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Volks’ Masou Shizuka, Nanbu Kaguya prototypes unveiled

Those following the saga of the Alice Soft x Volks figure collaboration project over the past several months were rewarded late last night with the posting over at GA Graphic of the first official look at the prototype for the fan-selected #1 popular Rance series character, Masou Shizuka. Preorders for the PVC figure are expected to open on Monday, August 25th, exclusive to Volks’ online shop and brick and mortar locations, so a proxy buy will be necessary for international fans. Release is scheduled for “this winter”, and she retails at 7,140 yen and 1/6 scale (23 cm tall) with a sculpt from Kamio Rintarou (A-Brand).

Also new from Volks is word that the amply-chested Nanbu Kaguya, heroine of Mugen no Frontier: Super Robot Wars OG Saga, is to receive the figure treatment. She’s also scheduled for a winter release, at 7,875 yen and 1/7 scale (28 cm tall), with a sculpt from Chorosuke (A-Brand). Release is once again exclusive to Volks online and terrestrial shops, with preorders opening on August 25th. This combined with her abundant appearance at Comiket 74 mark a meteoric rise to popularity for a character who hit the market just last May, and we can expect to see more from her in the coming months.

Images ganked from GA Graphic below:

Volks x Alice Soft figure project update

A couple of news items from the Volks x Alice Soft figure collaboration project to report today: first is word that the votes from the Rance figure selection poll have finally been tallied! And the winner is… drumrolldrumrolldrumrollMasou Shizuka, from Rance VI! Receiving 5231 of the 43,747 votes cast, she narrowly beat out Rance Nazo no Shoujo to be selected as the first PVC figure in Volks’s upcoming Rance series. We’ll keep an eye out for a prototype to appear within the next few months.

In other, considerably gloomier news, HD reader Baldulf came across this scan yesterday that provides additional information on the release of Volks’s Choukou Sennin Haruka (Beat Blades Haruka) PVCs. Both Haruka and Narika are due out at 1/7 scale and 6,500 yen retail, with sculpts from Chorosuke; Haruka is set for release in June, with Narika coming in July. The unfortunate conclusion to this is that both figures will be available exclusively through Volks’s retail stores, mail order and online shop – meaning it’s proxy time for anyone outside Japan with their eye on these figures. We can bet the same will be true for the Rance project as well… Damn it Volks, when will you wake up to the reality of the international marketplace? (no more)

Kotobukiya’s Suzume, Kamikita Komari preorders open

Kotobukiya updated its official site earlier today with listings for two new figures that we initially reported on last month: Suzume from Alice Soft eroge Sengoku Rance, and Kamikita Komari from Key’s Little Busters!. Suzume is scheduled for release in July at 1/8 scale (17 cm tall) and 5,775 yen, with a sculpt from Kajio Munetoshi. Knowing Kotobukiya’s track record it’s likely she’s not meant to be cast off, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for further sample images. Kamikita Komari is also due out in July at 5,775 yen and 1/8 scale (10 cm tall), with a sculpt from Takaku & Takeshi. She comes with an exchangeable twinkly-eyed face part, and heat sensitive color changing panties (according to the product description, no visual evidence yet). Images below:

Volks’ Rance figure polling ends, winner uncertain

The collaboration of figure maker Volks with eroge soft house Alice Soft ended the first ever vote on a Rance character to be produced in PVC last night at midnight. As of yesterday afternoon “Nazo no Shoujo” from Sengoku Rance was up by the slimmest of margins over Masou Shizuka from Rance VI (11.4% to 11.3%); Noire from Sengoku Rance trailed in third place at around seven percent of the vote. The results are no longer available, having been replaced by a notice reading “results of the voting will be announced after a careful examination of the tallied votes to remove those cast via fraudulent means. Please wait awhile”, so who will emerge the victor is anyone’s guess at this point. Personally I wouldn’t mind seeing any of the top three take the prize; my preferred choice Suzume was sadly ranked 10th and seems unlikely to emerge the victor with such strong contenders ahead of her. We’ll keep an eye out for the final results and any further information on the competition. (no more)

Seyada Tara preorder open!

Daiki Kougyou‘s epic Vispo-sculpted Seyada Tara PVC from Alice Soft’s Daiakuji / Rance VI is now available for preorder! Initially announced as a Daiki item last summer, as we reported following Wonder Festival 2008 Winter her release specifications have been set: she’s due out in July of this year at 1/4 scale (33 cm tall), with LED equipped headgear, at a retail price of 30,450 yen. Kit images below:

Volks announces Rance PVC figure project

Like mana from heaven, like prize figures from a UFO catcher claw, like hot resin into a garage kit mold – yeah, the most backward and haughty of companies has finally learned of democracy in this, year 20 of the Heisei era! This evening Volks unveiled an extension of their recently launched PVC collaboration with Alice Soft: they’re making figures based on various Alice game franchises, and they’re letting people vote on who they want to see out in PVC! Details below:

Figure News: Dengeki 15th Anniversary figure fallout

Publishing company Mediaworks (parent of the Dengeki magazine lines) is holding a festival to mark the brand’s 15th anniversary this weekend at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, and several figure makers were there to hawk their wares and unveil a few new items in the process. Word is still coming in from the event hall floor, but what we know at present is shown below:

Figure News: Clayz’s Escalayer PVC from Beat Angel Escalayer up for preorder

We first reported on Clayz’s foray into the world of Alice Soft eroge Beat Angel Escalayer back in September, and news is in from Amiami this evening that the game’s heroine now walks among us – in preorder form, at least. Clayz’s Escalayer PVC represents at 1/6 scale (26 cm tall) and 7,665 yen retail, with release expected in January of next year; the sculpt is from juggernaut craftsman Miyakawa Takeshi (Amiami search), and while I don’t see it offering much competition to Alter’s version this will be a nice alternative for Escalayer fans out there. (no more)

Figure News: Art Storm presents Kyoudou Senna and Shion PVCs from Alice Soft’s Daibanchou ~ Big Bang Age

Pages appeared on the Goodsmile official site today for a pair of new PVC figures coming from Art Storm: Kyoudou Senna, sculpted by Cerberus Project‘s French Doll, and Shion, the work of Cerberus’s Sunny Day. Both are characters from the 2003 Alice Soft eroge Daibanchou, both are 1/7 scale (22 and 20 cm tall respectively), and both are due out in March of ’08 at 6,800 yen retail. Art Storm is reaching into Cerberus’s back catalog here with both of these first appearing in resin form at events in 2004 (Senna, Shion); both sculptors have since improved their craft considerably. Castoff status is unknown, but at least some removal options seem likely; preorders are up for both PVCs at Amiami already, and should appear elsewhere soon. (no more)

[ERO] Game News: Sengoku Rance recieves two manga adaptations, Uesugi Kenshin hug pillow cover (updated)

Via Moon Phase Diary, the Integrated Dakimakura Research Institute, and the G’s Magazine official blog: Great news for the [ERO] Sengoku Rance fans! Not only is the game still rated over Fate as most recommended eroge by readers of Tech Gian, word is in from the latest issue of Dragon Age Pure that starting with its next issue (on sale December 20th) a Sengoku Rance comic will be serialized within, penned by none other than up and coming (ero)mangaka Sameda Koban. For those who can’t wait two months for their Sengoku manga fix, the first volume of Dengeki G’s Festival! COMIC will include not only an ero-ero Uesugi Kenshin dakimakura cover but also the beginning of a serialized Rance manga by Naruse Hirofumi. The latter is due out on November 26th, but as of posting I can’t find anywhere that has it up for preorder… We’ll be keeping a close watch on this one. Update follows:

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