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9:00 PM on 02.27.2015

Alter's Shinobu only gets cuter with gluttony

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 ...

Tianxiao Ma

9:00 AM on 10.11.2014

NYCC 2014: Good Smile Company Up-close

Good Smile Company is awesome for getting us right up close with their latest display pieces at New York Comic Con! You can practically smell the fresh paint on the figures! This is as close as you can get without being there...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:45 PM on 09.19.2014

Two loli vampires are ready to emerge from your shadow

Shinobu, formerly a notable omission from the Monogatari series figma line, will soon get her moment in the sun. The really-old-but-looking-young vampire is getting to releases from Max Factory: the standard figma and a figFI...

Tianxiao Ma

Kotobukiya goes all-out adorable with a new Shinobu variant photo
Kotobukiya goes all-out adorable with a new Shinobu variant
by Tianxiao Ma

The Monogatari series' Shinobu is many things, but I think "adorable loli" would be her chief descriptor. Although she isn't really played for her moe attributes, Nisemonogatari does highlight her love of donuts.

Kotobukiya captured this in their original 1/8 Shinobu Oshino, but now they're making a variant that really amps up the "loves donuts" aspect of her character. Seeing the sheer joy on Shinobu's face ought to be enough to melt even the iciest, Grinch-iest of hearts. There will also be a munching face if you prefer.

Unfortunately this will be a Kotobukiya web exclusive, so you'll have to go through a proxy service to get a pre-order in. The MSRP is a reasonable ¥8,424 and Shinobu is set for a November release.

[Kotobukiya store via Neko Magic]

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Even the Nendoroid Araragi can't resist being a perv photo
Even the Nendoroid Araragi can't resist being a perv
by Tianxiao Ma

If you've been collecting the Bakemonogatari Nendoroids, there has been one crucial character missing until now. And it's not Deishuu Kaiki, you smart-alecs. It's Koyomi Araragi!

I've collected most of the Bakemonogatari figmas that have been released, but the only Nendoroid of the line I have is Mayoi Hachikuji. Now it looks like Araragi will be the perfect Nendo to pair with her, what with the molesting face and all.

Pop on over to Kahotan's blog for her totally-in-the-spirit preview. Nendoroid Araragi will hit pre-orders on June 10.

[via Kahotan's Blog]

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Kahotan reveals Nendoroid Shinobu's remaining accessories photo
Kahotan reveals Nendoroid Shinobu's remaining accessories
by Tianxiao Ma

Since the initial reveal of Nendoroid Shinobu in magazine scans, she has gone on to get a coat of paint and a few option parts. Kahotan's blog has now revealed a third expression piece as well as a new accessory: her sword Kokorowatari.

Honestly, her donut-eating expression is the one that won me over. Everything else is a sweet bonus. This Nendoroid won't have a standard release, but will come with the Nisemonogatari Premium Item Box. It contains this Nendo, a Nisio Isin short story, and some bonus artwork. It's not officially being sold in the United States but you should be able to find some retailers who will. You can pre-order for ¥5,980 and the set will be out in November.

[via Kahotan's Blog]

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan ]

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11:00 PM on 04.08.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: A little donut-loving Nendoroid vampire

Nendoroid Shinobu has been on my radar for a while, and looks to be a winner. Her more animated, post-Bakemonogatari form is perfect for Nendo-fication (disregarding a certain uncomfortable bathing scene). The version at Miyazawa Model Expo is still unpainted, but she still has that melts-your-heart cuteness. This is one Kahotan preview I'm really looking forward to! [via Hobby Search's Twitter]

Tianxiao Ma

10:00 PM on 03.18.2014

Nendoroid Tsubasa Hanekawa up for pre-order

Remember when a preview of Nendoroid Tsubasa Hanekawa popped up on Kahotan's blog? Tian said she'd be up for pre-order "next week" ... and well, it's next week. That means you can grab yourself a little Hanekawa, though you'l...

Brian Szabelski

8:00 PM on 03.14.2014

Nendoroid Tsubasa's big head symbolizes her know-it-all-ness

I would share with you what Kristina thinks about Hanekawa, but we try to keep the language PG-ish around here. In case you don't already know, this is Nendoroid Tsubasa Hanekawa, the ever-helpful class representative from th...

Tianxiao Ma

6:00 PM on 03.02.2014

Sink your teeth into these Nendoroid Shinobu scans

She popped up briefly at Wonder Festival, but these scans give us our first close look at the next entry in the ever growing Monogatari line of Nendoroids. This time it'll be the loli (looking) vampire Shinobu Oshino who...

Martin Siggers

8:00 PM on 02.20.2014

Grab your coat and Kotobukiya's winter Senjougahara too

We saw her just a few weeks ago at WonFes, but it's already time for you to get your pre-orders in for Kotobukiya's wonderful take on Hitagi Senjougahara from the evergreen Monogatari franchise. Shops started advertising...

Martin Siggers

Tomopop LinkUP: From viewers like you photo
Tomopop LinkUP: From viewers like you
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! This week we're doing something entirely different from the normal LinkUP. Last week we took no prisoners when reporting on Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] which doesn't leave much for this week's LinkUP. I'm not about to let a week slip by without something to read so I think it's time to do another special. Given that a big part of LinkUP is pointing out some of the great stuff done by fans I think now is a perfect time to turn the spotlight on all of you out there.

So join me after the jump as we check out some of the reviews, videos, photo galleries, and creative stuff made by fans, for fans!

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