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Laura Bodewig (Swimsuit Ver.)

Nope, this is not a beach queen figure. It’s cute right? Penguin Parade is set to release this 1/8th scale figure rendition of Laura Bodewig (Swimsuit Ver.) from the anime series Infinite Stratos. Figure shows Laura in this very cute and adorable pose. Still thinking if I should include this in my “must buy” list. Slated June 2014, ¥7,800.

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Preview | Penguin Parade: Laura Bodewig (Swimsuit Ver.)

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Preview | Penguin Parade: Laura Bodewig (Swimsuit Ver.)

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Preview | Penguin Parade: Laura Bodewig (Swimsuit Ver.)

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Preview | Penguin Parade: Laura Bodewig (Swimsuit Ver.)

Figure Info

  • Character: Laura Bodewig
  • Release Date: June 2014
  • Origin: Infinite Stratos
  • Brand: Penguin Parade
  • Artist(s): NA
  • Version: Swimsuit Version
  • Scale: 1/8
  • Price: ¥7,800

Character Info

Laura is a first-year student at the IS Academy and an IS Cadet Representative of Germany. A dokidoki genetically-engineered super-soldier, Laura is the commander of the German IS special forces, Schwarzer Hase (シュヴァルツェア・ハーゼ Shuvarutsea Hāze, German for "Black Rabbit"). She has red eyes and long silver hair; but her most distinct feature being a black eyepatch covering her glowing-yellow left eye, the result of a failed nano-machine experiment meant to help her pilot an IS better. Laura was under Chifuyu's tutelage when the latter was an instructor for the German army following the 2nd Mondo Grosso, and holds Chifuyu in high regard for helping her and was her role model when she suffered a depression for not being the strongest.[7] Her current name is actually a code name given to her by the German military, as she was artificially created from human DNA.

Laura pilots the Schwarzer Regen (「シュヴァルツェア・レーゲン Shuvarutsea Rēgen, German for "Black Rain") IS, a medium-to-long-range artillery-type IS. The Schwarzer Regen possess several remotely guided tethers, which Laura uses to capture and restrain her opponents while she attacks them with a slow-firing but extremely powerful railgun. The Schwarzer Regen also possesses an "Active Inertial Canceller" (AIC), which can be used to stop the movement of projectiles and even another IS. While a very powerful defense, the canceller can only be used against one target at a time, and is only effective at very close range.

Series Info

IS (Japanese: IS〈インフィニット・ストラトス〉 Hepburn: IS ) is a Japanese light novel series by Izuru Yumizuru with illustrations provided by Okiura and CHOCO. As of October 2013, 8 volumes have been published by Media Factory under their MF Bunko J label. From volume 8 onwards, the novels will be published by Overlap under their Overlap Bunko label. A manga adaptation by Kenji Akahoshi was serialized in the seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive from May 2010 to July 2012 with five volumes published under their Alive Comics imprint. A 12-episode anime adaptation aired in Japan between January and March, 2011, and an OVA was released on December 7, 2011. The anime is licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America, and they released the series on April 10, 2012. A second series aired from October 3, 2013 to December 19, 2013.

Plot
In the near future, a Japanese scientist engineers a powered exoskeleton called "Infinite Stratos" (IS). Possessing technology and combat capabilities far more advanced than any other weapon system, the IS threatens to destabilize the world. Faced with such an overpowering weapon, the nations of the world enact the "Alaska Treaty", which states that IS will never be used for military combat and that existing IS technology must be equally distributed to all nations, to prevent any one nation from dominating the others. The introduction of the IS does, however, have a major effect on society. As IS can only be operated by women, there is a shift in the power balance between men and women, where women now dominate society over men.

Ten years after IS was initially introduced, the world has entered a new age of peace. The peace is shattered, however, by Ichika Orimura, a 15-year-old Japanese boy able to operate an IS. Realizing the potential, the Japanese government forces the bewildered young man to attend the prestigious Infinite Stratos Academy, an international academy where IS pilots from all over the world are trained. Thus, he starts a busy high school life surrounded by nothing but girls who can use IS.

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