With their extremely striking take on Madoka (manufactured by Good Smile Company) receiving widespread praise, Aniplex have decided to take the inevitable next step and announced this morning they'll be producing a companion ...
A few days back we saw a quick unpainted prototype showing of Hobby Japan's take on Erza Scarlet, a collaboration with Amakuni. Now in very short order we've got both pictures of the fully painted figure and pre-orders up and ready to go.
So let's get the obvious bad news out of the way first - since Hobby Japan are involved, this is indeed a mail-in exclusive, so if you want her, you'll need to get your proxy on. She's not cheap either, clocking in at ¥9800, with a provisional ship date of June 2014.
As for the figure itself, I'm not a big fan. Amakuni's fit and finish is well up to snuff but the horrible, back breaking pose and the fact that the trousers cast off to reveal a skimpy thong give you a pretty clear idea of the target audience here. I don't want to throw shade at sexy figures - if that's your thing that's cool - but it's completely out of character. Can we perhaps just get a figure of Erza being the stone cold badass she is? Pretty please?
It’s no secret that Daryl is one of the most popular character on The Walking Dead. So of course figures of him are always in high demand. So logically companies will make more figures!
Shown in the November edition of the PREVIEWS catalog is an exclusive Funko Daryl Pop! figure. From the concept art it looks like this Daryl comes from Season 3. He has longer hair, a motorcycle jacket, knife and crossbow. There will also be a blood splattered version of this figure.
Featured on page 477 of the PREVIEWS catalog, these figures can be pre-ordered now at your local comic book store. This exclusive Funko The Walking Dead Daryl Pop! figure will be in stores in March.
The giant kaiju is striking again, this time as PREVIEWS exclusives. Godzilla collectible figures are being released from X-Plus and will be available at comic book specialty shops. There will be three Toho vinyl figures released; Godzilla, Varan, and Minilla.
The Godzilla figure will be modeled after his 1964 appearance in the fourth movie, Mothra vs. Godzilla. This figure will be 12 inches tall and have detailed body movement. Godzilla will cost US$160.
The Varan, or Varan the Unbelievable figure is taken from his first movie in 1958. Also 12 inches tall and featuring spiky spines from head to toe, this figure will be US$160. The last exclusive figure will be of Minilla from his 1967 appearance in Son of Godzilla. Baby Godzilla will be over 7 inches tall and cost US$80.
These three figures are featured in the November issue of the PREVIEWS catalog and can be pre-ordered now at your local comic shop. Diamond Comic’s PREVIEW exclusive Godzilla figures will be available in March.
As is the case sometimes with exclusive figures, Max Factory's rather impressive Kirino Kousaka True End ver. went up for pre-order based only on unpainted prototype shots. For those of you who were unwilling to put down a lot of money based only on some grey plastic, we've now got finished and painted shots from the figma blog.
There's no denying that this is one seriously impressive figure, well up to Max Factory's usual high standards. It can be tricky to make largely single coloured figures stand out, but there's some great work here texturing and shading the white dress to make it stand out. The strong contrast with her orange hair and the red stairs (carpeted with real cloth) looks fantastic. I'm really liking the pale candy-colours of her bouquet too.
As we covered in the original pre-order post, Kirino is exclusive and costs a serious chunk of change, retailing at ¥15,750. It looks like you'll definitely be getting something impressive for your money though, and you've got until October 31st to decide. Do these new shots sway you one way or the other readers?
Frombies recently shared a flyer on Twitter revealing three Robo Zora figures which will debut at NYCC on October 11th together with the previously-announced S2B2. The Robo Zora Morphers are called Moriko, Houou, and Hoshiko, and each is going to be priced at US$125.
Each is limited to just 12 pieces, and their weapons could be combined to make a neato spaceship. They'll be sold at a first come, first served basis, so make sure your butt is at Booth #609 by 10 AM.
Uh, wow much? If somebody told me about a design that put Nami in a(n overtly sexualized) version of Luffy's clothing, I wouldn't even be able to picture it and yet here we have a design that looks so oddly spectacular it almost seems natural... except for those daisy dukes --- in fact, I absolutely love the design with the sole exception of the denim thong that Nami is wearing. And no, don't try telling me those are actually shorts. Shorts don't ride up like that from behind.
The denim thong wouldn't be so bad if not for all the butt cleavage. I suppose it works if you just never turn the figure around. The figure is fantastic otherwise. Nami has a neat character design and a decent enough pose, which makes it a shame that MegaHouse really went overboard on that rear view.
Portrait of Pirates Nami Mugiwara version can be ordered from Bandai's premium site if you're in Japan or through Big in Japan (or your preferred hunter) in you reside in another part of the world. She'll be released in February 2014.
When will people get tired of Star Wars? The answer is never! That's why Frombie's NYCC exclusive is a mashup of their character SB and the Star Wars character, R2D2. For the event this year they went all out creating a figure that was much bigger than any figure they've made before.
S2B2 stands at nine inches tall and five inches wide. This figure will be available on the opening day of NYCC in very limited quantities. So if you find this figure cute and love the Star Wars theme, make Frombie's booth your first stop.
You'll also be able to pre-order their black version, Sith2B2, at NYCC.
Star Wars fans will have the chance to get an exclusive figure from Kotobukiya. The astromech droid, R2-Q5 will be the newest Star Wars figure added to their ARTFX+ line. This figure will be almost four inches tall and stand either upright or on its included magnetic base.
This NYCC exclusive will also come with a special bonus collectible gold plated medallion. This medallion is made to celebrate the limited production release. Fans will be able to get their hands on this exclusive figure at Kotobukiya's NYCC booth #1654 and through a limited pre-order in their online store.
For various reasons, Mattel's Monster High line really isn't something I follow. However, I can appreciate both the line's creativity and attempt to branch the general cause of horror (in some form) to new audiences (as well as likely appealing to existent horror fans). While the initial line was a good start, I'm happy to see Monster High's take on slightly more obscure horror characters.
Headless Headmistress Bloodgood, for instance, is based on the headless horseman from Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (although take away the horse and give her a ribbon and it could very well be Irving's The Adventure of the German Student). She definitely represents a fun concept and something literary to boot. The character was part of a fan vote at SDCC 2011 which she didn't win. She ultimately managed to get a Toys "R" Us exclusive figure which came out a few months ago and I understand some people balked at the US$43 price tag. As such, I'm happy to report that the Toys "R" Us exclusive Monster High Headless Headmistress Bloodgood (and Nightmare) pack is currently on sale for US$28, which is US$15 less than the normal price.
The pack is definitely a decent value considering it includes her steed, Nightmare. Headmistress Bloodgood herself apparently uses a taller body than the other dolls in the line (which is suitable considering she's supposed to be an adult character) although I'm not sure how much taller she'll actually be when the head isn't attached.
I'm not sure how long this sale runs for, so if you're interested in picking her up at the reduced rate it may be in your interests to do so quickly. I must confess to being somewhat tempted to pick this one up myself despite having greatly overindulged on collectibles this month already.
Batman sure is hot news today, so it's perfect that Play Imaginative has announced they're releasing a new exclusive Dark Knight figure. This Dark Knight will be a Super Alloy 1/6 scale collectible figure. Taken from Jim Lee's vision, this Batman will have a heavily armored suit consisting of at least 85% die-cast metal alloy and 50 points of articulation.
Measuring 12 inches tall, this Event Exclusive Edition of Batman will come with a matte gun-metal finish on his main parts. This figure will also have double-jointed elbows and knees, be double jointed in the body and neck, have ball-jointed shoulders, wrists and ankles, and have fully articulated hands and fingers. He'll also come with a cape, utility belt, two batarangs, grappling gun and a dragon gargoyle display base.
Batman will even have magnets embedded under his feet that attach to the dragon gargoyle base. This exclusive edition will add on one interchangeable head, six interchangeable hand parts and a base stand. Pre-orders are open now for this exclusive figure for US$275, and will end on August 31.
You can get this Batman and imagine he's any actor you want! The Event Exclusive Edition of Batman by Jim Lee is expected to be released on September 5.
Anime Expo 2013 is long over, all the more reason for NISA to unload their remaining AX merchandise onto their store. Not unexpected it's mostly Disgaea stuff including a pair of rubber character straps, some wall scrolls, and a set of buttons. There's also a set of buttons for the upcoming game the Guided Fate Paradox.
But the real centerpiece of the sale is a pair of Roly Prinny plushies in standard blue and big sis pink. Each plush stands six inches tall and look very well made. They even suggest tossing them around like a ball. They're undoubtedly cute and priced right at only US$19.99 each plush free shipping.