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Gift’s Saber, Saber Lion Nendoroid, Shunya’s Nasuka preorders open

A trio of Goodsmile-distributed figures from disparate makers were “unsealed” for preorder last night at midnight, and listings have since gone up at several shops around the internet. The first is the long-awaited Fate/stay night Saber from rookie Solid Theater splinter brand Gift. Sculpted with baroque intricacy by Toda Satoshi of Yume no Kagutsuchino Koukoku, the first lot release of the figure also comes with a limited edition exchangeable face part sculpted by Kuramoto Ikuma of Millimeter Modeling. The figure is scheduled for release in December at 1/8 scale (18 cm tall) and 7,800 yen retail.

The second newly available figure is this Saber Lion Nendoroid, from the Capcom PSP game Fate/tiger colosseum (sic). The sculpt is from Akemichi, and the figure is scheduled to retail in December at typical Nendoroid spec (10 cm tall, three exchangeable face parts and a variety of foods/weapons to feed the hungry Saber). Retail price is 3,000 yen.

Last but not least, preorders are now open for Lilics’ / Art Storm’s Yamashita Shunya Character Series Vol. 2, Nasuka. She’s also scheduled for December release, clocking in at 1/6 scale and 24 cm tall with a sculpt from PVC newcomer (?) Yamazaki Shigeru. Like Kanaru before her the series continues in a decidedly posterior-centric vein, and also like Kanaru she’s scheduled to retail at 7,800 yen.

Figure images below:

Figure Review: Art Storm/Lilics’ Mizuka from Sengoku Cannon

It’s been awhile since we last saw the PVC incarnation of a kit based on a Sengoku-series character, so I was excited when the PVC version of this Cerberus Project Sunny Day Mizuka was announced on Goodsmile’s website last year. While some at the time found her expression ghoulish I really liked the radiant energy I saw pouring out of the resin prototype and placed an order primarily for that reason. Several months later I can report that the finished version came out decidedly mixed, and more than a little zombified, sadly – read on for details:

December 21st 2007 figure news roundup (updated)

A whole lot of action on the figure front to sum up today, including a continuation of Cerberus Project’s collaboration with Wafuudou Ganguten, a faux trap figure from Toy’sworks that’s almost Bridgetlicious, a bunny Haruhi + guitar prize figure, a review of the Haruhi itasha model first seen back at the Miyazawa Model exhibition, a step-by-step tour through a Nakoruru castoff, a couple of new angles on Alter’s Kanu, and a Keumaya update. Check it out! Update: Keumaya’s new items up at Toranoana, Revoltech Fraeulein Asuka and Play Stationery Rin up for preorder!

[ERO] Figure News: Art Storm’s Nakoruru – castoffable if broken

Moeyo! Akibajin Blog has a review online today of Art Storm’s Samurai Spirits Nakoruru PVC, in which he sacrifices the structural integrity the kit to find out what lies beneath. The kit is obviously not meant to be cast off, as the broken shards in this picture clearly show; she has to be physically torn apart at the waist and the clothing has to be pried away from the binding glue beneath. The prize for all this violence? The chest part is “lightly shaded”, according to Moeyo’s testimony (no visual evidence thanks to the censorship). This isn’t a procedure that seems at all recommendable unless you’re confident in your reconstructive surgery skills or have a spare copy of the kit, but it answers the question posed last month when we found out her release was delayed. If you’re interested in picking up the kit and would like to support HD, you can find her in stock at Play Asia. (no more)

[ERO] Figure News: Art Storm’s Nakoruru a possible castoff candidate?

First scooped here back in May, word came in from Goodsmile recently that Art Storm‘s Samurai Spirits Nakoruru PVC has been delayed from November to a December ’07 release. Rumors have surfaced this morning that a possible reason for the delay involves her castoffability (or lack thereof); the original G.O-sculpted Cerberus Project resin kit was an upper body castoff, and if Art Storm decides to preserve the original kit design (as has been the case with every other Cerberus Project resin-PVC conversion of which I am aware) this will be the first ever SNK game character to officially receive the PVC castoff treatment (again, to my knowledge; please correct me if I’m wrong). A sign of things to come? Color images of the Nakoruru castoff kit below:

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)

Figure News: odds and ends

A few preorders up yesterday that I didn’t have time to mention: Taisen Hot Gimmick 3 Digital Surfing Novia (wink & pink hair ver.) PVC coming from Art Storm in January (an alternate color version of the earlier released Novia PVC, sculpted by Cerberus Project); a really atrocious My Otome Ofuro trading figure set from Lilics (also on sale in January), and Moeru! Prowres no Susume Chikaraishi Hotaru vs. Chiha-tan Nigou German Suplex PVC figure set from Cafe Reo, due out in mid-December. I’m finding it hard to track down the source for that one, as Google only turns up the figure… if they make it into a series I could see future figures with definite potential, though I’m not sure how you’d display this one for optimal view. (no more)

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