11. June 2015 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 30 – Good Smile Sonico · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , ,


Our 30th Photo Fight afforded me the opportunity to put Good Smile Company’s amazing Sonico After Party ver. in front of the camera. Despite being pretty straight forward, this was a fun shoot. Jeff’s challenge included a lot of parameters this time:

  • Single source lighting
  • Include the amplifier
  • No F stop higher than 10
  • Use a fixed lens

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27. January 2015 by · Comments Off on Figure Spotlight: Wing – Sonico – 1/7 – Mouse ver. · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , ,


I’d been sitting on this one for a while, with the idea of it being something I could hunt for once the conventions rolled around. But it binned, and the price was better than anything I was going to find in the flesh, so impulse buy ahoy.

Wave’s Sonico Mouse ver. was released in March of 2014 and originally retailed for ¥11800 (~$99.84 as of this post)

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14. January 2015 by · Comments Off on Figure Spotlight: FuRyu – Nitro Super Sonic – Sonico – Ofuro ga PikaPika Time · Categories: Unboxing · Tags: , , , , ,

Legend has it that handheld shower heads and the hoses attacked to them have a huge variety of fascinating uses entirely exclusive from the act of bathing — to swipe a bit of old marketing, they make getting clean functionally indistinguishable from the fun one would have while getting dirty. I can’t attest to this personally, but I do know that they’re great at cleaning hard to reach places, like the soles of your feet.

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26. December 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 27 – Make Something Holiday Themed · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , , ,


Happy Holidays from FigSoc!

23. August 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 13 – Sonico – Sweets Time ver. · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , , , ,


Neil gave me a bye week. My figure was the Sweets Time ver. of the FuRyu Sonico prize figures, and my theme was:

“Clean and relaxing. Have a nice time, and make something smooth and easy on the eyes.”

I lucked out and got a nice rainy day to shoot against. Everything else about the shot is pretty simple – I staged it on top of a cooler with an old piece of velveteen as the carpet instead of shooting it at the desk, and borrowed the TV from the Taito P4 Nanako prize figure. Sadly we can’t see that Sonico is utterly entranced by a “Junes” ad, but that’s alright.

10. August 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 11: Otakon Edition · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , ,


Otakon seemed the perfect opportunity for a unique and interesting Figure Photo Fight. With that in mind, Jeff and I each were challenged to shoot a figure at or around the convention.

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10. August 2014 by · Comments Off on Photo Shoot: Otakon Downtime · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , , , ,

Playing with new Sonico purchases in between events at Otakon. Figures are Sonico – Premium Prize – Space Police ver. (Taito) and Nitro Super Sonic – Sonico – Chatting Time ver. (FuRyu) respectively.


04. July 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Unboxing: Nitro Super Sonic – Sonico (Taito) · Categories: Unboxing · Tags: , , , , ,

About a month after the release of Taito’s Super Pochaco prize figure, we have the companion piece, the friendly and familiar Super Sonico. Like Pochaco, this Sonico is a prize figure, primarily stocked in UFO catchers and similar games, but is also sold at a number of retailers as well. This works out nicely for those of us who are thousands of miles away from Japanese game centers.

Taito’s Super Sonico was released in late June of 2014 and sold at retailers for approximately ¥1425 (~$13.95 at the time of this posting).

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11. June 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Unboxing: Nitro Super Sonic – Sonico – -After Taking Bath- (FuRyu) · Categories: Unboxing · Tags: , , ,

I asked site hosting administrator/overall hero Steve if he would do an unboxing of the Sonico prize figure we sent him, after he sent us a picture of the box when he got it. He said it seemed like a lot of work, so that leaves it up to me I suppose.

Sonico: After Taking Bath ver. is a FuRyu prize figure released along with a veritable storm of other Sonico prize figures, all in close to the same timeframe, starting with early 2014 and now spreading out to take up about the whole year – this one in particular went available in February. Common asking price, at release and outside of a UFO catcher was around ¥1600 JPY, (about $17 USD at the time of this posting); the value of the figure has matured to closer to $20-25 now.

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