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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 ...
WonFes Good Smile Company photo
WonFes Good Smile Company

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company - miscellaneous

Attack on Titan, Sonico, and more
Aug 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Continuing with Good Smile Company's (and associates) apparently near-infinite display at WonFes, we arrive at some Attack on Titan figures and a bunch of Sonicos. GSC usually does a decent job with Sonico figures in that I d...
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...
Gift Houki Shinonono photo
A swimsuit figure with a little bit of cheese
Looks like Infinite Stratos' Houki isn't enjoying her moment in the sun, judging by the expression on this figure. This is the imaginatively-labeled Houki Shinonono Swimsuit Ver. by Gift. Kahotan's preview gravitates on Houki...

Gift Sena Kashiwazaki photo
I just love that the Kahotan preview leads with the butt
Although this figure appeals to me, I feel like I shouldn't champion it too much. It's the kind of figure that gives otaku their creepy reputation. Hey, I'm not about judging people based on their tastes (within reason) but t...

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...

Kahotan previews Gift's Arthur

Nov 07 // Scarecroodle
Eiyuu*Senki photo
I'd vote for her... what, you don't vote for a king/queen?
Kahotan has released a preview gallery for Gift's upcoming Arthur (currently available for pre-order). While I'm not at all familiar with the source material (a visual novel called Eiyuu*Senki), I've loved the design since fi...

Tomopop Review: Nendoroid Haruka Minami by Gift

Oct 13 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Nendoroid Haruka MinamiFigure Maker: GiftPrice: ¥3,619Available at: HobbyLink Japan Nendoroid Haruka doesn't come loaded with goodies, as indicated by the lower price point. If you're a completionist, at least you'll be able to have all three sisters without paying an arm and a leg. Like her sisters, Haruka comes wearing her summer school uniform. Her standard expression is fairly bland, but fits her gentle nature. You can't really create a kitchen scene with Haruka, as she doesn't come with any furnishings or appliances. The package comes with an apron body, knife, skillet, and two arms to hold them. The extra arms pop into the sleeves of the uniform, not the shoulder joints. The other set of accessories is a school bag and an arm to hold it. All the Minami-ke Nendoroids come up a bit short as far as accessories go. It would have been nice if they came with furniture pieces, or even parts to recreate some of the rooms from the show. This face plate captures Haruka's gag expression. The show shifts into a more realistic art style at times to punctuate a humorous moment. I call this the stabby face. At last, I can get a shot of the three sisters walking to school! Chiaki can't actually pull off a walking pose thanks to the old style Nendoroid stand. Haruka comes with the new stand, but attaches via a peg in the back. This is a little cumbersome as her long hair gets in the way. The arm on the stand is designed to get underneath the hair part, but it limits her poseability a little. She caught a stag beetle! You don't get a sense of Haruka's lazy side with this Nendoroid, nor do you get to see her inadvertent banchou side. You'll just have to rely on your own creativity to show those off. One thing you can show off is Haruka's cooking skill. You'll need Nendoroid Kana for the stove and pot. Unlike Kana, Haruka doesn't come with anything for her sisters. Now we see why I call this expression the stabby face. Haruka from the show is about as far from murderous as you can get. However, in my mind, things are different... Like with Kana, Haruka's face plates are compatible with older Nendoroids. I took this opportunity to give Chiaki a somewhat normal expression. Haruka's faces fit well with Chiaki as they have the same eye color and style. At this point, I ran out of ideas, so I tried a little cosplay. She looks nice in Teddie's clothes, doesn't she? Too bad I couldn't get her to work with the bear outfit. Since Haruka and Mikoto Misaka are both voiced by Rina Satou, I wanted to get a shot of Kana doing her best Kuroko Shirai impression. I also put Haruka on Sakura Miku's body, because why not. Killer Haruka strikes! Don't ask why her sleeves are suddenly different. Wow, this review just got really dark. I totally get where Nendoroid fatigue comes from. There are a lot of them these days for sure, and it's difficult to see from a handful of promo shots what differentiates them. Indeed, it was tough to figure out how make this photo shoot interesting. When I got into the swing of things, though, I found myself having a lot of fun with Haruka. There's really no trick to it - just treat your Nendoroids like toys, and let loose your imagination! Play with them, mix and match parts, and set up some scenes. You'll find in no time that they start to take on a life of their own. Although that advice sounds super obvious, I had forgotten it and let my collector's instincts take over for the longest time. I'd just get a Nendo I liked and let it sit in the box. After a while, all the boxes started looking the same. From doing these reviews, I've come to appreciate the fun you can get from even a bland school girl. If you've gotten sick of your Nendos, take a few minutes to unbox some and play with them. See what happens! [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for the review sample!]
Nendoroid Haruka Minami photo
Responsible older sister, or something else...?
I asked to review Haruka and Kana because many of our editors had expressed a growing apathy for Nendoroids in the past. It's understandable; in fact this is just the type of release that you look at and think "there's anothe...

Tomopop Review: Nendoroid Kana Minami by Gift

Oct 09 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Nendoroid Kana MinamiFigure Maker: GiftPrice: ¥3,619Available at: HobbyLink Japan  Nendoroid Kana is fairly reasonably priced, especially as most retailers will give you a discount. The package doesn't include anything eye-popping in terms of accessories, but there are a few bits to make things interesting. I like the box design as it looks cleaner than most Nendoroid boxes. In particular, I like how they did the design of the sides: Kana came very well packed, with plastic wrap around all the joints and accessories. Right out of the box, you can see her mischievous expression. Kana is the rambunctious Minami sister, and is prone to butting heads with the younger Chiaki. The Nendoroid comes with a serious expression, though Kana being serious is a rare sight. Here you can also see Kana's laughing expression and the third pair of arms she comes with. The pot lid can detach from her right hand if needed. The last accessory for Kana is her school bag. She can wear it, but it makes using the stand difficult. There are two more accessories in the box, but those are meant for the Chiaki Nendoroid, so we'll check those out later. I had more Nendoroids than I thought sitting around, so I decided to round them up for some hot pot. It's kind of awkward just having the one appliance and no dining table, though. Anyway, what's the first course? Aahh! Fujioka!! The small Fujioka comes with Kana, but is really meant for Chiaki. Side note: every Nendoroid pictured above except Tachikoma was freshly unboxed for this review. Unboxing a bunch of Nendos at once is super fun! The other accessory for Chiaki is a left arm piece that allows her to hold the mini Fujioka. She looks adorable! Kana features the new system for swapping expressions. For older Nendoroids, the face plate and neck joint were one piece. Recently, Good Smile Company revised the design so that the neck joint would have its own piece. You can break down Kana's head like so: With this design, you can swap expressions without pulling off Kana's head. While this means you don't get a neck joint for each expression, the package does include a spare. These are just the standard Nendoroid neck joints, so you could always pull one from another Nendo if necessary. I wanted to see if the new design was compatible with older Nendoroids. First I tried swapping on a Hachune Miku face. It took a bit of effort but turned out reasonably well. Not all older Nendoroid faces will be compatible. This was a common problem for me when I tried putting older Nendoroid expressions into Kana's hair pieces. I also tried fitting Chiaki's face, but it didn't go in at all. If you want to use Kana's faces with other Nendoroid hair pieces, you can! Here's the hair piece from Chiaki. First you need to insert the part containing the neck joint. Then you slide on Kana's face plate, and finish with Chiaki's fringe. Strangely enough, Kana's face did fit perfectly into Chiaki's hair pieces. I even got it working with Sakura Miku! It seems that even though older Nendoroid face plates may not fit the new design, the new face plates fit older Nendoroid hair pieces rather easily. If you're a fan of the show, the appeal is in being able to have all the Minami sisters at last. The fact that Kana comes with some pieces for Chiaki is nice; it adds a little more value to the package. I just wish Kana came with more varied expressions as there's not a ton to differentiate her from other schoolgirl designs. Even the twin-tail look has gotten a bit common since Minami-ke's heyday (thanks, K-On!). [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for the review sample!]
Nendoroid Kana Minami photo
Always on the lookout for legendary banchous
Hot on the heels of Lucky Star's massive popularity, Minami-ke emerged as another slice-of-life comedy anime revolving around a heavily female-oriented cast. Although their formats were similar, Minami-ke went a little more l...

Gift DRAMAtical Murder photo
Don't tease me so, Gift!
Oh Gift, you certainly know how to make me squeal in delight. Recently, @Giftkanegon posted a few pictures via twitter featuring the next bishounen to appear in their DRAMAtical Murder plushie series. The set of pictures play...

Gift Hayate swimsuit ver. photo
Gift Hayate swimsuit ver.

Hayate joins the Nanoha girls at the beach

Though it's not her first beach rodeo
Aug 12
// Tianxiao Ma
If you've been collecting anime figures over the past year or so, chances are you've seen one of the Nanoha girls in a swimsuit. It's an unavoidable fact of life. Most of the figures out there currently are of Nanoha herself ...
WonFes Gift photo
WonFes Gift

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Gift

Get a taste of summer
Jul 29
// Tianxiao Ma
Gift's display featured a summer theme, showing several girls enjoying a beach outing in their swimsuits. They had an unpainted Houki Shinonono from Infinite Stratos, who doesn't look terribly pleased to be there. The three g...

Take command and pre-order Eiyuu*Senki's "King" Arthur

Gift - 1/8 Scale
Jun 28
// Emily Smalara
Japan's penchant for gender-bending history is at it again with the moe-filled visual novel Eiyuu*Senki, featuring all sorts of prettied up historical figures. Perhaps trying to play off the popularity of Fate/Stay Night's Sa...

Gift's Tiger Parka Sonico is painted

And she's gleaming
Jun 12
// Kristina Pino
Gift's cute new Sonico figure, sporting a tiger parka and lugging a guitar case, has been revealed with paint splashed on by t_santa on TwitPic.  We've only got two images for now, but she's looking rad. She's also looki...

Treasure Festa in Ariake 9: Gift chooses its Saber Bride

Sculpted by Kagutsuchino
May 05
// Andres Cerrato
To my disappointment, Gift has held on to making more plushes than PVC. When they do get to making a PVC, it's usually a Saber. I'm not in anyway a fan of Fate, but I love this marriage of the two entities. It's fitting then ...

Miyazawa Model Expo 31: Good Smile Company umbrella

Good Smile Company, Phat!, Wing, Max Factory, Gift, and FREEing!
Apr 10
// Kristina Pino
Brian already has you covered with the figma that were on display at Miyazawa Model Exhibition 31, but what about the rest that Good Smile Company et al. have to offer? Look no further than this post, thanks to coverage by Mi...

Have some more Hobby Maker Exhibition photos

Danny Choo's photos shine a light on some of the smaller companies
Feb 21
// Brian Szabelski
Mikatan grabbed a few photos from Hobby Maker Exhibition, mostly centered around Good Smile and its closely affiliated companies. Danny Choo has posted some photos as well. However, he grabbed a few more photos of compan...

Wonder Festival 2013 Winter: Gift & Wing

A lovely new Border Break sculpt
Feb 11
// Tianxiao Ma
Gift and Wing didn't bring a whole lot to WonFes this year, but I thought what they did bring was pretty solid. Most of Wing's stuff was teased earlier, except this time we can see the figures from the front. The biggest news...

More photos of Gift's Snow Miku 2013 plush emerge

"Totally adorable" is a fairly good assessment, isn't it?
Feb 08
// Brian Szabelski
We posted a little earlier about the Snow Miku 2013 plush, being produced by Gift, and now, Gift themselves have tweeted two pictures of Snow Miku that are a little clearer. We can see she's probably about the same size as th...

Gift trots out a new Sonico for WonFes

Not much more than a teaser at this point
Feb 07
// Tianxiao Ma
You know what's rare? A Sonico figure where she's just getting on with her life, doing Sonico things. That's basically what Gift's newest Sonico is all about. Their last Sonico figure had her tied up to a bed with legs spread...

Two of the Minami sisters appear for pre-order

Haruka-neesama is missing...
Jan 29
// Tianxiao Ma
Shifting art style anime Minami-ke is now in its fourth season, which makes it just the right time for these Nendoroids to hit pre-orders. Are you enjoying Minami-ke: Tadaima? I've only seen the first episode, and felt that C...
Gift - 1/4 Scale
With the impending release of their giant Fate, it should be no surprise that Gift is preparing to re-release the matching Nanoha from earlier this year, allowing fans who missed her the first time around a chance to make sur...


Gift's giant Fate certainly makes a splash!

Gift - 1/4 Scale
Jan 18
// Emily Smalara
There are few nicer things in the PVC world than a gorgeously done large scale figure, and Gift's always been one to certainly perform admirably with more sizable options! Hitting shelves in a seasonably appropriate June, thi...

Oh look, it's another Nanoha girl in a swimsuit

At least this one is gigantic
Jan 17
// Tianxiao Ma
Let's not mince words - there are a lot of Fate Testarossa figures out there. There are also a lot of swimsuit figures out there. Combining the two really just seems lazy and obvious. If I were to focus on the positives,...

Comiket 83: Gift plushes

More variety than I was expecting
Dec 30
// Natalie Kipper
Over at Comiket 83, Gift had quite a few of their poseable plushes to showcase. Some of them (Golden Darkness from To Love-ru, To Aru's Shirai Kuroko and Misaka Mikoto, and several of the Vocaloids) weren't so new a...

[NSFW] Stretch out and pre-order Lolita Maid Sonico

Gift - 1/6 scale
Nov 09
// Emily Smalara
Everyone's favorite pink-haired perv is back for round two of her "interesting" Lolita Maid version courtesy of Gift. This cutie seems to get herself in all sorts of less than savory situations, but this definitely seems to b...

Who is coming to Animate Girls Festival 2012?

Which companies will be there on November 17, 2012 to display their latest boy figures?
Oct 30
// Jonathan Tubbs
Otome games, anime, cosplay, and especially Boys' Love are all the things you're going to find at the upcoming Animate Girls Festival 2012 event in Tokyo. But what about figures of boys, boys, and more boys? Who is coming alo...

Gift's Homura leaps onto shelves

Sep 19
// Emily Smalara
Usually what draws me to a figure is how well the creators have managed to capture the original feel of the character--my gushing over various Buriki-styled figures the most notable example. Sometimes, though, a manufacturer ...

Gift's new Homura Akemi is something different

Newest figure has some fans divided
Sep 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
You may not know the name Satoshi Toda, but if you've followed Tomopop for any amount of time you've most certainly seen his work. He's the sculptor behind Solid Theater's Saber Alter, several of Gift's Sabers including Lily ...

Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: Under Good Smile's umbrella

Jul 29
// Kristina Pino
Since the galleries were pretty condensed for Max Factory, FREEing, Gift and Wing, I just put them together to form up one big collection of awesomeness. Check out the gallery for these highlights: 1/7-scale Lineage II Elf a...

Since a lot of folks are off in July, on vacations, doing all kinds of crazy stuff for the summer around this time, I've decided to make July's Megapixel contest something... short and sweeter. I challenge you all to a swimsu...

Tomopop Review: Saber Extra by Gift

Jun 19 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure name: Saber ExtraFigure maker: GiftRetail price: ¥9,333Available at: HobbyLink Japan It looks like Gift's thing now is producing 1/8-scale Satoshi Toda-designed Saber figures; they've done the regular Saber and Saber Lily in addition to Saber Extra. Actually Good Smile Company and its affiliates seem to love pumping out Saber figures in general. This Saber, however, is a little different from the pack. The box she comes in is a cool blue, contrasting with the red in her outfit. There are windows in front and on top of the box, but they don't give you a full view of this figure's magnificence. Unpacking and assembling Saber requires minimal effort, but be careful when putting her on the base. I immediately broke off one of the ankle guards above her shoe (and then really wished I could edit->undo in real life). The mirrored base comes with a protective film. Unlike with Saber Lily, Gift included a little piece of paper reminding you to peel off the (very thin) film. Although the protective layer was very scratched up, I found the base itself to be in perfect condition. The last step is to put the blade of her sword, Aestus Estus, onto the hilt. The hilt comes attached to the hand, so all you have to do is put the blade on the peg - no fuss at all. When you're done, stand back and admire! Gift didn't shy away from sculpting an insane amount of detail into this figure. Her metallic red outfit looks brilliant as well, almost fiery. The skirt is partially translucent, with the paint job giving it a frosted look. It looks light and airy instead of outright clear like in the official art. I love the design of this outfit. Some areas don't look great up close, though. I think the various buttons in front lack definition. The gold trim on her outfit is all sculpted, which is really impressive. Saber's sleeves end in frills and they look excellent. The look is very feminine as well, with the shoulder and wrist areas accenting her slender arms. Here's a look at Aestus Estus, a crazy wavy-bladed red sword that looks like it would be as dangerous to its wielder as it would be to the enemy. The actual piece is about as long as Saber herself. Like the shirt, it has a bit of a glossy, metallic sheen. You can see here that, unlike the other incarnations of Saber, this version wears minimal armor. Her legs aren't even armored all the way up, which makes me wonder why she bothers at all. I did find one thing awkward about this figure, and that's the pose. Head-on it looks great, but if you look at its right side, the pose seems very strange. Saber has her hip bent at a strange angle, and is leaning forward just a little too much. The body language suggests she's about to charge forward and maybe attack with her sword, but the legs are just kind of awkwardly bolted in place. Toda's facial designs have been the subject of some controversy among Saber collectors. As you can see, this design isn't very faithful to the official art. I think it's okay, but maybe more of an acquired taste. Close up you can see a look of determination, but from a normal viewing distance she tends to look spaced out and vacant. The Tomopop credo is "provide a panty shot if one is available" (this might not actually be the policy, I'm not sure), and Gift conveniently provided a mirrored base for me to do just that. Yes, even her panties seem a little bit fancy. To wrap up, this is an impressive effort by Gift. For me, the color scheme stands out above all else; the glossy semi-metallic red really holds my attention. Its manufacturing quality is great, as I got through the shoot noticing nary a blemish. The price might turn off all but the most dedicated Saber fans, but if you do plunk down the cash I say she's well worth it. That said, I think I'm done with Saber figures for the time being. If Satoshi Toda and Gift have more in the pipeline, though, I'll be all over it. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing this review sample!]

This version of Saber hails from the PSP dungeon crawler Fate/Extra. Although she looks like Fate/stay night's Saber, this is apparently not the same character. Well, you could have fooled me. Aside from the color changes, th...


Reserve or Regret? Import round up for May 29, 2012

May 29
// Jonathan Tubbs
It really bothers me knowing that I haven't been around to make you spend money. Hopefully today is a day I get revenge with today's Reserve or Regret offerings. There are certainly some gems available for pre-order now. One ...

Gift's Saber Lily is summoned back for another Grail War

May 09
// Emily Smalara
I've always been a big fan of Saber's Lily costume. Something about that pristine white look just stands out in such a stark way you can't help but take notice. Gift certainly felt the same when they released this version of ...

Reserve or Regret? Import round up for May 8, 2012

May 09
// Jonathan Tubbs
After the dull day yesterday for pre-orders, today's feature brings you some worthwhile products that you'll definitely want to pre-order. Probably one to more wanted products wold have to be Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Pr...

Tales of Vesperia's Yuri plush gets a re-release

Apr 12
// Natalie Kipper
Tales fans are in luck because not only is the Flynn Scifo figure seeing a re-release but so is the plush of Yuri Lowel, brought to us by Gift and Alter. The poseable plush of the hero from Tales of Vesperia wi...

Miyazawa Model 2012 Spring: GSC and associated companies

Apr 10
// Kristina Pino
Unfortunately, I don't have enough title space to fill out all the names under or associated with Good Smile's PVC empire, but this round-up includes images of upcoming figures from Good Smile Company and Max Factory, and I'v...

Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 29, 2012

Mar 30
// Jonathan Tubbs
Lots of stuff so let's get on with what you may be reserving today because you may have to be figuring out how to juggle your living costs here in a minute so you don't regret passing any of this up. I'm going to start off wi...

Gift's towering Nanoha now available for pre-order

Mar 29
// Emily Smalara
It was just a couple days ago when we brought word of Gift's upcoming Nanoha, towering over lesser figures at a gigantic 1/4 scale. Even so, she's already available for pre-ordering, so if you too have a penchant for PVC loli...

Because you can simply never have enough of everyone's favorite loli magical girl, Gift's decided to bring us yet another figure of the perky redhead--and what a figure it is! A towering 1/4 scale, this definitely might not b...

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