Archive for March, 2012

The photo contest that started on the 6th March!


The “We still don’t know the Nendoroid Menma we photographed that day.” Photo Contest!

A big thank you to every one who entered the photo contest! I looked through all the entires together with Shuu-chan, who was in charge for the planning of Nendoroid Menma!

All of the photos were filled with love for Menma, and many made me realize just how many different ways there are to take photos! There were also many photos that were so beautiful they literally took my breath away for a few seconds….

It was very hard to pick winners, but in the end Shuu-chan picked a total of six photos, and I picked a further three photos for a total of nine winners!

– Shuutarou Prize –


Title: Menma’s Delicious Steamed Bread Delivery!

The rain and clouds have been covering the sky for most of this week, but today there was a little bit of blue sky so I decided to take my photo!

Although a clear sky during these months means the pollen is worse and my allergies act up all the more… at the moment my eyes are all teary and my nose is running just like it was when I watched the last episode of the Super Peace Busters!

– Mahokona

A Petite Nendoroid Menma driving the big Menma who is determined to deliver her bread! It’s a rather odd picture, but still makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! πŸ™‚


Title: Can’t Have Ramen Without Her!

I made some Ramen today.
Me: “Time to eat… but wait a second…”
Me: “Something’s… missing…”
Me: “Menma isn’t here!!!!!”
Me: “Ramen without Menma isn’t Ramen at all!”
Menma-chan: “You called?”
Me: “…. ^^;”

– Kuroken

Just as I expected from the title!Β  Menma looks enthralled by that delicious meal!


Title : The Flowers That Bloomed that Summer Evening

I loved the show so much! This was my first ever Nendoroid! I love choosing between all the different expressions.

– Orubuku

The photo has the same gradient as Menma’s eyes!

Menma has that air of innocence about her, which the light, mysterious atmosphere in the photo really brings out!


Title: Hey! Look at this, Jin-tan!

“Man… my Menma is just too cute for words!”, is what I was thinking while putting this photo together. πŸ˜›

Her eyes are so beautiful, and those bare feet have such lovely curves! I think I’m in love!


I loved this scene from the ending theme so much!
Those handmade cups of the Super Peace Busters members are amazing!Β  The flowers spread all over the floor, along with Menma holding the umbrella really recreate the ending scene so nicely!


Title: A Night at the Inn

I saw Nendoroid Menma on your blog, and she was so adorable that I just had to get her for myself. She has so many expressions, and is a lot of fun to play with!

I had the chance of going to a hot spring inn over the weekend, so I decided to take her with!

– Shokora

It looks like you had a great trip with Menma!
I love the picture of her holding the remote up! I hope you’ll take her along to more places in the future!

– Mikatan Prize –


Title : Farewell, Menma

I took this photo with the theme ‘Farewell, Menma’ in mind. She has Tenshi’s wings behind her. I guess the bunny ears were a bit overkill, though….
– Batorako

All I can say is… it’s absolutely beautiful!

The expression and pose are matched perfectly, and the flowers by her side along with the background really create a stunning scene. The soft blur also creates a really nice atmosphere for the picture! She’s such an angel!


Title : I’m Putting the Raisin on~!

Menma was helping me out with my cooking! ^^
The determined expression is way too cute!! πŸ˜›
– Annon

I love pictures like this that place her in everyday life!

The flour messed on her head and face is absolutely adorable!!! I also love the background used with some complete treats in the background, it really brings the picture together perfectly! I want Menma to make some for me as well….


Title : Treat Time! β™ͺ

‘Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai’ was the first anime in a long time that really touched my heart. It really brought a new meaning to my life.

I think everyone thinks of a ‘Candy House’ or being surrounded by candy at some point in their childhood. I decided I wanted Menma to experience that seen she is stuck as a child!
– Amamo

Menma surrounded by colorful treats!

I had to pick this photo, as that smile looks so genuine in this photo, and I just couldn’t get her smiling face out of my mind after seeing it! The little pink ribbons on the side of her hair are also very cute! Girls look best surrounded with cute colors and candy! πŸ˜›

– Shuutarou Grand Prize –


Title : I’ll never forget the scene I saw that day

The Menma I saw that day had such a brilliant smile, I had to preserve it on this film. ^^

– Mikuroid

This photo is the Shuutarou Grand Prize winner!

The picture alone is beautiful, but the extra work of placing it on a film as if it was a special scene captured forever was very touching! She seems to be at the entrance of someone’s house… I wonder if it’s Jin-tans? I want to find out what’s behind that door!



Mikuroid is the winner of the Shuutarou Grand Prize, a Nendoroid Menma signed by Ai Kayano!

Congratulations once again, and thank you for sending in your lovely picture for us to enjoy as well!! I’ll be contacting you by e-mail, where you can let me know your address and name to receive your prize!

Once again, thanks to everyone who entered!!

Everyone here at Good Smile along with everyone in the factories in China couldn’t be happier when we get to see the joy that everyone gets from their Nendoroids! We’ll be releasing more and more friends to join the series, and also hope to have more contests like this in the future – I hope to see your entry when that time comes along!
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again next week!! (γƒ»βˆ€γƒ»)γƒŽγ‚›

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Maria Takayama & Kobato Hasegawa

This is BATAYAN’s desk, he is part of Max Factory’s production team!
(Although he is also often off to China…)


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The gray version you see in front here is called the T1. It’s the very first sample of the final production version that comes though!

It’s simply left gray, as the T1 is to check for sculpting problems and make sure all the parts are connecting together correctly – not check the coloring. Any changes that are needed are then changed on the molds over at the manufacturing side. When the T1 comes through to GSC or Max Factory it is analyzed incredibly carefully to make sure there is nothing strange happening with the figure.

I remember showing these checks on a live broadcast before, and I’d love to show you on the blog sometime as well.

But today we’ll be looking at the prototypes!


From ‘Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai’:

Maria Takayama & Kobato Hasegawa!

Maris is the small nun who takes the role of the Neighbor’s Club supervisor, while Kobato is Kodaka’s younger sister with a love for darkness and vampires. Both are dressed in lovely leotards with cat ears and tails to boot, as lovely 1/7th scale figures!

Note that the two figures are sold separately!
But, as you can see… they look fantastic displayed together, and the reason for that is…


They’re based on this illustration!

The illustration was included in the January 2011 edition of Monthly Comic Alive, and was illustrated by Buriki!! The outfits are really sexy, and they complement each other so well… I think it would be sad to display one without the other. πŸ˜›


A perfect rendition of the illustration!

The super cute illustration by Buriki has really come to life in the 3D world through the wonderful work of Max Factory. The gradient effect in their eyes is absolutely beautiful!!


This is how the look from the back!

The expressions are wonderful, but the body-lines you can see from the back have their own charms as well! This side was never visible on the illustration, but thanks to Max Factory you can now take a look at the two girls from whatever angle you want!


Alright, let’s take a look at them each separately…

First up is Kobato Hasegawa!

She is wearing a lovely black leotard, posed with her body slanted at a very sexy angle, which really shows off her beautiful thighs. Plus that hand is just adding to the temptations!!


A close-up of her outfit!

The tight, shiny look is really stunning, and the small details on the wrinkles in the fabric is amazing! The points where the leotard connect to the thighs really makes the skin appear all soft and touchable as well! The stockings also have a glossy finish to them, just as they did in the original illustration!


Ooh, this shot came out nicely!

As I was editing this picture, Aki passed behind me…

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… he just said that once sentence and them moved along. But I guess that means these breasts are recommended by Aki himself! πŸ˜›


Look here! It’s sticking up!!

These bunny-suits (or in this case, cat-suits) will often stick up here when they don’t use a strap. The curved part of the body is pushing out on the fabric, and without any support it will always end up like this.

It’s so nice to see this kind of detail included on a figure! If you grab the figure, be sure to take a close look for yourself!


The bunny plushie that Kobato always carries around!

You couldn’t see this area on the original illustration, but as a bonus she also comes with the bunny plushie which you can place by her hand like this! I love the expression on the bunny! πŸ˜›


Next up, Maria Takayama!

Maria is wearing a blue leotard, and is in a very cat-like pose that is so cute that it should be against the rules!


A close-up on her outfit!

The coloring of her leotard and stockings is really nice, I love the way the blue and purple colors complement each other!


Her hair makes use of clear plastic!

The unique style of Buriki’s illustration is preserved on the figure by using clear parts for the hair. Even when you take pictures this close it still looks absolutely incredible…


Service Shot!

I hope the publishers won’t be annoyed by all the fan service I’ve given in this post…. I apologize in advance!!


From ‘Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai’:

Maria Takayama & Kobato Hasegawa!
By the way, the bases are each different:
Maria has a checkered pattern, while Kobato has a fluffy base!
Both bases are planned to be big enough to display both figures on them!
Both of them are already up for preorder!
If you have any sales or preorder queries, be sure to get in contact with out partner shops!
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!!! (γƒ»βˆ€γƒ»)γƒŽγ‚›

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Racing Miku 2011 ver.

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Printing a Racing Miku Poster!

If you head over to the shops you’ll see many hobby stores have these posters made by the GSC design team up on the walls now!

This big printer prints out the posters in full size, and they are then checked for balance and tone issues before heading out to the shops!

But anyway… now that the posters are done, time for me to take a look at the prototype!


Racing Miku 2011 ver.!

The champions of the 2011 SUPER GT 300 class series – GSR&Studie with TeamUKYO! Racing Miku was their official mascot throughout the tournament, based on the illustration by Yuichi Murakami!

The figure is a lovely 1/8th scale! (ο½₯βˆ€ο½₯)οΎ‰
Racing Miku 2011 has a very mature feeling about her design, and from my point of view that comes across very nicely in the figure!


This is how she looks from the back!

The sculpting work on those long twin tails is incredible! They are twisting and winding all around, with thin little hairs branching out all over the place…. it’s really beautiful! You can look at her from any angle and still be astounded by the way the hair twists and winds around her.


Yuichi’s design has been faithfully reproduced!

The paint work on her outfit – even just the front side – is so intricate!!

Another highlight for me is the slightly see-though area between her neck and her breasts. It may be hard to see it in this picture, but it is really beautiful to see up close!


Would anyone who would say no to these legs?

No way! I’m absolutely certain that everyone has to approve of these beautiful legs! The silver on the boots also contrasts very nicely with the black boots.

Plus we have more of the thin see-though material!

From the pelvis down to the black accessory on her legs there is more of the see-though look that really gives her a sexy appearance! There are also more silver bands that contrast the colors of the figure so perfectly!

We all love to see some bare skin on our figures, but this thin see-though material somehow gives the figure a whole new kind of charm!


A very mature looking Miku-san!

Her expression gives off an air of confidence, but also comes across as very gentle. It really seems like Yuichi-san’s beautiful illustration has jumped off the drawing board and into the real world!


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The outfit makes lots of use of clear parts!

Plus, areas like this skirt are not only made from clear plastic, but are also painted with a gradient that makes certain areas more clear than others.

Another interesting thing I noticed is that the body and the skirt don’t seem to be separated at any point – I’m not sure how that will work through production… πŸ˜›


Her hair and the parasol also use clear plastic!

The parasol is a kind of clear silver that looks really incredible! Plus I have to mention the stunning hair once again – just look at it!

If you look at her heels in this photo you’ll also see the heel seems to be floating a bit – it’s balanced on a tiny little clear part to make it look like that. The small little details all come together to create a really stunning figure!


Miku has to have a decorative headset!

The 2011 Racing Miku really had an incredibly unique design – the headset design actually looks more like a hair accessory, which really makes her look very cute!

Seeing the extra volume on the left side of the picture, I can also mention once again that Racing Miku’s body is definitely more mature than the normal Miku… πŸ˜›


Racing Miku 2011 ver.!

She’ll be on the GSC website and up for preorders from tomorrow! (`ο½₯Ο‰ο½₯Β΄)γ‚ž

Be sure to contact our partner shops if you have any preorder or sales queries!
But that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (γƒ»βˆ€γƒ»)γƒŽγ‚›
(C) Yuichi Murakami / Crypton Future Media, Inc

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Nanoha Takamachi : Swimsuit Ver.

The office is in a complete shambles at the moment!


Last week was the Tokyo International Anime Fair, and this weekend is the Anime Contents Expo at the Makuhari Messe!

There are cardboard boxes for products, prototypes and all sorts of other things all over the place. πŸ˜› Plus we still need to keep up all the work that normally has to be done during the week – these event seasons are really tiring!

For example, the production team needs to send off a brand new prototype through to China today…

Eh? Hold on a second!!

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Nanoha Takamachi : Swimsuit Ver.!

From Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st comes this lovely figure of Takamachi Nanoha wearing an adorable bikini! She is sculpted in an impressive 1/4th scale size with a swimming tube made from clear plastic placed at her leg and a very dynamic pose that looks ready to jump alive! Let me make a quick summary of this figure…

She’s looks so young…. but she is so big!!

The Nanoha from the movie is of course still the young Nanoha, and she has the lovely cute look from the original series, but Gift has made this a 1/4th scale figure, so even though it might be a young character, it’s still a really big figure! To give you an idea of the size… I’d say it’s about the size of a standard trophy.


This is how she looks from the back!

Gift has been doing this swimsuit series for awhile now… I have to wonder why the swimsuits are always so tiny! πŸ˜› This swimsuit in particular looks very tight and really shows every single curve on her body perfectly!


A stunning smile!!

Plus those sparkling eyes just draw you in so deep…. she’s just too adorable! The sculpting of her twin-tails and Raising Heart around her neck give a wonderfully dynamic feeling to her pose.

There might not be much volume beneath that bikini, but it still sculpted wonderfully!


The tube can be put anywhere!

The image above with her holding it is in fact how the figure was designed to be displayed. In my opinion it hides Nanoha’s beautiful body-line too much, so I prefer to pose it at her feet! πŸ˜›

The tube can be completely removed, so you can put it wherever you think it looks best, or simply display her without it!


You can’t fault this sculpting!

The workmanship here is simply stunning… I really feel like Gift’s 1/4th scale series really shows off their very best work!!


The lovely red and pink swimsuit!

It might be hard to tell from the photo, but the line between her bust and ribs along with the sticking out stomach are incredible to look at! Let me emphasize that one more time…. the stomach is simply amazing!! ((((γ‚œΠ”γ‚œ)))


Each and every toe nail in detail!

It really looks just like a real foot, with each toe nail carefully polished!! For some reason I feel like trying to put my finger in-between her big toe and the toe beside it… I guess it’s because it’s a 1/4th scale figure, it almost seems possible. πŸ˜›

The base is very nice if you’re trying to conserve space – although the figure itself is quite tall height wise, it shouldn’t be too hard to find space on your shelf for this base.



Nanoha Takamachi : Swimsuit Ver.!

She’ll be up on the GSC website and up for preorder on the 29th March!

If you have any sales or preorder queries, be sure to get in contact with out partner shops!


Bonus Picture!

Miku-san, relaxing in her tube

This is a good size comparison between a Nendoroid and the tube as well! It’s probably bigger than you think! I imagine it would be quite fun to take this and take some photos like this in some real water!
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (γƒ»βˆ€γƒ»)γƒŽγ‚›

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Nendoroid Miu Takanashi

It’s impossible to find prototypes after events…!


It’s not uncommon to have trouble finding prototypes after an event… are they actually on the shelves for prototypes, sitting on someone’s desk or with the production team…? πŸ˜›

But I think I’ve found something on Shuu-chan’s desk!

Time to take it back to my own desk and have some fun!

You can also see the signed Nendoroid Menma in this photo! A big thank you to everyone who entered the photo contest – the results will be announced on the 30th March, so look forward to that!


From ‘Listen to Me, Girls, I Am Your Father!’:

Nendoroid Miu Takanashi!

She is from the popular anime series, “Listen to Me, Girls, I Am Your Father!’, also known as ‘Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai!’ in Japanese. Miu is the second eldest of the three sisters in the series.


This is how she looks from the back!

The little pompoms at the end of the pink ribbons are very cute in Nendoroid form! The hair is also fitted with Nendoroid joints for more unique poses, and the tips of her hair even feature a lovely darker gradient.


She comes with three expressions!

First up is this standard face, suitable for anything!

For those who aren’t sure what expression to use for their poses – there is nothing simpler than using a standard smiling expression like this one! She also comes with a bent left arm and a hand with a pointing finger for a pose like this.


A devilish smile while lifting her skirt!

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Miu definitely has a more mature mindset than most girls her age, and these extra parts let you pose her showing off that side of her personality. A bent right arm, and pinching hand to hold up her skirt. What a naughty little angel!


Her polka-dot suit case!

This is the suitcase she uses whenever she goes to stay over at Yuuta’s house! She also comes with a hand that lets her hold it behind her like this, as if she was pulling it along!


A smiling face and long-sleeved T-shirt!

This expression really makes her look really exited, and the long-sleeved T-shirt from the original novel is also included – made down to the smallest of details to make sure fans won’t be dissappointed.

The prototype also allows the suitcase to be opened and closed – a very nice extra, but whether or not it’ll make it to the final version is still undetermined.


From ‘Listen to Me, Girls, I Am Your Father!’:

Nendoroid Miu Takanashi!

She’ll be on the GSC website from tomorrow!

Be sure to contact our partner shops if you have any preorder or sales queries!
But that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (γƒ»βˆ€γƒ»)γƒŽγ‚›
(C) 松智洋・γͺγ‹γ˜γΎγ‚†γ‹οΌι›†θ‹±η€Ύγƒ»PPP

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Tokyo International Anime Fair 2012

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All the staff at GSC were confusing everyone else as to where the event was supposed to be… πŸ˜›


The famous Tokyo Big Sight!

Of course the event wasn’t really at the Makuhari Messe, but at the Tokyo Big Sight! Even though I got on the wrong train, I still arrived with a good half hour to spare!!


The Good Smile booth!!

For those wondering what exactly is going on here, this weekend (March 22nd ~ March 25th) is the Tokyo International Anime Fair! The 22nd and 23rd are business only days, but the actual weekend of the 24th and 25th are public days. For those who are not certain what the Tokyo International Anime Fair is, here is a quick reference from Wikipedia!

The Tokyo International Anime Fair also known as Tokyo International Animation Fair (TAF; in Japanese: ζ±δΊ¬ε›½ιš›γ‚’γƒ‹γƒ‘γƒ•γ‚§γ‚’) is one of the largest anime trade fairs in the world, held annually in Japan. The first event was held in 2002 as “Tokyo International Anime Fair 21”. The event is held at Tokyo Big Sight, a convention and exhibition center in Tokyo Bay, in late March. Usually, the first one or two days of the fair are weekdays and the entrance is open only to industry members and the press; the last two days are scheduled on the weekend and the fair is open to the public.

As a side note, Good Smile will also be at the Anime Contents Expo on the 31st March/1st April!
There will be a report on that one a little later, so watch out for it!


Free goodies at the entrance!

A Tony Miku flier, along with a 2012 Racing Miku postcard and other goodies all for free! Be sure to grab it if you stop by the event!


Right, let’s move counter clockwise from the booth entrance!

First up is the BRS Corner!

The giant illustration of Insane-chan really stands out! Plus, as I mentioned yesterday, Gold Saw-san’s underboob is not to be missed! πŸ˜›


This particular figure was very popular!

Oooh, what’s this? It looks like a figure with a whole diorama behind it! Let’s take a closer look…



Doesn’t she look incredible!? The background really brings across the BRS atmosphere wonderfully! I do agree that it’s often quite awkward to find space for dioramas like these, but they do certainly look impressive.


Let’s take a look around the booth…


Loads of BRS figures lined up!

Four glass cases all filled with Black Rock Shooter figures!! Each and every figure has such a unique history and feeling to it… looking at them all together makes an amazing scene!


Next to the BRS Corner, there are other new figures on display!

First up Luka Megurine : Tony ver.!

Just look at the beautiful body and stunning clear plastic parts used for her carefully sculpted hair! You can preorder her now!


Racing Miku 2011 ver.!

This is the first appearance of this figure on the blog! Kawapon was in charge of the coloring for this figure and he mentioned that the hair color was very difficult to get right. Preorders for this one will be up soon, and I’ll be taking a closer look at the prototype a little later!!


Inori Yuzuriha from Guilty Crown!

Along with BRS, yesterday was also the final episode of the Guilty Crown series! (I was at the GSC Tetsujin Cafe, so I missed it! I can’t wait to watch it!)

As you can see, the 1/8th scale figure is displayed together with the Nendroid. She will also be up for preorder shortly!


Let’s move along to…

The cute Madoka corner!

This corner is pretty much on the opposite side of the booth’s entrance. A Puella Magi Madoka Magica corner also filled with figures! The monitor above the figures was playing various commercials!


The famous key visual in figure form!

It really works beautifully if you make use of different heights to display the figures on! Plus as I’ve mentioned before, Kyouko is on her way to complete the set.

She isn’t quite ready yet, but she will be ready soon! Look forward to her!


Finally, the Cheerful Corner!

This section had all the Cheerful JAPAN!Β  products on display, from the first Miku figure and all 12 months of figures released thereafter. The total amount of donation money has reached over twoΒ hundred million yen.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – thanks to everyone who purchased the charity products. I’m sure the donated money has helped those in the disaster areas!


Miku Hatsune : Cheerful Ver.!

The very last Cheerful JAPAN! product is this lovely Miku in a very energetic pose! The costume also appears in the 3DS game, Miku Hatsune and Future Stars Project mirai!

You can only order this figure until the 28th March at 20:00 (JST), so don’t miss out!



Bonus! The back stage looked like this! πŸ˜›

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this quick coverage of the Tokyo International Anime Fair! I only introduced GSC’s booth in this article, but there were many other figure makers with wonderful booths for those to enjoy if they visit this weekend!

Starting tomorrow the event is open to the public!

Those who are interested can head to the official site for more information!
But that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again next week! (γƒ»βˆ€γƒ»)γƒŽγ‚›

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Tokyo! Nagoya! Osaka!

(Photo from Osaka!)


The Max Factory staff have been touring around Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka to show off the popular Luka Megurine Tony ver. Prototype!

Loads of people came to take a look, and the Max Factory staff looked delighted by the numbers! A big thank you to everyone who went down to take a look!

But Luka was not the only figure on display! Can you see the figure with an arrow pointing to it?


figma Black Rock Shooter :


She is a figma from the anime series ‘Black Rock Shooter’ – a figma of Mato’s mysterious existence in the alternate world – Black Rock Shooter.

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Tonight is the final episode of the BRS anime!
It is on Fuji TV’s Noitamina block, starting at 00:50!!

Those who haven’t seen the first episodes can still catch them on Nico Nico Douga at any time! Kagari-chan’s personality is just to die for!!



This is how she looks from the back!

The most notable difference is the hood that she is wearing, however her clothes and weapons have also had a design overhaul, in order for the production team to have an even harder time customer’s to enjoy her more than ever before!

The coat she is wearing is fitted with joints to make some incredibly dynamic poses!


Her sword, the Black Blade!

She is holding it in her left hand in this photo, but she can hold it in her right hand as well! BRS-chan is well known for being posed in epic poses like this, so I had to try it out with the figma! Even in such an amazing pose, you still can hardly see the joints at all!


The Rock Cannon!

As soon as the final product is released I’ll have to pose her fighting around macarons! (But I’ll eat them all up afterwards!) The Rock Cannon is so huge that it’s almost hard to believe it’s designed for a figma…

She has two expressions – a focused expression, and a standard expression (seen above)

Plus she has extra head parts that allow you to pose her without the hood and with her twin-tailed hair instead!


The Rock Cannon can open up!

This recreates the way it worked in the series! It’s wonderful to see it on the figma as well!

Plus, you can’t have BRS-chan without the blue flame!
She has a replaceable fringe part that lets you pose her with the blue flame over her eye!


The Tokyo International Anime Fair started today, and Good Smile has their very own booth at the event!

This picture is from setting up yesterday. ^^


Mmm… delicious posters!
Those who want to enjoy Golden Saw’s lovely underboob nice and close can come by the event and take a close look! πŸ˜› There is a special Black Rock Shooter anime corner where all the new figures from the series are on display.

β–  Event Name:γ€€Tokyo International Anime Fair 2012
β–  Date:γ€€2012/03/22 (Thurs) ~ 2012/03/25 (Sun)

β–  Bushiness Day:γ€€03/22 (Thurs) ~ 03/23 (Fri) 10:00 ~ 17:00
β–  Public Day: 03/24 (Sat) ~ 03/25 (Sun) 10:00 ~ 18:00
β–  Place: Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo International Exhibition Center Hall 1,2,3.


β€» The 22nd and 23rd are for business related guests only.
β€» No Good Smile Company limited edition products are on sale at the event.

There will also be a lot of comments from people related to the series that you won’t be able to see anywhere else!
They’re a very interesting read!

BRS Special Page (Japanese)


figma Black Rock Shooter :


She was put up on the GSC website today!Β  (`ο½₯Ο‰ο½₯Β΄)γ‚ž
If you have any preorder or sales queries, be sure to contact our customer shops!
And don’t forget! Tonight is the last episode of BRS!
Fuji TV’s Noitamina block, starting at 00:50!!
That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (γƒ»βˆ€γƒ»)γƒŽγ‚›
(C)BRS on TV

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