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Haruhi-chan, Churuya-san anime series announced

Moon Phase Diary updates with the news this evening that according to the October ’08 issue of Shounen Ace (on sale August 25th), two new short-episode anime series are being produced simultaneously for broadcast on the YouTube Kadokawa Channel: “Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu” (based on the Haruhi spinoff manga by the same name) and “Nyoro~n Churuya-san” (based on the popular doujin 4-panel comic by Eretto). The Moon Phase author speculates that these may be a stopgap measure to placate ravenous hordes of Haruhi fans hungry for solid news of a sequel to the original TV series, but I for one welcome our chibi webcast overlords. I hope they give them voices… We’ll keep an eye out for further news on this over the coming weeks. (no more)

Tsuruya-san Figma preorder open

Online shop Be-J updated last night with a listing for a Tsuruya-san Figma action figure from Max Factory and Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. She’s scheduled for release in October at 2,500 yen, and stands 15 cm tall (non-scale) with a sculpt produced by Masaki Apsy / Max Factory. The figure comes with the typical array of replaceable expansion parts, including two faces and several hands (Tsuruya’s signature “peace sign” pose included). With preorders unsealed at Be-J they should be appearing elsewhere online over the course of the day. Images below:

Alter announces school uniform Haruhi, Shuffle’s Asa

The official site of figure maker Alter was updated today with two new figures scheduled for release in November of this year: Suzumiya Haruhi (school uniform ver.) from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, and Shigure Asa from SHUFFLE! MEMORIES. The Haruhi figure is being produced in cooperation with Chara-Ani and features a sculpt from Inagaki Hiroshi, and is to be released at 1/8 scale (18 cm tall) and 6,090 yen. Asa is is also coming at 1/8 scale (21 cm tall) and 7,140 yen, with a sculpt from Kuramoto Ikuma of Millimeter Modeling. Figure images below:

Griffon does Goth Punk Mikuru

Figure maker Griffon updated their official site yesterday with the news that they’ll be producing a “goth punk” version of Asahina Mikuru from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. She’s scheduled for release in October at 8,500 yen retail, 1/7 scale and 24.5 cm tall, with a sculpt from Yamamoto Masahiro. Preorders are up at Amiami as well as all the other usual suspects. Figure images below:

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:

FREEing’s Kimidori Emiri preorder open

Goodsmile updated their official site this morning with a product listing for FREEing‘s Kimidori Emiri bunny girl PVC figure from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (earlier HD coverage here). She’s scheduled for release in August at 11,800 yen retail, and along with the other releases in FREEing’s Haruhi bunny series she’s 1/4 scale (25 cm tall). As is also typical of the series the sculptor goes uncredited. Along with her listing at Goodsmile she’s now up for preorder at Amiami as well, so listings at other retailers should follow soon. Images below:

Revoltech Fraeulein Haruhi to come with Wii game (updated)

A Suzumiya Haruhi franchise Nintendo Wii game was announced to be in the works on the official Haruhi anime site as early as last year, but only a couple of days ago were the details confirmed – it’s a “story+dance sim”, scheduled for release within the year. Amazon already has a page up soliciting email addresses if you want to find out precisely when preorders open, as it seems this will be a hot item – not in the least because the special edition will be accompanied by a Revoltech Fraeulein Haruhi action figure, as reported today by official Revoltech Express blog. Unlike Kaiyodo’s earlier collaboration with Kadokawa in the release of Fate/stay night Realta Nua for the PS2, this Revoltech Haruhi will apparently be not just a bust but a full Fraeulein series figure. We’ll keep an eye out for further news on the project, especially any word of an individual release apart from the game.

Update: Famitsu has posted further details on the Haruhi Wii game, including images of the Fraeulein Revoltech Haruhi figure which are reproduced below:

Figma Mikuru, Itsuki preorders open: SOS-dan complete!

Goodsmile just updated their official site with product listings for Max Factory’s Figma action figure brand Asahina Mikuru (school uniform ver.) and Koizumi Itsuki (school uniform ver.) figures from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. As we reported earlier they’re scheduled for release in June at 2,500 yen each, with Mikuru at 13.5 cm tall and Itsuki at 15 cm tall (non-scale). Both come with a variety of face and hand configurations, and Itsuki comes with a “back sheet” (cardboard? cutout) of the SOS-dan’s clubroom, so you can recreate your own diorama scenes. Sculpting is from Masaki Apsy, and producion is from Max Factory; the pair completes the core SOS-dan lineup following the release of Nagato, Haruhi, and the announcement of Kyon. With these listings up at Goodsmile preorders are sure to follow shortly. Images below:

Pinky Nagato Yuki, Tsuruya-san preorders open

Pinky Street manufacturer Vance Project sent listings to retailers today for two new items in their P:Chara (Pinky Character) lineup: Nagato Yuki and Tsuruya-san from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. These are the third and four the Haruhi Pinkys to come from Vance, following Haruhi last February and Mikuru in March. Yuki comes with cardigan + school uniform and book, as well as removable glasses, witch’s hat, wand, and caped exchangeable body. Tsuruya comes in her school uniform as well, with alternate “culture festival” waitress uniform body, legs, and headband. Both are scheduled to retail in late May at 1,680 yen. Images below:

Figma Nanoha, Kyon preorders open

Figure maker Goodsmile’s official site was updated today with listings for two new Figma action figures from Max Factory: Takamachi Nanoha (Barrier Jacket ver.) from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, and Kyon (school uniform ver.) from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. Nanoha comes with two faces, two bang configurations, various hand configurations, ball-joint twintails (!) and two Raising Heart settings: Accel mode and Buster mode. She retails in May at 2,800 yen and 13 cm tall (non-scale).

Kyon come with two faces, various hand configurations, “inner” (schoolwear) shoes in addition to the standard leather ones, as well as a “handy video camera”. He’s also due out in May, at 2,500 yen and 15 cm tall (non-scale). Both Nanoha and Kyon come with the standard Figma supporting arm bases. Images below:

Mikuru (culture festival ver.) preorder open

The official site of figure maker Goodsmile was updated today with a page for Max Factory’s Asahina Mikuru (culture festival ver.) PVC from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, and online shops put preorder listings up shortly thereafter. She’s due out in July at 1/8 scale (19 cm tall) at 5,800 yen retail, with a sculpt from Chieri. She comes with detachable cat ear and tail parts included along with a replacement hand and serving tray, and is sized to match Max Factory’s earlier released Tsuruya-san. Image gallery below:

Figure News: Figma Saber, Haruhi preorders unleashed

Max Factory’s Figma action figure line was officially augmented yesterday with the unsealing for preorder of Haruhi (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu) and Saber (Fate/stay night). We reported on the details of the release back on the 19th, but now both figures are officially available for preorder around the internets and have been flung inexorably along the trajectory that will lead to their April release – no doubt a dramatic one, if the Nagato Figma was any indication. To recap, April is the ETA for both figures and Haruhi is up for 2,500 yen, with Saber at 2,800. High-res images below:

Figure News: Max Factory does “Culture Festival” Mikuru, Haruhi and Saber Figmas

Max Factory unveiled the next installment in their Haruhi figure series today in a post on the official Goodsmile Blog! It’s Mikuru in her waitress costume from the school festival episode, and comes following the similarly appointed Tsuruya-san. Details such as price and release date are still unknown, but we know the sculpt is from Max Factory veteran Chieri, and that like Tsuruya, Mikuru will come with cat ears and a tail as option parts. She’ll be on display at Wonder Festival so we’ll be sure to pick up further information on Sunday. In other Max news, the official Figma site and blog were updated with information on the next two action figures in the lineup: Suzumiya Haruhi (school uniform ver.) and Saber from Fate/stay night. Both are scheduled for release in April, with Haruhi at 2,500 yen and Saber at 2,800 yen; production is supervised as usual by Masaki Apsy (Asai Masaki). Full product descriptions are expected to appear online on February 21st. Images of the Figma kits below:

Figure News: Alter announces maid version Mikuru

Alter just posted a product entry for an Asahina Mikuru (maid ver.) PVC figure from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. She’s sculpted by Numakura Toshiaki (of circle Sinsemilla) and is scheduled for release in June at 1/8 scale (20 cm tall) and 6,090 yen. The figure is being produced in cooperation with Chara-Ani. (no more)

Figure News: Griffon’s gothic lolita Haruhi, Yamato’s Doubutsu Nee-chan Inu Anne-Rose unveiled

Two pieces of news on the PVC front this evening: first is word from Griffon that their gothic lolita Haruhi kit from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu is scheduled for release in PVC. She’s 1/7 scale with a retail price of 7,500 yen, and currently without a release date specified; currently only Griffon has her available for preorder on their site but presumably other retailers will carry her as well. Sculpt from Yamamoto Masahiro. Next, word is in from Yamato that the alternate color version of Aruma we’ve seen lurking around for a month or so is dubbed Anne-Rose, and will see release in April of next year at 7.140 yen and 30 cm tall (1/6 scale?). Sculpt is from Tandem Twin, and preorders are 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!

Anime News: Haruhi sequel confirmed, Higurashi gets a third season

From the “(beaten like a) red-headed stepchild” bureau of news so old it’s petrified, word is in at the official Haruhi site as of 4:00 AM this morning that a “Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu new animefication” is planned for next year. Moon Phase speculates that the copyright listing of “2007, 2008, 2009” might imply that the series will start in the fall of ’08 and run for two seasons into the spring of ’09; we’ll be keeping a corner of an eye on this as more information comes to light. In other anime news, Moon Phase reports today that Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is getting a third season. No details have been released yet, but are expected to appear shortly at the show’s official site. (no more)

Figure News: Claymore, Lineage II, catgirl Tsuruya, Revoltech Rin, and prize figures oh my!

A bunch of figure news rounding out the day today: word is coming in from 2chan’s mokeiura board that Megahouse’s Claymore Clare PVC figure and Yujin’s SRDX Lineage II capsule figures are both now on sale. In addition Bandai has put a Metamo (color changing) catgirl Tsuruya-san up for preorder; she’s set for release in late March at 4,410 yen. Kaiyodo’s Revoltech Fraeulein Rin action figure is up for preorder today as well, with release set for February 1st; finally, GA Graphic brings us a look at the 10th “Prize Fair” that took place on November 2nd, which is presumably a fair where prize figures are shown (hence the name – brilliant!). The items on display come from six different makers and will be released between April and June of next year. Oh, and also:

Figure News: Haruhi, Fortune Arterial, Keroro coming from Wave, Dynamite Kanu PVC sample up at Moeyo

Wave updated today with a few new items on their release lineup for next spring: Treasure Figure Collection Suzumiya Haruhi is coming out in May at 4,935 yen and 1/10 scale (16 cm tall), DreamTech Sendou Erika from the new August game Fortune Arterial will be out in late April at 5,775 yen, 1/8 scale with a sculpt from zenko, and Dark Keroro x Nasuka will be out in conjunction with the new Keroro Gunsou movie on in late January, but it may only be available in theaters in Japan (4,800 yen, non-scale, 15 cm tall). In other news Moeyo has a sample PVC review of Yamato’s [ERO] Dynamite Keikaku Kanu Unchou online, and she’s looking a good sight better than in Akiba Hobby’s review from a couple of weeks ago. She’s still on track for a December release, thank goodness… can’t wait to see her in person. :3 J-List still has her available for preorder if you’ve been on the fence. (no more)

Figure Review: Toy’sworks’ Suzumiya Haruhi (gakuran ver.) PVC from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu

Whenever I see the word “Vispo” a primordial reflex action is triggered somewhere in my brain stem that makes me hit the “BUY” button if one is within reach, and this Haruhi was no exception. Back when she was announced in May there was much rejoicing (along with a schooling in the meaning of the term “gakuran”), but when she was finally trundled out to an expectant audience earlier this month the excitement was somewhat abated. Would you trust Toy’sworks with your Vispo? After seeing this kit I’m not so sure…

Figure News: Nagato Yuki Figma unsealed, Yotsubato! Revoltech Danboo (Amazon ver.) up for preorder

On the action figure side of things this morning we have word of the official preorder opening for the first ever general release Figma action figure (HD coverage here and here), Nagato Yuki from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. She’s scheduled to hit store shelves on February 14th, 2008, at 2,500 yen retail and 13.5 cm tall, and if you’d like to support HD you can preorder her right now at Play Asia. In other news, Amazon opened preorders today for its limited edition Revoltech Danboo cardboard robot action figure from Yotsubato!. It’s just like the regular version, only with the Amazon logo plastered all over it… the regular edition goes for 2,205 yen with release on December 1st, and is available at Play Asia if you’d rather not have corporateness with your cute yet menacing robot overlords. (no more)

[ERO] Figure News: castoff update – Metamo YUKI N., Resinya Sasara (updated)

A couple of small castoff status updates today: first from Moeyo we have word that Bandai’s upcoming Metamo Yuki that we scooped at the end of last month is cast in a separate piece from her dress, which may point to castoff of some kind (though the odds of anything detailed underneath are negligible). Also, word is in from ASCII that Resinya’s Sasara PVC (scooped in September) is in all likelihood bra-clad beneath her blouse. Rather disappointing for those of us anticipating a full castoff… 11/18 Update: Senaka Blog has shots up of Max Factory’s POLO System Fauna from Megachu in all her cast off glory, as well as sample castoff shots of the Guernsey version of Tsukasa Jun’s Holstein Hanako-san. Incriminating evidence below:

Figure News: Max Factory presents Feena Fam Earthlight, Comic Gum does black and white Cerberus Project Kanu

Goodsmile updated their official site today with news of two new figures coming in March of 2008! First up is a Max Factory rendition of Feena Fam Earthlight from August’s eroge Yoake Mae Yori Ruri-Iro na, who clocks in at 1/8 scale (20 cm tall) and 6,300 yen retail. More exciting (to me) is the news that the the third and final of this summer’s limited edition Cerberus Project Ikkitousen figures released by Comic Gum is seeing wide release: their French Doll sculpted [ERO] Kanu Unchou (black and white ver.) PVC is due out at 7,800 yen and 1/7 scale (28 cm tall) in March as well. In a third bit of news from Goodsmile today, FREEing’s 1/4 scale Kyon’s sister PVC from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu has been announced for a February ’08 reissue. Update: Preorders for all three are now up at Amiami! [ERO] Castoff Kanu shot below:

Figure News: Alter’s Nagato Yuki (swimsuit ver.) PVC from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu up for preorder

Blink these days and another Nagato figure is announced…. Alter put a page up this morning for their Nagato Yuki (swimsuit ver.) PVC figure from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, and Amiami responded almost immediately with a preorder page (Chara-Ani has a limited edition white version as well). She’s due out in March of next year at 5,040 yen retail and 1/8 scale (14 cm tall), with a sculpting job from Tanaka Touji (Amiami search). This may be the most tempting Nagato kit yet, for me personally… (no more)

Figure News: Max Factory’s Figma line comes alive, YUKI.N first in line for release

Word is in today from the official Figma site that Max Factory’s action figure line is finally entering production, with its first installment featuring Nagato Yuki from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. She’s set to go on sale on February 14th, 2008 at 2,500 yen and 13.5 cm tall; preorders and additional information will be revealed later on in November. In other bishoujo action figure news, the official Revoltech blog reminds us that preorders begin tomorrow for Ayanami Rei, the first in their Fraeulein lineup. They have a considerable lead on Max in the action figure department at this point, but it’ll be interesting to see how their bishoujo lines fare going head to head like this. (no more)

Figure News: color changing “Metamo” Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu Haruhi 1.5 and Nagato PVCs up for preorder

Word came in last night via Amiami that Bandai will be releasing a pair of new “Metamo figures” from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, an alternate color version of their earlier released Haruhi kit as well as a new sundress catgirl Nagato Yuki. The Metamo gimmick is that the figures change color based on the ambient temperature, the new Haruhi going from red to black and Nagato from white to black. Both are 1/8 scale (~20 cm tall) and scheduled for release in February of ’08 at 3,980 yen retail. The Nagato is pretty cute, but I’m not sure if the simplified paint job required for the color change gimmick to work is worth it… (no more)

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)

Figure News: scoops from the 2007 Plastic Model / Radicon Show

The 47th annual Plastic Model / Radicon Show is happening this weekend, and Moeyo! Akibajin Blog was there yesterday to check it out. While mostly devoted to plastic models (mecha and vehicles) and radio controlled devices (hence the name), bishoujo figures made a fair showing as well; the following can be deduced from Moeyo’s initial coverage:

Figure News: Shuraki vol. 1, Nendoroid Yuki N., Nendoroid Yasagure Rin get reissued, Max Factory announces Kanon’s Sawatari Makoto

Big news today from Goodsmile! Word is in that Shuraki vol. 1 Akatsuki Mishiro, Nendoroid Nagato Yuki, and Nendoroid Yasagure Rin will all see reissues in early 2008. In addition, Goodsmile has a listing up for Max Factory‘s Sawatari Makoto PVC figure from Kanon. She’s set to retail in February of next year at 1/8 scale (17.5 cm tall) and 5,800 yen, with a sculpt from Max’s own Koshinuma Masashi. Great news for the Kanon fans, and for those who missed Mishiro and Yuki (HD review) in the first round of preorders! (no more)