Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fate/Stay Night Saber Gift Version - Preorder

Japanese manufacturer Gift has started preorders for a visually striking Saber figure which is dressed in a poofy dress and shining armor. The contrast is basically the impression of hard metal on top and gossamer below. The upcoming Saber figure is sculpted to 1/8 scale and measures 18cm or 7.08" in height.

Saber's eyes are colored green and a sprig of blonde hair pokes out of the top of her head. The "sprig" hairstyle may also be seen on Naru Narusegawa of Love Hina fame and Kanu Unchou from Ikkitousen, among others. A mirrored base and a sword are also included in the packaging. Preorders are welcome to ship in late December 2008 at JPY7428 or US$78.90 from NCS.

Nendroid Saber Lion Figure

In the Fate/Tiger Colosseum game, the cast of Fate/Stay Night is shrunken, deformed, and shifted into toddler-like versions of themselves. Archer is lanky in his full-size form but he's a chubby little punk in the Colosseum. Similarly, Saber's normally lean and mean but in her Colosseum turn, she does "Lion Cosplay" and whacks her enemies with a bone-in meat chop.

Good Smile Company takes hold of Saber's Colosseum persona and sculpts her into a 10cm or 3.93" Nendroid figure which is a near perfect rendition of Saber video game persona. Her eyes are fierce, the lion costume is about right, and the meat chop looks menacing. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late December 2008 at JPY2857 or US$29.90 NCS.

Face Bank Dodeka - Preorder

The original Face Bank was released in Japan about a year ago by Takada/Bandai and sales have been strong. The piggy bank features the flattened face of a simian creature of some sort which wraps around a plastic wedge. The eyes embedded on the front are optical sensors which trigger the mouth to start "chewing." Once the Face Bank is masticating, drop coins into its mouth so that it seemingly chews them up and deposits them into its gullet. It's not only creepy but a bit surreal as well to watch Face Bank do its thing. A number of color variants have since reached market to appeal to a wide range of sensibilities and preferences.

When November 2008 rolls around, Takada will release a larger version which they're calling Face Bank Dodeka. Whereas the original measured an equal 97cm in height, width, and length, the new Dodeka variant measures 140cm and includes a voice mechanism so that it'll mutter various Japanese sayings which make it even more creepy. The new Face Bank can store up to 180 coins that measure at least 2.6cm in diamater which means quarter, nickels, and dimes will all fit. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late November 2008 at JPY4800 or US$50.90 from NCS.

General Updates

Mercenaries 2:
Orders for the
X360 and PS3 versions of Mercenaries 2 will be shipping out today. If you select UPS overnight or USPS Express Mail service, you'll receive your order tomorrow.
Thunderforce VI Cover Artwork
We're not loving Sega's recently released cover artwork for Thunderforce VI. Why didn't they just use a vertically expanded version of the title splash page viewable here?
Neo Geo AES Update
Our belated shipment of Neo Geo AES cartridges will arrive later today and we'll begin processing and shipping orders this afternoon. The shipper is apparently a "crack-head" (his own words) and originally sent the package to the wrong address where it was lost. The replacement shipment was accidentally sent to the wrong address again but it was retrieved by the courier and will arrive in a few hours. Future shipments should be smoother and but tracking details will be emailed to customers before 6PM EST today. Thanks for everyone's patience.

Vampire Savior v3.5 Gashapon [Set of 3] - Clearance

Original Update: September 18, 2003
«©NCSX» The Vampire Savior v3.5 gashapon were originally released in September 2003 and a bunch of them have been sold to collectors around the world. Over the years, the supply of full sets of six petered out and only partial sets of three figures remain as follows: Aulbath, Morrigan, and Zabel. That's two blondes and a ginger - a mermaid, a winged succubus, and a ghoul in leather who rocks out with a guitar that's as tall as she is.

Sale Offer
NCS' remaining inventory of the Vampire Savior 3.5 gashapon is new, packaged in plastic capsules, and in mint condition. Price: US$16.90 per set of three which includes "free shipping" within the U.S. by USPS Media Mail Service. «Larger Photos»