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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/take-a-closer-look-at-the-idolmster-cinderella-girls-dollifie-dreams/attachment/cinderelladdsheader" rel="attachment wp-att-56570"></a></p> <p>When Volks <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/dollfie-dreams-rin-shibuya-ranko-kanzaki-are-utter-perfection" target="_blank">announced a Dollfie Dream Sister of Ranko Kanzaki</a> and showed off <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/rin-shibuya-is-getting-a-dollfie-dream" target="_blank">Rin Shibuya</a>, my heart was all aflutter. I’ve really been trying to stay out of the DD game, mostly because of space issues–they’re just SO BIG. Also DD clothing is insanely expensive. But I think Ranko might make me break down–I mean, I even skipped <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/drool-over-more-pictures-of-dollfie-dream-miku-hatsune" target="_blank">Miku</a>, but something about Ranko is just too beautiful. Plus, her stage outfit is the best thing ever.</p> <p>Rin is quite lovely as well, though I don’t feel that tug of “GOTTA OWN RIGHT NOW.” She does remind me a little bit of <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/dollfie-dream-miki-hoshii-is-the-cutest-idol" target="_blank">Miki Hoshii</a>, my DD holy grail, but two dolls at once is just too many! Her stage outfit though… will probably stain like crazy. Dolpa 31 takes place on May 5th, and the international lottery will start soon after. Are any of you Plastikitties planning on entering?</p> <p>[via the DD Blog <a href="http://ameblo.jp/blog-dd/entry-11824572044.html" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://ameblo.jp']);" target="_blank">1</a>, <a href="http://ameblo.jp/blog-dd/entry-11823593771.html?frm_src=thumb_module" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://ameblo.jp']);" target="_blank">2</a>, <a href="http://ameblo.jp/blog-dd/entry-11819933689.html?frm_src=thumb_module" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://ameblo.jp']);" target="_blank">3</a>, <a href="http://ameblo.jp/blog-dd/entry-11818905620.html?frm_src=thumb_module" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://ameblo.jp']);" target="_blank">4</a>]</p>

    Take A Closer Look At The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Dollifie Dreams

    When Volks announced a Dollfie Dream Sister of Ranko Kanzaki and showed off Rin Shibuya, my heart was all aflutter. I’ve really been trying to stay out of the DD game, mostly because of space issues–they’re just SO BIG. Also DD clothing is insanely expensive. But I think Ranko might make me break down–I mean, I even skipped Miku, but something about Ranko is just too beautiful. Plus, her stage outfit is the best thing ever.

    Rin is quite lovely as well, though I don’t feel that tug of “GOTTA OWN RIGHT NOW.” She does remind me a little bit of Miki Hoshii, my DD holy grail, but two dolls at once is just too many! Her stage outfit though… will probably stain like crazy. Dolpa 31 takes place on May 5th, and the international lottery will start soon after. Are any of you Plastikitties planning on entering?

    [via the DD Blog 1, 2, 3, 4]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/banprestos-sailor-moon-prize-is-absolutely-perfect/attachment/banprestosailormoonheader" rel="attachment wp-att-56566"></a></p> <p>While it was awesome that Bandai <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/bandais-figuarts-zero-sailor-moon-will-punish-you" target="_blank">made a Sailor Moon figure</a>, and <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2014-bandais-figuarts-zero-sailor-moon" target="_blank">she looked better in real life</a>, the release was surrounded by controversy: her arm is totally wonky, there’s very little shading for the price, and her underpants are totally not true to the series. Which, as a fan, is of course top priority info. For those of us wanting a classic scaled Sailor Moon, is there another option?</p> <p>Thankfully, Banpresto has come to the rescue! I was totally in love when <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/check-out-the-goodies-from-the-35th-prize-fair" target="_blank">we saw this at the 35th Prize Fair</a>, and she looks even better in recent shots. Unfortunately, she’s slated for a June release but isn’t up for order anywhere yet… which usually isn’t the best sign. Of course she will pop up on the aftermarket, though at what price? Sailor Moon is pretty popular. I’m still holding out hope that HLJ will stock her, though.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.radiokaikan.jp/press/?p=94609" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://www.radiokaikan.jp']);" target="_blank">Radio Kaikan</a>]</p>

    Banpresto’s Sailor Moon Prize Is Absolutely Perfect

    While it was awesome that Bandai made a Sailor Moon figure, and she looked better in real life, the release was surrounded by controversy: her arm is totally wonky, there’s very little shading for the price, and her underpants are totally not true to the series. Which, as a fan, is of course top priority info. For those of us wanting a classic scaled Sailor Moon, is there another option?

    Thankfully, Banpresto has come to the rescue! I was totally in love when we saw this at the 35th Prize Fair, and she looks even better in recent shots. Unfortunately, she’s slated for a June release but isn’t up for order anywhere yet… which usually isn’t the best sign. Of course she will pop up on the aftermarket, though at what price? Sailor Moon is pretty popular. I’m still holding out hope that HLJ will stock her, though.

    [via Radio Kaikan]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plexs-new-attack-on-titan-figure-is-truly-colossal/attachment/plextitanheader" rel="attachment wp-att-56561"></a></p> <p>You know, given Colossal Titan’s massive size I really didn’t think we would get many figures of it. A Nendoroid and a figma, sure, but no scaled. I mean, they’d cost an arm and a leg! But the show/manga are popular enough that they know fans are willing to shell out the big bucks, and this is the second giant version of Colossal Titan we’ve seen, the first being <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2014-good-smile-companys-colossal-titan-statue-gallery" target="_blank">Good Smile Company’s amazing polystone statue</a>.</p> <p>Plex went a slightly different route, giving us a full diorama. Walls, even tiny people! Ahh, it’s cute in a totally demented way. The sculpt isn’t as insanely detailed at GSC’s, but that probably means a lower price point. But at almost 22 inches, this beast is going to hurt the wallet no matter what he’s made of. So, AoT fans, are you willing to fork over the cash?</p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.max-jpn.com/umcf/03.html" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://www.max-jpn.com']);" target="_blank">Plex</a>]</p>

    Plex’s New Attack On Titan Figure Is Truly Colossal

    You know, given Colossal Titan’s massive size I really didn’t think we would get many figures of it. A Nendoroid and a figma, sure, but no scaled. I mean, they’d cost an arm and a leg! But the show/manga are popular enough that they know fans are willing to shell out the big bucks, and this is the second giant version of Colossal Titan we’ve seen, the first being Good Smile Company’s amazing polystone statue.

    Plex went a slightly different route, giving us a full diorama. Walls, even tiny people! Ahh, it’s cute in a totally demented way. The sculpt isn’t as insanely detailed at GSC’s, but that probably means a lower price point. But at almost 22 inches, this beast is going to hurt the wallet no matter what he’s made of. So, AoT fans, are you willing to fork over the cash?

    [via Plex]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/figma-archer-is-finally-ready-for-orders/attachment/figmaarcherheader" rel="attachment wp-att-56530"></a></p> <p>It has been a long, long road for figma Archer. He was announced years and years ago, and then shelved indefinitely as a project none of us thought would be brought back to life. It was a total shock when <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/good-smile-company-gives-figma-archer-new-life" target="_blank">a new version of the sculpt popped up last summer</a>, and fans went a bit crazy. I mean, we get SO many girls from the Fate/Stay Night universe but there’s very little love for the boys!</p> <p>Now he is finally ready for orders, and they have done an amazing job with the sculpt. It’s crisp, clean, and detailed, and his cloak and weaponry look freaking amazing. I do have one quibble: his skin looks… well, very flat, and a bit too orange. But hey, it’s a figma. Then again he costs ¥4,800 with an August release. Remember when figmas were around $20? Those were the days.</p> <p>Pre-order At: <a href="http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-005610&page=top" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://www.amiami.com']);" target="_blank">AmiAmi</a> | <a href="http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10271748" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://www.1999.co.jp']);" target="_blank">Hobby Search</a></p>

    figma Archer Is Finally Ready For Orders

    It has been a long, long road for figma Archer. He was announced years and years ago, and then shelved indefinitely as a project none of us thought would be brought back to life. It was a total shock when a new version of the sculpt popped up last summer, and fans went a bit crazy. I mean, we get SO many girls from the Fate/Stay Night universe but there’s very little love for the boys!

    Now he is finally ready for orders, and they have done an amazing job with the sculpt. It’s crisp, clean, and detailed, and his cloak and weaponry look freaking amazing. I do have one quibble: his skin looks… well, very flat, and a bit too orange. But hey, it’s a figma. Then again he costs ¥4,800 with an August release. Remember when figmas were around $20? Those were the days.

    Pre-order At: AmiAmi | Hobby Search

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-gallery-circus-posterus-wandering-misfits/attachment/wanderingmisfitsgalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-56523"></a></p> <p>While my interest in vinyl is continually waning, there are a few things that will always pull me back in: creepy/cute, and anything by the amazing duo of Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas. Stephen and I have been collecting their figures for a long time now, and we were beyond excited at the release of their Wandering Misfits miniseries which features a whole lot of Skelves… <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-gallery-mini-skelves-on-the-hunt" target="_blank">and you know how we feel about those</a>. Only these ones are small, made out of vinyl, and a whole lot more affordable!</p> <p>We snagged an entire case along with a few store exclusives and thought that there would be nowhere better to bring this devious group than to an old cemetery in my hometown. All shots are, of course, by Stephen Donaldson, though I helped out a bit with set direction (aka sticking toys on gravestones–cute, and morbid!). Check them all out in the gallery, and let us know if you snatched up any of these Misfits–they do seem to be wandering off shelves at a rather alarming rate.</p>

    Plastikitty Gallery: Circus Posterus’ Wandering Misfits

    While my interest in vinyl is continually waning, there are a few things that will always pull me back in: creepy/cute, and anything by the amazing duo of Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas. Stephen and I have been collecting their figures for a long time now, and we were beyond excited at the release of their Wandering Misfits miniseries which features a whole lot of Skelves… and you know how we feel about those. Only these ones are small, made out of vinyl, and a whole lot more affordable!

    We snagged an entire case along with a few store exclusives and thought that there would be nowhere better to bring this devious group than to an old cemetery in my hometown. All shots are, of course, by Stephen Donaldson, though I helped out a bit with set direction (aka sticking toys on gravestones–cute, and morbid!). Check them all out in the gallery, and let us know if you snatched up any of these Misfits–they do seem to be wandering off shelves at a rather alarming rate.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/relax-by-the-pool-with-alters-haruka-nanase/attachment/alterharukapaintheader" rel="attachment wp-att-56468"></a></p> <p>There is so, so much (straight)male-pandering fanservice in anime today (see: current airing anime whose plot revolves around touching boobs to pilot a robot) that it’s nice to see a show catered to the female gaze. I mean, idealy, it’d be great if no one was objectified but we all know that’s never going to happen. So Alter is evening the playing field a little with their <em>Free!</em> boys, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/megahobby-expo-autumn-2013-alters-free-boys" target="_blank">who we saw sculpted at MegaHobby</a>.</p> <p>Alter usually has their “duo” figures painted at the same time, though Makoto Tachibana <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/anime-japan-free-figures-figmas" target="_blank">has been finished for a while now</a>. But finally, it is time for Haruka Nanase! Is it just me, or is it really freaking funny that BOTH of them have their nipples covered? They’re guys, it’s okay to show them Alter. Tehe.</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/hs_takepiko/status/454801239872532480/photo/1/large" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://twitter.com']);" target="_blank">hs_takepiko's Twitter</a>]</p>

    Relax By The Pool With Alter’s Haruka Nanase

    There is so, so much (straight)male-pandering fanservice in anime today (see: current airing anime whose plot revolves around touching boobs to pilot a robot) that it’s nice to see a show catered to the female gaze. I mean, idealy, it’d be great if no one was objectified but we all know that’s never going to happen. So Alter is evening the playing field a little with their Free! boys, who we saw sculpted at MegaHobby.

    Alter usually has their “duo” figures painted at the same time, though Makoto Tachibana has been finished for a while now. But finally, it is time for Haruka Nanase! Is it just me, or is it really freaking funny that BOTH of them have their nipples covered? They’re guys, it’s okay to show them Alter. Tehe.

    [via hs_takepiko's Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kaitendohs-alisia-heart-is-a-little-off-balance/attachment/kalisiaheader" rel="attachment wp-att-56464"></a></p> <p>As a lover of both RPGs and all things related to ToHeart 2, I am of course a big fan of <em>Dungeon Travelers/Dragon Chronicles</em>, the game that merges both of them together. Basically, it’s the ToHeart cast in RPG class outfits and they fight monsters or something. I’m sure there’s a plot in there somewhere as well. I have the majority of the figures released from it (aside from Paladin Sasara, sob). So of course I was thrilled when Kaitendoh <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kaitendohs-alisia-heart-prepares-for-battle" target="_blank">unveiled a sculpt of Alisia Heart</a>, a super-neglected character!</p> <p>Sadly, the paint sucks. I mean, I don’t expect much from Kaitendoh usually but after <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kaitendoh-finally-shows-off-their-tamaki-kousaka" target="_blank">Samurai Tamaki</a>… COME ON GUYS. Get your shit together. This isn’t 2009, where Alisia STILL would have been really bad. And her price? A terrifying ¥11,000. Ah well, at least Alter <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-wonder-festival-2014-alter" target="_blank">has announced</a> that they are taking Alisia on as well…</p> <p>[via <a href="http://blog.livedoor.jp/kaitendo/archives/37493375.html" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://blog.livedoor.jp']);" target="_blank">Kaitendoh's Blog</a>]</p>

    Kaitendoh’s Alisia Heart Is A Little Off-Balance

    As a lover of both RPGs and all things related to ToHeart 2, I am of course a big fan of Dungeon Travelers/Dragon Chronicles, the game that merges both of them together. Basically, it’s the ToHeart cast in RPG class outfits and they fight monsters or something. I’m sure there’s a plot in there somewhere as well. I have the majority of the figures released from it (aside from Paladin Sasara, sob). So of course I was thrilled when Kaitendoh unveiled a sculpt of Alisia Heart, a super-neglected character!

    Sadly, the paint sucks. I mean, I don’t expect much from Kaitendoh usually but after Samurai Tamaki… COME ON GUYS. Get your shit together. This isn’t 2009, where Alisia STILL would have been really bad. And her price? A terrifying ¥11,000. Ah well, at least Alter has announced that they are taking Alisia on as well…

    [via Kaitendoh's Blog]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/pullip-sailor-moon-is-a-thing-thats-happening/attachment/pullipsmheader" rel="attachment wp-att-56453"></a></p> <p>While I personally gave up on Pullip collecting after just two (those big heads make them impossible to pose), I still think they can be pretty cute. Like <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/tokidoki-pullip-luna-is-up-for-order" target="_blank">the Tokidoki one</a>, or the girls in animal pajamas. But some versions of them are just… downright unsettling. Some lines should remain uncrossed. And I think Sailor Moon’s meatball hairstyle is one of those lines.</p> <p>The faceup is gorgeous and her outfit looks great, but it’s just… the hair. It’s freaking me out. Uncanny valley a little. However, I am a huge hypocrite and if they come out with a Sailor Mars Pullip I will buy her so fast I’ll give myself whiplash.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://blog.amiami.com/amiblo/2014/04/08-miyazawa03.html" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://blog.amiami.com']);" target="_blank">AmiAmi's Blog</a>]</p>

    Pullip Sailor Moon Is A Thing That’s Happening

    While I personally gave up on Pullip collecting after just two (those big heads make them impossible to pose), I still think they can be pretty cute. Like the Tokidoki one, or the girls in animal pajamas. But some versions of them are just… downright unsettling. Some lines should remain uncrossed. And I think Sailor Moon’s meatball hairstyle is one of those lines.

    The faceup is gorgeous and her outfit looks great, but it’s just… the hair. It’s freaking me out. Uncanny valley a little. However, I am a huge hypocrite and if they come out with a Sailor Mars Pullip I will buy her so fast I’ll give myself whiplash.

    [via AmiAmi's Blog]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/max-factorys-kongou-is-a-wallet-killing-stunner/attachment/mywalletsoftlycriesheader" rel="attachment wp-att-56442"></a></p> <p><em>~Hello darkness my old friend~</em></p> <p>What is going on. With figure pricing. I CAN’T</p> <p>So, this was one of my favorite figures <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-wonder-festival-2014-kantai-collection" target="_blank">at Wonder Festival</a>. Definitely my favorite <em>Kantai Collection</em> girl. Her face was gorgeous, I loved the paint and the pose. Sitting figures are my JAM. And I’m there thinking, even with rising prices she’s only 1/8. The armor parts can’t bump up her price more than… 10k, right? She’s freaking 1/8. And sitting. With minimal add-ons. HAHA, <a href="http://www.quickmeme.com/img/1c/1c5deca2ec3189449106b15eda59e46b6b5b0cd76de29518b39c62e07f769be6.jpg" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://www.quickmeme.com']);" target="_blank" rel="lightbox[gallery-lTdu]">I was horribly horribly wrong</a>. She’s ¥13,704. I’m going to let that sink in while I cry in a corner. Oh, she’s coming out in September. Not that it matters because I refuse to pay that much just out of principle, sob.</p> <p>[via the <a href="http://ameblo.jp/figma/entry-11818006549.html" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://ameblo.jp']);" target="_blank">figma blog</a>]</p>

    Max Factory’s Kongou Is A Wallet-Killing Stunner

    ~Hello darkness my old friend~

    What is going on. With figure pricing. I CAN’T

    So, this was one of my favorite figures at Wonder Festival. Definitely my favorite Kantai Collection girl. Her face was gorgeous, I loved the paint and the pose. Sitting figures are my JAM. And I’m there thinking, even with rising prices she’s only 1/8. The armor parts can’t bump up her price more than… 10k, right? She’s freaking 1/8. And sitting. With minimal add-ons. HAHA, I was horribly horribly wrong. She’s ¥13,704. I’m going to let that sink in while I cry in a corner. Oh, she’s coming out in September. Not that it matters because I refuse to pay that much just out of principle, sob.

    [via the figma blog]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nendoroid-racing-miku-hatsune-2014-is-revealed/attachment/rm14nendoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-56438"></a></p> <p>I was so ready to be done with Racing Miku. I found 2013 so uninspiring I didn’t even buy <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/start-your-engines-for-good-smile-companys-racing-miku-2013" target="_blank">the scaled figure</a>, even though I own every single other one (even the two versions of 2012). But then… ugh, Good Smile got me again! First with the announcement of the amazing fairy version Racing Miku, and now with possibly the cutest Racing Miku Nendo so far.</p> <p>I knew <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-wonder-festival-2014-racing-miku-2014" target="_blank">when we saw the design</a> that it would be a good one, but I didn’t expect the Nendoroid to look THIS good. It reminds me of Append Miku, only more refined and with a vibrant, saturated color scheme. I’m so in love. I need her. I need a million. When is the sculpt for the scaled one coming out ahhhhh I can’t wait. You can order yours <a href="http://gsr-global.ecq.sc/" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://gsr-global.ecq.sc']);" target="_blank">right now</a>, with of course a variety of package prices like always. She’ll be coming out in October, and orders close May 12th.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.goodsmile.info/ja/product/4368/%E3%81%AD%E3%82%93%E3%81%A9%E3%82%8D%E3%81%84%E3%81%A9+%E3%83%AC%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B7%E3%83%B3%E3%82%B0%E3%83%9F%E3%82%AF+2014+Ver.html" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://www.goodsmile.info']);" target="_blank">GSC</a>]</p>

    Nendoroid Racing Miku Hatsune 2014 Is Revealed

    I was so ready to be done with Racing Miku. I found 2013 so uninspiring I didn’t even buy the scaled figure, even though I own every single other one (even the two versions of 2012). But then… ugh, Good Smile got me again! First with the announcement of the amazing fairy version Racing Miku, and now with possibly the cutest Racing Miku Nendo so far.

    I knew when we saw the design that it would be a good one, but I didn’t expect the Nendoroid to look THIS good. It reminds me of Append Miku, only more refined and with a vibrant, saturated color scheme. I’m so in love. I need her. I need a million. When is the sculpt for the scaled one coming out ahhhhh I can’t wait. You can order yours right now, with of course a variety of package prices like always. She’ll be coming out in October, and orders close May 12th.

    [via GSC]

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