Monday, October 08, 2007
Since there is much love for the Poring, Japanese manufacturer System Service unleashes a Poring plush which measures a whopping 35 x 38cm or 13.77 x 14.96" in dimension. It's bigger than the biggest Dragon Quest slimes we've ever stocked. Two varieties are in stock and shipping today - a pink jumbo Poring and a lime-flavored Poring at US$45 each. Please note that this item is a dimensional weight product and NCS recommends only shipping by UPS Ground within the United States and First Class Air Mail for our international customers. «Photo Gallery»
We look at the Mario 50cm (19.68") tall statue as the video game equivalent of Maneki Neko and it'll potentially bring good fortune into local arcades, video game shops, and amusement centers. The world's most famous plumber smiles and welcomes visitors into an establishment with a flourish. We're of the opinion that a retail store which places one of the most successful video game characters near its front doors can only invite fortune into the establishment. Mario will also attract curiosity seekers who'll enter the shop to marvel at its girth. Think of it as feng-shui for the gaming industry.
As an aside, all of the stores that we've sold these types of Mario figures to are still in business and successful. That's not to say that Mario will save a flagging business or a shop that's competing against a newly opened Gamestop or EBGames next door. NCS originally stocked the Mario statue in May of this year and we've restocked it again for new orders.
» KOS-MOS ver. 1 (XenoComi Version)
» KOS-MOS ver. 2 (Xenosaga Ep. II)
» KOS-MOS Before Replacing Temp. Body
» KOS-MOS swimsuit version
» Shion Uzuki (Xenosaga Ep. III)
» Five additional secret variants are randomly packaged in the boxes.
The figures measure approximately 4.5" tall and are sculpted beautifully with careful details and regulation issue KOS-MOS accoutrements. Please order this item in complete factory cases of 8 toys at US$65 per box. «photos»
To sate some of that pent-up demand, Sony has officially started preorders for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue which ships on December 13, 2007 in Japan. GT5P will give gamers a preview and a taste of Gran Turismo 5 and some of what it has to offer. Bite-sized morsels, if you will, of a buffet that can't be savored in its entirety yet. Two versions of GT5P are on tap: A downloadable version from the Playstation Online Store priced at JPY4500 and a retail store edition that's priced at JPY4980. Since NCS can't wrangle any of the vig from the downloadable version, we'll be supplying the retail store edition on 12/13 for US$45.90.
Preorders are welcome to ship on or around October 26, 2007. Due to the plummeting value of the dollar against the British pound, please note that pricing is set at US$78 for this game.
Japanese manufacturer COSPA has started preorders for a somewhat accurate recreation of Alice's costume which includes a blue dress, a white apron, a black hair ribbon, and white thigh high socks. Gals with measurements of 33-25-36 cm may freely purchase the outfit but it won't fit anyone bigger than that. Pricing is set at JPY9800 or US$105 from NCS. Preorders are welcome to ship on or around October 30, 2007.
Nana Konishi - DOB: 7/7/87 Measurements T160cm·B88cm·W58cm·H86cm
Miyu Hoshino - DOB: 5/5/87 Measurements T155cm·B84cm·W57cm·H84cm
Tsubomi - DOB: 12/5/87 Measurements T160cm·B84cm·W58cm·H85cm
There's a total of 72 regular cards in MAE Vol. 2 but it's the limited and exclusive cards that seem to get the most attention in the aftermarket. From the manufacturer's preorder solicitation, we see that there's also the following special cards randomly inserted in each pack:
9 kinds of SP cards, 9 handwriting cards, 6 costume cards, 6 lingerie cards, 6 kiss cards, and 3 cards which include a strand of the idol's hair, and more. The product description also mentions a "nipple stamp" card where the gal dips her boobie into pink ink and then pushes it onto a piece of paper. This leaves an imprint which looks like the CBS logo. Compelling. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late December 2007 at US$60/box which contains 12 packs of 8 cards each for a total of 96 cards/box.
To fill the childhood dreams of every Macross fan in Japan and abroad, Japanese manufacturer Hobby Wave has announced a 1:5000 scale SDF-1 toy that's constructed of ABS, PVC, and die-cast metal. The ship measures 24cm or 9.44 in length from fore to aft. That's not all folks. The SDF also transforms from battleship to robot form as seen in one Macross episode where the power circuits had to be connected in order to fire the main cannon. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid February 2008 at US$165.
Bandai understands this. They've been releasing "Sound Drops" toys for a few years now which are little keychain toys that celebrate the sounds of video games. Our favorite was the Street Fighter Sound Drops from a while back but the upcoming New Super Mario Bros Sound Drops look like worthy contenders. Eight sound drops are featured in the set which include sampled sounds such as "COIN," "JUMP," and "1UP." NCS will supply the New SMB Sound Drops in complete sets of 8 at US$25/set. Delivery in Jan.
Namco's Tales of Innocence ships on December 6 and guess who's right there with a side deal to capitalize on the love? Hori's Tales of Innocence Accessory set follows the package convention determined by previous accessory sets in that it includes a special stylus and a skin for the Nintendo DS Lite. We spy six main characters from the game on the top of the skin. Preorders are welcome to ship on December 6 at US$23 per set.