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Posted by Leah Bayer on January 16, 2013 | No Comments
I’ve mentioned before that I am not the biggest fan of Pullips: I don’t dislike them, but I find many to be really similar plus they’re hell to dress and display. Those big heads do NOT balance well! In fact, I only own two: the Lunatic Queen and Melissa (because she looks just like Lady Blackhawk). But every once in a while one comes along that really grabs my attention, and Queen Rosalind (or Rosarind, depending on how you translate the Japanese r/l) definitely fits the bill!
This regal girl has it all going on: stunning faceup, a gorgeous stock outfit, a lovely wig that doesn’t look like it would be too hard to manage. Of course the good ones always tend to be 1) limited or 2) expensive, and sometimes a combination of both. To buy this beauty you’ll need to contact Magma Heritage directly, and I can promise you it won’t come cheap. But look at that face, she’s totally worth it!
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 11, 2013 | 7 Comments
The first few weeks of the new year are not very exciting for figure collectors. Almost all figure companies go on vacation until the 4th, and when they come back they’re not exactly at the top of their game. Releases come out at a trickle, and they tend to save the big figures for later in the month when we’ve all recovered from the holiday rush.
But of course that doesn’t mean we have nothing for you this week! We’ve got a decent lineup of figures, ranging from very big to very small. Girls with swords, guys with guns, Vocaloids with headphones, we’ve got ‘em all! Check them out after the jump.
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 10, 2013 | 1 Comment
Sometimes you come across a figure that makes you stop dead in your tracks, mouth hanging open like an idiot because it’s so impossibly beautiful. That is exactly what happened when I first laid eyes on the images of Asmus Toys’ The Swan statue, sculpted by the very talented PKKing and illustrated by Po Wen. The detail here is just breathtaking, with every single feather on these ladies sculpted to perfection. And their faces! My heart is aflutter.
The Swan comes in, unsurprisingly, both Black and White versions. While I usually go for the darker style I prefer the White Swan of the two of them, but both are effortlessly elegant and I need them right now. Of course they won’t be easy to get: pre-orders for April are open on Taobao and Ruten, but you’re going to need a proxy and they’re already around $200 a pop before fees and shipping. But considering the level of detail (and their 1/6 size) that hardly seems like a steep price.
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 4, 2013 | 1 Comment
Possibly the best thing about dolls is that you can dress them up however you want, so it’s not surprising that it’s the first thing that people did when they got the RAH Madoka! She’s got everything from a shrine maiden getup to some scantily clad ensembles (yes, that is Bondage Soniko’s top), along with some cosplay. We’ve even got Black Rock Shooter Madoka! Now I kind of regret not getting one. I hope we’ll get the same treatment once the Homura and Mami RAHs come out!
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 28, 2012 | 6 Comments
[Editor's Note: You may have noticed that the PVC Pre-Order Roundup went missing for a few weeks. Due to medical reasons and the bustle of the holiday season we were unable to put in the large amount of time this feature takes. After all, it's just two of us! But now we're back for the last roundup for 2012.]
This was an absolutely spectacular week for figures. While we were all being generally lazy, opening presents and cooking elaborate dinners Japan was saving up the best pre-orders of 2012 for last. I mean, Mistral and Insane Black Rock Shooter in the same week?! Not to mention the gorgeous Cryska, along with many other pretty ladies. Hit the jump to check them all out!
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 22, 2012 | 8 Comments
Welcome to the last batch of Hobby Japan scans for 2012! That’s right, the year really is drawing to a close. Which means thinking of a list of our favorite figures, working on golden butt and boobie awards, and oh yeah.. scans! We already saw the announcement of Irma but of course that’s not all (though honestly there’s not as much new as usual this time around). We’ve got lots and lots of swimsuit girls, and a few gems thrown in. We will be sure to update if any more go up, but for right now this is all there is!
[UPDATE] Updated with figmas, a Nendoroid, FREEing, Aquamarine, Gift, and more!
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 20, 2012 | 3 Comments
Well, we all knew it was going to happen. After the RAH Madoka Kaname and Mami Tomoe, HomuHomu was inevitable. The three seem to be a pair–some companies leave Sayaka and Kyoko out, though I’m sure they’ll get their moment in the RAH spotlight too. Honestly, the line doesn’t do that much for me since they’re basically big figmas and way out of my budget. However, they’ve done something awesome with Homura and included both “versions” of her–hair braided and hair down, though you only get her magical girl body.
She comes with a TON of extras of course, mainly her buttload of weaponry. She’s also got 3 faces (stern, yelling, happy), her glasses, and the aforementioned extra hair. But on a figure this big you have to nitpick, and boy do I have some nits to pick. First off the shoes/tights transition is terrible and nothing like the anime, and second her bangs seem to be off-center making her eyes look wonky. Other than that though she does look great, though even I am not enough of a Madoka fan to go for this. If it was a Dollfie, on the other hand…
[via AmiAmi's Blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 18, 2012 | 1 Comment
This year at SDCC, Kotobukiya announced that they’d be doing a figure of the protagonist from Dead Space. It was an unusual but exciting choice for the company, and I was really looking forward to the final product. Well we’re getting a detailed look at the prototype now and hot damn is he looking fantastic! Seriously, that first picture looks like it was taken right from the game.
He stands at an impressive 1/6 scale and will come out in June in the US (May in Japan). He even lights up! Ah, wouldn’t that be a wonderful night light, Isaac Clarke standing over a bloody necromorph. Perfect for the kiddos!
[via Kotobukiya's Facebook]
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 12, 2012 | 3 Comments
Of all the companies making figures of Nitro+’s mascot Soniko, Orchid Seed is definitely at the head of the pack. They’ve already produced 3 full-sized sculpts of her, with 7 colorways in total, and they have 2 more sculpts in the works! Oh, and let’s not forget about the minifigure set. However, while their Sonikos are prolific they are also the best in terms of quality, so I think no fans are complaining about their newest versions.
We’ve already taken a close look at the 1/5 scale swimsuit version, and there are some more shots of her… assets here. But finally we’re also getting a look at Cheerleader Soniko, who comes in at 1/6 scale. At the moment these both seem to be must-get figures for fans of the busty pink-haired songstress, the detail is phenomenal! Now to wait 2 years for them both to be painted and released.
[via t_santa's Twitter]