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4:15 PM on 07.27.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Cu-Poche

[ UPDATE: Additional close-ups added to the gallery ] Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche display at Summer WonFes included more outfits for the girls (come to think of it, we haven't had one male Cu-Poche yet...) and a placard showing tha...

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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.




1:30 AM on 06.20.2014

Cu-Poche Extra gym body up for pre-order

Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche Extra Short Sleeved Gym Uniform Body is now available for pre-order. Like the Swim Suit Body, this release only comes with the body itself (ie, no head) and is cheaper than a normal Cu-Poche. While I pre...

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Twirl your way to pre-orders for Cu-Poche Dekomori  photo
Twirl your way to pre-orders for Cu-Poche Dekomori
by Martin Siggers

After Kotobukiya added Rikka Takanashi to their Cu-Poche line, it was surely only a matter of time before her erstwhile sidekick Sanae Dekomori showed up in the range. Sure enough, the deranged schoolgirl is now available for pre-orders.

When it comes to smaller figures like this a lot of the appeal is in accessories, and a clever add-on can make or break a figure. Kotobukiya have done exceptionally well in that regard. Not only have they produced an adorable looking recreation of Dekomori, they've also included a terrific effects part to recreate her pigtail twirling 'Mjolnir Hammer' attack. Plus that face is just too perfect.

If you've already ordered Rikka then this is pretty much a must have, and at 4,200 she won't break the bank either. Dekomori will arrive in October, hit the links below to get hold of her for your collection.

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

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Cu-Poche: The Swimsuit Edition, because EVERYTHING needs a swimsuit edition photo
Cu-Poche: The Swimsuit Edition, because EVERYTHING needs a swimsuit edition
by Scarecroodle

The AmiAmi Blog has released a preview for Kotobukiya's upcoming Cu-poche Extra School Swim Wear Body. Don't expect to see these photos in Sports-Figure Illustrated, however, because swimsuits seen here are based on the traditional Japanese school swimsuits (also called a Sukumizu). This also means that if you want a calendar you'll probably need to make your own.

The Swimsuit pack is the first entry in Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche Extra line which, as the name might suggest, supports the Cu-Poche line by providing additional parts such as alternate bodies and accessories (see some of the other upcoming stuff here). The set notably doesn't include a head (one of the heads shown is purportedly that of the Cu-Poche mascot, Pokko-chan/Kari, while the other is the upcoming Cu-Poche Mikoto Misaka) which presumably helps keep the cost down compared to the normal release (ie, a ¥2,000 list price instead of ¥3,800).

Kotobukiya's Cu-poche Extra School Swim Wear Body can currently be pre-ordered for around ¥2,000 and is slated for a July release. While it's a cute set, I think I'll probably just wait for the gym pack.

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

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11:00 PM on 05.05.2014

A smathering of upcoming Cu-Poche and Cu-Poche accessories on display

Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche line seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. Not the kinds of leaps and bounds that catapult over objects like skyscrapers, mind you, but instead more sensible jumps. In short, there's a good amount of ...

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Is GodHand Tools mascot Nipa-ko getting a Cu-Poche figure? photo
Is GodHand Tools mascot Nipa-ko getting a Cu-Poche figure?
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Yay for random and unexpected figures of questionable origin! GodHand Tools, makers of a popular line of flush-cut nippers used for model building, is showing off photos of a Cu-Poche of their mascot character Nipa-ko. The figure was made by Kotobukia, though it's not quite clear if it's an official production or just something whipped up to promote how useful GodHand nippers are on Koto's model kits. Then again, she was sitting alone on top of the Cu-Poche first birthday cake so it probably is real, but perhaps limited in some way?

It's a cute figure and a neat representation of the nippers. Her long hair mimic the handles while her bow imitates the working end. A background that looks like the packaging is shown and she can eve be posed in a 'closed' position with the bow ends pulled together. Neat stuff, I'm sure it isn't the last we've seen of Nipa-Ko!

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1:15 AM on 04.09.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: Cu-Poche Rikka Takanashi

Another season of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions has come to an end, but the characters still continue to be a hot commodity. Too bad companies are being painfully slow in catching on to this otaku cash cow. Well at lea...

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7:00 AM on 04.01.2014

Cu-poche Akemi Homura packs a lot of firepower

Way back in last October, Kotobukiya teased a Cu-Poche version of Puella Magi Madoka Magica's Akemi Homura. Providing a only silhouette, fans were left guessing what the magical girl would look like and come packaged with. We...

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Cu-Poche Mikoto Misaka is the ultimate in pocketable railguns photo
Cu-Poche Mikoto Misaka is the ultimate in pocketable railguns
by Tianxiao Ma

It's been a while since we heard about Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche Mikoto Misaka, but Akiba Hobby has a grand gallery up for your viewing. The articulation of the Cu-Poche design should lead to dynamic poses, which will make up somewhat for the plain character design.

The Railgun heroine will come with two effects pieces to reflect her powers, an iron (sand) sword, teddy bear, variant hair clip, and a handful of expressions on top. It looks like a pretty good package, so I'm looking forward to see what the figure community can do with her.

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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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Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya's Cu-poche photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya's Cu-poche
by Natalie Kipper

Ah yes, the Cu-poche; what some might call Kotobukiya's answer to Good Smile Company's popular Nendoroid line. Whatever your take on the chibi-fied figures, Wonder Festival's Cu-poche display is sure to draw more than a few eyes. A good many of the figures shown had already been released, ( Dark Magician Girl, Haruka AmamiSaber, and Kirino Kousaka, for example), giving the display a feel of a museum exhibit showcasing the lines past and future.

The new prototypes draw from the anime series, Sword Art Online and Chu 2 Byo, along with an extra-special original figure. From Sword Art Online, we see an unpainted Asuna Cu-poche. From the world of Chu 2 Byo, Kotobukiya provided a painted prototype of Rikka Takanashi plus a silhouette teaser image of Sanae Dekomori. Finally, we come to the Scale Bathing Suit Body Cu-Poche. This is Cu-poche doesn't come from any game or anime series; it is just a charming little lady in her swimsuit.

Check out the gallery to see the photos Tomopop's own Kristina Pino snapped for us!

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Tomopop LinkUP: Art is a blast! photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Art is a blast!
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome to the latest installment of Tomopop LinkUP! I hope people enjoyed the special Transformers edition of LinkUP I did last week, but now we're back to our regular routine. There's been a lot of stuff happening as of late with the more creative among us. I like to think I'm creative, but I'm more of an idea person. When it comes to putting paint to plastic or clay to wheel it never looks as good as it does in my head. Some of us have it and some of us just write about the people who have it I guess.

This week we've got not one, but two artist interviews to pass along, as well as some designer stuff and a bunch of photo galleries. Let's get to it after the jump, shall we?

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