Greetings all and welcome to the innagural Weekly highlights here at Hobby Hovel!

Basically like the title suggests, this will be an on-going weekly thing to round-up the weeks figure announcements be it static figures, toys, and plamo kits. Chag and I will weigh in on these new preorders and leave behind our rusty two cents. In the coming weeks we’ll try and refine this to make it a bit more stimulating and fun, but for now we hope you’ll enjoy it!


1/8 Kurisu Makise [Kotobukiya]

Ashlotte: Koto pulled a fast one on us with this one by giving us barely any hype about her, which is a shame since she’s one of their most compelling figures yet. The intricate base, spot-on face, and excellent sculpting job in the promo shots are definitely a step-up from their usual fare. But as always with Koto, the question of whether they can get it right with the final product still remains. But if the recently released Shining Wind figures are a sign of where Koto is headed, I’m all for it!

Chag: Looks like Kotobukiya has learned that in order to stay competitive in the eyes of figure collectors, they’ve got to spice up their figures — and a spicy figure this is. Judging from the promo shots, the painting on this figure looks fabulous. The coat has a palpably soft feel, while the rust on the fancy gear-shaped display base looks very convincing as well. At last but not least, those hypnotic eyes (which reminds me of GSC’s Black Rock Shooter) complete the haunting look of the figure. This 1/8 scale figure is priced at 7800 yen, which is higher than what Kotobukiya usually asks… Can this be interpreted as a commitment to quality? Time will tell…

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