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Just 4 days till the end of the year!

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Today will be the last update of the blog this year!

Earlier in Autumn this year I caught a nasty cold and had some of the other staff fill in the blog for me, but even so… the blog was updated nearly every weekday this year once again! A big thank you to everyone who reads the blog!

The last article for the year is of course…!

The 2011 Good Smile…

Product Ranking!

This year was GSC’s 10th Anniversary and we put a lot of work into approaching the overseas market as well! So today I’ve split up the rankings into ‘Japan’, ‘Overseas’ and a combined ranking of both!


First we’ll look at the ‘Japan’ and ‘Overseas’ rankings!

If you compare the two you can notice quite a few differences!

The ranking only includes products that have been released in 2011, so products still up for preorder don’t count!

– Japan Ranking –

王冠21st: Nendoroid Miku Hatsune: Cheerful Ver.
王冠12nd: figma Miku Hatsune: Append ver.
王冠13rd: Nendoroid Homura Akemi

4th: Nendoroid Madoka Kaname
5th: Nendoroid Miku Hatsune: Absolute HMO Edition
6th: figma Homura Akemi
7th: figma Madoka Kaname
8th: Nendoroid Mami Tomoe
9th: Nendoroid Snow Miku : Snow Playtime Edition
10th: Nendoroid Kuroneko

11th: figma BRS2035
12th: Miku Hatsune: Lat-type Ver.
13th: Nendoroid Kirino Kousaka
14th: figma KOS-MOS ver.4
15th: Miku Hatsune: Tony ver.
16th: figma Kuroneko
17th: figma Kirino Kousaka
18th: Nendoroid Madoka Kaname: School Uniform Ver.
19th: Miku Hatsune
20th: Hitagi Senjougahara
 
21st: Nendoroid Kurisu Makise
22nd: Nendoroid Yui Hirasawa
23rd: figma Strength
24th: figma Mayoi Hachikuji
25th: figma Hitagi Senjougahara
26th: Monthly Anime Style Volume 4 : Ruri Hoshino
27th: Monthly Anime Style Volume 1 : Taiga Aisaka
28th: figma Black Gold Saw
29th: Monthly Anime Style Volume 2 : Nadia
30th: figma Shikinami Asuka Langley: Test Plugsuit ver.

– Overseas Ranking –
王冠21st:  figma Miku Hatsune: Append ver.
王冠12nd: Nendoroid Madoka Kaname
王冠13rd: figma BRS2035

 4th: Nendoroid Miku Hatsune: Absolute HMO Edition
 5th: figma Homura Akemi
 6th: figma Madoka Kaname
 7th: Nendoroid Homura Akemi
 8th: Nendoroid Ikaros
 9th: Hitagi Senjougahara
10th: figma Strength
11th: figma Black Gold Saw
12th: Miku Hatsune: Tony ver.
13th: Nendoroid Kirino Kousaka
14th: Nendoroid Miku Hatsune: Cheerful Ver.
15th: Miku Hatsune: Lat-type Ver.
16th: Nendoroid Kuroneko
17th: Nendoroid Nymph
18th: Nendoroid Mami Tomoe
19th: figma Kuroneko
20th: Miku Hatsune

21st: Miku Hatsune: Append
22nd: figma Kirino Kousaka
23rd: figma Robocop
24th: figma Rei Ayanami: Plugsuit ver.
25th: figma Shikinami Asuka Langley: Test Plugsuit ver.
26th: figma Takanashi Yomi
27th: figma Hitagi Senjougahara
28th: Nadeko Sengoku
29th: Nendoroid Kurisu Makise
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0th: figma KOS-MOS ver.4

It looks like BRS is popular overseas as well!! (*゚∀゚)=3

I’m pleasantly surprised to see figma BRS2035 at the third place position in the overseas ranking! There are also a couple that didn’t even feature on the Japan ranking, such as 8th place – Nendoroid Ikaros and 23rd place – figma Robocop! All-in-all though, I think we can say it was very much the year of Madoka Magica!
 
 
Right, now for the combined rankings!!

First we’ll look at 30th~11th place! We’re looking in reverse this time around!

– Overall Ranking –

30th: figma Rei Ayanami: Plugsuit ver.
29th: Nadeko Sengoku
28th: 
figma Shikinami Asuka Langley: Test Plugsuit ver.
27th: figma Hitagi Senjougahara
26th: figma Mayoi Hachikuji

25th:
 Nendoroid Yui Hirasawa
24th: Nendoroid Ikaros
23rd: figma Black Gold Saw
22nd: Nendoroid Madoka Kaname: School Uniform Ver.
21st: Nendoroid Kurisu Makise
20th: Miku Hatsune
19th: figma Kirino Kousaka
18th: figma Strength
17th: figma Kuroneko
16th: Hitagi Senjougahara
15th: Miku Hatsune: Tony ver
14th: figma KOS-MOS ver.4
13th: Miku Hatsune: Lat-type Ver.
12th: Nendoroid Kirino Kousaka
11th: Nendoroid Kuroneko

Of the 20 products here, 15 of them are figma or Nendoroid products!!
They are unparalleled in popularity it seems! But I guess that just goes to show that the scale figures that made it into the ranking must have been impressive to beat some of the Nendoroids and figmas in sales.

– Overall Ranking –

10th: figma BRS2035
 9th: Nendoroid Snow Miku: Snow Playtime Edition
 8th: Nendoroid Mami Tomoe
 7th: figma Madoka Kaname
 6th: figma Homura Akemi
 5th: Nendoroid Miku Hatsune: Absolute HMO Edition
 4th: Nendoroid Homura Akemi

Nothing but names from Madoka and Miku!! 😛
I’m personally very happy to see the posable Nendoroids – HMO and Snow Miku so high up in the ranking! I hope we’ll see more posable Nendoroids in 2012! (Just my personal hopes, though :P)
 
Anyway, let’s move onto the top 3!
 

王冠2 3rd Place 王冠2
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Nendoroid Madoka Kaname

We received so much lovely feedback about this one as well! The lovely Nendoroid Madoka takes third place this year!! When I first uploaded a picture on twitter of this Nendo, I remember refreshing the page to see the view count jump up each time – it was incredible! It was a great product, and the included QB was just too cute!

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figma Miku Hatsune: Append ver.

Append Miku takes the 2nd place seat! Even as a figma, she featured gradient painting, clear parts and lovely extras! Also an incredible product overall!

Plus those lovely bare feet!!! (*゚∀゚)=3

王冠21st Place王冠2
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Nendoroid Miku Hatsune: Cheerful Ver.

Miku ends 2011 as the best selling product of the year!!

Not to mention that this Cheerful Ver. of Miku was sold to raise funds to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Thank you so much to everyone who purchased her. I hope those in the affected areas are on their way to a full recovery!

Last but not least, let’s get Aki’s opinion on the 2011 Ranking!

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■ Ranking Trends & General Overview

The figma and Nendoroid series were once again a great success this year, all thanks to all of you.

These two series have been great sellers for four or five years now. To think they started out at a hobby market a few years ago… I think that’s just a great example of how the support of hobby and figure fans have grown. I am so very glad that we work on products from so many different series to bring figures from those series to life for the fans. Looking through the rankings I can once again see Miku’s popularity stands out incredibly this year, along with the popular Madoka Magica series. Over these last few years it’s been more and more common to see the series of a specific year appearing on the top rankings the same year the series is produced – this is mainly because we have started working on figures before series even begin to air, which helps us to complete the long figure making process much faster and release the figures closer to the time the series air.

I think that compared to in the past, figures have gained a much more important role in supporting the series they come from. This is of course all thanks to all the figure fans over the world. One of the most amazing things about this ranking is to see that Nendoroid Miku Hatsune: Cheerful Ver, as a charity product, managed to reach the number one spot in sales this year – the first in an ongoing set of charity figures that is still going strong. Cheerful Miku alone managed to sell over 74000 figures worldwide, allowing us to donate an amazing 740 million yen to help relief efforts. In total this year, the Cheerful project has managed to raise well over 1.5 hundred million yen. A big thank you goes out to all the licensors that allowed their products to be sold as charity products, but even more of a thank you needs to go to everyone who actually purchased the products. It makes me proud to see a charity product selling so well.

We announced the overseas ranking this time around.

I personally found the differences between the Japan ranking and the overseas ranking to be very interesting. The overall ratio of local to overseas purchases increased again this year, but in particular the following products were very popular overseas: Nendoroid Ikaros, figma BRS2035, figma Black Gold Saw, Nendoroid Nymph and figma Strength – in that order. Over 20% of Nendoroid Ikaros’s sales were made overseas, which really shows you that ‘Sora no Otoshimono’ is very popular overseas, particularly over the rest of Asia. We could also tell from the number of units sold that Miku Hatsune, Madoka Magica and Black Rock Shooter are also very popular overseas.

We’re looking over the year of GSC just based on sales rankings here, but 2011 was filled with a lot more than just that for us – it was a year with lots of change for us. Ever since the disaster in March, I tried my best to stay strong and keep busy with work, which lead to the establishment of a GSC Shanghai division, a lovely new cafe in Akihabara as well as another in Taiwan, being a part of the new contents management support company, ‘Hitube’ as well as the creation of ‘Ultra Super Pictures’, a new anime production studio. It has put a lot into place for some great things to happen in the coming year! It’s amazing to have reached the 10th year as a company, and still be surrounded by great, reliable people to work with each and every day.

Another amazing part of the year was of course the 4th Super GT for Good Smile Racing – where they managed to become the champions for the very first time.

2012 marks the start of the next 10 years for Good Smile Company.

We’ve reached the 10 year mark, and it’s been an incredible ride. Now it’s time to start up the next ride, so that the next 10 years can be even better! All the staff here at Good smile are heading into 2012 with a bunch of new ideas and surprises in the works!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year, and I hope that the coming year will be a great one for all of you!

That brings the 2011 product ranking to an end!

I was happy to bring you all loads of figures once again this year! I hope you all enjoyed reading the blog, and I hope to see you all again next year as well!
 
And with that…
Mikatan Blog 2011 has come to an end!
 
It’s all over! This year brought a lot of bumps along the way, but we managed to get over all of them! But that’s mostly thanks to everyone’s continued support! Thank you very much to everyone who supported us this year in any way whatsoever!!

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         ;/⌒'”:..            |⌒ヽ    
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━━━━━`ー──ゝィソノー‐ヾy_ノー─”━━━━

Thanks to everyone who reads the blog!
Thanks to everyone who sends in letters! (I read them all!)
Thanks to everyone involved with the blog!

Thank you all so much!!
 
 
But that’s all for today!
Everyone be careful not to catch a cold, and enjoy the last few days of the year!
 
The next blog update will be on the 6th January (Friday)! (`・ω・´)ゞ
(GSC starts work again from the 5th :P)
 
 
I hope to see you all again in the new year!!
 
 
 
(C) Magica Quartet/Aniplex・Madoka Partners・MBS
(C) Crypton Future Media, Inc.

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The Nendoroid Website Update!

The web team seem to be up something!

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Just what is it they are working on…?
They’re working on an update for the Nendoroid website!

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      /   :::\::/\   ”We managed to get it up this year!
     /   。<一>::<ー>。   I hope you all like it!”
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– Updated Nendoroid Website –
http://www.nendoroid.jp/

On the left we have Oonoshi who was behind the design, and on the right is Oomura who was the system director for the website! It looks very cute and easy to get around now, so do take a look! Let me introduce some of the new features that will be available on the new Nendoroid site:

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This is the top page!!

The cute world of the Nendoroids is kept very nicely on a design based on the look of a notepad as before, but as you can see it has been upgraded to look even more lovely than ever before!

Let’s break the page up into four bits:

(1) : Nendoroid Site English Version!
    → Although this is still under construction. It’ll be available soon!

(2) : Jump to Support or the GSC Website!
    → There are also tabs at the bottom of the page!

(3) : Search by ‘Product Name’ or ‘Series Name’.
    → It’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for!

(4) : A Highlight Section!
    → Some thoughts from the staff!

The improved search function is the biggest change!

When you want to pin point a certain product, you can simply search for something like ‘Miku’, but if you instead want to search for all the Nendoroids from a specific series, you can instead search for something like ‘K-ON!’.

It also features predictive searching! (Requested by Aki :P)
Even if you don’t know the exact name you can still find what you’re looking for!

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But I want even more search options!!

Well your wish has come true! The site now also features a special Nendosearch feature! You can search using the following options on this page:

(1) : Search by ‘Product Name’ or ‘Series Name’.
    → This is the same as the top page. Still with predictive searching!

(2) : Search by Category.
    → Search for normal Nendoroid, Nendoroid Plus or Petite! Of course you can also select ‘All Products’!

(3) : Search by Number!
    → This is obviously only available for the standard Nendoroids which are of course numbered, but it means you can search by just a number!

(4) : My Best: Search by Parts!
    → This is also just for the standard Nendoroid series as they come with so many parts! You can search for keywords such ‘Smiling Face’, ‘Gun’ or anything else the staff thought to add to the search options!

(5) & (6) : Select the Display Method!
    → Various settings to set how you wish to see the results!

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        /     \    ”So much reading…
     /   ─   ─ \    Is this really easier than before?”
   /   ( ―)   (―) \
    |      (__人__)  |      ___________
   \    。 | |    /=3   | |             |
__/        ⌒    \      | |             |
| | /   ,  | ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄| ヽ  || | |             |
| | /   /    ヽ回回回回レ   ヽ|| | |             |
| | | ⌒ ーnnn.ヽ___/   (⌒) |_|__________|
 ̄ \__、(“二) └─┘ ̄l二二l二二  _|_|__|_

I guess we’ll have to try it out before we know for sure! I for one never read the manual for things that I buy, I learn though experience! 😛
 
So let’s try it out!

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A search for any Nendoroids #1-~#100 with a gun!

By the way, you don’t have to input anything into the number box! Just leave the number box blank and insert the other details you want to search with!

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All the Nendoroids from #1~#100 with guns!! (*゚∀゚)=3

There are certain words that the parts section might not pick up, however… we are considering changing it to a tag system to make searching even better in the future!

My best thing about the new search options…
Is that you can search for expressions!!

When you’re looking for a specific expression for some character, you can just do a quick search to see which Nendoroid included that expression! These search options are only available on the Nendoroid site, and not the GSC site, so head to the Nendoroid site if you want to use the new search functions!

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You can change the sorting after searching too!

・ Alphabetically
・ Newest Releases
・ Oldest Releases
・ Display 50/100/150 Results
・ Display as thumbnails or text.

Just select the options you want in the area shown above!
What happens if you display as text…?  (゚∀゚)

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It displays without any thumbnails!

Useful if you’re sifting through lots of results! It’s quick and easy to customize the results, so just pick whatever is best for you!

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These options are also available on the Nendosearch page!

If you already know how you want it to display, you can just set it all up ahead of time! Of course you can just select nothing and have it display the default way!
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There is also a catalog page as with the old site!

This page displays when you click the ‘Nendoroid Series’ button. As with the previous site, if you mouse over the parts names, the little thumbnail will change to show you that part! Give it a go with some of your favorite Nendoroids!
 
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There is also a listing available, simply click ‘Nendoroid Petite Listing’ from the drop-down menu!

This will display all the Nendoroids as simple text for you to browse though! You can click the options in the red outlined area to switch between series such as the Nendo Petite or Nendo Plus series.

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The new Nendoroid site!!

– Nendoroid Official Website –
http://www.nendoroid.jp/

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      /   ─    ─\   ”There are currently 219 Nendoroids!”
    /     (●)  (●) \
    |       (__人__)  | ________
     \      |r┬-|   ,/ | |           |
    ノ      `ー’´  \  | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
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 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

I hope you’ll all continue to give Nendoroids the love they deserve!
Cute to look at, fun to play with and great to collect – Nendoroids!
 


 
– Notice –

Kentarou Hayashi will be giving away twitter icon illustrations to 1000 lucky people!

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The illustrator behind the manga series ‘Shuukan Hajimete no Hatsune Miku’, will be giving out profile illustrations to 1000 lucky people! Completely free!

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He was even kind enough to provide me with one!!

I look so much better as an illustration! I think I’ll just use this for all my I.D. photos in the future! Everyone can apply for a picture, just head to the website below!

The deadline is the 18th January 2012!

– Campaign Site –
http://miku-yj-1000.net/

– Kentarou Hayashi’s Twitter –
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 is a registered trademark of Yamaha.

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Nendoroid Sana Inui

Christmas has come and gone!

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In Japan this year’s Christmas came with a long weekend! I hope everyone has been enjoying the festive season! I went for some work in Akihabara, went to a Momoclo live performance and had an overall lovely weekend! Mr.Tori here was working every hard even after the long weekend!!

There in now only 1 week left this year!! ((((;゚Д゚))))

There are also just two more blog updates after this one for this year! I hope you’ll still enjoy them though!

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Today we’ll be looking at the last prototype for this year…!

From Mashiroiro Symphony:
Nendoroid Sana Inui!

She is from anime series ‘Mashiroiro Symphony” – a playful young girl who is kind to everyone! She also comes with the mysterious cat-like creature named ‘Pannya’ is also included!

She has already been announced and is up for preorder!
Head to your favorite hobby shop or online store to preorder yours!

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This is how she looks from the back!

Sana’s characteristic long pink ponytail looks absolutely adorable and can be moved around! Even the smaller braided part of her hair has it’s own little joint! Another highlight is the amount of detail put into the uniform – it’s definitely a figure that will satisfy any fans of the series!

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She has a lovely smiling expression!

Definitely an expression that suits the happy Sana very nicely! She also comes with a bent leg part – it looks like she is out on a walk with the mysterious Pannya!

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Next up is her embarrassed expression!

Sana also has a very tsundere personality, so this is another expression she just can’t be without! Just look at the lovely coloring of her eyes as well… they are so pretty!! She also comes with a bent left arm – it’s actually half of the  folded arm pose, but it works quite well with just one of the arms as a kind of embarrassed pose! We’ll take a look at the folded arms a little later!

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Onto the angry expression!

Well… it’s called an angry expression, but that little blush also adds more to her tsundere charm! Kyubey has a kind of cat-like charm… I wonder if Sana would like him or not…?

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“Trash Bug!”

Is what she always calls the main character of the series… and I can just picture her saying it with folded arms like this! It’s incredible how different she looks between the smiling face and this one. 😛 You really can pick the side of Sana that you want to display!

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The PSP game’s box illustration!

Mashiroiro Symphony is not only an anime, but also a PSP game! This pose with her hands in the shape of a heart is from the package illustration on the PSP game’s box!

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From Mashiroiro Symphony:
Nendoroid Sana Inui!

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

She is up for preorders now!
Be sure to contact our partner shops if you have any sales or preorder questions!


Notice #1

The PIAPRO site is currently running a photo editing competition featuring Nendoroid Snow Miku 2012!

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This time around you need to take photos of Nendoroid Snow Miku and edit them with snowy or icy effects and colors! The work of the winner will be put on display at the SNOW MIKU 2012 booth  at the 63th Sapporo Winter Festival that will be held from the 6th February 2012 till the 12th February 2012!

The entry deadline is 5th January 2012!
I hope to see loads of entries!

– More Details – (Japanese)
http://piapro.jp/static/?view=gsc01_detail

– Current Submissions –
http://piapro.jp/content_list/?view=image&oc=1&tag=%90%E1%83%7E%83N%82Q%82O%82P%82Q%83%8C%83%5E%83b%83%60


Notice #2

This year’s last live broadcast!

– Mikatan Channel ~Years Come & Go~
http://live.nicovideo.jp/gate/lv75169871

We’ll be introducing some of December’s products, and reflecting back on the year as a whole!
It will start at 20:00 (JST) tomorrow, and run for about an hour and a half! See you there!


 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
(C) 2011 ぱれっと/結姫女子学園ぬこ部
(C) Crypton Future Media, Inc.

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Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier!

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Is now available for preorder!

I’ve been giving her a thorough review over the past few days… I hope I manged to show at least partially what an incredible figure it is! I think this is one of those figures that really looks so much more impressive when you see it in person rather than looking at photos… you have to see its wonders for yourself!!   (`・ω・´)ゞ

Today I’ll be interviewing both the sculptor of the figure, Kawapon and the head of planning for the figure, Oda-P!
Hopefully they’ll be able to convey even more of its beauty to us!

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Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier
Sculptor: Takayuki Kawahara (Kawapon)

This is the same sculptor who created the lovely Saber Lily ~Distant Avalon~ that is going on resale in January! Kawapon is known for his incredible sculpting quality, but I want to know what parts of this figure gave him the most trouble!

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Expression and Hair Sculpting

The expression was made trying to incorporate the gallant personality of Fate/Zero’s Saber. The hair gave me a lot of trouble, as it needed to be blowing about in the wind, but still flow in such a way that looked good. It was also quite difficult to incorporate all the tiny details of the motorbike without certain parts looking a little off – it took a lot of fine tuning.

The face of a figure really is the most important part in the end, isn’t it! A lot of work was put into her head as a whole – and just look how beautifully the final product came out! That hair looks absolutely perfect!
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Body

It was very important to keep the body positioned right in her bike-riding pose – because it’s an uncommon pose it would be easy to have something looking unnatural. Because she is wearing a male suit, she often looks a little too much like a guy, so I wanted to pull out some of her female charm – I made the blouse and vest beneath the suits look a little like a corset to add a little more of a feminine side. The pants and leg line also came out very well. The detail on the wrinkles and creases in her suits were also very carefully sculpted around her pose on the bike.

A careful combination of the V-MAX bike and the Saber from the anime! Before the figure they didn’t really have any connection, so it was important to balance the two together – which meant a lot of hard work for the sculptor! Plus those creases in the clothes! I can’t believe that such wonderful sculpting can be done by human hands!

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Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier
Head Planner : Tsuyoshi Oda (Oda-P)

Next up let’s get some thoughts from the head planner for the figure – Oda-P! He is a craftsman himself, so when it comes to directing sculpting work he is super strict! By the way, Saber Lily was also sculpted as a combined effort between Kawapon and Oda-P!

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Engine Area

Overall the design here was very similar to the YAMAHA V-MAX it was based off. The 3DCG made for it really was almost an identical copy of the real thing – and the output came out almost just as close. There were also some parts which were a bit different on the illustration to how a real bike would look, but the motorbike loving staff at GSC were able to point out some changes to make the design as realistic as possible.

The bike part of the figure was made using 3DCG, and then altered by hand afterwards. It’s a great example of a cross between the 2D and 3D worlds! The details of the engine area are incredible!! I really hope the mass production is able to recreate this level of detail – but I have faith in them! You can do it guys!

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Cowling

When we started production on the figure, the only illustrations we had of the bike were the three illustrations in the Fate/Zero material art book. We tried our very best to capture everything possible from those illustrations. We also wanted to make the bike have smooth curves and have a kind of ‘heavy’ feeling to it.

I think the curves came out wonderfully! As I wrote in my review yesterday – this is a figure that looks great from absolutely angle. The ‘heavy’ feeling is also definitely there, and along with the glossy appearance just makes you want to reach out and feel if it’s not in fact really metal! It’s absolutely beautiful!

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– Summary: Kawapon –

All in all, it was a load of work! 😛
From the offset creating a figure of Saber in a suit while riding a bike put a lot of pressure on me. Also… a 1/8th scale figure is pretty standard…. but motorbikes are big, even if they’re at 1/8th scale! It was a great experience to combine something like the bike from the real world with a character from an anime series all in one figure.
– Summary: Oda-P –

A big thanks to Aniplex, TYPE-MOON, ufotable for all their help in making a product that our customers will love!

Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier

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       /      \    ”The bike is about as long as an A4 page!”
      /  ─    ─\ 
    /    (●)  (●) \
    |       (__人__)    | ________
     \      |r┬-|   ,/ | |           |
    ノ      `ー’´  \  | |           |
  /´                 | |           | 
 |    l                | |           | 
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、   | |_________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

She is up for preorder from today!

For sales or preorder info, be sure to contact our partner shops!

Don’t forget the love broadcast from 22:00 (JST) today!
Aki, Oda and myself will be introducing Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier to everyone live! There might also be some interesting guests! Be sure to check it out!

Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier Live Broadcast!
http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv74723343

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The life-size Cuirassier  is now in Akihabara!

■ 12/22 (Thurs) from 13:00 to 19:00 
12/23 (Fri) ~ 12/25 (Sun) from 11:00 to 19:00


Volks Akihabara Showroom

Tokyo, Chiyoda, Sotokanda 1-18-20
http://www.volks.co.jp/jp/volks/sr/sr_akiba/index_sr_akiba.aspx
(Note that display times may differ slightly due to various matters)

12/26 ~ Undecided Date
 From 11:00 till 22:00 (last order 21:00)

Goodsmile x Karaoke no Tetsujin Cafe
Tokyo, Chiyoda, Sotokanda 1-7-6 AKIBA Cultures Zone 5F
http://www.gstjcafe.jp/

We’ve spoken to Volks, and you will be able to sit on the bike at the Volks Showroom as well! (If it gets too busy, those who preorder the figure will get preference.)

However, the Goodsmile x Tetsujin Cafe will only allow those who preorder to get on to bike. The store is just too big for a staff member to be watching it all the time! Sorry!

Photos are always welcome!
If you come by Akibahara, be sure to check it out!
 
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again next week!!  (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
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Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier!

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Just one day till preorders start!

Even Frog is amazed to such a degree his mouth is hanging open!
Today I’ll be continuing the review of this lovely figure!

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Yesterday we focused on Saber, but today…
We’ll be focusing on the motorbike!

But let me just start with this…

        ____
      :/      \:
     :/ ..:─:::::─ \:     ”I err… know nothing about motorbikes…”
   :/  ..:<●>:::<●> \:
   :|     (__人__)   |:
   :\     ` ⌒´   _/:   
   : ノ           \ :

Other than the fact that it has wheels and is used for transport… I know nothing about them! I find it pretty mysterious how they manage to even move… 😛

But I can still tell how detailed the sculpting is!

I had some discussions with the rest of the staff, so at least I have learned something from writing this review! 😛

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These are the designs for the Cuirassier!

It’s based on the series of motorbikes called the ‘YAMAHA V-MAX’ – the Cuirassier is basically a special version of the V-MAX designed especially for Saber! The design was created by Namaniku Attakai, a character designer from Nitroplus!

I designed the front bender to be more pointed and give a more curvy image. The cowling was based a little off Saber’s cuirass. The design also tried to create a very ‘heavy’ kind of feeling, just like the normal armor they Saber normally wears. However, we also still tried to keep it under a simple-is-best design, and not make it look too over the top, or unrealistic. The overall image gives it a kinf of shark-like appeal, which combined with the original V-MAX design makes for something that works together very well in my opinion, and I hope you’ll all agree. – Namaniku Attakai (Nitroplus)

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This figure was created…
From just the three design images above!

It’s amazing just how perfectly it came out! The sculptor Kawapon and the planner, Oda-P were busy with the smallest of changes and meetings all the time in order to create the perfect looking bike!

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Let’s start with the engine!

Let me first remind you that this is a 1/8th scale figure! Obviously the smaller things are the harder they become to sculpt. Often on 1/8th scale figures certain very detailed parts can be simplified or left out – but in this case you don’t get that impression at all! It looks so very detailed!!

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It’s like a real bike was just shrunk down!

Even to someone like me that knows nothing about bikes, this area really impresses me!! It’s a bit of a strange analogy, but it reminds me how people write names on a grain of rice – that’s just how finely detailed this looks to me! It’s amazing to see just what the GSC sculptors are capable of!

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You can even see the screws and bolts!

On the real figure these are easily around a millimeter in size! If you compare this picture to the one above, you’ll notice that the two sides of the bike are in fact very different!

Even the engine is completely different on either side!

I’m sure a lot have already scrolled back up to confirm, but if you scroll up and down between the two pictures you can really see the differences in shape

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The grated area looks incredible!

This is an area near the very bottom of the bike! It’s not an area you’re likely to see very often no matter how you display the figure, but even so it looks absolutely incredible… I almost want to shout at those who made it for making ti too detailed in unnecessary places!!

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The tires really look like real rubber!

       ____
    /::::::─三三─\
  /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\  ”H-How??
  |:::::::::::(__人__):::|    Isn’t it all made from polyester putty?”
  \:::::::   |r┬-|   ,/
   ノ::::::::  `ー’´   \

Yet it looks just like rubber!! Incredible!

This really is the epitome of the sculpting arts at the moment… just by looking at these tires I want to touch them to see if they’re actually filled with air!! 😛

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A look at the suspension!

(↑ I learned a new word! :P)
It’s the spring-like part next to the exhaust! I get the feeling that if it gets too loose it’s a bad thing, but this one looks very tight and just like a real spring! It’s lovely!
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This is how the handle bars look!

You can even see the brake hoses! Plus I have to mention those bolts once again… they’re just incredible!! 😛 The pictures here are zoomed in quite considerably, so I think they give a good impression for just how detailed the work really is…

It really looks like a real bike has been shrunk down!
If you decide to pick her up, I know you’ll be impressed with the product! Anyone would be!
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The front cowling looks like this!
(↑ I learned yet another word! )

This is basically the part that covers up the engine!

The cowling is made to leave the bike looking good from any angle… as well as making the curves on the bike look very smooth! I think this is a perfect example!
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The exhaust is lovely and shiny!

The cowling has a nice glossy paint job that makes it stand out brilliantly – but the more metallic parts like the exhaust have a much more shiny look to them, they really gives them an even more metallic look. It’s just incredible…

The cowling also has a very slight gradient to!
This was pointed out during one of the live broadcasts and the question came up whether it would stay that way for the final product… I’m sure the GSC production team will do everything in their power to see it through!

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And lastly… another shot of the lovely Saber herself!
Isn’t she just beautiful!! (*゚∀゚)=3 ハァハァハァハァ

Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier!

         ____
       /      \   ”The 1/1 scale bike will be
      /   ─    ─\   displayed in Akiba from tomorrow!”
    /     (●)  (●) \
    |       (__人__)  | ________
     \      |r┬-|   ,/ | |           |
    ノ      `ー’´  \  | |           |
  /´                 | |           | 
 |    l                | |           | 
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

Preorders begin on the 22nd December!

Be sure to contact our partner shops if you have any preorder or sales inquiries!
 
 
And a quick notice!
There will be a live broadcast at the Good Smile Karaoke Testsujin Cafe on the day that preorders begin (the 22nd) from 22:00!
There might even be some rather interesting guests! Be sure to check it out!
 
 
http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv74723343
 
 
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
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Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier!

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Just 2 days until preorders start!

Even Panda is fascinated by it’s beauty! Today is the start of the much awaited prototype review! I absolutely love taking photos of figures, and the more amazing the figure the more I love to take photos!

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Let’s start with the conclusion:
What an incredible figure!!

If you’re reading this blog you must have some interest in figures and maybe even be a collector yourself, and if you are either of those then this figure will definitely pull on your heartstrings!

As a side note, I don’t know anything at all about bikes… (to the point that I can’t even tell you where the engine is on a bike :P)

But even if I know nothing about bikes, I can still tell you the sculpting is absolutely incredible!


Do you all love figures? I love figures! No matter what that figure might feature, I still love to look at them! I hope I can convey just how lovely this figure really is through the images and text I’ve written up today…

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Let’s start with a horizontal shot!

       ____
     /      \
    /   ─    ─\    ”Hmmm…
  /   (=・=)  (=・=)\    I tried to fit the whole figure in the picture…
  |       (__人__)    |    But now Saber-san looks tiny!”
   \     ` ⌒´   /
   ノ            \

The bike is really long when you look from this angle!

The figure it so long it was quite a task to photograph – the web team have been having quite a tough time!! Yesterday during the live broadcast, Oda-P said the bike measured an impressive 290mm. That’s about the size of an A4 sheet of paper!! Just grab an A4 page and then you’ll get a good feeling for the size of the bike!

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Let’s compare her with another figure!

Here we have her displayed with Nendoroid Movable Saber. You can really see the size difference now! It might be a 1/8th scale figure, but it certainly takes up an impressive amount of space!

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A shot from a more backward angle!

That pose of Saber looking behind her is both awesome and sexy!

Saber is wearing a rather tight suit, but it has a very tight fit to still leave her with a strong sense of femininity! (According to Kawapon!)

But even with a tight fit, there are still creases all over the figure giving an incredibly realistic effect! Just look at the legs of the pants, or even the jacket pockets!

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This is how it looks from the back!

This was a very popular angle during last night’s live broadcast! The contrast of the black clothes on Saber and the silver bike really stand out from this angle. Plus you can also get a nice view of the base – a road filled with debris!

Apparently the positioning of the debris even went through some real experiments to see how exactly the bike would displace them – all done just for the figure’s base!

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The reverse side looks like this!

Just look at the lovely body!!

Kawapon has really got the slenderness and roundness of a girl’s body down perfectly! 😛 This particular version of Saber doesn’t expose much skin, and yet it’s still so… sexy…! Don’t you agree!?

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No matter what angle you look from, the figure always looks great!

If you’re a figure collector, I’m sure you’ve also experienced the feeling of getting a figure displayed at the perfect angle. But I just can’t do it with this version of Saber! I just can’t find the perfect angle as she looks great from any angle! I think that’s due to a combination of the minute details on the base and bike, as well as the unique posing of Saber – not to even mention just how well sculpted she is herself. This is really one figure that is so very carefully created, it’s hard to find any flaws! I’m certain that anyone who grabs her up will enjoy her for years and years to come!

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Today we’ll be focusing on Saber!!

The bike is great, but Saber is just as great!! Hence today’s review is more focused around Saber herself!

Isn’t she just beautiful!?  (*゚∀゚)=3
That determined expression across her face as the wind blows over her blowing her hair all around…. it’s simply perfect!

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I love the area between her breast and waist!!

Let’s focus on the breast area first!!
She has three layers of clothes – a blouse, best and jacket!

Just seeing that gives her such a realistic appearance. It’s like she is right there with you! Her lovely slender waist is also another one of the highlights of the figure!

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Let’s zoom in a little closer!!

Just like the suit the blouse also has a lovely tight fit! Even if she doesn’t boast the biggest of assets, you can still make out the shape though the tight clothes…

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And what a lovely bottom!

        ____
      :/      \:
     :/ ..::─::::─ \:    ”I’ve already said all sorts of things that the
   :/  ..:<●>::<●> \:   publishers are probably against…
   :|     (__人__)  |:      but this just has to be said too!”
   :\     ` ⌒´   _/:   
   : ノ           \ :

It looks so very soft and touchable!!
There really isn’t anything else you can say about such a lovely bottom! And all this is coming from a big Fate fan!

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Everyone loves thighs!

I don’t think I need to say anything more about this image.

Don’t think! Just enjoy!!

Just imagine the soft skin and fight back the urge to want to touch it!! 😛

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But the best things are not only the sexy parts of her!

Just look how the jacket is fluttering up!!

It really looks as if the jacket is caught in the wind! It’s so hard to believe that this was sculpted by human hands! Sculptors really are incredible at what they do! It’s quite common for people to focus on the bike at first, but when you get down to looking at Saber herself, you realize just how much work went into this figure!

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Excalibur and her bracelet!

The photo is zoomed in quite a lot, but even the tiny bracelet features gradient painting!! I can’t believe how much detail is put into it! Excalibur is also of outstanding quality – you can’t have a Saber figure without Excalibur! 😛

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Today’s review will continue tomorrow!

          ____
       / \  /\  キリッ
.     / (ー)  (ー)\
    /  ⌒(__人__)⌒ \  ”I can’t get thought everything in just one blog!”
    |      |r┬-|    | 
     \     `ー’´   /
    ノ            \
  /´               ヽ    ← Just wants to play more.
 |    l              \
 ヽ    -一””””~~``’ー–、   -一”””’ー-、.
  ヽ ____(⌒)(⌒)⌒) )  (⌒_(⌒)⌒)⌒))

Tomorrow we will be focusing on the bike!

The bike is just as filled with wonderful highlights as Saber herself, so look forward to the second section! I have to say that I’m very proud of the picture above, I think it came out so well. ^^

Let me end with a quick notice!

On the day Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier goes on sale (12/22) we will be doing a live broadcast from the Good Smile x Karaoke Tetsujin Cafe from 22:00!

Those who want to see the figure live can tune in right here:

http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv74723343
 
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
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December. Undisclosed Location.

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I’m visiting a secret location with the GSC advertising team!

Why exactly am I doing so? Well… I’m here to watch some filming of a certain rather impressive creation of the GSC team! So let’s head inside and get started!

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Four of them bringing it out together!!

The life-size version of the bike Saber-san rides!

The bike is based on the V-MAX type of bike, but this one has been altered to look just like the one Saber rides in Fate/Zero – a complete 1/1 scale rendition of the bike!
Apparently it weighs an incredible 300kg!  ((((゚Д゚)))

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The ‘Saber Motored Cuirassier’!

This is the name given to the bike by Gen Urobuchi, the original author of Fate/Zero – who gave it a name specially for our product! Thank you!!

The bike’s design is by Namaniku Attakai, who works as a character designer at Nitroplus!

The bike scene hasn’t appeared in the anime as of yet, but I can’t wait to see it!

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Let’s get ready for some pictures!

The angles and lighting need to be perfect to make the Cuirassier look as awesome as it possibly can. Just as with when taking pictures of figures, you need to carefully adjust these things for the perfect picture!
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Now we can get started!!

        ____
      :/      \:
     :/ ..:::─:::::─ \:    ”This makes me kinda nervous…
   :/  ..:<●>:::<●> \:    I’ll just stay quiet in the back here…”
   :|     (__人__)  |:
   :\     ` ⌒´   _/:   
   : ノ           \ :

It’s not like they were recording any audio or anything, but somehow I just felt like I should keep quiet :P. The atmosphere really gets somewhat tense while the filming is done… I guess that just shows how serious everyone is about this!
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The team who made the bike also added in this feature!!

It lights up with the flick of a switch!!

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This side also lights up!!

Plus they light up a lovely blue color – Saber-san’s image color!! The blue also compliments the black color of the bike very nicely… it looks so nice!
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But why is it being filmed so professionally…?

The bike will be in a TV commercial!!
It will debut on the 24th December (Saturday) during the final episode of Fate/Zero!!

The figure will also of course be making an appearance!
Make sure to look out for it!

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Time for a quick break!

Working so hard during these freezing December months –  a break is necessary once in awhile! This project involved quite a lot of people – of course the GSC staff, but also the bike design team, the video editing team and various other people!

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The bike is currently on display at the Matsudo GSC Cafe!
Anyone is allowed to sit on it!

Just ask anyone working in the cafe and they will be happy to help you out! You can find out a bit more below:

http://www.goodsmile.info/post/en/3242/
From the 22nd it will be on display in Akihabara!

■ 12/22 ~ 12/25 from 11:00 till 19:00Volks Akihabara Showroom
Tokyo, Chiyoda, Sotokanda 1-18-20
http://www.volks.co.jp/jp/volks/sr/sr_akiba/index_sr_akiba.aspx

■ 12/26 ~ Undecided Date
 From 11:00 till 22:00 (last order 21:00)

Goodsmile x Karaoke Tetsujin Cafe
Tokyo, Chiyoda, Sotokanda 1-7-6 AKIBA Cultures Zone 5F
http://www.gstjcafe.jp/

We’ve spoken to Volks, and you will be able to sit on the bike at the Volks Showroom as well! (If it gets too busy, those who preorder the figure will get preference.)

However, the Goodsmile x Tetsujin Cafe will only allow those who preorder to get on to bike. The store is just too big for a staff member to be watching it all the time! Sorry!

Photos are always welcome!
If you come by Akibahara, be sure to check out the cafe!

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Tomorrow, I will be starting…

My personal prototype review!!

Even though Kawapon is stuck with a fever, the second prototype has now been colored! I’ll try my best to get the best photos possible!!

I will not miss any part of the wonderful
‘Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier’!

     ミ∧_∧ *click* *click*
    ミ (/【◎】
  .  ミ /  /┘
     ノ ̄ゝ

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