The freezing and carving are over and 66th Sapporo Snow Festival, running through February 11th, has begun. The official chibi display of Love Live's Honoka, Umi and Kotori is there, halating snow, and looking less creepy than it did earlier. On the other hand, Madoka Magica: Rebellion Story's Kyubey is looking appropriate creepy. And of course, home town girl Hatsune Miku is at the center of it all. Get a look after the jump.
You may have heard that new Star Wars movies are coming. That's at least in part because Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012. Disney previously bought Marvel for a similar amount in 2009. These two deals resulted in the comics rights to the franchise going from Dark Horse to Marvel as of January 1st. And, as a result of THAT, the out of print Star Wars manga is back.
Along with the S.H. Figuarts Chibi Usa Moon, Bandai has launched a slate of other pre-orders that includes Super Mario World Yoshi, Star Wars Meishou MOVIE REALIZATION - Ashigaru Stormtrooper, S.H. Figuarts - Darth Vader and Stormtrooper and S.H. Figuarts Avengers 2 Age of Ultron Iron Man Mark.43. Get a look after the jump.
Following November's Venom Snake and next month's Skull Face, Square Enix is continuing to introduce the cast of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain to their line of Play Arts Kai figures with Quiet, now available for order ahead of a May release. The 26cm posable figure sells for 10,584yen with alternate head, sniper rifle, knife, hand gun and three optional hand parts. Get a look after the jump.
This month, Bandai is releasing its Meishou MOVIE REALIZATION Samuraidaishou Darth Vader figure. And, as first revealed back at spring's Tokyo Toy Fair, the follow-up is a similarly samurai styled Stormtrooper. Set to ship in May for 8,424yen, there's now a full preview of the 17cm figure, which ships with three alternate left and right hands, katana and blaster rifle. Get a look after the jump.
One of the big news items out of spring's Tokyo Toy Fair was that Bandai had picked up the Star Wars license, with the centerpiece being a Meishou MOVIE REALIZATION Samuraidaishou Darth Vader. This figure is now available for pre-order with the Takayuki Takeya designed 18cm figure shipping in December for 9,504yen. Get a look after the jump.
The Star Wars movies drew heavily from Japanese samurai cinema. Elements, particularly C3P0 and R2D2 were inspired by Akira Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress. The word "Jedi" is thought to be derived from the period drama term "jidaigeki." And, Darth Vader's look is said to be inspired by samurai armor. Date Masamune's specifically. So, with a new Star Wars license, Bandai is preparing for a Samurai Vader statue.
Kotobukiya has updated their plans for an ARTFX Bishoujo of the Star Wars Extended Universe's Mara Jade. Scheduled to be released in late May, the 1/7th scale figure is now slated to be packaged with two base graphics (Imperial seal or Rebel Alliance insigna) and different lightsaber hilts and colored blades. They've also teased the next Tekken Bishoujo figure. Get a look after the jump.
While we wait for both the next Super Smash Bros. game and Star Wars Episode VII, animator James Farr is back to mashing up both with Super Smash Wars 2: The Empire Smashes Back. Peep the two-parter sequel after the jump.
Shockingly, it took this long for the internet to do this mash-up this well. Fresh off the premiere of a rather explicit Eren x Levi yaoi doujinshi at last month's Fall of Wall 4 Attack on Titan fan event, Shea of the Hummel circle has collected her sketches of the AoT heroes in Jedi outfits. Get a look after the jump.
As Star Wars Rebels moves through the production process, we get to see bits and pieces of what will become the reigning animated arm of the franchise. This newest tidbit is none other than the big bad who will terrorize the rebels and attempt to exterminate the jedi. Check out the picture after the jump.
Recently, Kotobukiya has posted a series of illustrations from Shunya Yamashita, the artist whose designs serve as the inspiration for the figure maker's Bishoujo heroine line. The latest subjects pull from both Marvel and DC Comics, Street Fighter and even Star Wars' "Extended Universe." Get a look after the jump.
It’s been a long wait for all those shiny new Star Wars projects Disney promised us. One of the projects headed our way is a Disney XD cartoon called Star Wars Rebels, and the first teaser trailer has popped up online. Check it out after the jump.
When Disney bought Lucasfilm we knew a lot of cool new projects were headed our way. Now we have a tiny peek into the first animated project from the mouse and the house of jedis. Get a look at the pictures after the jump.