prototypes

Armarauders photo
One mean machine
A few years back, collectors caught their first glimpse of Mecha Workshop's Armarauders line. While the giant fighting robots were awesome, I was even more excited to see that the line used tiny articulate pilots who could fi... read feature

Black Butler photo
Black Butler

Kotobukiya shows off a sculpted Grell Sutcliff


The best man in the show is almost ready
Jan 15
I was happily and pleasantly surprised when I saw this picture come up at Kotobukiya's Facebook page featuring the awesome Grell from Black Butler. The posing is pretty simple, as far as these things go. Rather than going for... read
New Nemo sculpts photo
New Nemo sculpts

Nemo shows off some new sculptwork


Meet Little Hooter and a sculpt for a Krampus candle
Dec 04
Nemo (a.k.a. Mike Mendez) has been a busy sculptor as of late, and yesterday, he posted on Facebook two new sculpts he's been working on. The first is a sculpt of a Krampus that will be made into a candle by Dead Hand Studios... read
figma Sakura photo
figma Sakura

figma blog shows off Cardcaptor Sakura prototype


I'm already dreading the Hentai Woody photos
Oct 17
As I've noted several times before, I'm a huge Cardcaptor Sakura fan and the series's recent return to the front lines of the anime toy world has filled me with unmitigated glee. We've known for a while now that Max Fact... read
Attack on Titan photo
Attack on Titan

Kotobukiya has a titan of an Eren Yeager model on the way


Shingeki no Plamo
Sep 26
Plastic models aren't just for giant robots. Giant humanoid monsters need a little plamo loving, too. Kotobukiya is showing off an updated look at their upcoming tian form Eren Yeager model kit from Attack on Titan at All Jap... read
D-Style Megatron photo
D-Style Megatron

Kotobukiya pulls the trigger on D-Style Megatron


Built for destruction
Sep 26
[Added a second, clearer image from AmiAmi to the gallery] No real surprise that Kotobukiya wouldn't be able to stop at just one. Over at the All Japan Model Hobby Show 2014 they've revealed the follow up to their previously ... read
New Play Arts Kai photo
New Play Arts Kai

Hideo Kojima teases Kid Mantis for Play Arts Kai line


An interesting choice from Metal Gear Solid V
Sep 16
Hideo Kojima is back doing what he does best outside of making games: teasing Play Arts Kai figures on Twitter. This time around, it's the mask-wearing child from Metal Gear Solid V better known as Kid Mantis (mostly bec... read
Sailor Moon photo
Sailor Moon

Legend Studio's Sailor Moon series is still happening


Maybe we'll finally see them this year
Sep 11
Do you remember Legend Studio was supposed to come out with a series of Sailor Moon figures? It was announced and delayed massively, then the prototypes popped up last year, but again they were delayed massively. So now agai... read
MP Star Saber photo
MP Star Saber

Takara Tomy compares new and old with MP Star Saber


Fun with scale!
Aug 30
Thanks to Takara Tomy's attempt at being screen accurate with their upcoming Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber we're seeing them take an interesting slant on bot mode scale. Starting with the Brain of Courage (the tiny bot)... read
MP Star Saber photo
MP Star Saber

Magazine scans show off all of MP Star Saber's features


One of the biggest robot releases for 2015
Aug 27
Once again we get another month of scans featuring the incredible looking Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber. The Dengeki Hobby scans from TAG give us our best look yet at all of the little features that have made their way ... read
MyTummyToys Bismarck photo
MyTummyToys Bismarck

MyTummyToys has a new character, Bismarck


Debuting at Popcon Asia
Aug 22
MyTummyToys' Jouwe is going to be getting a friend; at Popcon Asia 2014, MyTummyToys is going to be debuting the sculpt for Bismarck, a rhino fellow who was first designed a few years ago. Standing 7 inches tall, he'll h... read
Ryuko Matoi photo
Kill La Kill heroine takes even more clothes off
[ Spoilers ahead for Kill La Kill! ] Back at Wonder Festival we saw Good Smile Company unveil a prototype for new figure of Kill La Kill heroine Ryuko Matoi. Rather than go for any of her more common looks though, the co... read feature

Wonder Festival photo
Wonder Festival

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company Girls


The fairer sex out in force
Aug 01
Though we're seeing a lot more boys making their way into figure collections these days, it's still the ladies who reign supreme. Good Smile Company were certainly doing their part, with a bevy of figures of all shapes and si... read
SDCC14:Multiverse Studio photo
SDCC14:Multiverse Studio

SDCC 2014: Multiverse Studio Inc.


Four prototypes I wish I could buy now
Jul 27
Multiverse-Studio Inc. had a neat corner booth at San Diego Comic-Con. They brought with them the popular Harvest Moon plushes that they debuted at Anime Expo (the chicken/chick combo always brings a smile to my fac... read
Aniplex Pus photo
Aniplex Pus

Wonder Festival Summer 2014: Aniplex Plus


Butlers, bikinis and black-clad girls
Jul 27
Though it hasn't been around long, Aniplex's exclusive plus line has already garnered an enviable reputation. It's partially due to smart pairings with established manufacturers such as Good Smile Company and partially due to... read
SDCC 2014 Transformers photo
Adding to the big pile of not-yet-released figures
It's hard to believe that with so many new Transformers yet to be released from Toy Fair in February and BotCon back in June that there would be anything left to show at San Diego Comic Con. Well, believe it, they've got more... read feature

SDCC: Thimblestump Hollow photo
SDCC: Thimblestump Hollow

SDCC 2014: A look at the creatures of Thimblestump Hollow


New series by Chris Ryniak, Amanda Spayd, Cardboard Spaceship
Jul 24
Hiding out in Cardboard Spaceship's booth were a trio of prototypes for an upcoming series called Thimblestump Hollow. The series will feature the creatures/work of Chris Ryniak and Amanda Spayd, with sculpting by Scott Wette... read
figma Snake photo
A Snake size for everyone
We'd already known Nendoroid Solid Snake was coming thanks to an announcement at Wonder Festival. Now though it seems Good Smile Company have gone deeper into Kojima territory, as on livestream today it was revealed Max Facto... read feature

Transformers G1 photo
Transformers G1

Mysterious Japanese Optimus Prime appears online


Is it an action figure? Is it a statue? Can it transform?
Jul 16
Best part about being a fan even in this day and age is that there are still surprises and mysteries that are hard to explain on their own. Over on Transformers Facebook fan site Planet Iacon they've found themselves wit... read
Kotobukiya Rikka photo
Kotobukiya Rikka

Kotobukiya show off their Rikka Takanashi prototype


Chuunibyou heroine shows up packing quite a punch
Jun 24
Considering how popular Kyoto Animation's Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! has been, it's been somewhat surprising there haven't been figures from it. The only two offerings so far have been directly from KyoAni themselves... read
figma Homura photo
figma Homura

Akuma Homura takes flight in figma form


Make a deal with the devil
Jun 07
Firstly, let's say SPOILERS for those of you who haven't seen the third Madoka Magica movie. All clear? Good! Good Smile Company and its various sub brands have ridden the Puella Magi Madoka Magica train pretty hard so f... read
Capcom's Morrigan photo
Looking good in grey
We were very excited when Capcom announced they'd be turning out a new figure of Darkstalkers icon Morrigan a few weeks back. At the time we only got a (rather lovely) piece of artwork to illustrate what she was going to... read feature

MegaHobby Yato photo
Take Noragami's main character home to do some odd jobs
I have to admit I'm a little surprised that the first figure released for the anime series Noragami is the main character Yato. I know that seems a little strange to say, but come on, it's a guy. I was really sure the first w... read feature

Alter Black Heart photo
They just felt like it, OK?
We've seen Hyperdimension Neptunia figures and merchandise for the game and anime series from a number of figure companies like Wing and quesQ, now Alter is ready to make their first jump into the franchise. They're finally r... read feature

GEM Anthy Himemiya photo
GEM Anthy Himemiya

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: G.E.M. series Anthy Himemiya from Revolutionary Girl Utena


Nice butts seem to be a trend this time around
May 31
How many of you watched the hell out of Revolutionary Girl Utena back in the day? Well, with seeing this new prototype of Anthy Himemiya, it's definitely wanting to make me go back and watch it again. It's been several y... read
Megahouse Honey photo
Megahouse Honey

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: MegaHouse's Honey from Space Dandy in color


In color and in person, what more could you ask for?
May 31
We just saw her in the magazine scans, but now Honey is sweet as can be in person with her new color job. Hobby Search tweeted a picture of how she looks at MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring, and I think I actually giggled with glee... read
Alter Blazblue Mu-12 photo
Alter Blazblue Mu-12

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: Alter's Blazblue -Alter Memory- Mu-12


Look at that nice prototype booty, but check out that base!
May 30
Wow, I never thought I'd be super excited by a Mu-12 figure, but you know what? Alter has officially sold me on this one! Based on Blazblue -Alter Memory- this Mu-12 looks ready to kick some butt, and has an incredible base m... read
Bloo Superdude photo
Bloo Superdude

Say boo-hoo to this Bloo Superdude figure that never was


Craig McCracken himself talks about Foster's unproduced action figure
May 24
I used to love Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends when I was a kid. OK, that's a lie, I was actually in my mid-20s when the Foster's series first hit Cartoon Network in 2004, but it still remains one of my favorite CN origin... read
Be@rbrick Optimus Prime photo
Be@rbrick Optimus Prime adds to his legacy of strange alt modes
Calling a Transformer a brick is usually used as an insult. It means the figure has a simple transformation and limited articulation. Medicom and Takara Tomy's new Be@rbrick Optimus Prime may have brick in the name, but it's ... read feature

SH Figuarts MJ photo
SH Figuarts MJ

S.H. Figuarts Michael Jackson kicks his way into magazine scans


I heard the sound of a crescendo
May 22
We first saw him in person at Toy Fair 2014, and now he reappears in the new magazine scans - my most wanted figure of the year - S.H. Figuarts Michael Jackson! The scans show him in all kinds of poses, and it looks like you'... read
Phat! Company Satsuki photo
Phat! Company Satsuki

Kill la Kill's Satsuki Kiryuin figure now in color!


Viva la scans! The Queen of Eyebrows is live and in color
May 22
Back at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring we saw the unpainted prototype sculpt of Miss Satsuki Kiryuin in her Junketsu costume. Now, we can see her in her full color glory! Well, at least as well as you can in magazine sc... read
Optimus Prime pen photo
Mightier than swords anyway
What makes Transformers great isn't just that they can turn into things, but also that they can reformat themselves. In the older days they'd accomplish this through the use of external computers, but in most modern stories t... read feature

Transformers Masterpiece photo
Bee is looking great, Magnus is looking complicated
Thanks to a new magazine scan from Planet Iacon we're finally getting to see Masterpiece Bumblebee is full color for the first time. He's looking great and while he isn't 100% cartoon accurate he is about as accurate as ... read feature

FFXII Fran Play Arts Kai photo
FFXII Fran Play Arts Kai

Hidemi Matsuzuka teases Final Fantasy XII's Fran Play Arts Kai figure


The sexy bunny lady returns!
May 16
What's that in the mist? My favorite bunny lady in the Final Fantasy universe has arrived in figure form, and I guess it's better late than never. Final Fantasy XII's Fran has been teased out on twitter by Hidemi Matsuzuka, a... read
Nendoroid Yakumo Yukari photo
Nendoroid Yakumo Yukari

Prototype Nendoroid of Touhou Project's Yakumo Yukari spotted


Located at Gift's booth at the Annual Hakurei Shrine Grand Festival in Tokyo, Japan
May 10
Over in Tokyo, Japan, fans of Touhou Project are most likely attending the Annual Hakurei Shrine Grand Festival (or the Hakurei Jinja Reitaisai, in Japanese). The event is a mecca for all things Touhou, including merchandise.... read
Sailor Moon photo
Sailor Moon

Tamashii Summer Collection: Figuarts Zero Sailor Mars and Sailor Jupiter


Finally showing the best two Sailor Scouts
May 09
It was only yesterday when Tamashii confirmed that Sailor Mars and Sailor Jupiter would be joining the Figuarts Zero line. I didn't think we would be seeing those prototypes this soon.Well, here they are! I don't know how I f... read
Sailor Moon photo
Sailor Moon

Tamashii Summer Collection: S.H. Figuarts Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune


They should always be seen together!
May 09
Tamashii's latest event is in full swing and showing off the best they have for the summer. So, of course they have to show Sailor Moon stuff! Yes, on display surrounding S.H. Figuarts Sailor Saturn are prototypes of S.H. Fig... read
Griffon - Nanoricchi photo
Griffon - Nanoricchi

Treasure Festa in Ariake 11: Griffon - Nanoricchi gallery


Chibi dolls a plenty
May 08
Griffon Enterprises' Nanoricchi line is fairly new but the chibi figures were still a major presence at Japan's Treasure Festa in Ariake 11. The majority of the figures were revealed back at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter but th... read
Magazine Scans photo
Magazine Scans

Scans detail figma Captain America, Ingogashira Goro, and Uno Uzume


That is quite a mix
May 01
This month's round of magazine scans brought images of three figma from Max Factory. The figma Captain America has already seen coverage on the pages of Tomopop, including news of the figure being available for pre-order. In ... read
Masterpiece Ultra Magnus photo
No "albino Prime" here
Now that pre-orders seem to be cropping up everywhere and anywhere we've gotten a few new details on Takara Tomy's Upcoming Transformers Masterpiece MP-22 Ultra Magnus. The biggest reveal, correcting info from magazine scans ... read feature







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