Following yesterday’s public holiday in Japan, we have a handful of new items up for preorder.
Firstly, from the folks at Square Enix, we have a few items from various properties! To start with, an adorable Static Arts Mini of ‘Kingdom Heart’s’ Shadow! Look at that adorable face.
Character: Shadow/Nobody Series: Kingdom Hearts X Manufacturer: Square Enix Category: Static Arts Mini Price: ¥3,980 (Before Tax) Release Date: December 2016 Run: Standard
From Square Enix’s Static Arts Gallery, seemingly a new sub-series of the Static Arts series, ‘Final Fantasy VII’ sees a new figure of Vincent Valentine, as designed by Nomura Tetsuya. Despite being quite a small figure at only 14cm, he looks to be quite good considering the style. And it’s a new Vincent figure, so if you’re a fan…
Character: Vincent Valentine Series: Final Fantasy VII Manufacturer: Square Enix Category: Static Arts Gallery Price: ¥5,800 (Before Tax) Release Date: February 2017 Run: Standard
And lastly from Square Enix, from their Variant Play Arts Kai series, a brand new Joker from Kondo Hitoshi; the character designer behind the various Batman figures that have been appearing from Square Enix. Joker definitely looks quite scary, themed after the Batman like this.
Character: Joker Series: Batman/DC Universe Manufacturer: Square Enix Category: Variant Play Arts Kai Price: ¥19,800 (Before Tax) Release Date: January 2017 Run: Standard
From MegaHouse, a sweet (in more ways than one!) figure of Tsukino Usagi from ‘Sailor Moon’! This figure is Limited + Exclusive and is available to order via Megatrea, Premium Bandai and kiddyland.
The life of a KanColle fan is never dull when it comes to figures. Mutsuki Kai Ni is the next character from Aoshima and Funny Knights to come up for preorder. Her brown to red ombre and exposed tummy is very nice to look at. Definitely a distraction from that whale shark mouth.
Character: Mutsuki Kai Ni Series: Kantai Collection -KanColle- Manufacturer: Aoshima/Funny Knights Category: 1/7th Scale Price: ¥11,800 (Before Tax) Release Date: December 2016 Run: Standard
AlphaMax often pick up titles that don’t receive much love and create magnificent pieces from them. Haruna Mishima from Sega’s music arcade game ‘Chunithm’ is fitting that wonderful space of cute and classy and that partial stair base is a fantastic choice. Unfortunately that pose doesn’t lend itself to looking good from all angles. The first press also comes with a postcard.
Character: Mishima Haruna Series: Chunithm Manufacturer: AlphaMax Category: 1/7th Scale Price: ¥13,800 (Before Tax) Release Date: March 2017 Run: Standard
From ‘Walkure Romanze More & More’ Daiki Kougyou have made a new figure of Ryuuzouji Akane in a striped bikini that is fully cast-offable. Orders through AmiAmi also come with an A5 acrylic character plate.
Character: Ryuuzouji Akane Series: Walkure Romanze More & More Manufacturer: Daiki Kougyou Category: 1/6th Scale Price: ¥17,500 (Before Tax) Release Date: April 2017 Run: Standard
And lastly, from the 1970’s manga and anime, ‘Cutie Honey’ comes a new variant of the protagonist, Cutie Honey. This figure from Orca Toys is the third variant of her, and the first to have white hair. She also casts off, shown as her breasts exploding out of her outfit.
Well it doesn’t seem right to say it’s this week when it was actually last week but Melbourne’s Animaga Convention meant I wasn’t able to get these delicious preorder updates to you last week.
Orange Rouge don’t look like they’re about to slow down any time soon with their ‘Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-‘ figures. This 1/8th scale figure of Shishiou based on his standard standing pose from the game has so many incredible details replicated from his card. His powerful yet slim legs, long wavering cape blowing in the wind, the even the nue creature on his back have been replicated wonderfully to create a perfect rendition of Shishiou and all his charms. Naturally a must have for any fans of him!
Orders through the Good Smile Online Shop also come with the bonus that all the previous Touken Ranbu scales have come with; a charm of the character’s sword!
The last few weeks have seen figure after figure from the series ‘God Eater 2: Rage Burst’ and no wonder; these characters look fantastic! The next figure is of the captain of Fenrir’s special force unit ‘Blood’ – Julius Visconti! This figure is based on the main visual illustration from the series and replicates all the finer details of Julius and his outfit. His God Arc is also included, and even better, he has interchangeable parts allowing you to choose between two different poses when you display him!
Character: Julius Visconti Series: God Eater 2: Rage Burst Manufacturer: Phat! Company Category: 1/8th Scale Price: ¥12,800 (Before Tax) Release Date: March 2017 Run: Standard
From the classic Hayao Miyazaki series ‘Future Boy Conan’ comes a figma of the main character, Conan! To think, a figure of a character from back in the 70s! His faceplates are incredibly entertaining; a smiling expression, a valiant expression and a face with clenched teeth.
Character: Conan Series: Future Boy Conan Manufacturer: Max Factory Category: figma Price: ¥4,630 (Before Tax) Release Date: February 2017 Run: Standard
The world of Nendoroids is never boring for fans of the deformed style. Last week saw a Nendoroid of Karasuno High Boys’ Volleyball Club’s vice captain known as the ‘Indomitable Setter’ – Koushi Sugawara, from the incredibly popular Volleyball anime, ‘Haikyu!!’; the Shielder servant, Matthew Kyrielite, from the hugely popular -and addictive- mobage ‘Fate/Grand Order’; and from the game series ‘Kirby’, a matching Meta Knight using the same magnets as the previously released Kirby to create a massive range of poses!
Koushi will come with a rubber strap if ordered through the Good Smile Online Shop.
Character: Koushi Sugawara Series: Haikyu!! Karasuno High VS Shiratorizawa Academy Manufacturer: Orange Rouge Category: Nendoroid Price: ¥3,889 (Before Tax) Release Date: February 2017 Run: Standard
Character: Shielder Series: Fate/Grand Order Manufacturer: GSC Category: Nendoroid Price: ¥4,444 (Before Tax) Release Date: January 2017 Run: Standard
Character: Meta Knight Series: Kirby Manufacturer: GSC Category: Nendoroid Price: ¥4,630 (Before Tax) Release Date: March 2017 Run: Standard
From Pulchra, another ‘Fate/Grand Order’ character! This time, we’re looking at Rider – this one in particular is Ushiwakamaru based on her second stage! This pose is so dynamic but it’s unfortunate that they had to use a clear support attached to her leg to achieve it.
Character: Rider/Ushiwakamaru Series: Fate/Grand Order Manufacturer: Pulchra Category: 1/7th Scale Price: ¥14,630 (Before Tax) Release Date: January 2017 Run: Standard
The next figure in Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo and ‘Street Fighter’ series, Ibuki the super cool kunoichi is now up for order and gosh does she look amazing. Not only that, but she also comes with a KotoUS exclusive version, which comes with her masked face.
Character: Ibuki Series: Street Fighter III Manufacturer: Kotobukiya Category: 1/7th Scale Price: ¥7,500 (Before Tax) Release Date: January 2017 Run: Standard (Exclusive version also available)
For the ‘iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls’ fans out there, a new bunny figure of Totoki Airi. A Princess Bunny, to boot! She looks incredibly awkward with her pose but that seems to be a part of her charm. She also comes with an Exclusive version with an additional face, this time from KotoJP.
Character: Totoki Airi Series: iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Manufacturer: Kotobukiya Category: 1/8th Scale Price: ¥9,200 (Before Tax) Release Date: January 2017 Run: Standard (Exclusive version also available)
Also from Kotobukiya, a Cu-Poche of the demon butler Sebastian from ‘Kuroshitsuji ~Book of the Atlantic~’ comes with absolutely fantastic faces and some weapon cutlery.
Character: Sebastian Michaelis Series: Kuroshitsuji ~Book of the Atlantic~ Manufacturer: Kotobukiya Category: Cu-Poche Price: ¥4,500 (Before Tax) Release Date: January 2017 Run: Standard
New manufacturer Bell Fine have been getting some really popular licences, including ‘Hidan no Aria AA’ and ‘Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!’. These figures of Kanzaki H Aria, Mamiya Akari and KonoSuba’s Megumin show a lot of promise but close ups of the details show that they have a lot to learn still. Hopefully they’ll be able to improve quickly! At the least, they are picking some magnificent poses.
Character: Mamiya Akari Series: Hidan no Aria AA Manufacturer: Bell Fine Category: 1/7th Scale Price: ¥13,800 (Before Tax) Release Date: November 2016 Run: Standard
Character: Kanzaki H Aria Series: Hidan no Aria AA Manufacturer: Bell Fine Category: 1/7th Scale Price: ¥13,800 (Before Tax) Release Date: December 2016 Run: Standard
Character: Megumin Series: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Manufacturer: Bell Fine Category: 1/8th Scale Price: ¥14,000 (Before Tax) Release Date: November 2016 Run: Standard
Aoshima/Funny Knights have released a number of Kai Ni versions of characters from ‘Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~’ and here they are with yet another one; this time of Maya, from the Takao-class of Heavy Cruisers. Her pose and those ship parts look fantastic but that angle is terrifying! There’s definitely high chances of leaning issues over time.
Character: Maya Kai Ni Series: Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~ Manufacturer: Aoshima/Funny Knights Category: 1/7th Scale Price: ¥14,800 (Before Tax) Release Date: November 2017 Run: Standard
Alter and Ryu-NS have made a new version of the previously released ‘To LOVEru Darkness’ Lala Satalin Deviluke 1/6 scale figure. This new and updated version is the Pastel Co-De version and it looks fantastic! The changes in colour to her hair, the updated colouring on her swimsuit and even details as small as a new print on her canvas sneakers. The original was highly regarded and well sought after so if this version appeals to you, definitely get an order in at AmiAmi; who happen to be the only retailer carrying this item.
Character: Lala Satalin Deviluke Series: To LOVEru Darkness Manufacturer: Alter Category: 1/6th Scale Price: ¥11,800 (Before Tax) Release Date: December 2016 Run: Exclusive
Also from Alter, the long awaited figure of Yasuhara Ema from ‘Shirobako’ has finally come up for order. After seeing her at expos painted for months, it was getting to a point where it was unclear when she would come up for order. But here she is! The key animator at Musashino Animation is sitting on her chair, ready to work. I personally particularly love her green eyes and those wonderfully sculpted hands!
Character: Yasuhara Ema Series: Shirobako Manufacturer: Alter Category: 1/8th Scale Price: ¥11,800 (Before Tax) Release Date: February 2017 Run: Standard
The fabulous Erza Scarlet ‘Fairy Tail’ is seeing yet another figure of her not in her traditional armour. This Kuro Neko Gravure_Style version from Orca Toys is an alternate colour from the previously available white version, which releases in December as well. The sword included looks fantastic as well.
Character: Erza Scarlet – Kuro Neko Gravure_Style Ver. Series: Fairy Tail Manufacturer: Orca Toys Category: 1/6th Scale Price: ¥13,800 (Before Tax) Release Date: December 2016 Run: Standard
To the world of Exclusive Cast Off items, there are two new Hobby Japan items up for order.
Yukime from ‘Jigoku Sensei Nube’ is being made by Amakuni and is looking fantastic and is by former Griffon sculptor, I-Con. Yukime’s overall aesthetic is very reminiscent of the 90s artstyle and this figure replicates that very well with the highly detailed hair strands, simplistic face and outfit. I really like the inclusion of the snowman for the base, as she is a yuki-onna/snow-woman. She also has alternate parts for her to be cast-off (not shown).
And from Alter we have the last figure in the ‘Hyakka Ryouran’ series; Yagyu Jubei Final Bride Ver. She looks fantastic. The details on her dress, her swords, even her hair and face are just incredible. The print all over is so sharp and the gradient makes what could’ve been a painfully white outfit, pop.
But the biggest shock of this item is that fact that she is cast-off. This will be Alter’s first example of a cast-off figure and to do this with the last of an ecchi figure series? Talk about finishing with a bang.
Character: Yagyu Jubei Final Bride Ver. Series: Hyakka Ryouran Manufacturer: Alter Category: 1/8th Scale Price: ¥14,800 (Before Tax) Release Date: May 2017 Run: Limited + Exclusive
Lastly, from Native we have the next in the Character Selection series; Suzushiro Mizuki from the manga series Boku Girl. Often mistaken for a girl, and transformed by the trickster god Loki, Mizuki is shown here based on the illustration from the 5th installment of the recently finished series. This figure seems simple but every detail has been recreated magnificently by Chieri (who is behind incredible works such as Max Factory’s Belldandy) and even comes with an interchangeable hood. Loki’s long tail is also bendable, allowing you to shape it however you please! Native items are always Exclusive, but fortunately they do ship to selected international countries!