The temperature in my area’s been getting cooler than normal this time of year. Maybe Miku’s been working her magic to end summer early. Introducing Snow Miku: Magical Snow Ver., the Wonfest Winter 2014 exclusive!

I don’t really collect Nendos like I do Figmas, but occasionally one’ll come along that I just have to get. In this case, it’s the iconic Snow Miku. When I first saw her earlier this year, I just fell in love with her design. Just the her expressions, the wizard hat, the cape, the snowflakes in her eyes, everything just looked great. She arrived early August, but I’ve been busy with work, my friend’s gonna be getting married at the end of the week, summer anime…and School Idol Festival. Better late than never, right?

When I opened my care-package from Goodsmile, I was very surprised at the size of the box for Snow Miku. It is huge, but considering how many accessories she has, it makes sense. I was impressed at how pretty the outer cardboard box was, emblazoned with the Snow Miku 2014 design. Take off that, then you get to the real box, which is designed to look like some magical tome. Opening the front cover reveals a short history of Snow Miku and a clear viewing window to see your new figure.

I really like the colors of Miku’s outfit. It’s a nice mix of white, ice blue, and purple. The yellow tie really catches your attention and the collar of her cloak has a nice gold trim to it. Her eyes are a nice deep blue with snowflake designs. Her ice blue hair is also features scattered silver snowflakes, with really good highlighting and shading. Miku’s twin-tails are tied up with long purple ribbons. One of the best parts of her costume is her hat. It’s a classic wizard hat with a nice clear blue orb at it’s tip and a bow in the front with a clear snowflake overtop. In terms of paint application, I legit think this is the closest thing to flawless I’ve seen on a mass produced figma. I couldn’t find any real problems, and I like to nitpick everything.

For articulation, what can I say? It’s a nendo. Standard articulation: arms are pegged, legs have Nendo joints, twin-tails have Nendo joiints for dynamic hair, etc. Additional articulation point is the located on the tip of her hat, using a standard ball joint.

Now for the accessories! Snow Miku Magical Snow Ver. comes with:

  • 3 Faceplates: Standard open-mouth smile, open-mouth wonder look, Serious/Focused face?
  • Wizard Hat: Held in place with magnets, which gives it some weight. Slightly articulated
  • Ice Wand: Nice blue orb on the top w/ Snowflake design. Bottom hand-guard can be removed to slide handle into the Nendo’s hand
  • 2 Capes: One dynamic blowing, one idle
  • Bunny Familiar: Has a scarf and a clear stand that pegs into the back of its head. The head can be removed and placed on a special bunny hugging arm.
  • Alternate lower body: Skirt piece w/ complete lower body for sitting poses. 
  • Stack of Books
  • Wand waving effect part
  • 4 Alternate arms 
  • Book Holding hand 
  • Clear Plastic Magic Circle. You slide it into special clips that attach to Nendo stand. One issue is that clips are fairly tight, so you will mar/scratch/generally mess up the area where the clips attach to the circle.
  • Snow Miku 2014 Book Display: A display/storage device designed to look like a leather-bound book. The front has the same design as the figure’s outer packaging in a nice gold leaf. The back has Miku’s Bunny Familiar.Opening the front cover reveals an area where you can peg in the display stand. This can be removed to reveal a felt-lined storage area.

This is a great looking Nendo and I’m really glad I pre-ordered it when I did. I don’t get many, but nendos are a nice change of pace and Snow Miku really does look fantastic. She originally retailed at about $50, not including shipping when I pre-ordered. I would highly recommend her if you can find her at a decent price.

That’s it for now!

crofesima:

Under the Dog anime project directed by Masahiro Ando (Sword of the Stranger, Blast of Tempest, CANAAN)

Under the Dog takes place in 2025 in Neo Tokyo, five years after a devastating terrorist attack at the Tokyo Olympics. In the wake of the tragedy, the U.N. formed a covert ops unit dedicating to seeking out, then eliminating those responsible for the attack. Anthea Kallenberg, a girl of Swedish descent is a member of this elite group who has honed her combat abilities and has become a deadly assassin, but must come to terms as to who she really is.

Support it on Kickstarter!

Geez, I stop reading Naruto for 8 months and whole story goes off the wall. At least Kakashi is still a cool guy, not that there was any doubt in my mind.

moonshineanimations:

Shimakaze Watches the Kantai Collection PV

Kantai Collection Anime PV 1

My adopted Kyouko’s arrived here safe and sound! Pretty happy with my first figmas from the Madoka series. Big shout out to Moonshine Animations!

So earlier this week, Moon put up a bunch of figmas up for adoption.

Bet you can’t guess where that Kyouko was headed…

The Wolf and the Kitty - Figma Stop-Motion Feat. Guts and Kuroneko

Yes! Wonder Festival 2014 [Summer] is here! So many announcements and my wallet is crying tears of sadness while I cry tears of joy. I set up this comic an hour or so before Wonfes began, and by the time I edited it, there’s been a ton of announcements. Here’s what my paycheck will be going to next year.

  • Figma Solid Snake from MGS2
  • Figma Sinon from SAO II
  • Figma Oshino Shinobu from Monogatari
  • Figma Tsugumori & Benisuzume from Knights of Sidonia
  • Figma Amatsukaze from Kancolle
  • Figma Lucina from Fire Emblem
  • Figma Yu Nurakami from Persona 4
  • Figma Racing Miku 2014 (Already a sponsor for the GSR)
  • Figma Satsuki [Junketsu ver.] from Kill la Kill
  • Figma Kirito [GGO ver.] from SAO II…I guess. Maybe not.
  • Figma Gurlukovich Army Soldier from MGS2
  • Figma Hoshii Miki from THE iDOLM@STER

This list is probably going to get a lot longer before the night is out.

Figma Oshino Shinobu! Finally!!!

Figma Oshino Shinobu! Finally!!!

ohnoraptors:

Figma and nendoroid Sinon!

「aLIEz」 by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki

「aLIEz」by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki