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1:12 Red Shoulder Custom

Darren Pierce : 2007-01-10 18:59:52
Yamato brings us a 1:12 Red Shoulder Custom Parts set in June for ¥7,140. Scopedog, of course, not included.

Chokin' the Gokin

Erik Ando-yeap : 2007-01-03 18:49:18
A-Label, an obscure hobby company that specializes in hentai figures, announces an unexpected diecast toy of Demonbane, the lead robot from an obscure hentai PC game/TV show.

2006 Toy of the Year

Darren Pierce : 2006-12-31 10:35:13
It's that time of year again. Time to think about family, friends, good times, and petty squabbling over which toys kick the collective @#%!& of which other toys. Drop on by Waist Joint's 2006 Toy of the Year site and join in on the insanity. Nominations period is over. Voting is now open. Voting ends as the new year rolls over.

Bandai January 2007 Shipping

Darren Pierce : 2006-12-30 09:00:18
[ Updated! ]

Here's Bandai's shipping schedule for the month of January. Note these are actually "expected in-store" dates, so actual shipping to your favorite retailer may be 2~3 days earlier than these dates.

January 13th ...
Soul of Chogokin WALKER GALLIAR

January 24th ...
HCM Pro HYAKU SHIKI (Gold Coating Ver)

January 27th ...
Rider Hero KAMEN RIDER DEN-O (Sword Form)
Soul Spec Model EVANGELION 01

January 31st ...
Gundam Fix Figuration GUNDAM X

Gurren Lagann from Konami

Darren Pierce : 2006-12-27 12:12:11
Konami schedules seven inch PVC Gurren Lagann toys for April from their Real Grade Model series. Gurren Lagann himself and nemesis Enki each sell for ¥3,000. Notice the translucent parts on Gurren Lagann's sunglasses.

Dragonar Palm Action Continues

Darren Pierce : 2006-12-22 11:51:31
With Stark Dauzehn and Falguen, both shipping in March!

Also, look for Lancelot from Code Geass in April.

Four Dragons Exposed

Darren Pierce : 2006-12-21 21:34:51
Here's a peak at the upcoming Mugenbine candy toy set, the Four Dragon Legend.

And More Revoltech

Darren Pierce : 2006-12-21 21:17:48
Look for the winged, mass production Evangelion planned for the Revoltech line, as well as Megatron and Gaiking coming in April!

You Need Another Gundam

Darren Pierce : 2006-12-21 21:04:40
Here's a peek at an upcoming 1:144 scale HCM Pro branded Gundam, loaded with gimmicks. Do YOU own a Gundam?

Gaiking Neo Products III

Darren Pierce : 2006-12-15 14:31:39
Following up from a previous article, the full-sized prototype of SHE's Gaiking made an appearance, along with word that the set would come with Stinger, allowing the Sky Gaiking mode.

Also floated was the mysterious "1 meter long Daiku Maryu" that's being planned.

SHE teases their upcoming Gaiking and Daiku.

Cue Handel's Messiah

Darren Pierce : 2006-12-14 03:51:47
Soft Garage's Legend of Gokin toys have been solicited for retail. Only a decade in the making.

Kamen Rider Choo-Choo

Darren Pierce : 2006-12-12 14:58:28
2007's Kamen Rider Den-O has a train theme, and in the vein of Kamen Rider Hibiki's Disk Animals, Den-O will have a series of transforming (to a greater or lesser extent) weapons trains from their Denliner Series. Cars 1~4 are part of the two foot long DX Denliner Gouka. The toy features lots of gimmicks, including (car 1) lights and sounds, a pop up gun emplacement, and a launcher for Den-O's bike; (car 2) a giant missile launcher in the shape of Chester Cheetah's head; (car 3) a giant monkey themed bomb launcher, and (car 4) an aerial drone launcher. ¥6,300, March.

Car 5 is the Denliner Isurugi, with components that turn into a sea turtle. ¥2,300, March. Car 6 is the Denliner Kouki, which turns into a horned beetle. ¥2,300, April. Cars 7 and 8 are the Denliner Ikazuchi, which turns into a dragon, sorta. ¥3,500, April.

They can all link together to form a massive, mega, masked train, with all gimmicks functioning intact, sequentially down the line with one activation.

If you're curious about the theme, look up the legend of Momotaro (aka Peach Boy). Den-O's helmet looks a little peachy after all. On Momotaro's adventure, he encounters a dog (2nd car), a monkey (3rd car), and a pheasant (4th car). How they can meld together Ryuuki, Galaxy Express 999, and Momotaro into a new Kamen Rider theme is an exercise for the reader.
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