In late July, temp_h announced on his blog that HobbyLink Japan (HLJ) is planning to release an Opera-tan figure.
Translation (by Lillian Olsen, published with permission from HLJ):
HobbyLink Japan Original Figure
Who is Opera-tan? She's an anthropomorphized character for the web browser "Opera". Her international appeal lies in the high degree of detail and design perfection that rivals any anime or video game character. This is why HLJ has zeroed in on Opera-tan!! She's currently being realized in three dimensions as an original figure kit! Scheduled to go on sale next winter!!
Original design: temp_h
Model prototype design: Modeler-T
Resin-based assembly kit
Release date: Winter 2011
Additional info from tanoue (an HLJ employee heavily involved in the project):
- The figure is a resin kit.
- HLJ does not currently have plans to release it as a completed PVC figure.
- The Opera-tan resin kit will be released at the next Wonder Festival (February 6th, 2011) and will be sold on the HLJ web site.
- The sculptor is "Modeler-T".
His Website is http://arakoma.cool.ne.jp/topics3/topics.cgi (contents possibly NSFW).
The prototype will be completed by the end of this year.
Here's more information (in Japanese): Opera-tan HLJ Original Figure
Here's is HLJ's English-language page about the figure: Opera-Tan: HobbyLink Japan - Original Resin Kit