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Anime version Musubi preorder open

Figure maker Movic presented a preorder listing over the weekend for their latest incarnation of Musubi, heroine of manga and anime Sekirei. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to their first Musubi it took me a bit to determine conclusively that this wasn’t a reissue, but it’s definitely a new sculpt credited to Saitou Heel. She’s scheduled for release in October at 1/7 scale (height unspecified) and 6,300 yen retail, and if precedent holds she’s likely to be castoffable. Currently available images below:

Daiki’s Bakuten Sei, Asu no Yoichi Ibuki preorders open

Amiami’s evening update tonight included a couple of figures we’ve reported on here in past weeks: Daiki Kougyou’s Sei PVC bust from Bakuretsu Tenshi and Movic’s Hankyuu Ibuki from Asu no Yoichi!. Tackling Ibuki first: we reported on her preorder listing at Movic back on May 13th, and it wouldn’t bear repeating here but for the revelation of a surprise upper castoff (images below). As previously reported her sculpt is from Saitou Heel and she’s set for release in August at…. Movic says 1/8 scale and 19 cm, Amiami says 1/7 scale and 21 cm. Both report a retail price of 5,880 yen.

Daiki’s Sei bust was also the subject of earlier reporting when her official page went online, and details on this release have changed as well. The sculpt is still credited to Shiragami Takayuki (Yukishiro) and she’s still scheduled for release in October at 28 cm tall; the retail price however has been lowered from the initially reported 11,550 yen to 9,975 yen. That doesn’t happen too often… Pictures of both figures can be found below:

Movic’s Asu no Yoichi Ibuki, Ayame preorders open

First scooped here back on April 10th, figure maker Movic today opened preorders on its official site for their Hankyuu Ibuki and Hankyuu Ayame PVC figures from manga Asu no Yoichi!. Ibuki’s sculpt is from Saitou Heel (Love Love Garden), and she’s scheduled to retail in August at 1/8 scale (19 cm tall) and 5,800 yen retail. Ayame’s sculpt is from Tanaka Masanori (Jet Stream), and she’s due out in September, likewise at 1/8 scale (19 cm tall) and 5,800 yen. Figure images 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 Review: Movic’s Musubi (race queen ver.)

When Movic’s race queen Musubi was first announced at last summer’s Wonder Festival I was pretty excited, coming off the successful release of their first Musubi PVC a few months before. With a strong affection for her character and the obvious castoff potential exhibited by that unpainted prototype, expectations went a bit wild… The following eight months became an exercise in coming down to earth, but I wasn’t prepared for quite the extent of the inept production that awaited. Read on for a look at how a decent kit didn’t quite meet its potential:

PS. Thanks to SbebiWan for pointing out that there was nothing in this excerpt. ^^;;

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)

Movic announces Asu no Yoichi figure project

Movic posted an official page on their site yesterday evening for an Asu no Yoichi figure project. It features characters from the Asu no Yoichi romantic comedy manga by Minamoto Yuu that is currently serialized in Monthly Shounen Champion. Clicking through the splash page to the details provides information on the first two figures in the lineup, Ikaruga Ibuki and Ikaruga Ayame. Ibuki’s sculpt is from Saitou Heel (Love Love Garden), and she’s scheduled for release in August at 5,880 yen and 1/8 scale (19 cm tall). Ayame is sculpted by Tanaka Masanori (Jet Stream) and is scheduled for release in September, also at 5,880 yen and 1/8 scale (19 cm tall). Uncolored prototype images below:

Movic’s Mizuiro Splash Nishiumeda Asamiya preorder open

We first noted her production back in December, saw her again at Wonder Festival and now here she is: the counterpart to the earlier listed Toyonaka Haruru of ecchi swimming manga Mizuiro Splash, Nishiumeda Asamiya. Like Movic’s Haruru she comes with a removable cloth training jacket, as well as a towel and a pair of goggles; she’s due out in June at 1/7 scale (24 cm tall) and 6,090 yen retail, with a sculpt from Saitou Heel (blog). Pictures below:

Figure News: limited edition black uniform version of Alter’s Kanu coming from Hobby Channel, etc.

Some bits of figure news coming over the desk from yesterday evening: first is news that Hobby Japan’s online arm Hobby Channel will be offering a 700-piece limited edition run of a black school uniform variant of Alter’s Kanu Unchou PVC from Ikkitousen. She’s set for release in April at specs similar to her regular edition counterpart (1/8 scale, 21.5 cm tall, 7,140 yen) and preorders open at the Hobby Japan online shop on January 7th. See below for more news:

Figure News: Movic’s Ayanami Rei, Shueisha’s Akashiya Moka preorders open, Piccolo launches painted resin line

Some noteworthy bits of figure news in this evening, starting with word from Amiami that Movic’s Ayanami Rei PVC (the standard plug suit version we scooped back at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition) is now up for preorder, with release expected in February at 5,250 yen, 1/8 scale, and a sculpt from Hiroshi of Sakurazensen. Moving on: previous looks at Shueisha’s Akashiya Moka PVC from Rosario to Vampire weren’t that inspiring, but now that’s she’s up for preorder she’s looking much nicer. She’s coming to us from the new “Shueisha Solid Selection” brand in late May, at 1/8 scale and 5,000 yen retail. Finally, character goods maker Piccolo made news today with the unveiling of Kaze no Stigma‘s Kannagi Ayano and Samurai 7‘s Kirara in a new line of figures they’re calling “Reijin CAST”. They’re prepainted resins (the name is a pun as reijin 麗人 means “beautiful woman”), and both retail in March at 1/8 scale (8,925 yen for Kirara and 9,975 yen for Ayano). (no more)

Figure Review: Movic’s Matsu PVC from Sekirei

As an ardent fan of the Sekirei manga and an equal opportunity devotee of the various female members of its cast, back when she was announced I found Movic’s Matsu impossible to ignore. I have a critical weakness for brainy girls with glasses, and despite her uncharacteristically racy attire in this figure Matsu fits the profile perfectly… How does she compare to Tsukiumi and Musubi? Read on for our third Sekirei figure review!

Figure News: 07/11/09 evening preorders

Amiami has another decent batch of preorders up tonight, including Toys Planning’s Miyamura Miyako PVC from ef who clocks in at 20 cm tall and is due out in January at 6,500 yen; Movic’s Corticarte Apa Lagranges (adult ver.) PVC from Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica, due out in January at 5,880 yen and 1/8 scale (21 cm tall); an Ayanami Rei cold cast from Evangelion (in white and black bikini versions) from Aizu Project, due out in February at 1/8 scale and 12,600 yen; and a Tsumura Tokiko PVC from Busou Renkin, due out from Organic in December at 1,890 yen and 12 cm tall. (no more)

Figure Review: Movic’s Cocona PVC (Yamashita Shunya original)

We first brought news of Cocona when she appeared at Hobby Stock on August 10th, and in the remarkably short turnaround time of two and a half months from announcement to release she was here on the doorstep at the end of October. I wasn’t interested in Movic’s first Shunya-designed figure Rosanna, but Cocona’s design really appealed to me so I decided to take the plunge; despite the lack of castoff or other gimmicks she’s a decent item, though not in the top rank of stuff we’ve seen from Yamashita in the past.

[ERO] Figure Review: Movic’s Tsukiumi PVC from Sekirei

When it comes to Sekirei I must confess my guilt: like the manga’s hapless protagonist I am unable to choose who among his harem is highest in my affections (though Musubi does have a slight edge on the others); today’s favorite is the token tsundere Tsukiumi, due in no small part to the release of this very nice figure from Movic. I’m not usually a huge fan of the tsundere character type, but I can’t think of anyone I’d rather see cross her arms below her voluminous bosom and gaze at me sternly with just a hint of petulance…

Figure News: Movic’s Sekirei Tsukiumi, Yamashita Shunya Cocona now on sale

Just a quick heads up that Movic’s [ERO] Tsukiumi PVC figure from Sekirei [Play Asia] and their original Yamashita Shunya designed Cocona figure [Play Asia] [J-List] both shipped to retailers yesterday. Mine should be coming in tonight and I’ll be reviewing them here in the next day or two (still working on Clalaclan and Fasalina), but those waffling on the purchase might want to act fast, as I’m guessing Tsukiumi especially will be gone from shelves with alarming speed. You can help HD out by ordering from the links above should you so desire~. (no more)

Figure News: Movic’s face-palming Corticarte Apa Lagranges PVC from Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica up for preorder

First scooped here at the beginning of the month, word is in today from Movic that their Corticarte Apa Lagranges (adult ver.) PVC figure from Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica is now available for preorder from the official Movic online shop. She’s scheduled to retail in January of next year at 1/8 scale (21 cm tall) and 5,880 yen. I don’t know why, but the only thing I can imagine her doing in this pose is palming the face of Goodsmile’s version… Gallery below:

Figure News: Movic announces Corticarte Apa Lagranges PVC from Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica

Word is in from GA Graphic today that Movic has begun production on a Corticarte Apa Lagranges (adult version) PVC figure from Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica. She’s due out in January of ’08 at 5,880 yen retail, 1/8 scale (21 cm tall), and with a sculpt from Yami Yoroi (Yamiyo no Hikari), another member of invincible sculpting circle Tekkoryuu. Despite some sketchiness in the Movic production values, in my opinion this sculpt kicks Goodsmile’s Corticarte to the curb – she’ll palm your face and rub it into her capacious bosoms until you agree. (no more)