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Organic presents Umisho Amuro, Mirei PVCs

Amiami’s evening update tonight included a pair of new PVCs from figure maker Organic which were a bit of a surprise: Ninagawa Amuro and Mirei Shizuoka from Kenkou Zenra-kei Suieibu Umishou (aka. Umisho). Both are castoffable, 1/8 scale, and scheduled to retail at 7,140 yen, with Amuro coming in June and Mirei coming in July; sculptor and precise height information are currently unknown. Images of the pair are reproduced below:

Toy’sworks preorder bonanza

Preorders opened for seven (7, 七, Ⅶ) new items from figure maker Toy’sworks this evening. We’ve covered them all here in past weeks and months so I won’t go too in depth, but they are, in no particular order:

Figure images can be found at their respective Amiami links. (no more)

Volks to produce Hatsune Miku in PVC

Figure maker Volks updated today with the news that the Hatsune Miku resin kit they presented at Wonder Festival (scoop) is scheduled for reproduction in PVC. According to the kit’s official page preorders will open April 29th for the figure, which is 1/6 scale, with a sculpt from A-BRAND‘s Miruhi Shutoraase (Milchstraße, ミルヒ・シュトラーセ) and a retail price of 7,140 yen. She comes with a second exchangeable arm option, and is scheduled for release in early September.

It’s currently unknown whether she’ll be put up for broad release or limited to order at Volks only, but unbroken precedent indicates that despite their recent forays into the PVC world the brand remains committed to a sickly type of repugnant monopolistic isolationism.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past eight months or are suffering temporary amnesia and don’t recall who Miku is, click here. (no more)

Toranoana launches new figure brand TC2F, features Taka Tony

The official site of otaku goods retailer and producer Toranoana was updated this evening to announce the creation of a new figure brand dubbed TC2F (“Toranoana & Creators Collaboration Figure”). The first item in the brand’s lineup will be a collaboration with T2 ART WORKS (Taka Tony): the “bikini maid girl” figure we first reported on at the beginning of this month. The official TC2F page reports that the figure is a collaboration between Tony and sculptor Maeda Tomoki of Works Sapporo, is 1/8 scale, does not appear castoffable (other than two pairs of glasses as option parts), and is scheduled to retail in late May at the astoundingly low price of 4,515 yen (with telephone card) or 3,990 yen (figure alone).

The bad news is that the TC2F series is apparently “100% Toranoana Store Limited”, meaning a trip to the proxy service is in order for fans outside Japan. At that price I think many may bite the bullet and pay the extra finder’s fee…

Kit images reproduced below:

Hatsune Miku news from Goodsmile

The official blog of figure maker Goodsmile updated today with several new photographs and a couple of pieces of Miku-related news. The first is that preorders for their 1/8 scale Hatsune Miku PVC (the one we first scooped at Wonder Festival) will begin next week! We can expect a crushing avalanche of interest in this item, and while Goodsmile is likely prepared for the high demand this time (based on the 50,000+ preorders they received for Nendoroid Miku), we’ll still be watching closely for announcement of the preorder and bring the news to you as fast as humanly possible. Better to be safe than sorry with these things…

Speaking of Goodsmile’s Miku Nendoroid, the other bit of news is that a second batch of the figure is on its way to official Goodsmile partner shops as I’m typing this. These include several stores that ship internationally, such as HLJ and J-List, so if you missed her when she first came out this could be an unexpectedly good chance to pick her up.

Stay tuned for further news on the 1/8 scale Miku preorder frenzy! (no more)

April 18th eroge release roundup

Today we take a look at the new batch of eroge released the week of April 18th, 2008. It’s a typical mid-month group with a mere six new or significantly updated titles available, but it’s a nice range at that – an enhanced reissue of Puzzlebox’s romantic comedy Shutter Chance Love meets the dark new Nise Kyoushi (“false teacher”) from Nomad, with a new Nurse no Obenkyou title from Atelier-D rounding out the higher price end of the spectrum. There’s a nice futanari item from artist Q of Behind Moon on the budget end, along with two other dark school-themed budget titles that round out the week – check it out!

Kotobukiya presents Shining Wind Mao, magazine schedule

Figure maker Kotobukiya posted a product listing to their official online shop over the noon hour today for a PVC figure of Mao from the Tony-designed PS2 RPG Shining Wind. She’s due out in July at 1/8 scale (16.5 cm tall) and 5,775 yen retail, with a castoffable jacket; sculptor information is unconfirmed but my guess is that she’s the work of Nakamura Hirotoshi.

In other Kotobukiya news, the maker has posted a list of upcoming figures that will be featured in hobby magazines through the month of April. The key bishoujo PVC items appear to be:

  • Lala – To Love-Ru
  • Mao – Shining Wind
  • Noumi Kudryavka – Little Busters!
  • Kamikita Komari – Little Busters!
  • Sennin Haruka – Choukou Sennin Haruka (Beat Blades Haruka)
  • Rion – Tales of Destiny
  • Naomi – Art of Yamashita Shunya

A couple of new announcements in the mix there that we’ll be watching for as the Dengeki Hobby / Hobby Japan street date nears in a few more days. Mao pictures below:

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