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Posted by Leah Bayer on December 18, 2016 | 3 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 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 Leah Bayer on January 7, 2015 | 8 Comments
It’s time for a Plastikitty New Years tradition! That’s right, the annual Golden Boobie Awards, a 100% legit award that definitely gets sent to the manufacturers. Wherein we judge the boobs of plastic figures, which is totally a normal thing to do. Totally. Who has the most laughable boobs? Which are the most realistic?! Only time (I mean, reading the post) will tell. So prepare yourself for a wild bouncy ride and hit the jump to get started!
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 18, 2014 | No Comments
Griffon’s Infinite Stratos line has been quite a mixed bag. While their Charlotte looked great (and came out much better than most Griffon figures!), the Laura was a disappointment… to say the least. But then apparently nowadays all Laura figures suck, so I was cautiously optimistic for their shower-time version of Cecilia.
Thankfully, she’s leaning much closer to Charlotte than Laura! The clear towel effect actually works and I adore her hair sculpt.
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 13, 2014 | 2 Comments
I feel like whenever Griffon goes to an event they just bring every single thing they are working on. Which leaves us with a whole pile of figures to sort through. So what will you find in this particular massive gallery? Lots of Date A Live and Sword Art Online, many girls with their butts up in the air, some progress on their NSFW-ish Infinite Stratos line, some small work on the Persona poseable chibis, one very big Kirino, and a lot of boobs. Like, prepare yourself for the boobage.
One thing that baffles me about Griffon is their consistent lack of consistency. Take a look at Shimakaze’s sculpt: looks like a prize figure from 2007, just awful. But the large Kirino, the Highschool DxD line, or the new Atelier girl Escha Malier? Much, much better! Even in the same line they can’t make up their minds about whether they suck or not. That naked apron Laura? An abomination. The sculpt for shower Cecilia? Gorgeous! Griffon, why. WHY.
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 23, 2014 | 3 Comments
If there is a current show or franchise you enjoy that’s popular, you can almost always bet that Griffon has something in the works for it. Whether it will actually be good… well, that’s another story. Some of their figures at CharaHobby (that Kirino!) look amazing, others… not so much.
We’ve got Sword Art Online, OreImo, Queen’s Blade, Persona, Date A Live, Rozen Maiden, Shining Blade, Sonico, Infinite Stratos, Dead or Alive, Highschool DxD, Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, Girls und Panzer, Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai and more in the gallery below!
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 23, 2014 | 4 Comments
Kantai Collection is absolutely dominating the figure world, so it will come as no surprise that it also dominated Chara Hobby. It’s one of the smaller seasonal events, and it seems like roughly two thirds of the figures brought there are from KanColle. And I’m only exaggerating a tiny bit.
We’ve got Good Smile Company, Max Factory, Amakuni, Bandai, Penguin Parade, FREEing, ques Q, Griffon, Azone and Phat! Company bringing us pretty much every type of figure you can imagine. Nendoroids, figmas, dolls, scaled figures, prize figures, lolis, hilariously busty ladies. If you want it, it’s probably here. Check them all out in the gallery below!
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 2, 2014 | 1 Comment
In the first corner we have Toys’ Works/Char-Ani’s Leafa, standing in at a teeny 1/10th scale and looking just as good as she did at Wonder Festival. However, her tiny scale means a tiny price: only ¥6,900! And with discounts, she comes in quite cheap. Also, how adorable is she? Nice shading, good paint detail. Looks like Toys’ Works is aiming high. [Pre-order At: AmiAmi | Hobby Search]
In the second corner we have Griffon’s Leafa who we also saw at Wonder Festival. She is a more substantial 1/7 scale which means a more substantial price: ¥9,200, with a quick release slated for September. And to be honest, she isn’t looking so hot… especially next to the Toys’ Works version. She does have a much more… enticing pose and they’ve emphasized her bust a lot more but to me, Toys’ Works is the clear winner here. [Pre-order At: AmiAmi | Hobby Search]
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 27, 2014 | 5 Comments
You know, we rarely get a “themed” display from a company so for this, you really have to give Griffon credit. Pretty much all their figures have their butts up in the air. Some of them have their butts facing towards the viewer, but some have butts facing away. Genius! We’ve got Cattleya (side butt) and Alleyne (butt in back) from Queen’s Blade, Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi (butt in front), Frey from Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai (butt in back, bonus boobs on chair), and Leafa (butt in back) & Asuna (all the butt & boobs everywhere). Charlotte is on her knees but almost halfway upright!
But some figures actually aren’t kneeling at all! Their giant Kirino is standing, as is giant Kasumi. Sinon is kind of jump-standing, and both of the Shining girls (Sakuya in her autumn-themed outfit and evil robot Xecty aka Kerberos) are totally upright. Then there’s the lone boy person in pants, Souseiseki, but watch out–he’s got scissors to cut some legs off if he feels there aren’t enough kneeling girls around.
Then there’s some Sword Art Online Nanoricchi but who really cares