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Posted by Leah Bayer on December 26, 2016 | 4 Comments
I think we can all agree that 2016 sucked. But the year is almost at an end, which means a fresh start for all of us! And a fresh start for yearly figure lines, too. Usually we have to wait until Wonder Festival for the new Racing Miku, but GSC feels so bad for all of us they’re giving us a little taste of the 2017 design already.
While I was quite smitten by 2016’s figure, I am even more excited for 2017’s. Because it’s Tony Taka!! Finally, dreams do come true. And it’s not just any Racing Miku, it’s a FANCY FAIRY RACING MIKU. 2017 can’t come fast enough.
[via GSC Racing]
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 5, 2016 | 1 Comment
At any event they attend, Good Smile Company and their numerous umbrella companies always steal the show. How can they not, with so much firepower? Of course Nendoroids were right at the forefront. Megumin, Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke, lots of KanColle (Hatsuzuki, Kiso, Pola), Caster Extra, Hajime Iwaizumi, and Boba Fett all made an appearance. And of course figmas too! We had Takao, Iowa, and Mumei on display.
Max Factory brought their new To LOVEru girl, Yuuki Mikan, and we had FREEing’s bunny Ryuuko Matoi. Last but not least, there’s Phat!’s Parform Hikari Karibuchi and Saber.
[UPDATE] Added a few stray figures!
[UPDATE 2] Added one last announcement: 22 Niang and 33 Niang from Bilibili!
[via Kahotan’s Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 21, 2016 | 5 Comments
Back in September we got the reveal for Snow Miku 2017’s winning design, and I was cautiously optimistic. Sure, no space suit bunny, but the art was gorgeous and would make for a beautiful figure. We have the reveal for both the painted figma and Nendoroid now and my feelings are… shall we say, mixed.
At first glance, they’re lovely! The colors look gorgeous, the hair is beautiful, and the moon base for the figma is stunning. But if you take a close look, they are missing a LOT of the detail from the original art, mainly the starry sky pattern on her dress. Why would they include this design in the finals if they couldn’t/wouldn’t execute it in its entirety? Kind of disappointing. I’m still tempted though, because they do look so cute! The Nendoroid will retail for ¥5,500 and the figma for ¥6,000 with orders opening tonight on the GSC online shop.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 17, 2016 | 1 Comment
Halloween is my favorite holiday, and at the moment my favorite figure lines all happen to be IDOLM@STER. So when the two come together? True love, I tell you. I’ve been looking forward to Max Factory’s ‘Halloween Nightmare’ version of Koume Shirasaka from Cinderella Girls since we first saw her sculpt, and I really thought we wouldn’t get the color reveal until Winter Wonder Festival. But here we are, all painted and ready to go! And she couldn’t be more perfect.
This is a figure with an overwhelming level of detail. There’s just so much spookiness: her eyeball headband, skull microphone, the various ghost and pumpkin assistants, the ghostly IV drip. Heck, she’s sitting on her own grave! Of course it comes at a price: her retail is ¥14,815, with a September release. Still not bad considering how crazy amazing she is! I’ve basically stopped ordering figures but this cutie is tempting me something fierce…
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 2, 2016 | No Comments
Guys, I think I am suffering from idol fatigue. Sure, I love the creative scaled figures of them that companies like Alter and Phat! Company are producing, but I am SO TIRED of the endless Nendoroid/figma parade that all feature school outfits or their most boring performance attire. And Max Factory is at it again with…. all of the Love Live! Sunshine!! girls.
I do mean all of them. They showed off Chika Tamaki and announced Ruby Kurosawa, Mari Ohara, Hanamaru Kunikida, Yoshiko Tsushima, You Watanabe, Dia Kurosawa, Kanan Matsuura, and Riko Sakurarauchi. All in incredibly boring school uniforms, oh joy. These girls perform in crazy cool outfits, why do we only get the awful ones as figmas?!
[via the figma blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 18, 2016 | No Comments
Oh figma Ludens, what a mystery you are. What is Kojima Productions up to? Is Ludens just a mascot, or will we see him in games? It’s probably going to be a long time before any of our questions are answered, so until then we can just admire all the pretty figures of him.
Based on what we’ve seen at NYCC, I think it’s safe to say that figma sculpts are getting more and more intricate. Between Ludens, Link & Zelda, and ATLAS & P-body, it’s clear that the sculpts are raising the stakes in terms of complexity and accuracy.
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 15, 2016 | No Comments
I have such fond memories of Portal 2. Or rather, I have fond memories of Stephen playing and me shouting, “oh what if you put that thingy on the one over there??” I’m a very helpful backseat videogamer.
The announcement of figmas of the co-op robots ATLAS and P-body came as a huge surprise, since it came out of nowhere, and we were thrilled to take a super close look at these cute lil morons. We also got to talk with some of the designers and got some behind the scenes info: their eyes move! You can close them and fiddle with them to your heart’s content. The level of detail on these is totally insane, especially given how tiny they are. I can’t wait to see the paint!
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 8, 2016 | 2 Comments
Every time I see Kojima Productions’ mascot Ludens I just think of the weird trailer for Death Stranding. It’s burned into my mind, guys. Do you think we’ll get figures from it? Weird naked Norman Reedus? Just asking for, um, a friend.
Anyway, so Ludens (a mysterious character who we know literally nothing about) is pretty popular recently. There’s the Kotobukiya announcement, and now the figma showed up sculpted! I wonder if they’ll do the full see-through mask and skeleton face underneath? Only time will tell.