Another update! 1 person who pre-orders Mirai Nendoroid will stand a chance to win 1 ticket to Japan! Details tomorrow! But for the time being, you can pre order anywhere including from the sites below. The ticket is only available for folks who pre-order.
Update - pre-orders are open and details are up on the Good Smile Company website!
Announcing the Mirai Suenaga Nendoroid! Product description and details below.
Mirai Suenaga, the mascot character from the Culture Japan TV show and main character of the original story 'Mirai Millennium' is joining the Nendoroid series! Her standard expression is based on Nao Shirahane's illustration of Mirai, but she also comes two different smiling expressions based on illustrations from the Moekana cards illustrated by Ikkyuu.
A variety of extras are also included to display together with Mirai, including a Japanese flag, Nendoroid-sized Moekana card, Mirai-chan's sidekick Retrokyu and even a miniature itasha featuring Tasuku Iizuki's illustration of Mirai on the bonnet.
A miniature pack of the original 50 Moekana cards plus six brand new cards are also included, so you can continue to improve your hiragana as well!
Name: Nendoroid Mirai Suenaga
Details: Painted ABS&PVC non-scale articulated figure with stand included. Approximately 100mm in height.
Release date: 2012/12
Title: Culture Japan
Retail price: 4000 yen
PCS per carton (for retailers): 12
JAN Code: 4582191969633
Copyright: Danny Choo
Retail price is 4000 yen but as we all know, our retailers like to discount - so she will be available for less at pre-order.
This is the final face design based on the illustration by DMYO. The initial eye designs made her look like a yandere! While I left the design of figma Mirai to Good Smile, this time my team and I worked with them on the Nendoroid. We managed all the face parts, Itasha car and the pack of Moekana that she comes with.
As Mikatan has mentioned - all face parts are compatible with current nendoroids too! More photos at Mikatan blog.
When I was living back in the UK, the poster on my wall of Shinjuku was one of my talisman's to motivate me to continue to study Japanese - but you already know this because you read the How Discovering Japan Changed My Life post.
And for folks who dont know what Moekana is - its the Japanese learning series that I released with Good Smile Company that changes the way we learn the lingo. I recently received yet another order from Good Smile Company - that means Moekana is in its 4th print run!
Read more about Moekana and find out how to get hold of yours.
Many of these illustrations are actually from the up n coming set of Kanji learning cards Moekanji - release date also in December!
Again - I only got a few here but each Mirai Nendoroid comes with a full set of Moekana (50 cards + 6 special).
The design on the back of the cards will be the same as the 1/1 scale Moekana!
This is the Nendoroid planning template that I filled in for Good Smile Company. Could have gone for the Solar Marine Uniform but I felt it was important to continue to brand the Summer Uniform at this time.
As for parts, I initially was thinking of the Taiko drums that are in the Moekana card "Taiko" but instead decided on Retrokyu, Flag and Mini Moekana. Good Smile came up with the Itasha and handheld Moekana.
I've been overseeing the production since day one and Good Smile have been great in accommodating my requests in changes in particular to the face sculpt. Today we are having a meeting called Kanshu ] - the term on its own means "Supervision" but in the anime merchandise world it refers to the process where the license owner checks the pre production samples to make sure that it is a true representation of the character.
Mirai will come with the "M-stand" - the same one that comes with Nendoroid Popura - that stand was specially developed by Max Factory - "M" for "Max Factory" but I like that stand a lot and makes it easier to pose so "M" for "Mirai" it is!
Mirai Nendoroid has been displayed at many events in and outside of Japan - next up is AFA Indonesia!