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4:30 PM on 07.27.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: FREEing

FREEing definitely know a good thing when they see it, as their booth was packed with their popular range of yukata-clad ladies. It seems like paired sets are the new hotness in FREEing's world. For me the highlight here is d...

Martin Siggers

FREEing's Racing Miku Sepang version speeds into pre-orders photo
FREEing's Racing Miku Sepang version speeds into pre-orders
by Scarecroodle

FREEing's 1/8-scale Racing Miku Sepang Version is currently available for pre-order. The figure features Vocaloid mascot Hatsune Miku in what might be her oddest racing attire thus far, although I'm sure it's a bar others may leap over in the future.

While I really like the design, there's no way that I'd guess that this figure had anything to do with racing if she wasn't holding the sign. As such, if you're just a fan of racy figures (as opposed to racy racing figures), you could always just remove the optional sign and display Miku as if she were doing some kind of dance.

Otherwise the pose and detail is certainly different. The wings are a neat touch as well. I'm less fond of the GSC stamp above her waist, but it's less of a distraction than the giant Super Sepang markings which remind you that the Sepang Version.

FREEing's Racing Miku Sepang Version has a ¥11,800 list price and is slated for a January release date. Hmm, January... seems a little slow for a racing figure.

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

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Tomopop Review: FREEing's μ-12 photo
Tomopop Review: FREEing's μ-12
by Chris Seto

In a relatively short space of time, FREEing have established themselves as a solid middle ground manufacturer of figures. They may not be able to match the big boys like Alter, Kotobukiya or their parent, GoodSmile Company, but they have shown the ability to punch above their weight on previous occasions.

Unfortunately, one thing they do lack is consistency. While some of their releases are solid entries, we've also had a fair few duds from them as well. Ones which come to mind are their Blazblue releases. They have already released figures for Rachel Alucard and Makoto Nanaya and they were... how should we say, poor. Rachel came off as emotionless rather than melancholic and as for Makoto... I'll let our Tomopop review spell things out for you.

Then FREEing decided to step into the fray once more for a third release from the Blazblue series and they decided to hit a bit close to home for this reviewer by choosing μ-12 as the subject. Will it suck like the previous releases, or might they actually get it right on the third try? Only one way to find out...

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3:00 AM on 06.19.2014

Madoka dons a yukata once more, now in Nendoroid form

Madoka of the popular Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime series is once again breaking out her yukata. We saw her appear in this outfit for a figure by FREEing last year but the whole ensemble suits a cutesy Nendoroid ...

Natalie Kipper

FREEing's Laura Bodewig is up for pre-order, so hop to it photo
FREEing's Laura Bodewig is up for pre-order, so hop to it
by Tianxiao Ma

The thought of a sexy 1/4-scale figure is appealing to me, but in practice very few of them have designs that I like. FREEing will be releasing this 1/4-scale Laura Bodewig this December, and I'm on the fence about it.

Laura's one of the ladies from Infinite Stratos, which I haven't seen. I'm also just not fond of the Playboy bunny look, although I have to admit the character design and expression are pretty cute here. So conflicted!

If you're more decisive than I am, you'll be able to pre-order Laura for ¥18,333. The price actually seems pretty decent for a 1/4-scale figure, but I'm hardly an expert here. She'll be out in December, but you can get a nice preview from Kahotan's blog.

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

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You only get a little peek with FREEing's Tsukiko photo
You only get a little peek with FREEing's Tsukiko
by Tianxiao Ma

FREEing's Tsukiko has shipped out, prompting Kahotan to make a little release gallery for the figure. She especially likes the strawberry pattern on her panties, and the fact that the skirt isn't fixed in place. You can tell this is the kind of pose Kahotan likes to have fun with!

The post also contains a little preview of the Feed Me monster, a mascot of the UK electronic artist Feed Me. Good Smile Company is turning it into a figure featuring the monster on a sweet armchair. Take a look at all the pictures on Kahotan's blog!

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10:00 AM on 04.14.2014

Good Smile Company announces release (and delay) dates for April

It's that time again. Good Smile Company have posted up a release schedule for April, including some delays. As more dates are announced, we'll be sure to update. Delays first: GSC's Asuna, Knights of the Blood ver. (delayed...

Kristina Pino

6:30 AM on 03.17.2014

Good Smile Company announces it's delaying (almost) everything

OK, not quite everything but man, there are a LOT of delays this month. In fact, there are so many delays that GSC took the rare step of not bundling the announcement in with its upcoming release schedule. Instead, we go...

Martin Siggers

Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! It's been a pretty busy week in all sorts of ways. We're still plowing our way through Wonder Festival coverage with the shadow of Toy Fair looming over us. But outside of that the Olympics are in full swing once again and Valentine's Day is tomorrow, probably the two best events for precious metals. Man, why is the shortest month of the year also the busiest?

This week we've got more galleries, customs, LEGO pieces, and plushies. Follow me after the jump to see it all! Incidentally, I've tried to watch Full Metal Panic twice and still haven't finished the first season...

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3:45 PM on 02.09.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Giant figma roundup

I'm sure it comes to no one's surprise that there were a lot of new figma on display at Wonder Festival. But could you really predict just how varied the offerings this time around would be? They really dug out some unexpecte...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:00 PM on 02.06.2014

Be an angel and pre-order FREEing's new Kaworu

It's been a little time since we've covered FREEing's take on Kaworu Nagisa - last Summer Wonfes in fact. The company seems to have used the time well however, as he's gone up for pre-order now and the resident Evangelion&nbs...

Martin Siggers

[UPDATED] Senbonzakura Miku is looking pretty in purple photo
[UPDATED] Senbonzakura Miku is looking pretty in purple
by Martin Siggers

[Update: Pre-orders are up! Check below for links]

It's been a while since we last saw FREEing's striking take on Hatsune Miku. She popped up last year, then went dark for a considerable period of time. Now though she's re-emerged in a Kahotan preview, and is looking damn good to boot.

Based on her appearance in the 'Senbonzakura' music video, this is a radically different Miku than we're used to seeing. If there's one distinguishing feature here, it's those massive sleeves, which FREEing have done really well to incorporate into the pose. Combined with her whirling hair, itself way longer than normal, there's a fantastic sense of flow and life to this pose. having not seen the music video, I was also struck by her unusual colouring. The muted maroon/purple looks a little underwhelming at first, but the more I see it the more I like it, especially since they complemented it by making her hair greener than usual.

Overall, it's another ace looking Miku. Pre-orders are open right now, anyone planning on getting her?

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

[via Kahotan's blog]

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