Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Comiket 75

The 75th Comiket event took place at Tokyo Big Sight from 28-30 December 2008. I attended the event for a short three hours in the afternoon on the last day of the event before heading off to Akihabara. It's not my kind of event and I only went there to preorder the Volks Nanoha Strikers figures for my customers and also to take pictures of the upcoming stuff from Volks, Good Smile, Max Factory, and Native. Here's my brief photo coverage of the event.

The march up stairway to cosplay heaven a.k.a. rooftop of Tokyo Big Sight.

Cosplay area on the rooftop of Tokyo Big Sight.

Kamen Rider cosplayers. From left to right, it's Blade, Kiva, Kaixa, and Kuuga. Sorry, I didn't manage to take any pics of them from the front. ^^;

Volks 1/7 Nanoha Takamachi coming in May 2009 - more info

Volks 1/7 Hayate Yagami coming in Junne 2009 - more info

Volks 1/7 Fate T Harlaown out in July 2009 - more info. I've received a ton of preorder requests for this one. I must admit, she's definitely the best one of the three.

Volks 1/7 Vivio coming in July 2009 - more info. Bonus figure for those who preordered the set of three Nanoha StrikerS figures. Those who preordered the set through me will get Vivio without any additional charge.

Upcoming resin kits from Volks. More pics in my flickr gallery here.

Volks 1/144 Linebarrel Volks ver. PVC action figure due out in January 2009 and second bacth out in February - more info. Those who want one can preorder it through me. Email me for more details.

Volks 1/144 Linebarrel mode B revealed but no price or release date yet. Price should probably be the same as the regular version at 6,825 yen or so.

Native, Good Smile, Max Factory, and Volks booths were right next to each other.

GSC 1/8 Akiha Shishido from Sora o Kakeru Shoujo - July 2009 release. Hmm ... wonder if the show will be any good. Figure looks nice though.

GSC 1/4 Nanoha Takamachi - Spring 2009 release. No price yet but man she's huge!

GSC 1/8 Moka Akashiya from Rosario + Vampire - June 2009 release.

GSC 1/8 Kyouka Midarezaki & Puchi Kyouka from Kyouran Kazoku Nikki - May 2009 release. Show seems to be very popular. Is it worth watching? I've yet to watch a single clip from the show.

GSC 1/7 Saber Lily - June release. Work in progress and sculpt pending approval. Although they had a sign that read 'no photo' next to it, plenty of people had already taken tons of pics and posted it on the net since day one of the event. So I guess one more wouldn't hurt ... ^^

Max Factory Figma Haruhi & Mikuru in cheer girl outfits. Both due out in March 2009 for 2,500 yen each. I don't see no 'no photo' sign anywhere ...

GSC Nendoroid Petit Lucky Star New Year's Greetings Capsule ver. - more info. The most difficult Nendoroid figures to obtain thus far. It is physically difficult because one would have to travel all the way to Washinomiya and line up for hours to get 10 tries at the gashapon machine. You'll also need lots of luck because they're all random and completing the set would be quite difficult particularly getting all eight different paper fortunes.

GSC Nendoroid Nozomu Itoshiki from Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei - March 2009 release.

Phat Company Nendoroid Francesca Lucchini from Strike Witches - No price or release date announced yet.

Phat Company Nendoroid Raspberyl from Disgaea 3 - due out in May 2009.

GSC Nendoroid Sebastian Michaelis from Kuroshitsuji - coming in Summer 2009.

GSC Nendoroid Priecia from Prism Ark - coming in June 2009.

GSC Nendoroid Nagi from Kannagi - out in May 2009. Still pending approval from licensor. One of the 'no photo' figures but since there's already plenty online ... here's one more. ^^

GSC Nendoroid Kureha from Shining Wind - May 2009 release.

GSC Nendoroid Miku Miku Kagami from Lucky Star OVA - coming in May 2009. I got most of the Miku figures and defintely looking forward to adding this one to my collection!

Nendoroid Petit Yuki Nagato Haruhi-chan ver. - bonus figure that will come with vol. 3 of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuutsu manga due out in 9 July 2009. Book and figure set priced at 1,680 yen including tax.

Native's fourth PVC release is Kotone Ousaka based on Tony Taka's illustration. Native will begin taking preorders for the item through their official website in January and figure is due out in June 2009. No price announced at this time. Check back on my blog for details and contact me to preorder the figure.

Native 1/6 M-ko Kousoku due out in January 2009 and retails for 12,000 yen. Native website exclusive. Preorders for the figure had long closed. Unfortunately, I missed out on preordering the figure.

Native 1/7 Nozomi Watase wine red version due out in April 2009 - more info. I'm currently taking preorders for this piece.

Native had a teaser sign for their upcoming figures. More info and pictures should be announced soon.

Two cuties in wedding dresses. Nice~!

Guys sitting around the booth playing rock paper scissors with the voice actresses to win prizes.

Now here are some shots of the cosplayers. I didn't take many since they closed the event area shortly after I got there. I counted roughly two dozen Vocaloid cosplayers dressed up as Miku, Rin, and Len.

Double Chun-Lis. Would be even better if they're twins!

No idea which character she's cosplaying but she looks cute.

Nice Asuka cosplay. Based on Kengou Yakumo's illustration and also the figure.

Not sure which characters from what anime/manga series they're cosplaying but they sure stood out from the other cosplayers!

Check out more pics in my flickr gallery linked below:

Comiket 75 gallery

Btw, Happy New Year everyone! ^^

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Yamato 1/48 VF-1S Roy Weathering comparisons

There had been three releases of the 1/48 VF-1S Roy Weathering Special thus far. First one was sold at Wonder Festival 2008 Winter in February, second was sold through Yamato online shop and released in April, and the third is a reissue that was also sold through Yamato online shop and released in December. I have the second release and received the third release a couple days back. Took some pics of both for comparison in this post.

The reissue release is on the left side of the pics and second release on the right. Reissue Roy weathering's sleeve is much glossier.

Side comparison.

Reissue's box is entirely black with no front flap or window while the second release used the same 1/48 VF-1S Roy box.

Reissue Roy weathering removed from box and compared with second release.

Reissue 1/48 VF-1S Roy weathering special

There are extra sheets of clear plastic wrapped around the Valkyrie itself but none for the second release.

Second release.

Reissue's manual and stickers.

Yamato 1/48 VF-1S Roy Weathering Special comparisons gallery