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figma Guts: Black Soldier ver.

Last Friday I called Max Factory!

       ∩
       ||    ___
       ||   /      \
      /〔|/  ─    ─ \    “Max Factory~
      〔ノ^ゝ   ,(●)  (●) \   Can you please bring me figma Guts?”
      ノ ノ^,-   (__人__)  |
     /´ ´ ‘ , ^ヽ  ` ⌒´   /
     /     ノ'”\__ ーーノ゙-、.
   人    ノ \/_____ ノ.| ヽ i

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As those of you who watched the recent live broadcast, we showed off figma Guts too!

Seen Max Factory brought it through we just had to add it into the live broadcast! It was a lot of fun to play with! I’m actually a huge fan of Berserk myself!

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This figure has been on the blog before – it’s one of my personal figures from about six months ago. He actually came in a set of Guts, Griffith and Casca. He’s trading figure size so I’m sure he’ll look great displayed with figma Guts!

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So today we’ll be taking a look at…
figma Guts: Black Soldier ver.!

From the upcoming movie of ‘Berserk’ comes this figma of the main character from the series, Guts!

Anyone who has ever had a figma will know, but…
This image has been enlarged quite a bit!
He looks about the size of the scale figure I review now. ^^;

The actual figure is about 16.5cm in height! So what exactly am I trying to get at my telling you all this? Even when enlarged the details on the figure are incredible!!

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This is how he looks from the back!

His mantle can be removed at any time!

Just look at the bag around his waist, or the chain on his back for killing dragons! They’re so finely detailed!! The paint work also makes parts of him look ‘dirty’ in typical Guts style! It’s incredible to see so much detail on a figma-sized figure!

By the way! Normally I’d be the one to make poses for pictures… but…

        ____
      :/      \:
     :/ ..:_ノ::::ヽ、_\:    ”W-What should I do…
   :/  ..::<○>:::<○> \:    I dunno how to make cool poses!”
   :|     (__人__)  |:
   :\      r┬-|   _/:   
   : ノ     `ー’´   \ :

I’m terrible at making good poses as many of you will know from the Big O figure when I tried to make cool poses… But I absolutely love Guts, so I refuse for him to get a bad impression from this article – So I’ve asked Oda-P and Masu from Max Factory to make some nice poses for me! Yay!

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Let’s take a look at the optional parts!

He comes with his Dragon Slayer!

The sword even bigger than Guts’ huge body is included!! You can pose him holding it out to the side like this, or instead pose him with it on his back! The best thing about figma is the freedom to pose however you like!

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He comes with an expression for battle!

This expression with gritted teeth is included along with the standard expression – the idea is for this expression to be used for combat poses! (Which kind of makes me want a Griffith figma as well… )

He also has an extra hand part for his cannon arm!
Which allows you to create scenes with him firing the cannon inside his artificial arm!! Definitely a part that fans will be pleased about!

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Such incredible detail!!

I can’t wait to get hold of  the actual one for me!! It’ll be so much easier to have my own figure to play with instead of worrying about this prototype!! I’m so happy that I’ll be able to display a figure of this quality in any pose I like!

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figma Guts: Black Soldier ver.!

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

He’ll be on the GSC site tomorrow!
Be sure to check out partner shops for any sales or preorder queries!

Plus!
The Band of the Hawk is currently recruiting members!

-Berserk Film Official Website-
http://www.berserkfilm.com/members/

In order to join up you need a twitter account. If you collect enough points you might get your name in the credits of the film! Oooh!!

Be sure to follow The Band of the Hawk’s Clara! I’m already following of course!

– Clara de Porras Twitter –
https://twitter.com/Clara_de_Porras

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

(C)三浦建太郎(スタジオ我画)/ 白泉社

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1/8th Scale Kurisu Makise!

Tasshi is wearing some kind of mask!

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      /::::::─三三─\
    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\  ”Looks like an upgrade from last time!”
    |::::::::::(__人__):::|
     \:::::::::   |r┬-| ,/
    ノ::::::::::::  `ー’´  \

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Tasshi is our resident specialist on fan service! 😛

He was the sculptor in charge of Love is War Miku, as well as this figure we’ll be taking a look at today! He gets the finest details and color tints so perfectly! Great job once again Tasshi! Don’t hide from us behind that silly mask! 😛

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And so today we’ll be taking a look at this lovely figure!

1/8th Scale Kurisu Makise!

She is from the Sci-Fi adventure game and popular anime that has just recently come to an end – ‘Steins;Gate’.
The figure really captures Christina wonderfully!

As a huge fan of Steins;Gate myself, I have absolutely no qualms about anything from the sculpting down to the painting of this figure! It’s just perfect!

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This is how she looks from the back!

You don’t often to get to see her from the side or back – I absolutely love the fact that you can see all 360 degrees around figures! The way her jacket is fluttering up is also gorgeous!

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Mayushii: ‘Small breasts are justice!’

Oh really? I don’t think you have the right to say that! 😛 Kurisu really seems to be trying her best to show them off though!

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Christina has a fairly serious expression!

huke’s unique style of illustration really looks great when converted into a figure!! Those eyes could charm anybody!!

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Hot pants and black stockings!

It might be hard to tell from the photo here, but the gradient used on the stockings looks absolutely stunning! You have to take a nice close look for yourself!

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Her wavy jacket and hair have stunning painting!

It really looks as if a strong gust of wind is blowing over her. The way the indented parts of the jacket are carefully painted a darker color looks incredible. I couldn’t be more impressed about the way it has come out!

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My best photo for today!

          ____
        / ノ ‘ ヽ\
 ミ ミ ミ / (≡)  (≡)\      ミ ミ ミ    “Aaah!!

/⌒)⌒)⌒./// (__人__) ///\   /⌒)⌒)⌒)   You’re just too adorable, Kurisu!
| / / /     |::::::|     | (⌒)/ / / //
| :::::::::::(⌒)    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 ____(⌒)(⌒)⌒) )  (⌒_(⌒)⌒)⌒))

Being able to see all around Kurisu and still like the way she looks from absolutely every angle is such a wonderful feeling! She has such perfect proportions!

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She holds a red cellphone in her hand!

Steins;Gate fans should all know this red cellphone very well! As expected on a 1/8th scale figure, you can even see the little buttons carefully sculpted on it!

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Displayed with Nendoroid and Dr.Pepper!

I kind of want the other Steins;Gate characters now… Nendoroid Feiris is currently in production, but I’m kind of hoping for a figma Okarin!

Or maybe… a figma or Okarin! Or a figma of Okarin!! Yeah, I think a figma of Okarin would be best…!

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1/8th scale Kurisu Makise!

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

She’ll be on the GSC website from the 21st!
Be sure to check with out partner shops for preorder and sales questions!

Plus I have a rather sudden announcement to make!

Today from 20:00 we will have a live broadcast from the ex-kotatsu room! It’s actually a test for some technical things, but we may as well introduce something while we’re at it!

And so…
We’ll be taking a look at this 1/8th scale Christina!
If you have the time, be sure to check it out!

– Test Broadcast (Starts at 20:00 JST) –
http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv63779532
 
 
That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again next week!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
(C)2009-2012 5pb./Nitroplus

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Nendoroid Mayuri Shiina

Panda is so fluffy!! (*゚∀゚)=3

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This panda is just so nice and fluffy to touch! He is super popular in the GSC offices at the moment! Fluffiness makes everyone feel better! But the panda’s fluffiness isn’t the only thing that’s making everyone happy – just look at what he is holding too!!

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Nendoroid Mayuri Shiina!

The final episode of Steins;Gate has just aired, so it’s the perfect time for this Nendoroid of Mayuri to be released!

She’ll be in stores from tomorrow! Tuturu~ ♪

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This is how the packaging looks!

Just look how many arm parts she comes with! There are a load of parts representing specific scenes from the series which fans should appreciate!

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This is how she looks from the back!

Even as a Nendoroid the small details of the lace on her jeans is visible! Her big fluttery hat is also absolutely lovely!

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Her lovely hat can of course be removed!

She has a piece of sticking-up hair that can be attached when the har has been removed. The little piece of hair is very small, so be careful not to lose it!

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Her first extra expression – a worried face!

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  | ______ / ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄\
  | |       / ⌒  ー、  :::::::U:\   ”This expression is just too cute!!
  | |       /( ○)}liil{( ○)   :::::::::|    Why can’t I jump into the monitor!”
  | |      .|U⌒(__人__) ⌒   ::::|
  | |       |   |r┬-| U…::::::::::/
  | |____ ヽ  `⌒´…..:::::::::::<
  └___/ ̄ ̄      ::::::::::::::::|
  |\    |           :::::::::::::|
  \ \  \___      ::::::

Combining this expression with the bent arms recreates one of her poses from the Steins;Gate game!

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Next up is a super happy smile!

Along with Mayushii’s favorite – Juicy Fried Chicken Number One!!
The chicken and fork are attached to one of her arm parts! You can see just how much she likes it by her expression! Seeing her smile like that gives me the power to get through any day!!  ・゚・(ノД`)・゚・。

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Plus the all important banana!

A Nendoroid that comes with two different foods at once… this just has to be Mayushii! 😛 I’m sure she is very happy with the extra parts that were given to her Nendoroid form! (*´▽`*)

By the way… the phone-microwave isn’t included with the figure, it’s my own personal item. ^^

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Metal Oopa!

Another very important item to the series, it just had to be included! She also comes with more arm parts that let you recreate another scene from the game, where she is holding metal Oopa!

       / ̄ ̄ ̄\
     / ─    ─  \   ”Hmm…?
    /  <○>  <○>  \.   It looks like two metal Oopas are included…?”
    |   (__人__) し |
    \    ` ⌒´   /
    /  し          \

That’s right! She comes with one in her hands, and one separate!
The version for her hands has a little stub that connects to her hand, while obviously the other version doesn’t need it!

Now we are just being spoiled!
Fans of the series will be happy to have so many options when displaying their Mayushii!! You can even let her hold one, and keep the other one for your desk!

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She can also exchange expressions!

This expression is actually from the very recent Nendoroid Kurisu Makise & Mayuri Shiina Cheerful Ver., it’s the (´・ω・`)-face included with that version of Mayuri!

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       /      \
      / ─    ─  \    “But that’s great!
    /  (≡)   (≡)  \   I know any expression will look great on Mayushii!
    |    (__人__)    |
     \   `Y⌒y’    /ヽ
     (ヽ、  ゛ー ′  / ̄)|
      | ``ー――‐”|  ヽ、.|
      ゝ ノ      ヽ  ノ |
  ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄

Plus, it’s not Steins;Gate if there is no cellphone!
Mayushii also comes with her cellphone!

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Nendoroid Mayuri Shiina!

   / ̄ ̄\
 /   ⌒ ⌒\
 |    ( ●) (●)               ____
. |  ⌒(__人__)            /      \    “Tuturu~ ♪ Tuturu~ ♪”
  |     |r┬-|            /─    ─    \
.  |     `ー’´}  \      / (●)  (●)     \
.  ヽ        }     \     |   (__人__)     |
   ヽ     ノ       \   \   ` ⌒´     _/
   /    く. \      \  ノ           \
   |     \  \    (⌒二              |
    |    |ヽ、二⌒)、      \         |  |


She’ll be available from tomorrow!
Check with our partner shops if you have any queries regarding sales and orders!
 
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
(C)2009-2011 5pb./Nitroplus

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      /::::::─三三─\
    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\  ”What!?
    |:::::::::::(__人__)::|    They’re already going off to China!?”
     \:::::::   |r┬-|   ,/
    ノ:::::::::  `ー’´  \

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I found these Nendos with the production team!

Normally I can grab figures before they head off to China, but sometimes the timing just doesn’t work out… luckily I got them just in time this time around!

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Anyway, I better get through the review quickly!

Nendoroid Petite:

Nanoha & Fate: Summer Memories Set!

From the movie ‘Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st’ comes a set of two Nendoroid petites – one of Nanoha Takamachi and the other of Fate Testarossa, both posed in a cute scene from the sunny seaside!

Summer may be coming to an end now… but let me just say one thing…
Swimsuits are great in any season!!

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This is how the look from the back!

Nanoha and Fate are holding hands along the beach! The points where their hair comes out are all fitted with joints so you can pose the hair around in any position you like!

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A floating tube is included as an extra!

You can either just leave it by their side as part of the base, or you you have one of them wear it like this! It has a shiny paint job that really makes it look like a real miniature tube!
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You have to have a beach ball at the beach!

The ball is meant to just sit on the base so it wouldn’t quite stay in her hand – but I just used some double-sided tape to keep it in place! The prototype figures of both Fate and Nanoha are both poseable at the thighs as well! Assuming that goes through to the final product, you’ll be able to make lovely poses like this one!

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They can try on each others swimsuits!

One of the great things about Nendoroid Petites is the ability to switch around heads with other Nendoroid Petites! It doesn’t really matter what these two wear though, they’ll always be adorable!

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Miku-san also tries on the swimsuit!

The colors seems to match her so perfectly that I just had to try! You can try it out with your favorite Petite Nendo characters as well!

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Nendoroid Petite:

Nanoha & Fate: Summer Memories Set!

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

You can preorder yours using Circle K Sunkus’s ‘Omise de Tsuuhan’ Official Catalog, ‘Karuwaza Online Select’.
Just input the number written in the catalog into a Karuwaza Station in store!
 
If you don’t have a Circle K Sunkus store nearby,
You can also order from Karuwaza Online!
Be sure to get your order in!
 
 
But anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛

(C)NANOHA The MOVIE 1st PROJECT

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     /       \
    /   ⌒    ⌒\   ”ClariS’ new CD comes out tomorrow!
  /     ,(⌒)  (⌒)、\   I think I’ll go reserve mine now!”
  |     /// (__人__)/// |   
  \      ` ヽ_ノ   / 
    ヽ    , __ , イ
    /         |

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But… I already have it!?

It seems that Oda-P knows all the back routes that let you grab them early! 😛
I think I shall keep them for myself! Along with that prototype figure box behind them!

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Today we’ll be having a look at these lovely little figures!

Nendoroid Petite: ClariS Set – irony Ver.!

ClariS is an idol unit consisting of two middle school girls – Clara and Alice! A little while back the anime music magazine ‘Risuani!’ included a CD of some of ClariS’ music, and soon after they had a major debut into the idol world!

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       /      \
      /   ─    ─\  ”Do I really know these two cute girls?”
    /     (●)  (●) \
    |       (__人__)  | ________
     \      ` ⌒´   ,/ | |          |
    ノ           \ | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
 |    l                | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

If you’re an anime fan then it is very likely that you do! They have sung famous songs such as…

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai’s OP – irony!
Puella Magi Madoka Magica’s OP – Connect!

They are singing some wonderful songs that are really getting them noticed in the idol world!

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This is how they look from the back!

We’ve never been able to see the back of their adorable little avatars – this is the wonderful part about figures! Clara’s wavy hair and Alice’s long straight hair both look adorable in Nendoroid form!

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By the way!
Currently, no real photos of ClariS have been revealed!

The two girls are always represented by famous illustrator’s renditions of them…  Hiro Kanzaki, Ume Aoki and Meru Kishida have all illustrated the ClariS duo, but we’ve never seen what they really look like!

But… that’s the Nendoroid illustration!! (*゚∀゚)=3
The CD ‘nexus’ that comes out tomorrow features the Nendoroid illustration on the cover!

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Clara focuses more on the pink!

She has her one hand to her  hip in a very adorable looking pose!! Her shoulders do of course have joints in them,  so you can lift her hands up a bit if you like.

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While Alice focuses more on the blue!

As you can see, her hat and legs are posed to mirror Clara’s figure! The paint work on them is also incredibly detailed – I think the production team are going to have quite a job getting them mass produced! 😛 The little ribbons on their gloves are so tiny, yet so detailed – and the stripes on the skirts look so nice!

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The outfits the two are wearing here…
Are the irony version outfits!

As I mentioned at the start of the article, that is the opening song to ‘Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai”. I decided to pose them on top of the irony CD! Don’t you think it looks good!? ^^

     / ̄ ̄\
   / .ー  ー \ ← Oda P
   |  (●) (●) |  
   |  (__人__)|    “I’m actually thinking about including optional
   |   `i  i´  |     parts that let you pose them on the CD properly!”
   |   . `⌒   }      
   ヽ       } 
    ヽ     ノ 
   /      ヽ 

W-What?!

That’ll definitely be the first ever base that works together with a CD!! I look forward to seeing what exactly it’s going to look like… 😛

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On sale tomorrow is…
ClariS’ 3rd Single – ‘nexus’!

The tracklist is as follows!!

1) nexus
2) Don’t cry
3) Anata ni FIT (アナタニFIT)
4) nexus -instrumental-
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   /      \   
  /  \   ,_\   “Hmm…
/     (●)゛ (●) \   ’Anata ni FIT’? Haven’t I heard that before?”
|  ∪   (__人__) |  
/     ∩ノ ⊃  /
(  \ / _ノ |  |   

It’s very possible… Because…


It’s the Nendoroid Theme Song!

Wow! I can’t believe that ClariS is singing the Nendoroid theme song!!! You can even hear them singing ‘Nendoroid~♪’ in the background of the song!! I’m sure you’ll even be able to sing it at karaoke soon!! (<– wishful thinking :P)

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Nendoroid Petite: ClariS Set – irony Ver.!

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

They’ll be on the GSC website tomorrow!

 
For preorder and sales info, be sure to check out our partner shops!
 
 

But anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
(C)2011 SME Records Inc, All rights reserved.

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 / ) ) )/  \  /\  
 {   ⊂)  (●)  (●) \  ”Everything is gonna go smoothly today!”
 |   /  ///(__人__)// \    
 !   !    `Y⌒y’´    |
 |   l       ゙ー ′   ,/
 |   ヽ   ー‐    ィ   ← Came along with the design team boss and Gakkun
 |           /  |

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Roppongi nicofarre!

The 9th September 2011 (Friday)
The collaboration event between Linkin Park and GOODSMILE COMPANY  called ‘A Thousand Horizons ‘ was hosted at the next generation live house – nicofarre!

The event was a charity event to raise money for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region, and featured two separate parts. The first part was a video show that made use of previously unseen video footage from Linkin Park music videos, while the second part was a special art film that combines remixes of ‘A Thousand Suns’ with  nicofarre’s unique visual effects! After the show, Linkin Park’s members were also around for a talk session!

Unfortunately I was busy with work, so I was only able to join in from the second part! I had never been to nicofarre before, plus I’m a big Linkin Park fan, so I was really looking forward to it!
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A fancy looking gate right by the entrance!

The gate itself was kind of a giant video with fancy visual effects! It was really incredible! The floor was also all lit up creating an absolutely stunning atmosphere to walk in to.

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Through the gate was the area for live performances!

It really seemed like a great place to watch a live as well – it was about 1.3x the size of a classroom, and was easy to see the front from pretty much anywhere!
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The entire back here is made up of LED lights!

This is the nicofarre everyone is always talking about!
These LED lights showed all kinds of images as well as people’s comments about the event – it really built up the tension!! Akiyama-san here seems to be caught up in it as well! 😛

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There was a little time left before the second part started…
So I went to check out the lobby!

Most of the people had already moved into the event hall for the second part, so it looks a little bit lonely here, but trust me when I say that there were so many people in here earlier that it was almost impossible to move around!

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All kinds of equipment for the show!!!!

I really wasn’t sure what kind of performance to expect for my first time at nicofarre. Lots of people both from within GSC and staff from other companies came through to help out with the preparations for the event! dwango was a big help during the event!

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The sales corner!

This was of course run all by Good Smile! The T-shirts the staff are wearing are the same T-shirts that were on sale at the event!
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iPhone4 Cases and BE@RBRICK!

The iPhone cases had the logo of the event printed on it, and the BE@RBRICK was a special original design by Linkin Park! They were super popular!

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A giant BE@RBRICK!!

There was also a donation box being held by a giant BE@RBRICK – a big thank you to everyone who donated!
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There was also a display corner!

Just what could be inside the glass cases that the giant GSC-Seijin watches over???

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The Linkin Park and threeA collaboration product!

The very first public display of the Linkin Park Bramble! This wonderful model called the ‘WWRp BRAMBLE MK2 GATLING Linkin Park EXCLUSIVE’, as well as the other products mentioned above can be ordered from the Good Smile Online Shop!

Good Smile Online Shop (International)
http://goodsmile-global.ecq.sc/

A part of all the proceeds from goods sold at the event will be donated through Music For Relief to aid relief efforts to victims of the earthquake and typhoon.  The Music For Relief official website (http://www.musicforrelief.org/ ) is also accepting donations from anyone worldwide. (The actual place to donate can be found here: http://www.musicforrelief.org/page/donate-to-japan-earthquake-tsunami-relief )

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Joe Hahn’s illustration!

This was a special message sent to us on the day of the earthquake – your love for Japan really came through in this message and illustration! Thank you!
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It’s time for the second part to begin!

Generally speaking, no photography was allowed in the event hall, but I just took some ‘official’ pictures. ^^ The incredible visual effects of nicofarre being used for the first public display of this special remix version!

To sum it up in a few words…

         / ̄ ̄ ̄ \
      /   :::::\:::/\    “This is… unbelievable!!”
     /    。<一>:::::<ー>。  
     |    .:::。゚~(__人__)~゚j      
     \、   ゜ ` ⌒´,;/゜
    /  ⌒ヽ゚  '”‘”´(;゚ 。  
   / ,_ \ \/\ \
    と___)_ヽ_つ_;_ヾ_つ.;.

It’s astounding how nicely the sound and video work together here at nicofarre!!  Those of you who have a premium account at NicoNico will be able to watch the Timw Shift – it’s definitely worth the watch!

http://live.nicovideo.jp/gate/lv60476985

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Enter, Linkin Park!

After the special art film had been shown, Joe Hahn, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda and Phoenix all came out for a talk session! The MC for the event was Chris Peppler! It was wonderful!

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Nendoroid Petite: Linkin Park!

This event was the very first display of the illustrations that they will be based on! But what do the Linkin Park guys think of them???

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It looks like they like them!

       ____
     /_ノ ‘ ヽ_\
   / (≡)   (≡) \    ”At least… I hope so! :P”
  /::⌒(__人__)⌒::\
  |     |r┬-|     |
  \      `ー’´     / 
  ノ            \

One of the questions that popped up from them was ‘will the turntables actually turn?’ – of course Gakkun is now confident that he will get them to turn! I knew we could count on you, Gakkun!!

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The end of the event!

After this the Linkin Park members came down from the stage and gave autographs to the audience! What a wonderful thing to do, even with their big Japan Tour coming up the next day!!

It’s hard to put into words just how wonderful the event was. I really, really enjoyed myself! I’m also really happy to see people from all over the world helping to support Japan in its time of need – it gives me the courage to carry on myself! If we work to put a smile on everybody’s face, then eventually the whole world will be smiling!

We at GSC will do our best to make more and more people smile!!
 
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow! (・∀・)ノ゛

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1/8th Scale Tsubasa Hanekawa

Long time no see! It’s finally back to really being Mikatan’s Blog! I was just busy traveling some other world lines, but I’m back now!

I hope everyone enjoyed the sudden ‘Mikatan Blog Takeover’! I actually saw a lot of photos from angles I’d never thought of using before, and ended up learning a few things myself! Thanks to everyone who took over for the past few entries!! But now I’ve got the baton back from Shuu-chan, and I’m ready to do the blog as normal, so let’s go!  (`・ω・´)つ

I must say…
The production team is in chaos at the moment…

       / ̄ ̄ ̄\
     / ─    ─  \    ”Everyday new samples arrive…
    /  <○>  <○>  \     So it’s really hard to find time to clean up!”
    |   (__人__) し |
    \    ` ⌒´   /    (I’s gonna be a problem if this continues though…)
    /  し          \

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The good thing is, it’s very easy to find new treasures!
The figure that Gakkun was in charge of is finally heading out to everyone!

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The 4th in the 1/8th scale Bakemonogatari Series:

Tsubasa Hanekawa!

She is from the popular anime series, ‘Bakemonogatari’. and follows on from the previously released figures of Senjougahara Hitagi, Nadeko Sengoku and Suruga Kanbaru!

She looks almost too good to be a sale sample!!

As you can see, Tsubasa-nee is at just as incredible as the previous figures! The final product has come out almost identical to the master prototype figure!

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This is how she looks from the other side!

I’m sure any girl that has ever worn a school uniform will agree with me – the way that skirt id fluttering up is super realistic! Sculptors are so incredible at their work!!

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Tsubasa’s soft, gentle expression!

She has such a graceful expression, along with her trademark round-framed glasses! This photo is enlarged a bit, so you can see just how her eyes are drawn – they are really beautiful and look all shiny!

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It’s not only her expression that looks soft!

   / ̄ ̄\
 /   _ノ  \    “If you say things like that the
 |    ( ●)(●)             publisher is gonna be upset!”
. |    (__人__) 
  |     ` ⌒´ノ
.  |         }  ミ        *bonk*
.  ヽ        } ミ  /\  ,☆___
   ヽ     ノ    \  \ /     \
   /    く  \.  /\/ ⌒   ⌒\
   |     `ー一⌒)  /   (●)  (●)  \
    |    i´ ̄ ̄ ̄ \ |    (__人__)   |
               \_   ` ⌒´    /
                /          \

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The petticoat is also beautifully sculpted!

Then we move on my personal favorite part of this figure – that hand! The fingers are so finely sculpted, it’s just incredible. You have to see it for yourself!

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The petticoat from another angle!

You can almost see, and yet just not… so close, yet so far…
That fine line is so wonderful!

Plus… that hand! That hand is just outstanding!! The way it’s trying to hide whatever is beneath that skirt just makes me even more exited!

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Curled up toes!

The scale sculptors at GSC often pick up a few changes from other GSC staff, and I remember hearing this conversation between Kawapon and Aki…

     / ̄ ̄\
   / ._ノ  ー \  ← Aki
   |  (●) (●) |  
   |  (__人__)|   ”Hmmm…
   |   `i  i´  |     shouldn’t the toes be more curled up?”
   |   . `⌒   }      
   ヽ       } 
    ヽ     ノ 
   /      ヽ 

I was actually really happy to hear this! This is a really important part of Tsubasa-nee!!

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Her fringe can be replaced with a cat-ears fringe!

This of course allows you to recreate the front cover of the 5th volume BD/DVD  – Tsubasa Cat!  You can pick whether you prefer normal Tsubasa or cat Tsubasa! I’m definitely a fan of the cat ears myself!

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Different glasses!!

         / ̄ ̄ ̄ \
      /   :::\:/\   “Whooooaa!
     /    。<一>::<ー>。  This is just too cute!!”
     |    .:。゚~(__人__)~゚j      
     \、   ゜ ` ⌒´,;/゜
    /  ⌒ヽ゚  '”‘”´(;゚ 。  
   / ,_ \ \/\ \
    と___)_ヽ_つ_;_ヾ_つ.;.

These are actually Lat-type Miku’s glasses! They aren’t included with Tsubasa! 😛

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Make a contract with me!

Her glasses can of course be removed as well! She really is a beauty with or without them, isn’t she?

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You can also take her off the desk!

But Tsubasa does connect to the table with a little plastic stud – she isn’t like Kanbaru who simply balances on the stand. You can pose her off the stand and with something in front of her knees and it makes her just look like another standing figure.

Another thing to notice is the wooden texture on the table and chair!
Just as all the previous figures in the 1/8th scale Bakemonogatari series, Tsubasa is no exception!

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A rather interesting atmosphere!

School uniforms, school desk, glasses and boy’s love books… makes you wonder what exactly is going on! I wonder if there really is an all-girls school with a scene like this in it…!! 😛

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The 4th in the 1/8th scale Bakemonogatari Series:

Tsubasa Hanekawa!
 

   / ̄ ̄\
 /   ⌒ ⌒\  
 |    ( ●) (●)               ____
. |  ⌒(__人__)            /      \   ”Tsubasa-nee, please!”
  |     |r┬-|            /─    ─    \   
.  |     `ー’´}  \      / (●)  (●)    \
.  ヽ        }     \     |  (__人__)     | 
   ヽ     ノ       \   \   ` ⌒´     _/
   /    く. \      \  ノ           \
   |     \  \    (⌒二              |
    |    |ヽ、二⌒)、      \         |  |


She’ll be in stores from the 12th!

For order and sales info, be sure to have a chat with out partner shops!
 
 
But that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
 
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