Hobby product manufacturer Good Smile Company’s virtual exhibition event Wonderful Hobby Life for You 32 (or just WonHobby 32) is underway, and with it brings news for fans of collector’s items—in particular one that’s sure to be very exciting: a 1/7 scale figure of Ike from Fire Emblem is “coming soon”.
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As a follow-up to our initial report, release details of the upcoming scale figure of Lyn from The Blazing Blade have surfaced from Intelligent Systems. Here’s a formal introduction to the figure provided by Good Smile Company:
“Even now, my heart is still in the plains.”
From the Fire Emblem series comes a brand new figure made by the developer of the series, INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS!
Lyn, one of the main characters of “Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade”, has been brought to life as a 1/7th scale figure.
Based on a special illustration by Sachiko Wada, an illustrator who worked on “The Blazing Blade”, the figure features Lyn in dancing on the open plains in a gentle breeze. Everything from her long ponytail to her clothes and equipment has been captured in stunning detail. Be sure to add her to your collection.
The Lyn scale figure is scheduled for release November 2021 at a suggested price of ¥18,000. Pre-orders for it are open on the Fire Emblem Online Shop now until March 24th, 2021, and will be available to purchase at other vendors.
Before we delve into our main topic, here’s a rundown of what Fire Emblem Expo II is for the uninitiated. (If you already know, skip ahead!)
In the November of last year, Fire Emblem series developer Intelligent Systems announced it would be bringing back Fire Emblem Expo in May 2020—appropriately named Fire Emblem Expo II. Like the original Expo, it was a fan-focused event to hold art exhibits, onstage music and play performances, and hotspots for buying all-new merchandise. It was like a Fire Emblem paradise, and sure to be a hallmark for the series’ 30th anniversary this year as fans create new memories together.
The key visual for Expo II, as seen on its official site.
It’s accompanied by a tagline meaning: “To the world of Fire Emblem, together!”
Sadly, Intelligent Systems later announced cancellation of this event due to coronavirus concerns a month prior to its planned schedule, which would’ve taken place at the Zepp Namba in the city of Osaka, Japan. While it was a tough move to go through, Intelligent Systems did share offerings to make up for the loss, like broadcasting the original 2019 Expo concert on YouTube and selling tailored merch on the Fire Emblem Online Shop (including a CD album with music from the event, Fire Emblem Premium Arrange II, which would be used for a Tap Battle event in Fire Emblem Heroes). In the end, bits and pieces of Expo II still ended up with fans even if the event itself didn’t actually take place.
Among the things Intelligent Systems did in their efforts to keep the spirit of Expo II alive was publish the scripts to a number of stage dramas which were to be played at the event on the Expo II website for all to read, which brings us to our main topic!
Each stage drama is an all-new short story starring a group of characters, acted out by their voice actors with appropriate background music. Commonly released on CDs, they are also played exclusively at in-person events, and the stories we have to share today are thanks to the published Japanese scripts, and those scripts being translated by a fellow fan passionate enough to bring all three of them to English!
Report: Three Houses is the best-selling Fire Emblem of all time, surpassing three million units sold worldwide
No ifs, ands, or buts: Three Houses is #1.
In a sales data report by games industry member DarkDetective Nathan on the ResetEra forums, Three Houses is recorded to have sold 3.02 million units as of June 2020, which by all possible accounts makes it the best-selling Fire Emblem series title ever.
In a previous report by Nintendo themselves back in May, Three Houses had sold 2.87 million as of March 2020, so it is easy to imagine the figure to have already surpassed 3 million by now.
The title of “best-selling Fire Emblem” had been contested for some time due to the nature of the release of Fates, which was published as multiple different units and was not normally all accounted for both physically and digitally in reports. Fates was known to have collectively sold about just 3 million units as of December 2019, according to another ResetEra post.