Thursday, 28 November 2013

Figure Review - X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Space Godzilla

First things first... Happy Thanksgiving, fellow Kaiju Fans!

This year we have much to be thankful for as collectors, and I am extremely thankful towards X-Plus for creating super awesome, and super detailed, figures of all of our favorite giant monsters. Now, it may not be a big fat meaty turkey, but here we have a true behemoth in all sense of the word. This is the X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Space Godzilla from Toho's 1994 film, Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Bluefin Tamashii Nations March 2014 (April 2014 U.S.)

S.H.Figuarts: Kamen Rider Kabuto (Rider Form)

"Walking the path of Heaven; the man who will rule over all."

The continually evolving S.H.Figuarts series has achieved yet another milestone in action figure technology!  Kamen Rider Kabuto rejoins the S.H.Figuarts series, this time featuring enhanced articulation without compromising the accuracy of the design.  By capturing the proportions of the actual suit actor and employing overlaid bone, frame, and muscle diagrams, an unparalleled sculpt of Kamen Rider Kabuto has been rendered exactly as he appeared in the series.  Enhanced articulation allows for him to naturally perform his roundhouse style Rider Kick while naturally highlighting the form and function of the human body.  Two types of Kabuto Kunai Gun accessories are included for both gun and sword modes, as well as a multitude of interchangeable hands.  'Clock Up' and grab this one at lightning speed.

Robot Spirits: Kshatriya

The massive Kshatriya Mobile Suit that battled the Unicorn Gundam in the Mobile Suit Gundam UC series joins the Robot Spirits line!  The Kshatriya features its appropriately sized massive form, complete with a variety of effects, including a historical first- a Funnel Rack opening gimmick!  A total of 24 Funnel connector arms, as well as Funnel effect parts (6 large and 6 small), and 8 thruster effect parts are featured in set.  Two beam sabers, as well as the ReZEL beam saber used in Episode 1 are also included, along with three sets of interchangeable hand parts for dynamic posing options.

Armored Girls Project: MS Girl Unicorn Gundam

It's beauty meets technology!

The Unicorn Gundam Girl joins the Armored Girls Project series via a collaborative design project with Hajime Katoki and mecha designer Mika Akitaka.  Extensive option parts allow for the transformation of armor from Destroy Mode to Unicorn Mode.  The set also features original accessories which are compatible with the previously released Robot Spirits Unicorn Gundam (Destroy Mode) Full Action Ver (sold separately) to enhance playability.  This deluxe action figure set also includes interchangeable faces, as well as armor (unicorn mode) and head parts (unicorn mode),a beam magnum, 2 beam sabers, a beam javelin, Armed Armor DE, and 3 sets of interchangeable hands.

Figuarts ZERO: Sailor Moon

She's back!  Sailor Moon joins the established ranks of the Figuarts ZERO series with her upgraded 'Sailor Moon R' design!  Sculpted in an all-new larger scale, she has been meticulously crafted in exquisite detail by the team at VOLKS- the original makers of the popular garage kits released during the original TV anime broadcast twenty years ago.  With special attention to not only proportions and accuracy, but also attention to color and detail, Sailor Moon’s uniform employs an elegant pearlescent paint with subtle shadows for added effect.  Her 'Cutey Moon Rod', hair, and crescent moon shaped stand all use translucent parts, while her boots stand out against her smooth skin with a glossed enamel shine.

S.H.Figuarts: Momo Velia Deviluke

From the To Love-ru Darkness manga series, Momo Velia Deviluke joins the S.H.Figuarts series!   Clad in a Sainan High School uniform, the “Third Princess of Deviluke” comes complete with her Devilukean tail, D-Dial, and vine. The suggestively versatile vine is constructed with soft material to portray the character’s plant control powers, which can be used with the separately sold S.H.Figuarts Konjiki no Yami (Golden Darkness).  Two interchangeable facial expressions are included, as well as interchangeable hands (3 left, 4 right) are also featured in the set to depict a variety of situations. As an added bonus, a special display stand is also included.

Tamashii Effect: Impact Gray Version

Tamashii Nations is proud to announce an all new series to be used in conjunction with advanced action figure lines and the Tamashii Stage display stand line.  Ideal for enhancing battle scenes with extreme collateral damage caused by being kicked through walls, explosive impact, or massive power build up cratering effects, these extensive effect accessory sets will be initially available in two separately sold colors (Gray and Beige), and can be used with separately sold Tamashii STAGE support stands and action figure lines such as S.H.Figuarts to create extreme action sequences.

Tamashii Effect: Impact Beige Version

Tamashii Nations is proud to announce an all new series to be used in conjunction with advanced action figure lines and the Tamashii Stage display stand line.  Ideal for enhancing battle scenes with extreme collateral damage caused by being kicked through walls, explosive impact, or massive power build up cratering effects, these extensive effect accessory sets will be initially available in two separately sold colors (Gray and Beige), and can be used with separately sold Tamashii STAGE support stands and action figure lines such as S.H.Figuarts to create extreme action sequences.

Figuarts ZERO: Super Saiyan Vegeta

The third installment in the popular Figuarts ZERO Dragonball series will be Super Saiyan Vegeta.  Available only as a Tamashii Web shop exclusive in Asia, this item has been made specially available to fans in North America via Bluefin Distribution.  Portrayed executing his “Final Flash” attack during the character’s violent battle with Cell, this master-crafted sculpt features brilliant translucent effects and subtle coloring in the palm areas to portray the powerful technique.  The smoke around his feet also acts as a special display stand, further enhancing the display.  No detail has been overlooked, including the bulging veins on this determined Saiyan’s forehead.  The prince would be proud.

S.H. MonsterArts Mothra

Following the release of Battra comes one of the most requested S.H.MonsterArts releases of all time- S.H.MonsterArts Mothra!  Sculpted by Yuji Sakai, this exquisite Kaiju action figure depicts Mothra in intricate detail with a brilliant color-scheme and vivid bright blue eyes.  Even her furry insect exterior has been replicated!  Featuring advanced S.H.MonsterArts articulation at the neck, torso, wings, Mothra is able replicate virtually any pose seen in the films.  A special display stand is also included in the set to allow Mothra to take flight.  Close the screen doors, S.H.MonsterArts Mothra is heading your way soon!

Source - Bluefin Distribution

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Ultra-Act Ultraman Gaia & XIG Fighter Set Promo Images

Tamashii Nations has released a new set of promo images for the Ultra-Act Ultraman Gaia & XIG Fighter Set, which will be released as a web exclusive in April 2014. Japanese preorders start tomorrow.

S.H. MonsterArts Mothra [Adult] Promo Images

Tamashii Nations has released various promo images for the S.H. MonsterArts Mothra [Adult] releasing as a web exclusive in Japan in April 2014. Preorders are set to start tomorrow in Japan.

Painted Prototype for NECA Trespasser & NEW Knifehead figure!

NECA has released pictures via their Twitter page of a not-final-painted prototype of the Kaiju, Trespasser from Series 3 of the 7" Pacific Rim figure lineup. Also, they've unveiled that a fourth figure will be added to the Series 3 lineup in the form of a brand new (properly scaled) battle damaged Knifehead!

UPDATE - BigBadToyStore is now taking preorders for Cherno Alpha and Coyote Tango, and Trespasser and Battle Damaged Knifehead.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

S.H. MonsterArts Mothra and Ultra-Act Ultraman Gaia V1

Tamashii Nations' web exclusives for April 2014 have been announced! Amongst that are the long awaited S.H. MonsterArts Mothra [Adult] and Ultra-Act Ultraman Gaia V1. Mothra's priced at 6480 Yen while Ultraman Gaia V1 is at 4860 Yen.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Friday, 8 November 2013

X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Gigan 2004 PAINTED IMAGES!

X-Plus has updated their site with brand new photos showing off the painted prototype of December's 30cm Gigan 2004 figure! The RicBoy Exclusive version of the figure will be coming with a pair of chainsaw arms and an alternate head.

The standard version can be preordered right now at Hobby Search, HobbyLink Japan, and Amiami! 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Tamashii Nations February 2014 (March U.S.)

Robot Spirits - Vifam 
$50.99 - March 2014

Vifam, from the popular 1980’s robot anime series Ginga Hyōryū Vifam, joins the highly detailed Robot Spirits action figure series!  With an intrepid form and dynamic articulation, the Vifam is ideal for fans wanting to recreate the action poses from the anime.  This set also features a full array of optional accessories for the Sling Pannier, Beam Gun, and shield.  An assortment of interchangeable hands are included to allow for dynamic posing.

Robot Spirits - Wing Gundam
$49.99 - March 2014

The titular mobile suit from Gundam Wing joins the ranks of the Robot Spirits line!  Piloted by series protagonist Heero Yuy, the Wing Gundam may be the most recognizable Mobile Suit in all of Gundam, next to the original RX-78.  Using the most up to date technology, this ambitions Robot Spirits release will enable a transformation gimmick to convert to the Wing Gundam’s Bird Mode!  Simply remove the interchangeable hand parts.  In addition to boasting faithful proportion, meticulous detail and superior articulation, a full array of accessories are also included in set- special bonus battle damaged head parts for recreating the iconic opening scene, as well as  special beam saber parts for portraying the weapon in motion, a buster rifle, and interchangeable hands for dynamic posing.  This is the ultimate figure for any fan of Gundam Wing.

Ultra-Act - Ultraman Leo
$38.99 - March 2014

The powerful Ultra from Nebula L77 brings the Ultra-Act action figure series to a whole new level!  With dynamic articulation, an expansive array of optional accessories, and special effect parts, Ultra-Act Ultraman Leo is one of the most advanced Ultra-Act figures to date.  Featuring his iconic Leo Nunchucks, Ultra-Mant defense umbrella, pinwheel (yes, an actual pinwheel accessory), Leo punch and kick effects, interchangeable timer, light ball and interchangeable hand parts.

S.H. Figuarts - Agito Shining Form
$40.00 - March 2014

Kamen Rider Agito joins the S.H.Figuarts series once more- this time in Shining Form.  Portrayed in accurate proportion while boasting advanced S.H.Figuarts articulation technology, this high-end action figure features metallic colored red and silver pearl coloring for enhanced realism.  Includes the Shining Caliber blades in Twin Mode, along with four sets of interchangeable hand parts.

Saint Cloth Myth - Phoenix Ikki God Cloth
-10th Anniversary Edition -
$89.99 - March 2014

The Saint Cloth Myth series was launched in 2003, and since then over 7 million Saint Cloth Myth deluxe action figure 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 fifth and final commemorative title will be Phoenix Ikki.  This special commemorative set will feature an entirely new color scheme, as well as all new screaming face for portraying the iconic Elysian scene.  This deluxe set features a full array of interchangeable hands, as well as additional cloth armor parts for assembly of Phoenix object.

Saint Cloth Myth EX - Gemini Saga (Surplice)
$94.99 - March 2014

The Surplice Saints from the Hades arc of Saint Seiya join the Saint Cloth Myth EX series. The first title will be the popular Gemini Saga Surplice.  This elaborate set features sleek EX style proportion and brilliant cloth armor rendered in purple hued diecast.  Three interchangeable faces are included, featuring closed eyes, screaming, and grieving faces.  An additional short sword accessory and interchangeable hands are also included in the set.  As with all EX Saint Seiya figures, the Surplice armor parts can be re-arranged to form the Surplice Object.

Figuarts ZERO - Trafalgar Law -Battle Ver.-
$36.99 - March 2014

The popular Figuarts ZERO battle version series of dynamic statues continues with the Supernova Straw Hat Pirate ally, Trafalgar Law!  Portrayed in meticulous detail down to his signature fur clothes, this all new precision sculpt features translucent step effects for enhanced realism, and captures the “Surgeon of Death” in mid-swing, with added motion effects on sword blade.  A special display stand is also included for displaying Law in all his glory.

Figuarts ZERO - Cecilia Alcott
$45.99 - March 2014

The IS Academy pilots join the ranks of the FiguartsZERO series, starting with the UK IS Representative Candidate and Blue Tears IS pilot, Cecilia Alcott!  Cecilia is portrayed in stunning detail as seen in her IS suit, and captured in natural pose with flowing golden hair.  A special display stage is also included, allowing her to stand beautifully at the center of any collection.

Super Robot Chogokin - Genesic Gao Gai Gar
$97.99 - April 2014

In what promises to be the most ambitious Super Robot Chogokin endeavor to date, Tamashii Nations is proud to announce the release of powerful Genesic GaoGaiGar!  This figure will feature the Broken Magnum rocket punch gimmick, and accurate portrayal of Protect Shade technique!  An incredble balance between sculpt and articulation has been achieved, even allowing the wings to accurately unfold to a 10 in span.  Two interchangeable drill parts included are included, which can be swapped at the knees.  As a first production limited bonus, the charge arm parts accessories will be included in the set.  Other accessories include the Bolting Driver, Will Knife, interchangeable bolts (3 types), and multiple hands for posing.  The world has been warned: a new type of Gao Gai Gar is here.

The Hell & Heaven hands pictured are a first production run bonus.

D-Arts - Noel = Vermillion
$51.99 - April 2014

Fans of Blazblue rejoice!  The first release in the D-Arts line will be none other than the popular Noel Vermillion.  Appropriately timed with the recent release of the new anime series, “Blazblue Alter Memory”, and PlayStation 3 game, “Blazblue Chronophantasm”, Noel has been captured in stunning from and boasting cutting-edge articulation.  This deluxe action figure will feature an extensive array of option parts and accessories to accurately recreate sequences from the game, as well as alternate facial expressions to display her in different situations.  Interchangeable hair parts allow for portrayal of character without her hat, two interchangeable face parts (screaming and taking damage) are featured for depiction of a variety of situations.  Two Bolverk gun accessories with optional shot effect parts are also included, as well as a multitude of interchangeable hands for display options.

Source: Bluefin Distribution

Saturday, 2 November 2013

NEW Ultra-Act Ultraman Ginga and Jean Nine spotted @ Tamashii Nations 6

It seems that the newest Ultraman, Ginga, is receiving the Ultra-Act treatment as well! Pictured next to it is the character, Jean Nine. It appears to be a brand new sculpt instead of the original. We'll be sure to update if more information or photos arise.

Friday, 1 November 2013

X-Plus December Figure Releases

Closing this year are a couple of great X-Plus releases! The Toho 30cm Series Gigan 2004 and Large Monsters Series Gamera 1965. Both are slated for a Late December release. They're currently available for preorder from Hobby Search!