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Figure News: Goodsmile / Comic Gum collaboration presents Ryomou Shimei PVC (pearl black ver.) from Ikkitousen

First scooped by HD last week, an official page is now online for Goodsmile / Comic Gum’s collaboration Ryomou Shimei (pearl black ver.) PVC figure from Ikkitousen! This is a wide release version of the magazine mail order limited blue version that came out this summer, and which was discussed earlier here. Sculpting duty was handled by French Doll of sculpting circle Cerberus Project, and she’s set for release in January of ’08 at 7,800 yen retail and 1/7 scale (28 cm tall). As remarked in the initial scoop I’d be happier to see her blue version in wide release instead of this black, but the chance to get her in any format is quite welcome. From the limited batch that came out over the summer we’re only waiting on an unlimited release for the Kanu now… With her up officially at Goodsmile preorders for Ryomou should commence shortly around the interweb shops. (no more)

Figure News: Konami’s Bemani Lilina PVC gets the green light (barely)

We’ve been tracking the progress of preorders for Konami’s Beatmania IIDX Lilina PVC figure over the past several months, and with the final deadline back on October 28th it seems she just barely made the 2,500 unit preorder cutoff required to trigger production. She’s set to go on sale on March 14th of next year at 4,935 yen retail and 1/8 scale (12 cm tall). Unlike Iroha, the first Bemani figure in this made-to-order series who cleared her 2,500 unit preorder quota with ease, Lilina required a three week extension to make the cut; while a third installment in the series is apparently planned it seems that if fan enthusiasm continues to wane Lilina may be the last that we’ll see actualized. If you’d like to support HD with your Lilina preorder, she’s available now at Play Asia. Update: figure sample image below:

[ERO] Figure News: Taki Corporation’s Komaki Ikuno PVC from To Heart 2 up for preorder

Word is in from Amiami last night that Taki Corporation‘s Komaki Ikuno (DVD jacket ver.) PVC figure is now up for preorder. Based on the jacket illustration from volume 2 of the To Heart 2 OVA, she’s meant to come as a pair with her older sister Manaka. She’s set for release in December at 25 cm tall (16 scale?) and a retail price of 9,240 yen, and is fully castoffable; with a face sculpt that could be use to frighten small children I’m not sure who will be in the market for such a misshapen item, but she’s out there now for fans to pass their own judgement. (no more)

Game Book News: Queen’s Gate official site open

The official site for Queen’s Blade spinoff series Queen’s Gate is now open! Based on the Lost Worlds series of combat game books from Flying Buffalo Press, Queen’s Gate serves as the portal between the Queen’s Blade series and the creative works of other brands joining in partnership to release other characters in the Lost Worlds format. The first two installments are Mon wo Hiraku Mono Arisu, designed by Niθ of Nitro+, and the POP-illustrated Magical Girl Pastel Ink, heroine of the Moetan anime and English otaku phrase book series. Both combat artbooks are scheduled for release on November 30th at 1,500 yen each, and like their Queen’s Blade counterparts will be hardcover and full color. We’ll be keeping an eye out for further news on this series – could Maritan be next? (no more)

[ERO] Figure News: Medicos Entertainment Queen’s Blade trading figures officially unveiled

The official Medicos Entertainment site yesterday posted an entry regarding their Queen’s Blade trading figure set (the same one featured in this month’s Hobby Japan, and listed on the official Queen’s Blade site for some time). The new Medicos post shows us Reina and Nowa in color, as well as providing further details about their release format: the set is scheduled to hit shelves in mid-February of next year with each figure at ~10 cm tall, though the price has yet to be announced (I’m guessing somewhere in the 700-800 yen range for this quality). The set will contain seven pieces: two color versions each of Reina, Nowa, and Risty, and one “secret”, and will be sold in boxes of six (DAMN YOU MEDICOS >:O). Preorders are scheduled to begin on November 1st, and pricing information along with Risty in color should be appearing soon. We’ll keep an eye out. (no more)

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