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Fate/Stay Night Archive
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 24, 2013 | 2 Comments
I’ll admit, when we first got word that Alter would be doing a swimsuit version of Saber Alter I wasn’t exactly happy. I mean, it’s the same swimsuit and almost the same pose as the Wave Beach Queen. Sure, it’s Alter so the quality will be a million times better and she’s a generous 1/6 scale, but do I really need a big swimsuit Alter in my life?
After seeing her painted, turns out the answer is yes! Who would have thought that I’d be craving yet another Saber after feeling almost worn out by so many of them. But I do love Alter almost as much as Lily, and the sulky pose combined with her pale white skin really is lovely. We should see orders soon, since she’s slated for a fall release.
[via Iory_Hamon's Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 23, 2013 | 11 Comments
After a few rather lackluster months, the Hobby Japan scans are back on track! We have a pretty action-packed lineup for you this time around, with almost twice as many figures as we’ve been seeing the past few months. Though let’s start up with a bit of bad news: there’s rumors from these scans that figma Strength has been cancelled! Only rumors, but anyway, let’s get onto the good.
We’ve got lots of ladies for you, and finally the return of Good Smile Company & co in the scaled figure section. I don’t know why they went missing for so long but oh well, they’re back now with some shiny goodies. We’ve also got not one but TWO devils from the Seven Sins lineup, which is awesome because for the past few months it’s been nothing but art. So without any more delays, hit the jump and let’s get right to the good stuff!
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 13, 2013 | 8 Comments
The first time we saw Toda Satoshi’s Saber Bride painted, the work was a little rushed since he had to get her done in time for Treasure Festa. But since then he’s had time to sit down and give this sculpt the love and attention it deserves, and the finished result is truly breathtaking. As I’ve mentioned before I am a big fan of his previous Sabers, especially the lovely Extra and Lily (review) even if they are a bit on the small side, but I think Saber Bride is his masterpiece.
Just look at all the detail! We have a huge, overflowing gallery for you and it is bursting at the seams with gorgeousness. Her veil is the showstopper for me with all the gilded gloriousness, though I’m sure some people will be drawn to other… assets. But no matter what you like about this figure, it’s all stunning! Of course the best news is that while this is a garage kit, it’s been officially picked up by Gift already. Hooray!
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 4, 2013 | 2 Comments
For a while now, I have been absolutely baffled at the lack of Saber Bride figures. I mean, all the other Sabers (except for Extra which makes me cry) have a million variations! Scaled figures out the wazoo, Nendoroids in all sizes, figmas. All Saber Bride has is an (admittedly gorgeous) figma. What gives?
Well, good news for fans! Bad news if you hate Toda Satoshi’s unique style, though, which has been controversial in the past: he’s taken up his sculpting tools and is working on the diva bride for both his own garage kit circle and Gift as well! Yes, she’s getting a PVC version. We have a clear shot of her head & torso along with a pixellated shot of the entire thing and her pose looks great! Personally I am a fan of Toda’s style so I am pretty darn excited for this announcement. Though I am still hoping that GSC and Alter make scales of both her and Extra!
[UPDATE] We’ve got a full color pic in the gallery! Note that this paintjob was given to her quickly just to have it finished in time for Treasure Festa, so there is no doubt the final PVC version will be much more meticulous. But damn, even rushed Toda does such amazing work! I can’t wait for her!
[via Toda's Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 3, 2013 | 2 Comments
There are a massive amount of figure-related events in Japan. Usually we cover the big ones that involve PVC: Wonder Festival, Comiket, MegaHobby, Tamashii Nations, et cetera. But of course the garage kit community probably puts out ten times as much as the PVC world, they are just a lot harder to get! The most recent gk event will be Treasure Festa in Ariake 9, which takes place on May 5th–yes, only a few days away!
So today we’re bringing you a roundup of some of the best kits that will be at the event, complete with the circle’s name in case you are lucky enough to be at the event and have the money and speed to snag one. My favorites are the adorable Yagyu from Senran Kagura and Atelier Hiro’s graceful Miku, but there’s a whole lot more–even a Kaito and an awesome Shin Megami kit with both Jack Frost and Pyro Jack! Check them all out after the jump.
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 30, 2013 | 10 Comments
Banpresto sure does love their fancy Ichiban Kuji line–probably because it has made so many collectors cry and empty their wallets. I’ll be honest, considering the after-market prices some of these go for I don’t know why Banpresto doesn’t just release all of them like regular figures for about 3k each–they’d certainly make more than the ¥800 they charge for a ticket, and fans would be happier!
Anyway, they had a HUGE lineup at ACE this year. What stole my heart is the Code Geass line: sadly, Kallen was an SQ figure, but the rest are all Ichiban Kuji. But I need that goth Lulu! We also have a LOT of K-On!, Fate/Stay Night, Gintama, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha along with all the rest of the regulars, along with the entire IDOLM@STER crew. No, seriously, all of them. Then there are some announcements, the one I am most excited for is the Prisma Illya line! More Rin, please.
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 20, 2013 | 3 Comments
AmiAmi has this nasty habit of combining our orders into big glumps that overlap between months. So, for example, we might not get some of our January stuff until the beginning of March (yet mysteriously it will be with not just February but March items as well). You may have noticed that we skipped a January loot post: well, that’s because we didn’t even get all our figures from it until a few days ago!
But thankfully January and February seemed to be smaller months than most, so we’re just going to combine them into a mega loot post! Check it all out after the jump.
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 15, 2013 | 8 Comments
Since Sega just showed off all their new prizes at Wonder Festival, this season’s Prize Fair was a little more subdued than usual. In fact, we pretty much only had 2 companies representing the prize figure world: Taito and Banpresto. Taito didn’t have any new information, but we do have the sculpts for their new Persona 4 Area figures! Elizabeth in particular is looking pretty awesome.
To make up for the lack of content, Banpresto brought way more stuff than usual! We’ve got the franchises we always see, like Fate/Zero, One Piece, Precure and Macross, but they had lots of other goodies too. The ones that catch my eye are the dearth of Pokemon figures: everything from plushes (including the new Eevelution, that was fast) to the awesome Eevee in the header to N himself! Oh, and they are also working on a fantastic looking SQ prize for Soniko, making up for the crazy expensive Ichiban Kuji one!
[via xx_bo_ri_xx's Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 12, 2013 | 2 Comments
You may have thought we saw everything that PLUM had to offer at Winter Wonder Festival, but you’d be wrong! They had one announcement tucked away that just got uncovered, probably because it’s Saber and there are so many it’s hard to lose track. This time it’s a maid version, which honestly we don’t have that many of: there’s the Alter version which just got an update, and the old (mediocre) GSC one. PLUM seems to be going for an interesting pose here, especially if they include some of the stairs!
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 10, 2013 | No Comments
You know what we need more of? Chibi-sized action figures. Nendoroid, Cu-Poche, the Wing line and those weird Daidabi Deformate ones are NOT ENOUGH. No, more we say! Phat! Company has been listening (to the cries of crazy people) and has started up a hybrid Nendo/figma line.
The first 3 in the series will be Aegis from Persona 3, Saber from Fate/Stay Night and a lady from Trillion Starlight. Uh… weird selections. 2 overplayed characters, one I’ve never heard of before. Well I’ll be getting that Aegis anyway because I’m a Persona whore.