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8:00 AM on 03.01.2014

Tomopop LinkUP: March madness

Why is March such a painful month for us? It seems like every march we get bombarded with a  bunch of cool stuff that we all want all at once. Do companies think that we've recovered from the holidays by now and can affo...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker




Tomopop LinkUP: The Puzzle & Dougrams edition photo
Tomopop LinkUP: The Puzzle & Dougrams edition
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! In one week from today we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving here in America and I for one am looking forward to getting stuffed on some turkey! Even though it's a popular vacation week you can look forward to LinkUP returning once again! News doesn't stop and neither do we.

Back to this week we've got a bunch of new prototypes, some designer figures, and some amazing photo galleries and videos!

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Preview this top secret dossier on Muv-Luv's Sumika photo
Preview this top secret dossier on Muv-Luv's Sumika
by Emily Smalara

If last month's pre-orders for Kotobukiya's Sumika weren't enough to get you going, AmiAmi's blog has brought a collection of images specially designed to make you support the war effort! As I said, seeing such a brightly colored Muv-Luv cast member was more than enough to catch my eye, but I won't be complaining about such a carefully positioned gallery!

Sumia somehow found some time on leave to take a rather enticing photo shoot, and AmiAmi took full advantage of getting glimpses at every angle possible. There's some slight focus on her position on the very cool base and the attention to detail like the emblems on her suit, but as you can imagine, the photos are much more focused on just how that suit clings to the figure underneath it.

It's no surprise that a character from a visual novel like Muv-Luv is so nicely proportioned, and the figure shows off her curves perfectly, especially in that position. With her legs drawn up and arms pressed together, fans will be treated to one sexy figure despite the lack of skin. Just head to the gallery and see for yourself!

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12:00 PM on 09.12.2013

Pre-order a cheerier Muv-Luv lady with Sumika

Given the popularity, it's no surprise we've seen a lot of Muv-Luv figures. A whole lot. But, they usually tend to be rather subdued or dark in some way, as you'd probably expect from Alternative in the first place. Thus, it'...

Emily Smalara



Preview Kotobukiya's Kagami Sumika from Muv-Luv photo
Preview Kotobukiya's Kagami Sumika from Muv-Luv
by Jon Wills

Kotobukiya recently gave us a preview of their latest figurine Kagami Sumika based on Muv-Luv Alternative. I really appreciate the wide range of complimenting colors used for her character, from her red hair to yellow ribbon and pink and purple all work together great. Fans of the more recent show Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse should see a lot of similarities between her suit design and the more recent show; however I like what I see in terms of how this one stands out. Really Kagami looks pretty as a painting.

Her base is pretty unique. I like how she is sitting on steel beam which is not shaped like a phallic symbol at all, nope not at all. The rock base is reminiscent of the other good Muv-Luv based statues that Kotobukiya has churned out of late.

Overall I think she looks great, and a little hot. What do you think Tomopeeps?

Via Kotobukiya's Figure Blog

 

 

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8:00 PM on 08.10.2013

Get ready to sortie and pick up the latest Inia

It's time for yet another Muv-Luv lovely, with Kotobukiya and the lilac-haired Inia. I won't lie though, I can barely tell the difference between this and any of the other multitudes of Inia figures that seem to crop up every...

Emily Smalara

2:00 PM on 08.09.2013

Pick up Muv-Luv's Kasumi during some lonely downtime

I always appreciate seeing the Muv-Luv girls out of their armor, and Kotobukiya's latest bunny is definitely no exception even if she looks a bit down in the dumps. She may not be the perkiest bunnygirl on the market, but it'...

Emily Smalara

11:00 AM on 07.29.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 1

Kotobukiya are a company in fine fettle and that was reflected in their booth, with a vast array of figures spread out across a variety of different ranges, franchises and styles.  The biggest news out of the booth was p...

Martin Siggers

10:50 PM on 07.27.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Muv-Luv and more

Kotobukiya news is trickling in and I've spotted a few figures to get excited about. First up is a colored version of Kasumi Yashiro from Muv-Luv Alternative. It's a bunny outfit figure done by 4-Leaves, but may be a bit racy...

Tianxiao Ma



Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Cryska Barchenowa photo
Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Cryska Barchenowa
by Tianxiao Ma

If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I'm a fan of glossy butts. Characters in sci-fi anime often need to get into skin-tight body suits to do something or other, so I get plenty of opportunities to see shiny butts as a figure collector and anime watcher. Lucky!

One such opportunity was afforded to me when Kotobukiya sent over this 1/7-scale Cryska Barchenowa figure. It's the "Eishi Strengthening Equipment" version, meaning you'll be seeing a really shiny derriere!

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Have a double preview of Yui Takamura photo
Have a double preview of Yui Takamura
by Kristina Pino

Yesterday there were two different previews for figures of the same character, so I figured I'd lump them together here. 

The figma blog had their preview, showing all the accessories and the usual stuff. Max Factory's figma Yui's pre-orders have already come and gone, and she's slated for release on Saturday, looks like. Be on the lookout soon for a payment notice if you have her ordered!

Kotobukiya posted up a preview of their own static version of the character yesterday as well, and she's looking rather sharp. As with the figma, this is more of a pre-release gallery since pre-orders had been up since last year. This figure is slated for release on Friday.

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Preview Kotobukiya's Inia from Muv Luv: Total Eclipse photo
Preview Kotobukiya's Inia from Muv Luv: Total Eclipse
by Jon Wills

Ah, Muv Luv Alternative: Total eclipse, you managed to somehow make me appreciate my least favorite genre of anime, horror types. You did so by throwing in amazing amounts of pretty women and mechs, both of which I love to add some sugar to the otherwise bitter pill of horror and gore which I so dislike.

Speaking of those pretty ladies, Inia is Kotobukiya's third girl from this series to be made into figurine form. If you bought the first two then this third one will really help complete the set. Included in the gallery is a photo of all three together and as you can well imagine, Inia and Cryska look like they are meant to be together. 

Regarding her sculpt, if you're thinking Inia looks a little bit too round for her height, you might be right, but the strengthening mech suit that the characters wear always tend to bring out their more womanly or more manly features a bit more so than when the characters are unsuited. It can be kind of funny to see sometimes actually.

It's cool that Inia was sculpted and shows that the sales of the series and figurines must still be pretty strong. It makes me wonder if the hot blooded Tarisa will be made into a figure next. I kind of hope so. Anyway time will tell one way or another right?

Via Kotobukiya figure blog

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