Artwork for Blue Eyes White Dragon & Red Eyes Black Dragon, source unknown
Good Smile Company is scheduled to have statues of 2 signiture dragons from Yu-Gi-Oh! released in January 2011 (originally scheduled for December 2010): The Blue Eyes White Dragon & Red Eyes Black Dragon.
Blue Eyes White Dragon
Red Eyes Black Dragon
Both are scheduled to be released in January 2011, and are to be sold for a retail price for 60,000 Yen (tax included). Reservations for them are now closed on online shops such as Hobby Search and AmiAmi.
Definitely hefty prices for these statues. I know a few friends of mine who collect and play Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, and they do spend a lot of money on purchasing cards. But even then the price tags of these two dragons will set them back even if they are/were big spenders ^^; Not to mention that the sizes (Blue Eyes ~45cm tall, Red Eyes ~30cm tall) and the material they are made of (polystone)!
For those who are curious what polystones are, Radiant from Radiant Dreamer has a nice description of it:
Polystone is a similar property to resin, but is even more brittle! It’s higher quality than resin because of the base materials it uses – mainly it uses minerals such as aluminum hydrate, as opposed to synthetic materials. It’s typically made for mass-produced statues, such as the Final Fantasy 7 polystone cold-casts. From what I can tell, it seems that polystone is the least restrictive. The edges and cuts seem the cleanest, and a fair amount of detail can be put into it. This may be why polystone is the material of choice for mass produced resin cast figures.
If dragons are too much for you or are not your cup of tea, Kotobukiya has pulled off with Dark Magician Girl there:
To be released in March 2011, retail price 6,800 Yen.
Dark Magician Girl is a popular and cute character even for a summoned 'monster'. Not surprisingly there are people who are pre-ordering this one unquestionably, or simply for nostalgia ^^
Images from Hobby Search