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  1. Kingdom Hearts necklaces, engagement rings, and wedding rings by K.uno are being released

    K.uno, a Japanese brand that specializes in custom and bridal jewelry, are going to be be releasing Kingdom Hearts themed necklaces, engagement rings, and wedding rings for sale later this year. They will be a part of their line, U-TREASURE.

    K.uno recently held a press presentation, and there, Mr. Ryota Kataoka, a part of their sales planning department, expressed that people have been asking for them to make Kingdom Hearts jewelry and accessories for a long time, and he's happy that they're able to finally meet their wishes.

    Kingdom Hearts U TREASURE By K.uno


    The first piece of jewelry to be shown off was the engagement ring. This ring expresses the world view of Kingdom Hearts and it's designed with a heart at the seat of the stone. This ring comes in the following varieties:

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    The next piece of jewelry to be introduced was the pair of matching wedding rings. One of these rings features the Kingdom Key Keyblade, while the other one features the Kingdom Key D Keyblade. These rings come in the following varieties:

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    Next, the Kingdom Hearts necklaces that were previously talked about were displayed as well. The first necklaces to be displayed were the Kingdom Key and Kingdom Key D ones. These necklaces come in the following varieties:

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    After, the Oathkeeper and Oblivion necklaces were shown off. These necklaces come in the following varieties:

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    Lastly, they exhibited the Heart necklace and the Sora Crown necklace. These necklaces come in the following varieties:

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    One of K.uno's designers was shown drawing the designs of the aforementioned products during the presentation.

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    These items can be purchased from the Japanese online store, omni7, and at the U-TREASURE online store. They will also be available at the U-TREASURE pop up shop in Shinjuku, Tokyo until September 30, 2017.

    UPDATE: A new photo of the Oathkeeper and Oblivion necklaces, as well as a new photo of the Kingdom Key and Kingdom Key D wedding rings, have been shown off by @Tmkrose on Twitter. You can view the necklace photo in the Oblivion and Oathkeeper necklace gallery above and you can view the wedding ring photo in the wedding ring gallery above.

  2. More Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary merchandise coming to 7net; Necklaces, key rings, tableware, and more!

    In April, various different products and merchandise were announced to be made available for purchase later this year on the Japanese online store, 7net, for the 15th Anniversary of Kingdom Hearts. Now, even more merch has been announced to be coming to 7net for the Kingdom Hearts series' 15th Anniversary. Key rings, necklaces, memo pads, smartphone stands, tumbler glasses, small plates, and stainless steel bottles will be made available for sale later this year.

    The leather key rings are being manufactured by Nakagawa Corporation and will be available starting September 16, 2017. You can buy them here:

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    The gold and silver necklaces are manufactured by K.uno and will be available starting September 28, 2017. You can buy them here:

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    The A7 size memo pads are manufactured by Ingrem and will be available starting August 23, 2017. You can buy them here:

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    The smartphone stands are manufactured by Ingrem and will be available starting August 23, 2017. You can buy them here:

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    The pair of tumbler glasses comes in a wooden box, are manufactured by Maebata, and will be available starting August 23, 2017. You can buy them here:

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    The set of nine small plates comes in a box, are manufactured by Maebata, and will be available starting August 23, 2017. You can buy them here:

    Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary plates


    The stainless steel bottle is manufactured by Maebata, and will be available starting August 23, 2017. You can buy it here:

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    Thanks to @aibo_ac7 on Twitter for the tips!

    UPDATE 1: Kingdom Hearts rings are being manufactured by K.uno, the manufacturer of the Kingdom Hearts necklaces mentioned above, as well. They will be available starting June 21, 2017. You can buy them here:

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    UPDATE 2: A new photo of the Oathkeeper and Oblivion necklaces, as well as a new photo of the Kingdom Key and Kingdom Key D wedding rings, have been shown off by @Tmkrose on Twitter. You can view the necklace photo in the necklace gallery above and you can view the wedding ring photo in the ring gallery above.

  3. More Kingdom Hearts shirts and acrylic key rings coming to Japanese clothing store PONEYCOMB

    Six more acrylic Kingdom Hearts key rings are coming to the clothing store, PONEYCOMB, located in the Japanese shopping mall "109" in Shibuya. They are in the same line of key rings as the key rings being sold by PONEYCOMB that were talked about a few months ago.

    The previously mentioned key rings included the characters Final Form Sora, Roxas in his black coat, Mickey Mouse in his Kingdom Hearts II outfit, Donald Duck, and Goofy. Now, the characters Sora/Data-Sora, Riku in his black coat/Data-Riku, Atlantica Sora, Atlantica Donald Duck, Atlantica Goofy, and Chip & Dale are coming to this line of key rings. View the aforementioned key rings here and view the new ones in the gallery below:

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    There's currently no pricing info or release date, but we'll keep you updated.

    UPDATE 1: Key rings for Sora/Data-Sora and Chip & Dale have been revealed. View them with the other key rings in the photo gallery above. A couple more Kingdom Hearts shirts have also been revealed to be coming to PONEYCOMB. They are in the same line as the shirts that were previously talked about. The shirt designs include one that shows off Timeless River Mickey Mouse on the front and one that shows off the Timeless River world icon on the front and Timeless River Sora on the back. View the shirts in the gallery below:

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    UPDATE 2: A release date, as well as prices, for these products have been revealed by Dtimes. These products will be available from the PONEYCOMB pop-up shop at Kichijoji Parco 5f for a limited time from June 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017. The Timeless River Mickey shirts will be available for 3,500 yen ($31.46 USD) and the Timeless River Sora shirts will be available for 4,200 yen ($37.75 USD), while the key rings will be available for 1,500 yen ($13.48 USD).

    UPDATE 3: Even more Kingdom Hearts shirts and acrylic key rings are coming to PONEYCOMB! Now, the characters Halloween Town Sora, Halloween Town Donald Duck, and Halloween Town Goofy are coming to this line of key rings. There are two new shirts. One of which has a design of Halloween Town Sora and Christmas Town Jack Skellington on the front, and the other shirt has a design of Halloween Town Donald and Goofy on the front. They both come in either black or white.

    Both the acrylic key rings and the shirts will be available to pre-order from September 2, 2017 to September 10, 2017. They are planned to ship at the end of September, and regular sales in PONEYCOMB stores are scheduled to begin on September 9, 2017. The key rings will be available to purchase for 1,620 yen ($14.81 USD) each, and the shirts will be available to purchase for 3,780 yen ($34.56 USD) each.

    Check out the new shirts and key rings in the gallery below:

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  4. Sora from Kingdom Hearts' Japanese voice actor, Miyu Irino, at Anime Expo 2017; discusses his life with video games; says his favorite role is Sora

    Miyu Irino, who is better known as the Japanese voice actor for Sora from the Kingdom Hearts series, will be a Guest of Honor at this year's Anime Expo on July 1st to 4th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition, he will be participating in a panel and be available for autographs.

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    UPDATE: Miyu Irino participated in a panel at Anime Expo 2017 a couple of weeks ago. He discussed about some of the characters he has voiced including Haku from Spirited Away, Saji Crossroad from Gundam 00, and of course Sora from Kingdom Hearts.

    When asked about if he liked video games:

    You’ve voice acted for video games. Do you enjoy playing video games yourself?

    Of course, in primary and junior high school, I’d play a lot of video games. In summer, I’d spend 8-12 hours a day playing video games, like Final Fantasy, Mario, action games, RPGs, lots of different types of games. I recently purchased a PS4, and I’m playing Kingdom Hearts 2.8 right now.


    When asked about which role he loves the most:

    We’ve talked about many roles today. Are there any types of roles you’d like to do?

    It’s a very difficult question; it’s not really a question of what role I like to play, but more about how I am able to develop the character. If I really had to choose, I’d say Sora from Kingdom Hearts, as it has been 15 years since I first started the role. Being involved with a project for that long is something special, and I’d like to continue being involved and see where it goes.

    • Jul 20 2017 03:15 PM
    • by Leamax
  5. Kingdom Hearts Sora, Riku, Kairi, and Heartless Funko Pop! Vinyl figures now available for pre-order at Gamestop; release in November 2017

    According to Instagram user funkofinderz, Funko is releasing Kingdom Hearts Pop! Vinyl figures for Sora, Riku, Kairi, and an unnamed Heartless. There is no release date for the figures yet but the Instagram post mentions it is coming soon.

    This rumor follows the recent releases of the Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Pete, and Chip & Dale Funko Pop! Vinyl figures.

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    What do you guys think of this news? Are you going to buy these new figures to add to your collection? Let us know in the comments below

    Thanks to @Churro on Twitter for the tip! Also, you can check out the original Instagram post here.

    UPDATE: The Sora, Riku, Kairi, and Heartless Pop Funko figures are now available for pre-order with Gamestop. The figures will be $11.99 USD and is scheduled to release on November 16, 2017.

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    Thanks to Reddit user brandedlcie for the photo and KHInsider for the tip!

    • Sep 22 2017 01:57 PM
    • by Axeken
  6. Atlantica Donald and Atlantica Goofy T-shirts available through X-Large's Okinawa store; Releasing June 9, 2017

    The Japanese website, Dtimes, has posted promotional pages for two new Kingdom Hearts t-shirts. These shirts each feature an illustration of Donald Duck or Goofy in their Atlantica forms from Kingdom Hearts, with Atlantica's world logo underneath each shirt's featured character. Each shirt will be available from retailer X-Large's Okinawa store for 5,500 yen ($49.81 USD). These shirts release on June 9, 2017, and will be available in both black and white, in S, M, L, and XL sizes. Unfortunately, pre-orders do not seem to be available for these particular items, as X-Large has not listed them on their online store. However, these items may be made available for purchase on the online store on their release date.

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    Will you be picking up one of these shirts? Which one do you like more? Let us know in the comments below!

  7. Kingdom Hearts Kingdom Key Keyblade PROPLICA revealed at Tokyo Toy Show 2017

    A PROPLICA of the iconic Kingdom Key Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts was revealed at the Tokyo Toy Show 2017. It is being released by Bandai, the same company that's releasing the Sora, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy SHFiguarts figures, which were shown off at the Tokyo Toy Show this year as well.

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    There's currently no pricing info or release date for this PROPLICA Keyblade. We'll keep you updated.

    PROPLICA is a line of prop replicas of various different weapons and items from different series. There are many fan-made prop replicas out there of Kingdom Key, but this is the first time an official one is being sold.

    UPDATE 1: A few more photos of the Kingdom Key PROPLICA were taken by @hobbysearch on Twitter. View them in the gallery with the other photos above.

    UPDATE 2: Even more photos of the Kingdom Key PROPLICA were shared by @ArikaMiz on Twitter. View them in the gallery with the other photos above.

  8. Kingdom Hearts Collection Badges will be in stock for Sega Prize, starting from June 5, 2017

    Kingdom Hearts Collection Badges are on their way to Sega Prize, starting from June 5, 2017. They'll be available at several Sega stores beginning on Monday (June 5, 2017), while they'll begin being available at other stores on Thursday (June 8, 2017). There's 30 applicable stores in total.

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    Sega Prize is a special division of Sega, which focus specifically on prizes available from their Sega UFO Catcher machines. These machines are set up at various stores in Japan, and are essentially a type of crane game that allow you to win prizes.

    Thanks to @aibo_ac7 on Twitter for the tip!

    UPDATE 1: Shinjuku Sportsland, a well-known arcade at Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan, will have these Kingdom Hearts Collection Badges in-stock, starting from Saturday (June 3, 2017). They will have all 15 Collection Badges available to win. The Shinjuku Sportsland official Twitter account has also provided photos of the Collection Badges. View them with the other photo in the gallery above.

    UPDATE 2: A new photo of the Kingdom Hearts Collection Badges has been shared by @ArikaMiz on Twitter. View it with the other photos in the gallery above.

    UPDATE 3: The Kingdom Hearts Collection Badges are now in stock as several Sega stores! Also, more photos of the badges have been shared on Twitter by @SEGA_akiba_4. View them with the other photos in the gallery above.

  9. [Updated] Kingdom Hearts print card collections by Ichiban Kuji to release on May 24, 2017

    Ichiban Kuji are making Kingdom Hearts character collection cards which will be on sale starting May 24, 2017. These cards can be purchased from their site for 150 yen (about $1.34 USD) and they will be selling the collections on different periods starting from May 24, 2017 until the last collection to be sold in August 31, 2017.

    View two sample images of what the cards look like, as well as an actual photo of the cards, provided by @print1KUJI and @ArikaMiz on Twitter, below:


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    UPDATE 1: Another photo of the cards has been shown off by @naxkia on Twitter. View this photo with the other photos in the gallery above.

    UPDATE 2: Ichiban Kuji have extended the sales period for their Kingdom Hearts card collection to September 22, 2017. Also, more prints have been added to the collection, featuring different characters from Kingdom Hearts. The pricing remains 150 yen (about $1.34) per print. You can view the new character cards in the gallery above.

  10. Kingdom Hearts Organization XIII 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle by Tenyo coming soon; pre-orders available

    An Organization XIII themed Kingdom Hearts jigsaw puzzle by Tenyo is releasing soon. This puzzle consists of 1,000 pieces and is 57 x 73.5cm when assembled. You can pre-order this jigsaw puzzle from AmiAmi for 3,024 yen ($26.60 USD). Pre-orders are offered on a first come, first served basis in case of manufacture stock shortages.

    View the picture that the puzzle creates when assembled below:

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    UPDATE: Pre-orders have since been closed! We'll update you if they open again.

  11. Kingdom Hearts Plush Shadow & Fenrir/Ultima Weapon Keyblade Keychain now available for pre-order via Square Enix NA store; releasing May 2017

    The Square Enix North American online store has updated with new pre-orders for the Kingdom Hearts Plush Shadow, as well as more Keyblade Keychains of the Fenrir and Ultima Weapon. All 3 products have an estimated release of May 2017. The Plush Shadow costs $34.99 USD, and the Keychains each cost $19.99 USD.

    Check out a link to each pre-order page below, as well as their corresponding images.

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    • May 04 2017 08:37 PM
    • by Jake
  12. Kingdom Hearts series' music ranking has fallen behind at Classic FM's Hall of Fame 2017

    This year's Hall of Fame hosted by Classic FM has come to a close and the results from the polls are in. Kingdom Hearts, including "The Other Promise" composed by Yoko Shimomura, has ranked #119 out of 300 this year. This is still impressive for the Kingdom Hearts series, though its ranking is significantly lower than it had been in previous years. In Hall of Fame 2016 Kingdom Hearts ranked no. 31, while in 2015 the series ranked no. 30.

    Other musical compositions that have been showcased in the Kingdom Hearts series have also made it into the top 300 list for Hall of Fame 2017, including the following:

    • "A Night on the Bare Mountain" ranked at no. 269
    • "Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl" ranked at no. 206
    • "Final Fantasy Series (including One-Winged Angel)" ranked at no. 49
    • "Nutcracker" ranked at no. 34
    • "Symphony no. 6 in F Major Op.68 (Pastoral)" ranked at no. 7
    Congratulations are in order to Yoko Shimomura and her success in making Classic FM's Hall of Fame list once more! May she have continued success in the Kingdom Hearts franchise and the entirety of her musical career.

  13. Prototypes of Funko Pop! Vinyl Kingdom Hearts Halloween Town Donald and Goofy figures have been leaked

    Prototypes of Funko Pop! Vinyl Kingdom Hearts Halloween Town Donald Duck and Goofy have been leaked by @poncho_pete_ on Instagram. It's currently unknown when Funko will announce these figures. View the image of the prototypes below:

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    UPDATE: The Halloween Town Donald and Goofy Pop! Vinyl figures have been officially announced and shown off as a part of the Pop! Disney line of Funko vinyl figures. The Halloween Donald and Halloween Goofy figures will be New York Comic Con 2017 exclusives. Check them out here.

    • Sep 07 2017 07:57 PM
    • by Leamax
  14. Kingdom Hearts shirts and acrylic key rings coming to Japanese clothing store PONEYCOMB for the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary

    To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Kingdom Hearts, shirts and acrylic key rings are coming to the Japanese clothing store, PONEYCOMB, located in the shopping mall "109" in Shibuya.

    The shirt features Mickey Mouse on the front in his black coat disguise with the word "KING" above him. This shirt comes in a style for women and a style for men. View the shirts below:

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    There are five different acrylic key rings, each featuring a different character from the series. The characters are Final Form Sora, Roxas in his black coat, Mickey Mouse in his Kingdom Hearts II outfit, Donald Duck, and Goofy. View the key rings below:

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    UPDATE 1: A release date, as well as prices, for these products have been revealed by Dtimes. These products will be available from PONEYCOMB on April 29, 2017, and the shirts will be available for 3,500 yen ($31.46 USD), while the key rings will be available for 1,500 yen ($13.48 USD).

    In case you missed it, limited merchandise is available for pre-order from 7NET in Japan for the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary as well.

    Sources: @miikun18 tweet 1, @miikun18 tweet 2, @miikun18 tweet 3, @miikun18 tweet 4, @PONEYCOMB, @aibo_ac7, Dtimes

    UPDATE 2: Six more acrylic Kingdom Hearts key rings are coming to PONEYCOMB. They are in the same line as the ones mentioned above. These key rings include the characters: Sora/Data-Sora, Riku in his black coat/Data-Riku, Atlantica Sora, Atlantica Donald Duck, Atlantica Goofy, and Chip & Dale. You can check them out in the article here.

    UPDATE 3: Key rings for Sora/Data-Sora and Chip & Dale have been revealed. View them with the other key rings in the photo gallery above. A couple more Kingdom Hearts shirts have also been revealed to be coming to PONEYCOMB. The shirt designs include one that shows off Timeless River Mickey Mouse on the front and one that shows off the Timeless River world icon on the front and Timeless River Sora on the back. View the shirts in the gallery below:

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    UPDATE 4: A release date, as well as prices, for these products have been revealed by Dtimes. These products will be available from the PONEYCOMB pop-up shop at Kichijoji Parco 5f for a limited time from June 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017. The Timeless River Mickey shirts will be available for 3,500 yen ($31.46 USD) and the Timeless River Sora shirts will be available for 4,200 yen ($37.75 USD), while the key rings will be available for 1,500 yen ($13.48 USD).

    UPDATE 5: Even more Kingdom Hearts shirts and acrylic key rings are coming to PONEYCOMB! Now, the characters Halloween Town Sora, Halloween Town Donald Duck, and Halloween Town Goofy are coming to this line of key rings. There are two new shirts. One of which has a design of Halloween Town Sora and Christmas Town Jack Skellington on the front, and the other shirt has a design of Halloween Town Donald and Goofy on the front. They both come in either black or white.

    Both the acrylic key rings and the shirts will be available to pre-order from September 2, 2017 to September 10, 2017. They are planned to ship at the end of September, and regular sales in PONEYCOMB stores are scheduled to begin on September 9, 2017. The key rings will be available to purchase for 1,620 yen ($14.81 USD) each, and the shirts will be available to purchase for 3,780 yen ($34.56 USD) each.

    Check out the new shirts and key rings in the gallery below:

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  15. Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary limited merchandise is available for pre-order from 7Net in Japan

    To further celebrate the 15th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts this year, 7Net is offering exclusive Kingdom Hearts merchandise from Japan. All items are currently available for pre-order and are releasing on a variety of dates, ranging from June 23 2017 to August 23 2017. You can see some images of the available products for sale below:

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    A list of release dates and prices of items available from 7Net are as follows:
    • Acrylic pen stand sets priced at 4,000 yen, releasing on July 20, 2017
    • Keyblade key covers priced at 800 yen, releasing on August 19, 2017
    • Muffler towel two-piece set priced at 1,000 yen, releasing on August 23, 2017
    • Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Design iPhone 7 hybrid mirror case priced at 2,780 yen, releasing on June 23, 2017
    • iPhone 7 cases in an assortment of designs priced at 2,180 yen, releasing on June 23, 2017
    • iPhone 7 Plus cases in an assortment of designs, priced at 2,280 yen, releasing on June 23, 2017
    • iPhone 6/6s cases in an assortment of designs priced at 2,180 yen, releasing on June 23, 2017
    • Two-stage lunchbox priced at 3,000 yen, releasing on July 13, 2017
    • Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Design mugs priced at 1,800 yen, releasing on July 13, 2017
    • Noodle pots priced at 1,800 yen, releasing on July 13, 2017
    Other Kingdom Hearts iPhone cases have been offered in the past, as well as Kingdom Hearts themed iPad cases that have been announced more recently.

    Kingdom Hearts shirts and acrylic key rings are coming to the Japanese clothing store PONEYCOMB for the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary as well.

    UPDATE: Even more merch has been announced to be coming to 7net for the Kingdom Hearts series' 15th Anniversary. Key rings, necklaces, memo pads, smartphone stands, tumbler glasses, small plates, and stainless steel bottles will be made available for sale later this year.

    The leather key rings are being manufactured by Nakagawa Corporation and will be available starting September 16, 2017. You can buy them here:

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    The gold and silver necklaces are manufactured by K.uno and will be available starting September 28, 2017. You can buy them here:

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    The A7 size memo pads are manufactured by Ingrem and will be available starting August 27, 2017. You can buy them here:

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    The smartphone stands are manufactured by Ingrem and will be available starting August 23, 2017. You can buy them here:

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    The pair of tumbler glasses comes in a wooden box, are manufactured by Maebata, and will be available starting August 23, 2017. You can buy them here:

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    The set of nine small plates comes in a box, are manufactured by Maebata, and will be available starting August 23, 2017. You can buy them here:

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    The stainless steel bottle is manufactured by Maebata, and will be available starting August 23, 2017. You can buy it here:

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    Thanks to @aibo_ac7 on Twitter for the tips!

  16. The first series of Diamond Select Toys' Kingdom Hearts figures shown off at C2E2 2017; releasing holiday 2017; pre-orders now available

    Earlier this year, Diamond Select Toys revealed prototypes of their Kingdom Hearts figures at New York Toy Fair 2017.

    Now, Diamond Select Toys have shown off improved versions of these figures at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2017. Last time they were shown, figures of Sora, Roxas, Axel, Mickey Mouse, Maleficent, Jafar, Iago, Abu, a Dusk Nobody, a Shadow Heartless, and a Creeper Plant Heartless were shown. This time, figures of Sora, Axel, Mickey Mouse, a Dusk Nobody, a Shadow Heartless, and a Soldier Heartless were shown. A Vinimate Sora can be seen in the back as well.

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    In the image, you can see some of the articulation of the figures. Not all of the figures will have the same amount of articulation, due to the size of the figures and due to how easy it is to hide the articulation in the sculpt. Expect to see 8 - 12 in the character figures, and little or none in the Heartless figures.

    UPDATE 1: More detailed photos have been added of the Sora, Axel, Mickey Mouse, and the Soldier Heartless figures by Diamond Select Toys, which were featured about booth #817 at C2E2. You can view these images above.

    UPDATE 2: The official Diamond Select Toys Twitter account has released an image of their Vinimates display at C2E2 2017 at their booth #817. In this display, you can see the Sora Vinimate and get a better look at him than in the previous photo. Sora can be seen on the third shelf down and to the right. View the image of the display below:

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    UPDATE 3: Thanks to @JayCochran on Twitter, we now have a new photo of the Sora figure and a new photo of the Mickey figure. View these images with the other images above.

    UPDATE 4: New images of these figures and new information on these figures has been released. It's now known that these figures will be released in two packs which each contain three figures. The first pack will have Axel, Mickey Mouse, and a Shadow Heartless in it, while the other pack will have Sora, a Soldier Heartless, and a Dusk Nobody in it. The figures are between four and seven inches tall. They will be released Fall 2017, and both packs will be $25.00 USD. The figures are sculpted by Oluf Hartvigson, who's also done some work for one of the Star Wars lines at Sideshow Collectibles.

    View the new images in the gallery below:

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    UPDATE 6: Pre-orders for these two sets of figures are now available on Ami Ami. Pre-order the Sora, Soldier, and Dusk pack here, and pre-order the Mickey, Axel, and Shadow pack here.

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    They can each be pre-ordered for 3,500 yen ($31.44 USD). In case you missed it, they will be released in Fall 2017.

    UPDATE 7: Pre-orders for these two sets of figures are now available for the United States. Pre-order the Sora, Soldier, and Dusk pack from BigBadToyStore here, pre-order the Mickey, Axel, and Shadow pack from BigBadToyStore here, and pre-order both packs from BigBadToyStore here. You can also pre-order both packs from Entertainment Earth here. Each pack can be pre-ordered for $22.99 USD, and the double pack can be pre-ordered for $44.99 USD.

    Read the product description for the single packs below:

    A Diamond Select Toys release! Just in time for the 15th anniversary of the Select action figure line, one of the world's most popular video game franchises is getting the Select treatment! Based on the popular Kingdom Hearts II chapter, these action figure multi-packs include some of the franchise's most popular characters. Each figure measures between 4 and 7 inches tall and features up to 16 points of articulation, as well as character-appropriate accessories including Keyblades. Each figure set comes packaged in the display-ready Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!


    Read the product description for the double pack below:

    A Diamond Select Toys release! Just in time for the 15th anniversary of the Select action figure line, one of the world's most popular video game franchises is getting the Select treatment! Based on the popular Kingdom Hearts II chapter, these action figure multi-packs include some of the franchise's most popular characters: Mickey Mouse comes with Axel and Shadow, and Sora comes with Dusk and a soldier. Each figure measures between 4 and 7 inches tall and features up to 16 points of articulation, as well as character-appropriate accessories including Keyblades. Each figure set comes packaged in the display-ready Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!


    Thanks to KHInsider for the tip!

    UPDATE 8: Diamond Select Toys' Kingdom Hearts figures have been shown off at SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) 2017. The Mickey, Sora, Axel, Dusk Nobody, Shadow Heartless, and Soldier Heartless figures were shown off there, as well as new Pluto, Valor Form Sora, and Wisdom Form Sora. A Master Form Sora was announced too. The Pluto figure will be $9.99 USD at Walgreens, the Valor Form Sora will be $19.99 USD only at GameStop, the Wisdom Form Sora will be $19.99 USD only at Target, and the Master Form Sora will be $19.99 USD only at Toys "R" Us. Check out photos of the figures at SDCC 2017, provided by @churroz on Twitter, below:

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    UPDATE 9: Diamond Select Toys president Chuck Terceira, also known as DSTChuck, answered various fan questions about their figures and upcoming figures, which include things like Star Trek, Kill Bill, and of course, Kingdom Hearts, as a part of their Ask DST series. He has confirmed that their plan now is to have the one series out for holiday 2017, instead of the previous goal for fall 2017.

    UPDATE 10: Series 1 of the Diamond Select Toys' Kingdom Hearts figures are now available to purchase at Walgreens. Walgreens also has a Mickey Mouse and Pluto pack as an exclusive. Check out images of the Series 1 figures in their store packaging, as well as a photo of the Sora figure posed in a field shown off by the official Diamond Select Toys Twitter account, below:

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  17. Kingdom Hearts themed iPad cases now available through Gain Garage

    The Japanese website DTimes has announced that Kingdom Hearts themed iPad cases are now available to purchase. These cases come in four varieties, each with a Kingdom Hearts image on its corner.

    The first case features Sora's Station of Awakening. The second case features the Kingdom Hearts II cover art. The third, a red case, features the "Awakening" image from Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix. Finally, the fourth case does not feature an image like the others, but instead features the heart, crown, Keyblade, and Mickey head symbols commonly associated with the series, emblazoned upon the entirety of the front side of the case. Each case also features the Kingdom Hearts logo on its rear side, but does not have a design on its interior. All four of these cases can be viewed in the album below:

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    These iPad cases can be purchased from the Japanese website Gain Garage for ¥5,162, but it is unknown if these cases are able to be shipped internationally.

    Will you be purchasing one of these iPad cases? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

  18. Kingdom Hearts Way to the Dawn and Kingdom Key D Keyblade paperweights are coming soon

    Keyblade paperweights based off of the Way to the Dawn and Kingdom Key D Keyblades are coming soon. They come in a two piece set on a display stand.

    View the paperweights on the display stand below:

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    View concept art of the paperweights in the box they would come with below:

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    Thanks to @churroz on Twitter for the tip!

  19. GAME and Square Enix have teamed up to offer a giveaway for a Kingdom Hearts framed art print

    One of the UK's leading games retailer, GAME, has partnered up with Square Enix to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts franchise. GAME is hosting a giveaway where they are offering a Kingdom Hearts framed art print, featuring many beloved characters in various moments throughout the series.

    To enter the giveaway you can visit GAME's Twitter (@GAMEdigital) and tweet your favorite Kingdom Hearts moment. Be sure to include #MyKHMoment in your entry!

    UPDATE: The winner for the giveaway has been selected! Congratulations to @Halestorm_EU on Twitter!

  20. Kingdom Hearts II Riku Static Arts Gallery now available for pre-order on Square Enix NA store; releasing end of September for $49.99 USD

    The Kingdom Hearts II Riku Static Arts Gallery figure is now up for pre-order on the North American Square Enix Online Store for $49.99, with a release scheduled for end of September 2017. The figure's prototype was previously showcased at the New York Comic Con 2016.

    This news comes a day after Square Enix (Japan) e-Store started accepting pre-orders for the figure, with a Japanese release date of July 29, 2017.

    You can view pictures of the figure below. A description of the product follows.

    The Static Arts Gallery series is focused on pursuing the faithful depiction of characters within its 6-inch size limitation. Now Riku as he appears in KINGDOM HEARTS II will be the latest to join the lineup!
    Despite its small scale, this figure’s exquisite paintwork is applied down to the fine details. Furthermore, the delicate and intricate design of the sculpt will surely surprise those that pick up the figure with all the details in its hair and clothes.

    The star and shadow at his feet are created with translucent material to appear as though the star is casting light at Riku’s feet.

    The presentation is a vivid reminder of the theme of light and darkness that is rooted in KINGDOM HEARTS, and so carefully expressed in the character of Riku.

    Product Size (inches): Approx. W 2.91” x D 2.91" x H 5.6”

    Release scheduled for end of September 2017

    Limit two (2) per customer.


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    Will you be pre-ordering this figure? Let us know in the comments below!

  21. Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- Aqua PAK now available for pre-order on Square Enix NA store; releasing end of August for $129.99 USD

    The Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- Play Arts Kai Aqua showcased at various events this year is now up for pre-order on the North American Square Enix Online Store. The release date is listed as end of August 2017, with a price of $129.99.

    This comes only a day after the figure's listing on the Square Enix (Japan) e-Store and AmiAmi, which list the Japanese release date of the figure to be July 8, 2017.

    You can view images of the figure below. The Square Enix Online Store description follows.

    Aqua, the first female protagonist in the KINGDOM HEARTS series, has the inner fortitude to withstand adversity. This Play Arts -KAI- figure is sure to please as it showcases her unwavering spirit in its expression.

    The various included accessory parts allow for a multitude of action poses. The paintwork, varying calculated intensities of light and shadow, gives her a realistic presence, all while taking great care to show off of her signature blue color. We also aimed to give her armor and keyblade a heavy feel through the paint-applied metal textures.

    Whether she is charging gallantly into battle with Rainfell or showing her softer side in scenes with Terra and Ventus, we have condensed every bit of her charm into this figure to make it quintessentially Aqua.

    Figure includes display stand.

    Figure Size (inches): W 3.62” x D 1.9” x H 9.1”


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    Will you be pre-ordering this figure? Let us know in the comments!

  22. Kingdom Hearts Premium Jumbo Bath Towels are becoming available in Japanese stores

    It has been announced on the Tempo SEGA website that a Kingdom Hearts premium jumbo bath towel will be offered in a total of 34 stores in Japan. The scheduled arrival of these towels is set to Friday, April 14, 2017. The towel features a variant of the original cover art for Kingdom Hearts II. You can view a sample of the towel below.

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  23. Kingdom Hearts featured in the latest Famitsu for the series 15th anniversary

    At the end of March the Kingdom Hearts series celebrated its 15th anniversary, and so Famitsu have commemorated this event by featuring the franchise in their magazine yet again. This time, Kingdom Hearts dominates the very front cover of the magazine, and is featured in a 15-pages spread.

    Both Tetsuya Nomura (series director) and Masahiro Sakurai (Super Smash Bros. creator) have discussed the series. In addition, several of the Japanese voice actors for the series were interviewed. There are also results from questionnaires answered by Kingdom Hearts fans.

    The issue seems to contain an overall look at all the games in the series so far, how they fit in the Kingdom Hearts timeline, and how they lead up to Kingdom Hearts III, including information on the game that have been revealed so far.

    The article also features various top 5 and top 10 lists based on fan preferences and expectations. Some of the lists are summarized below.

    Favorite games from the series:

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    • Kingdom Hearts II
    • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
    • Kingdom Hearts
    • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
    Favorite male characters:
    • Sora
    • Roxas
    • Axel (Lea)
    • Riku
    • Terra
    Favorite female characters:
    • Aqua
    • Xion
    • Kairi
    • Namine
    • Larxene
    Favorite moments:
    • "Looks like my summer vacations are over."
    • Xion revealing her true identity to Roxas at the end of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
    • Sora's time as a Heartless
    • The ending of Kingdom Hearts
    • The secret ending of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
    Favorite Keyblades:
    • Oathkeeper
    • Kingdom Key
    • Oblivion
    • Ultima Weapon
    • Two Become One
    Favorite music:
    • Hikari
    • Dearly Beloved
    • Roxas
    • Vector to the Heavens
    • The Other Promise
    Most wanted Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts:
    • Noctis
    • Lightning
    • Zidane
    • Chocobos
    • Bartz


    Other lists include favorite boss battles, the most wanted Final Fantasy characters in future Kingdom Hearts installments, and more.

    The feature also mentions the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour -.

    You can view the scans of the feature section below. English translations will be available as soon as possible.

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    UPDATE: In the magazine, creator of Super Smash Bros., Masahiro Sakurai, shared his thoughts on the Kingdom Hearts series and its 15th anniversary. View his thoughts, translated by @KamennoOtoko on Twitter and provided by @AllSourceGaming on Twitter below:

    Sakurai: Congratulations on your 15-year anniversary! (The Kirby series turns 25 this year, as it were.)
    Although the nature of our respective games may differ, as someone who has also worked on several collaborative titles, I understand all too well how difficult they can be.
    My hat goes off to Nomura and his staff for putting together a tale jam-packed with content every single time.
    I look forward to another entry to the series!

  24. Review: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX

    The Kingdom Hearts series recently celebrated its 15th anniversary with a bang, as renowned RPG developer Square Enix has paved the way to the series' long-awaited climax with a massive compilation. Released for Sony's PlayStation 4, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX offers some of the best experiences that Kingdom Hearts has presented to date, and consists of the first six works in the series. For the uninitiated, these six titles are:

    • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, an enhanced re-release of the original game
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, a console-oriented overhaul of the Game Boy Advance interquel
    • HD cutscenes of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, the series' first Nintendo DS outing
    • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, an enhanced re-release of the second numbered entry
    • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, an enhanced re-release of the series' prequel
    • HD cutscenes of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, the series' second Nintendo DS outing
    Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX presents something for every fan to enjoy. Whether you are a newcomer who has decided to jump into the series, a seasoned veteran who has been an avid follower since 2002, or anywhere in between, this collection is sure to contain something of interest to you.

    When considering the perspective of newcomers, it's no secret that Kingdom Hearts has historically had a reputation for having a confusing plot, due in large part to having its titles spread thin across many platforms. However, in recent years, series director Tetsuya Nomura expressed his desire to remedy this stigma by releasing every Kingdom Hearts title on a single platform. Through both this collection and the recently-released Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Nomura's wishes have been fulfilled; nearly every game in the series is available on the PlayStation 4, with the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III set to continue this trend.

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    As seen above, the newest iteration of the Kingdom Hearts timeline features only four overall releases. The two aforementioned collections and Kingdom Hearts III all have a simple, numerically-ascending order which highlights the intended play order. Meanwhile, while the series' mobile installment, Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross], is presented as being first in the timeline, it is meant to be played late into the series, as it relies heavily on knowledge learned throughout most of the other games. In summary, with just a PlayStation 4 and a smartphone or tablet, the entirety of the Kingdom Hearts series can be easily understood and enjoyed by newer fans!
    For returning Kingdom Hearts diehards, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX unfortunately offers little in the way of completely new experiences. While the Final Mix-exclusive additions and revamped HD cutscenes are carried over from the PlayStation 3 releases of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, there is no sign of any additional content which is exclusive to this PlayStation 4 release. Instead, much of the incentive for veterans to purchase this compilation comes in the form of technical improvements.

    Kingdom Hearts speedrunner Bizkit047 outlines both the technical improvements and problems within Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX.


    In the PlayStation 3 releases, load times were unusually long, and the included games all ran at 720p and 30 frames per second. In the PlayStation 4 version, by contrast, the load times have all but vanished, the resolution has been increased to 1080p, and the playable titles run at 60 frames per second, resulting in a clearer and more fluid image. The option to play at 4k resolution is even available to PlayStation 4 Pro owners, further increasing the collection's visual quality. Unfortunately, the framerate increase does not apply to any of the cutscenes present in the collection; this is only applicable to gameplay, as the cutscenes are strictly programmed to run at 30 frames per second.

    While these improvements have been widely praised by players, the games are not without their own problems. Several players, including prominent speedrunners Bl00dyBizkitz and Bizkit047, have pointed out several glaring issues with the PlayStation 4 versions of each game. Several crashes and bugs which were present in the PlayStation 3 releases have been carried over, some new crashes have been reported, and the transition to 60 frames per second has introduced several inconsistencies regarding game physics and timings. Thankfully, Square Enix has already begun to roll out updates and patches to lessen or eliminate many of the offending issues.

    Overall, while Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is by no means a perfect product, and still has a great deal of technical hurdles to overcome, the collection provides an excellent starting point for new players, a large amount of nostalgia for returning players, and a great deal of improvement under-the-hood for those who seek a good-looking, smooth experience. If you've hesitated at the thought of playing the series, or simply want to experience the games in higher detail than ever before, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX will not disappoint.

  25. Kingdom Hearts II Riku Static Arts Gallery will be released on July 29th, 2017; pre-orders available now

    Pre-orders for the Kingdom Hearts II Riku Static Arts Gallery figure will be starting soon at AmiAmi on April 5, 2017, 12am JST. Its listed price is 5,184 yen, with AmiAmi offering a 29% discount.

    A prototype for this figure was previously in display at New York Comic Con 2016.

    The figure is due for release on July 2017 in Japan.

    UPDATE: Square Enix is now accepting pre-orders in the Square Enix Japan store for 4,940 yen (about $45 USD) and the figure is set to be released on July 29th, 2017. It's currently unknown when it will be available in the North American store.

    You can view pictures of it below:

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