Ulala, the main character of Sega’s Space Channel 5 games, is celebrating her birthday today. At the same time, Max Factory has opened pre-orders for their Ulala figma, initially revealed in July last year during Wonfes 2016. The figma is set to be released this December, and in two different versions. There’s the Ulala: Cheery White Version and the Ulala: Exciting Orange Version, the latter which is exclusively available via Good Smile Company. The figma measures approximately 150mm in height and has moveable eyes. Also included with the figma are a microphone, gun, three Morolians and an articulated figma stand. The standard price for both figmas is 7,800 yen, tax included (around $70 USD). You can find a few pre-order links for various online stores below, along with a couple of photos and a promotional video by Good Smile Company.
This past weekend saw the arrival of Wonder Festival 2016 Summer and a large haul of promotional images for SEGA, Atlus, King of Fighters, and Kantai Collection-related garage kits. We’ve included an exhaustive list of relevant announcement/work-in-progress images below. Please be advised that some of the garage kits and/or their source links are NSFW.
Over at figsoku.net, we can see a couple of new preview screenshots for the Kazuma Kiryu figma that is being worked on. Coloring and replaceable parts are featured in the above photo. The Figsoku post also contains a preview picture posted to Masayoshi Yokoyama’s (Yakuza series producer) Twitter account.
It’s a nice way to cap Yakuza’s 10-year anniversary in Japan; the first game released on December 8, 2005 for PS2. Ten years later and Yakuza is one of Sega’s more well known living franchises. I think Yakuza also merits distinction for being an enduring franchise – many have come and gone or otherwise still lay dormant, but Yakuza remains. With Yakuza 5 being released in the West and Yakuza 0’s localization announced, here’s to more Yakuza for as many people in the world as possible.
Once the Kiryu figma releases we’re sure to learn more about the Goro Majima figure that is planned for development.
YakuzaFan recently posted an entry featuring Masayoshi Yokoyama (Yakuza series producer) and a prototype Kiryu figma. This past summer we saw the announcement of a Goro Majima figma too, so it looks we’ll probably be seeing both of their figmas sometime next year, ideally in the earlier part of the year (although Kiryu’s figma will definitely be ready first.)
The above is Max Factory’s test model and it is still subject to any sort of change in the future. However, production seems to be moving along smoothly and Sega’s Japanese Yakuza Twitter account definitely seems on board with the project. It’ll be cool to see how this turns out!
This past weekend, the Summer Wonder Festival 2015 (second Wonder Festival of the year) showed off a variety of garage kits. Sega and Atlus properties were well represented at this event. Shockingly, there are figures for 7th Dragon III Code: VFD! Also, besides the previously announced figma for Kazuma Kiryu, a figma was also announced for Goro Majima to be in production at this event, as shown above.
Find a list below of Sega and Atlus related figures, with links to teaser images courtesy of myfigurecollection.net. Please keep in mind that some of the material is NSFW (as noted), and some of the images are promotional/serve as teasers for the art that is later to come. Some links will not display near-final renders of a figure.
- Persona 3 Male MC
- Virtua Fighter Sarah Bryant
- Virtua Fighter Akira Yuki
- Yakuza Goro Majima
- Snow Mikudayo Nendoroid
- Hatsune Miku Nendoroid Co-de
- Hatsune Miku 1/12 by FREEing
- Megurine Luka 1/12 by FREEing
- Project DIVA F 2nd Orange Blossom Hatsune Miku by Max Factory
- Shining Resonance Kirika Towa Alma by Kotobukiya
- 7th Dragon III Code: VFD’s Samurai Class by Max Factory
- 7th Dragon III Code: VFD’s Rune Knight by Vertex
- Valkyria Chronicles Selvaria Bles by Vertex (NSFW)
- Jet Set Radio’s Beat by Union Creative International Ltd.
Interestingly, it seems Sega is listed as manufacturing a handful of anime-related figures. None are so important as this one below:
Only making a figure of Yui, of all characters from that series? Sega solidifies themselves as arbiters of taste by choosing the best character. After all, she was brought to us to bring justice to this world. If you are a fan of Iroha Isshiki, you are probably pretty cool, but if you are a fan of Yukino Yukinoshita, I am beyond disgusted.