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Date A Live Archive
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 19, 2017 | 2 Comments
It seems like Pulchra made a bunch of new figures, looked at them, and said “hey guys, these are heavy, how about we just take some pictures and stick them on cards for Wonder Festival?” It’s not the best idea anyone ever had, but here we are. All of their brand-new announcements are… pictures of pictures. There’s a kneeling Isuzu Sento, Karen Kujou from Kiniro Mosaic, Akebi Sasaki & Taeko Kondou from Girls und Panzer, and a Rider from Fate/Grand Order with a truly impressive hat.
Thankfully, they had some actual figures at the event too! Like a bridal Kurumi Tokisaki (will she be wearing white? I can’t picture that), the racing queen Girls und Panzer figures, and Kaori Miyazono (who looks okay as long as you don’t put your eyes anywhere near her face).
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 19, 2017 | No Comments
Broccoli is really one of those “almost” companies. So many of the things they do are… almost great. They’ll have a really cool sculpt with sub-par paint, or a sculpt that’s awesome except for one specific flaw. Like Narmaya in the header: that base/diorama is FANTASTIC, but 1) her boobs are stupid and 2) the hair and face seem a little more simplistic than the rest. However, I think their Kurumi Tokisaki is really cool!
They had some neat franchises on display, like God Eater, Hetalia, and BlazBlue, are really cool. But none of them ever really click with me, you know?
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 18, 2016 | 5 Comments
Did you think that Griffon Enterprises had gone the way of the dinosaurs (and Taki Corp)? So did everyone else. It’s been ages since they actually did anything, and many of their in-production figures (like the damn goldfish action figure I had on order for 2 years!!) were simply cancelled or left in limbo. But apparently they were just hibernating, because they’re back with totally new branding!
They showed off two new lines, which really just seems like a way of re-branding their image. The first, Bishojo Tairiku, is their art-based 18+ line (kind of like what Native and AlphaMax does), featuring art by Kizuki Aruchu, Koutaro, Watanabe Yoshihiro, and more! The second, Grand Toys, features more traditional licenses like Cutie Honey, Super Sonico, Highschool DxD, and Silent Möbius. They’ve also revived a few Date A Live and Rozen Maiden figures I thought were long gone! I know Griffon has been a spotty company but they’ve made quite a few very nice figures, so I hope this works out well for them.
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 11, 2015 | 3 Comments
Date A Live has a weird place in the figure world. While it’s relatively popular, with quite a few scaled figures, it seems like no major manufacturers want to work on the girls. Yet we have Nendoroids of several of them! I really love the character design, it’s so bright and vibrant and over-the-top, so I’ve been particularly annoyed at this. Enter Kotobukiya’s Kurumi, who was announced at last fall’s MegaHobby!
Of course she’s not wearing her signature burnt-orange dress, but I have a long-standing love of lounging around girls in lingerie so this was pretty much an instant must-have for me.
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 26, 2015 | 3 Comments
So up until now, I knew Broccoli as that company that made the nightmare-inducing Sonico. I mean, guys, it was BAD. They were a company that made bad figures. But suddenly all their sculpts are detailed and the paintwork is great? I’m so confused. What happened. Because, really, these new figures look hella nice.
We have Asuna and Silica from Sword Art Online, a drop dead gorgeous rendition of Tenshi, Nene Ayachi, Miyuki Shiba from Boring Magic School, and more! They also showed off a Caster from Fate/Extra, but since she was marked do not photograph we sadly cannot show her to you. But check out everything else in the gallery!
Posted by Leah Bayer on June 15, 2015 | 1 Comment
I finally got my May AmiAmi order in yesterday, and one of the figures in it I was anticipating the most was Kotobukiya’s Kurumi Tokisaki. Twintails, frills, dual-colored eyes, lying-down pose, cute lingerie? Yes yes and yes. It seemed like a kind of under the radar release, but apparently she was popular enough to get a recolor!
This is the burgundy version, and while at first glance it looks very similar to the original, the colors are oh-so-slightly different. There’s a warm red hue to all her clothing, and I have to say… I like this version more! Sadly I 1) already own her and 2) this is an exclusive. Her price is the same as the original, ¥8,200, but she is only in the Kotobukiya online shop so you will need a proxy sadly.
Posted by Leah Bayer on April 14, 2015 | No Comments
What is up with Griffon recently? It’s kind of a mess over there, I guess. Their quality has gone up and they’ve actually made some very nice figures recently (Alleyne, Charlotte, Cecilia), but most of their announced figures are totally stagnant. This is sadly super clear at Miyazawa Model, where they brought art… for figures that have been in the art stage for over a year.
It’s kind of sad, because honestly I want the Date A Live girls if they come out as nice as Griffon’s recent offerings. But the few sculpted figures they DID bring look kind of horrible. They’ve always been hit-or-miss, but this event was particularly telling. I’m hoping we see some improvements soon…
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 8, 2015 | 4 Comments
This Wonder Festival, I’ve gotten the distinct impression that several companies are either phasing out or drastically turning down their figure production. Booths that used to be booming now just have a handful of figures, and Griffon is sadly a prime example of that. There was almost nothing new at their booth: basically it was all figures already up for order, and the painted version of Kerberos. It’s a shame, because they have upped their quality drastically in the past year or so: their Alleyne and Charlotte I both own and adore.
As for new announcements… there was only one totally new thing, which is shocking. They’ll be doing the three girls from Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu: Tail Yellow, Tail Blue & Tail Red. They’ll also be adding Fang Lin Yin to their Infinite Stratos line.
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on February 8, 2015 | 11 Comments
Nendoroids. They’re kind of like bunnies now; you put two in a room and bam, you’ve got like a thousand before you know it, and this year’s Wonder Festival was no different. Good Smile Company and it’s umbrella of companies had over 40 new Nendoroids on hand at this show. Remember when it took them like two years to hit 40 Nendoroids? Yeah, it’s been a while… We’ve already shown you the Majora’s Mask 3D Link, Kirby, and Marth and Sheeda from Fire Emblem, but that was certainly nowhere near all that was on hand.
We got to finally see the sculpted and painted version of their Stormtrooper, Celty from Durarara! looks great, and a second Mako from Kill la Kill that is utterly adorable. Then we’ve got Oono Akira from Hiscore Girl, Moritomo Nozomi from The Rolling Girls, Alice Cartelet from Kiniro Mosaic, Patchouli Knowledge from Touhou, Angela Balzac from Rakuen Tsuihou: Expelled From Paradise, Kaffu Chino and Tippy from Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?, a Senbonzakura version Kaito, Beni and Koujaku from DRAMAtical Murder, Eclair Martinozzi from Dog Days”, Kazami Kazuki from Grisaia no Kajitsu, Itsuka Kotori from Date A Live, Hoozuki from Hoozuki no Reitetsu, Yuuki Yuuna (who seems to be everywhere this WonFest), Emiya Shirou from Fate Stay/Night Unlimited Blade Works, Umaru from Umaruchan, and Shiren from Shiren 5+.
Over in idol land we’ve got three new iDOLM@STER Cinderalla Girls with Shibuya Rin who is painted, Shimamura Uzuki who is sculpted, and Honda Mio who was announced. We’ve also got SIX new Nendoroids from PriPara with Manaka Lala, Minami Mirei, and Houjou Sophie all painted, a sculpt of Toudou Shion, and announcements of Dorothy and Leona West. Phew! There are also three Nendoroid Code figures (seems to be non-poseable Nendoroids?) of Manaka Lala, Minami Mirei, and Houjou Sophie. Then in magical ship girl land, aka Kantai Collection, we only have five new additions: sculpts of Yamato and Ryuujo and announcements of Northern Princess (Leah’s favorite!), Ooyodo, and our bumbling idiot misfit star of the anime, Fubuki.
From IS: Infinite Stratos we’re getting some new additions with Laura Bodewig and Charlotte Dunois, who are both quite cute. We also have three new Nendoroids from Touken Ranbu with Mikazuki Munechika sculpted and announcements for Kashuu Kiyomitsu and Kogitsunemaru. We also have a Nendoroid More announcement of cheerleader outfits, which are pretty adorable. That’s a lot of little Nendoroids…
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 13, 2015 | 4 Comments
At this past MegaHobby Expo, Kotobukiya had a surprising reveal: a figure of Kurumi Tokisaki, fully sculpted and painted. I kind of love when we get figure “announcements” of the whole figure, instead of waiting through the sculpting-and-painting stages *cough*OrchidSeed*cough*. And I also love Kurumi, though I sadly don’t own any of her scaled figures seeing as how Griffon is her main manufacturer. So all in all, it was a very pleasant surprise!
I was kind of expecting her to go up for order right away, but we’ve had a few months delay while the polish her off. Now she’s all ready to head into your pre-orders: and at a mere ¥8,200 with a May release date, I think we won’t have much trouble squeezing her in. Orders open tonight, though she’s already appeared at a few sites!