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Solid Theater’s String Swimsuit Girl preorder open

Amiami’s evening update today included a preorder listing for Solid Theater’s Himomizugi no Onna no Ko (string swimsuit girl) PVC figure. This is a figure we’ve been following closely, both for her obviously appealing attributes as well as her status as the first product unveiled by the Solid Theater brand since their acquisition by Movic; with her now available for preorder it seems the logistical transition went smoothly enough. As earlier reported the kit is based on the September 2006 cover illustration by Miwa Miwa of eromanga serial magazine Monthly Comic Papipo (月刊COMICパピポ), which has since ceased publication. The sculpt was produced by Shinano, who other than a few capsule figures and Solid Theater’s likewise Papipo-inspired Maid no Onna no Ko has been active primarily on the garage kit side ([ERO] Karen from Ai no Chikara and Sumire from Jokei Kazoku ~Inbou~ with circle Gankura). The figure is scheduled for release in August at 1/8 scale (20 cm tall) and 7,140 yen retail, with dress and front pieces castoffable. Full gallery below:

Solid Theater’s String Swimsuit Girl on parade

GA Graphic brings the scoop this evening with a full gallery of Solid Theater’s Himomizugi no Onna no Ko (“string swimsuit girl”), the first new release announced from the brand following its acquisition by Movic. As promised the original Solid Theater brand name is retained, though distribution is now credited to the parent company. This may be the first time full details on the PVC release have been compiled in one place: the kit is based on the September 2006 cover illustration by Miwa Miwa of eromanga serial magazine Monthly Comic Papipo (月刊COMICパピポ), which has since ceased publication. The sculpt was produced by Shinano, who other than a few capsule figures has been active primarily on the garage kit side ([ERO] Karen from Ai no Chikara and Sumire from Jokei Kazoku ~Inbou~ with circle Gankura). The figure is scheduled for release in August at 1/8 scale (20 cm tall) and 7,140 yen retail. We’ll be on the lookout for preorder listings, which should be appearing shortly. (no more)

Figure maker Solid Theater acquired by Movic

Rumors of the merger began on the 23rd, but today it was made official: Solid Theater announced on their official site that as of May 1st, 2008 the company will be acquired by figure and goods maker Movic, a subsidiary of the Animate Group. Under the terms of the acquisition Solid Theater will retain its distinct brand identity within the Movic product line, and all current Solid Theater company operations, product support and scheduled releases will remain intact. Preorder announcements for future Solid Theater releases as well as wholesale inquiries will now be conducted through Movic, and a new Solid Theater brand website is currently in development. We’ll bring you any further relevant news on the merger as it appears, though it seems that short term effects will be minimal; a preorder announcement for Solid Theater’s Himomizugi no Onna no Ko is expected shortly. (no more)

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!

Figure News: Mabinogi Nao up at Orchid Seed, Kojika Play Stationery Mimi and Kuro prototypes unveiled

Orchid Seed’s Nao PVC figure from Mabinogi was first brought to our attention at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition last month, and last night she found her way into an official listing on the maker’s site along with a companion Miyazawa limited color version. The unlimited version clocks in at 1/7 scale (26 cm tall with staff) and 7,400 yen retail, with release scheduled for April. According to the product description she comes with a full change of clothes (presumably the white version pictured), though it’s unclear precisely how the castoff mechanism works. Sculpt is from rookie creator Ribun, thus far only credited on Orchid’s Seinarukana Satsuki. It is currently unknown how the Miyazawa color version will be released. News continues below:

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: Yoshizaki Mine’s Win-chan coming in PVC from Solid Theater

Yoshizaki Mine‘s TECH Win magazine mascot character Win-chan has seen three PVC incarnations to date from Kaiyodo’s Organic line, but last night Solid Theater broke new ground with the announcement of their own take on the voluptuous PC idol. Their OS Idol Win-chan PVC is scheduled for release in February of 2008 at 1/6 scale (16 cm tall) and 6,300 yen, with sculpting duty handled by zenko. An alternate color Miyazawa Mokei limited edition is available as well. See below for further details on this kit and the Win-chan character:

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: Kokonoe Rin Play Stationery now in color

We scooped Solid Theater‘s upcoming Kodomo no Jikan Play Stationery figure lineup last month, and the goods section of the official Kojika anime site updated today with a first glimpse at what Kokonoe Rin will look like in color. Release is scheduled for next spring, and while the price has yet to be disclosed she’s sure to be a fair sight more affordable than her life-sized counterpart… Images below:

Figure News: Solid Theater’s Play Stationery line meets Kodomo no Jikan

Word is in from Akiba Blog today that Solid Theater, makers of the stationery-themed bishoujo Play Stationery figure line, has received permission from the publisher of Kodomo no Jikan to create a Play Stationery series based on the manga and TV anime‘s three main heroines, Kokonoe Rin, Kagami Kuro, and Usa Mimi. The new series will be called Play Stationery 3(rd Graders) with Kodomo no Jikan, and Rin will be based on the original pencil sharpener figure, Kuro will be based on the eraser case, and Mimi will be based on the ruler. No pricing details or release time frame has been presented, but we’ll be keeping an eye on this. (no more)

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