Upcoming Release: Arshes Nei from Orchid Seed (NSFW)

For edgy manga fans of the late 80s and early 90s, little was cooler than the heavy metal-tinged fantasy Bastard!! Many loyal fans of the series have hung on for over 20 years now as the manga still trickles out, and merchandise is quickly snapped up. Orchid Seed understands these needs and has brought us a fantastic version of half-dark elf Thunder Empress Arshes Nei who has her curves in all the right places, thanks to veteran sculptor Ishiyama Satoshi.

Upcoming Release: Tony x Takeshi Miyagawa E2 Swim Wear Maid

I don't usually cover a lot of moe figures here, but when mega-popular illustrator Tony Taka and legendary sculptor Miyagawa Takeshi team up, it's news worth reporting in my book. This is not their first collaboration, but it's the first Clayz E*2 collaboration figure that's been available since the long sold out Catgirl pair in 2010, which is sure to excite fans.

Upcoming Release: 1/8 Kisaragi Saya by Art Spirits

Art Spirits may be a newcomer to the PVC figure scene, but they're already putting out some promising lookng stuff, like this Kisaragi Saya due out in January 2013. Kisaragi Saya is the CLAMP-designed protagonist of the new series in the Blood franchise, Blood-C. I have a big weakness for CLAMP, which is part of the reason why I own as much Code Geass merchandise as I do. Looks like I'll have to start paying attention to this series as well!

Upcoming Release: Max Factory Aoba

Max Factory is bring us this tube of wonderful in March 2013 and as hard as I try I cannot resist Aoba, despite his high price tag! At 1/7 scale and about 28 cm, his retail price of 14,800 yen isn't exactly surprising given his detail but it's enough to crush most figure budgets! Still, it's hard to be upset when Max Factory seems to have done it again with their perfect combination of dynamic pose, detailed base, and captivating character.

High Priestess Yukiko Amagi and D-Arts Konohana Sakuya review

With the Japanese yen to US Dollar rate being as terrible as it is currently, figure fans on a budget sure have a lot of temptations being thrown at them! I've been able to be pretty strong lately and only cave on a few things, but one of my big weaknesses is the Shin Megami Tensei and Persona series. With Persona 4 being remade, a hit anime series and a Persona fighting game coming out there is a huge amount of things to choose from as seemingly every merch company tries to get a piece of my very limited figure budget. Today, Megahouse and Bandai are the winner with High Priestess Yukiko Amagi and her summoned Persona Konohana Sakuya. Lots more pictures after the jump!

Review: New 52 Batgirl Bust by DC Collectibles

It's been a busy couple months of figure buying at my local comic shop with all the great stuff coming out lately! I completely fell for this Barbara Gordon Batgirl bust when I first saw the prototype at C2E2 earlier this year, and she immediately went on my "preorder as soon as I see it" list. Sculptor Jim Maddox brought us a great figure, but how did the manufactured version stack up? Check it out after the jump!

Upcoming Release: Sideshow 1/4 scale Hal Jordan Green Lantern

Sideshow collectibles aren't always my favourite producers but when they get something right, it's fantastic. That seems to be the case with their upcoming giant 1/4 scale Green Lantern statue, due out in April 2013. That should give you a little time to save your pennies as this figure will set you back a cool $350, but for the mega Green Lantern fan it might be a worthwhile centerpiece of a collection.

Upcoming Release: Harley Quinn Arkham City Statue

DC has been quite busy with the statue releases since announcing their new DC Collectibles line, and a line of Arkham City statues was inevitable with how popular the action figures have been. So it should be a surprise to no one that they just announced a Harley Quinn to be released in January 2013. What is a surprise is how appealing she is compared to the action figure releases!