Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Yoko 1/5 Scale - Preorder

«©NCSX» Japanese manufacturer Gift joins the parade of toy purveyors who take a crack at immortalizing the heroine Yoko Ritona of Gurren Lagann game. In the upcoming Yoko rendition by sculptor Takayuki Kondou of G-Dome, the redheaded sniper looks somewhat cherubic with pudgy cheeks and big round eyes. Her outfit is less angelic and perhaps devilish with a bikini that sports a flame pattern. The black leather short shorts and studded belt are also questionable garb for an angel. Yoko is in a kneeling position and her hands indicate that she's sticking hairpins into her impressive mass of red hair.

Gift's Yoko Ritona figure is made of PVC and is set to 1/5 scale and measures 21cm or 8.26" in height. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late April 2009 at JPY9240 or US$108.90 from NCS.

DemonBane Metatron 1/8 Scale Figure - Preorder

«©NCSX» In the DemonBane storyline, Metatron is a powerful woman-warrior who battles a secretive organization of sorcerers known as The Black Lodge. Metatron's special abilities allow her to fire off laser blasts from her arms and manifest energy-bladed-weapons for serious slashing action. Metatron has been inspired a number of toy sculptors through the years and it's about that time for Alter to throw their hat into the ring.

Alter's Metatron is sculpted in skintight body armor and both of her arms feature weaponry. Her left leg is normal and covered with a stocking but her right leg features a mechanical hoof. Metatron's blue hair whips around almost as wildly as Kanu Unchou's wavy tresses. If we didn't know any better, we'd link her to KOS-MOS of Xenosaga fame since they could be mistaken for sisters. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late April 2009 at JPY8120 or US$98.90 from NCS.

Ikkitousen Kanu Unchou Shitagi Version - Preorder

«©NCSX» Kanu of Ikkitousen has suffered a number of indignities through the years. She has been shackled, beaten, and worst of all, she was once even sculpted as a Race Queen. Taki Corporation puts Kanu through another ordeal in the upcoming Ikkitousen Kanu Unchou Shitagi Version where she's dressed in her underwear and a pair of matching black stockings. Kanu's in a compromising position where she leans forward against a mirror prop which reflects her image and perhaps allows her to make sure an attacker isn't coming up from behind. A portion of PVC that's been sculpted to look like a brick road serves as the figure's platform.

The preorder solicitation from Taki makes a point of making sure that buyers are aware that the figure's clothing is removable without any impediment. The correct trade term is "full cast-off" capability so Kanu may be laid bare for all to ogle. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late February 2009 at JPY8120 or US$98.90 from NCS.

Smile Slime Pull-Back Mascot - Import Preorder

«©NCSX» A few years ago, Dragon Quest Slime plushes were produced with routine regularity for the Japanese toy market. Nowadays, the occasional plush is released only once in a while since Square Enix has expanded the use and licensing of Slime's image to other products including game accessories and plastic toys.

The latest product to feature Slime is Square's Smile Slime Pull-Back Mascot which is a Slime with wheels on. Plant it on the floor, pull back, and release to send it rolling forward like hell on wheels. Each Slime measures 5.5cm or 2.16" tall. Two varieties are on offer - a standard blue Smile Slime and a silvery metal Smile Slime which reflects the light. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late March 2009 at JPY1638 or US$22.90 per unit.

Pikachu Kizamimi Accessory - Import Preorder

«©NCSX» We've witnessed some outlandish Pikachu cosplay in our travels where the "actors" wore full body costumes and hammed it up pretty good. When it comes to Pikachu however, we think an understated costume trumps in-your-face Pokemon which is why NCS prefers Takara's Pikachu Kizamimi over a yellow bodysuit with hoodie and a wicked tail.

To transform from normal human to Pikachu-enhanced human, all one has to do is wrap the Kizamimi accessory around one's head. Done. Instant Pikachu with the irregular yellow and black ears. You'll still have to make a zig-zag tail however to complete the look. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late April 2009 at JPY1000 or US$16.90 from NCS.

General Updates

PSP Idolmaster Delayed
The three versions of the Idolmaster SP game for PSP have been delayed from January 22, 2009 to February 19, 2009. PS2 Trigger Heart Exelica Enhanced has also been pushed from January 2009 to an unspecified date sometime next year. All preorders for both games are on file and will be processed once they're released.
Japanese Holiday
Yesterday was the
Tenno no Tanjobi national holiday in Japan which celebrates the birthday of Emperor Akihito. Our Japanese suppliers will be working normal business hours for the rest of the week since Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan and shipments will be going out as usual.

Shanghai Mini for Neo Geo Pocket - Clearance

NCS Sale Synopsis - Original Update: July 29, 1999
«©NCSX» Match mahjong tiles two at a time on a crowded playboard to remove them from the screen. As the clock ticks down, find the proper tile-matches to ensure that the last few pieces are available for matching to clear the level. Today's sale offer is for the Japanese version of the game which is packaged in the plastic NGP clamshell container.

Sale Offering
NCS' remaining inventory of Shanghai Mini for the Japanese Neo Geo Pocket is new, factory boxed, and in excellent condition. Pricing is set at US$23.90 per copy which includes "free" shipping by USPS Media Mail within the continental United States