Preview: S.H. Figuarts - Nico Yazawa, Maki Nishikino & Eli Ayase "Love Live!" Figures by Bandai

Hey there, Shizu Mecha here, along with...

Nico Yazawa!

Maki Nishikino!

aaaaaand Eli Ayase!!!

...in their Bokura wa Ima no Naka de costumes!

S.H. Figuarts - Nico Yazawa (Bokura ha Ima no Naka de) "Love Live!" [Bandai]

From Idol Research Club president to S.H. Figuarts, Nico's come such a long way!

Few would argue that she's an idol's idol in this Bokura wa Ima no Naka de costume with it's many ribbons emphasizing her innate cuteness.

Expression parts include her darling normal face, a huge smile, the wink from the opening animation and of course her Niconiconiii! face! They're all adorable but my favorite look might be the wink paired with her heart hand parts.

Only S.H. Figuarts could allow you to re-enact Nico's coquettish dance moves with such precision. Amazingly the frills of her outfit don't get in the way of all the freely moving joints. Even her twin tails move to make sure they flutter in the right direction as she bounces around!

Here's an illustration of the heart shaped base with her signature! The production version will be made of clear plastic.

S.H. Figuarts - Maki Nishikino (Boku ra ha Ima no Naka de) "Love Live!" [Bandai]

μ's composer and schoolwork wiz Maki Nishikino is the first of the year one students to make their S.H. Figuarts debut!

Normally Maki has a hard time showing her feelings but with all of these expression parts that's not a problem here! In addition to her regular face she comes with a wide smile, closed eyes and a scornful glare.

Her tsundere level maxes out when you pair this face part with the Niconiconiii hands!

She isn't always tsuntsun though. Check out how deredere she gets when she sings. And with good reason--she is one of the groups best vocalists! With all of the included parts you'll have no problem recreating your favorite Maki scenes.

Nico comes out in August so she'll be a little lonely waiting for Maki's September release. When she does arrive, though, it'll have been well worth the wait to pose them together!!

S.H. Figuarts - Eli Ayase (Bokura ha Ima no Naka de) "Love Live!" [Bandai]

Eli is as perfect a figure as she is a role model for the rest of the girls! These abundant proportions look great even when she's only around 130mm tall.

Like the other girls Eli comes with four expression parts that perfectly capture her personality. There's the normal face, the big gaping smile, a slightly self-indulgent closed eye look and a more coy smile. хорошо!

Perfect is a word that seems to pop a lot when talking about Eli. It can't be helped--I mean, just look at her! Like Nico her hair also adjusts to match the rest of her pose. Also note that she's actually wearing shorts and not a skirt, letting you pose her in some pretty bombastic moves!

Collect them all to form the BiBi trio! Seeing them all lined up like this really highlights the small differences in their uniforms, not to mention their heights!

I'll leave you with a few shots from the last Wonder Festival. These Tamashii Web figures of Rin and Hanayo complete the lineup of first year students! Check back soon for more info on the Bokura wa Ima no Naka de versions of Honoka, Umi and Kotori♪

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*Photos are of a prototype and the actual product may differ.