Miscelanious News: 2nd Week November 2014

Sorry for the lapse in updates people, I’ve been distracted with many other hobbies of mine and there has not been all too much Sonico releated news or things to make mention, or so I had thought so..

The Sony PlayStation 4 has now received the v2.0 firmware update that brings customisable theme support to the console, with the PS Vita getting the same treatment. However make sure you have now updated to v2.01 as this has a fix for the “rest mode” bug where if have the option to allow your PS4 to go into sleep mode after a certain ammount of inactivity you could not wake it up. I was affected by this bug and it was very annoying but everything is good now. :)

But anyway hopefully we’ll see some Super Sonico themes emerge for us to enjoy.

SGCafe reports that Griffon makes big figure announcements in Treasure Festa in Ariake 11, Basically a Super Sonico version of their Super Figure line which will be a 1/2.5 Scale. Which acording to SGCafe’s other article Griffon’s new 1/2.5 scale Kirino figure stands tall at 70cm and features a soft chest will also feature a Soft chest too. WoW!!! No prototype or development photos of the Nico-chan version yet but i’m excited to see how it turns out!

NekoMagic has coverage on a new Super Sonico – Super Sonico More More Parka Swimsuit Ver. 1/8 GK by Volks CharaGumin which was on display at the recent Hobby Round 12 fair. There appears to be three colour variants versions and will available for purchase on the 22nd November 2014 from the volks website store but I’m unsure if it these figures will be available through other retailers, time will reveal all. Volks English website.

Super Sonico Summer Santa Ver.

NekoMagic also tells us about the limited edition Megahobi Expo 2014 Super Sonico – Super Sonico Summer Santa Ver. 1/7 PVC figure by Alter, which is basically the Santa Swimsuit ver figure but with an alternate colors,Only availble either at the venue or from the Megahobi Expo website. Official Alter figure page found here.

 

Wieselhead has released two Super Sonico figure reviews, high praise for Alter’s Swimsuit Santa Ver figure which I wholeheartedly agree, it is an absolutely stunning figure, full of details and screams high quality. Same goes for the Super Sonico – Cheer ★ Girl by Orchid Seed figure. Older Sonico figure reviews by Wieselhead.

Also the After The Party Super Sonico figure‘s release has been delayed till December 2014

Post Birthday Celebrations, Ichiban Kuji Lottery & New Merch News

Happy Birthday Sonico 2014So as you all were well aware, it was Sonico’s Birthday on the 14th October. And it appeared that the whole internet went crazy with celebrating the special day.

Crunchyroll has a nice round up of some of the buzzing twitter activities including many gorgeous fan art and magnificent cosplay and birthday feasts and Sonico themed cakes! SGCafe also covers the grand day’s celebrations including photos of in store displays.

On the 11th of October the Super Sonico The Animation Ichiban kuji prize lottery began. with some sweet unique event only items available for the winning. If you’re lucky enough to be in Japan (normal I would be this time of year) Here is a location guide towards the bottom of the page where you can purchase the lottery tickets for your chance to win. You can purchase tickets at Tatio Station too. And hobi-repo.com also has some further details on the prizes available. If you’re not visiting japan or live there you can probably check on ebay in the next few weeks for the items up for sale. But remember to be selective and shop around as prices will vary from seller to seller.

Super Sonico Boxer Shorts Are you in need of some new underwear? Why not teat yourself to a pair of Super Sonico boxer shorts. These will be released to retailers on the 31st October 2014 and are expected to cost around 4000 yen which is fairly typical of a good quality set of boxer shorts.

And as a treat for us all to admire, Mary Elizabeth on Tumblr has posted photographs of their Super Sonico collection. A nice and healthy collection proudly on display indeed.

Happy Birthday Super Sonico!!! (News Update: October 2014)

Sonico CakeHi all, sorry for the lapse in time since the last post. There hasn’t really been all too much Sonico related news to report till recently. It’s Super Sonico’s Birthday tomorrow 14th October. So a big Happy Birthday Nico-chan!!! And to help celebrate,  you can purchase the download version of Motto Sonikomi from the Sony Entertainment Network for a discount price. Remember you need a Japan SEN account and Credit Card or Japanese registered Paypal to purchase from the Japan SEN.

ps3-motto-sonicomiHowever. I just noticed now that CDJapan has 40% off the listed price for the Special Edition of Motto Sonikomi so it’s only $49.05 USD!!! So that is a much easier and better deal!!!

Keeping with the Sonikomi theme. I’ve been keeping myself busy with playing Motto Sonikomi on the PS3 and I have begun writing a bit of a guide, this is very much a work in progress so please be patient with updates on the page.

External to this site, the sonicomiproject is an effort by others to fully create an English translational patch for the PC and PS3 version. Looks like they’re already under way with the work and I shall be volunteering to help out anyway I can with this worthy cause. Soiredi (Reddit) discussion here. I love playing Sonikomi but It sucks that I’m missing out on the story and not understanding the clients requests.

Misc News: 2nd Week September 2014.

2015 Sonico Calendar

Things appear to be going a bit slow in the world of Super Sonico news. But the 2015 Super Sonico calendar’s artwork has been revealed and is now available for pre-order though cdjapan, amiami and j-list.

The Super Sonico Swimsuit Santa Ver figure by Alter has finally been released to retailers. So if you haven’t already, you should be recieving order ready status emails from whoever you pre-ordered though.

In Japan, SoniAni: Super Sonico The Animation has started to be re-run the AT-X! channel.

Relax while browsing the web with these Super Sonico and First Cosmic Velocity 3D mousepads. The hardest decision is to choose which one cause both the Fuuri and Suzu pads look great too.

Mechanical Japan has some nice photos of what looks like yet new new UFO prize figure. I call this one the Super Sonico Wet t-shirt Sponge Figure. And the Super Sonico Heart Queen ver figure.

News Round up: Week 3 August 2014

kebab_bikini_sonico_6Pre-orders are now available for X-Prize’s massive 41cm PVC Super Sonico Bikini and Kebab figure. Pre-orders available from the following online retailers. Ranked cheapest to highest price.

I”m going to hold off from ordering this one personally for now. Judging by the photos I’m not satisfied as a whole that this is a top quality figure. Plus i have a huge amount of figures already on pre-order that I need to commit to paying first before any moer.

10704987296_83106cd092_oAmiami have informed me that the Super Sonico Swimsuit Santa Ver figure by Alter release date has been pushed back from late August to now late September 2014. Man this figure is taking forever to get done.

The final SoniAni Volume 6 on BD/DVD has been released on the 20th August 2014. So your pre-orders for this should be shipped out soon.

worldcosplay.net has a nice collection of Super Sonico cosplay on display. Some of these are outstanding, wow! 

Neko Magic continues with their 2014 Summer Wonder Festival coverage. Along with the 36th Annual Prize Fair 2014. Here are the posts featuring Nico-chan figures. Some posts were 18+ so I don’t want to include those here.

And last but certainly not least. The lovely and very talented Yaya Han was interviewed by Nerd Calibur giving some tips to any inspiring Cosplay’ers whilst looking amazing with her wearing the turquoise Super Sonico Kenco Nurse outfit that she has been sporting around in many of the recent anime expos and conventions.

News Round Up : 2nd Week August 2014.

SoniAni Vol 6SoniAnis volume 6 cover art has been shown, and is due out for street release on the 20th August 2014. With Japanator hosting a well written Final Impressions: SoniAni: SUPER SONICO The Animation to help you decide that you should watch it if you haven’t already.
Now the Daiichi Uchu Sokudo Suzu Fujimi Yukata Ver figure by FREEing’s pre-orders are now starting to appear, CDjapan has theirs here. and amiami’s pre-order here and J-Lists here and play-asia here. Looks like it’s going to be released the same time as the Furi Watakuni ver in February 2015. AWESOME!

Max Factory are re-releasing the Super Sonico figma figure that came exclusively with the Limited Edition SoniAni Volume 1 Bluray. But this time she’s suntanned and sporting a silver coloured bikini and is reported to be sold exclusively though Good Smile Company. Standing at 135mm tall. Pre-orders are open now for it’s December 2014 release for 3,889 Yen.

After SoniPro’s release, it was ranked 8th in Japan’s Video game sales for the week July 21 to 27th

And Neko Magic has published more photos of the 2014 Summer Wonder Festival featuring Super Sonico figure exibits.

Wonder Festival (Summer) 2014 Round Up

Neko Magic is in the middle of publishing their extensive photograph coverage of all of all the figure related displays for the recent 2014 Summer Wonder Festival held in Tokyo.

Naturally I have done all the hard work and have listed here all of their posts featuring Super Sonico figures for your enjoyment. I haven’t noticed really anything new with the line up of new figures but expect to see more Wonder Festival 2014 updates.

The 1/1 scale Super Sonico figure made an appearance again at the festival with rocketnews24 coverage and photos of the figure, you can look at this life size super sonico anime figure but you can’t touch. If only this figure was for purchase… I want.

Daiichi Uchu Sokudo Yukata Ver, Super Sonico and Furi Watakuni

Retailers are now beginning to open up pre-orders for the Super Sonico and Furi Watakuni Daiichi Uchu Sokudo Yukata Ver figures Pre-Orders. Basically all three memebrs of Super Sonico’s band First Astronomical Verlocity is getting thier own figure in a matching collection. Made by FREEing, they’re 1/8 scale PVC figures and will be released and sold separately.

. So far here is the list.

The Super Sonico figure is scheduled for a December 2014, then we have to wait till February 2015. Both figures have an RRP of 9,074 ($88.45 USD) price tag so it is safe to assume the Suzu Fujimi will cost the same once it’s officially announced.

These figures look really awesome and highly detailed, much better quality than some other cheaper FAV releases. I am sure to get all three to add to my figure collection. :)

In other merch news. I came across My Anime Toys, which appears to be a counterfeit retailer that i have not seen before, and interestingly they appear to be selling these Super Sonico AR anime cards. I have emailed them regarding what device you use these with, I presume that you use them with a Nintendo 3DS or smartphone but they have yet to get back to my inquiry. Anyway I don’t recommend to purchase from this site at all. You will only be disappointed in the quality of the goods. al Impressions: Soni-Ani: SUPER SONICO the Animation

Akiba’s Trip Pre-Order Discount & Super Sonico Character Game Play

As you all should know by now. Super Sonico is featured as a playable character in Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed. Cruncyroll have an awesome deal for the US version (English dialogue) AKIBA’S TRIP: Undead & Undressed Mystery Bundle for only $42 for either the PS3 or PS Vita. You also will receive a mystery gift with the order. Can’t get any sweeter than that!

Youtuber DannyBoyPL | Anime Gaming Paradise ヽ(*・ω・)ノhas a lengthy game play footage of Akiba’s Trip on the PS Vita while playing as the Super Sonico character model. I’m currently undecided if I want to play this game or not. I have a huge pile of shame I need to finish off before purchasing more games.

Keeping with the subject of big discounts. Animimate has a huge 26% discount off for the pre-order for the Super Sonico After The Party figure.

In Cosplay news, SGCafe covers details on Super Sonico’s Bunny Ears Parka and Galaxy One costumes get an official version from ACos.

Also, ample-cosplay has a huge treasure trove of Super Sonico cosplay photos. Enjoy.

Figures Update: Week 4, July 2014.

Super Sonico Cheer 09
Firstly, I recieved an email from amiami that the release date for the Super Sonico Cheerleader Ver 1/6 scale figure by Orchidseed has been pushed back from late April 2014 to sometime in September 2014. Bummer. I’ve been super excited for this figure for a long time now. One would hope that it’s been delayed to ensure the highest quality of the figure. Which i’m sure it will be based on previous Orchidseed’s previous Sonico figures.

Super Pochaco Bunny Ver.

 

 

The 1/4 scale PVC Super Pochaco Bunny Ver figure by FREEing pre-order is now available through CDJapan. For $170 USD. Remember This is a matching figure done in the same scale and as the Super Sonico Bunny Maid Ver figure. Which when paired together would look incredible.

 

The Summer Wonder Festival 2014 is kicking off tomorrow (27th July 2014) with many Super Sonico figures on display already announced, including the Super Sonico Bikini and kebab figure by x+toys. Which thanks to the updated page, we know now that it’s due for a September 2014 release, stands at 41cm tall (guessing to be 1/4 scale) made from either PVC or ABS and will cost around 16,000 Yen.

While on the subject of figures, I recently got reacquainted with this satirical So you want to be a buyfag guide on buying figures and taking care of them and how to repair figures if they ever need be. Lets hope that none of our Sonico figures will never need repairing. Gave me a few laughs at my own expense :)