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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Alter

Is it that time already? Better get comfortable as the big japanese figure makers are setting up their show of intent for the next six months. In case you didn't get the memo, 2017 is the year of Fate and even the figure makers have jumped ...

 
 
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Get a glimpse of the future at MegaHobby Expo 2016 Autumn

It's late fall so you know what that means: MegaHobby Expo time! I'm always hyped to see what kind of new stuff is coming soon (or in Alter's case, much later). Let this be a reminder for all of you to start saving up! Here's a quick rundow...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Alter

Alter is one of the bigger names when it comes to figures but their output has slowed in recent years. Having said that, I feel that they have upped their game again after a number of rather bland entries... But for this year, Alter have go...

 
 
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Tomopop Review: Velvet with Cornelius by Alter

If you're a fan of side scrolling beat-em-ups, you owe it to yourself to try out Odin Sphere. While I enjoyed the gameplay, the thing that elevates Odin Sphere far past the typical rabble of its genre is its artistry. It's known for combini...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Alter

I had some high hopes for Alter since their more recent showings seemed to show a return to more dynamic and extravagant designs for their figures but it looks like they went back less interesting designs for now. Having completed their Lov...

 
 
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Megahobby Expo 2015 Autumn: Alter

I'm afraid I can't tell you why Megahouse would think that it is autumn despite being a stones throw away from December but it's their event so they can call it whatever they like! Interestingly, a few of the larger, non-goodsmile affiliate...

 
 
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Plans announced for Love Live! Eli Ayase Halloween figure

Megahouse and Alter will be teaming up again with their Alpha x Omega collaboration to reveal a new Love Live! Eli Ayase figure at Megahobby Expo 2015 Autumn on November 28. The official Love Live! website reports that the figure will be ba...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Alter

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 for some figur...

 
 
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MegaHobby Expo 2015 Spring: Alter

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 so, there were ...

 
 
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You don't have to pretend to love Alter's Chitoge Kirisaki

Being the self-assured daughter of a yakuza leader is probably stressful, so taking time to jump around and express your inner happiness (and I guess taking off your jacket mid-leap) must not be a common occurrence. That could be why Chitog...

 
 
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Alter's Shinobu only gets cuter with gluttony

The Monogatari series went from quirky Shaft show to a powerhouse franchise, and Alter's cashing in with a Shinobu figure! I love Shinobu not just for her moe attributes, but also because she's secretly a badass. However the figures are goi...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Alter

For a while now, Alter has pretty much towed the line with the other manufacturers and their output has been somewhat dull with characters just standing or some other mundane pose. It has been a while since they produced a figure which dema...

 
 
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Alter's Asuka Jersey Version sees re-release

Who doesn't like getting a second chance on cool items? Especially ones with high praise. So maybe you read the Tomopop review, and decided to go for one and were too late. Alter has come through! Asuka gets a re-release. And hey, in the ti...

 
 
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MegaHobby Expo 2014 Autumn: Alter

I've been feeling lukewarm about Alter's showings at events lately, but that changed when I saw what they brought to MegaHobby Expo. There's still the usual bishoujo/bishounen figures I don't really care for, but there were also a handful o...

 
 
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Alter's Heidemarie W. Schnaufer is up for pre-order

I don't know if you'd call Strike Witches character designs creative. On one hand, they are a bizarre mix of moe girls, WWII-era airplanes, animal ears, and authentic weaponry. On the other hand, basically all the character designs are the ...

 
 
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Tomopop Review: Alter's Asuka Langley Shikinami Jersey ver.

Alter has made a couple of Asuka figures before, with the last one released almost four years ago. If that one was too happy and/or immodest for you (those test plugsuits can be quite revealing), this release may be more to your liking. Alt...

 
 
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This chesty Mefmera is up for pre-order

I've never been a fan of To Heart 2's character designs, but its quasi-spin-off Dungeon Travelers improved things a bit. Here's a figure of Mefmera from Dungeon Travelers 2 as made by Alter. One thing's clear: this one's all about the fanse...

 
 
 
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Alter unveils promo shots of their second Mikan Yuuki

To Love-Ru has recently gotten a couple of high quality figures from Max Factory. Now Alter is gearing up to release their second Mikan Yuuki figure. If you'll recall, Alter's first take on Mikan had her lying prone in her casual cloth...

 
 
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Travel some dungeons with Alter's Alisia Heart

How we got from To Heart to this is a mystery to me. Anyway, this is Alisia Heart, a character featured in Dungeon Travelers 2. As you can see, Alter has made a magnificent figure of her. I'm sure this is an exact replica in every detail, b...

 
 
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Alter's Hozuki Ferrari is ready to find some treasure

I've never heard of Galilei Donna before, but Alter decided it was a big enough deal to make a figure with the license. It seems to be an adventure series about three sisters looking for treasure. I choose to believe it's in the vein of Nat...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Alter

Alter played it safe this Wonder Festival and just showed off prototypes and a few new figures which we knew were in the pipeline. Having said that, there's something to be said about playing things safe and, if nothing else, they are still...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: ALTAiR Archer

Alter had an unpainted 1/8-scale Archer (Fate/Stay Night) on display at Summer WonFes. The Archer-class servant is depicted gesturing aimlessly with a sword while looking backwards. Maybe he's pointing at something. At any rate, the sculpti...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ALTAiR's Haruka and Makoto now available for pre-order

We saw them previewed the other day and now ALTAiR's take on the boys of Iwatobi Swim Club are ready to take your hard earned money from you. No, not that way, get your minds out of the gutter.  Haruka and Makoto have gone up together,...

 
 
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ALTAiR's Free! boys get previewed, pre-orders begin Wednesday

A sizeable chunk of the internet fanbase has been eagerly awaiting full scale figures of the Free! club members ever since Alter announced they were picking up the licence and adding the boys to their ALTAiR male line. They've been popping ...

 
 
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No ifs, plenty of butts - Alter's Asuka now up for pre-order

We got a rather lovely preview gallery of her last week, and now as promised Alter's latest take on the feisty Asuka Langley Shikinami is now up for orders at all good stores. Just as a reminder, you'll get her decked out in cat cap, with t...

 
 
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Alter's new Asuka preview brings up the rear

I'm no big fan of Evangelion 3.0, but I thought the newly eyepatched-up design for our favourite tsundere redhead Asuka was fantastic, especially when paired with her stylish sweater and cat-eared cap. Alter's latest version of her ticked a...

 
 
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Tomopop LinkUP: Ready. Set. LEGO!

LEGO toys are one of those things that I think most boys and probably a lot of girls can associate with. Raise your hand if you've ever tried to dig a LEGO brick out of your mom's vacuum or know the pain of stepping on a block. Or maybe you...

 
 
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Alter's Summer Holiday Hayate now up for pre-order

We saw her rather lovely preview last week, and now Alter's bikini-or-shorts-depending-on-your-preference version of Hayate Yagami is now up for pre-orders. That's the good news. The bad news is she's listed at a whopping ¥13,800. OK, i...

 
 
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Hayate completes Alter's Summer Holiday Nanoha trio

I don't like bikini figures, but even I'm a fan of Alter's 'Summer Holiday' versions of Nanoha and Fate from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. As is typical with Alter, there's a level of craft and detail in the work which makes th...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Alter

Alter had a relatively subdued showing at Wonder Festival, with most of their offering being their already released figures with a twist of a "version 2" appearing with slightly altered poses and appearances. The Strike Witches figures look...

 
 
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Awaken to pre-orders for Alter's new Hayate Yagami

Though figures from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha are among the most omnipresent in the collecting world. Alter has always managed to put a certain spark into theirs that defines their best products. While the new movie came out last yea...

 
 
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Alter's Asuka is failing at bikini tops

No, this is not that fiery half-German Asuka from a certain mecha franchise. This is Senran Kagura's Asuka, who is significantly worse at wearing bikini tops. Just look at those straps! She's totally flabbergasted. It looks like a nice enou...

 
 
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Alter's new Asuka is a tour-de-force of butt cleavage

It's been a slow week for PVC news, but I am glad that Akiba Hobby posted this particular gallery. Alter had a few enticing items on display at MegaHobby Expo this past fall, including a new figure of Asuka sporting her Evangelion 3.33 look...

 
 




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Tomopop DC Bishoujo Wonder Girl by Kotobukiya"The power of Zeus compels you"

 

Tomopop Cu-poche Friends Alice by Kotobukiya"Going down the Cu-poche rabbit hole"

 

Tomopop Nendoroid Shoukaku & Zuikaku by Good Smile Company"The pride of the 5th Carrier Division!"

 

Tomopop Kagamine Rin Tony Ver. by Max Factory"Pop stars aren't usually this cute"

 

Tomopop Velvet with Cornelius by Alter"A homeless princess and a Tiny Toon"

 

Tomopop Parfom Labrys by Phat Company"Class president or killer robot?"

 

Tomopop SDCC Exclusive Transformers Combiner Hunters"Walk quietly and carry a massive sword"

 

Tomopop Titanfall Stryder by Threezero"The craziest thing I've ever reviewed?"

 

Tomopop Kotobukiya's ARTFX J Cardcaptor Sakura"Nice to see you, good to meet you"

 

Tomopop Transformers Combiner Wars Quickslinger"He may have a new name, but Slingshot is back!"

 

Tomopop Super Action Noriaki Kakyoin Second"Anyone have cherries for this handsome man?"

 

Tomopop Eye Think, Inc.'s BusyBody"A fun animation tool at the tip of your fingers"

 

Tomopop Threezero's RWBY Ruby Rose"Red like roses (and just as sharp)"

 
 
 
 
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