Monday, October 22, 2007

Caltoy SJ Kamonoha Plush - Preorder

The animals that Sega have inducted into the Caltoy plush parade has been diverse over the years. We're guessing they're looking to create enough plushes to fill a Noah's Ark of sorts eventually. The latest plush to join the Caltoy species rainbow is the "Kamonoha" which is known as a platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) in the American vernacular. Two color variants are on offer: a chocolate colored beastie and a flesh-colored version. Both types feature stubby appendages and a large duckbill. The plushes measure 60cm or 23.62" in length from bill to tail. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late February 2008 at US$49 each.

Dead or Alive X2 Venus on the Beach: Lei-Fang - Preorder

When Lei-Fang of Dead or Alive fame hits the beach, she wears a two-piece bikini and kicks it up on an inflated swim tube like a flailing seal trying to avoid the billowing surf. Or something like that.

Kotobukiya sculpts the attractive martial artist in a highly dynamic pose where Lei-Fang's seated but both legs are hiked upwards and parallel to the ground which leads to gratuitous views. The figure is set to 1/6 scale and measures 15cm or 5.90" tall from the bottom of the swim tube to the top of Lei-Fang's head. Two outfits are included - a rainbow colored number and a black 2-piece bikini. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late April 2008 at US$49 each.

Jan Code: 4934054778966 / UPC Code: 699788821961

Gotochi Heroes Collection: Chojin Neiger Figure - Preorder

Tokusatsu heroes such as Kikaider, Ultraman, and Kamen Rider have been a part of Japanese pop culture since the late 1950s. Maybe the attraction lies in the snazzy costumes or the otherworldly masks that hide the human hero behind them. Chojin Neiger defends Akita Prefecture in Japan with athletic moves, a sword, and fierce fighting skills. Japanese manufacturer West Kenji has started preorders for a 17cm tall PVC figure which may be posed in various action stances. Y'know, to scare the bad guys. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late January 2008 at US$39 per figure.

Pokemon Mini Kite & Candy Toy - Preorder

If you've ever had anyone mutter in your general direction the following words, "Go fly a kite," you now have a legitimate tool to follow those instructions to a tee. Unfurl the polyester Pokemon miniature kite from its plastic packaging and run like the dickens down the street to lift it into the heavens. The Pokemon Miniature Kite measures 35 x 30cm or 13.77 x 11.81" in area and features an image of Pokemon such as Pikachu or Dialga. Yellow streamers are another kite feature which will add to its visual impact as it flaps in the wind. Three varieties are on offer and preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late November 2007 at US$10 each.

Rocket Girls: Morita Yukari - Preorder

High school student Yukari Morita only wanted to find her father who's hiding somewhere in the Solomon Islands. While searching for clues and cues, Yukari bumps into the director of the Solomon Space Agency who offers to help her find poppy. Nasuda's not doing it out of the goodness of his heart however - the string that's attached is Nasuda wants Yukari to pilot Japan's first rocket ship into space.

Happinet Robin has started preorders for a 1/8 scale Yukari Morita PVC figure under their Chrono Gate series. Yukari measures 17cm or 6.69" tall and is decked out in her revealing silvery space suit whilst a not-to-scale rocket blasts off behind her. Preorders will ship in mid-late March 2008 at JPY7000 or US$68 from NCS.

Sanrio Character Fuwamaru Mascot Keychain - Preorder

The amount of Hello Kitty and other Sanrio critter products that is released each year in Japan and Asia staggers the mind. NCS generally dodges much of the Kitty barrage but every once in a while, we're tempted to import a series or production. This one captured our attention for some reason.

Sanrio collects eight of their mascots and tethers a link to each one and calls them keychains. The characters in the set include Hello Kitty, Monkichi, Keroppi, and more. Too bad Badzt-Maru and Chococat didn't make the cut. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late February 2008. Pricing is set at US$28 for a complete set of 8 keychains as shown in the photo.

Shakugan no Shana 2: Shana Candy Bikini Ver. - Preorder

Shana hails from the Shakugan no Shana novellas and despite looking like a ginger, Shana is actually a force of nature known as a Flame Haze. Despite her innate nature as a mighty force, Shana also exhibits human feelings such as love and anger. Shana also wields a katana and swings it in a human way.

NCS' most recent Shakugan no Shana ware was a beach towel that we originally sold in August 2007 but Kotobukiya's upcoming Shana product is a 1/8 scale PVC figure which measures 12cm or 4.72" tall. Shana wears a pastel-blue two piece and kneels on a circular patch of sand. When on a beach, one tends to catch some rays but Shana's katana is included in the toy just in case some slashing needs to be done. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late February 2008 at JPY5000 or US$50 from NCS.

Togainu no Chi: Arubitoro Limited Edition Figure - Preorder

In the future dystopia known as Japan, convicts may escape from prison by performing well in a game of death known as Igura. The main character of Togainu no Chi is named Akira but this isn't about him. This is about the head of the drug cartel named Arubitoro (Arbitro) who's a blonde masked man in pink drapery and a natty white suit. Arubitoro oversees the Igura tournament and rules it with a iron kung-fu grip.

Since the Togainu no Chi game is being ported over to the Playstation 2 on November 29, Kotobukiya has announced an Arubitoro tie-in product which is limited to only 2500 units in Japan. The Arubitoro figure measures 13cm or 5.11" tall and is sculpted by Youpon. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late February 2008 at JPY3000 or US$20 from NCS.

Japanese Import Outlook


Tougeki DVD Vol 1 Guilty Gear Accent Core


Tougeki DVD Vol 2 Melty Blood Act Cadenza Ver B Enterbrain
NDS Final Fantasy Tactics A2 Fuuketsu no Grimoire Square

Frogman Show DS


Illust Logic DS + Colorful Logic Hudson

Jinsei Game Q DS: Shouwa no Dekigoto Takara

Simple DS Series Vol. 25: The Koushounin D3

Sugar Bunnies DS: Yume no Sweets Koubou Takara

Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann Konami

World Soccer Winning Eleven DS Goal x Goal! Konami
PS2 Ar tonelico II: Sekai ni Hibiku Shoujo Tachi Banpresto

Baldr Bullet Equilibrium Alchemist

Baldr Bullet Equilibrium Limited Edition Alchemist

God of War II: The End Begins Capcom

Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni Russel

Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn!! Let's Ansatsu!? Takara

Nettai Teikiatsu Otome Nines Fox

Nettai Teikiatsu Otome Limited Edition Nines Fox

Sega Ages 2500 Vol. 31 Dennou Senki Virtual On Sega

Volleyball World Cup Venus Evolution Spike

Bleach Blade Battles [BEST] Sony

Bleach Erabareshi Tamashi [BEST] Sony

Bleach Hanatareshi Yabou [BEST] Sony

Monster Hunter [BEST] Capcom
PS3 Eye of Judgment Sony

Imabi Kisou Sega
X36 Blade Storm: the Hundred Years War Koei

Blade Storm: the Hundred Years War LE Koei
Wii Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party Konami

Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party Bundle Konami

Gintama: Banji Oku Chuubu Namco

Ghost Squad Sega

Ghost Squad + Wii Zapper Bundle Sega

Simple Wii Series Vol. 1: The Minna de Kart Race D3

Simple Wii Series Vol. 2: The Minna de Bass Tsuri D3

Takarjima Z Barbaros no Hihou Capcom

USA Release Outlook

GBA Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots THQ
NDS Chessmaster: The Art of Learning Ubisoft

Playground EA

Ed, Edd & Eddy: Scam of the Century D3P

Front Mission Square

Hannah Montana: Music Jam Disney

Imagine Animal Doctor Ubisoft

Imagine Babyz Ubisoft

Imagine Fashion Designer Ubisoft

Mega Man ZX Advent Capcom

Naruto: Path of the Ninja Tomy

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribs Capcom

The Sims 2: Castaway EA

Spanish for Everyone Activision

SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis THQ

Zoo Hospital Majesco
PS2 Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey Disney

The King of Fighters XI SNK

MotoGP '07 Capcom

Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots THQ

The Sims 2: Castaway EA
PS3 Clive Barker's Jericho Codemast.

Conan THQ

The Eye of Judgment Sony

Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights THQ

Ratatouille THQ
PSP Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles Konami

The Sims 2: Castaway EA
Wii Playground EA

Namco Museum Remix Namco

Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution Tomy

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure Capcom
X36 Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Namco

Clive Barker's Jericho Codemast.

Conan THQ