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Figure News: Dream Party fallout includes Rider, Fiina

Akiba Hobby and Dengeki Online are the first to report in on the figure action at yesterday’s Dream Party Tokyo 2007 Fall, the former bringing detailed looks at Goodsmile’s maid version Rider PVC from Fate / hollow ataraxia (first scooped here), due out in March of ’08 at 1/8 scale and 4,800 yen retail, and Max Factory’s Fiina (swimsuit ver.) PVC from Yoake, due out in February at 1/8 scale at an undetermined price. For its part Dengeki brings a general survey of the whole event, with shots at the very bottom of the upcoming Resinya Toradora! line. In other news, a bit from the Plamo / Radicon Show that we missed: Kotobukiya has a maid version Tamaki PVC from To Heart 2 coming out in February at an undetermined price. We’ll keep an eye out for further Dream Party news as it emerges throughout the day today. (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:

[ERO] Figure News: Taki Corporation’s full castoff Komaki Manaka from To Heart 2 up for preorder

Amiami has a preorder listing up today for a new Komaki Manaka (DVD jacket ver.) PVC figure from To Heart 2 coming from Taki Corporation in November. The single artifacted image currently available doesn’t give a good idea of what the final kit will look like, but the face sculpt is highly suspicious indeed… like Taki’s other recent offerings Manaka will be fully castoffable, and stands 25 cm tall with a retail price of 9,240 yen. In a (perhaps horrific) turn of events Taki announces here that a Komaki Ikuno kit is in the works as well, for release in December, intended as a companion for her older sister; this would be a great concept but for the infamous reputation for quality that Taki is rapidly gaining (could they possibly bulk out Manaka’s school uniform any more?). We’ll be keeping an eye on these, but not with a great deal of anticipation. (no more)

[ERO] Figure News: Resinya presents cast-off Sasara from To Heart 2 XRATED

We first reported on Cospa‘s newly launched figure project Resinya back in August, but since then they haven’t announced anything that’s seemed particularly newsworthy – until now. Word is up on the Resinya official site that they’ll be producing a very stylish, black dress-clad Kusugawa Sasara PVC kit from To Heart 2 XRATED! She’s scheduled for a late December release at 1/6 scale (24.5 cm tall), with skirt and bust parts castoffable, a sculpt from Onsen Tengoku and a retail price of 7,800 yen. This looks like the first Sasara kit I’ll be seriously tempted to pick up… we’ll be keeping an eye out for preorders, as usual. Update: she’s now available for preorder at Amiami, complete with image gallery; other places should have her up soon as well. (no more)

Figure News: Wave presents Tsuruya-san x Kyon’s sister, Suzu, Bushido Girl, and white swimsuit Komaki Manaka PVCs

Wave updated today with official pages for a sizable chunk of their coming lineup, including the much anticipated Tsuruya-san x Kyon’s sister PVC figure combo from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, Suzu from Nagasarete Airantou, Bushido Girl from Sekaiju no Meikyuu, and a limited edition Komaki Manaka (white swimsuit ver.) from To Heart 2. The former three are due out in January of ’08, with Manaka scheduled for release in November of this year. The Tsuruya x Kyon’s sister and Bushido Girl figures are looking particularly nice… Preorders should be up at the usual suspects soon for all of these except the Manaka, which is Chara-Ani only. (no more)

Figure News: Goodsmile’s Nendoroid Re Mii, Max Factory’s POLO System Wendy and Emiya Kiritsugu / Zero up for preorder soon, Kotobukiya’s apron + sukumizu Sasara already there

Goodsmile just posted listings on their official site for their upcoming Nendoroid Re Mii from Zoids Genesis, as well as Max Factory’s [ERO] Polo System Wendy from Gun x Sword and Emiya Kiritsugu / Zero from Fate / Zero, which can only mean that preorders will be coming online around the internet very shortly. All three are due for release in January of 2008. In other news, Kotobukiya followed yesterday’s preorder blitz with a couple more entries today, including this maid apron / school swimsuit Kusugawa Sasara from To Heart 2 XRATED, set to go on sale in December. The winter listings are filling out fast! (no more)

Figure News: Kotobukiya’s Shiina, Silfa, Nijihara and Pastel Inks, Koakuma Louise, and “theater version” Rei up for preorder

Kotobukiya made a splash yesterday evening with the preorder listings of a whole gang of new figures, including Shining Wind’s Shiina Kanon, To Heart 2 Another Days’ Silfa, Moetan’s Nijihara Ink and Pastel Ink (TV color version reissues), Zero no Tsukaima’s Louise (koakuma ver.), and Evangelion’s Rei (plug suit ver.). They’re all due to street in December and sort of blur together in my mind in a big lump, though the Rei does stand out (perhaps due to viewing under the influence). My brain tells me that the road to Eva goods collection is paved with financial death, but my itchy preorder finger is hovering over the button… ;_; (no more)

Wonder Festival 2007 Summer: Orchid Seed, Yamato, Kotobukiya lineups

We take a look at the lineup of newly and recently announced items from Yamato, Orchid Seed, and Kotobukiya in this segment of our Wonder Festival coverage. Yamato and Orchid both have some [ERO] offerings in evidence, so browsing discretion is advised. :3

Wonder Festival 2007 Summer: garage kits by source

This post contains a bunch of garage kit shots from Wonder Festival broken down by source, including items from Evangelion, various fighting games, Gurren Lagann, Kimikiss, Queen’s Blade, Sengoku Rance, Rozen Maiden, and the To Heart franchises (mostly To Heart 2). Note: while this post is not tagged as [ERO], it does contain a few ero kits.

Figure News: Kotobukiya blitz! Moetan trading figures, Shining Wind Xecty, Another Days Chie up for preorder

In addition to the Pani Poni Dash trading figures we reported on earlier today, preorder pages are now up around the interwebs for Kotobukiya’s earlier scooped Shining Wind Xecty and To Heart 2 Another Days Chie, as well as a partial reissue of their earlier released Moetan trading figure set (this one augmented with several limited edition repaints). All three items are set for release in November. (no more)

Figure News: highlights from Hobby Japan September ’07

Cobra Kai Shiranui Mai coming in PVC from Daiki Kougyou, Sekirei Tsukiumi and Matsu figures coming from Movic, Orchid Seed‘s Wonder Festival lineup includes a resin kit based on a Mogudan-illustrated [ERO] Comic Unreal cover, [ERO] Onegai Onsen (Onegai Teacher / Twins) trading figure set from Max Factory, [ERO] Cobra Kai Kanu Unchou PVC from Yamato, Kyon’s sister 1/4 scale PVC from Freeing, Ignis the Black via mailorder from Hobby Japan, next Megahouse Queen’s Blade figures to be Nix and Airi, Shining Wind Xecty, To Heart 2 Another Days Chie, Pani Poni Dash trading figures coming from Kotobukiya, Queen’s Blade book series sequel Queen’s Gate launching this fall with Nitro+ and Moetan characters, Code Geass breast mousepads coming from Bandai, Shirley and Suzaku independent resin kits featured. Pictures below:

[ERO] Figure Review: Daiki Kougyou’s Kousaka Tamaki (tsun-kao ver.) PVC from To Heart 2 XRATED

When this behemoth Tama-nee was figure first announced in April I was intimidated by her size, her leggy proportions, and her freakishly elongated torso. While Cobra-Kai’s rendering looks nothing like her original design, it was this precise fact that seduced me into picking the figure up (no giantess fetish here, honest); after her mutant novelty factor wore off was she truly worth the purchase? Read on…

Figure News: Wave announces Rozen Maiden Suiseiseki, My HiME Shizuru, To Heart 2 Tamaki Kousaka (shoujo ver.) PVCs

Wave put official sites up today for a few really nice new PVC figure offerings due out in October: Rozen Maiden’s Suiseiseki as sculpted by Sakurazaka Miki of circle Cherry Blossom, My HiME‘s Shizuru Viola from Clumsy Craft Rei (I hope they get his Masane too…), and Tamaki Kousaka (shoujo ver.) from To Heart 2, as sculpted by Arakawa Hiroshi (Amiami search). At 1/10 scale the Shizuru seems rather expensive, but the other two look like serious options for fans of their respective franchises. Now where’s your promised Tsuruya-san / Kyon’s sister kit, Wave? (no more)

Anime News: Genshiken 2, Doujin Work, Kimikiss, AIKa R-16, To Heart 2 OVA updates

Yesterday brought several site updates for shows we’re keeping an eye on, including a revamped Genshiken official site with basic information on the second season (and the awesome splash image that Hobby Stock scooped earlier), a Doujin Work official site update with info on the release of manga vol. 4, the on air schedule, and shots of the OP and ED theme covers (July 25th release!), and the official Kimikiss game site has been updated with info on the upcoming anime, subtitled “pure rouge”. In other news, the AIKa R-16 official site has been updated with stills from the July 27th release of the OVA’s second volume, and Aquaplus’s To heart 2 OVA has a promo video up at for its second episode, due out on June 27th. (no more)

[ERO] Figure News: “dere-kao” Tama-nee PVC up for preorder from Daiki Kougyou

A preorder listing is up at Amiami today for Daiki Kougyou’s Kousaka Tamaki (dere-kao ver.) PVC from To Heart 2 XRATED, due out in August at 1/5 scale (37 cm tall) and 12,600 yen retail. This is the same item as Daiki’s earlier announced tsun-kao version, only with a smiling face instead of the ambiguously petulant one and a different coloring job on the lingerie; while the tsun of tsundere is supposed to be the scarier half, I’m finding this dere version far more frightening… (no more)