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Nendoroid Sonic the Hedgehog

What is Kyubey playing with here…?

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     ____  
   /      \
  /   ─    ─\     ”Some kind of wheel…?
/     (●)  (●) \     Or wait… I know this shape!”
|       (__人__) | ))
/     ∩ノ ⊃   /
(  \ / _ノ |  |

Any gamers should be able to recognize it!
It comes with this character and is a very important part of the game he is from!!

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Nendoroid Sonic the Hedgehog!

The Sonic series has just reached it’s 20th anniversary, and from that series comes a Nendoroid of the super fast hedgehog himself – Sonic!

That’s right! Sega’s famous Sonic the Hedgehog has been around for 20 years! ヾ(*゚ω゚)ノ゜

It’s the second Nendoroid of a popular worldwide known character, following on from Disney’s Mickey Mouse! Isn’t it great to see the characters of our childhood still getting the chance to become Nendoroids! Let’s take a closer look!

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This is how he looks from the back!

As you’d expect from a hedgehog, Sonic has a lovely spiky back! His stylish red shoes are painted with a glossy cover for a nice shiny effect!

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Running at the speed of sound!

Sonic is of course well known for his incredible running speed… I remember it always felt to great to run along at super speed in the games…

He comes with an optional bent right leg!
The picture here kind of hides it behind him a bit, sorry! But it still gives a good feeling for the running pose!!

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He also comes with a more serious expression!

It is a Nendoroid after all! Of course he comes with an extra expression to play with!  This expression is for the more pressing times, and gives him a slightly worried and more serious look.

He also has open hands and an item box!
There are in fact a load of extra hand parts to help you recreate all sorts of scenes from the game!

There is also an item box, which has a lovely extra life inside it… but…

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You can also change the items inside!

You can take apart the item box and put whatever item you’d like to see inside! I think the 20 rings looks best!

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He also comes with a ring to collect!

          ____
        /  ノ ‘ ヽ\
 ミ ミ ミ /  (≡)  (≡)\      ミ ミ ミ     “I want lots of them!!
/⌒)⌒)⌒/// (__人__) ///\   /⌒)⌒)⌒)   So I can line them all up to collect!”
| / / /     |::::|     | (⌒)/ / / //
| :::::::(⌒)  l;;;;l     /  ゝ  :::::/
|     ノ     `ー’     \  /  )  /
ヽ    /             ヽ/    /
 |    |   l||l 从人 l||l      l||l 从人 l||l
 ヽ    -一””””~~``’ー–、   -一”””’ー-、
  ヽ ____(⌒)(⌒)⌒) )  (⌒_(⌒)⌒)⌒))

It would be fun to line lots in front of him to collect, or even have them scattered around as if an enemy had just hit him. Unfortunately he only comes with one ring. ^^;

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A chaos emerald!

The chaos emeralds are the powerful gems that Sonic runs around collecting! As you can see it is made from beatiful clear plastic and even comes with its very own little stand! (The photos here show it held by a brass wire, but the final version will have a proper stand.)

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A grinning smile and a thumbs up hand!

That smile suits Sonic so well – always running around doing whatever he likes! The thumbs up hand can be used with the bent left arm to create this confident looking pose!

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He also comes with a half-way marker!

       ___
     / ⌒  ⌒\
    /  (○)  (○) \   “Oooh! Even this is included! 
  /   ///(__人__)// \   I can just imagine the sound it makes!!”
  |      `Y⌒y’´     |  
   \      ゛ー ′  ,/   
    /      ー‐    ィ

The half-way markers that saved you having to redo the whole level after dying! Those who play Sonic should feel quite relieved to see this along with the Nendoroid. ^^

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The blue barrier section can be removed!

The blue balls on the top can also be rotated around, allowing you to pose them upward as if Sonic has run through the point!

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You can pose him dashing through it!

It’s definitely a Nendoroid that comes with a load of fun ways to play around! So many optional parts to have fun with and strike your favorite poses.

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Nendoroid Sonic the Hedgehog!

         ____
       /      \
      /   ─    ─\   ”SEGA!”
    /     (●)  (●) \
    |       (__人__)  | ________
     \      |r┬-|   / | |           |
    ノ      `ー’´  \  | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
 |    l                | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

He’ll be on the GSC from tomorrow!
Be sure to check with out partner shops for any preorder or sales info.

And speaking of tomorrow…
Sonic Generations is also going on sale!

■ PS3/XBOX360 – Sonic Generations Shiro no Jikuu
■ 3DS – Sonic Generations Ao no Bouken

For more info check out this site:
http://sonic.sega.jp/SonicGenerations/

Congratulations on 20 years, Sonic! I love you SEGA!


 – Notice -

A brand new wind-instrument magazine for teens, based on Hiroshi Yamamoto’s novel, ‘Einsatz’ is on sale as of today!

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The magazine features not only techniques that can easily be used by both beginners and professionals alike, but also a look at the culture and life style around wind-instruments! It’s all wrapped up in a lovely magazine aimed at teens! A fresh, modern wind-instrument magazine!

The front cover is AKB48’s Mayuyu! As cute as ever!  There were all sorts of articles that I took a look at like “Learn from the Pros”, “The Secrets of the Cords”,  “CECIL McBEE Presents” and “How to Create a Thrilling Stage”.


 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛

 
 
(C) SEGA

 
 

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There are only 32 days left this year!

        ____
        /     \
     /:::::─三三─\      ”Wha-?!
   /:::::: ( ○)三(○)\      There are so many things I still need to do!”
    |   、” ゙)(__人__)ル ゚。 ゚   ___________
   \      ゝ’゚      ≦ 三 ゚ | |             |
__/     。≧       三 = | |             |
| | /    ,   -ァ,       ≧=  | |             |
| | /   /    .イレ,、       >  | |             |
| | | ⌒ ーnnn ,≦`Vヾ  ヾ ≧  |_|___________|
 ̄ \__、(“二)。゚ /。・イハ 、\、l二二l二二  _|_|__|_

Don’t worry! There are still 32 days to do those things, so just put your everything into the last few weeks! Plus there are only 11 days till the new Monster Hunter… I hope I can still make it to work after its release…  I really can’t wait! :P

Today we’ll be running this corner once again!
Kuroyagi-san’s Letter Corner!

(゚д゚) Letters asking about changes to products are quite hard for me to reply to… but I do pass the info onto the design team!

(゚д゚) If there is a problem with your product, please email the Good Smile Support Team at: support@goodsmile.jp

(゚д゚) If you want to let me know something without me talking about it on the blog, just let me know in the mail and I’ll be happy to keep it quiet!

Please note that whatever I write in this section isn’t official – it’s just my thoughts on matters! If you’re only looking for official news, you might want to dodge this post!

Alright, let’s get started!! (・∀・)ノ


Hello Mikatan!
I recently picked up Cirno, so I decided to send you a picture!

- Proud Young Tiger

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“I’m the strongest, got it?!”

Is what I imagine her saying in this picture! It’s a lovely shot! The lighting is also really great! It really gives an icy feeling to the picture! I know this was your first mail, but I hope for more in the future!


To celebrate the start of Fate/Zero,  I decided to take a picture of Saber with this bridge in the background! It isn’t night, but I think the atmosphere still comes across nicely! I’m looking forward to the Fate/Zero version of figma Saber!

- Tanupon

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Fate fans will know this bridge all to well!

figma Saber will be going on resale in December, so if you don’t have her yet, don’t miss out! I wanna go on an anime pilgrimage as well!  Hmm….


Hi there! I love reading the blog everyday!
Time really flies… I started reading your blog back in my third year of middle school, yet now I’m a first year university student. I still check Mikatan blog everyday on the train ride home!

The other day I had a day off university, so I decided to go to Kyoto with Akashi-san! I know The Tatami Galaxy finished airing over a year ago now, but I’m still a big fan of Morimi-sensei’s work, so I had to go on a little anime pilgrimage with Akashi-san

The picture is taken at Yoshida temple which is right near to Kyoto University. It was school festival season, but there was nobody over on this side, so I could take my photos in peace!

- Anonymous

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Yet another pilgrimage photo!

I’m also a big fan of The Tatami Galaxy! This photo really makes it really feels like Akashi-san has jumped out of the anime and into real life! The light shining through the trees in the background also creates a lovely atmosphere!


I love reading your blog every day!
Puchitto Rock Shooter-chan is cute, but I wanted to let my favorite Nendoroid cheer as well, so I let Azunyan try on the cheerleader outfit! It looked so cute!! (*´ω`*)

- Yudakazu

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Azunyaaaaan!!

The ribbons on her twin tails looks so adorable!!! If I had a cute Azunyan like this on my desk to cheer me on, I know I’d be able to get through the toughest of days!!


Hello!
I’m from Iwaki city in Fukushima prefecture. There were some Osmanthus trees flowering in my garden, and so I decided to do something with them and Gumako, seen the colors matched…

What we need at the moment, is the simple every day life right in front of us. Crying, laughing, and looking back at the good times with a smile.I just want everyone to be smiling together under this same beautiful sky. For that to happen, we all have to play a little part, and those little parts will all add up!

– Anonymous

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Lovely complementing colors! So cute!

The orange of the Osmanthus and Gumako’s orange really match each other! She’s like a little Osmanthus fairy! :P

I’m so happy to see some mail from someone in Fukushima prefecture. I wanted to write something to cheer you on, but I just kept erasing it over and over again, unable to put my feelings into words. Just know that you have many fans that share your hobby on the other side of the monitor, and I’m sure one day everyone will be smiling together – the Cheerful JAPAN! project should be able to help the process along! :)


A picture taken for the Autumn months~
I call it, “After the Rain”.

– Leonov

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Beautiful, as always!!

The clear sky after the rain looks beautiful! I love the way that your photos always capture the beauty of the weather so perfectly!
I wish I could take pictures like this… :P


The other day I received my giant Good Smile Seijin Plushie~ I expected it to be big, but it was even bigger than I expected!
I gave it a hug and it was so soft and fluffy! I couldn’t be happier with the purchase! ^^ Gumako is also enjoying using his long arms as a slide!

- Mirumousu

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Thanks for the wonderful comments!

And thanks for buying the Giant Good Smile Seijin Plushie! It was actually the Cheerful product with the smallest number made, so I’m glad to see those who bought it are enjoying it! I also ordered one!! :P I’m also glad to see Gumako is having so much fun with the plushie as well!


Happy Birthday Mikatan!
To commemorate Miku’s 4th anniversary, I made a special Nendoroid Petite stage out of Lego!

I was really exited after watching the live event at Sapporo, that I build this in no time at all! Miku is such an angel I can’t wait for the 2012 Snow Miku!!

  – TV Bricksmith

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Eeh?! The Miku at the back is also Lego?!

The stage really is great, but that Miku is also amazing! xD
Snow Miku is currently in production! I’m sure she’ll come out super cute, so look forward to it! I hope you’ll like her when she is announced…. ^^;


I love reading your blog whenever possible. The other day I got my recently released Nendoroid Minami Kawashima from Moshidora, and went out to the area in which it was set to take some photos. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great, but I still think it captures the atmosphere nicely. Maybe I’ll try again sometime when the weather is better.

– Okabin

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Oooh! It looks just like the front cover!

There really were lots of anime pilgrimage photos this time around! It’s so great to see so many! It really shows people’s love for the figures and the series! Just be careful when taking photos outdoors – they can get damaged much more easily outdoors!


My figma Touma arrived today, so I decided to take some photos! This is my second male figma after Ren, so I was quite exited! I had to display him with Misaka and the her little sisters! Here is a quick shot of the three of them!

I think my Kuroneko will arrive next month… I can’t wait for her, as well as the figma Index next year in February!

  – Chisato

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“So unlucky!!”

The Misaka little sister peeking out from behind him is great! It’s nice to see more male characters in the figma line-up now! The quality and posability of figma figures really is wonderful!


On the 9th October I went on an anime pilgrimage to Yuwaku hot springs with my homemade Hanasaku Iroha Nendoroids. The lanterns of the Bonbori Festival are in the background of the photo! I hope you enjoy!

  – kn1

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All four homemade Nendoroids!

They really look well made as well! Incredible! When you can make them so well yourself, it almost makes me think you won’t need the real ones! But the GSC Nendoroid of Ohana-chan is wearing her inn uniform, so I hope you’ll display her with your homemade ones!


Of all the seasonal events, I think my best is Halloween! (人´∀`).☆.。.:*・゜
Here we have a photo of Rin trying to get some Halloween candy (ice cream…) from KAITO! :P

There might be some cute little demons coming for you this Halloween, don’t forget to ready some candy!

  – Suzushiro

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The blushing KAITO is so cute!!

It’s wonderful! The expression comes from Nendoroid Sanae, correct? It really suits KAITO! I really wonder if he’ll be willing to give away that last ice cream though….


This year’s autumn leaves have lasted a really long time thanks to the warm days! I haven’t taken photos outdoors in ages, and so it didn’t come out too well… particularly seen there were so many people around so taking this photo wasn’t easy! :P

  – Al

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Shooter-chan surrounded by nature!

It really is a beautiful background! The seasons here in Japan are so very distinct, so it’s great to have photos that represent them so nicely like this! I really recommend that everyone takes a figure with them when going out traveling – taking a photo with them like this really looks wonderful!


I love reading your blog!
I went out to take a look at some of the winter cherry blossoms with Kudo, so I decided to send a picture of the outing! It’s getting much cooler now, so be sure to take care not to catch a cold!

– babystar

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Winter cherry blossoms! how beautiful!

I never see those where I stay! They’re really pretty! We’ve got some photos of autumn leaves and another of cherry blossoms! It’s hard to imagine all these photos come from the same time frame! It’s really moving into the heart of winter now, and it’s freezing outside – but looking at pictures like this should warm you up nicely!


Hi, Mikatan!
My name is Kent, from Toronto Canada.
Long time reader of your blog and first time writer.
I’ve always enjoyed your photos and your imagination. ^o^

My “Fate/Kaleid liner プリズマ☆イリヤ” Puchi just arrived last night.
I’ve conceived this crazy idea ever since I saw her on display at the Wonderful Festival Winter 2011 so I thought I share with you. ^o^
You’d have to excuse my terrible photography skills… I didn’t have enough light in the room and I was using a compact Sony WX-7. : (

Thanks again for always sharing such wonderful pictures on your blog!

– Kent

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A message from Canada!

I’m so happy to see messages from all over the world! It’s so wonderful to know that even if we’re on the other side of the world, we are all connected by our love of figures!! I’m getting much more mail from overseas now, and I couldn’t be happier about it!! Your photography skills aren’t terrible at all! Even without enough light they’ve come out looking great, and super cute!


This is quite an old photo, from the day of WonFes.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get to the event myself,  so I was at home, watching as analogue TV came to an end in Japan, as well as watching the Nico Live of the event. I watched the whole Live WonHobby from morning to late evening, it was great – thanks!

  – mopunari

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The end of analogue TV!

We were all busy at WonFes, so I had no idea how they were going to show the final bits of analogue TV! I’m glad I got to see from your photos!
Thanks for watching the live show! Now that I think back on it, I wonder if I’ll ever be in Tokyo Tower again that late at night! ^^;


After reading your blog on the 20th, I remembered what made me get into figures as well. Just like you, I was amazed at how the 2D world came to life in the 3D world through figures. It’s now been over ten years since I started collecting figures, and I’ve got a load from all over – my precious treasures. They’re always there for me when times are tough!

In particular, I’ve fallen in love with GSC’s Nendoroid series, great quality at great prices!

My parents often ask me why I collect figures, but I don’t need to answer that with anything more than that they are my precious treasures, and I don’t intend to stop collecting anytime soon! I’m looking forward to many more figures from GSC in the future!

  – Yoshiyoshi

After reading your blog titled ‘What is it That Makes Figures so Amazing?’, I decided to mail you about my very own reason for starting to collect figures – and that would be this very blog! Mikatan Blog! I started reading Mikatan blog after becoming interested in Vocaloid, which got me to meet all sorts of great people as well. I’m really grateful to Vocaloid for that! My personal favorite figure at the moment is figma Rin-chan!

I’ll be reading more and more of your blog to find out about and grab more and more lovely figures! I can’t wait for your next update! (@・ω・@)

  – Akane

Figures really are an incredible work of art!!! They’re so finely detailed and well made, and no matter which angle you choose to look at them from, you can’t help admit that they are works of art!! I mean, you get people who see panties on a figure and think badly of them, and yet art textbooks are filled with naked paintings! It’s unfair! :P

I just need to look at some figures everyday to help me get through the day. They’re so wonderful!

I really appreciate the work that all the people put into creating these works of art. I even wish I could become one of them! If only…

I absolutely love Mikatan Blog! I’ll be looking forward to all your posts in the future!

  – Mon (๑╹◡╹๑)

My favorite figures are those from the Bakemonogatari series! Particularly Hitagi Senjougahara! (・∀・)ノ
The figure really captures the feeling of the anime wonderfully – she is so beautiful! It’s great to see your favorite characters sculpted into such perfect figures! I really agree with your thoughts that figures are works of art! No matter who looks at a something beautiful – it’s always going to be beautiful!!

Ever since I was young, I always enjoyed fine art such as sculptures and what not, and then two or three years ago when I became interested in anime, that interest transferred to the figure world. I hope one day I’ll be able to be called a sculptor myself!

  – Enu

I received lots of mail related to the blog post What is it That Makes Figures so Amazing? from the 20th October.

I really enjoyed reading through everyones mail, thanks for the great response! It’s hard to put my feelings into words, but let me just put it like this – I’ll repay you by making sure GSC brings out more and more wonderful works of art! In the hopes that we can get even one more figure fan to join us!


That brings this Kuroyagi-san’s Letter Corner to an end!

Thanks to everyone who sent in mail!!
I read through every single on of them!

As always, I’m always looking for more mail from readers!
If you have any questions, photos, product requests, want to talk about what you ate today, your thoughts about the end of the year… no matter what you want to talk about, send it through to me! Girls and boys both welcome!

         ____
       /      \
      /   ─    ─\    ”I won’t eat your mail!”
    /     (●)  (●) \
    |       (__人__)  | ________
     \      |r┬-|   ,/ | |           |
    ノ      `ー’´  \  | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
 |    l                | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |_________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

 
(゚∀゚) Mikatan Mail
mikatan-b@goodsmile.jp

 
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛

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Saber Extra

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      :/      \:
     :/ ..:─:::::─ \:    ”I saw it!
   :/  .<●>:::<●> \:    Kanegon tried to hide something here!”
   :|    (__人__)   |:
   :\     ` ⌒´   _/:   
   : ノ           \ :

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Ah-ha! I found a table tennis set under the table tennis table!!

… but more importantly, I also found a prototype figure to play with!
The table tennis table that was donated to us from Nitroplus currently has the role of a staff meeting place! Once in awhile you’ll hear a game being played late at night, and the sound really travels when the offices are so empty. :P

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Gift’s Product:
1/8th Saber Extra!

The forth figure in the Saber series sculpted by Akira Toda (Principality of Kaguisuchino)! This time is the the Saber from the fighting RPG game, ‘Fate/EXTRA’ – a 1/8th scale Saber in a lovely red outfit!

As you can see, she is just as detailed as ever!!
Let’s take a closer look!

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This is how she looks from the back!

Her dress and skirt are whirling up in a very bold pose that gives a very sexy atmosphere to the figure!
Take a close look at her hips in this picture!
There is a tiny gap between the petticoat and the skirt where you can see a little flash of skin!!

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Toda’s wonderful sculpting! She’s beautiful!

Her mouth is just slightly open, and if you look up close you can just make out her teeth! I’m sure there are those that like open mouths like this on their figures and those who don’t – but such fine sculpting can’t be ignored either way! It looks incredible!

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One more look at that stunning face!

While I was taking the photos, I wanted to capture her cutest points in the best possible ways which means I normally don’t take multiple photos of the same area, but this was a special occasion! Plus this red Saber gives off such a different atmosphere if you just change the angle slightly like this. She really is stunning!

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Her weapon, Aestus Estus!

The beautiful scarlet long sword is gripped tightly in her hand, painted with a lovely gradient that makes it all the more lovely!

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( ゚∀゚)o彡゚

Q: What text comes with this ASCII emoticon?

I know that on first look, your eyes are drawn to her breasts instantly… but there are other lovely things to see in this photo as well!

For instance, that lovely lacing!!

Such fine detail for a 1/8th scale figure! As usual I’m super impressed by Toda’s sculpting, but at the same time I feel sorry for the production team… I imagine it is going to be quite the task getting this mass produced…

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Her sexy back showing off more skin!

The nice little gaps show off her shoulder blades as well as the back of her waist! Her skin looks so soft!! Just how far down the opening at her waist goes… will be a surprise for you when you get the figure for yourself. ^^

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Her lovely thin legs!

The contrast between her armored boots and the soft looking skin is really sexy! The armor has a kind of mixed gold and silver color that looks absolutely wonderful too!

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↑ Take a look at the lacing here too!!

The gold edging itself is amazing itself, but the little details above the gold lining is also stunning – I hope you can see it in the photo! This is all around the dress, so it must have been really difficult to get it looking so wonderful!

Her petticoat also has a transparent effect to it!
It’s lovely to see how close the figure is to the original character!! :)

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Gift’s:
1/8th Scale Saber Extra!

         ____
       /      \
      /   ─    ─\   ”Lots of people are gonna display
    /     (●)  (●) \         her with her back showing!”
    |       (__人__)  | ________
     \      |r┬-|   ,/ | |           |
    ノ      `ー’´  \  | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
 |    l                | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

She’ll be on the GSC site as of tomorrow!
For preorder or sales information, please contact our partner shops!
 
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
(C)TYPE-MOON (C)MarvelousAQL Inc.

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It’s finally everyone’s beloved Friday!

       ____
 / ) ) )/ \  /\  
 {   ⊂)(●)  (●) \    ”Yippie!
 |   / //(__人__)// \     I can stay up late tonight!”
 !   !    `Y⌒y’´    |
 |   l      ゙ー ′   ,/
 |   ヽ   ー‐    ィ
 |           /  |
 |          〆ヽ/
 |          ヾ_ノ

And we’re already moving into December from next week!! We’re moving closer and closer to the end of 2011! Let’s do our best to enjoy the last few weeks of the year!

Today we’ll be running this corner once again!
Kuroyagi-san’s Letter Corner!

(゚д゚) Letters asking about changes to products are quite hard for me to reply to… but I do pass the info onto the design team!

(゚д゚) If there is a problem with your product, please email the Good Smile Support Team at: support@goodsmile.jp

(゚д゚) If you want to let me know something without me talking about it on the blog, just let me know in the mail and I’ll be happy to keep it quiet!

Please note that whatever I write in this section isn’t official – it’s just my thoughts on matters! If you’re only looking for official news, you might want to dodge this post!

Let’s get started!! (・∀・)ノ

There have been so many mails about figma Archer! I’m also waiting for him! :P


Hi there!
I’m so glad to hear that Nendoroid Masamune is going on resale! I’ve heard on a couple of review sites that it can be quite difficult to get him to stand up – has this been improved in the resale version

   - Miki

It will be fixed for the resale version!!

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The image above is taken from the Phat company blog. They say they will be improving the stability the stand offers! There were a lot of people who thought a push-in type of stand would be better, but there is the family crest there and we don’t really want to open a hole up there…

The same stand used for Masamune will also be used Nendoroid Yukimura Sanada! It’s not 100% decided just yet, but you may be able to apply for the new stand to be mailed to you as well.

What great customer service!!
More info is available on the Phat! company blog, so check it out if you’re interested!

- Phat Company Staff Blog -
http://ameblo.jp/phatcompany/entry-11081237412.html


When will the Fate/zero Saber riding the bike be released?
I can’t wait!

   - Anonymous

It’s just an estimation at the moment…

She should be announced during December!

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I also can’t wait to see the final prototype!! The production team also seems very exited about it, so do look forward to it!


I started watching Fate/zero which started this month, and I’ve become a complete Fate addict. Is there any chance we can see a resale of Rin Tohsaka -UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS-? I’ve searched all the shops I can find, but I can only seem to find her on auction sites now

   - Anonymous

Hi there! I love reading you blog everyday! I just recently found out about the Saber figure going on resale and quickly preordered it!
I was wondering though, whether we’d be seeing a resale of
Rin Tohsaka -UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS-? As soon as I preordered Saber, I realized just how much I needed Rin to stand by her side!

   - Anonymous

Ooh! As expected, the new Fate/zero series is bringing up more and more Fate fans!

Rin Tohsaka -UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS- will have more stock in stores from next week Monday!

If you’re lucky they’ll be in stores on Monday, but it might only be on the Tuesday or Wednesday. It’s a wonderful figure, so if you’re a fan it is definitely worth picking up!


I love reading your blog all the time! ^^
I can’t believe that Shuukan Hajimete no Miku is getting a Nendoroid rendition! I just saw an article about it on the manga’s official blog! That unsociable looking Miku is really cute, and I’m glad to see a Nendoroid of her! When you do a blog about the Nendoroid, can you please but her expression on KAITO? I’d love to see it!
m(__)m

   - HO

Done! ^^

I quietly fulfilled this request in yesterday’s blog, I hope you enjoyed it! That expression really is in a league of it’s own!


I see you wrote a blog today about yesterday’s SUPER GT, so I decided to send through this mail! I also went to the racing track yesterday and had a nice look at the Miku GT car!

Before the race started, I went down to the pit and got a nice close look at the car, and was really impressed at how great it looked from close up! Now that it managed to take the gold in the championship I’m even more impressed than I was before – thank you for the wonderful race!

If there is ever another race I’ll be sure to come take a look again, so I do hope to see the car coming back for the next season!

   - Oyaji

Congratulations, Miku GT Car!!

I went to the Motegi race as well, and got to see the legend in the making, it really was an incredible moment!! The racer, Yamaguchi and all the GSR Staff were all in tears when the victor came in!

The Miku car really tried it’s best, and the results are there to show it! It’s all thanks to all the support we got from people like you! See you next season!!


Will Erio Touwa’s sparkling hair be part of the figure? It really is a part of her character! If it’s not, I think I’ll just coat it with some glittered nail polish… though I’m just a bit worried that it might damage the figure or react in some strange way? If you could shed some light on the topic, I’d be happy!

   - Anonymous

Unfortunately our versions of Erio don’t have sparkling hair… sorry…

But, I tried out your method!

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This is white glittered nail polish. Unfortunately, different nail polish can use different ingredients, so it might end up as an unfortunate experience with other types…

Just be careful when trying it!

As a side note, as soon as you put on a single layer, there is no turning back. There are nail polish removers, but they will very often peel the paint off the figure as well, so I don’t recommend even trying them. There is a little more info about that in this post over here:

DIY Figure Repairs Part 3: Scuffed Paint


Hello Mikatan!
The one anime that is entertaining me the most is the series called Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%!

All the characters are so awesome, I just get so exited when watching the series! I absolutely love figures of cute girls and have tons displayed in my room, but I kind of wish I could get some cute guys to join them as well!

   - Jyunpaku no Sakuramochi

I must admit that I’m also a fan of the Utaprince series! Both the games and the anime! The addition of ‘Maji Love 1000%” to the title of the anime was pure genius, it really got me to start watching the series!

It really is an great series to watch!!  (n゚∀゚)n
A lot of people always ask who my favorite character is… if I had to pick one I think it would be Hijirikawa. But they really are all magnificent!


I keep seeing lots of outdoor photography, and seen I’ve been going traveling quite a lot recently, I often think I should try it for myself…
I was just wondering, is there some kind of carrying bag that suits Nendoroids well? You always see things like guitar cases, so I think we should get Nendoroid cases as well!

   - Shun @ Rin

Awhile ago, there were Nendoroid Travel Pouches!

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Just their little heads pop out – it looks lovely! Koyamada from the production team makes use of them almost everyday!

Unfortunately, there were a special campaign present, and are not an actual product. Perhaps the quality will be upgraded a little for an actual product release in the future! I certainly hope so!


I’m so glad to see so much mail from female Nendoroid lovers!
On another note, I see that Nendoroid Menma is on her way, but you can’t have Menma without Jin-tan, so I do hope he is in the pipeline as well!!

   - 18 Year Old Beautiful Magician

I’m also glad to see so many figure loving girls!

Although, I also receive lots of mail in which I really do wonder if the sender is really a girl or not… but either way, I’m can kind of tell that a lot of them really are girls, so I’m happy nonetheless!

I guess you actually were looking for a reply to the second half of your sentence…


I recently received my Fate Extension Set, and can’t believe how cute they are, and what incredible quality they are for such small figures!

I mainly bought it for the normal human-sized servants, and to be honest I didn’t really care about Berserker (sorry… :P), but the quality of them all is incredible! I’ll be happy to even display Berserker by Ilya’s side!

   - Yoshiyoshi

Berserker is a load of fun to play around with!!
I’m glad you liked the set so much! There might be even more Fate Nendo Petites in the future… :O


I love reading your blog! But today’s blog’s images didn’t display on my phone at all! The Super Soniko article the other day was the same… so depressing…

   - Anonymous

It seems the article from 5/4 had no images… I tried both directly from my PC and on my mobile.

   -Nekomeishi

The pictures were too raunchy for ameblog!!

The Super Soniko-chan articles in particular seemed to be the most targeted… they have gone through moderation now, but I need to make sure I don’t ameblog again, so I’ll have to go easy on figures like that!! :P


Hello! Nice to meet you! I’m a frequent reader of Mikatan Blog, I love it! This year I am a third year middle school student, and I’m starting to think about my future.

It was at that point I was wondering…. how can I become ‘Mikatan’? Working with figures all day long, even with lovely prototype figures! I’m sure it’s not quite as easy as I’m making it out to be, but I’d love to know how to become a Mikatan!! What work do you do besides write the blog and attend all the events?

   - Tokeru

It’s a lot more work than you’d think, I don’t think you want to become me! :P But if you really still want to know…

No matter what happens, never give up!
Love what you do!!  (`・ω・´)

As long as you follow those two guidelines, I’m sure you’ll make a fine Mikatan!
When you’re in the entertainment industry, if you have no love for the products you are working on then they’ll never come out as they should!

I’m sure you’ll meet with many different people and come across all sorts of things from here on out, and the most important thing is just to enjoy it! As much as you possibly can! That’s what will build you into what you’ll become in the future! … I should really listen to my advice though, as I’m still getting used to work in a company myself! :P I’m glad the way it worked out for me though. Ah, and I also work on product development!


I love reading your blog!

   - Anonymous

Thank you!

This was the entire mail! But the thought really got through!!


That brings this Kuroyagi-san’s Letter Corner to an end!

Thanks to everyone who sent in mail!!
I read through every single on of them!

As always, I’m always looking for more mail from readers!
If you have any questions, photos, product requests, want to talk about what you ate today, your thoughts about the end of the year… no matter what you want to talk about, send it through to me! Girls and boys both welcome!

         ____
       /      \
      /  ─    ─\    ”More mail!”
    /    (●)  (●) \
    |       (__人__)    | ________
     \      |r┬-|   ,/ | |           |
    ノ      `ー’´  \  | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
 |    l                | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、   | |_________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

 
 
(゚∀゚) Mikatan Mail
mikatan-b@goodsmile.jp

 

That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again next week!  Enjoy the weekend!
 
 

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Nendoroid Shuukan Hajimete no Miku Hatsune

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        /      \
       /  ─    ─ \
     /   (●)  (●)   \    ”Could that be a new figure?”
     |    (__人__)     |
      \    ` ⌒´    /ヽ
      (ヽ、      / ̄)  |
       | ``ー――‐”|  ヽ、.|
       ゝ ノ      ヽ  ノ |
  ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄

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I get the feeling that it very well might be!

I previously showed just a single shot on twitter, but today all the parts are together for us to take a look at!

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From Shuukan Hajimete no Miku Hatsune:
Nendoroid Shuukan Hajimete no Miku Hatsune!

Shuukan Hajimete no Miku Hatsune Miku is a weekly 4-panel manga that is currently being serialized in Weekly Young Jump. It features a Miku with a rather different expression to normal!

         ____
      /::::::─三三─\   ”She looks evil!!”
    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\   
    |::::::::::(__人__)::| ________
     \:::::::   |r┬-|   / .| |          |
    ノ:::::::::  `ー’´   \ | |          |    

She might look a little scary ar first, but if you actually read the series you’ll see she actually has quite an likable personality!
The first volume of the manga is now up for sale!
There are actually a lot of lovely little stories in the first volume, so do check it out! It’s also super cute!

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This is how she looks from the back!

Miku looks great from any angle, but the back is definitely well known by fans! This version of Miku has slightly thinner twin tails that also have a lovely gradient to them!

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A confident expression and mike stand!

She also comes with a bent arm and bent leg for both left and right sides, letting you pose her in confident poses like this one!

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A kicking pose with a Achop face!!

All the expressions feature the blank white eyes that the series is known for! It somehow adds a whole different kind of cuteness to the figure!

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The mike stand can stand on its own!

You can have her hold it, or place it on the ground like this! I must say that this Nendoroid is very easy to get into all sorts of poses – after playing with it for just a short while I was able to get her into just the poses I wanted. It really feels like she just jumped out of the manga for me to play with!!

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“Achop!!”

The scene where Miku-chan is stopping the balls from a pitching machine with her bare hands!! She shouts out “Achop!” as she does so! It’s so adorable!!! She comes with shoulder parts that let her put her hands out in front of her like this.

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A shopping bag and ice cream!

Those who have seen a particular video will know these two particular items all too well! This is the Miku from the video, Mukashimukashi no Kyou no Boku!

Plus!  Soon after… she will trip and drop her ice cream… which will need…

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A depressed expression and sitting parts!

Just look at the way her arms are crossed! She really looks so upset and depressed all at once!! Once she is released, I want to go to take photos down at one of Matsudo’s river beds to recreate the scenes from the video!!

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She also comes with a cardboard box!

This is to recreate a scene from the manga! If you don’t know where, you better check out the manga! :P The fine details like the hand-written words all over the box and even the fragile label have all been carefully recreated in Nendoroid form!

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KAITO tries on the expression!

       ___
     / _ノ ‘ ヽ_\
    /  (○)   (○) \   ”This looks great!
  /  ///(__人__)/// \   I want to put it on all the Vocaloids!”
  |      `Y⌒y’´    |  
   \      ゛ー ′    ,/   
    /      ー‐    ィ

By the way… the pose is supposed to be Miku trying to grab KAITO by the neck and failing! :P I wanted to take better photos but just couldn’t find the time… it wasn’t because I was too busy playing around, I swear! :P

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From Shuukan Hajimete no Miku Hatsune:
Nendoroid Shuukan Hajimete no Miku Hatsune!

         ____
       /      \
      /   ─    ─\   
    /     (●)  (●) \
    |       (__人__)  | ________
     \      |r┬-|   ,/ | |           |
    ノ      `ー’´  \  | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
 |    l                | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

She’ll be up in the GSC site from tomorrow!
For preorder or sales info, be sure to check out our partner shops!

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Plus…!
We got signatures from Kentarou Hayashi and DECO*27!

These are signed by the real deal!! I can hardly believe it!
Thank you very much!! All just for me!!
… is what I’d like to say, but they were actually for the whole of Good Smile Company! :P

Kentarou Hayashi is currently running a wonderful little project!
He is giving away 1000 hand drawn twitter icons!

         ____
      /::::::─三三─\   ”S-Seriously?!”
    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\   
    |::::::::::(__人__)::| ________
     \::::::   |r┬-|   ,/ .| |          |
    ノ::::::::::  `ー’´  \ .| |          |  

I didn’t believe it myself at first, but he really will be doing it!

You can find out more here!
http://miku-yj-1000.net/
 
 
The deadline is 18th January 2012, so do consider entering!!
I’ll definitely be doing so myself!

Kentarou Hayashi’s twitter can be found here! (Looks like he just started!)
https://twitter.com/hayashikentarou
 
 
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
(C)mikumix / Crypton Future Media Inc. ※VOCALOIDはヤマハ株式会社の登録商標です。

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figma Miku Hatsune: Cheerful ver.

The desks of those who are off to China!

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This time the production team is off to China for quite a long stay, but even so, samples still stop by for us!

Today we’ll be taking a look at this lovely figma that managed to sneak into the offices!

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The third part of the Cheerful JAPAN! project:
figma Miku Hatsune: Cheerful ver. !

This was the Cheerful JAPAN! product announced back in July! Everyone who ordered should have their’s delivered around the 29th November.

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Cheerful JAPAN!

http://www.cheerfuljapan.com/

The damage that has occurred during the March 11 quake in the Touhoku region is astounding, and in order to get over the destruction caused there is a lot that needs to be done, and lots of support that needs to be given. Good Smile Company has formed a support group named ‘Cheerful Japan’ which will strive to support the relief efforts for as long as possible. For at least 1 year we be releasing charity products among other efforts to raise donation money for the cause. To everyone who supports the Cheerful Japan movement – thank you, and know that your money is going where it is needed!

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This is how the packaging looks!

It takes the original figma Miku and adds in various ‘cheerful’ extras, such as a support flag and pompons are included! It’s a bit hard to see from this photo, but there is in fact a blister on top of the original blister here.

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This is how she looks from the back!
Miku’s giant twin tails can be moved about using figma joints!

     ____  
   /      \
  /   ─    ─\     ”Her hair looks kinda like a ramen spoon!”
/     (●)  (●) \
|       (__人__) | ))
/     ∩ノ ⊃   /
(  \ / _ノ |  |
.\ “  /__|  |

Someone pointed that out to me the other day… it’s true, but I don’t recommend you use it as one… :P

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Optional parts, including her microphone!

This pose also makes use of the hands that grab onto the mike! I’m really proud of my poses in this photography, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did…

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A singing face and a mike stand!

Just as with the Nendoroid, the figma also comes with this lovely expression!! It’s great to be able to create a kind of singing atmosphere with the pose as well.

You can either just put the mike stand on the ground or let her hold it like this! Here we have an acrobatic Miku singing her songs!

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She also comes with two leeks!

I remember being amazed at the quality of these leeks back when the first figma was released – I’m just as impressed this time around as well! You can pose her with both, or just one – it’s up to you!

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Cheering Expression and Pompons!

These items were only included with the new Cheerful ver! Just look at that huge smile! If you leave her posed like this on your desk you’ll get the energy to get through every day!

         ____
       /      \
      /   _ノ  ヽ、_\  ”What an angel!”
    /   o゚⌒   ⌒゚o \
    |       (__人__)  | ________
     \      ` ⌒´   ,/ | |          |
    ノ           \ | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
 |    l                | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

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A cheering flag with the Cheerful logo!

As with the ponpoms, this is newly sculpted for this figure! It really looks like it is flapping away in the wind!

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Rin & Len can also use them!

You can attach the Cheerful parts to any of your favorite characters instead! Play around and see who they look best with!

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The third part of the Cheerful JAPAN! Project:
figma Miku Hatsune : Cheerful ver.!

        ___
     /       \
    /   ⌒    ⌒\    ”My Miku has arrived!”
  /     ,(⌒)  (⌒)、\   
  |   /// (__人__)//// |   
  \      ` ヽ_ノ   / 
    ヽ    , __ , イ
    /       |_”________
   |   l..   /l´    Miku    `l
   ヽ  丶-.,/  |_________|
   /`ー、_ノ /      /

They are being shipped out on the 29th!
If you have any queries, be sure to contact the GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP
 
 
 
That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
(C) Crypton Future Media, Inc.

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Nendoroid Elsie

Last week, when we looked at this pile of goodies…

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There was one other fresh product sample hiding!!

It was still wrapped up in the packaging paper, so it wasn’t easy to notice it… but there were some people who still managed to point out who it was! Today we’ll be taking a look at…

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From ‘The World God Only Knows':

Nendoroid Elsie!

The young demon who has come to Earth, and with the help of Keima Katsuragi is ready to capture some runaway spirits!

This is in fact a Max Factory product! (・∀・)ノ
The sculpting is by Yukiwo Ageta, you can tell just by how she looks!!

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This is how the packaging looks!

You can see all sorts of lovely looking parts! Plus an four amazing expressions! Normally there are only three!

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This is how she looks from the back!

The stand’s base is slightly different to the normal GSC stand – it makes a kind of M-shape. It’s a motif to show it’s a Max Factory product! (Probably :P)
It conserves space but still holds the Nendoroid up nice and securely!

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Let’s move into the optional parts!
First up is her beloved broom!

Elsie is well known for her great ability to clean, so you have to give her a broom! You can also let her hold it in her right hand!

You can also see a bent left leg and bent left arm in this photo!
There is also a bent right leg for plenty of posing possibilities!

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A smiling face and the capturing jar!

The jar she uses to capture the runaway spirits is also included! The bent arm is fitted with a join allowing you to bend it in the direction you need!

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She also comes with a chibi expression!

As well as frantically waving arms!!  ((((゚Д゚)))
This is definitely a scene seen in the anime and manga quite often!!

What a wonderful idea for an extra!
When you actually see them with your own eyes you’ll probably be just as amazed as me as to how well they pulled off this particular part!

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She also has a similar part for her legs!

        / ̄ ̄ ̄ \
      /   ::\:::/\   
     /    。<一>::<ー>。  ”You’ve done too much Max Factory!
     |    .:。゚~(__人__)~゚j    But it’s absolutely lovely!”
     \、   ゜ ` ⌒´,;/゜
    /  ⌒ヽ゚  '”‘”´(;゚ 。  
   / ,_ \ \/\ \
    と___)_ヽ_つ_;_ヾ_つ.;.

To think that we’d be able to create Elsie in a pose as true to the original as this!! As a Nendoroid!! Plus look at the adorable crying expression!

goodsmile company Mikatan's Blog English Version

Others can also use them! Madoka’s turn!

It’s so adorable!!

The face adds a lot to it, but those hands as well! They just go so well together! Unfortunately they won’t so well work with Nendos that have a darker colored sleeve though…

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From ‘The World God Only Knows':
Nendoroid Elsie!

   / ̄ ̄\
 /   ⌒ ⌒\  
 |    ( ●) (●)               ____
. |  ⌒(__人__)           /      \   ”I’ll get to be Kami-nii-san!”
  |     |r┬-|           / ─    ─   \   
.  |     `ー’´}  \     / (●)  (●)    \
.  ヽ        }     \   |   (__人__)     | 
   ヽ     ノ       \   \   ` ⌒´     _/
   /    く. \      \  ノ           \
   |     \  \    (⌒二              |
    |    |ヽ、二⌒)、      \         |  |

She’ll be in stores from the 24th!
Be sure to check with out partner shops if you have any order or sales queries!
 
 
Anyway, thats all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
(C)若木民喜/小学館・落とし神駆け魂隊・テレビ東京

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