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Very shiny!
It's been a little over a month since pre-orders opened for Griffon's Shannon. Much to our surprise, she was due to be released at the end of January, which is a pretty short production cycle for any figurine. Still Akibahobb...

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She's got a massive...pricetag
Occasionally in this hobby you just see stuff that is really, really weird. This is one of those cases, as Griffon outs yet another Vividred Operation figure that they're making. The subject this time is Vivid Yellow, ak...

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Haganai NEXT

Griffon's Witch Yozora gets another gallery


Burn this witch
Nov 04
// Pedro Cortes
Man, there's just something about Griffon that's just wrong. They keep making figures of characters I want to own in costumes I desire, but the final products keep looking like hot street-trash. Take their latest Haganai rele...
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Griffon Leafa

Try not to yawn at this Leafa gallery


Can you guess it was made by Griffon?
Aug 28
// Tianxiao Ma
I didn't think a sample gallery would make me pontificate on the nature of figure collecting, but maybe I'm extra contemplative today. What you're looking at is Sword Art Online's Leafa by Griffon. Akiba Hobby has a gallery u...

Griffon's SAO figures, Prototype, Pre-orders and Released

Aug 11 // Jon Wills
Griffons latest prototype sculpt of Asuna is based on the first, Aincrad arc. This is their second attempt at making this particular style of Asuna. It looks much improved from the original but we will have to see how she comes together once the final paint touches are added on. Here is their Comiket exclusive Asuna.  They call this their Aznar-Titania, limited color version. I remember her outfit being white but I have to say it looks startling good being pink. The clouds under her feet, the wings and all the details and folds of her skirt really give this a pretty look. The coloring and paint job is very simple, however that sculpt is awesome. Leafa was one of my favorite characters from the second arc of SAO, as such I was excited to see that Griffon made a sculpt of her. Unfortunately this sculpt lacked wings or a more action packed pose. Still fans of Leafa should still check out Griffon's Leafa simply because no one else has made a figurine of her. So if you like Griffon's Leafa you should think about pre-ordering her. She comes at a suggested price of ¥9200 and should ship out in late September of this year. [Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi | HobbyLink Japan] This is a rather alluring Asuna sculpt. I like the work that Griffon put into her gown here. It fits tightly to the figure in the right spots and is otherwise loose and wrinkly. The best part of this figure is the suggestive tug she is making on her dress and how ring finger has her wedding ring on it.  She comes priced at ¥8,600 and should ship out later in this month of August. [Pre-order at | AmiAmi | CD Japan | J-List] Next we have Griffon's Ai Yui. Her sculpt is based on her Alfheim version, otherwise she would be a giant. But because she is based on a little fairy form she stands at 15.5 cm tall without her stand. As per Griffon style her paint job is a little flat but her sculpt is looking sweet, but it had better be as she comes at a list price of about ¥9,200. She should ship out later this month of August. [Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan  | AmiAmi | CD Japan] Last and just maybe least is Griffon's original Asuna sculpt. This one caught a lot of criticism because her face and hair really did not match up well with her original style. That said I think that the paint job here is above the average Griffon norm and I really like her hair sculpt. You should head over to the gallery to check it out. Griffon's Asuna is already released and comes at a suggested price of about ¥7700. [Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi]
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Griffon has some pretty sculpts.
Griffon has been steadily making SAO figurines for a while now and there are quite a few out. Recently they published a few photos of their 1/1-scale Yui on their blog as well as a prototype for an upcoming Asuna sculpt and a...

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Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Griffon


Lots of useless meat around here...
Jul 28
// Chris Seto
Griffon went to Wonder Festival with a mix of old and new on display, with plenty of already released figures at their booth but there were some new faces as well. Haganai continues to be a main pull with new announcements of...
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If the short shorts simply weren't short enough
We've already seen a pretty great version of Vividred Operation's Akane Isshiki go up for order, but what if short shorts simply aren't revealing enough for you? Then it's Griffon to the rescue, as they've put up a shiny new ...

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Treasure Festa in Ariake 9: Griffon


Tons of announcements here!
May 05
// Natalie Kipper
Some big news came out of the Griffon booth at Treasure Festa in Ariake 9. The biggest of which, at least for anime fans who like to wax nostalgic, is the announcement of two Silent Möbius figures, one of Katsumi in a sw...
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Griffon's Mikoto Misaka is ready for pre-orders


There's no spark here though
May 02
// Martin Siggers
Well that was fast. Barely more than a week after we confirmed her existence through scans, Griffon's version of the Certain Scientific Railgun is complete, painted and up for pre-order! Kudos to Griffon for th...
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I've heard of dressing to impress but...
[Update: More pre-order links added] Well, that was pretty fast. It's only been a few days since we saw her unpainted prototype previewed, but now Griffon's swimsuit clad version of Kudryavka Noumi from Little Busters!&n...

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That silhouette looks sort of familiar...
With the second season of A Certain Scientific Railgun now in full swing more figures of heroine Mikoto Misaka were an inevitability and the latest scans have shown that it's going to be Griffon first off the mark. Shots...

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Little Busters! heroine demonstrates her eclectic dress sense
We've seen quite a bit of Griffon's recently announced version of Noumi Kudryavka from Little Busters!, what with her initial tease and then a glimpse of a preview poster from Miyazawa Model Expo, but now Griffon have now off...

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Magical breasts aside, I still like what I'm seeing
I gushed about this figure when it went up for pre-order, but some folks were entirely unimpressed with what I consider a lovely figure of Haganai/Haganai NEXT's Sena as a dancer. Since the last time we saw her, it doesn't lo...

Miyazawa Model Expo 31: Griffon

Apr 09 // Martin Siggers
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We get our first full frontal of Kud!...that came out wrong
There were no major new announcements from Griffon at the Expo but they did bring along quite a few samples of recently announced and colored figures. Yozora and Mashiro went up for preorder recently and both are lo...

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Griffon teases a new Noumi Kudryavka


Return of the beret
Apr 06
// Martin Siggers
Little Busters! is undergoing something of a figure renaissance at the moment, spurred no doubt by the currently airing anime adaption. Given that token loli Noumi Kudryavka, better known as Kud, is one of the most popul...
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Beautiful Sena Kashiwazaki Dancer ver. up for pre-order!


I'll dance with you any day, babe!
Feb 26
// Kristina Pino
[updated: added more pre-order links.] Well, this figure completely flew under my radar, and has now gone up for pre-order! A surprise by Griffon Enterprises, this figure depicts Sena from Haganai NEXT as a dancer. She looks....
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Dengeki Festival 2012: Griffon


Hey look, another Kanu Unchou figure!
Oct 20
// Brian Szabelski
Griffon may have already shown off their lovely Monster Hunter Sena, but there's also some reminders at Dengeki Festival of what's to come from them. Yes, there's the Mei Misaki and tanning Kanu we saw recently, along with tw...
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Griffon release Yozora Monster Hunter ver. for pre-order


Aug 21
// Kristina Pino
During Wonder Festival, we previewed the beautiful Yozora as she appears in the Monster Hunter-esque game on her show Haganai, and now she is not only all painted up, but set for pre-orders to be released in just over a month...
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Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: Griffon Enterprises


Jul 30
// Kristina Pino
Pretty much everybody brought their A Game to Wonder Festival this time around. Griffon is no exception here, and where I was expecting a whole army of Touhou girls, what I got is a big mix of cool stuff. Check out the galler...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 28, 2012


Mar 29
// Jonathan Tubbs
I'll let you know now, this is going to be a disappointing day for Reserve or Regret. You might as well just leave your wallet in your pants. ...if you're wearing pants. We tend to go pantless around here at Tomopop. And if y...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 13, 2012


Mar 14
// Jonathan Tubbs
Consider your money safe today and not needing to ask yourself "reserve or regret?" Yesterday brought us more exclusives and some re-releases from Griffon Enterprises. None of which are anything special. Griffon Enterprises h...
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Check out Griffon's WonFes goodies


Jan 31
// Tianxiao Ma
Breaking news: Griffon will have a lot of Touhou Project stuff at Wonder Festival. Shocking, I know. If you're lucky enough to be going, or can hit up a proxy service, you can see what they'll have in store on their event page. There are some repaints of their Touhou gals, as well as a repaint of their Tamaki Kousaka that's actually kind of nice. It's surprising how far a floral pattern goes.
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The latest batch of scans has a ton of info on this year's Wonder Festival Winter exclusives. Besides Good Smile Company, Volks, and CM's Corporation's releases, we have Orchid Seed, who's bringing 1/7-scale Ichijou Mai,...

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Pre-order Touhou Project's Medicine Melancholy and Yukari


Jan 17
// Jonathan Tubbs
Just like a many of popular titles, you can always expect a constant stream of figures coming from it. Touhou Project is one of those titles and you can always expect Griffon Enterprises to have something coming from it. And ...
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Griffon has a huge gallery of Flandre Scarlet


Jan 12
// Tianxiao Ma
It's always with the Touhou for Griffon. Why turn your back on a good thing, right? Kristina posted a preview of Griffon's 1/8-scale Flandre Scarlet ver. 2 a while ago. If you weren't satisfied with the amount of photos there...
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Griffon's Millhiore F. Biscotti is ready for pre-order


Oct 04
// Tianxiao Ma
Griffon Enterprises' 1/7 scale Millhiore F. Biscotti figure is dressed to impress, and is now up for pre-order. The MSRP is ¥7,600 but you can expect some nice discounts from internet retailers. For 1/7 scale, the price i...
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Griffon unveils a painted Utsuho Reiuji prototype


Sep 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Touhou-mania continues with Griffon's reveal of their painted Utsuho Reiuji prototype. Utsuho hails from the eleventh Touhou Project game, Subterranean Animism. Griffon's rendition is 1/8 scale, making her a fairly compact pa...
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Remilia Scarlet never looked this adorable


Aug 31
// Kristina Pino
Well, miss Scarlet here certainly looks different! Somehow, less evil/bad ass, not even half as mischievous as some other figures we've seen. This is my first time seeing her POP version, and I was pleasantly surprised when i...
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C3 Hobby Show: Kotobukiya goes full Touhou


Aug 28
// Brian Szabelski
It appears as though the ladies of Touhou are still getting plenty of love from the folks at Kotobukiya. Not only is there a figure of Marisa on her broomstick on the way, but Aya's got a new figure that's out, too. Ther...
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Griffon's Boom Boom Kitty- er, Nekomura Iroha is finally colored and up for pre-order!


Aug 10
// Kristina Pino
This is one pre-order post I couldn't resist. I love this figure of Hello Kitty to Issho!: Nekomura Iroha, who will forever be Boom Boom Kitty in my heart. She's one of the cuter things I've seen come up on my feed in a while...
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Griffon's latest is Touhou's Iku Nagae


Aug 03
// Tyler Jones
...and she's not really doing it for me. The pink and red shirt with the black hat and skirt just don't work for this Touhou girl, but she does seem to look a little better without the hat. At least the flowing ribbon-thing l...
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WF2011S: Griffon


Jul 25
// Tyler Jones
Griffon is a company that seems to wear many hats. Most of you know them as those dudes who make all those Touhou figures and make no mistake, Touhou was there at Griffon's booth. Most of it was stuff they've already shown or...
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It's event time meaning more Touhou Project repaints from Griffon Enterprises


Jul 21
// Jonathan Tubbs
Griffon Enterprises knows how to get the most out of their molds. Especially their Touhou Project ones. With Wonder Festival happening this weekend on July 24, 2011, it's time for Griffon to pull out the usual repaints of the...
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Nitori Kawashiro gets painted, looks lovely


Jul 14
// Tyler Jones
I may have had my doubts about her more mature look when I saw the unpainted prototype, but those have vanished. Now that Nitori is covered in her proper array of blues and greens she looks pretty fantastic. The details like ...
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Griffon teases unpainted Touhou kappa Nitori Kawashiro


Jul 05
// Tyler Jones
Griffon's latest Touhou gal is the genius inventor Nitori Kawashiro. In her new unpainted PVC form she's looking a bit older, more mature, and definitely a bit taller than her official game art, but that's about par for the c...
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Griffon's Tatara Kosaga gallery brings the googly-tongued umbrella love


Jul 04
// Tyler Jones
Is Tatara Kosaga a girl with a cursed haunted umbrella, or is she a cursed umbrella (karakasa) with a ghostly apparition of a girl to carry her around? After all, a discarded umbrella with nobody to shelter from the rain is p...
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Rin Kaenbyou and Satori Komeji from Griffon now available


Jun 17
// Tyler Jones
Rin makes evil cute. Satori makes evil fear her (her arms are the right length now, unlike in the official art). Both of these show off the excellent character designs of the Touhou Project series. Now I'll just have to find ...
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Houjou Nue now available for pre-order


Jun 10
// Tyler Jones
I was really surprised by the fan reaction to this figure. When I first saw it I didn't quite know what to make of her dark colors and odd wings, but the rest of you guys seem to love her. You should all be happy to know that...

Tomopop Review: Griffon's Diformate Saber Armor ver.

Jun 08 // Brian Szabelski
Figure Name: Diformate Saber Armor ver.Figure Maker: GriffonRetail: ¥5,500Available at HobbyLink Japan As all reviews do around here, we begin with the box. It's actually a pretty small one with a nice front, featuring the name of the figure and a partial picture of her. There's a nice window, too, so you can see what's inside, and another one on the left side. The right side is taken up by a glorious illustration from Harada Takehito that was the basis for this figure. And I know what you're thinking: that stye looks familiar, doesn't it? Well, it should: Harada Takehito is the illustrator responsible for the character design of the Disgaea series, among others, and his style works excellent for this small-scale type of figure. The inside of the box has the illustration as well, which is a nice little touch. Before we hop right into the figure, I wanted to take some time to look at Saber's base. It's a pretty plain, black base with two pegs that firmly hold her in place, save for one thing: that etched name plate on the front. It's an incredibly nice touch that helps to add something to the figure and makes her stand out even a bit more. The other thing I wanted to touch on separately is Saber's sword, Excalibur. It's got a ton of detail for such a small piece , as you might be able to see here, from the point of the blade to the pommel at the other end. There's a nice bit of detail on the hilt and blade as well, but there are a few areas where the paint overlaps on the hilt and some of the detailing on the blade seems a little sketchy. It's not very noticeable unless you're starting it in the face, a saving grace of Saber's smaller scale. And here we have ... oh my. Hands are kind of in the way, hold on here a second ... There we go. Sorry about that, folks, but Saber's pose gets in the way of her face. Here, however, you can see her standing with her hands resting on top of Excalibur, looking straight ahead instead of slightly off to the side as she is in the illustration. Otherwise, it's pretty much dead-on, with a nice amount of detail. Saber looks just as good from other angles as well, having become a little skinnier thanks to the switch in art style. More importantly, as you can see, there's some nice details with her skirt armor and on the back, with that little flap of her overskirt sticking out. As for her size, she's listed as non-scale officially, but she stands about 15 cm tall. I do have to knock Griffon a bit, though, because as it turns out, the sword doesn't actually reach the base of the statue. So Saber's resting on it ... but it's not resting on anything. Kind of defeats the purpose, don't you think? As I said before, even for such a small figure, Saber packs in a lot of detail. Here, you can see her hands, and yes, those are seams you see present. They're more visible up-close than they are at a distance. Still, you can see that her gauntlets are sculpted enough to show off the individual pieces of armor and the joints in them, which is excellent. And besides, the seams are more an issue on top of her head, which not only have the hair seam we're so used to seeing on figures now, but there's one around her ahoge as well! Ugh. The good news is they're not really visible when you're looking at Saber from anywhere besides the top. Speaking of which ... Saber's face is different than it is in the illustration (she's not looking off to the side), but it's rather appealing as it keeps the intensity that we've seen in larger figures of her. The mouth might be a little hard to see from certain angles, as they did use a lighter shade for her lips than I would have gone with, but it's definitely visible from eye-level. There's a little bit of detail on the bangs as well, though maybe less than most people would like to see. I'd call them sufficient, at least. They've even gone to lengths to try and replicate her armor's design pattern! It looks very nice and the paint on it stays well within the lines ... but her arms block it from view! That's the price you have to pay for this pose, though. What I love about the design of her dress is that it's clearly designed, sculpted and painted well enough so it reflect Saber's look, but it has enough of a simplistic look to it that it looks like she could've fallen out of some fate/stay night-Disgaea crossover title. What I don't love is that there's a few paint lines that are just over the edge and they're noticeable up close. Even her feet have that look, with simple designs, of the kind of thing we've seen in Harada's more well-known works. The back of Sabers head has some nice detailing to it, as well. There's less texture here, but all of her trademarks — the braid, the blue ribbon tied in a bow — are all present. I especially like the dynamic movement of the bow's sculpting, which adds a bit of "action" to an otherwise static piece. For scale's sake, here's how she lines up next to the 1/10-scale Asuka from Wave. She's definitely a much smaller figure, probably by a good centimeter or two. So roughly, she's actually between 1/10 and 1/11-scale, given that Asuka (155 cm) and Saber (154 cm) are about identical in height at 1/1 scale. Probably closer to 1/11 scale without the ahoge sticking up in the air so much. So, now comes the important part: is she worth it? I guess that depends in part on how much you're willing to forgive for such a small-scale piece, because Saber does have some tiny flaws, but — YOTSUBA, GET OFF HER. SHE IS NOT FOR PIGGYBACK RIDES. As I was saying, even with some of the small flaws, Griffon's Saber is a pretty good figure. That mostly rests on the style she's been drawn and sculpted in, but it's also because she's small enough that the tiny flaws on her become harder to spot. Sure, you can buy bigger, better and much more detailed Saber figures, some of which we've reviewed, but if you're looking for something smaller or with a unique look, Griffon's Diformate Saber's a pretty good pick. I went in with no expectations and came out enthusiastic. My gut feeling is you will, too. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing a review sample!]
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For the most part, when you think of figures of fate/stay night's Saber, you tend to think of these huge, beautiful, flowing figures with her wielding her sword, hair all in mid-movement, ready to strike something down. But w...

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Griffon bringing us Touhou's Houjou Nue


Jun 03
// Tyler Jones
The Touhou universe has more characters than I can possibly keep straight. That means that it's almost always a pleasant surprise finding new ones, especially when they have such interesting designs as Houjou Nue here. Though...

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