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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/volks-hobby-round-13/attachment/hr13header" rel="attachment wp-att-68146"></a></p> <p>Hobby Round is basically an event where Volks says “hey, check out all our new stuff!” Like MegaHobby for Alter & MegaHouse, only way more boring. Because let’s be honest: Volks isn’t the most thrilling of companies. They’ve basically stopped making PVC figures along with more elaborate garage kits, and are going full-throttle on the CharaGumin line which is pre-painted resin.</p> <p>I would be fine with this, but the CharaGumin line is 1) insanely expensive, 2) very hard to obtain and 3) not nearly as nicely sculpted as the majority of the PVC on the market. Which is strange: it’s like light garage kit building, but who is it aimed at? Not dedicated GK builders, not casual PVC fans (because it breaks our budget). What is the point?! Anyway, they had quite a few things on display at this event from Fate/Stay Night, Evangelion, <em>Love Live!</em>, <em>Girls Und Panzer, Slayers</em>, and more. Check them all out in the gallery!</p> <p>[via <a href="http://akibahobby.net/2015/05/hr13_photo.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://akibahobby.net/2015/05/hr13_photo.html', 'moeyo']);" target="_blank">moeyo</a>]</p>

    Volks’ Hobby Round 13

    Hobby Round is basically an event where Volks says “hey, check out all our new stuff!” Like MegaHobby for Alter & MegaHouse, only way more boring. Because let’s be honest: Volks isn’t the most thrilling of companies. They’ve basically stopped making PVC figures along with more elaborate garage kits, and are going full-throttle on the CharaGumin line which is pre-painted resin.

    I would be fine with this, but the CharaGumin line is 1) insanely expensive, 2) very hard to obtain and 3) not nearly as nicely sculpted as the majority of the PVC on the market. Which is strange: it’s like light garage kit building, but who is it aimed at? Not dedicated GK builders, not casual PVC fans (because it breaks our budget). What is the point?! Anyway, they had quite a few things on display at this event from Fate/Stay Night, Evangelion, Love Live!, Girls Und Panzer, Slayers, and more. Check them all out in the gallery!

    [via moeyo]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/take-a-peek-at-the-sculpt-for-nendoroid-raiden/attachment/nendoraidensculptheader" rel="attachment wp-att-68142"></a></p> <p>It’s been almost a year since we <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2014-solid-snake-nendoroid-gets-blocky" target="_blank">first saw Nendoroid Solid Snake painted</a>, and it kind of seemed like Good Smile had totally forgotten about the line. We were promised a Raiden, but he was nowhere in sight! Well now, ages later, we finally have an update. The sculpt has been revealed!</p> <p>I think the base body itself looks great and highly detailed, but the face is… downright strange. The super-long lashes make him look feminine, and I thought this was a female Nendoroid at first glance. Kind of a weird choice for him, right?</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/Kojima_Hideo/status/602720960588873728" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/Kojima_Hideo/status/602720960588873728', 'Kojima Hideo’s Twitter']);" target="_blank">Kojima Hideo’s Twitter</a>]</p>

    Take A Peek At The Sculpt For Nendoroid Raiden

    It’s been almost a year since we first saw Nendoroid Solid Snake painted, and it kind of seemed like Good Smile had totally forgotten about the line. We were promised a Raiden, but he was nowhere in sight! Well now, ages later, we finally have an update. The sculpt has been revealed!

    I think the base body itself looks great and highly detailed, but the face is… downright strange. The super-long lashes make him look feminine, and I thought this was a female Nendoroid at first glance. Kind of a weird choice for him, right?

    [via Kojima Hideo’s Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nendoroid-kogitsunemaru-is-already-painted/attachment/foxynendoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-68121"></a></p> <p>Didn’t we literally <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nendoroid-kogitsunemaru-is-sculpted" target="_blank">just see the sculpt for this</a>? Like, it was unveiled a week ago? Yup, but for some reason Kogitsunemaru has been rushed through the paint stage and is already ready for orders. Yeah, that was fast. They probably wanted to get him up for order at the same time as his <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/feast-your-eyes-on-max-factorys-kogitsunemaru" target="_blank">scaled figure</a>–both of which should make an appearance on retailers tonight!</p> <p>So what does Kogitsunemaru come with? A whole lot of adorable, that’s what. He has three great faces, his sword (of course), lots of extra arms for cute poses, and a fox assistant! That’s right, you get a fox boy and Konnosuke, the in-game fox guide. ADORABLE! Like most Nendoroids these days, he comes with a GSC bonus–surprisingly, not the cool base (we all get that!), but a bonus keychain strap. Wow, thrilling.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://mikatan.goodsmile.info/en/2015/05/27/nendoroid-kogitsunemaru/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://mikatan.goodsmile.info/en/2015/05/27/nendoroid-kogitsunemaru/', 'Kahotan']);" target="_blank">Kahotan</a>]</p>

    Nendoroid Kogitsunemaru Is (Already) Painted

    Didn’t we literally just see the sculpt for this? Like, it was unveiled a week ago? Yup, but for some reason Kogitsunemaru has been rushed through the paint stage and is already ready for orders. Yeah, that was fast. They probably wanted to get him up for order at the same time as his scaled figure–both of which should make an appearance on retailers tonight!

    So what does Kogitsunemaru come with? A whole lot of adorable, that’s what. He has three great faces, his sword (of course), lots of extra arms for cute poses, and a fox assistant! That’s right, you get a fox boy and Konnosuke, the in-game fox guide. ADORABLE! Like most Nendoroids these days, he comes with a GSC bonus–surprisingly, not the cool base (we all get that!), but a bonus keychain strap. Wow, thrilling.

    [via Kahotan]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/fly-away-with-bandais-new-sakura-kinomoto-s-h-figuarts/attachment/bandai2ndsakuraheader" rel="attachment wp-att-68109"></a></p> <p>While Bandai didn’t give us the most detailed action figure so far of Sakura Kinomoto (that honor goes to <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2015-max-factorys-figma-sakura-kinomoto-gallery" target="_blank">the figma</a>), they had the distinction of being <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/bandai-surprises-with-a-cardcaptor-sakura-s-h-figuarts" target="_blank">first on the scene</a>–a title they’re not willing to give up. At this past Winter Wonder Festival they <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-wonder-festival-2015-bandais-s-h-figuarts-sakura-kinomoto" target="_blank">showed off a second S.H.Figuarts of her</a>, this time in her outfit from the second opening–the same outfit that PLUM put their adorable <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plums-dreamy-sakura-kinomoto-is-sculpted" target="_blank">scaled figure of her</a> in!</p> <p>It took them a little while to get her ready for orders, especially considering that she was painted 3 months ago, but she’s finally here! People seem divided on her poofy pants, but I like this version better than the first one. She will retail for ¥5500 with an October release, and thankfully will be a standard release.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://tamashii.jp/item/11045/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://tamashii.jp/item/11045/', 'Tamashii Nations']);" target="_blank">Tamashii Nations</a>]</p>

    Fly Away With Bandai’s New Sakura Kinomoto S.H.Figuarts

    While Bandai didn’t give us the most detailed action figure so far of Sakura Kinomoto (that honor goes to the figma), they had the distinction of being first on the scene–a title they’re not willing to give up. At this past Winter Wonder Festival they showed off a second S.H.Figuarts of her, this time in her outfit from the second opening–the same outfit that PLUM put their adorable scaled figure of her in!

    It took them a little while to get her ready for orders, especially considering that she was painted 3 months ago, but she’s finally here! People seem divided on her poofy pants, but I like this version better than the first one. She will retail for ¥5500 with an October release, and thankfully will be a standard release.

    [via Tamashii Nations]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/check-out-the-goodies-from-the-40th-prize-fair/attachment/40thprizefairheader" rel="attachment wp-att-68043"></a></p> <p>It’s that time of year again–time for another Prize Fair! These seasonal events show us all the upcoming goodies from the world of prize figures, and this time it was absolutely packed with amazing sculpts. I mean, everyone is pulling out the stops it seems!</p> <p>So what was there? More like what<em> wasn’t</em> there. We have <em>Puzzle & Dragons</em>, Evangelion, <em>Kantai Collection</em>, Fate/Stay Night, IDOLM@STER, <em>Bakemonogatari</em>, <em>Persona 4</em>, Sonico & Pochaco, <em>Attack On Titan</em>, Cardcaptor Sakura, Sailor Moon…. to name but a few. Check them all out in the gallery!</p> <p>[via <a href="http://hobby.dengeki.com/news/72091/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://hobby.dengeki.com/news/72091/', 'Dengeki']);" target="_blank">Dengeki</a> & <a href="http://www.moeyo.com/article/64363" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.moeyo.com/article/64363', 'moeyo']);" target="_blank">moeyo</a>]</p>

    Check Out The Goodies From The 40th Prize Fair

    It’s that time of year again–time for another Prize Fair! These seasonal events show us all the upcoming goodies from the world of prize figures, and this time it was absolutely packed with amazing sculpts. I mean, everyone is pulling out the stops it seems!

    So what was there? More like what wasn’t there. We have Puzzle & Dragons, Evangelion, Kantai Collection, Fate/Stay Night, IDOLM@STER, Bakemonogatari, Persona 4, Sonico & Pochaco, Attack On Titan, Cardcaptor Sakura, Sailor Moon…. to name but a few. Check them all out in the gallery!

    [via Dengeki & moeyo]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-artfx-j-sebastian-michaelis/attachment/kotosebastianreviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-68017"></a></p> <p>Ahh, <em>Black Butler</em>. One of the most popular US anime/manga franchises, but not one that I was ever really invested in. <em>Black Butler</em> is the domain of those girls who practically live in the manga section of Barnes & Nobles, and will talk to you for hours about who they ship Sebby with. You all know what I’m talking about. Okay, maybe that’s not a thing anymore, but it was when I was in highschool! *shakes fist at sky*</p> <p>While I was never a huge fan, I’ve always liked the designs: there are so few guys who aren’t “stereotypical highschool boy with boring outfit* in anime, let alone a… *gasp* “older” one like Sebastian! I mean, he’s a demon butler. What’s not to like? And like so many older series, the license on this has recently been required by a ton of companies, finally filling the BB-sized hole in so many fangirls’ hearts. Sadly, most of the Sebastian figures are super boring (look, he’s… standing there again!) but Koto gave us one with a cool base! And I am all about cool bases, so let’s hit the jump and get this party started.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Sebastian Michaelis

    Ahh, Black Butler. One of the most popular US anime/manga franchises, but not one that I was ever really invested in. Black Butler is the domain of those girls who practically live in the manga section of Barnes & Nobles, and will talk to you for hours about who they ship Sebby with. You all know what I’m talking about. Okay, maybe that’s not a thing anymore, but it was when I was in highschool! *shakes fist at sky*

    While I was never a huge fan, I’ve always liked the designs: there are so few guys who aren’t “stereotypical highschool boy with boring outfit* in anime, let alone a… *gasp* “older” one like Sebastian! I mean, he’s a demon butler. What’s not to like? And like so many older series, the license on this has recently been required by a ton of companies, finally filling the BB-sized hole in so many fangirls’ hearts. Sadly, most of the Sebastian figures are super boring (look, he’s… standing there again!) but Koto gave us one with a cool base! And I am all about cool bases, so let’s hit the jump and get this party started.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/feast-your-eyes-on-max-factorys-kogitsunemaru/attachment/wolfboyheader" rel="attachment wp-att-68034"></a></p> <p>Just the other day we got a peek at <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nendoroid-kogitsunemaru-is-sculpted" target="_blank">the Nendoroid sculpt for Kogitsunemaru</a> from <em>Touken Ranbu</em>, and already we have more news on this wolfish boy! Max Factory’s sculpt of him, which we <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nendoroid-kashuu-kiyomitsu-is-ready-with-your-dessert" target="_blank">recently saw unpainted</a>, is all finished and raring to leap into your collection.</p> <p>While I am a big supporter of more male figures, they don’t usually appeal to me personally. This time, though…. YES PLEASE. Wolf ears? White hair? Rakish grin? Amazing outfit? I mean, the pose is a little dull, but I can overlook that! Come into my life, Kogitsunemaru, even if your name is way too long. And you cost ¥12,778 for a 1/8 scale figure. *sob*</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/touken_goods/status/602338450121961473/photo/1" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/touken_goods/status/602338450121961473/photo/1', 'touken_goods’ Twitter']);" target="_blank">touken_goods’ Twitter</a>]</p>

    Feast Your Eyes On Max Factory’s Kogitsunemaru

    Just the other day we got a peek at the Nendoroid sculpt for Kogitsunemaru from Touken Ranbu, and already we have more news on this wolfish boy! Max Factory’s sculpt of him, which we recently saw unpainted, is all finished and raring to leap into your collection.

    While I am a big supporter of more male figures, they don’t usually appeal to me personally. This time, though…. YES PLEASE. Wolf ears? White hair? Rakish grin? Amazing outfit? I mean, the pose is a little dull, but I can overlook that! Come into my life, Kogitsunemaru, even if your name is way too long. And you cost ¥12,778 for a 1/8 scale figure. *sob*

    [via touken_goods’ Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/phat-companys-rin-suzunoki-from-bakuon-is-sculpted/attachment/phatrinsculptheader" rel="attachment wp-att-68027"></a></p> <p>Phat! Company has a rather absurd amount of figures in the works, and most of them are in the grey prototype stage. So when we get updates from them, I’m always hoping for some nice paint, but instead we’re getting… and entirely new figure and sculpt! Because there’s just not enough on their plate already?</p> <p>In any case, we have the sculpt/announcement of Rin Suzunoki from <em>Bakuon!!</em>, who actually looks really great. Or maybe I’m just swayed by the mini motorcycle? She is also 1/10 scale, which means she hopefully won’t be too bank-breaking!</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/Katsu_mayuR/status/602354664198115328" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/Katsu_mayuR/status/602354664198115328', 'Katsu_mayuR']);" target="_blank">Katsu_mayuR</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/Phat_official/status/602291875572162560" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/Phat_official/status/602291875572162560', 'Phat official']);" target="_blank">Phat official</a>]</p>

    Phat! Company’s Rin Suzunoki From Bakuon Is Sculpted

    Phat! Company has a rather absurd amount of figures in the works, and most of them are in the grey prototype stage. So when we get updates from them, I’m always hoping for some nice paint, but instead we’re getting… and entirely new figure and sculpt! Because there’s just not enough on their plate already?

    In any case, we have the sculpt/announcement of Rin Suzunoki from Bakuon!!, who actually looks really great. Or maybe I’m just swayed by the mini motorcycle? She is also 1/10 scale, which means she hopefully won’t be too bank-breaking!

    [via Katsu_mayuR & Phat official]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-sakura-kinomoto/attachment/kotosakurareviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-67980"></a></p> <p>When I first got into figure collecting, there was a handful of shows/series I really, really wanted figures from. Almost all of them were older, and the licenses were locked down so there was basically no hope of ever owning my beloveds in plastic form. But recently, older licenses have been busting open and we’ve been nostalgia-bombed with all the characters we always wanted. Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, and for me the number one was always Cardcaptor Sakura. Finally, finally, I own a real, not-prize-figure version of her.</p> <p>I’m sure in time we will see a huge batch of scaled figures, but Kotobukiya was the first on the scene with their rendition of Sakura in what is probably her most recognizable outfit. Even though there was not a huge wait from her <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2014-kotobukiya-x-cardcaptor" target="_blank">announcement</a> to <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiya-unveils-their-painted-sakura-kinomoto" target="_blank">release</a>, it feels like I’ve been waiting years for this! So does she live up to the hype? Hit the jump and find out.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Sakura Kinomoto

    When I first got into figure collecting, there was a handful of shows/series I really, really wanted figures from. Almost all of them were older, and the licenses were locked down so there was basically no hope of ever owning my beloveds in plastic form. But recently, older licenses have been busting open and we’ve been nostalgia-bombed with all the characters we always wanted. Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, and for me the number one was always Cardcaptor Sakura. Finally, finally, I own a real, not-prize-figure version of her.

    I’m sure in time we will see a huge batch of scaled figures, but Kotobukiya was the first on the scene with their rendition of Sakura in what is probably her most recognizable outfit. Even though there was not a huge wait from her announcement to release, it feels like I’ve been waiting years for this! So does she live up to the hype? Hit the jump and find out.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/prepare-yourself-for-amakunis-dark-magician-girl/attachment/mfdmgpaintedheader" rel="attachment wp-att-67922"></a></p> <p>Dark Magician Girl from Yu-Gi-Oh sure is popular recently, huh? Two scaled figures, one from Amakuni and <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-wonder-festival-2015-max-factorys-yu-gi-oh-figures" target="_blank">one from Max Factory</a>, along with <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2014-yu-gi-oh-figmas" target="_blank">a figma</a>. And, of course, there’s the original Kotobukiya figure of her and their <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-dark-magician-girl-cupoche" target="_blank">Cu-Poche</a>. It’s a good time to be a Yu-Gi-Oh fan, isn’t it?</p> <p>While I like Max Factory’s sculpt, I’ve been most excited for the Amakuni verion–mostly because it’s sculpted by my figure bae, Grizzry Panda. And oh my GOD she looks so good. Bright colors, sleek sculpting, and that base. Though honestly, I’m not loving the little (toon?) DMG at the bottom. Pre-orders start on May 25th and run until July 10th though of course she will be exclusive, so you will need a proxy/to order from their international store/etc. And her price? A not-so-scary ¥12,800, which does not seem that bad given her base, even if she is only 1/8.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://vi.anacel.com/fg/vichan/fg/res/14983.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://vi.anacel.com/fg/vichan/fg/res/14983.html', 'figure/gk']);" target="_blank">figure/gk</a>]</p>

    Prepare Yourself For Amakuni’s Dark Magician Girl

    Dark Magician Girl from Yu-Gi-Oh sure is popular recently, huh? Two scaled figures, one from Amakuni and one from Max Factory, along with a figma. And, of course, there’s the original Kotobukiya figure of her and their Cu-Poche. It’s a good time to be a Yu-Gi-Oh fan, isn’t it?

    While I like Max Factory’s sculpt, I’ve been most excited for the Amakuni verion–mostly because it’s sculpted by my figure bae, Grizzry Panda. And oh my GOD she looks so good. Bright colors, sleek sculpting, and that base. Though honestly, I’m not loving the little (toon?) DMG at the bottom. Pre-orders start on May 25th and run until July 10th though of course she will be exclusive, so you will need a proxy/to order from their international store/etc. And her price? A not-so-scary ¥12,800, which does not seem that bad given her base, even if she is only 1/8.

    [via figure/gk]

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