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Broccoli

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Broccoli


I'm sure you can find a waifu here...
Feb 14
// Oansun
Broccoli doesn't exactly have a banner year of super-popular characters on their slate (save for one), but it's not like they care. In the gallery, you'll see their bread-and-butter. Emphasis on the butt(er). Their 1/8 scale ...
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Good Smile Company

Don't underestimate Nendoroid magical girl Akari Yomatsuri


Plus a bunch of other friends from Miyazawa Model Exhibition
Nov 19
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Although announced a few months ago, we're finally getting out first look at Nendoroid self proclaimed magical girl Akari Yomatsuri from Captain Earth at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Autumn 2014! They haven't said a wh...
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Bargain bin sale

Hobby Search is holding a bargain bin sale


My favorite ladies are in trouble! Buy them!
Aug 22
// Jon Wills
Remember the recent sale on Alter characters over at AmiAmi? Well, these loveable ladies and more must not be selling well because they are now in Hobby Search's latest bargain bin! Of course this is a great thing for co...
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AmiAmi's Alter sale

AmiAmi has a fantastic price on these three Alter figures


I own and love all of these figurines.
Aug 17
// Jon Wills
Yesterday when I was trying to dig up some sales to tell you about I happened across some amazing deals at AmiAmi for Alter figures. First up we have Alter's Majyokku Miracle-n hailing from YuruYuri for just  ¥3950 y...

Tomopop Review: Alter's Majyokko Miracle-n

Jun 27 // Jon Wills
Figure Name: 1/7 Majyokko Miracle-nFigure Marker: AlterRetail: ¥8,800Available at: HobbyLink Japan First and foremost I would like to send out a big thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing me this wonderful sample to review. I had been waiting with great anticipation for Miracle-n to show up. Also, as good luck would have it, my brand new Tamron 60mm F2 macro lens showed up within the same hour as my HLJ sample, so I had twice as much fun as usual while photographing this figurine.  Here is my haul from HobbyLink Japan all boxed up still. The larger of the two boxes got a little beat up during shipping but thanks to a good job packaging, everything came fully intact. Much like Miracle-n herself, this box just beams out cheerfulness. It's design echoes the same patterns that are used in her figurine. The stars and fluffy cotton candy-like clouds are a perfect accompaniment for a collectible like this that has high levels of adorableness. If you are one to not unbox your figurines you should look seriously at this figure, because not only does the front window show off Miracle-n very well, it also looks great from all sides. Here is Miracle-n still wrapped snugly in her packaging. I was surprised at how large her spinning wand special effects part is. I had seen it in photos before, but the piece is nearly 10 cm in diameter, and looks very cool in person. Also, as you can see pictured above, the little crystals on the rods can reflect different colors. The crystal is made from a super reflective clear plastic. Included in the package is not one, but two of these special magical girl batons. I much prefer Miracle-n with the spinning baton, which leaves a perfectly awesome 1/8th scale wand to use with my other figurines!  Here is my Ranka Lee being taught by none other than Sakura-chan how to use her baton! It's going to be fun to think about whom else can use this baton, however, Ranka seemed like a natural. Here we have Miracle-n's base. It has a design much like her box. I like the creamy white color, and how it swirls up into a wispy ending where Miracle-n would stand. She fits extremely tightly into the pegs on her base. I had to play with the angle for about three minutes before I got it right. There is only one way she goes on, but she feels super stable, and she better feel that way, because not only does she have a crazy pose, but there is a lot of stuff going on at the top of her figure. Despite that, I can tell you her leg that connects to the base is very heavy by itself. I would guess it has a metal support in it. Here is Miracle-n in all of her dazzling cuteness.  There is a lot of action going on here from the twirl of her baton, to the swirl of her skirt. I kind of imagine she is leaping off a cloud here, and even if it does not make perfect sense, magical girls are all about being fun and fantastical, right? In that way, I think she exceeds and succeeds. I like how the brighter colors, like the yellows, pop nicely against her pink and purple outfit. The yellow is also carefully balanced, so there are some at the stars near her feet, her baton, her hat, and the trailing star on her hat. It's hard to fully appreciate her hat from the front, but from the back you can see that Miracle-n has this giant floppy witch hat. It reaches out pretty far on the sides, too, but nicely does not cover her face or pigtails up much at all. I like how it is a classic witch hat in design, complete with the star on the tip of it. The pink ribbon on her hat, much like the yellow star, is echoed on her baton, and her base as well, leading to a good balance in the design. Here is her super cute face in all of it's brilliance. Those eyes are so sharp and spot on and rounded in that classic YuruYuri style. If you look closely at her hand you can see that all of her fingernails are polished pink. It really makes her fingers pop and stand out. Of course, it would also make any painting errors stand out more. I've probably said this five hundred times since I have begun writing about figurines, but I love how Alter captures all the details well, and has such a high standard of quality control. I have always been a fan of detached sleeves, so do notice how well they are done here. In particular, I like how they are tight around her upper arm, but then wrinkle as they widen out. The effect is really natural, almost to the point that I didn't notice. These pigtails really do look like they could eat something don't they? While viewed up close they look a little too blocky without enough natural flow to them, but from further away the design of the individual clumps makes for a nice effect. Here you can appreciate the size of her magical baton.  She holds it to her side and slightly behind her, so it might seem a little smaller than it is until you really look at it. Alter did a fantastic job painting the fingernails here pink. You have to turn Miracle-n's figurine around to many different angles to see all the pink fingernails, but every nail is painted. Her outfit is fairly tight fitting until it flares out at the waist where all sorts of action is going on. The way the skirt shows a lot of skin here originally made me hesitate on buying Miracle-n though, because I was afraid of her flashing all the guests who visited to see my collection. Sure, I could put her on a low shelf, but I would hate to do such an injustice to a beautiful Alter figure. There are tiny tiny flecks of purple paint here flecked onto the white surface of her coat. This is really minor though and I think I am only seeing them because I am looking at this figure with a macro lens. I can not see the flecks with my own eyes. It's neat to see the action in her pose with her legs going different ways. Amazingly from most lower angles it is impossible to get a panty shot. I would not have expected this. In a off angle from behind it is possible to get a glimpse up here, but the fact it is challenging to take a photo of this is re-assuring. People who may have passed on her because of her potential showiness have little to worry about. Here is the where her foot connects to her base. I really like the little stars here, and the wispy, twirly part reminds me of vanilla ice cream. Mmm, soft serve. Just this once Miracle-n has the honor of standing where Azusa would in my band. Why you might ask? It's because Azusa and she are voiced by Ayana Taketatsu. If may recall Azusa is significant to me because she was the Alter figure that started my collection. One of Miracle-n's most charming points is her energetic smile, and in my collection I consider no other girl to have a more charming smile than Alter's Yui Hirasawa. Amusingly, both Yui and Miracle-n have about the same style of smile, but to me Yui's is more brilliant and beaming because it shows more in her eyes. It could just be my perception, but I think that Miracle-n's large cheeks and eyes make her look a little bit more innocent, but a little less beaming, really though it just comes down to taste. As much fun as it was to pose her with my band she can not replace Azusa in my collection. For now I have moved her to be with the younger girls in my collection. She is much larger than these girls, but her color scheme blends in perfectly. So in the end is she worth buying? Yes, if you like either magical girls, witches, or YuruYuri or just cute big-eyed girls. Also, any money spent on an Alter figure is money well spent, because they are built with such a high level of quality that shines through every figure. Alter has an, "it'll be done when it is done approach", and I appreciate this attitude in a world filled with deadlines. Every Alter figurine is a work of art, and they are a joy to look at and hold in your hand. I can't recommend Alter's Majyokko Miracle-n enough. [A huge thank you to HobbyLink Japan for providing us with this review sample!]
Review: Alter's Miracle-n photo
A Miraculous Cutie
YuruYuri was easily one of my favorite shows from 2011 and 2012. It brought lots of laughs and cute girls. Every episode was amusing and generally light hearted. It was occasionally odd, and a little creepy too. The subject m...

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Pre-order these YuruYuri plushes


They are both so cute! I want to hug them.
Apr 02
// Jon Wills
Do you like YuruYuri and plushies? If you said yes then you need to check out Penguin Parade's latest plushies of Akarin and Chinatsu from YuruYuri. Both are cute dolls with good looking uniforms but Akarin is the cuter ...
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Rare Invisible Akari Nendoroid spotted, it sold quickly!


So cute! I would love to hide her in my collection!
Mar 13
// Jon Wills
[update: found her up for pre-order!] A limited print version of this adorable clear Nendoroid of Akari Akaza AKA "Akariin" from Yuru Yuri was announced and it seems to have sold very fast. 7,777 copies are to be made an...
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Catch Alphamax's Chinatsu before she takes a dip


I apologize for there not being better news than this
Feb 18
// Tianxiao Ma
There are as many swimsuit figures as there are fish in the sea, but that won't stop Alphamax from adding to the selection. I suppose as long as there are characters to fit into swimsuits, there will be swimsuit figures. This...
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Salute summer with YuruYuri's Akari


Alphamax - 1/7 Scale
Dec 14
// Emily Smalara
While some lucky few of us may be enjoying the onset of Winter, the rest of us are wondering why Christmas has decided to be grill weather rather than the season for yule logs and hot cocoa. An apt pre-order, then, is Alphama...
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MegaHobby Expo 2012 Autumn: Alter


Just reminding you that Kongiku's still a thing
Nov 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Alter had a few figures to show at MegaHobby Expo, including a timely reminder that their Kongiku figure is still going to happen. Eventually... probably. Who knows with Alter? Among the sights to see were: Saber in probably...
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30th Prize Fair: Sega Prize


YuruYuri, Accel World, OreImo, and even Kaito Kid show up from the game company that's also prize figure maker.
Nov 07
// Jonathan Tubbs
What's a Prize Fair without the company that has it in their name? Sega Prize attended the 30th Prize Fair with their assortment of prize figures from an array of anime titles that may interest some folks. The one that immedi...
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YuruYuri's Akari by ALTER is visible for you to pre-order


ALTER has not forgotten the dumpling hair girl by releasing a 1/8-scale figure of her.
Nov 07
// Jonathan Tubbs
It was just Monday at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition that we saw YuruYuri's background girl Akari brought to the forefront by ALTER. Now she's completely front and center and ready for pre-order at various resellers online. I'...
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Miyazawa Model Exhibition: YuruYuri's Akari by ALTER


ALTER makes sure this dumpling hair girl is front and center for her figure release.
Nov 06
// Jonathan Tubbs
Though Akari is one to be forgotten in YuruYuri, figure makers have taken notice. In fact, ALTER has made sure she's front and center at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition. The company brings the cheerful personality of this girl ...
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Pre-order this Pureneemo Akaza Akari before she vanishes


Akariiin!
Oct 26
// Jon Wills
Dolls have never been my thing. I have never bought any at all! Despite this, Azone's Pureneemo series have constantly amused and teased me with their designs. One day, I know I will cave in and buy one of them. Over the year...
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Pre-order these YuruYuri Beach Queens!


Kyoko Toshino and Yui Funami coming in February
Sep 12
// Jon Wills
I love YuruYuri. The show puts a smile on my face every time that I watch it! When I saw that Wave was making new Beach Queens figures of Kyoko Toshino and Yui Funami, I wanted to show them to you all. The funny part is, I'm ...
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Get your mahou shoujo fix with Majokko Mirakurun


Aug 31
// Emily Smalara
Well, apparently despite the delicious yuri, Alter's decided that YuruYuri's normal cast just isn't exciting enough for getting some PVC love. Enter Majokko Mirakurun, fictional magical girl within the series' universe. Of co...
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A week ago we brought you a look at some of Good Smile Company's upcoming Nendoroids. Among these my favorite was Akari Akaza, more popularly known as "Akarin'" hailing from the comedic light shoujo-ai series Y...

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Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: Sega Prize! Part 2


Jul 30
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Sega Prize! had no small amount of offerings at Wonder Festival this time around. Moving on to part two we'll be looking at new figures from Ben-To, Last Exile, Mawaru Penguindrum, and Yuruyuri♪♪! Follow me after the jump to see what's in store for all of these series. [see also: Part 1]
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Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: Nendoroids!


Jul 29
// Brian Szabelski
So, with announcements of Nendoroid Iron Man, new Black Rock Shooter TV Animation Nendos, and a bunch of new Miku Nendos including the first Nendoroid Jumbo, you probably think ... yeah, you know where I'm going with this, so...
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Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: Alter


Jul 29
// Kristina Pino
Not to be shown up by anyone, Alter is in with plenty of prototypes of new and upcoming figures, as well as a few other things we've seen before (like Charlotte Dunois which is up for re-release, Laura Bodewig which is up for...
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Have a second look at Wave's Beach Queens Akari


Mar 29
// Jon Wills
Fans of moe and yuri comedy rejoice! Thanks to AkibaHobby, we are able to post some new photos of Wave Corporation's Beach Queens Akari from Yuru Yuri. So just in case you were on the fence or had somehow forgotten about...
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Wave's newest Beach Queens on pre-order parade


Feb 14
// Brian Szabelski
Do you like Beach Queens and/or Haganai, Infinite Stratos or YuruYuri? If you guessed I'm asking because of pre-orders, give yourself a pat on the back. We have four simultaneous 1/10-scale Beach Queens pre-order opening...

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