Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Final Fantasy Miniature Figures Vol. 1

Square Enix has announced a new toy collection which features characters from the Final Fantasy games. The first volume features five figures which measure 6cm or 2.36" tall and is scheduled to ship in October 2007. Pricing is set at JPY350 per toy or US$35 per factory box of nine randomly packaged figures. The characters in volume 1 are as follows:

Cloud Strife - The lead character in Final Fantasy VII
Yuna - Female lead in Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2
Vaan - Sky pirate from Final Fantasy XII and FFXII Revenant Wings
Penelo - Accompanies Vaan on his adventures and explorations
Rinoa Heartilly
- A stalwart of the rebel force in Final Fantasy VIII

Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late October 2007.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow Statue

In the recent Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End movie, Jack Sparrow resides in Davy Jones' Locker and finds himself aboard the Black Pearl. The ship is lousy with Jack's imaginary crewmembers that are carbon copies of... himself. Jack shoots one doppleganger in order to obtain a morsel of food and barks out orders to his hallucinations. Jack eventually swings off the boat but instead of being enveloped by the salty sea, he's lands on hard baked ground. Scuttling crabs later appear en masse and heft the Black Pearl to the ocean where Jack is reunited with his compatriots.
Japanese manufacturer
Wecle Ats Inc has started preorders for a Jack Sparrow resin figure which measures 1 meter x 70 cm x 1.9 meters in dimension. That's 38.37 x 27.55 x 74.80" which means it'll ship in a box that can accommodate a medium-size refrigerator. The statue depicts Jack in a sort of reverie that's reminiscent of his hallucination-filled episode aboard the Black Pearl. Preorders are welcome today to ship in September 2007 at JPY180,000 per statue or US$1600 from NCS.

Samurai Spirits Tenkaichi: Iroha PVC Figure

The warrior maiden named Iroha made her first appearance in the Samurai Spirits Tenkaichi game and the rest is history. She's captured the fancy of toy sculptors and fans alike with her attractive disposition and her winged-outfit in black and white. Previous sculpts of Iroha have depicted her with blades flaring but in Griffon's upcoming 16cm tall rendition, the weapons named Hourin and Ousai lay flat to her side. Iroha is becalmed and perhaps even reflective as she sits on the ground and looks to the left. She also shucks off her shoes. Preorders are welcome to ship in Sept 07.

Stranja: Sword of the Stranger PVC Figures

Bones, the production house behind Full Metal Alchemist and Eureka Seven is prepping a new animated movie named "Stranja" which is set to bow in September 2007. In the bloody and violent film, a ronin endeavors to save a lad from leagues of assassins.

Square Enix ties into the film with the announcement of two PVC fixed-pose figures of the lead hero and his primary antagonist which ship in September 2007. Each figure measures 20cm or 7.87" tall and preorder pricing is set at JPY7500 or US$68 each from NCS.

Japanese Import Schedule - Updated

Nintendo DS
8/09 I Love Dolphin Starfish
8/23 Bikkuriman Daijiten 3 O Clock
8/30 Eiken-Ou Jun-2-Kyuuhen Gakushuu

Love Cat Life Braintoys

Picto Image DS Sega

Simple DS Series Vol. 21 The Hohei D3

Summon Night Twin Edge Seireitachi no Kyoumei Banpresto

Tsunde Tsumikisu Red
9/18 Biz Taiken DS Series: Hanashin no So Kokuyo
9/27 Juushinden Ultimate Beast Battlers Konami
10/18 Saiki Chizu Shiki: Yume Bihada - Dream Skincare Konami
Playstation 3
7/26 Playstation 3 Console 20GB + Minna no Golf 5 Sony

Playstation 3 Console 60GB + Minna no Golf 5 Sony
Playstation Portable
9/13 Fate/Tiger Colosseum Capcom
Nintendo Wii
8/31 Fighting Stick Wii Hori