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Figure News: Alter breaks away from the Goodsmile / Max Factory collective

According to a post today on the official Goodsmile info page, as of this month (May 2007) release information on new Alter products will no longer be appearing on the Goodsmile website. Their recently announced Shinku PVC, due out in August, is noted as the last figure scheduled to be introduced on the site; release announcements for all subsequent figures will be handled by Alter exclusively (though Goodsmile will continue to handle inquiries regarding earlier announced and previously released figures until the end of September).

Whether this has any direct relation to the GA Graphics fumble from earlier in the day is unclear; I’d guess there’s some connection, though probably just one of crossed wires as control of the company’s press releases and marketing strategy changes hands. I wish Alter all the best as they sail into the uncharted waters of independent operation, and hope the transition goes smoothly for all concerned. (no more)

Figure News: GA Graphic scoops Alter’s September PVC figure lineup

Just in from GA Graphic is the news that this coming September will see the release of three new bishoujo PVC figures from Alter: Kaminagi Ryouko from Zegapain, Aegis from Persona 3, and last but not least, a PVC rendition of Kuramoto Ikuma‘s impressive Saber (maid ver.) garage kit from Fate / stay night. A fine spread to look forward to come this fall, especially the Saber, whom I was lusting after just three days ago… Edit: it seems GA Graphic removed the pages they had up earlier today, perhaps following a slap on the wrist from Alter’s marketing department. The only proof I have that they were up is this single Saber image, alas. (image below)