Over on Instagram, Pop Culture Shock has shared a photo showing a prototype stage of a G1 Starscream statue they’re working on. While still decidedly a work in progress and missing some elements they note are not ready yet pending the hand sculpting process, the basic form of Starscream looks like it’s good to go in this early print. We’ve mirrored the photo for your convenience, which you can check out below.
The time has finally come for Card Captor Sakura fans as the title character’s first figma is finally up for pre-order! Along with it comes a mountain of details and photos to satisfy us. The Sealing Wand is full of options such as a replaceable top with a card on it for a sealing pose and wing parts for a flying pose. She also comes with the Star Wand and another set of wings for Sakura’s back so she can fly with the Star Wand. Turns out her skirt has a special option (more like a split seam) to allow her to fly on her Sealing Wand. Of course she also comes with a little Keroberos as well as a Clow Card, Sakura Card, and some unique hand parts. For expressions she’ll included a happy face, a cheerful embarrassed face, and a determined face for sealing away cards.
It’s a great figure and for me it’s far and away better than the S.H.Figuarts version in every way. Really it’s only downside is the price of ¥5,556. That’s about ¥1,000 more expensive than the massive Ultimate Madoka from 2013 at ¥4,572. Also doesn’t help that if you go for the Good Smile shop exclusive, which includes a pre-order bonus Star Wand in key mode, you’ll have to pay the full ¥6,000 taxed price plus ¥2,000 for shipping. Well, if you’re a fan you’ve got time to save as she wont be out until May 2015 anyway.
Moving on to more good news Max Factory also announced the next figure will be Sakura in her school uniform which will be followed by Tomoyo! And that’s not all! More figures of Sakura in her battle costumes will be entering the new figFIX line as well! You’re move, Bandai.
I’m already dreading the snow’s return this winter, but the cold temperatures will also bring back Snow Miku. As such, her 2015 design has been revealed today on the Piapro blog. It’s a mixture of three different designs, starting first with the white-coat-wearing Miku designed by Thalang, and a design of Yukine — the little rabbit mascot — by nekosumi and Haneyuki. The final illustration is a mix of both by Nardack, with a flowery feel to it that reminds me more of spring than winter.
The Sapporo Snow Festival is Feb. 5-11, 2015. I imagine we’ll be seeing some info on pre-orders for Nendoroid Snow Miku 2015 before then, but what do you think of the new design?
Good Smile Company has released a photo of its upcoming Nendoroid Snow Miku 2015. The figure is based on option #4 from the fans’ poll while her accessory, the Rabbit Yukine, is based on option #3. The two will be accompanied by a lily of the valley accessory.
While I’m still happy that my favorite design won, the unpainted sculpt is rather boring. All of the magic in this one is clearly in the colors and, as such, I hope to see it painted soon. Rabbit Yukine, by contrast, looks adorable even without any color. All in all, I think my favorite Snow Miku design is *still* the Magic Snow version although I still have high hopes for this one.
The brains of the Inner Senshi, Sailor Mercury, is joining Sailor Moon in the realm of Pullip dolls. This may just be me, but Mercury seems to look a lot better in this line than Moon does. Maybe it’s the haircut. Groove also did a great job of capturing her gentle disposition through her eyes and subtle smile.
As with all Pullip dolls, Sailor Mercury is posable, allowing you to recreate some of her lovely battle stances. Like Sailor Moon, she stands 310-millimeters tall. Pullip Sailor Mercury is scheduled to release in late September 2014 and is available to pre-order now for ¥17,280 (although many merchants offer her at a discount).