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Ikkitousen, Lucky Star itasha models announced

The moe car decal boom known as itasha (痛車 = “hurt car”, pun on “Italian car”) has been sweeping Japan for the past few years, and thanks to Aoshima recently began to appear in model form as well (Haruhi and To Heart 2 featured on their first two releases). Aoshima augmented their lineup yesterday with the announcement of a Lucky Star itasha based on the Mazda Roadster 1800RS convertible, which will retail in late June at 3,570 yen retail and 1/24 scale.

A new entry into the itasha model maker’s arena appeared yesterday as well, with Aizu Project’s announcement of a 1/43 scale Mini Car Toyota Hi-Ace (Ikkitousen version). Based on the popular Hi-Ace 200 van from Toyota, it’s scheduled to retail in September at 3,990 yen retail. Unlike Aoshima’s offering which is an unpainted/unassembled plastic model, this Aizu van is a die-cast model and presumably can be displayed out of the box. Images of both are below:

Figure News: 07/11/09 evening preorders

Amiami has another decent batch of preorders up tonight, including Toys Planning’s Miyamura Miyako PVC from ef who clocks in at 20 cm tall and is due out in January at 6,500 yen; Movic’s Corticarte Apa Lagranges (adult ver.) PVC from Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica, due out in January at 5,880 yen and 1/8 scale (21 cm tall); an Ayanami Rei cold cast from Evangelion (in white and black bikini versions) from Aizu Project, due out in February at 1/8 scale and 12,600 yen; and a Tsumura Tokiko PVC from Busou Renkin, due out from Organic in December at 1,890 yen and 12 cm tall. (no more)

Figure News: preorder and limited edition miscellany

A few miscellaneous items now in preorder: Resinya’s Kushieda Minori from Toradora! (January release), Aizu Project’s Ryomou Shimei (gosurori ver.) cold cast from Ikkitousen (February release), Beat’s original Amaha Collection Wildcat Anna (December release), and Chrono Gate’s Murata Yukari from Rocket Girls (March release). In limited edition news, a Nitro+ online shop limited Kuro no Franco will be released with additional scarf, different facial expression and different colored underwear; a limited edition pink Konomi (maid ver.) is coming from Kotobukiya shops, and an Amiami-limited Wildcat Anna will be available in silver. Also in from Kotobukiya via Akiba Hobby is word that we’ll be seeing a Shining Wind Kureha from them sometime next year. (no more)

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