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@GeekeryDo: @mikeyturvey I agree with you. I stopped reading them because I got tired of it, though @Sir_Narwhal is correct that it's normal for comics.
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Posted by Leah Bayer on December 26, 2011 | 2 Comments
A while back, Good Smile Company and pixiv held a contest for a Cheerful Japan Miku Hatsune figure design, and the winner was pretty awesome. We actually just saw the sculpt for the figure in this month’s magazine scans, and while it’s not painted yet the matching Petit Nendoroid is completed! I kind of expected them to come out together, but it seems like we’ll be getting the Nendo far before the figure, as it’s coming out in Quarterly pixiv vol.08, which hits shelves in March.
Pre-orders for this have only gone up at HLJ so far, but they sold out lightning-fast! They should be going up at other stores this week, and act fast if you want this very cute Petit. Plus part of the proceeds go to charity, so it’s for a good cause. She’s also amazingly cute, and probably the most dynamic Petit yet. I think they did a great job transferring the art into this form, and I can’t wait to see the 1/8 scale figure completed!
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 September 8, 2011 | 3 Comments
Remember Good Smile Company and Pixiv’s Cheerful Japan contest? Well, to refresh your memory, the winning illustration would have both a petit Nendoroid and a 1/8 scale figure made out of their artwork, and the figures would be part of the Cheerful Japan project! It seems like a winner has finally been decided, and they got over a thousand entries so you know the winning one is going to be pretty damn good.
As everyone expected, they chose an image of Miku in a cheerleader outfit, but the art by bun150 is fantastic and I think it will translate quite well to figure-form. It might be a little hard to sculpt that much detail into the hair, so I am excited to see how this work transitions to 3D. I also like that they chose a younger-looking Miku, as most recent figures have been going for a more mature look. And I don’t think we need to worry about the petit, because it was going to be cute no matter what!
[via Pixiv Blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 15, 2011 | 4 Comments
Good Smile Company’s Cheerful Japan has had some rough spots, but at the end of the day it’s a project meant to support Japan’s recovery. Now they’ve decided to take things a bit farther than the “figure of the month” deal and are involving the community! The new contest is art-centered and sponsored by Pixiv, and the main prize is pretty amazing. If you are picked as the winner, you get your Miku illustration made into a Nendoroid Petite and a 1/8 scaled figure! The illustration has to be Cheerful Japan themed, such as a cheerleader, and entries must be made by August 26th. You can check out the contest page here.
I think this is an excellent idea, but to be honest, I wish it wasn’t Miku-centric and that the illustration could be of ANY of the Vocaloids. Cheerful Japan Luka? Yes please! I’m sure the figures that come of this will be adorable and will sell well, but I’m almost tired of the parade of Miku figures…. and this is coming from someone who owns nearly every single one, including a few garage kits!
[via Mikatan's Blog]