You Could Have Waited A Month, Good Smile…

Posted by DiGiKerot in Toyetic at July 14, 2013 on 10:39 pm

With the recent release of the 300th figure, Good Smile Company have done something of a soft relaunch, or at least a minor rebranding, of their Nendoroid figure line. After all, at 300 entries, it’s probably one of the biggest series of specifically branded figures outside of the low-end capsule-machine brandings like Bandai’s HGIF, but at this point they’re facing increased competition from other manufacturers finally launching ranges in the same size and price point regions.

It’s kind of an interesting rebranding as well, in a sense – I don’t actually follow any of GSCs social presence, even though they do things in English, but it definitely feels like they’re playing up to the series popularity outside of Japan with their new packaging style (despite the “For Sale In Japan Only” moniker still displayed on the back). The Romanized version of the character name is now more prominent than the Kanji one, and the sculptor information on the front is now in English, the Japanese demoted to the back of the box. Whilst the traditional Nendoroid “Something Something Action Figure!” line in Japanese is still displayed on the front-left, the box also features slightly-awkward English lines like “Cute to look at, fun to play with and great to collect Nendoroids!” all over it.

Although it is kind of unfortunately that the rather cleaner, less busy graphic design of it all does actually end up making it more like, say, the competing Cupoche packaging than the busier, older ones did.

It’s also kind of unfortunate that the two Hidamari Sketch characters they’ve released as part of the series ended up juuuuuust either side of the rebranding, cursing the boxes not to match, despite being released barely a month apart.

Kissing the Floor

Posted by DiGiKerot in Toyetic at March 13, 2007 on 9:53 pm

This is really something of a follow-up to the My-ZHiME Zwei DVD 2 entry, when I mentioned that the LE Arika figures’ legs were made of such soft plastic that she’d be kissing the floor within days.

Well, she isn’t quite kissing the floor, but she isn’t far off…

My-ZHiME Zwei 2

Posted by DiGiKerot in HiME, Toyetic at February 27, 2007 on 9:09 pm

In which Arika doesn’t actually do anything.

A Rather Large Box (or, I bought the iMAS SE)

Posted by DiGiKerot in Gaming, idolmaster, Toyetic at January 31, 2007 on 10:19 pm

For comparison, that’s the first Code Geass DVD next to the box I picked up from the postage depot today. Its a rather large box, isn’t it?

Inside that box, well…

Goodsmile 1/6 Casual Saber

Posted by DiGiKerot in Fate/Stay Night, Toyetic at October 24, 2006 on 9:59 pm

Yes, its yet another Saber figure, and not really one I have a huge amount to say about. At the very least, this one at least isn’t cross-eyed. The pose is rather boring, though.

As for the production quality, Saber is at least fastened to the base by a pair of sturdy looking screws which should prevent her ankles from bending at least. The moulding is nice and sharp – the hair in particular is nice and pointy, with none of the rounded edges you get on a lot of figures. The legs do have the usual seems down the legs were the parts are joined, which are clearly visible under harsh direct light. The paintwork is largely OK, but were the clothing is rimmed around the edges there is an area of paint which looks rather flat and out-of-place. There are also some blush markings on the face which look a little odd.

Sabers skirt can be removed – in fact, you have to remove it due to it shipping with a plastic liner around it. The thing is, removing it kind of leaves paint marks on her legs and pristine white panties. Its something I recommend doing with great care if you choose to do so…

One thing about this figure is that its a lot bigger than you might think, even compared to other 1/6 scale figures – its taller than it should be compared to my other Fate figures at least, by a good inch.

(and, yes, that is my back garden – I couldn’t be bothered to set up my usual lighting system, and the weather was being uncharacteristically unbritish. Suffice to say, its raining now ^^;)