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GSC, Max Factory and Phat Company…

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Are all moving offices to the Tokyo Skytree 17th Floor from the 3rd July! (Tues)

Ooh, I can’t believe I’m going to be working inside that building! I still haven’t had a single chance to go there myself, but according to the rumors around the current offices…

 ・ The closest station is Oshiage Station.
 ・ You can get to the offices without ever going outside of the station.
 ・ You need to switch elevators half way up.
 ・ You need to keep a security card for access.
 ・ You seem to be surrounded by glass inside.
 ・ The company president’s room has glass walls.
 ・ The Skytree is big.
 ・ People are worried about getting to work late.
 ・ Nighttime is scary.
 ・ The company president is already looking into the next move.

That about sums up all the rumors – but they really are just things I’ve heard, so I look forward to seeing them for myself in a few days! I am so worried that I’m going to end up loosing my security card…

…Meanwhile!(`・ω・´)
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Back at the old office everything is being packed away!

It’s been around two years that we have been using this building for the offices, and I had a lot less junk to sift through than I expected – I managed to pack everything up quite quickly.

The move before this one was much worse – you can take a look at the previous Japanese blog posts about that move if you’re interested. 😛

– Good Smile Moving Offices! Let the Moving Strategy Commence! –
http://ameblo.jp/gsc-mikatan/entry-10638320439.html
– Move Complete! The New Good Smile Company Offices!
http://ameblo.jp/gsc-mikatan/entry-10642791128.html

 

Anyway, today I’d like to ask for help with this once again…
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I’m looking for a new blog title!

At the start the title was:
3 minute walk from Matsudo Station.

Afterwards it changed as follows…
2 minute jog from Matsudo Station.
1 minute run from Matsudo Station.

After that I started to ask for title ideas from readers:
5 minutes by panda from Matsudo Station (nobuno-san)
4 minutes by dog sled from Matsudo Station (Pupu-san)
0 minutes by Google from Matsudo Station (Futagoneko-san)
Move Forward 10 Blocks from Matsudo Station (Haruaki-san)

Seen we’ve moved quite far from Matsudo station now, the title needs to take on a new theme!

The only requirement is that the title must…

have a sense of distance!

I’m looking for something that gives an idea as to where GSC is! I know it’s not that simple to work with, but something along the lines of the previous titles. I really don’t have much of an idea of where the Skytree is, so it’s really hard for me to think of much at the moment either! 😛

“I’ve come up with a new title!”

mikatan-b@goodsmile.jp

 

Send me an an email with the title “I’ve come up with a new title!”, along with the title you’ve though of –  I’ll pick the best one which will be placed on the header of the top page of the blog along with your username – you can enter as many times as you like! (Please note that the entries do need to be in Japanese – the translations here are just for understanding purposes!)

The deadline is the 9th July!

However, I’ve also decided to add some forbidden words this time around! These words kept coming up in previous entries, and I’d rather not have them this time!

The Forbidden Words are…
  ・ Matsudo Station
  ・ Crawling
  ・ Moonwalk
  ・ Handstand

As much as I’d love to keep ‘Matsudo Station’ to keep the pattern of the blog, I feel like its a time for a change now, so I’ve decided to block that word out as well… Don’t get me wrong though, I still love Matsudo and I’ll still be going there sometimes – my house is close and Indotei is still there!!

The entrant whose title I select will be getting a little prize along with ten entries selected at random!

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

I’ll be making the final selection for the blog title, so if you have an interesting idea then please send them through!

I’ll looking forward to everyone’s entries!!

 

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

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Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier

Me: “I want to go with to the product inspection but I don’t have the time… can you take some pictures for me, Oda-P?”

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He got me some pictures of the warehouse!

There are piles and piles of cardboard boxes reaching the ceiling – and all of them are filled with Saber and her motorbike!

Now I’m even more depressed that I didn’t get to go with them!!

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The truck is packed up and ready to go!

Lots of people want to get hold of this figure, so the size of the truck is really impressive! A big thanks to all the workers at the warehouse for loading all those boxes up!
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Saber is watching over the warehouse!

All the boxes were successfully sent out yesterday thanks to her watchful gaze! One of them was also brought back to the offices for me to do my product review!!

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From Fate/Zero:
Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier!

From the popular anime series ‘Fate/Zero’ comes this 1/8th scale figure of the servant that Kiritsugu Emiya makes a contract with, Saber.

The figure’s pose is based on an illustration that featured in the original novel for the series, in which Saber is riding her motorbike while holding Excalibur in one hand – a pose that truly captures her fighting spirit as she rides into battle!

To summarize my feelings for the figure…
You’ll regret it if you miss out on this one!

It’s really hard to believe this is the final product and not the prototype – the manufacturing team has done an incredible job!! I literally got goosebumps when I saw her… she is just that amazing!

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The reverse side looks like this!

She looks great no matter what angle you choose to look at her from! You can’t help but spin the base around to see her from all sides!

Instead of just placing her in a display case I think you should keep her beside you on your desk to spin her around once in awhile and see her at every angle possible!

     ____
/     \
/    ─  ─ \  ”Really? I can’t really tell from the photo…”
/   ( ―)  (―) \
|     (__人__)   |     ___________
\    。 | |    /=3    | |          |
__/        ⌒    \     | |          |
| | /   ,  | ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄| ヽ || | |         |
| | /   /   ヽ回回回回レ   ヽ|| | |         |
| | | ⌒ ーnnn.ヽ___/   .(⌒)|_|___________|
 ̄ \__、(“二) └─┘ ̄l二二l二二  _|_|__|_

The bike itself is very long so these pictures make her look much smaller than she really is! Let me take a closer look at each section now, in the hopes that will give you a better opinion of how amazing the figure is.

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Let’s take a look at Saber herself first!

Her expression is amazing!!

Even zoomed in this much I can’t find a single fault in that expression – the sculpting of the hair and jacket really makes it seem like the figure is in mid-motion!

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Her lovely hip-line!

Pay special attention to just how round her bottom looks! I think it’s the part of the figure that really shows off Saber’s feminine side the most! It looks like it would be soft if you were to touch it… unfortunately it isn’t, I tried 😛

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The seat makes use of a soft material!

At first Oda-P and Tsukki from the manufacturing team were discussing that the figure would look strange of Saber was ‘floating’ above either the pedal, the seat or the ground. The first way to avoid this was by putting a tab on the figure to hold her in place, but they didn’t want to have to place a tab on Saber’s bottom to connect her to the seat, nor make the seat dented.

That’s when Tsukki came up with the idea to make the seat from a softer material instead – that allows all the three parts to be put together easily and keep Saber touching all three points while still keeping the shape of the seat normal. Great job, Tsukki!!

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The engine section is so intricate!

As I mentioned with Nendoroid Saber, mechanical sections like this on figures tend to look odd more often than not – but as you can see this engine looks just like a real motorbike’s engine!

I can’t imagine how they managed to put together all the tiny parts like each of those screws with such amazing detail and accuracy!

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The suspension and exhaust!

If you feel the exhaust with the tip of your finger it really feels like metal!! According to Tsukki the metallic parts are made from ABS with a metallic coating to create a very realistic appearance and feel!

The springs also look just like real springs, but they don’t expand and contract like a normal spring would. (they looked so real, I had to try!)

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The cowl has a shiny gradient effect!

The shininess here is a different kind compared to the exhaust – it is less evident but also looks stunning! The bike has a very streamlined shape, so if you change the angle or lighting in just the slightest way the shine looks completely different!

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A long-angle shot!

I recommend using a long angle like this when you want a picture that captures the feeling of the scene. Looking at this photo really makes the bike and Saber look so heavy and realistic, it’s hard to think she is just a figure!

This figure in particular really has been so much fun to photograph, I ended up taking way too many photos of her…

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I also love the creases in her jacket!

The way it seems to be fluttering in the wind is amazing in itself, but just look at the creases on her upper arm! They are incredible!!

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A close-up on the tires and base!

The tires don’t actually spin, but they do have a kind of rubbery feel to them!! It’s amazing how realistic they can become just through different materials and paint…

The base is modeled off the scene from the anime where Saber slid along the road to a halt! A big thank you to Kondo-san from ufotable for all the help with that!

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Now to play around a bit with parts from other figures!
Here she is holding Invisible Air!!

This is the sword that Saber ~Triumphant Excalibur~ is holding! Although the Triumphant Excalibur figure is a 1/7th scale and this Saber is a 1/8th scale figure it doesn’t look too out of place when she holds it instead. This recreates the scene from the anime perfectly!!

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figma Saber Zero can sit behind her!

I’m sure a lot of you have thought about putting other figures on the bike, so here is a figma size comparison! Obviously the size doesn’t quite match up, but I think you could fit three figmas on the bike at once! 😛

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My best photo for today!

Saber and her bike are not stuck together, so you can remove Saber and display her on her own! If you put Excalibur in the hand that would normally be holding the handle bars then it just looks like she is swinging the sword around instead – I think it looks great!!

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From Fate/Zero:
Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier!

She is being shipped out today!!

Apologies for the long wait, but you’ll be able to get your hands on her soon!! This is definitely a product that Good Smile has worked hard to release in the best possible quality, so I hope fans will enjoy having her on display!!

Be sure to contact our partner shops if you have any sales or preorder queries!

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

(C)Nitroplus/TYPE-MOON・ufotable・FZPC

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Nendoroid Gertrud Barkhorn

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||  / ̄ ̄\  ← Uchitarou-san
|| /   _ノ  \
/〔|    ( ●)(●)
〔ノ^ゝ    (__人__)  ”I left the prototype by the shelves.”
ノ ノ^,-    ` ⌒´
/´ ´ ‘ , ^ヽ      }
/     ノ'”\.  ⌒
人    ノ \/,_ __ノ
/::::\_/l:::::\ー-.,ノ、゙,

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Excellent! Package Located!

This figure was rather hard to get hold of, I’m glad I called and asked for it in advance… I know lots of fans have been waiting for the next Nendoroid in this series and now she is finally here!!
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The 5th in the Strike Witches Nendoroid series:
Nendoroid Gertrud Barkhorn!

From the hit anime series ‘Strike Witches’ comes the reliable ace of the squad – Gertrud Barkhorn. She also comes with her twin MG42 machine guns, various arm parts and expressions which can be used to create all sorts of your favorite scenes from the 501st Joint Fighter Wing!

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This is how she looks from the back!

The stand she uses is the arm-type stand that we are seeing more often on Nendoroids now! It makes it very easy to pose her in flying poses!
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An embarrassed expression with arms folded behind her back!

Gertrud is well known for her stern personality – even her embarrassed expression is very reserved! You can even pose her with her hands folded behind her back for a very professional looking pose like this!

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Her Striker Unit is also included!

Plus she can hold both the MG42 machine guns at once!

The photo above has her holding them with two bent arms, but the hands are detachable from the arms so you can have her holding the guns with any arm parts!

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A look from the back while flying!

The ears are a separate fringe part that you just need to swap out when you like, and the best part is that the sculpting of the braids and fringe on the version with ears is much more airy and really suits flying poses!

Of course a tail is also included and is even fitted with a joint for some more posing options! That little bit of skin showing just above her hips is beautiful!
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She can even hold the MG42 backwards!

She comes with special hands just to pose her like this to recreate the batting scene! Plus she also has this lovely expression for combat poses!

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She also comes with the alternate base!

On the left is the adapter for the stand that lets you pose her flying horizontally. You just need to place the Nendoroid’s waist on the white section! The base on the right is the same base seen with all the previous Strike Witches Nendoroids, featuring the 501st Joint Fighter Wing logo!
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The 5th in the Strike Witches Nendoroid series:
Nendoroid Gertrud Barkhorn!
She’ll be up for preorder from tomorrow!

Be sure to contact our partner shops if you have any sales or preorder queries!


Now for a quick notice!

The 2013 Snow Miku Outfit will be decided tomorrow!!

A big thank you to everyone who sent in designs to Piapro for the 2013 Nendoroid Snow Miku design!

The following four designs are the final options!

Just like last year, we’ll be having a public vote during a NicoNico Live Broadcast to decide between these four designs – come along and cast your vote as well!
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1: Snow Miku : Borage Flower Ver. (Provisional Name)
The Borage flower in her hair is and edible flower often used to decorate desserts. They also bloom in Winter. The tips of her twin-tails are made to look like cream at the end. The colors throughout the figure have a light blue to white gradient which is made to look like shaved ice with syrup.
http://piapro.jp/t/5Hi8
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2: Sweet Pâtissier Snow Miku
A Snow Miku with a very chilly appearance and a sweet tooth. The earphones on her ears are macarons filled with fresh cream, and the ribbon on her back is made to look like a sugar sculpture.
http://piapro.jp/t/5nK-

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3: Fresh Cream Snow Miku (Provisional Name)
Snow white clothes with frills shaped like whipped cream and features ornaments shaped like soda candy. Her hair has a white to blue gradient and flows like melting snow.

http://piapro.jp/t/lJh0
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4: Strawberry Daifuku White Kimono Miku
She has a strawberry leaf on her head with a snowflake lacing around her head. She is wearing a white kimono with silver snowflake patterns on it.
http://piapro.jp/t/XSGC


“Hatsune Miku Time” – Brought to You by Sega x GSC x Crypton:
http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv97744174

The show starts tomorrow at 19:00! (JST)

I hope you’ll be there to cast your vote – just wait for the poll and click the number that corresponds to the design you like best!

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

(C)2007 第501統合戦闘航空団

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Nendoroid Nyaruko

Good Smile is moving offices this week!

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…but even so, the desks are still a huge mess!!

This is one of the planning team’s desks – the move needs to be completed in around the next two days and I’m really not sure how we’re going to get it all done! I’ve hardly done any preparation at all! ^^;

But among the messy desk I spy a new Nendoroid!
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From Haiyore! Nyaruko-san:

Nendoroid Nyaruko!

From the popular anime and light novel series, ‘Haiyore! Nyaruko-san’ comes a Nendoroid of Nyarlathotep, also known as Nyaruko! Her little pet, Shantak-kun, is also included with his own little stand that lets him fly beside her!

They’re both so adorable!! (*゚∀゚)=3

Those lovely eyes and the ω-shaped mouth are so cute!! Her outfit also suits the chibi Nendoroid design so nicely!
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This is how she looks from the back!

It’s quite hard to see as it is behind her hair, but there is a lovely black ribbon tied up behind her. You can also see Shantak-kun has a ball-joint in his neck allowing you to move his head around left and right as well!
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The pose from the cover of the 2nd novel!

A special shoulder part is included along with the extended out arm to let you recreate this pose! The arms separate at the sleeves, so you can also use this shoulder with other arm parts for all sorts of other poses as well!

You can also see she comes with a bent right arm and a bent leg!
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Let’s move onto the optional parts!

First is this tearful expression!

She looks so adorable like this!!

Even for those that don’t recognize the parody, it’s still an amazingly cute expression!!

Also, Nyaruko often reshapes the one strand of hair on the top of her head, so the Nendoroid comes with three different options for it!
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A lovey-dovey face with heart hair!

A pose that recreates Nyaruko’s approaches toward the main character of the story, Mahiro! The upward glance and blushing cheeks are lovely, but the heart shaped strand of hair just takes the cake! This pose is definitely best for those who prefer Nyaruko’s cuter side!

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The hard-to-describe crowbar-like thingy!

Nyaruko-san also comes with her primary weapon, the crowbar-like thing along with arm parts that let her hold it in both hands!
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From Haiyore! Nyaruko-san:

Nendoroid Nyaruko!


She is up for preorder as of today!! (・∀・)ノ

Be sure to contact our partner shops if you have any sales or preorder queries!


Finally a quick notice! (`・ω・´)

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Pre-sale tickets for the 2nd Nanoha Movie with a bonus have been available since the 22nd March at Circle K Sunkus!

For ¥2700 you can get a ticket to the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha : The MOVIE 2nd A’s movie as well as a Nendoroid Plus Charm set! I’ve got hold of some of those samples today so let’s take a look at them!
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Set A: Nanoha & Vita / Set B: Fate & Signum!

Signum’s pose holding her sword out ready for combat is absolutely lovely!!
Those who are interested can find out more at the Circle K Sunkus’ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha : The MOVIE 2nd A’s special page below!

– Karuzawa Online –
http://karuwazaonline.jp/
But that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛

(C) 逢空万太・ソフトバンク クリエイティブ/名状しがたい製作委員会のようなもの (C) NANOHA The MOVIE 2nd A’s PROJECT

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

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W-Who took this picture…?

While I was looking through all the pictures on my camera I came across this one, but I’m sure I never took it!

Anyway, in this blurry photo you can see the WEB team and the advertising team. GSC’s advertising department doesn’t have any men in it – it’s filled with girls!
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Today we’ll be taking a look at a figure from last week’s WonHobby News Watch:

Nendoroid Saber : Zero Ver.!

From the popular anime series ‘Fate/Zero’ comes a Nendoroid of Saber wearing the black suit she is well known for in this series. She even comes with a Nendoroid-sized version of the motorbike she used while fighting Rider, the Saber Motored Cuirassier!

You’d think that with such an amazing extra she wouldn’t come with much else, but she comes with lots of other extras too!!

Zero Saber is wearing a simple black suit, so she needs some extras to spice her up a bit! We’ll take a look at these other extras a little later!
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This is how she looks from the back!

This version of Saber has a lovely ponytail that suits her so nicely in the suit! The prototype also features a ball joint in the ponytail which allows you to move her hair in any direction you like for some dynamic poses!
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The detail on the bike is incredible!

It’s absolutely tiny, but even so the tires and engine are still very detailed! The painting on the cowl is the perfect silver color. Normally mechanical things done at this size have a strange feeling to them, but Saber’s bike has come out wonderfully!

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Saber can even ride on the bike!

Nendoroids of course have a really big body and a much smaller body, so it was very difficult to get the balance of the bike right for a Nendoroid! But through a bit of trial and error I think that balance has come out just fine!
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Vrooom!!

I can just hear the engine when I look at her riding like this! At first it might look quite hard to pose her on the bike, but she actually fits on very neatly – the legs fit on perfectly. With the arm stand holding her in place and her hands on the handle bars she is very stable as well!
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Jump!! You can even pose her like this!

Let’s go over the optional parts we’ve seen now:
Along with her standing pose and the motorbike, she has…
 
 ・ An angry Face
 ・ Fringe parts swaying in the the wind
 ・ A ruffled upper suit
 ・ Two bent legs
 ・ Two bent arms (With left hand closed)
 ・ Excalibur

I personally love the extra fringe and suit parts which give a much more dynamic feeling to poses!! They are so much fun to play with!!
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She also has a serious expression!

Saber is well known for remaining cool under pressure and this expression captures that perfectly! It looks just the expression she glared down Caster with!

goodsmile company Mikatan's Blog English Version
Swapping expressions with another Saber!

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/    (●)  (●)\    “Hmmm… the Saber on the left looks all shiny!”
|       (__人__) |
/     ∩ノ ⊃   /
(  \ / _ノ |  |

This is a special Saber made to commemorate TYPE-MOON’s 10th anniversary:
Nendoroid Saber : 10th ANNIVERSARY Edition!

It’s the same as the previously released Nendoroid Saber: Super Movable Edition, however it features a metallic effect on her armor which makes it look much shinier! Just as before she comes with a load of optional parts including a smiling face, angry face and a tantrum face as expressions and three different sword options – Excalibur, Caliburn and Invisible Air!

As mentioned on WonHobby News Watch, the metallic effect is rather difficult to apply!

It might be difficult, but it is certainly worth it in the end – just look at how shiny her gauntlets are!! Plus it is not only her armor, the swords have also been given the metallic treatment! This special version of Saber will be on sale at this year’s TYPE-MOON Fes and will also be available at the GOOD SMILE ONLINE SHOP.

– Event Sales –
Please see the TYPE-MOON Fes. Official Website (http://www.typemoonfes.com/) for more information. (Japanese)

– Web Sales –
This product will be on sale at the GOOD SMILE ONLINE SHOP between 6th July 2012 (Fri) from 13:00 (JST) until the 23rd July 2012 (Mon) at 21:00 (JST.) Expected delivery will be in November 2012.
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Nendoroid Saber: Zero Ver.!

She’ll be up for preorder from tomorrow!!

Be sure to contact our partner shops if you have any sales or preorder queries!


Now for a quick announcement! (`・ω・´)ゞ

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ClariS’ first official book, ‘Collection’ has been announced!
The official book will be going on sale from the 14th September 2012! ClariS debuted in 2012 as the ‘Middle School Idol Unit’, and since April have since become the ‘High School Idol Unit’ – from their first single, ‘irony’ to their first album ‘BIRTHDAY’ they have now released a total of 20 songs!
 
Plus, ‘Nendoroid Petite: ClariS Set – Naisho no Hanashi Ver. is also included with the book!

This is the third set of ClariS Nendoroids, following on from the ‘irony Ver.’ and ‘Connect Ver.’, and just like the previous versions it comes with a stand that allows you to display them on top of the ‘Naisho no Hanashi’ CD. If you’re a fan of the girls then don’t miss out!
 

Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
(C) Nitroplus/TYPE-MOON・ufotable・FZPC

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  /     \
 /  _ノ  ヽ、_ \    ”I haven’t been in the offices for awhile,
/   o゚⌒   ⌒゚o \   and now there is a pile of stuff at my desk!”
|     (__人__)  |
\     ` ⌒´     /
ノ            \

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Lots of products and prototypes to check…!

There is one prototype that I can’t wait to show everyone, it has come out so cute! I’ll be able to show everyone soon!!

Today it’s time for a much-needed prototype review!

Good Smile is moving offices on the 29th June, but I’ll be getting through as many reviews before then as possible! I’ve already contacted the planning team to ask to keep the prototypes until the move!

So let’s get started today with…

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Nendoroid Petite : 

THE IDOLM@STER2 Stage 02!

From the popular idol simulation game, THE IDOL@STER2 comes another set of cute figures to join the first set! This time along the set includes Miki Hoshii, Iori Minase, Yukiho Hagiwara, Azusa Miura, Ami Futami and Hibiki Ganaha all in their stage outfits!

A total of 7 to collect including one secret character!

Each single figure will cost 500JPY, but just like the first set there will also be a larger box containing 8 figures.

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Yukiho Hagiwara & Miki Hoshii!

The outfits are the same as Stage 01 -the outfit is called ‘Pink Diamond’ in the game! Miki is showing off her lovely body and hips!

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Azusa Miura & Iori Minase!

The slightly older idols of IDOLM@STER 2! I personally think Azusa looks much better with her hair like this! It’s so cute!

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Hibiki Ganaha & Ami Futami!

Ami’s twin sister was in Stage 01, so now you can display the two of them together! The diamonds along Hibiki’s pants are less than a millimeter in size – as always the Nendoroid Petites are going to cause a lot of trouble for the manufacturing team! 😛

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The Stage 2 figures are looking at their predecessors…

Nendoroid Petite : THE IDOLM@STER2  – Stage 01 will be on sale from the 26th June! (・∀・)ノ

This is one of the boxes filled with 8 smaller boxes – you don’t know which character you will get in the smaller boxes until you open them!
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I got the secret character first again!!

But I think most of you can figure out who it is even from the back! (`・ω・´)  

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The complete Stage 01 set!

Wow! They came out wonderfully – even the small small gold areas on the outfits have been painted perfectly! Wonderful!

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You can hardly tell the difference between the prototypes and the product versions!! (((゚Д゚)))

Of course you can tell which ones are the prototypes because they all have larger bases at the moment. But seeing all the idols together like this is really a lovely sight!

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Nendoroid Petite :

THE IDOLM@STER2 Stage 02!

They’ll be up on the GSC site from Monday!

Get in contact with our partner shops if you have any sales or preorder inquiries!


Now time for some news!

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“Berserk : Golden Age Arc II -The Battle for Doldrey” is in cinemas from the 23rd June!

In other words it starts tomorrow! Akiyama-san managed to use his charms to get hold of one of the gorgeous pamphlets that will be on sale at cinemas early – you can see Yukipo is very interested in it! It has a beautiful cover with a golden foil logo! I think displaying this beside the figmas would look wonderful!

 

Even more news!

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The Black Rock Shooter Blu-ray &
DVD BOX also goes on sale tomorrow!

The photo above is of the Black Rock Shooter DVD BOX (Limited First Edition). I found it over at Otanaka’s desk and quickly stole it before he could stop me!

The packaging features illustrations by huke!  

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This is the contents of the box!

Obviously the DVDs with the anime are all included, but along with them you’ll also get a load of extras including a booklet with interviews and character designs, the original soundtrack of the series and a special video collection disk! A lovely set of goodies for any fan – not to mention that it also comes with…

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figma Insane Black Rock Shooter!

This is just a picture of the inner packaging, but the actual version does come in it’s own box!

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Posed and ready to fight!

I’m always impressed with the figmas of the BRS series! (And I’m not just saying that to advertise, they are really amazing!) They stick into really nice poses so easily and it’s so much fun to pose them. I’m certain she’ll look great displayed with the normal Black Rock Shooter figma, but note that she is only included with…

The Black Rock Shooter Blu-ray BOX (Complete Limited Edition Version) or The Black Rock Shooter DVD BOX (Complete Limited Edition Version)!

You’ll only find her with these sets, so make sure you don’t buy the wrong version if you want her!

The boxsets are on sale tomorrow!

 
But that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again next week!

I’ll be Kyuushuu tomorrow with the sales team that are touring Japan – if you see me feel free to come have a chat! (・∀・)ノ゛

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The WonHobby Site is Live!

Wonder Festival 2012 (Summer)

29th July at the Makuhai Messe!

I can’t believe how fast these seem to come around every 6 months! It feels like the last WonFes was not even three months ago!

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The special site for the event went live today!

WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU !! 16!

This will be Max Factory and GSC’s joint booth for the event! The booth name is shortened to ‘WonHobby’ for the event, so you just need to remember that.

– WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU !! 16 –

http://whl4u.jp/


The site will be updated again from time to time, so keep an eye on it! (`・ω・´)

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WonFes Products!

From Max Factory we have,
figma Buffalo Bell : Visitor ver.!

From Good Smile we have,
Nendoroid Insane Black Rock Shooter!

There are also some products that will be up later!
Keep an eye on the site, as they’ll be announced soon!

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There will also be online sales!!

Delivery will only be in November for online sales, as they will all be made-to-order. But it does mean that if you can’t make it to the event you can still grab the exclusive products!

They will be available for order at the GOOD SMILE ONLINE SHOP from 29th July until the 6th August!

– GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP –

http://goodsmile-wf-global.ecq.sc


This will also be updated when the products are available, so keep an eye on it if you want to order! We’ll also announce it on the GSC site once they are available for order!

– WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU !! 16 –

http://whl4u.jp/


And finally a quick notice!! (ノ゚∀゚)ノ キャホー

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The Nendoroid Complete File!

This was released by Hobby Japan and you should be able to find it in stores from today! It’s much bigger than I expected and the package is so cute!! It a great read but that’s not all – it also comes with a Nendoroid to play with!!

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This is what’s inside the box!

Here you can see the included Nendoroid Saber : Complete File Edition! (`・ω・´)

This is a fully posable version of Saber in her casual clothes! She comes with a fencing sword, some tea, parts for sitting on her knees and much more!

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Inside the actual album!

All the Nendoroids of the past are all included for you to enjoy! Everything you need to know about Nendoroids you can find in this lovely album!

The album also includes interviews that you can’t find anywhere else as well as production reports which shows exactly how Nendoroids are made – definitely a book that Nendoroid fans will enjoy. The album was released to commemorate GSC’s 10th anniversary, and should be available for purchase now!

Today we have a special guest on the blog!

An interview with the Nendoroid illustrator, kako!

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions for the blog! I’ve got to know kako quite well now, he is a really nice guy!! We’d never have so many cute Nendoroids without him!! (`・ω・´)

Q. Is there anything you need to pay specific attention to when illustrating Nendoroids?

You need to be very careful to keep to the original character design as much as possible. When making a Nendoroid design there is a careful balance between keeping to the Nendoroid design and still keeping the original character design intact as much as possible. The illustrations need to indicate things like where the waist starts which changes quite a lot from character to character, so each needs to be very finely tuned. Nendoroids are ‘chibi’ characters, but even so we try to keep their outfits and extras with the same amount of detail on the original designs. I think that’s partly what makes Nendoroids so amazing! (Although I’m sure it’s a lot of work for the sculptors!)

Q. Are there any illustrations that really stick in your mind?

There are lots that I remember quite fondly, but if I had to talk about a few…

● Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

This was the first Nendoroid to have an illustration done before it was sculpted, so it is definitely very memorable. When I first saw a picture of the rough sculpt, I couldn’t believe how much cuter the figure looked compared to the illustration – I was overcome with how amazing she looked and that was when I realized just how incredible the sculptors were!! I was also amazed that the rough sculpt was ready the week after I sent in the illustration… they were really quick!

Ryuk (DEATH NOTE)

I wasn’t able to get the head to look right on this one… I must have redrawn the face at least 100 times before it looked right. Nendoroids are supposed to have a kind of cute feeling to them, but that was very hard to capture with Ryuk. I think it must be the illustration that I’ve spent the most time on ever. I was personally quite happy with the way the design came out in the end though – it was cute but still had the Ryuk feeling to it.

Miku Hatsune

The Nendoroid illustration of Miku was kind of the illustration that set the format for all the future Nendoroid illustrations – most new designs use her as a base now. It’s like the definitive Nendoroid illustration! Plus the illustration was not only used for sculpting the original Nendoroid, but also for the plushie, rubber straps, Racing Miku and lots more!

Q. Anything else you want to add?

Congratulations on the release of the Nendoroid Complete File! I made sure to order a copy for myself! I couldn’t believe the Nendoroid series got its very own game, and now it even has its own album! To be perfectly honest I never expected the Nendoroid series to become so big and last for so long when I started working on it. I’m so very glad that the Nendoroid design has been loved by so many people for such a long time. I’ll be sure to bring more and more of the cutest illustrations I can! A big thanks for having me on the blog as well!!

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer the questions!! kako’s Nendoroid illustrations really have the most amazing balance – they suit the conversion to figures absolutely perfectly!

The reason we are all able to love Nendoroids is thanks to you and the sculptors that work so hard to bring them to us! I’m looking forward to more illustrations in the future!!

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

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