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1:00 AM on 09.19.2014

Get in some more figFIX Shimakaze preview action

figFIX Shimakaze is up for pre-order, but if you wanted to ogle her midriff some more, Max Factory's figma blog has another preview for you. My theory about this is that since the figma didn't come with the half-damage body (...

Tianxiao Ma


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Here's Aquamarine's Koki Yamoto in full color photo
Here's Aquamarine's Koki Yamoto in full color
by Tianxiao Ma

Koki Yamoto hails from the Japanese novel series Ninja Slayer. And, well, she certainly looks like a slaying kind of person. I don't really have much to go on because of the rather plain design, so I'll just go ahead and write some generic comments.

Wow her skirt is short! It must be cold for her at night. That's a sweet translucent scarf thing. Her sword is pretty awesome, probably! It would be nice to see a few ninjas, or at least some slaying with this figure, but I guess that's just not in the cards.

[ figsoku via Twitter @NJSLYR ]

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Check out the Light Side of SE's Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader photo
Check out the Light Side of SE's Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader
by Scarecroodle

Both Tomopop reader Kirin Lemon and Square-Enix's Hidemi Matsuzuka have tweeted photos showing the front side of Square-Enix's newly unveiled (unpainted) Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader (Star Wars) which is on display right now at Tokyo Game Show.

Despite the "Variant" label, Vader doesn't seem like a complete departure from his roots (or, at least, nowhere near as much as the likes of the other VPAKs). The upper torso looks a bit more buff and Vader's control panel is put further up along his chest (presumably to accommodate the somewhat ugly-looking joint). Vader's thighs, by contrast, are a great deal different from the normal design as the character almost seems to be wearing thigh-high boots with additional armoring protecting the inner thighs.

While additional differences may become more apparent when he's painted, it looks like Square-Enix didn't go crazy with this one. It might be a case of Disney/Lucas holding them on a tighter leash. At any rate, it's a pretty decent-looking design although the jointing currently looks a bit off.

Be sure to check out Kirin's and Hidemi's full images in the gallery.

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Flock yeah! Hot Topic to carry a flocked Pop! Simba photo
Flock yeah! Hot Topic to carry a flocked Pop! Simba
by Scarecroodle

VinylMation World has posted an image of an upcoming Hot Topic-exclusive flocked Pop! Simba. However, he's not the only upcoming Hot Topic exclusive as the retail chain will also be receiving a (far less exciting) black & white Pop! Loki.

Although I'm not the biggest Simba fan, I'm excited to see flocked Pop!s at normal retailers rather than just being convention or online exclusives (acknowledging that B&N *did* carry some SDCC exclusives but I missed my chance at a reasonably priced flocked Rocket Raccoon because I learned about that information too late). Hopefully this is the start of a trend where we'll see a lot of other Pop!s with flocked variants as well, including The Lion King's Scar, The Jungle Book's Shere Khan, etc.

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Marvel Select Cable headlines back cover of September issue of Previews photo
Marvel Select Cable headlines back cover of September issue of Previews
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Comics' new issue of PREVIEWS showcases Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select Cable, just one of the many things I was excited to see at SDCC. It's probably worth he's also currently available for pre-order.

DST's Marvel Select Cable might be my favorite figure version of the character, in no small part because it gives Cable that proper bulky look. I suspect that the body armor might impede his movement but gosh darn does it look awesome.

DST's MS Cable can be pre-ordered for around US$25 and is slated for a March release.

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

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Funko's Pop! Star Sapphire Wonder Woman & Frost Giant Loki to be sold exclusively at NYCC photo
Funko's Pop! Star Sapphire Wonder Woman & Frost Giant Loki to be sold exclusively at NYCC
by Scarecroodle

Funko has shown off two versions (each) of its upcoming NYCC-exclusive Pop! Star Sapphire Wonder Woman and Frost Giant Loki, to be sold at Fugitive Toys' booth (#410).

Both versions will be available in a standard edition as well as a variant; Star Sapphire WW has a metallic costume version while Frost Giant Loki seems to glow in the dark. I have to admit being a little surprised that the standard version of Star Sapphire is an exclusive in the first place, given that there's some fan demand for the character and she's more than just a simple repaint. Usually the more sculpting a figure gets, the more mileage its maker tries to get although I guess the body work must be minor enough that Funko isn't overly invested in the figure.

No word on pricing, but Fugitive Toys' previous exclusive Funko Pop! White Lantern Batman apparently ran for US$17 while its glow-in-the-dark version was US$25.

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DC Cover Girls Vixen gets up-close and personal in a new photo gallery photo
DC Cover Girls Vixen gets up-close and personal in a new photo gallery
by Scarecroodle

DC Collectibles has released a photo gallery for its upcoming DC Cover Girls Vixen (last seen at SDCC). Casual DC Comics fans may remember the character as John Stewart's second love interest in Justice League Unlimited, whom he became involved with after breaking up with Hawkgirl. Vixen's superpower allowed her to channel the abilities of animals.

While the body-sculpting looks solid, I can't help but feel that DCC could have done a bit better with the face. Vixen is generally depicted as being extremely attractive but the face doesn't convey that idea very well. Granted, I'm also not a fan of the dreadlocks; I assume that they're part of a New-52 revamp, but I can't find any images that feature this particular hairstyle. 

DC Cover Girls Vixen will apparently be limited to 5,200 pieces. She can currently be pre-ordered for US$85 (free shipping through EE) and is slated for an April release.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth ]

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Check out the Dark Side of Square Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader photo
Check out the Dark Side of Square Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader
by Scarecroodle

Hidemi Matsuzuka has tweeted an image of an unpainted Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader (Star Wars) along with a notice that it will be on display at Tokyo Game Show this weekend.

Square Enix will be just the latest in a long list of Japanese companies suddenly producing Star Wars merchandise, including Medicom (Mafex line), Kaiyodo (Revoltech line), and Bandai. While I guess it's neat that we're seeing so much different (especially in terms of creative revamps) Star Wars merchandise lately, unfortunately it's beginning to make these announcements feel a little underwhelming. Oh well, expect to see Vader turn out for TGS this weekend.

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Aquamarine's Remilia and Flandre Scarlet share a preview gallery photo
Aquamarine's Remilia and Flandre Scarlet share a preview gallery
by Scarecroodle

The AmiAmi blog has previewed Aquamarine's upcoming Remilia and Flandre Scarlet (from the bullet-hell series Touhou Project).

While I'm usually a fan of anything Flandre when it comes to Touhou, the Remilia seems a bit cuter this time around and so I find myself preferring the less secret bossy sister. That said, both look pretty good. They may not be the best figures that we've seen for either character given the abundance of merchandise out there, but that's not to say that they aren't solid additions to the mountain of Touhou products.

Both figures are slated for a November release and will each run you around ¥9,180.

[ Pre-order Remilia | Flandre at AmiAmi ]

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2015 Snow Miku Nendoroid (and Rabbit Yukine) sculpt revealed photo
2015 Snow Miku Nendoroid (and Rabbit Yukine) sculpt revealed
by Scarecroodle

Good Smile Company has released a photo of its upcoming Nendoroid Snow Miku 2015. The figure is based on option #4 from the fans' poll while her accessory, the Rabbit Yukine, is based on option #3. The two will be accompanied by a lily of the valley accessory.

While I'm still happy that my favorite design won, the unpainted sculpt is rather boring. All of the magic in this one is clearly in the colors and, as such, I hope to see it painted soon. Rabbit Yukine, by contrast, looks adorable even without any color. All in all, I think my favorite Snow Miku design is *still* the Magic Snow version although I still have high hopes for this one.

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The horror! Funko unveils three new Hikari designs, including two horror icons photo
The horror! Funko unveils three new Hikari designs, including two horror icons
by Scarecroodle

Funko has unveiled not one, not two, but THREE new Hikari designs. While all three use existing molds (Gillman, Frankenstein, and Skeletor), this might be the first triple reveal since before SDCC.

Mythos Frankenstein is Hikari Frankenstein's first redeco (or second use of the mold) and sports a pink & green color scheme that stands in pretty stark contrast to the Mythos Skeletor we saw back in August. Given the differences in deco, I'm honestly not sure why they share the "Mythos" moniker. You can compare this to the also-revealed Grey Skull Skeletor whose stark white & black color scheme matches the previously revealed Grey Skull Optimus and Bumblebee.

Finally, there's the Gold Secret Base Creature from the Black Lagoon (ie, Gillman) who features a translucent body with glitter inside and metallic gold parts on the outside. This might be just the second time that we've seen the Gillman mold, something that I have a hard time believing.

Mythos Frankenstein and Gold Secret Base Creature are both Gemini Collectibles exclusives. Frankenstein is limited to 750 pieces, is slated for November, and will run you US$50 while the Creature has a smaller 500 piece run, costs a heftier US$80, and is expected to release in October. The non-exclusive Grey Skull Skeletor is limited to 1,000 pieces, has a US$50 list price, and is slated for October. As always, you can win one of the first production copies of *one* of these figures by entering Funko's Facebook contest.

[ Pre-order Mythos Frankenstein | Gold Secret Base Creature at Gemini Collectibles ]

[ Pre-order Grey Skull Skeletor at Entertainment Earth ]

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Check out Miku's P-p-p-p-pumpkin face in this Nendo Halloween Miku gallery photo
Check out Miku's P-p-p-p-pumpkin face in this Nendo Halloween Miku gallery
by Scarecroodle

Good Smile Company has released an image gallery for its recently unveiled Nendoroid Halloween Miku. Most striking among these images is a rather unexpected display option: a jack-o-lantern mask/face for the diva of all seasons. Anybody who didn't like the vampire fangs on those other faces now has another option.

However, on a more disappointing note, the character apparently isn't a vampire; GSC describes the character as being, "dressed up a cute little devil for Halloween". Wow, buzzkill! Otherwise Halloween Miku comes with an open-mouth face, a smirking face (with one exposed fang), an alternate jack-o-lantern face, that baffling candy cane, and a jack-o-lantern that can be displayed by itself or used as an alternate head for a Nendoroid Petite (as shown with the little Len figure in one of the photos; he's not listed as coming with the figure). Vampire or devil, she's still pretty neat.

Nendoroid Halloween Miku will be on sale for US$45 at a number of American conventions. She was first announced as being on sale at the NY and LA Miku Conventions, but she's apparently making her way to NYCC in October (which makes it even harder to pass her up) and will be at future events as well. If you can't get her there, GSC's online shop will have her available in limited quantities.

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