Taka Corp Studio Tweaks Exodia Bust Design, Teases Plan for Another Bust

September 5, 2019 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Prototype bust of Exodia the Forbidden One by Taka Corp Studio at Japan Expo 2019
Photo by @Takacorpstudio

High-end collectibles producer Taka Corp Studio today provided an update about its works in progress, including its upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! Exodia the Forbidden One bust. The France-based company originally unveiled an unpainted prototype at Japan Expo back in July. Now, Exodia is getting some design adjustments at Konami’s request:

At the request of the rights holders, we reworked the shape of Exodia’s horns. This new version is in validation, we will attack the painting as soon as we have the agreement of the rights holders. The concept of the millennium puzzle and the next bust are currently being validated.

Taka Corp’s Millennium Puzzle talk refers to its eagerness to make a 1/1 scale piece of Yugi’s iconic item, which the company also hinted at back in July.

But the biggest surprise here is that there are already plans for a second bust, even before Exodia is completed. Wow! Which monster or character do you think is worthy of getting such a statue next?

Previously:
Taka Corp Studio Unveils Exodia Bust Sculpture

Blue-Eyes White Dragon Collector Cup Giveaway

August 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Blue-Eyes White Dragon Collector Cup and keychain

Here’s your chance to snag the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Blue-Eyes White Dragon Collector Cup — as seen in July’s episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! News — for free!

Collector Cup is giving away three cups each day, from August 8 through 10. There are three ways to win, for a total of nine winners:

* On Twitter, like and follow @Collector_Cup and @yugioh, and like and retweet the linked tweet.

* On Facebook, follow the CollectorCup and Yu-Gi-Oh! pages, like the linked post, and tag two friends.

* On Instagram, follow collectorcup and theofficialyugioh, like the linked post, and tag two friends.

This giveaway is open to all Yu-Gi-Oh! fans outside Asia who are age 13 and up. Enter every day to increase your chances of winning!

The Blue-Eyes White Dragon Collector Cup is on sale now on CollectorCup.com for $16.99. The 24 oz. cup is made of dishwasher-safe, BPA-free, shatter-resistant plastic and is 100 percent guaranteed not to leak. Every cup includes a free Blue-Eyes White Dragon keychain.

BoxLunch Exclusive: Metallic Blue-Eyes White Dragon Funko Pop! & T-Shirt

August 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Front of the BoxLunch-exclusive Blue-Eyes White Dragon Funko Pop! and T-shirt box

Check out this newest Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko Pop! figure to join line-up: a metallic Blue-Eyes White Dragon! This variant of the original Blue-Eyes vinyl Pop! sports a shiny silver paint job and also includes a T-shirt.

Look for this combo exclusively at BoxLunch, coming soon.

Back of the BoxLunch-exclusive Blue-Eyes White Dragon Funko Pop! and T-shirt box

Close-up of the T-shirt shown on the BoxLunch-exclusive Blue-Eyes White Dragon Funko Pop! box

Side of the BoxLunch-exclusive Blue-Eyes White Dragon Funko Pop! and T-shirt box

Blue-Eyes White Dragon Funko Pop! figure box, BoxLunch-exclusive edition

Metallic silver Blue-Eyes White Dragon Funko Pop! from BoxLunch

Fanattik Scores Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectibles Deal for Europe

July 23, 2019 at 8:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! game flip coin by Fanattik

Fanattik, a producer of collectibles and gifts based in England, has landed a deal with Konami Cross Media NY to create a line of Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise for the European market. Fanattik plans to have a variety of Yu-Gi-Oh! coins, jewelry, key chains, and pin badges out by Q4 of this year. Its products will be available throughout Europe via mail-order, online, and brick-and-mortar retailers.

The company’s first item is a Yu-Gi-Oh! game flip coin, pictured above, which drops on September 1. The 1.5-inch-diameter coin is embossed with Yugi on one side and the “It’s Time to Duel” and Yu-Gi-Oh! logos on the other side.

Keep an eye on Fanattik’s Yu-Gi-Oh! page in the coming months as the company adds more products.

Taka Corp Studio Unveils Exodia Bust Sculpture

July 4, 2019 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Prototype bust of Exodia the Forbidden One by Taka Corp Studio on display at Japan Expo

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans attending Japan Expo in Paris, France, this weekend are getting a real treat. Taka Corp Studio, a newcomer to the high-end collectible statue space, unveiled its latest creation at the convention: a prototype bust of Exodia the Forbidden One! Check out more photos of this imposing sculpture thanks to @MechanicalJapan.

This piece will be available for purchase throughout Europe in the near future, pending licensor approval. The company has not yet announced its price.

Taka Corp also revealed that it is launching a new line of products that are 1/1 scale resin pieces of iconic objects from anime series. The company hinted that a Millennium Puzzle could be coming.

(News from Taka Corp Studio and GingAnime. Image from @MechanicalJapan)

Previously:
More High-End Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectibles Coming Soon

Dark Magician Funko Pop! Available Now Exclusively at Hot Topic

June 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Hot Topic ad for Dark Magician Funko Pop!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko Pop! figures are a hit! And there is a new figure out today, June 27, exclusively at Hot Topic: it’s the highly requested Dark Magician. You can pick up Yugi’s signature monster right now at your nearest Hot Topic store, or online at HotTopic.com later tonight. Dark Magic Attack!

Dark Magician is number 595 in Funko’s Pop! Animation line. It’s a standard-size vinyl figure housed in a 6.25-inch box. The suggested retail price is $12.50.

(Image from HotTopic.com)

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko Pop! Figures Coming in August

Coming Soon: Yu-Gi-Oh! Cereal, Halloween Costumes, Loot Anime Crate

June 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Blue-Eyes White Dragon Berry Blast Yu-Gi-Oh! cereal box from FYE

Konami Cross Media NY made a slew of Yu-Gi-Oh! licensing and merchandise announcements at the annual Licensing Expo trade show this week in Las Vegas, including some new takes on old childhood favorites.

This month, FYE will launch an in-house line of Yu-Gi-Oh! products, starting with the Blue-Eyes White Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! cereal pictured above, which goes up for pre-order today. The entertainment specialty retailer will also carry Yu-Gi-Oh! chocolate bars and apparel merchandise.

Yu-Gi-Oh! will soon be making a triumphant return to the popular subscription box service Loot Crate. The company has signed on to bring exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh!-branded items to its Loot Anime line, which features mystery crates for anime and manga enthusiasts. Yu-Gi-Oh! last appeared in the March 2016 Loot Anime crate, which contained a pair of Millennium Puzzle socks from apparel maker Bioworld.

Pop culture retailer Fun.com and its sister site HalloweenCostumes.com are already prepping for the Halloween shopping season. The company will debut a Yu-Gi-Oh! character costume line, which will be available for purchase worldwide (excluding Asia). Fun.com already makes its own anime costumes from series like Dragon Ball, Attack on Titan, and Sailor Moon.

Dark attribute black steel dog tag and Dark Magician silhouette pendant from Tioneer Jewelry

Personalized jewelry maker Tioneer continues to roll out new Yu-Gi-Oh! products. Since debuting its Yu-Gi-Oh! line in December 2018, Tioneer has expanded its offerings with the Black Metal series, which features solid white designs atop pure black stainless steel rings, pendants, and money clips; and the Shadow series, which showcases the silhouettes of popular monsters.

“There’s a stronger presence for Yu-Gi-Oh! at the retail level thanks to the growing popularity of anime and the fact that anime is more accessible to fans than ever before in today’s streaming marketplace,” said Jennifer Coleman, VP of licensing and marketing at Konami Cross Media NY, in a release. “We are excited to be working with these new licensees to establish a wider assortment of product offerings for the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand.”

(News from Konami Cross Media NY)

More High-End Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectibles Coming Soon

June 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi facing Kaiba and Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon in episode 134

First 4 Figures isn’t the only company with a Yu-Gi-Oh! resin statue license. Several more companies — including both veterans and newcomers to the high-end collectibles market — have inked new deals with Konami to produce Yu-Gi-Oh! goods at higher price points, with some collectibles expected to sell for several hundred dollars.

Tsume Art, based in Luxembourg, will offer a Yu-Gi-Oh! resin statue to fans all around the world (excluding Asia). Founded in 2010, Tsume has crafted dozens of premium statues from well-known anime properties. Some of its recent creations include Broly from Dragon Ball, Trafalgar Law from One Piece, Natsu from Fairy Tail, and Sailor Moon.

Taka Corp Studio, a new company founded in late 2018 in France, has a sculpted Yu-Gi-Oh! bust in the works, which will be available for sale throughout Europe. The company’s website is currently blank, but its Facebook page shows its debut product to be a 1/1 scale resin bust of Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter. Taka Corp printed a prototype of this bust a few months ago and will soon offer it for pre-order. It is also planning a 1/6 scale statue of Hiei from Yu Yu Hakusho and a statue line for Kuroko’s Basketball.

In the France and Monaco markets, Kitsune Statue will sell a resin statue of Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. Kitsune was founded in November 2017 and is based in France. Its only product thus far is a 1/6 scale statue of Diane from The Seven Deadly Sins, which is currently in the pre-order stage. The company also has licenses for Zetman and the manga Sun-Ken Rock.

If limited-edition resin statues are too rich for your blood, don’t worry, Zag Toys has you covered. The toy manufacturer based in Orangeburg, New York, will launch a line of Yu-Gi-Oh! Domez collectibles worldwide (excluding Asia). Domez are miniature figures that are each housed under a plastic dome casing. There are Domez toys for anime series like Digimon, Sailor Moon, My Hero Academia, and more.

Look for these Yu-Gi-Oh! collectibles online and in retail stores beginning this month.

(News from Konami Cross Media NY)

First 4 Figures April Roundup: Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician Completely Redesigned

April 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon facing off against Yugi and Dark Magician in episode 132

It might be a little while longer before First 4 Figures unveils its Yu-Gi-Oh! products, but not without good reason. This month, the high-end statue maker revealed that its top-polling Yu-Gi-Oh! monster, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, has been redesigned from the ground up. This follows the company’s announcement in March that Dark Magician, too, would be redesigned. These decisions were made despite having already received approval for both monsters’ original sculpts.

Very little was known in the first place about Blue-Eyes’s original design. F4F’s CEO, Alex Davis, offered a tease back in January, but he has since stated that he was unhappy with that design.

In F4F’s April 5 Q&A live stream, Davis, responding to a fan question about the status of the Yu-Gi-Oh! sculpts, proclaimed that he “Cracked it!”

“Was absolutely kicking my arse. Absolutely kicking my arse,” continued Davis. “Went back to the drawing board. Actually submitted it and had approval to go to print. […] And I said, ‘Hold it back, bring it back. Let’s revisit this. I’m still not feeling it.’ Today, I cracked Blue-Eyes. Cracked it.”

Then, while looking at before and after images of Blue-Eyes’s design (which were not shown to the stream’s viewers), Davis proceeded to explain the changes to the stream’s co-host, F4F marketing head Tsoek “Chockles” Cheung. Unfortunately for viewers, Davis was intentionally vague with his descriptions, making statements like “This silhouette was a better silhouette than that one there,” and “We’ve got to avoid this, so why don’t we make this, instead of straight, make it more angled down.”

“The wing is growing out of the head so it doesn’t look good as a silhouette,” said Davis about the previous design. “I was like, I really hate this angle ’cause this bend in the wing really looks naff as hell from this angle. You can’t tell from the front but this angle looks terrible.”

Davis’s nebulous descriptions continued for four minutes. At one point, he even muted the microphone as he continued to explain the updated sculpt to Chockles.

Surprisingly, the biggest clue about Blue-Eyes’s redesign came at this point. While speaking, Davis made a hand gesture in front of his mouth, then extended his arm in a straight line away from his face.

Alex Davis making a hand gesture while describing Blue-Eyes White Dragon's design

What could that be? Could he be incorporating a White Lightning (Burst Stream of Destruction) attack effect with the Blue-Eyes statue? Is this a component that you would like to see with the statue?

After a minute, Davis turned the mic back on. “Cracked it. The Dark Magician, also cracked that,” he said. “What was approved, I feel was, now looking back at it, was super weak. Now that I think about it, lame. Changed it.”

F4F’s live streams during the rest of the month reiterated the same information. On April 12 and April 19, Davis again spoke about how pleased he was with the new Blue-Eyes and Dark Magician designs. And on April 26, Davis stated that they “have not been approved but the designs are just night and day from what they used to look like.”

With Davis’s standards as high as they are, F4F’s Yu-Gi-Oh! products can’t come soon enough.

Previously:
First 4 Figures March Roundup: More Dark Magician Design Talk

First 4 Figures March Roundup: More Dark Magician Design Talk

March 31, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Early render of Dark Magician's neutral face by First 4 Figures

As far as Yu-Gi-Oh! news goes, March was a slow month for high-end statue maker First 4 Figures, with CEO Alex Davis posting only one Yu-Gi-Oh!-related discussion the entire month. And even that didn’t last very long.

Following his February announcement that he wanted to redesign and resubmit Dark Magician for approval, Davis asked the F4F Official Collectors Club on March 20 for input on part of its new design. Davis shared a rendering of Dark Magician with a neutral face, seen above.

“Working on face before expression — what do you guys think!?!” asked Davis.

The image generated a variety of opinions. Some fans thought Dark Magician’s facial features looked too soft and said that he should have a more prominent chin. Others asked for more texture in his hair. Still others thought he looked great just as he was.

Regardless, the discussion thread vanished a day later with no warning or explanation from Davis.

In F4F’s weekly Q&A live stream on March 22, one fan asked Davis if there was any Yu-Gi-Oh! news to share. “Working on some stuff. We did a Dark Magician post the other day,” he replied, acknowledging the discussion; he did not elaborate further. Another fan asked Davis what happened to the face discussion and if he had made any decision about how he’d proceed. “Yeah we got into a bit of a — heh heh, uhh, whoopsies!” Davis responded quizzically.

Whatever ended up happening, Dark Magician remains in the works, but without any more input from fans.

Previously:
First 4 Figures February Roundup: Dark Magician Design Talk

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