Yesterday, Kotobukiya announced the next figure coming to their lovable Cu-Poche figure line, Idol M@ster's Yukiho Hagiwara. The aspiring pop singer will be shrunk down to chibi proportions, standing at a mere 4 and a half in...
You may remember back in August Toys R Us Canada leaked listings for Chinese New Year editions of Optimus Prime and Starscream. The original listings didn't give pictures, but after a few months we've got our first official looks at both figures. Chinese store TMall has a new listing for both figures complete with pictures.
Platinum Edition Year of the Horse Optimus Prime is based on the smaller Masterpiece MP-10 figure. Early reports said he'd be made with gold colored chrome which I wasn't too thrilled with the idea of, but I actually like the way this one turned out. Rather than just swapping silver for gold he now has darker shades of red and black, and ample amounts of black on his joints and sides. It's a nice look. But the biggest change of all is his entirely clear trailer with some translucent blue for good measure.
As I expected the other figure is based on Transformers: Cybertron Supreme Starscream. This time around Screamer is done up entirely in G1 colors. Almost makes him look like the Fall of Cybertron figure. Even though all of the pictures are in Chinese these figures will certainly sell in other places through Hasbro like Amazon, Toys R Us, Big Bad Toy Store like in past year. Kinda want that Prime more every time I see him.
If you pre-ordered or just generally liked Good Smile Company's 1/8-scale Akane who hails from Vividred Operation, then you may want to check out Kahotan's latest blog showing her off.
The most useful bits of her post cover how to attach Akane to her Wanko hover bike and what can be displayed along with her. She also provided a box shot and base shot which is nice to see pre-release. Also of note, Kahotan put a Nendoroid Petit in the bike and a Nendoroid on the bike so everyone can see how big it is.
In all it makes for a good read, and it kind of makes me wish I had pre-ordered Akane for my own collection, but I am saving up funds for my next big hobby investment right now. Did any of you Tomo readers out there order Akane? I bet you can't wait for her to show up!
I like what I see in the sculpt and colors so far, but found the lack of variety a little off putting. Fortunately, tomorrow they will be showing off a new tunic type of pajama so I am hoping to see a little bit more variety. It's not that I don't think the two Milky Holmes Nendoroids they showed off here were not cute or anything, but I consider showing off two figurines with exactly the same bottom half sculpting with some recolors no matter the quality of the sculpt to look pretty cheap. But at least the colors chosen are pretty rich and pajama-like, aren't they?
What do you think Tomopeeps? Am I just spoiled on highly detailed figurines? Am I being too critical? Let me know in the comments.
Miku blizzards are no laughing matter as they claim the lives of dozens each year. The heavy snowfall of holiday Mikus buries sidewalks and even houses. The danger posed by the figma Snow Miku, as seen in Kahotan's preview gallery, as well the Nendoroid Snow Miku may be the most severe in years.
I cannot stress enough how harmfully cute this figma Snow Miku is and, if matters weren't bad enough, it comes with an adorable snowman accessory. I'm shivering already! Snow Miku comes with an optional scarf and alternate mitten hands which are perfect for outdoor snowy scenes (your levels of snow may vary).
Max Factory's figma Snow Miku will be first available through various promos (check out Kahotan's preview for more information) before becoming available to the general public through online orders. Are you guys as ic-ecstatic as I am?
figma Spider-Man is coming out later this month, so the figma blog has a preview of what you'll be getting. Generally I like the aesthetics of figmas, but this is not my favorite figure ever. He's too sparkly and that outfit just looks too busy. Superhero costumes have gotten the ultra-textured treatment for the big screen but I'm not a fan of it on this scale.
The figure comes with a few accessories such as a cell phone, backpack, and pieces to simulate him shooting his webs. As you can see from the gallery, he's also a natural candidate for use with the Nendoroid more suction cup stands.
Do you like ninja girls flying through the air swinging katars, swords and everything else around? Who doesn't? If you do then you should check out Kaitendo's latest sculpt of Homura from the bazonga-filled anime series Senran Kagura.
Kaitendo's sculpt of Homura has a lot of spunk to it. I love her pose and style, she has all these weapons strapped to her back, a katar in one hand and a definitive "I'm going to ownz you" look in her eye. I have never seen such a beautiful wielder of katars and to be honest I am going to be tempted to pre-order her when orders go up, and they should go up soon!
I don't really know a lot about Homura's character except for a little bit of backstory and what I saw in the Senran Kagura anime, but who watches that anime for the story anyway? However I have to say the pose and expression of her character ignites a desire in me to play a fighting game. This says wonders for the skill it took to make her look this awesome.
Alisa looked hot when pre-orders were first announced. Over a month has passed and she still looks hot! This is what happens when a company like AlphaMax who I think are very good at making quality swimsuit figurines make an action posed busty female like Alisa from God Eater.
Do you know what the best part of this figure is? Well, if you ask Rio, me, and some of Tomo staff then you hear that she is a definite candidate for the best butt of the year award. If that award ever existed, not that she is lacking in other departments. Her stockings just show off her detailed sculpt so nicely. However there is so much more to her than that!
AlphaMax did an outstanding job of detailing the base and sword of this figure as well as making the clothing cover just enough to look modest from any above angles. Actually, I find her interesting because from above she does not look pervy at all. Alisa could easily be placed on a low, middle, or high shelf in a collector’s case for different display options. Plus with a red and black color scheme she should blend in great about anywhere in ones collection.
What do you think Tomopeeps? Did any of you pre-order this lovely lady?
Nendoroid Saber Bride comes with her sword (Aestus Estus: The Embryonic Flame) and the choice of three faces: a smiling face, a sideways glance, and a really bizarre-looking one apparently created by Fate/EXTRA CCC's character designer. She might also come with a musical note that can attach to her hair.
If you remember the recent Nendoroid Saber Extra preview, you may recall that I mentioned Saber Extra was one of my least favorite Saber designs... mostly because Saber Bride exists and currently holds the dubious honor of being my least favorite. While I'm not fond of the design under normal circumstances, I think I like it even less in a super-deformed (or chibi) format since it really doesn't translate well. However, the oddest thing about this is that the nendoroid seems to be getting a mass release whereas the figma was part of a game bundle, which seems to be something of a trend.
Pre-orders are listed as opening on December 5th. In the mean-time, be sure to check out the photos in the gallery.
Never ones to believe you can have too much of a good thing, Wave has unveiled an entire new range of Madoka Magica Beach Queens. That's right, every one of the five main girls gets a brand new look to go to the beach in. I have to say for the most part I prefer these to the original - the sculpts are better and it's cool to see the girls dressed up in something other than the colours they're always associated with. If I had to pick one out it'd be Kyouko - I'm liking the blue look on her, and the ice lolly is a nice touch.
All of these lovely ladies are up for order from today, so hit the links below if you like the look of one (or all!) of them. Disappointingly, they're a little more expensive than the standard BQ price, with most of them at ¥4200 and Homura at a hefty ¥4800 (allegedly due to extra parts). All of them will be due out in April, and if anybody does collect the set, we'd love to see!
Occasionally in this hobby you just see stuff that is really, really weird. This is one of those cases, as Griffon outs yet another Vividred Operation figure that they're making. The subject this time is Vivid Yellow, aka Himawari Shinomiya, who they've already released threedifferent versions of. Gotta ride that cash cow hard I guess.
So what makes this one so special, aside from the fact it's a swimsuit version. Well, sheer size is one thing - Himawari is rendered in 1/2.5 scale, leaving her standing at about 60cm tall. The other is...well, she's going to come in two versions. One regular version and one version which - and there's no other way to say this - has squishy boobs. Yeah.
I'm sort of literally lost for words here. One thing I will say is that if there's any sort of silicone involved in the construction, this is not a figure that will age well. There's also the matter of price to consider - the regular edition will cost a whopping ¥28,000 while you'll need ¥29,900 to get your squeeze on. Don't even think about the shipping cost when she's released in January. If you must have her, pre-order links are below. Me? I'm going to back slowly away from the computer now.
At a casual glance Kirino may look like your typical swimsuit figure, but Griffon went the extra mile by capturing the look of her hair by sculpting it to puff out and billow just right to be pretty. They got her eyes and blush spot on and did a good job bringing out the moe with that fang in her mouth. Her knees and feet are poised in a way that make her look a little bit vulnerable, further bringing out that moe vibe. I also like the way her colors are balanced between the baby blue swimsuit, pink towel, and orange colored hair.
While Kirino is usually playful and even quite flirty I think the amount that she tugs on her swimsuit here to show off her thigh is a little bit excessive and leads little to the imagination. However this kind of craziness is part of what made her a popular character right?