Ghost in the Shell Archive

  • We have already shown you a lot of the important announcements from Kotobukiya’s panel: Marvel and DC, the Thanos sculpt, and lots of Bishoujo news. But of course, there was lots more! And I do mean lots. Let’s start with PVC: they had info on the new Rage of Bahamut figures but, more excitingly, assurance that Vania will definitely not be the last one we’ll see from them. We had lots of Star Wars, of course, and Halo as well (along with an announcement for a new Halo series). There was also a whole lot of Bishoujos, comic statues, Alien figures, and everything in between. And last but not least, they said that they want to hear from fans about future merchandise! So you can head on over to a survey and let them know what you’d like to see down the pipeline.

    NYCC 2015: Kotobukiya Panel

    We have already shown you a lot of the important announcements from Kotobukiya’s panel: Marvel and DC, the Thanos sculpt, and lots of Bishoujo news. But of course, there was lots more! And I do mean lots. Let’s start with PVC: they had info on the new Rage of Bahamut figures but, more excitingly, assurance that Vania will definitely not be the last one we’ll see from them. We had lots of Star Wars, of course, and Halo as well (along with an announcement for a new Halo series). There was also a whole lot of Bishoujos, comic statues, Alien figures, and everything in between. And last but not least, they said that they want to hear from fans about future merchandise! So you can head on over to a survey and let them know what you’d like to see down the pipeline.

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  • So we’ve seen a lot from Good Smile already: the Yu-Gi-Oh figures, their video game displays, and the gorgeous Sorceress. But of course there was more to be had! The star of the booth was, I think, the amazing Umaru display for the Nendoroid. It’s so elaborate: tiny Nendoroid boxes, toys, posters… so amazing! If they sold this, I would buy it. For basically any price. There was also their Kill la Kill line (with another super cute diorama!), the Ghost in the Shell figma that just went up for order, and many more. Check them all out below!

    NYCC 2015: Good Smile Company Booth Overview

    So we’ve seen a lot from Good Smile already: the Yu-Gi-Oh figures, their video game displays, and the gorgeous Sorceress. But of course there was more to be had! The star of the booth was, I think, the amazing Umaru display for the Nendoroid. It’s so elaborate: tiny Nendoroid boxes, toys, posters… so amazing! If they sold this, I would buy it. For basically any price. There was also their Kill la Kill line (with another super cute diorama!), the Ghost in the Shell figma that just went up for order, and many more. Check them all out below!

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  • Figure prices are skyrocketing, the yen is tanking, figure collectors are being driven out of the hobby. So you know what we need? More figure events! Clearly. That will solve things. So what’s this show? It’s not Wonder Festival, not MegaHobby, not CharaHobby… it’s Hobby Show! The most generically named figure event of all time. Of all time. KanColle was, unsurprisingly, the main focus. We had a LOT from Max Factory: Harbour Princess and Atago both showed up, though unpainted. Figmas of Fubuki & Shimakaze along with the figFIX Mutsu were on display, along with non KanColle figmas: most notably the figma and Plamax Yoshika from Strike Witches. Plus the Metal Gear Solid, Expelled from Paradise,  and Ghost in the Shell figmas! And we have KanColle Nendos too: Akitsushima and anime version Fubuki. Plus an announcement from Aoshima, they’ll be doing a figure of Akitsushima. Of course there were a (few) non-Kantai girls and boys. Most notably, Tomytec is making Ushio to Tora Nendoroids of Ushio Aotsuki and Tora. Kotobukiya brought a handful of figures from Rage of Bahamut, Shining Resonance, Aquarion Logos, Tales of Zestiria, and Mononoke. And last but not least, Aoshima is picking up a gorgeous garage kit of Kongou from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova! [via Hobby Search’s Blog]

    Hobby Show 2015

    Figure prices are skyrocketing, the yen is tanking, figure collectors are being driven out of the hobby. So you know what we need? More figure events! Clearly. That will solve things. So what’s this show? It’s not Wonder Festival, not MegaHobby, not CharaHobby… it’s Hobby Show! The most generically named figure event of all time. Of all time. KanColle was, unsurprisingly, the main focus. We had a LOT from Max Factory: Harbour Princess and Atago both showed up, though unpainted. Figmas of Fubuki & Shimakaze along with the figFIX Mutsu were on display, along with non KanColle figmas: most notably the figma and Plamax Yoshika from Strike Witches. Plus the Metal Gear Solid, Expelled from Paradise,  and Ghost in the Shell figmas! And we have KanColle Nendos too: Akitsushima and anime version Fubuki. Plus an announcement from Aoshima, they’ll be doing a figure of Akitsushima. Of course there were a (few) non-Kantai girls and boys. Most notably, Tomytec is making Ushio to Tora Nendoroids of Ushio Aotsuki and Tora. Kotobukiya brought a handful of figures from Rage of Bahamut, Shining Resonance, Aquarion Logos, Tales of Zestiria, and Mononoke. And last but not least, Aoshima is picking up a gorgeous garage kit of Kongou from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova! [via Hobby Search’s Blog]

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  • When covering WonFest, some things wind up falling through the cracks due to the sheer amount of announcements that there are and sadly, Kotobukiya’s announcement of a Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture in their ArtFX J line was one of those. Personally, I’m a huge Ghost in the Shell fan, but admittedly even I haven’t bothered watching Arise yet due to all of the negative reviews I’ve seen. That said, I’m definitely glad to see more companies deciding to take on figures of the major, even though her Stand Alone Complex design is so much better. Hopefully we’ll at least get an action pose from Kotobukiya though! [via kotobukiyas’ Twitter]

    Summer WonFest 2015: Kotobukiya’s Motoko Kusanagi Arise Ver.

    When covering WonFest, some things wind up falling through the cracks due to the sheer amount of announcements that there are and sadly, Kotobukiya’s announcement of a Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture in their ArtFX J line was one of those. Personally, I’m a huge Ghost in the Shell fan, but admittedly even I haven’t bothered watching Arise yet due to all of the negative reviews I’ve seen. That said, I’m definitely glad to see more companies deciding to take on figures of the major, even though her Stand Alone Complex design is so much better. Hopefully we’ll at least get an action pose from Kotobukiya though! [via kotobukiyas’ Twitter]

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  • Figmas: those tiny poseable things that Max Factory and a few other companies make a ton of every year. So without further adieu, here’s a super long list of em. We already told you about Shizuo and Izaya from Durarara!!, but we’ve also got word that FREEing will be doing Celty as well. Also from FREEing we’ve got Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant from the original Virtua Fighter, Femto, Void, Ubik, Slan, and Conrad from Berserk, Magic Kaito from, well, Magic Kaito, the Vitruvian Man, and what appears to be some sort of cherub, but is way too tiny and also only an outline to be able to tell. Then from Wing we’ve got Masaru Nananakajima from Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi yo!! Masaru-san that we already saw in their previews. From Phat! Company we’ve got Sherlock Holmes, Ninja Slayer, and Yamoto Koki who is also from Ninja Slayer. Finally, rounding out weird third parties making figmas we’ve got Tactical System Uniform Girl by Tomytec. Then from Max Factory we’ve got a whole slew of things: Angela Balzac, two versions of the Archetype, Benisuzume from Knights of Sidonia, Erica Hartmann, Mio Sakamoto, and Yoshika from Strike Witches, a Fubuki anime ver. and Prinz Eugen from KanColle, and Miho Nishizuma Uniform ver. from Girls Und Panzer to round out our selection of anthropomorphic military vehicle females. We’ve also got a Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Shirou from Fate Stay/Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yotaro from Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Mika and Rika Jougasaki from iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, and Rin and Umi from Love Live to round out the anime selection. For video games we’ve got a Gurlukovich Soldier from Metal Gear Solid, Majima Goro from Yakuza, and the picture of the previously announced Samus from Metroid: Other M. Then in the movie world we’ve got the Hulk, Iron Man XLIII, and King Leonidas (I have no clue why). Other announcements that we can’t show as they were do not photograph: Tomoyo’s figma from Cardcaptor Sakura and the new Sakura figFIX. Phew! [via Wonderful Hobby Life For You, AmiAmi, Hobby Search, and Dengeki Hobby]

    Summer WonFest 2015: figmas

    Figmas: those tiny poseable things that Max Factory and a few other companies make a ton of every year. So without further adieu, here’s a super long list of em. We already told you about Shizuo and Izaya from Durarara!!, but we’ve also got word that FREEing will be doing Celty as well. Also from FREEing we’ve got Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant from the original Virtua Fighter, Femto, Void, Ubik, Slan, and Conrad from Berserk, Magic Kaito from, well, Magic Kaito, the Vitruvian Man, and what appears to be some sort of cherub, but is way too tiny and also only an outline to be able to tell. Then from Wing we’ve got Masaru Nananakajima from Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi yo!! Masaru-san that we already saw in their previews. From Phat! Company we’ve got Sherlock Holmes, Ninja Slayer, and Yamoto Koki who is also from Ninja Slayer. Finally, rounding out weird third parties making figmas we’ve got Tactical System Uniform Girl by Tomytec. Then from Max Factory we’ve got a whole slew of things: Angela Balzac, two versions of the Archetype, Benisuzume from Knights of Sidonia, Erica Hartmann, Mio Sakamoto, and Yoshika from Strike Witches, a Fubuki anime ver. and Prinz Eugen from KanColle, and Miho Nishizuma Uniform ver. from Girls Und Panzer to round out our selection of anthropomorphic military vehicle females. We’ve also got a Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Shirou from Fate Stay/Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yotaro from Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Mika and Rika Jougasaki from iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, and Rin and Umi from Love Live to round out the anime selection. For video games we’ve got a Gurlukovich Soldier from Metal Gear Solid, Majima Goro from Yakuza, and the picture of the previously announced Samus from Metroid: Other M. Then in the movie world we’ve got the Hulk, Iron Man XLIII, and King Leonidas (I have no clue why). Other announcements that we can’t show as they were do not photograph: Tomoyo’s figma from Cardcaptor Sakura and the new Sakura figFIX. Phew! [via Wonderful Hobby Life For You, AmiAmi, Hobby Search, and Dengeki Hobby]

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  • Time for Max Factory! They gave us a wealth of teasers this year, which is funny because they are usually the most strict with them. We get, like, 2 blurry photos. But not this year! They’re just giving it all away this time. Or, well, part of it. Tons of their scale figures have been updated: Hestia is painted, and Atago and the Mebae Miku are sculpted. The new figma of Motoko has also gotten a paint update–and it’s so good that she looks like a scaled figure at first glance. We also have two new announcements: a scale of Kirishima from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio, and a figma of Frontier Setter from Expelled from Paradise. Plus that mysterious hand–who do you think it could be? [via the figma blog]

    Max Factory’s Summer Wonder Festival 2015 Teasers

    Time for Max Factory! They gave us a wealth of teasers this year, which is funny because they are usually the most strict with them. We get, like, 2 blurry photos. But not this year! They’re just giving it all away this time. Or, well, part of it. Tons of their scale figures have been updated: Hestia is painted, and Atago and the Mebae Miku are sculpted. The new figma of Motoko has also gotten a paint update–and it’s so good that she looks like a scaled figure at first glance. We also have two new announcements: a scale of Kirishima from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio, and a figma of Frontier Setter from Expelled from Paradise. Plus that mysterious hand–who do you think it could be? [via the figma blog]

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  • While Ghost in the Shell is definitely one of the older anime franchises, it’s seen a sudden surge in popularity due to the newest movie. We got one figma of Motoko Kusanagi, and it was announced that there would be at least one more based on her ARISE appearance. They’ve taken their sweet time with it, almost a full year, but she is finally sculpted! And, well, it looks like the first only a little sleeker. Personally, I like her OG look more, but they did a great job rendering her. I wonder if we’ll get any more characters? Or a figma Tachikoma to go with her? I could totally get behind that. [via kokaku_m’s Twitter]

    Preview Motoko Kusanagi’s Newest figma

    While Ghost in the Shell is definitely one of the older anime franchises, it’s seen a sudden surge in popularity due to the newest movie. We got one figma of Motoko Kusanagi, and it was announced that there would be at least one more based on her ARISE appearance. They’ve taken their sweet time with it, almost a full year, but she is finally sculpted! And, well, it looks like the first only a little sleeker. Personally, I like her OG look more, but they did a great job rendering her. I wonder if we’ll get any more characters? Or a figma Tachikoma to go with her? I could totally get behind that. [via kokaku_m’s Twitter]

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  • This year at Toy Fair we already took a closer look at lots of Good Smile Company & Co’s goods: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Statues, Nendoroid Elsa, figma Sakura, figma Kirito, Nendoroid Mario, and Red Hood Miku. But they had tons more, and from many companies! It wasn’t just the usual umbrella there, but all the companies that they sell overseas including Gecco and Kaiyodo. The focus was definitely on American-friendly licenses and figures: lots of game merchandise, a ton of figmas and Nendoroids, and popular series like Fairy Tail and Kill la Kill. Check them all out in the gallery!

    Toy Fair 2015: Good Smile Company’s Booth Overview

    This year at Toy Fair we already took a closer look at lots of Good Smile Company & Co’s goods: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Statues, Nendoroid Elsa, figma Sakura, figma Kirito, Nendoroid Mario, and Red Hood Miku. But they had tons more, and from many companies! It wasn’t just the usual umbrella there, but all the companies that they sell overseas including Gecco and Kaiyodo. The focus was definitely on American-friendly licenses and figures: lots of game merchandise, a ton of figmas and Nendoroids, and popular series like Fairy Tail and Kill la Kill. Check them all out in the gallery!

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  • We’ve already seen the KanColle goodies that Good Smile Company and their sister/child companies had on hand at Chara Hobby, but of course there was more! A lot more. To be honest, there was nothing really “new” but they did show off some figures I am really looking forward to like Racing Miku 2014, Phat!’s Ranko, Eren, and Tell Your World Miku. You can also see that there are some franchises they are pushing particularly hard: the amount of Love Live! School Idol Project and Terra Formars merch is bordering on comical. And let’s not forget about Madoka! There are also Nendoroids & figmas galore, of course, almong with some updated sculpts. [via Akibahobby]

    Chara Hobby 2014: Good Smile Company & Co

    We’ve already seen the KanColle goodies that Good Smile Company and their sister/child companies had on hand at Chara Hobby, but of course there was more! A lot more. To be honest, there was nothing really “new” but they did show off some figures I am really looking forward to like Racing Miku 2014, Phat!’s Ranko, Eren, and Tell Your World Miku. You can also see that there are some franchises they are pushing particularly hard: the amount of Love Live! School Idol Project and Terra Formars merch is bordering on comical. And let’s not forget about Madoka! There are also Nendoroids & figmas galore, of course, almong with some updated sculpts. [via Akibahobby]

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  • We recently found out that Union Creative was taking on Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, and they even gave us some teaser pictures. But none were of her face, and that is of course the deciding factor… especially with a company as new and inexperienced as Union Creative. Motoko happens to be at both SDCC and WonFest but there were no decent face shots from SDCC, so I’ve been waiting patiently to show her off. Well, her time has come! And her face looks… surprisingly nice? I’m kind of shocked, it’s very pretty. Let’s see if the paint holds up. [via Akibahobby]

    Summer WonFest 2014: Union Creative’s Motoko Kusanagi

    We recently found out that Union Creative was taking on Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, and they even gave us some teaser pictures. But none were of her face, and that is of course the deciding factor… especially with a company as new and inexperienced as Union Creative. Motoko happens to be at both SDCC and WonFest but there were no decent face shots from SDCC, so I’ve been waiting patiently to show her off. Well, her time has come! And her face looks… surprisingly nice? I’m kind of shocked, it’s very pretty. Let’s see if the paint holds up. [via Akibahobby]

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