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Wonfes: Nendo Monochrome photo
Wonfes: Nendo Monochrome

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: GSC's Nendo Miss Monochrome

I hope that Miss Monochrome gets to become a big time idol!
Feb 09
// Jon Wills
Remember back in October there was an announcement of a Miss Monochrome Nendoroid? Well the first photos of her monochromatic prototype showed up at Wonfes, and while she is not much to look at yet it is exciting to see that ...
Figma Amy photo
Love the glider!
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet was a very popular anime last year, so it was no surprise that Max Factory made a figma of the leading lady Amy. Sure, it's been a while since she was shown off at Wonfes, and yes pre-or...

Pre-order Last Order! photo
Pre-order Last Order!

[NSFW] Pre-order Orca Toy's 1/6th scale Last Order

Wow Japan... Never change.
Jan 09
// Jon Wills
Japan can be kind of crazy sometimes. No matter how many years pass, what they make never ceases to amuse and occasionally disturb me. Such is the case with Orca Seed's 1/6th scale Last Order, from the To-Aru series who is no...
Check out Eren photo
Eren Yeager, Nendoroid scale
As they tend to do, Akibahobby recently got their hands on a sample of Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Eren and posted some good preview images of him up on their blog. Sure, we saw the stock photos back when pre-orders became...

Kotobukiya's Colette photo
Will Kotobukiya paint her hands?
Akiba Hobby recently got their hands on a prototype of Kotobukiya's Colette Brunel. As a Tales fan, I really appreciate getting to look at Colette from angles and I am able to appreciate the craftsmanship that Kotobukiya put ...

Preview Yaya photo
Love that clockwork base!
It's unfortunate that there have not been many figurines made based on new and currently airing anime this season. Sure we saw several Naruto figurines and Fairy Tail as well as other more major franchises that were great to ...

Preview Shannon photo
Very shiny!
It's been a little over a month since pre-orders opened for Griffon's Shannon. Much to our surprise, she was due to be released at the end of January, which is a pretty short production cycle for any figurine. Still Akibahobb...

Preview Utena photo
Lovely sculpt! I can't wait to see her colored.
Revolutionary Girl Utena was one of the first long running anime that I watched when I was younger. Looking back it dealt with some pretty mature concepts and was likely the first show that I saw that had some shoujo ai in it...

Preview Tsukiko photo
A very moe Nendoroid
Have you ever seen a figurine announced for pre-order but the stock images really did not interest you? This happens to me quite often, so it did not surprise me when Kahotan recently blogged about Nendoroid Tsukiko Tsut...

Preview GSC's Akane photo
Vroom Vroom Vroom!
If you pre-ordered or just generally liked Good Smile Company's 1/8-scale Akane who hails from Vividred Operation, then you may want to check out Kahotan's latest blog showing her off. The most useful bits of her post co...

Nendoroid More Pajamas photo
About time
I was pleased when GSC first announced Nendoroid More Pajamas back in September. It feels like it has been longer since then but really it has just been around two months. After much teasing GSC is finally showing off on...

Senran Kagura's Homura photo
What a lovely dynamic pose!
Do you like ninja girls flying through the air swinging katars, swords and everything else around? Who doesn't? If you do then you should check out Kaitendo's latest sculpt of Homura from the bazonga-filled anime series Senra...

Preview Alisa photo
Unofficial winner of the "Best Butt" award!
Alisa looked hot when pre-orders were first announced. Over a month has passed and she still looks hot! This is what happens when a company like AlphaMax who I think are very good at making quality swimsuit figurine...

Preview Griffon's Kirino photo
She is well crafted and very cute.
Remember that lovely, but showy swimsuit figure of Griffon's Kirino that showed up for pre-orders earlier this month? Akibahobby recently got their hands on her and posted a preview gallery on their blog. At a casual glance K...

Preview SL Kuroneko photo
Meow, Kuroneko overload!
Kuroneko has been getting a lot of love in the figurine world lately. It's about darn time that someone cared for her too! Next month Kotobukiya is releasing this sweet lolita dressed kitten girl to the masses. However if you...

Preview Kuroneko photo
Preview Kuroneko

Preview Kotobukiya's Kuroneko Cu-Poche

She makes a good Cu-Poche
Nov 30
// Jon Wills
Back in October pre-orders became available for Cu-Poche Kuroneko. Many of us were pleased with the stock factory images of her, but AmiAmi's English blog did a review of their own with some pretty nice photos to compliment t...
Pre-order Silica photo
Pre-order Silica

Pre-order FREEings Silica from Sword Art Online

She is pretty, I know she is! We just need better photos to prove it!
Nov 26
// Jon Wills
Sword Art Online is a pretty popular franchise, so it is not surprising to me when a company makes a figurine of Asuna, or even Leafa, however when a collectible is made of a supporting character like Silica by a larger compa...
Idol Master Beach Queens photo
Idol Master Beach Queens

Check out these three Idol Master Beach Queens

Are you ready?
Nov 25
// Jon Wills
It's been about a month since Wave's trio of Idol Master Beach Queens beauties became available for pre-order. As expected, Akibahobby recently got their hands on a sample of these three ladies, Miki, Azusa, and Takane a...
character earplugs photo
character earplugs

Kitan club makes amusing earplug capsule toys

What? Really? Ah.. Japan, don't ever change!
Nov 25
// Jon Wills
Have you ever wanted to wear an anime character in your ear? Well, if you are like me then the thought would never cross your mind, at least until you saw these capsule toys made by Kitan. Kitan made sets of ear plugs that fe...

Tomopop Review: Alter's Raven

Nov 22 // Jon Wills
Figure Name: Tales of Vesperia RavenFigure Maker: AlterPrice: ¥8,800Available at: AmiAmi | CD Japan | Play Asia | ToysLogic Old Raven here hails from Tales of Vesperia. I have long been a fan of the Tales of series, a few games have come and gone since Vesperia, but the game still holds a dear place in my heart. Most Tales games have good stories and great character designs, however it is without a doubt that Raven is one of their best characters. He is difficult to top in personality and charm, but actually has a good number of weak points which can be entertaining to poke fun at. Many people will be quick to point out, that Raven does not look that old, and if those people happen to be ladies then I assure you that Raven would get flattered and get all bashful and maybe flirty, just cause he is that kind of guy. On the other hand if the complimenter was a guy, well, he might appreciate it if they are genuinely a big fan of him, but generally he would find that person annoying and find more important things to do. There are some spoilers ahead in this review folks, but Raven lives a sort of dual life. He is a Captain of the Imperial Knights, and a high ranking member of an influential guild named Altosk. These two factions have great influence over the world that Vesperia takes place in and are often at odds with one another even though they have similar goals, just differences of opinions on how things should be done. The royalty can be corrupt, the guilds can be greedy, but when it all comes down to it they are two sides of the same coin. Its stuff like this that makes Tales of Vesperia a great game and Raven a great character to make a figurine of. So without further explanation let's check out the old man. If you have owned Alter's Yuri Lowell, Flynn Scifo, or Rita Mordio, then Raven's box will be really familiar. The wrap around window which we know and love is still there, but I think that Alter has taken the box design a little further and refined it to look extra good with Raven. Maybe it's because Raven's color scheme goes so well with the black and blue. However I think it's because Alter spaced everything out in the packaging to show it all off.  Here is Raven fresh out of his box. Before assembling him I referred to Alter's assembly instructions, but before I got to that I just had to check out his mini. He practically leapt out of the box at me! Raven's mini is pretty neat. His head is mounted on a ball joint that can spin all the way around to his backside and angle up and down a little bit. With that blush and expression it is fairly obvious that he is either checking out a lady or saying something rather fishy, either would be very appropriate for this old man. For comparison sake here we have minis from Alter's other collectibles of their Vesperia series. It seems like every mini gets better than its predecessor. Here we have the ruggedly handsome Raven. When I first saw him I wasn't sure why Alter had decided on this particular pose for him, or why they wanted to have him be sitting, but now it is really obvious to me. Well, for one he is sort of tall so had he been standing Raven would have towered over the usual 22cm height that Alter figures tend to max out around, but besides that the sitting posture and relaxed look totally bring out Raven's old man vibes! What better way to do that than having him sitting and looking relaxed? Well, they could have had him bent over with a crick in his back, but Raven isn't that old! Alter did a very nice job on Raven's head sculpt. His chin is appropriately squared and his eye features match his age well. The best part for me though has to be the rings under his eyes and the painted on stubble. Raven's hair is very spiky and black. I do like those spikes but they are sure to be dust and lint magnets. I predict that this version of his hair will require more cleaning in the future to keep it looking good. Here is his alternate Captain Schwann head. A few bangs of hair obscure one eye, but if you look closely you can see his painted eye behind them peaking out. The circles under his eyes are still present in this face but if you notice he has more facial hair here than there. Both hair styles are pretty neat and give different effects as you can see later in this review and in the gallery. As you can see he is very different with his Schwann face. However without his Imperial Knights Captain's uniform I feel that Raven's disguise is kind of incomplete. I'm not sure how often I'll use his alternate head, but it certainly does not look bad. Raven appropriately lacks bazongas. His casual attire looks comfortable and baggy. The seams around his arms are a little obvious, but at least the folds seem to make sense and continue naturally on either side of the seam. Actually, if anything, I have to give them props for doing such a beautiful job sculpting Raven's baggy cloths and overcoat. It's no easy task to sculpt them this well! From this angle you can better appreciate the stubble along Raven's jawline. I wish that stubble was done with careful plastic sculpting instead of marker, but that would have required a lot more work to pull off right. Also from here you can get a better look at Raven's short sword which he keeps cleverly hidden under his overcoat, it's even concealed a bit by his hand, and actually Raven hid this sword so well from me that I didn't realize he had it on his figurine until I unboxed him! It does make good sense that Raven has this sword though as a lot of his best damaging artes from the game use it for extra melee damage! I placed Raven's short sword next to him here so you can see how much of it he hides under his arm. I'm still kind of impressed by how well his clothing obscures it. Oh, by the way both of Raven's hands are removable, which makes it easier to place the short sword under his arm. You can also remove his left hand and place the bow in it, then attach the hand to his wrist, making it a little easier to make him hold his bow.  The bow that Raven holds is a very impressive bow called the Divine Cannon, it belonged to an old friend of his named Casey and to get it one had to go through a fairly involved side quest including beating some optional bosses. In the end though it was worth it and was a memorable enough event in the game, so I appreciate Alter reproducing this lovely bow to their exacting standards. The bow is pure white and the gold is very shiny on it. The white contrasts nicely with the rest of Raven's colors and yet the gold trim on it blends in well with Raven's yellow trim. Raven is my only 1/8th scale archer so I can safely say that this is my prettiest 1/8th scale bow in my collection. By the way, the bowstring on this bow is made of plastic and very fragile, I would suggest that anyone who purchases Raven to be very careful when tucking it under his coat. From this angle we are able to appreciate the old man's baggy pants and half-boots. I also thought this was one of the Schwann style hairs better angles. From the back we can appreciate the old man's slumping posture, though really we all know he is just leaning this way because it is comfortable. Also we get a good look at the rock which appears to be based on the Releweisse hollow canyon area of the game. This is a nice touch considering that a lot of Raven's back story gets revealed here, also if he is going to sit on a rock it might as well be a one that looks interesting right? Here is more of that Releweisse goodness and a closer look at Raven's half-boots. Alter captured the leathery look of those boots perfectly. Alter shows their skill in places like this, putting beauty where one would not expect to see any. As you can see my Tales of Vesperia party has finally climbed to four members! I've got Yuri and Flynn to get mad combos, Rita to back them up with heavy hitting spells, (or just to dominate the entire fight anyway) and old Raven in the back to provide healing support with his love shot arte and maybe a couple of good direct damaging artes for good measure. Despite being more of a supporting character than a main character, as a figurine Alter's Raven does a good job standing out on his own from the powerhouses above. His look certainly compliments theirs, but I think he can stand alone as a single awesome figurine from the Vesperia series, especially if he has a couple of lovely ladies to gaze upon. In the end I can heartily recommend Alter's Raven to any collector out there, but if you like Tales or pretty boys then you should definitely own this old man! It is very clear that Alter put a lot of effort into the details to make Raven as close to his character as possible, I even feel like they hit the mark more perfectly with him than with any previous character from the series. If you made it this far, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my review! Please comment and let me know what you thought.
Review: Alter's Raven photo
All my heart baby, all my love!
Do you ever look at your collection and wish you had a couple more guys around in it? Well, if you do and you like the Tales of series, or JRPG's in general then you owe it to yourself to check out Alter's fantastic line of p...

Preview Daisy photo
I love her eyes and her smile!
I, like many collectors wanted to buy Tony Taka's Daisy as soon as I saw the first unpainted prototype photos of her. Soon after some painted photos showed up on Kotobukiya's blog, then she became available for...

Preview Gumi Extend photo
I like Gumi's music, but something else needs to be done for me to really like her figurines!
Akibahobby recently posted photos on their blog that they took of Aquamarine's Gumi Extend. While I find this version of Gumi to be bright and eye catching I can't help myself but to sigh and wish that a company were to pull ...

pre-orders: Leafa photo
pre-orders: Leafa

Kotobukiya's Leafa flies to pre-orders!

Of all the Leafa's this one could be the best!
Nov 14
// Jon Wills
We've seen lots of different sculpts of the fairy Leafa from Sword Art Online. In no particular order there was Wing's, Griffon's, Penguin Parade's and of course this one by Kotobukiya. My instinct tells me that I a...
X-Plus: Wendy Marvell photo
X-Plus: Wendy Marvell

Pre-order X-Plus' Wendy Marvell from Fairy Tail

Finally a Wendy figurine!
Nov 13
// Jon Wills
Yay! A company finally got around to making a figurine of Wendy from Fairy Tail. If you are a fan of the show, cat girls, or swimsuit figures, you really should check out their sculpt of Wendy Marvell. Despite a few obvious s...
Nendoroid Fem. Hunter photo
She is my kind of hunter!
[Update: Pre-order information below] Good Smile Company has been on a Monster Hunter kick of late with their excellent Lagombi huntress. I am pretty happy about it because they have produced some very high quality Nendoroids...

Pre-order Mio Kisaki photo
Pre-order Mio Kisaki

Pre-order Daiki Kogyo's Mio Kisaki

I love that shine! If only she had a full set of armor!
Nov 11
// Jon Wills
Have you seen any of this seasons bazoonga filled horseback jousting series Walkure Romanze? I find the fan service to be a little bit excessive but I am watching it over at Crunchyroll from time to time. If you are watching ...

Check out and see how to safely display Alter's Suzuha

Nov 10 // Jon Wills
Some of us were scared off by Suzuha's yellow eyes, but those of us who stayed aboard the Steins Gate figurine wagon and waited through more and more delays should check out these photos that Alter kindly provided us. As you can see one of her feet fits into the base of her stand while the other one feathers her bicycle pedals. Alter states that the exact positioning of the bicycle and how Suzuha sits on it is crucial to the bikes long term displayability. Suzuha's elbow fits into the bicycles handlebar here. Alter included this support to prop up the bike for long term display. Once again the angles and directions provided here are important to a long display life. I have to say that her pose is very creative. It's harder to appreciate something like this in pictures but I think I can visualize how it would all come together and look in person. As you can see the bicycle has a little bike stand that can be pushed down for display of the bike by itself. I doubt that this stand will be sturdy enough to support the bike plus figure but this sort of thing is certainly a nice touch. In all I really like the way that Alter's Suzuha came together, she looks attractive, although a little freaky with those yellow eyes and her bike is one of the best 1/8th scale bikes I have seen.  Were these pictures helpful in planning on how to display your own Alter's Suzuha? let us know in the comments.  
That's one sweet bike!
Emily just posted a preview gallery to Alter's Suzuha, but I wanted to go a bit more in-depth. You see, Alter's primary intent with their photos was not just to show off their figure but really to show some nice closeups as to how Suzuha should be poised on her bike for long term display. Hit the jump or check out the gallery to see more of how to assemble Alter's Suzuha Amane. Via Alter's blog

What happened to X Figure anyway?

Nov 09 // Jon Wills
Jon Wills, Associate Editor It has been a while since the 1/8th scale Zelos and Lloyd were announced at Tales Festival 2013. Zelos showed up for pre-order but we have not seen heads or tails of Lloyd for about five months. I know I might be expecting too much from Alter too soon and I really do want Lloyd to be fantastic, but I am just itching to see his prototype! He was sort of my Super-Man when I was growing up and I can't wait to add him to my collection! I wouldn't call Lloyd abandoned so much as just moving along at Alter's speed. I guess if Alter did not take forever they would not be Alter right? Jeremy "Emerje" Crocker,Associate Editor What's up with Bandai's D-Arts line? Back at their 2011 Tamashii Nations winter event about two years ago they announced a bunch of figures that were on display as fully articulated prototypes. They had more King of Fighters figures beyond the released Terry Bogard like Kim, Mai, and Kyo. They had their first .hack//G.U. figures of Haseo and Skeith go unreleased (and Bandai owns that license!), and even a Persona 3 Orpheus figure that would certainly have been a big seller. Plus there are other things like Tai from Digimon announced in 2010 or Samurai Shodown's Haomaru announced in 2012 that seem to have been long forgotten by the company. And that's just the stuff I really want. I can't imagine what else has gone to the wayside. If feels like this line cancels as much as it releases. Scarecroodle, Associate Editor Hasbro has a whole bunch of M.I.A.s at this point, especially for their Marvel properties. While they mentioned a few possibilities as coming out (MU Death's Head, Wendigo, etc), they also showed a Marvel Legends Stryfe in the slides during NYCC 2011 which seemed to be slated to release around the same time as the Jim Lee-styled Jean Grey that recently appeared in the Rocket Raccoon line yet nothing has been seen or heard since to the best of my awareness. Right before that at SDCC 2011 they had a Marvel Universe Masterworks: Fin Fang Foom on display that seemed to be a remold of a previously released Marvel Legends BAF which appeared to incorporate a sound function (like the other Masterworks) in addition to sporting an orange deco and pants. Logically that one would have been the 2012 Masterworks figure (following Galactus in 2010, Sentinel in 2011) but one can assume that he's off the table entirely given that Galactus and Sentinel didn't appear to sell well and we haven't had any additional Masterworks announcements. The Marvel Universe line in general has hit a snag, possibly resulting from that SKU error some time back, which has led to the line being folded into an Avengers series going forward. Hopefully FFF will pop up in a film at some point (like Iron Man 4) to secure some additional merchandise. Otherwise, the original BAF occasionally shows up loose on ebay for US$150+. It's also hard to keep up with NECA's Gremlins stuff. While I love the offerings, the company has apparently had mixed results for them and, as a result, Gremlins series 3 is still on hiatus despite Mogwai series 4 having slated to release later this year. The company also kept the Spider Gremlin (Spider-Mohawk) on the back burner for a while, first showing it maybe back in 2010 before giving it a confirmed release earlier this year. So while all hope probably isn't gone for Greta the She-Gremlin, the coccoon, and others, I wouldn't say that their situation looks good either. For GSC/Max Factory, we still infrequently see figma Archer (Fate/Stay Night) although he's never had any release information attached. Ditto for the D-Arts Diaboromon whose very existence has been a tease to some readers although the fact that nothing has happened with him since probably isn't much of a mystery... Oh, plus the running changes that were supposed to come out in wave 3 of Hasbro's Marvel Legends reboot never materialized despite the rest of the wave coming out late last year/very early this year. This includes Danielle Moonstar (announced before Mystique, who made the cut), Blade, the Future Foundation Doctor Doom, and the standard version of Deadpool. The characters are even listed on the packaging as variants. This one is more of a known hiatus, though, since Hasbro has said they might get released as a Toys "R" Us exclusive. The same thing also happened with Sentry, Savage She-Hulk, and Iron Fist in the next wave, which is annoying since it means I'll likely have to buy Protector to complete my Hit Monkey. I'm afraid that the final two waves will follow this course as well.
What happened to X? photo
It'd be nice to hear more about these!
Have you ever seen a collectible announced and developed but then never saw much more of it? Sometimes it's just a concept and sometimes we see fully painted and functional prototypes of a toy that we want but never get a cha...

Riobot Jehuty photo
Riobot Jehuty

[Under the Radar] Check out Sentinel's Riobot Jehuty

One of the better Jahuty's I have seen
Nov 05
// Jon Wills
AmiAmi's blog recently posted some new photos of Sentinel's Jehuty from the popular mecha space fighting game Zone of the Enders. It has been a while since we last saw it. Actually, he kind of slipped under our radar for...
Super Sonico photo
So steamy for such a wintery theme!
Late last month we caught a quick glimpse of Alter's Santa Sonico, but we really didn't get many good photos showing off the details of her sculpt. Alter apparently sought to remedy this issue and posted a nice splash of pret...

papercraft food photo
papercraft food

Check out Maria's fruity papercrafts

Have you eaten your fruit and vegetables today?
Nov 04
// Jon Wills
Usually we report on figurines and collectibles, but every once in a while an appetizing papercraft crosses our path. The latest is Maria Laura Benavente Sovieri's papercraft fruit and vegetable set. Each piece of fruit ...
Alter's Miu Takanashi photo
Admit it, cat ears would look good on her
If you are like me and passed on watching Listen to me, Girls, I'm Your Father!, which can be streamed over at Crunchyroll, then you might think that you have little to no interest in Alter's Miu Takanashi. Still, before maki...

Old Man assembly! photo
Old Man assembly!

ALTAiR provides Raven assembly instructions

Here's a little love to tide you over
Oct 31
// Jon Wills
Hey all! I'm sure you were as surprised as me, but ALTAiR's Raven has actually shipped out! To tide us over and get us ready for his arrival ALTAiR kindly published an article on how to safely assemble the "Old Man" Raven. Hit the jump If you want to see the details and sneak a few early peeks at your incoming Raven figurine! 
Nendoroid More Pajamas photo
Nendoroid More Pajamas

Nendoroid More Pajama unpainted porotypes appear!

It's late! Are you in your Pajamas right now?
Oct 31
// Jon Wills
Hey everyone, it's late! Are you wearing your pajamas right now? If you are or if you like characters in pajamas then you should check out these new images of Nendoroid More Pajama outfits. We've seen these mentioned before, ...
Check out Himawari photo
Himawari is cute by herself but perfect with Akane!
Akibahobby recently got their hands on a review sample of Griffon's Himawari from Vividred Operation. If you have not seen Vividred and you enjoyed Strike Witches, then I heartily recommend you head over to Crunchyr...


[NSFW] Pre-order Aizu Project's Goto Matabe

She is cool at a glance, but still NSFW!
Oct 28
// Jon Wills
I'm not a huge fan of ecchi, fan service oriented shows but every once in a while I get in the mood for one and end up enjoying it. Such was the case with Samurai Bride, which you can watch over at Crunchyroll by the way. One...
Pre-order Lechery's Kiki photo
Pre-order Lechery's Kiki

[Kinda NSFW] Pre-order Lechery's Pirate Girl Kiki

I wouldn't mind if she kidnapped me!
Oct 27
// Jon Wills
Do you like the idea of girl pirates? Preferably ones in showier outfits? Well if you said yes then you should check out Lechery's sculpt of Pirate Girl Kiki which they recently made available for pre-order. I think that Kiki...
Idol Beach Queens photo
Idol Beach Queens

Pre-order Wave's Fantastic IdolMaster Beach Queens DX Set

One Beach Queens I can resist, but three? Hnngh! Might be difficult!
Oct 22
// Jon Wills
I have long been a fan of The IdolMaster animated series (which you can watch over at Crunchyroll by the way). So when I saw that Wave had unleashed version 2.0 sculpts of Miki, Azusa and Takane, all at the same time, I did a...
Pre-order Colette Brunel photo
Pre-order Colette Brunel

Pre-order Kotobukiya's Colette Brunel

Sweet, klutzy, collectible Colette!
Oct 22
// Jon Wills
Hey fellow Tales fans out there! Kotobukiya just announced that pre-orders are available for their adorable Colette Brunel, who comes hailing from Tales of Symphonia. She would be a perfect figurine to accompany Alter's ...
Eren Yeager Pre-orders! photo
Eren Yeager Pre-orders!

Pre-order Attack on Titan's Eren Yeager Nendoroid

Pre-order before they are sold out!
Oct 21
// Jon Wills
Attention fans of Attack on Titan! Eren Yeager's Nendoroid is now available for pre-order. I imagine Eren will sell out very quickly, so if you want one of these, you should head on down to the pre-order links and reserv...

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