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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.

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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:

Bon Festival Petit Haruhi Nendoroids

Goodsmile’s official Nendoroid site updated today with the news that a set of Petit Nendoroids is being produced called “Nendoroid Petit Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu Ochuugen Set”. Chuugen (中元) is the name of gifts given at the Bon Festival in July or August in Japan, and the set is specially packaged as a gift to be given this summer (either to someone who you’re indebted to or to yourself). The set retails for 3,000 yen and contains five Petit Nendoroid figures: Tsuruya-san, Nagato Yuki, Suzumiya Haruhi, Asahina Mikuru, and Asakura Ryouko. All are school swimsuit versions, holding inflatable rings and standing 8 cm in total height on swimmer’s starting blocks. Sculpting work is from Ageta Yukio and Yamada Tetsuya with cooperation from Nendoron.

Preorders for the set open on June 9th, but are only available from the Tokimeki Mall online shop or Circle K / Sankus convenience store locations, so a proxy will likely be required for those outside Japan. Production is limited to 5,000 sets. Figure images below:

Nendoroid Asakura Ryouko & Expansion Parts Set

We got our first look at this set in Hobby Japan last month, and now the Asakura Ryouko & Expansion Parts Nendoroid action figure set from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu is available for preorder! The Ryouko Nendoroid comes with two faces, two arm sets, several hands, a knife, and a school bag. The expansion set includes a ponytail hair part and summer uniform arms for Haruhi, a witch’s hat, cloak, Shamisen, and Starling (Sterling) Inferno for Yuki, and finally bangs, hair, and legs (with white socks) for Mikuru. The set retails in September at 5,000 yen, with a sculpt from Nendoron (Kodama Youhei). Images below:

Maritan Nendoroid announced

An intrepid anonymous at 2chan’s mokeiura board posted an image today from what I assume to be the new volume of Maritan Drills that came out over the weekend, announcing plans to produce a Nendoroid action figure based on the Magical Marine Pixel Maritan design! No details beyond the initial planning have been announced, but the foul-mouthed bloodthirsty English profanity-spewing moe mascot character is an ideal candidate for Nendoroidization and I can’t wait to see what they come up with… We’ll keep an eye out for further news. Announcement image below:

Lucky Star Petit Nendoroid Season 2 preorder open

We reported last week that they would be up for preorder on the 2nd, but it seems the listing was delayed by a day: Goodsmile’s Lucky Star Petit Nendoroid Season 2 trading figures (from Lucky Star) are now available for general release preorder at online shops around the internet. Amiami’s listing confirms the lineup we had scooped earlier, with a box of 12 retailing at 6,000 yen and release expected in June. Further details and images below:

Figure Review: Goodsmile’s Nendoroid Hatsune Miku

Ever since Goodsmile’s Hatsune Miku Nendoroid was first revealed last November, the explosive popularity of this figure was a foregone conclusion. By simply taking the route of an already established net meme the figure practically advertised itself, and by the time it shipped two days ago had racked up over 50,000 preorders – ten times the number produced for the initial release of Shuraki Vol. 1. Does Miku live up to the hype? Read on to find out!

Goodsmile presents Kimiaru Benisu, Nendoroid Pastel Ink

Goodsmile updated its official site today with listings for a Benisu (Venice) PVC from Kimi ga Aruji de Ore ga Shitsuji de, as well as a Nendoroid Pastel Ink action figure from Moetan. Benisu is due out in July at 1/8 scale (22 cm tall) and 6,500 yen, with a sculpt from Otoyama Houjun (Snow Cat), while Pastel Ink is due out in August at 10 cm tall (non-scale), with a sculpt from Nendoron, and including three face options, two arm options, her “magical stick”, two leg options, and a chair. She is also compatible with the vignette stand that comes with the 1/8 scale Pastel Ink due for release from Goodsmile next month. Images of both Benisu and Nendoroid Pastel Ink below:

Nendoroid Petit Lucky Star Season 2 preorder begins April 2nd

According to an update to Goodsmile’s official Nendoroid site today, preorders will commence on April 2nd for the Lucky Star Season 2 Petit Nendoroid trading figure set. As with the first set, the figures will be available in advance (mid-June) via the Circle K / Sankus convenience store chain, as well as via its online shop Tokimeki Mall, where a preorder page is already online. The figures measure 6.5 cm tall (non-scale) and are available at 500 yen each or in a box of 12 for 6,000 yen; regular retail sale is scheduled to begin in late June. The set is composed of 10 figures plus one secret; the ten include Kuroi Nanako (teacher and white shirt vers.), Kobayakawa Yutaka (winter uniform and cheerleader vers.), Izumi Konata (winter uniform and maid vers.), Iwasaki Minami (winter uniform and gym uniform vers.), and Tamura Hiyori (winter and summer uniform vers.). The silhouette of the secret hints strongly that it will be a petit version of the event-limited Konata Saber cosplay Nendoroid that was released at Wonder Festival. Images below:

Goodsmile solicits Rin/Len Nendoroid designs

We saw the Kagamine Rin Nendoroid prototype at Wonder Festival so we knew she was in the works, but word is in from the official Goodsmile site today that she’ll be accompanied in Nendoroid form by her musical twin Len. Goodsmile has also announced that the figures will be produced in conjunction with PIAPRO, who is currently gathering design suggestions for the “deformed face parts” that will ship as alternatives to their standard faces in the Nendoroid package. With Miku it was pretty clear that her leek incarnation was the superior option, but lacking in such widely known parody Rin and Len are no doubt harder to design for. If you would like to submit your design suggestions, instructions and downloadable templates are available here (Japanese only); more information is available at Goodsmile’s blog and the official Nendoroid site. (no more)

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: Alter’s Kanu (black ver.) preorder open, Kemeko Nendoroid unmasked, Figma TV commercial

A few random figure news items from yesterday, starting with this: the black uniform version of Alter’s Kanu Unchou PVC that we scooped in December is now available for preorder. It’s an exclusive Hobby Japan online shop release, so if you’re looking to score a copy proxying may be the only way to go. Next, the official Goodsmile blog updated with an informal profile of the Kemeko Nendoroid from Kemeko Deluxe that we scooped in the figure fallout from C73. It turns out the freakish chibi Kemeko is actually a “human”-shaped robot in which Em-Em rides; stay tuned for further updates on this and the companion 1/8-scale Em-Em figure from Goodsmile soon. Finally, Max Factory action figure brand Figma aired a commercial last night (viewable here) along with the first episode of ARIA The ORIGINATION that featured their Nagato Yuki in a brief stop-motion animation version of the Haruhi dance. (no more)

Figure News: Orchid’s Nao, CM’s’ Potemayo, Petit Nendoroid Lucky Star up for preorder

Amiami’s noon update brought news of a few new preorders of items we’ve discussed recently here: first up is Orchid Seed’s Mabinogi Nao kit that we first noted was in production earlier today; the Miyazawa version is also available, and if Amiami has her I’m guessing Hobby Search will too. Next is the CM’s soft vinyl Potemayo that we scooped last month; it’s retailing at 1/1 scale (25 cm tall) and 8,925 yen, with release scheduled for February. Finally a reminder from yesterday to mention that Goodsmile’s Nendoroid Petit Lucky Star trading figures are now up for preorder as well, with a box of 12 (5 x 2 standard variations + 1 secret + 1 double, presumably) retailing at 6,000 yen and set for February release. I wish they sold the two Akiras separately… (no more)

Figure News: Nendoroid Petit Lucky Star, Yuria Hyaku-shiki “Lightning Figure” up for preorder

A couple more bits of figure news to report over the noon hour today: the “first season” of Lucky Star Nendoroid Petit trading figures is now available for preorder at online shop Tokimeki Mall, and should be up elsewhere soon as well. I wonder what the secret figure is? Also, Amiami’s noon update today included rookie brand First Class‘s maiden release (scooped here), Yuria Hyaku-shiki (advanced prototype love doll heroine of the eponymous manga). The Lucky Star trading figures are due out in February at 500 yen each and 10+1 variations (a 12-unit box goes for 6,000 yen), while Yuria is due out in late January at a cool 7,140 yen (1/7.5 scale, 19 cm tall) with a LED light-up base. Update: Amiami updated their listing with a full [ERO] gallery that reveals Yuria is in fact castoffable right down to her panties. Suddenly a rather more attractive item… (Outdated) Yuria gallery follows:

Figure News: Hatsune Miku Nendoroid up for preorder

As speculated, preorders officially opened last night for Goodsmile’s Nendoroid Hatsune Miku. She should be gradually appearing at online shops over the course of the day today, so those keen on the acquisition are advised to keep a sharp eye out… There has been some questioning in comments as to what the big deal is surrounding Miku, so a quick word on that: Hatsune Miku is voice synthesizer software that can be manipulated to sing just about anything – in other words, a virtual idol. A combination of solid character design and competent technical specifications provided the platform for a profusion of net memes that catapulted her to doujin stardom virtually overnight, becoming a sensation similar to Churuya-san or the OS-tans. She can be found on YouTube here and here. (no more)

Figure News: more Hatsune Miku Nendoroid pictures

More Miku preorder listings have been going up unofficially over the past twenty four hours, including one at Amazon, and we now have incontrovertible proof of her leekness. She was also present in the plastic today at the Dengeki 15th Anniversary Festival, and Akiba Hobby was there to shoot an exhaustive review (no leek in evidence, alas). She’s also pictured in Dengeki’s official coverage, as well as below:

Figure News: Dengeki 15th Anniversary figure fallout

Publishing company Mediaworks (parent of the Dengeki magazine lines) is holding a festival to mark the brand’s 15th anniversary this weekend at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, and several figure makers were there to hawk their wares and unveil a few new items in the process. Word is still coming in from the event hall floor, but what we know at present is shown below:

Figure News: Hatsune Miku Nendoroid, Shuraki Needa preorder dates confirmed

Just a quick note before running off to Comic Creation: according to online shop Digitamin preorders for the Hatsune Miku Nendoroid (scooped yesterday) are scheduled to officially open at midnight on November 26th, with preorder opening for Shuraki series #4 Needa on the 27th. The Miku preorder is also hinted at in an official email to stores from Goodsmile, which says there will be a special announcement occurring on Nico Video at 24:00 o’clock on the 25th (midnight of the 26th)… A feeding frenzy is expected to surround both kits, so we’ll be watching for further preorder information as it is forthcoming. (no more)

Figure News: Nendoroid Hatsune Miku, Lucky Star Petit series unveiled – UPDATE – Miku preorder?!

Scans have begun leaking on 2chan’s Mokeiura board from this month’s issue of Hobby Japan magazine, and the first to surface is the revelation that explosively popular virtual idol Hatsune Miku is to see a Nendoroid rendition come next March. She’s listed with a price point of 3,000 yen and typical Nendoroid accessories, clocking in at 10 cm tall. Revealed simultaneously is the news that a Nendoroid Petit series featuring the main female cast of Lucky Star (Konata, Kagami, Tsukasa, Miyuki, and Akira) is to be released! The figures will go on sale in March at 500 yen each and are approx. 6.5 cm tall. As far as we know neither are scheduled to be limited in the way that the full size Lucky Star Nendoroid release was. HJ magazine scan below. 16:30 Update: online shop Rakuten Sproutoy briefly had Miku up for preorder a few minutes ago, complete with color image (see below). Word is that she does in fact come with a leek…. She sold out in seconds, and is likely to disappear equally quickly wherever she appears. We’ll be keeping an eye out for any further info.

Figure News: Goodsmile’s Nendoroid Tsuruya-san from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu up for preorder

Goodsmile put a listing up for their Tsuruya-san Nendoroid this morning just in time for Amiami’s noon update, where she’s now available for preorder. She’s scheduled for release in February of next year at 3,000 yen retail, the typical 10 cm tall with a variety of exchangeable parts including her maid outfit, school uniform, a tray, and a pair of arms extended zombie-style. I’m not sure whether the Haruhi boom is still strong enough to carry her to rapid extinction, but if you’re intersted I’d advise keeping an eye out and placing your preorder in early days. (no more)

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