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
The Soul of Imaginative Chogokin (S.I.C.) toy line is where the term “acquired taste” really applies to. For years, S.I.C. has developed somewhat of a niche market for those who care less about show accurate designs and love the artistic liberties and eccentric detailing only found in this product line. However, unlike the more popular S.H.FiguArts, the extreme makeovers of tokusatsu characters in the S.I.C. line, along with the more advanced engineering involved means that product releases are much more seldom. Such has also been the case with their exclusive releases and as a result, S.I.C. exclusives really are fitting of the term “exclusive,” such as this unexpected announcement of an S.I.C. Kamen Rider Double CycloneJoker Gold Xtreme from the movie, “Kamen Rider Double Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate”
This S.I.C. version of the powered-up version of Kamen Rider Double’s ultimate form features a recolored Crystal Server running down the middle of his face and body, but the base body sculpt is otherwise untouched. What are sure to grab attention though are the famous dragonfly-like wings which are also redesigned to fit with the S.I.C. aesthetic. They look quite similar to the redesigned wing frame of the PG Strike Freedom Gundam, probably because of the jagged edges lending to a more mechanical touch. I’m pretty sure you’ll need a Tamashii Stage for this one too since the wings are sure to make the figure back heavy. S.I.C. Kamen Rider Double CycloneJoker Gold Xtreme will be a Toei Hero.net exclusive, meaning this one’s bound to be much more of a pain in the ass to get than the usual Tamashii Web exclusive. It’s kind of similar to those fan club only perks that one gets in a school org making it that much of a greater exclusive in my opinion. This one’s going to retail for 5775 yen, still without the additional shipping and handling costs, and will be released in March 2012. Better start saving up if you’re an S.I.C. collector.
Scans of Figure Oh No. 163 just came out with more grim news for seemingly unflinching Bandai loyalists as a list of the toy makers Tamashii Web exclusive items was featured in one of its pages. Continue reading