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Posted by Leah Bayer on December 18, 2016 | 3 Comments
Did you think that Griffon Enterprises had gone the way of the dinosaurs (and Taki Corp)? So did everyone else. It’s been ages since they actually did anything, and many of their in-production figures (like the damn goldfish action figure I had on order for 2 years!!) were simply cancelled or left in limbo. But apparently they were just hibernating, because they’re back with totally new branding!
They showed off two new lines, which really just seems like a way of re-branding their image. The first, Bishojo Tairiku, is their art-based 18+ line (kind of like what Native and AlphaMax does), featuring art by Kizuki Aruchu, Koutaro, Watanabe Yoshihiro, and more! The second, Grand Toys, features more traditional licenses like Cutie Honey, Super Sonico, Highschool DxD, and Silent Möbius. They’ve also revived a few Date A Live and Rozen Maiden figures I thought were long gone! I know Griffon has been a spotty company but they’ve made quite a few very nice figures, so I hope this works out well for them.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 30, 2016 | 4 Comments
So MegaHobby was, like, 3 days ago but apparently it’s totally time for another event to happen! Because all the companies not at MH had to do something with their time. First up is Vertex, aka “how do boobs work because I’ve never seen a human female.” There are so many hilarious boobs on display! From seasonally appropriate boobage (the Valkyrie Chronicles girls, and Santa Sonico–remember when she had a realistic bust?), to cyber boobage (Purple Heart, whose boobs are trying to escape her body), to the traditional gravity-deftying boobage (Fiona from Border Break!).
But there were almost-realistic girls on display too, like Sakuya from Shining Blade. And their announcements, like Noel from Blazblue, are pretty surprising given their usual demographic. Brunhilde from Aoki Kakumei no Valkyria is, however, exactly what I’d expect from them.
[via Vertex’s Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 29, 2016 | 2 Comments
Amakuni is moving on up in the world. They used to be a company totally under my radar: they released only a handful of figures a month, tended to focus on fanservice, and only made exclusives. Well, the last two are still true, but they are ramping up their production (and quality!) like woah based on their MegaHobby display.
The star of the show is definitely Anne Takamaki from Persona 5, along with an announcement for Makoto Niijima. I hope this is the first of many announcements for the game! We also have shockingly original duo-figure of Megaman X and Zero, a ton of Kantai Collection (Kashima, Ooyoda, Haruna, Libeccio, and Mutsu), the addition of Yuzuruha to their Muramasa line (along with alternate “wet” versions of Momohime and Kongiku), their cute Sonico which is ruined by the boobs, Orange Heart from the Neptunia franchise, and so much more.
Like Ryoubi from Senran Kagura, a bunny version of Sword & Wizards‘ Fuyuka Yukishiro, the painted Deena Challenger, Cleric from Bikini Warriors, and announcement for Alice Shimada from Girls und Panzer, and the way too perfect Cyan from Show By Rock. I want so many of these figures…
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 14, 2016 | No Comments
I was pretty excited when we heard about Good Smile Company’s Anniversary Sonico, which features an elaborately sculpted wedding outfit. So when I heard they’d be doing another one, my hopes got up. And… they probably shouldn’t have.
Like many of the Sonico figures that have come out recently, this is just… it’s tacky, guys. I love Sonico but it’s literally a strip of leather around her boobs. And they’re so unrealistically sized and shaped. Remember when sculptors tried to give Sonico a softer, more realistic appearance? That’s going to be a hell of a struggle for this one.
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 10, 2016 | 5 Comments
It’s apparently Sonico’s 10th anniversary! And it seems like it was only yesterday that companies started producing figures of her like there was no tomorrow. It’s been years (her first figure was in 2009!), but we still get Sonicos like clockwork: in fact there have been quite a few reveals in the last few days. But none of them will top this new one from Good Smile Company, featuring a wedding Sonico!
I really love wedding figures, sadly they are rare (and usually expensive). But for this one? Yeah, I’ll shell out a lot. We rarely get figures of her this elaborately sculpted with fancy bases and everything, she looks so beautiful! Though it does make me wonder about their other, still unpainted figure of her…
Posted by Leah Bayer on September 7, 2016 | 3 Comments
It’s almost fall, and you know what that means–new season, new Prize Fair. They’re on the 45th already, if you can believe it! And like always, the big 4 (FuRyu, Taito, SEGA, & Banpresto) had all the upcoming prize figures out on display.
I always try to swear off prize figures, but like clockwork there are one or two that draw me back in. This time, funnily enough, it’s a collab I’ve basically ignored because I’m interested: the Madogatari figures. That Kiss-Shot in Homura garb, hnnng! There’s lots of other great stuff, and of course all the regulars (Evangelion, Miku, KanColle, Disney, Dragon Ball Z) were out in force. Check them all out in the gallery below!
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 24, 2016 | No Comments
Did you notice a distinct lack of Sonico at this Wonder Festival? We really only had one or two, and she used to absolutely dominate the figure scene. I’m not really sure who the next eye candy girl is, but sadly my pink-haired cutie seems to be on the decline. But fear not, Pulchra is here with a super cute sweater Sonico! And also some other stuff, like Dagashi Kashi figures, Yuuki Mikan from To LOVEru, and a super amazing Rider from Fate/Grand Order. For real now, how many F/GO figures does any human need. Seems like literally every company had at least one.
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 24, 2016 | No Comments
Native used to be the undisputed king of NSFW figures. But recently they started putting out more and more figures with lower quality (or at least attention to detail), and AlphaMax started overtaking the ecchi market. Recently, though, I think Native has tried to return to its roots: sure, they have a LOT of stuff at this Wonder Festival, but a lot of them have a classic Native feel.
We’ve got art from all the faves (and some new faces as well): Tony Taka, Raita, Saito Masatsugu, ReDrop, Tsuji Santa, Nagaoka Kenzou, abec, Ishikei, Pyon-Kti, Parsley, Yuuki Hagure. And while it’s a nice lineup, I’m kind of disappointed that 1) no boys and 2) my goddamn techno nurse is STILL MISSING. Where is she, Native?!
[via Native’s Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 22, 2016 | 1 Comment
Native just recently started doing Wonder Festival teasers, but this year it’s of course more of the same. A rather vague collection of limbs, many of which are things like “feet” or “the corner of a base.” They’re always kind of hard to pinpoint, because Native doesn’t (usually) do recognizable characters and it’s very hard to guess which artists is which based on, you know, a hand. But many of these are clearly based on some of the past art they’ve shown off, like Yuuki Hagure’s idol girl or their secretary Sonico.
[via Native’s Blog]