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2:00 PM on 09.29.2014

Pre-order Yotsuba and Danbo in space!

The greatest thing to come out of Wonder Festival Winter was Sentinel’s take on Danboard. They took this charming cardboard robot and threw him up in space. That sounds kind of cruel, but no they made him a spaceship! ...

Vanessa Cubillo

6:00 AM on 07.25.2014

SDCC 2014: Kotobukiya - Anime and Video Games

Here we are with another booth, straight from the floor at San Diego Comic Con. Here, we have several anime and video game items from Kotobukiya. The thing that'll likely grab your attention is the excellent looking Levi and ...

Pedro Cortes

9:00 PM on 07.22.2014

No assembly required for Kotobukiya's new Yotsuba

It's a well known fact that all decent human beings love Yotsuba&! and therefore should feel nothing but glee when new merchandise is announced. Today it's Kotobukiya's turn to draw out our 'awwwws' as they're puttin...

Martin Siggers

3:00 PM on 07.01.2014

Sentinel's Danboard figures are ready to blast off!

For me, the coolest thing to come out of Wonder Festival Winter was Sentinel’s Danboard. I mean, come on! It’s Danbo in space! So now we have a preview of three of these Danbo figures. None of these are from the ...

Vanessa Cubillo

4:00 PM on 06.06.2014

What Vanessa Is Up To: Mexican Cooking

For my friend, Graham’s birthday, I wanted to forgo getting him a gift, and instead just cook him an awesome meal. He introduced me to this Mexican restaurant called Juanitos Restaurant where we both love their ground ...

Vanessa Cubillo

7:00 AM on 05.13.2014

These Danbo figures look good enough to eat

Why is Danbo such a popular figure? I couldn’t wait to get one! Of course, I am a fan of the manga, Yotsubato, but Danbo is hardly a main character there. So, really it’s just a figure of a cardboard box, and th...

Vanessa Cubillo

7:30 PM on 02.09.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Sentinel's Danboard

Sentinel have carved out quite a reputation as a maker of fantastic poseable mecha toys. Having worked their way up through lesser lights such as Gurren Lagann and Canti, they're now ready to take on the ultimate robot. Yes, ...

Martin Siggers

Chara-Ani's Yotsuba Koiwai blows us away photo
Chara-Ani's Yotsuba Koiwai blows us away
by Martin Siggers

The continuing lack of figures from Yotsuba&! is a crime that Chara-Ani only partially managed to remedy a few months ago when they put up their rather lovely version of Fuuka Ayase. Now though they've gone and announced what we really wanted all along - a scale version of Yotsuba herself! And, surprise surprise, she's absolutely adorable.

Rather than just take the easy route and go for a standing figure though, the company has really put in the effort and produced one of the most dynamic sculpts I've seen in quite a while. It's a great look that really highlights the energy and hijinks that come through in the manga. Yotsuba's cute as a button, her face screwed up in excitement, even though she's being literally blown away!While her design isn't the most complex in the world Chara-Ani have done their best to add some detailing, giving her a cute outfit and some sharp paintwork.

Naturally, since Yotsuba's only five years old, this is a pretty small figure, clocking in at about 130mm tall. The tradeoff is an attractively low price of just ¥6,480, more than enough to tempt me before her arrival in May. Pre-orders actually begin today according to Chara-Ani's website, but since business has already closed in Japan, I'd imagine she'll be up tomorrow at all the usual places. We'll update you as soon as she's ready for buying!

[via Chara-Ani]

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6:00 AM on 11.28.2013

Chara-Ani surprises us with an adorable Fuuka Ayase

One of the figure industry's greatest crimes is that there's not more figures based on the cast of Yotsuba&!. Kiyohiko Azuma's adorable manga about the life of a five year old girl is universally beloved among people...

Martin Siggers

10:00 PM on 11.27.2013

Strap in for a Danboard Strap Charm preview gallery

Kotobukiya has released a preview gallery for its upcoming Yotsubato! Danboard Strap Charm.  The tiny cardboard box robot stands just under 1 inch tall and comes with both a strap attachment and an iPhone audio plug. The...


12:00 PM on 11.04.2013

Revoltech's rapid repaints/rereleases run rampant

There was a time when new Revoltech figures came as frequently as figma do today. These days Kaiyodo seems content with releasing a few new figures every month next to a pile of reissues and repaints. In October it was the th...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

5:00 PM on 10.27.2013

Take it easy with this Danbo cushion from Yotsubato!

From Yotsubato! other than Yotsuba herself, the most popular character from that manga is Danbo. Danbo, the cute cardboard robot, is now available in a more cuddlier form. Previously, I’ve mostly seen Danbo as Plamos a...

Vanessa Cubillo