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Figure Review: Food Girls Strawberry-chan

What are girls made of? If you said “sugar and spice and everything nice”, you wouldn’t be far off. If you said “food”, you’d be closer still. If you said “polyvinyl chloride, paint, artificial strawberry fragrance, and carcinogens”, you’d be talking about Cafe Reo’s Strawberry-chan, the first figure to be released based on designs from Okama’s Food Girls artbook and the first I’m aware of to use scent as a gimmick. Who could pass up a figure with such curious credentials? Certainly not me, resulting in the review you’re about to see:

Dokimajo 2 petit Nendoroids unveiled

We mentioned in passing back on April 3rd that the first lot limited edition release of “witch touching” game sequel Doki Doki Majo Shinpan 2 would be accompanied by a pair of Petit Nendoroid character figures, and thanks to Dengeki Hobby Web News we now have our first look at the completed items! See below for more:

Asougi Rin, Yatsuhiro Nanaka hug pillows

Online shop Getchu updated this evening with preorder listings for two new hug pillowcases from goods maker Matching World / Machi Chara: Asougi Rin from Mnemosyne, and Yatsuhiro Nanaka from Myself; Yourself. Both pillowcases are double-sided and feature original character illustrations, are 150 x 50 cm in size and printed on “smooth knit” cotton/spandex blend fabric, with zipper fasteners attached. They both retail at 10,500 yen (case only) and are scheduled for release on June 27th. Images below:

Tonko follows Menma to the Taki chopping block

Amiami’s evening update today included a preorder listing for a Cutey Tonko PVC figure from Ramen Tenshi Pretty Menma, the fictional eroge created to inhabit the second season of the Genshiken anime. She’s due out in late June at 23 cm tall (no scale specified, presumably 1/7) and 9,240 yen retail; as is usual for Taki no sculptor is specified either. From the gallery provided it seems she’s a full castoff. Tonko is one of the angels vying for the protagonist’s affections in Pretty Menma, and this listing follow’s Taki’s earlier announcement of Menma herself, also scheduled for June release. Gallery below:

Daiki Kougyou to adapt epic Bakuten Sei

Figure maker Daiki Kougyou updated their official site this evening with a listing for an extraordinary Sei PVC figure from Bakuretsu Tenshi (Burst Angel). This PVC conversion continues Daiki’s tradition of adapting epic kits that turned a lot of heads on the garage kit circuit, with Sei coming from veteran sculptor Shiragami Takayuki (Yukishiro) who debuted the kit in 2007 (see below for our shots from WF07 summer). Daiki’s PVC version is scheduled to retail in early October at 11,550 yen, 28 cm tall (scale unspecified) and completely pre-painted and assembled. Preorders were momentarily open at Daiki but seem to have closed for now; we’ll be watching closely for further preorder info that should be coming soon. Figure images below:

Orchid Seed’s May lineup delayed to June

In what has become the Orchid Seed company mantra over the past year or so, the figure maker today announced yet another production delay affecting the following figures scheduled for release this month: Edelweiss Fumie, Witchblade Shiori, and Ma ga Ochiru Yoru Sherrice. All three are now scheduled for release in June. The delays are blamed on “a third party”, but who knows where the real culprit is… we’ll keep tabs on any further information that may indicate June as the actual release window instead of just more wishful thinking. (no more)

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Volks announces Kagamine Rin, Len

Updates at the official Piapro and Volks blogs confirm the news that Vocaloid virtual idol series singing siblings Kagamine Rin and Len are scheduled for figure production. Details are not yet available, but it seems logical to assume that they’ll be made available in PVC on the same terms as Volks’s Miku (Volks shop limited release). We’ll keep an eye out for price, sculptor, and further release information. In other news from Volks, their PVC Choukou Sennin Haruka and Narika will be up for preorder on May 25th and June 25th respectively, with release scheduled for July and August. These are also both Volks shop limited so proxy buying may be necessary (damn you Volks!). (no more)

Toy’s Planning does To Heart 2’s Konomi

An update to the official Toy’s Planning blog this morning announced the production of a Yuzuhara Konomi PVC figure from To Heart 2. Details are scarce so far, but the post reveals that she’s the work of sculptor Onuma Yoshimasa of circle Country Girl. Release information is unknown and the photos provided are of the figure still undergoing revision, so we can expect some tweaks before the final production model is unveiled; we’ll be keeping an eye out for future news on this as well as information on the lethally cute To Heart 2 collection figures Toypla has in the works. In related news it seems their polystone Shukujo Kazumi figure reissue will ship on May 21st; I am sorely tempted… ;_; (no more)

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