Rurouni Kenshin Archive

  • I remember the dark times when Good Smile Company didn’t come to US events. Thankfully those days are over, because their booth is usually the toy highlight of any convention! And they really brought it for NYCC this year with not one but two separate booth displays. They had a lot of brand-new goodies, like the Anniversary Miku (look at that hair!!), figma Genji, and the sculpt for the Breath of the Wild Guardian Nendoroid. It’s always nice to be able to see figures in person, it’s quite a different experience–for example, I wasn’t really sold on Marie Rose’s colors at all when the promotional shots came out, but I was totally won over when I finally got to see her. She might be coming to my pre-order list!

    NYCC 2017: Good Smile Company’s Booth Overview

    I remember the dark times when Good Smile Company didn’t come to US events. Thankfully those days are over, because their booth is usually the toy highlight of any convention! And they really brought it for NYCC this year with not one but two separate booth displays. They had a lot of brand-new goodies, like the Anniversary Miku (look at that hair!!), figma Genji, and the sculpt for the Breath of the Wild Guardian Nendoroid. It’s always nice to be able to see figures in person, it’s quite a different experience–for example, I wasn’t really sold on Marie Rose’s colors at all when the promotional shots came out, but I was totally won over when I finally got to see her. She might be coming to my pre-order list!

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  • I’m all for more male figures as well as dolls of anime characters provided two things 1) there’s an interest for it to happen and 2) even if it’s not being asked for, it’s done well. Well, Groove’s two latest offerings go completely against both of these, unlike say their Madoka line or Ika Musume. I don’t think I’ve ever once heard a single person mention that they wanted a doll of Kenshin or Black Jack (I’ve heard Real Action Hero and Hot Toys get thrown around, but they’re quite different) and I can most certainly say that these were not pulled off well. Black Jack here looks like a cross between the Phantom of the Opera and Dr. Who and ever so vaguely like Black Jack, but that’s only due to the Taeyang’s distinctly Asian face. This full size doll comes with a set of scrubs and his medical bag as well, so he at least has some accessories to go with him. There’s also two versions, an original manga version in all black, and a regular version with some touches of red, which allows for people to pick which design of him they like better. I’m glad to see Black Jack merchandise come out as he’s often overlooked for other Tezuka characters such as Astro Boy, but I’d rather have no merchandise at all than… this. Also, along with Black Jack is his trusty sidekick Pinoko in Byul form, and let’s just say she didn’t really fare much better and leave it at that. Next up is a docolla sized Pullip of… Himura Kenshin…? Yeah, never thought I’d be writing those words much less you reading them. This smaller sized doll features Kenshin in his standard red outfit with his trademark red hair and scar on his face. But that’s about where the resemblances to Kenshin stop. Yes, in the manga and anime there are numerous jokes to Kenshin’s feminine-looking face, but… that doesn’t mean that anyone literally wants merchandise of him looking like a female on a female doll type. To boot he also doesn’t have his signature sakabato, or reverse blade sword for those not in the know, and is suffering from a severe case of tiny-hands. If you’re looking to add either of these to your collection, they’ll both be released in December with Black Jack and Pinoko retailing for ¥13,000 and Kenshin retailing for ¥3,800. I know I won’t be ordering either of these, but let us know your thoughts on them in the comments below as well as what male character you think would actually look well on one of Groove’s bodies. [Pre-order Black Jack Regular Ver. at AmiAmi | Hobby Search] [Pre-order Black Jack Original Manga Ver. at AmiAmi | Hobby Search] [Pre-order Pinoko at AmiAmi | Hobby Search] [Pre-order Kenshin at AmiAmi | Hobby Search]

    Groove Gives A Double Dose Of WTF With Black Jack and Kenshin

    I’m all for more male figures as well as dolls of anime characters provided two things 1) there’s an interest for it to happen and 2) even if it’s not being asked for, it’s done well. Well, Groove’s two latest offerings go completely against both of these, unlike say their Madoka line or Ika Musume. I don’t think I’ve ever once heard a single person mention that they wanted a doll of Kenshin or Black Jack (I’ve heard Real Action Hero and Hot Toys get thrown around, but they’re quite different) and I can most certainly say that these were not pulled off well. Black Jack here looks like a cross between the Phantom of the Opera and Dr. Who and ever so vaguely like Black Jack, but that’s only due to the Taeyang’s distinctly Asian face. This full size doll comes with a set of scrubs and his medical bag as well, so he at least has some accessories to go with him. There’s also two versions, an original manga version in all black, and a regular version with some touches of red, which allows for people to pick which design of him they like better. I’m glad to see Black Jack merchandise come out as he’s often overlooked for other Tezuka characters such as Astro Boy, but I’d rather have no merchandise at all than… this. Also, along with Black Jack is his trusty sidekick Pinoko in Byul form, and let’s just say she didn’t really fare much better and leave it at that. Next up is a docolla sized Pullip of… Himura Kenshin…? Yeah, never thought I’d be writing those words much less you reading them. This smaller sized doll features Kenshin in his standard red outfit with his trademark red hair and scar on his face. But that’s about where the resemblances to Kenshin stop. Yes, in the manga and anime there are numerous jokes to Kenshin’s feminine-looking face, but… that doesn’t mean that anyone literally wants merchandise of him looking like a female on a female doll type. To boot he also doesn’t have his signature sakabato, or reverse blade sword for those not in the know, and is suffering from a severe case of tiny-hands. If you’re looking to add either of these to your collection, they’ll both be released in December with Black Jack and Pinoko retailing for ¥13,000 and Kenshin retailing for ¥3,800. I know I won’t be ordering either of these, but let us know your thoughts on them in the comments below as well as what male character you think would actually look well on one of Groove’s bodies. [Pre-order Black Jack Regular Ver. at AmiAmi | Hobby Search] [Pre-order Black Jack Original Manga Ver. at AmiAmi | Hobby Search] [Pre-order Pinoko at AmiAmi | Hobby Search] [Pre-order Kenshin at AmiAmi | Hobby Search]

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  • It’s kind of amazing to see how far you have come as a collector in one year. In June of 2010, Stephen and I received 3 PVC figures in the mail: VN02 Miku, Black Blade BRS, and a trading figure of Akira from Lucky Star. VN02 was also one of our first big figure purchases, and the first we’d ever purchased with a retail of over ¥9,800. We’d just started pre-ordering figures 3 months earlier, so getting 3 figures at once was still kind of a big deal. Looking back, it’s kind of startling how fast our collecting has grown. We had 45 figures in our June orders, so hit the jump to get started!

    Plastikitty Loot: June 2011

    It’s kind of amazing to see how far you have come as a collector in one year. In June of 2010, Stephen and I received 3 PVC figures in the mail: VN02 Miku, Black Blade BRS, and a trading figure of Akira from Lucky Star. VN02 was also one of our first big figure purchases, and the first we’d ever purchased with a retail of over ¥9,800. We’d just started pre-ordering figures 3 months earlier, so getting 3 figures at once was still kind of a big deal. Looking back, it’s kind of startling how fast our collecting has grown. We had 45 figures in our June orders, so hit the jump to get started!

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  • Every week a ton of figures go up for order, and it can be hard to keep track of them. We here at Plastikitty decided that we’d list them all for you the end of every week for you, so welcome to our very first PVC Pre-Order Roundup! This week we got spammed by Megahouse, quite a few boys went up for order, and Madoka Magica got its first scaled figure. Hit the jump for pre-order info and links for all of the figures, and let us know in the comments which of them struck your fancy!

    PVC Pre-Order Roundup For 8/8~8/12

    Every week a ton of figures go up for order, and it can be hard to keep track of them. We here at Plastikitty decided that we’d list them all for you the end of every week for you, so welcome to our very first PVC Pre-Order Roundup! This week we got spammed by Megahouse, quite a few boys went up for order, and Madoka Magica got its first scaled figure. Hit the jump for pre-order info and links for all of the figures, and let us know in the comments which of them struck your fancy!

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