In more way than one, the Oreimo 1/7 Kirino Kousaka ** na Wake ga Nai Ver. Complete Figure might be one of merch maker Kotobukiya's hottest upcoming releases. Many retailers have already stopped taking pre-orders for the January 2013 release.
So far, Kotobukiya USA hasn't announced whether or not they'll be importing the figure to North America.
The Ryou Hashimoto sculpt, based on the Oreimo AnimeFan BOOK cover measures 265mm and will sell for 6500yen ($84).
One figure that is a confirmed import is Waiting in the Summer ~ Ichika Taktsuki Ani*Statue, due in January 2013
A Kotobukiya Japanese import! The newest entry to join Kotobukiya’s world famous Ani*Statue lineup is Waiting in the Summer, a Japanese anime series by Genco and Geneon (and with character designs by one of the creators of the Please! franchise) that tells the story of an alien crash landed on Earth and trying to fit into high school life with all of the tribulations that it entails. The first Ani*Statue from Summer is the alien herself, the beautiful Ichika Taktsuki! “Hiding” in plain sight, the extraterrestrial is sure to draw attention as she frolics on the beach in her bikini. Ichika is captured in a cute feminine pose, in mid-stride and with her hands held up by her shoulders. Appearing just like a regular girl she has a fantastic body with great curves that’s only slightly covered up by her purple swimsuit. Every detail has been included from the frills and ties of her bikini to the detailed sculpting of her long red hair, and even Rinon, Ichika’s alien organic computer/ship interface tagging along! The happy beachgoer even comes with removable glasses so you can display her as you prefer. Ichika stands nearly 10 inches tall (1/7 scale) on a cute little sand and water base and was sculpted by MIC.
On the other hand, Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Magician ARTFXJ Statue is slated to be imported to North America in North America
A Kotobukiya Japanese import! Kotobukiya’s hit line of statues from the world-famous manga/anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters expands with a brand new ARTFXJ presentation (a bold new expansion designed “to bring classic Japanese characters to their fans worldwide”). Joining the Seto Kaiba, Yami Yugi, and the Dark Magician Girl is one of Yugi’s signature cards, Dark Magician! The powerful card later revealed to be the spirit of an ancient priest and servant of Pharaoh Atem, the Magician is an ominous sight in a duel with his dark blue layered armor with distinctive pink edges. The Dark Magician floats over the battlefield, wielding his staff and prepared to unleash his power at his master’s command. The plates of his armor are intricately sculpted in layers, and his aggressive pose highlights his otherworldly body type as well as his billowing skirt. Dark Magician is nearly 12 inches tall (1/7th scale) as he hovers on his special magical display base. The first production run will also include an additional Pot of Greed keychain! Summon the Dark Magician to join your Yu-Gi-Oh! collection.
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