Friday, January 25, 2013

303: Figurines - Preview: Compiled of recent previewed/announced items

So many releases in one month!!
January 2013 was definitely the month of releases for Good Smile Company! Today I’ll be taking a look at another three product samples that are shipping out shortly!
January Release Information

From Senki Zesshou Symphogear:
Nendoroid Tsubasa Kazanari!
From the anime series ‘Senki Zesshou Symphogear’ comes a Nendoroid of Tsubasa Kazanari, the character who uses ‘Ame no Habakiri’, the first Symphogear System! She comes with three different expressions including a smiling expression, an angry expression and a Swansong expression.

Tsubasa also comes with with four different Armed Gears to wield, including her standard sword, large sword, giant sword and leg blades. A Nendoroid-sized Noise figure is also included allowing you to recreate many popular combat scenes from the show!

She poses so easily and looks great!! Σ(゚∀゚ )
Her legs move around so smoothly, it’s so much fun making poses!
Plus The blades on the legs are also fitted with a ball joint so they can be rotated into various angles as well! They also are very hard to take off, so you don’t need to worry about parts falling off all the time while you’re trying to pose her!

This is how the packaging looks!
She has three different weapons and three expressions! Plus the weapons are huge, and as everyone knows. I love girls with huge weapons!!
On the top right, you can also see the ‘threat to humanity’, also known as ‘Noise’ which is also included with her. It’s not a little whale!
By the way, the special Nendoroid stands I spoke about on the 22nd Januaryare also included with Tsubasa-san! Last time I got the classroom and road stands, so this time I’m hoping to get the grass one!!

The much awaited Swansong Expression!
It certainly has an incredible impact!
The special stand I got with Tsubasa was in fact the grass stand! That means I managed to get all the different stands, yay!

From Kara no Kyoukai:
Shiki Ryougi Garannodou!
Shiki Ryougi, the main character of Kinoko Nasu’s light novel is coming back again as a part of Good Smile Company’s 10th anniversary rerelease project!

The pose is based on the cover illustration of the second book, and accurately reproduces the wistful atmosphere of the original art. Special care has also been taken in sculpting her understated bearing and intricate kimono pattern, making her distinctly vibrant and life-like.

Apologies for the delay!! (`・ω・´)
This was one of the products that was announced for rerelease as a part of the 10th anniversary rerelease polls! It ended up taking quite awhile to actually be ready, but she has come out looking just as fantastic as ever!
Fans of Kara no Kyoukai should not miss out on this amazing figure!!

The sculpting and paintwork are beautiful!
This is really one of my favorite characters ever, so I might be a bit biased… but she really looks absolutely fantastic! She was originally released in November 2008, so it’s actually a product from over four years ago – but even now the quality looks just as amazing as recent figures!

The expression and hair are also perfect!
Her solemn expression and short hair are a faultless rendition of Shiki!
It’s figures like this that really make fans experience the character within the figure – it makes me once again realize how much I want to see more of figures like this, make more figures like this and send out more figure like this!!!!

This is how she looks from the back!
The curves of her body and the use of space are also such great aspects of her! Not to mention the amazing print on the kimono – the pattern isn’t just printed on directly, but carefully crafted to suit the creases and turns of the fabric with different gradients… it makes it look so realistic!
As a Shiki fan I really think this is the definitive figure of her, and if you’re unsure whether or not you want her, I strongly recommend her!

Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Yukata Ver.!
From the ‘Character Vocal Series 01: Hatsune Miku’ comes a Nendoroid of Hatsune Miku wearing a yukata!

The same cute Miku we’ve all come to love is wearing a dark blue yukata with beautiful flower prints scattered along it, creating a very refreshing version of Miku for the hot summer months! She comes with three expressions including her standard smiling expression, a shy expression with a slight blush and an exited expression with sparkling eyes. She also comes with a fan and a pouch that match her yukata perfectly!

This one won’t be in stores, it was a web sales product!
Those who ordered her should be receiving her shortly, if you ordered from the GSC-Tetsu Cafe you’ll be able to pick your order up from there. We also plan to have any excess stock on sale at the cafe from the 31th, so you might be able to pick one up there if you missed out on ordering.
Good Smile & Karaoke no Tetsujin Cafe

This is how the packaging looks!
Quite a simple looking blister pack that almost looks like one of the very first Nendoroids – but it also only cost ¥3000! I love Nendoroids with loads of goodies, but a simple Nendoroid for less is just as nice!

Swapping expressions!
This expression with sparkling eyes was the pride of Shuu-chan from the planning team… and I’ve decided to but it on Shuukan Hajimete no Miku-san instead! She’s so cute!!
It’s quite a unique looking chibi expression, and I’m sure it’ll suit all the other Miku Nendoroids nicely!
So for a quick summary of today’s blog:
Nendoroid Tsubasa Kazanari and Shiki Ryougi Garannodou will be on sale from the 29th, while Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Yukata Ver. will be reaching those who ordered around the 30th! ヽ(゚∀゚)ノ

“Today you get to take a look at this amazing figure of me, Robin!”
“I know you’ve all been waiting for this for ages now!”

Hmm… while you are indeed a very cute little birdy, I’m afraid you’re not today’s main review – today we’ll be looking at the young witch that you belong to!

From Mahoutsukai no Yoru:
Nendoroid Alice Kuonji!
From the visual novel game ‘Mahoutsukai no Yoru’ comes a Nendoroid of the young witch that lives in hiding, Alice Kuonji! She comes with three different expressions, sitting parts, her familiar ‘Robin’ and various other parts to help you recreate your favorite scenes from the show! Be sure to display her together with the previously released Aoko Aozaki!

Nendoroid Aoko releases today, so I decided to review Nendoroid Alice on the same day! Σ(゚Д゚ )

It also means that I can review Alice together with Aoko, so everyone can see how lovely they look together!

This is how she looks from the back!

Alice is well known for her black outfit including a one piece dress, cloak and fluffy hat! The cloak and hat can also be removed, which I’ll show later!

“Diddle, diddle’!

This is a bell shaped like a cat, and anyone who has remembers this from game will be impressed with how accurate it looks! Just the fact that it is included is amazing in itself, but to have this much detail is simply a treat!! A special hand to hold up the bell is also included.

The area around the cloak and hips are still very posable, which allows you to pose her slowly walking forward like this!

A moon part and sitting parts!

Now these are some really great parts! Σ(゚∀゚*)

This allows you to recreate the very memorable fighting scene at the amusement part! Alice sits elegantly atop the moon, looking down on everyone like a true angel!!

Sitting on her hand you can also see her little bird familiar, ‘Robin’!

Robin is so adorable! It makes me wish I could keep him as a pet of my own!

A battle scene between Aoko and Alice!

As more and more figures from a certain series come out, you can recreate more and more scenes like this! This time in particular the extra parts that are included really make for some amazing scenes between the characters!!

Tori Bird was in charge of this series, and he’s done an incredible job!!

From Alice’s perspective!

It’s quite amazing how different it feels from up this side – you can really see Aoko is giving it everything she’s got! Placing Alice on a slightly higher platform, has created such a nice ambiance.

You can enjoy figures from absolutely any angle, which means once you’ve made a scene like this, you can look from all sorts of different perspectives!

Alice dressed for indoors!

As I mentioned above, the cloak and hat can both be removed. There are also alternate arm parts to complete the indoor look – the standard arms include the fluffy gloves, while the indoor ones just have a puffy sleeve. It’s so nice to have so many choices!!

Here we have Alice with one hand to her chin as she contemplates something. A very different feeling to the combat scenes above, but it still suits her nicely!

“Why? What?! Ploy!”

You can’t forget this section of the game! These expressions for both of them are simply way too cute! They look just like the original illustrations!

If you’ve never seen the original expression, you can take a look here!
The Nendoroid design suits it perfectly!

From Mahoutsukai no Yoru:
Nendoroid Alice Kuonji!

They’re all Nendoroids that ship out from GSC today!

They should be in stores either tomorrow or the day after, so I’ll do a quick review of all three today! I’ve been told that the photos of the blister packs are very useful to people when they’re trying to put all the pieces away – so those photos are of course included too! ヽ(゜∀゜)ノ

From Virtual Vocalist Megpoid:
Nendoroid GUMI!
The image character for the Virtual Vocalist Megpoid, GUMI, is finally joining the Nendoroid world! She can be posed in a number of well-known poses, including the pose from the illustration of the packaging and her signature winking pose!

You can even pose her with her goggles down over her eyes for a more stylish pose, or instead choose the cuter option and have her riding on a giant carrot with an adorable chibi expression! GUMI is known to sing a large variety of songs, and this Nendoroid comes with just as many poses for fans to enjoy!

She comes with four expressions! That chibi expression is so cute!!

She comes with all sorts of optional parts, both big and small, and you can use them in all sorts of different variations! Plus…

All Nendos released in January will include a special Nendoroid stand!

The stand will be included in a black bag like the one you can see just above the blister pack here. There are three different variations of the special stands – “Grass”, “Classroom” and “Road” – only one will be randomly included with each product, so you won’t know which one you’ll get until you’ve opened it up!

Riding on the giant carrot!

The carrot has a little tab on it to hold her securely in place! You can also pose the carrot in midair like you see here – it holds in place very nicely!

The stand here is the ‘Classroom’ type special stand!

This is how the box looks!

She is Nendoroid No.276!

The box has a nice blend of yellow and green to suit GUMI’s colors, and also gives it a very fun and colorful look!

Plus just look at the adorable face again! It’s just too cute!!

From Saki Achiga-hen episode of Side-A:
Nendoroid Nodoka Haramura!
From the anime series about girls who play mahjong, ‘Saki Achiga-hen episode of Side-A’ comes a Nendoroid of the popular Nodoka Haramura, also known as ‘Nodocchi’!

A variety of optional parts are also included, such as mahjong tiles and point bars as well as Nodoka’s beloved penguin plushie, Etopen! You can also pose her with the included spaced-out expression to recreate the “Nodocchi mode” that she enters while playing mahjong!

Two different hairstyles and sitting parts!!

Not to mention that Etopen is included in three different versions!! The tiny little mahjong tile even features a print of an actual tile – such amazing detail!

Posed sitting on her chair!

Just like GUMI’s carrot, the chair has a little tab on it so that she remains stable when you display her sitting down! Even as a Nendoroid those legs look kind of sexy, not to mention her rather impressive bust!!

The special stand is once again the classroom, it suits Nodacchi perfectly! The classroom stand should suit any characters that wear a school uniform!

This is how the box looks!

She is Nendoroid No.267!

A lovely pink that matches up with Nodacchi’s hair color, together with a mahjong tile! I hope one day I’ll be able to play mahjong as well as Nodacchi!

From Mahoutsukai no Yoru:
Nendoroid Aoko Aozaki!
From famous game developer TYPE-MOON’s latest work, ‘Mahoutsukai no Yoru’ comes a Nendoroid of the game’s main character and heroine, Aoko Aozaki!

She comes with three expressions including a shouting face to display her giving orders as the head of the student council, an adorable smiling face and an embarrassed chibi face! She also comes with a special pedestal, magic effect parts and a special arm to display her using her magic, allowing her to live up to her ‘Magical Cannon’ nickname. Enjoy the company of the apprentice witch whenever you like, in the pose of your choice!

She comes with huge effect parts!

Fans of Mahoutsukai no Yoru are sure to be quite happy with the way she has come out! She comes with both a standard square stand as well as a special circular stand featuring a magic circle. You can display her in a number of poses from popular scenes, or just however you want to see her!

A famous fighting scene from the game!

It recreates the scene perfectly!!!

The magical effect parts in front of her hand for this scene come in three different layers, which makes it look really impressive! The rubble on the ground around her is separate, so you can use it with other characters as well!
This is how her box looks!

She is Nendoroid No. 277!

Aoko has a lovely blue colored box that suits her name perfectly, as the ‘Ao’ in Aoko means ‘blue’! The special stand you see here is the road stand!

Unfortunately I didn’t get hold of the ‘Grass’ stand, which was actually the one I wanted most! It’s nice to get a stand that matches up with a certain Nendoroid – I hope everyone manages t get hold of the one they want!

From Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb:
Nendoroid Miyako!
From the anime series that’s now onto its 4th season ‘Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb’ comes a Nendoroid of Yuno’s close friend, Miyako! She comes with loads of parts to show off her energetic personality as well as her love for food!

Yunocchi was super cute, and Miyako is just as adorable!!
The Nendoroid Hidamari series are sure to look great displayed together – even just two of them is amazing!! If this isn’t cute, then I don’t know what is!

This is how they looks from the back!

I personally love the way her hair looks from this side! Miyako’s hair kind of rolls down her shoulders to the front, but the back is actually tied up nicely! The little tied up area of hair makes me want to grab it for some reason…

A smiling face with hands on her hips!

Just looking at this smile is sure to turn a bad day into a good day!

Yunocchi came with a kind-of spaced out smile, while Miyako instead has a big happy looking smile! She also comes with two arms to place her hands on her hips, to recreate this lovely pose!

She also comes with a blank expression!

The same kind of blank expression was included with Yunocchi, which lets you choose your own expression from a selection of stickers!

These are the stickers included with Miyako! ヽ(゚∀゚)ノ

They’re mostly the chibi expressions from the anime, so you’re sure to find a couple that you think suit her best! But what are the stickers on the right for…?

They’re to pose her drooling!!

You can also stick them underneath her eyes to create tears instead! The expression here is the sticker on the upper left – it’s so cute!

This pose was actually created based on the opening of the first season – it’s what Shuu-chan (from the planning team) believes they looked just before Miyako eats Yunocchi’s hand!

She also comes with cross-legged sitting parts!

Oooh! These are lovely!! I’m sure many of you have noticed already, but this pose also comes from the OP of the first season!

The rice, chopsticks and hanging scroll are also included!

The hanging scroll has the kanji for ‘tuna’ written on it to show her love for food! So much is included just for this pose, and it all fits together so nicely!!

Swapping parts with Yunocchi!

Seen they’re both wearing the same uniform, you can easily swap parts around between them without anything looking too odd! (Which means you can probably even pose Yunocchi sitting cross-legged!)

If you decide to get both of them you’ll have way more poses to play around with – plus they look great together!

From Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb:
Nendoroid Miyako!

Happy OTAKU-ing !? *cough* *cough*

Reiya 零夜 (Jo)

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