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Posted by Leah Bayer on February 2, 2012 | 3 Comments
Apparently one day someone sat around and thought to themselves, “You know what OreImo is missing? TENTACLES!” At least I’d like to imagine that’s how the design for this garage kit (which is called the “trading card art version” but is based on one of the Siscalypse characters) came around, as I can’t think of any logical reason to put Kuroneko in a insanely skimpy witch outfit with a swarm of tentacles coming out of her behind. Then again, the name of the circle doing this is SNUFFKING, so I guess it’s not entirely unexpected!
Jokes aside, the sculpting on this kit is pretty awesome–they nailed Kurnoeko’s expression and body type, and the outfit is certainly unique. I could see this selling quite well just for the novelty value if it was ever made into PVC, but I really doubt that will happen. Like all of the kits that are popping up now, this will be sold at Winter Wonder Festival.
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 13, 2012 | 2 Comments
Welcome to the first PVC Pre-Order Roundup of 2012! You’d think that companies would want to start out with a bang, but 2012 started off a little slowly. We had no figures last week, and this week there were not a lot of big-deal figures. In fact, it seems like companies had batches of smaller figures saved up for the slow start!
Though a lot of companies did put out figures this week, and we got a few figures that people have been looking forward to like Kamineko and Alter’s Momo, my favorite offering was from a rather surprising company–Wave! So hit the jump and let’s get started!
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 6, 2012 | 2 Comments
Let me start this post of by saying that I have no clue why the figma blog is called the figma blog–clearly Max Factory uses it to preview scaled figures as well, so the title is very misleading. For instance, last night they showed off Kuroneko’s 1/7 scale figure of her in Holy Angel Kamineko garb, which is certainly not related to figmas in any way. Well, there is that figma of her… but still!
We first saw Ruri Gokou, aka Kuroneko, colored in December’s magazine scans. Now we’re getting some official shots, which of course means that she should be going up for order next week–the tenth, to be exact. We also have a retail price of ¥8,800 (which seems a little steep to me) and a release date of May. She is looking adorable in this outfit, and I love the little details on her dress. It’s also partially cast-off, thought that personally seems like a silly and pointless feature. My one issue with this figure is how stiff-looking the outer skirt is–it’s sculpted by YOSHI, who has done a lot of work in the past and is very well-known. However, some of his figures like Ran Yakumo tend to have kind of shapeless skirts, so I guess it’s to be expected.
[via the figma blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 30, 2011 | No Comments
Kuroneko’s alternate form, Holy Angel Kamineko, is surprisingly popular. We’ve seen a figma of her and a scaled figure from Max Factory, and now Penguin Parade is doing a recolor of their Kuroneko Petanko to put her in the white cat outfit! Sadly for Kuroneko fans, this was an exclusive for Comiket 81 and there are only 100 piece. That’s pretty damn limited! Each one retails for ¥2,500 and I assume these went incredibly fast. It’s a shame, because I really would have liked to own one of these cuties!
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 24, 2011 | 3 Comments
Welcome to a special, double-whammy edition of our PVC Pre-Order Roundup! Last week I was away in the mountains where internet is a mythical thing that people talk about in hushed voices, so we were unable to complete it in time. Instead of doing one mid-week and having a second 2 days later, we decided it would be best to combine them and get more PVC bang for your… viewing page!
Of course, since we have 2 weeks worth of figures, there are a lot of amazing offerings! We’ve got some truly spectacular figures in here, from card-wielding hotties to stripper angels. There’s tons of Nendoroids and figmas, our weekly does of Beach Queens, some awesome game-based toys, a few NSFW Ikkitousen figures, and more. So hit the jump and let’s get started!
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 22, 2011 | 7 Comments
Usually magazine scans come out on a predictable schedule, so imagine my surprise when these images popped up early! They’re certainly not the full scans, and they’re missing the crisp, scanned-in quality of the actual thing. Basically these are rather illicit cellphone shots of Hobby Japan taken a day early, because Japan is so serious about toys that they will sneak online images of a magazine a day in advance.
There’s a lot of new stuff in the pieces we’ve seen so far: a Siggy Revoltech from Queen’s Blade Rebellion, a figma of Princess of Crystal from Mawaru Penguindrum, and a model kit of Danboard from Kotobukiya. We’ve also seen a lot of stuff newly sculpted: the Cheerful Japan Miku, the Inami Mahiru Nendoroid from Working!!, and most excitingly Max Factory’s Tony Taka Luka! I didn’t expect to see her painted so early after her “re-announcement” last month, so this is amazing news.
As for colored stuff, we’ve got the White Rock Shooter RAH and confirmation that the Shining Blade Sakuya is real! While this is a lot of info you can tell this is not all of the scans because of the complete lack of figures from Alter, MegaHouse, and AmiAmi Zero, who usually show off at least one new thing each month. There are also no Beach Queens, and we usually get at least 2 of them! Full scans should be going up tonight, and we’ll be sure to post them as quickly as we can!
[UPDATE] So we STILL don’t have real scans, just some bad cellphone pictures of some new pages. There’s really only 3 things worth pointing out that are new–Max Factory’s 1/7 Holy Angel Kamineko Kuroneko is painted, AmiAmi Zero’s Yagyu Jubei popped up, and the last one is quite strange–Alter showed off Hanna-Justina Marseille from Strike Witches 2. Granted, she looks absolutely stunning, but Alter hasn’t finished sculpting their Strike Witches 1 line. It seems kind of odd for them to be starting on the second one already!
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 22, 2011 | 7 Comments
It’s that time of the month once again! You know, before the scans came up I had a sinking feeling that they would be tonight. I mean, it’s better than them coming out tomorrow (which is MegaHobby Expo!) but with PVC news when it rains it pours. It’s never just one thing at a time, we get a veritable deluge of news!
That’s not necessarily a bad thing–scans are like presents to open, and boy have we got some big news this time. Figures surfacing from the dead, MegaHouse making sexy boys from a huge license, adorable Nendos, sexy swimsuit ladies, and more. So hit the jump to check them all out!
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 19, 2011 | 1 Comment
In last month’s magazine scans we got an unexpected reveal: a figure of Kuroneko (Ruri Gokou) from OreImo on her Holy Angel Kamineko garb. Max Factory has already produced a figma of her in this outfit, but apparently it’s popular enough to warrant a figure! When she was unveiled, there was pretty much zero information about Ruri.
She is, as we expected, 1/7 scale. And more unfortunately, there’s a Dengeki Hobby tag on her sign. Usually that means exclusive, and the figma was a Dengeki Hobby limited edition. Max Factory very rarely does exclusive figures, so this could really go either way at this point since we don’t have a solid answer. Hopefully they go for a general release, because I think this Kuroneko would sell quite well.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 18, 2011 | 4 Comments
Another week of figure orders has come and gone! This was a rather unusual week, as it’s missing entries from two of the biggest names in the figure business–Alter and Kotobukiya! Neither put anything up for order this week, which is odd indeed because usually we see both of them. To make up for it the Good Smile Company umbrella went into overdrive, putting out a whopping 7 figures in total!
The theme of this week seemed to be expensive figures that no one can afford–there were 4 figures that hit the ¥10,000 and above mark, with one of them nearing ¥30,000! When I see prices like that, all I can think is “I could buy a limited DD head for that much money!” But to balance it out we had some extremely cheap releases, both new and old, that were under ¥4,000. So basically there’s something for everyone–except, of course, if you only collect figures from Alter and/or Kotobukiya!