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Posted by Leah Bayer on January 19, 2017 | 1 Comment
One of the biggest announcements at last Wonder Festival was the reveal of a Kylo Ren Nendoroid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I knew we’d be seeing some merchandise from it at the event, but I thought for sure Finn and Rey would be up first. Thankfully it’s the angsty little cinnamon roll who seems to be the most popular merch-wise!
I assumed there’d be some fuss and buss (aka a million Kahotan posts) before Kylo went live, but he’s already up for order! And he comes with some cool accessories: his janky lightsaber, the bolt he stops in mid-air, Vader’s destroyed helmet, and of course an angry lil Adam Driver face. D’aww! Release date is June and he retails for ¥5,500.
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 19, 2017 | No Comments
At the tail end of last year, Good Smile Company unveiled the art for Racing Miku 2017 which is designed by Tony Taka. I find myself ordering less and less every month and in fact it takes a lot for any figure to interest me now, but I am always such a sucker for the Racing Miku line… and this year looks like it will be no exception! Tony Taka, Miku, butterfly wings, soft pastel colors? Yes please.
Of course we don’t just get the figure: there’s a figma and Nendoroid too! This might actually be the first time Tony’s art has been on a Nendoroid, since I can’t think of a single other. GSC was never on the Shining World hype train, after all. But oh my god does his style look adorable all chibi and fat! I hope that, unlike Snow Miku, they keep all the detail in her outfit because this could be a really spectacular Nendoroid.
[via Good Smile Racing]
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 26, 2016 | 4 Comments
I think we can all agree that 2016 sucked. But the year is almost at an end, which means a fresh start for all of us! And a fresh start for yearly figure lines, too. Usually we have to wait until Wonder Festival for the new Racing Miku, but GSC feels so bad for all of us they’re giving us a little taste of the 2017 design already.
While I was quite smitten by 2016’s figure, I am even more excited for 2017’s. Because it’s Tony Taka!! Finally, dreams do come true. And it’s not just any Racing Miku, it’s a FANCY FAIRY RACING MIKU. 2017 can’t come fast enough.
[via GSC Racing]
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 7, 2016 | 1 Comment
There’s nothing figure companies like more than girlie idol shows, so it’s no surprise that Good Smile Company is taking on yet another music-themed show. I mean, it is kind of surprising that it’s the 2017-airing BanG Dreams! rather than Hibike! Euphonium (aka “did they spend the entire budget on these girls’ hair?!”). But here we are.
They’re actually taking on the whole main cast: Saaya Yamabuki, Arisa Ichigaya, Tae Hanazono, Kasumi Toyama, and Rimi Ushigome going clockwise from the top. And they’re, uh, in school uniforms. How exciting. At least we get little Nendo-sized instruments?
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 5, 2016 | 1 Comment
At any event they attend, Good Smile Company and their numerous umbrella companies always steal the show. How can they not, with so much firepower? Of course Nendoroids were right at the forefront. Megumin, Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke, lots of KanColle (Hatsuzuki, Kiso, Pola), Caster Extra, Hajime Iwaizumi, and Boba Fett all made an appearance. And of course figmas too! We had Takao, Iowa, and Mumei on display.
Max Factory brought their new To LOVEru girl, Yuuki Mikan, and we had FREEing’s bunny Ryuuko Matoi. Last but not least, there’s Phat!’s Parform Hikari Karibuchi and Saber.
[UPDATE] Added a few stray figures!
[UPDATE 2] Added one last announcement: 22 Niang and 33 Niang from Bilibili!
[via Kahotan’s Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 5, 2016 | 2 Comments
Fans have been clamoring for a Snow Miku scale since basically her first Nendoroid. We’ve had a few repaints of figures with the Snow theme, but that doesn’t really count: I’ve been dying for an original, wintry Snow Miku for years. And it’s finally happening! Though I must admit, the final result is nothing like what I had pictured in my head.
That’s not a bad thing, though! GSC has come out with a really dynamic, unique-looking figure. I mean, she’s snowboarding on her own hair. Pretty intense. It’s also a more stylized, adult-looking Miku than her usual cutesy self. I’ve loved most of GSC/Max Factory’s more artistic Mikus and this one is no exception. Now we just need scales of all her yearly variants!
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 21, 2016 | 5 Comments
Back in September we got the reveal for Snow Miku 2017’s winning design, and I was cautiously optimistic. Sure, no space suit bunny, but the art was gorgeous and would make for a beautiful figure. We have the reveal for both the painted figma and Nendoroid now and my feelings are… shall we say, mixed.
At first glance, they’re lovely! The colors look gorgeous, the hair is beautiful, and the moon base for the figma is stunning. But if you take a close look, they are missing a LOT of the detail from the original art, mainly the starry sky pattern on her dress. Why would they include this design in the finals if they couldn’t/wouldn’t execute it in its entirety? Kind of disappointing. I’m still tempted though, because they do look so cute! The Nendoroid will retail for ¥5,500 and the figma for ¥6,000 with orders opening tonight on the GSC online shop.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 10, 2016 | 4 Comments
When we first saw Racing Miku 2016’s design, I wasn’t the biggest fan. It’s a little busier than the Racing Mikus I love, and I thought the red and blue clashed a little But I quickly changed my tune when we saw the sculpt for Good Smile Company’s figure of her, because it was so enchanting and cute! I’m just smitten with that pose and all of the detailing.
She’s finally painted, and I’m even more in love. The coloring is bold and unusual, her face is adorable, and there are SO many details all over. Though some of them are a bit confusing–why is a sentient weight holding a can of Redbull? Truly a figure of many questions. She’s set for a September release and retails for ¥13,800, which is way less than I thought given her base and all the PVC her hair and umbrella need!
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 24, 2016 | 1 Comment
When we first saw Good Smile Company’s Mumei from Koutetsujou no Kabaneri, I wasn’t even a little bit excited. Because let’s be honest: it looks like they decided the designs from Attack on Titan were all they ever needed to do and just recycled them with bigger eyes and brighter colors. But I was terribly wrong, because this figure brings to light all the reasons I initially fell in love with Good Smile.
The pose is really the star here: it’s dynamic, interesting, and fresh. From the pictures you can tell that she looks amazing from basically any angle, which is a rarity in the figure world and always something I look for. The colors are vibrant but not too saturated, her face looks adorable, and the weaponry is so intricate. Plus, diorama base! So many things that I love. She’s also relatively reasonably priced: ¥12,800, which given her scale (1/7) and detail is not bad at all. Orders open tonight!