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Posted by Leah Bayer on January 23, 2012 | 10 Comments
Welcome to January’s magazine scans, filled with a veritable cornucopia of figure delights! This is a particularly great batch of scans, with the usual Queen’s Blade and some fantastic Hyakka Ryouran announcements, including Alter’s next Hyakka girl!
Of course there are also figmas, Revoltechs, some really cute (and one unbelievably tacky) Beach Queens, and tons more. There were far more new figures than usual, perhaps in anticipation for what is going to be on display for Wonder Festival. So hit the jump to 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 October 25, 2011 | 8 Comments
Usually the maximum time it takes for a figure to go from prototype to finished product is about a year and a half. It will be shown off at Wonder Festival unpainted, then painted 6 months later at the next one. It goes up for order shortly after, and takes maybe half a year to hit shelves. Of course some move a lot faster, but companies like GSC like to take their time.
However, sometimes figures mysteriously go missing. Maybe it’s just concept art, or maybe it’s a fully-painted figure, but in any case they just… vanish. No word about production for months upon months is usually a bad sign, though if Good Smile Company’s Triela has taught us anything it’s that sometimes companies forget about figures and take over 2 years to make them.
There are some figures that I was really looking forward to that have gone MIA recently, so hit the jump and let’s pine over missing plastic ladies!
Posted by Leah Bayer on September 9, 2011 | 4 Comments
This week seemed to be the week of Atlus figures. Max Factory put up their gorgeous Catherine figure, and Wave announced a surprise re-release of their energetic Rise! While this may not seem like a lot after the week of Miku, Atlus games are painfully under-represented in the figure world so this was a real boon for collectors.
This was actually a pretty exciting week for pre-orders, even without the Atlus stuff: we got the coveted figma Mami finally up for order, MegaHouse put up a ton of releases that sold out everywhere in 5 minutes, and we got a hunk of sexy man-plastic courtesy of Altair. There were also an unusual amount of re-releases, so hit the jump and let’s get started!
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on August 18, 2011 | No Comments
Hatsune Miku seems to be quite popular lately from the 1/8th scale Lat-Type version to her Pixiv Cheerful Japan contest, but in between she’s also had the time to do a few concerts in Japan in Tokyo and Sapporo. Now, the CDs and Blurays of these concerts are headed your way, but there’s also a figure inclusion as well! This set will feature a special Miku Nendoroid Petit+, which is slightly smaller than a Nendoroid Petit and about the same size as a keychain. The design on this Petit+ is quite adorable; Miku has a flower in her hair, cute drill-locks on the ends of her twintails, a microphone, and one frilly and poofy little outfit.
The set itself will also contain 3 Bluray disks; one disk for each concert and a bonus disk of extra footage. The set will also be available on DVD and CD as well, both of which coming with different extras as well: a Rin keychain with the DVD set and a set of art cards with the CD set. Also, for those not looking for any extras, regular editions are available for slightly less money. Are any of you readers thinking of picking up any of these sets now that the US and Japan are in the same Bluray region?