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(NSFW) 2015’s Golden Butt Awards
It’s time for B-B-B-B-BBBBBUTTSS!
That’s right, after sadly missing the 2013 Golden Boobies (technical difficulties?), we’re back with 2014’s batch of Best Butts. Which, I’ll be honest, is my favorite of all our “best of” features to write. Probably because there’s no worst of–I mean, sometimes butts are disappointing, but can they really be bad? There’s beauty in every (figure) butt, so let’s hit the jump and check out the best of the best!
(NSFW) 2015’s Golden Boobie Awards
It’s time for a Plastikitty New Years tradition! That’s right, the annual Golden Boobie Awards, a 100% legit award that definitely gets sent to the manufacturers. Wherein we judge the boobs of plastic figures, which is totally a normal thing to do. Totally. Who has the most laughable boobs? Which are the most realistic?! Only time (I mean, reading the post) will tell. So prepare yourself for a wild bouncy ride and hit the jump to get started!
Plastikitty’s Favorite Figures of 2014
Can you believe that 2014 is over? Probably, since we all wanted to get rid of it. Every New Year it’s the same thing: we say good riddance to the year past and hope for a great start in the next year. Yet in 12 month’s time, we’re back saying the same thing. Does anyone EVER have a really great year? Is anyone there like “aww, I’ll miss you 2014.” Probably not.
But you know what it WAS a good year for? Figures. I know I say that every year but hey, I get stuff I like every year. Thus, a good year for figures! As always, we’ll be taking a trip down memory lane and saying hello to all our favorites of 2014. So hit the jump and let’s get this party started!
Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee
Recently, I’ve been nostalgia-ing hard for all things 80’s and 90’s. I put the blame on the recently-read Ready Player One, but no matter the cause I am craving a little bit of 90’s in my life. And how better to get it than with everyone’s favorite mall rat/X-man/vampire?
That’s right, today we will be taking a look at Kotobukiya’s Jubilee! Her announcement came as a bit of surprise: while she has a cult following, she’s not nearly as well-known as the other Marvel Bishoujos in the works like She-Hulk. But Kotobukiya caters to the fans, so here she is–all finished and shiny and ready for a review.
Plastikitty Review: inki-Drop’s Tentatrio Plush Pals & Starwhal
Just around this time last year we took a look at inki-Drop’s adorable (but grumpy) plush, Crabapple. A wonderfully grumpy pet we all have come to know and love. But maybe you are looking for some other kind of playtime creature? Something… smaller, and similarly aquatic? Or maybe your Crabapple needs a friend! No matter what the reason, Shelly Rodriguez has four new critters for your consideration. So let’s hit the jump and check them all out in action!
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 23, 2015 | 7 Comments
I have seen the light! When it was first announced that two new sins would join the Seven Deadly Sins line, I was annoyed. It kind of seemed like just milking the franchise, which we already have with all the alternate sculpts and colorways. Also I hated Belial’s design (…and still do), so it was just a big nope for me.
But now we’re seeing Astaroth, the sin of Melancholy, painted and I am in love. The pink, the ruffles, her over-the-top outfit and perfectly grumpy face. Of course she is exclusive like all the other Amakuni figures and comes at a pretty steep cost (¥12,800) but I will pay it happily. I’m already wondering what her alternate version will look like! Please be cat ears.
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 23, 2015 | 3 Comments
So far Aniplex’s Madoka Magica line has given us some really amazing figures like Maiko Madoka and Devil Homura, but I mean… a show with one season and some movies can only get you so far in the figure world. They need to branch out a bit for new figures, though I really did not expect… this.
It’s Mami in a towel she appears in for like two seconds. Just… why? Does anyone need this figure? I will admit that her face is lovely, but the sculpt isn’t even nice enough to justify a purchase. At least her price isn’t insane: ¥8,000, though of course she will be exclusive to the Aniplex webstore (and she’ll also be making an appearance at Winter WonFest if you want to pick her up there!).
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 23, 2015 | 3 Comments
Another month, another batch of figure previews from Good Smile Company! This month was jam-packed with newly painted goodies, including Max Factory’s Senkan Re-kyuu who we already showed you. So for this post we’ll be focusing on the poseable figures! Let’s start with figma Satsuki Kiryuuin from Kill la Kill. I’m guessing you already know how I feel about this, but let me just say that the gratuitous figma butt is cracking me up. Like, really? Figma butts. I can’t.
Then we’ve got two rather amazing Nendoroids! The first is Noel from Sora no Method who has some amazing extras like a UFO (??) and a dinosaur cutout she can actually put her face in. And the faces! SO CUTE. Then we have Takao from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova, who might have my favorite Nendo accessory of all time: a huggable body pillow. And, of course, some awesome faceplates. I like her so much more than Iona! Are you looking forward to any of these?
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 23, 2015 | 8 Comments
It’s no secret that all of my favorite Kantai Collection girls are the bad ones. I mean, just look at Wo-Class. She’s got a demonic octopus on her head. How rad is that? So of course I’ve been highly anticipating Max Factory’s Senkan Re-kyuu, whose sculpt we saw at Summer Wonder Festival. Since she’s getting a Nendo for the upcoming Winter WonFest, I guess it’s no surprise that they want orders for her scaled version up asap!
And how can you not love her? She’s got a demonic Evangelion head sprouting out of her butt. And the monochrome color scheme? Be still my heart. Plus the flame-eyes remind me of huke. Would you believe I actually miss all the Black Rock Shooter figures?
[via 2tohei’s Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 23, 2015 | 13 Comments
Hobby Japan literally just announced two new figure collaborations, which was unusual because they usually space them out by several years. But apparently they are kicking into high gear with a third project announcement-Bikini Warriors! What a classy name. This one is a bit different than the other two: it’s not headed by a single artist, but features a variety of people (so far Hisai, Oda Non, Onigiri-kun, & Saito Masatsugu). Honestly, it reminds me a lot of Queen’s Blade.
The characters also don’t have names, but classes. From left to right in the header we have Dark Elf, Fighter, Paladin and Mage. And they’re being made by MegaHouse… so very reminiscent of how they handled Queen’s Blade. I don’t 100% trust MegaHouse, but I hope they do a good job on Paladin, her face is so lovely!
[via the Bikini Warriors site]
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 22, 2015 | 2 Comments
AlphaMax has never been very big on event exclusive figures, but I guess that is about to change because they are bringing not one but two figures to Winter Wonder Festival 2015! Both are recolors, of course, because when do we ever get anything else at events? The first is Tony Taka’s Nozomi Watase (who also has a figure from Native!)! The first version was all white, but her outfit has been switched to black for this release. I’m actually kind of bummed because I like this color scheme a LOT more than the original, but she’s limited to only 200 pieces (!!) and will retail for ¥12,000. So, expensive proxy fees AND incredibly limited. Sigh.
The second is a recolor of Kizuki Aruchu’s Covergirl. Unlike Nozomi, the color palette is not drastically different: her clothing is just berry-toned instead of navy. This, too, I like better than the original! But she is also hyper-limited (though at 300 pieces there are a bit more of her than Nozomi) and expensive ( ¥14,000).
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 22, 2015 | 1 Comment
Ah, FuRyu, you sure do love Sonico. They’ve made so many figures of her but somehow they keep getting better. In fact their last 3 fairytail themed ones (Snow White, Queen of Hearts, Mermaid), have been my favorite. I want to quit you, Sonico prizes, but I can’t! But really, I have way too many. Just so many.
However, I’m actually not loving the paint job on this figure–the one that was probably my most-anticipated of their Sonicos but something seems… off? Like it’s too bright. The glaringly yellow starfish are what I’m really talking about. I mean, I love the ponytail and the clear base, but god… they’re just SO YELLOW. I’m going to order her anyway, because Sonico for life. I hope Alice or Cheshire Cat Sonico is next!
[via t_santa’s Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 22, 2015 | 3 Comments
Man, the Kantai Collection anime just started up and I already have serious figure fatigue. When companies started announcing stuff from it I was amusingly perplexed, and then I ended up right on that KanColle train buying up every figure in sight. I’ve gone pretty quickly from “I must have all these things!” to “oh god not MORE of these girls.” But we’re not anywhere near done with them, so let’s just look at some new sculpts & paint. Yayyy.
First up is Amakuni’s Amatsukaze. I really like Amatsukaze but so far I’ve found her figures 1) a little boring-looking or 2) way too expensive, as this will inevitably end up being. There’s also another scaled figure in the mix, Kotobukiya’s Fubuki! Who compared to the other girls has SUCH a boring design. Seriously, Fubuki. Get it together. Last, and my personal favorite of the three, Kotobukiya’s Cu-Poche Inazuma! Do you know how many times I wrote that as Izanami? So so many. Which of these are you looking forward to?
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 22, 2015 | 1 Comment
Type-Moon is kind of known for their wacky April Fools joke games, that involve things like… well, like Back Alley Satsuki – Chapter Heroine Sanctuary, a zodiac-based visual novel that parodies Saint Seiya. Why mention that one in particular? Well, it’s getting a figure! No, I’m not kidding. Type-Moon is now making figures from their joke games.
Maybe this means… a non-Saber Type-Moon figure?! Haha, no. The Mysterious Heroine X, who will be getting a figure from Alter, is Saber. Haha, what a story Type-Moon. What we need is more Saber figures.
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 20, 2015 | 6 Comments
While many people were head over heels for Volks’ Dollfie Dream Miku Hatsune, I was not among them. Honestly, I found that release insanely disappointing: her face sculpt seemed lazy and I really didn’t like the makeup style they went with. I wanted something softer and sweeter, and it seems like I will be getting my wish! That’s right, we are getting a second Miku: Snow Miku version, to no one’s surprise.
Surprisingly, this is exactly what I wanted in the first Miku! The white skin suits her so well with this outfit, and I like that they went with a larger eye size (24mm versus the original 22mm). The faceup is also a lot subtler and softer. And best of all? She’s a pre-order just like the original! She will retail for ¥65,000 and there are two pre-order periods. If you happen to live in Japan, Volks Sapporo will have orders from Feb 7th-14th that will ship out in January 2016. Think that’s a long wait? Online orders start February 14th and run until April 12th (my birthday!) but you won’t be getting her until June 2016. Good news for people who really need to save up?