Bleach Archive

  • Years ago, Yes Anime used to be just another importer of PVC figures. But the market is volatile, especially recently: a few years ago, the dollar tanked, and now the yen is tanking. It’s totally unpredictable and US-based toy importers are not doing so well. So, what’s a store based here to do? Make their own stuff, obviously! Which is exactly what Yes Anime has done. They teamed up with Shounen Jump and picked the licenses that many of us cut our anime teeth on: Bleach, Death Note, Naruto, Tiger & Bunny. And made the Trexi line, which is kind of like Funko’s Pop line. With weird hands. They also have a 1/6 scale line of super-detailed action figures with the… Harry Potter cast. Which is not anime but is, you know, equally nerdy. Also in appearance: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! And Steve McQueen. Kind of an eclectic selection there, Yes Anime. [Thanks to the amazing Anne Mortensen-Agnew for providing us with these images! <3]

    SDCC 2015: Yes Anime

    Years ago, Yes Anime used to be just another importer of PVC figures. But the market is volatile, especially recently: a few years ago, the dollar tanked, and now the yen is tanking. It’s totally unpredictable and US-based toy importers are not doing so well. So, what’s a store based here to do? Make their own stuff, obviously! Which is exactly what Yes Anime has done. They teamed up with Shounen Jump and picked the licenses that many of us cut our anime teeth on: Bleach, Death Note, Naruto, Tiger & Bunny. And made the Trexi line, which is kind of like Funko’s Pop line. With weird hands. They also have a 1/6 scale line of super-detailed action figures with the… Harry Potter cast. Which is not anime but is, you know, equally nerdy. Also in appearance: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! And Steve McQueen. Kind of an eclectic selection there, Yes Anime. [Thanks to the amazing Anne Mortensen-Agnew for providing us with these images! <3]

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  • Remember the kind of creepy chibi comic figures we saw from Square-Enix and Kidrobot this Toy Fair? Well, this is like… the anime version of that. Trexis are a vinyl platform that hasn’t seen a lot of use in the past few years, but apparently it is being revived… and not with the designer vinyl crew, but with popular anime characters. Now you can get Bleach, Tiger & Bunny, Naruto, and Death Note figures on a kind of weird platform! This seems like Barnes & Noble weeabo fodder unless you really like the weird Lego hands, but maybe I’m just in a particularly judgmental state of mind. What do you think of these oddities, Plastikitties?

    Toy Fair 2014: YesAnime and Play Imaginative’s Anime Trexis

    Remember the kind of creepy chibi comic figures we saw from Square-Enix and Kidrobot this Toy Fair? Well, this is like… the anime version of that. Trexis are a vinyl platform that hasn’t seen a lot of use in the past few years, but apparently it is being revived… and not with the designer vinyl crew, but with popular anime characters. Now you can get Bleach, Tiger & Bunny, Naruto, and Death Note figures on a kind of weird platform! This seems like Barnes & Noble weeabo fodder unless you really like the weird Lego hands, but maybe I’m just in a particularly judgmental state of mind. What do you think of these oddities, Plastikitties?

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  • Tamashii Nation, the event where Bandai shows off just how many figures they can make in a year, was held earlier this week. We brought you coverage of several pieces that were there: D-Arts Konohana Sakuya & Thanatos, the Chibi-Arts line, the Armor Girl Project, and Figuarts Zero from Code Geass and Macross Frontier. But of course there was more on display–a lot more! Bandai showed off goods from all the shows you would expect: One Piece, Kamen Rider, Power Rangers, Bleach, Ruroni Kenshin, Dragonball Z. But there were also some surprise additions to the Figuarts Zero line like the heroine from Rine no Lagrange and two of the girls from Senran Kagura. Check them all out in the gallery! [via Akibahobby]

    Tamashii Nation 2011: Event Overview

    Tamashii Nation, the event where Bandai shows off just how many figures they can make in a year, was held earlier this week. We brought you coverage of several pieces that were there: D-Arts Konohana Sakuya & Thanatos, the Chibi-Arts line, the Armor Girl Project, and Figuarts Zero from Code Geass and Macross Frontier. But of course there was more on display–a lot more! Bandai showed off goods from all the shows you would expect: One Piece, Kamen Rider, Power Rangers, Bleach, Ruroni Kenshin, Dragonball Z. But there were also some surprise additions to the Figuarts Zero line like the heroine from Rine no Lagrange and two of the girls from Senran Kagura. Check them all out in the gallery! [via Akibahobby]

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  • Once again, our loot is two months late! I was thinking back about our July and June posts, though, and it doesn’t seem so bad. We didn’t even get payment requests for our August orders until mid-September, and it takes a while to receive everything and then organize it all. If you order only 1 one 2 figures a month you’ll get them right on time, but the bigger the order the longer the delay. Anyway, back on topic! August was our biggest month ever for figure orders, as we ended up with both of our AmiAmi orders and a flood of exclusives that all seemed to come out at once. It’s probably going to be our biggest month ever (or at least for quite some time), as Stephen and I have started trimming down our orders quite a bit.

    Plastikitty Loot: August 2011

    Once again, our loot is two months late! I was thinking back about our July and June posts, though, and it doesn’t seem so bad. We didn’t even get payment requests for our August orders until mid-September, and it takes a while to receive everything and then organize it all. If you order only 1 one 2 figures a month you’ll get them right on time, but the bigger the order the longer the delay. Anyway, back on topic! August was our biggest month ever for figure orders, as we ended up with both of our AmiAmi orders and a flood of exclusives that all seemed to come out at once. It’s probably going to be our biggest month ever (or at least for quite some time), as Stephen and I have started trimming down our orders quite a bit.

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  • I’ll admit that my knowledge of Bleach is pretty limited–I used to watch it quite often, but when the “save Rukia” arc went on for seemingly an eternity I gave it up. I can only watch so many battles in a row without getting bored! But despite my annoyance at the fight scenes, I’ve always loved the character designs. I only had one figure from Bleach previously, though–Square-Enix’s massive polystone Ichigo. Most figures from it were released a while back, but it seems like there has been a recent surge in Bleach‘s popularity! First MegaHouse unveiled an Ichigo for their GEM line, and then Alpha x Omega (Alter and MegaHouse’s collaboration) announced a Tia Harribel. Now, apparently Tia is not a wildly popular character, so people were surprised at this choice. But Alter is well-known for picking interesting characters over popular ones, and Tia definitely has a stand-out design! I was quite excited for her release, as Alpha x Omega produces some truly spectacular figures and they work together only a few times a year.

    Plastikitty Review: Alpha x Omega’s 1/8 Tia Harribel

    I’ll admit that my knowledge of Bleach is pretty limited–I used to watch it quite often, but when the “save Rukia” arc went on for seemingly an eternity I gave it up. I can only watch so many battles in a row without getting bored! But despite my annoyance at the fight scenes, I’ve always loved the character designs. I only had one figure from Bleach previously, though–Square-Enix’s massive polystone Ichigo. Most figures from it were released a while back, but it seems like there has been a recent surge in Bleach‘s popularity! First MegaHouse unveiled an Ichigo for their GEM line, and then Alpha x Omega (Alter and MegaHouse’s collaboration) announced a Tia Harribel. Now, apparently Tia is not a wildly popular character, so people were surprised at this choice. But Alter is well-known for picking interesting characters over popular ones, and Tia definitely has a stand-out design! I was quite excited for her release, as Alpha x Omega produces some truly spectacular figures and they work together only a few times a year.

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  • While we have already shown you the Street Fighter, Final Fantasy and Arkham Asylum figures that Square-Enix had on display, it certainly wasn’t all they brought with them to the convention! They showed off quite a few other Play Arts Kai as well, including a rather badass looking Kratos from God Of War and Nathan Drake from Uncharted. They also added 2 new figures to the Metal Gear Solid line, Solid Snake and Ninja! There were also several mecha-suits on display, with Play Arts from Halo, Vanquished, and Deus Ex. If that wasn’t enough, the Play Arts Kai from Bleach were on display, as well as the sofubi Dragon Quest monsters. Phew, that is a ton of stuff! But Square tends to bring out the big guns (both literally and metaphorically!) for SDCC, and this year was no exception. So hit the jump to see everything that they had!

    SDCC 2011: Square-Enix Booth Overview

    While we have already shown you the Street Fighter, Final Fantasy and Arkham Asylum figures that Square-Enix had on display, it certainly wasn’t all they brought with them to the convention! They showed off quite a few other Play Arts Kai as well, including a rather badass looking Kratos from God Of War and Nathan Drake from Uncharted. They also added 2 new figures to the Metal Gear Solid line, Solid Snake and Ninja! There were also several mecha-suits on display, with Play Arts from Halo, Vanquished, and Deus Ex. If that wasn’t enough, the Play Arts Kai from Bleach were on display, as well as the sofubi Dragon Quest monsters. Phew, that is a ton of stuff! But Square tends to bring out the big guns (both literally and metaphorically!) for SDCC, and this year was no exception. So hit the jump to see everything that they had!

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