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Posted by Leah Bayer on October 18, 2016 | 3 Comments
I’ve never played Clash of Clans (god knows I have enough other games on my phone to keep me occupied until the end of time), but somehow I’ve acquired a soft spot for the franchise. Maybe it’s because my dad plays it nonstop (and my mom refers to it as “playing with his little men”), or maybe it’s the amazing ad campaign. Seriously, how great are their commercials? But however it happened, I’m always a little excited to see merchandise from it.
And so far, there’s no doubt that Kotobukiya’s figures are the best out there. They looked good when we saw them at SDCC, but now they’re painted and of course look even better! They kept the simplistic, cartoony style without skimping too much on details like shading. The smug face of the Prince gets me every time I look at it.
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 25, 2016 | 1 Comment
Clash of Clans is definitely one of the most popular mobile games out there (and the one with the best commercials), but it’s been surprisingly quiet on the figure front. I guess that’s true of mobile games in general, but we do have figures from games like Puzzle & Dragons so I was really hoping CoC would join the mix. I don’t actually play it myself but my dad does religiously, so it has a very soft spot in my heart.
Well, Kotobukiya surprised us at San Diego Comic Con with several fully sculpted figures from it! The Wizard, Prince (from Clash Royale), Archer, P.E.K.K.A, and Barbarian were all on display and look so damn adorable.
[Photos courtesy of our SDCC correspondent, Chris Hansbrough of Nine Twilights]
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 29, 2015 | 5 Comments
I used to be absolutely blown away by Alter’s displays at the seasonal festivals. Now I wonder: am I jaded from being in the collecting hobby for to long, or has the general quality/impressiveness actually taken a nosedive? Sure, there are some lovely figures on display here. We have two (well, 3 but 2 of them are 1 figure) Strike Witches girls, a shiny male figure, and the impressively sculpted Haruna. And how can I forget swimsuit Lorna? I’m a sucker for a wolf maid in a bikini.
But there’s also some blah. Yui Kotegawa is nothing to write home about–she could have come out 6 or 7 years ago, honestly, the sculpt is so bland. And there’s yet another Saber–excuse me, I mean Back Alley Satsuki. I don’t know, nothing here is screaming “oh my god, figure of the year, BUY ME!” But what about you guys? See anything that you absolutely have to own?
[UPDATE] Added Charles, who is finally painted!
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 4, 2015 | 4 Comments
While we have a ton of figures from Fate/Stay Night and all its variations, a good 80% of them are of Saber. Sure, we get lots of different Sabers, but other characters in the F/SN universe get screwed over while it happens. Given that we finally got Unlimited Blade Works in anime form, you’d think it was high time for some Rin figures. And, well, we’re getting one courtesy of Aniplex. A ridiculously out of character, borderline absurd Rin, but… it’s Rin!
This is the Archer cosplay version, based on this art. So fanservice Rin instead of “actually looks like the character Rin.” Sigh. I’d be upset, but this is pretty predictable. And at least we still have that amazing Good Smile version of her! Honestly, this is a cute figure and the sculpt looks nice, but I just can’t get behind it! Someone make a real Rin, please.
[via Aniplex’s Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 11, 2014 | 2 Comments
Archer is undisputedly one of the fan-favorite characters from the Fate/Stay Night franchise, but for some reason we get very little merch of him. Because he’s a boy, so… yeah. Self-explanatory. But with the figma and Alter’s scaled figure of him, the tides are turning! And finally his Nendoroid is ready for sales. Once again Kahotan posted the “preview” after the figure went up for order (that blog is so pointless now), but he’s just so cute so we’ll look at the pictures anyway.
We’ve got his standard face, an angry face, swords and bows. Basically what you would expect. Minimalistic, but what are you going to do? He also has a cool summoning circle base, but you can only get it by ordering him at the GSC store. As a bonus, they’re doing a campaign where fans can decide his box background. Why? That’s so pointless? Anyway, he retails for ¥3,800 and is set for an April release–but given the current trends, I expect at least 2 months of delays.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 29, 2014 | 7 Comments
Alter tends to have kind of disappointing showings at Wonder Festival because they’re saving the big guns for MegaHobby. Once again they’ve managed to surprise me: we’ve seen the Velvet announcement already, but they had so much new stuff at this event! We’ve got a gorgeous Haruna from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova, the announcement for a figure of Yuuki Yuuna, the shockingly cute Kotori Minami and Maki Nishikino from Love Live!, the painted Beethoven, the sculpt for their new Hyakka girl, and more.
Okay, I kind of have to tell you about the “and more” don’t I? Well, Archer’s sculpt is here (thought with no improvements) and they’ve got the full lineup of Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ figures. The new Senhime is fully painted, along with their stunning Aliasse from Valkyria Chronicles. Oh, and last but not least, they’ve got Shinobu all painted! And Black Heart too.
[via kk1up & Hobby Search’s Blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 12, 2014 | 4 Comments
With magazine scans on the decline (thanks so much, uploaders), Good Smile’s monthly NicoNico broadcasts are about our only steady stream of month-to-month figure updates. Granted, it’s only from GSC & their (many) umbrella companies, but it’s better than nothing! They had a lot this month so let’s just dive in, starting with the Nendoroids! Senbonzakura Miku, Archer, and Kantai Collection‘s Kumano & Suzuya are all painted. On the figma side of things we’ve got a basically full preview of Lucina from Fire Emblem and then a rather startling announcement: it’s a transformer-type Miku Hatsune who is… a robot race car? I don’t even know.
We’ve got scaled news too, of course: quite a bit! Our header girl Ranko finally seems ready for orders, and like some of the newer Phat! Cinderella girls she will come in both a deluxe Anniversary Princess version and a fancy-base-less cheaper one. She’s not the only figure getting two versions: GSC’s Musashi Kai will have both full armor and light armament versions. We’ve also got a preview of Max Factory’s Venera-sama, and GSC is teasing the painted base of Michelle K. Davis.
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 26, 2014 | 7 Comments
We’ve seen some Fate/Stay Night goodies already, like Sakura Saber, Koto’s Swimsuit Saber, and Good Smile’s brand new Saber Bride. But there’s more! Always more. We have for you two Nendoroid announcements: Archer and Rider! Along with lots of other stuff from GSC & co. GSC is doing BB from Fate/Extra (the girl to the far left who looks just like Sakura) and behind her is a fully armored Mordred. Fancy!
Then there’s Phat! Company’s Jack the Ripper, who is finally painted, along with their second Illya. There’s also a lovely Saber in a dress by Wing. And we do have one non-GSC figure… an Archer from Alter!
[UPDATE] Added Aquamarine’s Saber of the Red!
Posted by Leah Bayer on April 17, 2014 | 1 Comment
It has been a long, long road for figma Archer. He was announced years and years ago, and then shelved indefinitely as a project none of us thought would be brought back to life. It was a total shock when a new version of the sculpt popped up last summer, and fans went a bit crazy. I mean, we get SO many girls from the Fate/Stay Night universe but there’s very little love for the boys!
Now he is finally ready for orders, and they have done an amazing job with the sculpt. It’s crisp, clean, and detailed, and his cloak and weaponry look freaking amazing. I do have one quibble: his skin looks… well, very flat, and a bit too orange. But hey, it’s a figma. Then again he costs ¥4,800 with an August release. Remember when figmas were around $20? Those were the days.
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on February 9, 2014 | 8 Comments
Well, just like Nendoroids, it seems like the Good Smile Company umbrella decided to bring a crapton of figmas as well. You may be asking why I used umbrella there, well, it seems FREEing is lending a hand to help free up Max Factory’s work load (pun intended). We already showed you all of the Kill la Kill, Kantai Collection, new Racing Miku, Idolm@ster, Nintendo, Avengers, Motoko Kusanagi, and Detective Conan figmas, but there was a lot more as well. Finally we’ve got a painted figma Archer back from the dead, two new Mikus (a Spring one and a bike one), Nagise Momoe from Madoka, a new Saber, and Chariot from more well known properties. Then we’ve got Funasshi, Hazuki Mizuhara, Nobunaga the Fool (sidebar, don’t watch this anime, it’s godawful), Sakamichi Onoda, Saori Takebi, and Uzume Uno rounding out the anime front on the lesser-known-yet-still-gets-a-figma front.
Even lesser known is the man that I’ve dubbed Gourmet of Loneliness as that’s all that Google decided to spit out for a name and he was only in a small run manga from 1994-1996. Then we’ve got the Zombie figma and Ninja Slayer figmas for a good dose of some action. On the video game front there’s going to be Silent Hill figmas of Pyramid Head and Bubblehead Nurse, which both look spookily awesome. Finally, we’ve got five new Berserk figmas: Femto, Ubik, Slan, Conrad, and Void that my only memories of are that they creeped out my high school anime club so much at the end of the anime that half of my club was in tears from the WTF-ness. Oh, and then there’s a horse. Of course.