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Posted by Leah Bayer on January 4, 2017 | No Comments
For reasons I don’t fully understand, I am a huge sucker for the Race Queens figure genre. They’re just so cute! I mean, I don’t like watching actual car racing, and the outfits don’t exactly suit my everyday style, so who knows what it is. But I am drawn to them like a moth to the flame. And I was particularly excited when Stronger showed off a racing Saber (which is now painted and in the gallery!).
But they’re not just doing Saber. And unlike 99% of companies, the next girl is not going to be another Saber variant (though I have no doubt they’ll get to that). It’s Rin! Finally, the best girl is getting some love. I adore her pose: it’s so cute and it looks like they actually put in some effort into how it’ll look paired with Saber.
[via plusone’s Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 26, 2016 | 4 Comments
I think we can all agree that 2016 sucked. But the year is almost at an end, which means a fresh start for all of us! And a fresh start for yearly figure lines, too. Usually we have to wait until Wonder Festival for the new Racing Miku, but GSC feels so bad for all of us they’re giving us a little taste of the 2017 design already.
While I was quite smitten by 2016’s figure, I am even more excited for 2017’s. Because it’s Tony Taka!! Finally, dreams do come true. And it’s not just any Racing Miku, it’s a FANCY FAIRY RACING MIKU. 2017 can’t come fast enough.
[via GSC Racing]
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 18, 2016 | No Comments
It really is a great time to be a Spice & Wolf fan. Her Kotobukiya figure just got a re-release, we have that Nendoroid, and wedding Holo. But that’s not enough: no, we need all we can get of this adorable wolf girl. This time around it’s another scaled figure announcement, this time from Revolve!
We have no word on what art she’ll be based on, but we do know it’s a collaboration with Juu Ayakura, the series illustrator. Does this mean it will be something totally new? Or based on a classic S&W piece of art? Only time will tell!
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 18, 2016 | 3 Comments
Did you think that Griffon Enterprises had gone the way of the dinosaurs (and Taki Corp)? So did everyone else. It’s been ages since they actually did anything, and many of their in-production figures (like the damn goldfish action figure I had on order for 2 years!!) were simply cancelled or left in limbo. But apparently they were just hibernating, because they’re back with totally new branding!
They showed off two new lines, which really just seems like a way of re-branding their image. The first, Bishojo Tairiku, is their art-based 18+ line (kind of like what Native and AlphaMax does), featuring art by Kizuki Aruchu, Koutaro, Watanabe Yoshihiro, and more! The second, Grand Toys, features more traditional licenses like Cutie Honey, Super Sonico, Highschool DxD, and Silent Möbius. They’ve also revived a few Date A Live and Rozen Maiden figures I thought were long gone! I know Griffon has been a spotty company but they’ve made quite a few very nice figures, so I hope this works out well for them.
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 18, 2016 | No Comments
Ah MegaHouse, that company I love to hate. I sure do love how many nostalgic figures they make, and I sure do hate how the best ones are always exclusive. Like Angewomon and Angemon. And you know, given the detail, that these two will follow the same pattern. SIGH. But I’m still excited, just can’t contain the digihype.
We are finally getting my favorite ‘mon: Lady Devimon! Now that we have her and Angewomon, is Mastemon next up? I’d definitely pay proxy fees for that. We also have Dukemon Crimson Mode, whose sculpt looks pretty awesome so far.
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 18, 2016 | 5 Comments
Kotobukiya is so unpredictable with their Bishoujo announcements! We always know that big events in both the US & Japan will have a few, but they tend to spring totally finished figures on us out of nowhere. Like today, when we’re getting the fully sculpted and painted Kill Bill Bishoujo! Her art was over a year ago, so perhaps it’s not so surprising that we’re getting it before 2016 is over.
I was really sold by the art, but I’m not sure how I feel about the finished version. I feel like the face is missing the angst and attitude you expect from the Bride. It’s a little too placid for my taste, though I do think the pose & outfit came out looking very on-model and happily not overly sexed up.
[via Kotobukiya’s Facebook]
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 7, 2016 | 1 Comment
There’s nothing figure companies like more than girlie idol shows, so it’s no surprise that Good Smile Company is taking on yet another music-themed show. I mean, it is kind of surprising that it’s the 2017-airing BanG Dreams! rather than Hibike! Euphonium (aka “did they spend the entire budget on these girls’ hair?!”). But here we are.
They’re actually taking on the whole main cast: Saaya Yamabuki, Arisa Ichigaya, Tae Hanazono, Kasumi Toyama, and Rimi Ushigome going clockwise from the top. And they’re, uh, in school uniforms. How exciting. At least we get little Nendo-sized instruments?
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 7, 2016 | 2 Comments
While Persona 5 isn’t even out in the US yet (grumble grumble), it’s certainly reaching peak hype in Japan. And thus, it’s time for figures! We recently found out about Amakuni’s Anne, who was at the most recent Persona-themed event, along with Aquamarine’s Caroline and Justine who are newly sculpted.
Then we have some new figures! Phat! Company surprised us all by showing off two sculpts: the main character and Futaba Sakura! Which means we have figures of most of the girls, something that’s (still) not even true for 3 or 4.
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 5, 2016 | 1 Comment
At any event they attend, Good Smile Company and their numerous umbrella companies always steal the show. How can they not, with so much firepower? Of course Nendoroids were right at the forefront. Megumin, Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke, lots of KanColle (Hatsuzuki, Kiso, Pola), Caster Extra, Hajime Iwaizumi, and Boba Fett all made an appearance. And of course figmas too! We had Takao, Iowa, and Mumei on display.
Max Factory brought their new To LOVEru girl, Yuuki Mikan, and we had FREEing’s bunny Ryuuko Matoi. Last but not least, there’s Phat!’s Parform Hikari Karibuchi and Saber.
[UPDATE] Added a few stray figures!
[UPDATE 2] Added one last announcement: 22 Niang and 33 Niang from Bilibili!
[via Kahotan’s Twitter]