Like last year, Yamato shared a booth with AAA Anime for San Diego Comic Con, bringing with them a mix of licensed figures and some of their more well-known fantasy-based statues. The most eye-catching things in the booth, though, had to be the new prototypes and reveals that were at the front of Yamato's little corner of the San Diego Convention Center.
Come after the jump to check out some of their newest statues and their new doll! Oh, and be warned that some of the girls are only semi-SFW, so you may not want to view this while the boss is around.
First things first, one of the reveals didn't have an accompanying prototype at the booth. That one is Dragon Maiden, being sculpted by Erick Sosa and based off an illustration by Boris Vallejo. The prototype is actually completed but not colored, so it wasn't at the booth, but Yamato is hoping to have Dragon Maiden out later this fall.
Luz Malefic, based off an illustration by Luis Royo and sculpted by Shin Tanabe, is one of the next Fantasy Figure Gallery additions. A 1/4-scale resin figure, Luz is coming in either October or November and frankly, she looks wonderful. A smaller PVC version is also expected in 2013, much like Yamato did with another Luis Royo piece, Ritual (PVC version reviewed).
The other 1/4-scale resin figure coming to the Fantasy Figure Gallery around the same time is Medusa's Gaze, which has already been done as a smaller PVC figure. Sculpted by Shungo Yazawa, Medusa's Gaze seems to have all the details the smaller version does, upscaled to the right proportions, but there will be a change from this prototype. If you guessed it's her eyes, then you guessed right; Yamato's not quite happy with how they look right now, so they'll be working on them a bit more before the release.
Hajime Sorayama's previous Yamato release was a bit more chrome and robotic, but Hot Box goes with the old adage that girls with guns sell. Standing atop a base that's shaped like a rifle magazine, Hot Box has got some great sculpting lines on her, and if you like what you see in the gallery, you can pre-order her at Yamato's site (or other Yamato retailers) for US$299. She's releasing in August.
Finally, after three years, the sculpt of Luis Royo's The Dancer of Pain No. 1 is done and in color! Probably the best of the four, she comes with a mirror of sorts that has a translucent PVC backing, giving everything a bluish glow. Yes, she is kind of exposed there, but like Yamato's other works, she'll come with pieces to cover up any NSFW parts. What I like about her is also what I like about Ritual, in that she looks good from almost every angle I saw her at. Check out the gallery for a ton of shots from several angles to see what I'm talking about!
However, the biggest of all the news isn't even in the Fantasy Figure Gallery line; it's in Yamato's VMF50 doll line. Just revealed at the show was their The Dark Knight Rises Catwoman doll, coming complete with the outfit you'll see Catwoman in this summer. Yamato's not quite finished with her yet, as she's pending approval from DC and Warner Bros., but we can tell you she'll be made in Japan and will be expensive: US$600 to $800 is her expected price range.
Still, that's actually not the big news. That news would be that Catwoman is just the first DC doll Yamato will be doing! I'm not really a big doll person myself, but Catwoman definitely looks pretty and I can imagine some of the doll fans on Tomopop and out there on the Internet will be excited about this news.
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