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Posted by Leah Bayer on February 22, 2017 | 6 Comments
As collectors, our focus for Wonder Festival is obviously on the things that you can, you know, actually buy. But at the event, purchasable PVC figures are outnumbered pretty substantially by garage kits. We of course brought you our usual before-event roundup, but it’s time to take a look at all the goodies that were out and about that day!
The quality ranges from amazing to god-awful, so we tried to bring you the cream of the crop. Though I will admit, quite a few in this gallery are just here because of how odd they are. Shirtless Gilgamesh? Girl getting (happily) eaten by a shark? Cat on a motorcycle? Check ’em out and tons more below the jump!
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 18, 2017 | 3 Comments
It’s almost Persona 5 time in the US! I mean, it was supposed to be Persona 5 time several days ago… probably good that it got delayed, because lemme tell you, I would NOT be here posting if it was out. I’d be playing. No regrets.
Anyway, we have quite a few figures from GSC & Co! The Protagonist figma, a figma announcement for Anne, a surprise Morgana Nendoroid (kawaii af), and the Phat! Company Futaba Sakura.
Now you may be asking, why is this NSFW Leah? Well lemme tell you. There is a GODDAMN MARA FIGMA. This is not a drill. This is real life. DREAMS COME TRUE.
[UPDATE] Added Pixie figma. Are they going to do a whole monster line?
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 16, 2017 | 15 Comments
Wonder Festival is less than a week away, and you know what that means–teaser time! I feel like every year these pop up sooner and sooner. It used to start on Wednesday and Thursday, now we get them at the beginning of the week! Well,the better to spread ’em out, I guess.
First up is Kotobukiya with 4 teasers. Two are of figures we already knew about: the protagonist from Persona 5 and RyuuuZU from Clockwork Planet. Then we have two new ones! There’s an ArtFX+ of Arrow (from the show, not the comics) and a new Lancer from Fate/Grand Order. Which is basically Caster Extra in a swimsuit? I’ll be honest, I have not the faintest clue what is going on with Fate anymore.
[UPDATE] We have some teaser artwork for the Ms Marvel Bishoujo! This will be on display at Toy Fair (which we will be covering in person!), but might also make a WF appearance.
[UPDATE 2] We also have Bishoujo Katana’s teaser! Thanks Marissa~
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 7, 2016 | 2 Comments
While Persona 5 isn’t even out in the US yet (grumble grumble), it’s certainly reaching peak hype in Japan. And thus, it’s time for figures! We recently found out about Amakuni’s Anne, who was at the most recent Persona-themed event, along with Aquamarine’s Caroline and Justine who are newly sculpted.
Then we have some new figures! Phat! Company surprised us all by showing off two sculpts: the main character and Futaba Sakura! Which means we have figures of most of the girls, something that’s (still) not even true for 3 or 4.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 29, 2016 | 2 Comments
Amakuni is moving on up in the world. They used to be a company totally under my radar: they released only a handful of figures a month, tended to focus on fanservice, and only made exclusives. Well, the last two are still true, but they are ramping up their production (and quality!) like woah based on their MegaHobby display.
The star of the show is definitely Anne Takamaki from Persona 5, along with an announcement for Makoto Niijima. I hope this is the first of many announcements for the game! We also have shockingly original duo-figure of Megaman X and Zero, a ton of Kantai Collection (Kashima, Ooyoda, Haruna, Libeccio, and Mutsu), the addition of Yuzuruha to their Muramasa line (along with alternate “wet” versions of Momohime and Kongiku), their cute Sonico which is ruined by the boobs, Orange Heart from the Neptunia franchise, and so much more.
Like Ryoubi from Senran Kagura, a bunny version of Sword & Wizards‘ Fuyuka Yukishiro, the painted Deena Challenger, Cleric from Bikini Warriors, and announcement for Alice Shimada from Girls und Panzer, and the way too perfect Cyan from Show By Rock. I want so many of these figures…
Posted by Leah Bayer on September 16, 2016 | 1 Comment
Just in time for the (Japanese) release of Persona 5, X-Plus is finally releasing their giant Jack Frost! I’ve been totally nuts for that thing since we first saw it, and while it’s been less than a year I seriously feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life. I mean, haven’t we all been waiting for an almost 16 inch tall Jack Frost? Yeah, that’s how big this bad boy is.
And, surprisingly, his price isn’t too insane given the size. ¥14,800, which is less than a lot of fancy 1/8 scale stuff is this day (sadly). A price I am more than willing to pay, even when I’m down to only 2 or so figures a month. Heck, if I had to pick one release for October it would be this cutie.
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 23, 2016 | 2 Comments
I feel like I’ve been waiting ages for the Persona 3 MC figma, and it’s finally at an end! He is at Wonder Festival sculpted. But that’s not enough for them, oh no. They’re giving us Persona fans a little something extra: the Persona 5 MC! The game isn’t even out yet and it’s getting merchandise, what kind of world is this we live in? The change between P3 “one figure and you better like it” and P4/5 “figures of all the things!” has been really dramatic, and I love it.
[via the Wonder Hobby Site]
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 6, 2016 | No Comments
After years of waiting, we finally have a release date for Persona 5 (in Japan, at least). And you know what that means? THE HYPE TRAIN IS LEAVING THE STATION. Also, you know, it’s safe for companies to start pumping out figures. You know we’re going to get so many, especially of Anne and Squid-chan. But they’re starting small, with a 2-minifigure bundle that will be part of a special edition.
Morgana and the Protagonist will both be chibified by Toy’s Works for the Famitsu DX Bundle. Which will cost you a cool ¥12,000 for the cheapest option (though there’s one for ¥20,000 if you’ve got cash to blow). Of course we don’t know yet if we’ll be getting this here in the US, but I’m hoping so. I’m also hoping for a September US release, so… we’ll see.
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 12, 2016 | 1 Comment
You know all those figures we just saw at Wonder Festival? You know, literally like 6 days ago? Well it’s time to… look at them again! In the most pointless event of all time. Okay, not pointless for the companies, but kind of pointless for us. Except we get to look at all the pretty figures again?
The goodies from Good Smile Company, Max Factory, Phat! Company, Wing, and FREEing were on display, along with several of the Nendoroids and figmas. I mean, not all of them, obviously. Because that would be a, like, 100+ picture gallery. And they’d have to haul way too much stuff over. So for now, check out the selection they had at the event! I still think something looks off with Yuudachi, but I sure am excited for yukata Aegis.
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 7, 2016 | 2 Comments
I’ve ragged on X-Plus a lot for their poorly made 1/4 scale swimsuit ladies. Or 1/2.5 scale or whatever it is they do. But you know what? All is forgiven. Let us bow down to our lord & master X-Plus. DO YOU SEE THE SIZE? THIS IS LIKE A 1/1 SCALE JACK FROST. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. THIS IS REAL LIFE. Someone hold me I can’t even