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9:00 AM on 02.17.2015

Bandai announces S.H. Figuarts Super Sailor Moon for 2015

During the Wonder Festival Winter 2015, Bandai previewed the newest addition to its Sailor Moon S.H. Figuarts collection by showing off Super Sailor Moon. By popular demand, the second manifestation of Sailor Moon will debut ...

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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Max Factory's scale Link photo
Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Max Factory's scale Link
by Martin Siggers

What with figma Link and Nendoroid Toon Link popping up in Good Smile's portfolio over the past few years, it was surely only a matter of time before a full fat scale version of the legendary hero broke ground. And here he is, hot off the presses from Winter Wonder Festival. Made under the Max Factory brand and seemingly based on his Skyward Sword look, it's definitely a dramatic looking pose, although something doesn't quite click about it for me. Still, this is pretty big news. Are you excited readers?

[via Good Smile Company's Facebook ]

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Good Smile reveals DRAMAtical Murder's Ren photo
Good Smile reveals DRAMAtical Murder's Ren
by Martin Siggers

I don't know too much about DRAMAtical Murder but the visual novel (and now anime) has already made it's mark in the toy world, with several fine figures mostly of protagonist Aoba. During today's Kahotan Station stream, the team over at Good Smile Company announced their latest addition to the range, this time of Aoba's companion Ren.

Dubbed 'Rhyme Mode ver.' it;'s another tremendously striking figure that keeps up a recent GSC tradition of incredibly awesome, elaborate bases. The figure itself is no slouch either, coming with two display options. You can have a massive, raggedy cloak for maximum visual impact, or you can remove it for maximum bishonen-ogling appeal. It also looks liek those on a tighter budget will have the option of the shirtless version with a much simpler base. In either case, it's another fine looking product that's no doubt going to send fans of the game wild. 

[ via Twitter ]

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Bandai reveals S.H. Figuarts Cardcaptor Sakura, goes head-to-head with Max Factory photo
Bandai reveals S.H. Figuarts Cardcaptor Sakura, goes head-to-head with Max Factory
by Martin Siggers

It seems like only yesterday I was complaining about how there were no Cardcaptor Sakura figures, but now we're practically drowning in them, as Bandai have announced they'll be producing an S.H. Figuarts version of Sakura Kinomoto. What's more, we've already got fully coloured, production ready pictures!

Interestingly, this comes only a few days after Max Factory revealed their own poseable Sakura as part of the figma range. The two figures are uncannily similar, even down to the choice of outfit. Speaking of that, I know this is one of the famous ones, but could we please get a little more variety? Just sayin'. Regardless, it's a clear case of throwing down the gauntlet to a rival company, and it'll be interesting to see which way collectors decide to go. It seems like Bandai have the jump here though, as Sakura is already pencilled in for a March 2015 release. More news as we get it.

[ via Bandai ]

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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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12:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Nendoroid Akuma Homura completes the trilogy

Warning: Madoka Magica movie spoilers ahead! There's pretty much a holy trilogy when it comes to super popular characters - scale figure, Nendoroid and figma. You have to be pretty in-demand to merit all three, a feat wh...

Martin Siggers

4:30 PM on 08.07.2014

[NSFW] Wonder Festival 2014 Summer - figFix Shimakaze kicks off new line

Wonder Festival saw Max Factory unveil a brand new line for the company - fixFix. As you might be able to guess from the name, it's a spin on their omnipresent figma line, but without the signature poseability. Instead, these...

Martin Siggers

5:00 AM on 07.28.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya announces ARTFX J Cardcaptor Sakura

Those of you who've followed the blog will know of my near continuous requests for scale Cardcaptor Sakura figures. Well, good news has come out of Wonder Festival - it's finally happening!  Surprisingly, though, th...

Martin Siggers

9:30 AM on 06.24.2014

Kotobukiya show off their Rikka Takanashi prototype

Considering how popular Kyoto Animation's Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! has been, it's been somewhat surprising there haven't been figures from it. The only two offerings so far have been directly from KyoAni themselves...

Martin Siggers

5:30 PM on 06.21.2014

Medicom's Toy Exhibition 2014 reveals new Kill La Kill Real Action Heroes

Medicom's annual Toy Exhibition opened today, and as ever for the company Real Action Heroes were front and centre. There was a good mix of announced, released and brand new stuff on show, with a few first glimpses to hand. P...

Martin Siggers



Good Smile Company unveils Summer Wonder Festival exclusives photo
Good Smile Company unveils Summer Wonder Festival exclusives
by Martin Siggers

Is it really almost Wonder Festival time again? Yes, though it might be difficult to believe, the biannual celebration of all things figure is almost upon us, and as ever headliner Good Smile Company has some neat exclusives to announce. Rather than a long drawn out tease like usual though, instead the company has just decided to cut to the chase and reveal everything all at once. Without further ado then, your WonFes exclusives are...

There are also two event-only charms of Wo-Class, plus the announcement of an online exclusive Ninja Slayer figma, although we've got no more details on that one yet.

As ever, GSC will have a limited quantity of exclusives on the floor (500 for the Dekacchu, 2500 for everything else) but those unable to attend will be able to grab any of the six main releases from the Good Smile Online Shop between 27th July and the 4th August. Any readers tempted to crack open your wallets for these?

[ via Good Smile Company ]

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1:00 PM on 06.07.2014

Akuma Homura takes flight in figma form

Firstly, let's say SPOILERS for those of you who haven't seen the third Madoka Magica movie. All clear? Good! Good Smile Company and its various sub brands have ridden the Puella Magi Madoka Magica train pretty hard so f...

Martin Siggers