Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Alter

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Jul 27
// Chris Seto
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...

MegaHobby Expo 2015 Spring: Alter

All work, but there is some play!
May 30
// Chris Seto
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 ...
Nisekoi photo

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

This holds the secret key to YOUR locket
Mar 05
// Oansun
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...
Alter Shinobu Oshino photo
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 ...


Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Alter

Welcome back, old friend!
Feb 09
// Chris Seto
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...
Evangelion photo

Alter's Asuka Jersey Version sees re-release

well...with limited depth perception
Jan 22
// Oansun
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...
MegaHobby Expo photo
MegaHobby Expo

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Autumn: Alter

One prototype in particular made me squee
Dec 03
// Tianxiao Ma
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...
Alter Heidemarie photo
Alter Heidemarie

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

Another milestone in airplane legs
Nov 26
// Tianxiao Ma
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...

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

Nov 05 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Asuka Langley Shikinami Jersey ver.Figure Maker: AlterRetail Price: ¥10,800Available at: AmiAmi | ToysLogic | Big Bad Toy Store I think part of the reason I wanted to do this review is because we rarely ever do Alter reviews. Seriously, when was the last time we reviewed an Alter figure? Anyway, I was interested to see if they had been maintaining their usual production quality. The box is all plastic with cool translucent blue panels. With these types of boxes you can leave the figure on display without tanking its resale value. Win-win! Personally I like to, you know, unbox my figures. Unwrapping everything was painless. Alter used to tie up the packaging with plastic twist ties, which made things secure but a pain to open. Not so with this Asuka. Assembly was a snap too; all you need to do is attach the base and you're ready to go. Alter certainly hasn't let their quality control slip. I didn't spot any flaws in terms of the painting or sculpt. However they have lost a bit of that cool factor; their recent figures have been plain with only a few exceptions. With Asuka's butt being so prominent, let's give it the attention it deserves. There are two optional parts for this figure. This photo shows the alternate arm, which has Asuka's left hand tucked into her pocket. If you want the full effect of Asuka's facial expression, an alternate head is included without the hat. Both pieces were easy to swap, as Alter's manufacturing made the fit of the pieces just right. Non-Evangelion fans probably won't lose too much sleep from skipping this figure, but Asuka fans certainly won't regret picking this one up. Apart from the build quality and that sweet box, I'd say my favorite feature is her pissed off expression. For once a figure maker used a character-appropriate expression! There are a bunch more shots in the gallery, so take a look and let me know what you think!
Alter Asuka photo
"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...

Alter Mefmera photo
Alter Mefmera

This chesty Mefmera is up for pre-order

Alter is embracing the sexy
Nov 05
// Tianxiao Ma
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 ...
Alter Labrys photo
Alter Labrys

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

Expensive, but worth it?
Oct 15
// Tianxiao Ma
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...
Alter Mikan Yuuki photo
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...

Alter Alisia Heart photo
Alter Alisia Heart

Travel some dungeons with Alter's Alisia Heart

Enjoy the frills
Sep 25
// Tianxiao Ma
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 ...
Alter Hozuki Ferrari photo
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
// Tianxiao Ma
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 ...

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Alter

Smooth sailing with no rocking the boat
Jul 27
// Chris Seto
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,...
Fate/Stay Night photo
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.

Alter Inshun Houzouin photo
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
// Tianxiao Ma
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...
Alter Mefmera photo
Alter Mefmera

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: Travel through some dungeons with Mefmera

Hope there's treasure in that chest
Jun 02
// Tianxiao Ma
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...
Alter Aliasse photo
Alter Aliasse

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

Alter's Aliasse and her super bendy legs
Jun 02
// Tianxiao Ma
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...
Alter Black Heart photo
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...

Alter Fate photo
Alter Fate

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

The Lightning Mage rides again
May 31
// Martin Siggers
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 ...
Uta no Prince-Sama photo
Uta no Prince-Sama

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: ALTAiR teases last two UtaPri boys

Soon, STARISH will be complete
May 31
// Kristina Pino
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 ...
ALTAiR Free! photo
ALTAiR Free!

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

Bring our boys home
May 14
// Martin Siggers
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...
ALTAiR Free! photo
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...

Alter Asuka photo
Alter Asuka

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

The Lady in Red
Apr 02
// Martin Siggers
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 ...
Alter Asuka photo
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 ...

Tomopop LinkUP photo
Tomopop LinkUP

Tomopop LinkUP: Ready. Set. LEGO!

Watch your step
Mar 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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...
Summer Holiday Hayate photo
Summer Holiday Hayate

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

You'll be paying more for less though
Mar 05
// Martin Siggers
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...
Summer Holiday Hayate photo
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...


Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Alter

Time to look ahead?
Feb 11
// Chris Seto
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...
Alter's Hayate photo
Alter's Hayate

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

You'll need a Wallet of Darkness though
Jan 22
// Martin Siggers
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...
Alter Asuka photo
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...

Alter Asuka Jersey ver. photo
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...

Tomopop Micropixel photo
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,...

Alter Muse photo
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...

Alter preview photo
[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...

Tomopop LinkUP: The Girls und Painter edition

Dec 12 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Wooser is almost here again! Season two returns in January so that means a big product push for all things Wooser. Kahotan has posted this Belle Maison oshiruko soup set that features rubber straps of mascot Shirukuma and Wooser. They also have a pair of Wooser talking pens. Wing gave a very cryptic hint for one of their next figures. The hint is just an offset black and white image of a fleur-de-lis. They'll be doing their official reveal at Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] in February. Disney has posted on their Insider blog a look at the creation of their Infinity game figures from sketch to final product. The post talks pretty extensively with Art Director Jeff Bunker and Lead Character Designer Jon Diesta of Avalanche Software and their roles in making the game and figures a reality. Chauskoskis appears to be in a Greasebat kind of mood as he's made two of them. Based on Jeff Lamm's characters the first is Dunny baby Greasebat that he has Jeff's OK to make a few resin castings of. The other is an evil Greasebat that is only one of a kind that he put up for auction.  Check out this amazing Iron Samurai kitbash bade by Ken Lee. Reminds me of one of those samurai from Sucker Punch. I thought that movie was kinda awful, but this is very cool! It's 1/6 scale and a nominee for the 3A Customs and Kitbashes 2013 Awards. Good luck! No, I didn't embed an ad into LinkUP. Well, I mean I did, but not for advertising purposes. Matt Hopkins of Custom Papertoys sent along this really cool commercial he worked on for the SPCA. You think stuff like this is done with CG, but it's really stop motion. Matt says he built the models and much of the stop motion.  Tenacious Toys is offering Nerviswrek's Nibirian Drone resin figures by We Are Not Toys. The terrifying little things are hand painted and sold in set of 12 for US$350. Reflective Boundary did a great gallery for Alter's 1/8 Chitanda Eru from Hyouka. I'm glad this show is still getting some great figures, it gives me hope that a second season could be on the horizon! The AmiAmi blog posted a review for the latest Vocaloid GUMI figure. The Megpoid Whisper version made by Aquamarine is in a cute outfit and the bright colors fit her perfectly. She'll be out in February. VISEone displayed six new 16 inch Qee customs at a charity event in Germany recently. His work was a big hit and he even sold one right at the event with all proceeds going to the charity.  Funko is showing off a new series of Uglydoll x DC Comics vinyl figures. Featured are Ice-Bat as Batman, Wedgehead as Robin, and Babo as Superman. They'll be out on February 11.  Ron English has a special Metallic Purple Heart Skull in his PoPaganda store just in time for Christmas gift giving. They're going for US$150 and limited to only 20.  If you've ever wanted to try your hand at building Gunpla with no idea where to start then check out this handy ebook. Mecha Model Guide for Beginners looks to be a very comprehensive guide judging from its preview were it goes deep into all sorts of terminology and even deciphers the little symbols found in the instructions. There's even modeling history in there which could make it a good read even for advanced modelers. The ever-manly Black Star from Soul Eater has gotten the HQS treatment from Tsume with this fantastic looking statue. He's only limited to 250 printed on a metal serial plate and priced at 259€ (about US$356).  Akiba Hobby has posted a review (in Japanese) of Wave's new Beach Queens Chiho from The Devil is a Part-Timer! She'll be out in 2014. Hopefully if she sells really well they'll make a second season of the anime! Tentacle Armada posted a lengthy review of Pop Culture Shock's Katana statue from Mortal Kombat. They've got an awful lot to say about this enormous figure and it sounds like it isn't without its fair share of problems.  And that brings us to the end of another Tomopop LinkUP. See you next week where we'll have another batch of great things to talk about. 
Tomopop LinkUP photo
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...


Recruit your own Lynette Bishop with this pre-order

Alter - 1/8 Scale
Dec 12
// Emily Smalara
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...
MHEXPO: Alter photo

MegaHobby Expo: Autumn - Alter

A few lovely surprises
Nov 29
// Kristina Pino
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...

Live your schoolgirl fantasy with these UtaPri dreamboats

Alter - 1/8 Scale
Nov 28
// Emily Smalara
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...

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