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Artbook Review: Gurren Lagann Yoko Portraits

When I first heard that this book was coming out I assumed it would be just another gimmick to bilk Yoko fans out of a bit more cash, consisting of little more than recycled Megami and Newtype posters padded with screenshots from the show. This is Gainax we’re talking about, after all – the company that never sells something once when they can sell it twice (or a dozen times). Imagine my surprise upon paging through it that the volume in fact contains an astonishing amount of new material created exclusively for this book – and much of it really nice work. After rubbing my eyes to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating the Gainax of two decades ago I immediately decided the volume had to be procured, so here, a mere three months late, is our look at Yoko’s portrait collection:

Solid Theater’s String Swimsuit Girl on parade

GA Graphic brings the scoop this evening with a full gallery of Solid Theater’s Himomizugi no Onna no Ko (“string swimsuit girl”), the first new release announced from the brand following its acquisition by Movic. As promised the original Solid Theater brand name is retained, though distribution is now credited to the parent company. This may be the first time full details on the PVC release have been compiled in one place: the kit is based on the September 2006 cover illustration by Miwa Miwa of eromanga serial magazine Monthly Comic Papipo (月刊COMICパピポ), which has since ceased publication. The sculpt was produced by Shinano, who other than a few capsule figures has been active primarily on the garage kit side ([ERO] Karen from Ai no Chikara and Sumire from Jokei Kazoku ~Inbou~ with circle Gankura). The figure is scheduled for release in August at 1/8 scale (20 cm tall) and 7,140 yen retail. We’ll be on the lookout for preorder listings, which should be appearing shortly. (no more)

Figma Mikuru, Itsuki preorders open: SOS-dan complete!

Goodsmile just updated their official site with product listings for Max Factory’s Figma action figure brand Asahina Mikuru (school uniform ver.) and Koizumi Itsuki (school uniform ver.) figures from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. As we reported earlier they’re scheduled for release in June at 2,500 yen each, with Mikuru at 13.5 cm tall and Itsuki at 15 cm tall (non-scale). Both come with a variety of face and hand configurations, and Itsuki comes with a “back sheet” (cardboard? cutout) of the SOS-dan’s clubroom, so you can recreate your own diorama scenes. Sculpting is from Masaki Apsy, and producion is from Max Factory; the pair completes the core SOS-dan lineup following the release of Nagato, Haruhi, and the announcement of Kyon. With these listings up at Goodsmile preorders are sure to follow shortly. Images below:

Griffon goes nekomimi Kanu at WHF Ariake 18

I thought Griffon’s WHF Ariake 18 lineup was complete with their listing a few days back, but it seems such musings were premature – last night they unveiled a nekomimi-clad Kanu Unchou resin kit from Ikkitousen that will be making its sales debut at the event. The kit is an unpainted/unassembled resin cast kit with a total of 42 parts, 1/7 scale (11.5 cm tall), with a sculpt from Akiyama Akio (previous work includes this Hakufu cold cast from Griffon’s R-Line brand). The kit includes chibi versions of Chouhi Ekitoku and Ryuubi Gentoku, and it seems clear that the skirt part (at least) is removable. Griffon will be bringing 70 copies of the kit to the event, where it will retail for 8,800 yen; no word of mass production as a finished kit has been announced, but this is one we’ll be keeping a sharp eye out with the hope of seeing a cold cast or PVC version announced soon. Image below:

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