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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


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11:00 AM on 04.08.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: Phat! Company's Kosaki Onodera

Though I'm only one volume of the manga into Nisekoi, I'm actually pretty pleased to see that one of the characters is getting a figure. Phat! Company was showing a prototype of Kosaki Onodera, the girl who is basically not m...

Kristina Pino



Get a closer look at Phat! Company's Ryuko Matoi photo
Get a closer look at Phat! Company's Ryuko Matoi
by Martin Siggers

A lot of people were very excited when Phat! Company unveiled their take on Ryuko Matoi back in December of last year. Now, as we edge closer to her June release date, Akiba Hobby have managed to get their hands on a pre-production sample and have given us a better look at her.

Overall Ryuko's looking good, and I remain impressed by her great design and cool pose. There's a few rogue paint splashes and some slightly rough looking segments Senketsu's 'eye' is a bit wobbly looking in my opinion) but hopefully those can be ironed out before release. If you like what you see, pre-orders are still available.

[via Akiba Hobby]

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6:30 AM on 03.17.2014

Good Smile Company announces it's delaying (almost) everything

OK, not quite everything but man, there are a LOT of delays this month. In fact, there are so many delays that GSC took the rare step of not bundling the announcement in with its upcoming release schedule. Instead, we go...

Martin Siggers

2:00 AM on 03.13.2014

Kahotan previews Mika Jougasaki: Charisma Girl Ver.

Oh, Mika, I wag my finger at thee! Kahotan recently uploaded a preview for Phat Company's Mika Jougasaki: Charisma Girl Ver. (currently available for pre-order). I have to confess that I'm a little worried about Mika's career...

Scarecroodle

2:00 PM on 02.24.2014

Good Smile's here to drop some more delays

By now the regular Good Smile Company delay post is a warm familiar friend. OK, that's a lie. It's still a crushing disappointment, but at least Good Smile is prompt and consistent about notifying us when our eagerly awaited ...

Martin Siggers

7:00 PM on 02.10.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Good Smile's scale figures

Armed with photos taken by our very own Kristina Pino along with supplemental ones from AkibaHobby, we now take a look at the scale figures Good Smile Company brought with them to Wonder Festival. The majority of figures appe...

Natalie Kipper



Tomopop LinkUP: Mass naked figure event photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Mass naked figure event
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to a very busy Tomopop LinkUP! I suppose that title is worthy of a little explanation. You see, back in the heyday of anime fansubs there was a number of speed subbers that were notorious for their nonsensical translations. In one case a line in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex talking about children being abducted by the mafia was translated as "Are you aware of the frequent occurrences of the mass naked child events within the country?" by a particularly awful fansub group. For a time the phrase "mass naked child events" became a meme referring to terrible translations.

When you think about it, Wonder Festival really is a mass naked figure event. Let's face it, most of the figures we'll be drooling over the pictures of this weekend probably won't be wearing a lot of clothes. And yes, some of them will indeed be naked, or pretty near it, especially if some of the previews in this edition of LinkUP is anything to go by. Plus we've got some other stuff to gawk at like videos, an interview, and various other things all after the jump!

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5:00 PM on 01.26.2014

GSC launches new distributor Ultra Tokyo Connection in LA

In an attempt to bombard North America with all things otaku, Good Smile Company has launched new distribution company Ultra Tokyo Connection in Los Angeles, California. The service is being produced through a partnership wit...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Good Smile reveals their Winter WonFes exclusives photo
Good Smile reveals their Winter WonFes exclusives
by Martin Siggers

By now we know that Good Smile Company will always bring some extremely tasty stuff along as Wonder Festival exclusives, and this year is no different as the firm has unveiled the list of six figures and accessories that have been produced specially for the big occasion. They are...

Nendoroid More: Dress Up Pajamas
figma Snow Miku
Nendoroid Snow Miku
figma Armin
Medicchu Tenryuu & Tatsuta Set
Nendoroid Mami Tomoe School uniform ver.

We've known or suspected most of these would be exclusives for quite a while, but it's good to get official confirmation. It's a decent list with some pretty cool figures on it, and I suspect most people will be after at least one of the things on there. As has become the normal way with GSC WonFes exclusives, most of these will also be available on the company's online store for those of us not unfortunate enough to be at the event in person.

I say most though because for some unknown reason the Tenryuu & Tatsuta twin pack will not be sold online and remain truly event exclusive. The Nendoroid More Pajama parts are being sold early at the event, but will end up available to all at some point. It's a bit of a bummer for KanColle enthusiasts, but at least other big name attractions like figma Armin will be available to all. Online orders will begin on the 9th of February and run through to the 17th. Any readers out to grab what's on offer here?

[via Good Smile Company]

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Don't lose your way to these Ryuko Matoi pre-orders photo
Don't lose your way to these Ryuko Matoi pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

With Kill la Kill pretty much unanimously agreed to be the greatest thing in the history of the universe, it was only a matter of time before the figures started coming out of the woodwork, and it's Phat! Company who are first off the mark as they unveil their version of heroine Ryuko Matoi (announced last month).

Ryuko's portrayed in her 'Kamui Senketsu' form, an ultra powered-up battle mode that conveniently strips her of almost all her clothing. I'd crack more jokes, but that'd be unfair because this is a pretty amazing looking figure, full of energy and a dynamic pose. Detailing appears sharp as well, and Ryuko includes replaceable weapon and arm parts. You'll get the regular version of her trademark Scissor Blade, as well as the extra large 'Decapitation version' with a replacement part to allow a two handed grip.

It all adds up to one fine looking figure and the good news is she's out for pre-orders right now at all the major stores. Ryuko will set you back a totally reasonable ¥8,800 with a release due in June next year. Even with my aversion to NSFW-ish figures, I put my money down. Don't wait - this one's bound to be popular.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan | Good Smile Online Shop | Trigger Online Shop (w/exclusive art card) ]

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5:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Good Smile unleashes a torrent of further delays

We should have known it was too good to be true. When Good Smile Company announced a very slim roster of delays just a few days ago, it looked like the company was on track for a remarkably punctual December. Turns out not so...

Martin Siggers