next up, we take a look at some of the video game garage kits! Now excuse me while I stare at the Virtual On kits! The maker is clearly a fan of the first game as most of the virtualoids are based off their Operation Moongate...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 1)


Animetic Love Letter!
Jul 29
// Chris Seto
Now that coverage of Wonder Festival has calmed down a little, we have some time to look at the dealer floor to see what garage kit makers have brought to the event. The good news is that there was no depressingly large domin...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Alter


total recalling
Jul 27
// Chris Seto
Alter had a rather eclectic mix of figures at their booth. There was quite a large focus on recent idol anime, specifically, Love Live but fans of the original idol anime, Idolm@ster have not been forgotten as there are plans...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Ques Q


Whatever floats your boat!
Jul 27
// Chris Seto
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that a figure company which basically takes garage kits and gives them a PVC release is going really heavily into the KanKolle boat. After all, if the whole community is pretty much chu...
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Macross 2 gets some love with a release of the VF-2


Lovers Again?
Jul 22
// Chris Seto
Macross 2 doesn't get much love compared to other series, mostly because it's not that good. Still, it does have some fans and it's hard to fault its mecha designs which were more of an update to the much loved and remembered...
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Amiami finally expand their Infinite Stratos figure line with Cecilia Alcott and Blue Tears


Second best girl in show incoming!!
Jul 22
// Chris Seto
Oh how I have waited... After teasing us relentlessly at pretty much every major figure event for the past few years, Amiami have finally decided to release the second of their <IS> Infinite Stratos figures for pre-orde...

Tomopop Review: Ques Q's Image Model Lene

Jun 12 // Chris Seto
Figure Name: Image Model LeneFigure Maker: QuesQRetail Price: ¥23,544Available at: AmiAmi | HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search There have been quite a few reviews of Ines online already, since she was the first to be released so this review will focus on Lene. There are a lot of similarities between the two and where things are relevant, we will note the differences or similarities. But for now, lets look at the box! The box is pretty large to cover both Lene and her Shinki armour, but the window is big enough to see everything inside the box. There's also a window at the back so you get to see the back of the shinki as well. There are no windows on the side though, we just get some images of the completed figure. And here's how she looks out of the box and assembled. QuesQ have done a very good job at replicating the details of the garage kit original. There are some some differences and additions, most of which don't actually make much sense. The most obvious one is the base. QuesQ has provided the kit with a circular black disk for the base and some hooks on the feet. Ines has a white disk which is pretty much identical. The thing is... they are unnecessary. The shinki stands very well on its own. The sword may benefit from the uneven surface and not slip, but it's perfectly capable of standing on its own. Taking a closer look at Lene herself, The paintjob on her is clean and tidy. The only oddity is that the parts around the hip are raised and the sections where the parts connect are shaded in such a way that it's difficult to tell if the parts are separate or molded as part of the body. It's not something you notice on general inspection, and it doesn't really detract from the figure as a whole, but it's just a minor niggle which bothered me a little. And here's how the Shinki armour looks like on its own. Note that there is no base in this photo, just to show its stability. In a sense, the shinki is almost a separate figure rather an accessory. It actually takes up more space than Lene herself. As for the Ines figure, the Black shinki is almost identical, save for the arms being swapped over so the sword rests with the right hand instead of left, as well as one other slight alteration for the figure. Unlike the black armour for Ines, there's a peg in the right leg of the white shinki armour to hold Lene in place. It's a nice addition, and it does help, but again, it's not actually necessary. Lene is able to stand in place on her own. As a result, Lene is able to stand with the black shinki for Ines, but due to the peg on the white shinki, Ines is not able to do the same. At least not properly. Instead of putting the foot in the area where its meant to go and provides a stable footing, the peg forces you to balance the foot of Ines on the peg itself. Still, you can get Ines to pose on her sister's shinki... Just about. Despite the two shinki sharing so much in terms of design, the little differences make little things like swapping the shinki armours between the two far harder than they should be. On closer inspection of the shinki armour, the details really shine. There were some liberties taken with the overall design as the original Busou Shinki figures didn't have the leg armours connected to the main body like these figures do. The clear parts are also held in place with small pegs, but they have a tendancy to slip off. A minor annoyance, but they can be put back in with ease. Sadly, the wings on the skirt are fixed and don't expand. A bit of a missed trick there. And here's how the image model Lene compares to the Busou Shinki original. One thing to note is that the image model Lene lacks the obvious metal joints on the shoulders and knees. Even the Busou Shinki anime kept them in the anime designs, but the image model figures did away with them. Not sure if the change is for the better but it would have been interesting to see how the figure would have turned out if they kept closer to the original Busou Shinki design, joints and all. Overall, the figure provides a strong case for purchase. It's well sculpted, highly detailed and has a rather catching pose. The only problem is the brick wall which you slam into just as you hit the "buy" button, the price!! Let's not beat around the bush here, ¥24,000 is an incredibly high price to pay for a figure, and these figures aren't even that large. Standing around 24cm, it would usually occupy the 1/7 scale bracket, but since this is Busou Shinki we're talking about, these are actually larger than the source material. In any case, very few PVC figures break the ¥20k barrier, and those tend to be of the 1/4 scale variety.  Are these Busou Shinki ladies good? Heck yes! Are they very good?? Yes to that too!! Are they ¥24,000 good? No. Putting things into perspective, these releases from QuesQ are MORE expensive than the original garage kits when they were on sale from Grizzry Panda! Maybe it was due to Konami licensing costs. Perhaps you could argue that the shinki armours are large enough to be called a separate figure (hah!) or maybe it was something else entirely, but that doesn't change the fact that these ladies are prohibitively expensive. Even though they are great figures, they don't quite justify the price tag which have been slapped on them -And the only changes made are the provisioning of a base for each figure, and a peg to keep Lene stable, neither of which are actually necessary! If they were priced better, these two would be instant recommendations but as they are, only the most die-hard fans would probably want to get them as the price of entry is just too high.  Perhaps they will find their way to the bargain bin later on, but given the very limited nature of QuesQ releases, I doubt we will see reductions in price for these ladies anytime soon and once they are gone, they will be gone for good!  If you decide to take the plunge, I doubt you will be disappointed in your purchase, but steel yourself for the dent they will put on your wallet!
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It wasn't too long ago that many collectors would look at the dealer booth section of events like Wonder Festival to look at the works of the garage kit makes and just admire and think, "I wish that was a PVC figure..." Well,...

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MegaHobby Expo 2015 Spring: Revolve


All Hail China!!
May 30
// Chris Seto
Revolve is a company which is still in its infancy (just one release under their belts so far) but their figures are still making small waves by looking rather good and covering titles which other companies don't really cover...
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MegaHobby Expo 2015 Spring: Alter


All work, but there is some play!
May 30
// Chris Seto
The Spring MegaHobby Expo has just recently concluded and it looks like all the figure companies are giving a final push for their soon-to-be-released figures to make way for all new announcements at Wonder Festival but even ...
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Hobby Round rises and throws in a few surprises!


My poor wallet...
May 25
// Chris Seto
Hobby Round has grown considerably since it started up six years ago but even with the increased showing from the garage kit makers and other companies, it is still very much the Volks show so it makes sense that Volks use it...
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Kinetiquettes kicks some more ass and puts on some nostalgia glasses to go back to the 80s for their next line of statues!


Thundercats HO!!!!!
May 19
// Chris Seto
The good guys over at kinetiquettes have been pretty busy as of late. Having completed their initial Evil Ryu vs Oni statues, they are now hard at work at not one but TWO new lines of figures. The first is a continuation of t...
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The Variant Play Arts Kai Batman is up for Pre-Order and HOLY...


This is worthy of a triple take!
May 12
// Chris Seto
Square-Enix has really been pushing their Play-Arts Kai line as of late and after grabbing some of the superhero licenses, they've done some pretty interesting new designs, particularly around the DC side.  We've seen th...
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Henge returns under a different name and with a new transformer!


Long time no see!
Apr 10
// Chris Seto
It has been a while since we had last heard from HENGE. Long time readers may remember his amazingly detailed mecha model kits but we haven't heard from him recently. Well, he's back with a new name and a new kit! Henge has r...
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Sword Art Online gets another addition to its dollfie dream family


Volks on Overdrive!
Apr 06
// Chris Seto
Ever wonder if Volks are overdoing things a little with their Dollfie Dream Releases? Not only are they prepping for a Snow Miku release as well as the two Macross F ladies, hot on the heels of the Dolls Party event in Kyoto,...
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Volks add a few new extras to their upcoming Macross F Dollfie Dreams


Going to need a new wardrobe...
Apr 04
// Chris Seto
The pre-order window may be closed and the actual items aren't expected until the end of the year but that hasn't stopped Volks from adding a little something to their new Dollfie Dream releases (to be)! Back at the end of la...
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The next Transformers Masterpiece breaks cover on this months Magazine scans!


Confirm or deny?
Feb 21
// Chris Seto
Last month, our own Jeremy posted some interesting rumours about the next masterpiece transformers releases. Well, consider one of those rumours confirmed! MP-25 Tracks is on his way! Unfortunately, that's pretty much all we ...
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This months magazine scans give us the Key to Victory!


HAMMER CONNECT!!!
Feb 21
// Chris Seto
We all knew it would happen.. nay, it MUST happen but this months magazine scans show that it truly is happening! Hot on the heels of the release of the Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar, we are getting a release of Goldymarg and yo...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Misc Garage Kits (part 2)


That's all folks! Hope you're hungry
Feb 14
// Chris Seto
And so, as tradition demands, we end our coverage of the garage kits at wonder festival with our final miscellaneous gallery. And boy, are there some weird things in this one! Before we begin, I should warn you that some of t...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 5)


The Final Frontier!
Feb 14
// Chris Seto
We've saved the best for last folks... Well, the best of the new stuff anyway and top of that list for me would be the Mari on Eva bike by Vispo! He's done a few Rei and Asuka kits before and they've been very well received b...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Video Game Garage Kits (part2)


Are you ready? I'm lady...
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
Moving on, we come to our second gallery of video game garage kits, featuring a rather eclectic mix of characters along with a load of Idolm@ster ones! The Nekomata kit from the first DLC of Muramasa: The Demon Blade really s...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 4)


damn, how did the Infinite Stratos 2 anime suck so badly?
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
Hands down, Ceclia was my favourite kit at this Wonder Festival, sadly she's not new! but that doesn't stop her from being great! There were also some nods to classic anime like Space runaway Ideon and Tetsujin 28 but I was p...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Vocaloid Garage Kits


life in the old girl yet!
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
Despite not being as popular as the line once was, Miku is still able to generate a number of new kits still. However, it does seem that the other vocaloids have not been able to keep their popularity up. I doubt that Miku wi...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 3)


More to come!
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
We're about half way through our GK coverage for this wonder festival so it's time to dive into more anime garage kits! I have to admit that I was surprised to see a barakamon kit not to mention an ore, twintail ni narimasu k...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: KanColle Garage Kits (part 2)


The light before we land
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
If you're a fan of KanColle, then soak it up! If you're not, hang in there! This is the last gallery! Without a doubt KanColle dominated the dealer floor at this wonder festival in a way other titles have not managed since......
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Misc Garage Kits (part 1)


In a mood for music?
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
And now we come to the first gallery of the kits which are either weird, don't fit into any other category or I simply could not identify (or any combination of the above). This gallery has a slight musical lean to it in the ...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 2)


Takao is awesome!!
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
TAKAO!! she's just awesome. The Aoki hagane no arpeggio version (and the D-Frag version) though. Nobody really cares about the KanColle version... We also get our first Sailormoon kit in this gallery, which is a little surpri...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Video Game Garage Kits (part 1)


Have we met before?
Feb 11
// Chris Seto
I had mentioned earlier that there were quite a few repeats of old kits on display at this winter wonder festival and nowhere is it more apparent than with the video game garage kits. Many of these have been spotted at previo...

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