Tian rounded up Good Smile's offerings at Anime Japan 2015, but Max Factory was there, too, with a few figma to show off at the very least. Yep, that's Iron Man Mark XXI, and sure, that robot figma is Shidonia no Kishi's...
So you say you've got some figma you're just dying to see made? Well then, let's see how many of your wishes have come true this time with the first round of announcements!
Kantai Collection - Yukikaze, Kitakami...
While Saber variants greatly outnumber all other figma entries from the Fate series, Max Factory is apparently still making other characters. Most recently this has come in the form of a painted figma Rin Tohsaka based on an appearance from Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works which was on display at Winter WonFes.
Fans will recall that Rin was Archer's master during the Fifth Holy Grail War. More importantly, it's a reminder that I *still* need to check out this new iteration of Fate/stay night. Not that I'd ever let something as trifling as not seeing an anime interfere with picking up a figure, mind you.
I love the look of this one and prefer it over Rin's original figma (which I missed buying). Expect to see additional (and hopefully better) images later today.
Oh, what's this? It's rare for us to have a Hatsune Miku figma dropped on us without first seeing it at an event. The first and last time we heard official mention of the new figma Racing Miku 2014 EV Mirai ver. was back at W...
The popular anime series Kill la Kill can come home to you with this figma of Honnouji Academy's student council's President Kiryuin Satsuki. Max Factory along with designers Nobuhiko Asahina and Taizo bring Kiryuin...
Kahotan's latest preview happens to be a figma I'm now interested in: Sakamichi Onoda from Yowamushi Pedal. The series is about a boy, a bike and a high school cycling club, but the accessories are really what makes Onod...
It's the commercial you never knew you wanted: Good Smile Company has a new series of ads for figma Horse, featuring Livedoor founder and former CEO Takafumi Horie. Horie also happened to own a race horse or two before he went to jail for securities fraud in 2011, so it's an interesting choice to have him appear here.
The commercials feature Horie talking about horses and figma Horse, which will be out in June. Pre-orders for both the white and chestnut horses are still available; have any of you picked one up yet?
With Winter WonFes 2015 less than a month away, Good Smile have stepped up to reveal the exclusive goods that they'll be selling at the event, thus saving us the agony of speculation and second guessing that used to characterise the event.
As is always the case at Winter WonFes, Snow Miku headlines the exclusives available, with her fan-designed 'Snow Bell' look available in both Nendoroid and figma forms. We've also got a rather striking Nendoroid of Battleship Re-Class from Kantai Collection and another Saber figma, this time an unarmoured 'Dress ver.'.
As with all WonFes exclusives in recent years these will also be available from the Good Smile Online Shop for a limited period of time. GSC will also take any remaining stock touring round the world on the convention trail, so if the company attends an event near you that might be a smart time to get your hands on this stuff. Online sales will be made to order so as long as you get in between the 8th and 16th of February you'll be guaranteed to get one. The two Snow Mikus will be ¥4,500 apiece while saber and Re-Class will set you back a little more at ¥5,000.
Honestly I'm a little underwhelmed, but then I'm not a huge fan of any of these characters. Any of you readers out there really liking what you're seeing?
Recently the pre-orders went up for Max Factory's figma Sword Art Online II Kirito Trap ver. GGO ver. and Akiba Hobby has already gotten their hands on one for a gallery. Kidding aside, this is a really great likeness of the ...
It's that time of year again when Good Smile Racing shows off the latest design that their Racing Miku Nendoroids and figmas will be based on. This year they seem to be going for something a little different compared to previous years. Earlier Racing Miku designs kept pretty close to the race queen idea before moving to more technological "Apend" designs. This time we're treated a very "princess knight" looking Miku.
I can't be the only one that looks at this and thinks she looks like she stepped right out of Valkyria Chronicles. Skimpy outfit? Check. Sparkly hair? Check. A white lance/parasol with a blue glow? Absolutely check! I don't know if Sega had a hand in this design (they make games for both VC and Miku), but it isn't hard to imagine someone took a little inspiration from the game series for Miku. Still, it's not a bad design and I do love the shield.
Sooner or later they'll be adding 2015 personal sponsorships to the Good Smile Racing website where fans will be able to buy the Nendoroids and figmas based on this design along with some other goodies. Until then, enjoy the new Miku, you'll probably be seeing a lot of her next year.
Every hero (or moe schoolgirl) needs a trusty mount - that's beyond questioning. So it's unfortunate that the figma world has gone on so long without one. Those days will soon be over, as two figma horse variants have gone up...
Max Factory's hotly anticipated figma Lucina (Fire Emblem: Awakening) is currently available for pre-order.
While franchise fans may remember the character from Fire Emblem: Awakening, the rest will undoubtedly know Lucina from her appearance in the latest Super Smash Bros. game. Even if you're completely unfamiliar with the character, however, she sports a pretty cool design. figma Lucina comes with her sword (and scabbard), mask, an alternate hair piece, and an alternate smiling face.
Max Factory's figma Lucina can be pre-ordered for around ¥6,296 (I miss when these were around ¥3000!) and is slated for an April release.