This should be the last preorder post of this year, and it’s an odd one as there’s nary an Alter or Good Smile Company figure to be found in it. I’ve seen some speculation that Good Smile Company’s quality is falling off, and I suppose there’s some justification to that, given that some of their products have had some egregious errors (like Black Rock Shooter – that reminds me that I still have to paste that star on her ass) and others just fail to impress (like Inori, whom nobody seems to really love, which I guess is only appropriate for a character from a show like Guilty Crown). I don’t really know if I fully subscribe to that idea, but then, I only buy their scaled figures, and not a lot of them at that. Alter, though – they’re just not making a lot of stuff I’m interested in buying. That makes this post a peculiarly FREEing-dominated outlook, and given my poor initial opinion of them, that’s a trend I’m having some difficulty adjusting to.
Sena Kashiwazaki from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
The most recent figure to go up for order is also the one scheduled to hit stores first: Sena went up for order just last night, I believe, and she’s scheduled to hit stores in a couple of months. She’ll be complementing Griffon’s Yozora, which I thought about buying but ultimately passed on, as I hoped to find her in the bargain bin. Sena’s gotten a lot of figures, but none of them are quite perfect, and while this one isn’t either, it does have a few strong aspects going for it. First is that it puts her in her very distinctive Monster Hunter armor. Also, of all the Sena figures I’ve seen, I think this one’s face seems to come closet to her anime styling. That picture does show one of its downsides, which is that her coloring seems drab, particularly her hair, which seems strangely greenish-tinted. Not sure if that’s the figure or if they used fluorescent lighting or something. At any rate, I’ll have to think about this one but I do like this one and the Yozora figure a lot, and if I see Yozora discounted anywhere, that greatly increases the chances I’ll pick up this Sena.
Arshes Nei from Bastard!
The appeal of this figure is obvious, so I need not explain why I’m interested in it. I do wish it were larger, as it’s listed as only 1/8 scale, rather than the 1/4 scale like so many of FREEing’s other stuff. Even 1/5 scale would’ve been nice, as it would have matched one of the Kanu Unchou figures that I’ve got. Regardless of its size, though, the pose, outfit and the face look great, and I’m pretty sure this is one I’ll be picking up.
Alicia from Queen’s Blade Grimoire
It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten a Queen’s Blade figure, but I’ve ordered Alicia, the first heroine in the new Queen’s Blade Grimoire series. I don’t know the details of this newest Queen’s Blade edition, but I do know that Alicia looks great. Surprisingly, none of the promo photos show a castoff option for Alicia, which would be unusual considering the core hallmark of the Queen’s Blade franchise (that is, female battlers with exploding clothes), but even if her clothes can’t be stripped, she still looks pretty good.
Nozomi Akiyama from se.kirara
The appeal of this figure is perhaps less apparent, at least for me, considering that I seem to be most known for buying porno figures. I don’t really buy that many, but that seems to be the reputation I’ve acquired. However, I appreciate cuteness as much as explicitness – well, almost as much – and all of the se.kirara figures look adorable to me. I actually own Aya and Izumi already, along with the Aya and Nozomi figmas. I haven’t reviewed Aya or Izumi yet, but I really like those figures, and I’ll be getting Izumi for sure.
Ganessa Roland from Freezing
Here’s a figure more in line with what I usually buy. I’ve ordered this figure, which should be no surprise as I own Satellizer already. I really like Ganessa’s design, though I can’t actually remember what she was like in the show. I recall that she battled Satellizer in the first episode and seemed to be shaping up as her primary adversary, and then Attia and Rana showed up to take that role. I like that Ganessa is sitting up, which should make it easier to view her.
Kaori Kanzaki from A Certain Scientific Railgun
This figure appears to be a collaboration between Penguin Parade and Embrace Japan. I never got into either the Index or Railgun series, even though they seem quite popular and on the surface, I think I’d probably like them. Kotobukiya made a figure of Kaori a few years back that I was tempted to get, but ultimately passed on. This one, though, I might get, as it amps up the sexiness quite a bit. She also has a very cute blush which is probably meant to signify embarrassment, but given that she’s walking around in that revealing Flo-Jo-style outfit, I would imagine that she doesn’t embarrass easily, and so I like to think of her as being drunk.
Rias Gremory from High School DxD
High School DxD is one of those dumb fanservice shows that I enjoy, much like Kampfer and Seikon no Qwaser. For some reason, some of these shows don’t get many figures (I’m still wondering why Kampfer never got any), and High School DxD has gotten only a few. None of them have been all that appealing, but now we have this odd figure of lead girl Rias Gremory. I say odd because it’s sculpted by D-zo of Diskvision, who has a very unique, easily identifiable style. I’ve got a couple of his figures, including Iroha and Eve, both of which I like a lot, and I’ve also ordered his Elsa figure. Rias, in contrast, has a far more conventional look, which isn’t a bad thing at all since she is quite pretty and has a very appealing design. Looking at the figure though, I can’t quite shake the feeling that her face looks strangely asymmetrical and that her chin seems overly prominent; I’ll have to think more on this one but right now I’m inclined to pass.
Azalee from Dendrobium
Yamato is putting out another version of Azalee, this time wearing black lingerie. She also appears to be a bit cheaper than she was the first time around, and that’s a good thing since her high price was one of the reasons I passed on her. She does look very nice so I might get her, given this second opportunity, but April is looking pretty packed so then again, I might not.
Violet from Dendrobium
The same thinking applies to Violet, who I might be less inclined to get since I don’t care for the animal ears much. I’m not sure whether I prefer their new black and white outfits; I do like black and white, but they do lose the complementary contrast by ditching their red and blue clothing.
Yui Takamura from Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse
After bunches of figures of the Total Eclipse characters in swimsuits or their underwear, we finally get one of Yui wearing her pilot suit. It looks fantastic, and I’ve already ordered it. I kinda wish I hadn’t, since it’s listed at $79.99 at BBTS, which is quite a bit cheaper than I’ll be paying for it at Hobby Search, but I guess I do want it quickly, so I don’t mind paying the higher price. Not too much, anyway.
Fate Testarossa from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
As usual, this post wouldn’t be complete without a Fate Testarossa figure. This one is from Cospa, who’ve done a Fate figure before – I actually own it, though I’ve never reviewed it. The thing I remember about that one was that it is huge, which was a major problem because its shipping cost was like 4800 yen for just that one figure (rather annoying, because I bought the figure after it had hit the bargain bin). This one appears to be quite a bit smaller, despite also being listed as non-scale. I don’t think it looks bad but I don’t think I’ll be getting it. I’m kinda disappointed in how conservative the seat of her suit is; Fate’s leotard has featured varying degrees of skimpiness, from the thong on Alter’s old figure to a somewhat more modest cut on their newer Fate, but I’m not too thrilled with the way Fate’s butt has gotten more and more covered up. No thanks.
Kuroko Shirai from A Certain Scientific Railgun
When I saw this figure, I was like, “Dayuuuum”, even though I’m neither a big Railgun fun nor a big bunnygirl fan. That sentiment evaporated when I saw Moeyo’s preview, which wasn’t flattering in the least, but thinking about it some more, I still like this figure. I own several of FREEing’s 1/4 scale figures, including bunny Nymph and bunny Nanoha (review coming really soon), and I think they are all excellent figures. Further, they all have very noticeably matte paintwork, particularly in the hair and skin tones, so I’m assuming that the prominent glare on Kuroko and Mikoto is caused by a camera flash or something. I don’t care so much for Kuroko’s alternate head, but I think I might get this figure still.