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4:00 PM on 09.02.2014

Transformers Masterpiece 23 announced as Decepticon Exhaust

When Takara Tomy or Hasbro come out with a new Transformers figure one of the first things they do in development is figure out how to make the most out of the figure's sculpt. For the more expensive to make Masterpiece figur...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker




Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar pre-orders begin, don't last long photo
Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar pre-orders begin, don't last long
by Martin Siggers

After appearing in scans a few weeks back, Bandai's Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar went up for pre-order yesterday. Despite the wallet-battering ¥32,400 price tag customers weren't deterred as several stores sold out immediately. As of writing Amiami, Hobby Search and Hobbylink Japan have closed orders (though there's still a chance a second wave will become available). He's still up at several of the smaller stores however.

Stoking the frenzy, the Amiami Blog also released a full hands-on preview that confirms several tantalising facts like size (big!), level of detail (high!) and transformation ability (show accurate!). As ever for the Soul of Chogokin line there's minute attention to show accuracy, with little stuff like having full rolling tracks on DrillGao or a sculpted cockpit in LinerGao. Disappointingly, the preview also confirms that accessories will be limited to replacement hands, although you do get hands for both GaiGar and GaoGaiGar, including specific hands for the Hell & Heaven attack. The Dividing Driver is also present and correct, but there's no sign of a Goldion Hammer, which suggests to me an extremely lucrative add-on coming at a later date. There's also no sign of the traditionally fabulous SoC base, though I'm sure that'll be in there somewhere.

Despite the incredibly high cost, this really does look to be the ultimate toy for any fan of the show, and I can tell you I buckled almost immediately and put in an order. Most stores are offering hefty discounts on that list price, which makes the whole affair slightly less insane. It's a tough call, but I'd make it soon - I don't think he's going to hang around for long.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big Bad Toy Store | Nippon-Yasan ]

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9:15 PM on 09.01.2014

The greatest office supplies ever made feature Dragonball Z

Office work sucks. There is no soul or personality in the boring cubicle of life. Now thanks to the efforts of Bandai, you can try to find some happiness in the crushing defeat that is work. This set of gashapon tries to put ...

Andres Cerrato

8:00 AM on 09.01.2014

Good Smile Company has a Kill la Kill surprise at Fan Expo

Good Smile Company had something sweet to announce coming out of Fan Expo in Toronto: a new figure of Kill la Kill's Satsuki in 1/8-scale! In order to get around the potential spoiler situation, I've written my thoughts after the break. Click on if you're not afraid of spoilers.

Tianxiao Ma

2:00 AM on 08.30.2014

Takara Tomy compares new and old with MP Star Saber

Thanks to Takara Tomy's attempt at being screen accurate with their upcoming Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber we're seeing them take an interesting slant on bot mode scale. Starting with the Brain of Courage (the tiny bot)...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

1:00 PM on 08.29.2014

Sailor Mercury is revealed as the next Sailor Moon series Pullip

The brains of the Inner Senshi, Sailor Mercury, is joining Sailor Moon in the realm of Pullip dolls. This may just be me, but Mercury seems to look a lot better in this line than Moon does. Maybe it's the haircut. Groove also...

Natalie Kipper

1:30 PM on 08.28.2014

Pre-order Good Smile's Colossal Titan for a colossal price

Yesterday we saw Kahotan preview Good Smile Company's astonishing new Colossal Titan polystone statue, and we simultaneously cooed over the detail while ruminating over the surely epic price tag. Well, now pre-orders have beg...

Martin Siggers

12:00 AM on 08.28.2014

You aren't imagining things, this is really a figma Archer release gallery

Not a hoax and not a dream; figma Archer is really being released. In fact you may have already received your payment request for your pre-order. I fully expected months of delays, especially when it was realized it would be ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

6:00 PM on 08.27.2014

Magazine scans show off all of MP Star Saber's features

Once again we get another month of scans featuring the incredible looking Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber. The Dengeki Hobby scans from TAG give us our best look yet at all of the little features that have made their way ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Good Smile Company unleashes the Colossal Titan preview photo
Good Smile Company unleashes the Colossal Titan preview
by Martin Siggers

We've seen Good Smile Company's breathtakingly massive rendition of the Colossal Titan from Attack On Titan at several trade shows now, but he's finally reached the last stage of his journey - a Kahotan preview shortly before pre-orders open.

Good Smile is touting this as the beginning of a brand new line they've dubbed 'Wonderful Hobby Selection'. It's being billed as the company's ultimate range of goods, with the press release boasting of the very best detail and quality GSC has to offer. Personally I thought that their regular stuff was pretty great already, but I guess you can always go further. The Colossal Titan certainly looks to do that. For a start, he stands a pretty impressive 490mm tall and is sculpted out of polystone. Sculptor Takeyuki Takeya has absolutely gone to town on the detail, with a fantastically dense representation of every muscle and sinew. I think my favourite detail might be the crumbling wall base, with its hundreds of individually craved bricks. If you're going to try and sell a new range on extravagant detail, this as definitely the piece to choose to start with.

It's all terribly impressive, and I don't even want to guess at what the price will be, especially considering this thing is both polystone and gigantic and heavy. Pre-orders will begin on the 28th, so you've got a chance to sort out a bank loan before they go live.

[ via Kahotan's Blog ]

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Amakuni's new Asuka is a cut above photo
Amakuni's new Asuka is a cut above
by Martin Siggers

Amakuni have recently carved out a lucrative niche collaborating with Hobby Japan magazine, producing high quality exclusive figures for the publication. That collaboration doesn't look like it's about to stop anytime soon either, as today the two put their latest work up for order, an impressive 1/6 rendition of Asuka Langley Shikinami from Evangelion 3.33.

The posterior-emphasising pose is a little reminiscent of Alter's take on the same character, but Amakuni's version holds its own well through the addition of a distinctive long halberd, which I don't remember from the film but adds a unique touch. It's a nice pose, graceful yet relaxed and made more noticeable by the decision to use Asuka's new plugsuit from the film, and intriguing mess of red, purple and white which shouldn't really work but somehow does.

All in all it's a very cool take on one of the most-overexposed characters in the figure world, and I'm definitely pondering an order. As an exclusive, you know the drill - a high price tag plus the additional cost of a proxy, though in this case that's somewhat offset by the generous size of the figure. Asuka is available now at ¥11,000, and is expected to arrive next May.

[ Preorder at Big in Japan | Nippon-Yasan ]

[ via Akiba Hobby ]

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1:00 PM on 08.21.2014

Figuarts Zero Sailor Mars goes up for pre-order

Figuarts Zero Sailor Mars is about ready to go up for pre-order in Japan, with reservations for the Tamashii Shop-exclusive figure starting at 4 p.m. Japan Standard Time (or about 13 hours from this post). Shipping out in Feb...

Brian Szabelski