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Posted by Leah Bayer on May 10, 2013 | 1 Comment
If there’s one company more infamous than Griffon for their ridiculous parade of recolors, it has to be Banpresto. With their raffle line of Ichiban Kuji prizes, they tend to squeeze the most out of a sculpt by giving them endless (and increasingly more ridiculous) colorways. The first two versions of their Soniko I could get behind: I mean, pink and blue are totally her colors. Then they went goth, and that was really pushing it. But this… abomination I see no logic behind.
It’s called the “More Power!” version though it looks more like a drunk clown ate a candy store and then threw up on her. I mean really, what is going on. The thing is, even if you thought this was the most wonderful colorway in the world you couldn’t get it (unless you were filthy rich): it’s part of the ‘Double Chance’ campaign, meaning only very few people will win, and then turn around and flip them on Mandarake and Yahoo Japan for obscene amounts of money. The Double Chance Homura went for a thousand… dollars. US dollars, not yen. Yeah…
Posted by Leah Bayer on May 9, 2013 | 2 Comments
Nitro+’s mascot Super Soniko has proven quite popular among prize figure manufacturers. Everyone from Banpresto to Taito to the little-known Break has taken her on, and apparently now it’s FuRyu’s turn! If you had told me a year or two ago that FuRyu would have the best sculpts out of the bunch I probably wouldn’t have believed you, but their MegaTen line is so damn awesome that now I am totally on board with this turn of events.
Seriously, just look at these sculpts! They’re amazing! FuRyu is working on a set: one has Soniko lounging on a couch eating donuts, the other has her at a sink brushing her teeth. So you get furniture as well! And they’ll be cheap! This is a Soniko-lover’s dream, I’m in heaven.
[via t_santa's Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on April 24, 2013 | 1 Comment
I am so head over heels in love with FuRyu’s Shin Megami Tensei prize line it’s not even funny. The most consistently awesome thing about MegaTen (aside from the music) is the monster design, and it’s pretty damn clear that major manufacturers won’t be taking on these weirdos any time soon. So FuRyu has been a godsend in this department, bringing us everything from the painfully cute to the totally weird–and Satan is probably the crown jewel of this line (so far, at least!).
We’ve seen him painted before, but not so up close and personal! Looking at the detail, it’s kind of amazing that he costs a mere $14 at the current exchange rate. I’ve paid over $100 for figures with less detail *cough*FREEing*cough*! Satan is set for an August release, and while pre-orders are pretty much sold out everywhere he’s sure to pop up on the aftermarket. I can’t wait to see what baddies they show off at the next prize fair!
[via Dengeki Hobby]
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 31, 2013 | 1 Comment
Utau/Kasane Teto is certainly a fan-favorite when it comes to Vocaloids, but when it comes to figures she has been totally neglected. There are many garage kits of her, but not anything that us regular people can buy. Finally it seems like the Utau line of gals is getting some attention: SEGA is making a prize figure of Kasane!
It’s not much, but SEGA is arguably the best manufacturer of prize figures so at least we know it will be decent… and cheap!
[note: For those wondering if this is an April Fools joke, the site states that "it's April Fools, but this is not a joke!"]
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 30, 2013 | 10 Comments
Banpresto sure does love their fancy Ichiban Kuji line–probably because it has made so many collectors cry and empty their wallets. I’ll be honest, considering the after-market prices some of these go for I don’t know why Banpresto doesn’t just release all of them like regular figures for about 3k each–they’d certainly make more than the ¥800 they charge for a ticket, and fans would be happier!
Anyway, they had a HUGE lineup at ACE this year. What stole my heart is the Code Geass line: sadly, Kallen was an SQ figure, but the rest are all Ichiban Kuji. But I need that goth Lulu! We also have a LOT of K-On!, Fate/Stay Night, Gintama, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha along with all the rest of the regulars, along with the entire IDOLM@STER crew. No, seriously, all of them. Then there are some announcements, the one I am most excited for is the Prisma Illya line! More Rin, please.
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 27, 2013 | 1 Comment
Usually we don’t do extensive galleries of prize figures, let alone released ones, but Taito’s Persona 4 Arena line is something special. When they announced their first two releases, Izanagi and Aegis, people weren’t so sure what their quality would be like. But we’ve already seen Izanagi, and he looked awesome! So how about Atlus’ most famous robot?
Well, she looks awesome too! Of course the details aren’t perfect: there are seamlines in the hair like woah and some of the paint is a bit fuzzy, but considering that she costs about $15 it’s pretty darn impressive. Plus her pose is actually much more exciting than the pricey renditions of her. I have high hopes for the rest of the line: Yu, Yosuke, Chie, Yukiko, Kanji and Naoto and then Rise, Teddie and Elizabeth. I wonder if we’ll get any more… perhaps a final set of Akihiko, Mitsuru and Labrys?
[via The UFO Prize Blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 26, 2013 | 2 Comments
While Steins;Gate was surely a popular show (and of course game), there haven’t been as many figures as you would assume. Especially not of the adorable Fayris/Feiris/Faris, who has gotten little more than bad prize figures and the promise of a Nendoroid that is probably never going to come. But now she is getting a figure… kind of! It’s still a prize, but it’s at least part of Banpresto’s Ichiban Kuji line.
Oh, Makise is here too as well, both in the cat maid outfits for their cafe job. Totally adorable! They’re set for an April release, which means the lottery for them should be starting up very soon. And if you live in Japan, a ticket is only ¥600! I cringe to think what they aftermarket prices will be, though.
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 20, 2013 | 3 Comments
AmiAmi has this nasty habit of combining our orders into big glumps that overlap between months. So, for example, we might not get some of our January stuff until the beginning of March (yet mysteriously it will be with not just February but March items as well). You may have noticed that we skipped a January loot post: well, that’s because we didn’t even get all our figures from it until a few days ago!
But thankfully January and February seemed to be smaller months than most, so we’re just going to combine them into a mega loot post! Check it all out after the jump.
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 19, 2013 | 2 Comments
It used to be just Banpresto who had a special prize figure line (Ichiban Kuji) that was done lottery-style. Now we have tons: Happy Kuji, Lucky Kuji, Special Kuji, and now… Min Kuji? This unlikely-named line is done by FuRyu, an unusual company to take on fancy prizes. Most of their stuff aside from the MegaTen line is downright awful, but these To LOVEru prizes are so cute I need them right now!
They’re taking on Lala and Momo in summer festival yukatas, both of them looking particularly fetching but I am head over heels for Lala. The hair, the mask, the face, the yukata-stunning! These will come out in August and if you live in Japn you can get a ticket for ¥800 and try your luck. I hope they make the Golden Darkness in the illustration as well!
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 17, 2013 | 2 Comments
Oh FuRyu, what would us MegaTen fans do without you? They are currently the only company making the monster designs from the Shin Megami Tensei series (not counting the main character Personas), though back in the day Kotobukiya had a line of minifigures revolving around them. Hint hint… get back to that, Koto!
Anyway, as we know FuRyu’s latest offering in this series is the awesome Satan, one of my favorite monsters in the game. We only saw him unpainted, but now we’re getting a look at what will arrive on our doorsteps in a few months! He looks great, and I really do think these are some of the highest-quality prize figures around. Good job, FuRyu!