To Love-Ru has recently gotten a couple of high quality figures from Max Factory. Now Alter is gearing up to release their second Mikan Yuuki figure. If you'll recall, Alter's first take on Mikan had her lying prone in h...
I'm sure Good Smile Company's Eren Yeager will be a fine figure - the definitive one, even - but all these Attack on Titan guys are starting too look the same to me. Back when the show first aired, I was starving for AoT figures. Oh, the irony.
Kahotan's latest preview shows off Eren in all his hotheaded glory, leaping off a chimney and presumably toward the maw of a titan. Stop me if you've seen this before: the maneuver gear, the gas canisters, the blade holder, and the wires all make for an impressive figure. But Sentinel's figures were impressive. Kotobukiya's figures were impressive. I guess we'll see how GSC stacks up (I do have their Mikasa on order so I'll soon know first-hand).
Eren is up for pre-order right now for ¥13,800. Unlike Mikasa, it doesn't look like Eren will get a deluxe variant, or even a Good Smile Online Shop exclusive bonus. He's set for an April 2015 release.
I like both designs and have difficulty in calling which one might be cooler. The Classic Metallic version (which is only really metallic on the non-"flesh" parts?) captures the appearance of his animated counterpart while the NVS makes for a nice evil mirror. Otherwise, Astro Boy is a pretty neat, relatively unexpected choice for a line that's thus far focused exclusively on characters from Western media.
The Classic Metallic Astro Boy is limited to 3,000 pieces while the EE-exclusive NVS version is limited a far smaller 750 pieces. The two can be pre-ordered for US$50 each and are slated for a November release. As always, check out Funko's Facebook page for a chance to win one.
Those deviously sly fellows at Gaming Heads have done it again, releasing yet another gaming icon statue. This time the subject is none other than Sly Cooper, the star of his eponymous Sony-exclusive game series.
Sly looks pretty neat in an action-ready pose. The character is perched upon what appears to be a rooftop diorama (the statue stands 12-inches tall including the base) with his cane in-hand. Like the sculpt but not the paint? Gaming Heads also has an exclusive bronze-painted version of the statue seemingly fit for a museum (from which it might later be stolen).
The regular version is limited to 750 pieces and can be pre-ordered for US$200. The exclusive version will run you US$210 and has a smaller 350 piece run. Both are slated for a second quarter release.
Other offerings include Grimm Fairy Tales Minimates Series 1 Box Set (US$20), Godzilla Burning Godzilla 12" Vinyl Figural Bank (US$40), and more. Most of these items are available through the usual retailers although you can also just pre-order through Diamond Select Toys' site (each listing features a pre-order link).
Funko has released some product images for its currently available for pre-order Game of Thrones Legacy series 2. The selection includes some much-wanted selections like the ever-popular Arya Stark, Robb Stark (direwolf head sold separately?), Jaime Lannister (in Kingsguard armor), Khal Drogo, another Daenerys, and Brienne of [expletive deleted (spoilers)] Tarth.
This second series fleshes out the line rather nicely, especially for giving the Hound his sidekick. The craftsmanship on this series looks a bit nicer than the first wave, with some really cool detailing on Jaime's armor and a neat Brienne of Tarth. However, given Game of Thrones' gigantic cast, I'm wondering if Funko will be able to get to everybody especially considering that a few of the characters may need variants (and I don't just mean a more wolfy Robb Stark, although that would make for a twisted con exclusive).
All of the figures from Funko's Game of Thrones Legacy series 2 can be pre-ordered individually for US$20 and are slated for an almost-upon-us October release.
Sebastian Michaelis of Black Butler was recently revealed to be the latest in Medicom Toy's Real Action Heroes line of figures. AmiAmi Blog's preview highlighted the demon-turned-butler's accessories and various poses. He comes with three interchangeable facial expressions (neutral with a slight smirk, winking, and a sideways glance) and two different hair parts (normal and swept to the side). That's not even mentioning the whole set of of cutlery (fans know why), the tea set with tray, and the candelabra plus two interchangeable sets of hands to hold them all.
And while that is all very impressive, I was most blown away by the detail in Sebastian's outfit. They even got his pocket watch and his gloves and tailcoat are removable! The subtly different tones in fabric were also a lovely touch. I'm not going to lie; if I were to buy a RAH, Sebastian would be the one. But like all figures in the Real Action Heroes series, they are darn expensive. Sebastian will set you back ¥23,760. He is listed on AmiAmi right now but the pre-order won't go live until midnight Japan Time on September 24. RAH Sebastian Michaelis is estimated to ship in late June 2015.
Funko today unleashed a double double set of reveals (ie, two reveals of two figures): "Distressed" and "24k" copies of Hikari Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (Transformers), all of which are currently up for pre-order.
While most people associate the word "distress" with an emotional state of anxiety or sadness, it's also a term for making an object look older by simulating wear over time. It's an idea that the "Distressed" deco on this figures accomplishes in some senses even if the figures don't look aged (the Battle Ready versions of the characters looked far more like antiques). The "Distressed" Optimus and Bumblebee are limited to 1,000 pieces each, have a US$80 MSRP, and are slated for an October release.
The "24k" versions of Optimus and Bumblebee are not, as one might expect, actual gold-plated versions of the figures. Instead these Books-a-Million exclusives have merely been given a gold paintjob that looks surprisingly good. I'm usually not a fan of gold variants but the choice just seems somewhat natural given that the characters are naturally metallic. These two are somewhat counter-intuitively cheaper than the "Distressed" versions, clocking in at a US$50 MSRP apiece. They're limited to 600 pieces each and are apparently in-stock now.
As always, you can win one of these via Funko's Facebook contest.
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 (because that would be like giving you two figmas for the price of one!), Max Factory decided to create this figFIX line. That theory's almost certainly incorrect but it's fun to pretend.
Anyway, there isn't anything you haven't already seen here, which is a phrase that often gets uttered when something perverted happens. I'm just a huge fan of the little damaged Rensouhou-chans. They're so cute!
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.
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.
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.