Onii-chan’s Corner: Quality and What Really Matters

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.

Your toys and figures? They’re made in China.

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

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Quick Review: Max Factory Figma Insane Black Rock Shooter

Max Factory Figma SP-41 Insane Black Rock Shooter

It’s been a while since I actually last posted and when I actually held a figure shoot. So, today, I am back for another not so quick review and this time we go to the land of stupid bundles with figma Insane Black Rock Shooter!

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Max Factory 1/7 Samurai (Student Style)

Max Factory 1/7 Samurai (Student Style)
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October 2012

New and unexpected figure announcement from Max Factory! I didn’t know that this game 7th Dragon 2020 exists prior to the figure announcement, but as a huge Miwa Shirow fan this announcement really shook me. Unfortunately, I am bothered by her high price, long neck and weird knee caps. I may pass on this one, but I’ll excitedly check her out in person  if ever one of my mates will buy her.

Pre-orders are now open!

Volunteer Your Vocaloid Figures For The VocaFusion Figure Display!!!

After our gigantic Ozine Fest 2012 figure display, you would think that we’d take a break and rest on our laurels, but with so much opportunities in front of us, we simply can’t sit around and let them pass by. So we’re very very happy to announce that Team Onii-chan Figure Display Crew will be having another figure display next month in VocaFusion at the SMX Convention Center Function Room 1 in Pasay City. The said convention will be on May 20, 2012 from 11 am to 8 pm. With the title being Vocafusion, it’s quite obvious that the event will be centered on the Vocaloid franchise. As such, our figure display will be a purely Vocaloid character display. Continue reading

Max Factory Menma Swimsuit Version will Lick your Ice Cream……. and Wallet :P

Another Honma Meiko fig is up, and all fans of her and the anime’ Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai (Ano Hana) are continue rejoicing…whew! is there any other longer title of anime’ who can beat this ?? LOL… anyways Max factory obviously knows how to use the fan service on this fig…. :)

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“Guilty Crown’s” Inori Finally Gets Her Own Nendoroid and Figma

Good Smile Company has been on a rampage releasing new figures based on popular series and this is evident in their latest announcements for their highly profitable Nendoroid and figma product lines. With the anime “Guilty Crown” having just ended, GSC and Max Factory have catered to the request of fans to release figures of the ever popular vocalist of EGOIST and main heroine, Yuzuriha Inori. Continue reading

TAGCOM 6 Event Report (Yes, We Had a Display There!)

When we have anime figure displays, we’re usually given at least a month to prepare for the event. Why a month? Well, consider that not only do we have to invite lenders and record their figures to be displayed in the event, but we also have to layout the name tags for the figures and have further discussions with the organizers with regards to the floor space we have to work with. I think this is why our latest stint at TAGCOM 6 at Robinson’s Place Manila last March 31 to April 1 has got to be one of our most impressive showings yet. It may not have been as grandiose as our previous displays but given the extremely rushed preparation time we had, we’re quite proud of the showcase we had. Continue reading

Max Factory 1/7 Kobato Hasegawa + Takayama Maria

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After Gift opened their preorder for 1/4 scale Nanoha, Max Factory now is going to release a 1/7 scale of Takayama Maria (photo: left) and Kobato Hasegawa (photo: right). All loli collectors out there will definitely suffer from the release of those 3 figures. (>.<)

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Max Factory Luka Tony Ver. is One Sizzling Sexy Lady Waiting For Your Pre-order

The Vocaloid franchise has been around for quite some time and has had its share of figures already, but apart from the immortal Hatsune Miku, there hasn’t really been much in terms of character variety when it came to Vocaloid scale figures. But this time, Max Factory is out to change all of that by finally announcing pre-orders for the Tony Taka designed version of the voluptuous Megurine Luka. Continue reading

Max Factory Holy Angel Kamineko is Truly Heaven Sent

Max Factory has long been one of my favorite manufacturers for releasing some of the best figures in a very attractive 1/7 scale, meaning they’re a bit bigger than your usual 1/8 scaled figures. This trend continues with their latest figure announcement in the form of “OreImo’s” Kuroneko in her Holy Angel Kamineko outfit. Continue reading

Nendoroid Popura is Cute and Perfect for Her Size

More figures are being shown in the coming of holiday season and it’s time to show a very cute Nendoroid of the “small” reliable waitress Taneshima Popura from the anime which is set in a family restaurant “WORKING!!”.
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Hobby Japan January 2012 Scans (Max Factory Luka WOOT!!!)

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.

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Nendoroid Sanada Yukimura Arrives to Please His New Oyakata-sama (That Means You)

Sanada Yukimura of the highly stylized and unrealistic wartime anime, “Sengoku BASARA,” will be joining the growing Nendoroid lineup courtesy of Phat! Company. Continue reading

figma Uesugi Kenshin is a beautiful Swordswoman

Wow… so much revelations in such a short amount of time and things fall apart that showing more new revealed stuff is quite quick. A new figure to enter the firing line. It’s ze strongest samurai swordswoman in Japan from the PC Game Sengoku Rance, Uesugi Kenshin to enter the figma line. Continue reading

Figma Saber Quite Ladylike and Still Powerful in a Tuxedo

Saber is another one of the most milked characters I know. And Max Factory is delivering another Saber in the perimeter of a Figma from the recent Fate anime showing this fall Fate/Zero. Continue reading

figma Michael Jackson Relives Your Dad’s Thriller Dancing Sessions


The brewing battle among articulated figure manufacturers has reached fever pitch with Kaiyodo’s Revoltech and Max Factory’s figma product lines at the forefront. With figma retaining their stranglehold in Japanese character dominance, Revoltech has recently turned its attention more to Western cultural icons, such as DC’s Batman, Jurassic Park’s T-Rex, Marvel’s Iron Man and others to name a few. However, with the market still in its infancy stage, Max Factory would also like to take a share of that pie and has also started its own Western campaign, albeit in a smaller scale. One such example of this is their recent release (yes, he’s out!) of the timeless Michael Jackson in his Thriller self. Continue reading

Max Factory HSP Miku Delights Moe Fags, Looks Eerily Similar to Kirino


It’s been quite a while since Mikatan brought us anything new from Good Smile Company to salivate on, but she’s finally back with something that I personally have been both intrigued by and excited with. Max Factory’s Hatsune Miku: HSP Ver. is based on Hana Soumen-P’s (hence, HSP) videos of the virtual goddess with the distinct character design provided by none other than OreImo’s Kanzaki Hiro. As for the figure itself, the quality of the work done by Max Factory really shines through and dare I say, at their best, no one even comes close to the accuracy and impeccable finish that they can pull off. This is certainly one of those pieces that may not grab headlines at first, but the beauty reveals itself in the meticulous details that decorate the figure. Continue reading

Hobby Japan December 2011 Scans (OH GOD, YES SHISHIO!!!)

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

Figma Saber and Rider Re-released, Max Factory Just Trolled Scalper Clients

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With the new entry in the “Fate” universe, “Fate/Zero,” underway, Max Factory has taken the glorious task of trolling everyone who bought their undoubtedly popular “Fate/Stay Night” figmas of Saber and Rider at higher than normal prices. Continue reading

Figma Nadeko… Plain, yet cute

A storm still passed us and another figure is showing up from the storm of previews this week. Now let’s take a look on the character from the anime Bakemonogatari, who is cursed by a snake. None other than Sengoku Nadeko. Continue reading

Figma Ika Musume Starts Her Invasion

With the second season of moe-gag squid anime “Shinryaku!? Ika Musume” up in full swing, Max Factory does more with the figma release of our favorite cephalopod overlord who came from the sea, Ika Musume. Continue reading

Collecticon 2011 Event Report (No Need For Parental Guidance Here)

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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

figma Kyoko and Saber/Zero Previewed, Guess Which One I’m Excited For?

New figmas have been announced recently that should appease a lot of both these characters fans, although I’m not particularly fond of one of them for reasons which I shall torture you (translation: rant) with later. First off, the character which I really, really, reeeeeaaally admire, “Puella Magi Madoka Magica’s” Sakura Kyoko. Kyoko might not garner the same level of popularity as the other puella magi, but I found her backstory quite interesting and her voracious appetite very cute. Her exposed fang is of course, also one of her biggest selling points. The figma looks to be excellent again, and I’m sure that huge spear she holds will make for some pretty dynamic poses. I’m hoping there’s not much in terms of paint quality issues, but so far, the uncolored prototype is already an A++ for me. Continue reading

Hobby Japan November 2011 Scans

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.
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