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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=81425" rel="attachment wp-att-81425"></a></p> <p>I have been drooling over this release since we first got the teaser images <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/spike-spiegel-and-lelouch-join-the-smartdoll-lineup" target="_blank">a few weeks back</a>. Maybe this makes me basic as hell, but Lelouch is my favorite male anime character, and the idea of owning such a huge figure of him? Pure excitement. I have yet to make a Smart Doll purchase (and in fact I haven’t ordered a doll in several years) but this might just be my first.</p> <p>Unlike Volks’ boy dolls, I think Danny Choo has made his distinctly male looking. Sure, there’s still the pretty boy anime vibe, but I think the face sculpt is far more masculine than what we’ve seen in the DD world. Given that we already have Spike and Lulu from the line, I wonder what boys are next? Probably Suzaku, I’d guess.</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/takamine95/status/849528742921875456" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/takamine95/status/849528742921875456', 'takamine95’s Twitter']);" target="_blank">takamine95’s Twitter</a>]</p>

    Danny Choo Unveils Smart Doll Lelouch Lamperouge

    I have been drooling over this release since we first got the teaser images a few weeks back. Maybe this makes me basic as hell, but Lelouch is my favorite male anime character, and the idea of owning such a huge figure of him? Pure excitement. I have yet to make a Smart Doll purchase (and in fact I haven’t ordered a doll in several years) but this might just be my first.

    Unlike Volks’ boy dolls, I think Danny Choo has made his distinctly male looking. Sure, there’s still the pretty boy anime vibe, but I think the face sculpt is far more masculine than what we’ve seen in the DD world. Given that we already have Spike and Lulu from the line, I wonder what boys are next? Probably Suzaku, I’d guess.

    [via takamine95’s Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=81418" rel="attachment wp-att-81418"></a></p> <p>Male anime-style dolls used to be a thing of dreams and only dreams, but recently they’ve become a very firm reality. First we got <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/volks-unveils-dollfie-dreams-rin-len" target="_blank">Len from Volks</a>, and now it’s time for Kirito from <em>Sword Art Online</em>! I mean, he looks pretty damn feminine here, but that’s to be expected with dolls right? In any case, you now have multiple choices for some DD boyfriends for your ladies.</p> <p>Many years ago we got <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/dollfie-dream-asuna-is-coming-to-dolpa-29" target="_blank">an Asuna Dollfie</a>, and of course she’ll be getting a re-release… of sorts. This new ‘Titania’ version will be on sale with Kirito, and while I adore her outfit & ears the face has still not won me over. There’s no concrete info on when these will go for sale, as the blog just says early summer, but I have a strong suspicion these will be lottery and not pre-order.</p> <p>[via the <a href="http://ameblo.jp/blog-dd/entry-12262218723.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://ameblo.jp/blog-dd/entry-12262218723.html', 'DD Blog']);" target="_blank">DD Blog</a>]</p>

    Preview Sword Art Online Dollfie Dreams Asuna & Kirito

    Male anime-style dolls used to be a thing of dreams and only dreams, but recently they’ve become a very firm reality. First we got Len from Volks, and now it’s time for Kirito from Sword Art Online! I mean, he looks pretty damn feminine here, but that’s to be expected with dolls right? In any case, you now have multiple choices for some DD boyfriends for your ladies.

    Many years ago we got an Asuna Dollfie, and of course she’ll be getting a re-release… of sorts. This new ‘Titania’ version will be on sale with Kirito, and while I adore her outfit & ears the face has still not won me over. There’s no concrete info on when these will go for sale, as the blog just says early summer, but I have a strong suspicion these will be lottery and not pre-order.

    [via the DD Blog]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=81367" rel="attachment wp-att-81367"></a></p> <p>Kotobukiya’s action figure Cu-Poche line has been booming lately. It seems like only yesterday that we were photographing the <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-dark-magician-girl-cupoche" target="_blank">Dark Magician Girl Cu-Poche</a>, but it was almost 4 years ago! Time sure flies when you’re getting old, amirite?</p> <p>Today we are looking at Sebastian from <em>Black Butler</em>, everyone’s favorite demon housekeeper. Sebastian is one of those few male characters who manages to cling onto popularity long after his first hit the figure scene. In fact, Koto even did <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-artfx-j-sebastian-michaelis" target="_blank">a scaled figure of him</a> a short while back! But how will this handsome lil devil hold up in chibi form? Hit the jump and let’s find out!</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Sebastian Michaelis Cu-Poche

    Kotobukiya’s action figure Cu-Poche line has been booming lately. It seems like only yesterday that we were photographing the Dark Magician Girl Cu-Poche, but it was almost 4 years ago! Time sure flies when you’re getting old, amirite?

    Today we are looking at Sebastian from Black Butler, everyone’s favorite demon housekeeper. Sebastian is one of those few male characters who manages to cling onto popularity long after his first hit the figure scene. In fact, Koto even did a scaled figure of him a short while back! But how will this handsome lil devil hold up in chibi form? Hit the jump and let’s find out!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/anime-japan-2017/attachment/animejapan2017header" rel="attachment wp-att-81384"></a></p> <p>Another day, another event in Japan! This time around it’s Anime Japan 2017, a smaller event that only a handful of companies attend. But they still had quite a few new goodies to show us. <em>Re:Zero</em> seemed to be the real star here: Rem & Ram have figures from Good Smile Company, and Rem is getting a Cu-Poche. <em>Kemono Friends</em> also proved to be quite popular, with the Nendoroid reveal of Serval and a figma announcement for her too.</p> <p>There were, of course, many Nendoroids out on display. Li Syaoran is sculpted and so cute! We had a few new announements from Kotobukiya too, like a scaled figure of Aiz Wallenstein from <em>Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria</em>. Why with these names, Japan. Aiz had a fully painted surprise figure from Genco out & about too. Check them out and much more in the gallery!</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/gsc_kahotan/status/845432733299982336" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/gsc_kahotan/status/845432733299982336', 'Kahotan']);" target="_blank">Kahotan</a> & <a href="http://hobby.dengeki.com/event/358369/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://hobby.dengeki.com/event/358369/', 'Dengeki']);" target="_blank">Dengeki</a>]</p>

    Anime Japan 2017

    Another day, another event in Japan! This time around it’s Anime Japan 2017, a smaller event that only a handful of companies attend. But they still had quite a few new goodies to show us. Re:Zero seemed to be the real star here: Rem & Ram have figures from Good Smile Company, and Rem is getting a Cu-Poche. Kemono Friends also proved to be quite popular, with the Nendoroid reveal of Serval and a figma announcement for her too.

    There were, of course, many Nendoroids out on display. Li Syaoran is sculpted and so cute! We had a few new announements from Kotobukiya too, like a scaled figure of Aiz Wallenstein from Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria. Why with these names, Japan. Aiz had a fully painted surprise figure from Genco out & about too. Check them out and much more in the gallery!

    [via Kahotan & Dengeki]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=81373" rel="attachment wp-att-81373"></a></p> <p>At Toy Fair, Good Smile Company had <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/many-disney-nendoroids-are-on-the-way" target="_blank">a whole slew of Disney Nendoroid announcements</a>. They also had the sculpt for Belle out on display, but she was strictly do not photograph so we had to wait to show you guys. And I’ve been kind of dying for this moment, because she looked so adorable in person and I knew the paint would be spectacular!</p> <p>Well, just in time for the live action movie, they are finally showing her off to the public. How amazing is the lil dress spinning pose? So precious. I hope she comes with some of the castle inhabitants as accessories, especially Chip and Cogsworth. Really, they could do a whole set of Petit Nendos from <em>Beauty & the Beast</em> and I’d snap them up happily.</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/gsc_kahotan/status/845430782911021057" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/gsc_kahotan/status/845430782911021057', 'Kahotan']);" target="_blank">Kahotan</a>]</p>

    Good Smile Unveils Disney Nendoroid Belle

    At Toy Fair, Good Smile Company had a whole slew of Disney Nendoroid announcements. They also had the sculpt for Belle out on display, but she was strictly do not photograph so we had to wait to show you guys. And I’ve been kind of dying for this moment, because she looked so adorable in person and I knew the paint would be spectacular!

    Well, just in time for the live action movie, they are finally showing her off to the public. How amazing is the lil dress spinning pose? So precious. I hope she comes with some of the castle inhabitants as accessories, especially Chip and Cogsworth. Really, they could do a whole set of Petit Nendos from Beauty & the Beast and I’d snap them up happily.

    [via Kahotan]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/first-4-figures-shows-off-cowboy-bebop-line/attachment/cowboyfirst4header" rel="attachment wp-att-81319"></a></p> <p>Cowboy Bebop is an anime classic, but it gets sadly little figure attention. Probably because, you know, it’s almost 20 years old. We have had a spurt of figure announcements from it recently though, like <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2016-kotobukiyas-cowboy-bebop-spike-spiegel" target="_blank">Kotobukiya’s lovely Spike</a>! And First 4 Figures told us ages ago we’d be getting some statues from them, and finally here they are.</p> <p>Or here the rough 3D sculpts are for Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, and Jet Black. They don’t look… amazing, but usually First 4’s sculpts are pretty polished so I assume this is just a teaser. They have also announced that Ed will be joining the line too! Hopefully with Ein, right? Because I need a 1/4 scale corgi in my life.</p> <p>[via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/First4Figures/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.facebook.com/First4Figures/', 'First 4’s Facebook']);" target="_blank">First 4’s Facebook</a>]</p>

    First 4 Figures Shows Off Their Cowboy Bebop Line

    Cowboy Bebop is an anime classic, but it gets sadly little figure attention. Probably because, you know, it’s almost 20 years old. We have had a spurt of figure announcements from it recently though, like Kotobukiya’s lovely Spike! And First 4 Figures told us ages ago we’d be getting some statues from them, and finally here they are.

    Or here the rough 3D sculpts are for Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, and Jet Black. They don’t look… amazing, but usually First 4’s sculpts are pretty polished so I assume this is just a teaser. They have also announced that Ed will be joining the line too! Hopefully with Ein, right? Because I need a 1/4 scale corgi in my life.

    [via First 4’s Facebook]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/max-factory-announces-figma-chono-masahiro/attachment/wrestlingfigmaheader" rel="attachment wp-att-81314"></a></p> <p>The figma line has become very diverse over the years. We started out with the expected: Japanese anime, manga, and video games. But it has expanded quite a bit since then, with everything from US movie licenses to figmas based on classic art. So what’s next? Why, obviously real-life wrestlers, of course!</p> <p>Are you confused? Because I am confused, but also a little excited. We’ve had real-people figmas before but this one just seems so random and whimsical. I hope they do a whole line. And we get some US wrestlers, too! Who would you like to see in figma form?</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/nft_mxf/status/842903507770331136" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/nft_mxf/status/842903507770331136', 'nft_mxf’s Twitter]']);" target="_blank">nft_mxf’s Twitter]</a></p>

    Max Factory Announces figma Chono Masahiro

    The figma line has become very diverse over the years. We started out with the expected: Japanese anime, manga, and video games. But it has expanded quite a bit since then, with everything from US movie licenses to figmas based on classic art. So what’s next? Why, obviously real-life wrestlers, of course!

    Are you confused? Because I am confused, but also a little excited. We’ve had real-people figmas before but this one just seems so random and whimsical. I hope they do a whole line. And we get some US wrestlers, too! Who would you like to see in figma form?

    [via nft_mxf’s Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=81298" rel="attachment wp-att-81298"></a></p> <p>I am usually a staunch defender of the constant flood of Miku Hatsune figures. While it’s all figures of the same character, there is just so much variety! <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/racing-miku-2016-will-cheer-you-on-to-victory" target="_blank">Racing Miku</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/take-a-ride-with-gscs-scaled-snow-miku-hatsune" target="_blank">Snow Miku</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/maiko-miku-is-absolutely-gorgeous" target="_blank">Maiko Miku</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/max-factorys-mebae-miku-hatsune-is-finally-painted" target="_blank">Mebae Miku</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-gallery-good-smile-companys-tell-your-world-miku-hatsune" target="_blank">Tell Your World Miku</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/deep-sea-girl-miku-hatsune-prepares-for-pre-orders" target="_blank">Deep Sea Miku</a>… see what I mean? It doesn’t seem repetitive to have so many figures of her when they look so vastly different. But I have a confession: I don’t really love her basic design!</p> <p>I used to be all about it, and I have the original Max Factory and GSC versions of her. And as you can see in the comparison photo of the old & new GSC sculpts, they’ve come a loooong way. The difference in quality is astounding! For me, I prefer the more outrageous Mikus. For new collectors, though, this is a great opportunity: not only is her sculpt great, but her price is ¥8,241–almost unheard of in 2017! And you have a while to save that $80 up because she’s not coming out until 2018.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://ameblo.jp/gsc-mikatan/entry-12253604240.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://ameblo.jp/gsc-mikatan/entry-12253604240.html', 'Kahotan']);" target="_blank">Kahotan</a>]</p>

    GSC’s Miku Hatsune Hits The Stage

    I am usually a staunch defender of the constant flood of Miku Hatsune figures. While it’s all figures of the same character, there is just so much variety! Racing Miku, Snow Miku, Maiko Miku, Mebae Miku, Tell Your World Miku, Deep Sea Miku… see what I mean? It doesn’t seem repetitive to have so many figures of her when they look so vastly different. But I have a confession: I don’t really love her basic design!

    I used to be all about it, and I have the original Max Factory and GSC versions of her. And as you can see in the comparison photo of the old & new GSC sculpts, they’ve come a loooong way. The difference in quality is astounding! For me, I prefer the more outrageous Mikus. For new collectors, though, this is a great opportunity: not only is her sculpt great, but her price is ¥8,241–almost unheard of in 2017! And you have a while to save that $80 up because she’s not coming out until 2018.

    [via Kahotan]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/preview-good-smile-companys-albedo/attachment/albedoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-81283"></a></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-gscs-albedo-gallery" target="_blank">sculpt for Albedo</a> was love at first sight for me. I am such a sucker for wings, and hers might be the nicest sculpted ones I’ve ever laid eyes on. I mean, the detail level is just absurd! So of course I was basically foaming at the mouth to see her painted and get that order in.</p> <p>Well, that day is here and… I’m not as excited as I thought I would be. This is no fault of the figure: I’d never watched <em>Overlord</em>, so I thought her colors would be a bit more dramatic. White dress and black wings? I mean, it’s nice, but I feel like the white makes the sculpt look a little washed out. It also highlights one of my biggest pet peeves: clothing you can see a belly button through yet is magically not skintight anywhere else. Japan, why do you hurt me?</p> <p>Albedo retails for ¥17,600 and is thankfully not an exclusive! Her release date is way off in December, so you have a long time to save up for this beauty.</p> <p>Pre-Order At: <a href="http://hlj.com/product/GSC94007" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://hlj.com/product/GSC94007', 'HLJ']);" target="_blank">HLJ</a> | <a href="http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?scode=FIGURE-028323&rank=ctg" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?scode=FIGURE-028323&rank=ctg', 'AmiAmi']);" target="_blank">AmiAmi</a> | <a href="http://goodsmileshop.com/en/CATEGORY-ROOT/Scale-Figure/Albedo/p/GSC_SCA_WD_00100?site=goodsmile-global&lang=en" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://goodsmileshop.com/en/CATEGORY-ROOT/Scale-Figure/Albedo/p/GSC_SCA_WD_00100?site=goodsmile-global&lang=en', 'GSC']);" target="_blank">GSC</a> (bonus item)</p>

    Preview Good Smile Company’s Albedo

    The sculpt for Albedo was love at first sight for me. I am such a sucker for wings, and hers might be the nicest sculpted ones I’ve ever laid eyes on. I mean, the detail level is just absurd! So of course I was basically foaming at the mouth to see her painted and get that order in.

    Well, that day is here and… I’m not as excited as I thought I would be. This is no fault of the figure: I’d never watched Overlord, so I thought her colors would be a bit more dramatic. White dress and black wings? I mean, it’s nice, but I feel like the white makes the sculpt look a little washed out. It also highlights one of my biggest pet peeves: clothing you can see a belly button through yet is magically not skintight anywhere else. Japan, why do you hurt me?

    Albedo retails for ¥17,600 and is thankfully not an exclusive! Her release date is way off in December, so you have a long time to save up for this beauty.

    Pre-Order At: HLJ | AmiAmi | GSC (bonus item)

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/blast-off-speed-pokemon-new-figuarts/attachment/pokemonfiguartsheader" rel="attachment wp-att-81279"></a></p> <p>Bandai has given us a lot of <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/miyazawa-model-exhibition-spring-2013-bandais-pokemon-d-arts" target="_blank">Pokemon S.H.Figaurts</a> in the past, but they have all been of the actual ‘mons and not the human characters. An odd decision, considering how much easier it is to articulate a human than a giant lizard! But the day has finally come when we get Ash & co. Or at least Ash, Jessie, and James. Weird combo to start out with, but I can dig it.</p> <p>Ash comes with, of course, Pikachu, and Jessie & James have Meowth. The accessories are minimal (this is Bandai we’re talking about), but still cute–like the dizzy face for Meowth! There is an exclusive set of all 3 that includes an extra crying face for Ash, but you will need a proxy to get it. Thankfully there are non-exclusives up for the rest of us! Ash retails for ¥4,500 and the Jessie & James set is ¥9,500, while the exclusive will cost you ¥13,000. All 3 are set for a July release.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://p-bandai.jp/item/item-1000112823/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://p-bandai.jp/item/item-1000112823/', 'Tamashii nations']);" target="_blank">Tamashii nations</a>]</p>

    Blast Off At The Speed of Pokemon With These New Figuarts

    Bandai has given us a lot of Pokemon S.H.Figaurts in the past, but they have all been of the actual ‘mons and not the human characters. An odd decision, considering how much easier it is to articulate a human than a giant lizard! But the day has finally come when we get Ash & co. Or at least Ash, Jessie, and James. Weird combo to start out with, but I can dig it.

    Ash comes with, of course, Pikachu, and Jessie & James have Meowth. The accessories are minimal (this is Bandai we’re talking about), but still cute–like the dizzy face for Meowth! There is an exclusive set of all 3 that includes an extra crying face for Ash, but you will need a proxy to get it. Thankfully there are non-exclusives up for the rest of us! Ash retails for ¥4,500 and the Jessie & James set is ¥9,500, while the exclusive will cost you ¥13,000. All 3 are set for a July release.

    [via Tamashii nations]

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