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Goods Review: Ikkitousen Limited Treasure Box

When we first reported on this item back in November I was a bit skeptical as to how it would turn out; it seemed like a bunch of expensive knick-knacks worth less than the sum of its parts, little more than an attempt to sucker Ikkitousen fans like myself into parting with our hard-earned cash without providing much in return. After having the chance to peruse my copy in person my opinion has not changed, but as both a sucker and an Ikkitousen fan I have to say I’m happy with the result, and would appreciate being pandered to in a similar fashion by other shows in the future (Sekirei, I’m looking at you). Read on for a textbook primer on how to be swindled in style:

Figure Review: Movic’s Musubi (race queen ver.)

When Movic’s race queen Musubi was first announced at last summer’s Wonder Festival I was pretty excited, coming off the successful release of their first Musubi PVC a few months before. With a strong affection for her character and the obvious castoff potential exhibited by that unpainted prototype, expectations went a bit wild… The following eight months became an exercise in coming down to earth, but I wasn’t prepared for quite the extent of the inept production that awaited. Read on for a look at how a decent kit didn’t quite meet its potential:

PS. Thanks to SbebiWan for pointing out that there was nothing in this excerpt. ^^;;

Yamadaya no Akuma-san 2 preorder open

Otaku goods shop Amiami’s evening update today included a preorder listing for a new finished PVC figure from maker Daiki Kougyou, the original Yamadaya no Akuma-san 2. Originally a resin kit released by circle Yamadaya at Wonder Festival 2008 Winter, as has been typical of past Yamada Yoshinari (Yamadaya) original sculpts, Daiki Kougyou has picked it up for release in PVC. The kit is scheduled for release in late August at 1/6 scale (26 cm tall) and a retail price of 9,240 yen, and is pretty well nekkid aside from the (castoffable) apron that doesn’t hide things very well even when firmly in place. Images below:

Queen’s Gate Alice figure update (updated)

Update: preorders are now open at Amiami for Alice, Mellona, Ibuki, and Mika.

Original Post: Two slight movements on the Alice scene over the noon hour today: first is a Moeyo! Akibajin Blog post that scoops the resin sample of the adult Alice (“Boost” version Alice) we saw yesterday in the pages of Hobby Japan. She’s apparently now on display at the Kotobukiya store in Akihabara, and he’s got a photo gallery with some great close-up shots (though this one casts a discouraging light on her castoff prospects).

Second is an update at the official Alter x Megahouse collaboration Alpha Omega brand homepage, which presents a listing for the Excellent Model CORE Queen’s Gate Mon wo Hiraku Mono Alice (Arisu) finished PVC model that we’ve been tracking for the past few months. The page confirms information we’d previously reported on the figure (August release at 5,775 yen, Akatsuki sculpt, 1/8 scale, 14.5 cm tall, castoffable), and now that she’s online we can expect preorders to commence very shortly – likely later in the day today. This post will be updated once the first preorders are spotted.

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Tandem Twin’s Doubutsu Nee-chan Brenda scooped

We first saw her at WHF Ariake 17 and then again at Wonder Festival, and thanks to a Hobby Channel update last night we now have the release details for Yamazaki Kouichi‘s (TANDEM TWIN) Doubutsu Nee-chan Inu Brenda, coming from Yamato as an alternate color version of their earlier announced Bonnie. According to the Hobby Channel post Brenda is scheduled for release in September at 8,190 yen retail, 18 cm tall (scale unspecified), and comes with several option parts including base, glasses, eye mask, exchangeable chest part and face part, handcuffs, and ankle cuffs. With her listed at Hobby Channel we can expect preorders to appear shortly. Images below:

Megahouse lists QB Mellona, QG Arisu, Capcomaniax Ibuki, Mika (updated)

April 23rd, 2008 Update: Full listings for the four figures are now online at Megahouse’s official site:

Images and further details below:

Taki Corp. announces Kanu Unchou (swimsuit ver.)

Online shop Web Omocha posted a listing this evening for yet another PVC incarnation of Ikkitousen‘s Kanu Unchou, a castoffable swimsuit version from infamous maker Taki Corporation. This new figure is a measurable departure from earlier entries in their Kanu lineup, firstly due to the price – a relatively modest 7,140 yen retail. Unlike previous versions she only comes with a single costume and is very slightly smaller roughly the same size at 25 cm tall (no scale specified Amiami’s listing pegs her at 1/7 scale); from the images available it seems the face sculpt may be a significant improvement over former attempts as well, though no sculptor information is specified. She’s set for release in June, so we’ll see then if this is the turning of a new leaf for Taki or merely another page in their sordid history of unfortunate figure creations. Images below:

Hobby Stock’s Tsuzuri preorder open

The official blog of online figure and otaku goods retailer Hobby Stock updated this morning with the news that preorders would commence for their store-limited Lycoris Radiata Tsuzuri PVC today (April 21st) at noon, and indeed they have! We now have complete release details for the figure, as well as castoff images (reproduced below): the figure will ship in September at 1/8 scale (18 cm tall), with a sculpt from Hiroman (homepage) and production cooperation from Alter. The retail price is 8,190 yen (tax included), but for preorders placed by midnight on April 27th the price is reduced to 7,665 yen. Those interested in purchasing internationally will have to do so through a proxy service, as the figure is confirmed as available exclusively through Hobby Stock’s online shop. Image gallery below:

Organic presents Umisho Amuro, Mirei PVCs

Amiami’s evening update tonight included a pair of new PVCs from figure maker Organic which were a bit of a surprise: Ninagawa Amuro and Mirei Shizuoka from Kenkou Zenra-kei Suieibu Umishou (aka. Umisho). Both are castoffable, 1/8 scale, and scheduled to retail at 7,140 yen, with Amuro coming in June and Mirei coming in July; sculptor and precise height information are currently unknown. Images of the pair are reproduced below:

Kotobukiya presents Shining Wind Mao, magazine schedule

Figure maker Kotobukiya posted a product listing to their official online shop over the noon hour today for a PVC figure of Mao from the Tony-designed PS2 RPG Shining Wind. She’s due out in July at 1/8 scale (16.5 cm tall) and 5,775 yen retail, with a castoffable jacket; sculptor information is unconfirmed but my guess is that she’s the work of Nakamura Hirotoshi.

In other Kotobukiya news, the maker has posted a list of upcoming figures that will be featured in hobby magazines through the month of April. The key bishoujo PVC items appear to be:

  • Lala – To Love-Ru
  • Mao – Shining Wind
  • Noumi Kudryavka – Little Busters!
  • Kamikita Komari – Little Busters!
  • Sennin Haruka – Choukou Sennin Haruka (Beat Blades Haruka)
  • Rion – Tales of Destiny
  • Naomi – Art of Yamashita Shunya

A couple of new announcements in the mix there that we’ll be watching for as the Dengeki Hobby / Hobby Japan street date nears in a few more days. Mao pictures below:

Taki Corp. announces Ikkitousen nurse trio

Online hobby shop Digitamin put up preorder listings today for three new PVC offerings from figure maker Taki Corporation, all from Ikkitousen and all scheduled for release in late May at 5,040 yen. First is a Kanu Unchou (nurse ver.), who clocks in at 1/9 scale and comes with a set of extra dark-stockinged legs. Second is a Sonsaku Hakufu (nurse ver.), at 1/8 scale and also with an extra set of leg parts (with different color underwear); finally there’s a Ryomou Shimei (nurse ver.), who is 1/8 scale and the front of her blouse is apparently castoffable. Sculptor information for all three figures is currently unavailable. With preorders up at Digitamin they should appear elsewhere shortly; currently available images can be found below: Update: image gallery updated:

Figure Review: Orchid Seed’s Anna from Gekkou no Carnevale

When we first came across Orchid Seed’s Anna last October I was clueless about this blond clone of a certain pink-haired Gainax android, but as I began researching her background for this review I realized that not only was this figure an atypical representation of the game from which she’s derived, but that the game itself looked really cool. This isn’t a review of the game, of course, but of a figure that I still maintain is very cute – though perhaps not quite one to make the cut for those of us on an increasingly tightening budget. Read on for details:

To Love-Ru animal girl Lala PVC preorder open

The official online shop of publisher Shueisha updated today with a pair of listings (regular and limited) for two color versions of a new Lala Satalin Deviluke (animal cafe ver.) figure from To Love-Ru. Preorders are open until May 31st, and both are scheduled to go on sale August 22nd at 6,500 yen retail, 1/8 scale (17.5 cm tall), with a sculpt from Makio Munetoshi; the leopard-print version is the regular edition (based on her appearance in the manga) while the white version is “limited”, though precisely how limited is unknown. Figure production is from Kotobukiya. Both versions are castoffable both top and bottom, though she’s wearing some (very skimpy) lingerie beneath; preview images below:

Figure Review: First Class’s Yuria Hyaku-Shiki (updated)

As the maiden release from rookie figure brand First Class, the first Yuria 100-shiki figure to be mass produced, and the first figure to ship with this particular LED light-up base gimmick, I opted to make the purchase despite some initially questionable preview images at Amiami and elsewhere. While I was ready for the iffy sculpt and cast quality, I wasn’t expecting some rather more substantial deficiencies in the kit that makes this sadly one of the year’s most disappointing releases thus far. Read on for the unfortunate truth: Update: it turns out the packaging did contain a support intended to prop the kit up after all; I’ve revised the final score slightly as a result, and details can be found at the bottom of the review.

Hobby Stock’s lycoris radiata Tsuzuri, now in color

We first reported the news that Hobby Stock was working on a store-limited Tsuzuri PVC from Terios eroge りこりす -lycoris radiata- following Wonder Festival 2007 Summer almost eight months ago. An unpainted prototype surfaced in February, and this evening the first color shots of the kit have arrived online, courtesy of both Hobby Stock and Akiba Hobby. Little is known about the kit at this point other than that she’s 1/8 scale, is based on an original illustration by Yokota Mamoru, is being produced in cooperation with Alter, and is castoffable to at least some extent (as hinted at by the seam in this image and in the text of the Hobby Stock article). The sculptor is currently uncredited and there is no information regarding the precise size of the kit, its price, or a release timeframe; we do know that she is limited to Hobby Stock sale only, so purchase via proxy will be necessary for those outside Japan. We’ll keep an eye out for the eventual preorder listing and castoff images. A single selection from Hobby Stock’s gallery is reproduced below:

Koharu Biyori symmetrical docking Yui and Minori

First scooped back at Wonder Festival, a GA Graphic update tonight brings the latest word on Toy’sworks‘ Yui and Minori PVCs from Dengeki Moeoh serialized manga and ecchi OVA Koharu Biyori. We initially reported that they’d be selling for 6,800 yen each, but it seems that price has been revised upward to 7,800 yen; both are 1/8 scale and approximately 15 cm tall, with Yui scheduled to retail in July and Minori in August. Purchasing both enables the use of a special “poyoyon gattai” part for display in optimum symmetrical docking configuration. Apparently limited color versions of both figures are in the works as well. At this point we don’t have sculptor information, but we’ll be on the lookout both for that and preorder announcements that are likely to appear in the coming days. Edit: I forgot to mention that both figures are castoffable, as shown in our original Wonder Festival coverage. Visual evidence reproduced below:

Figure Review: Miyabiya’s Bible Black Imari Kurumi

When we first came across this kit last November I was excited by the prospect of a Bible Black figure coming from a maker other than the infamous C-Works. As the flagship release from a maker new to the scene I felt Miyabiya’s Imari was worth checking out, and the previews painted a guardedly optimistic picture of what lay in store – but just how does she stack up against the competition? Read on!

Figure Review: Excellent Model CORE Queen’s Blade P-5 Cattleya

When Cattleya was first announced as part of the Megahouse Excellent Model Queen’s Blade lineup last September I was overjoyed. Given her ponderous dimensions and niche fetish appeal I thought her inclusion in the series would be unlikely, but it seems someone with decision-making power at Megahouse HQ recognized the appeal of her monumental design for what it was, and decided that justice must be done. The justice ended up so great that it could hardly be contained by Cattleya’s 120-cm bust, so I give fair warning – if the prospect of such developed womanly attributes makes you less than excited this review is not for you. Otherwise, read on for more gushing fanboyism than is probably appropriate:

U-Art’s “Mogudan Kanu” preorder open

We reported last month on the production of a PVC incarnation of a Mogudan-inspired Kanu Unchou resin kit we first saw at Wonder Festival, and this evening the rumors have solidified with a preorder listing up at Amiami for U-Art’s Ikkitousen Kanu Unchou (normal color Mogudan ver.). The kit will be produced by the U-Art brand, not Beagle as earlier reported; I’m only familiar with the maker in the context of their collaboration on earlier Ikkitousen kits so I’m not sure what to expect in terms of quality. The sculpt is from Satou Hisanori (?) of Daikokuya Koubou, and she’s scheduled for release in June at 1/7 scale (height unlisted) and 7,800 yen retail. Her skirt and blouse are fully castoffable.

My initial thought was that this design was very loosely lifted from Mogudan’s illustration in the official Ikkitousen DD fanbook issued by Toranoana last year, but subsequent perusal of 2chan’s mokeura board turned up a different image that much more closely matched the figure’s pose. It seems I neglected to save it then, but I’ll post it when I manage to track it down again. Figure images below:

Figure Review: Taki Corporation’s Kanu Unchou (China dress / school swimsuit ver.)

I swore off Taki figures shortly after reviewing their first Kanu last fall, yet here we are with a review of the recently released china dress version. Am I an idiot? Maybe (probably, yes), but at least I’ll acknowledge my addiction… Read on for a look at just what a weakness for marginally sexy castoff sculpts will get you:

Figure Review: Wafuudou Ganguten’s Manyuu Chibusa

I was wavering on a preorder of Manyuu Chibusa for a few months after she was announced. I’d seen her recently at the Cerberus Project booth at Wonder Festival and WHF, and while I liked the design it was obvious she wasn’t castoffable, and seemed bereft of other worthwhile gimmicks. In the end I caved in, convinced that a character whose name literally means “magical breast” would be worth having – and boy, am I glad I fell prey to this pair. The salacious details of a very surprising figure follow:

Orchid’s “Summer Vacation” Kanu preorder opens

Orchid Seed updated their official site today with word that their Kanu Unchou (summer vacation ver.) PVC figure from Ikkitousen is now available for preorder. While Orchid’s official statistics are often somewhat at odds with the facts, she’s officially described as 1/6 scale (17 cm tall) with a sculpt from Ishiyama Satoshi, and is scheduled for release in July at 7,400 yen with a variety of option parts newly revealed in her updated description page: the standard bikini from the original illustration upon which she’s based, a “hot pants” clothing set, and a “race queen” clothing set. With her available for order from Orchid’s official site other preorder listings should follow shortly. Images below:

Yamato’s Bonnie, Nasubi-sama preorders open

Amiami posted preorder listings over the noon hour today for two new offerings from Yamato that we’ve had our eye on for the past couple of months: Doubutsu Nee-chan Inu Bonnie, a Yamazaki Kouichi (Tandem Twin) original, and Nasubi-sama, based on the “eggplant girl” illustration from the Okama-illustrated Food Girls artbook and sculpted by Shunji Hagii of Studio Saru Bunshitsu. Bonnie is set to retail in July at 8,190 yen, 18 cm tall (scale unspecified) with optional face part, chest part, glasses, eye mask, and base included, while Nasubi-sama is also coming in July at 8,180 yen, 1/6 scale (26 cm tall), with castoffable skirt and chest covering. Image galleries below:

Orchid’s bikini Kanu PVC announced

Following last week’s announcement of a PVC version of the resin Kazami Mizuho debuted by Orchid Seed at Wonder Festival, it comes as no surprise that the similarly presented Kanu Unchou (bikini ver.) from Ikkitousen would be soon to follow. GA Graphic brings the news today that the Ishiyama Satoshi sculpted Kanu will be released in pre-painted PVC form in July at 6,800 yen retail and 1/6 scale (17 cm tall). According to GA Graphic’s scoop a race queen costume will be included along with the swimsuit, virtually guaranteeing her castoffability – we’ll be watching for further news and the official opening of preorders, bound to come soon. (no more)

Cafe Reo’s Food Girls Stawberry-chan preorder open

Nary a week has passed since we first reported on her prior to Wonder Festival, but Cafe Reo’s Strawberry-chan from Okama artbook Food Girls is now up for preorder! She’s due out in April at 5,775 yen, non-scale (18 cm long) with a sculpt from Azusa Rei (Gun Doll). The description bills it as a “completely castoffable, strawberry fragrance figure”, which is sounding pretty tempting… gallery below:

Figure News: Cerberus Project Sasara, Manaka coming in PVC from Wafuudou Ganguten

Fresh from the pages of April’s Tech Gian magazine (on sale today) is the news that the Sunny Day (Cerberus Project) sculpted Komaki Manaka and Kusugawa Sasara from To Heart 2 are coming in PVC from Wafuudou Ganguten! Both kits are castoffable down to their lingerie (in the original resin versions at least, and likely in the PVC as well), and both clock in at ~19 cm tall, are listed at 1/7 scale, and both will retail at 6,640 yen – Manaka in May, and Sasara in June. Crappy magazine scan below:

[ERO] Figure Review: Daiki Kougyou’s Shiranui Mai from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury)

One of the highly anticipated figures of the latter half of 2007, Daiki Kougyou’s Toushirou-sculpted Mai finally arrived on store shelves in late December. Fans of large scale figures had a lot to look forward here, but questions remained regarding production quality and precise specifications – the castoff issue was resolved awhile ago, but today we take a more intimate look at what Mai has to offer.

[ERO] Figure News: Megahouse Queen’s Blade Cattleya figure castoff on display (updated)

Akiba Hobby and Ascii.jp are both reporting tonight on the castoff status of Megahouse’s Excellent Model CORE Queen’s Blade Cattleya figure that was much hyped here last fall. Both scoops are censored to a certain degree, but leave little to the imagination – for good or ill both Cattleya and her son are fully castoff ready, and to my admittedly warped sensibilities she’s looking really good. :3 With the recent round of PVC samples on display we can expect her to ship in the very near future. Update: Senaka Blog represents with a completely uncensored look at Cattleya (though still no full frontal shot). My one gripe would be that her neck looks oddly elongated with the collar off, I’m guessing most will opt to leave it in place… (no more)

Figure News: Toy’sworks Exelica unveiled, Pleasant Angels’ Ore no Yome Chouun preorder open

Two figures we scooped last month showed up on the radar officially today, the first being Toy’sworks’ Exelica PVC from Trigger Heart Exelica (scooped here in last month’s Hobby Japan). Now listed officially over at the Toy’sworks site, she’ll be coming out in May at 1/8 scale (28 cm tall with base included) and the rather steep price of 9,980 yen, tax included – no doubt due to the bulk of her suit equaling that of a second whole figure. In other news, preorders went up over the noon hour today at Amiami for the first entry in Pleasant Angels’ [ERO] Ore no Yome (“my bride”) series (scoop here), Chouun from BaseSon’s eroge Koihime Musou. She’s due out in late April at 1/8 scale and 6,090 yen, and is rated 18+. Pleasant Angels’ release history has been a bit rocky, but there’s nothing like a new castoff lineup to liven a figure company’s fortunes… Images of both figures below:

Figure News: January 22 news roundup

No rest for the wicked today as figure news picks up from Wonder Festival and other quarters. Volks represents with a Muv Luv trading figure set, Toy’sworks introduces a new Prism Ark Priecia figure, Shueisha’s Solid Selction ponies up a Hiiragi Aika from Mx0, Taki Corporation tackles Sonsaku Hakufu in an [ERO] castoff version, FREEing brings a mecha action figure + bishoujo combo Sonic Diver Reijin from Sky Girls, and the Goodsmile / Max Factory collective debut their Wonder Festival 2008 Winter limited edition offerings.