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Kotobukiya’s Shining Wind Ryuuna, other reissues

Preorders opened on Monday for Kotobukiya’s Ryuuna from Shining Wind. She’s scheduled for release in December at 6,090 yen retail and 1/8 scale (20 cm tall), with a sculpt credited to “MIC, Inc.”; the sculptor’s actual identity is unknown. In other Kotobukiya news, preorders opened yesterday for November reissues of their Kirijou Mitsuru figure from Persona 3 and their Louise figure from Zero no Tsukaima. Ryuuna images below:

President Japan’s “doll eye” Kureha details

Release details and color images went online at Sega’s official Shining World site this evening for the coming release of President Japan’s “doll eye” Kureha PVC figure from Shining Wind that we originally scooped back on April 5th. Like Houmei and Seena preceding her she’s scheduled to ship in September with the high gloss doll-style eyes that are the signature of the series, at 1/8 scale (measurements unspecified) and 8,190 yen retail. The sculptor is currently uncredited. Figure images below:

Wave presents Xecty, space Yoko, Aizawa Tomomi

As we reported on Saturday, official pages went online today for Wave’s soft-body Xecty from Shining Wind as well as two other figures we weren’t anticipating: Yoko “space look” version from Gurren Lagann and Aizawa Tomomi (maid type) from Pia Carrot he Youkoso!! 2.

Xecty is scheduled for release in September at 1/8 scale (18 cm long) and 6,825 yen retail, with a sculpt from Clumsy Craft Rei (homepage). Her body is composed of a soft, pliant material, and she comes with an extra exchangeable face part. Her shirt is castoffable. A Miyazawa limited pink version (500 units, 6,825 yen) and a DX version with telephone card (7,875 yen) will also be sold.

Yoko is due out in September as well, at 5,880 yen. She is 1/8 scale (17.5 cm tall) and was sculpted by Katsushima Kouichi (homepage). A Miyazawa limited special color version (6,930 yen) and a resin kit version (10,500 yen, June release) are also being produced.

Tomomi is scheduled for release in October, at a whopping 1/5 scale (height unspecified) and 10,290 yen retail. Her sculpt is from Misumaru Mashii (homepage), unsurprising given his portfolio.

Figure images below:

Shining figure update

The official Shining Series figure blog updated with news this evening that following Clalaclan Noir Kotobukiya will be releasing Shining Wind’s Ryuuna in PVC form, and the post includes a teaser shot of her prototype from behind as evidence. This will be the 9th figure in Kotobukiya’s Shining lineup, and tonight’s blog post indicates that at least three more are planned from the maker. In other Shining news, the “soft body” Xecty from Wave that we’ve been watching for the past several months will be unveiled at their official site at 11:00 AM on the morning of June 11th, according to very strong hints in this post. We’ll keep an eye out for preorders to appear over the noon hour on Wednesday. (no more)

Kotobukiya’s Clalaclan, Nanako preorders open

Kotobukiya updated their vendor page this afternoon with listings for the pair, and Amiami soon followed with preorder pages up for Shining Wind‘s Clalaclan Noire (Noir) and a newly announced Nanako PVC figure from To Heart 2: Another Days. Both are scheduled for release in September, with Clalaclan coming at 6,090 yen retail with a sculpt from Otoyama Houjun (other details available in our earlier coverage) and Nanako to retail at 4,725 yen, 1/8 scale (16 cm tall), with a sculpt from Nisshii. Figure images below:

Kotobukiya announces Clalaclan Noire

The Shining series figure blog updated this evening with the surprise announcement of a new color version of one of the greatest PVC figures Kotobukiya has ever produced, Shining Wind‘s Clalaclan. This alternate color version was designed and supervised by Tony himself, and is still a work in progress – the skin and hair color will be changed from the sample seen below, as will the base (whiter skin, darker base). Starting with Kureha the plastic they’re using for character skin is changing as well to be more transparent, so that will be a change from the previous version as well. According to the post, preorders for Clalaclan Noire will begin “very soon”. Sample images below:

Kotobukiya’s Blanc Neige, Kurugaya Yuiko preorders open

Following up on the final prototypes recently unveiled for both figures, Kotobukiya this morning provided preorder information to retailers regarding their Shining Wind Blanc Neige and Little Busters! Kurugaya Yuiko PVCs. Both are scheduled for release in Septemeber, with Blanc Neige clocking in at 1/8 scale and 6,090 yen retail. Her sculpt is credited to “Kotobukiya”, and her wand and cloak are removable. Yuiko is also 1/8 scale, with a 5,775 yen price tag and a sculpt from Abira (no significant castoff potential here). With this paper circulated to retailers we can expect preorders to appear online today in the coming hours. Images below:

Kotobukiya’s Blanc Neige final prototype

The official Shining game series figure blog recently launched a parallel separate blog with identical content, and it’s there that the final pre-production prototype of Kotobukiya’s Shining Wind Blanc Neige PVC figure appeared this evening. This is the same version that was on display last week at the Shizuoka Hobby Show, and according to the blog post is the final amended version before she enters mass PVC production. We’ll be watching for full details when preorders open soon. Note that this is a different item from Kotobukiya’s earlier released Shining Tears Blanc Neige – she changes costumes between games. (no more)

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Shining Wind Mao, Blanc Neige progress report

The official blog of all figures Shining updated over the weekend with a look at the two newest items in Kotobukiya’s Shining Wind bishoujo figure lineup, Mao and Blanc Neige. The Mao shots aren’t unique to this post (this is the same prototype we’ve seen at Akiba Hobby and in Amiami’s product listing for the past couple of weeks), but the Blanc Neige initial PVC prototype is seen here for the first time. With this up at the Shining blog it seems we can expect preorders for her to appear soon. Pictures 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:

President Japan “Shining” series trio preorders open

Three of the Shining series figures from President Japan (Eye Ball/Eye Scream) we’ve had our eye on for the past few months went up for preorder simultaneously today, with listings appearing at Kotobukiya’s online shop. First up is Seena Kanon from Shining Wind [PA], who’s set for release in July at 1/8 scale (28 cm tall) and 8,190 yen retail. Next is Houmei, also from Shining Wind, set for release at 1/8 scale (14.5 cm tall) and 8,190 yen retail; her listing is not accompanied by a release date, but July seems like a logical guess. Finally we have Maple from Shining Tears [PA], presented at a stunning 1/1 scale, 38.2 cm tall and due out in July at 18,900 yen. Sculptor information for all three figures is currently unavailable. We’ll update this post with additional details and images as they come online; current images below. Update: full image galleries now online:

Two new “Shining” series figures announced

Recapping a bit of news from a couple of days ago, the official Shining series figure blog Shine na Blog posted with unpainted prototype shots of a new Shining Wind Blanc Neige figure coming from Kotobukiya. Little is revealed in the entry text (no news as to a release window, price or sculptor information) but it is mentioned that her cape is removable.

President Japan‘s Eye Ball blog brings news of the second recently announced Shining Wind figure, a new rendition of Kureha. The color prototype is pictured before final detailed color tuning, but provides a rough look of what to expect from the final version; again virtually no information regarding the sculptor, price, or release date is provided, though it is noted that her skirt is castoffable. We’ll be keeping an eye out for further information on both figures in the coming weeks. Images below:

Shining Wind Houmei color sample

The official Shining franchise figure blog Shine na Blog posted photos yesterday of a finished color prototype of President Japan (Eye Scream)’s upcoming Houmei figure from Shining Wind. These are the first pictures we’ve seen of the figure in color, and she’s looking really quite nice indeed! We don’t currently have any official information on pricing or a release timeframe, but apparently more information will be available when she goes on display at the Tokyo International Anime Fair at the end of the month. (no more)

Kotobukiya’s Horo, Elwyn preorders open, Mao in planning

Kotobukiya posted retailer order forms this morning for two new items we saw unveiled at Wonder Festival: first is their Elwyn from Shining Wind, scheduled for release in June at 6,090 yen retail, and 1/8 scale (21 cm tall) with a sculpt from Nakamura Takuchi. Next is their Horo from Spice and Wolf, who’s coming in July at 6,090 yen retail, 1/8 scale (19.5 cm tall) with a sculpt from Kitaike Shoukaku. Preorders for both should appear around the internets soon. In other Kotobukiya news, the official Shining figure blog reports that a Shining Wind Mao is currently in the planning stages, and is already looking quite nice. Pictures of all three below:

Figure News: Shining Wind’s Elwin, Xecty see fresh PVC incarnations from Kotobukiya, Wave

Shine na Blog brings word today of two new Shining Wind figures in planning. The first is an Elwin / Elwyn (new costume ver.) PVC from Kotobukiya, 1/8 scale with a sculpt from Nakamura Hirotoshi. No news on price or release date is yet available; further information is expected in early spring. The second new figure is from Wave, and features Xecty in a sleeping pose. At 1/8 scale she’s speculated to be part of their DreamTech line, with an original pose based on an illustration from page five of the Shining Wind design works visual collection artbook. The figure’s gimmicks are a) a “soft part” torso extending down to her thighs, b) her one-piece dress is made of “very soft material”, and c) an exchangeable “sleeping face” head part. Some castoffability is implied, though the extent is not known. A color version of this figure is expected to be on display at Wonder Festival 2008 Winter on February 24th; we’ll be keeping an eye out for further information. (no more)

Figure News: Kotobukiya’s April ’08 lineup unveiled, includes Sengoku Rance, Clannad, To Heart 2, DOAX2, Shining Wind (updated)

Kotobukiya updated their official site this afternoon with four five new PVC figures scheduled for release in April of next year! First up is Uesugi Kenshin, one of the main heroines of Alice Soft’s 2006 eroge epic Sengoku Rance (figure originally covered here). She’s due out at 1/8 scale and 7,140 yen retail. Next up is the newest installment in the Venus on the Beach series from DOAX2, Tina. She’s due out at 1/6 scale and 9,240 yen, and like her predecessors sports two different clothing configurations. A limited edition color version is coming from Tecmo. Finally we have a maid version Komaki Manaka from To Heart 2 Another Days and Ichinose Kotomi from Clannad, both due out at 1/8 scale (Manaka at 6,090 yen and Kotomi at 5,040 yen). I’m tempted by the Kenshin, but that face sculpt doesn’t really do her justice… if only Volks would put out some of their stuff in PVC. ;__; Update: Kotobukiya’s April schedule also includes their version of Shining Wind‘s Kureha, now up for preorder at Amiami along with their other April offerings. She’s due out at 1/8 scale and 6,090 yen retail. (no more)

[ERO] Figure News: castoff update – Kotobukiya’s Xecty Ein from Shining Wind

Kotobukiya’s Xecty PVC from Shining Wind went on sale recently, and there has been some curiosity regarding her castoff potential. I’m sad to report that like Clalaclan before her Xecty is more a tease job than anything – her shirt is removable, but there’s nothing of interest to be found underneath. This is expressed most eloquently by the following image, mined from 2chan’s mokeiura board:

Figure Review: Kotobukiya’s Clalaclan Philias PVC from Shining Wind

As a casual fan of artist Taka Tony’s work I’ve been keeping an eye on the flood of figures from the Shining game series that have seen release over the past couple of years, but when this Clalaclan was announced she was the first that really grabbed my whole attention. Sure the pointy tiara puts the Statue of Liberty to shame, and her hair looks like the pelt of some ancient Roman lion as envisioned by a monk calligrapher in the Dark Ages, but the winsome Tony face and the ample expanse of bosom put to rest all doubts in my mind – this was a figure that must be acquired, and the finished product is even better than I had hoped. Read on for the highly photogenic details:

[ERO] Figure News: Kotobukiya’s Clalaclan is castoffable, but…

A courageous individual at 2chan’s mokeura board went ahead and did what was inevitable given the inviting seams around Clalaclan‘s chest region, forcibly separating the front of her dress from what lies beneath. As expected it is a process that results in some damage to the kit, and does not yield a finished product; thus it is an operation only recommended for those willing to void the warranty and do some experimental reconstructive surgery (or be left with a pair of vaguely defined and vaguely unsatisfying bosoms staring you in the face). Regardless of the lack of post-op articulation this is an amazing kit that I’d recommend to anyone who can still find her available – a rare home run from Kotobukiya that is rapidly becoming rarer. I wish they made them all like this… castoff pictures below:

Figure News: Clalaclan and Fasalina released, Didii up at Play Asia, release schedule updated

Just a quick note that Max Factory’s Fasalina PVC from Gun x Sword [Play Asia] and Kotobukiya’s Clalaclan Phileas from Shining Wind [Play Asia] both went on sale today, and that if you were on the fence I’d recommend prompt action as they’re both looking like items hot enough to disappear from store shelves with alarming rapidity. Reviews of both will be up at HD in the next day or two. In other news, Hobby Japan mail order limited [ERO] Jingai Makyou Didii PVC is currently available for preorder at Play Asia as well, as is the recently announced Kuro no Franco from Zoku: Satsuriku no Jango. These listings and more have all been gathered on the newly updated HD release schedule page for your reference and perusal! Clalaclan and Fasalina preview pictures below:

Figure News: preorder and limited edition miscellany

A few miscellaneous items now in preorder: Resinya’s Kushieda Minori from Toradora! (January release), Aizu Project’s Ryomou Shimei (gosurori ver.) cold cast from Ikkitousen (February release), Beat’s original Amaha Collection Wildcat Anna (December release), and Chrono Gate’s Murata Yukari from Rocket Girls (March release). In limited edition news, a Nitro+ online shop limited Kuro no Franco will be released with additional scarf, different facial expression and different colored underwear; a limited edition pink Konomi (maid ver.) is coming from Kotobukiya shops, and an Amiami-limited Wildcat Anna will be available in silver. Also in from Kotobukiya via Akiba Hobby is word that we’ll be seeing a Shining Wind Kureha from them sometime next year. (no more)

Goods News: Shining Wind, Shining Force EXA hug pillows coming from Machi Chara

Shining Wind‘s Xecty Ein and Cyrille from Shining Force EXA are to recieve hug pillows featuring their illustrations, according to the Dakimakura Integrated Research Institute. Xecty is 140 x 60 cm while Cyrille is 140 x 45 cm, both are double-sided and expected to retail on November 30th at 10,500 yen. Preorders open at Machi Chara on October 11th, and will probably appear at Hobby Search and other locations shortly thereafter. Most of the illustrations here seem recycled and not particularly fit for pillow use, though the reverse side of Cyrille’s offering certainly has some redeeming qualities… Pictures below:

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