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WonFes 2017 Winter photo
Figures from Good Smile Company and more
There were some intriguing Nendoroid and figma announcements at Wonder Festival but the scale figure previews weren't as interesting. Under the Wonderful Hobby Life For You banner, Good Smile Company and associated groups sho...

WonFes GSC photo
WonFes GSC

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Good Smile Company part 1

I'm so sick of bunny outfits
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
Good Smile Company's Wonderful Hobby Life For You display is like the all-you-can-eat buffet of Wonder Festival. By my quick internet research I estimate they have infinity figures. And I feel like half of that infinite numbe...
WonFes 2015 Summer photo
WonFes 2015 Summer

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Wonderful Hobby Life For You

Highlights from GSC and associates
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
[ Update: Hobby Search has even more coverage of the WHL4U booth, including more Nendoroids, figmas, and ThreeA figures! ] Wonder Festival has come and gone. While it's odd to me that such a big event is one day only (wouldn'...
Durarara!! figma photo
It's finally happening!
Well, here's my favorite bit of news from Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Durarara!!x2 figma are happening! A series that has long been on my figma wishlist will finally get checked off, just as I was trying to cut down on my fi...

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Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2015: figma

All the figures you're still waiting on pre-orders for
Apr 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Back in February we got our first look at a bunch of new figma from Max Factory, Phat!, and FREEing. Since then we really haven't heard a whole lot outside of an occasional appearance here and there. While there's nothing her...
WonFes 2015: GSC photo
WonFes 2015: GSC

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Here are all of Good Smile Company's scale figures

Good stuff from the WonHobby 21 site
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
It's WonFes time, which means Good Smile Company (and associates) will be out with all guns blazing. As usual they've put up their Wonderful Hobby Life For You site with a summary of all the stuff they're showing off. I'm alw...
FREEing TTGL Bunny Yoko photo
FREEing TTGL Bunny Yoko

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Relax with FREEing's 1/4 Bunny Yoko

1/4 scale Gurren Lagann gal will take up some serious shelf space
Feb 08
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
There's really no shortage of Yoko figures from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann so it's always a welcome sight to see something a little different. Wait, did I say little? FREEing is ready to take up some massive shelf real estate...
Madoka photo

Kyoko Sakura is festival ready

Pre-order this magical girl today
Jan 15
// Rachael Chambers
Eventually, all anime figures end up in a yukata. Kyoko, professional snacker and reluctant magical girl, is no exception. Standing at just under 8 inches, this PVC figure features the magical girl in a red yukata accented wi...
Miyazawa Model Exhibition photo
Miyazawa Model Exhibition

Max Factory, Phat!, FREEing, and Gift show off the goods at Miyazawa Model Exhibition

Although it's a lot of stuff we've already seen in one form or another
Nov 20
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Kahotan made good on her promise and posted a second gallery for figures on display at Miyazawa Model Exhibition Autumn 2014. This time around the focus is on the companies of Max Factory, Phat!, FREEing, and Gift. Most ...
Yukata Misaka photo
Yukata Misaka

Hop to it for FREEing's Yukata Mikoto Misaka.

Electric Orange
Nov 19
// Martin Siggers
FREEing has found big success in their recent forays into Yukata figures, and A Certain Scientific Railgun remains a perennial merchandise favourite. It's hardly surprising therefore that the two have crossed paths, with...
figma the Thinker photo
figma the Thinker

figma the Thinker can't sit still for this gallery

Most articulated statue you'll ever find
Oct 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Statues aren't supposed to move, but don't tell FREEing that. Their new figma based on Rodin's 1902 masterpiece is all about the ROM (range of motion). Being essentially a naked figma (and I do mean naked), and of the 2.0 var...
FREEing Houki Shinonono photo
FREEing Houki Shinonono

FREEing's Houki Shinonono is pretty foxy

Also in a massive 1/4-scale
Sep 11
// Tianxiao Ma
I've not kept up with Infinite Stratos but its cast sure has gotten a lot of figures. I rather like FREEing's 1/4-scale Houki, mostly because of the way her expression works with those fox ears. Very cute indeed. If you want ...
Kahotan Racing Miku photo
Kahotan Racing Miku

Kahotan's newest preview is Racing Miku Sepang ver.

Maybe the tan makes her go faster?
Aug 12
// Brian Szabelski
Kahotan's newest preview happens to be a face we've seen before: FREEing's Racing Miku Sepang version. There aren't a ton of revelations in her preview, but we do get at least a nice shot of her torso, showing off some of the...
WonFes GSC girls photo
WonFes GSC girls

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company girls part 2

Now with 75% less clothing!
Aug 06
// Tianxiao Ma
Partial nudity and figure collecting go hand in hand. If it makes you uncomfortable, you may want to avoid this gallery. However it makes me very comfortable, so I'll tell you a little about what's going on! These figures are...
WonFes Vocaloids photo
WonFes Vocaloids

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company - Vocaloids

Not a WonFes without some Mikus
Aug 01
// Tianxiao Ma
Now that we're seeing more and more creative takes on Vocaloid designs, I'm actually enjoying their presence. It looks like the days of the same boring Miku design being made over and over again are done with. Good Smile Comp...
FREEing photo

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: FREEing

Summer Festival at Wonder Festival
Jul 27
// Martin Siggers
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...
Miku photo
Although you may be hearing the starting pistol a little late
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...

Tomopop Review: FREEing's μ-12

Jun 26 // Chris Seto
Figure Name: Blazblue's μ-12 1/8th Scale FigureFigure Maker: FREEingPrice: ¥15,222Available At: Amiami | Hobbylink Japan OK, lets get this out of the way first... Noel Vermillion is my go-to character for easily my favourite fighting game series right now. She's served me through all four retail games and all five releases of the series thus far so seeing as Noel is intrinsically linked to μ-12, this figure will be hit with a finer comb than usual! First up, we'll take a look at the rather obvious, μ-12 is pretty damn big, and her box hits the point home. It reminds me of the Alter of old and I kinda like it. The box itself is very plain with four windows to look inside at the figure. However, FREEing have done enough to distinguish it as a Blazblue item with the colour scheme and copious use of the crest logo. And here's how she looks outside the box. FREEing went a little over on the fanservice for the design and shrunk down her costume a fair bit. The design is still the same, but she doesn't show off as much skin in the game. The pose also comes off as incredibly odd. The overall pose suggests that it's based off the pre-battle artwork seen before the start of a fight but it deviates by quite a large margin. The blades are held in place by metal rods with a clear plastic pillar extending down to the base.  The blades themselves are rigidly stuck together so don't expect to get any flexibility from them. The two parts are also quite different in positioning so you'll likely only be able to place a specific one on each of the pillars, which heavily restricts how you can make the whole package look.  The base is mostly a plain, clear blue plastic disc but the central part which holds μ-12 up is given a swirling effect, similar to what you see in many shounen mangas when the character powers up and looks pretty cool, unless you look at it from the back... At which point, it makes it look as though μ-12 is embedded in some kind of slime monster... The legs were painted rather sparingly, but done rather well. There are no details which spring out, but it does the job. The sculptor also made an effort to make it appear as armour, and not mechanical appendages, so the joints look far more round than the angular parts surrounding it though, from the look of the thigh, I think the armour piece may be a size or two smaller than it needs to be. One thing that did disappoint without a doubt, however, is the very obvious seam line between the right leg and body. It really stands out from the rest of the figure... And, as Mori-san once said, "What's important is her back!" or in this case, her butt! It might just be me but it does look like FREEing took some extra care and attention on the backside of μ-12! Another oddity in the figure is the hair. From the front, μ-12 looks fine but the back looks more like a yellow rag more than hair. Normally, this would be a point against the figure but in this case, I'll allow it because it's actually game-sprite accurate! It really does look like that in-game!! Moving onto the upper area, I have to say that the face doesn't really look like noel, but this is mitigated by a considerable amount by the fact that the headpiece is placed so low down, much of the face is obscured unless you look up at the figure. On the plus side, the eyes have a certain glossed-over look which is consistent with the character. She doesn't have much of a personality or will of her own after all. Arguments will rage among hardcore fans about whether or not the makers gave μ-12 an upgrade in the chest department though... Overall, μ-12 is a pretty solid figure with only a few caveats. The build quality is decent, the painting is solid, if uninspired, and the character looks the part. The three biggest problems I have with the kit are the massive seam line on her hip, the fact that she actually looks better without the floating blades and the overall pose itself. The first two points are variable, and can be ignored by some, but the pose is just plain weird. It doesn't really seem to serve any purpose other than to make it appear dynamic. It's not based off any known game artwork nor is it a move used by the character in the game. And I checked! She has a weird jab where she sticks her hands out while arching her back (6A for the fighting game aficionados) but nothing like what the figure is doing here. This is just a weird pose. And just to hammer the point home... I just have no idea what she's trying to do here.. Still, as one of the FREEing Blazblue offerings, μ-12 is definitely the strongest so far. At full price though, I'd say that only the most ardent fans would really bite, but since you can find her on sale at various sites right now, she's a pretty decent offering. The only question mark left is the version which Alter recently announced. Even in unpainted form, she's looking better than the FREEing offering so if you're only in the market for one μ-12 figure, you may want to wait a bit... [ Many thanks to HobbyLink Japan for the review sample! ]
Third Time's the charm?
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, ...

Nendo Madoka Yukata Ver. photo
Nendo Madoka Yukata Ver.

Madoka dons a yukata once more, now in Nendoroid form

The festive magical girl is now up for pre-order
Jun 19
// Natalie Kipper
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 ...
FREEing Laura Bodewig photo
I'm sensing a theme with FREEing's releases...
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'...

FREEing Tsukiko photo
It's amusing when someone's trying to take off two articles of clothing at the same time
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 ...

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

Oh no!
Apr 14
// Kristina Pino
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...
GSC delays photo
GSC delays

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

Over twenty figures hit by setbacks
Mar 17
// Martin Siggers
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...

Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic

Feb 13 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Kahotan posted a gallery for the upcoming Bakemonogatari Nadeko Sengoku Nendoroid. She comes with a lot of neat arm and leg parts for some really great poses. She's up for pre-order now so go get one. AmiAmi did an early photo review of the Beach Queen's Ayase Aragaki from OreImo. She looks great, but a little simple just wearing a white bikini, but I suppose that has its own appeal. She won't be out until June so enjoy the gallery. figsoku blog posted a gallery for the FuRyu Sonico Going Out Time ver. prize figure that was released last month. I'm not much of a Sonico fan, but I might have to reconsider my negative impression of FuRyu. Piapro posted a new colaboration between Pullip dolls and Hatsune Miku with a new Sakura Miku doll. They're not a doll series that's for everyone, but they did an impressive job with the outfit. Piapro also posted a look at a new series of Vocaloid plush products from Sekiguchi. Included are stuffed dolls and dangly things of Miku, Len, and Rin. If you're a gamer then simply by saying 'George Washington with a Gatling gun' should be conjuring up images of BioShock Infinite. So here's a Motorized Patriot made out of LEGO blocks. I got the game when it came out and still haven't played it... Thanks to io9 we're getting a ride back to the obscure side of the Golden Age of comics for a look at the slightly disturbing Fantomah statue based on the works of Fletcher Hanks. She comes in three varieties, all pretty limited. Task One has a new series of seven-inch WeedBears up in his store. Available are Green Crack, Purple Kush, and Stoned Panda for US$69.99 each. There's also a limited pink Bubblegum bear for Valentine's day, but that one has gone away like so much smoke. Akiba Hobby has posted a gallery for FREEing's new Asuna figure coming up in March. She's nicely sculpted and while the pose is a bit awkward at least it's something different. Good Smile Company's Mamitan was over in Japan for Wonder Festival and took the most amazing photos of figma Snow Miku out in the wilds. We've seen a lot of photos for Miku, but these are probably some of the most adorable ones yet. Pinkcheeks posted a surprisingly easy DIY tutorial for making your own Japanese-style table. I think I need to give this a try. And that's it for this week's Tomopop LinkUP. Look for the next installment next week during the craziness of Toy Fair!
Tomopop LinkUP photo
Oh, right, there are other events going on this week
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 Ol...

Wonder Festival figma photo
Wonder Festival figma

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Giant figma roundup

Giant as in lots of cool stuff, not over sized figma
Feb 09
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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...
FREEing Kaworu photo
FREEing Kaworu

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

This time he'll make you happy
Feb 06
// Martin Siggers
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...
Senbonzakura Miku photo
Shot through the heart
[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-em...

Ultra Tokyo Connection photo
Ultra Tokyo Connection

GSC launches new distributor Ultra Tokyo Connection in LA

Good Smile Company and UTC to appear at Toy Fair in February
Jan 26
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
In an attempt to bombard North America with all things otaku, Good Smile Company has launched new distribution company Ultra Tokyo Connection in Los Angeles, California. The service is being produced through a partnership wit...
Yukata INori photo
Yukata INori

It's a pre-order festival for FREEing's yukata Inori

Sing it out
Jan 10
// Martin Siggers
Although Guilty Crown is a couple of years old now, its leading lady Inori Yuzuriha continues to be popular enough to inspire some big companies to turn out figures of her. This time roun it's FREEing's turn, and they've...
GSC Delays photo
GSC Delays

Good Smile unleashes a torrent of further delays

There'll be some space under the tree at Christmas
Dec 16
// Martin Siggers
We should have known it was too good to be true. When Good Smile Company announced a very slim roster of delays just a few days ago, it looked like the company was on track for a remarkably punctual December. Turns out not so...
FREEing Sora Takanashi photo
FREEing Sora Takanashi

FREEing's Sora caters to fans of gigantic bikini figures

That is a hell of a beach body, though
Oct 21
// Tianxiao Ma
Generally I buy figures of characters that I like, or figures that have really amazing and detailed sculpts. I do have a handful of figures that I bought solely for the quality of the butt. It seems like FREEing's Sora Takana...
D-Arts Blazblue Noel photo
D-Arts Blazblue Noel

D-Arts Noel Vermillion with Vertex ver. and Mu-12 at TGS

Tokyo Game Show is on, and so are the Blazblue figures
Sep 19
// Rio McCarthy
zatuyoP tweeted an image of all three versions of the figures, but MyFigureCollection posted an up close picture of her. I'll admit, I finally decently like a Noel Vermillion figure, and might contemplate buying the D-Arts ve...
FREEing Miku photo
Kaito, Rin and Len sketches also on display
We'd caught a glimpse of her at Summer WonFes but now more shots have emerged of FREEing's new scale Hatsune Miku, based on her 'Senbonzakura' design. As someone who's a noted sceptic of Miku, even I have to admit that t...

FREEing's Akemi Homura photo
FREEing's Akemi Homura

FREEing's Akemi Homura puts on her best yukata

2014 release featured in this month's scans
Aug 22
// Brian Szabelski
We've seen plenty of Akemi Homura figures in the past, including works from Gift and Max Factory, but FREEing's yukata-clad version is the one in this month's magazine scans. It's not the first time we've seen her recently, b...
GSC Delays photo
GSC Delays

Good Smile Company announces August delays

Not even a goddess can deter the dreaded 'D'
Aug 12
// Yami Casas
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Good Smile Company recently updated their website announcing the August release schedule, and well, you can already guess where this is going, right? Our monthly nemesis, the dreaded '...
WonFes FREEing photo
WonFes FREEing

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: FREEing

Yukatas are well-represented
Jul 30
// Tianxiao Ma
FREEing had plenty of figures to show off at WonFes, and they didn't look half bad. One thing for Evangelion fans (and for the ladies too) was a Kaworu Nagisa figure. He's sensually thrusting his pelvis forward, because that'...
Pre-order Freeings Yuzuko photo
Pre-order Freeings Yuzuko

Pre-order FREEings Yuzuko from Yuyushiki

Not sexy, but just right.
Jul 11
// Jon Wills
FREEing just announced that their swimsuit figure of Yuzuko from Yuyushiki is now available for pre-order. Her sculpt is looking very sharp and captures the style of the show well. Yuzuko isn't really striking a sexy pose in ...

Tomopop Review: Semi-NSFW FREEing's Arshes Nei

Jul 09 // Rio McCarthy
Figure Name: Bastard!! Arshes Nei 1/8 Scale Painted FigureFigure Maker: FREEingRetail Price: ¥9,333Available at: HLJ  Here we have a first for me. I've never really seen a horizontal box like this up close and personal. You have a window to see the figure in the front, but the box is actually quite deep and not very tall. I guess I should have actually expected this considering there isn't much height to this figure, as she's sitting on the ground. The top of the box is graced with the classic Bastard!! logo, as well as her name, and that it's a 1/8th scale figure. Here we see her out of her box and stuck in her plastic shell. Funny enough the figure is pretty much how it should be right inside the package. There is very little assembly to be had. Here you can see the three pieces of the figure; the base, Arshes Nei herself, and the chain. The sword itself is pretty well detailed, bright colored, and makes a great focal piece for the base. The paint application here was done very well. I do love how the leaves in the bushes, as well as the stone, look on the base. You'll be able to see those better in later pictures. Let's get a look at her before adding in the chain, shall we? From above things look lovely. She has beautiful, womanly curves, and looks realistic, as opposed to over inflated due to an anime-style, as we all know they're not always realistic. Her boobs are huge, but they're not anything that I feel couldn't really exist in real life. Alright, here is where I had a bit of a laugh. I wanted to make sure you got a view from all sides, but when I saw her behind I actually laughed out loud. Since she sits flush with the base on the ground, her butt is completely flat. Those of you who know Arshes Nei, she definitely does not have a flat butt, but it's obvious why it looks that way here. You also get a better shot of her hair here, which somewhat looks like a big ol' blobby chunk of hair, it does at least flow out a bit at the ends to break it up quite a bit. There are some nice strand details more toward the ends. One of the details I really liked was the laced up gloves she has. They're actually untied, and coming loose, which is a great touch for the look of the figure. There is a little paint bleed going on on the arm where you can see her skin on the one in the left on this picture, but when you're looking at the figure itself, you won't notice it by any means. I love that one arm has a sleeve and the other doesn't. These classic '80s/'90s outfits really make my day. Let's add in the chain now, shall we? It really adds an extra punch with this figure. She looks a little nervous, or perhaps it's eager? If it's Dark Schneider coming her way, I would definitely lean toward eager... or.. maybe that's just my own little mind working it that way. I mean, I'm totally not a Dark Schneider fangirl or anything... Cough. The chain itself is nicely detailed and has a bit of a cut rough texture to it. It's a very loose chain, so you can move it nearly any way that you would want to. I am a bit afraid of rubbing off any paint, so I wouldn't suggest just dragging the chain around on the figure if you can help it. It works well to tie her up to the sword, leaving it draping across her a bit. Look at those lovely thighs and calves! I love the way her legs are positioned, as it looks somewhat like she's trying to fight it, but more so bracing herself. When looking at it as a whole like this, it really is a gorgeous figure. The shading on her skin looks wonderful as well. From this side's view you can get a better look at the wonderful sculpting, and shading, of her knee pad and stocking that are on her left leg. The folding and flow of the fabric looks wonderful along her entire figure. Even the boots are well detailed for being so basic. Here's a look at her stunning lower musculature. The way they sculpted her leg that's raised up, as well as the muscles between her legs all look wonderful. The outfit kind of disappears in a certain area, but since it's a thong in the back - it happens. You've probably noticed by now it must be a bit chilly where she is. That, or she's pretty turned on already. You never know what could be going through her mind. However, her abs are nicely sculpted underneath her suit as well. All of the paint here looks really clean, and I'm very impressed. Something I found out on accident is that the sword can actually come out of the stone if for some reason you would like it to. She can actually somewhat hold it if that suits your needs. Her fingernails, as you might have seen in the earlier photos, are nicely painted silver - each and every one of them. I think the facial expression of her biting her lip a bit to the side is also quite lovely. Her eyes look focused and not just like she's staring off into space, so that helps as well. This is one of the first Semi-NSFW figures I've owned, let alone reviewed, but she was a lot of fun. Arshes Nei was well sculpted, wonderfully painted, and pulls together with its base for a gorgeous figure to add to your collection. I can say I'm actually proud of FREEing's effort with this figure and would definitely suggest it if you'd like a lovely lady in your collection, or if you're a fan of Bastard!!. [ A huge thanks to HobbyLink Japan for sending us this review sample! ]
Arshes Nei photo
Will Dark Schneider's closest companion give in?
Before we go too far, I'll warn you at-work-readers that you might want to jump across this article just to be safe, and wait until you get home. While there's no actual nudity, I would want to get you lovely readers in troub...

More delays photo
More delays

Good Smile confirm a mass of further delays

Sub-brands affected as well.
Jun 18
// Martin Siggers
Hold on Good Smile Company, I thought we'd already gotten June's delays done and dusted? Alas, it was just a trick to lure you into a false sense of security, as GSC have now unleashed a massive second announcement confirming...

Pre-order FREEing's Chiwa from Oreshura

Childhood friends are so cute!
Jun 18
// Jon Wills
Recently we have seen an influx of figurines based on childhood friends from various series become available for pre-order, for example Alter's Kanna from Ano Natsu and Suguha from SAO come to mind. Well another childhood fri...

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