Shining Hearts Archive

  • After a pretty long drought of the Shining Hearts swimsuit line, it’s finally back in business! First with Alter’s Lorna, and now with AlphaMax’s Kaguya. Time for the single-name girls to shine. I’ll admit that Kaguya’s not my favorite of the Hearts girls but let’s be honest, I will buy any Tony Taka swimsuit figure, and Kaguya really came out looking great. She’s got that kind of soft, airy feeling AlphaMax’s Shining girls tend to have, very dainty. And I love her alternate pose, which involves a breezy wrap. She’ll retail for ¥12,800 with a November release date: for a 1/7, my first reaction is “so expensive!” but I have to remind myself that’s pretty much the new normal for figure pricing. I wonder how she’ll look with Kotobukiya’s Kaguya? [via AlphaMax]

    Preview AlphaMax’s Swimsuit Kaguya

    After a pretty long drought of the Shining Hearts swimsuit line, it’s finally back in business! First with Alter’s Lorna, and now with AlphaMax’s Kaguya. Time for the single-name girls to shine. I’ll admit that Kaguya’s not my favorite of the Hearts girls but let’s be honest, I will buy any Tony Taka swimsuit figure, and Kaguya really came out looking great. She’s got that kind of soft, airy feeling AlphaMax’s Shining girls tend to have, very dainty. And I love her alternate pose, which involves a breezy wrap. She’ll retail for ¥12,800 with a November release date: for a 1/7, my first reaction is “so expensive!” but I have to remind myself that’s pretty much the new normal for figure pricing. I wonder how she’ll look with Kotobukiya’s Kaguya? [via AlphaMax]

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  • My excitement was pretty much sky-high when it was announced that we’d be getting a Shining Hearts swimsuit line. The original Shining World swimsuit girls, done by Max Factory, are some of my all-time favorite figures…. so a collaboration featuring 9 girls done by 4 different companies? I was so on board. But that was two years ago, and the figures have been coming out at a trickle: we’ve gotten Nellis and Amil from Kotobukiya and Melty and Neris from Max Factory, but Alter and AlphaMax have been pretty all quiet on the western front (though we did get a sculpt of AlphaMax’s Kaguya). But finally, some progress! Alter’s Lorna, who has been sculpted for ages, is finally ready for orders. Lorna is one of my favorite of the girls (second only to Xiao Mei, can you sense a theme?) and I am so excited to finally place an order for her! I mean, it’s a wolf maid at the beach. So bizarre, so good. Orders open the 17th, and I can’t wait to place mine. [via Alter’s Blog]

    Alter’s Lorna Hits The Beach

    My excitement was pretty much sky-high when it was announced that we’d be getting a Shining Hearts swimsuit line. The original Shining World swimsuit girls, done by Max Factory, are some of my all-time favorite figures…. so a collaboration featuring 9 girls done by 4 different companies? I was so on board. But that was two years ago, and the figures have been coming out at a trickle: we’ve gotten Nellis and Amil from Kotobukiya and Melty and Neris from Max Factory, but Alter and AlphaMax have been pretty all quiet on the western front (though we did get a sculpt of AlphaMax’s Kaguya). But finally, some progress! Alter’s Lorna, who has been sculpted for ages, is finally ready for orders. Lorna is one of my favorite of the girls (second only to Xiao Mei, can you sense a theme?) and I am so excited to finally place an order for her! I mean, it’s a wolf maid at the beach. So bizarre, so good. Orders open the 17th, and I can’t wait to place mine. [via Alter’s Blog]

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  • I used to be absolutely blown away by Alter’s displays at the seasonal festivals. Now I wonder: am I jaded from being in the collecting hobby for to long, or has the general quality/impressiveness actually taken a nosedive? Sure, there are some lovely figures on display here. We have two (well, 3 but 2 of them are 1 figure) Strike Witches girls, a shiny male figure, and the impressively sculpted Haruna. And how can I forget swimsuit Lorna? I’m a sucker for a wolf maid in a bikini. But there’s also some blah. Yui Kotegawa is nothing to write home about–she could have come out 6 or 7 years ago, honestly, the sculpt is so bland. And there’s yet another Saber–excuse me, I mean Back Alley Satsuki. I don’t know, nothing here is screaming “oh my god, figure of the year, BUY ME!” But what about you guys? See anything that you absolutely have to own? [UPDATE] Added Charles, who is finally painted! [via figsoku]

    MegaHobby Expo Spring 2015: Alter

    I used to be absolutely blown away by Alter’s displays at the seasonal festivals. Now I wonder: am I jaded from being in the collecting hobby for to long, or has the general quality/impressiveness actually taken a nosedive? Sure, there are some lovely figures on display here. We have two (well, 3 but 2 of them are 1 figure) Strike Witches girls, a shiny male figure, and the impressively sculpted Haruna. And how can I forget swimsuit Lorna? I’m a sucker for a wolf maid in a bikini. But there’s also some blah. Yui Kotegawa is nothing to write home about–she could have come out 6 or 7 years ago, honestly, the sculpt is so bland. And there’s yet another Saber–excuse me, I mean Back Alley Satsuki. I don’t know, nothing here is screaming “oh my god, figure of the year, BUY ME!” But what about you guys? See anything that you absolutely have to own? [UPDATE] Added Charles, who is finally painted! [via figsoku]

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  • Remember those rumors about a DD Sasara re-release? Well, seems like it wasn’t all hot air–it is actually happening! Both Sasara and the more recent Melty will be getting “re-releases” for Dolpa 32, which takes place on December 14th. Why re-release in quotes? Well, they’re both in new outfits, so technically they are different from the base models! And, obviously, Sasara is getting the newer DDdy body. Melty will be in (surprise) her Christmas-themed outfit for ¥62,000, which is basically just the base one with a color swap. I have two of the original Melty and love her to death, so this is great news for people lusting after her! Sasara will be in a sweeter, lighter-colored outfit than her original release and will retail for ¥66,000. [via pink_dokuro’s Twitter]

    Dollfie Dreams Melty And Sasara Are Getting Re-Released

    Remember those rumors about a DD Sasara re-release? Well, seems like it wasn’t all hot air–it is actually happening! Both Sasara and the more recent Melty will be getting “re-releases” for Dolpa 32, which takes place on December 14th. Why re-release in quotes? Well, they’re both in new outfits, so technically they are different from the base models! And, obviously, Sasara is getting the newer DDdy body. Melty will be in (surprise) her Christmas-themed outfit for ¥62,000, which is basically just the base one with a color swap. I have two of the original Melty and love her to death, so this is great news for people lusting after her! Sasara will be in a sweeter, lighter-colored outfit than her original release and will retail for ¥66,000. [via pink_dokuro’s Twitter]

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  • I was in love with Kotobukiya’s first Seraphim Sakuya, but I’m sad to say I’ve almost forgotten her thanks to their amazing second version. I mean… ribbons, wings, Tony Taka. My favorite things. The fact that her sculpt and paint are jaw-dropping (and her price isn’t so scary) are just the icing on the cake. We’re going to be getting a lot of galleries of her in the next few months, and I will be posting all of them bwahaha. Yeah, that’s right, NO ESCAPE. Just behold. Look into her eyes. You know you want to press the order button. Dooo ittt. [via moeyo]

    Kotobukiya’s 1/6 Seraphim Sakuya Is Heaven-Sent

    I was in love with Kotobukiya’s first Seraphim Sakuya, but I’m sad to say I’ve almost forgotten her thanks to their amazing second version. I mean… ribbons, wings, Tony Taka. My favorite things. The fact that her sculpt and paint are jaw-dropping (and her price isn’t so scary) are just the icing on the cake. We’re going to be getting a lot of galleries of her in the next few months, and I will be posting all of them bwahaha. Yeah, that’s right, NO ESCAPE. Just behold. Look into her eyes. You know you want to press the order button. Dooo ittt. [via moeyo]

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  • Kotobukiya has already given us one lovely Seraphim version of Sakuya from Shining Ark, so people were understandably skeptical when they announced a second one at Wonder Festival. I mean, Sakuya has some modes they have yet to cover–why do another Seraphim version? BECAUSE SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL, that is why! Unlike the first this is a giant 1/6 scale, and she’s… well, stripped down. While she has more wings (with a glitter finish!) her clothing is, shall we say, more minimalistic. It’s only ribbons, really. But I feel like this figure just captures Tony Taka’s art so well. The only think I’m worried about is the price tag, but let’s be real. She’d have to be over $200 for me to not bite the bullet for this beauty. [via Kotobukiya’s figure blog]

    Kotobukiya’s New Seraphim Sakuya Is A Sight For Sore Eyes

    Kotobukiya has already given us one lovely Seraphim version of Sakuya from Shining Ark, so people were understandably skeptical when they announced a second one at Wonder Festival. I mean, Sakuya has some modes they have yet to cover–why do another Seraphim version? BECAUSE SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL, that is why! Unlike the first this is a giant 1/6 scale, and she’s… well, stripped down. While she has more wings (with a glitter finish!) her clothing is, shall we say, more minimalistic. It’s only ribbons, really. But I feel like this figure just captures Tony Taka’s art so well. The only think I’m worried about is the price tag, but let’s be real. She’d have to be over $200 for me to not bite the bullet for this beauty. [via Kotobukiya’s figure blog]

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  • Kotobukiya had a lot going on at Wonder Festival. And by a lot I mean… a lot of things I want to own right now, please and thank you. The three I was most interested in were all Shining World and/or Tony Taka girls: the new Xiao Mei and her kitty companion, the crazy winged Maxima and of course Daisy‘s blonde sister Annabel! Those three also happen to be the sculpts they are showcasing today, and it seems to be hinting that they are all getting their paint worked on! Especially Xiao Mei, whose cat form is pretty clearly painted. I’m so excited! [via Kotobukiya’s Japan blog]

    Kotobukiya Shows Off Some Of Their Wonder Festival Sculpts

    Kotobukiya had a lot going on at Wonder Festival. And by a lot I mean… a lot of things I want to own right now, please and thank you. The three I was most interested in were all Shining World and/or Tony Taka girls: the new Xiao Mei and her kitty companion, the crazy winged Maxima and of course Daisy‘s blonde sister Annabel! Those three also happen to be the sculpts they are showcasing today, and it seems to be hinting that they are all getting their paint worked on! Especially Xiao Mei, whose cat form is pretty clearly painted. I’m so excited! [via Kotobukiya’s Japan blog]

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  • Kotobukiya had a lot going on at Wonder Festival, and as we all know the pictures that come out the fastest during an event usually aren’t the best. Because we want to get everything up in a timely fashion the sacrifice for speed over quality is just part of the news game, but it’s nice to have a closer, detailed look at the figures once the dust has settled! We’ve got all of Koto’s Shining World/Tony Taka girls in the gallery (of course), along with a bevel of swimsuit-clad beauties and, of course, the amazing Black Butler duo. So check them out after the jump! [via Akibahobby]

    Take A Closer Look At Kotobukiya’s Wonder Fest Goodies

    Kotobukiya had a lot going on at Wonder Festival, and as we all know the pictures that come out the fastest during an event usually aren’t the best. Because we want to get everything up in a timely fashion the sacrifice for speed over quality is just part of the news game, but it’s nice to have a closer, detailed look at the figures once the dust has settled! We’ve got all of Koto’s Shining World/Tony Taka girls in the gallery (of course), along with a bevel of swimsuit-clad beauties and, of course, the amazing Black Butler duo. So check them out after the jump! [via Akibahobby]

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  • Kotobukiya’s teasers pretty much gave away all that we’d be seeing at Wonder Festival, but… hey, we still like to see the whole figure! As we suspected there are a whole lot of Tony Taka girls. Daisy’s sister is here, and looking so lovely! Then there’s Roselinde, who looks great in all that armor. The mystery winged figure is a SECOND winged version of Sakuya. But this time it’s back to the name Maxima. That counts as different, right? And, of course, Xiao-Mei and her cat form Rinrin! Then we have a new set of Muv-Luv Alternative girls: Katia Waldheim, Irisdena Bernhard, and Lyz Hohenstein in swimsuits. There is also a teaser for another Shingeki no Bahamut figure! YES! But wait, there’s more. Homura in a kimono… thing, and swimsuit Saber, and another swimsuit figure of… Amane Suou from Grisaia no Kajitsu -LE FRUIT DE LA GRISAIA-. Phew. Oh, and also pink Chun-Li. [via Kotobukiya’s Facebook]

    Summer WonFest 2014: Kotobukiya

    Kotobukiya’s teasers pretty much gave away all that we’d be seeing at Wonder Festival, but… hey, we still like to see the whole figure! As we suspected there are a whole lot of Tony Taka girls. Daisy’s sister is here, and looking so lovely! Then there’s Roselinde, who looks great in all that armor. The mystery winged figure is a SECOND winged version of Sakuya. But this time it’s back to the name Maxima. That counts as different, right? And, of course, Xiao-Mei and her cat form Rinrin! Then we have a new set of Muv-Luv Alternative girls: Katia Waldheim, Irisdena Bernhard, and Lyz Hohenstein in swimsuits. There is also a teaser for another Shingeki no Bahamut figure! YES! But wait, there’s more. Homura in a kimono… thing, and swimsuit Saber, and another swimsuit figure of… Amane Suou from Grisaia no Kajitsu -LE FRUIT DE LA GRISAIA-. Phew. Oh, and also pink Chun-Li. [via Kotobukiya’s Facebook]

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  • You would think the fact that three companies are working on the Shining Hearts swimsuit line would make it, you know, come out a bit faster. But of the 9 planned girls, only two have been finished so far: Max Factory’s Melty and Kotobukiya’s Nellis. Basically, it will take another 3 years to see this thing through. Sigh. Well, surprisingly, it’s not Alter who will be up to bat next but Max Factory again, this time with Mistral Neris! Who, shockingly, I am not in love with. Her swimsuit borders on tacky (especially without the skirt…) and is not what I expected from Tony Taka. I mean, they managed to keep Clalaclan looking like a real girl… but something about Mistral’s proportions reads fake to me. Also, her face is kind of weird. But I LOVE the skirt and twintails and I want to complete the set… what’s a girl to do? When it’s ¥10000 for a 1/7 swimsuit figure, the answer might be “pass.” [via the figma blog]

    The Shining Hearts Swimsuit Line Continues With Mistral Neris

    You would think the fact that three companies are working on the Shining Hearts swimsuit line would make it, you know, come out a bit faster. But of the 9 planned girls, only two have been finished so far: Max Factory’s Melty and Kotobukiya’s Nellis. Basically, it will take another 3 years to see this thing through. Sigh. Well, surprisingly, it’s not Alter who will be up to bat next but Max Factory again, this time with Mistral Neris! Who, shockingly, I am not in love with. Her swimsuit borders on tacky (especially without the skirt…) and is not what I expected from Tony Taka. I mean, they managed to keep Clalaclan looking like a real girl… but something about Mistral’s proportions reads fake to me. Also, her face is kind of weird. But I LOVE the skirt and twintails and I want to complete the set… what’s a girl to do? When it’s ¥10000 for a 1/7 swimsuit figure, the answer might be “pass.” [via the figma blog]

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