All posts by Tian

Velvet with Cornelius by Alter

Snapshots: Alter’s Odin Sphere lineup

It took a while but Alter’s revisiting their Odin Sphere line. They’ve re-released Mercedes and Gwendolyn, but the most exciting thing is no doubt the brand new Velvet and Cornelius set.

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Kotobukiya Shinobu Oshino

Figure Review: Shinobu Oshino Plain Clothes ver. by Kotobukiya

I admit I might have a problem. As I write this there are eight Shinobu figures on display behind me. Well, technically one is Kiss-Shot but yeah, same thing. While the character didn’t really become relevant until the very end of Bakemonogatari, she has kind of become the ultimate moe character for me. Kotobukiya’s rendition here isn’t their first, but it is their most recent. It got a bit lost in the shuffle as I was working on some home improvements when it first arrived. But finally I had the inkling to do a real photo shoot.

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Phat Company Rise Kujikawa

Figure Review: Rise Kujikawa by Phat Company

If I have a video game obsession it would be Persona 4. Something about that game and its characters resonated with me in a way that I had never felt before. Obviously I’m not the only one, as Persona 4 became a huge hit… and then the bizarre spin-offs started coming. I guess it’s fitting though because the world of Persona is bizarre. But what I wouldn’t have dreamed of is that there would be a dancing rhythm game using the characters and settings of Persona 4. That brings us to Persona 4: Dancing All Night and Phat Company’s Rise Kujikawa.

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Good Smile Company Kaori Miyazono

Snapshots: Kaori Miyazono by Good Smile Company

I was feeling the itch to do a quick figure shoot today, and it felt like Good Smile Company’s Kaori Miyazono would be fitting for springtime. Although we just had snow here like two days ago so…

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C2E2 2016

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2016

I normally don’t get into C2E2 as much as other cons because there really isn’t much of an anime presence there. But this year I had a pretty good time with all the other stuff at the con. Of course I’ll be dedicating this post to cosplay and some of the other sights around the con – if you’re interested in toy coverage, check out my photos at Tomopop.

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Nendoroid Christmas Party

Nendoroid Christmas party!

Merry Christmas to all you figure collectors out there! Christmas seems like a particularly Nendoroid-ish holiday, so I decided to do a special photo shoot with mine.

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Embrace Japan Tibalta

Figure Review: Diabolus Macrodontia Tibalta by Embrace Japan

It’s a Halloween two-fer! Well it would have been if Amiami had shipped this a few days earlier. Today we’ll be looking at another Embrace Japan figure: Diabolus Macrodontia Tibalta. This is the seventh figure in their “Black Arts Keeper” line, and I think the only one without any kind of cast-off feature.

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Embrace Japan Diabolus Inclinatus Desdemona

NSFW Figure Review: Diabolus Inclinatus Desdemona by Embrace Japan

Halloween has come (and gone!) which means it’s time to call out the spirits. In early October I received my eagerly anticipated pre-order of Embrace Japan’s Diabolus Inclinatus Desdemona. Everything about her screamed “Halloween” so I took the whole month thinking of how to set up this shoot. A couple of pumpkins and a boatload of dried moss later, I finally have a figure review!

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GSR Racing Miku TT Zero 13 Kai

Snapshots: ex:ride Racing Miku TT Zero 13 Kai

Although Max Factory pumps out a lot of figmas, they’re a bit lacking in the “giving them stuff to do” category. Individual figmas may come with certain character-specific accessories, but you rarely get accessories/play sets designed to go with any figma. That’s why I jumped on the figma PLUS sets, why I got excited for the figma horse, and why I ordered this figma-sized motorcycle. Dedicated hobbyists may opt to build their own play sets and accessories, but to be honest I’ve always been a “buy it from someone else” kind of guy 🙂

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Hachikuji, Shinobu, and Canti

Snapshots: Robot babysitter

There’s nothing quite like taking advantage of some beautiful weather to get some outdoors figure shots. At worst, you don’t get the shot you want but the day still doesn’t feel wasted.

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Alter Black Hanekawa

Figure Review: Black Hanekawa by Alter

Time to look at an oldie! Alter’s Black Hanekawa was first released in 2011, which is probably when I got it. Yeah that seems like something I’d do. It also had a release in 2013, probably coinciding with the return of the Monogatari series. For those unfamiliar with the character, Black Hanekawa is the possessed form of Tsubasa Haneekawa, a cat demon who sucks energy from her victims. I think her popularity is due to her sexy/cute attributes, as I didn’t find her story arc in Bakemonogatari to be all that great. If you’re Alter, though, story is but a trifling matter next to the character design.

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Nendoroid Churuya-san

On vacation!

I wanted to get a new post up this week but wasn’t able to. I’ll be on vacation until next week… hopefully I’ll have something cool to post by then. Later!

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