The GSC 11 Hour Figure Making Trial!


NicoNico Super Kaigi held at the Makuhari Messe on 28th & 29th of April!

In a showy corner of the Good Smile booth there were nine sculptors hard at work sculpting and painting a prototype Nendoroid in just 11 hours!

This article is the finale of their work!

Don’t miss out on the previous three articles which you can find here!
Nine Sculptors in an 11 Hour Figure Making Trial! (Sculpting – Part 1)

Nine Sculptors in an 11 Hour Figure Making Trial! (Sculpting – Part 2)

Nine Sculptors in an 11 Hour Figure Making Trial!
(Duplication / Painting– Part 3)


In charge of : Guitar, hair and headphone painting.

(1) The newly-wed Tashii adjusting the guitar strap! (`・ω・´)

(2) Mixing some colors together!

(3) Comparing the color to the original illustration! (`・ω・´)

(4) Starting to paint the highlights of the hair!!

(5) Looks like the gradient effect on the hair is complete! It’s so pretty!

(6) Sticking on some masking tape to paint the headphones.

(7) Starting to paint the headphones. (`・ω・´)

(8) Various parts drying! I wonder if the guitar is done now? (`・ω・´)

(9) The tone is adjusted to make certain areas more shadowed than others.

That brings Tasshi’s section to an end!

The hair is certainly a very important feature of any character! They are particular important on Nendoroids seen the head is the biggest part of the figure!

I’ve personally tried mixing colors trying to get the perfect color for a figure in the past, and I have to tell you it is not a simple task! Just a single drop too much of one color will cause the color to look off. Plus because each of the parts is painted separately, you need to ensure that the colors of all the parts will look alright together in the end.


In charge of : the face!

(1) Oda-P is getting ready to work on the face! (`・ω・´)

(2) Putting in some facial features!! The face is the heart of the figure, so Oda-P needs to concentrate to get it looking perfect!

(3) Oda-P checking and re-checking the facial features.

(4) Such tiny lines! It’s amazing how much the appearance of the face has changed from the wonderful work of Oda-P!

(5) The right eye is complete, but Aki has arrived to supervise now… 

(6) Now working carefully on the left eye! (`・ω・´)

(7) Oda-P has complete the outline for the eyes!

(8) Now Oda-P is adding the white of the eye. It’s looking cuter by the second!

(9) A base pink color is added to the eyes! (`・ω・´)

(10) Oda-P carefully painting in more detail to the eyes.

(11) Time to start work on the pupils! (`・ω・´)

(12) The rest of the face is all taped up! The pupils will be a gradient sprayed on with an airbrush.

(13) Applying a gradient paint effect to the pupils!

(14) With the pupils done, we now need a black gradient at the top of the eyes.

(15) Applying the darker gradient! Very nice colors!

(16) The black gradient is complete! Her eyes are looking stunning!

(16) A darker shade is applied to parts of the white part of the eye as well!

(17) Adding in highlights to the eyes!

(18)  Highlights complete! (`・ω・´)

(19) The face goes through loads and loads of tiny adjustments!

(20) Aki-san adds in some comments to the team!

(20) The blush on the cheeks is added with a pastel! She is looking adorable!!

That brings the Oda-P section to an end!

The most difficult and most important part of the figure – the face, is finally completed!! As mentioned on the Live broadcast, normally it takes even the best sculptors at least a day and a half to complete, but Oda-P kept a nice constant pace and still performed incredibly well! Unbelievable work!

Now to put it all together!


Nendoroid Super Sonico: Tiger Hoodie Ver.!

Prototype Complete!!

In total it took 12 and a half hours!

The battle took a little longer than originally anticipated, but even so the final product was worth the little bit of overtime! It was incredible to see the professionals in action!

But the battle isn’t over yet! (`・ω・´)
While the painting was going on, the packaging and poster were also being made!

Nagai-san & Station

In charge of : Packaging & Poster

(1) The design team is also working hard making a poster! So cute!!

(2) The design team is working on finishing the packaging too!! 

(3) The poster is complete and printed out for everyone to see!

(4) Photos complete! Now the photos will be added to the package design!

(5) Nagai-san carefully cutting out the Sonico photo. (`・ω・´)

(6) Package design complete!! (`・ω・´)

(7) Now we move into the printing of the packaging!

(8) Both design team members carefully cut out the box. (`・ω・´)

(9) Just a few more snips and folds to go! (`・ω・´)

(1) Packaging complete!! The package might still be changed a little though.

(11) The blister pack has also been prepared!

That brings Nagai-san and Station’s section to an end!

Everything needed to make and print the poster and packaging were all brought along to the event hall just for this! The actual project was actually only to create the figure, so this was all bonus work inspired by Aki.

Another great example of watching professionals at work! Thanks Nagai-san and Station!


Sonico placed in her packaging!

It looks just like a normal Nendoroid in the stores, except for the fact that she has no optional parts. :P

The blister pack used here was specially made for Sonico super quickly for the event (seen they are normally made in China, it was a rather on the spur of the moment job). I think the ability that Good Smile has to adapt quickly to any situation is definitely one of the most amazing parts of the company!

Nendoroid Super Sonico : Tiger Hoodie Ver. is currently up for order on the Good Smile Online Shop!

Nendoroid Super Sonico : Tiger Hoodie Ver.:

Orders close on the 31st May at 21:00 JST!

You can only order her from the Good Smile Online shop and from the GSC Tetsujin Cafe, so don’t miss out!

      /  \    /\   ”But if the prototype was made so quickly…
    /  し (>)  (●) \    will it really be the same quality?”
    | ∪    (__人__)  | ________
     \  u   `⌒´   / | |          |
    ノ           \ | |          |

After the event, the prototype has gone though lots of intricate adjustments and revisions to ensure good quality!

I’ll be taking a look at the final version on Friday!

The super cute Sonico is now cuter than ever before!
But that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!!  (・∀・)ノ゛
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