Good Smile Company Unveils Nendoroid One-Punch Man Saitama!

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Hold on, I’m still smiling from ear-to-ear right now. See Good Smile Company has unveiled the latest in their Nendoroid lineup and it is non other than One-Punch Man! Based on the hit manga and new anime series (see my reviews here), they has captured Saitama (aka One-Punch Man) in perfect Nendoroid form. The figure comes with an interchangeable facial expression for a more serious Saitama, plus an interchangeable set of crossed arms to show exactly how serious he can be. Also included is a trademark Munageya super market shopping bag he is always carrying (because he loves to shop for a good deal). For anyone that pre-orders the One-Punch Man Nendoroid directly from Good Smile Company will get as a bonus a Vaccine Man Acrylic Plate (includes stand). Pre-orders open tomorrow, Nov. 5th, for the figure, so check GSC online shop or your favorite import retailer.

UPDATE: Pre-orders are now open for the Nendoroid One-Punch Man Saitama figure. I have also added new images and a video below.

Figma Motoko Kusanagi: The New Movie Ver. Announced, Don’t Miss Out!

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The Good Smile Company have announced a new Figma figure that I know I’m really excited for. Based on the latest Ghost In The Shell anime — which is a remake of the original 1995 animated film — celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series comes the Figma Motoko Kusanagi: The New Movie ver. action figure. From these images, it definitely looks to have perfectly captured the cyborg leader of the Section 9 assault team as if she jumped right out of your screen of choice and into our hands.

The Figma Motoko Kusanagi: The New Movie ver. comes with the standard interchangeable facial expressions that includes a calm and collected look, along with a smiling expression and finally a clenched teeth ready for battle look. And what would Motoko be without her favorite pistol, and a handy-dandy assault rifle, don’t worry those are included too. Also featured is an alternate front hair piece that has her trademark visor attached so you can vary your displaying options. Lastly, it comes with the standard Figma stand for a variety of posing.

The Figma Motoko Kusanagi: The New Movie ver. figure is priced at 5,370 yen, which is about $45 USD. It will be shipping some time in February 2016. Pre-orders are now open, so check your favorite import retailers!

CKRTLAB TOYS Adds Valiant’s Bloodshot To Their Stylized Vinyl Figure Line-Up!

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

CKRTLAB TOYS announced today the addition of Valiant’s Bloodshot to their growing line-up of stylized urban vinyl figures. The figure will be debuting this coming weekend at the New York Comic Con during October 8th to the 11th. The hyper-stylized figure stands in at 5.5 inches tall and has six points of articulation. Included with the figure is a special firearm accessory set. All of this, figure and accessories, are made from an environmentally friendly PVC. The Bloodshot Vinyl Figure comes in a window display packaging, which is ideal for carded/boxed collectors, or those that open and display their collectibles!

New Images of S.H. Figuarts Golden Knight Garo (Nagarekiba Ver.) Reveals Fantastic Detail

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Over on the official Tamashii Nations blog, they have shared some great new images of the upcoming S.H. Figuarts Golden Knight Garo (Nagarekiba Ver.) figure. This is an amazing looking figure too. If I had to pick something I wasn’t crazy about, it would be that the gold parts of the armor look a bit more yellow looking than the first press images released when the pre-orders opened. I’m not sure it bothers me enough to not pick one up though, as the sculpt and detail look great and I think this needs to be in my collection. The S.H. Figuarts Golden Knight Garo (Nagarekiba Ver.) is priced at 5,940 yen (about $49 USD) and is expected to ship in February 2016.

Official Images Released of Tamashii Nation 2015 Exclusive S.H. Figuarts Star Wars Shadow Trooper

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

At the end of this month in Japan, is the Tamashii Nation (or Soul Nation) 2015 Event. Exclusive to the event, Bandai will have a few figures for fans to purchase, one of those being the S.H. Figuarts Star Wars Shadow Trooper figure, which we now have some official images to check out. This is certainly a nice looking repaint of the regular Stormtrooper, one that would be nice to have, but not sure it is a necessary one though. Considering that unless you can find someone to get the S.H. Figuarts Shadow Trooper from the show for you, this is sure to fetch a high price on the secondary market. So depending how badly you need this, I think it could end up being an easy pass. At least it will be for me.

Kickstarter, Is It The Future Of Toy Collecting?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

I will admit that last year, I thought that Kickstarter was going to be changing how toy collectors looked at collecting. I thought for sure that we would start to see a new direction for those looking to bring new product to the market, and a new means for collectors to get their hands on it. But now, now I’m not so sure anymore.

The latest Kickstarter from October Toys, the Skeleton Warriors Grimskull Action Figure, is a fantastic looking product. They have put a lot of time and research into this figure, but in its final hours of the campaign, things are not looking good with them $20,000 short of their funding goal. This isn’t the first action figure toy line I have seen fall shot in the past year or so either. The first Kickstarter for October Toys’ Skeleton Warriors Baron Dark and Titan Skeleton barely got in under the wire as well.

The first Kickstarter from Play With This Too is another example of a line that failed to get off the ground. They are currently underway with a second one and are a third of the way to their funding goal. Now I do hope they hit that goal, but traditionally unless things pick up in the final days, things aren’t looking too good.

Another Kickstarter that is on the verge of going in either direction is The Fwoosh’s Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series – Ninja Action Figures. This kickstarter is in its final week and is at 77% of its goal. Now there could be a big push at the end and they will find the funding needed to get this line off the ground. But then the question is, what comes next? If they want the line to expand beyond a couple of basic Ninja action figures, how do they do it?

Now you could say well what about Boss Fight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S., or Marauder Gun-Runners’ Marauder Task Force, and later their MTF Valkyries? Both of these we very successful. What is the key to the success?

I would say that 4 inch figures seem to be the answer, but the Skeleton Warriors are 4 inch figures, and are not having as much luck. Is it the theme of each of the lines? Is the absence of G.I. Joe in the market a big reason that Marauder’s two military themed Kickstarters were successful? Is the fact that there really isn’t any mythology action figures the reason for Boss Fight’s success as well?

Both of those Kickstarter campaigns have been the topic of heated discussion with problems that can come up from independent toy companies. Turning many fans off in the process. Did this cause many other fans to be come apprehensive about backing others? The TruForce Collectibles Mega Man X Kickstarter has been a hot topic as well, with many fans not happy about the delay in the figure being shipped out. Is this another mark in the column against backing new action figure projects?

UPDATE: I did forget about the Four Horsemen Studio’s Kickstarters, Gothitropolis: Ravens and Mythic Legions, which I was reminded about on Twitter. These have been met with success each time, but have also had their fair share of problems as well. Again, I feel these Kickstarters are filling a niche not generally found at retail.

I know in the past there have been many Kickstarters (and sadly there are still more to come) that have failed to materialize with what they promised. Meaning a product has never happened. Luckily I have yet to have this happen to me, though waiting almost a year longer than expected to get the Marauder Task Force figures was a bit of a let down.

It seems that video games and other non-toy items are still doing very well, so what is the problem with action figures? Is it a result of a shrinking market with adult collectors? Are collectors being more selective these days? I know I am, but I still look towards other options than retail to find new and interesting things to collect. Is a reason possibly poor promotion? Not enough people finding out about the campaigns until they pass? What about not understanding how Kickstarter works?

Do you back Kickstarter campaigns, or did you and are no longer? Either way, why do you? Not that I’m expecting to find the answer, but maybe we will. So share your thoughts and comments on Kickstarter and toy collecting.