So not to be forgotten by the Tokyo Game Show news on actual games, there were a number of figures introduced and on display there as well. Only ones I’ve seen so far are some figures from SquareEnix (Play Arts one winged Sephiroth and Cloud are bad ass. Images posted by Baka-Mandy on TL forum), some Phoenix Wright CustomP figures by Volks, and then there’s these:
image from AkibaHobby
Ahh the lovely Shiranui Mai (displayed in the same SNK booth as her sisters I think), the latest name to be dropped into the Queen’s Gate universe. The figure is the upcoming HobbyJapan magazine mail in exclusive (My reaction duly displayed in an avatar I made to the left), is sculpted by Chorosuke of Volks, and was previously only shown in unpainted prototype form (that I’ve seen anyway). She’s pretty…so pretty…
image from wcloudxkumo’s blog
While we’re on Queen’s Blade stuff, this magazine scans shows a peep of the upcoming Princess Knight Annelotte figure for the QB sequel series starting at the end of November, Queen’s Blade Rebellion. She’s sculpted by Kibayashi Norio, and is going to be released sometime in 2009. Kibayashi Norio sculpts seriously wonderful faces imo…
Another TGS display, an “Augmented Reality” virtual maid figure “Dennou Aris” (Computer Aris) by a company called Geisha Tokyo. They aren’t the first to create such a thing (neither is that link just now, but just an example), but I guess the first to bring it to market. You can make your own with a tool called ARToolkit, but I believe it takes a bit of programming knowhow to be able to do it, which I don’t have.
Anyway you can figure out how she works there. With the help of a decent quality webcam, you can interact with her with the help of several items with these different symbols on them, which once placed in front of the webcam tells the program it’s an object (a hand, a gift, etc), and you can use it to pull Alice’s clothes off, change her, and pester her till she cries and such. Sounds neat, but I wonder how long the initial excitement would last for an add guy like me lol. Could probably better spend (waste) time playin Hako or something lol (just released!). If she actually appeared outside of using the program though, that would just totally blow my mind. Guess we’re not that far ahead in technology yet…haha ^^;
Just as it says on Geisha Tokyo’s site, Aris wishes to serve her master soon!