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Good Smile Celebrates Its 1000th Nendoroid With Complete Lineup Exhibit!

Nendoroid is a collectible figure series that started in 2006 with the character Neko Arc from Tsukihime. This July marked the series’ 13th anniversary and the release of the 1,000th Nendoroid, “Snow Miku: Snow Princess Ver.” To celebrate the milestone, figure maker Good Smile Company, the creators of Nendoroid, are holding a Nendoroid exhibit at the event space Akiba Co Gallery in Akihabara, Tokyo.

The Nendoroid series has a wide lineup of items with an emphasis on characters from popular anime and games. Over the years the series has expanded its lineup to also include characters that are popular overseas from Disney, Marvel, DC, Harry Potter, and others.

The name “Nendoroid” originated from the sculpting group Nendoron, being born from clay and “halfway between clay and an android.” Since the early days of the series, the format has remained unfixed in order to create a variety of sculpts. They are compact and easy to hold while having detailed sculpts, and their characteristic is their cute, round shapes. They can also easily be displayed with a variety of expressions, making them easy to play with. From their creation to the present day, Nendoroids continue to be highly popular and highly sought-after collectible figures.

At the event are magnificent displays of all 1,000 Nendoroids divided into groups of 100

The event features panels and dioramas looking back at the history of Nendoroid, as well as a display of all 1,000 Nendoroids that even includes hard-to-find rare Nendoroids. The exhibit gives a detailed view of the series’ journey so far.

“Nendoroid Neko Arc : Convert! Grumbling Face Edition” – the very first Nendoroid. Although the format is different from current Nendoroids, it still shares certain design elements including its chibi proportions, articulation, and optional parts.
A diorama themed after GSC’s factory in Tottori, Rakuichi Kojo. The first Nendoroid created at the factory was Nendoroid #500, “Nendoroid Sakura Miku: Bloomed in Japan.”
A diorama themed after the live event “Nendoroid 10th Anniversary Live” held in 2016 to celebrate the series’ 10th anniversary. Nendoroid #600, “Nendoroid Saber/Altria Pendragon,” was created the same year.
The charity project “Cheerful Japan!” was held in 2011 to help reconstruction efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake. “Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Cheerful Ver.” was sold as part of the project, and proceeds were donated to help the areas affected by the earthquake.
“Nendoroid Link: Majora’s Mask 3D Ver.” The Zelda series is also hugely popular with TOM fans.
“Nendoroid Korra.” Even characters from shows not broadcast in Japan have been turned into Nendoroids.
“Nendoroid Tanya von Degurechaff.” In addition to her cute face she also includes a crazed face, of course.
“Nendoroid Sora,” the main character from the popular Kingdom Hearts series. Though small enough to fit in your hand, even his Keyblade has been meticulously sculpted.
“Nendoroid Diana Cavendish,” a character from the popular anime Little Witch Academia which is getting a VR game release in 2020. She is the rival of the main character, Akko.
“Nendoroid Zero Two” from the anime Darling in the Franxx. She comes with an abundance of parts including candy, bacon, and her jacket.
Nendoroid display divided into groups of 100.
”Nendoroid Iron Man Mark 42: Hero’s Edition + Hall of Armor Set.” Its highly detailed base is eye-catching.
”Nendoroid Rem,” a hugely popular character from the 2016 anime Re:Zero.
”Nendoroid Izuku Midoriya: Hero’s Edition,” the main character of My Hero Academia, the fourth season of which is currently airing.
”Nendoroid Hatsune Miku.” This is the very first Nendoroid of Miku. A variety of other versions of Miku would later be released. Miku has such tremendous popularity that there is a Nendoroid of her in each of the 10 displays each showcasing 100 Nendoroids.
”Nendoroid Mario.” Even the most famous video game character in the world has become a Nendoroid.
Characters from all kinds of genres including anime, games, and live-action films have been turned into Nendoroids.
A celebratory shikishi signed by Takashi Takeuchi of TYPE-MOON who was in charge of artwork for Tsukihime.
”Nendoroid Snow Miku: Snow Princess Ver.” – the 1,000th Nendoroid.
A message of thanks from Good Smile Company President and CEO Takanori Aki.
The exhibition is ongoing until Nov. 10.

The results of the “Nendoroid #1,000 Celebration Photo Contest” sponsored by GSC will be on display inside Akihabara Station beginning Nov. 4. You can also check GSC’s website for the results.

Nendoroid #1,000 Celebration Photo Contest:
https://event.goodsmile.info/nendoroid1000-photocon/

Nendoroid #1,000 Celebration Photo Contest results display in Akihabara Station:
Nov. 4 (Mon.) to Nov. 11 (Mon.), 2019

A campaign celebrating the 1,000th Nendoroid called “My First Nendoroid Campaign” is also being held by GSC through a special site. The campaign is for posting pictures of your first Nendoroid to Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #MyFirstNendoroid. From among the pictures uploaded, five winners will be chosen each month to receive two new Nendoroids.

TOM is also celebrating the release of the 1,000th Nendoroid by holding a special campaign in cooperation with GSC. Those participating in the “My First Nendoroid Campaign” can add the hashtag #1000Nendoroid_otakumode to their photos and one lucky winner will receive the 1,000th Nendoroid, “Nendoroid Snow Miku: Snow Princess Ver.”

[How to Enter the My First Nendoroid x TOM Giveaway]
・Follow Tokyo Otaku Mode on Instagram or Twitter.
・Take a picture of your first Nendoroid and post it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #MyFirstNendoroid and #1000Nendoroid_otakumode.
・Entry complete!

Post Deadline: November 22, 11:59 pm (PDT)
For more details on the “My First Nendoroid” campaign, please see the site below. (available in English and Chinese)

My First Nendoroid special page:
https://special.goodsmile.info/myfirstnendoroid/en/

A huge lineup of Nendoroids are also available on the TOM Shop. For those who have yet to own a Nendoroid, we hope you experience your very first Nendoroid through the TOM Shop. Taking your Nendoroids with you when you go out is a fun way to play with them, and every fan should experience it at least once. However, they may have delicate parts so be careful not to damage them.

Nendoroids available on the TOM Shop:
https://otakumode.com/shop/label/Nendoroid?filter=buyable

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