This one has me pretty excited: Getchu posted a listing last night for what Toys Works is calling a Gaku-ran version Haruhi PVC figure (from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, of course). Running down the specs it seems she’s 1/8 scale, 19 cm tall and comes with removable jacket (and skirt?). While by and large I haven’t bought into Haruhi figure mania I was immediately attracted by this kit due to the great dynamic balance of the sculpt and original take on Itou Noiji‘s design; the reason for this was revealed when I noticed sculpting duty is being handled by Katagiri Katsuhiro of Vispo, one of my all time favorite sculptors. This will be a definite purchase for me when she comes out in September, though I’m sure opinions will differ; definition of “gaku-ran” and kit pictures follow:


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Edit: it seems Hobby Stock posted the figure last night as well, and their gallery images are slightly larger than mine.

I was puzzling over the meaning of “gaku-ran” until I Googled it to find that it refers to the style of jacket she’s wearing, one based on the high-necked uniforms of Westerners who began to appear in Japan in the late 1800’s, especially those from Holland (oRANda), the designs of which were adopted by schools for their students (GAKUsei) to wear. As slang it’s a bit dated, associated with manga such as Bebop High School (Japanese Wikipedia) and no longer widely used.