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2:00 PM on 04.26.2014

Go for a summer dip with Kuroneko

It's no secret that I like girls, and I like swimsuits, but even I get tired of producers churning out the same old, same old. That includes the school swimsuit look. I'm even of the mind that one pieces are seriously underra...

Emily Smalara

11:00 AM on 04.26.2014

Set your sights on pre-ordering Akane Tsunemori

Being a big fan of Gen "The Butcher" Urobuchi's work, I'm always reminded of my slacking off when Psycho-Pass comes up. I've heard nothing but good things past a bit of a slow start, but I've yet to find the time to settle do...

Emily Smalara

11:59 PM on 02.26.2014

This Kaoru Niimi pre-order is asstounding

The Yamato Girls Collection additions just keep on coming! Sexy Science Officer Kaoru Niimi is next in line, showing us all just how a curvy meganekko can work it despite spending long hours in the lab. I may not dig the some...

Emily Smalara

8:00 PM on 02.26.2014

Pre-order best Heavy Cruiser Takao today

One of the better, but underlooked, series of recent seasons, Ars Nova was a pretty fantastic take on the whole Japanese anthropomorphizing of vehicles, weapons--and in this case, both. It hit quite a few high notes during it...

Emily Smalara

7:00 PM on 02.26.2014

[NSFW] Hammer home this newest Naoe pre-order

Samurai Girls certainly makes for some good PVC fodder, thanks to some surprisingly top notch art direction for an ecchi series. The show's got a great, memorable art style, and we've seen no shortage of figures popping up on...

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11:00 AM on 02.06.2014

This new Kuroneko pre-order schools you on cuteness

Oreimo continues to show off its everlasting popularity long after its completion with collectible after collectible showing up, and of course the figure world is no different. Clayz is aiming right for the pervs with their l...

Emily Smalara

11:59 PM on 12.20.2013

Pick up your last gift with Mana Tendou

I've been following the gradual progression of FREEing's gift-wrapped Nakaimo girls since the first releases, and sadly we've come to the end of our sisterly harem. Fittingly they've saved one of the best for last, with the c...

Emily Smalara

10:30 PM on 12.20.2013

Welcome home some wolf pups with this trio

It seems to be a rarity to see figures based off movie properties, especially movies that seem to have global appeal for some reason. You don't really see many Studio Ghibli figures, and similarly there's not exactly a huge m...

Emily Smalara

9:00 PM on 12.20.2013

Get a glimpse at Kirino's younger days in this pre-order

Oreimo figures are certainly a dime a dozen, but Wave is mixing it up with their latest! Not only have they broken away from their Beach Queens line to provide a larger 1/8-scale figure, but they've turned back the clock for ...

Emily Smalara

7:00 PM on 12.20.2013

Catch the Steel King off guard with this pre-order

Though less moe than her younger sister, I've always been rather partial to Henneko's Tsukushi, the hardened Steel King. While she's usually on edge and ready to strike, Griffon's given us a look at the sword-swinging beauty ...

Emily Smalara

11:00 AM on 12.20.2013

Aim true and pre-order this Tomo Asama

Kotobukiya continues doing god's work, making even the somewhat weirdly designed characters of Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere look like figures more than worthy of any collection. I'm still not very familiar with the show t...

Emily Smalara

11:00 PM on 12.18.2013

[NSFW] Play doctor with this Sasara pre-order

Lechery is on a roll lately, even if they seem to be crossing the line into a bit samey figures. Hot on the heels of tonight's Charm Maid comes another licensed addition to their offerings in the form of To Heart's Sasara Kus...

Emily Smalara