Hi everyone, Murakami Night here, been a while since I’ve posted (and also probably for the blog itself) but yeah, I’m back for a very short entry for today! Continue reading
This post is made to help collectors with questions regarding the quality of items and to debunk fabricated myths about particular toys and figures. For further reading on this topic, please refer to HS Hobby’s excellent blog posts located here and here.
We often get asked by new collectors whether or not our figures are made in Japan or if Japan version figures are superior to Asia version figures. This is only natural as all collectors would want to avoid getting something that’s not worth their purchase. To make the long story (or blog post) short, figures are not manufactured in Japan. They’re made in China. But that doesn’t mean that they’re of poor quality or are bootlegs. Here’s why. Continue reading
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Haganai) a successful anime’ last year, summoned Kashiwazaki Sena to be the first model of Kotobukiya figure line…This blonde beauty with boombastic melons is certainly a figure lover magnet or should I say figure oppai lover magnet… :)
Sena is very sexy in her sitting pose… Sculpted based on the cover illustration of the original 6th volume of the manga.
Touhou fans will be delighted as Hobby Japan x Kotobukiya revealed the latest character in their splendid line-up of Touhou figures (except Marisa, lol) who is none other than the
spoiled-brat young mistress of Bhavagra, Hinanai Tenshi. Continue reading
“Bakemonogatari” has always been a source of inspiration for many figure manufacturers, with many of the top companies releasing their own versions of the always popular series. Kotobukiya has been one of them and while their offerings have often gotten the cold shoulder over the ones from Good Smile or Alter, they’re trying to reverse the trend with their latest and most impressive figure yet, Black Hanekawa. Continue reading
Some companies just had a another exhibition of upcoming figures at the recently concluded MegaHobby Expo 2011 and from what they’ve presented so far, 2012 is bound to be a very expensive year for collectors due to the sheer number of anticipated figures to be released. A lot of the figures here are from my favorite manufacturer, Alter, while some are from Kotobukiya. I once wrote off that Alter was losing its touch with the lackluster releases of months past, but with the lineup they’ve presented here, I’m glad to say that they’re back on top of their game and we should be seeing even better things from them soon. Continue reading
The latest scans from Japan’s highly respected hobby magazine, Hobby Japan, have just come out and as usual, oodles of new figures to look forward to are once again in the spotlight. This issue seems to be much more interesting than the last two were, particularly due to the presence of very recognizable characters most otaku identify with.
November is just around the corner and that means lucky people who so happen to be in Singapore on the 11th to the 13th will finally be able to experience the joy that is Anime Festival Asia 2011 (AFA 2011). Of course, being one of those unlucky ones to be stuck here in the Philippines, I’m jelly as hell, not only because of the special guest appearances (May’n, LiSA, FLOW, etc.) and of course the much anticipated booths of Good Smile Company and Kotobukiya, but also because of the limited edition AFA-only merchandise by notable character goods companies like Cospa and Muse, Continue reading
The “Strike Witches” anime might have finished airing a long time ago but the figures for it show no signs of stopping. Alter and Kotobukiya are the known names churning Witches faster than a bullet train, but Volks is also in the business of making them although at a much slower pace and working on a smaller scale. So far, we’ve seen their Yoshika and now, they’re ready to roll out the ever-popular Mio Sakamoto. Continue reading
Alter rarely completes a whole cast of characters when they make figures from a particular anime series. In fact, apart from their now legendary “Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha” figures (which includes the sequels, “A’s” and “StrikerS”), few series have a complete set of characters from the said manufacturer, “Saki” and “Kara no Kyoukai” to name a few. However, as if divine intervention had convinced them to do so, Alter’s fully committed to completing the whole pantsu-less 501st Joint Fighter Wing of “Strike Witches.” This time, their latest announcement is the MG42-wielding Gertrud Barkhorn. Continue reading
Another Hobby Japan issue, another round of figures to salivate upon. Scans for the December issue of Japan’s foremost hobby collectors’ magazine don’t quite reach epic levels, but compared to last month’s downright boring announcements, these ones are much more excitable. Continue reading
After more than a month of waiting, drooling fangirls *ahem* can now feast their eyes on the latest update from the Kotobukiya x Nitro+ joint project as they’ve announced the most awaited male figures of 2012, lovely couple Shiki and Akira from the infamous BL game Togainu no Chi. You may want to check out the rest of the entry so you can view the other photos and info about the release, or simply stay on the front page so you can stare at Akira’s buttcrack over there. Your call, fangirl!
An update from Dengeki Online website contained a surprising news about C³ Cube x Cursed x Curious main character Fear Kubrick. The anime is currently airing and at episode 3 yet Kotobukiya already had her on the line up.
More pictures after the break
Even though we’re looking forward to our next display at AME Monogatari next month, our presence at Collecticon 2011 was no slouch at all means whatsoever. In fact, given the limited space, we still managed to put up a great display with a good mix of old favorites and stunnin new releases. Continue reading
Kotobukiya continues its now familiar “Shining Hearts” lineup with the opening of pre-orders for their 1/8 scale figure of the knife-throwing maid, Rouna. Continue reading
Being a relatively new figure manufacturer, ques Q certainly has the odds against them succeeding in the business, but with the meticulous attention to quality and mystique of being a low-key name, they’ve slowly but surely captured the attention of most figure otaku. They’ve certainly made a believer out of me, and with their latest announcement of a Kousaka Kirino Swimsuit Ver. figure that blows anything that the competition has offered so far, it won’t be long before they make it into the mainstream consciousness. Continue reading
Kotobukiya has quite a history of recoloring previously released figures and launching them as new ones, and their latest announcement is just one of them. From the game “Shining Hearts,” Urayukihime/Hayane could at first be labeled as a Blanc Neige lookalike and such claims are justifiable.
It’s nearing the end of the month which means that the new Hobby Japan issue is now ready to terrorize collectors into spending more of their blood, sweat and cash to get more of these plastic ladies. Whether you’re a Nendoroid fanatic, a figma fan boy or a scale figure savant, there’s a little bit of something for everyone here.
Another great weekend, another awesome convention to remember by. The Best of Anime 2011 was by no means a convention of the highest caliber, by normal standards, however, the figure display that Team Onii-chan! put together was once again the source of our joy and pride. I guess its a testament to the wonderful company that these guys are that makes every display a fulfilling and worthwhile event. Anyways, I wouldn’t remember The Best of Anime 2011 as an outstanding convention but more for the overwhelming fun factor involved. Here’s some pics from day 2.
Day 1 of The Best of Anime 2011 has just closed its chapter and along with it, Team Onii-chan’s display event for the said event. While the crowd was not at par with that of Otaku Expo 2011’s or the display area as well-protected, the convention was still enjoyable and full of energy as the team continues to build its reputation for being the most active and fan-friendly anime toy collecting community in the country today. As always, here’s some shots that I’ve taken from both the event and our totally awesome display. Continue reading
The orange-haired “White Devil,” Takamachi Nanoha, from “Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st” will be getting another scale figure courtesy of solid, but seldom awesome manufacturer, Kotobukiya. The new figure depicts Nanoha frantically eating a piece of bread while putting on her school shoes, possibly to avoid being late for the dreadful school life ahead of her. Continue reading
It’s that time of the month again where we vote for the figure that defined the previous month; the figure that absolutely ruled the roost and brought more hysteria and mass excitement to the masses. The following nominees were chosen based on factors such as popularity, build excellence and sheer attractiveness. Team Onii-chan! brings you the top 3 nominees for our Figure of the Month contest for August 2011.
Voting is open for all (yes, that includes you).
Good Smile Company Nendoroid Kaname Madoka (Puella Magi Madoka★Magica)
1/8 Hobby Japan Hakurei Reimu (Touhou Project)
Good Smile Company Nendoroid Cirno (Touhou Project)
Voting will start today, September 6, 2011, and will end at 12 midnight on Wednesday, September 7. We shall crown the “Figure of the Month” on the same day. Let the battle for August 2011’s “Figure of the Month” begin!
This is only a fun contest run by us on a monthly basis to know which figure our readers feel deserve to be posted as “Team Onii-chan’s Figure of the Month” and is by no means, an official statement by us saying this figure is better than others.
The second day of Otaku Expo 2011 was, in many ways, much like day 1, only much more vibrant and injected with an insane amount of hyper-charged craziness and fun. The first day was great enough, but day 2 was definitely a blast. Some of our dedicated and unmatched crew brought more figures to show off, which made the display even better. If there was one thing that stood out, it was the fact that guarding the display was even more fun than it was tiring. Sure, staying in one place and keeping a laser-eyed focus on the display might drain the body, but with such a great group, you wouldn’t even feel it. Anyways, as with the previous post here’s some more pics I took of the display. Some of our members got their own pics (which are obviously much better than mine) which you’ll be able to view soon at our Facebook fan page so look forward to that. Pics are after the break. Continue reading
Otaku Expo 2011 Day 1 has ended and what a day it was! The figure display turned out great despite some early concerns over space and lighting. I’m proud of how our crew vigilantly guarded the display area while having fun at the same time. Revoltech Woody, as expected, stole the show with his perverted adventures, leading to a lot of interestingly maniacal shots. I wasn’t able to take a pic of Woody’s unfaithful figure polygamy, but most of our members should be uploading those soon. Besides, I don’t think my extremely limited camera gear (phone cam — not worthy) would do those shots justice. I did get some pics earlier as teasers for the better ones to come from our awesome members. More pics after the break. Continue reading
Unsatisfied with the semi-annual monetary carnage brought about by Wonder Festival, figure manufacturers have once again brought out their wares for future consumption. However, unlike WonFes, C3xHOBBY seems more like a minor technicolor preview of already featured goods, rather than the major blockbuster wallet beat down we’ve come to expect. There won’t be comments on most of the figures, except those with undesirable stuff to note of (like release dates and if available, price) as we’ve covered them already in the previous Wonder Festival coverages. More pics after the break… Continue reading