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1:00 PM on 07.27.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Aquamarine

Just look at the banner!! There's a figure of Chaika from Hitsugi no Chaika! That should be all you need from the Aquamarine booth! But in the interest of fairness, there are a few other items worthy of note on display as wel...

Chris Seto

Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.

11:00 AM on 03.03.2014

Aquamarine's Akane Isshiki is her best rendition

We'd been following the production of this figure back when Grizzry Panda started working on it and she was just another garage kit. And somewhere down the line, Aquamarine picked her up for a production run, and she looks ab...

Kristina Pino

1:00 PM on 12.13.2013

Aquamarine's Rensouhou-chan firing off some cuteness

Aquamarine has a new soft vinyl figure out, and of all things, it's of Rensouhou-chan from Kantai Collection. Yes, from the show of boats-of-war-as-girls comes a little, chibi, sentient cannon that Shimakaze happens to o...

Brian Szabelski

Preview Aquamarine's Gumi Extend photo
Preview Aquamarine's Gumi Extend
by Jon Wills

Akibahobby recently posted photos on their blog that they took of Aquamarine's Gumi Extend. While I find this version of Gumi to be bright and eye catching I can't help myself but to sigh and wish that a company were to pull off a truly creative Gumi collectible that would make me squee and declare that I must own it.

I'm a big fan of  Megumi Nakajima, the voice behind Gumi, and maybe it's just me, but Gumi just feels like a shadow of her actress while other Vocaloids seem to have been blown up to be bigger than who their voice was based on. Don't get me wrong, I like Gumi's music more than most other Vocaloids but I feel that somehow she missed out on her potential as to what greatness she could have been. Would it be too much to ask for a figurine of Gumi that would be as sweet and inventive as say, GSC's Deep Sea Girl? Or maybe as bold as GSC's Love is War Miku? I know that Gumi has more potential that has yet to be tapped and to be frank I don't think that Aquamarine's Extend Gumi is the way to do that.

If you do like this one, you should head over here to pre-order her. Or go over to Akibahobby's blog to check out more photos and decide for yourself if you are a fan of her or not.

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2:00 PM on 10.05.2013

Show off your love for Gumi with another pre-order!

Gumi's been getting a fair bit of steam in the Vocaloid world, and what better way to show it than not one, but two recent figures of the perky singer? Aquamarine isn't going to be left out in the wake of Kotobukiya's recent ...

Emily Smalara

9:00 AM on 08.22.2013

Hobby Search is holding a bargain bin sale

Remember the recent sale on Alter characters over at AmiAmi? Well, these loveable ladies and more must not be selling well because they are now in Hobby Search's latest bargain bin! Of course this is a great thing for co...

Jon Wills

2:00 AM on 07.29.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Cafe Reo

Cafe Reo's booth had items from other manufacturers on display along with some smaller trinkets of their own. The major things to highlight start with the new Vocaloid Gumi 1/8-scale figure by Aquamarine. It's certainly a cut...

Tianxiao Ma

Tomopop Review: Aquamarine's IA photo
Tomopop Review: Aquamarine's IA
by Emily Smalara

I've been a fan of Vocaloid since Miku stood alone, and sounded like a bad word processor synthesizer at the best of times. The software's come a long way, and a lot of fellow singers have been added at times, but none have struck me like the gorgeous Vocaloid3, IA. Her voice and design really resonated with me, and it's no surprise as to why in regards to the former. IA's voicebank happened to be provided by the angelic voiced Lia, who anime fans may be familiar with from such songs as the themes from Air, Clannad, Angel Beats, and more.

Amongst all of the Vocaloids, IA quickly took the spot as my favorite despite her fairly small US following when compared to even some lesser members like Gumi or Luka. So when I saw that Aquamarine would be giving us fans a proper PVC of the ethereal singer, I had to have her in my collection. While I jumped at the chance to review her, I'd heard some rumblings about Aquamarine and potentially questionable quality. From photos she still looked gorgeous, but you'll have to hit the jump to find out if she topped the charts, or didn't even pass auditions!

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Break into song for this Gumi preview! photo
Break into song for this Gumi preview!
by Emily Smalara

It's not odd to see a new Vocaloid figure, though with the multitudes of new characters showing up, it's hard to give them all due attention. Fortunately that's changing at least a little, as Aquamarine will be bringing us this upcoming Gumi, who looks just adorable.

Out of all the default, pre-Append Vocaloids, I've always loved Gumi's voice. I've always found it to sound very natural compared to many, though she's seemed to be less popular compared to characters like the Kagamines, Luka, or, naturally, Miku. I'm definitely glad to see her getting some PVC love, and it certainly captures her bright, sunny disposition and coloring!

There's no price set yet unfortunately, but it seems like a Summer release is planned--rather fitting for the character, to say the least. We'll certainly be keeping an eye out for any upcoming news!

[via Aquamarine]

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1:00 AM on 09.21.2012

Vocaloid IA dances quickly over to pre-orders

As promised, Aquamarine's new Vocaloid figure of lovely IA is now up for pre-order! While I enjoy Vocaloid in general, IA stole my heart from the first day she popped up on the scene. From her appearance to her music, I loved...

Emily Smalara

New Vocaloid figure from Aquamarine appears featuring IA photo
New Vocaloid figure from Aquamarine appears featuring IA
by Brian Szabelski

Vocaloid 3 was released last year, and earlier this year, a new voicebank and character named IA -Aria on the Planates- (or just IA for short) were added in. Now, Japanese figure maker Aquamarine is making a PVC figure based off of IA's original illustration at 1/8-scale (22 centimeters tall). I'm not too familiar with Aquamarine's track record, as they're a relatively new company, but the sculptwork here looks pretty good ... despite the photos being a bit too bright for my liking. 

Pre-orders for IA should begin tonight at the major Japanese retailers, and she's retailing for ¥9,975. When she arrives in March 2013, will you welcome her into your collection?

[via Crunchyroll]

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11:00 PM on 11.29.2011

Pre-order these cavity-inducing Cirno figures

Griffon has always been my favorite producer of all things Touhou in the figure world, but if these two designs by Aquamarine are anything to go by, that position might be a bit harder to hold on to! There are two figures ava...

Emily Smalara