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Kizuki Aruchu Archive
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 18, 2016 | 4 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 July 7, 2016 | 1 Comment
AlphaMax has been pretty quiet recently. We haven’t had a ton of announcements or pre-orders from them, and they aren’t showing up to most major events. But perhaps that’s because they were saving all their news for one mega-reveal! We’ve got 7 new announcements, along with their Tony Taka cat girl and the new Kizuki Aruchu figure painted.
On to the horde of announcements! We’ve got Makise Kurisu, three new Tony Taka original characters, another figure of Matsuri Tougetsu illustrated by Misaki Kurehito, Ayano Anemori from Ragna Strike Angels, and last but not least the sculpt for Bunnyfuku no Shoujo which has to be the cutest figure name.
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 26, 2015 | 3 Comments
So it turns out that after all those swan-less teasers, AlphaMax was just teasing us because OH LOOK, HERE THEY ARE. Friggin… Tony Taka swan ballerinas. It’s all I wanted. Ah, I’m so happy! Aren’t they lovely?
Okay, so there was some other stuff there too. Including more Tony Taka! Their figure of Sonia Blanche is sculpted (and gorgeous), we have paint on the Fault! girls, and the teased illustration has been sculpted as well. In the non-Tony front we have their Starless girls, who have been in the works for ages, along with the Kizuki Aruchu & Misaki Kurehito illustrations. Check em out below!
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 22, 2015 | 2 Comments
We all know by now that AlphaMax is one of my current favorite companies, so I won’t bore you squeeing over their teasers for Wonder Festival. They smartly did not tease anything new, technically–these are all either sculpts or paint jobs on figures we already knew about. Which, I’ll be honest, is how I like my teasers.
It’s clear that several of the Tony Taka girls have seen some progress (but no Swans, sob), and the Kizuki Aruchu figure has been painted. For some reason I was picturing totally different colors! The Misaki Kurehito secretary (?) girl is also painted! I wonder what new announcements they’ll have for us?
[via Skytube’s Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 7, 2015 | 2 Comments
After Native’s fall from grace, AlphaMax has basically become the king of the NSFW figure world. Their artist line in particular is amazing, bringing us all sorts of lovely illustrations in 3D. And, coincidentally, many of the artists they favor are also Native’s favorites, like Tony Taka or Kizuki Aruchu, who was behind Native’s Gamer Girl.
Now they’re giving us a closer look at the polished sculpt of their newest Kizuki figure, who… has no name. I have to say, that does kind of bug me about these types of figures. Do I have to name her myself?! Fine, she’s Mitzy now. Mitzy is looking great: the sculpt is super smooth, and I adore her outfit (cat hoodie!). But it’s been a while since she was announced… when do we get her painted, AlphaMax?!
Posted by Leah Bayer on April 14, 2015 | 2 Comments
I’ve loved AlphaMax for a long time, but good lord are they slow sometimes–especially for the art-based figures. It seems like a lifetime ago that some of these got announced, though certainly not as bad as what we go through with Orchid Seed or Native. There’s a correlation there… the less clothing, the longer it takes to get to production. Hmm.
AlphaMax didn’t have a ton going on at Miyazawa, but we did get a nice look at some of their in-progress sculpts! And a nice solid hint and which Tony Taka figure they’ll be sculpting next (hint: it’s not the swan girls, I’m crying plz hurry). Oh, and the somehow-terrible Ai from Fault! was there. Their first figure of her was so nice, what happened…
[EDIT: The Fault! girls are Dragon Toy, not AlphaMax. Thanks, EnigmaMerc!]
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 8, 2015 | 3 Comments
Remember those AlphaMax teasers? Well, as we all suspected, it was everything at their booth. So this post is basically all of that… but from the front! Crazy thrilling, I know. I will admit that we didn’t get an appearance by Tony’s swan girls, but the jeans one is more than enough for me. Ah, it’s a Tony Taka bonanza up in here!
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 7, 2015 | 1 Comment
[Editor’s note: linked images are all NSFW!]
Teasers have been a bit wacky this year, so is it any surprise that AlphaMax just unveiled literally every figure at their booth? Not really. 2015 is bizarre. Anyway, there’s a lot of stuff here so let’s just jump right into it! A few of their older figures have updates: Marie Mamiya is sculpted, as is their Saito Masatsugu figure which you can see fully revealed here. Himekawa Hayuru is here too of course, and one of my favorite Tony Taka illustrations is sculpted! And Angela Balzac is there too… painted. That was fast.
And now to the new–which there is a LOT of. We’ll start with the only fully safe for work figure. They’re making Saber Extra in her red dress! She’s the one in the umbrella. then we have two new Tony figures from Fault!: second versions of Ai Saeki and Maya Kamiwazumi. We also have two new art announcements from Misaki Kurehito and Kizuki Aruchu.
[via AlphaMax’s Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 22, 2015 | 3 Comments
AlphaMax has never been very big on event exclusive figures, but I guess that is about to change because they are bringing not one but two figures to Winter Wonder Festival 2015! Both are recolors, of course, because when do we ever get anything else at events? The first is Tony Taka’s Nozomi Watase (who also has a figure from Native!)! The first version was all white, but her outfit has been switched to black for this release. I’m actually kind of bummed because I like this color scheme a LOT more than the original, but she’s limited to only 200 pieces (!!) and will retail for ¥12,000. So, expensive proxy fees AND incredibly limited. Sigh.
The second is a recolor of Kizuki Aruchu’s Covergirl. Unlike Nozomi, the color palette is not drastically different: her clothing is just berry-toned instead of navy. This, too, I like better than the original! But she is also hyper-limited (though at 300 pieces there are a bit more of her than Nozomi) and expensive ( ¥14,000).
Posted by Leah Bayer on April 8, 2014 | 3 Comments
I used to adore Orchid Seed. I loved them as much as I loved Native, but now it seems both manufacturers are going downhill: production has slowed to a crawl, sculpt quality is dropping, and they keep picking tackier and tackier art. Thankfully there is a savior on the horizon: AlphaMax.
It’s hard to imagine the company that 5 short years ago was churning out nothing but Tamaki variants would one day rule the world of ecchi figures. Want proof? Check out their Maya. Yeah, perfection. And everything they brought to MME is AMAZING. That Tony Taka bride, uhnf. They also have the painted sculpt of Kizuki Aruchu’s figure, the sculpt for Maria Saotome (who will go well with Native’s Chie–bathtub buddies!), and three new announcements: Marie Mamiya & Hazuki Kuryuu from Lewdness ～Vita sexualis～ (who comes up with these names?!?), and an original character based on the art of Kurehito Misaki.