huke drew us this wonderful illustration for Good Smile’s 10th Anniversary! ヾ(・∀・)ノ゛

Black Rock Gumako [Name Pending] is controlled by the GSC Mascot, her hat (Metal GSC Mascot #1) and her weapon (Metal GSC Mascot #2). From an outsiders view it’s as if she has four personalities. Her hair is not udon, but in fact squid-ink pasta, and if you touch it the black will come out on your fingers. She also smells a bit of squid if you get too close. She herself can’t stand things that smell bad, but while she is being controlled she is fine with it.

On the 6th May I wrote a blog asking for name suggestions, and…

I received 680 suggestions!

Thank you to everyone who was kind enough to send in a name! There were a load of great names – I looked though and enjoyed each and every one! I also sent them all through to huke!

The final selection was tough, and none of the GSC staff could agree on a name… so the eventual name was in fact a combination of a few entries!

Her name is going to be… 


Name: Metal Powered Sumako

… is the final decision!

The general feeling was that the rather ‘unique’ name was somewhat appropriate for her rather ‘unique’ setting. Who knows where and how we will next see Metal Powered Gumako…?

I certainly can’t wait to find out!


We will be sending this as a gift to the following who helped us come to this name:

Gazu / Koma / Kuro Nyanko / Shipotan / teraneko / Furupi~ / Takenoko no Ko / Miyoshimiyori
You should all have a mail from me, so check your inbox!

It will take a few days to get the products along with huke’s signature, so please be patient!


“Gumako~! You’re drooling!”


Another illustration by GSC’s newest design member, Kawacchi!

The sparkling drops are drool, not tears!
She is thinking of udon while staring out to the sunset.

Cheerful JAPAN! is a project aimed to help the recovery of North-Eastern Japan after the recent tsunami and earthquake.

The first product in the project is…

Nendoroid Gumako: Support Ver.!

The second is:

Good Smile Seijin Plushie (Giant)!

There two products are currently available to order within Japan. Orders outside Japan will commence on the 25th.

For each purchase of Nendoroid Gumako we will be donating 1000JPY to the Japan Red Cross, and for each sale of the Good Smile Seijin Plushie we will be donating 5000JPY!

Orders within Japan close at 20:00 on the 24th May!

[Sales in Japan]

This product can be ordered from the following stores:
Please see their respective home pages for more information.
■ Orders must be made by 24th May at 20:00.
■ Delivery will be in late September.
■ Five figures per person will be available.
■ Payment will be via bank transfer or credit card.
■ Products will be made to order. Please order within the dates specified above.
■ If you have any questions please email Japanese only please.animate Stores (Excluding Online Shop) ( )
■ Money will need to be put down for all pre-orders.
■ The products will arrive in late September, and you may collect them at the store you preorder from.
■ Certain stores will unfortunately not be taking orders.
■ Please check with your local animate store if you ahve further questions.

[Overseas Sales]

■ Orders can be made from 25th May at 11:00 until the 7th June at 20:00.
■ Five figures per person will be available.
■ Figures will be made to order.
■ Delivery will be in late October 2011.
■ Payment will only be possible via credit card.
■ Your credit card will be charged on order, and not when the product is sent.
■ Shipping will be charged at 2000JPY to all countries.
■ You may be charged additional fees such as import tax when buying from overseas. Please be aware of this before ordering.
■ Payment will be in Japanese Yen.
■ Please mail if you have any questions. English only please.

Whether you’ve noticed or not, it’s already Friday! I hope everyone had a great week! May is passing by with the speed of light! Did anyone get a case of the May Blues this year?

Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again next week! (・∀・)ノ゛