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11:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Take another look at GSC's exclusives before Wonder Festival

Well look at that, we're only a couple days away from Wonder Festival this weekend and Good Smile Company has another preview for their upcoming exclusives. Sure, you've already seen the figures they have in store, but thanks...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker




figma Solid Snake sneaks out of the shadows, brings Nendoroid version with him photo
figma Solid Snake sneaks out of the shadows, brings Nendoroid version with him
by Martin Siggers

We'd already known Nendoroid Solid Snake was coming thanks to an announcement at Wonder Festival. Now though it seems Good Smile Company have gone deeper into Kojima territory, as on livestream today it was revealed Max Factory have been preparing a figma version of the grizzled hero.

This is no artwork reveal either. Instead we got a look at a fully sculpted grey prototype that seems pretty close to final, what with the high level of detailing. That's not all though, as we also got to see a fully painted and seemingly complete Nendoroid Snake.

They're both looking really great, with the level of detail on figma Snake a particular eyecatcher. No further details are forthcoming but I'd have to imagine they'll get out soon. The Nendoroid in particular looks preview-ready. We'll be sure to go on high alert for more news.

via [ Good Smile's Twitter / Kojima's Productions Twitter / Figsoku ]

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With so many Sabers flying around, GSC's feels like an Extra photo
With so many Sabers flying around, GSC's feels like an Extra
by Scarecroodle

Kahotan has released a preview gallery for Good Smile Company's upcoming 1/7-scale Saber Extra (Fate/Extra). Pre-orders are expected to open on July 17.

While I was at least a little interested when we first saw an unpainted prototype during Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014 earlier this year, I have to confess that the painted version strikes me as... well, boring. It's not a bad design, but after seeing Kotobukiya's pretty good rendition of the character (except for what one reader called a "Gumby arm") just a few months ago and Gift's excellent version a few years before that, GSC's take seems to fall a little flat.

GSC's Saber Extra sports an almost stoic expression that I associate more with her mainstream counterpart (Arturia, Fate/Stay Night). The pose isn't bad in and of itself, but if you look closely at her legs you might think that the character is stumbling. The upper torso screams, "Action!", while the lower section shouts, "Poor balance!"

If you look at the parts rather than the sum, GSC's Saber Extra is a decently sculpted, well-painted figure. It may not be overly exciting, but it was completely done. That's not to say that the figure in its entirety is bad, mind you, but something feels off. Perhaps it's her balance. I suppose we should be happy that she doesn't have Gumby arm.

Look for pre-orders to open shortly.

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Up your gothic lolita exposure with Nendoroid Suigintoh photo
Up your gothic lolita exposure with Nendoroid Suigintoh
by Tianxiao Ma

Good Smile Company will roll out another Rozen Maiden Nendoroid after the series made its return last year. This time it's Suigintoh, of course bearing the gothic lolita aesthetic the show is known for.

Kahotan's preview plays around with some of her expressions, and suggests to me this Nendo has a bit of sass. In it you can also get a better look at the detailing of her outfit, and the very cool Nendoroid-sized wings. She goes up for pre-orders on the 17th in Japan.

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10:30 PM on 07.08.2014

Get to work on these Nendoroid Sonico pre-orders

Sonico has never been my favorite character for figures, but I've liked what Good Smile Company has done with her. At least the Tiger Parka Nendoroid version (which is getting re-released) was legitimately very cute. It also ...

Tianxiao Ma



Nendoroid Satsuki Kiryuuin demands you bow down and pre-order photo
Nendoroid Satsuki Kiryuuin demands you bow down and pre-order
by Martin Siggers

We saw a pretty good glimpse of Nendoroid Satsuki in the Kahotan Station stream a few days back, but now Good Smile Company's resident blogger has taken the wraps off completely for a comprehensive preview.

As with Ryuko and Mako before her, Satsuki's cartoony style is perfect for squashing down to Nendoroid scale and she looks fantastic as a result. What's a little less fantastic is the limited selection of accessories. Satsuki comes with only two (admittedly great) faces - stern and shouting. Other add ons are limited to both sheathed and unsheathed versions of her sword, Bakuzan. Still, where's my teacup?

If the accessories are a little lacking, GSC have attempted to make up for it with a very cool base. It's a replica of the peak of Honnouji Academy where Satsuki often stands to deliver ominous proclamations. In a great piece of style swiped from the show, she'll also come with a massive text piece reading STUDENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT to be displayed behind her. Orders from the Good Smile Online Shop get an exclusive bonus in the form of two additional text plates (NATURALS ELECTION and TRI-CITY SCHOOL RAID TRIP).

Overall, it's a toughie. I feel you should get a little more for your ¥4,200 but at the same time the basic figure is so precious it's difficult not to go all in. I think I'll be buying and if you want to join me, hit the links below and eagerly anticipate a parcel this October.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan | Good Smile Online Shop (with exclusive text plates) ]

[ via Kahotan's blog

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9:30 PM on 07.07.2014

Anime Expo 2014: Good Smile Company's booth

[Update: Added images for revolmini Solid Snake] You can always count on Good Smile Company to bring something cool to an anime convention. Going by Natalie's coverage of their booth, it looks like they didn't disappoint this...

Tianxiao Ma

9:00 PM on 07.06.2014

Anime Expo 2014: Good Smile Company's panel

Today may mark the end of Anime Expo 2014 but it heralds the starts of Tomopop's coverage of the convention. Good Smile Company's panel, which took place last Friday night. Good Smile Company staff, including their CEO T...

Natalie Kipper

8:00 PM on 07.04.2014

GSC shows their competitive side with third Good Smile Cup (part one)

No question that Good Smile Company is full of some of the most talented sculptors, painters, and designers in the industry. We know what they can do under assignment, but what happens when the reins come off and staff are fr...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Don't freak out before pre-ordering Nendoroid Armin photo
Don't freak out before pre-ordering Nendoroid Armin
by Martin Siggers

We saw him in scans last month, but now Nendoroid Armin has full burst onto the scene, showing up in a very charming Kahotan preview and going up for pre-order at all the major stores.

I like Armin's character design - his blonde boyishness is a nice break from a succession of dark haired grim faced heroes - and the included faces are excellent as always, particularly the fantastic 'shocked' expression. Still, as cool as it is I'm getting pretty weary of seeing a billion figures in the Attack On Titan uniform and this doesn't really do much to change that. If you can't get enough though, know that he'll cost you ¥3,889 and be out this October. Hit the links below to get your pre-orders in.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | J-List | Big in Japan | Good Smile Online Shop (w/exclusive grass stand) ]

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10:00 PM on 06.28.2014

Kahotan Station shows off new Nendoroids, figmas

Just a few days ago, Kahotan hosted a broadcast on NicoNico showing off Good Smile's latest ... in the middle of the night here. Thankfully, ani735para on Tumblr grabbed a bunch of screenshots from the broadcast, which have r...

Brian Szabelski



1:00 PM on 06.27.2014

Good Smile opening new Japanese factory

Mikatan's old letter column, Kuroyagi-san's Letter Corner, has been rebranded as Kahotan Post Office, and in its first edition, she's officially announced (in English) that Good Smile Company will be setting up a figure ...

Brian Szabelski