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4:00 PM on 04.23.2014

Nendoroid Sakura Kinomoto (and Kero!) preview is on the cards

Being a colossal Cardcaptor Sakura fan, I was almost beside myself with glee when Nendoroid Sakura Kinomoto was revealed back at Wonder Festival. Now we've finally got a proper full on preview, courtesy of Kahotan. After...

Martin Siggers


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Nendoroid Aoba bares it all in time for pre-orders photo
Nendoroid Aoba bares it all in time for pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

Boy Nendoroids are perhaps even rarer than boy figmas, so it's always a big deal whenever one shows up. Particularly when they look as good as Aoba, protagonist of the PC game DRAMAtical Muder and now ultra-adorable deformed bishounen.

First revealed at Wonder Festival earlier this year, Kahotan's now got the scoop on the final production version, finished off in Aoba's trademark blue palette. The wizards at GSC have done their usual terrific job recreating the fine details, be it his puffy bomber jacket or extravagant boots, and that shock of cyan hair is very eye-catching. His adorable dog Ren is present and correct too and wonderfully modelled for the scale. Aside from the standard expressions, Aoba's also got a truly unique accessory - the option to drive fans wild by going shirtless, with matching alternate hair to recreate a soundtrack album cover.

It all adds up to a package that's both unique and easy on the eye, and I'm sure legions of fanboys and fangirls are racing to get their pre-orders in. You can actually do that right now, as Aoba's on sale at 3,889, with orders due to land in September. Any of you have room for a big-headed pretty boy in your life readers?

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan ]

[ via Kahotan's blog ]

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8:15 PM on 04.20.2014

Winter's over. Now's the time to make Snow Miku for 2015!

Winter is thankfully done for most of the country. As we turn to Spring, we shake off all the snow except for one, Snow Miku! 2014's Nendoroid version of the seasonal Vocaloid was especially cute this year so how could it be ...

Andres Cerrato



Watch this adorable preview of Nendoroid Ozawa Rina and Nameko photo
Watch this adorable preview of Nendoroid Ozawa Rina and Nameko
by Kristina Pino

The folks at Nameko Paradise blog had an opportunity to handle GSC's decomaster of Nendoroid Ozawa Rina, to adorable results. The host of the video walks us through her various signature poses with Nameko as illustrated on book and game covers.

There isn't much more to say except that it's delightful - I've been in love with this figure's design since we first started seeing her around, since she translates perfectly into Nendoroid form.

I've also included a few images in the gallery below from their blog (click through for more), with detailed looks at the figures. Enjoy!

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10:00 AM on 04.14.2014

Good Smile Company announces release (and delay) dates for April

It's that time again. Good Smile Company have posted up a release schedule for April, including some delays. As more dates are announced, we'll be sure to update. Delays first: GSC's Asuna, Knights of the Blood ver. (delayed...

Kristina Pino

12:00 AM on 04.11.2014

Nendoroid Link is ready for a pre-order adventure

[UPDATE: Kahotan has released a preview gallery] Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Wind Waker Link is currently available for pre-order. While the character won't come with things like a bomb, boomerang, or hookshot, he will inc...

Scarecroodle

12:30 AM on 04.09.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: Lots of KanColle from lots of KanCompanies

If you're a Kantai Collection fan you're probably feeling pretty good right about now and maybe a little overwhelmed by all of the new figures coming out. The series is quickly turning into the next Hatsune Miku or K-ON! and ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

11:00 PM on 04.08.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: A little donut-loving Nendoroid vampire

Nendoroid Shinobu has been on my radar for a while, and looks to be a winner. Her more animated, post-Bakemonogatari form is perfect for Nendo-fication (disregarding a certain uncomfortable bathing scene). The version at Miyazawa Model Expo is still unpainted, but she still has that melts-your-heart cuteness. This is one Kahotan preview I'm really looking forward to! [via Hobby Search's Twitter]

Tianxiao Ma

12:00 PM on 04.08.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: More Tetsudou Musume Nendoroids

The Tetsudou Musume Nendoroid line is certainly growing, as what started with Alice and Marina is now expanding to include Monden Sakura and Kurihashi Minami. We saw both at WonFes, but they were only at Miyazawa Mo...

Brian Szabelski



Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: Nendoroid Link photo
Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: Nendoroid Link
by Brian Szabelski

It was nearly a year ago that I first talked about how much I'd like to see a Nendoroid of Wind Waker Link, and at the past two WonFes events, we've seen the green-clad warrior in his chibi form. While February's event brought us the deco master, complete with Wind Waker, the Miyazawa Model Exhibition set-up shows us Link with sword and shield. 

I can imagine this little fellow is going to be super-popular come August (the sound of crashing websites is on the horizon) and he'll be at ¥4,000, slightly higher than some of the other Nendos I've bought in the past. But hey, at least it's not Ocarina of Time Link with a motion-activated Navi base as it's accessory, right?

[via Kahotan's Twitter]

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Good Smile Company to attend Sakura-Con photo
Good Smile Company to attend Sakura-Con
by Natalie Kipper

Those of you planning on attending Seattle's Sakura-Con should be excited to hear that Good Smile Company will have a presence there. They will be sharing booths #423 and #332 with Ultra Tokyo Connection. Attendees will have the chance to purchase some of Good Smile Company's and Max Factory's harder to find figures, including Nendoroid Snow Miku - Magical Snow Version, figma Snow Mikufigma Armin Arlert, Nendoroid Mami Tomoe - School Uniform Version, and Nendoroid Asuna Titiania Version. All of these toys will be in limited supply so hurry over to Good Smile Company's booth if you fancy them.

[via Good Smile Company's tumblr]

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Nendoroid Gilgamesh emerges from the Gate of Babylon photo
Nendoroid Gilgamesh emerges from the Gate of Babylon
by Martin Siggers

After breaking cover at WonFes, it was surely only a matter of time before the King of Heroes from Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night wound up in a Kahotan preview. And indeed, today's that day as Nendoroid Gilgamesh goes under the camera.

Gil has always had an incredibly impressive character design when decked out in his golden armour, and Good Smile Company have done an admirable job recreating that design in super-deformed size. The sharp lines, the cloth drapes, it's all there and in excellent detail. They've managed to nail his ultra-smug expression as well, although it's a little disappointing you only get one additional face (a shouting one).

You'll find ample compensation in the accessories though. Aside from an immaculately painted recreation of his sword Ea, the major pack-in here is a large plastic effect part that clips onto the stand behind him. By mounting the included weapons through the appropriate slots in the effect, you're able to recreate his 'Gate of Babylon' ultimate attack. It's quite a sight for sure. Kahotan's also sure to point out each individual weapon can be held as a normal accessory.

Overall, it's looking like one of the sharpest Nendoroids yet. We don't have a price yet (I'd guess above average) but we do know that pre-orders will open on April 9th, next Wednesday. Who's in?

[via Kahotan's blog ]

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