Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Static Arts: Kingdom Hearts 2 Sora - Import Preorder

Sora swings a Keyblade in Square Enix's upcoming Static Arts: Kingdom Hearts 2 toy figure which features the spiky-haired hero of the KH2 game from 2005.

Sora stands on an ornate pedestal and seemingly twirls in place with kinetic energy. A good artist can make an inanimate object appear as if it's full of movement when it's really not. The sculpture measures 31cm or 12.20" in height and preorders are welcome to ship in late October 2008. Pricing is set at JPY9400 or US$108.90 from NCS.

Lineage II Human Mage 1/8 Scale Figure - Import Preorder

Mages in old adventure games were generally male, wrinkled, and looked a lot like Gandalf from the Hobbit. An old school mage also wore robes and carried around a wooden staff that was as old and gnarly as he was. It wasn't a pretty sight.

NCsoft wouldn't have any of that when developing the Lineage MMORPG. Their mages would be young. Supple. Half nude. With sandy blonde hair. Good Smile Company has opened up preorders for the second figure in their Lineage II toy line and collectors are treated to the vision of a Human Mage who works her magic with a "metal" staff and apparel that we can only describe as medieval beach wear. The figure is set to 1/8 scale and measures 22cm or 8.66" tall and the sculpture is by
Nakao Yoshimasa. Preorders are welcome to ship in late November 2008 at JPY6800 or US$68.90 from NCS.

Nendroid Shakugan no Shana - Import Preorder

Shana of Shakugan no Shana fame isn't human. She's really a Flame Haze that's been embodied into the frame of a teenager who goes to class, interacts with classmates, and looks very much like an average schoolgirl. An average schoolgirl who carries a sword and finally gets inducted into Good Smile Company's popular Nendroid line-up of toys. Preorders ship in late November 2008 at JPY3500 or US$35.90.

General Updates

NDS KORG DS-10 Update
Another shipment of the KORG DS-10 Synthesizer will arrive tomorrow and we'll be able to process and ship 95% of our backorders on Thursday. Any remaining backorders and new orders will ship within a few days when our third batch arrives. As mentioned last week, we had to stagger our import shipments in batches due to the exclusivity of the title in Japan.

The KORG DS-10 software is entirely in English. There's not even a lil' bit of Japanese anywhere to be found.
Doki Doki Majo Shinpan 2 DUO Deluxe Box
Surplus stock of the limited edition of Doki Doki Majo Shinpan 2 DUO will be available tomorrow and new preorders are welcome. All reservations will ship on Thursday.
The limited edition of the game includes a number of goodies such as a special CD, a student guidebook, and angel/devil mascots. Photos of the bonuses in the bundle will be posted in tomorrow's website update.
GA-KO Alarm Clock
All preorders for the Metal Gear Solid 4 GA-KO Alarm Clock will ship tomorrow. The production was limited to only 2000 units from Konami but we'll be able to fill all of our reservations. We're all pre-sold out but if additional stock is made available to NCS next week, we'll update our websites accordingly.
Rhythm Tengoku Gold
Our vendors in Japan who aren't jaded by the business already and still play games are telling us that Nintendo's Rhythm Tengoku Gold is a work of genius. We're not sure if they're just trying to sell more product to us or if Ninty's latest really is a masterwork. We'll get to check it out tomorrow morning and we'll post our own impressions.

Crossed Swords for Neo-Geo CD - Clearance

Travel upon a medieval landscape and attack opposing knights and end level bosses in full-frontal action. The perspective is behind your on-screen protagonist and the player gets to attack, defend and use magic to progress to the end game.

Sale Offer:
NCS' remaining inventory of Crossed Swords is new, factory sealed, and in mint condition. Price: US$16.90 per copy which includes "free shipping" within the United States by USPS Media Mail Service.