Jeremy Crocker here, probably better known around the net as Emerje, I'm an associate editor here at Tomopop. I've been an avid figure collector my entire life. There's no time when I can remember ever not using my allowance or paycheck to buy new toys. As a child born in 1980 I lived through the time that's currently basking in a nostalgia pop culture resurgence. Transformers, G.I. Joe, Voltron, He-man and many others were as much a part of my childhood as they are my adulthood.
In the early '90s I was first introduced to anime and have been a fan ever since. With nearly 20 years of taking part in otaku culture Japanese figures make a very large part of my daily collecting. I couldn't imagine what my collection would look like today without figma, Revoltech, and various other lines on my shelf.
Aside from toys and anime I'm also a gamer with a preference towards JRPGs and fighting games. I still have every game and console I've ever owned since the NES days with only a few games lost to the years. Even now my favorite games are 2D over 3D, I just love the look of simple hand drawn sprites, especially from back in SNES and PS1 days. I'm just as content playing through Chrono Trigger again as I am any of the newest releases.
You might remember back in April when GSC was doing their big poll on what figures fans would like to see get reissued that Reimu was #5 on the figma list. So now, making good on their promise to do everything in their power to get these figures back up for sale, Max Factory will be offering Reimu up as a limited pre-order! And the best part is this time around she's available outside Japan through the GoodSmile online shop for 2,800 yen and 2,000 yen flat rate shipping. Orders will be taken until July 4th at 9:00pm Japanese time and ship in October.
And it doesn't end there, Kirisame Marisa has also been confirmed for reissue with details coming soon. Marisa ranked #13 on the poll.
On a side note, GSC continues to update the poll to show which figures have been reissued.
First previewed back at Wonder Festival Winter and then later shown off in unpainted prototype form, we're now being treated to our first look at figma Karen Araragi in full color! Looking great with body joints hidden by her soft plastic hoodie and shirt, while other joints blend in smoothly with the folds of her clothes. She also comes with a nice array of accessories including two alternate faces, stocking feet, 11 alternate hands, three effect parts, and alternate short hair from Nisemonogatari. Only thing missing is her toothbrush. Seriously, no matter what happens to her in the future she'll forever be known for the toothbrush torcher (?) scene in Nisemonogatari. Maybe if they make a casual Koyomi Araragi in the future he'll come with the toothbrush and an alternate face for Karen. I can only hope.
A little bit of a throw back for the figma line with scans of Gunslinger Girl's Henrietta appearing today. There hasn't been an anime since the OAV in 2008, though the manga still trudges on. Expect the rest of the girls to be announced before too long, then you can pit them against your other figma hitmen like Duke, Canaan, or the upcoming Kiritsugu.
This year GSR will be opening personal sponcership worldwide. For the moment only the Basic Course, but they promise both the Nendoroid and figma courses will be announced soon!
Here's the complete email:
[b]As of today, Goodsmile Company Group together with Goodsmile Racing have opened a special site recruiting personal sponsors for our racing team GSR & Studie with TeamUKYO.
As the 2011 Champion Team of Japan's grand touring race series the Super GT, we've got our sights set on being successive champions this season! We'll be entering 2 cars in the 2012 Super GT.
Goodsmile Racing was based on the idea of having a racing team that's run by the fans, and has been entering Hatsune Miku emblazoned cars in Japan's grand touring race series, the Super GT, since 2008.
To embody this ideal to its utmost, we've created a personal sponsorship program that enables fans to become sponsors with only a small donation. Last year, we recruited over 16,000 personal sponsors within Japan alone.
As of 2012, we'll be accepting personal sponsorships not only from Japan, but from all over the world.
From March 12, we're offering a Basic Course sponsorship, which allows you to become a personal sponsor for as little as \3,000.
All those who apply for personal sponsorship will receive the following exclusive personal sponsor benefits:
-GSR&Studie with TeamUKYO Personal Sponsor Card
-Your handle name will appear on our website, as well as on the the circuit team paddock.*
*Available only for those sponsors who register their handle name when applying.
Personal sponsorships that include Nendroid and figma figures of team character "Racing Miku" will be announced in the near future.