Monday, February 04, 2008

Xenosaga III T-elos 1/8 Scale Figure - New Import

Alter continues their tradition of sharp-looking figures with T-elos of Xenosaga fame. The 1:8 scale figure measures 21cm (8.26") tall and appears to be a nigh perfect recreation of the video game hellion. The Greek word "telos" means "final" or "end" which is somewhat fitting since she's one of the three bosses towards the end of the Xenosaga III game. Namco didn't give T-elos a major part in XIII but she's memorable from her first appearance to the final battle.

In the Alter figure sculpture, T-elos wears revealing body armor with a color scheme that's dark as opposed to KOS-MOS' bright pastel hues. The ebon-warrior carries an energy blade on her left arm which she uses to beat the silicon (silicone?) out of our beloved KOS-MOS. T-elos also has flowing blue hair which is similar to KOS' mane. Maybe battle androids are supposed to have flowing blue-hair to accentuate their mighty nature.

The first batch of preorders will ship today but the remainder is expected to ship tomorrow when the rest of our shipments arrive. New orders for the Japanese version of T-elos are also welcome to ship on Tuesday. Pricing is set at US$68 + shipping.

SR Senjou no Valkyria Gashapon - Preorder, Ships May 2008

Based on preorder inquiries alone, Sega's Senjou no Valkyria is going to be a solid sales winner when its released in April 2008. Yujin takes advantage of the buzz by announcing Senjou no Valkyria gashapon which feature four maidens from the game. Each figure measures 10cm or 3.93" tall and preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late May 2008. NCS will bundle all four figures into a complete set for the price of US$16.

Ghost Shrimp Gashapon - Preorder, Ships May 2008

Japanese manufacturer Epoch opened up preorders for capsule toy kits that they translated as "Ghost Shrimp" but the creatures in the product photo are actually Brine Shrimp. Each kit includes a packet of salt, brine shrimp eggs, and algae-based food. To help users handle the powdery contents of each packet, a little spoon that's connected to a magnifying glass is also bundled. Instructions (in Japanese) offer basic details on caring for the shrimp and raising them to adulthood.
Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late May 2008 at US$7.50 per kit which includes shipping by USPS Media Mail within the United States.

Mini Drink Jidouhanbaiki - Preorder, Ships May 2008

The Japanese are enamored with the miniaturization of things such as scaled replicas of food, Van Gogh paintings, animals, candy, and pretty much everything else under the sun. Epoch's Mini Drink Jidouhanbaiki toy miniaturizes soda vending machines.

Five different vending machines (colored yellow, red, white, blue, and orange) are featured in the set and three replica cans are soda may be loaded into the machine for proper dispensing. If you want a can of soda, insert one of the three plastic coins into the machine, press the button, and a can of soft drink slides out from the bowels of the dispenser.

The Mini Drink Jidouhanbaiki is usually sold randomly via gashapon machines in Japan but we'll gather together them into complete sets of five. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late May 2008 at US$20/set.

General Updates

Dairantou Smash Bros X
All remaining preorders and any backorders for Wii Dairantou Smash Bros X will ship tomorrow. The shipment's already in Anchorage, AK.
New Shop for Preorders
We're migrating all current preorder items and all new preorders for upcoming products to a new store at The old old shop that we use for preorders will eventually be phased out... possibly by May.
Super Mario Galaxy Platinum OST - Please check your mailbox
We're expecting the OST on Thursday of this week but please note our supplier is raising the price due to the special arrangements required to obtain stock from Club Nintendo. We have sent emails to customers today.

Wii Cooking Mother Kit - Stock Clearance

Virtual cooking in the Wii version of Cooking Mama gets a special tactile feel when you're working with the right tools. The Cooking Mother Kit contains two accessories which are attached to the Wiimote, one of which is a serving spoon and another which features a spatula, a fork, and a knife which are swiveled to and fro when needed.

Sale Offering

Pricing is set at US$13.90 which includes shipping by Media Mail within the USA.
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