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Hobby Figures Mugen in color!

The kind folks at Hobby Figures hooked us up with some new high-resolution images of their pre-painted Mugen cold cast figure from Samurai Champloo this morning that we’re happy to be able to present below. They also informed us that while not yet described on the official product page, Mugen will ship with magnets embedded in the arm and leg parts for optimum easy assembly. The kit retails in June at 1/8 scale (14.5 cm tall, 26 cm long) and features a sculpt from Takahashi Tsuyoshi (Ichigo Eiga Ippai Sake). Retail price is 12,800 yen, and the kit is a limited run of 2,000 pieces worldwide. High-resolution images below:

Follow up on Hobby Figures’ Mugen, Queen’s Blade, etc.

French hobby news site Hobby-News has conducted an interview (in both French and English) with recently launched figure maker Hobby Figures regarding their upcoming Mugen figure as well as the brand’s plans for future development. The most tantalizing bit of information is that the first figure in their Queen’s Blade PVC lineup will be Risty, overlooked by Megahouse to the point where many of us had despaired of ever seeing her in PVC. All we know at this point is that her sculpt is from “a very famous sculptor” and that it’s in “it’s final stage”, so we’ll be looking for further news and visual evidence to appear soon! Thanks to Merlin of Hobby-News for the scoop. (no more)

Hong Kong-based Hobby Figures brand hits the ground running with Samurai Champloo’s Mugen

I received a press release yesterday from a new Hong Kong-based figure company known as Hobby Figures Global. Unlike other companies operating out of the region they seem determined to do right by artists, fans, and IP holders alike, having expressed an ambitious vision that includes an officially licensed figure line from Samurai Champloo, as well as a PVC lineup from Queen’s Blade which will be rolled out over the coming months. Sample images and details on their first figure (Samurai Champloo’s Mugen) can be found below.

The potential for a morally and ethically righteous figure company operating out of Hong Kong is one that has me personally incredibly excited, and with their ability to coordinate production combined with international sculpting talent it’s possible they could become a potent force in the figure market in the near future. I’m happy to be able to introduce their first figure here in the hopes that it’s the beginning of wonderful things to come: