Metal Gear Solid Archive

  • One of Kotobukiya’s most interesting recent license acquisitions is definitely Metal Gear Solid. I mean, we were all kind of shocked when the Sniper Wolf Bishoujo was announced! Her art was shown off at SDCC, and fans seemed pretty happy with Shunya’s rendition of her–but would the sculpt follow through? Sniper Wolf made an appearance at NYCC, so we got to check her out! The sculpt is definitely art-accurate, crazy cleavage included, and full of intricate details. That hair sculpt! What caught my eye, though, was the amazing base. Not just the elaborate crate, but the LITTLE DOGGIE OMG. Adorable.

    NYCC 2015: Kotobukiya’s Sniper Wolf Bishoujo

    One of Kotobukiya’s most interesting recent license acquisitions is definitely Metal Gear Solid. I mean, we were all kind of shocked when the Sniper Wolf Bishoujo was announced! Her art was shown off at SDCC, and fans seemed pretty happy with Shunya’s rendition of her–but would the sculpt follow through? Sniper Wolf made an appearance at NYCC, so we got to check her out! The sculpt is definitely art-accurate, crazy cleavage included, and full of intricate details. That hair sculpt! What caught my eye, though, was the amazing base. Not just the elaborate crate, but the LITTLE DOGGIE OMG. Adorable.

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  • Figure prices are skyrocketing, the yen is tanking, figure collectors are being driven out of the hobby. So you know what we need? More figure events! Clearly. That will solve things. So what’s this show? It’s not Wonder Festival, not MegaHobby, not CharaHobby… it’s Hobby Show! The most generically named figure event of all time. Of all time. KanColle was, unsurprisingly, the main focus. We had a LOT from Max Factory: Harbour Princess and Atago both showed up, though unpainted. Figmas of Fubuki & Shimakaze along with the figFIX Mutsu were on display, along with non KanColle figmas: most notably the figma and Plamax Yoshika from Strike Witches. Plus the Metal Gear Solid, Expelled from Paradise,  and Ghost in the Shell figmas! And we have KanColle Nendos too: Akitsushima and anime version Fubuki. Plus an announcement from Aoshima, they’ll be doing a figure of Akitsushima. Of course there were a (few) non-Kantai girls and boys. Most notably, Tomytec is making Ushio to Tora Nendoroids of Ushio Aotsuki and Tora. Kotobukiya brought a handful of figures from Rage of Bahamut, Shining Resonance, Aquarion Logos, Tales of Zestiria, and Mononoke. And last but not least, Aoshima is picking up a gorgeous garage kit of Kongou from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova! [via Hobby Search’s Blog]

    Hobby Show 2015

    Figure prices are skyrocketing, the yen is tanking, figure collectors are being driven out of the hobby. So you know what we need? More figure events! Clearly. That will solve things. So what’s this show? It’s not Wonder Festival, not MegaHobby, not CharaHobby… it’s Hobby Show! The most generically named figure event of all time. Of all time. KanColle was, unsurprisingly, the main focus. We had a LOT from Max Factory: Harbour Princess and Atago both showed up, though unpainted. Figmas of Fubuki & Shimakaze along with the figFIX Mutsu were on display, along with non KanColle figmas: most notably the figma and Plamax Yoshika from Strike Witches. Plus the Metal Gear Solid, Expelled from Paradise,  and Ghost in the Shell figmas! And we have KanColle Nendos too: Akitsushima and anime version Fubuki. Plus an announcement from Aoshima, they’ll be doing a figure of Akitsushima. Of course there were a (few) non-Kantai girls and boys. Most notably, Tomytec is making Ushio to Tora Nendoroids of Ushio Aotsuki and Tora. Kotobukiya brought a handful of figures from Rage of Bahamut, Shining Resonance, Aquarion Logos, Tales of Zestiria, and Mononoke. And last but not least, Aoshima is picking up a gorgeous garage kit of Kongou from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova! [via Hobby Search’s Blog]

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  • Figmas: those tiny poseable things that Max Factory and a few other companies make a ton of every year. So without further adieu, here’s a super long list of em. We already told you about Shizuo and Izaya from Durarara!!, but we’ve also got word that FREEing will be doing Celty as well. Also from FREEing we’ve got Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant from the original Virtua Fighter, Femto, Void, Ubik, Slan, and Conrad from Berserk, Magic Kaito from, well, Magic Kaito, the Vitruvian Man, and what appears to be some sort of cherub, but is way too tiny and also only an outline to be able to tell. Then from Wing we’ve got Masaru Nananakajima from Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi yo!! Masaru-san that we already saw in their previews. From Phat! Company we’ve got Sherlock Holmes, Ninja Slayer, and Yamoto Koki who is also from Ninja Slayer. Finally, rounding out weird third parties making figmas we’ve got Tactical System Uniform Girl by Tomytec. Then from Max Factory we’ve got a whole slew of things: Angela Balzac, two versions of the Archetype, Benisuzume from Knights of Sidonia, Erica Hartmann, Mio Sakamoto, and Yoshika from Strike Witches, a Fubuki anime ver. and Prinz Eugen from KanColle, and Miho Nishizuma Uniform ver. from Girls Und Panzer to round out our selection of anthropomorphic military vehicle females. We’ve also got a Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Shirou from Fate Stay/Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yotaro from Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Mika and Rika Jougasaki from iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, and Rin and Umi from Love Live to round out the anime selection. For video games we’ve got a Gurlukovich Soldier from Metal Gear Solid, Majima Goro from Yakuza, and the picture of the previously announced Samus from Metroid: Other M. Then in the movie world we’ve got the Hulk, Iron Man XLIII, and King Leonidas (I have no clue why). Other announcements that we can’t show as they were do not photograph: Tomoyo’s figma from Cardcaptor Sakura and the new Sakura figFIX. Phew! [via Wonderful Hobby Life For You, AmiAmi, Hobby Search, and Dengeki Hobby]

    Summer WonFest 2015: figmas

    Figmas: those tiny poseable things that Max Factory and a few other companies make a ton of every year. So without further adieu, here’s a super long list of em. We already told you about Shizuo and Izaya from Durarara!!, but we’ve also got word that FREEing will be doing Celty as well. Also from FREEing we’ve got Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant from the original Virtua Fighter, Femto, Void, Ubik, Slan, and Conrad from Berserk, Magic Kaito from, well, Magic Kaito, the Vitruvian Man, and what appears to be some sort of cherub, but is way too tiny and also only an outline to be able to tell. Then from Wing we’ve got Masaru Nananakajima from Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi yo!! Masaru-san that we already saw in their previews. From Phat! Company we’ve got Sherlock Holmes, Ninja Slayer, and Yamoto Koki who is also from Ninja Slayer. Finally, rounding out weird third parties making figmas we’ve got Tactical System Uniform Girl by Tomytec. Then from Max Factory we’ve got a whole slew of things: Angela Balzac, two versions of the Archetype, Benisuzume from Knights of Sidonia, Erica Hartmann, Mio Sakamoto, and Yoshika from Strike Witches, a Fubuki anime ver. and Prinz Eugen from KanColle, and Miho Nishizuma Uniform ver. from Girls Und Panzer to round out our selection of anthropomorphic military vehicle females. We’ve also got a Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Shirou from Fate Stay/Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yotaro from Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Mika and Rika Jougasaki from iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, and Rin and Umi from Love Live to round out the anime selection. For video games we’ve got a Gurlukovich Soldier from Metal Gear Solid, Majima Goro from Yakuza, and the picture of the previously announced Samus from Metroid: Other M. Then in the movie world we’ve got the Hulk, Iron Man XLIII, and King Leonidas (I have no clue why). Other announcements that we can’t show as they were do not photograph: Tomoyo’s figma from Cardcaptor Sakura and the new Sakura figFIX. Phew! [via Wonderful Hobby Life For You, AmiAmi, Hobby Search, and Dengeki Hobby]

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  • Back at Toy Fair, we got a pretty surprising Bishoujo announcement: Sniper Wold from Metal Gear Solid! Considering the sudden influx of figures from the series I guess it’s not so surprising that Kotobukiya would take it on too, but in the Bishoujo line? I don’t think any of us saw that coming! Given the interesting silhouette they showed off, I was super-interested in this one. Now we’re getting the art reveal, and she looks wonderful! I especially like the face & hair. I mean, I could do without the shirt unzipped that much, but that’s Shunya for you. Hopefully we get the dog-crate in the final figure! [via Koto’s Facebook]

    SDCC 2015: Kotobukiya’s Metal Gear Solid Bishoujo Sniper Wolf

    Back at Toy Fair, we got a pretty surprising Bishoujo announcement: Sniper Wold from Metal Gear Solid! Considering the sudden influx of figures from the series I guess it’s not so surprising that Kotobukiya would take it on too, but in the Bishoujo line? I don’t think any of us saw that coming! Given the interesting silhouette they showed off, I was super-interested in this one. Now we’re getting the art reveal, and she looks wonderful! I especially like the face & hair. I mean, I could do without the shirt unzipped that much, but that’s Shunya for you. Hopefully we get the dog-crate in the final figure! [via Koto’s Facebook]

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  • After the success of Nendoroid Solid Snake, it made sense that we’d get some more characters from the series. Unsurprisingly, Raiden was announced next, and we’ve recently been getting some interesting teasers of him. And now, finally, it seems like he is ready for pre-orders! Honestly, I am not a fan of his… anything. The face looks super feminine, and the alternate “art” face is just… odd? There are also two different exclusive bonuses: orders from Amazon JP get the cardboard box, and orders from GSC come with an illustration from Yoji Shinkawa. As I’ve already said today, these bonuses are getting out of hand and I hate them. Raiden does have one redeeming feature: the weird naked body. At least that’s not an exclusive! [via Kahotan]

    Nendoroid Raiden From Metal Gear Solid 2

    After the success of Nendoroid Solid Snake, it made sense that we’d get some more characters from the series. Unsurprisingly, Raiden was announced next, and we’ve recently been getting some interesting teasers of him. And now, finally, it seems like he is ready for pre-orders! Honestly, I am not a fan of his… anything. The face looks super feminine, and the alternate “art” face is just… odd? There are also two different exclusive bonuses: orders from Amazon JP get the cardboard box, and orders from GSC come with an illustration from Yoji Shinkawa. As I’ve already said today, these bonuses are getting out of hand and I hate them. Raiden does have one redeeming feature: the weird naked body. At least that’s not an exclusive! [via Kahotan]

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  • It’s time for another collection of blurry, barely legible screenshots of some of Good Smile Company and Co’s upcoming figures! They actually went all out this time: usually we only get 3 or 4, but this was… it’s a lot. So let’s start! The only scale is GSC & Max Factory (why are both of them manufacturers? It’s a mystery) Tiamo from Fire Emblem. I absolutely love the pose and sculpt, I don’t so much love the breastplate dangling from the base (though hopefully that’s removable). But I certainly like her a lot more than Tharja! We also only have one figma: Iona! I am loving her pale, pastel colors, so springy and light. There’s even a bonus official shot of her from the Ars Nova Twitter. Then… the Nendoroids. First, and most importantly, is Raiden. He was just sculpted, and now here he is! Naked. Why is there a naked Nendo body for him? Does it matter. Amazing. Continuing in the dude-Nendo theme we have yet another Iron Man, this time from Age of Ultron. Seriously, GSC, we’re so over him give us the other Avengers please (and not just the guys GLARE). As for non-boys? They already have the brand new Honoka Kousaka painted, and she looks cute (though she’s one of my least-favorite girls so I’m not that excited about her). Wrapping things up is the totally amazing Nendo of Akira Oona from High Score Girl. What is going on there? It’s perfection. [via mfc]

    GSC’s June 2015 NicoNico Broadcast

    It’s time for another collection of blurry, barely legible screenshots of some of Good Smile Company and Co’s upcoming figures! They actually went all out this time: usually we only get 3 or 4, but this was… it’s a lot. So let’s start! The only scale is GSC & Max Factory (why are both of them manufacturers? It’s a mystery) Tiamo from Fire Emblem. I absolutely love the pose and sculpt, I don’t so much love the breastplate dangling from the base (though hopefully that’s removable). But I certainly like her a lot more than Tharja! We also only have one figma: Iona! I am loving her pale, pastel colors, so springy and light. There’s even a bonus official shot of her from the Ars Nova Twitter. Then… the Nendoroids. First, and most importantly, is Raiden. He was just sculpted, and now here he is! Naked. Why is there a naked Nendo body for him? Does it matter. Amazing. Continuing in the dude-Nendo theme we have yet another Iron Man, this time from Age of Ultron. Seriously, GSC, we’re so over him give us the other Avengers please (and not just the guys GLARE). As for non-boys? They already have the brand new Honoka Kousaka painted, and she looks cute (though she’s one of my least-favorite girls so I’m not that excited about her). Wrapping things up is the totally amazing Nendo of Akira Oona from High Score Girl. What is going on there? It’s perfection. [via mfc]

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  • It’s been almost a year since we first saw Nendoroid Solid Snake painted, and it kind of seemed like Good Smile had totally forgotten about the line. We were promised a Raiden, but he was nowhere in sight! Well now, ages later, we finally have an update. The sculpt has been revealed! I think the base body itself looks great and highly detailed, but the face is… downright strange. The super-long lashes make him look feminine, and I thought this was a female Nendoroid at first glance. Kind of a weird choice for him, right? [via Kojima Hideo’s Twitter]

    Take A Peek At The Sculpt For Nendoroid Raiden

    It’s been almost a year since we first saw Nendoroid Solid Snake painted, and it kind of seemed like Good Smile had totally forgotten about the line. We were promised a Raiden, but he was nowhere in sight! Well now, ages later, we finally have an update. The sculpt has been revealed! I think the base body itself looks great and highly detailed, but the face is… downright strange. The super-long lashes make him look feminine, and I thought this was a female Nendoroid at first glance. Kind of a weird choice for him, right? [via Kojima Hideo’s Twitter]

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  • It’s that time of year again when we start finding out about San Diego Comic Con releases and today we got a nice big folder of pictures from Gecco of their exclusive white Raiden from Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros! Back at last year’s New York Comic Con we showed you an up close look at the sculpt for their regular release of Raiden, but for San Diego Comic Con they’re switching things up and giving Raiden quite a few changes. Most notably is the color change to white, but also battle damage has been added to this variation. There’s also major changes to the sculpt in that he now has a new arm for holding his gun and he also comes with a rocket launcher, which is not in the regular release. I also really love the red LED eye, which adds a nice touch of something special to an otherwise static piece. If you want to add Raiden to your collection, pre-orders are open now via Mamegyorai in Japan, Ultra Tokyo Connection in the US, and D4TOYS for the rest of the world and this 1/6th scale beauty retails for $195.00 with a release in July.

    Gecco Brings An Exclusive White Raiden To SDCC

    It’s that time of year again when we start finding out about San Diego Comic Con releases and today we got a nice big folder of pictures from Gecco of their exclusive white Raiden from Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros! Back at last year’s New York Comic Con we showed you an up close look at the sculpt for their regular release of Raiden, but for San Diego Comic Con they’re switching things up and giving Raiden quite a few changes. Most notably is the color change to white, but also battle damage has been added to this variation. There’s also major changes to the sculpt in that he now has a new arm for holding his gun and he also comes with a rocket launcher, which is not in the regular release. I also really love the red LED eye, which adds a nice touch of something special to an otherwise static piece. If you want to add Raiden to your collection, pre-orders are open now via Mamegyorai in Japan, Ultra Tokyo Connection in the US, and D4TOYS for the rest of the world and this 1/6th scale beauty retails for $195.00 with a release in July.

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  • This year at Toy Fair we already took a closer look at lots of Good Smile Company & Co’s goods: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Statues, Nendoroid Elsa, figma Sakura, figma Kirito, Nendoroid Mario, and Red Hood Miku. But they had tons more, and from many companies! It wasn’t just the usual umbrella there, but all the companies that they sell overseas including Gecco and Kaiyodo. The focus was definitely on American-friendly licenses and figures: lots of game merchandise, a ton of figmas and Nendoroids, and popular series like Fairy Tail and Kill la Kill. Check them all out in the gallery!

    Toy Fair 2015: Good Smile Company’s Booth Overview

    This year at Toy Fair we already took a closer look at lots of Good Smile Company & Co’s goods: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Statues, Nendoroid Elsa, figma Sakura, figma Kirito, Nendoroid Mario, and Red Hood Miku. But they had tons more, and from many companies! It wasn’t just the usual umbrella there, but all the companies that they sell overseas including Gecco and Kaiyodo. The focus was definitely on American-friendly licenses and figures: lots of game merchandise, a ton of figmas and Nendoroids, and popular series like Fairy Tail and Kill la Kill. Check them all out in the gallery!

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  • It’s been a while since we had a really shocking addition to the Bishoujo line. I mean, there was Mass Effect and that was certainly a surprise at the time! But after that it was all licenses that don’t seem too out of the norm: Tekken, Street Fighter. Well, they finally have another “they are making WHAT?” moment for us! That’s right, we’re getting Metal Gear Solid Bishoujos. Or one, at least, of Sniper Wolf who is clearly already illustrated! I definitely was not expecting this, but I’m excited to see what comes from it.

    Toy Fair 2015: Kotobukiya’s Metal Gear Solid Bishoujo

    It’s been a while since we had a really shocking addition to the Bishoujo line. I mean, there was Mass Effect and that was certainly a surprise at the time! But after that it was all licenses that don’t seem too out of the norm: Tekken, Street Fighter. Well, they finally have another “they are making WHAT?” moment for us! That’s right, we’re getting Metal Gear Solid Bishoujos. Or one, at least, of Sniper Wolf who is clearly already illustrated! I definitely was not expecting this, but I’m excited to see what comes from it.

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