Alter

Nisekoi

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


This holds the secret key to YOUR locket
Mar 05
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 coul... read
Check the preview on Alter's blog
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 ... read feature

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Alter


Welcome back, old friend!
Feb 09
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 fi... read
Evangelion

Alter's Asuka Jersey Version sees re-release


well...with limited depth perception
Jan 22
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... read
MegaHobby Expo

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Autumn: Alter


One prototype in particular made me squee
Dec 03
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 a... read
Alter Heidemarie

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


Another milestone in airplane legs
Nov 26
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 d... read
"Even after all this time, you're still just a troublesome brat!"
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 y... read feature

Alter Mefmera

This chesty Mefmera is up for pre-order


Alter is embracing the sexy
Nov 05
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 ... read
Alter Labrys

Improve your odds of beating the P-1 Grand Prix with Alter's Labrys


Expensive, but worth it?
Oct 15
Persona fans should be feeling pretty good with how 2014 went down, from the release of The Golden Animation to the announcements/releases of Ultimax, Persona Q, Dancing All Night, and the eventual Persona 5. You can now... read
If casual wear isn't your cup of tea, how about a swimsuit?
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 h... read feature

Alter Alisia Heart

Travel some dungeons with Alter's Alisia Heart


Enjoy the frills
Sep 25
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 ... read
Alter Hozuki Ferrari

Alter's Hozuki Ferrari is ready to find some treasure


Although she'll probably get it back to you much later than you expected
Aug 20
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 ... read

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Alter


Smooth sailing with no rocking the boat
Jul 27
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,... read
Hopefully won't get lost for several years like Max Factory's figma 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 sculpting looks neat and I'm curious as to how he'll turn out painted. He's supposedly slated to release in 2015. read feature

Alter Inshun Houzouin

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: Inshun Houzouin is all about spears and butts


If I write about butts enough, maybe I'll get some converts for the cause
Jun 02
Apart from a random Jubei figure here and there, I haven't seen much Hyakka Ryoran activity. I think Alter is the only manufacturer that ever really gave the franchise any attention (I guess Hobby Japan too). At MegaHobby Exp... read
Alter Mefmera

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: Travel through some dungeons with Mefmera


Hope there's treasure in that chest
Jun 02
MegaHobby Expo had a number of new Alter prototypes on display, including this Mefmera from Dungeon Travelers 2. I don't know anything about the game, but this figure is rather pretty. From all the Rage of Bahamut figures tha... read
Alter Aliasse

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: A full-blooded Valkyria joins the battle


Alter's Aliasse and her super bendy legs
Jun 02
Some figures can be encapsulated with a single word. I think the word for this one is "bendy." This is Alter's version of Aliasse, a character from Valkyria Chronicles 2. As you can tell by her gear, she's a Valkyria - a warr... read
They just felt like it, OK?
We've seen Hyperdimension Neptunia figures and merchandise for the game and anime series from a number of figure companies like Wing and quesQ, now Alter is ready to make their first jump into the franchise. They're finally r... read feature

Alter Fate

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: Alter goes back to the well for a new Fate Testarossa


The Lightning Mage rides again
May 31
Man, remember when Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha was the hottest thing in the figure world? A few years back it seemed like we'd get a new Nanoha or Fate figure every week. A lot of those figures were made by Alter (I own ... read
Uta no Prince-Sama

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: ALTAiR teases last two UtaPri boys


Soon, STARISH will be complete
May 31
Hobby Search captured an image of a teaser for the final two male members of STARISH from Uta no Prince-Sama, Syo Kurusu and Natsuki Shinomiya, to complete the set in scaled figures. They're a lovely pair, and from the looks ... read
ALTAiR Free!

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


Bring our boys home
May 14
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 go... read
Haruka and Makoto in all their glory
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'v... read feature

Alter Asuka

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


The Lady in Red
Apr 02
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 ... read
Pre-orders for Evangelion heroine begin next Wednesday
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 ... read feature

Tomopop LinkUP

Tomopop LinkUP: Ready. Set. LEGO!


Watch your step
Mar 13
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 bloc... read
Summer Holiday Hayate

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


You'll be paying more for less though
Mar 05
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 &ye... read
Who likes short shorts?
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... read feature

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Alter


Time to look ahead?
Feb 11
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 Witch... read
Alter's Hayate

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


You'll need a Wallet of Darkness though
Jan 22
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 ca... read
Too much boob, not enough top
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 l... read feature

I'll be keeping my eye on this one
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 Evang... read feature

Win yourself a Christmas present!
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,... read feature

But make sure you lock the door first
If you've been smitten by Alter's well-proportioned Muse of Range Murata figure, check out this extensive gallery at Akiba Hobby. I think the figure looks great, and her fashion sense doesn't hurt at all. The gallery puts a l... read feature

PRETTY PRETTY PRETTY
[Update: now with pre-order links! Release slated for May. Retail at ¥12,600] We just saw this lovely statue over at MegaHobby Expo, where she was on display in full colors. Now, we finally have a proper preview from Alte... read feature

Seems to have been the week for handmade and limited editions
Hello and welcome back to another round of Tomopop LinkUP! December 12 is observed as 'National Ding-A-Ling Day', a day set aside to watch out for crazy people. I couldn't say why, but doesn't that also mean it's a good day t... read feature

Recruit your own Lynette Bishop with this pre-order


Alter - 1/8 Scale
Dec 12
Alter's Strike Witches lineup has no end in sight, and with the semi-recent announcement of a new season that's probably going to be a fact for some time yet. The latest pantsless loli is Lynette Bishop, who has seemingly adv... read
MHEXPO: Alter

MegaHobby Expo: Autumn - Alter


A few lovely surprises
Nov 29
Alter showed up in force at MegaHobby Expo, and after waiting it out, we've got a nice little round-up here of what they had on display. Check out the gallery for images of: Labrys Super Soniko and Kaguya in swimsuits Infini... read

Live your schoolgirl fantasy with these UtaPri dreamboats


Alter - 1/8 Scale
Nov 28
I've noticed that as rare as male figures tend to be, it's often Alter that picks up the slack more than many other producers. Their latest foray into the less-than-fair sex comes with the two pretty boys from Uta no Prince-s... read
Can't get enough
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 th... read feature

Strike Witches? More like STRIPE Witches amirite?
I hate Strike Witches and all things tangentially associated with it, but even I can't deny that Alter's line of figures based on the show has been excellent and a real showcase of their famous quality. Now it's time for... read feature







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