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Posted by Stephen Donaldson on November 30, 2013 | 1 Comment
Good Smile Company & Phat! Company are tearing it up with their IDOLM@STER figures, and I kind of expected MegaHouse to just roll over and continue along the lines of mediocrity. It’s been working for them when it comes to IDOLM@S girls for a long time, and let’s be honest… they’re not the smartest company when it comes to competition, so I certainly wasn’t expecting a change like this! Well… one chance like this. We have two announcements: one of them is Ami Futami, who does not look that exciting.
The second, though, oh my goodness! It’s a second version of Hibiki Ganaha, whose first release was an exclusive. I am totally in love with the pose, it’s so cute! Also it’s amazing that we have so many good figures of her: both the Phat! Company one and her Angelic Island version are so friggin cute. Based only on figures, she’s definitely ahead in the ranks of popular IM@S girls!
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 26, 2013 | 10 Comments
What is up with magazine scans recently? Last month they were just awfully uploaded, and this time around they are so late the exclusives revealed are already up for order. Also… they’re pretty awful. There’s barely anything here worth checking out. Are you sold on this post yet?! Well, there are some goodies–MegaHouse’s Elf and Amazon from Dragon’s Crown are painted, and they announced a Sorceress! Their Morgiana is painted as well. There’s also a brand new Range Murata figure from Alter!
Of course there’s more. A giant Siggy from Queen’s Blade, a less giant (but no less tacky) Tomoe, Penguin Parade’s awkward version of Senhime from Hyakka Ryouran, and New Line’s surprisingly nice Naoe. MegaHouse is now pumping out yet another version of their Miki, this time with… a cowboy hat! Also there are Nendoroids we’ve already seen. Hooray!
[note: we're currently having issues with links, images are from 2chan]
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 22, 2013 | 5 Comments
Before 2013, MegaHouse had a monopoly on the original IDOLM@STER girls. The figures were… adequate, with some standouts scattered here and there. But to be totally honest they were well aware of their lack of competition, so they didn’t try very hard to produce the jaw-dropping sculpts this cast deserves. This has changed recently, with Good Smile getting their paws on the IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls license (along with Phat!), and Phat! themselves taking on the original crew.
So far we’ve seen two totally perfect girls, in colors and poses that perfectly match their personalities: Hibiki and Iori. I’ve been chomping at the bit to see who would go next, and thankfully it’s my favorite IDOLM@S girl: MIKI! Ahhh, so excited! And the pose, so friggin cute! GLASSES! I’m dying, Phat! Company. You’re giving me a toothache with this cute.
[via Phat!'s Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 23, 2013 | 10 Comments
It’s been a long time since we had a messy batch of scans. In fact I’d almost forgotten what it was like to get terrible cellphone shots with half the page bent inward instead of the usual neat, flat scans–which of course means it’s the perfect time for it to happen again! Seriously, these scans suck. Also there are like… no good figures in them. We’ve got Kotobukiya’s Leafa, who we’ve seen, Belphegor who is another sculpt we’ve seen…, and AlphaMax’s Viola. That’s pretty much it for the excitement quota.
But of course there are other figures! FREEing has their Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! line painted, and Amakuni’s Aisha is getting a repaint. There are tons of Yamato ladies from MegaHouse and they’ve added Takane as their next IDOLM@STER girl, and there’s the Charles D’Artagnan from Queen’s Gate who is so horribly tacky I want to cry. MegaHouse also showed off their Amy, and we’ve got figma Chihaya and two new Ultraseven/Ultraman figures from Plex: Metron Seijin and Zetton.
We’ve also got some pretty big news from Griffon: they’ll be working on a large chunk of the cast from Rozen Maiden! Shinku, Hina Ichigo, Suigintou, Kanaria, Suiseseki, Souseiseki, and Kirakishou will ALL be getting figures. I feel like they’ve found something to replace the Touhou line…
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 23, 2013 | 4 Comments
Good Smile Company & co have really been putting out some amazing figures from IDOLM@STER in the past few months, seemingly putting MegaHouse’s years of work on the franchise to shame. We have Rin and Uzuki from Good Smile, and then Phat!’s beyond perfect Hibiki–it seems like they’re finally ready to paint one of the IDOLM@S sculpts they had at Wonder Festival, Iori Minase!
I don’t even know if I can handle the cuteness of this figure. I mean, everything is just so precious! I feel like a grandma saying that, but it’s true. The pose, her adorably squishable cheeks, the ruffles and pink everywhere, the bunny! I’m too excited! She goes up for order tonight and will be released in April (thanks, Will ^^).
[via Phat!'s Blog]
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on October 9, 2013 | No Comments
Usually the popularity of a show or game is at its peak right after or during its airtime: companies gauge popularity based on pre-airing hype, online discussion and numbers of viewers and then go hunting for licenses. For some reason IDOLM@STER doesn’t seem to be following the usual trends: in fact, most of the merchandise of the first batch of girls has been coming out recently like the Haruka figure from MegaHouse and, of course, her Dollfie Dream!
Oh, and the item we’re looking at today: Kotobukiya’s Cu-Poche Haruka! A short while back we took a look at Madoka Kaname and found that overall they compare quite favorably to Nendoroids with a bit more poseability (though obviously less options for body/faceplate swapping). So let’s get started and take a look at the second release in the line!
Posted by Leah Bayer on September 24, 2013 | 6 Comments
Good Smile Company showed off the painted version of Uzuki Shimamura less than a week ago, so I was not expecting a preview this early–but here it is! In fact she’s actually up for order already, so you can snag her at AmiAmi or Hobby Search if she tugs at your heartstrings. And she’s definitely got a firm hold on my heart! What is it, pink ruffle girl day? I know I said Uzuki didn’t hold a candle to their Rin Shibuya but this gallery really has me reconsidering that statement.
I’ll admit that I like but not love the first set of IDOLM@STER girls (except for Miki, my one true love), but the Cinderella Girls are just SO DARN CUTE. The super elaborate outfits help, check out the detailing on that sculpt! Uzuki reminds me of Good Smile Company’s older figures in a very positive way, back when they made cute girls for the hell of it and not to milk a franchise to death or popped out quick sculpts to cash in. Plus she comes with two faces–and I really can’t decide which one I like more. What do you think?
[via Kahotan's Blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on September 23, 2013 | 5 Comments
The nice thing about magazine scans is how nice and neat and predictable they are. Scans go up in cleanly scanned images, usually 3 to 4 in a single scan. I translate the info (unless, like today, they go up after I’ve turned in for tonight), chop up the images, write up the post, add some witty commentary (you know you love it) and bam, it’s done. But today we’re getting, uh, what must be half of the scans. And they’re not actually scans… they’re icky quality photos. What a story, Mark.
But of course there’s still figures! Some figures. Mostly of Shining World girls. A LOT of Shining World girls. And, surprisingly Fairy Tail characters! Hyakka makes an appearance, along with 7 Sins, so let’s hit the jump and get started.
Posted by Leah Bayer on September 21, 2013 | 1 Comment
Well it sure is a big day for IDOLM@STER news! First the painted reveal of Uzuki Shimamura, then the Wave trio, and now the biggest piece of all: it seems like Volks is (potentially) moving on from the IDOLM@STER Dollfie Dreams and taking on their smaller cousins, IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls! We’ve already seen Miki, Haruka, Chihaya and Yukiko from IM@S so I definitely think it’s time for some fresh faces! After all, the only other franchises to get this much attention are Fate/Stay Night, Shining World and ToHeart. Though of course it wouldn’t be a shocker if we saw more original IM@S girls down the line…
It’s really no surprise that Rin Shibuya is the first Cinderella Girl they’re taking on, since she seems without a doubt to be the most popular. She was the first to get a figure, and one of the first to get a figma: now, she’s the first Dollfie! Though given her petit size, I’m predicting a DDS… and, of course, an alternate stage outfit.
Posted by Leah Bayer on September 21, 2013 | 4 Comments
A short while ago, Wave announced three new Beach Queens: Miki Hoshii, Azusa Miura, and Takane Shijou. In typical Wave fashion they’ve moved quite quickly and all three of these girls are already painted! And, unfortunately, in typical Wave fashion the uncolored sculpts looked a lot better. I’m disappointed in all of the finished versions, especially Azusa and Takane.
Miki was the only one I was planning on buying anyway, and perhaps I’m biased but she looks the most acceptable to my eyes. Yes… acceptable. Not good, just… okay. There’s very little shading on any of the trio and they just look so flat! For shame, Wave, for shame.
[via Koji Nagami's Twitter]