Friday, February 29, 2008
» R-Type featuring R-9A Arrow-Head (original and color variant)
» Image Fight featuring 0F-1 Daedalus (original and color variant)
» Gradius featuring Vic Viper T301 (original color only)
» Gradius 2 featuring Metarion (original and color variant)
» Darius Gaiden featuring Silver Hawk (original and color variant)
Pricing is set at US$45 per factory case of 12 toys. Please note that a partial shipment arrived but we were able to ship most preorders yesterday. The remainder of our stock is scheduled to arrive next week.
Links of Interest
» New photo link for the Shooting Game Historica Second Product
» Original NCS photo gallery for the Shooting Game Historica toys
» Partial sets from the original gashapon version available
As the upcoming release of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots begins, Snake is an old man. White-haired, wrinkled, and somewhat wobbly, Snake is a shadow of his former self but he's still got skills. Years of training and his innate survival instincts just don't disappear overnight. The years of smoking cigarettes has taken a toll on his lungs however and Snake coughs up a storm. Per usual Medicom convention, the company releases a Real Action Heroes figure for Grandpa Snake which measures 30cm or 11.81" tall. The figure is highly posable for kinetic action postures that only a seasoned warrior can achieve. «Photo Gallery»
Kera is a monthly lifestyle and fashion magazine with a strong slant towards bleeding edge Goth-Loli style. We have a sneaking suspicion that Mr. Burton of Nightmare Before Christmas fame subscribes to Kera magazine. In this month's issue, readers follow a girl named Uri as she visits different shops such as Sexy Dynamite London Punk and Jimsinn. She gamely clowns for the camera, shows off her shopping discoveries, and makes funny faces. The cover model is featured in a 4-page spread where she dresses up in a Goth-Santa outfit and a Goth-Nurse get-up. Our favorite part of the magazine is the Street Snap section where a roaming photographer takes to the streets and snaps shots of Goth-Loli garbed citizens in all their sub-culture splendor. Very entertaining stuff.
Renji Hiiragi is a member of an order of Night Wizards who protect the world from those who would plunge it into darkness. Night Wizards have special abilities and are armed with weapons called artifacts which allow them to attack discarnate beings known as Emulators. The Playstation 2 game starts off with a relatively lengthy interactive intro which sets up the characters, their relationships, and the travails that lie before them. The main portion of the game plays like an interactive novel where text is read and choices are selected to proceed further. When a battle pops up, simple combat commands are chosen to beat back enemy forces. «G-Notes»
Bandai's One Piece Portrait of Pirates toy series honors Zoro with a re-release of his figure from the original OPOP. Zoro measures 20cm or 8" tall and appears to be unsheathing the sword that's in his hands. Two additional swords are included in the package which may be tethered to his side. A pair of goggle accessories are also packaged inside the box which may be slipped around the swordsman's neck. «Photo Gallery»
When the mercury rises over 30°C or 90°F, Haruhi wears red bunny ears, a red skintight dress, and a red bow to complement her bare legs. However, when the temperature drops below 30°C, Haruhi's ensemble changes color to black and her legs are covered with black hosiery. If Haruhi is caught in a zone with different temperatures, her coloring will change according to the formula listed above. All preorders have shipped as of yesterday and new orders are welcome. Jan Code: 4543112513779.
This figure has been created from the original 3D gaming data directly from Ubisoft. Tha accuracy of the figure is amazing and totally authentic. Altair comes complete with all his weapons and packed in a full color window box. Assassin's Creed is the next-gen game developed by Ubisoft Montreal that will redefine the action genre. While other games claim to be next-gen with impressive graphics and physics, Assassin's Creed merges technology, game design, theme, and emotions into a world where you instigate chaos and become a vulnerable, yet powerful, agent of change.
The setting is 1191 AD. The Third Crusade is tearing the Holy Land apart. You, Altair, intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. You are an Assassin, a warrior shrouded in secrecy and feared for your ruthlessness. Your actions can throw your immediate environment into chaos, and your existence will shape events during this pivotal moment in history.
The year 2008 represents the 16th anniversary since NCS took initial delivery of StormLord for the MegaDrive. Perhaps it's a little sad that the game is still in stock but we're rectifying the situation today. StormLord is a platform action game where players take control of a grizzly Viking who's been charged with the task of liberating fairies from circular capsules. Along the way, an army of enemies seek to stop the Viking's progress.
NCS Sale Offering
Pricing per copy of Stormload is set at US$12.90 which includes free shipping by USPS Media Mail. Inventory is new and from original NCS stock Please note Japanese MegaDrive cartridges will only play on Japanese MegaDrive consoles unless an adapter is used. [Larger photos]
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Nintendo bought out Monolith (developer of the Xenosaga games) last year and the first game that the recently acquired crew releases is an action-RPG dubbed Soma Bringer which features music composed by Yasunori Mitsuda. «NCS Game Notes»
In the intro to the game, a damaged spacecraft passes over a blue-tinted planet as it tumbles through space. The ship was meant to dock with a research station on the planet below but it has suffered a catastrophic hull implosion. The spacecraft eventually releases a capsule from an underside hatch which plummets into the planet. After a fiery descent, the capsule projects its landing gear and makes a safe landing. In the next scene, a lad in a protective suit emerges from the capsule and eventually takes to the air with a glider-like contraption. His mission is to locate the research station.
Aerial Planet is the kind of game that requires a dedicated time investment to get the controls down pat. A short tutorial starts the action off which is an invaluable starting point to learn the nuances of how the glider works and wings through the air. «NCS Game Notes»
Despite the fighting nature of the Hokuto no Ken manga and animation, there's been more video games based on the purely Japanese phenomenon of pachi-slot than fighting. To balance the scales a little bit, Arc System Works of Guilty Gear fame creates a fast-paced 2D fighting game which features 10 brusque and bulging bruisers from Hokuto no Ken. There's the mighty Kenshiro, the conqueror Raoh, his brother Toki, Juda, Thouther, and five more muscle-bound combatants. «Game Notes»
1) Drama CD which features the actors who supplied the voices in the game.
2) A 16cm fixed posed Elis Shiho figure which is painted, assembled, and ready for display. Elis wears her uniform from the animated series.
By using both the Nunchuk and the Wiimote, players move the paddle on the bottom of the screen and bat a ball at bricks overhead. A new feature in the Wii version of Block Kuzushi is the "acceleration move" where the Wiimote is whisked upwards just as the ball is about to hit the paddle. The center of the paddle will bulge upwards and hit the ball with extra force so that it zooms through layers of bricks. The effect is temporary and only lasts for about 2 seconds but it's a nifty little power-up that adds an effective attack to the paddle's brick-breaking abilities. «Game Notes»
Newsflash: the Wai Wai Combat won't sell any Japanese Wii consoles. It will however cement D3 Publisher's mediocre record in the run and gun category. Players take control of an agent who explores three expansive stages and shoots at the enemies within. A gun is regulation issue equipment but different weapons may be picked up including a hammer, bombs, a laser rifle, and even a bazooka. In the first level of the game, a space station serves as the setting where ten enemies must be blasted away before you're able to proceed to the sea platform. «Game Notes»
Today's successor to Get Bass! also uses a special controller for fishing - the motion sensitive Wiimote which allows fishermen to stand in front of their televisions and reel 'em in with intuitive flicking motions. The game features 40 stages on which to fish such as the marshes, near a dam, in front of a canal, and in an idyllic country setting. Twenty types of lures of different stripes may also be used to attract the bass including one that's shaped like a frog and another which mimics the movement of shrimp. Factors which change in the different stages include terrain, time, temperature, season, and assorted variables in the setting.
For champion-level fishermen, the SBFA tournament mode allows players to test their mettle against ardent rivals who are champions in their own right. Other modes in the game include the default Get Bass Mode and the Nature Trip Mode where players get to enjoy a fishing jaunt on their own time without the onerous condition of competition. «Game Notes»
Computer-generated idols and the games dedicated to managing such idols are not new. On the Playstation, there was Debut 21 and Dreamcast fans got to manage talent in Super Producers. Namco's Idolmaster from last year has been one of the more popular idol management simulations in the past few years and the sequel released today looks to repeat a commanding performance.
In Idolmaster: Live For You!, players get to manage a troupe of idols who are all invariably chipper, lively, and somewhat lovely. As a producer who's goal is to create entertaining shows, your duties include playing a button-tapping rhythm game that's evocative of Taiko no Tatsujin where the onscreen cues must be hit as they reach the target area so that the girls dance with spirit and verve. «Game Notes»
For the limited edition sequel to Idolmaster, Namco tones things down by a couple of notches. There's no new faceplate nor an updated stage populated with figures but what buyers will receive are:
» An 84 page art booklet which contains illustrations and idol portraits
» Visual Music DVD (Please note: The disc is Region 2)
» A laminated slipcase with variant artwork which stores everything
Bonus Schwag: All preorders will ship with a bonus prepaid card which contains a scratch-off code. By using the card, players will be able to download the first new append song free of charge.
NCS didn't stock up on too many Japanese UMD-Videos. We can count our complete library on one hand. However, for the titles that we did bring in, we were obligated by our supplier to order fairly large quantities. One of those UMDs was Hellboy. We'll be keeping a copy for our private collection only for the cover artwork which is different from the American UMD-Video. We hope to
NCS Sale Offering
Pricing per Japanese Hellboy UMD is set at US$15.90 which includes free shipping by USPS Media Mail. Inventory is new and factory sealed. Please note Japanese UMDs only play on Japanese PSPs. [Larger photos]
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Haruna is set to 1/7 scale figure and measures 19cm or 7.48" tall. Her pose is reminiscent of a race queen where she leans forward slightly to allow gravity to take hold of her considerable bosom. The red swimsuit is skin tight. We know this because of the eye-popping details that can be discerned with merely a cursory glance. Haruna is a very healthy girl.
Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late April 2008 at JPY5800 or US$65.90 from NCS.
Six styles of puzzles are in tap including themes from Super Mario Galaxy, New Super Mario Bros, and Mario Party 8. Each puzzle contains a mere 56 pieces and measures 257 x 182mm (10.11 x 7.16") in area so they're fairly big but simple to put together. Pricing is set at JPY1600 per puzzle or US$15.90 from NCS. Preorders ship in late March 2008.
» Rio aka Tina Yuzuki - Juicy Honey veteran who's been in a few sets
» Karen Hasumi - Karen turned 20 years old this past weekend
» Azusa Itagaki - Former gravure idol turns to the world of JAV
» Ai Takeuchi - Seasoned performer makes her Juicy Honey debut
Juicy Honey 8 features a total of 72 regular cards and over a hundred special or limited edition cards including Autograph cards, Photograph Cards, Jersey Cards, Kiss Cards, Nipple Stamp Cards, and the highly sought-after Actress DNA Cards which contains a strand of hair. Preorders are welcome to ship in early May 2008 at US$60.90 per box of 12 packs.
DOB: September 15, 1983 (24 years old)
Blood: Type A
Height: 158cm (5' 2")
Hobbies: Reading, photography, basketball
The Yuka Hirata Official Card Collection contains 72 regular cards but it's the limited edition cards that'll count the most in the trading card aftermarket. Yuka appears in special serially numbered Costume Cards, Autograph Cards, and Photo Cards which are randomly scattered in each box. Preorders are welcome to ship in early May 2008 at US$60.90 per factory box which contains 12 packs of cards.
As our inventory of KH2 dwindled, we started taking the game out of the Special Edition sleeves to fill vendor and retail orders. Both versions of Kingdom Hearts II have since sold out a while ago but we still have a bunch of transparent sleeves. They look nice and pretty but we don't really need a few hundred of them lying around and taking up space. So, they must go. All of the sleeves are in mint condition and packaged in a plastic wrapper. We'll ship them in sturdy cardboard boxes so they'll arrive intact and suitable for inclusion in your Kingdom Hearts shrine.
NCS Sale Offering
Pricing per Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Limited Edition Sleeve is set at US$12.90 which includes free shipping by USPS Media Mail. Inventory has been pulled from the Japanese version of the game. [View larger photos]
Monday, February 25, 2008
Hot off her sell-out performance, Yamato is pleased to represent Arisa in an all new color styling. Fashioned by Sunny Day of the Korean sculpting team Cerebus Project™ from an illustration by Shunya Yamashita, this plump, bespeckeld girl in school uniform, precariously poised on her toes, is even more captivatingly irresistible.
Standing over 24cm or 10" tall, Yamato's CREATORS' LABO #014: Arisa comes window boxed with a host of accessories including bass guitar with strings, a new pair of eyeglasses, heart shaped sunglasses (new), decorative arm parts, display base, and removable blouse and skirt. If you missed her first performance, be sure not to miss this encore.
Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late June 2008 at US$68.90.
In the High School of the Dead serial, a student name Rei Miyamoto uses a spear-like weapon known as a sou-jutsu which is capable of clearing out wide swaths of zombie malcontents. Japanese manufacturer Toy Works has started preorders for a 1/8 scale Rei Miyamoto figure which is constructed of PVC and ABS. Rei wears her high school uniform which may be shucked to reveal her bare bosom. To fend off zombies, a sou-jutsu is included with the toy. Just in case. Jan Code: 4543341131348
We said it would be dynamite, and it was! Yamato's highly praised PROJECT DYNAMITE #001: IKKITOUSEN - Kanu Unchou 1/5 PVC statue has been a sell-out phenomenon!
Now Yamato is pleased to present an all new color variation of this damsel in distress which is sure to be just as explosive, if not more. Sculpted by the talented TOUSHIROU (Cobra-kai), this chained and shackled beauty leaves nothing and everything to the imagination.
Window boxed, this limited second run of Yamato's PROJECT DYNAMITE #001: IKKITOUSEN - Kanu Unchou features spiked balls not included in the first edition. Another must have collectible from Yamato.
NCS Preorder Offer
The figure measures approximately 16cm in height and nearly that much in "area" with Kanu's sprawled legs radiating outwards like tentacles. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late June 2008 at JPY13000 or US$129 from NCS.
Originally released in May 2007, Toy Works has announced a reproduction of the Gunslinger Girl figures which are scheduled to ship in May 2008. From the 11:00 'o clock position of the photo and rolling clockwise, the five Gunslinger Girls featured in the set are: Claes, Triela, Henrietta, Angelica, and Rico. A sixth secret figure is hidden in shadow. Preorders will ship in mid-late May 2008. Jan Code: 4543341130761