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[Max Factory] 1/7 PVC Hatsune Miku stars

Announced a while ago on Max Factory's blog, amiami has gotten some in hand shots of the 1/7 scale Hatsune Miku. A bit late to the party though, as Volks and Goodsmile released their renditions some time ago. I definitely like this one better than Goodsmile's 1/8 scale version. She will be released in November for approximately 8,000 yen.
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Reimu Hakurei Nendoroid (Touhou) stars

Touhou fans rejoice, apparently Goodsmile Company will be releasing a Reimu Nendoroid. Unfortunately as of now, it will be be a Comiket 76 exclusive. We'll keep you up to date if we get any more information, other than that we will definitely try to pick up a few while we are at Comiket. A couple pictures inside.

[Griffon] PVC Pram stars

While strolling around the convention hall, we found a pleasent surprise sitting behind the glass display case at the NIS America booth: a sample figure of Pram by Griffon. They were taking preorders for her at the convention for $70 which I would assume included tax and shipping. She will be retailing for around 5,880 yen in Japan, and can be preordered from rozenqueen for $59.99. We were also able to take a few shots of her out of the glass case, check it out inside!

[Alter] 1/7 PVC Nanoha stars

Mentioned previously as a prototype at earlier hobby conventions during the year, Alter has unvieled the completed stock photos of thr adult Takamachi Nanoha from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. Gorgeously sculpted, she is significantly better than Volk's rendition, though I wished the wings on her feet were transparent. I also do wish that Alter would do something about their plain based. Sadly for my wallet, I might have to pick up all of Alter's previous Nanoha related figures also. She will be released later this year in October for 13,440 yen. More pictures inside.

[Alter] 1/8 PVC Rise (Persona 4) stars

Looks like Alter pulled a fast one over us, else we've been too out of the figure loop recently. Anyways, Alter will be releasing a 1/8 scale PVC of Rise Kujikawa from the hit Playstation 2 game Persona 4. Alter did an excellent job making sure the figure resembles the character accurately. She will also come with 2 accessories, her glasses and cellphone with a Teddie phone strap attached. She will retail approximately for 7,140 yen and released around September 2009.

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[Yamato] PVC Velvet Odin Sphere stars

Famed garage kit maker Bubba's latest kit Velvet from the Playstation 2 cult hit Odin Sphere is getting the PVC treatment. Figure maker Yamato has a less than stellar record in figure quality in the past, but in recent years made large improvements which we hope will be represented in this figure. For the concerned buyers, supposedly Bubba himself is supervising the PVC rendition. Bubba has made stunning figures in the past including the Haruhi bunny garage kit and Max Factory's Etna from Disgaea.

Though I am a bit disappointed that Max Factory is not releasing Velvet, I will probably still be picking this figure up; hopefully Yamato will be able to replicate the paint job as wells as the sculpt accurately. The figure will be released later this year, and we'll keep you updated on any new developments.

More photos of the painted kit as well as the PVC sculpt mold inside.

DD Yoko and Nia Preorder Open (Updated) stars

VOLKS USA has their preorder up for either Dollfie we reported about previously until Sunday April 19 at 11:00 AM PST. Interested buyers can also order from VOLKS' international site, the deadline for preorder there is Monday April 20 at 4:00 AM PST. VOLKS USA will deliver the Dollfies around the end of September while the international site will deliver around mid July. Nia will also feature a limited edition clothing set including a short haired wig, a hoodie, socks, and shoes. Do note that the doll modeling the set is most likely not the DD Nia.

Interestingly, VOLKS still has not released full finalized pictures of either Dollfies even with the deadlines approaching fast. A few pictures have surfaced on VOLKS' blog and on Gainax's blog which we have included inside. Will update when more pictures are out.

UPDATE: Finalized pictures have been released.

[Koto] 1/8 PVC Kotonoha Katsura stars

Akibahobby reports that figure maker Kotobukiya will be releasing Kotonoha Katsura from School Days. She will also come with the fan favorite duffel bag of death. Sadly, she will not be holding a knife but a cellphone. For those who are not familiar with the series, School Days originally was an eroge visual novel adapted into an anime featuring a school romance story. The series ended in a twist which was unaired due to the nature of the content, but was found on the DVD release. She was be released later this year in Summer 2009.

[Max Factory] 1/6 PVC Yoko Litner stars

Unveiled at the Tokyo International Anime Fair, Max Factory will be releasing a realistic rendition of Yoko Litner from Tengen no Toppa Gurren Lagann. The figure is absolutely stunning though some fans may wish that they had chosen to use the anime face. Maybe Max Factory will include an interchangeable head?

There are currently no price or release date available but as soon as that information is released we'll let you know. Judging by the scale, I would have to estimate the figure to be around or at least be $100.

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Tokyo Anime Fair 2009 Toys and Figures stars

The Tokyo International Anime Fair has begun, and as you can expect a flood of new toys and figures on display!

Check back here as we frequently make updates to this post as soon as more pictures and reports are online!

We apologize for the lack of hobby updates, within the last 2 months, there have been approximately over 3 hobby related events making it difficult for us to keep track of everything.