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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/alters-aliasse-is-here-for-your-money/attachment/aliasseheader" rel="attachment wp-att-67353"></a></p> <p>I used to love big figures. 1/5 is my favorite scale, and in my mind the bigger the better! But with recent price rises, every time I see a large, detailed figure my mind goes blank with terror as I imagine what it’s going to cost me. Aliasse is the perfect example: I’ve been lusting after her <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-wonder-festival-2014-alters-aliasse" target="_blank">since we first saw the sculpt</a>. And really, nothing is going to stop me from getting her. But at 1/7 scale, with that crazy base and her insane pose, how much will she be?! Hold me, I’m scared.</p> <p>Thankfully, I think she’s definitely worth it. Every detail is gorgeous, from her streaming hair to her crazy boots: and, of course, the gorgeous face. And this is coming from someone who hates Raita’s art, so that’s saying something. I just… I need her in my life. Sadly, we have to wait until the 22nd to find out all her release details.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://blog.livedoor.jp/alter_info/archives/1905175.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://blog.livedoor.jp/alter_info/archives/1905175.html', 'Alter’s Blog']);" target="_blank">Alter’s Blog</a>]</p>

    Alter’s Aliasse Is Here For Your Money

    I used to love big figures. 1/5 is my favorite scale, and in my mind the bigger the better! But with recent price rises, every time I see a large, detailed figure my mind goes blank with terror as I imagine what it’s going to cost me. Aliasse is the perfect example: I’ve been lusting after her since we first saw the sculpt. And really, nothing is going to stop me from getting her. But at 1/7 scale, with that crazy base and her insane pose, how much will she be?! Hold me, I’m scared.

    Thankfully, I think she’s definitely worth it. Every detail is gorgeous, from her streaming hair to her crazy boots: and, of course, the gorgeous face. And this is coming from someone who hates Raita’s art, so that’s saying something. I just… I need her in my life. Sadly, we have to wait until the 22nd to find out all her release details.

    [via Alter’s Blog]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/bow-down-to-good-smile-companys-hera-ur/attachment/heraheader" rel="attachment wp-att-67331"></a></p> <p><em>Puzzle & Dragons</em> is a pretty popular game, but we don’t have a ton of figure-related merchandise from it sadly. There have been some prize figures, but no big scales: until Good Smile announced a few figures from it, of course! There’s <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-wonder-festival-2014-good-smile-company" target="_blank">Graceful Valkyrie</a> (who is still not painted, whyyy?) and of course Hera-Ur who <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/miyazawa-model-spring-2015-good-smile-company-co" target="_blank">we saw quite recently</a>. Actually, it’s Awoken Hera-Ur, though honestly I really wish we got her ultimate evo because it has <a href="http://i.imgur.com/oAERq09.jpg" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://i.imgur.com/oAERq09.jpg', 'disco balls']);" rel="lightbox[gallery-Gao4]">disco balls</a>.</p> <p>Even if I didn’t enjoy P&D, I’d probably want this figure. Devil girl? Blue skin? Awesome hair? Wings? Clear PVC? Yes please. However, she does come with one big deterrent: price. At ¥15,000, she’s kind of breaking the bank, though she is very large (almost 11″!). But she comes out in September, plenty of time to save up!</p> <p>Pre-Order At: <a href="http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-011295&page=top" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-011295&page=top', 'AmiAmi']);" target="_blank">AmiAmi</a> | <a href="http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10322291" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10322291', 'Hobby Search']);" target="_blank">Hobby Search</a></p>

    Bow Down To Good Smile Company’s Hera-Ur

    Puzzle & Dragons is a pretty popular game, but we don’t have a ton of figure-related merchandise from it sadly. There have been some prize figures, but no big scales: until Good Smile announced a few figures from it, of course! There’s Graceful Valkyrie (who is still not painted, whyyy?) and of course Hera-Ur who we saw quite recently. Actually, it’s Awoken Hera-Ur, though honestly I really wish we got her ultimate evo because it has disco balls.

    Even if I didn’t enjoy P&D, I’d probably want this figure. Devil girl? Blue skin? Awesome hair? Wings? Clear PVC? Yes please. However, she does come with one big deterrent: price. At ¥15,000, she’s kind of breaking the bank, though she is very large (almost 11″!). But she comes out in September, plenty of time to save up!

    Pre-Order At: AmiAmi | Hobby Search

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/embrace-japan-announces-figures-from-c3-bu-street-fighter/attachment/embraceannouncementsheader" rel="attachment wp-att-67327"></a></p> <p>What is up with all the ridiculously long-winded anime names we’ve been getting recently? Today it’s<em> Tokurei Sochi Dantai Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C3-bu</em> (translates to <i>Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3</i>, better known as <em>C3-Bu</em>). This manga/anime has been pretty much overlooked in the figure world–it aired in 2013, and all we’ve gotten is one Beach Queen and 2 prize figures.</p> <p>But that’s changing now, because Embrace Japan just showed off a sculpt of Karila Hatsuse who looks super freaking adorable. Oh, and that’s not all… there’s also an announcement for Chun-Li! Embrace has really been picking up the production pace recently, I wonder what her sculpt will look like?</p> <p>[via <a href="http://akibahobby.net/2015/04/cafereo_cc2015s_photo.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://akibahobby.net/2015/04/cafereo_cc2015s_photo.html', 'Akibahobby']);" target="_blank">Akibahobby</a>]</p>

    Embrace Japan Announces Figures From C3-Bu & Street Fighter

    What is up with all the ridiculously long-winded anime names we’ve been getting recently? Today it’s Tokurei Sochi Dantai Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C3-bu (translates to Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3, better known as C3-Bu). This manga/anime has been pretty much overlooked in the figure world–it aired in 2013, and all we’ve gotten is one Beach Queen and 2 prize figures.

    But that’s changing now, because Embrace Japan just showed off a sculpt of Karila Hatsuse who looks super freaking adorable. Oh, and that’s not all… there’s also an announcement for Chun-Li! Embrace has really been picking up the production pace recently, I wonder what her sculpt will look like?

    [via Akibahobby]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/let-furyus-newest-sonico-be-your-drinking-buddy/attachment/drinkingsonicoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-67320"></a></p> <p>I used to be annoyed by the insane amount of Sonico prize figures that FuRyu pumps out (it’s seriously <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?s=furyu+soniko" target="_blank">so many</a>), but at this point I’m just curious to see how many outfits & poses they can possibly come up with. I mean, after <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/act-surprised-because-furyu-is-doing-another-soniko-prize" target="_blank">noodle topper Sonico</a> all bets are off. And this one is just as wacky: it’s a drink… holder? Supporter? It’s a Sonico to wrap around your drink, basically.</p> <p>While this might be an incredibly stupid idea, it’s so amusing. Sonico can now both warm your noodles AND canoodle with your beer. I mean, we clearly need some Sonico chopsticks next, for the full experience. Get on it, FuRyu!</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/t_santa/status/588604549969027072" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/t_santa/status/588604549969027072', 't_santa’s Twitter']);" target="_blank">t_santa’s Twitter</a>]</p>

    Let FuRyu’s Newest Sonico Be Your Drinking Buddy

    I used to be annoyed by the insane amount of Sonico prize figures that FuRyu pumps out (it’s seriously so many), but at this point I’m just curious to see how many outfits & poses they can possibly come up with. I mean, after noodle topper Sonico all bets are off. And this one is just as wacky: it’s a drink… holder? Supporter? It’s a Sonico to wrap around your drink, basically.

    While this might be an incredibly stupid idea, it’s so amusing. Sonico can now both warm your noodles AND canoodle with your beer. I mean, we clearly need some Sonico chopsticks next, for the full experience. Get on it, FuRyu!

    [via t_santa’s Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/the-snow-miku-2016-contest-is-announced/attachment/smheader" rel="attachment wp-att-67312"></a></p> <p>Long gone are the days where Good Smile would just come up with a random Snow Miku design every year. The past few ones (<a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nendoroid-snow-miku-2013-is-totally-sweet" target="_blank">2013</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/snow-miku-2014-will-bring-a-bit-of-magic-to-your-shelf" target="_blank">2014</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/preview-snow-miku-2015s-nendoroid-and-figma" target="_blank">2015</a>) were all fan-made and voted for! It’s a fun way to spice things up, though to be honest the designs I like never win. But hey, they always come out cute!</p> <p>This year’s theme has been revealed and it’s… winter sports. So we’re going to get an Olympian Miku? I mean, it’ll probably be ice skating or snowboarding, but can you imagine the possibilities? Curling Miku. Bobsled Miku. Gymnast Miku. And it’s not just a Nendoroid–it’s already been confirmed that we will get a figma, and both come with her little bunny pal.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://piapro.jp/pages/official_collabo/2016snowmiku/rule" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://piapro.jp/pages/official_collabo/2016snowmiku/rule', 'Piapro']);" target="_blank">Piapro</a>]</p>

    The Snow Miku 2016 Contest Is Announced

    Long gone are the days where Good Smile would just come up with a random Snow Miku design every year. The past few ones (2013, 2014, 2015) were all fan-made and voted for! It’s a fun way to spice things up, though to be honest the designs I like never win. But hey, they always come out cute!

    This year’s theme has been revealed and it’s… winter sports. So we’re going to get an Olympian Miku? I mean, it’ll probably be ice skating or snowboarding, but can you imagine the possibilities? Curling Miku. Bobsled Miku. Gymnast Miku. And it’s not just a Nendoroid–it’s already been confirmed that we will get a figma, and both come with her little bunny pal.

    [via Piapro]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/aniplexs-teddie-is-unbearably-cute/attachment/aniplexteddieheader" rel="attachment wp-att-67304"></a></p> <p>One of my very first PVC purchases years and years ago was Wave’s hard-to-get Teddie, who even back then was a challenge to find (especially the rare variants!). But since then <em>Persona 4</em>‘s popularity in the figure world has skyrocketed to proportions I never would have guessed. So of course we got lots more Teddie figures! This one is really riding on the tail end of <em>P4</em>‘s success (or on hype for <em>Persona 5</em>, perhaps?) but of course I’m going to get it. IT’S TEDDIE.</p> <p>I was kind of bummed by the <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/aniplex-prepares-a-figure-of-persona-4s-teddie" target="_blank">initial plain art</a>, but he looked great <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/anime-japan-2015-aniplex" target="_blank">at Anime Japan</a> and of course he looks great in the promotional shots! It’s definitely on the simpler end of things, but the price (¥5,800) reflects that. He’s actually pretty large, 7 inches tall, so it’s a bargain! Of course Aniplex figures are always exclusives, but they do ship overseas so he won’t break the bank… too much.</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/P4_A/status/587524058813595648" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/P4_A/status/587524058813595648', 'P4_A’s Twitter']);" target="_blank">P4_A’s Twitter</a>]</p>

    Aniplex’s Teddie is UnBEARably Cute

    One of my very first PVC purchases years and years ago was Wave’s hard-to-get Teddie, who even back then was a challenge to find (especially the rare variants!). But since then Persona 4‘s popularity in the figure world has skyrocketed to proportions I never would have guessed. So of course we got lots more Teddie figures! This one is really riding on the tail end of P4‘s success (or on hype for Persona 5, perhaps?) but of course I’m going to get it. IT’S TEDDIE.

    I was kind of bummed by the initial plain art, but he looked great at Anime Japan and of course he looks great in the promotional shots! It’s definitely on the simpler end of things, but the price (¥5,800) reflects that. He’s actually pretty large, 7 inches tall, so it’s a bargain! Of course Aniplex figures are always exclusives, but they do ship overseas so he won’t break the bank… too much.

    [via P4_A’s Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/miyazawa-model-spring-2015-nsfw-alphamax/attachment/mmes15alphamaxheader" rel="attachment wp-att-67294"></a></p> <p>I’ve loved AlphaMax for a long time, but good lord are they slow sometimes–especially for the art-based figures. It seems like a lifetime ago that some of these got announced, though certainly not as bad as what we go through with Orchid Seed or Native. There’s a correlation there… the less clothing, the longer it takes to get to production. Hmm.</p> <p>AlphaMax didn’t have a ton going on at Miyazawa, but we did get a nice look at some of their in-progress sculpts! And a nice solid hint and which Tony Taka figure they’ll be sculpting next (hint: it’s not <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/wp-content/uploads/236417.jpg" target="_blank" rel="lightbox[gallery-kJzq]">the swan girls</a>, I’m crying plz hurry). Oh, and the somehow-terrible Ai from <em>Fault!</em> was there. Their first figure of her was so nice, what happened…</p> <p><em>[EDIT: The Fault! girls are Dragon Toy, not AlphaMax. Thanks, EnigmaMerc!]</em></p> <p>[via <a href="http://akibahobby.net/2015/04/miyazawa2015s_photo.html/5" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://akibahobby.net/2015/04/miyazawa2015s_photo.html/5', 'Akibahobby']);" target="_blank">Akibahobby</a>]</p>

    Miyazawa Model Spring 2015: (NSFW) AlphaMax

    I’ve loved AlphaMax for a long time, but good lord are they slow sometimes–especially for the art-based figures. It seems like a lifetime ago that some of these got announced, though certainly not as bad as what we go through with Orchid Seed or Native. There’s a correlation there… the less clothing, the longer it takes to get to production. Hmm.

    AlphaMax didn’t have a ton going on at Miyazawa, but we did get a nice look at some of their in-progress sculpts! And a nice solid hint and which Tony Taka figure they’ll be sculpting next (hint: it’s not the swan girls, I’m crying plz hurry). Oh, and the somehow-terrible Ai from Fault! was there. Their first figure of her was so nice, what happened…

    [EDIT: The Fault! girls are Dragon Toy, not AlphaMax. Thanks, EnigmaMerc!]

    [via Akibahobby]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/miyazawa-model-spring-2015-auqamarine/attachment/mme15aquamarineheader" rel="attachment wp-att-67284"></a></p> <p>Aquamarine doesn’t produce a lot of figures, but there’s no doubt that they can do it well… when they try. Laura from Infinite Stratos is a good example of when they <em>don’t</em> try. It’s not pretty. But for the most part, they make well-sculpted figures of characters that don’t get a ton of attention.</p> <p>And while most of their Miyazawa lineup was (unsurprisingly) kind of old stuff, they did have one shiny new sculpt: their amazing Golden Darkness! The horns, the hair, the pose. I’m so smitten.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://akibahobby.net/2015/04/miyazawa2015s_photo.html/4" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://akibahobby.net/2015/04/miyazawa2015s_photo.html/4', 'Akibahobby']);" target="_blank">Akibahobby</a>]</p>

    Miyazawa Model Spring 2015: Auqamarine

    Aquamarine doesn’t produce a lot of figures, but there’s no doubt that they can do it well… when they try. Laura from Infinite Stratos is a good example of when they don’t try. It’s not pretty. But for the most part, they make well-sculpted figures of characters that don’t get a ton of attention.

    And while most of their Miyazawa lineup was (unsurprisingly) kind of old stuff, they did have one shiny new sculpt: their amazing Golden Darkness! The horns, the hair, the pose. I’m so smitten.

    [via Akibahobby]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/miyazawa-model-spring-2015-kotobukiya/attachment/mmes15kotoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-67264"></a></p> <p>Are you sensing the theme of this Miyazawa Model Exhibition? It’s Check Out This Stuff You’ve Already Seen. Because seriously, Kotobukiya’s lineup is almost identical to what we saw at <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/anime-japan-2015-kotobukiya" target="_blank">Anime Japan</a>… and most of that wasn’t even new. I was hoping we’d get a peek at <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiya-teases-a-figure-of-danmachis-hestia" target="_blank">Hestia</a>‘s sculpt, but alas, it’s just super cute (but redundant) IDOLM@STER and KanColle girls. Honestly, I feel like that’s the joke at every booth. “Look, IM@S and KanColle!”</p> <p>There is, at least, a pretty cute CuPoche display… I mean, the raincoats. So adorable!</p> <p>[via <a href="http://akibahobby.net/2015/04/miyazawa2015s_photo.html/3" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://akibahobby.net/2015/04/miyazawa2015s_photo.html/3', 'Akibahobby']);" target="_blank">Akibahobby</a>]</p>

    Miyazawa Model Spring 2015: Kotobukiya

    Are you sensing the theme of this Miyazawa Model Exhibition? It’s Check Out This Stuff You’ve Already Seen. Because seriously, Kotobukiya’s lineup is almost identical to what we saw at Anime Japan… and most of that wasn’t even new. I was hoping we’d get a peek at Hestia‘s sculpt, but alas, it’s just super cute (but redundant) IDOLM@STER and KanColle girls. Honestly, I feel like that’s the joke at every booth. “Look, IM@S and KanColle!”

    There is, at least, a pretty cute CuPoche display… I mean, the raincoats. So adorable!

    [via Akibahobby]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/miyazawa-model-spring-2015-megahouse/attachment/megahousemme15header" rel="attachment wp-att-67260"></a></p> <p>MegaHouse used to be a company with a surprising amount of variety, but recently they seem to have found their niches. At every event it’s the same series lineup: One Piece, Naruto, Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, and the Gundam & Yamato girls (who, surprisingly, did not show up at Miyazawa Model!).</p> <p>So, surprise, that’s what MegaHouse had on display! Thrilling, right? I mean, the fox girl from <em>Shinrabanshou Chocolate</em> was on display, but she’s been up for order or a while now so it’s nothing to get too excited over.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://akibahobby.net/2015/04/miyazawa2015s_photo.html/2" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://akibahobby.net/2015/04/miyazawa2015s_photo.html/2', 'Akibahobby']);" target="_blank">Akibahobby</a>]</p>

    Miyazawa Model Spring 2015: MegaHouse

    MegaHouse used to be a company with a surprising amount of variety, but recently they seem to have found their niches. At every event it’s the same series lineup: One Piece, Naruto, Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, and the Gundam & Yamato girls (who, surprisingly, did not show up at Miyazawa Model!).

    So, surprise, that’s what MegaHouse had on display! Thrilling, right? I mean, the fox girl from Shinrabanshou Chocolate was on display, but she’s been up for order or a while now so it’s nothing to get too excited over.

    [via Akibahobby]

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