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ARCANADEA Blog: Velretta is here! And so is our out-of-the-box product review!

Originally published in Japanese on November 28, 2022   Hello everyone! It’s been a while! This is Baron of Potatoes of the Kotobukiya Plastic Model Team. At long last, the second release of the ARCANADEA series, Velretta, will go on sale tomorrow! ※For overseas users, check out this page for a list of our international distributors! In today’s out-of-the-box build, I’m going to show you: ◆ The model’s amazing features ◆ Points to watch out for during assembly Also, key points in the review will be accompanied by Yuruletta-chan (drawn by ARCANADEA’s promotion staff!) so keep on the lookout for her! Just like last year’s Lumitea assembly blog post (available in Japanese only), this entry is pretty lengthy! I hope you’ll stay with us through the end!   Content Menu ◆ Normal Mode! ◆ Customizations with Lumitea ◆ Wilize Mode! ◆ Impressions and Further Information   Normal Mode! ■ Opening the box! The box itself, featuring foil printing, is a beautiful work of art all on its own! Once again, necömi’s illustrations are almost too good to be true! I could say so much more about the box alone, but let’s move on to the contents! If you’re curious about the box, check out this tweet!   Like Lumitea, Velretta’s kit allows you to assemble her in both regular appearance “Normal Mode” and combat form “Wilize Mode.” Although Vel-sama is a bit smaller than Lumitea, she has a tail, four wings and a large skirt, making for lots of runners and plenty of volume! Amazingly, there are 10 pre-painted parts! They are just gorgeous, painted in navy blue, light purple, and gold.   ■ Head Parts The hair parts use 3mm connections for the side bangs and the chignon at the back of her head, so it would seem that there are many hair-styling options available!   The ear parts use the same system as Lumitea, so they can be interchanged! And the side bang hair parts are moveable thanks to the ball joints, giving plenty of freedom to adjust her expressions! That will be a big help when posing!   And let’s not forget those big horns! Despite being small parts, they are gorgeously painted in two colors…!     The engagement ring is designed to look like a crown! And its grooves can be secured with the horns, preventing it from falling or slipping out of place! That’s convenient! The design also plays a role in the function… amazing! Is that design on the back of the ring a snake? I’d like to learn more about that…!   And now for the face parts! Four facial expressions are included, just like Lumitea! Her lively expression makes it seem as if she’s about to start talking; it’s hard to decide which face to choose…! Which one is your favorite? Of course, the face parts are interchangeable with Lumitea’s! Be sure to see the customization examples in the second half of the article!   ■  Torso Parts Next, let’s take a look at the torso parts! The number of pre-painted parts is unbelievable! The necktie parts are painted in three colors: navy blue, light purple, and gold! The ribbon at the base of the tail and the gold parts for the lower chest are quite small and easy to lose, so be careful when removing them from the runner! I recommend putting masking tape on the parts before cutting to prevent them from flying off! The painted parts work very well, and the coloring is as good as that of a fully-assembled figure product, even though this is just out-of-the-box! The back has a hexagonal joint, so it will be fun to customize with parts from the HEXA GEAR series as well as Lumitea! Her tail is connected by a 3mm joint, and the ribbon at the base is also pre-painted, despite being such a small part! Vel-sama is so adorable!!   Also, the shoulder joints can be swiveled, so they can be turned quite a bit forward!   The skirt has a 3mm joint connection and two 3mm connection points for “Wilize Mode” providing plenty of opportunities for customization!   The tail part features joint articulation at the base and has two rotation points, allowing you to customize the pose without compromising the appearance! The demonic sculpt is so cool!   ■  Arms Parts The arm parts are disassembled into several fine parts! The hand parts are newly sculpted and designed to look devilishly sharp, which is really cool!   The gold rings on the arms and white sleeves are separately colored; this is a very colorful kit, molded in four colors!   New angled wrist joints are included to avoid interference with the sleeves! This is an innovative new design that will really help when posing her!   ■ Leg Parts The thighs have the same pop out design as Lumitea’s! When I saw the dark blue pattern on her thighs in the illustration, I wondered how it would be sculpted, but it has been beautifully reproduced thanks to very clever parts separation! Observing how the model has been assembled from individual parts is one of the most interesting aspects of building plastic models!   The legs have the same structure as Lumitea’s, so while they maintain their beauty when extended, the range of motion can be expanded by pulling out the joints, allowing the legs to bend sharply. Of course, the ankles and toes are also movable! The feather decoration on the ankle ring is also connected by a 3mm connection!   As with Lumitea, Bachi-P’s special base is included! This time it’s molded in clear purple, a perfect match for Velretta’s image! Makes me wonder what color bases we’ll be getting in the future!   One of the features of her normal mode is the large umbrella! It’s heavy, but as you can see in the picture, there are support parts that can be connected by 3mm connections, so it can be easily held up!   You can assemble it as it is without any problems, but the drill-like part at the tip of the umbrella is pretty sharp, so it will be easier to assemble it if you protect your hand with a tissue or something!   And with that… Normal Mode complete!     Devilishly cute!   You can easily see the benefits of the movable side bangs and newly-designed wrists! What’s more, the large umbrella and other features unique to Normal Mode are really fun to play with!   Let’s take a look at her side by side with Lumitea! Angel and devil… white and black… the contrast between their respective designs is interesting! Lumitea is about a head taller. It’s more fun when you have more characters, isn’t it? Lumitea looks so happy!   Customizations with Lumitea   Lumitea and Velretta have interchangeable face and ear parts. Let’s try it out! Here is a shot of Velretta with Lumitea’s smiling face and ears attached. She’s so cute… I’m blown away…! She’s transformed from the mischievous Vel into a fluffy beauty!   For Lumitea, I swapped out Velretta’s open-mouthed smile and ears! She looks more like an elf or a vampire than a devil! Velretta has several distinctive features, such as her slightly visible fangs, and her pointed ears, so there’s a big change in the appearance when these parts are swapped! I’m sure I’ll want to play around with swapping parts every time a new Dears comes out…! Of course, the other three faces can also be swapped, so users can try them out for themselves! Her snickering face is fabulous…!   Wilize Mode!   Now let’s take a look at what everybody’s been waiting for: Her Wilize Mode!   Let’s get right to it… ■ Transform!   Ta-daaaah!! Velretta! Wilize Mode!!! In Normal Mode, she had cute little devilish wings, but in Wilize Mode, she has four large wings, pointing up and down! Her skirt changes dramatically as well, expanding her silhouette! And her right leg and left shoulder are now armor-clad, so her defense seems to be pretty high!   Impressions and Further Information   My impression of Velretta is that there are so many colorful pre-painted parts that even straight out-of-the-box she looks great, and the kit will give fans more than enough to enjoy! Also, as mentioned in my comments for each section, most of the connections use 3mm joints, so you can easily rearrange the parts even of just this kit alone! Of course, it will be fun to customize the kit with M.S.G series parts or other Kotobukiya products too. I’ll put up examples of my work in a blog post like I did with Lumitea  (available in Japanese only) when I have something good! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s original Velrettas! By the way…the images in today’s blog were taken with a Toruhako, Kotobukiya’s photo booth product! The underwater background that was included was perfect for capturing Velretta’s atmosphere! It’s easy to carry around and prepare for the shoot, so I recommend it to anyone who wants to experiment with scale model photography but doesn’t have a lot of space…! Unfortunately, the lottery-based order window has closed, but we are considering offering it to the public, so please keep an eye out for further announcements. Thanks for reading all the way through to the end! See you next time!

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ARCANADEA Blog: Lumitea Product Specs Overview

Originally published in Japanese on May 27, 2021 Hello everyone! This is Ba-chi, the producer of ARCANADEA. Did you catch the promotional video we released last week? What did you think? The warm comments we received from everyone really thrilled the entire staff here. Thanks so much! Perhaps the part that was most surprising was…   The Dears can eat food! Unlike the characters from Frame Arms Girl or Megami Device, the Dears are living creatures, not robots or Battle Hobby kits, so wouldn’t it be great if there are fun food-related episodes in the upcoming stories? Also, as you can see from the new video, they are the same size as characters from FA Girl and Megami Device, so there may be something related to this in the future…or maybe not? As suggested in some of the comments we received, it will be interesting to see battle scenes, how their real world changed after the explosion at the research institute, and other aspects of this world. We hope to bring you all that and more as things develop, so we look forward to your continued support! I’d like to bring together many of the bits of information that we’ve been releasing on Twitter and at various events, and bring you a comprehensive overview of the first release of the series, Lumitea. Some of the images are appearing for the first time here, so be sure to read through to the end!   Product Specifications   ■  About the Size Let’s start with the size. Although the model is described as NON-scale, the height is planned to be close to that of FA Girl, slightly taller than Gourai and about the same size as Stylet.   This photo gives a good idea of the width of the model when the wings are folded. Note the range of motion in the wings; they can fold over and cover the front side of Lumia (short for Lumitea). It had been a while since I last handled the paint masters of GOURAI-KAI and STYLET XF-3, and I’m impressed at how great these models still are. The overall volume, sculpt, articulation, and customizability of the new model are all on par with these; and to think that Arcanadea exists thanks to these girls reminds me of the greatness of Nouchi’s planning and Shimizu’s sculpts. (I’m too embarrassed to praise them in person, so I’ll just write it here; they probably won’t see it.) I strongly recommend building one of these models if you haven’t yet. If you build Lumia after building these other girls, you’ll be able to appreciate the techniques that were passed down to the new model…or something like that. I guess… lol   ■ Facial Expression Parts Speaking of techniques that were passed down from the FA Girl series, the Arcanadea series parts will come with four different types of facial expressions pre-printed with tampography! The four expressions we’ve created range from faithfully reproduced expressions in the original design materials to cute looks full of personality. Which is your favorite?   ■ Focus on Articulation By changing out certain parts, the model can portray either non-combat “Normal Mode” or the combat “Wilize Mode.” The Normal Mode features a simple and light design. But the most interesting point is the leg joints, which feature an all-new design! By incorporating pop out type double joints, the slender beauty of her legs is maintained when they are straight, as there are no visible joints or raised surfaces for articulation when viewed from the front. When posing the legs, the joints can extend out to provide a sufficient range of motion, allowing the knees to pose into virtually any position. So one of the model’s key points is definitely the way we’ve achieved both form and function! And while we slightly changed the model’s pose in the images above, take another look at the waist from the photo above: For the sake of clarity, I removed the parts behind the waist, but did you notice? The feather-like skirt, which extends from Lumia’s sides down to her waist, has front pieces that are independently movable! This allows Lumia’s legs to be posed in various positions without the skirt interfering, expanding your creative possibilities for posing! While it is a small point, this is the kind of detailed sculpt that you can expect to enjoy with the models of this series. I really hope that you will be able to obtain one soon and enjoy both the sculpt and articulation.   ■ Connection Points Wilize Mode is for combat, so the model wears decorated armor. The characteristic wings are also enlarged creating a striking change into a model with an overall pure, sparkling appearance.   In Wilize Mode, the number of hard points has increased making more armor combinations possible. Depending on the tactical situation, the large, decorated armor on her legs can be moved to her shoulders, for example.   As some of you have already noticed and mentioned, and as we’ve shown in some of the images, her iconic wings emerge from the magic circle on the back, and the connection points for the magic circle part and the main body use the same shape that’s in our HEXA G-R.A.M System. If the connection point on the back were to connect with the large wings—or any other upcoming parts—via a round joint, the weight of the parts could cause them to easily rotate out of position to either side, so this was an area we needed to make especially rigid. So it was necessary to create a polygon shape that would not rotate and could be firmly fixed at an angle. Since we had enough space in the design, we sort of adopted the HEXA G-R.A.M standard on the spur of the moment, as it would reinforce both strength and interchangeability. Some folks have pointed out this link to our HEXA GEAR products in the comments, but those who also enjoy the world of HEXA GEAR can rest assured. Currently there is no relationship between the two series. We just hope you’ll enjoy the even greater possibilities that this part’s interchangeability provides. As for the connection joints for other accessories and decorations, you’ll find the familiar 3mm joint that is also present in other Kotobukiya original plastic model series, allowing for great customization.   ■ Mixing and Matching I am sure many of you are already thinking of various ideas for customization, so I’m only going to share two examples to avoid spoiling the fun. As we have already shown you in some previous images of the sculpt reveal, you can simply make your favorite girl into an angel! I mean, a mecha girl in a bunny suit as an angel? She’s perfect !   With a little help from our M.S.G parts and HRESVELGR=ATER, we have a half mecha-girl design! I think stuff like this is fun! What’s more, two additional neck joint parts are included—one for FA Girl and one for Megami Device—so if you happen to have built either of those, you can enjoy customization with them as well. The diameter of the ball joint for Lumitea’s neck is the same as those used in the FA Girl series, so some characters can be swapped as they are. Lumitea’s neck is designed a little shorter than characters from FA Girl, so the neck joint parts for FA Girl compatibility are slightly longer to fit some characters.   I had Gourai’s anime version head on hand and swapped it with Lumia, only to be surprised at how natural the combination came out.   ■ The ____ can also be customized! Well, we are almost at the end, but I’ll leave you with this last pair of images. Did you notice the difference between the two? If you figured it out right away, that’s pretty amazing! You have great potential as a Dearmaster!       ・・・       ・・・・・       The answer is “ears!”   The theme of Arcanadea is “Science Fiction x Fantasy,” and there are many different species in fantasy settings besides angels and demons, right? Some species have different ear shapes, some wear ear ornaments, and going forward some may even wear earrings or cuffs that match those of their masters, right?? So, with that in mind, the Dears’ ears have been designed as separate parts. For now, due to the shape of their hair and facial contours, we can’t guarantee that all characters will have fully customizable ears, but we thought that if we could make the ears as interchangeable as possible, it would help the owners of each model to bring out their originality in yet another way. By the way! You know that cute demon-style character we revealed in an illustration we posted the other day? The one with the slightly pointed ears that have a heart decoration… They fit perfectly on Lumia, too! Keep your eye out for more images coming in the future!     So, did you enjoy our introduction of new information and images covering Lumia’s features? — Yes. — Yes, I did. — I can’t wait for her to arrive. — That’s all I’m thinking about now! To be perfectly honest, I feel the same way as everyone else does! Even I’m a little scared of handling this paint master – there’s only one in the world! ※ This photo with Lumitea on his shoulder was taken with a Kotobukiya employee who just happened to be around!   That’ll be all for today. Thanks for reading! Ba-chi   ※For overseas users, check out this page for a list of our international distributors!   ■ Check out the official ARCANADEA website! (Available in Japanese Only)   ■ Click here for the official ARCANADEA Twitter account! (Available in Japanese Only) © KOTOBUKIYA  

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