Late last year, Kotobukiya showed us the official prototype images of Sakuya (Seraphim Mode) and it looks fantastic. The moment I saw that figure, I immediately did some research and discovered that Sakuya has 2 modes in Shining Ark. The “Seraphim” and “Violet” modes. I then preordered the figure knowing that Kotobukiya will announce “Violet” next.
A month later and I was surprised when I learned that It was in fact Alphamax who will handle the Sakuya “Violet” figure and not Kotobukiya. I have no idea why but I’m sure it’s a character licensing issue. It’s still good news for us since both Kotobukiya and Alphamax are great figure manufacturers specially when it comes to characters designed by Tony Taka. Figure slated July 2014 for ¥12,800.