Thursday, 31 October 2013

MonsterArts Gigan 2004 Unveiled @ Tamashii Nations 6 (And More!) UPDATED!

Tamashii Nations 6 is currently in full swing and we have glimpses to several new figures of interest that have been unveiled!

Amongst other prospective S.H. MonsterArts releases such as Mothra (confirmed for an April 2014 release), Battra, Biollante, and Godzilla 2000, we also have the newly unveiled Gigan 2004 (Godzilla: Final Wars) as well!

And the original Alien too!

In regards to Ultra-Acts, we see renewal versions of both Ultraman Astra and Leo as well as Ultraman King in all his glory!

Also there is to be a new D-Arts Pokemon figure. But it still has yet to be unveiled!

And it has been revealed to be none other than Lucario!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Figure Review - Revoltech Yamaguchi Evangelion Unit 08 Beta

And so the final figure in Revoltech's main line of figures from Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo has finally reached my doorstep! This is our review for the Revoltech Yamaguchi Evangelion Unit 08 Beta.

The figure comes in the standard Revoltech window box with an image of the figure in the bottom left corner.  The purple wraparound on the bottom gives the packaging a bit of flare in my opinion. Based on what you can see, this figure comes with quite a bit as seen with the previous Evangelion figures released throughout this year. We'll touch upon that a little later.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

NEW Ultra-Act Ultraman Leo (Renewal Ver.) Pics!

Tamashii Nations has released a few new photographs of the upcoming renewal sculpt of the Ultra-Act Ultraman Leo!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Toho Kingdom Interviews Tamashii Nations

Chris Mirjahangir of Toho Kingdom did an exclusive interview with Tamashii Nations' Tsubasa Utsumi recently in regards to their S.H. MonsterArts line. It's a short interview, but it is informative. Check out out only at Toho Kingdom!

NECA unveils Pacific Rim 7" Series Axehead

Behold the third figure in NECA's third wave of 7" Pacific Rim figures, Axehead, the first Kaiju ever - in the Pacific Rim universe, that is. On Twitter, NECA promises that there will be more Kaiju to come in future waves.

NECA teases Wave 3 of Pacific Rim figures

Just as the DVD and BluRay for Pacific Rim is released, NECA teases us via Twitter a couple of figures planned for release early next year for their third wave of Pacific Rim 7" figures - Cherno Alpha and Coyote Tango. No word yet on the third figure yet.

Friday, 11 October 2013

X-Plus November Releases

Preorders have popped up on both Hobby Search and Amiami for X-Plus' November figures: Daiei 30cm Series Gamera 1999 (Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris) and the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1999 (Godzilla 2000: Millennium)

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

S.H. MonsterArts Articulation Series - King Ghidorah

Behold the next part in the S.H. MonsterArts Articulation Series, King Ghidorah! Check out the rest of their videos at their Youtube Channel now! Also be sure read our review for the S.H. MonsterArts King Ghidorah from last year.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Triple Figure Review - NECA Pacific Rim 7" Figure Series Wave 2

As the DVD and BluRay release of Guillermo Del Toro's sleeper hit, Pacific Rim, draws near, NECA has unleashed their second wave of 7" figures!

I am going to do something different this time around. Instead of creating three different individual reviews for NECA's latest wave of Pacific Rim figures, I will be combining them all together in one post as a 'Triple Figure Review!'

So without further adieu, let's proceed with Striker Eureka first!

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Bluefin Tamashii Nations Preorders: January 2014 (February U.S.)

S.I.C. Kamen Rider No. 1 (New)
$50.99 - Feb. 2014

The exquisitely sculpted SIC series welcomes its 15th year with a special commemorative product.  Introducing a complete remake of Kamen Rider No.1 (Shinichigo)!  Portrayed in superb proportion, and aesthetically crafted by sculptor Kenji Ando, this ultimate Kamen Rider action figure set features a full array of articulation gimmicks and effect options.  Two types of head parts are included for depiction of standard helmet and helmet with crusher visor open.  Rider Kick and Rider Punch effect parts are included along with special Ikadevil display stand.  Improved articulation and renewed frame allows for more precise aerial action poses.

S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider Garren & Red Rhombus
$81.99 - Feb. 2014

Kamen Rider Garren from Kamen Rider Blade joins the S.H.Figuarts series in set with Red Rhombus bike!  This advanced action figure boasts cutting-edge S.H.Figuarts articulation and replicates the Kamen Rider blade character in faithful proportion and high-detail.  A full array of accessories are featured in set, including the Garren Rouzer gun which can be modified with additional parts to portray open/full deck appearance.  Accessories for Rouze cards, four sets of interchangeable hand parts and special clear display stand are also included in set.

S.H.MonsterArts Alien Warrior
$55.99 - Feb. 2014

A brand new series has debuted in the S.H.MonsterArts line!  From 2004’s Alien vs. Predator, the sleek reworking of the original Alien design has been accurately replicated in figure form, right down to the translucent head structure and bony armor plating.  Thorough research has allowed for superb detail in the sculpt, bringing out all the fine details almost impossible to see on-screen.  The segmented tail is the main attraction of this figure, with each section a separate poseable piece.  Adding to its ferocity, the tip of the already dynamic tail has then been sharply molded in diecast: lethal!  Accessories include a finely detailed egg chamber and the famous juvenile form of the Warrior, the chestburster.  The S.H.MonsterArts Alien Warrior represents a new pinnacle of excellence for Alien action figures.  Pose all together with the upcoming S.H.MonsterArts Predator Wold to experience all the non-stop action first hand.

S.H.MonsterArts Predator Wolf
$58.99 - Mar. 2014

The second figure in the Alien vs. Predator series has been revealed!  The Predator Wolf from the 2007 sequel film, “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem” joins the S.H.MonsterArts line in absolutely stunning detail.  A portion of the armor has been recreated in diecast metal, while the weaponry is molded in finely detailed ABS plastic.  PVC has been used to capture the correct look of the body, while the famed “dreadlocks” utilize soft PVC so as not to interfere with the posing.  The Predator’s signature mask can be removed just like in the film, revealing its grotesque organic face beneath.  Interchangeable mandibles allow it to either be displayed in normal or howling modes.  As an added gimmick, the classic Predator weapon, the wrist blade, can be displayed with either exposed or retracted.  This is the ultimate action figure portrayal of the ultimate Predator warrior.  Pose him alongside the S.H.MonsterArts Alien Warrior to get the maximum AVP experience.

Robot Spirits Hi-ν Gundam
$56.99 - Feb. 2014

Hi-ν Gundam mobile suit from “Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack - Beltorchika's Children” photo novel joins the ranks of Robot Spirits in intrepid form and massive proportion.  Replete with articulated gimmicks, this advanced robot action figure features workable funnel container, beam saber gimmick, as well as fin funnel barrier defense field portrayal via effect sheets.  A full array of armament accessories including Beam Sabers, the New Hyper Bazooka, Beam Rifle, and three sets of interchangeable hand parts are also featured in set.

Robot Spirits Sinanju (Animation Edit.)
$56.99 - Feb. 2014

The Sinanju MS from Mobile Gundam Unicorn rejoins the Robot Spirits series with all new parts and improved stylish proportion.  This set features damaged head parts and massive bazooka.  A gimmick unique to the figure is also featured- beam magnum can be attached to reverse-side of shield!  The bazooka can also be attached to shield and beam rifle.  Two beam sabers, two beam axes, as well as a full-array of interchangeable hand parts and forearm covers are also included in this ultimate robot action figure set.

Saint Cloth Myth Orion Eden
$83.99 - Feb. 2014

Following the Saint Cloth Myth release of Pegasus Kouga will be a second title from the “Saint Seiya Omega” anime- introducing Saint Cloth Myth Orion Eden.  This figure will feature diecast armor parts that can be re-assembled into the character’s Orion Object.  Orion Eden’s veil has been replicated with clear parts for added realism and interchangeable parts to allow for portrayal of character with out his mask.

Saint Cloth Myth Andromeda Shun 10th Anniversary Edition
$89.99 - Feb. 2014

The Saint Cloth Myth series was launched in 2003,and since then over 7million Saint Cloth Myth deluxe action figure sets have been sold around the world.  Tamashii Nations celebrates the 10th year anniversary of the Saint Cloth Myth series with a very special renewal of the 5 God Cloth titles.  The fourth commemorative title will be Andromeda Shun.  This special commemorative set will feature an entirely new color scheme, as well as all new screaming facial expression parts for realistic portrayal of the iconic Elysian scene.  This deluxe set features a full array of interchangeable hand parts as well as additional cloth armor ports for assembly of Andromeda object.

12" PM Barnaby Brooks Jr.
$284.99 - Feb. 2014

Timed with the release of the recently announced Tiger&Bunny Rising feature film will be the second 12”PM Tiger & Bunny title- Barnaby Brooks Jr!  With product development overseen by artist Masakazu Katsura himself, the protagonist has been recreated in faithful detail. This premium action figure will feature a fully internal LED system and interchangeable face parts to allow for portrayal of both masked and unmasked versions of Barnaby.  Interchangeable hand parts and a special display stand are also included in set.

$13.99 - Feb. 2014

Due to popular demand, Tamashii Nations is proud to announce a limited reissue of the Tamashii Stage Act Trident (Clear).

TAMASHII Stage Act 4 (Clear)
$13.99 - Feb. 2014

Due to popular demand, Tamashii Nations is proud to announce a limited reissue of the Tamashii Stage Act 4 (Clear).

Tamashii Stage Act 5 (Clear)
$13.99 - Feb. 2014

Due to popular demand, Tamashii Nations is proud to announce a limited reissue of the Tamashii Stage Act 5 (Clear).

Source: Bluefin Distribution

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

S.H. MonsterArts Alien Warrior & Predator Wolf Available for Preorder!

The MonsterArts Alien Warrior and Predator Wolf are now up for pre-order at Japanese online retailers such as Hobby Search and Amiami right now! Alien is slated for January 2014 and Predator for February 2014.

Figure Review - X-Plus Toho Large Monsters Series Baragon 1965

Baragon, in his original 1965 design, receives another treatment in X-Plus' 25cm series of figures! Baragon is a monster who first appears in Toho's 1965 monster flick, Frankenstein Conquers the World, in which he is portrayed as an antagonist. He later goes on to make a small appearance in 1968's Destroy All Monsters alongside Godzilla and many of Toho's famous giant monsters. He wouldn't appear again until 2001's Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack in which he is one of the ancient Guardian Monsters alongside Mothra and King Ghidorah who must face against the return of Godzilla.

The new X-Plus Toho Large Monsters Series Baragon is quite a large figure. It is apparently bigger than its previous quadrupedal counterpart, a figure that I do not have. It stands between 9 to 10 inches tall. Due to the lack of spiky parts on this figure, I must admit, holding this figure is like cuddling with a soft vinyl teddy bear! 

Figure Review - Revoltech Yamaguchi Evangelion Mark .09

"EVA Unit Zero?" 
-Shinji Ikari, Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not Redo)

The origins of Evangelion Mark .09 are shrouded in mystery. All that is known is that it is a Vessel of Adams and highly resembles the former Evangelion Unit 00, which was destroyed by the 10th Angel, Zeruel, in the climax of Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance. The Mark .09 belongs to Rei Ayanami and uses it to retrieve the now awakened Shinji Ikari from the AAA Wunder and bring him back to the shambled ruins of NERV headquarters.

Continuing their line of Evangelion figures from the third film in the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Revoltech released the Evangelion Mark .09 in mid-September. The figure is another brand new sculpt, slightly different from August's Evangelion Unit 02 Gamma. It looks to be an upgraded version of the typical NERV Evangelion design as opposed to the radical upgraded designs of WILLE's Unit 02 and Unit 08.

Figure Review - S.H. MonsterArts MFS-3 Kiryu [MechaGodzilla]

From the very start, Tamashii Nations' line of super-articulated monster figures, S.H. MonsterArts, has primarily focussed on releasing creatures from the Heisei (1984-1995) series of Godzilla films, with the sole exception of Peter Jackson's King Kong. However, as of July we got our very first Showa (1954-1975) series figure in the form of Godzilla 1964, and now we have our very first Millennium (1999-2004) series figure in the form of the popular MFS-3 Kiryu... AKA, MechaGodzilla! 

Kiryu also referred as MechaGodzilla is the third version of the character in the entire Godzilla franchise. Unlike previous MechaGodzillas, Kiryu is not entirely machine, but also implemented with organic components. It is actually built upon the skeleton of the first Godzilla from 1954. The S.H. MonsterArts MFS-3 Kiryu is one beautiful looking figure! The figure is based on the cyborg's appearance in the 2002 Toho film, Godzilla against MechaGodzilla. Diecast parts are implemented throughout this sculpt, more than any previous mecha released in the MonsterArts line. You have metallic parts from the feet, up the legs and onto its chest. The diecast metal adds some weight to this figure, giving it excellent balance to put it in a wide range of radical poses.