Red Bull Air Race: Chiba – Latest News Updates!

Hello everyone, Kahotan here! (@gsc_kahotan)

I really don’t like the feeling of ‘floating’ when in an aeroplane. I always try my best to be sleeping before takeoff… (θωθ)

Anyway! Today I’m going to be taking a look at some news around the event that Good Smile Company is very involved with…

Red Bull Air Race: Chiba 2015

I’m sure most of you already know, but a quick recap for those who are out of the loop! The three-dimensional, world’s fastest motor sports series, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship’s 2015 season second race will be taking place in Japan for the very first time at Kaihim Makuhari Park in Chiba prefecture!

Good Smile Company’s CEO Aki-san has taken the place of ‘Tournament Executive Producer’ for the event! Before I get onto the latest news about the event, let’s first have a little recap! (。・ω・)ノ゙

△ We had one of the racing places on display at Winter WonFes!

What is the Red Bull Air Race?

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an official World Championship, accredited by the FAI – The World Air Sports Federation.

Since it was officially launched, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship has become globally renowned as the fastest and most exhilarating motor-sport on the planet.

Devised by the Red Bull sports think-tank, the initial goal was to create the most advanced aerial challenge the world had ever seen; what has evolved into the Red Bull Air Race we know today has far exceeded any original expectations.

It is a visual spectacle unlike any other. A combination of high speed, low altitude and extreme manoeuvrability make it only accessible to the world’s most exceptional pilots.

12 pilots are competing in the Master Class category in eight races across the globe for the title of 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Champion. The objective is to navigate an aerial racetrack featuring air-filled pylons in the fastest possible time, incurring as few penalties as possible. Pilots can win World Championship points at each race and the pilot with the most points after the last race of the season becomes the Red Bull Air Race World Champion.

(http://www.redbullairrace.com/en_INT/article/about-red-bull-air-race)

In other words!! (●´ω`●)

The world’s fastest, three dimensional

Aeroplane Race!!

 
You have to see it to believe it!
So here you are! Here is a video showing some of the excitement!

I get goosebumps every time I watch that video!!

Even this short trailer is filled with excitement, just imagine how exciting the event is going to be in May!! Recently there have been various amazing announcements surrounding the race, so I’m here to summarize all the information for everyone! (`・ω・´)ゞ

#1: Standard Ticket Sales Open!

As of yesterday, the 1st March 2015, all tickets other than the Premium Sky Lounge have opened up for standard sales!! ヽ(*・ω・)人(・ω・*)ノ

The 1 DAY Tickets are also now available! 

* Includes FamilyMart tickets.
* Certain areas may not be available if sold out during pre-sales.

Be sure to check out the official website below for more information about tickets and prices!
⇒ RED BULL AIR RACE CHIBA 2015

#2: Tournament Theme Song: B’z – Las Vegas!

The popular band B’z will have their new song as the tournament theme song!!

That lovely singing voice, amazing guitar and catchy melody… listen to the them song ‘Las Vegas’ below! ☆

Ooooh!! Now I’m even more excited!!

For those of you who are wondering why it’s called Las Vegas… the final race of the season championship this year will be held in Las Vegas!!  <○><○>

#3: A Message from Yoshihide Muroya, the only Japanese Pilot in the Championship! 

△ A photo from the press conference in November

The very first Asian competitor in the Red Bull Air Race was in 2009 – Yoshihide Muroya! He was also selected as one of the 12 master class pilots for the 2014 Red Bull Air Race! Take a look at his message below!! ☆

I look forward to cheering for him at the event!! (。・ω・)ノ゙

#4: All Races to be Aired on TV!

Starting with the Abu Dhabi race which has already ended, all eight races including those here in Japan are scheduled to be broadcast on NHK!

You can enjoy the high-speed races all over the world right from your own comfortable home!! (*´Д`)=з

The first of which will be a broadcast of last month’s race! You can watch it on the 7th March from 23:00 ~ 24:50 on NHK BS-1!

Air Race World Championship 2015 in Abu Dhabi

If you’re even a little interested, be sure to take a look!! ヽ(゚◇゚ )ノ

Additionally, there will also be a documentary about Yoshihide Muroya coming up some time in March! I’ll be updating more about the races on my Twitter account, so be sure to follow if you want updates!

Red Bull Air Race Official Site: http://www.redbullairrace.com/
Red Bull Air Race Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/redbullairrace
Red Bull Air Race Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/redbullairrace

#5: Official Online Shop Open!!

⇒ http://rbarjapan.com

Various official goods can be purchased from the store! Be sure to grab some in preparation for the big event!! 

Finally a quick RED BULL AIR RACE CHIBA 2015 Summary! 

Red Bull Air Race Chiba 2015


Dates:
16th May 2015 (Preliminary)
17th May 2015 (Official Race)
Should the 17th have poor weather, the race will be delayed to the 18th May.

Location:
Kaihim Makuhari Park (Chiba)

Details:
FAI (The World Air Sports Federation) accredited aeroplane championship race. This will be the second of eight races around the world. The races will be done by 14 top race pilots.

Organizers:
Red Bull Air Race Japan Committee
GOOD SMILE COMPANY
Lawson HMV Entertainment
Air Race Japan

Official Partners:
GOOD SMILE COMPANY
FALKEN

Special Support:
Chiba City

Support:
Chiba Prefecture, Australian Embassy, Red Bull Air Race Committee

– Official Site –
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ttp://www.redbullairrace.com

– Ticket Purchases –
http://l-tike.com/redbullairrace/

I’ll be sure to bring more updates as soon as I hear about them!!  ♪

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Finally some quick figure news! ヽ(゚◇゚ )ノ

Up for preorder from tomorrow is none other than…

Nendoroid Kotori Itsuka!♡

From the popular anime based on a light novel of the same name, ‘Date A Live II’ comes a Nendoroid of Kotori Itsuka in her spirit form! She comes with both a combat expression overflowing with confidence, as well as an awakened expression ready for destruction.

Optional parts include her battle-axe ‘Camael’ along with flaming effect parts to connect to the blade. Alternate parts that allow you to display the weapon in ‘Megiddo’ cannon form are also included. The raiment parts that flow around her are made from a soft material, ensuring they do not get in the way of any poses! Enjoy recreating various scenes with Kotori, and be sure to display her with the other characters from the series!

Oooooh!! Finally!!! (´□`。)

Be sure to check out the GSC Website tomorrow for more information!!
⇒ http://www.goodsmile.com

But that’s not all… I also get the feeling a rather adorable character is going to be going up for rerelease as well…!!

Check the website tomorrow for more info!! ヽ(*・ω・)人(・ω・*)ノ

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/Kahotan’s Inner Voice\


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( ・∀・) .。0 (All this Red Bull Air Race news…)
oノ∧つ⊂)
( ( ・∀・).。0 (… makes me want to go watch Porco Rosso!)
∪( ∪ ∪
と__)__)

See you all again tomorrow!!

Planning Team / Kahotan
Twitter ID: gsc_kahotan

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figma Snow Miku: Snow Bell ver.

Hello everyone, Kahotan here! (@gsc_kahotan)

Today is Setsubun where you are supposed to eat Ehomaki sushi… but I’m just eating swiss roll instead as it’s the same shape! I also still need to do some Mamemaki!

Only 6 days left until WonFes!

Following on from yesterday I’m going to be looking at another one of the WonFes exclusive products! Here is the line-up once more!

Nendoroid Snow Miku: Snow Bell Ver.

Nendoroid Battleship Re-Class

figma Snow Miku

figma Saber: Dress ver.

More details can be found here: http://whl4u.jp/en/

Today I’ll be taking a look at…

figma Snow Miku: Snow Bell ver.

Pure and innocent, the new snow songstress is joining the figma series!

Snow Miku has reached its 6th anniversary this year, and once again the design from piapro voted as the best on the NicoNico Live Broadcast has been transformed into a figma! The theme this year was ‘Plant Life in Winter’, and the winning design was this fairy-like design by Taran! Rabbit Yukine is also included based on the adorable design by Hayuki!
· Three expression parts are included: a standard face a winking face and a bright smiling face.
· Optional parts made to suit the theme are also included, such as a leaf umbrella and lily of the valley shaped bells.
· An alternate body for Rabbit Yukine is also included for more posing options.
· An articulated figma stand is included, which allows various poses to be taken.

Even the package is overflowing with cuteness!! 

The new Miku based on the theme of plant-life and Winter in Hokkaido has become a figma and landed on my desk for review!! 

Her expression is so cute that it’s unfair!

The gentle, soft feeling of Taran’s illustration comes across so nicely! ♪

I’m so glad to see that Max Factory decided to make another Snow Miku into a figma! The one released in 2014 was so cute! A big thank you to Max Factory!!

Let’s take a look at what optional parts are included!

Just like Nendoroid Snow Miku: Snow Bell Ver. , she comes with a leaf umbrella! She comes with special hands to hold the umbrella up, making it easy to attach even for someone as clumsy as me! (*゚ー゚*)

She also has this winking expression which gives her a slightly more mature appearance!!

But the expression I like the most this time around just has to be this one…

Her smiling face!!

Oooooooooooooooooh!! (●´ω`●)

Just looking at this innocent, adorable expression makes a smile crawl across my face as well! She just looks so happy!!

In her hands she is holding a Lily of the Valley bell, which has been painted with a lovely golden gradient! The little optional parts as well as her outfit are all painted absolutely amazingly!! (/ω\)

This is how the blister pack looks!

As you can see…. Yukine is also included!! <○><○>

Rabbit Yukine comes with his very own flower lamp to hold! He is posed in a bit of a jumping pose too! ♥︎

He looks so soft and fluffy! This is actually the very first Rabbit Yukine to be included with a figma, and thus he comes with some extra little parts too…


/ Ta-da!! \

He comes with an alternate body to display him standing! Σ(・ω・ノ)ノ!

This makes him look much more gentlemanly – the perfect escort for Snow Miku!! ★

The ribbon designed to look like a lily of the valley leaf and the fluffy round tail are also faithfully recreated on the figma version! ♪ 

\ Yay!!/

Snow Miku seems very pleased with how Rabbit Yukine has come out! ♪

Plus, just like the Nendoroid from yesterday, figma Snow Miku can also have her cape removed for a slightly different appearance!  (σ・∀・)σ

*Photo taken in the image of Snow Miku feeling the first snow falling down!

The outfit really does make her look like a little fairy!! ♪

The edges of her outfit around her chest have been coloured beautifully with a golden strip! 

Speaking of parts that can be removed, the leaf of the umbrella can also be separated!

Miku is playing some hide-and-seek! ★

I can’t wait to take her out for some photos out in a forest or some other places outdoors! Bring her home with you an enjoy the last few weeks of Winter with a Winter fairy by your side! ♡

figma Snow Miku Snow Bell ver.

She will be on sale at WonFes this weekend!

She will cost ¥4,500! A maximum of two per person will be available, and a total of 2500 will be on sale at the event! φ(.. )

Don’t get there too late or you might miss out!!

You can also preorder this item from the GOOD SMILE ONLINE SHOP starting from the 8th February at 16:00JST until the 16th February at 21:00JST! 

figma Snow Miku: Snow Bell Ver. (GSC Online)

If you can’t make it to the event, be sure to preorder online!

*Online orders are scheduled to ship in July 2015.

Plus, speaking of Snow Miku and WonFes…

Nendoroid Plus: Capsule Factory ~Snow Miku and Friends from the North~ SEASON 1 will also be on sale at the event!

You can see my blog about them in more detail over here:
⇒ Nendoroid Plus: Capsule Factory ~Snow Miku and Friends from the North~

 

For more information about WonFes items, be sure to check to official site below: http://whl4u.jp/en/

You can also stand a chance to win some of WonFes products in a special Twitter campaign! The campaign is bring run worldwide (excluding Japan), so be sure to take a look!

Twitter Campaign: http://partner.goodsmile.info/wh21test/en/campaign/

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Finally a quick rerelease notice!

Nendoroid Link: The Wind Waker ver.!

For those of you who missed out on the first release, you have another chance to grab the Hero of Winds! He will be on sale at our partner shops as well as on the GOOD SMILE ONLINE SHOP!

GSC Online: http://goodsmile-global.ecq.sc/gscnenwd00413-02.html
* Orders close on the 4th March 2015 at 21:00JST. 

Blog Article: Nendoroid Link: The Wind Waker ver.

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/Kahotan’s Inner Voice\


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( ・∀・) .。0 (Tomorrow…)
oノ∧つ⊂)
( ( ・∀・).。0 (…will be the abyssal ship!)
∪( ∪ ∪
と__)__)

Anyway, see you all again tomorrow!

Planning Team / Kahotan
Twitter ID: gsc_kahotan


雪ミク2015衣装原案:たらん
ラビット・ユキネ2015衣装原案:羽雪
ラビット・ユキネ原案:nekosumi
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Nendoroid Snow Miku: Snow Bell Ver.

Only 7 days until WonFes?!

Hello everyone, Kahotan here! (@gsc_kahotan)

B-But that means that the final weekend before WonFes has already come to an end!! I need to change my way of thinking… it’s not that there are only 7 days left… there are over 100 hours left! Lots of time to prepare!!

With the weekend closing in on us, it’s time for me to take a closer look at the Winter Wonder Festival 2015 products that will be sold at the WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU!! 21 Booth!

Nendoroid Snow Miku: Snow Bell Ver.

Nendoroid Battleship Re-Class

figma Snow Miku

figma Saber: Dress ver.

More details can be found here: http://whl4u.jp/en/

Today I’m going to be taking a closer look at…

Nendoroid Snow Miku: Snow Bell Ver.!

A Winter fairy summoned by the ring of a bell.

Snow Miku has reached its 6th anniversary this year, and once again this year’s design from piapro was decided by fans on the NicoNico Live Broadcast, and has been transformed into a Nendoroid! The theme this year was ‘Plant Life in Winter’, and the winning design was this fairy-like design by Taran! Rabbit Yukine is also included based on the adorable design by Hayuki!

The lily of the valley held by Rabbit Yukine can also be switched out and held by Miku instead! Various other plant-themed optional parts are also included, such as a large leaf for her to use as an umbrella, as well as some lily of the valley bells in the shape of a treble clef. A special lily of the valley base is also included, which actually includes ringing bells! She also comes with sitting parts, allowing for even more posing options for fans to enjoy!

Yahooooooooooooi!!! (´□`。)

This year’s Snow Miku has come out looking absolutely adorable!!

The outfit design has been preserved perfectly in Nendoroid size, and she even comes with all sorts of items with the theme of plant life – from Lily of the Valley flowers to Japanese rowan leaves! The delicate and light design of this year’s Miku is suited to the Nendoroid design very nicely!! ♡

The snowflakes in her hair accessories and hair have also been beautifully preserved as always, and the headset made in the image of foliage is also looking lovely! (‘-‘*)(,_,*)(‘-‘*)(,_,*)

Herhair makes use of translucent parts to create a semi-transparent effect! 

Along with her standard smiling face, she also comes with this dazzling smile that could brighten up even the darkest of days! ♡

…!! (There are simply no words!!)

Taran-san designed this expression as well, and it is absolutely perfect for the little fairy Miku! It’s almost too cute to even be allowed!! ♥︎

That innocent smile could purify the most corrupt of things!!

In the photo above she is holding the Lily of the Valley bell made in the shape of a treble clef, but you can also swap it out for the Lily of the Bell lamp which is normally held by Rabbit Yukine!

Plus there is this expression showing off her top teeth!!

Another thing to note is that her twin tails and the flowers hair accessories are fitted with joints allowing you to match the movements to your pose! ♪

Rabbit Yukine is also included! ★

Yukine was first included with Snow Miku last year, but his popularity means he is back once again for 2015!

He has a winking expression which gives him a bit of a playful look! His cute outfit also makes him look very gentlemanly! (゚∀゚*)

This is how he looks from the back!

The ribbon is made in the image of a Lily of the Valley leaf!

Plus his round bushy tail is very cute!!
(The hole in his head is for his very own little stand which is also included!) 

Before I go on with the optional parts…

Let’s first take a look at the packaging!

This time we have a rectangular box with gentle colors and a round window!!

The top is what makes it special!! ★

The box has a rather unique design, and opens up by twisting the two Lily of the Valley that are placed on the top!

It’s really very cute when you see it in person!!

The way it opens reminds me of opening candy which gets me even more excited! (●´ω`●)ゞ

Anyway, let’s get back onto the review shall we! <○><○>

This is how the blister pack looks! Ignoring the biggest parts for now, you can see she comes with sitting parts, various expressions and a couple of hand parts… but the one thing that will grab anyone’s attention…
 
The Lily of the Valley Base!
 
A rather large base that Snow Miku can sit on rather comfortably! (/ω\)

The very base of the leaf even has some melting snow to keep with the Winter theme! Even though it’s such a large base the attention to detail is still fantastic! 

Plus the flowers have real bells inside them!! ♪

They make a lovely gentle ringing sound to match Miku perfectly!

The other rather large item included with her…

A leaf umbrella!! ★

With the giant left held above her head, Miku looks even more like a little fairy of the forest!

The very tip of the leaf has a drop of water… which is attached with a round joint, which means that you can change the angle that it’s falling at! (。・ω・)ノ゙

Plus as it is designed to be attached and removed, you don’t need to worry about it breaking! ♪

On that note, the little droplets at the end of her skirt are made from a soft material, so they are also very difficult to break accidentally!

Huh??

Something seems different?!

That’s right! You even have the option of removing her cape for a slightly different appearance!! ヽ(*・ω・)人(・ω・*)ノ

Without the cape you can see her lovely outfit all the way up to her neck!

As a side note… she comes with two cape parts – one standard one and one included to pose her with the leaf umbrella! (*´Д`)=з

Simply pick the one that matches your posing better!

But there is still one more thing I need to show everyone!

The 2015 Snow Miku…

Comes with ball jointed arms!! (/ω\)

That means that you can take more poses than ever before, and when the cape is removed you can really create all sorts of dynamic poses!

The legs designed for the sitting pose can also be placed on the standard body to create some rather interesting poses! ♥︎

A brand new outfit to brighten up the Winter! ♡

Nendoroid Snow Miku: Snow Bell Ver.

She will be on sale at WonFes this weekend!

All of this will cost you just ¥4,500. A maximum of two per person will be available, and a total of 3000 will be on sale at the event! φ(.. )

Don’t get there too late or you might miss out!!

Of course, you can also preorder this item from the GOOD SMILE ONLINE SHOP starting from the 8th February at 16:00JST until the 16th February at 21:00JST! 

Nendoroid Snow Miku: Snow Bell Ver. (GSC Online)

If you can’t make it to the event, be sure to preorder online!

*Online orders are scheduled to ship in July 2015.

 

Be sure to give her lots of love!! ♡

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/Kahotan’s Inner Voice\


∧_∧
( ・∀・) .。0 (Tomorrow will be…)
oノ∧つ⊂)
( ( ・∀・).。0 (… figma Snow Miku!)
∪( ∪ ∪
と__)__)

Anyway, see you all again tomorrow!

Planning Team / Kahotan
Twitter ID: gsc_kahotan


Snow Miku 2015 Costume Design: Taran
Rabbit Yukine 2015 Design: Hayuki
Rabbit Yukine Original Design: nekosumi
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