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11:30 PM on 08.04.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Broccoli

Broccoli apparently doesn't care if a series isn't a super popular anime or blockbuster game. Just having a following is enough for them. Just take visual novel series Amairo Islenauts as an example, it's getting its fir...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

9:00 AM on 08.17.2013

AmiAmi has a fantastic price on these three Alter figures

Yesterday when I was trying to dig up some sales to tell you about I happened across some amazing deals at AmiAmi for Alter figures. First up we have Alter's Majyokku Miracle-n hailing from YuruYuri for just  ¥3950 y...

Jon Wills

New images of Ichiban Kuji's K-On! prize figures show up. photo
New images of Ichiban Kuji's K-On! prize figures show up.
by Jon Wills

There have been a lot of K-On! figures released over the years. I know some of you that would be happy if no other figures or merchandise of them came out ever again. You know who you are! I for one like to see more and more of these girls and was initially pleased to see more of them in this batch of prize figures, but then looked a bit closer at them.

The whole set seems off to me. For starters all the girls have their mouths open with the same generic face. The feet and body posturing also do not match well with their characters. For example, Ritsu is more of a tomboy but they sculpted her toes to be pointing towards one another giving her more of a dere look.  All of their arms have obvious seams where they just traded out the same basic body for different parts to make different figures. Any serious K-on! fan should know that all the girls have different bust and waist sizes! Sure an apron can help to cover this up, but it won't completely make up for lazy sculpting.

Still there is something to like about all the girls holding tea and snacks. My favorite of the lot would be Yui with her strawberry shortcake in hand. None of the other ones really do it for me. What's a real shame is that it wouldn't take much work to make this set much better. For example if Azusa were to be holding her pink kitty printed tea cup instead of the generic bow type that Mio is holding, her prize figure would be way better! Be sure to check out the gallery and examine the figures posted closely to see what I am talking about.

It can be a good thing to make figures off of popular series like K-On! However when a market is already saturated with a lot of very good quality figures it's important to try to go the extra mile to make yours stand out so that it won't fall to the side lines as being something generic.

Still if you’re interested in these prize figures of these ladies you should know that they are lottery prize figures and if they are available at our favorite stores then they will only be there in very limited numbers and will sell out fast. Start checking stores for them sometime in May as that is when this set is slated for release.

Via 2chan

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7:00 PM on 02.22.2013

See Banpresto's latest figures from the 31st Prize Fair

Just when you thought all of the figure shows were over for February another one sneaks in with a bunch of new things to see. Dengeki Hobby has posted their coverage of the Japan Amusement Expo 2013 31st Prize Expo showi...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Tomopop Hatsukoi: the figure that started everything photo
Tomopop Hatsukoi: the figure that started everything
by Jon Wills

Ever look over your collections and think about what started it all in the first place? As collectors, we always treasure new and old things, but there is always a special place in our hearts for the first things we collect.

The header images may make it obvious, but hit the jump to see what figurine kick started many of our editors' collections.

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2:00 PM on 01.22.2013

K-On! puppets arrive for those lucky enough to win them

So last summer, Lawson was having one of their campaigns where they have different prizes you can win. This one centered around the K-On! movie, and one of the prizes was ... puppets. Of the entire Houkago Tea Time crew....

Brian Szabelski

12:00 AM on 11.23.2012

It's prize figures aplenty in the latest magazine scans

This time around from the wonderful world of magazine scans we get some serious offerings from the big three in the realm of prize figures: Banpresto, FuRyu, and Sega Prize. All three look to be bringing their A-game, gi...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

2:00 AM on 11.09.2012

Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Cospa, Banpresto and the rest

As the cap on our Miyazawa Model Exhibition coverage, there's a few more companies whose wares we've rounded up into one big post. The Ken Elephant booth was chock full of Kaiyodo's Revoltech figures, including the prototype ...

Brian Szabelski

11:00 AM on 11.07.2012

30th Prize Fair: Sega Prize

What's a Prize Fair without the company that has it in their name? Sega Prize attended the 30th Prize Fair with their assortment of prize figures from an array of anime titles that may interest some folks. The one that immedi...

Jonathan Tubbs

10:00 AM on 11.07.2012

30th Prize Fair: Banpresto

Cripes! Another event, Japan? You're keeping yourselves busy with all the product showcasing. At least with the focus of this event, there are plenty more chances for characters we may like at a fraction of the cost. I'm talk...

Jonathan Tubbs

1:00 PM on 10.20.2012

Transformers, train girls, more come to Dengeki Festival

TakaraTomy is a mix bag of properties and then some as evident at the Dengeki 20th Anniversary Festival. The company showed off some of its popular properties including ZOIDS, Transformers, and TomyTec's line of train girls. ...

Jonathan Tubbs

9:00 PM on 10.11.2012

The month's not complete without some Alter delays

Continuing my trend of posting news that no one is surprised at, Alter has announced another round of delays. If you were hoping to receive Nodoka Manabe, Accelerator, or Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen (a re-release) this month, then your hopes have been dashed. Take that. They've only been delayed until November, but that gives Alter plenty of time to revel in the sweet taste of your tears. [via Alter]

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