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The cheerful cherry blossoms!

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        ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ”;ヾ;ヾ ‘;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ
       ;ヾ.;ヾ ‘;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ;ヾ ‘;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ”゙
    ””ヾ゙;ヾ〃;ヾ ;ヾ゙;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ”〃ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ;ヾ
  ”‘;ヾ;ヾ ;ヾ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;//;ヾ;ヾ〃゙;ヾ ;ヾ;ヾ”
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  ””ヾ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ゙;ヾ〃ミヾ ;ヾ゙;ヾ ;ヾ 〃;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ;ヾ
     ;ヾ ;ヾ 〃;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ”
     “” ;ヾ ;ヾ゙ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ;ヾ”゙ “iヾ;ヾ;ヾ” ゙ヾ;ヾ;ヾ”
        ””   ‘ヾ;ヾ” || l | ゙|/;ヾ”     ”
             ”   |l i  l゙l|
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         ( ゚Д゚)∬ ノノ 从ヾ ヽ、   ,,, ”
 ” ` ` / @(_)旦.   /
     /         /    ””     ””
      ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄

Today we’ll be going into part 2 of Kuroyagi-san’s letter corner: Cherry Blossom Ver.!

Thank you for all the letters sent in! It makes me so happy to see everyone’s beautiful photos!
I had to pick out my favorites, but there were a lot more that were absolutely stunning! I really am grateful for every picture, and I’m sorry if I didn’t pick yours for the blog!

Once again though, remember to take care of mother nature when doing outdoor photography!


This is my very first attempt at outdoor Nendo photography, it was a rather thrilling experience!
But it was a lot of fun, and I’m sure I’ll do it again. These cherry blossoms were taken beside a lake as well as some others by a temple in Kyoto.

   - Miya

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What a great angle!!

The blossoms above with the petals scattered below really make a wonderful picture!


A few days ago, I went out with some friends to take some outdoor figure photos of the blossoms at a park here in Shanghai. They were not quite in full bloom yet, but there were a lot of trees. Everyone brought along their favorite figures and had a great day!
The attached picture is my best picture from the day! I also send my wishes to all in Japan, good luck Mikatan!!

   - CLOUD

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A picture from overseas!

It really looks like she is looking at the blossoms! I’ve been getting a load of pictures from overseas recently – I’m quite surprised at how many! Plus they are really nice photos! I have to try harder myself now! 😛


I decided to try something a little different, so I took some blossoms home with me and scattered them around my World is Mine Miku. It’s not quite the same as the normal cherry blossom photos, but I hope you’ll enjoy it anyway!

   -Buchalati

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It’s so compelling!

The picture is stunning quality and really brings out WIM Miku’s charms! I don’t think I could ever take such a stunning photo… ^^;


The picture’s title is ‘Passing the Baton’
I have recreated the change of seasons with Nendoroids! As they leave they say their farewells, and promise to meet back at the same time next year!

  - BEL-TREE

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Seasonal Nendoroids!

When you create a theme like this one it’s weird how Miku’s blushing face can seem a lot sadder all of a sudden. I look forward to when they meet again next year!


I’m an avid reader of the blog, so it’s nice to meet you!
On the 10th I went down to a nearby park with Kiririn to check out the blossoms. It seems Kiririn was very content with what she saw!

   - Anon

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The blossoms in the front are beautiful!

But the cute little face poking out the back is just as great… making use of the fore and background is a great technique – love the photo!


Aniki has been swept away by the cheerful Spring and is meeting with the blossoms.  (He even opens up his heart to plants… as long as they’re male)

  - Annon

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There he is!! xD

That is an incredible pose! This is one not to be missed!


Saber drank a little too much while enjoying the blossoms and climbed up a tree… and now she can’t get down. I just had to get a picture as the setting sun shone off her cheeks!

   - Tooyama
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Leave her there, I want to come see her!

The setting for the photo is so cute!


The other day my sister and I went to view the cherry blossoms nearby with some Nendoroids! They were not quite in full bloom yet, but they were still pretty! I took a load of photos, but I just picked my favorite and sent it through with this mail. Here is to hoping that recovery for those up North is quick and without any more trouble!

   -Mizuno Mitsuba
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The pink and blue contrast is wonderful!
It looks like Saihate Miku-san is looking to the skies and praying…
There have been a lot of mails hoping for the fast recovery up North, it’s great to see that everyone is willing to put in some words for them. I am also hoping that everything can get back to normal as soon as possible!


“The Season of Love”
Photos of cherry blossoms, figma Nagato and Kyon! (I hope figmas are okay. ^^)

   - Morry

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My heart just skipped a beat!
As soon as I saw the photo I could only wonder what kind of situation this is… Nagato’s gentle smile is so cute!!


Seen it was close to where Haruhi was set, I took her out to see the famous blossoms in Kawabe. She seems to be enjoying the view!

   - Under B

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She seems most content with them!
This version of Haruhi really has a color set that matches with cherry blossoms nicely. I wish I could have a walk with Haruhi on a nice day like this one!


Haru-chan arrived just in time for the cherry blossoms, so as soon as she got to me I took her out for some photos. The pictures are taken in a lovely place that only locals know about, so I could relax and take some nice pictures!

  - Fuun no Doradora
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Beautiful!
The trees lining the road are wonderful! And Haru-chan in the middle just makes it perfect! I’m kind of jealous that you have such a nice place that you can take photos at! 😛


A few days back I took some pictures with the cherry blossoms, so here they are! (・ω・)ノ
At the time they had already started to scatter in the wind a bit, but even on the ground they were really beautiful so Sakura decided to play around in them! (*´ω`)
I think she is running up to Emiya or her sister up ahead!

   - Sayuu
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Sakura in the Sakura!
Sakura is the Japanese word for ‘cherry blossoms’ so this just seems perfect! I was sure at least one person would send a picture like this! 😛
The entire floor is almost pink, it’s really nice! Plus the huge smile on Sakura’s face just adds to the happiness in the picture!


This is a picture taken near the Oosaka mint. My Sharo is the cutest in the world! I think….!

   - Banyaaki
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Never! My Sharo is the cutest!
Sorry, I just had to say it 😛
Are these double cherry blossoms?  They seem to have so many petals! It’s so pretty!


Azunyan seems to be enjoying herself playing her guitar up in a cherry blossom filled tree! I think she wants to do a live here with the other members!

   - Anon
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She’s playing for the cherry blossoms!
I’m sure the other members would be happy to do a live performance in such a beautiful place! Next time I think you should get a photo with all five!


The blossoms have finally bloomed down where I live!
My little brother helped out as an assistant for the photo – I took the photo while he held Senjougahara by the legs. It was a carefully posed so that the stapler was hidden behind the flower!

   - Shin Ooze
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Senjougahara surrounded by nature!

She really  looks like she was meant to be there! It’s perfect! The hidden stapler is also a perfect touch!


I took some cherry blossom photos. It was just after some rain so I was worried they would all have fallen off the trees, but luckily they were all still blooming! Mato-chan also seems to be enjoying herself… I want a Yomi figma to put beside her!

   - ToY
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Her expression is so adorable!

The picture gives such a nice relaxed atmosphere, I feel relaxed just by looking at it! The little green leaves in the picture and keeping to Mato’s personality only makes it better! Good job!


These pictures were taken on the 5th around Oosaka castle. It was my first attempt at outdoor photography, and it was more difficult than I expected! Getting the figure into a position where they suit the background, and getting the timing of the sun’s light right was quite tough!

Luckily I went on a weekday where there weren’t too many people watching me. 😛

   - Erimu
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Sakura and Sakura Miku-san!

Thank you for the super cute picture!
Outdoor photos do add a lot more variables to the equation, but they really have a whole new feeling compared to other photos. I hope you’ll take the challenge again soon!


Dead Master normally has an image of darkness and the night, but she looks just as good in the daylight! The smile across her face while she holds some nearby blossoms is great!!! I can’t wait to get some pictures of her alongside Golden Saw and Strength!

   - Ringo
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It’s too perfect!

As expected of De-chan, no matter what the circumstances she is always beautiful… plus the sexy appeal is great as always! Wonderful!


The blossoms around me just bloomed and so I decided to take some pictures with Luka.
She went through a lot including a few scratches and some missing parts, but she’ll always be my precious partner.

   - TACHI

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Singing in the cherry blossoms!

The blossoms are everywhere from the very front of the picture all the way to the back, it’s stunning! Luka has a little sunlight on her face as she sings up to the heavens – she looks so happy!!


Looking at the previous cherry blossom pictures made me want to try taking some pictures with my figures, so I ran out and tried to find a tree that was still flowering!

   - Ryuuji
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Three Mikus!

The original clothes really add something new to them! Very cute!
It can still get chilly even in Spring, so it’s nice to have an extra layer to put on for those days. (Yep, I’m worried about those chilly days for figures!)


The cherry blossoms have already come to an end… the seasons really do pass quickly. 

   - Araya

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The last photo is Sharo, blossoms and the sky!

The blossoms may have come to and end, but I’m sure next year I’ll be doing this corner again!
The seasons do change without notice, but that’s just a way of life – everything has to change eventually!

I hope to see you again next year!


And that brings Kuroyagi-san’s letter corner: Cherry Blossom Ver. to an end for this year!
Thanks again to everyone who sent in photos!

It’s been almost two months since the earthquake now… Japan is still in a bit of a harsh time, but I hope that these photos were able to brighten up some people’s lives a little!

I know it’s getting a little repetitive now… but thanks to everyone for the mails! They really mean a lot to me!

And as always, I’m still looking out for more mail for the normal letter corners! I promise I’ll read it – so if you have any questions, photos you want to share, product requests, want to discuss your dinner or even want to discuss the May blues… then feel free to send me a mail!
(゚∀゚)  Mikatan Mail!
mikatan-b@goodsmile.jp

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

– Notice –

The 1st May is GSC’s 10th Birthday!
I’ll be doing a load of live broadcasts on the day and the day before!
04/30 (Sat) from 20:00 (Prologue)
http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv47754696

05/01 (Sun) from 12:00 (Main Show)
http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv47961039

05/01 (Sun) from 16:00 (Pre-Official Show)
http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv47961977

05/01 (Sun) from 18:00 (Official Nico Live!)
A glance at all the figures GSC has made over the years as well as a special live performance from JAM Project!
http://live.nicovideo.jp/gate/lv46509224
Besides the final official Nico live, all the shows will be broadcast live on the GSC channel. We’ll be taking a look at the atmosphere at the event, so do tune in for those as well!

There is also going to be a live event by JAM Project on the official Nico live, so don’t miss out!

That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again next week! (・∀・)ノ゛

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Nendoroid Imuka

I spy Take-chan playing with a master figure! (・∀・)ノ

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And completely unrelated, both Take-chan and I both have the same taste in manga… yay!

But let’s head onto today’s figure preview!

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        /   -―  ̄ ̄   ̄”‘” .   ’ | y’⌒  ⌒i
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002From Valkyria Chronicles 3:
Nendoroid Imuka!

Valkyria Chronicles 3 is a PSP game, and Imuka was one of the ‘Nameless’, a group made up mostly of criminals and trouble-makers – however she is the ace of that team, and is now here as a Nendoroid!

She is the second Nendo from Valkyria Chronicles, following on from Nendoroid Riela!

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This is how she looks from the back!

As you can see her weapon, ‘Vár’ is taller than her! 😛
This is the biggest weapon in Nendoroid history! It’s huge!!

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Parts of her armor have a metallic glint!

We often see the shiny painting effect of Nendoroids but this is actually a different kind of glint that is normally only used on scale figures – Imuka is the first Nendoroid to have it!

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Her first extra expression is an angry face!

It can be used either to recreate a battle scene… or more likely to display her with Nendoroid Riela! 😛
By the way, as you can see Imuka uses her huge weapon in just one hand! It looks so cute!

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She can also hold it with two hands!
It just needs a change of hand parts!

She also comes with different shoulder parts which let her pull her arms back further behind her.

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You can even pose her reloading!

Look at her left hand!
You can even see the bullet!

   / ̄ ̄\
   / .\  / \ ← Take-chan
   | (●)  (●) |  
   | (__人__) |    ”I just had to add in
   |   `i  i´  |      a reload scene for her!”
   |   . `⌒   }      
   ヽ       } 
    ヽ     ノ 
   /      ヽ Is Take-chan’s explanation!
It has this little gimmick as well, even though it’s Nendoroid size! 😛

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As you can see here, the lever is horizontal

And then…

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*Click!* Σ(゚∀゚*)

If you pull the lever up the reloading area opens up! This is definitely a bonus for the fans!

Val is actually made from 3D Data!
There are parts you can see are super detailed, which could never be done by hand!

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Other Nendoroids can hold Val too!

As expected, it looks great on other Nendoroids that fight, like BRS!
Plus the expression is exchangeable with others as well! (There might be some that it won’t work with though…)
Imuka is really beautiful so the face gives a mature look to anyone you put it on!

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From Valkyria Chronicles 3:
Nendoroid Imuka!

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

She will be on the GSC site from the 28th!

Deliveries to certain areas cannot be made due to the recent earthquake, but as soon as possible products will be sent out. For ordering details or questions please check out our partner shops.

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

* Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas

(C)SEGA 

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Nendoroid Madoka Kaname

Sorry for the delay!!

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      /  \    /\   ”I’ve been waiting too!”
    /   し( ○)三(○) \
    | ∪    (__人__)  | ________
     \  u   `⌒´   / | |          |
    ノ           \  | |          |

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I introduced this little cutie on
Twitter, a blog, and on live broadcast last week!

But today we get a closer look!

As always, Oda-P put the master figure together in no time at all!

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From Puella Magi Madoka Magica, comes…

Nendoroid Madoka Kaname!

She is the main heroine from the show Puella Magi Madoka Magica!

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This is how she looks from the back!

She’s so cute! No matter which angle you look from she’s so cute!! As always, the twin tails are fitted with joints for even more posability! It’s nice to be able the change the hair a little bit!

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And of course…

QB is also included!

Just look at the quality!! It’s the perfect rendition of QB! The little feet and everything are just perfect… even his puffy tail!

But there is even more to this QB! Σ(゚∀゚*)

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His neck and tail are both posable!

The neck is on a ball joint and can be posed in all sorts of different ways, and the cute little tail has a joint that lets it wags so realistically! You can recreate all the wonderful QB scenes now!

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Another QB is also included!

These head parts can also be exchanged with the other body, allowing for a number of different possibilities for the little white devil.

Plus you can make wonderful poses for Madoka!

This one makes use of two bend arms and a bent leg! You might have seen this pose before…

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It’s the same pose used in this key visual!

Isn’t QB’s expression just adorable? ^^
It’s amazing how close the Nendoroid version manages to recreate the illustration! Even down to the legs in the right position!

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Anyway, enough about QB… let’s get back onto Madoka!
Her first bonus expression is an upset face!

Aww, she is still cute even when she is angry!

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A bow and arrow of light!

The bow and arrow Madoka uses in the latter of the series is included as an optional part! The arrow is made of clear plastic to make it look like it really is an arrow of light! Of course the hands to hold the bow are also included!
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She also comes with a scribble face!

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      /::::::─三三─\
    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\  ”W-What the?!”
    |::::::::::::(__人__):::|
     \:::::::::  |r┬-|   /
    ノ:::::::::::: `ー’´ \

It is a rather unique face, isn’t it! The inspiration for this one actually came from this!

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It’s an expression to recreate Madoka’s drawings of herself! xD
Nendoroid’s really give you all sorts of ways to have fun!

By the way… this illustration was actually really drawn by Madoka’s voice actor, Aoi Yuuki!

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Bonus! [Running like the OP theme!]

I don’t often take pictures of figures from the side, but this is one I just had to put up on the blog! If you grab her then be sure to try this pose out, along with any other cute poses you can think of!

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From Puella Magi Madoka Magica…
Nendoroid Madoka Kaname!

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

She will be on the GSC site from the 28th!

Deliveries to certain areas cannot be made due to the recent earthquake, but as soon as possible products will be sent out. For ordering details or questions please check out our partner shops.
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 

* Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas

(C)Magica Quartet/Aniplex, Madoka Partners, MBS

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1/8th Scale Triela

Something new has arrived on the master figure shelf…

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      /::::::─三三─\
    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\    “I-Is this what I think it is?!”
    |:::::::::::(__人__):::|
     \:::::::::  |r┬-|   /
    ノ:::::::::::: `ー’´  \

I almost forgot about this one!
Where has it been all this time?!

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It’s Good Smile Company’s
1/8th Scale Triela!

She is from the popular manga being serialized in Dengeki Daimaou – GUNSLINGER GIRL.

Apologies for the long wait!!
This was first displayed at WonFes some 2 years ago… and after a lot of fine tuning she is finally here!
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This is the original illustration!

The black and white contrast is beautiful! It’s the illustration that was used for the 9th volume of Gunslinger Girl!

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This is how she looks from the back!

She is wearing the tight-fitting coat that suits her so nicely! Isn’t it great that we can finally see the back of the illustration as well? The world of figures has many bonuses!!

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It wouldn’t be Gunslinger Girls without the guns!

Triela stares ahead ready for anything while holding her gun closely! The actual Gunslinger Girl storyline is a bit of a sad story where these girls are made to fight, and I think the expression captured here shows both a bit of sadness as well as a kind of determination… it’s just the perfect expression for the series!

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The gun is of course super-detailed!

Even the back end has careful stitching on the leather, and a slightly worn look to it. It also looks really heavy! 😛

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Knees!

Normally this is about where I would attack from a lower angle, but I just couldn’t do that to the lovely Triela. (I even feel bad taking this photo of her….)

But the sculpting of those knees is incredible! They look so cute and lady-like!! They must be the absolute best knees I have ever seen on a figure!

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Twin-tails!

Triela is well known for her long blond, twin-tailed hair! They are sculpted with lots of twists which give them a very dynamic feeling as if they’re blowing in the wind… I love sculpting like this!
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Her coat and boots!

Triela is one of the more mature character in the corporation, and these boots really are there to prove that! The coat also has that slight ‘fluttering’ feeling to it which adds the dynamic feeling the hair gave.

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A stand made to look like stone paving!

A nice stand that brings out the world of Gunslinger Girl!

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Good Smile Company’s
1/8th Scale Triela!

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

She’ll be open for preorders tomorrow!

Deliveries to certain areas cannot be made due to the recent earthquake, but as soon as possible products will be sent out. For ordering details or questions please check out our partner shops.

All of our future products may be delayed due to shipping problems, planned blackouts and other circumstances with the shipping companies, but we will strive to keep them all on the same schedule they are currently on. It’s hard to determine how things will turn out in the current circumstances, but we hope everyone will understand!

Notice!

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Nendoroid Chiaki Minami is going on resale!
She was first released last year in January, and now she is coming back! She will also be up for preorders from tomorrow! If you missed her last time, be sure to grab her this time around!
 
 
 
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
* Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas

(C)相田裕/アスキー・メディアワークス,マーベラスエンターテイメント
(C)桜場コハル・講談社/みなみけ 製作委員会 © Copyright King Record.Co.,Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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Spring has sprung!

          ;ヾ ;ヾ ;”;ヾ;”  ;ヾ ;ヾ ;
        ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ”;ヾ;ヾ ‘;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ
       ;ヾ.;ヾ ‘;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ;ヾ ‘;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ”゙
    ””ヾ゙;ヾ〃;ヾ ;ヾ゙;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ”〃ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ;ヾ
  ”‘;ヾ;ヾ ;ヾ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;//;ヾ;ヾ〃゙;ヾ ;ヾ;ヾ”
   ”””;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ” ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ;ヾ”
  ””ヾ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ゙;ヾ〃ミヾ ;ヾ゙;ヾ ;ヾ 〃;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ;ヾ
     ;ヾ ;ヾ 〃;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ”
     “” ;ヾ ;ヾ゙ヾ ;ヾ ;ヾ;ヾ”゙ “iヾ;ヾ;ヾ” ゙ヾ;ヾ;ヾ”
        ””   ‘ヾ;ヾ” || l | ゙|/;ヾ”     ”
             ”   |l i  l゙l|
,,,,   “,,,,” ,,, ” ∧ ∧ ,,, |l | ゙ || ” ,, ”  ” ,,
         ( ゚Д゚)∬ ノノ 从ヾ ヽ、   ,,, ”
 ” ` ` / @(_)旦.   /
     /         /    ””     ””
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The cherry blossoms are here!

Here is Matsudo the blossoms have already bloomed and started scattering all over, but I’m sure there are still other places around Japan where they have not yet bloomed. It reminds me that no matter what happens to the world each day, there are some things that will always continue to happen, no matter the circumstances.

We now move on to a post that just has to come along every year now…
Kuroyagi-san’s Letter Corner – Cherry Blossom Ver.!

Today I’ll be posting as many of the photos that I can… up until the ones I received after April 12th – Thanks to everyone who sent in photos!

To everyone taking outdoor photos, remember to look out for nature!
I’m sure you’re all as careful as possible… but just be sure not to harm and flowers or trees while taking outdoor pictures!


The other day I went to view the cherry blossoms at our local temple with Nendoroid Date Masamune!
See him proudly riding his favorite steed! The Alpaca really seems to suit scenes with cherry blossoms, and placing Date on him just seemed like the ideal match! 😛

   - Kuraki
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It really suits the scene perfectly!

The Alpaca’s unwavering gaze staring straight ahead is also really cute. 😛


Yesterday I went with some friends to a botanical garden in Shanghai to view the cherry blossoms!
It was the first time I’d ever seen real cherry blossoms, so it was a wonderful experience! (>▽<)
A lot of Japanese people were around singing songs and playing the guitar, it was a really nice atmosphere!
Don’t lose to the earthquake and tsunami! Japan will get through this!
I’ve been studying Japanese for about half a year, but I’m still learning, sorry! (。-_-。 )

   - Oni
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A message from overseas!
And what an incredible picture!
It seems to suit Shinobu so well – almost like it should be on a postcard! I love it!


I went out viewing the cherry blossoms with Kiririn-shi!
When she got all upset and said she wanted to get a close look I put her up in the branches!

   - Kaiten Kaiku
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A peace sign for the cherry blossoms! Cute!
And wow… as expected, Kiririn looks great in maid clothes… 😛


This time I’ve decided to take a photo with Nendo Arch-Bishop!
You hardly ever see her in photos, yet she is one of my favorites! I took a picture of her holding some blossoms as the sun sets!

   - Reverse
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Sunset and cherry blossoms!!
I get a load of pictures in broad daylight and quite a few late at night, but hardly any at sunset! The picture has a kind of sad feeling to it, but the fact that it makes me feel that way shows it’s a great picture!


This is my first contribution to the blog. m(_ _)m
Yesterday I went out and took some cherry blossom photos with Nendo Miku, so I thought I’d send them in. Feel free to use them!

    – Koyobi
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I will be happy to use them!
It may be your first contribution, but I certainly hope it won’t be your last!


It really is the perfect weather for going out to see the cherry blossoms at the moment!
I decided I had to head to the temple near my house and get some pictures to send along to you!

The Literature Girl would probably be out eating cherry blossoms over books on beautiful days like this one!

    – Zeroichi
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She seems to be enjoying those blossoms!
Making use of Tooko-senpai’s book eating parts and sitting parts makes this a very convincing picture! The composition is also stunning!


This year’s Sakura are really beautiful… and it seems Kiririn agrees! (・∀・)ノ

    – Saigo Attack
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A perfect scene for the ‘moe’ face!

She is completely enthralled by the cherry blossoms! Cute!


I decided to show this years cherry blossoms to Christina, who just recently got back from a long stay overseas.

    – Kurono Tenshi
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Christina!!! (*゚∀゚)

I think a lot of people are starting to find out how much I love Steins;Gate…
Nendoroid Christina and Nendoroid Mayuri are both up for preorder at the moment!


When you think of cherry blossoms you think of Japan! When you think of Japan, you think of kimonos! Therefore the best figure I had for this just had to be Shiki!

Normally people associate cherry blossoms with pink, but these white blossoms are just as beautiful.

   - Ringo
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That really is a beautiful scene…!!
That Shiki figure really is a stunning piece of art… it was released quite a long time ago, but it’s still one of my favorites.


I went out to get some pictures of the cherry blossoms in full bloom the other day. I hope you find it cute!

    – Jyakogan


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It’s super cute! 😛
The contrast between the pink blossoms and the black Dead Master is very nice!


I went out to view the blossoms with my family, and had my child hold Miku for some photos… I’m a terrible parent, aren’t I? (^^;

    – I~deru
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Make sure to teach you child to love Miku-san!
Taking a Nendoroid to view flowers with your family… how nice!


Cherry blossoms with Jiei-tan!

    – Chiiton
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… glasses and sailor outfit!? Jiei-tan!?
When you change the body it really gives a completely different feeling to the figure…
Could this feeling be… love…?


The weather was nice so I decided to head out for some cherry blossom viewing with Mugi-chan. Girls like her always love eating some dango while watching the blossoms fall!

    – Hadotokei
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She looks so happy!
When I see her with an expression like that I just want to give her more and more dango to eat! 😛


I went out to do some cherry blossom viewing with my Nendoroids and decided to pass the pictures on to you.
I get the feeling that the hungry Saber is planning something…

   -  Nameless Mob
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That’s not food!!! xD

The expression suits the scene so perfectly!!


I took some photos of the cherry blossoms with Miku at a park near my house!

   - Tokiha Majirou
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Miku sings beneath the blooming blossoms!
I think if Miku sings for the blossoms they will bloom for longer… ^^ \


The cherry blossoms are blooming so I headed out to a riverbank with Snow Miku in search of Spring.
They really had only just started blooming, but Miku was really exited to see the start of Spring, as if she herself were just blooming!
She also told me “I need to go back to the land of snow, but wish everyone well for the rest of the year!”

   - Kirino
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She really does look exited about Spring!
One of the things about the changing seasons in Japan is that you can really see the change in colors when the seasons change! I think that’s great!


I went out to see the cherry blossoms with Yutaka-chan♪
As always they were a stunning sight to see! ♪
It made me feel all warm and happy inside! ♪

   - Shaiko
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Her pink hair mixes with the blossoms so nicely!

I can’t decide which I would rather look at… the beautiful blossoms or the adorable Yuraka! 😛


I went out to view the blossoms at Ueno Park with Nadeko yesterday.
I wanted to try and get both Nadeko and the blossoms  to come out nicely but it didn’t come out too well, so I just sent my photo of Nadeko and a blurry image of the blossoms behind her. Enjoy!

   - Kaeru Majin @ Nadeko is my waifu

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You can tell they are cherry blossoms!
Nadeko usually has an Autumn feeling about her, so it’s nice to see a change to Spring once in awhile!


My first ever outdoor Nendoroid photography!
There photos were taken at a place called Kinchakuda, where the Cosmos flowers are absolutely stunning in Autumn. (●´ω`●)
But of course in Spring the cherry blossoms are just as beautiful, so I went out with my mother, sister and Nendo Reimu to enjoy them!

   - Mio Hare
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Reimu looks more relaxed than ever!
Cherry blossoms and Reimu really do suit each other very nicely, and that expression just completes the effect!


I took some cherry blossom pictures, and here they are!
There were taken on the 10th April when I went out with Octo-Luka. At the time only about half the blossoms had bloomed. I’ll be sure to come back for more pictures when they are in full bloom!

   - Minatsuki Wanko
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Is she… camouflaging?
Nah, I can tell that’s Octo-Luka! Your disguise has failed this time! ^^


The cherry blossoms seemed like they were going to be late this year, and then suddenly bloomed.
I took my favorite Nendoroid Precia out with me to a nearby park to view the blossoms, I sat down on a bench nearby and before I could enjoy the blossoms I saw a couple flirting with each other.

Just then I looked up and heard “What’s the matter?”, as Precia saw me looking a little upset.

At least, that’s what I imagined when I took this photo!

   - Spin
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With the photo there it’s like it really did happen!


Nendoroid Date Masamune was just recently released and so I decide to take some pictures with him and the cherry blossoms. It’s my first attempt at outdoor Nendoroid photography. The eyepatch is an extra I did by myself.

The blossoms were only half blooming, unfortunately.

   - Gura

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You don’t see him smiling like that often!
I love seeing people customize their figures with things like eyepatches – it really shows your love for the figures!! I hope you’ll try taking more photos outdoors for next time!


“Bato-san! Blossoms! Blossoms!”
This was taken in the crowds over in Arashiyama!

   - Koorogi Akino

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Super cute Tachikoma!

As I read that above quote, I literally heard it in a Tachikoma voice in my head 😛
It almost looks like he is reaching out to grab one of the blossoms!


That brings us to an the end of today’s letter corner!
Thanks to all who sent in pictures or mail!

I’m sorry I didn’t up every single picture, but I may add yours in the next letter corner!

As always, I’m always looking for for mail! I promise I’ll read it – so if you have any questions, photos you want to share, product requests, want to discuss your dinner or even want to discuss the May blues… then feel free to send me a mail!

(゚∀゚) Mika-tan mail:
mikatan-b@goodsmile.jp

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I’ll have another cherry blossom special on the 28th!
If you still have some cherry blossoms around you, take a picture of them with your favorite figure and send it in!

That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again next week!  (・∀・)ノ゛

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  /  ─    ─ \     ”Ooh, is there something for me?”
/     (●)  (●) \  
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/     ∩ノ ⊃  /
(  \ / _ノ |  |

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It’s been awhile since I’ve seen that shape!

That cardboard box is the perfect size for some Nendoroid Petites… I’m positive!
This is Mori-souri from the planning department… he was inputting all sorts of numbers… I think he’s up to something cunning.

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But anyway, today we’ll be taking a look at…
Nendoroid Petite: Haruhi Summer Festival Set!

A set of three petite Nendoroids from ‘The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya’ – Haruhi herself, along with Nagato and Mikuru, all wearing the yukatas that they wore in the last episode of the Endless Eight!

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This is how they look from the back!

The little bows on the back of the yukata are really cute! They are also all wearing geta, so those of you who like to see bare feet over closed shoes will enjoy this set!

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First up is Haruhi Suzumiya!

She has her hands on her hips in a perfect Haruhi-style pose!

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Then we have Mikuru Asahina!

She is posed in a very elegant pose, with a colorful yellow yukata that is absolutely adorable!

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And finally, Yuki Nagato!

She is standing up in an almost expressionless pose ideal for Nagato! I also somehow really like the curves made between the belt and her feet, you can really make out her hips nicely! 😛

Nagato also has another little extra! ((((゚Д゚)))

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The mask on her head can be removed!

Just how the mask will be removed and attached is currently still under consideration, but at the very least it will be removable somehow! I kind of hope they actually make a little elastic as if it were a real mask!

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Some of the other girls decided to try on the yukatas!

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     /  (≡)  (≡)    \    It feels like I’m at the festival already!”
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      \   `Y⌒y’    /ヽ
      (ヽ、  ゛ー ′  / ̄)|
       | ``ー――‐”|  ヽ、.|
       ゝ ノ      ヽ  ノ |
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The outfits have a lot of color to them so it really makes it feel like a nice warm Summer festival!
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Nendoroid Petite: Haruhi Summer Festival Set!

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  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

They are up for pre-order today!

Deliveries to certain areas cannot be made due to the recent earthquake, but as soon as possible products will be sent out. For ordering details or questions please check out our partner shops.

All of our future products may be delayed due to shipping problems, planned blackouts and other circumstances with the shipping companies, but we will strive to keep them all on the same schedule they are currently on. It’s hard to determine how things will turn out in the current circumstances, but we hope everyone will understand!

Notice!


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Phat Company’s …
1/8 Scale Yukari Yakumo!

From the popular doujin game series created by Team Shanghai Alice, the ‘Touhou Project’, comes this 1/8th scale figure of Gensoukyou’s oldest youkai, as well as one of the most powerful – Yukari Yakumo. She is posed sitting on a rip in space, with a gaze that seems to judge anyone who dares to look at her.

She’ll look great displayed with the upcoming Chen figure and the still unannounced Ran Yakumo figure – look forward to all three!

She is also up for pre-order as of today!
 
 
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
* Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas

(C)2007、2008、2009 谷川流・いとうのいぢ/SOS団
(C)上海アリス幻樂団

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Nendoroid Mayuri Shiina

Today I’ll be taking a look at a figure from an anime that’s currently airing!

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From Steins;Gate, it’s…

Nendoroid Mayuri Shiina!

The figure is actually based on the original game that was made by Nitroplus and 5pb, but as I’m sure most of you now it’s also currently airing as an anime series! It’s the #1 must-watch from this season in my opinion!

If you missed it you can watch it here!
http://ch.nicovideo.jp/channel/ch60001

This is of course the second Nendoroid from the Steins;Gate series, following on from Kurisu!

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This is how she looks from the back!

Her cute, short hairstyle looks perfect in Nendoroid form! You can also just see the short jeans she is wearing underneath her one-piece – it adds a nice touch to her character.

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Let’s move onto the optional parts…
First her hat, which can of course be removed!

Aww, she is so cute!! Seeing her like this makes me hear Kana Hanazawa’s voice over and over in my head… it’s so cute!

She also comes with a load of extra arm parts to play with!
First – an upward bent right arm!
If you think you’ve seen this pose before it’s very possible – it’s based on a pose she takes in the game!

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A cheerful smiling face!

Even the eyebrows from huke’s original character design have been perfectly Nendorofied! Yay!

Plus a different set of bent arms!
This was yet another pose from the game! In fact, she did this one all the time!

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Her other expression is a worried face!

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    /  ⌒ヽ゚  '”‘”´(;゚ 。  
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    と___)_ヽ_つ_;_ヾ_つ.;.

…which shows just how amazing it is!!

This is, once again, another pose from the game! It’s definitely a figure that anyone who has played the game will have a lot of fun with!
 

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But there is still more to come!
 “Juicy Fried Chicken Number One!”

Mayuri’s best food in the world! She also comes with a fork and a hands to hold it!

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She also comes with a banana!

It’s rather appropriate that she comes with so many optional parts that involve food… ^^;

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Just like Kurisu, she also has a cellphone!

When it comes to the Steins;Gate universe, this is one item that every character just has to have! It has a completely different color and shape to Kurisu’s cellphone!

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Metal Oopa!

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   :/  ..::<●>:::<●> \:    I can feel the love the designers
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She also comes with a pair of hands to show it off!

She actually comes with two different shoulder parts to compensate for all the different hand parts!

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Plus as an added bonus… the previously released Kurisu
Is going on resale when Mayuri releases!

Yippe! That means that everyone who missed the first batch can still grab her! If you’re a fan of the series you just have to display the two together!

For those of you who are watching the anime – I strongly suggest you give the game a try as well! It really was a fantastic game!

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Nendoroid Mayuri Shiina!!

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 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、 | |_________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

She will be up on the GSC site tomorrow!

Deliveries to certain areas cannot be made due to the recent earthquake, but as soon as possible products will be sent out. For ordering details or questions please check out our partner shops.

All of our future products may be delayed due to shipping problems, planned blackouts and other circumstances with the shipping companies, but we will strive to keep them all on the same schedule they are currently on. It’s hard to determine how things will turn out in the current circumstances, but we hope everyone will understand!

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

* Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas

(C)2009-2010 5pb. Inc./Nitroplus

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