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Taito's Bakemonogatari Prize Figures stars

Dug up from the depths of 2chan, apparently Taito will be releasing prize figures of the verbally abusive Hitagi Senjogahara and class president Tsubasa Hanekawa from the series Bakemonogatari. Little else is know about the figures apart from the the figure (17 cm tall) and box dimensions. The quality of the figure, from the available advertisement image, looks average due to the plain sculpting work. We'll post more information as it arises. Ad included inside.

Black Rock Shooter Nendoroid First Pics stars

The first prototype pictures of Goodsmile's recently announced Black Rock Shooter Nendoroid has been leaked online. Though not one of the best, we're expecting more photos to show up within the coming days. The figure is currently on display at Goodsmile's booth at Comic Market 77. We'll update this post as soon as we find more information. Full images inside.

Update: Added photos from amiami and Moeyo.

Code Geass Romantic Variation Banpresto Figures stars

Some of the first prototype pictures of Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji Premium line's newest Code Geass lottery prize figures of C.C. and Karen wearing wedding dresses has surfaced. The figures appear to be castoffable as the concept art shows detailed undergarments.

Banpresto had previously released a popular figure of C.C. back in 2008 which now retails for over $100 and can only be found on the second hand market. Fans and collectors will not want to miss out on either of these new figures. Pictures inside.

[Nendoroid] Fate Testarossa stars

With the pending Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st, and the previously announced Nanoha Takamachi Nendoroid, it was only a matter of time GoodSmile announced a Fate Testarossa version. She will come equipped with her Bardiche, scythe, and a mini figure of Arf. Retailing for around 3,500 yen, she will be released in March 2010.

[Petit Nendoroid] Bakemonogatari Figures stars

Goodsmile's blog has revealed that they will be releasing figures from the popular spring anime series Bakemonogatari. Only three characters have been shown so far including the show's male lead Koyomi Araragi, Tsubasa Hanekawa the class president, and the verbally abusive Hitagi Senjogahara. The figures will come with interchangeable parts with Senjogahara displayed having a hand with a pink stapler, a blue stapler, and a box cutter. Goodsmile has also promised to add more information soon, and we will update accordingly. Pictures inside!

Ikaros PVC (Sora no Otoshimono) stars

Sora no Otoshimono the etchi anime debuted in Fall 2009 and already a figure of the well endowed Ikaros from the series has surfaced. She will be manufactured by Grands, a relatively unknown company and be released sometime in 2010 for approximately 9,000 yen. Currently only unpainted prototype photos are available taken from the 2009 Miyazawa Mokei Exhibition. Photos included inside.

Dolls Party 22: Mai Shiranui Dollfie and More stars

The next major Dollfie event, Dolls Party 22, has been announced for December 6, 2009 at the Tokyo Big Site in Odaiba. The more exciting announcement, Volks will be releasing some new limited items including a Dollfie Dream doll of Mai Shiranui from the King of Fighters series and a doll of Mahiro Mito from Tayutama -Kiss on my Deity-. Mahiro Mito will also have an alternate clothing set available for 14,490 yen. Three older clothing sets will be rereleased including Rei and Asuka's school clothing from Evangelion, and Saber's normal clothes with a lion plush, and her casual outing wear from Fate/Hollow ataraxia.

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AmiAmi Opens Website to International Customers stars

Surprise! AmiAmi has officially launched an English website, now allowing international customers to browse, purchase and pre-order all the items they sell on the AmiAmi Japanese website!

AmiAmi is pretty well known for selling exclusive items and previously the only way to get them was to acquire the help of a deputy service or have a friend who lived in Japan purchase items for you. It was pretty annoying and very expensive, but now AmiAmi will ship to international customers. AmiAmi usually has pretty low prices on their items compared to other online retailers like HLJ or HobbySearch, so this makes purchasing from them enticing.

Unfortunately, for now, they only accept PayPal for payment. For shipping they only provide EMS shipping. Which honestly is not bad, just a little bit on the expensive side.

Before you go rushing ahead and buying all the Touhou exclusives, take note and read through the AmiAmi FAQ, there are restrictions that you’ll probably need to be aware of. For example, you cannot cancel any of your orders; or if you do happen to order an item that is ‘Japan only’, they will promptly cancel your order.

Like many other shoppers online, I am very excited to hear AmiAmi has opened their doors to international customers. AmiAmi will probably become one of my top choices for ordering goods from now on. Sadly, this will push AmiAmi goods to become sold out even quicker than before. With the influx of international shoppers, I have no doubt I will be spending a lot of days pressing F5 and waiting.

Go to AmiAmi English Website

[Koto] New HoiHoi-san Figures stars

Kotobukiya recently released their prepainted HoiHoi-san figure kit to retailers and unveiled new ones at the recent Hobby Show 2009. Joining the lineup, Combat-san will be joining HoiHoi-san as well as a wide variety of HoiHois, equipped with different costume/gear variation (including a gas mask, cockroach outfit, a military uniform, and vacuum cleaning vehicle) and new faces. These lovable exterminators are coming Spring 2010. Until then, check out the photos inside!