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3:00 AM on 07.28.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: MegaHouse's Tieria Erde

MegaHouse's Tieria is just one of those figures that demanded more pictures than just the one or two. I might be wrong, but I think this is the first time we're seeing it in color, too. I was a little bit dubious of this figu...

Kristina Pino


2:30 AM on 07.28.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya shows Black Butler

I was rather impressed with the Black Butler display over at Kotobukiya's booth at Wonder Festival featuring Ciel and Sebastian. They're still unpainted prototypes, but man do those figures look amazing, especially with the f...

Kristina Pino



Have a preview of S.H. Figuarts Luigi a.k.a. best Luigi photo
Have a preview of S.H. Figuarts Luigi a.k.a. best Luigi
by Kristina Pino

Tamashii Nations have finally unveiled shots of the upcoming SHF Luigi, who is slated for release this December along with a brand new play set (Super Mario Play Set C). Let's just say that, if I were to receive one or three of these for Christmas this year, I'd be a pretty happy gal.

See Luigi in action in the gallery, messing around with monsters and shells and traveling via warp tube. Also cool: see Luigi and Mario together. Imagine all the great stop-motion YouTube videos they would star in!

This release looks like loads of fun, and I can't wait to see more shots once it's finally out in the wild. Maybe I'll see him at Wonder Festival this weekend? I'm ear-to-ear grinning over here.

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Kotobukiya's Mikasa means business in Amiami's preview photo
Kotobukiya's Mikasa means business in Amiami's preview
by Tianxiao Ma

I've been impressed by what I've seen of Kotobukiya's Mikasa figure so far. Amiami recently uploaded a preview gallery, and their shots made me feel even better about the figure.

In the gallery you can get a great look at the shading on her cloak, the sculpt on her uniform, and of course her maneuver gear. Every thing looks good so far, though I did notice that from some angles Mikasa looks a little less graceful. From the side, it looks like she's in full-on titan killing mode. From the front and back, it kind of looks like she's stumbling. It's only natural; tree branches are hard to balance on after all.

Pre-orders are still open for Mikasa so if you missed out on (or don't want, for whatever reason) Good Smile Company's version, you can still pick this one up.

[via Amiami Blog]

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Plum's Mushibugyo is... different photo
Plum's Mushibugyo is... different
by Tianxiao Ma

I don't often see figures from random manga floating around, so it was a nice change of pace when I found out about Plum's Mushibugyo figure. The traditional-looking outfit and muted blue color scheme set her apart from most Japanese figures, although the stripes do make me think of notebook paper.

Akiba Hobby has a big gallery up for Mushibugyo. She's actually not that far off from release (currently scheduled for late July). If you find this little lady appealing, pre-orders are still available from most retailers for ¥12,500.

[ Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | J-List | ToysLogic | Big in Japan ]

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8:00 AM on 06.11.2014

Another look at figma Captain America

The folks over at Akiba Hobby had a look at figma Captain America, and I thought I'd share a few images here - just a small selection, really, so check them out for the full look. If you can block the extravagant asking price...

Kristina Pino



Tamashii shares new Figuarts ZERO Sailor Venus info photo
Tamashii shares new Figuarts ZERO Sailor Venus info
by Rio McCarthy

One of my favorite Sailor Scouts is finally live, in color, and fully detailed! Sailor Venus is here with her swirling Venus Love-Me Chain attack, and I can't wait to get her into my collection. She's the third in the line after Sailor Moon and Sailor Mercury, and she looks to fit in swimmingly.

She was originally a Tamashii Web Exclusive, but will be made available through Bluefin affiliated stores in North America. She should be released in October or November and will retail at US$89.99. You can check out more information on the Bluefin Tamashii Facebook page, and be on the look out for those pre-orders to go up soon!

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I have no idea what's going on with Vertex's Super Pochaco photo
I have no idea what's going on with Vertex's Super Pochaco
by Tianxiao Ma

There's a lot to unpack here so let me just run down the list of items. Why is Pochaco's head so tiny? Why does she have a cowboy hat that's fitted for cats? How is it staying on her head? Why is she trying to take off her vest and her shorts at the same time? What are those headphones even connected to?

I don't know the answers to any of those questions. I suppose part of Super Pochaco's appeal is that she's an exaggeration of Sonico's attributes. However, rather than looking like an earnest attempt at sculpting a heavier lady, it seems like the character designer put a normal looking woman through a bad Photoshop session. I will say one thing, though: the stars on the bikini top are a nice touch.

This 1/6-scale figure by Vertex is up for pre-order for ¥11,000. She'll be out in August.

[via Vertex blog]

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

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Get hammered with Plum's Nana Kazuki photo
Get hammered with Plum's Nana Kazuki
by Tianxiao Ma

I haven't played much of any of the God Eater games, but I do enjoy the occasional figure release. The character and especially weapon designs in the series are pretty solid and translate well to PVC.

Amiami has a gallery for the upcoming Nana Kazuki from Plum. Her look makes me think of the 80s, especially with the hot pants. You can get a good feel for the outfit in the preview, and even a peek at her butt cleavage. Of course the crazy gigantic hammer is also prominent in the photos. I could almost imagine it's a boom box.

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10:00 AM on 05.20.2014

Have a glance at Erio Towa before she goes in for a bath

AmiAmi recently posted up a review of Orca Toys' 1/7-scale Erio Towa, which is currently slated for release in August. It looks like this figure might have fallen under our radar when it went up for order back in March, but t...

Kristina Pino



There's always another Titan to attack with Pulchra's Mikasa Ackerman photo
There's always another Titan to attack with Pulchra's Mikasa Ackerman
by Tianxiao Ma

There are a number of Mikasa Ackerman figures coming out, and I was feeling pretty good about saying Good Smile Company's version would be the definitive one. Now that Pulchra has released a preview of their own Mikasa painted, I wonder if this one can give GSC's a run for its money.

They're very similar figures, except Pulchra's version is bounding across some fingertips instead of rooftops. This is also 1/7-scale, slightly larger than GSC's Mikasa. So far the detailing looks very good, and the ever-important maneuver gear looks suitably intricate.

We don't have any pre-order information yet, but Pulchra's blog says reservations will be opening soon.

[via Pulchra's blog]

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7:00 AM on 05.08.2014

Treasure Festa in Ariake 11: Griffon - Nanoricchi gallery

Griffon Enterprises' Nanoricchi line is fairly new but the chibi figures were still a major presence at Japan's Treasure Festa in Ariake 11. The majority of the figures were revealed back at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter but th...

Natalie Kipper