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9:00 AM on 07.22.2014

Ready your weapons and wallets to pre-order Kotobukiya's Rikka

I was very excited after Kotobukiya showed off their prototype for Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!'s Rikka Takanashi, and now the final painted version has showed up that excitement hasn't diminished one bit. In fact, col...

Martin Siggers




Sideshow's Sentinel maquette fully revealed, up for pre-order photo
Sideshow's Sentinel maquette fully revealed, up for pre-order
by Scarecroodle

Sideshow Collectibles' gargantuan 32-inch Sentinel maquette is currently available for pre-order.

I was fairly wowed when I saw the preview image back in May and the full thing is, well, staggering. Not what quite what I expected, but still really cool. The pose is a little odd but it seems to have been chosen to show off the Sentinel's machine-y musculature and weapons array. If the detail and size wasn't enough for you, the Sentinel also features light-up features AND an interchangeable head with neck articulation. The only thing that's not totally awesome? That US$900 price tag.

Between the size and the size of the price-tag, the Sentinel maquette is going to have to just be something I admire in photographs. I would love to see Sideshow Collectibles turn this design into a fully articulated figure, though, especially with retractable weapons.

Sideshow Collectibles' Sentinel maquette is slated to ship next July and will run you US$900. As with Sideshow's other offerings, a payment plan is available.

[ Pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles ]

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figma Motoko Kusanagi may soon Stand Alone on your shelf photo
figma Motoko Kusanagi may soon Stand Alone on your shelf
by Scarecroodle

Max Factory's figma Motoko Kusanagi (Stand Alone Complex ver.) is currently available for pre-order.

figma Motoko was first unveiled at Winter WonFes earlier this year where it received the expected amount of excitement. While I was also really hyped at the time, I can't help but think that the timing is a little off. I mean, where was this figure five or more years ago when I really wanted a Motoko figure for my shelf? Sure, an articulate SAC version of Motoko has long been on my figure wish list (the CM's Corp one just didn't cut it), but my want level has gone from 11 down to a 5 over the years.

That's not to say that figma Motoko doesn't look great; on the contrary, Max Factor has done a wonderful job on the sculpting and paint (although the standard face is so-so). The official images feature some cool poses. She comes with three faces (standard, shouting, and smiling) and two weapons (Seburo A5 and Seburo C26A). However... it's just not as exciting now.

Given that the SAC design is probably my favorite Motoko design (as much as I enjoyed the original Ghost in the Shell I never liked its art and I wasn't a fan of the manga) and that the series was, at one point, among my favorite anime, I feel like I'll probably wind up buying a copy. I just wish that Max Factory had released it at a time when I both more into the show and more into the figma line (not to mention when the line was more affordable).

Max Factory's figma Motoko Kusanagi can be pre-ordered for ¥4,800 and is slated for a December release.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | HobbySearch | AmiAmi ]

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Batman villains, ponies, and robots, oh my! DST's latest product listings photo
Batman villains, ponies, and robots, oh my! DST's latest product listings
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Select Toys' latest PREVIEWS offerings (now available for pre-order) inlcude a MLP:FIM Fluttershy vinyl bank, an electronic B9 robot, and the Frank Gorshin Riddler vinyl bank bust. In short, it's another mixed month.

Details after the jump.

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Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders photo
Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

Kotobukiya pretty quickly carved out a reputation as the go to manufacturer for Sword Art Online figures, what with their spectacular renditions of Asuna and Leafa. Now that the second series of the anime is starting up they're back in the game, this time with a figure of cool calm sniper girl Sinon from the currently airing Gun Gale Online arc. 

Sinon looks great as you'd expect and Kotobukiya have done a good job of reproducing her distinctive outfit. I love the crisp white stripes and black piping, and there's plenty of detail to be found on her weapon. The ejecting cartridge and accompanying smoke trail effect in particular are wonderful touches. I've got a big problem with the rather inexplicable pose though. Is she falling? Diving? Did she just trip? It's disappointingly static and I'd have liked a look which made much more explicit if this was an action pose or just something more casual.

That aside, people love the ladies of Sword Art Online so I'm sure there'll be plenty of fans chomping at the bit to get their hands on her. Sinon is available to order now for what's fast becoming the standard high-end figure price of ¥9,800. She's due out in December, so hit the links if you feel like bringing a deadly assassin home.

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

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7:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Underwear must be a foreign concept to Wing's Chachamaru Ashikaga

You see, it's not that she isn't wearing underwear (well, her top can be cast off). It's just how poorly she's wearing it - oh my... Anyway, this is Wing's Chachamaru Ahikaga, a character from the visual novel Full Metal...

Tianxiao Ma

6:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Max Factory shows they understand swimsuit figures with Misty

Max Factory has shown a proclivity for making figures of sexy ladies recently, and this swimsuit version of Misty from Shining Hearts has caught my eye. I find most swimsuit figures to be boring, but this one appeals to ...

Tianxiao Ma



Walk on water to these Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class pre-orders photo
Walk on water to these Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class is without a doubt one of the most striking designs from Kantai Collection and in fact one of the most striking character designs we've seen in quite a while period. Whereas most of her compatriots adopt the standard 'cute girls, cute outfits' ethos, Wo-Class looks more like something out of War of the Worlds than something you'd put on a hug pillow. That's cool by me.

Good Smile Company have already announced a Nendoroid and a Dekacchu of Wo-Class as Wonder Festival exclusives, but they've now gone ahead with and put up orders for a stunning 1/8 scale version too. It's a great rendition of her very alien black and white look, lavished with the traditional GSC attention to detail and some particularly tasty shading. Not only is that gigantic hat removable but she comes with three tiny 'airships' to display alongside her, not to mention that great looking water base.

It's absolutely the first KanColle figure I feel genuine interest in owning, but I'd need deeper pockets than I currently have, as Wo-Class is listed at a sizable ¥12,778. That's not unreasonable given the complexity and quality of the figure, but it's definitely outside impulse buy territory. If you aren't dissuaded, hit the links below and you'll see her come sailing in in February 2015(!).

[ Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan | Good Smile Online Shop (with bonus poster) ]

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12:00 PM on 07.10.2014

Megahouse's Space Dandy and Honey are up for pre-order baby

OK, it might not be as delightfully continuity-baiting as Be@rbrick Dandy, but there's good news for Space Dandy fans who prefer their figures a little more traditionally styled. After popping up at MegaHobby Expo a few ...

Martin Siggers



Nendoroid Satsuki Kiryuuin demands you bow down and pre-order photo
Nendoroid Satsuki Kiryuuin demands you bow down and pre-order
by Martin Siggers

We saw a pretty good glimpse of Nendoroid Satsuki in the Kahotan Station stream a few days back, but now Good Smile Company's resident blogger has taken the wraps off completely for a comprehensive preview.

As with Ryuko and Mako before her, Satsuki's cartoony style is perfect for squashing down to Nendoroid scale and she looks fantastic as a result. What's a little less fantastic is the limited selection of accessories. Satsuki comes with only two (admittedly great) faces - stern and shouting. Other add ons are limited to both sheathed and unsheathed versions of her sword, Bakuzan. Still, where's my teacup?

If the accessories are a little lacking, GSC have attempted to make up for it with a very cool base. It's a replica of the peak of Honnouji Academy where Satsuki often stands to deliver ominous proclamations. In a great piece of style swiped from the show, she'll also come with a massive text piece reading STUDENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT to be displayed behind her. Orders from the Good Smile Online Shop get an exclusive bonus in the form of two additional text plates (NATURALS ELECTION and TRI-CITY SCHOOL RAID TRIP).

Overall, it's a toughie. I feel you should get a little more for your ¥4,200 but at the same time the basic figure is so precious it's difficult not to go all in. I think I'll be buying and if you want to join me, hit the links below and eagerly anticipate a parcel this October.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan | Good Smile Online Shop (with exclusive text plates) ]

[ via Kahotan's blog

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Vertex's Tiki (Dragon's Crown) gets a preview gallery & pre-orders photo
Vertex's Tiki (Dragon's Crown) gets a preview gallery & pre-orders
by Scarecroodle

A preview gallery has appeared for Vertex's Tiki, the fairy helper from the hit Playstation 3/Vita beat-em-up Dragon's Crown. Pre-orders are also available.

Although I (still) haven't played Dragon's Crown, I was impressed with Vertex's Tiki when we first saw the unpainted prototype back in November and I'm pleased to report that she looks even better painted. The 1/1 scale figure (being a fairy, the character is tiny) sports an almost magical paint job with absolutely stunning detail paid to her wings. As an added perk, the figure can apparently be removed from her coin pouch base which allows her to sit right in the palm of your hand.

The coin pouch doesn't look as impressive, but the coins themselves almost look valuable. Despite appearances, they all seem to be interconnected at one point or another which keeps them from being fun little props. On the whole, it's a great-looking display.

Vertex's Tiki is currently available for pre-order with a ¥8,300 yen list price and is slated for an October release. So I have only one question: Do you believe in buying fairies?

[ Pre-order at HobbySearch | AmiAmi ]

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All You Need is Love with Kyoto Animation's Shinka Nibutani photo
All You Need is Love with Kyoto Animation's Shinka Nibutani
by Martin Siggers

It's a good time to be a fan of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, what with Kotobukiya and Amakuni both recently unveiling figures from the series. Now Kyoto Animation, the studio responsible for making the show in the first place, is back with another addition to their own range. This time it's the seemingly-perfect Shinka Nibutani who's hitting the store.

After excellent figures of Rikka and Dekomori, Nibutani doesn't disappoint either. As with Dekomori, KyoAni have skipped the rather rote school uniform in favour of the fetching and fanservice-y cheerleader look. The sculptors have taken full advantage with an energetic jumping pose and pom-poms. Perhaps the most eye catching thing about the whole figure is the gigantic LOVE base, which both holds Nibutani in the air and provides a suitable backdrop for her.

Overall she's a fantastic looker and perhaps the best Chuunibyou figure yet. As ever though, there's a catch. Like all of KyoAni's figures she's exclusive to their online shop, so you'll need to have your favourite proxy on standby. Then there's the price, a sizable ¥12,000. Still, you're getting quite a figure for the money. I know I'm still tempted, anyone else?

[ Pre-order at Kyoto Animation Online Shop (proxy needed) | Nippon-Yasan ]

[ via Kyoto Animation ]

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