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Nendoroid Kagamine Rin, Len preorders tomorrow

The official Goodsmile blog brought the news earlier today that their Nendoroid action figure Kagamine Rin and Len (of Vocaloid virtual idol fame) will be available for preorder starting tomorrow, June 4th. We’ve witnessed the development of their configuration from the first announcement of calls for fans to submit alternate face part designs, and today a final bit of news has emerged regarding the release – see below for details and images:

Eye Up Kamina, Yoko preorders open

Amiami’s noon update today included the two new figures from rookie maker Eye Up that we reported last week: Kamina and Yoko from Gainax robot anime Gurren Lagann. As previously reported, Kamina is scheduled for release in late August at 8,190 yen retail, 1/8 scale (26 cm tall), and comes with detachable cape and shades and a sculpt from Black Sabbath. Yoko is likewise 1/8 scale and 8,190 yen retail, 21 cm tall with release coming in September and a sculpt from Mesuka / Ani. Both are finished PVC models. Images below:

FREEing’s Tenko Kuugen preorder open

We first reported on the production of this androgynous fox spirit back in April, and saw our first color images last week – and now here she is (we’ll call her a she…) FREEing’s Tenko Kuugen from Wagaya no Oinari-sama. is now officially listed at Goodsmile, with a preorder open at Amiami as well.

Recapping our previous coverage, Kuugen is scheduled for release in September at 1/8 scale (21 cm tall) and 8,800 yen. She comes with a replaceable fox mask (other castoffability uncertain) and a sculpt from Murayama Kunsou (村山薫将) of Asuka Craft. Figure images below:

Arm your drills, ladies and gentlemen – Eye Up’s Kamina and Yoko

Formerly credited as a producer subcontracted to figure projects by other brands (notably Megahouse), today figure maker Eye Up announced the independent formation of its own eponymous figure brand with the unveiling of two items we’ve seen before in resin: Black Sabbath’s Kamina and Mesuka’s Yoko from Gainax giant robot anime Gurren Lagann. Kamina is scheduled for release in late August at 8,190 yen retail, 1/8 scale (26 cm tall), and comes with detachable cape and shades. Yoko is likewise 1/8 scale and 8,190 yen retail, 21 cm tall with release coming in September. Both are finished PVC models. Images below:

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)

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:

Goods News: Vocaloid2 Kagamine Rin gets a twin

Word in today from the official Crypton blog that voice synthesizer software Vocaloid2 #02 Kagamine Rin, voice sampled by Shimoda Asami, will be released as not one but two separate characters in the same package. Rin is being joined by “Len”, her twin brother (?), who is specced for a slightly deeper voice at slower BPM. Release is still scheduled for late December of this year, at a price similar to Miku‘s 15,750 yen retail. Could this gimmick give the pair the boost they need to equal Miku‘s explosive popularity? We’ll keep an eye on this. (no more)

Figure News: Goodsmile / Max Factory’s March ’08 lineup unveiled! Includes maid Rider, AT2 Ruka, Bridget

Figure maker Goodsmile updated their official site today with three new items scheduled for release in March of next year. First up is what they’re billing in English as Rider Fantasy: Modest Maid, featuring the vituperative antagonist of Fate / stay night in a rather more mild setting. She’ll be coming from Goodsmile at 1/8 scale (21.5 cm tall) and 5,800 yen. Next up is Ruka, one of the two main heroines of Gust / Banpresto’s bishoujo RPG Ar Tonelico 2. She’ll be coming from Max Factory at 1/8 scale (19 cm tall) and 7,200 yen. Finally Max Factory brings us the androgynous Bridget, the (in)famous gender bending fighter from the Guilty Gear game franchise. He’ll be out at 1/7 scale (22 cm tall) and 6,800 yen retail. It’s good to finally see some of these figures we’ve been tracking for months finally online, and with preorders just around the corner! (no more)

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