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8:00 AM on 08.28.2014

Max Factory's Yamato is on board with pre-orders

Here's Max Factory's Yamato, in case you were wondering about Kantai Collection's take on the legendary battleship. I rather like the figure, except for the mismatched socks. My favorite piece would have to be her hair, espec...

Tianxiao Ma


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




11:30 PM on 08.25.2014

Racing Miku 2014 spools up for pre-order

As promised, Good Smile Company's Racing Miku 2014 ver. is now up for pre-order. A few of you guys expressed your approval of the design, and I'm with you. I've also decided that those are turbochargers because they're connec...

Tianxiao Ma



S.H. Figuarts Alphamon slashes into pre-orders photo
S.H. Figuarts Alphamon slashes into pre-orders
by Scarecroodle

Bandai of Japan's Digimon offerings are apparently far from over, as pre-orders (through Bluefin Distribution) have opened for S.H. Figuarts Alphamon.

Alphamon apparently starred in Digital Monster X-Evolution (more commonly known as Digimon X-Evolution), the eighth Digimon film. The figure stands 17-centimeters tall (or 6.7-inches) and will apparently stand as tall as the previously released D-Arts (or S.H. Figuarts?) Omnimon/Omegamon. While I have no familiarity with the movie, it's certainly a neat design.

Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Alphamon can be pre-ordered for US$76 and is slated for a March release. However, there's still no word on a S.H. Figuarts Betamon.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store ]

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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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8:00 AM on 08.25.2014

WeLoveFine opens pre-orders for Spycrab plush

The majestic Spycrab: the most notable of the fauna from the world of Team Fortress 2. Now, We Love Fine has taken what started as an in-game-glitch-turned-meme and transformed it into a plush. The Spycrab plush features a de...

Brian Szabelski

8:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Expand your fleet with FunnyKnights' Amatsukaze

Actually I don't have anything against KanColle. Just as I'm a fan of Strike Witches, I can't help but to like yet another property featuring moe anthropomorphized versions of military vehicles. However it has been difficult ...

Tianxiao Ma

7:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Max Factory's Samurai goes up for pre-order again

I'm guessing quite a few people missed out on Max Factory's Samurai (sometimes called Katanako) the first time if aftermarket prices are any indication. This is a re-color rather than a straight up re-release, but if you stil...

Tianxiao Ma



Your beverage's resistance to the Borg Ice Cube is futile, and other awesome new DST listings photo
Your beverage's resistance to the Borg Ice Cube is futile, and other awesome new DST listings
by Scarecroodle

In space, nobody can hear you scream about Diamond Select Toys' awesome new items in the latest issue of Previews. The selection includes a Borg Ice Cube make, a Rarity vinyl bank, Godzilla Minimates series 2, Buck Rogers Minimates, more Aliens merch, new Kill Bill Minimates, and, well, more.

The coolest selection of the bunch is obviously the Borg Ice Cube silicon tray although, sadly, the Borg Ice Cubes it creates will be assimilated into your drink as they melt instead of being added to the Borg Ice Cube Collective. It won't be a total loss, though, as they should convert your beverage's temperature by some degrees in the process.

The Godzilla Minimates line continues with a second boxset featuring Atomic Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, Jet Jaguar, and Hedorah the Smog Monster. The tiny Mechagodzilla is especially adorable. Of course, it's not the only Minimates box set this month as there's the Buck Rogers set (featuring Captain Buck Rogers, Colonel Wilma Deering, Princess Ardala and Tigerman) and the "Masters of Death" Kill Bill 4-pack (featuring Master Pai Mei, Hattori Hanzo and Bill). The Kill Bill set is possibly worth it for Pai Mei alone. I'm just wondering if he'll come with an alternate hand with a torn-out eye.

Other neat items include the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Rarity vinyl bank (the cutest bank seen thus far), an Adam West-series Batmobile bottle opener (designed for your batfridge rather than your utility keychain), and a hatched Xenomorph egg vinyl bank. Other items include a b&w version of the Metaluna Mutant vinyl bank bust, Marvel Retro Captain America Limited Edition Action Figure Box Set, and the Alien Facehugger Metal Bottle Opener.

All of the figures appear to be slated for a March release.

[ Pre-order Godzilla Minimates Series 2 | Rarity vinyl bank | Borg Ice Cube tray | Batmobile Bottle Opener | Alien Egg bank at Entertainment Earth ]

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Cherish the departed by pre-ordering Kaiyodo's Revoltech Hello Kitty Black Skull ver photo
Cherish the departed by pre-ordering Kaiyodo's Revoltech Hello Kitty Black Skull ver
by Scarecroodle

Kaiyodo's Revoltech Hello Kitty Black Skull ver is currently available for pre-order. This Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos, not the zombie movie or its remake) themed figure comes with Joe (the mouse), an apple, and an alternate normal head. While it's a neat collectible, I'm just surprised that this version took precedence over other holidays.

Revoltech Hello Kitty Black Skull ver can be pre-ordered for ¥2,100 and is slated for an October release, hopefully in time for a Halloween or Dia de Muertos celebration.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi ]

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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



Phat Company's Miki Hoshii previewed and available for pre-order photo
Phat Company's Miki Hoshii previewed and available for pre-order
by Scarecroodle

Kahotan has previewed Phat Company's 1/8-scale Miki Hoshii, which is also available for pre-order.

This crazy adorable figure comes an interchangeable glasses piece, allowing you to display her without or without the prop (although there aren't many reasons to go without). It's an absolutely endearing design with a good amount of detail.  Miki will run you around ¥7,992 and is slated for a February release.

[ Pre-order at AmiAmi ]

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Bandai's Mera Mera no Mi is one forbidden fruit you don't want to taste photo
Bandai's Mera Mera no Mi is one forbidden fruit you don't want to taste
by Scarecroodle

Bandai's Devil Fruit Mera Mera (Mera Mera no Mi) is currently available for pre-order. This replica of the Mera Mera Fruit (or Flame-Flame Fruit), which originally gave Fire-Fist Ace his powers, stands 5.9-inches tall which I'm assuming is to scale (with a human, not a figure...).

The fruit itself recently played a prominent role in the Dressrosa/Corrida Colosseum story arc so I suppose it's not terribly surprising that Bandai chose to replicate it over Devil Fruits, although I hope that we'll see some of the others as well (personally I might find a Yami Yami no Mi hard to pass up).

The only downside is that Bandai's Mera Mera no Mi will run you US$67 which seems like a bit much although I'm sure that it'll be a hit. The Mera Mera no Mi is slated to heat up your December.

[ Pre-order at Big Bad Toy Store ]

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