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6:00 PM on 12.22.2013

[REMINDER] Tomopop Micropixel: Best of Friends

Christmas will soon be upon us, so what better time to start giving stuff away? Yes, it's time for a new photo contest! The theme this time out will be Best of Friends. We want to see your figures hanging out with each other,...

Martin Siggers


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Have a full, delicious look at ALTAiR's Ren and Masato photo
Have a full, delicious look at ALTAiR's Ren and Masato
by Kristina Pino

It's been a few weeks since we finally saw Ren and Masato in their full-color glory, but alas, we were only able to admire them from the front! But ALTAiR have just updated their blog with more images and all is right with the world.

Of course, they both look absolutely fantastic. Masato comes with an extra face that gives him a more serious look, and Ren comes with a swoon-worthy smolder as his alternate expression. As expected of ALTAiR, all the other details look great.

In more good news, it looks like these two will be going up for pre-order this coming Wednesday, so fans won't have to wait too long now to reserve their pretty UtaPri boys. Are these bad boys on your list? Check the gallery for plenty of images to help you in that decision.

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11:40 PM on 11.02.2013

ALTAiR shows off some Free! prototypes

Max Factory aren't the only ones getting in on the Free! action. At Animate Girls Festival 2013, ALTAiR also showed off two prototypes for their upcoming Free! line, featuring Haru and Makoto. I haven't watched the show, so i...

Kristina Pino

5:30 AM on 11.01.2013

UtaPri's Ren and Masato are now fabulously painted

ALTAiR have just revealed the painted prototypes of Hijirikawa Masato and Jinguji Ren, which were last seen back towards the end of August. As with the others in this set, they are dressed up in their idol gear, and looking t...

Kristina Pino

10:00 AM on 10.31.2013

ALTAiR provides Raven assembly instructions

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! 

Jon Wills

8:00 AM on 10.09.2013

Pre-order ALTAiR's chosen one Zelos Wilder right now!

It's been five lonely months since ALTAiR last teased us with an unpainted sculpt of Zelos Wilder and announced their plans to make a Loyd Irving sculpt at Tales Festival 2013. However my friends, the wait is over and it...

Jon Wills



Delays hit Alter's release schedule  photo
Delays hit Alter's release schedule
by Yami Casas

I knew things seemed a bit too quiet in Alter-land. After all, Alter wouldn't be Alter without a delay or two on a monthly basis, right? Right. They recently updated their September shipment schedule, and as you can probably guess, the dreaded "D" is upon us once again. This time around, it's packing quite the list of delayed goodies.

ALTER

ALTAiR

Well, thanks to the delays, my wallet can breathe a sigh of relief. However, this means I have to wait another month before Raven officially joins my Tales shrine. What about you, Tomochii's? Are any of these delays cause for budgetary relief or disappointment?

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6:00 AM on 09.26.2013

Upcoming Free! figurine of Tachibana Makoto by ALTAiR

Free!, this seasons boy swimming club series has been pretty popular in Japan. I'm glad that the Japanese folks are reaching out to female audiences out there and merchandising men to them. It's been happening for some time, ...

Jon Wills



 ALTAiR reveals Hijirikawa Masato and Jinguji Ren photo
ALTAiR reveals Hijirikawa Masato and Jinguji Ren
by Yami Casas

ALTAiR recently updated their blog and revealed the long awaited prototypes for Uta no Prince-sama's Hijirikawa Masato and Jinguji Ren. Although ALTAiR did display both boys during Wonder Festival Summer 2013, there was a pesky "no photography" sign posted in front of them, which made it impossible to leak any pictures much to my dismay. Of course, all of that is water under the bridge as both sculpts look amazing!

Dressed in their "Maji Love 1000%" outfits, I love how each of the boys has his own distinct pose. Masato looks absolutely adorable with that gorgeous smile as he belts out a tune; however, it's hard to resist Ren's come-hither look. Ren always finds a way to work his charm, with or without the aid of a microphone. While I do find the flirtatious pose perfectly captures Ren's personality, I am hopeful that ALTAiR will also include an alternate option to pose him with a microphone, as well.

As a big fan of the games and the anime, I couldn't ask for anything more. ALTAiR has exceeded my expectations with the remarkable work they've done on the UtaPri line so far. Needless to say, I can't wait to see Masato and Ren painted! What about you think about the boys prototypes, Tomocchi's? Are you as excited as I am?

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Free! yourself with Nanase Haruka photo
Free! yourself with Nanase Haruka
by Yami Casas

If there is one anime that has been getting a lot of buzz this season, it's KyoAni's new sports themed series Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club. With the immense popularity the show has garnered in just its first four weeks since airing, I'm sure a lot of companies were trying to get a hold of this license. Fans will be thrilled to know that ALTAiR, along with Hobby Stock recently announced that it would be making an 1/8 figure of Iwatobi's Swim Club resident merman, Nanase Haruka. Now you'll just have to excuse me a moment as I try to contain myself.

I can't wait to see what ALTAiR has up their sleeve for Haru's sculpt, but knowing them I'm sure it's bound to be amazing. While I would love to see Haru in a dynamic pose wearing his swimsuit, I wouldn't mind seeing him dressed in his "SPLASH FREE" garb. With Wonderfes 2013 Summer just hours away, I am hopeful we might get some more exciting announcements from ALTAiR and Hobby Stock. Who wouldn't love to see Rei-chan or Makoto join Haruka, right?

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8:00 PM on 05.21.2013

The dreaded 'D' pays ALTER a visit

I'm sure this will not come as a surprise, but ALTER recently updated their page with news of some of the upcoming figures which were delayed to June (or tentatively "after" June). Here's a complete list of all the items we'l...

Yami Casas





Tomopop Review: Alter's Jude Mathis photo
Tomopop Review: Alter's Jude Mathis
by Jon Wills

It's not every day that we see a boy figurine like Jude Mathis. However the Tales franchise and ALTaiR have a good history of making it happen. First to capture our hearts was Yuri Lowell, followed by Flynn Scifo and let's not forget about Luke Fon Fabre. So, it was no surprise that when Alter announced that pre-orders were available for Jude Mathis that he sold fast.

I managed to be one of the lucky ones to get my hands on Jude. Hit the jump if you want to check out my impressions on him and see what he is all about.

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