Monday, June 16, 2008
In some cultures, such a display might be interpreted as the cat being a good meal. Maybe feline au gratin with a side order of chickpeas. Note to cat lovers: You know we're just kidding, right? Please hold the firebombs.
In any case, Cospa's Monster Hunter Airu Mug was released earlier this year but the company sold out quickly. Another production is scheduled for release next month and NCS will snag some for our stateside customers. Pricing is set at JPY13.90 per mug and preorders ship in late July 08.
The latest Yoko figure is a Miyazawa Mokei Limited Color Edition which is scheduled to ship in October 2008. Admittedly, she looks a little weird and her garb is reminiscent of something a Dead or Alive (Tecmo) girl would wear. We're undecided on whether or not we'll keep one for the private collection but preorders are welcome today to ship in October 2008.
Senjou no Valkyria's Alicia makes her toy debut this autumn with an offering from Sega. She measures 20cm or 7.87" tall and is sculpted from ABS and PVC. Alicia's in a running gallop and appears to be heading for outright war with a weapon on hand. She also wears a determined demeanor on her face. That usually means war. Preorders are welcome to ship in late September 2008 at JPY6800 or US$70.90 from NCS.
Alter has announced a 1/8 scale Elizabeth figure which measures 22cm or 8.66" tall. Liz is dressed like a futuristic air stewardess and carries her book of spells on her left arm. The sculpt looks good and we'll take some macro photos once we get her into the warehouse. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late October 2008 at JPY5800 or US$62.90 from NCS.
Similar to other Figma figures, the package includes extra hands, extra faces, and a weapon accessory. In Rin's case, she carries a blade that'll probably split most opponents in two. Ms Tosaka is dressed in her regulation-issue uniform so there's no mistaking her when viewed from a disance. Preorders will ship in August 2008 at JPY2800 or US$30.90.
| Metal Gear Solid 4 Special Edition - Second Printing |
Konami has already announced a second printing of the Japanese MGS4 Special Edition which will feature a cardboard case to hold the bonus DVD.
The first printing includes a metal case as shown in last week's photo gallery. This bit of news caused some
| Arkanoid DS Paddle Controllers |
With the USA versions of Space Invaders Extreme and Arkanoid DS shipping this week, requests for the official Taito paddle controllers are coming in again. One of our suppliers in Japan may be able to help us with some restock (the black, white, and silver color variants) and we'll post another update when the different colors are available again in these next few days. Pricing is expected to remain the same.
While backing up all of the shop data over the weekend, we collected some statistics which are listed below. The old shopping site helped us get through some major sales campaigns between 1999 and 2003 including the madness that was the Dreamcast Ikaruga release, Dreamcast Shenmue, and the Playstation 2 hardware launch in Japan. Without further ado, some stats from the old shop:
Launch Date: March 8, 1999
Number of orders on first day: 14
First item sold on shop: Action Replay 4M for Saturn
Second item sold on shop: V-Saturn console
Total number of products listed: 14,367
First product listed: Virtua Fighter 3tb
Final product listed: Metal Gear Solid 2 Bande Dessinee for DVD
Most orders in a single day: 838 (DC Ikaruga preorders)
Second most orders in a single day: 713 (DC Shenmue preorders)
Best selling Neo-Geo cartridge: King of Fighters 2000 (Total: 383 units)
Best selling Wonderswan game: Final Fantasy I (Total: 212 units)
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Spectral Force Genesis
|PS2||Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 4||Koei|
|Wii||Super Mario Stadium: Family Baseball||Nintendo|
|Super Robot Taisen A Portable||Banpresto|
|Super Robot Taisen A Accessories||Hori|
«©NCSX» Originally released by Good Smile and Alter in early 2006, fan demand prompts a reproduction of the Fate Stay Night Trading figures. Six warriors from the Fate Stay Night property are on offer in a set of toys which measure 11cm tall and are packaged in randomly sorted boxes.
The characters featured in the set are: Illyasviel von Einzbern, Archer, Rin Tosaka, Saber, Sakura Mato, and Rider. Along with the 6 figures, 2 secret figures are also randomly packed - one of which is a variant of Illyasviel in full purple regalia and the other is a maskless version of Rider. A secret figure may also be discovered in the various boxes which is Saber in a two-piece pajama outfit and slippers. Pricing is set at
US$78 US$59.90 + shipping per factory sealed box of 12 randomly packaged figures.