Shining series

Kotobukiya Xiao Mei photo
Akiba Hobby has a preview gallery up
Got the sneaking suspicion that Kotobukiya has already made a Xiao Mei? Well you'd be correct. But why let a good design go to waste? Kotobukiya will soon be releasing another variant of Shining Blade's Xiao Mei, this time pa... read feature

Wonder Festival photo
Wonder Festival

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya gallery

There's so much more left!
Aug 02
It's hard to believe Kotobukiya had so much stuff with them at Wonder Festival considering just how much they brought with them to San Diego Comic Con that same weekend. While they did bring a few things to both conventions, ... read
Max Factory Misty photo
Max Factory Misty

Max Factory shows they understand swimsuit figures with Misty

Also shows they understand the "sexy women" thing in general
Jul 15
Max Factory has shown a proclivity for making figures of sexy ladies recently, and this swimsuit version of Misty from Shining Hearts has caught my eye. I find most swimsuit figures to be boring, but this one appeals to ... read
Shining series photo
Shining series

Another month, another batch of Shining figures

Arcadia's Roselinde and Griffon's Sakuya
May 01
It feels like Tony Taka's Shining series designs are everywhere, so it's only natural that they show up in this month's magazine scans as well. I haven't gotten sick of them, but I also haven't ordered any Shining figures in ... read
Tomopop LinkUP photo
Tomopop LinkUP

Tomopop LinkUP: Winter (Soldier) Blues

Bring on the superhero movies
Mar 08
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 ... read
Kotobukiya Kilmaria photo
Kotobukiya Kilmaria

No Ark, only guns for Kotobukiya's Kilmaria Aideen

The dual-wielding exorcist arrives
Mar 01
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 ... read
Alphamax Velvet photo
Enticing booty
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 Ve... read feature

Toy Fair 2014: Kotobukiya photo
Toy Fair 2014: Kotobukiya

Toy Fair 2014: Kotobukiya Catalog preview

Marvel, DC, and Halo oh my
Feb 16
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! read
WonFes 2014W Kotobukiya photo
WonFes 2014W Kotobukiya

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya scale figures

New Saber and Lum prototypes, plus Chuunibyou's Rikka announced
Feb 11
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... read
Wonder Festival Griffon photo
Wonder Festival Griffon

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Griffon Enterprises Roundup

Easily one of the most impressive displays at Wonder Festival
Feb 11
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... read
Kotobukiya Seraphim photo
Kotobukiya Seraphim

MegaHobby Expo: Autumn - A seraphim descends upon us

Continuing the conga line of identities this character has assumed
Nov 30
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... read

This Shannon pre-order is still more Shining prettiness

Griffon - 1/8 Scale
Nov 16
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... read
Alphamax Viola photo
Alphamax Viola

Voila, Alphamax's Viola unveiled

Seen at Miyazawa Model Exhibition
Nov 12
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... read

Pre-order this divinely baked bread, and Airy too

Kotobukiya - 1/8 Scale
Oct 25
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... read

Heat things up with this chilly new Blanc Neige

Arcadia - 1/7 Scale
Oct 07
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... read
Shining Hearts photo
Shining swimsuit girl is up for pre-order now
[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 take... read feature

Magazine Scans photo
Magazine Scans

Scans reveal two Shining series figures from Kotobukiya

Shining Blade's Airy and Shining Ark's Shannon appear as unpainted figures
Sep 24
It is magazine scan time again and Kotobukiya has two lovely ladies from the Shining series, Blade's Airy and Ark's Shannon, to share with us all. Airy's nun-inspired outfit looks lovely. Even in the scans, you can see t... read
Alphamax Velvet photo
Alphamax Velvet

Alphamax's Velvet is a treasure indeed

You love you lose
Aug 23
The Shining series has its share of lovely Tony Taka designs, but I can't recall one quite so lovely as Shining Ark's Velvet. This is not the forest-dwelling bastard princess of Odin Sphere, but they certainly have a similar ... read
WonFes: Arcadia and Movic photo
WonFes: Arcadia and Movic

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Arcadia and Movic

Masamune Shirow and Sword Art Online fans have much to look forward to
Jul 29
Movic didn't have a ton at Wonder Festival, but if you're a Sword Art Online fan (even if you're catching it now on Toonami), their Asuna is looking beautiful. Being produced by ASCII Media, I think the face could use a ... read
Max Factory photo
Max Factory

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Max Factory

Lots of stuff, lots of it good.
Jul 29
Max Factory didn't bring an army of figures to WonFes this time round, but what they did bring was pretty killer. We've already seen their (highly spoileriffic) take on Kirino Kousaka, but there's a lot more to catch the eye.... read
Tony Taka figures photo
Tony Taka figures

Tony Taka's girls take the spotlight in latest scans

New figures from Alpha Max, Max Factory, Kotobukiya
Jun 23
If you like Tony Taka figures, then boy, this month's scans are a treat for you with a trio of ladies. One of the three we've seen before: Kotobukiya's Daisy-chan, joining the Tony's Heroine Collection as a 1/6-scale figure. ... read
Check out the gallery for all the photos.
Remember last March when we announced that pre-orders were available for Kotobukiya’s Panis Angelus from the Shining Series? Well if you thought she looked cool in the preview then you should check out this ga... read feature

What surprises is she hiding in that chest of hers?
While I've not played the Shining series games, I do like a lot of Tony Taka's character designs for the games, and that's doubly so when it comes to Shining Hearts' Xiaomei. I'm not too sure why exactly; could be the ca... read feature

Tony Taka swimsuits! photo
Alter, Alpha Max, Kotobukiya and Max Factory each getting characters
The folks at 4Gamer and Hobby Japan recently talked with Tony Taka in an interview, and as part of the piece, revealed Tony's next big project: the Shining series Swimsuit Series Project. The main idea of the project seems to... read feature


Take flight with Shining Ark's Panis Angelicus

Kotobukiya - 1/8 Scale
Mar 23
A common complaint surrounding the rather popular-yet-Japan-exclusive Shining series is that a lot of characters share very similar appearances. With Shining Ark's Panis Angelicus, however, it seems like we've got a unique lo... read
A Shining example of their work
[Update: added pre-order links -Kristina] Whatever you think of Tony Taka's work, his illustrations have been the basis for some truly stunning figures over the years, and here comes another one, this time of the ice cream th... read feature


Arcadia's Sakuya shines in her own brownish way

Methinks we've seen this before...
Mar 05
You know that company that used to be Yamato? Now they're Arcadia! And you know that girl that used to be Maxima? Now she's Sakuya! There's a lot of name changing going on, try to keep up. As you've probably guessed, this is ... read

Pre-order Kotobukiya's Misty from Shining Blade

She's not the Misty you grew up with, but she's still cute.
Feb 21
Many of you may remember Alter's version of this dashing pirate Misty which we announced last December. Well, if she was a little too expensive for your taste, you should definately check out Kotobukiya's lovely take on this ... read

Kotobukiya shows off prototype Misty and Aragaki Ayase

This month's scans bring some cute surprises
Jan 23
Kotobukiya showed off two prototypes in this month's hobby scans, including their rendition of Shining Blade's Mistral and, out of left field, OreImo's Aragaki Ayase as Thanatos (cosplay ver.). I'm actually heartily looking f... read

Kotobukiya's Elmina gets a shiny new preview

Tony face is so Tony face
Jan 15
Tony Taka is well known for designing a gaggle of very similar-looking women for the Shining series. Here's Kotobukiya's take on one of his designs: Elmina Rhoderia from Shining Blade. She's glad to meet you. The figure ... read

Would you walk the plank for Shining Hearts' Misty?

Alter - 1/8 Scale
Dec 30
The undeniable appeal of the Shining series continues with this upcoming pre-order from Alter, featuring Hearts' lovely pirate leader Mistral in all her frilly glory. While she might not strike up the image of a swashbuckler,... read

Think of Spring with Shining series Elmina

Kotobukiya - 1/8 Scale
Dec 28
For some reason, those lucky few graced with a proper white winter season tend to complain up a storm about weather behaving as it should be. While I won't pretend to understand your hate for all things cold and wintry, if yo... read

Koto's Xiaomei picks your pocket a second time

Kotobukiya - 1/6 Scale
Nov 16
Shining series figures are almost always a big hit, particularly the ones that don't seem to be copying other similar characters in all but name. That said, Koto's "Prank Thief" kitty Xiaomei received quite the attention when... read

Kotobukiya's Altina joins the pre-order ranks

April showers will bring her to your shelf
Nov 15
You probably remember Altina from not so long ago when Kotobukiya was teasing her for their fall exhibition, but now she's available for pre-order! At 1/8-scale, she fits nicely within the Shining series line that Kotobu... read

Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Kotobukiya

Plamo, PVC, and whatever else you like
Nov 07
Kotobukiya had a diverse array of products on display at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition. You can see some of their character model kits, such as the Combat-san Rookie, Yotsuba&!'s Danbo (and miniature version) and Yotsuba,... read

Latest scans splash some color on Shining Blade's Misty

Tony's Heroines Works continues with ALTER and the Shining series.
Oct 23
We may be more familiar with Tony (Taka)'s Heroines Works for the Vocaloid series but the label is also being applied to the Shining series. ...which I guess makes since as he is the artist for many of the titles to the serie... read

Kotobukiya Hobby Exhibition reveals many new PVC figures

Sword Art Online and more from OreImo, Muv-Luv, the iDOLM@STER, and the Shining series
Oct 11
Kotobukiya earlier this week teased some upcoming products for their Hobby Exhibiition event in Akihabara. The event has come and the figures have been revealed though the super sleuths of the internet knew very much what was... read

Kotobukiya does some more teasing (of figures)

For Kotobukiya Hobby Exhibition ~Autumn~ in Akihabara
Oct 09
Kotobukiya is teasing a few figures on its Japanese blog for the upcoming Kotobukiya Hobby Exhibition ~Autumn~ in Akihabara, apparently happening Thursday at the Kotobukiya Akihabara location. Yes, already-revealed figures ar... read

Shining Blade's Sakuya sets your desires ablaze

Sep 27
When I think of Shining series figures, I don't usually think of dramatic, battle-ready characters. The designs usually fit the soft art style of Tony Taka, and even the more dynamic characters usually have a bit of elegance ... read

Pounce on a second chance at Kotobukiya's Xiaomei

Aug 08
It's only been a few months since Koto's lovely kitty from the Shining series hit shelves, but apparently she's been so popular orders have already opened up for a re-release! Of course, I can't blame them, as anything by Ton... read

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