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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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Shining Blade Archive
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 10, 2013 | 1 Comment
Tony Taka tends to hang on to design elements he likes, reusing them in future games. For example, color palettes he really loves will pop up on a new character. But one girl has taken it to a totally crazy level: she first appeared as Maxima in Shining Hearts, then as Sakuya in Shining Blade, and now as Viola in Shining Ark!
We found out at WonFest that Kotobukiya would be taking her on once again, this time in her angelic outfit which I absolutely adore. There are a lot of lovely figures of Maxima/Sakuya/Viola, like Koto’s Crimson version, but this easily tops them. I mean… the dress! The bow! THE WINGS.
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 27, 2013 | 5 Comments
None of Kotobukiya’s teasers (which there were MANY of) even hinted at a new Tony Taka girl, whch I found mildly perplexing. I mean, half their figures are from him. Haha not really, but back in like 2008 that was totally true. And they still put out a ton of Shining World girls! So where were they?! I’m a Tony addict, I need my fix.
Well never fear, we’ve got four! Kind of. One new sculpt, of Aerie who is SO CUTE, and three… uh, outlines. Well, the new Maxima/Sakuya is visible art (and holy crap that outfit love ittt), while Kilmaria Aideen from Shining Ark and Roselinde from Shining Blade are just silhouettes. Yayy armored girls!
[via AmiAmi's Facebook]
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 23, 2013 | 14 Comments
Whoo, scans. Pardon my lack of enthusiasm, but the week leading up to Wonder Festival always has me dreading scans. It means extra features (garage kit roundup and wishlist) on top of, well, the event coverage and we have three reviews to work on this week! So when I remembered scans were tonight I nearly cried. For real, ask Stephen.
So, let’s just dive right in. Wow, such figures! So PVC! Wowwwww! Maybe I’ll just do every post in Shibe…
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 19, 2013 | No Comments
Kotobukiya used to fill their event booths up mainly with anime figures, but recently their US booths have focused more and more on US licenses–which obviously seems like a natural change. But at big events like SDCC where they have a ton of space they bust out the anime ladies (and guys!).
This time around they had three of my favorite figures from them this year: Mistral, Asuna (review) and Asuka, along with a lot of the ArtFX J line. Yugi (review), Dark Magician (review), Joey, Vash, Kaiba (review) and Dark Magician Girl were all on display along with a few other assorted ladies. Check them out after the jump!
[Pictures courtesy of our lovely SDCC corespondent, Missy!]
Posted by Leah Bayer on June 28, 2013 | 8 Comments
Dolpa Nagoya 5 is taking place soon, and for once we aren’t getting our info on the new girls from scans! That’s right, no blurry pictures–but as always, beware, Dollfie Dream promotional shots are misleading as hell. They look so much better in person! First up is a re-release of the lovely Sakuya/Maxima from Shining Blade, this time in her Crimson Mode outfit (which Kotobukiya gave us a figure of!). I kind of regretted passing up on her the first time, so I don’t know if I can pass over a twintailed version.
Then we have two more IDOLM@STER girls! First it was Miki and Haruka, and now Yukiho and Chihaya who were actually announced back in March. Both are way prettier than I expected, but like Miki and Haruka I expect they’ll be Japan-only. Which is shame, I’m kind of in love with Yukiho’s face!
[via the DD Blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on June 22, 2013 | 15 Comments
Another month, another round of magazine scans! Like clockwork, it’s that time again. This time we’ve got a whole lot of Tony Taka for you guys, which makes me a very happy camper. Heck, every figure release in the world could be Tony Taka and I’d be pleased.
Of course we’ve got other things: Devil Survivor, Fate/Stay Night, Miku, the inevitable Cattleya, figmas, Nendoroids… and not a boy in sight! So check them all out below.
Posted by Leah Bayer on June 6, 2013 | 6 Comments
It’s a well-kept secret, but I really love elf girls. Just kidding, I talk about it all the time and at this point I’m sure you are all rolling your eyes at me. “God, Leah, shut up about the elf girls already!” Well I will not shut up, because this is my website and today we are reviewing a lovely elf lass! And really, there are not a ton of elven figures out there–not nearly enough, in my opinion.
But thankfully Tony Taka seems to like them almost as much as I do, and with Kotobukiya making (almost) every girl from every Shining World game, we are guaranteed to get at least an elf or two a year. Last time it was the adorable loli Melty (review) but this time around we are getting a more natural elf based on the sylphs (no, her name has nothing to do with syphilis–stop giggling!). So hit the jump and let’s get this party started.
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 10, 2013 | 4 Comments
Another week, another roundup! What happened to last week’s, you ask? My dog ate it.
You probably don’t know this but I tend to write the intro for these after everything else is done, and am terrified that one day I will forget and one of my stupid placeholder sentences like “some words” or “a few butts” will pop up on the front page instead. But today is not that day! Today is the day I ramble because we have really slim pickings. Sure, there are some nice figures, but it seems like none of the big companies came out to play. No scaled figures from Alter, Kotobukiya, Good Smile Company, Max Factory, even Phat! or Daiki. But of course there are some nice figures–check them out after the jump!
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 4, 2013 | No Comments
[Editor's Note: Yamato has changed their name to Arcadia, they are still the same company]
Now here is a figure I have been waiting a long time for! As a huge fan of Tony Taka’s work I have regretted for some time skipping Kotobukiya’s version of Maxima from Shining Hearts (along with the Dollfie version of her, sigh), but Yamato’s take on the character had me certain I would eventually own a figure of this double-named beauty. Yamato/Arcadia is as slow as manufacturers come, so it’s taken a while for this figure to get up for order: is she worth the wait?
In my book, hell yes! Maxima looks totally stunning in this figure, the face is spot-on and one of the closest I have seen to Tony Taka’s art. The pose, the dress, it’s all fabulous. Of course this is a pricey company so she won’t come cheap: ¥10,800 with a July release. However, I have never regretted a single one of my Yamato purchases so a little name change isn’t going to stop me from owning miss Enfield! Now to see if there will be any more in the line besides Blanc Neige.
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 8, 2013 | 2 Comments
We already got some teasers from Koto, but apparently now it’s time for more–a LOT more! Six more, five of which are brand new. I know I sound like a broken record, but stop with all the teasers! Leave some mystery for the event! The old figure is no surprise, their Mistral who was sculpted in scans will be painted. As for new, we’ve got another Shining girl-Panis from Shining Ark. Apparently Stephen will be the first to get his wish!
Then there’s Kobato from Boku wa, which I am pretty surprised to see though she’s adorable. We also have more Muv-Luv, but old Muv-Luv: Meiya Mitsurugi! The apple-on-her-head kitty Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi will be there as well, she sure does seem to be popular! And last and kind of least based on popularity is Maou from Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, who has pink hair and horns.
[via the Kotobukiya F blog]