Alter Archive

  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=83756" rel="attachment wp-att-83756"></a></p> <p>I always have very strong opinions about Alter’s event displays. Usually their Wonder Festival lineups disappoint me, because they save all the good stuff for MegaHobby. But not in 2018! We have a really killer batch of figures from my favorite manufacturer.</p> <p>Many of them are what you’d expect: we have quite a few Fate/Stay Night figures (including the gorgeous header Saber, a reclining Mash Kyrielight, the sculpt for Edmond Dantes, and their absolutely epic Jeanne d’Arc Alter), finally the painted Okoi, an IDOLM@STER announcement (Asuka Ninomiya), and two <em>To LOVEru</em> cuties (Haruna once again and a lingerie Momo).</p> <p>But of course there were surprises as well! Like the elaborate bunnygirl version of Narberal Gamma from <em>Overlord II</em>, and some from-left-field announcements like Vampire from <em>Azur Lane</em> and Teletha Testarossa from <em>Full Metal Panic!</em> I know some people have been waiting a LONG time for Panic figures. Check out all of them and more after the jump!</p> <p>[via <a href="http://figsoku.net/blog-entry-97537.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://figsoku.net/blog-entry-97537.html', 'figsoku']);" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">figsoku</a>]</p>

    Winter WonFest 2018: Alter

    I always have very strong opinions about Alter’s event displays. Usually their Wonder Festival lineups disappoint me, because they save all the good stuff for MegaHobby. But not in 2018! We have a really killer batch of figures from my favorite manufacturer.

    Many of them are what you’d expect: we have quite a few Fate/Stay Night figures (including the gorgeous header Saber, a reclining Mash Kyrielight, the sculpt for Edmond Dantes, and their absolutely epic Jeanne d’Arc Alter), finally the painted Okoi, an IDOLM@STER announcement (Asuka Ninomiya), and two To LOVEru cuties (Haruna once again and a lingerie Momo).

    But of course there were surprises as well! Like the elaborate bunnygirl version of Narberal Gamma from Overlord II, and some from-left-field announcements like Vampire from Azur Lane and Teletha Testarossa from Full Metal Panic! I know some people have been waiting a LONG time for Panic figures. Check out all of them and more after the jump!

    [via figsoku]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/megahobby-expo-fall-2017-alter/attachment/mhf17alterheader" rel="attachment wp-att-83305"></a></p> <p>Ah, MegaHobby Expo, Wonder Festival’s little brother. Years ago the two rivaled each other in scale, but as time has passed MegaHobby has gotten smaller and smaller. Fewer companies, fewer figures. But there are always a few gems to be found!</p> <p>We’ll start the coverage with Alter, one of my favorite companies (though as you may know, they have recently fallen out of the “affordable” bracket and into the “look longingly from a distance” bracket for me). They had quite a few cuties out on display, including many updates to their <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2017-alter" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Wonder Festival sculpts</a>. Jeanne d’Arc definitely stole the show for me! The only brand-new reveal was Arie Nadja from <em>Madou Monogatari</em> who is so adorably retro it hurts.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.moeyo.com/article/92733" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.moeyo.com/article/92733', 'moeyo']);" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">moeyo</a>]</p>

    MegaHobby Expo Fall 2017: Alter

    Ah, MegaHobby Expo, Wonder Festival’s little brother. Years ago the two rivaled each other in scale, but as time has passed MegaHobby has gotten smaller and smaller. Fewer companies, fewer figures. But there are always a few gems to be found!

    We’ll start the coverage with Alter, one of my favorite companies (though as you may know, they have recently fallen out of the “affordable” bracket and into the “look longingly from a distance” bracket for me). They had quite a few cuties out on display, including many updates to their Wonder Festival sculpts. Jeanne d’Arc definitely stole the show for me! The only brand-new reveal was Arie Nadja from Madou Monogatari who is so adorably retro it hurts.

    [via moeyo]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/preview-alters-new-sao-asuna/attachment/alterasunaheader" rel="attachment wp-att-82700"></a></p> <p>Asuna had a shining moment a few years ago as a figure It Girl. Everyone had figures of her, and while her popularity has definitely fallen off, we still get the occasional take on Asuna. This time around it’s Alter, who showed off their sculpt of her <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2017-alter" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">at Wonder Festival</a>.</p> <p>As you’d expect from Alter, she looks lovely. But perhaps not as detailed as some of their newer offerings? Maybe she just needs a paint of coat, but right now I feel like something is lacking. The pose is nice, I love her hair sculpt, and the face is really on-model, but nothing about this really wows me. <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-18-asuna" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Kotobukiya’s version</a> is still my favorite of her.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://hobby.dengeki.com/news/448853/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://hobby.dengeki.com/news/448853/', 'Dengeki']);" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dengeki</a>]</p>

    Preview Alter’s New SAO Asuna

    Asuna had a shining moment a few years ago as a figure It Girl. Everyone had figures of her, and while her popularity has definitely fallen off, we still get the occasional take on Asuna. This time around it’s Alter, who showed off their sculpt of her at Wonder Festival.

    As you’d expect from Alter, she looks lovely. But perhaps not as detailed as some of their newer offerings? Maybe she just needs a paint of coat, but right now I feel like something is lacking. The pose is nice, I love her hair sculpt, and the face is really on-model, but nothing about this really wows me. Kotobukiya’s version is still my favorite of her.

    [via Dengeki]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/preview-alters-beautiful-shiki-ichinose/attachment/shikiheader" rel="attachment wp-att-82604"></a></p> <p>I am absolutely helpless against the onslaught of IDOLM@STER figures, especially if it’s one from Alter or Phat! Company’s lines. I just… I love their designs so very much. The pink, the frills, the over-the-top aesthetic. I eat it up with a spoon (as long as the price is reasonable, which is my main concern with this cutie).</p> <p>This time around it’s my most anticipated IM@S girl from Alter: Shiki Ichinose! I love how unique her pose is, very creative… though you know she’s going to be a shelf hog because of it. And the level of detail is amazing! I mean, just admire the book. And her little cat-mouth, aww! Orders open tonight, and I can already feel myself hitting that pre-order button.</p> <p>[via <a href="https://alter-web.jp/blog_alter/2017/94/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://alter-web.jp/blog_alter/2017/94/', 'Alter’s Blog']);" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Alter’s Blog</a>]</p>

    Preview Alter’s Beautiful Shiki Ichinose

    I am absolutely helpless against the onslaught of IDOLM@STER figures, especially if it’s one from Alter or Phat! Company’s lines. I just… I love their designs so very much. The pink, the frills, the over-the-top aesthetic. I eat it up with a spoon (as long as the price is reasonable, which is my main concern with this cutie).

    This time around it’s my most anticipated IM@S girl from Alter: Shiki Ichinose! I love how unique her pose is, very creative… though you know she’s going to be a shelf hog because of it. And the level of detail is amazing! I mean, just admire the book. And her little cat-mouth, aww! Orders open tonight, and I can already feel myself hitting that pre-order button.

    [via Alter’s Blog]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2017-alter/attachment/alterheader-7" rel="attachment wp-att-81946"></a></p> <p>Ah, Alter. Every year they get me so good! And it’s always with girls (or boys, from the Altair line) from franchises that I otherwise wouldn’t care about. Am I super obsessed with their Love Live and IM@S girls? Yes. Would I willingly watch either of those shows? No. I just love frilly dresses so very much.</p> <p>This year they have a great lineup. Shiki Ichinose from <em>Cinderella Girls</em> is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my life, but the Love Live girls are also looking strong with a gorgeous Riko Sakurauchi. We have many, many FREE! boys and some other Altair announcements: <em>Fate/Grand Order</em> dudes! Merlin, Arthur Pendragon, and Edmon Dantes will all be getting scales. If you like the ladies, Alter will be doing Shielder too. They seem to be getting back to Strike Witches, which is nice, and we also have a surprise Chachamaru and Asuna. Check them all out below!</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/amiamihobbynews" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/amiamihobbynews', 'amiami']);" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">amiami</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/aozaki_n" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/aozaki_n', 'aozaki_n']);" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">aozaki_n</a>]</p>

    Summer WonFest 2017: Alter

    Ah, Alter. Every year they get me so good! And it’s always with girls (or boys, from the Altair line) from franchises that I otherwise wouldn’t care about. Am I super obsessed with their Love Live and IM@S girls? Yes. Would I willingly watch either of those shows? No. I just love frilly dresses so very much.

    This year they have a great lineup. Shiki Ichinose from Cinderella Girls is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my life, but the Love Live girls are also looking strong with a gorgeous Riko Sakurauchi. We have many, many FREE! boys and some other Altair announcements: Fate/Grand Order dudes! Merlin, Arthur Pendragon, and Edmon Dantes will all be getting scales. If you like the ladies, Alter will be doing Shielder too. They seem to be getting back to Strike Witches, which is nice, and we also have a surprise Chachamaru and Asuna. Check them all out below!

    [via amiami & aozaki_n]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/alter-announces-eizen-tales-berseria/attachment/eizenheader" rel="attachment wp-att-81592"></a></p> <p>I have a confession, guys: I have never played a Tales of game. I love the designs, I own quite a few figures from the franchise, and I’m a huge fan of JRPGs so… what gives? Who knows, but I recently purchased <em>Tales of Berseria</em> and I’m excited to dive in. Once I finish some other games in my massive, frightening backlog. Seriously, it’s like 1,000+ hours of games in a scary tower.</p> <p>Timed perfectly with my purchase is Alter’s announcement that Eizen will be joining their Altair line. It’s always surprising to see a male character given figures before a female one, but that seems to be Alter’s MO with this series. It’s really refreshing, even though I do hope they make a Velvet (and Magilou please) down the line.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.alter-web.jp/blog_altair/2017/43/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.alter-web.jp/blog_altair/2017/43/', 'Alter’s Blog']);" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Alter’s Blog</a>]</p>

    Alter Announces Eizen From Tales of Berseria

    I have a confession, guys: I have never played a Tales of game. I love the designs, I own quite a few figures from the franchise, and I’m a huge fan of JRPGs so… what gives? Who knows, but I recently purchased Tales of Berseria and I’m excited to dive in. Once I finish some other games in my massive, frightening backlog. Seriously, it’s like 1,000+ hours of games in a scary tower.

    Timed perfectly with my purchase is Alter’s announcement that Eizen will be joining their Altair line. It’s always surprising to see a male character given figures before a female one, but that seems to be Alter’s MO with this series. It’s really refreshing, even though I do hope they make a Velvet (and Magilou please) down the line.

    [via Alter’s Blog]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/megahobby-expo-spring-2017-alter/attachment/alterheader-6" rel="attachment wp-att-81527"></a></p> <p>Ahh, Alter. I have almost entirely sworn off buying figures, but when I am tempted it’s Alter at least 50% of the time. Something about them just really gets me in my figure-loving soul. And this event is no exception! While they only had a few goodies on hand, they were all absolutely gorgeous: from their stunning new Gwendolyn to the unbearably adorable Anzu Futaba, Alter still has it going on.</p> <p>Of course there were no big surprises. We have their usual go-to franchises: Fate (this time it’s a casual Lancer), IDOLM@STER, Love Live! (I never stop wanting these girls, sigh), Free!, and Tales of. Plachta from <em>Atelier Sophie</em> was definitely a nice surprise, as I didn’t expect her to turn out so beautifully based on the sculpt.</p> <p><strong>[UPDATE]</strong> Added some lovely bonus pictures from <a href="https://twitter.com/hobby_maniax" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/hobby_maniax', 'Hobby Maniax']);" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hobby Maniax</a></p> <p>[via <a href="http://hobby.dengeki.com/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://hobby.dengeki.com/', 'Dengeki']);" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dengeki</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/amiamihobbynews" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/amiamihobbynews', 'AmiAmi']);" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">AmiAmi</a>]</p>

    MegaHobby Expo Spring 2017: Alter

    Ahh, Alter. I have almost entirely sworn off buying figures, but when I am tempted it’s Alter at least 50% of the time. Something about them just really gets me in my figure-loving soul. And this event is no exception! While they only had a few goodies on hand, they were all absolutely gorgeous: from their stunning new Gwendolyn to the unbearably adorable Anzu Futaba, Alter still has it going on.

    Of course there were no big surprises. We have their usual go-to franchises: Fate (this time it’s a casual Lancer), IDOLM@STER, Love Live! (I never stop wanting these girls, sigh), Free!, and Tales of. Plachta from Atelier Sophie was definitely a nice surprise, as I didn’t expect her to turn out so beautifully based on the sculpt.

    [UPDATE] Added some lovely bonus pictures from Hobby Maniax

    [via Dengeki & AmiAmi]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-wonfest-2017-alter/attachment/alterheader-5" rel="attachment wp-att-79968"></a></p> <p>Once again, Alter’s event booth is totally dominated by idol girls (and some idol boys!). Oddly enough, I kind of hate watching all those shows but I passionately love the figures. Who knows with these things. And oh boy is this a good year for idol-loving peeps. Their <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/megahobby-expo-fall-2016-alter" target="_blank">stunning Ranko</a> is painted, along with Sachiko. We’ve got the world’s freaking cutest Anzu Futaba and a sassy as hell Shiki Ichinose. As for <em>Love Live!</em>, there are new figures of Rin Hoshizora and Hanayo Koizumi.</p> <p>For the boys, we have Ai Mikaze and Ranmaru Kurosaki from<em> Uta no☆Prince-sama♪</em> painted and Camus is sculpted. The much-anticipated Okoi from <em>Oboro Muramasa</em> is here, and we have an announcement for Torahime! There was a surprise sculpt for <em>SAO</em>‘s Sinon, the casual Lancer sculpt, Ikumi Mito it painted, and we’ve got a very suggestive maid Lala. Oh, and Santa Alter Saber is on display too! It’s so weird and over the top but I love Christmas figures.</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/amiamihobbynews" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/amiamihobbynews', 'AmiAmi’s Twitter']);" target="_blank">AmiAmi’s Twitter</a>]</p>

    Winter WonFest 2017: Alter

    Once again, Alter’s event booth is totally dominated by idol girls (and some idol boys!). Oddly enough, I kind of hate watching all those shows but I passionately love the figures. Who knows with these things. And oh boy is this a good year for idol-loving peeps. Their stunning Ranko is painted, along with Sachiko. We’ve got the world’s freaking cutest Anzu Futaba and a sassy as hell Shiki Ichinose. As for Love Live!, there are new figures of Rin Hoshizora and Hanayo Koizumi.

    For the boys, we have Ai Mikaze and Ranmaru Kurosaki from Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ painted and Camus is sculpted. The much-anticipated Okoi from Oboro Muramasa is here, and we have an announcement for Torahime! There was a surprise sculpt for SAO‘s Sinon, the casual Lancer sculpt, Ikumi Mito it painted, and we’ve got a very suggestive maid Lala. Oh, and Santa Alter Saber is on display too! It’s so weird and over the top but I love Christmas figures.

    [via AmiAmi’s Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/megahobby-expo-fall-2016-alter/attachment/alterheader-4" rel="attachment wp-att-79232"></a></p> <p>Alter has always been my favorite figure manufacturer, and while there have been times my heart was swayed by others (Max Factory! AlphaMax! Orchid Seed!), I come back to them time and time again because of their consistent quality and unique sculpts. And once again they brought it in force to MegaHobby with a variety of gorgeous sculpts, painted figures, and new announcements.</p> <p>Of course there were a few from their IDOLM@STER line: their Rin Shibuya (who looks basically identical to the GSC one, let’s be honest) is painted, and they brought out the sculpt for their perfect winged Ranko who I love with all my heart. And the boys were out in force! Rei and Ritsu Sakuma from <em>Ensemble Stars!</em>, Cecil Aijima from <em>Uta no☆Prince-sama♪</em>, Haruka Nanase and Tachibana Mako from <em>Free!</em>, and an announcement for 3 new <em>Free!</em> boys: Sousuke Yamazaki, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rei Ryuugazaki. Plus the brand-new Dio Eraclea from Last Exile.</p> <p>They also had a beautiful 1/6 scale figure of Takao, the cheesy but appealing Santa Saber Alter, Ikumi Mito finally sculpted, Lala Deviluke in a maid outfit, Plachta from the Atelier games, and two new announcements: Hikari Karibuchi from <em>Brave Witches</em> and Okoi from <em>Oboro Muramasa</em>!</p> <p>[via <a href="http://kuriblog77.blog72.fc2.com/blog-entry-1601.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://kuriblog77.blog72.fc2.com/blog-entry-1601.html', 'Kuriserver']);" target="_blank">Kuriserver</a>]</p>

    MegaHobby Expo Fall 2016: Alter

    Alter has always been my favorite figure manufacturer, and while there have been times my heart was swayed by others (Max Factory! AlphaMax! Orchid Seed!), I come back to them time and time again because of their consistent quality and unique sculpts. And once again they brought it in force to MegaHobby with a variety of gorgeous sculpts, painted figures, and new announcements.

    Of course there were a few from their IDOLM@STER line: their Rin Shibuya (who looks basically identical to the GSC one, let’s be honest) is painted, and they brought out the sculpt for their perfect winged Ranko who I love with all my heart. And the boys were out in force! Rei and Ritsu Sakuma from Ensemble Stars!, Cecil Aijima from Uta no☆Prince-sama♪, Haruka Nanase and Tachibana Mako from Free!, and an announcement for 3 new Free! boys: Sousuke Yamazaki, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rei Ryuugazaki. Plus the brand-new Dio Eraclea from Last Exile.

    They also had a beautiful 1/6 scale figure of Takao, the cheesy but appealing Santa Saber Alter, Ikumi Mito finally sculpted, Lala Deviluke in a maid outfit, Plachta from the Atelier games, and two new announcements: Hikari Karibuchi from Brave Witches and Okoi from Oboro Muramasa!

    [via Kuriserver]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/alpha-x-omega-takes-on-another-halloween-idol/attachment/halloweenidolheader" rel="attachment wp-att-79112"></a></p> <p>Earlier this year, Alpha x Omega showed off their amazing <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/alpha-x-omegas-eri-ayase-is-an-exclusive" target="_blank">Halloween-themed Eri Ayase figure</a>. Sadly, she was both expensive and an exclusive, so I never got to own that cutie. Just look mournfully from a distance and wish she was mine. Sigh.</p> <p>Now, about a year after the initial announcement, they’re adding another girl: Nozomi Toujou! At this rate it’ll only take a decade to get the full set. But for real, Nozomi is one of my favorite <em>Love Live</em> girls, so I’m excited to see that she is next in line. I mean, she’ll probably be another exclusive and will slip through my fingers once again, but at least I get to admire the pretty pictures?</p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.alphaomega-web.jp/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.alphaomega-web.jp/', 'Alpha x Omega']);" target="_blank">Alpha x Omega</a>]</p>

    Alpha x Omega Takes On Another Halloween Idol

    Earlier this year, Alpha x Omega showed off their amazing Halloween-themed Eri Ayase figure. Sadly, she was both expensive and an exclusive, so I never got to own that cutie. Just look mournfully from a distance and wish she was mine. Sigh.

    Now, about a year after the initial announcement, they’re adding another girl: Nozomi Toujou! At this rate it’ll only take a decade to get the full set. But for real, Nozomi is one of my favorite Love Live girls, so I’m excited to see that she is next in line. I mean, she’ll probably be another exclusive and will slip through my fingers once again, but at least I get to admire the pretty pictures?

    [via Alpha x Omega]

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