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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/aquamarine-previews-their-koki-yamoto-from-ninja-slayer/attachment/aquamarineninjaheader" rel="attachment wp-att-61038"></a></p> <p>Aquamarine is an odd little company. They totally had me hooked with their first two Vocaloid figures, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/aquamarine-shows-off-their-vocaloid-ia" target="_blank">IA</a> and <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/aquamarines-vocaloid-gumi-rocks-out-in-a-new-gallery" target="_blank">Gumi</a>, but now they seem to be making figures of characters no other company wants to take on. Which I guess is good if you’re a fan of said characters, but their design choice recently has been… uninspired.</p> <p>I am about 50/50 on Koki Yamoto, whose sculpt totally bored me <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2014-aquamarine" target="_blank">at Wonder Festival</a>. However, I’m kind of digging the hot pink & black color palette now that she’s painted! I mean, clear PVC is my weakness after all. Still, I’m not sold on the pose. <em>Ninja Slayer</em> fans, what do you think?</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/NJSLYR/status/512142222364385280/photo/1" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://twitter.com']);" target="_blank">Ninja Slayer's Twitter</a>]</p>

    Aquamarine Previews Their Koki Yamoto From Ninja Slayer

    Aquamarine is an odd little company. They totally had me hooked with their first two Vocaloid figures, IA and Gumi, but now they seem to be making figures of characters no other company wants to take on. Which I guess is good if you’re a fan of said characters, but their design choice recently has been… uninspired.

    I am about 50/50 on Koki Yamoto, whose sculpt totally bored me at Wonder Festival. However, I’m kind of digging the hot pink & black color palette now that she’s painted! I mean, clear PVC is my weakness after all. Still, I’m not sold on the pose. Ninja Slayer fans, what do you think?

    [via Ninja Slayer's Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/drool-over-good-smiles-tell-your-wold-miku-hatsune/attachment/tywmikuheader" rel="attachment wp-att-61024"></a></p> <p>I have had a huge crush on the Tell Your World version of Miku Hatsune since we saw <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/grizzry-pandas-gorgeous-tell-your-world-miku-hatsune" target="_blank">Grizzry Panda’s take on the design</a> over 2 years ago. Since Max Factory picked up <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/red-riding-hood-miku-hatsune-is-ready-to-deliver-your-goodies" target="_blank">his sculpt of Red Riding Hood Miku</a>, I was hopeful for a Tell Your World release… and <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/chara-hobby-2014-good-smile-company-co" target="_blank">as we recently found out</a>, we are getting one! With a bit of a twist.</p> <p>This is not Grizzry Panda’s sculpt, but an original GSC creation from master sculptor Sakurako. And from the tips of her pointy twintails to the wild color palette, she’s simply divine. This is even more than what I was hoping for! And the best news? Her retail will be a very reasonable ¥9,800 with a May release, with orders opening up tomorrow. If you order her on the GSC shop you’ll get a bonus tapestry, but contrary to earlier rumors this is not an exclusive.</p> <p><strong>[UPDATE]</strong> The gallery now has some lovely detail shots from <a href="http://ameblo.jp/gsc-mikatan/entry-11925346495.html"" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://ameblo.jp']);" target="_blank">Kahotan</a>!</p> <p>[via <a href="http://ameblo.jp/gsc-mikatan/entry-11923871618.html" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://ameblo.jp']);" target="_blank">Kahotan</a>]</p>

    Drool Over Good Smile’s Tell Your Wold Miku Hatsune

    I have had a huge crush on the Tell Your World version of Miku Hatsune since we saw Grizzry Panda’s take on the design over 2 years ago. Since Max Factory picked up his sculpt of Red Riding Hood Miku, I was hopeful for a Tell Your World release… and as we recently found out, we are getting one! With a bit of a twist.

    This is not Grizzry Panda’s sculpt, but an original GSC creation from master sculptor Sakurako. And from the tips of her pointy twintails to the wild color palette, she’s simply divine. This is even more than what I was hoping for! And the best news? Her retail will be a very reasonable ¥9,800 with a May release, with orders opening up tomorrow. If you order her on the GSC shop you’ll get a bonus tapestry, but contrary to earlier rumors this is not an exclusive.

    [UPDATE] The gallery now has some lovely detail shots from Kahotan!

    [via Kahotan]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/haikyuu-nendoroids-are-coming/attachment/wowboynendosheader" rel="attachment wp-att-61009"></a></p> <p>It’s quite rare to see a male Nendoroid: maybe one out of every 30 are guys, and that’s being pretty generous. So it’s extra surprising to see that not only is Good Smile Company making a new one, but that it’s from an almost entirely male cast… and more are planned!</p> <p>We have the sculpt of Shouyou Hinata and a bonus announcement for a follow-up Nendoroid of Tobio Kageyama. TWO BOYS. And <em>Haikyuu!!</em> has quite a few more, so if these two are successful maybe we’ll get the whole cast…</p> <p>[via <a href="http://myfigurecollection.net/item/248117" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://myfigurecollection.net']);" target="_blank">mfc</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/gsc_kahotan/status/510442745777770496/photo/1" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://twitter.com']);" target="_blank">Kahotan</a>]</p>

    Haikyuu!! Nendoroids Are Coming

    It’s quite rare to see a male Nendoroid: maybe one out of every 30 are guys, and that’s being pretty generous. So it’s extra surprising to see that not only is Good Smile Company making a new one, but that it’s from an almost entirely male cast… and more are planned!

    We have the sculpt of Shouyou Hinata and a bonus announcement for a follow-up Nendoroid of Tobio Kageyama. TWO BOYS. And Haikyuu!! has quite a few more, so if these two are successful maybe we’ll get the whole cast…

    [via mfc & Kahotan]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/aniplex-unveils-their-sebastian-michaelis-figure/attachment/aniplexsebastianheader" rel="attachment wp-att-60999"></a></p> <p>It seems like the <em>Black Butler</em> license has finally freed up, because all of a sudden we are getting figures from it when there was a notable drought before (especially given the series’ popularity in the US). Aniplex <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/aniplex-takes-on-black-butlers-sebastian" target="_blank">was the first to announce one</a>, and fans have been waiting patiently for a sculpt. Well, it’s here! But don’t get too excited.</p> <p>This is about as basic as you can get for a Sebastian figure. He’s… standing! And putting on his gloves, wow. Honestly, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2014-kotobukiya-x-black-butler" target="_blank">Kotobukiya’s sculpt</a> is so much better I’m not even a little tempted by this one. Except for the price, a low ¥8,800. And since this is Aniplex, it’s an exclusive but they should be taking direct orders soon!</p> <p>[via <a href="https://www.aniplexplus.com/itemQmpyWhCs" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://www.aniplexplus.com']);" target="_blank">Aniplex</a>]</p>

    Aniplex Unveils Their Sebastian Michaelis Figure

    It seems like the Black Butler license has finally freed up, because all of a sudden we are getting figures from it when there was a notable drought before (especially given the series’ popularity in the US). Aniplex was the first to announce one, and fans have been waiting patiently for a sculpt. Well, it’s here! But don’t get too excited.

    This is about as basic as you can get for a Sebastian figure. He’s… standing! And putting on his gloves, wow. Honestly, Kotobukiya’s sculpt is so much better I’m not even a little tempted by this one. Except for the price, a low ¥8,800. And since this is Aniplex, it’s an exclusive but they should be taking direct orders soon!

    [via Aniplex]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nendoroid-halloween-miku-hatsune-is-a-delicious-treat/attachment/halloweenmikuheader" rel="attachment wp-att-60979"></a></p> <p>Good Smile Company has been <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/the-halloween-miku-hatsune-nendoroid-is-totally-amazing" target="_blank">teasing this figure for a while now</a>, and it’s no wonder why. She’s one of the freaking cutest Nendos I’ve ever seen. I mean, the design alone is gorgeous, but they really went all out on the detail work. And then… we have the extras. She comes with a mini pumpkin that doubles as a head for a Nendoroid Petit, and… A FREAKING PUMPKIN FACE. Perfection. Also a really cute smug face and, of course, the standard one.</p> <p>Now, actually obtaining this Nendo is a bit confusing. She will be at MikuExpo LA and NY, though NOT at the concerts: they will be at the extra events (weird, no?). You can also pick one up at GSC’s NYCC booth if you are attending the event! Not in LA or NY? No problem! They will be doing online sales BEFORE MikuExpo, on September 25th. However, it is not an open run: orders end when she is sold out, so don’t wait around if you want this devilish cutie.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://ameblo.jp/gsc-mikatan/entry-11923492058.html" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://ameblo.jp']);" target="_blank">Kahotan</a>]</p>

    Nendoroid Halloween Miku Hatsune Is A Delicious Treat

    Good Smile Company has been teasing this figure for a while now, and it’s no wonder why. She’s one of the freaking cutest Nendos I’ve ever seen. I mean, the design alone is gorgeous, but they really went all out on the detail work. And then… we have the extras. She comes with a mini pumpkin that doubles as a head for a Nendoroid Petit, and… A FREAKING PUMPKIN FACE. Perfection. Also a really cute smug face and, of course, the standard one.

    Now, actually obtaining this Nendo is a bit confusing. She will be at MikuExpo LA and NY, though NOT at the concerts: they will be at the extra events (weird, no?). You can also pick one up at GSC’s NYCC booth if you are attending the event! Not in LA or NY? No problem! They will be doing online sales BEFORE MikuExpo, on September 25th. However, it is not an open run: orders end when she is sold out, so don’t wait around if you want this devilish cutie.

    [via Kahotan]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/the-maiko-madoka-line-gets-a-double-update/attachment/maikoupdateheader" rel="attachment wp-att-60974"></a></p> <p>It’s a god day to be a Madoka fan, because Aniplex has given us not one but two updates on their Maiko Madoka Magica line! First up we have the full art reveal for <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/maiko-sayaka-kyoko-officially-announced" target="_blank">the recently announced Sayaka & Kyoko duo</a>. I’m really loving both of these designs, even though Sayaka is my least favorite of the girls. Sorry, Sayaka.</p> <p>Then we have a back shot of <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2014-aniplex" target="_blank">Maiko Mami</a>, only she’s a bit different this time–no, the helmet hair is still there–but now she’s painted! I love the pink yukata, so lovely. I really regret skipping <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/good-smiles-maiko-madoka-is-available-for-international-orders" target="_blank">Madoka</a> now, since I’m really loving the rest of the line.</p> <p>[via Aniplex <a href="https://twitter.com/madoka_magica/status/510369821200887810" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://twitter.com']);" target="_blank">1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/madoka_magica/status/510370367588675584" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://twitter.com']);" target="_blank">2</a>]</p>

    The Maiko Madoka Line Gets A Double Update

    It’s a god day to be a Madoka fan, because Aniplex has given us not one but two updates on their Maiko Madoka Magica line! First up we have the full art reveal for the recently announced Sayaka & Kyoko duo. I’m really loving both of these designs, even though Sayaka is my least favorite of the girls. Sorry, Sayaka.

    Then we have a back shot of Maiko Mami, only she’s a bit different this time–no, the helmet hair is still there–but now she’s painted! I love the pink yukata, so lovely. I really regret skipping Madoka now, since I’m really loving the rest of the line.

    [via Aniplex 1, 2]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/take-a-peek-into-kotobukiyas-sculpting-studio/attachment/kotosculptingheader" rel="attachment wp-att-60964"></a></p> <p>Surprisingly, we rarely get to see a lot of what goes on behind the scenes in the figure-making process. Sure, we get unpainted prototypes, but that’s not the same as seeing sculptors in action! So today we’ll be taking a little peek into Kotobukiya’s workplace.</p> <p>It’s so cool to see, you know, people actually working on figure sculpting. Gives you a sense of the effort put into every piece! Also, I’m dying to know what all the censored figures are–updated <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiya-shows-off-some-of-their-wonder-festival-sculpts" target="_blank">Wonder Festival goodies</a>, or brand new things?! I need this information! The one figure that seems to be in the spotlight is their Sorey from <em>Tales of Zestiria</em>, part of <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiya-and-alter-team-up-for-tales-of-zestiria" target="_blank">a collaboration with Alter</a>. I wonder if he’s heading off to be painted?</p> <p>[via <a href="http://blog.amiami.com/amiblo/2014/09/08.html" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://blog.amiami.com']);" target="_blank">AmiAm's Blog</a>]</p>

    Take A Peek Into Kotobukiya’s Sculpting Studio

    Surprisingly, we rarely get to see a lot of what goes on behind the scenes in the figure-making process. Sure, we get unpainted prototypes, but that’s not the same as seeing sculptors in action! So today we’ll be taking a little peek into Kotobukiya’s workplace.

    It’s so cool to see, you know, people actually working on figure sculpting. Gives you a sense of the effort put into every piece! Also, I’m dying to know what all the censored figures are–updated Wonder Festival goodies, or brand new things?! I need this information! The one figure that seems to be in the spotlight is their Sorey from Tales of Zestiria, part of a collaboration with Alter. I wonder if he’s heading off to be painted?

    [via AmiAm's Blog]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/check-out-freeings-foxy-14-scale-houki-shinonono/attachment/foxhoukiheader" rel="attachment wp-att-60939"></a></p> <p>FREEing has been hard at work on a 1/4 scale set of the<em> Infinite Stratos</em> girls in animal outfits for a while now, but it’s kind of flown under the radar. FREEing items just don’t get the same level of previews and press as, say, GSC, Koto or Alter ones do. But now the last girl in the line is ready for orders, and it seems like they’ve finally decided to give us an awesome preview.</p> <p>Probably the best thing about this set is that the girls are all different animals (as you can see in the gallery’s group shot), and Houki is dressed up as a fox maiden. While Laura is my favorite of the line, Houki comes in as a close second! And even though she is a massive 1/4 scale her price should be in line with the rest of the group (around ¥18,800) making her insanely affordable in today’s figure economy. Orders open on the 11th!</p> <p>[via <a href="http://ameblo.jp/gsc-mikatan/entry-11919874196.html" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://ameblo.jp']);" target="_blank">Kahotan</a>]</p>

    Check Out FREEing’s Foxy 1/4 Scale Houki Shinonono

    FREEing has been hard at work on a 1/4 scale set of the Infinite Stratos girls in animal outfits for a while now, but it’s kind of flown under the radar. FREEing items just don’t get the same level of previews and press as, say, GSC, Koto or Alter ones do. But now the last girl in the line is ready for orders, and it seems like they’ve finally decided to give us an awesome preview.

    Probably the best thing about this set is that the girls are all different animals (as you can see in the gallery’s group shot), and Houki is dressed up as a fox maiden. While Laura is my favorite of the line, Houki comes in as a close second! And even though she is a massive 1/4 scale her price should be in line with the rest of the group (around ¥18,800) making her insanely affordable in today’s figure economy. Orders open on the 11th!

    [via Kahotan]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/candy-mirai-rejoin-the-dollfie-dream-line-as-standard-models/attachment/candymiraiheader" rel="attachment wp-att-60929"></a></p> <p>Though Volks now focuses on licensed characters in the Dollfie Dream line, that’s definitely not how it started out. The first girls were all original characters, and the first were… you guessed it, Candy & Mirai! After many years Volks is re-introcuding these ladies, and as an added bonus they are standard models (which means they are part of the permanent lineup!)</p> <p>Candy (the blonde) is on a DDDy body with normal skin, and Mirai will be a regular DD body in semi-white skin. Both have regular versions that come in the stock standard model nightgown for ¥43,000, and also special Memorial Editions for a slightly higher ¥48,000–but they come with a lovely outfit! I have to admit that I really like both of these girls, especially Candy: her wig is so cute!</p> <p>[via <a href="http://ameblo.jp/tt-01r/entry-11921915425.html" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://ameblo.jp']);" target="_blank">Diary of Zeroichi</a>]</p>

    Candy & Mirai Rejoin The Dollfie Dream Line As Standard Models

    Though Volks now focuses on licensed characters in the Dollfie Dream line, that’s definitely not how it started out. The first girls were all original characters, and the first were… you guessed it, Candy & Mirai! After many years Volks is re-introcuding these ladies, and as an added bonus they are standard models (which means they are part of the permanent lineup!)

    Candy (the blonde) is on a DDDy body with normal skin, and Mirai will be a regular DD body in semi-white skin. Both have regular versions that come in the stock standard model nightgown for ¥43,000, and also special Memorial Editions for a slightly higher ¥48,000–but they come with a lovely outfit! I have to admit that I really like both of these girls, especially Candy: her wig is so cute!

    [via Diary of Zeroichi]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nendoroid-snow-miku-2014-is-sculpted/attachment/sm15designheader-2" rel="attachment wp-att-60968"></a></p> <p>So I was more than a little disappointed with <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/snow-miku-2014s-design-has-been-chosen" target="_blank">the design selection for Snow Miku 2015</a>, but Good Smile is usually able to pull off mind-blowing cuteness from any of Miku’s winter variations. And, surprise surprise, they’ve done it once again!</p> <p>We’re finally getting a look at her sculpt, and oh god cuteness levels off the charts. I mean, she comes with flowers! And I am loving all the sculpting detail on her outfit, which should look amazing painted. Not to mention her bunny friend, who is simply perfection.</p> <p><strong>[UPDATE]</strong> The image was an early leak, and since it is not meant for public viewing we’re going to be taking it down. But feel free to discuss the design in the comments!</p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.goodsmile.info/" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://www.goodsmile.info']);" target="_blank">GSC</a>]</p>

    Nendoroid Snow Miku 2015 Is Sculpted

    So I was more than a little disappointed with the design selection for Snow Miku 2015, but Good Smile is usually able to pull off mind-blowing cuteness from any of Miku’s winter variations. And, surprise surprise, they’ve done it once again!

    We’re finally getting a look at her sculpt, and oh god cuteness levels off the charts. I mean, she comes with flowers! And I am loving all the sculpting detail on her outfit, which should look amazing painted. Not to mention her bunny friend, who is simply perfection.

    [UPDATE] The image was an early leak, and since it is not meant for public viewing we’re going to be taking it down. But feel free to discuss the design in the comments!

    [via GSC]

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