Sideshow Collectibles has been working DC Comics' characters into their Premium Format line for some time with some pretty awesome statues so far ... but you get the feeling like they could do something even better than their...
Kidrobot's blog is home to some preview images of the upcoming Mardivale Dunny Series, featuring the work ofAndrew Bell and Scribe. Some of the more mysterious, masked designs are Andrew's work, while Scribe has taken to creating some colorful characters, like the stilted Dunny clown. You can check out the five preview photos Kidrobot have posted in our gallery to get an idea of what to expect.
Just a reminder, they're coming out tomorrow (March 4) and are priced at US$9.99. Check with your local Dunny retailer for any info on release parties; I know a lot of brick-and-mortar stores that sell Dunnys are having them.
It was way back in June 2013 when Big Bad Toy Store first dropped the bomb on us that Wheeljack and Bumblebee would be soon getting the Transformers Masterpiece treatment. It wasn't until the start of the new year that we got our first teaser of Masterpiece Wheeljack, but many of us were wondering how long we'd have to wait to get confirmation of MP BB. Well, it's been two months, but Takara Tomy is now finally ready to give us our first silhouetted teaser of Bee thanks once again to Shogo Hasui.
From what we can see in the silhouette (and in a little Photoshop work by Seibertron member superbat you can find the gallery) he appears to be using the much rumored Volkswagen Beetle as his car mode. VW has been notorious for not allowing their Bug to be used for 'war toys' and have prevented their use in the Alternators/Binaltech line and in the live action movies. It would seem they may have finally decided to let that slide and made way for its use here. That, or Takara Tomy is using a clever lookalike. If it is the real deal then this is the first time the Beetle has been usued officially in Transformers since the 80s (aside from reissues).
His outline appears to be pretty well proportioned. He does have big feet, but so did the original figure. I do like that they didn't put wheels on his arms. He does look to have a bit of a 'backpack', but he seems to be OK from the front. He appears to be holding a small gun. I'm holding out hope for a battle mask accessory, but it's too early to say.
Since they appear to be keeping him smaller than the other cars for accuracy I'm hoping they'll go with a lower price tag as well. Hopefully they'll remold him later on into Goldbug or even just give him a simple red repaint.
I don't like bikini figures, but even I'm a fan of Alter's 'Summer Holiday' versions of Nanoha and Fate from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. As is typical with Alter, there's a level of craft and detail in the work which makes them palatable even to me. Now Alter have completed the core three by showing off a finished version of Hayate Yagami, who we've seen extensively already but has mysteriously been slow to come to market.
As usual with Alter, it's difficult to find fault with the final product though. Hayate looks lovely, with her hat, basket, top and shorts combo giving her a very different look from the two previous entries in the range. Impressive (and unusually for Alter) all of the above can be cast off in favour of a no-frills black bikini. You even get a tiny, bikini-clad Reinforce II included, who can either be clipped to Hayate's hat or posed on her own mini stand.
It's a smart looking, tasteful figure that's sure to benefit from Alter's renowned quality and for anyone who already has Nanoha and Fate this has got to be a must buy. Order will open on the 5th of March and while no price is given, I'd say somethign around the ¥9,000 mark would be a safe bet
When I go to a concert, usually all I come back with is a useless ticket stub and half a cup of low-quality beer that's been spilled on me - if I'm lucky. If I'm not lucky, a lot of beer has been spilled on me. Wouldn't it be nice if I could leave a concert with a Nendoroid, though?
May'n fans have such an opportunity as Good Smile Company will be selling a special Nendoroid version of the pop star. It'll be sold at concert venues along her 10th anniversary tour, making it an actually memorable piece of memorabilia. Kahotan's blog has the preview, showing off May'n's trademark accessories and some really cool box liner art. This is yet another reason to love Japan.
[Update: Kahotan has put up a preview and we've added the images to the gallery below]
After emerging in glorious colour at WonFes, Good Smile Company has now opened pre-orders for their rendition of Shimakaze from Kantai Collection. Though the series, and the character herself, may be near ubiquitous at this point, a new scale figure from Good Smile Company is always worthy of note.
Based on a popular magazine cover, Shimakaze is shown in a revealing, if not quite NSFW pose. I do like her facial expression though, which deviates from the normally pretty blank look she wears by showing off a nice smirk. She's also accompanied by a triple decker of Rensohou-chans, who look fantastic and really add a lot of personality to the setup.
As ever, detailing, paint quality and everything else look to be utterly top drawer. You'd hope so too, since Shimakaze costs a mighty ¥14,800. That's no small amount of money and I suspect it'll cause quite a few to pause. But if your mind is made up, hit the links below to have her come sailing in this September.
The latest addition to the Tokusatsu Revoltech website is a page for the upcoming figure of The Bat. Yep, a poseable figure of Batman's craft from The Dark Knight Rises is coming in June, and it looks as odd at first glance as you might expect. It's also a chance for us to see the figure fully painted up close.
So what accessories does it come with? Well, besides the stand, you get a tiny Batman to sit inside the cockpit. He's not super detailed, just enough so you know that it's the Dark Knight. Kaiyodo's suggested retail price before taxes is ¥4,743 so I'd imagine it'll be a little closer to ¥5,000 at retail. I'm not sure I'm going to pick this one up because it's really for a niche audience (Nolanverse Batman fans), but what about you?
There isn't much new info since her appearance at WonFes, but Kotobukiya's gallery has an angle from the back and a close up of her face. If you're a cleavage enthusiast, I'd imagine you have plenty to admire as well.
I don't play Tera Online so I can't tell you why a character in a fantasy game is wearing a Japanese schoolgirl's swimsuit. What I can tell you is that this is a figure by Arcadia and Cerberus Project, who have had some nice collaborations in the past.
This Elin figure (now sporting a rabbit motif) uses that wonderful trope of a tiny girl wielding an enormous, threatening weapon. She looks so innocuous with those cross-shaped pupils and that curly pink hair. But her scythe is wicked! It reminds me of Soulcalibur's Zasalamel. Come to think of it, that scythe could pass as Zasalamel's version of Soul Edge too.
Although she's not up at the usual retailers yet, Arcadia's product page lists her at ¥15,120 and a July release. If that looks like a high price, it's because this is a big figure: 360mm long and 260mm tall. It's still not a ton of PVC but she's no Beach Queen either.
You'll have to wait all the way to June to see Dreamworks' sequel to the 2010, How to Train Your Dragon 2, but you only need to wait until April to get your hands on these new Pop! Vinyl figures from Funko. The six figures include the five-years-older versions of Hiccup and Astrid, but the real stars are the four dragons. Hookfang, Stormfly, Barf & Belch, and perhaps one of the most adorable version of Toothless you'll ever see are all included in this release.
I was really surprised by how good the original movie was so I have high hopes for the sequel. I really hope Funko can go back and give the original the Pop! treatment as well! If you want to see more of these and other upcoming Pop! figures check out our Toy Fair 2014 coverage.
Good Smile have never been the most hasty of companies, and in her preview even Kahotan admits that it's been almost two years since the Black Rock Shooter animated series aired. Still, they're nothing if not thorough and now the final entry in the new line of 'Animation version' Nendoroids from the series has arrived.
Although we've seen the BRS designs to death by this point this is still a great looking Nendoroid, with her spiky design and eerie face really doing a lot to convey the creepiness of the character. She's also bundled with one of my favourite accessories for a while - two tiny figures of her 'incomplete girls', marvelously detailed for their minuscule size. Pre-orders open tomorrow and we'll have all the links right here.
Hobby Japan has teamed up with Good Smile Company to produce a Sakura Miku scale figure. If the sculpt looks familiar, that's because it's based on GSC's 1/8-scale Miku. This one has been run through a copier and shrunken to 1/10-scale. Luckily the shrinking process hasn't impacted the detailing on her beautiful twin tails.
Sakura Miku will be an exclusive, coming in October bundled with Figure Japan magazine. For now you can check out Hobby Japan's gallery of the painted prototype. They're promising an update of some sort on March 9, so speculate away on what that might be about!