Our coverage of Comic Market 73 begins with a look at the figures on display in the industry booth section. While not much new information was gleaned, it was an opportunity to see a few kits up close that we hadn’t been able to experience fully before; see below for photos and the few bits of news forthcoming from the event:


Goodsmile / Max Factory


The Goodsmile presence was relatively subdued at the event, with a display case for Figma (no photography allowed) showing the entire Haruhi main cast in dance formation; looks like we can expect them later on in the action figure lineup. The only real piece of fresh news other than that was word that Shuraki will be receiving a manga adaptation beginning in the March ’08 issue of Dragon Age, with a preview in the February issue on sale January 9th. Max Factory’s May-release Kemeko Nendoroid and Em Em PVC were available for shooting as well, so I took the opportunity… Kemeko Deluxe is serialized in Dengeki Gao with an anime coming later this year.

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Lashinbang

Lashinbang had the prototype of their Spica figure on display, set for PVC release in Summer ’08. To my knowledge this won’t be a general release, so proxy purchasing will likely be required.

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Toranoana

Tora provided a first opportunity to see their new Witchblade PVCs up close and personal and the immediate impression is that they are small. 1/10 should be taken literally here; a price that might otherwise be seen as a bargain starts feeling a bit expensive at this scale, and may warrant thinking twice about the purchase for some. The real news from Tora is that they’re producing a PVC version of Kitutehu Characters‘ original character Garance; she’s due out this spring at 3,465 yen and 14 cm tall (non-scale).

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That’s a wrap of what I was able to pick up from the figure department on the first day; stay tuned for more C73 event coverage soon!