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Posted by Leah Bayer on December 2, 2016 | 5 Comments
We saw what Good Smile Company & co and Vertex brought to Miyazawa Model, but of course a few others showed up as well! Though it seems like everyone else was limited to one or two new figures up their sleeves. Kotobukiya had just a handful of new stuff: Wilhelmina Braunschweig Ingenohl Friedeburg (why with this naming) from High School Fleet, aka “that KanColle ripoff” and…. Spike is finally painted!
Revolve didn’t have much, but they did have announcements for Rem & Ram from Re:Zero. Aoshima had a lovely Izetta from Shuumatsu no Izetta on display, and Medicom had out their Gary/Blue/whatever you want to call him. Pulchra announced two new Vocaloids: Yukari Yuzuki and… a different figure of Yukari. And let’s not forget about the wacky EVA Unit-01 action figure on display!
Posted by Leah Bayer on September 7, 2016 | 3 Comments
It’s almost fall, and you know what that means–new season, new Prize Fair. They’re on the 45th already, if you can believe it! And like always, the big 4 (FuRyu, Taito, SEGA, & Banpresto) had all the upcoming prize figures out on display.
I always try to swear off prize figures, but like clockwork there are one or two that draw me back in. This time, funnily enough, it’s a collab I’ve basically ignored because I’m interested: the Madogatari figures. That Kiss-Shot in Homura garb, hnnng! There’s lots of other great stuff, and of course all the regulars (Evangelion, Miku, KanColle, Disney, Dragon Ball Z) were out in force. Check them all out in the gallery below!
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 24, 2016 | 1 Comment
Of course the highlight of Phat! Company’s booth was their amazing IDOLM@STER girls, but they rocked pretty much everything. I have to admit, they’re fast becoming one of my favorite companies. And they didn’t disappoint this year! I mean, just look at the header girl, Jibril from No Game No Life. MY HEART. Djeeta from Granblue is just as cute, plus we have Julius Visconti from God Eater and a super cool new Raimu Kawasaki from Bakuon. Oh, and the amazing poseable Evangelion gals (plus sassy Unit 01).
Then the announcements! Saber Extra, Pepperoni and Anchovy from Girls und Panzer (who approved those names, really now) and Ai Ninomiya from Amanchu!.
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 25, 2016 | 16 Comments
You know what they say: new season, new prize fair! Okay, so only I say that, but it’s basically true. Prize Fairs are a never-ending event that seem to strike when the weather changes. I know it’s technically been spring for months, but here in NY it’s been incredibly chilly until just this week. Finally, warm weather! And new figures!
We have quite a few awesome things here, and some less than awesome ones as well–like the incredibly creepy Disney Princess line that will haunt my dreams. But along with the nightmares are cool releases like a bunch of Dragonball Z goodies including, at long last, Mr. Satan! We’ve also got Macross, Evangelion, Miku Hatsune, Fate/Grand Order, Kantai Collection, and a whole lot more… like my persona favorite, the Okami noodle toppers. Check them all out below!
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 20, 2016 | 1 Comment
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.
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 19, 2016 | No Comments
How many prize fairs are there even in a year? 4? 6? One every damn month? Sometimes it seems like that. I keep trying to swear off prize figures: they’re great quality for the price, but I already have so many expensive scaled figures and I am quickly running out of storage room. Or rather, I ran out a long time ago and just come up with more and more creative solutions. Yet somehow I keep coming back to prize figures. I can’t resist them!
This batch seems particularly good. We have more of the Madoka x Bakemonogatari line, new Kantai Collection girls, more Evangelion (of course), a strange lack of Miku Hatsune, and more. Check them all out in the gallery!
[UPDATE] Added Eikoh’s Puzzle & Dragons girls!
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 7, 2016 | 2 Comments
Prize figures are definitely not the focus of Wonder Festival: after all, they have their own prize fairs all year round! But of course Sega & FuRyu couldn’t resist showing off some goodies. Including, of course, a billion Sonicos from FuRyu and tons of Love Live! and KanColle from Sega. Check them all out below!
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 6, 2016 | 4 Comments
We’ve seen Kotobukiya’s amazing Spike announcement and their new Bishoujos already. And apparently they’re in a retro mood, because we have a lot of throwbacks here. Motoko from Ghost in the Shell, Sakura from Sakura Wars (YASS), the art for Pokemon Trainer Red, and a Cu-Poche of Rei (which means… Asuka is right behind)!
Then there’s, you know, some modern stuff. Touken Ranbu, Tales of Berseria, IDOLM@STER: Million Live, Granblue Fantasy, 7th Dragon, and more. Check them all out below!
[UPDATE] Added a few new figures to the gallery!
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 13, 2015 | 3 Comments
Treasure Festa is one of the biggest garage-kit-centric events, and we always get lots of beautiful goodies to look at and drool over. I mean, the chances that any of them will get made into PVC are pretty slim, but hey, we can dream! And salivate over how freaking perfect some of these are. That Ranko, man!
Some of the trends were pretty obvious: there’s a lot of Miku Hatsune and quite a bit of Sailor Moon. We also saw, of course, some Evangelion, Fate/Stay Night and Bakemonogatari. More surprising was the lack of some things: we have a bit of Love Live! and IDOLM@STER, but not as nearly as much as I’d expect. And there’s also one Monster Musume figure: I thought that show was basically made to make figures from, but this is literally the first item we’ve seen from it. Maybe there will be more at Wonder Festival?
Also, we usually like to focus on the good kits here, but I’ve included a truly, startlingly horrible one for you at the end. It involves boobs literally floating toward heaven. Enjoy.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 6, 2015 | 3 Comments
Man, we sure do get a lot of prize fairs. We’re already on the 42nd! This seasonal event gives us a look at all the upcoming prize figures that we’ll be seeing go up for order in the next few weeks. And, you know, the impossible to get ones like Ichiban Kuji that you have to hunt down and sell your soul for.
The lineup here was pretty much the same as what we’ve been seeing recently. Classics like Evangelion, Dragonball Z, Fate/Stay Night and Vocaloid combined with newer phenomenon like IDOLM@STER, the Monogatari series, Attack on Titan, and Kantai Collection. There were some surprises, like the amazing Madoka & Homura set. Oh, and for once, no Miku–but a Rin & Len! Check ’em all out in the gallery.