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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Aquamarine

Here Comes a new Daredevil!
Jul 24
// Chris Seto
The main problem with having SDCC and Wonder Festival on the same week is that, particularly for the more international companies, like GoodSmile Company and Kotobukiya, there are lots of overlaps between the 2 events so a lo...
WonFes Aquamarine photo
WonFes Aquamarine

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Aquamarine

Persona, Guilty Gear, and more
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
I don't have much experience with Aquamarine, but the photos from their booth caught my attention. If you're a gamer - particularly if you're into Japanese games - you might recognize the gals in the header image. I picked th...
Log Horizon Akatsuki photo
Just say wow, wow, wow, wow!
Let's take a moment and look at what Log Horizon has going for it: Nine light novel volumes and counting 11 manga volumes between four different titles, all ongoing Two anime seasons totaling 50 episodes (and a good chance f...

Kantai Collection photo
Kantai Collection

A whole bunch of KanColle stuff went up for pre-order

Jun 23
// Tianxiao Ma
The Kantai Collection engine is steaming along nicely with five new pre-orders appearing throughout yesterday. Anime fans may not recognize the first two, which would be the Tenryuu-class light cruiseres Tenryuu and Tatsuta. ...

Aquamarine Koki Yamoto photo
But I have no idea who she is
Koki Yamoto hails from the Japanese novel series Ninja Slayer. And, well, she certainly looks like a slaying kind of person. I don't really have much to go on because of the rather plain design, so I'll just go ahead and writ...

Touhou Project photo
Because sisters share?
The AmiAmi blog has previewed Aquamarine's upcoming Remilia and Flandre Scarlet (from the bullet-hell series Touhou Project). While I'm usually a fan of anything Flandre when it comes to Touhou, the Remilia seems a bit cuter ...


Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Aquamarine

Jul 27
// Chris Seto
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...
Akane Isshiki photo
Akane Isshiki

Aquamarine's Akane Isshiki is her best rendition

She's ready for ignition
Mar 03
// Kristina Pino
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...
Aquamarine's Rensouhou photo
Aquamarine's Rensouhou

Aquamarine's Rensouhou-chan firing off some cuteness

Shimakaze's sentient cannon to be available next year in figure form
Dec 13
// Brian Szabelski
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...
Preview Gumi Extend photo
I like Gumi's music, but something else needs to be done for me to really like her figurines!
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 ...


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

Aquamarine - 1/8 Scale
Oct 05
// Emily Smalara
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 ...
Bargain bin sale photo
Bargain bin sale

Hobby Search is holding a bargain bin sale

My favorite ladies are in trouble! Buy them!
Aug 22
// Jon Wills
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...
WonFes Cafe Reo photo
WonFes Cafe Reo

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Cafe Reo

Figures from Aquamarine and Square-Enix
Jul 29
// Tianxiao Ma
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...

Tomopop Review: Aquamarine's IA

Jul 03 // Emily Smalara
Figure Name: 1/8 IA ~Aria on the Planetes~Figure Maker: AquamarineRetail: ¥8,550Available at: HobbyLink Japan The box, somewhat similar to IA herself, is pretty no-frills. There's nothing overly fancy about it, but it's appealing in its simplicity, using the same color scheme as IA herself and including some of her artwork near the bottom. I do give props to Aquamarine for the snippet of art, since I do enjoy boxes having some form of design beyond shots of a product I can see just fine through the viewing window. Removing her from the box, she's surprisingly large for a 1/8 figure. Most of it, as you can see, comes from her hair, and when I say this is some truly massive hair, well. Believe it. To the left of her foot you can see a plastic rod, and despite what some may think, it is not holding up her other foot so she can float. The base manages that all on its own. No, this rod is holding up her hair. Her hair does indeed have its own peg, and as silly as this may sound it's clear that Aquamarine did it to combat potential leaning in the future. More props to them! I was also a bit surprised to see that she's not seen head-on in her default placement, which provides some dynamics, but also doesn't show her off fully. Once you look her over, Aquamarine did a good job with her trademark costume. Unlike some of the other Vocaloids, IA's typical clothing is much more normal and the sort of thing you'd see any trendy girl wearing. At least, I know I'd wear it! The design on her top is replicated to the last little mark, and even the red dots topping the neckline marks are in place properly. No detail was spared! Also upon closer examination, you can really get a feel for the effort put into her facial expression. The more I look IA over, the more I wonder just why people seemed to have concerns, because she's lovely from head to toe. Comparing her again to other Vocaloids, she has a much more enigmatic personality and behavior in her canon background, and it comes through in her look. She seems wistful and distant, gazing off at something far off with bright blue eyes that stand out amidst the black, white, and pink making up the rest of her design. Aquamarine's focus on replicating the source artwork doesn't end with just her front, either. Carefully peeking beneath her hair, the lovely crossed straps over her bare back certainly aren't lacking any appeal! Again true to the original, you'll get a slight swish of her skirt here as well, adding to the sense of movement conveyed in the rest of the figure. Throughout all of this, it's hard to keep ignoring that glorious hair. It's hard to appreciate just how much hair she has, how large it is in person, and how heavy it is just on its own. Like I said, the hair comes with its own peg, and for good reason. It's longer than IA is tall if it were stretched out, and I'd certainly be willing to bet it's made up of enough material for another figure alone. Just with this angle alone you can see she's barely visible behind it all! Fortunately with it being such a key aspect of her design, there's as much detail here as there is in the rest of the figure. There aren't any shortcuts taken here, and I absolutely adore IA's hair. It's made up of dozens of individual pieces instead of just being one large hunk, and the effort was seriously worth it. The strands tangle around each other, curl in various directions, and in general just look really, really great. I have a weakness for the subtle messiness of otherwise straight hair curling at the tips, and IA's lovely locks are like they were made to push all the right buttons. The only thing that really confuses me about the design is the secondary hole in her base. It doesn't really take away anything--after all, it is just the base--but it is noticeable and very odd. It even came with a second peg about twice as long as the one that holds her hair up, but there's nothing for it to be placed into, nor did the package contain any extra parts. I have a feeling my box may have been missing something, but I don't believe she was supposed to contain any accessories, so I'm at a loss! In any case, extremely minor quibbles aside, my fears were definitely set to rest almost the minute I took this gorgeous lady out of her box. Aquamarine certainly did IA justice, capturing every detail of her outfit and personality without missing a beat. Going the extra mile in regards to things like her hair's design and making sure it won't lean in the future are major pluses in my book. I haven't been very familiar with Aquamarine's earlier few releases, but if future work all holds up to this standard, I'll definitely be paying attention to this relatively new maker! [A big thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing this sample!]
Aquamarine IA photo
A gorgeous virtuosa!
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 s...

Aquamarine - 1/8 Scale
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 th...


Vocaloid IA dances quickly over to pre-orders

Sep 21
// Emily Smalara
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...
Vocaloid 3 character's figure coming in March 2013
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 ...


Pre-order these cavity-inducing Cirno figures

Nov 29
// Emily Smalara
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...

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