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...
Max Factory aren't the only ones getting in on the Free! action. At Animate Girls Festival 2013, ALTAiR also showed off two prototypes for their upcoming Free! line, featuring Haru and Makoto. I haven't watched the show, so i...
ALTAiR have just revealed the painted prototypes of Hijirikawa Masato and Jinguji Ren, which were last seen back towards the end of August. As with the others in this set, they are dressed up in their idol gear, and looking t...
While I appreciate a pretty plastic lady as much as the next person, I do think it's a shame that we don't get more male figures. That means whenever one shows up it's worth taking notice, particularly when a major manufacturer decides to take the plunge. Alter's Altair range dedicated to pretty boys has produced some really lovely figures over the past few years, and now they've taken on the Type-Moon franchise by making Waver Velvet, the reluctant teenage mage from Fate/Zero. Can the wizards at Alter cast their spell over him too?
It's been five lonely months since ALTAiR last teased us with an unpainted sculpt of Zelos Wilder and announced their plans to make a Loyd Irving sculpt at Tales Festival 2013. However my friends, the wait is over and it...
OH. MY. GOSH. I FINALLY have gotten something I've asked for for ages!! Sorry! Totally excited! -ahem- Yes! For those of you keeping tabs, Blazblue: Alter Memory is the new anime series based around the fighting videogame ser...
Oh Gift, you certainly know how to make me squeal in delight. Recently, @Giftkanegon posted a few pictures via twitter featuring the next bishounen to appear in their DRAMAtical Murder plushie series. The set of pictures playfully teased Aoba's AllMate, Ren, in his human form dressed in Rhyme battle garb. Gift, of course, purposely snapped the pictures without revealing Ren's face; however, you can already see some nice painted details along his headdress and the blue poncho/black cape attire. It also appears that you can display Ren with or without his headdress.
Gift has yet to announce when Ren will be available for pre-order, but sadly, I have a sneaking suspicion that he will be an event exclusive or Gift online exclusive, just as the other boys. Hopefully, it'll be the latter of the two, and obtaining Ren will be a matter of contacting a proxy. Otherwise, Ren will end up in my ever-growing 'holy grail' list.
Free!, this seasons boy swimming club series has been pretty popular in Japan. I'm glad that the Japanese folks are reaching out to female audiences out there and merchandising men to them. It's been happening for some time, ...
The Nendoroid line's musical offerings are growing again: T.M. Revolution has now tweeted out a photo of a Nendoroid version of him. Also spotted by the folks at Anime News Network, it's his outfit from the music video for "Preserved Roses" (a.k.a. the opening theme of Valvrave the Liberator), and that's all we know for the moment.
So, Tomopop readers, what do you think of this new Nendo? Is he already going to be on your shelf, or are you waiting for a little more info first?
[UPDATE 2: CD Japan pre-order link added. Go Go Go !]
[update 3: Added another pre-order link :)]
Are you ready for some Winter Cup action, Kuroko no Basket fans? Just in time for the highly anticipated premiere of the second season, MegaHouse has announced a new figure line specifically dedicated to the widely popular sports manga/anime. The first character set to debut the new line will be none other than the "Generation of Miracles" phantom sixth player, and series protagonist, Tetsuya Kuroko.
Wearing his number 11 Seirin jersey, the dynamic sculpt impeccably captures Kuroko's fierce competitiveness as he's about to use misdirection to (undoubtedly) pass the ball to Kagami. Along with the amazing the sculpt, the paint job looks nice and solid. I'm particularly digging the shading around the folds of his uniform, which gives it that added oomph of realism to his pose. I especially love how well accentuated Kuroko's muscles are. I'm not going to lie - I have a thing for nicely-shaped calf muscles.
If you've been captivated by Kurokocchi's intense stare or shapely calves, be on the lookout for pre-orders to commence on September 11 at 18:00 Japan Standard Time. Get ready to face Kuroko on the court this coming January for a retail of ¥7,600.
The last time we caught a glimpse of Ginpachi-sensei at Wonder Festival 2013 Summer over a month ago, he was still in his unpainted prototype form, but now, the homeroom teacher from the light novel series (and anime extras), Gintama Class 3-Z Ginpachi-sensei, is ready to teach everyone a good lesson in language-Jump style.
There's no denying Ginpachi isn't what you might call a typical homeroom teacher as he smokes his trademark lerolero candy (lollipop) while heading to his classroom without a care. I like the way the fabric of his white lab-coat sways with his movement, it really adds a lot of realism to the pose. Not to be missed is the detail of the Shounen Jump issue hidden underneath the "Good language" book Ginpachi is holding in his left hand. After all, Ginpachi is not one to miss the latest chapter of One Park. As a bonus, Ginpachi may also be posed with an alternate hand holding a piece of strawberry cake.
Ginpachi-sensei is currently available as a MEGATREA SHOP exclusive; however, there's no need to worry, a local shop is currently securing pre-orders without the need to contact a proxy service. Get ready to join Ginpachi sensei and the class of 3-Z this upcoming January for an enrollment fee of ¥8400.
ALTAiR recently updated their blog and revealed the long awaited prototypes for Uta no Prince-sama's Hijirikawa Masato and Jinguji Ren. Although ALTAiR did display both boys during Wonder Festival Summer 2013, there was a pesky "no photography" sign posted in front of them, which made it impossible to leak any pictures much to my dismay. Of course, all of that is water under the bridge as both sculpts look amazing!
Dressed in their "Maji Love 1000%" outfits, I love how each of the boys has his own distinct pose. Masato looks absolutely adorable with that gorgeous smile as he belts out a tune; however, it's hard to resist Ren's come-hither look. Ren always finds a way to work his charm, with or without the aid of a microphone. While I do find the flirtatious pose perfectly captures Ren's personality, I am hopeful that ALTAiR will also include an alternate option to pose him with a microphone, as well.
As a big fan of the games and the anime, I couldn't ask for anything more. ALTAiR has exceeded my expectations with the remarkable work they've done on the UtaPri line so far. Needless to say, I can't wait to see Masato and Ren painted! What about you think about the boys prototypes, Tomocchi's? Are you as excited as I am?