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4:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Tomopop Review: Max Factory's Mea Kurosaki

Mea hails from To Love-Ru Darkness, and as you can probably tell, the manga has its fair share of ecchi elements. Before Mea, Max Factory has also made a 1/6-scale Momo Velia Deviluke from the same property. The two share a t...

Tianxiao Ma


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figma Lucina sword-swings into pre-orders photo
figma Lucina sword-swings into pre-orders
by Scarecroodle

Max Factory's hotly anticipated figma Lucina (Fire Emblem: Awakening) is currently available for pre-order.

While franchise fans may remember the character from Fire Emblem: Awakening, the rest will undoubtedly know Lucina from her appearance in the latest Super Smash Bros. game. Even if you're completely unfamiliar with the character, however, she sports a pretty cool design. figma Lucina comes with her sword (and scabbard), mask, an alternate hair piece, and an alternate smiling face.

Max Factory's figma Lucina can be pre-ordered for around ¥6,296 (I miss when these were around ¥3000!) and is slated for an April release.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi ]

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2:00 AM on 11.20.2014

Max Factory, Phat!, FREEing, and Gift show off the goods at Miyazawa Model Exhibition

Kahotan made good on her promise and posted a second gallery for figures on display at Miyazawa Model Exhibition Autumn 2014. This time around the focus is on the companies of Max Factory, Phat!, FREEing, and Gift. Most ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



2015 Snow Bell Miku gets both a Nendoroid and figma! photo
2015 Snow Bell Miku gets both a Nendoroid and figma!
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Snow Miku Snow Bell ver. is cute. Like, beyond belief adorably cute. Way too cute to be left as just a single figure so Good Smile Company and Max Factory are spreading the love. 2015 will be the first year were a new Snow Miku design will be used for both a new Nedoroid and a new figma! Ah, they're so great, and I'm glad we're finally getting a figma that isn't just a repaint of another Miku. Both figures will also be accompanied by their own little Yukine bunny figure.

Details are pretty light at the moment, though I'm sure we won't have to wait too long before we see and learn more about these figures. Of course they'll be available at Wonder Festival 2015 (Winter) on February 8 when we'll all have the opportunity to place an order online! As a special treat they're also adding Snow Bell Miku to the Hatsune Miku Project Diva arcade game. 

[via Kahotan's blog]

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Kahotan previews a beefcake from Dramatical Murder photo
Kahotan previews a beefcake from Dramatical Murder
by Tianxiao Ma

With the amount of attention I pay to boobs and (female) butts, it seems only fair that I cover some eye candy for the ladies too. Max Factory's upcoming figure of Ren from Dramatical Murder fits the bill very nicely!

Kahotan's preview shows off two versions of Ren: the cloaked Wonderful Hobby Selection version (dubbed "Rhyme Mode ver.") and a permanently topless "Together, Forever" version. If you're after the abs, you probably won't have any issues with either version. However I'm somewhat miffed by the decision to put out an exclusive WHS version at nearly double the price (something we also saw with Yamato). I feel that the WHS version is the true version of the figure - the one that Max Factory would have sold in the past at a normal price. Maybe economics has made this unfeasible, but there's something bothersome about a stripped down (in both senses) figure for ¥10,000+.

Speaking of pricing, the "Rhyme Mode" variant will be ¥19,800 while the barebones "Together, Forever" version will be ¥10,800. Pre-orders started a couple of weeks ago and are still open if you're interested.

[ Pre-order Together, Forever ver. at Good Smile Online ShopHobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | J-List | ToysLogic | Big in Japan | Big Bad Toy Store ]

[ Pre-order Rhyme Mode ver. at Good Smile Online Shop | ToysLogic ]

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11:30 PM on 11.07.2014

figma Sakura is ready to be captored plus future plans revealed

The time has finally come for Card Captor Sakura fans as the title character's first figma is finally up for pre-order! Along with it comes a mountain of details and photos to satisfy us. The Sealing Wand is full of options s...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Max Factory strikes back with painted figma Cardcaptor Sakura photo
Max Factory strikes back with painted figma Cardcaptor Sakura
by Martin Siggers

Surprise! In what almost seems like an intentional piece of counter-programming, the figma blog decided today was the day to release the first fully painted shot of the upcoming figma Sakura Kinomot. Though we've seen her in grey plastic before, this is the first time we've seen the iconic pink and white in place.

Naturally, she's looking pretty ace. It may be the lighting, but it seems as if Max Factory have gone for a slightly softer, paler palette than the very bold S.H. Figuarts version and the level of detail is as outstanding as always. In past coverage most of you guys have voiced a strong preference to stand by Max Factory and resist the temptation of the SHF version, and based on this I doubt those people are going to be disappointed

[ via figma blog

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Max Factory sneaks in a box full of figma Solid Snake details and photos photo
Max Factory sneaks in a box full of figma Solid Snake details and photos
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Metal Gear fans are finally getting the Solid Snake figure they've waited nearly 30 years for. Sure, there have been other Snake action figures, but figma Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid 2 is certainly aiming to be the best. The figma style of super articulation wouldn't be enough for Max Factory. Oh no. They've aimed to make a Solid Snake that can do just about everything he can do in the games.

Starting from the head this figure will feature the rarely seen figma eye articulation allowing Snake to have his eyes pointed in any direction, perfect for looking around corners or down the sights of a gun. He'll have two expressions, either a stoic expression that can be used any number of ways with the eye articulation, or another with his teeth grit for really turning up the intensity (but doesn't have eye articulation). He also has a hidden flap in his hair that allows him to extend the range of his neck and lift his head up further, ideal for army crawling or sniping. 

Moving down the line he comes with a few specialized hands for gun gripping. One of the hands has a finger shaped for wrapping around the trigger, but the other lets him rest his finger on the side of the gun. He also has a special hand holding a cigarette for a little downtime. But the most interesting is a pair of hands specially made to allow him to hang from edges by his fingertips!

For weapons he'll come with a tranquilizer gun and an assault rifle complete with muzzle flash effect part. Of course he wouldn't be nearly complete without a cardboard (or in this case heavy paper) box to hide inside! But that's not all, when pre-orders open in Japan Friday (effectively Thursday night in North America) the Good Smile online shop will have an exclusive release featuring a second handgun with removable silencer and, best of all, a reproduction of the actual figma box used to ship these figures to stores! That's got to be the best figma exclusive yet.

Unfortunately they've stopped short of telling us exactly how big he'll be and his price, but they've clearly left us a lot to look forward to when he's released in May. In the meanwhile checkout the gallery and take a look at our exclusive close-up looks at the prototype from New York Comic Con 2014. 

[via Max Factory blog]

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12:00 PM on 10.17.2014

Ponder no more: figma The Thinker is up for pre-order

Rodin's "The Thinker" being made into a figma can be described as "interesting," "a bizarre decision" or "literally figures as art." It can also now be described as up for pre-order! The first entry in Max Factory's Table Mus...

Brian Szabelski

9:00 AM on 10.17.2014

figma blog shows off Cardcaptor Sakura prototype

As I've noted several times before, I'm a huge Cardcaptor Sakura fan and the series's recent return to the front lines of the anime toy world has filled me with unmitigated glee. We've known for a while now that Max Fact...

Martin Siggers

9:00 AM on 10.11.2014

NYCC 2014: Good Smile Company Up-close

Good Smile Company is awesome for getting us right up close with their latest display pieces at New York Comic Con! You can practically smell the fresh paint on the figures! This is as close as you can get without being there...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



11:00 PM on 10.02.2014

It's fall, time to take your figmas to school

There are an endless number of figma schoolgirls out there (I counted, they're infinite), but they've always lacked a school setting to hang out in. Max Factory is rectifying that now with the figmaPLUS line of display sets. ...

Tianxiao Ma