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8:00 AM on 12.23.2013

Preview Griffon's Tony Taka Shannon

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...

Jon Wills


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




7:00 PM on 12.20.2013

Catch the Steel King off guard with this pre-order

Though less moe than her younger sister, I've always been rather partial to Henneko's Tsukushi, the hardened Steel King. While she's usually on edge and ready to strike, Griffon's given us a look at the sword-swinging beauty ...

Emily Smalara

11:00 AM on 12.11.2013

Suit up for spirit hunting with this Origami pre-order

I'm still waiting for a sign of Kotori to come out, but Griffon's decided that Date-a-Live's strangely named token kuudere, Tobiichi Origami, requires more attention first. Since apparently she hasn't gotten enough already. E...

Emily Smalara

11:00 PM on 12.07.2013

Take a shot at this Kurumi gallery!

Just in time for the Date-a-Live OVA, we've got another gallery prepared from Akiba Hobby featuring none other than vaguely sociopathic antagonist Kurumi in all her frilly glory. These new shots really let you get a look at h...

Emily Smalara



Griffon puts out a giant Himawari with a squishy surprise photo
Griffon puts out a giant Himawari with a squishy surprise
by Martin Siggers

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, aka Himawari Shinomiya, who they've already released three different versions of. Gotta ride that cash cow hard I guess.

So what makes this one so special, aside from the fact it's a swimsuit version. Well, sheer size is one thing - Himawari is rendered in 1/2.5 scale, leaving her standing at about 60cm tall. The other is...well, she's going to come in two versions. One regular version and one version which - and there's no other way to say this - has squishy boobs. Yeah.

I'm sort of literally lost for words here. One thing I will say is that if there's any sort of silicone involved in the construction, this is not a figure that will age well. There's also the matter of price to consider - the regular edition will cost a whopping ¥28,000 while you'll need ¥29,900 to get your squeeze on. Don't even think about the shipping cost when she's released in January. If you must have her, pre-order links are below. Me? I'm going to back slowly away from the computer now.

[ Pre-order Regular ver. at HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi | CD Japan ]

[ Pre-order 'Soft Bust' ver. at HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi | CD Japan ]

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12:00 PM on 11.23.2013

Get your schoolgirl voyeur on and peep these Kirino pics

Last month's kitty-eared Kirino is almost certainly a must have for fans, and right alongside her arrival we've got a lovely new gallery thanks to Akiba Hobby. It does feel a little stalkery to get such images of a schoolgirl...

Emily Smalara

11:00 PM on 11.16.2013

Limber up to pre-order this Vividred pair!

Lover of all things mahou shoujo-y that I am, it does my heart good to see Vividred Operation figures reaching such popularity, even if I continue to be too poor to afford even one for myself. It's just a little surprising to...

Emily Smalara

1:00 AM on 11.16.2013

This Shannon pre-order is still more Shining prettiness

Just in case you forgot how pretty Tony Taka's art is, the Shining series is back with yet another lovely young lady who happens to be the epitome of pastoral fantasy elegance. The surprising part is that it's from Griffon, n...

Emily Smalara

11:59 PM on 11.15.2013

Brighten up your day with this Vivid Yellow pre-order

Ah, Vivid Yellow. Not the best of the Vividred Operation girls, but I can't complain at seeing any cast members! Oddly, Griffon has decided to ignore any sense of scale with this version. It's a bit annoying given the hopeful...

Emily Smalara

10:00 PM on 11.15.2013

Pre-ordering this Ikaruga might be a squeeze

Just as Senran Kagura sees a surprising stateside release, Griffon shows off yet another attempt at the raven-haired Ikaruga. Sadly this is an Ikaruga far less awesome than a certain bullet hell game, but that's a bit par for...

Emily Smalara

12:00 PM on 11.08.2013

Get all fired up with this naughty Kuko!

Griffon's turned up the heat with their upcoming Nyaruko-san figure, featuring the spicy Cthugan Kuko in all her redheaded, twintailed glory. I'm unabashedly a huge fan of our lady-loving alien, and Griffon looks to have done...

Emily Smalara



2:00 PM on 11.07.2013

Kirino's modeling goes naughty with this new pre-order

The wonderful Oreimo may be finally over, but that's no reason to stop new figure releases! Everyone's favorite imouto Kirino is getting another new lease on life thanks to Griffon, showcasing a figure that should make her mo...

Emily Smalara