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9:00 PM on 04.23.2014

This month's scans feature tons of new Gunpla

I don't think there's ever been a time where I've been more excited by monthly scans. Not only is the Master Grade Turn X now in color, but there's also 4 new kits from Gunpla Build Fighters. On top of that, the new Real Grade Char's Z'Gok has its prototype, and a pair of new HGUCs from Unicorn. Get the full rundown of this month's Gunpla scans after the jump.

Andres Cerrato


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5:00 PM on 04.23.2014

figma Captain America and Ninja Slayer share a preview

A preview gallery has appeared for both (as in one gallery for two unrelated characters) Max Factory's upcoming figma Captain America and Ninja Slayer. Pre-orders are expected to open tonight/tomorrow. Unfortunately the photos themselves are dark and blurry, but we should see better images of both figures when pre-orders open shortly.

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Nendoroid Sakura Kinomoto (and Kero!) preview is on the cards photo
Nendoroid Sakura Kinomoto (and Kero!) preview is on the cards
by Martin Siggers

Being a colossal Cardcaptor Sakura fan, I was almost beside myself with glee when Nendoroid Sakura Kinomoto was revealed back at Wonder Festival. Now we've finally got a proper full on preview, courtesy of Kahotan. After getting a better look at her, I'm even more excited than before!

Aside from her endlessly adorable sculpt, Sakura comes bundled with the irrepressible Cerberus, aka Kero-chan, who gets his own miniature stand. She also (naturally) comes with her staff and a Clow card, although Kahotan's quick to apologise for the card's lack of detail. The headlining extra here is the ability to pose Sakura flying on her staff as she did in the manga and anime. To accomplish this, a special set of legs and a special skirt are included, along with a larger, winged version of the staff.

But there's more! She'll also come with a special base attachment to simulate her magical circle. There'll be three faces - happy, shouting (designed to recreate her 'RELEASE!' summoning pose) and a mystery third face that will be revealed on live broadcast. Good Smile Online Shop orders will also bag a bonus in the form of the 'sealed' version of her staff.

Provided the third face is some variant on 'adorably embarrassed' it's pretty much everything I could dream of. Pre-orders begin the day after tomorrow, the 25th, and I just cannot wait. Who's with me?

[ via Kahotan's blog ]

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11:00 AM on 04.23.2014

GSC's Gray Fullbuster is fit for the masses

A couple of weeks back, Martin showed us some of the first photos of the fully painted Gray Fullbuster from the Miyazawa Model Exhibition. Well, thanks to Kahotan, we have some more photos of the buff magic user. For one, we ...

Pedro Cortes



Good Smile Company's Mikasa Ackerman leaps off roofs, into pre-orders photo
Good Smile Company's Mikasa Ackerman leaps off roofs, into pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

Although I proclaimed Kotobukiya's version of Eren Jaeger the only Attack On Titan figure you'd ever need, I might be forced to eat my words here, as Good Smile Company have served up a full preview of their astounding take on Mikasa Ackerman to go along with pre-orders opening today.

Like Kotobukiya, GSC have chosen to show their subject in full flight, hair, clothes and weapons flailing out in a great display of movement. Mikasa here is portrayed very much in character - demure, but with steely determination. The pose is really dynamic, though if I had a critique I'd say she's a little too turned around, making it a bit unnatural. Detailing is, as you'd expect from GSC, immaculate.

The company has chosen to offer Mikasa in two forms, both identical except for one detail. The 'DX' version, priced at 14,200 and exclusive to the GSC Online Shop, includes a wonderful looking base designed to mimick a rooftop, while the regular version (13,200) does without. The base is a fantastic bonus for sure, but many buyers will have to be tempted by the prospect of store discounts on the regular version. Either way, for fans who simply can't have her soon enough, we've got links for you below.

[ Pre-order regular ver. at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan | Good Smile Company Online Shop ]

[ Pre-order DX ver. at Good Smile Company Online Shop ]

[ via Kahotan's blog ]

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11:00 AM on 04.22.2014

Revoltech goes small with new revolMiNi line

Revoltech hasn't held much attention lately. It's kind of saddening, but the line has failed to capture our imaginations with licenses and the actual product like figma and Figuarts have. That's not to say that Kaiyodo is any...

Andres Cerrato



Nendoroid Aoba bares it all in time for pre-orders photo
Nendoroid Aoba bares it all in time for pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

Boy Nendoroids are perhaps even rarer than boy figmas, so it's always a big deal whenever one shows up. Particularly when they look as good as Aoba, protagonist of the PC game DRAMAtical Muder and now ultra-adorable deformed bishounen.

First revealed at Wonder Festival earlier this year, Kahotan's now got the scoop on the final production version, finished off in Aoba's trademark blue palette. The wizards at GSC have done their usual terrific job recreating the fine details, be it his puffy bomber jacket or extravagant boots, and that shock of cyan hair is very eye-catching. His adorable dog Ren is present and correct too and wonderfully modelled for the scale. Aside from the standard expressions, Aoba's also got a truly unique accessory - the option to drive fans wild by going shirtless, with matching alternate hair to recreate a soundtrack album cover.

It all adds up to a package that's both unique and easy on the eye, and I'm sure legions of fanboys and fangirls are racing to get their pre-orders in. You can actually do that right now, as Aoba's on sale at 3,889, with orders due to land in September. Any of you have room for a big-headed pretty boy in your life readers?

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

[ via Kahotan's blog ]

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10:00 PM on 04.21.2014

[NSFW] Super Pochaco can serve me beer anytime

When we first posted this, I mistook this for Sonico. I mean, considering it's a Nitroplus character, it wasn't necessarily the worst assumption to make. However, thanks to astute readers Elite7x and s1ic3, I now know this is...

Pedro Cortes



WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 1 photo
WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 1
by Natalie Kipper

For a toy collector, if you only attended one panel at last weekend's WonderCon, it was Kotobukiya's Spring Preview. They had licensing announcements. They had prototypes. They had concept art a plenty. Heck, they even had a very generous raffle! So much awesomeness is impossible to contain within a mere one post and thus this panel's summary has been split into two posts. The anime, Star Wars, and gaming news can be found here and the rest will be in part two. For now, don't worry so much about that. Just read on and take in the excitement.

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11:00 AM on 04.21.2014

Get your wallets out, it's a Megahouse sale at HLJ

Stop the presses: if you have any extra money in your pockets, get ready to put it in the bank and use it. Hobby Link Japan has got itself a sale on a bunch of Megahouse figures. Going on until May 2, you can get up to 65 per...

Pedro Cortes

6:00 PM on 04.20.2014

WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya didn't bring much (if anything) new to WonderCon, which is understandable as it's not a tentpole convention in the US. However our determined editor Natalie covered their booth all the same despite being sick as a ...

Tianxiao Ma



12:00 PM on 04.20.2014

Volks Hobby Round 11: All eggs in the Charagumin basket!

This Saturday saw Volks hold their biannual figure event, Hobby Round! Now in its eleventh incarnation, it certainly has grown compared to its humble beginnings. From what was a small event used to showcase the newest figu...

Chris Seto