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Hobby News: Samurai Spirits Iroha comes to Queen’s Gate (updated)

Online bookshop Mangaoh posted a listing last night for a rather surprising item: Queen’s Gate – On wo Kaesu Mono Iroha, (“Iroha – She Who Repays a Debt”). This is the same Iroha featured in the Samurai Spirits – Tenkaichi Kenkyakuden SNK fighting game, and Queen’s Gate is the recently begun crossover franchise to Queen’s Blade that brings characters from other settings into the Lost Worlds combat book system (Moetan‘s Nijihara Ink and the original Niθ-designed Mon wo Hiraku Mono Arisu were the first two entries). I wasn’t expecting to see a bona fide fighting game character emerge in the series, but given her popularity Iroha certainly makes sense as a selection – I wonder if this means we’ll finally get a castoffable Iroha kit from Megahouse (probably not). According to the Mangaoh entry she’s scheduled to make her queenish debut on April 18th, at the standard QB price of 1,500 yen (64 full color pages, hardbound). Queen’s Gate Iroha cover image below:

December 21st 2007 figure news roundup (updated)

A whole lot of action on the figure front to sum up today, including a continuation of Cerberus Project’s collaboration with Wafuudou Ganguten, a faux trap figure from Toy’sworks that’s almost Bridgetlicious, a bunny Haruhi + guitar prize figure, a review of the Haruhi itasha model first seen back at the Miyazawa Model exhibition, a step-by-step tour through a Nakoruru castoff, a couple of new angles on Alter’s Kanu, and a Keumaya update. Check it out! Update: Keumaya’s new items up at Toranoana, Revoltech Fraeulein Asuka and Play Stationery Rin up for preorder!

[ERO] Figure News: Art Storm’s Nakoruru – castoffable if broken

Moeyo! Akibajin Blog has a review online today of Art Storm’s Samurai Spirits Nakoruru PVC, in which he sacrifices the structural integrity the kit to find out what lies beneath. The kit is obviously not meant to be cast off, as the broken shards in this picture clearly show; she has to be physically torn apart at the waist and the clothing has to be pried away from the binding glue beneath. The prize for all this violence? The chest part is “lightly shaded”, according to Moeyo’s testimony (no visual evidence thanks to the censorship). This isn’t a procedure that seems at all recommendable unless you’re confident in your reconstructive surgery skills or have a spare copy of the kit, but it answers the question posed last month when we found out her release was delayed. If you’re interested in picking up the kit and would like to support HD, you can find her in stock at Play Asia. (no more)

[ERO] Figure News: Art Storm’s Nakoruru a possible castoff candidate?

First scooped here back in May, word came in from Goodsmile recently that Art Storm‘s Samurai Spirits Nakoruru PVC has been delayed from November to a December ’07 release. Rumors have surfaced this morning that a possible reason for the delay involves her castoffability (or lack thereof); the original G.O-sculpted Cerberus Project resin kit was an upper body castoff, and if Art Storm decides to preserve the original kit design (as has been the case with every other Cerberus Project resin-PVC conversion of which I am aware) this will be the first ever SNK game character to officially receive the PVC castoff treatment (again, to my knowledge; please correct me if I’m wrong). A sign of things to come? Color images of the Nakoruru castoff kit below:

Figure Review: Goodsmile’s Iroha PVC from Samurai Spirits

Iroha is a fighting game character whose creation in 2005 corresponds almost exactly with the crest in the wave of the PVC production boom, and she has come to embody it with over a dozen kits released in the past two years. Few of them match the majesty of Nakayama Eiji’s winter ’06 foray into Irohadom, however, and when it was revealed last summer that this particular garage kit would be reborn in PVC I was overjoyed. With production under the auspices of Goodsmile I was sure they’d deliver a faithful rendition of his incredibly curvaceous sculpt, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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