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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/d-trade-brings-all-the-osomatsu-brothers-to-life/attachment/brosheader" rel="attachment wp-att-76079"></a></p> <p><em>Osomatsu-san</em> is undoubtedly the hot license of the moment, so it was no surprise when D-trade <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/d-trade-announces-a-figure-of-ichimatsu-matsuno" target="_blank">announced a figure of Ichimatsu</a>. I will admit that I was a bit disappointed when I saw it, though, because no cat! What is he without a kitty companion? Well, our prayers have been answered, because D-trade is giving us a cat-tastic Ichimatsu.</p> <p>And all the other brothers. That’s right, you can have scaled figures of every one of them! And unlike some figures from the show (*cough*figmas*cough*) they all have different sculpts and are unique. A cool idea, but I wonder what the whole set will cost…</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/dtrade_777/status/724026127614767104" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/dtrade_777/status/724026127614767104', 'D-trade’s Twitter']);" target="_blank">D-trade’s Twitter</a>]</p>

    D-trade Brings All The Osomatsu Brothers To Life

    Osomatsu-san is undoubtedly the hot license of the moment, so it was no surprise when D-trade announced a figure of Ichimatsu. I will admit that I was a bit disappointed when I saw it, though, because no cat! What is he without a kitty companion? Well, our prayers have been answered, because D-trade is giving us a cat-tastic Ichimatsu.

    And all the other brothers. That’s right, you can have scaled figures of every one of them! And unlike some figures from the show (*cough*figmas*cough*) they all have different sculpts and are unique. A cool idea, but I wonder what the whole set will cost…

    [via D-trade’s Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/mira-from-shironeko-project-gets-a-nendoroid/attachment/shironekoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-76075"></a></p> <p><em>Shironeko Project</em> is one of those licenses that I feel has the potential to blow up at next Wonder Festival, giving us tons of figures and merchandise. Cute girls + cute outfits, what more do you want. We’re already heavy on the merch train but there are only two prize figures so far, though Good Smile Company is ready to change that.</p> <p>They’ve announced a Nendoroid of Mira, who is definitely not who you would think of first. But hey, she’s cute, so I am not going to complain. I mean, she looks like some kind of fashion nun crusader, which is alright in my book.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/aw/d/B01ESQP1TQ/ref=aw_d_er_hobby" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/aw/d/B01ESQP1TQ/ref=aw_d_er_hobby', 'Amazon JP']);" target="_blank">Amazon JP</a>]</p>

    Mira from Shironeko Project Gets A Nendoroid

    Shironeko Project is one of those licenses that I feel has the potential to blow up at next Wonder Festival, giving us tons of figures and merchandise. Cute girls + cute outfits, what more do you want. We’re already heavy on the merch train but there are only two prize figures so far, though Good Smile Company is ready to change that.

    They’ve announced a Nendoroid of Mira, who is definitely not who you would think of first. But hey, she’s cute, so I am not going to complain. I mean, she looks like some kind of fashion nun crusader, which is alright in my book.

    [via Amazon JP]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/alter-announces-a-momohime-recolor/attachment/newmomoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-76070"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-gallery-alters-18-momohime" target="_blank">Alter’s original Momohime</a> is one of my all-time favorite figures. Top 5, probably, which is really saying something given how many I have and her relative age. But Momohime has held up as an example of a perfect figure: the sculpt, the paint, the pose, the mood, the base… it’s just everything you could want.</p> <p>She’s gotten quite a few re-releases over the years, but they’re going a different route for this one. Because it’s a recolor! I have to wonder why–with so many re-releases they know she’s popular, why not do another sculpt? Her original colors are just so amazing I’m having a hard time getting behind this. But I’ll probably order her anyway.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://blog.livedoor.jp/alter_info/archives/1946016.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://blog.livedoor.jp/alter_info/archives/1946016.html', 'Alter’s Blog']);" target="_blank">Alter’s Blog</a>]</p>

    Alter Announces A Momohime Recolor

    Alter’s original Momohime is one of my all-time favorite figures. Top 5, probably, which is really saying something given how many I have and her relative age. But Momohime has held up as an example of a perfect figure: the sculpt, the paint, the pose, the mood, the base… it’s just everything you could want.

    She’s gotten quite a few re-releases over the years, but they’re going a different route for this one. Because it’s a recolor! I have to wonder why–with so many re-releases they know she’s popular, why not do another sculpt? Her original colors are just so amazing I’m having a hard time getting behind this. But I’ll probably order her anyway.

    [via Alter’s Blog]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiyas-iroha-hime-is-sculpted/attachment/foxykotoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-76065"></a></p> <p>I was pretty excited when Kotobukiya <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiya-announces-a-figure-of-sengoku-taisens-iroha-hime" target="_blank">announced a figure</a> of Iroha-hime from <em>Sengoku Taisen</em>. She just had so many things I love in a character design, so I was hoping the sculpt and paint would live up to expectations and give me a perfect winged purple angel. And, well, we only have the sculpt, but I am already in love.</p> <p>Just look at her! What an intricate outfit, and while I know people are tired of Tony Taka’s sameface, Iroha has a sly grin we don’t usually see on his art. Plus, diorama base! I can’t wait for paint, I’m too excited.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/figure-blog/figure-blog-74407/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/figure-blog/figure-blog-74407/', 'Kotobukiya']);" target="_blank">Kotobukiya</a>]</p>

    Kotobukiya’s Iroha-hime Is Sculpted

    I was pretty excited when Kotobukiya announced a figure of Iroha-hime from Sengoku Taisen. She just had so many things I love in a character design, so I was hoping the sculpt and paint would live up to expectations and give me a perfect winged purple angel. And, well, we only have the sculpt, but I am already in love.

    Just look at her! What an intricate outfit, and while I know people are tired of Tony Taka’s sameface, Iroha has a sly grin we don’t usually see on his art. Plus, diorama base! I can’t wait for paint, I’m too excited.

    [via Kotobukiya]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/take-a-dip-with-amakunis-kongiku/attachment/bathfoxheader" rel="attachment wp-att-76054"></a></p> <p>Amakuni is a strange company. Some of their sculpts, like the recent 7 Sins figures, are totally amazing. And then they really drop the ball in terms of quality, like with their <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/amakuni-unveils-their-hestia-and-a-figure-of-momohime" target="_blank">hot springs Momohime</a> who was a bit of a hot mess. And sadly, the trend will continue with their matching Kongiku.</p> <p>In theory this is a figure I should really love. Voluptuous fox lady in a towel? But aside from her face, nothing is doing it for me. Her breast sculpt is just weird (one so squished and floating, the other normal?), and the seams on her tail are SO bad. Like, “looks like a figure from 2008″ bad. I thought we were past such things! Her retail of ¥10000 seems almost reasonable, but this is Amakuni so you know she’s an exclusive.</p> <p>Pre-order At: <a href="http://biginjap.com/en/pvc-figures/13816-oboro-muramasa-kongiku-17-yukemuri-onsen-zanmai-ver.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://biginjap.com/en/pvc-figures/13816-oboro-muramasa-kongiku-17-yukemuri-onsen-zanmai-ver.html', 'Big In Japan']);" target="_blank">Big In Japan</a> | <a href="https://www.nippon-yasan.com/figures/16754-oboro-muramasa-kongiku-yukemuri-onsen-zanmai-ver-limited-edition.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.nippon-yasan.com/figures/16754-oboro-muramasa-kongiku-yukemuri-onsen-zanmai-ver-limited-edition.html', 'Nippon Yasan']);" target="_blank">Nippon Yasan</a></p>

    (NSFW) Take A Dip With Amakuni’s Kongiku

    Amakuni is a strange company. Some of their sculpts, like the recent 7 Sins figures, are totally amazing. And then they really drop the ball in terms of quality, like with their hot springs Momohime who was a bit of a hot mess. And sadly, the trend will continue with their matching Kongiku.

    In theory this is a figure I should really love. Voluptuous fox lady in a towel? But aside from her face, nothing is doing it for me. Her breast sculpt is just weird (one so squished and floating, the other normal?), and the seams on her tail are SO bad. Like, “looks like a figure from 2008″ bad. I thought we were past such things! Her retail of ¥10000 seems almost reasonable, but this is Amakuni so you know she’s an exclusive.

    Pre-order At: Big In Japan | Nippon Yasan

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/cheerful-japan-returns-with-nendoroid-mikazuki-munechika/attachment/cheerful2016header" rel="attachment wp-att-76039"></a></p> <p>Cheerful Japan was Good Smile Company’s charity line that they started up right after the earthquake & Fukushima disaster several years ago: a selection of Nendoroids & figures in cute cheer uniforms, with a large chunk of the profit going towards relief efforts. Now, after the Kumamoto earthquake, they’re reviving the line for a very good cause.</p> <p>While we don’t know how many months they plan to do this for, we have at least one new release: Orange Rouge’s Nendoroid Mikazuki Munechika, now with a super freaking cute face and fans. He retails for ¥3,889, with ¥1,000 of that going towards the relief project (25%, wow!). Orders are <a href="http://www.cheerfuljapan.com/en/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.cheerfuljapan.com/en/', 'open right now']);" target="_blank">open right now</a> and will stay open until May 18th. And as a sneaky bonus, the original and highly sought after <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/gscs-cheerful-miku-is-utterly-perfect" target="_blank">Cheerful Miku</a> is getting a re-release too!</p>

    Cheerful Japan Returns With Nendoroid Mikazuki Munechika

    Cheerful Japan was Good Smile Company’s charity line that they started up right after the earthquake & Fukushima disaster several years ago: a selection of Nendoroids & figures in cute cheer uniforms, with a large chunk of the profit going towards relief efforts. Now, after the Kumamoto earthquake, they’re reviving the line for a very good cause.

    While we don’t know how many months they plan to do this for, we have at least one new release: Orange Rouge’s Nendoroid Mikazuki Munechika, now with a super freaking cute face and fans. He retails for ¥3,889, with ¥1,000 of that going towards the relief project (25%, wow!). Orders are open right now and will stay open until May 18th. And as a sneaky bonus, the original and highly sought after Cheerful Miku is getting a re-release too!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/preview-max-factorys-ranko-kanzaki/attachment/waifurankoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-76032"></a></p> <p>Ranko is hands-down my favorite IDOLM@STER character (sorry Miki!), and thankfully she also seems like one of the most popular ones figure-wise, especially when it comes to amazing sculpts. We had that <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/phat-company-announces-a-figure-of-ranko-kanzaki" target="_blank">spectacular Phat! Company figure</a> of her, and most recently Max Factory’s take on my waifu which we last saw <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/miyazawa-model-expo-spring-2016-good-smile-company-co" target="_blank">at Miyazawa Model</a>. And guys, it’s so perfect. She’s perfect.</p> <p>I mean, not only does it contain a ton of things I love (wings, clear PVC, twintails, purple clothing), the sculpt is just phenomenal. So detailed, so crisp! Of course all that work is going to cost you. Ranko comes in at ¥12,778 with a November release date, so at least we have a long time to save up!</p> <p>Pre-Order At: <a href="http://hlj.com/product/MAX04218/Fig" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://hlj.com/product/MAX04218/Fig', 'HLJ']);" target="_blank">HLJ</a> | <a href="http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-018521&page=top" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-018521&page=top', 'AmiAmi']);" target="_blank">AmiAmi</a></p>

    Preview Max Factory’s Ranko Kanzaki

    Ranko is hands-down my favorite IDOLM@STER character (sorry Miki!), and thankfully she also seems like one of the most popular ones figure-wise, especially when it comes to amazing sculpts. We had that spectacular Phat! Company figure of her, and most recently Max Factory’s take on my waifu which we last saw at Miyazawa Model. And guys, it’s so perfect. She’s perfect.

    I mean, not only does it contain a ton of things I love (wings, clear PVC, twintails, purple clothing), the sculpt is just phenomenal. So detailed, so crisp! Of course all that work is going to cost you. Ranko comes in at ¥12,778 with a November release date, so at least we have a long time to save up!

    Pre-Order At: HLJ | AmiAmi

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/chino-kaguu-gets-the-worlds-cutest-figure/attachment/chinoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-76019"></a></p> <p>Chino Kafuu from <em>Is The Order A Rabbit?</em> is undeniably adorable. And she’s gotten quite a few figures highlighting that cuteness. Yet somehow, none of them have really appealed to me… until now. I mean, how can you look at this sculpt and not be smitten? It’s SO CUTE. Like, give you cavities sweetness. Plus it’s intricate and dynamic, and if it’s true to the art the color scheme will be amazing.</p> <p>So who is making this figure? Anime University COOP. Which is a mystery company: this is the first ting they’ve ever shown off in the figure world. I mean, way to start with a bang, guys. Of course I’m hesitant to buy any company’s first release, but I might have to make an exception here.</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/usagi_anime/status/723511824025448449" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/usagi_anime/status/723511824025448449', 'usagi_anime’s Twitter']);" target="_blank">usagi_anime’s Twitter</a>]</p>

    Chino Kafuu Gets The World’s Cutest Figure

    Chino Kafuu from Is The Order A Rabbit? is undeniably adorable. And she’s gotten quite a few figures highlighting that cuteness. Yet somehow, none of them have really appealed to me… until now. I mean, how can you look at this sculpt and not be smitten? It’s SO CUTE. Like, give you cavities sweetness. Plus it’s intricate and dynamic, and if it’s true to the art the color scheme will be amazing.

    So who is making this figure? Anime University COOP. Which is a mystery company: this is the first ting they’ve ever shown off in the figure world. I mean, way to start with a bang, guys. Of course I’m hesitant to buy any company’s first release, but I might have to make an exception here.

    [via usagi_anime’s Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/phat-company-aquamarine-announce-more-idolmster/attachment/moreimasheader" rel="attachment wp-att-76014"></a></p> <p>With IDOLM@STER, it never rains, it pours. It seems like we never get just one announcement, it’s always a bunch at once. And today we have 4 pieces of news! First, from Phat! Company, their Minako Satake from <em>Million Live</em> is sculpted (and looking suspiciously like Hibiki, or is that just me?). They also announced a figure of Megumi Tokoro in a super adorable outfit.</p> <p>Then we have another duo from Aquamarine: the sculpted Mirai Kasuga, also from <em>Million Live</em>, and an art tease for Haruka Amami. Who happens to be in a really similar pose and outfit… kind of a strange choice!</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/phat_stuff/status/721227074053091328" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/phat_stuff/status/721227074053091328', 'Phat! Company']);" target="_blank">Phat! Company</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/yukiusan/status/721224583013998592" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/yukiusan/status/721224583013998592', 'Yukiusan’s Twitter']);" target="_blank">Yukiusan’s Twitter</a>]</p>

    Phat! Company & Aquamarine Announce More IDOLM@STER

    With IDOLM@STER, it never rains, it pours. It seems like we never get just one announcement, it’s always a bunch at once. And today we have 4 pieces of news! First, from Phat! Company, their Minako Satake from Million Live is sculpted (and looking suspiciously like Hibiki, or is that just me?). They also announced a figure of Megumi Tokoro in a super adorable outfit.

    Then we have another duo from Aquamarine: the sculpted Mirai Kasuga, also from Million Live, and an art tease for Haruka Amami. Who happens to be in a really similar pose and outfit… kind of a strange choice!

    [via Phat! Company & Yukiusan’s Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/sailor-venus-crystal-gets-a-figuarts-zero/attachment/venusannouncementheader" rel="attachment wp-att-76006"></a></p> <p>Sailor Moon is the show that got me into anime, so of course it holds a special place in my heart. Yet I can’t be anything but bitter about Bandai’s<em> Sailor Moon Crystal</em> Figuarts ZERO. <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/bandai-shows-off-their-new-sailor-moon-goodies" target="_blank">Sailor Moon</a> had terrible quality control and was overpriced, but it’s worse with the other senshi: they’re all exclusive.</p> <p>Since then we’ve gotten lovely figures of <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/cry-over-this-gallery-of-bandais-crystal-sailor-mars" target="_blank">Mars</a> and <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/bandais-figuarts-zero-sailor-mercury-is-an-exclusive" target="_blank">Mercury</a> that you need to pay an arm and a leg for, along with painted Jupiter. Of course they’re not going to stop with 4 out of the 5, so it’s no surprise that Sailor Venus popped up at the Toyko event. I do wish the girls had more dynamic poses, but seeing as how I couldn’t afford them even if they did maybe it’s a blessing in disguise.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.kk1up.jp/archives/m58815.html/201604150000-181" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.kk1up.jp/archives/m58815.html/201604150000-181', '1up']);" target="_blank">1up</a>]</p>

    Sailor Venus Crystal Gets A Figuarts ZERO

    Sailor Moon is the show that got me into anime, so of course it holds a special place in my heart. Yet I can’t be anything but bitter about Bandai’s Sailor Moon Crystal Figuarts ZERO. Sailor Moon had terrible quality control and was overpriced, but it’s worse with the other senshi: they’re all exclusive.

    Since then we’ve gotten lovely figures of Mars and Mercury that you need to pay an arm and a leg for, along with painted Jupiter. Of course they’re not going to stop with 4 out of the 5, so it’s no surprise that Sailor Venus popped up at the Toyko event. I do wish the girls had more dynamic poses, but seeing as how I couldn’t afford them even if they did maybe it’s a blessing in disguise.

    [via 1up]

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