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Posted by Leah Bayer on May 20, 2013 | 3 Comments
When real people are made into Nendoroids, the results are often nothing short of disastrous. They look downright weird and tend to come with few accessories. For once we’re getting a smooth human to Nendo transition, but that’s probably because Japanese idols are marketed as commodities already: it’s not really a stretch to picture them in toy form. On the menu for the first round of testing (because you know this won’t be the last time this happens) are Nana Mizuki and Yukari Tamura.
Both are beyond adorable: Nana comes with a burger, microphone, candy and a… duck, while Nana has nekomimi, a tail, a microphone and two kitty assistants. And both have great faces! Sadly, they won’t be easy to get: both are limited and exclusive, and retail for ¥4,800. And given how damn adorable they are, I can see them fetching insane after-market prices. But I NEED them, especially Nana. She’s my spirit animal!
[via Natalie Music]
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 17, 2013 | 4 Comments
Of the massive amount of Nendoroids shown off at Winter Wonder Festival, clearly one of the most anticipated among them was Hitagi Senjougahara from Bakemonogatari. It’s rather surprising that Good Smile Company waited so long to make a full-sized version of her, since there’s been a Petit for years! But in any case they’ve been teasing us with magazine scans for a long time now, and it finally seems like they’ve finished her up and are ready for orders… though sadly the news is not good on that front.
Hitagi is an exclusive, and will be bundled with the Premium Box Set which also includes some posters and a fan for ¥5,700 and will be released in October. It also seems like she does not come with that much: from what we are seeing she only has one face, two sets of hair and some stationary. We better get at least one more face, Good Smile!
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 17, 2013 | 4 Comments
In order to keep their Snow Miku Nendoroid designs fresh, Good Smile opens up the yearly decision to the public: this year’s theme was magical girls! I was pretty excited to see what we’d get, but given that last year not a single one of my favorite designs made the final cut I didn’t have my hopes up too high. Even if the final result was pretty cute, she was not what I envisioned. Thankfully, I couldn’t have been more wrong!
I mean, LOOK AT HOW CUTE SHE IS! A magical witch! I am so smitten with this whole look: everything from the colors to the style to the outfit is totally perfect, and I am dying to see her in full Nendoroid form. Also as a figure please, Good Smile Company. Her critter companion, which you can check out in the gallery, is of course too cute for words. For once I am really looking forward to a Snow Miku release!
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 17, 2013 | 3 Comments
In a cruel attempt to torment their fans with Nendoroids they can (probably) never have (unless they are filthy rich), Good Smile has recently started doing lottery-style additions to their Nendoroid line. Of course they’ve chosen the ridiculously popular Vocaloid family for this little experiment: so far we’ve had FamilyMart Miku and Santa Miku. They must have been a success, because now we are getting four more. Yes, four! And they’re not all Miku.
This summer we’ll be getting a painfully cute swimwear version of Miku astride a blowup dolphin, along with Miku, Rin and Len in preppy tennis-like ensembles. Sigh. These are SO cute, and they’d obviously make a lot of money if these were regular releases. I just don’t understand the mentality behind lottery-style releases of Nendoroids, it makes it so hard for us collectors! There will also be some GraPhigs in the mix, and doubtlessly a lot of other goodies as well. My wallet is weeping.
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 15, 2013 | 3 Comments
Well this is an unexpected announcement! Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy Play-Arts Kai usually focus on the later games in the series, VII and after for the most part. Actually, pretty much exclusively! But as you can see, they’re going back to the very beginning and bringing us the Warrior Of Light from the very first entry in the franchise. Also is it just me or does he look a little bit like EVA Unit-01 in the header shot?
As terribly dull as I find that game, it’s nice to see them delving back into Final Fantasy’s history–there’s a lot of great character design for them to work with! Though of course you have to wonder if it’s just a one-time thing or if they really will be doing more older characters? Who would you like to see join the Play-Arts Kai line?
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 15, 2013 | No Comments
The Vocaloid family seems to get a lot of love from Good Smile Company & co: except for the fringe ones like IA and, of course, the boys: though they do get Nendoroids (even Gakupo!), we don’t see much in the way of scaled merchandise or anything else for that matter. So it’s no surprise that fans went pretty ballistic when a figma of Kaito was shown off at Winter Wonder Festival! While I’m not a huge Kaito fan I can appreciate everyone else’s enthusiasm, and we’re finally getting a preview of this handsome devil.
While I think his limbs are a bit too gangly, he does look nice and he comes with a decent amount of extras. He comes with three faces: standard, a really cute happy face, and a singing face. I don’t really like the singing one, since he kind of looks… pissed off. And of course he has his signature ice cream! Sadly, the parasol in the shots is NOT his, but Snow Miku’s. Why do you taunt us like this, Mikatan?! He’ll be up for order tonight.
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 14, 2013 | No Comments
Yes, cuter than Append Rin & Len, or even Cheerful Saber & Rin! Maybe it’s my weakness for the Muv-Luv girls talking, but I am smitten by this newest duo. It’s probably also the fact that unlike a lot of recent Nendoroids (and figmas) these ladies come with a lot of goodies: but we’ll get to that in a second! First, let’s tlak about how awesome they look. From the soft gradient in their purple hair to the shiny plugsuits, they’ve done a fantastic job recreating their anime appearance.
Now for the goodies! Both come with cockpits and of course some creepy/cute Beta pals, much like the first Muv-Luv Nendoroid Yui Takamura. They’re so strange looking! Inia will also come with her teddy bear, and Cryska has a sniper rifle. As for faces they actually only have two, but they’re a doozy: there’s the “standard” ones and then… insane faces! Yes, these are on par with “swan song” and the amazing Hibiki face. But as you may recall, Yui had a pretty scary/amazing bloody face as well, so it’s no surprise this duo has creepy faces as well! They’ll be up for order on the 16th.
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 13, 2013 | 8 Comments
I was a bit shocked when Good Smile Company announced that they’d be doing an Animal Crossing Nendoroid at this year’s Winter Wonder Festival–and even more shocked when they revealed that it would be Shizue/Isabelle, instead of a more recognizable character like Tom Nook or K. K. Slider. I mean, come on, who wouldn’t kill for a Tom Nook Nendoroid? Seriously, Good Smile, we’re getting this shit instead?
Well, to remain positive, Shizue is pretty cute. And she has nice accessories! Three faces (happy, perplexed and overjoyed), a question mark and musical notes along with a pen and clipboard. It seems like these will be pretty useful with other Nendoroids! She’ll be up for order tomorrow, and I am really hoping she is not the only Animal Crossing Nendoroid we see–I need a Tom Nook in my life. I might die without one. For real.
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 13, 2013 | 1 Comment
At Wonder Festival, Max Factory showed off two figmas from Vividred Operation: Akane Isshiki, who we’ve already seen, and Rei Kuroki, who we are taking a look at today! I am not a huge fan of Akane’s design and she didn’t come with a ton of extras: add on the price bump her huge bike gave the figma and the entire package kind of left me wanting. Thankfully, Rei makes up for this in droves! I’m kind of in love, guys.
Her character design is more my style: long hair, a stylish scarf, dark tresses, pissed off expressions, and a freaking bow with wings. How awesome is that?! She comes with a ton of weaponry: the aforementioned bow and arrow, and two guns: one of which you can put in her back pocket. Adorable! Like Akane she won’t be cheap: Rei will retail for ¥4,000 with a October release date and orders open on the 14th.
[via the figma blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 11, 2013 | 9 Comments
Did you manage to snag a pre-order of Bandai’s Sailor Moon S.H.Figuarts during the absolute madness that was her pre-order period? If so, congratulations! You’re probably absolutely dying for her release, which is months off and probably seems like it can never come fast enough. But don’t worry! We have more than enough pictures to tide you over.
It seems like Bandai has fixed a lot of the issues we saw at Toy Fair: the weird gap in her waist is gone, for one! And her faces are so adorable I could scream with glee. But I won’t, because that would be weird–however, all bets are off when they finally show off Sailor Mars, the undisputed best Senshi. Hopefully the rest of them won’t be so hard to snag, though if it’s based on popularity I do worry that the freshly announced Sailor Mercury will be a bit difficult to get!
[via AmiAmi's Blog]