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June starts tomorrow!!

Meaning there are only 59 days to WonFes!!

I feel like I’ve written something like this many times before… but once again it feels like Winter WonFes was just the other day… I need to find out where all my time has disappeared to!

Anyway, today we’ll be running this corner once again! (`・ω・´)

Kuroyagi-san’s Letter Corner!


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

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If there is a problem with your product, please email the Good Smile Support Team at
: support@goodsmile.jp
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If you want to let me know something without me talking about it on the blog, just let me know in the mail and I’ll be happy to keep it quiet!

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

Alright, let’s get started!! (・∀・)ノ



I saw the ‘Nendoroid Complete File’ book has been announced, but I’m not sure what to expect from it. Can you take a look at it on your blog?
   - Nekogusa

The Nendo album goes on sale on the 22nd June!

Details can be found on Hobby Japan or the Good Smile site, so take a look!

Nendoroid Complete File
http://www.goodsmile.info/product/en/3494/

The Nendoroid Complete File is the first ever Nendoroid official album! You’ll know everything there is to know about Nendoroids after reading it… probably!

A fully posable Saber-san is also included with the album, which I hope to do a review of around the release day! (`・ω・´)



Thank you for releasing the UtaPri Nendo Petites! The quality looks incredible as I’ve come to expect from GSC. The Princes look perfect!
    – Miotsukushi

A question regarding the UtaPri Nendo Petites – how exactly will they be sold? Will they be sold like the Madoka Nendos, or more like the Angel Beats Nendos in sets of three? I need to figure out my funding and need to know how much to put aside for them!!
    – Anonymous

So much mail about Uta☆Pri!!

I love seeing the female fans so exited about an upcoming release! I uploaded a picture of them to twitter a while back and got a ton of retweets!

As for the question, they will come in a box of 12!
(Just like the Nendo Petite Madoka Figures!)



Congratulations on making Nendo Petites from the Tales series! I’ve been waiting for them for ages, so I couldn’t be happier! I hope to see full size Nendoroids and scale figures coming up as well! 😛
    – Anonymous

Thank you so much for making Tales Series Nendoroid Petites!! I’m a huge fan of the Tales series, so I can’t wait!

My favorite character must be Reid from Tales of Eternia, will he be included in the set? Although in the end I’m fine with pretty much any characters, I’m really looking forward to seeing the line-up! I hope an announcement will be coming up soon!
   - Anonymous

The line-up…

Will be announced this week!

Tales of Festival 2012 Information: (Japanese)
http://www.goodsmile.info/post/ja/3412/

The Tales of Festival 2012 will be held this weekend, and the Nendoroid Petite series will all be lined up for everyone to see! You’ll have to wait and see which characters will be there!!



I’ve been hooked on Fate/Zero and been buying all the original novels, goods, books and figures I can find… but I can’t find the lovely Saber in blue and white armor that wasn’t seen that much in Fate/Zero. I’m hoping that you can promise me a rerelease of ~Triumphant Excalibur~!
    – Kuchi o Tsutsumanai Zasshu

Excalibur!!

She was just announced for rerelease, so you can order your’s now!! ヽ(・∀・)ノ



Ever since I saw the non-colored prototype for the Princess of the Crystal I’ve been so exited thinking about what she will look like colored, that I haven’t been able to sleep! I hope we get the chance to see the painted version soon!!
    – Anonymous

She is also now up for preorder!

Not to mention that she comes complete with all three lovely penguins! You can find the prototype review over here:
https://gscmikatan.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/nendoroid-princess-of-the-crystal/

The 1/8th scale version of the Princess of the Crystal is also on her way, and she will be announced soon! I’ll be grabbing the prototype to take a look at on the blog as well, so look forward to her!



A Nendoroid I bought some time ago seems to be becoming looser around the hips and shaking a lot. Is there some way to fix this?
    – Anonymous

I’ve always been very careful with my figures, but a little while ago I damaged one of my figures through my own carelessness. I’m afriad tha if I try to repair it myself, I’m just going to end up damaging it more.  It was quite a special figure to me, so it’s really been eating at me… It was a figure sold over a year ago from Good Smile Company, is it still possible to get a hold of replacement parts in some way?
    – Anonymous

Read through these posts relating to parts repair!

DIY Figure Repairs Part 1: Broken Joints
DIY Figure Repairs Part 2: Reinforcing Joints
DIY Figure Repairs Part 3: Scuffed Paint


Unfortuntely we can no longer supply replacement parts for figures that are over a year old… In Part 2 of the posts above, I show a way of reinforcing joints by making them thicker. Give it a go and perhaps you can repair the figure to be as good as new all by yourself!



Hello Mikatan!
I work part-time jobs every day and collect up money which I manage to get by on just fine. I’m not exactly free to spend whenever I want, but at the same time I always want to buy figures! 😛

Recently I’ve begun cutting down on my food costs. While everyone else eats the campus lunches, I bring along a small lunch for myself instead!

This is the lunch I made the other day. All my friends we’re saying things like ‘how simple’, or ‘what the heck is that’, and my parents were going on about ‘It makes it look like we don’t provide for you at all!’. Lunch was complete for me with just some rice and a tomato! What do you have for lunch, Mikatan?
    – Curry Udon

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Make sure you’re eating properly!!

If you don’t keep a good balance of nutrients your skin will end up rough!!

I’m afraid that in order to get a few minutes of extra sleep in, I never make myself a lunch before heading to work. Most of the time I eat lunch out! Will you make me lunch sometime? (just kidding :P)



I saw that my favorite Vocaloid Character, Luka is getting the scale figure treatment. I’ve been looking forward to her ever since I saw the report on HJ, and I’m so glad with the way she has come out. I can’t wait for her to be released.

I personally love figures that make use of clear parts, so the way Luka has been made is perfect! I can’t wait!
    – Tako-Luka

I’m glad you like her! Thanks for the comments!

As expected from Max Factory, it really is a stunning figure – I really enjoyed photographing her! The gradient and sculpting of her hair is an absolute work of art! You’ll be able to grab her soon!


I recently saw Sakura Miku on your blog as well as at the GSC Cafe. She was so adorable and the colors were stunning, I couldn’t help but fall in love with her. I really wanted to take the prototype version from the cafe home with me. ^^;

Awhile a go I sent a mail asking for a standard sized Nendoroid of Sakura Miku, and I knew I could trust that Good Smile Company would release her sooner or later! I can’t wait!
    – Oyaji

Will Sakura Miku be available for purchase from overseas?
Thanks for always making more and more adorable Nendoroids!
    – Tokiko

We are currently working on optional parts for Sakura Miku!

She’ll be available for preorder shortly. The sales method that will be used to sell her is still being negotiated with Crypton, but as soon as we have a definite answer I’ll be sure to let everyone know!



I bought some K-ON! Nendoroid Petites, but it seems I picked up some bootleg versions… the eyes and area around the neck of the school uniform versions made it obvious that it was not the work of GSC. All the parts that are normally separated were all placed in a single bad, and the plastic in-between parts like the hair and skirt was nowhere to be found.

I can’t stand bootlegs! I hope this report helps in some way…
    – Cheru

Thanks for letting us know!

Thank you for including pictures as well! We upload images to the GSC website to help our customers tell the difference between bootlegs and authentic figures.

But sometimes it is difficult to tell the bootlegs from the originals… if you find a bootleg please contact the international team or myself with whatever information you can. I can’t stand it when people give GSC a bad name with poor imitations!

legal@goodsmile.jp
mikatan-b@goodsmile.jp



The other day I picked up figma Mami-san, but both of her legs were left legs! ;_; I emailed support and got a right leg part sent to me, which arrived today! My Mami is now all better~

Thank you for the quick support! I look forward to more products in the future.
    – Anonymous

Thank you for the kind words!

At the same time, apologies for causing the problem in the first place! A lot of the work done in the mass production of figures is done by hand, so there can be certain times when parts are incorrectly placed – even though we take the utmost care to try and prevent it. I’ll send you kind words through to the support team – thank you!



I just voted in the GSC 10th Anniversary Rerelease and Product Request polls. I was so glad to see a project like this in place! I’ve managed to get hold of most of the figures I’ve wanted, but there are a few older products that have been very hard to get. I hope to see more similar projects in the future!
    – Skikoku

The results of the polls can be found here!

– GSC 10th Anniversary Rerelease and Product Request Polls –
http://goodsmile10th.jp/sousenkyo/answer2.html
The following products are already up for rerelease:

Nendoroid Flandre Scarlet
Nendoroid Sakuya Izayoi
figma Sayaka Miki
figma Kyouko Sakura
Saber ~Triumphant Excalibur~


The rereleases of all of the above can be ordered now!

We are still taking a look at which other products can be put on resale based on the poll results. As soon as we’ve confirmed which are possible, we’ll let everyone know!



I really enjoyed watching the Nendoroid Sonico Time Trial! A great effort from all the sculptors that took part.
Working on something above what people normally expect brings a lot of excitement and appreciation from those who are watching.

    – Modoki Yachiyo

The Exciting 11-Hour Figure Making Trial!

It was quite a difficult project to take on, but it gave everyone a feel for how figures are sculpted! I was just as impressed with the sculptors as everyone else at the event was!! You can read up on the entire project with the following posts:
Nine Sculptors in an 11 Hour Figure Making Trial! (Sculpting – Part 1)

Nine Sculptors in an 11 Hour Figure Making Trial! (Sculpting – Part 2)

Nine Sculptors in an 11 Hour Figure Making Trial! (Duplication / Painting – Part 3)

Nine Sculptors in an 11 Hour Figure Making Trial! (Duplication / Painting – Part 4)


The brushed up Sonico-chan just finished taking orders!

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Nendoroid Super Sonico: Tiger Hoodie Ver.!

I hope everyone got their orders in!



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

I read through every single one of them, and as always, I’m always looking for more mail from readers!
If you have any questions, photos, product requests, want to talk about what you ate today, your thoughts about the upcoming WonFes… no matter what you want to talk about, send it through to me! Girls and boys both welcome!

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

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


Also, there will be a live broadcast tomorrow from 20:00!  (・ω・)ノ

goodsmile company Mikatan's Blog English Version

– WonHobby News Watch –
http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv94935749

The forth episode will be broadcast from the closed GSC Cafe in Matsudo!  We’ll be taking a look at lots of interesting things including introducing new products and the figma posing championships! Timeshift will also be available!


Good Smile Shanghai Diary #4
Nihao everyone! My name is Suzuki from Good Smile Shanghai.

Yesterday I briefly introduced everyone to Weibo, but just using the net to get products to people isn’t enough, so we had to establish somewhere that Chinese customers can come by to take a look at the products as well!

We are making arrangements to attend various events!
There are all sorts of events held in China all the time!

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The image above is from an event called Comic Fantasiata which was held on the 13th May. The photo was taken just after the end of a cosplay contest. Most of the cosplayers were characters from Japanese anime!

We are currently hoping to take part at the CCG EXPO which will take place in July this year. I hope to pass on the happenings of the event with everyone once it is over!


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

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The GSC Marketing Space…

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Is filled with all sorts of strange goodies!

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    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\  “Everything looks so colorful!!
    |:::::::::::(__人__):::|   and there are really big things too!” 
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    ノ::::::::  `ー’´   \

These are all from a rather interesting project…!

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The Good Smile Cup Figure/Model Contest #1!

A special project where anyone from Good Smile or related companies would make a figure or model! The idea and organizer of the project was none other than Tasshi from the production team!

Max Factory also have an internal competition once a year, but most of them are in fact professional sculptors!

Good Smile on the other hand has lots of sculptors but also lots of other departments as well – this project was up to anyone, no matter how good or bad they are!

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   / .ノ  ヽ \  ← Tasshi
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   |   (__人__) |   ”Nobody is submitting anything…”
   |   `i  i´  | 
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   ヽ       } 
    ヽ     ノ 
   /      ヽ 

Tasshi started worrying for awhile when there were not very many entries, but the entries picked up quite quickly soon after!

Today we’ll be taking a look at all the figures and models made for the project!

(Note that these are all made just for personal fun, and there are no plans to make products of them!)

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Great work everyone!!

After seeing all of these I really shouldn’t show the dog I made from paper clay. 😛

Of all the entries, these were my favorites:
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Hamayama-chan’s:

Nendo Petite Matryoshka!

One of my favorite Vocaloid songs, Matryoshka! A lovely figure of GUMI and Miku-san! The characters themselves are great, but so is the idea to use a CD as the base!! It really sets the stage for a figure based on a song!

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Kiku-chan from management’s:

Cake!

The decorations on the cake are so cute, plus it functions as a container as the top opens up like a lid! We also have a guest appearance from Guts on the side, ready to cut the cake!

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There are Behelits mixed in with the strawberries!

Berserk fans will know all about these small egg-shaped things 😛 Plus in the middle of the cake is cookie with some kind of inscription on it – small little things that really make it a wonderful model to look at!

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Tsuka-chan from Good Smile Racing’s:

Nana Mizuki!

Wow… this is his very first figure made?? Tsuka-chan was a modeler in the past, but this is quite an impressive jump!

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You can feel the love!!

Big fans of Nana Mizuki might be a bit disappointed with some areas, but personally I can really see the heartfelt work that went into this!!

But anyway, that brings an end to…

The Good Smile Cup Figure/Model Content #1!

Those of you who are interested in sculpting and the figure world, it’s a great experience to try sculpting something yourself – even if it is just with something simple like paper-mache!


Good Smile Shanghai Diary #3

Today we’ll be adding this corner to the blog!

I’m sure most of you know already, but a little while back, Good Smile opened offices in Shanghai, China! The reason behind this was to pass on the wonder of figures overseas more easily, and make the hard to reach figures from Japan easier to get hold of!

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  /   ─    ─\     ”So… what exactly happens there?”
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I’m sure many of you are wondering that, and I’m quite interested to find out as well! So today we’ll have a report from Suzuki from the management department down in Shanghai!


Nihao everyone! My name is Suzuki from Good Smile Shanghai.
Today I’m going to be introducing the dispatch of information. Due to restrictions in Japan, we can’t make use of things like twitter for quick information.

Hence, we make use of a Chinese website called ‘Weibo’.
Weibo has over three hundred million users.

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(Weibo)

http://www.weibo.com/goodsmilesh
(You have to register to see the content, sorry!)

Good Smile Shanghai makes use of Weibo to bring new product information and other info to all our Chinese users.

We are also looking for a Chinese translator for Mikatan Blog at present!
You can apply from Japan as well, so if you’re interested let us know – it might even be of use to your Chinese studies!


Over three hundred million users!!

China really does have a lot of Internet users!!

Plus, we’re looking for a Chinese translator for the blog! My Japanese itself is very wishy-washy sometimes, so it might be difficult to translate. But if you’re interested, be sure to contact us!
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛

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Some pre-release samples have arrived! (=゚ω゚)ノ

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Today I’ll be taking a look at two separate Cheerful JAPAN! products that were sold to help relief efforts in the Touhoku region after the tsunami and earthquake last year.

As of the 9th March 2012, the Cheerful JAPAN! project has raised an incredible 209,700,356JPY!
(This isn’t the final amount, just as calculated up until the 9th March. The final amount will be announced at a later stage!)

A big thank you to everyone who supported the project!

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The 8th product in the Cheerful JAPAN! series:

Nendoroid Saber & Rin Tohsaka : Cheerful ver.!

The eighth product to join the Cheerful JAPAN! project is a set of two Nendoroids of TYPE-MOON’s popular characters – Saber and Rin Tohsaka, both wearing adorable cheerleader outfits, and ready to cheer on for everyone who needs it!

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      /   ::\::/\   ”The stomachs and back sticking out the
     /   。<一>::<ー>。   outfits are so cute! Just look at Rin!!!”
     |  .:。゚~(__人__)~゚j 
     \、   ゜ ` ⌒´,;/゜
    /  ⌒ヽ゚  '”‘”´(;゚ 。 
   / ,_ \ \/\ \
    と___)_ヽ_つ_;_ヾ_つ.;.

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This is how the packaging looks!

You can see hoe nicely the two of them match up just by looking at them in the packaging! They each come with pompons that match their image colors, lazy expressions and sitting parts – plus they also come with a Cheerful JAPAN! banner they hold up together!

This version of Saber features a braided ponytail which is fitted with a Nendoroid joint. Rin’s twintails are also as always fitted with joints allowing for a wide variety of poses from both of them!

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Takashi Takeuchi’s illustration of a younger version of the two girls!

Takashi Takeuchi specially drew this illustration for the Cheerful JAPAN! project, and a postcard of the illustration is included with the Nendoroids! A rare bonus indeed!

The Nendoroids can take the exact same pose as the two from the illustration! The postcard can be found between the inner cardboard of the package, so make sure you don’t accidentally throw it away!
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Aren’t they just adorable!?

When you put the lazy expression on both of them along with the sitting parts they look too cute next to each other!! It’s so relaxing to look at them!

Saber is also holding a tambourine, but that is in fact included with a different figure…

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The 9th product in the Cheerful JAPAN! series:

Nendoroid Luka Megurine : Cheerful Ver.!

The ninth product to join the Cheerful JAPAN! project is this Cheerful Ver. of the popular Nendoroid Luka Megurine!

She comes with all the optional parts from the original Nendoroid, along with new parts such as pink pompons and a tambourine to cheer everyone on! Luka also comes with all new ponytail hair parts!

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    /  ⌒(__人__)⌒ \ 
    |      |r┬-|    |  
     \     `ー’´   /
    ノ            \

She comes with ponytail hair parts!

Plus the little Nendoroid Petite sized Octo-Luka comes with an orange sun cap featuring the Cheerful JAPAN! logo so that he can cheer as well!

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This is how the packaging looks!

Everything that came with the original Nendoroid Luka is also included, along with all the new ‘Cheerful’ extras!

Plus some of the arm parts that were a single part have been separated into upper arm and hand parts for even more options!

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A singing face and tambourine!

She comes with both the ponytail and her standard long hair and you can either hairstyle with any expression! Plus the tambourine really suits her singing face nicely!

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The Double Lariat expression!

She looks even better spinning around with the ponytail! The visor that the Octo-Luka wears us Nendo Petite sized, so you can also put it on some of your favorite Nendos! (・∀・)ノ

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Switching parts around!

One of the funnest things you can with Nendoroids is switch around the parts! I think this is the first ever Nendoroid body to show off so much skin, so it might be fun to use it with some other characters! 😛

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The 8th product in the Cheerful JAPAN! series:

Nendoroid Saber & Rin Tohsaka : Cheerful ver.!

And the 9th product in the Cheerful JAPAN! series:

Nendoroid Luka Megurine : Cheerful Ver.!
 

They’ll be shipped out to everyone who ordered tomorrow! (`・ω・´)ゞ

Contact the Good Smile Online Shop if you have any queries about your order!
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
(C)2002-2006 TYPE-MOON
(C)三月八日/アゴアニキ/Crypton Future Media,Inc.

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Nendoroid Ichika Takatsuki

The prototype shelves!

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  /  \   ,_\   “Prototypes have been really hard to find recently…
/    (●)゛ (●) \    they keep disappearing all over the place!”
|  ∪   (__人__) |  
/     ∩ノ ⊃  /
(  \ / _ノ |  |   
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They’re not just going to China – but all over to live broadcasts and exhibitions! As soon as I see one I get a hold of one, I really need to make sure that I make use of the opportunity!!

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So on that note, let’s take a look at this lovely Nendoroid:

From, ‘Waiting in the Summer’:

Nendoroid Ichika Takatsuki!

From the same staff that brought the famous ‘Please Teacher” series comes ‘Waiting in the Summer’, and from that lovely series comes a Nendoroid of the 3rd year high school student, Ichika Takatsuki!

As you can see, she has a stunning body!!

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This is how she looks from the back!

Ichika has a sort of layering to her hair, which is recreated in figure form by piling multiple parts up on the hair! It gives the hair a lovely layered appearance!

The tied up part of her hair on the left is also fitted with a joint allowing you to move it back and forward!

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Posed brushing her hair back!

The arms can be disconnected at the sleeves of her uniform, so you have a very wide choice of poses. In the picture above she is lifting up her arm, but you could lower her shoulder, or spin the arm around completely for a completely different effect!

She also comes with her suitcase-shaped transmitter!
This also comes with a little bonus, which I’ll show a bit later! (`・ω・´)

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An embarrassed face and the ray gun!

She looks very distressed along with embarrassed! She also comes with the ‘ray gun’ they used for shooting a film. You can pose her holding the ray gun looking all embarrassed that she is being filmed!

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The two puppets!

These two puppets only ever appeared in the main character, Kaito Kirishima’s delusions – but Ichika comes with them as an extra! They both measure just 3cm in height – so tiny, but still such incredible quality!

You simply need to connect the puppet’s backs onto the bent arms to let her hold them like this!

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The suitcase transmitter can open up!

The suitcase-shaped transmission device can be opened up just like it did in the show, and the inside is all carefully sculpted as well – the top even features the green circle.

You can even place the mysterious Rinon inside the case!

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From, ‘Waiting in the Summer’:

Nendoroid Ichika Takatsuki!

She’ll be up for preorder from tomorrow! (`・ω・´)ゞ

If you have any preorder or sales queries, be sure to contact our partner shops!
 
But that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
(C) I*Chi*Ka/なつまち製作委員

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Nendoroid Super Sonico : Tiger Hoodie Ver.

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

We’ve taken a complete look at how she was made!

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All done at NicoNico Super Kaigi!

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…and completed in just two days!

Well, 12 and a half hours to be exact!

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After some adjustments, she debuted on WonHobby News Watch!

If you missed out on the details of her sculpting and painting, you can catch up with the articles below. If you’re looking to become a sculptor in the future, it should be a rather interesting read!

Nine Sculptors in an 11 Hour Figure Making Trial! (Sculpting – Part 1)
https://gscmikatan.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/nine-sculptors-in-an-11-hour-figure-making-trial-sculpting-part-1/

Nine Sculptors in an 11 Hour Figure Making Trial! (Sculpting – Part 2)
https://gscmikatan.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/nine-sculptors-in-an-11-hour-figure-making-trial-sculpting-part-2/

Nine Sculptors in an 11 Hour Figure Making Trial!
(Duplication / Painting– Part 3)
https://gscmikatan.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/nine-sculptors-in-an-11-hour-figure-making-trial-duplication-painting-part-3/

Nine Sculptors in an 11 Hour Figure Making Trial!
(Duplication / Painting– Part 4)
https://gscmikatan.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/nine-sculptors-in-an-11-hour-figure-making-trial-duplication-painting-part-4/

WonHobby News Watch
http://www.goodsmile.info/post/en/3394/

And now…!

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Nendoroid Super Sonico : Tiger Hoodie Ver.!

The prototype has had some final adjustments for release!

Nitroplus’ lovely mascot character is here to join the Nendoroid series in her tiger hoodie! In order to ensure that the Nendoroid lived up to previous Nendoroid standards, she has undergone a brush-up after the original sculpting and painting. She looked incredible at the event, but she looks even cuter now!

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This is how she looks from the back!

Can you tell which parts were changed from the original prototype?

First off, the tail!! Σ(゚∀゚*)

The tail wasn’t visible on the illustration so it wasn’t sculpted on at the time, but the character designs do feature a tail so it had to be added on! Plus it can even be moved left and right!!

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The guitar can be removed!

There were also small changes to the color of the hair and headphones!

The hair needed to be made slightly lighter, while the headphones were changed from white to a more silvery color. Apparently even though the illustration had white headphones, it’s actually very common for things like that to be made silver on figures – I had no idea!! :O

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A lovely winking expression!

Is it just me or does this make her look super sexy!? She also comes with a bent arm that lets you put her hand up by her headphones – a pose very suited to a model!

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She also has a singing expression!

Sonico is a gravure idol, game character and of course the vocalist and guitarist for the band ‘Daiichi Uchuu Sokudo’!

The expression really makes her look like she is happy to be singing! She also comes with a microphone as an optional extra!

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Jump!! \(^o^)/
 
This is how I imagine Sonico would look jumping up in the air during one of her live performances! She comes with both left and right bent legs, so making a pose like this is easy with the use of the arm-type stand!

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You can also put her hood up!

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  /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\  ”That’s too cute!!!”
  |:::::::::(__人__):::|
  \::::::   |r┬-|   /
  ノ:::::::  `ー’´   \

It really is adorable!!

Plus it really wasn’t necessary! She comes with so much already!

The hood part fits around all the expressions – you just need to push each expression into the hood first. She comes with a separate fringe part designed to be used with the hood as well!!

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This is how the hood looks from the back!

You can of course remove the unworn hood from the hoodie when she is wearing it on her head!

The pattern on her hoodie was also very hard to work with – it will be done with stamp printing, but the surface is large and there are lots of curves which makes it very awkward. I hope the production team doesn’t have too much trouble with her!!

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Nendoroid Super Sonico : Tiger Hoodie Ver.!

She is up for preorder at the Good Smile Online Shop!

http://goodsmile.ecq.sc/top/gcp202.html

Orders close on the 31st May at 21:00 JST, and you can only order her from the Good Smile Online shop and from the GSC Tetsujin Cafe, so don’t miss out!
 


We will be having a live broadcast today from 20:00 (JST)! (・ω・)ノ

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– Wonhobby News Watch –

http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv93869976

The 3rd News Watch will be broadcast from the Akihabara Good Smile x Tetsujin Cafe! There will be some interesting info about Family Mart and Miku, as well as the final episode of ‘Chase the Super Sonico : Tiger Hoodie Ver.’!! Sonico may even be joining us in a special video appearance….!

There will be lots going on, so don’t miss out – you can also watch it on time-shift at a later stage!
 
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again next week!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
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1/7th Scale Aya Kagura

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      /〔|    ( ●) (●)   ”Before we send the prototype to China,
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A figure from Max Factory?

It can only be Aya, the character who made MAX Watanabe himself start using smileys like the one in the image above! ^^

I myself have completed sekirara and I have to say that she was my favorite character in the game!

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Max Factory’s :

1/7th Scale Aya Kagura! 

The fun loving Aya is from the PC game, ‘sekirara’, and she is posed here as a 1/7th scale figure based directly off one of the scenes from the game!

Isn’t she incredible! ((( ;゚Д゚)))
It’s as if the illustration just jumped out as a figure!

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This is how she looks from the back!

The sculpting of her hair is absolutely fantastic and really makes it look as if the wind is blowing across her!! The straggling hair at the edges are also lovely!

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It looks exactly like the original!!

You really come to realize what an art sculpting is when you see a figure that looks so close to the original illustration. It’s not only the figure sculpting though, the paint work is also outstanding – just look at those beautiful eyes!!

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Look at that gap between her thighs!

Her skin looks so soft and squishy! I almost can’t resist trying to put my hand through that gap… they are such voluptuous thighs!

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She even looks soft beneath her clothes!

I really can’t hold my hands back any longer, I need to feel it for myself! 😛

The paintwork around her breast area and the best beneath it looks great, and the flowing dress is absolutely beautiful to look at from this angle! In fact, it doesn’t matter what angle you look from, the figure looks well-balanced from any position!

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A lot of work also went into her boots!

But that is to be expected! Aya’s boots had such a lovely design, so they had to be recreated in figure form perfectly!!

It’s amazing how the sculpting and painting make it look as if the boots are really made from some kind of leather – just look at the part sticking up just above the brown strap!!

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Nope, you just can’t see them!

And as a side note – they are not simply white but in fact have a lovely pattern on them! Although you’ll have to wait and see just what pattern that is for yourself!

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Max Factory’s:

1/7th Scale Aya Kagura!

 
She is already up for preorder! (`・ω・´)ゞ
If you have any preorder queries, be sure to get in contact with our partner shops!

But anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ
 
 
(C)se・きららプロジェクト / Maxfactory

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The GSC 11 Hour Figure Making Trial!

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NicoNico Super Kaigi held at the Makuhari Messe on 28th & 29th of April!

In a showy corner of the Good Smile booth there were nine sculptors hard at work sculpting and painting a prototype Nendoroid in just 11 hours!

This article is the finale of their work!

Don’t miss out on the previous three articles which you can find here!
 
Nine Sculptors in an 11 Hour Figure Making Trial! (Sculpting – Part 1)
https://gscmikatan.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/nine-sculptors-in-an-11-hour-figure-making-trial-sculpting-part-1/

Nine Sculptors in an 11 Hour Figure Making Trial! (Sculpting – Part 2)
https://gscmikatan.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/nine-sculptors-in-an-11-hour-figure-making-trial-sculpting-part-2/

Nine Sculptors in an 11 Hour Figure Making Trial!
(Duplication / Painting– Part 3)
https://gscmikatan.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/nine-sculptors-in-an-11-hour-figure-making-trial-duplication-painting-part-3/
 

 Tasshi

In charge of : Guitar, hair and headphone painting.

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(1) The newly-wed Tashii adjusting the guitar strap! (`・ω・´)

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(2) Mixing some colors together!

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(3) Comparing the color to the original illustration! (`・ω・´)

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(4) Starting to paint the highlights of the hair!!

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(5) Looks like the gradient effect on the hair is complete! It’s so pretty!

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(6) Sticking on some masking tape to paint the headphones.

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(7) Starting to paint the headphones. (`・ω・´)

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(8) Various parts drying! I wonder if the guitar is done now? (`・ω・´)

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(9) The tone is adjusted to make certain areas more shadowed than others.

That brings Tasshi’s section to an end!

The hair is certainly a very important feature of any character! They are particular important on Nendoroids seen the head is the biggest part of the figure!

I’ve personally tried mixing colors trying to get the perfect color for a figure in the past, and I have to tell you it is not a simple task! Just a single drop too much of one color will cause the color to look off. Plus because each of the parts is painted separately, you need to ensure that the colors of all the parts will look alright together in the end.

Oda-P

In charge of : the face!

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(1) Oda-P is getting ready to work on the face! (`・ω・´)

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(2) Putting in some facial features!! The face is the heart of the figure, so Oda-P needs to concentrate to get it looking perfect!

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(3) Oda-P checking and re-checking the facial features.

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(4) Such tiny lines! It’s amazing how much the appearance of the face has changed from the wonderful work of Oda-P!

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(5) The right eye is complete, but Aki has arrived to supervise now… 

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(6) Now working carefully on the left eye! (`・ω・´)

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(7) Oda-P has complete the outline for the eyes!

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(8) Now Oda-P is adding the white of the eye. It’s looking cuter by the second!

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(9) A base pink color is added to the eyes! (`・ω・´)

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(10) Oda-P carefully painting in more detail to the eyes.

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(11) Time to start work on the pupils! (`・ω・´)

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(12) The rest of the face is all taped up! The pupils will be a gradient sprayed on with an airbrush.

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(13) Applying a gradient paint effect to the pupils!

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(14) With the pupils done, we now need a black gradient at the top of the eyes.

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(15) Applying the darker gradient! Very nice colors!

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(16) The black gradient is complete! Her eyes are looking stunning!

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(16) A darker shade is applied to parts of the white part of the eye as well!

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(17) Adding in highlights to the eyes!

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(18)  Highlights complete! (`・ω・´)

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(19) The face goes through loads and loads of tiny adjustments!

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(20) Aki-san adds in some comments to the team!

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(20) The blush on the cheeks is added with a pastel! She is looking adorable!!

That brings the Oda-P section to an end!

The most difficult and most important part of the figure – the face, is finally completed!! As mentioned on the Live broadcast, normally it takes even the best sculptors at least a day and a half to complete, but Oda-P kept a nice constant pace and still performed incredibly well! Unbelievable work!

Now to put it all together!


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Nendoroid Super Sonico: Tiger Hoodie Ver.!

Prototype Complete!!


In total it took 12 and a half hours!

The battle took a little longer than originally anticipated, but even so the final product was worth the little bit of overtime! It was incredible to see the professionals in action!

But the battle isn’t over yet! (`・ω・´)
While the painting was going on, the packaging and poster were also being made!

Nagai-san & Station

In charge of : Packaging & Poster

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(1) The design team is also working hard making a poster! So cute!!

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(2) The design team is working on finishing the packaging too!! 

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(3) The poster is complete and printed out for everyone to see!

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(4) Photos complete! Now the photos will be added to the package design!

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(5) Nagai-san carefully cutting out the Sonico photo. (`・ω・´)

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(6) Package design complete!! (`・ω・´)

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(7) Now we move into the printing of the packaging!

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(8) Both design team members carefully cut out the box. (`・ω・´)

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(9) Just a few more snips and folds to go! (`・ω・´)

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(1) Packaging complete!! The package might still be changed a little though.

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(11) The blister pack has also been prepared!

That brings Nagai-san and Station’s section to an end!

Everything needed to make and print the poster and packaging were all brought along to the event hall just for this! The actual project was actually only to create the figure, so this was all bonus work inspired by Aki.

Another great example of watching professionals at work! Thanks Nagai-san and Station!

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Sonico placed in her packaging!

It looks just like a normal Nendoroid in the stores, except for the fact that she has no optional parts. 😛

The blister pack used here was specially made for Sonico super quickly for the event (seen they are normally made in China, it was a rather on the spur of the moment job). I think the ability that Good Smile has to adapt quickly to any situation is definitely one of the most amazing parts of the company!

Nendoroid Super Sonico : Tiger Hoodie Ver. is currently up for order on the Good Smile Online Shop!

Nendoroid Super Sonico : Tiger Hoodie Ver.:
http://goodsmile-global.ecq.sc/top/gcp202.html


Orders close on the 31st May at 21:00 JST!

You can only order her from the Good Smile Online shop and from the GSC Tetsujin Cafe, so don’t miss out!

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      /  \    /\   ”But if the prototype was made so quickly…
    /  し (>)  (●) \    will it really be the same quality?”
    | ∪    (__人__)  | ________
     \  u   `⌒´   / | |          |
    ノ           \ | |          |

After the event, the prototype has gone though lots of intricate adjustments and revisions to ensure good quality!

I’ll be taking a look at the final version on Friday!

The super cute Sonico is now cuter than ever before!
 
But that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!!  (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
(C)2006-2012 Nitroplus

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