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4:00 PM on 09.19.2013

Tomopop Review: Alter's Princess of the Crystal

The dreamy, surreal Mawaru Penguindrum was one of 2011's best anime. While its niche appeal meant it was never going to become a merchandising juggernaut, it found an instantly iconic design in the extravagantly dre...

Martin Siggers


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This Princess of the Crystal preview is your destiny photo
This Princess of the Crystal preview is your destiny
by Martin Siggers

Good Smile Company's rendition of the Princess of The Crystal from Mawaru Penguindrum has been through some pretty hefty issues since we first saw it unveiled, including three delays, and Mikatan does offer an apology in her blog accompanying these pictures.

Having said that, damn. It looks like those delays were worth it as POTC is looking absolutely gorgeous. There's a bunch of killer photos showing off some top-notch paintwork, as well as the impressive detailing applied to all parts of the figure. I'm especially digging the great face and the extensive use of glossy paint on her corset and boots.

We also get a glimpse of her fantastically stylish looking box and her distinctive green base, which shouldn't work but somehow does. Mikatan also offers a definitive release date of June 4th. For those of you who have pre-orders it's been a long wait, but it looks like your patience will be handsomely rewarded.

[via Mikatan's blog]

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8:00 PM on 05.21.2013

The dreaded 'D' pays ALTER a visit

I'm sure this will not come as a surprise, but ALTER recently updated their page with news of some of the upcoming figures which were delayed to June (or tentatively "after" June). Here's a complete list of all the items we'l...

Yami Casas

10:00 AM on 04.02.2013

Good Smile Company announces exciting new round of delays

I think everyone knows by this point that Good Smile Company are the world's premier maker of inexplicable delays. While other companies might try hard, nobody can compete with GSC for quality, craftsmanship and sheer an...

Martin Siggers



Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Princess of the Crystal photo
Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Princess of the Crystal
by Kristina Pino

This lovely Princess of the Crystal statue was a surprise when she arrived at my doorstep. Another Princess? Alright. But this time, it's Kotobukiya. And this time, she isn't posed so similarly to other iterations of the characters by other manufacturers. Great!

Kotobukiya's Princess of the Crystal is sculpted by Hideaki Kiyohara, also responsible for the likes of ArtFX J Hiei (reviewed), and my favorite ever figure of Aisaka Taiga. At a glance, it looks like another score in this figure, too. My full thoughts are below.

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[UPDATED] Alter previews Princess of the Crystal photo
[UPDATED] Alter previews Princess of the Crystal
by Kristina Pino

[update: Princess of the Crystal is now up for pre-order! Retail: ¥11,800]

Though we absolutely cannot compare their quality standards, I can't help but look at Alter's version of Mawaru Penguindrum's Princess of the Crystal and think of the SEGA Prize version I reviewed and gave away a couple months ago. It isn't exactly the same pose, but boy are they similar. Does this character tend to just stand around with one arm stretched in front of her?

Needless to say, this version of the figure is absolutely beautiful, and I think the addition of penguins to hold her skirt up in the back is brilliant and fun. You can check out the preview in the gallery to see the entire ensemble. The penguins even come with a little apple so you can pose them alone, which is adorable.

Princess is slated to go up for pre-order on Dec. 5th Japan time, so probably tonight for the rest of us. She should be released next year in May.

[Pre-order at: AmiAmi | Hobby Search | HLJ]

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8:00 AM on 11.27.2012

MegaHobby Expo 2012 Autumn: Alter

Alter had a few figures to show at MegaHobby Expo, including a timely reminder that their Kongiku figure is still going to happen. Eventually... probably. Who knows with Alter? Among the sights to see were: Saber in probably...

Tianxiao Ma

2:00 PM on 11.22.2012

ALTER's announcements for MegaHobby EXPO 2012 Autumn

In case you haven't heard me say it enough, let me remind you again one more time. The MegaHobby EXPO 2012 Autumn event is this weekend on November 25, 2012. We've already seen Kotobukiya tease what they'll be showing at the ...

Jonathan Tubbs

1:00 PM on 11.22.2012

Penguindrum and Strike Witches round out ALTER's scans

Put down that turkey! There's still scans to talk about! With MegaHobby EXPO 2012 Autumn around the corner, certainly the latest magazine scans have something for what ALTER may have at this event on November 25, 2012. ALTER ...

Jonathan Tubbs

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

12:00 AM on 11.07.2012

Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya had a diverse array of products on display at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition. You can see some of their character model kits, such as the Combat-san Rookie, Yotsuba&!'s Danbo (and miniature version) and Yotsuba,...

Tianxiao Ma



8:00 AM on 10.31.2012

Good Smile delays more toward and after the new year

What? Is it already time for more product delays from Good Smile Company and Max Factory? Apparently so. Here is what you'll need to be rolling over your planned budget for: Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Ultimate MadokaNovember...

Jonathan Tubbs