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Alter announces Odin Sphere’s Gwendolyn, Saber reissue

Figure maker Alter updated their official site today with listings for their December ’08 release schedule, including one brand new figure and a reissue of a popular earlier release. First up is a fantastic PVC sculpt of Gwendolyn from PS2 RPG Odin Sphere. She’s scheduled for release at 8,190 yen retail and 1/8 scale (35 cm tall, base included), with Fukumoto Tokuhou on sculpting duty. Next in their December lineup is a reissue of the popular Saber (maid version) PVC originally released last September (HD review). The reissue will retail for 8,190 yen, with the sculpt as before from Kuramoto Ikuma of Millimeter Modeling. With official listings up at Alter preorders should shortly follow. Images below:

Figma Tousaka Rin preorder open

Preorders opened over the noon hour today for the latest installment in Max Factory’s Figma action figure line, Tousaka Rin from Fate/stay night. She’s scheduled for release in August at 2,500 yen retail and stands 13.5 cm tall (non-scale) with a sculpt credited to Masaki Apsy and Max Factory. Notable features include jointed clothing elements in the skirt and shirt for additional freedom of movement, optional face and magic-using arm parts, and the dagger of Azoth. Figure images below:

Gift’s Toda Saber, in color

We first brought news of the new “just a desk” figure brand Gift a month ago when we saw the prototype of their Toda Satoshi (Yume no Kagutsuchino Koukoku)-sculpted Saber unveiled at a Akiba Blog.

Today the maker’s representative and sole employee Kanegon follows up his earlier coverage with a look at the kit’s color resin prototype, as painted by sculptor Toda himself. A clear view of the face won’t be revealed until Hobby Complex Osaka on May 25th (and in the hobby magazines scheduled for release on the same day), and there are no details of the PVC release yet, but from the visual evidence available this is looking like a pretty stunning kit. More on this in our Hobby Japan coverage toward the end of the month; for now, one of Akiba Blog’s pictures is reproduced below:

WHF Ariake 18: To Heart 2, Fate, Nanoha

With the early ’08 release of the To Heart 2: Another Days expansion new life was breathed into the venerable Leaf bishoujo game franchise, resulting in a significant garage kit presence at WHF Ariake 18 which we document here. Nanoha StrikerS continues into 2008 with the strong showing it had last year, and while reduced in number there were still a few Fate/stay night kits of note that were worth taking a look at:

WHF Ariake 18: Cobra-Kai’s Saber

Sculptor Toushirou of circle Cobra-Kai is known for his epic large-scale works, usually featuring characters with voluptuous builds and his trademark heavy-lidded eyes. When I first saw the rough draft of his resin rendition of Fate/stay night‘s Saber at last Wonder Festival I momentarily didn’t recognize it as his work; she seems so far afield from what he normally sculpts. But now that the kit is complete it’s apparent that it’s none other than his genius hand at operation, and this is a kit that made one of the biggest impressions at yesterday’s WHF Ariake 18. See below for a full castoff [ERO] gallery:

Griffon PVC announcements, event news

Figure maker Griffon updated last night with several bits of interesting news, including two new PVC figure listings and announcements of what they’ll have for sale and on display at World Hobby Festival Ariake 18. The newly announced PVCs are finished model renditions of two resin kits we’ve covered here in the past: the Harada Takehito interpretations of Demonbane‘s Al Ajif and Fate/stay night’s Saber. Both are scheduled for release in August at 5,775 yen retail (tax included), non-scale (15 cm tall), with Al Ajif’s sculpt from Yoshino Atsushi and Saber’s sculpt from Katou Taichi. Both figures are currently available for preorder on Griffon’s official site, and should be listed elsewhere soon. Event news and images below:

Rookie figure maker Gift announces Toda Saber PVC

Akiba Blog posted a column today that introduces the first PVC figure from a new maker called “Gift”: a Toda Satoshi (Yume no Kagutsuchino Koukoku) sculpted Saber from Fate/stay night. Very little is known about the maker or the project at this point, but a previous column introducing the company gives us some clues: apparently Gift is a one-man operation started by someone going by the name of “Kanegon” who was formerly an employee of Solid Theater. As of March the entire company consisted of one desk, and he’s relying on connections with other makers to get things off the ground. Beyond this Saber prototype the company’s future activities are unknown, but the latest post reveals that Saber will be on sale in kit form at the Yume no Kagutsuchi no Koukoku booth at Hobby Complex Osaka on May 25th. We’ll be keeping an eye out for an official site launch from the fledgling maker, as well as future news regarding the PVC version of the Saber in question. Another column from Kanegon is expected to appear on Akiba Blog in two weeks’ time. (no more)

NEWS FLASH: Type-Moon’s next PC game unveiled

The hour is finally upon us! Four years since the release of Fate/stay night and three since hollow ataraxia, what is arguably the most potent force in visual novels of this decade has finally announced their next PC game title: Mahou Tsukai no Yoru (魔法使いの夜). Translating literally as “night of the magic user” and given the official English subtitle of Witch on the Holy Night, full details on the game will be presented in a 25-page exclusive spread in the June 2008 edition of Tech Gian magazine, on sale April 21st. The tag line on the official site reads “two witches live in the mansion on the hill” (坂の上の屋敷には、二人の魔女が住んでいる / saka no ue no yashiki ni wa, futari no majo ga sundeiru). I’ll be picking up Tech Gian as usual on the 21st, but I expect Type-Moon fans far more competent and devoted than myself will carry the story forward from here. Update: EvoSpace of Akihabara Channel has much more detailed information on what we can expect in the game. (no more)

Figure News: Figma Saber, Haruhi preorders unleashed

Max Factory’s Figma action figure line was officially augmented yesterday with the unsealing for preorder of Haruhi (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu) and Saber (Fate/stay night). We reported on the details of the release back on the 19th, but now both figures are officially available for preorder around the internets and have been flung inexorably along the trajectory that will lead to their April release – no doubt a dramatic one, if the Nagato Figma was any indication. To recap, April is the ETA for both figures and Haruhi is up for 2,500 yen, with Saber at 2,800. High-res images below:

Figure News: Max Factory does “Culture Festival” Mikuru, Haruhi and Saber Figmas

Max Factory unveiled the next installment in their Haruhi figure series today in a post on the official Goodsmile Blog! It’s Mikuru in her waitress costume from the school festival episode, and comes following the similarly appointed Tsuruya-san. Details such as price and release date are still unknown, but we know the sculpt is from Max Factory veteran Chieri, and that like Tsuruya, Mikuru will come with cat ears and a tail as option parts. She’ll be on display at Wonder Festival so we’ll be sure to pick up further information on Sunday. In other Max news, the official Figma site and blog were updated with information on the next two action figures in the lineup: Suzumiya Haruhi (school uniform ver.) and Saber from Fate/stay night. Both are scheduled for release in April, with Haruhi at 2,500 yen and Saber at 2,800 yen; production is supervised as usual by Masaki Apsy (Asai Masaki). Full product descriptions are expected to appear online on February 21st. Images of the Figma kits 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.

Figure News: Claymore, Lineage II, catgirl Tsuruya, Revoltech Rin, and prize figures oh my!

A bunch of figure news rounding out the day today: word is coming in from 2chan’s mokeiura board that Megahouse’s Claymore Clare PVC figure and Yujin’s SRDX Lineage II capsule figures are both now on sale. In addition Bandai has put a Metamo (color changing) catgirl Tsuruya-san up for preorder; she’s set for release in late March at 4,410 yen. Kaiyodo’s Revoltech Fraeulein Rin action figure is up for preorder today as well, with release set for February 1st; finally, GA Graphic brings us a look at the 10th “Prize Fair” that took place on November 2nd, which is presumably a fair where prize figures are shown (hence the name – brilliant!). The items on display come from six different makers and will be released between April and June of next year. Oh, and also:

Figure News Roundup: Saber Alter, Shuraki, Win-chan, Manaka cold cast

A few updates on figures we’ve been covering over the past few days: Solid Theater’s Saber Alter is now up at the maker’s official site, up at Goodsmile, and up for preorder. More interesting is the news that she is 1/8 scale, but she was resculpted based on a 1/10 kit (see the lowest picture in that entry). She retails in March at 6,800 yen (ouch) with a sculpt from Toda Satoshi. In Shuraki news, Vol. 2 Riu Meifeng shipped from Goodsmile yesterday and is shipping from wholesalers today. Vol. 4 Needa was also updated today with a first look at the interior of the artbook that accompanies her – very tasty stuff. Finally, the new Win-chan we mentioned earlier today is now up for preorder in both regular and limited edition colors, and New Line has a preorder listing up for a Komaki Manaka cold cast (March release, 1/6 scale, 24 cm tall, 14,490 yen retail) that justice demands see a PVC release at half the price. Justice! (no more)

Figure News: Goodsmile presents a first look at Solid Theater’s Saber Alter, Shuraki #4

Toda Satoshi’s (Yume no Kagutsuchino Koukoku) Solid Theater produced, Goodsmile disributed Saber Alter arrived at Goodsmile’s offices today, according to the official Goodsmile blog. It features the fanatical attention to detail at a remarkably small scale that made his Kazeko kit so popular (with me at least), and unless my eyes are broken this time as well I’d say she’ll be a very popular item (who can resist a kit that looks like a cross between Saber and Diablo?). With her in Goodsmile hands we can expect preorders up soon. In other news from Goodsmile, Needa, the Yamashita Shunya designed fourth entry to the Shuraki multimedia figure series, has a color prototype of her kit online as well – complete with 360° rotating video. I’m really digging the zettai ryouiki on this one… :3 (no more)

Figure News: Goodsmile maid Saber and Rin rereleases set for next March

Word is in from figure maker Goodsmile today that their Saber (maid ver.) and Rin (maid ver.) PVCs from Fate/stay night will be reissued in March of ’08 to coincide with the release of their maid version Rider (announced yesterday). Maid Saber originally went on sale in March of this year at 4,800 yen (1/8 scale, 18.5 cm tall) while maid Rin was released in June with similar price and size specifications. (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)

Figure News: Shuraki vol. 1, Nendoroid Yuki N., Nendoroid Yasagure Rin get reissued, Max Factory announces Kanon’s Sawatari Makoto

Big news today from Goodsmile! Word is in that Shuraki vol. 1 Akatsuki Mishiro, Nendoroid Nagato Yuki, and Nendoroid Yasagure Rin will all see reissues in early 2008. In addition, Goodsmile has a listing up for Max Factory‘s Sawatari Makoto PVC figure from Kanon. She’s set to retail in February of next year at 1/8 scale (17.5 cm tall) and 5,800 yen, with a sculpt from Max’s own Koshinuma Masashi. Great news for the Kanon fans, and for those who missed Mishiro and Yuki (HD review) in the first round of preorders! (no more)

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