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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/bandai-brings-us-beautiful-ladies-dragon-ball-z/attachment/dragongirlsheader-2" rel="attachment wp-att-82436"></a></p> <p>Very rarely does a figure line disappoint me as much as <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/megahouse-expands-the-dragon-ball-gals-line-once-again" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">MegaHouse’s Dragon Ball Girls collection</a>. High-quality figures of some of my favorite nostalgia anime girls? Yes please! But the results were… bad. They managed to make every character look like a pinup spread: totally changing their body proportions, personality, and faces to make them more “sexy.” I honestly found it kind of insulting: I don’t need Android 18’s boobs to be literally spilling out of her top in order to think it’s a great figure.</p> <p>Thankfully, Bandai is here to save they day! They are starting an HG Girls Dragon Ball line with Bunny Bulma and Android 18. These are just the poses I wanted from MegaHouse, bless you Bandai. Of course they are only prize figures, but that means a low price (¥1,800). They are exclusive, though, so you will need a proxy to pick them up from <a href="http://p-bandai.jp/item/item-1000117490/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://p-bandai.jp/item/item-1000117490/', 'Bandai’s web store']);" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bandai’s web store</a>.</p>

    Bandai Brings Us The Beautiful Ladies of Dragon Ball Z

    Very rarely does a figure line disappoint me as much as MegaHouse’s Dragon Ball Girls collection. High-quality figures of some of my favorite nostalgia anime girls? Yes please! But the results were… bad. They managed to make every character look like a pinup spread: totally changing their body proportions, personality, and faces to make them more “sexy.” I honestly found it kind of insulting: I don’t need Android 18’s boobs to be literally spilling out of her top in order to think it’s a great figure.

    Thankfully, Bandai is here to save they day! They are starting an HG Girls Dragon Ball line with Bunny Bulma and Android 18. These are just the poses I wanted from MegaHouse, bless you Bandai. Of course they are only prize figures, but that means a low price (¥1,800). They are exclusive, though, so you will need a proxy to pick them up from Bandai’s web store.

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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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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/tamashii-nations-2016-pokemon-s-h-figuarts/attachment/pokeartsheader" rel="attachment wp-att-79054"></a></p> <p>Bandai’s Pokemon S.H.Figuarts line has been slow-moving but steady. It started out when they still used the D-Arts tag with the <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/miyazawa-model-exhibition-spring-2013-bandais-pokemon-d-arts" target="_blank">evolved Gen 1 starters and Mewtwo</a>. Then we got <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/lucario-is-the-next-pokemon-d-arts" target="_blank">Lucario</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/mega-blaziken-is-the-next-pokemon-s-h-figuarts" target="_blank">Mega Blaziken</a>, and finally <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/tamashii-nations-2015-s-h-figuarts-pikachu" target="_blank">Pikachu</a> last year. But it seems like they are finally, after many years, moving away from just the ‘mons. That’s right, it’s trainer time!</p> <p>At Tamashii Nations they showed off Ash, Jessie, and James (along with Meowth, of course). This opens up so much potential in the line! I wonder if they will go for Misty & Brock next, or move onto champions and gym leaders?</p> <p>[via <a href="https://mobile.twitter.com/amiamihobbynews/status/791565488862015488" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://mobile.twitter.com/amiamihobbynews/status/791565488862015488', 'AmiAmi’s Twitter']);" target="_blank">AmiAmi’s Twitter</a>]</p>

    Tamashii Nations 2016: Pokemon S.H.Figuarts

    Bandai’s Pokemon S.H.Figuarts line has been slow-moving but steady. It started out when they still used the D-Arts tag with the evolved Gen 1 starters and Mewtwo. Then we got Lucario, Mega Blaziken, and finally Pikachu last year. But it seems like they are finally, after many years, moving away from just the ‘mons. That’s right, it’s trainer time!

    At Tamashii Nations they showed off Ash, Jessie, and James (along with Meowth, of course). This opens up so much potential in the line! I wonder if they will go for Misty & Brock next, or move onto champions and gym leaders?

    [via AmiAmi’s Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/bandai-announces-star-wars-rogue-one-figures/attachment/notlaputaheader" rel="attachment wp-att-77962"></a></p> <p><em>Rogue One</em> is still a ways away, but companies are already pumping out figure prototypes for it. Though given the success of <em>The Force Awakens</em>, I guess that’s really not surprising at all! Nor is it that Bandai is one of the first to hop on this brand-new bandwagon. They’re always very punctual.</p> <p>So far, they’ve announced five S.H.Figuarts: K-2SO (aka not-<em>Laputa</em>-robot), Death Trooper, Stormtrooper, Shoretrooper, and Hover Tank Driver (surely the breakout star of <em>Rogue</em>). I’m just hoping for an eventual figure of Mads’ character, whoever that might be.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://tamashii.jp/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://tamashii.jp/', 'Tamashii Nations']);" target="_blank">Tamashii Nations</a>]</p>

    Bandai Announces Star Wars Rogue One Figures

    Rogue One is still a ways away, but companies are already pumping out figure prototypes for it. Though given the success of The Force Awakens, I guess that’s really not surprising at all! Nor is it that Bandai is one of the first to hop on this brand-new bandwagon. They’re always very punctual.

    So far, they’ve announced five S.H.Figuarts: K-2SO (aka not-Laputa-robot), Death Trooper, Stormtrooper, Shoretrooper, and Hover Tank Driver (surely the breakout star of Rogue). I’m just hoping for an eventual figure of Mads’ character, whoever that might be.

    [via Tamashii Nations]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/bandai-announces-sailor-moon-crystal-s-h-figuarts/attachment/moonprismpowerheader" rel="attachment wp-att-77925"></a></p> <p>Bandai has already given us quite a few poseable figures of Sailor Moon: <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/sailor-moon-says-you-can-never-have-enough-pictures-of-her-s-h-figuarts" target="_blank">the original</a>, a <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/s-h-figuarts-sailor-moon-gets-a-fresh-coat-of-paint" target="_blank">repaint</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/bandai-finally-announces-s-h-figuarts-super-sailor-moon" target="_blank">Super Sailor Moon</a>, and the (possibly cancelled) Moon R version. But Sailor Moon has a million outfits and thus, the parade of Figuarts will continue indefinitely. While the constant repaints were getting a little tiring for me, I’m actually excited for this one: Sailor Moon in her <em>Crystal</em> style!</p> <p>I mean, I didn’t actually end up watching <em>Crystal</em> because let’s be honest, the animation in those first few episodes was so painfully bad and it hurt to see my waifu Mars like that, but I still adore that they went back to the original art style. And since the Figuarts don’t seem to have the production issues that the scaled ones do, this might actually be the Sailor Moon of my dreams!</p> <p>[via <a href="http://sailormoon.tamashii.jp/archives/48137029.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://sailormoon.tamashii.jp/archives/48137029.html', 'Tamashii Nations']);" target="_blank">Tamashii Nations</a>]</p>

    Bandai Announces Sailor Moon Crystal S.H.Figuarts

    Bandai has already given us quite a few poseable figures of Sailor Moon: the original, a repaint, Super Sailor Moon, and the (possibly cancelled) Moon R version. But Sailor Moon has a million outfits and thus, the parade of Figuarts will continue indefinitely. While the constant repaints were getting a little tiring for me, I’m actually excited for this one: Sailor Moon in her Crystal style!

    I mean, I didn’t actually end up watching Crystal because let’s be honest, the animation in those first few episodes was so painfully bad and it hurt to see my waifu Mars like that, but I still adore that they went back to the original art style. And since the Figuarts don’t seem to have the production issues that the scaled ones do, this might actually be the Sailor Moon of my dreams!

    [via Tamashii Nations]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/godzilla-x-evangelion-is-the-collab-you-never-knew-you-wanted/attachment/shinjigetinthedinoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-76232"></a></p> <p>When you think of collaborations you’d like, it’s usually relatively similar things. Like Sailor Moon x Rayearth (my dream figure collab) or Zico x T.O.P. You know, stuff that logically works together. Not… uh, giant robots and giant dinosaurs. Who, I guess, are both giant, so… they have that in common…</p> <p>Yeah, this is just weird. And magical. It’s Godzilla (or Gojira, if you’re fancy/Japanese) with an Eva Unit-01 paintjob. This is the stuff dreams are made of. A fully poseable S.H. Figuarts is coming our way, but of course it’s a freaking exclusive with a pre-proxy price of ¥9,200. Ouch. But like, I don’t even care. I need this so very much.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.kk1up.jp/archives/m67754.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.kk1up.jp/archives/m67754.html', '1up']);" target="_blank">1up</a>]</p>

    Godzilla x Evangelion Is The Collab You Never Knew You Wanted

    When you think of collaborations you’d like, it’s usually relatively similar things. Like Sailor Moon x Rayearth (my dream figure collab) or Zico x T.O.P. You know, stuff that logically works together. Not… uh, giant robots and giant dinosaurs. Who, I guess, are both giant, so… they have that in common…

    Yeah, this is just weird. And magical. It’s Godzilla (or Gojira, if you’re fancy/Japanese) with an Eva Unit-01 paintjob. This is the stuff dreams are made of. A fully poseable S.H. Figuarts is coming our way, but of course it’s a freaking exclusive with a pre-proxy price of ¥9,200. Ouch. But like, I don’t even care. I need this so very much.

    [via 1up]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/sailor-venus-crystal-gets-a-figuarts-zero/attachment/venusannouncementheader" rel="attachment wp-att-76006"></a></p> <p>Sailor Moon is the show that got me into anime, so of course it holds a special place in my heart. Yet I can’t be anything but bitter about Bandai’s<em> Sailor Moon Crystal</em> Figuarts ZERO. <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/bandai-shows-off-their-new-sailor-moon-goodies" target="_blank">Sailor Moon</a> had terrible quality control and was overpriced, but it’s worse with the other senshi: they’re all exclusive.</p> <p>Since then we’ve gotten lovely figures of <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/cry-over-this-gallery-of-bandais-crystal-sailor-mars" target="_blank">Mars</a> and <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/bandais-figuarts-zero-sailor-mercury-is-an-exclusive" target="_blank">Mercury</a> that you need to pay an arm and a leg for, along with painted Jupiter. Of course they’re not going to stop with 4 out of the 5, so it’s no surprise that Sailor Venus popped up at the Toyko event. I do wish the girls had more dynamic poses, but seeing as how I couldn’t afford them even if they did maybe it’s a blessing in disguise.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.kk1up.jp/archives/m58815.html/201604150000-181" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.kk1up.jp/archives/m58815.html/201604150000-181', '1up']);" target="_blank">1up</a>]</p>

    Sailor Venus Crystal Gets A Figuarts ZERO

    Sailor Moon is the show that got me into anime, so of course it holds a special place in my heart. Yet I can’t be anything but bitter about Bandai’s Sailor Moon Crystal Figuarts ZERO. Sailor Moon had terrible quality control and was overpriced, but it’s worse with the other senshi: they’re all exclusive.

    Since then we’ve gotten lovely figures of Mars and Mercury that you need to pay an arm and a leg for, along with painted Jupiter. Of course they’re not going to stop with 4 out of the 5, so it’s no surprise that Sailor Venus popped up at the Toyko event. I do wish the girls had more dynamic poses, but seeing as how I couldn’t afford them even if they did maybe it’s a blessing in disguise.

    [via 1up]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/prepare-for-cuteness-with-this-new-neko-atsume-figure-set/attachment/nekos2header" rel="attachment wp-att-75883"></a></p> <p>I have talked at length about my love for Neko Atsume, which is only the world’s greatest game. Even though it sure is testing my patience right now by glitching out and stopping the new rare kitties from appearing, grumble grumble. But something like that doesn’t stop me from wanting all the kitty merchandise!</p> <p>Today we’re taking a look at Bandai’s desktop figure set #2. Number 3 <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/get-your-frisky-bitz-out-for-new-neko-atsume-toys" target="_blank">went up for order</a> a little while ago, but these guys just came out! And it’s like a little cafe set, aww. So cute, so precious. Of course orders are no longer open for this one but they’re quite easy to snag on Yahoo Japan! and Rakuten if you have a proxy–and come on, we all know tiny kitties are worth the extra fees.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://shop.plaza.rakuten.co.jp/auc-toysanta/diary/detail/201603170002" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://shop.plaza.rakuten.co.jp/auc-toysanta/diary/detail/201603170002', 'ToySanta']);" target="_blank">ToySanta</a>]</p>

    Prepare For Cuteness With This New Neko Atsume Figure Set

    I have talked at length about my love for Neko Atsume, which is only the world’s greatest game. Even though it sure is testing my patience right now by glitching out and stopping the new rare kitties from appearing, grumble grumble. But something like that doesn’t stop me from wanting all the kitty merchandise!

    Today we’re taking a look at Bandai’s desktop figure set #2. Number 3 went up for order a little while ago, but these guys just came out! And it’s like a little cafe set, aww. So cute, so precious. Of course orders are no longer open for this one but they’re quite easy to snag on Yahoo Japan! and Rakuten if you have a proxy–and come on, we all know tiny kitties are worth the extra fees.

    [via ToySanta]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/break-open-your-wallets-for-bandais-princess-serenity/attachment/serenityheader" rel="attachment wp-att-75643"></a></p> <p>Sailor Moon was the first anime I ever watched, and years before it even came to the US I played with Sailor Moon paper dolls my parents bought me at a local Japanese store. I have been a fan of it for a very long time, so of course Bandai’s figure line is breaking my freaking heart.</p> <p>There are just so many problems! They’re teeny-tiny, not well made, super expensive, and have the lovely bonus of being mostly exclusives. Like Princess Serenity, sadly. Which is truly heartbreaking. She’s so pretty! From a distance. Don’t look too close, cause the sculpt is decidedly meh in closeup shots. But the base! Ah, tearing me apart. She’ll cost you a cool ¥6,000 + proxy fees, ouch. So far she is up at Big In Japan (you need to log into your account to see her), but I am hoping she gets a regular release in the US through Bluefin.</p>

    Break Open Your Wallets For Bandai’s Princess Serenity

    Sailor Moon was the first anime I ever watched, and years before it even came to the US I played with Sailor Moon paper dolls my parents bought me at a local Japanese store. I have been a fan of it for a very long time, so of course Bandai’s figure line is breaking my freaking heart.

    There are just so many problems! They’re teeny-tiny, not well made, super expensive, and have the lovely bonus of being mostly exclusives. Like Princess Serenity, sadly. Which is truly heartbreaking. She’s so pretty! From a distance. Don’t look too close, cause the sculpt is decidedly meh in closeup shots. But the base! Ah, tearing me apart. She’ll cost you a cool ¥6,000 + proxy fees, ouch. So far she is up at Big In Japan (you need to log into your account to see her), but I am hoping she gets a regular release in the US through Bluefin.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/s-h-figuarts-shampoo-from-ranma-12-prepares-for-orders/attachment/shampooheader" rel="attachment wp-att-73386"></a></p> <p><em>Ranma 1/2</em> was one of the first anime I ever watched–and I’m sure for a lot of our readers, they feel the same way about it. Super nostalgic! While it was not my very first (that honor goes to Sailor Moon and Lodoss Wars) it’s damn close, and even though I’m not sure if it holds up to a modern viewing it holds a special place in my heart. So of course I’ve been really excited about <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/tamashii-nations-2015-ranma-12" target="_blank">all those Ranma figures</a> that Bandai is making!</p> <p>First we got <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/bandai-previews-their-s-h-figuarts-ranma-12" target="_blank">Girl Ranma</a>, and now it’s Shampoo’s turn in the limelight. I definitely expected Boy Ranma to be the second release, but we’re sticking with the girl-theme and we’ll get Shampoo next. Sadly she doesn’t come with a lot of accessories: basically just ramen and extra faces. But still, so cute! And come on, Bandai knows we’d all buy this if she came with nothing. Orders open this week!</p> <p>[via <a href="http://tamashii.jp/special/pickup/201606qsgd/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://tamashii.jp/special/pickup/201606qsgd/', 'Bandai']);" target="_blank">Bandai</a>]</p>

    S.H.Figuarts Shampoo From Ranma 1/2 Prepares For Orders

    Ranma 1/2 was one of the first anime I ever watched–and I’m sure for a lot of our readers, they feel the same way about it. Super nostalgic! While it was not my very first (that honor goes to Sailor Moon and Lodoss Wars) it’s damn close, and even though I’m not sure if it holds up to a modern viewing it holds a special place in my heart. So of course I’ve been really excited about all those Ranma figures that Bandai is making!

    First we got Girl Ranma, and now it’s Shampoo’s turn in the limelight. I definitely expected Boy Ranma to be the second release, but we’re sticking with the girl-theme and we’ll get Shampoo next. Sadly she doesn’t come with a lot of accessories: basically just ramen and extra faces. But still, so cute! And come on, Bandai knows we’d all buy this if she came with nothing. Orders open this week!

    [via Bandai]

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