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11:59 PM on 03.08.2014

Tomopop LinkUP: Winter (Soldier) Blues

I know I've talked a lot about the terrible winter we've been experiencing so I don't want to spend a lot of time on that. I'll just quickly say that I have a feeling I'll be pulling weeds from my garden this year while it's ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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3:45 PM on 03.01.2014

No Ark, only guns for Kotobukiya's Kilmaria Aideen

Kotobukiya continues churning out Tony's heroines, this time with a sculpt of Shining Ark's Kilmaria Aideen. I have to say, dresses are in this year. Are you making a figure? Put it in a sweet dress! Kilmaria looks ready for ...

Tianxiao Ma



Tomopop Review: Alphamax's Velvet Batrass photo
Tomopop Review: Alphamax's Velvet Batrass
by Tianxiao Ma

I really like the sexy pirate trope, which seems more prevalent in Japanese properties than in the West. When thinking of pirate figures, Mouretsu Pirates' Marika and Queen's Blade's Liliana spring to mind. Alphamax's Velvet has recently joined them, though she lacks the stereotypical frilly coat and pirate weaponry.

Velvet struck me with a combination of a lovely face, nice body, and appealing outfit design. Although I have a few other figures from the Shining series (I'm a Tony Taka fan, what can I say), this is my first Alphamax figure. As such I decided this would make the perfect occasion for a review!

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8:20 PM on 02.16.2014

Toy Fair 2014: Kotobukiya Catalog preview

Toy Fair has returned and there's plenty to be excited over. One of our favorite companies, Kotobukiya, is trying to get a bit more of a buzz with the release of their preview catalog. From Bishoujos to ARTFX, Kotobukiya has a bit of something for everyone. Check out the catalog preview after the jump!

Andres Cerrato

8:00 AM on 02.11.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya scale figures

We've already seen some of the new hotness that Kotobukiya brought to WonFes, but there's always room for more. Their scale figure lineup looks pretty diverse this year, which is great if you're sick of KanColle. Here's the r...

Tianxiao Ma

7:00 AM on 02.11.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Griffon Enterprises Roundup

Griffon brought their A-game to Wonder Festival this past weekend. They had a very impressive number of figures on display, both new and old. They displayed several previously announced figures for the first time from their v...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

3:00 AM on 11.30.2013

MegaHobby Expo: Autumn - A seraphim descends upon us

Shining Ark's Sakuya seems to be a busy lady, as she's assumed a wide variety of forms throughout the series. This latest prototype by Kotobukiya has her in her Seraphim form, which is just beautiful. I'm a big fan of angel g...

Tianxiao Ma

1:00 AM on 11.16.2013

This Shannon pre-order is still more Shining prettiness

Just in case you forgot how pretty Tony Taka's art is, the Shining series is back with yet another lovely young lady who happens to be the epitome of pastoral fantasy elegance. The surprising part is that it's from Griffon, n...

Emily Smalara

10:00 PM on 11.12.2013

Voila, Alphamax's Viola unveiled

Tony Taka's character designs have been the subject of more than a few figures lately, especially if they're from the Shining series of games. At Miyazawa Model Expo, Alphamax revealed a sculpt of Shining Ark's Viola. You mig...

Tianxiao Ma

11:00 AM on 10.25.2013

Pre-order this divinely baked bread, and Airy too

Kotobukiya continues their near-monopoly on all things Shining with their latest offering this March, Shining Blades' Airy. Despite her rather holy appearance, it seems like she's only playing off the nun fetish and is merely...

Emily Smalara

11:00 AM on 10.07.2013

Heat things up with this chilly new Blanc Neige

Not content to let certain other companies hog all the Shining series spotlight, Arcadia comes to us with a pretty slick looking new Blanc Neige--this time under her almost-full name of Aira Blanc Neige Galdinius from Shining...

Emily Smalara





[UPDATED] Bring back summer with Max Factory's Melty photo
[UPDATED] Bring back summer with Max Factory's Melty
by Martin Siggers

[Update: Pre-orders are ready to go!]

We saw her hanging out at WonFes but now the figma blog is here to give us a much more in-depth look at Max Factory's 1/7 swimsuit version of Melty from Shining Hearts. 

The big takeaway here is the flexibility of the design. If you want, she can lose that hat, the swimsuit skirt and the giant ribbons that attach at the hips. I'm not sure why you'd want to though - the ribbons are one of the most distinctive parts and without the skirt that bikini bottom is dangerously brief. She looks silly without the hat, but I can see a fruitful series of photographs of her holding other amusing objects.

Joking aside, this continues to look like a wonderful figure. If you're smitten then pre-orders will open now at the very reasonable price of ¥8800, and Melty will be swimming ashore in March of next year.

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

[via figma blog]

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