Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Samurai Spirits: Nakoruru 1/6 Scale Figure

The sprightly Nakoruru originally captured the hearts of fighting fans in 1993 where she slashed and stepped her way to the top of the Samurai Spirits hierarchy. Over the years, NCS has peddled assorted Nakoruru figures including one with shabby hair and a wooden plank posture. Some were good... and others like the aforementioned doll were lacking.
Come September, Lilics unleashes a dynamic Nakoruru figure which depicts the warrior woman in mid-slash whilst stepping lively in mid-air. Her red and white ensemble catches the eye and the roiling robes beneath her body evoke visions of crashing waves. Or something like that.
The Lilics Art Storm Nakoruru sculpt is made of PVC and is a 1/6 scale figure which measures 20cm or 7.87" tall. The figure is pre-painted and fully assembled for immediate display. Preorders ship in mid-late September 07.

To Heart 2: Tamaki Kousaka 1/6 Scale Figure

In the To Heart 2 game and subsequent OVA series, Tamaki Kousaka was an interesting character with depth and complexity. She had poise, she played the piano, had female admirers, and could cook up a storm. Normally garbed in a school uniform or casual wear, Wave's upcoming Tamaki figure does away with outerwear and features the redhead in a black two-piece bikini. She's also positioned in a compromising and vulnerable pose instead of a de rigeur stance. Two words might explain Tamaki's awkward aspect: Fan Service.
The DreamTech Tamaki Kousaka 1/6 scale PVC figure is sculpted by Tomoki Maeda and measures 255mm in length which is approximately 10" from top to toe. Pricing is set at JPY5800 or US$60 from NCS. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late September 2007.

Hori Real Arcade Pro 3 - Restock

Orders are welcome again for Hori's third (canonical, not chronological) Real Arcade Pro Joystick which uses the same form-factor and case of the other Real Arcade Pro sticks. Similar to earlier HRAPs, the new stick uses actual arcade buttons and a clicky Sanwa lollipop-style joystick to give gamers an authentic coin-op experience at home. A heavy duty base completes the package to give the controller a weight of nearly 6 lbs or 2600g.

The RAP3 features the same button arrangement found on the RAP2 with the eight standard buttons (face and trigger) in red and the START and SELECT buttons in a bright yellow patina. The RAP3 does away with the row of slide levers on the upper left corner of the stick which controlled rapid-fire on the RAP2. Hori uses a more elegant solution this time around and adds a "PS" button. The RAP3 connects to the PS3 by way of USB cable and the analog thumbsticks on the SixAxis controller may be emulated by toggling a slide lever which switches from D-pad, L-analog, or R-analog control.

Due to the dimensional weight of the HRAP3, NCS recommends only shipping by UPS Ground within the United States.

Super Mario Bros Stamp Collection

One of our suppliers in Japan was able to get their grubby hands on approximately 50 sets of the SMB Stamp Collection a couple of weeks ago. The stamp sets are new and apparently purchased from a Japanese collector who wanted to free up some cash flow. We weren't able to snag them all but we got a good chunk of them in today. The stamps were originally released in the spring of 2006 and were only sold through May 31, 2006 by the Japanese Postal Service.

The Stamp Collection consists of 10 stamps valued at JPY80 each with dot-graphics artwork of Mario, Princess Peach, Goomba, a Koopa Trooper, and others. The sheet of stamps is protected by a transparent wrapper so you can look at them without getting them oily or dirty with your fingers. Upon opening the binder that holds the stamps, the first page lists every Mario game as of the Spring of 2006 from the Famicom, Disk System, Gameboy, Super Famicom, Virtual Boy, Nintendo 64, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo Gamecube, and Nintendo DS. That plumber's been working hard these past 2 decades. The second page of the binder features Mario and Princess Peach together while two fireworks blow up in the background and the following words are listed: «more»

Japanese Import Outlook

NDS New Zealand Story DS CyberFrt

Simple DS Vol.14: The Jidoushakyoushuujo D3
OST Shining Wind Music Collection Sega
PS2 Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Sammy

River Ride Adventure featuring Salomon Red

S2000 Vol. 118: Ochimusya - Dokakubu Samurai D3
PSP Minna no Golf Ba Sony

Minna no Golf Ba + GPS Receiver Sony
Wii Biohazard 4 Wii Edition Capcom

USA Release Outlook

The USA version of PS2 Odin Sphere was originally scheduled to ship this week but we received a partial quantity of the game last week and some preorders have been filled already. The remainder of the game is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.
GBA Surf's Up Ubi Soft
GC Surf's Up Ubi Soft
NDS Pony Friends Eidos

Surf's Up Ubi Soft
PS2 Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm NIS

Surf's Up Ubi Soft
PS3 Surf's Up Ubi Soft
PSP Crush Sega

Surf's Up Ubi Soft
X360 Forza Motorsports 2 Microsoft

Monster Madness Battle for Suburbia Southpeak

Shadowrun Microsoft

Surf's Up Ubi Soft
Wii Mario Party 8 Nintendo

Mortal Kombat Armageddon Midway

Surf's Up Ubi Soft

Tamagotchi Party On Namco