Welcome to AC's new column, "Tales Merch Monthly"! This new column of ours focuses on any upcoming Tales of Series related merchandise, as well as those that (we think) are already available and are worth collecting. From shirts, to figures, to even keychains, we'll try to cover as much as we can! The column will be out every month, and will focus on stuff just released/to be released for that same month, as well as Tales stuff you can pre-order that will come out in the coming two months.
As you've seen in our previous post, the beautiful Tales of Xilla Milla Maxwell figure by ALTER will be available sometime Septmeber 2012. Pre-order fast, before it runs out (just like how slots for the Luke fon Fabre figure ran out, except at YesAsia, but not all of us are willing to pay that high a price for a figure)! Pre-orders are currently available at the following places:
But before Milla, we will first see light of the Tales of Vesperia Rita Mordio figure, also by ALTER, which will be released late June 2012. In tandem with her release, there will also be a restock of ALTAiR's previously released Yuri Lowell figure. And like said above, the Tales of the Abyss Luke fon Fabre figure, which will be released April 30, is only available at YesAsia, for a hefty price:
» Tales of Vesperia Rita Mordio Figure by ALTER - Hobby Search | CDJapan | Amiami | YesAsia
» Tales of Vesperia Yuri Lowell Figure by ALTAiR - CDJapan | Hobby Search | Amiami | YesAsia
» Tales of the Abyss Luke fon Fabre Figure by ALTAiR - Play-Asia | YesAsia
Take Tales to your school with these upcoming Tales of Vesperia and Tales of the Abyss school supplies! They have pencil cases, rulers, mechanical pencils, clear files, bath posters--- wait, what? *Cough* So um, the Vesperia ones will be released April 30, while the Abyss ones are expected to be released early June of this year. Both are only available in Amiami for now, since the Vesperia ones have sold out in CDJapan while the Abyss ones are not yet listed there.
» Tales of the Abyss Mechanical Pencils - Luke (CDJapan | HobbySearch | Amiami); Tear (CDJapan | HobbySearch | Amiami); Guy (CDJapan | HobbySearch | Amiami); Jade (CDJapan | HobbySearch | Amiami); Anise (CDJapan | HobbySearch | Amiami); Natalia (CDJapan | HobbySearch | Amiami)
» Tales of the Abyss Rulers - Luke (CDJapan | HobbySearch | Amiami); Tear (CDJapan | HobbySearch | ); Guy (CDJapan | HobbySearch | Amiami); Natalia (CDJapan | HobbySearch | Amiami); Asch (CDJapan | HobbySearch | Amiami)
We've seen volumes 1 to 3 of this adorable series of Tales rubber straps by Kotobukiya. This time, we have Tales of Friends Volume 4 to be released on July 30, 2012, featuring adorable new characters and designs! I mean, who could resist RUCA? IT'S RUCA *bricked*.
Everyone seems to be excited for the upcoming English dub release of Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~ by FUNimation. Featuring the return of some of the game's voice actors, as well as some new ones who are at least able to live up to the ones in the game, the movie will surely be a worthy addition to your collection. Showcasing animation by Production I.G, the movie tells the story of game protagonists Yuri and Flynn a few years before the events of the game. You can take a look at some video clips of in our recent news post. It will be released on June 26th in a DVD/Blu-ray combo package.
And let's not forget Tales of Symphonia: The Animation, now at its final arc. With the recent announcement that this arc, The United World Episode, will now consist of 3 volumes, we're sure to expect a lot more action and drama in this show's finale. Volume 2, to be released mid June 2012, is now available for pre-order at Amiami.
And of course, Viva! Tales of Magazine is still as alive as ever. The May 2012 issue (which was actually released sometime last week... I don't get magazine release dates, either) features Stahn Aileron and Leon Magnus (originally from Tales of Destiny) representing Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave. Aside from Twin Brave, the magazine will also cover info about Tales of Innocence R. The issue after it (June 2012) is now available for pre-orders as well.
Other stuff up for pre-order:
» Tales of Innocence R Perfect Guide - Play-Asia
The new Tales of Xillia Fans' Bible, which was released March 31st, pretty much has all the info you could ever want about Xillia. The contents of the book will be a sure treat for Xillia fans, such as early concept art of Milla, clean versions of previously released artwork, voice actor interviews, and much, much more.
Speaking of which, the Tales of Xillia Novel Volume 3 has also been just released last month. Volumes 1 and 2 are also still available, in case you want to complete the set or something. So far though, it has only been Jude and Milla who have been featured in its covers... I'd sure love to see the other characters, though.
So, did you guys try out Tales of the World: Dice Adventure's closed beta a few days ago? It was pretty fun (*coughthoughatadbitslowcough*) for me, at least. We're expecting the game to be open to all by the end of this month, but in the meantime, let's have a look at the CD single for its opening theme, Chizu no Arika by Daisy x Daisy. The single comes in a normal CD-only version and a special limited edition CD+DVD version. Get whichever, and you'll receive in-game bonuses for Dice Adventure.
Other stuff just released:
To show our support to the localized Tales games, let me once again promote the recent releases in the US, specifically Tales of Graces f and Tales of the Abyss 3DS. You won't know when exactly we'll have another localization, so might as well play what we can. Then, there's also one of the most anticipated Tales games that most of us are (I think) hoping to see in the US: Tales of Xillia. Forget all the talk about the game being incomplete and all that, because all in all, the game is, at the very least, decent. We also have the latest escort title from the series, Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave. This game, in my honest opinion, was far more enjoyable than Tales of VS. Lastly, we have Tales of Innocence R, a remake of the original Nintendo DS title to the PS Vita.
» Tales of Graces f (US) - Play-Asia | GameStop | Amazon
» Tales of the Abyss 3DS (US) - Play-Asia | Amazon | GameStop
» Tales of Xillia (JP) - Play-Asia | CDJapan | YesAsia
» Tales of Xillia (JP) Famitsu DX Pack - Play-Asia
» Tales of Xillia (JP) Kyun Chara Pack - Play-Asia
» Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave (JP) - Play-Asia
» Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave (JP) Premium Box - Play-Asia
» Tales of Innocence R - Play-Asia | CDJapan
And that's it for our very first entry in Tales Merch Monthly! Stay tuned next month for any upcoming Tales of Series merchanidse!
Also, thanks to Ken12 and TheNoMoreHero for offering name ideas. I couldn't include "Rutee's Stash" anymore since it would be too long, though :(, so I opted to put Rutee in the banner. But thanks for the suggestions! Also, take note that we may have missed some merchandise somewhere.