Baltimore from Azur Lane (Light Armed Version)

Baltimore from Azur Lane

Eighty-one years ago on this date, USS Baltimore was launched from her building yard in Massachusetts, and thus it’s an appopriate day to take a look at this figure of Baltimore from Azur Lane. Since her introduction she’s become one of the more popular Eagle Union characters, with five additional skins beyond her base design and at least four more figures in the pipeline. She’s one of my favorite characters, certainly amongst my top five – St. Louis, Enterprise, New Jersey, and Reno being the others, though the newly-introduced USS Kearsarge might make an argument to displace someone. That someone won’t be Baltimore, though; I’ve loved this character since she came out, and I’m ecstatic she’s getting so many figures.
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St. Louis from Azur Lane (Light Armed Version)

St. Louis from Azur Lane

Azur Lane has grown from relatively modest beginnings as a thematic competitor to Kantai Collection to a multimedia powerhouse in its own right. Its array of conspicuously – and shamelessly – sexy characters no doubt plays an outsized role in its success and apparently, no character’s fan art has a higher proportion of lewds than USS St. Louis. Few Azur Lane characters also have as many skins as St. Louis, and it appears that most of them are going to be receiving figures in the future. However, being that this is the first figure of St. Louis, it’s only apropos that it features her in her default outfit.
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Lucia from Punishing: Gray Raven (Crimson Abyss Version)

Lucia from Punishing: Gray Raven

I’ve spent a lot of time in the last couple of years playing gacha games, and the plethora of Azur Lane, Fate/Grand Order, and Arknights figures I’ve purchased is testament to this enthusiasm. Today we’ll look at a figure from Punishing: Gray Raven – a popular game to be sure, but perhaps somewhat less known compared to some of the biggest names in the genre. Nonetheless, it has a lot going for it, including attractive character designs, a fast-paced combat system, and a pumping soundtrack. I haven’t played it that much myself since I play most gacha games on a tablet and the form factor doesn’t work as well for games like this, but it just received a PC client so I’m thinking I should give it another look.
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Asuka Langley Shikinami from Neon Genesis Evangelion (Kotobukiya White Plugsuit Version)

Asuka Langley Shikinami figure

Looking at my pile of unreviewed Asuka figures – and it’s a sizeable pile – I wondered how long it’s been since the last time I’ve written a review of one of her figures. I couldn’t imagine it’s been that long; I have so many of them. Perusing the archives, I find that the last Asuka review I’ve done was written … thirteen years ago. I’m more than a little amazed and aghast that it’s been that long but I suppose there’s no time like now to rectify that. Accordingly, we’ll take a look at this figure of Asuka, which shows her as she appeared in the final Evangelion film. After so many figures depicting her in her iconic red plugsuit, the white suit is still a little jarring to me, but it can’t be denied that she fills it out just as well.
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Princess Katia from Honey Cage (NSFW)

Princess Katia from Honey Cage

We looked at a scantily-clad and marvelously-endowed blonde elf figure last time, and we’ll be doing the same thing today. This figure comes from a brand called Pleiades, which I believe is an imprint run by Amiami, everyone’s favorite retailer. They’ve released several figures, all of the R-18 variety, which is pleasing to see – the world can only be improved by more ero-figure manufacturers.
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Cecil from Elf Village (NSFW)

Cecil from Elf Village

We took a look at Vertex’s Archeyle almost four years ago, and today we’ll be looking at Cecil, the latest in their series of Elf Village figures. I liked Archeyle’s design but I felt that the execution left something to be desired. From what I can tell, this is a common sentiment regarding Vertex’s figures and it’s one of the reasons I haven’t reviewed very many of them. Laziness, of course, is the main reason. At any rate, here’s Cecil.
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Miyamoto Musashi from Fate/Grand Order (Alter Berserker Version)

Miyamoto Musashi figure

Alright, time to get back on track with figure reviews. Today we’ll take a look at Miyamoto Musashi, Type Moon’s genderbent interpretation of the famous Japanese swordsman and philosopher. This particular version presents her as a Berserker, and evidently depicts her Stage 2 appearance. Doubtless this means something to Fate Grand Order players but being that I’m not inclined to ever touch the game, I’m content to stay willfully ignorant as to the context of these descriptors.
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Year Fourteen Retrospective

And we celebrate the conclusion of year 14 of Tentacle Armada, though the pace of updates is still particularly slow, which I’m not proud of. I’m certainly not quitting collecting figures; I think I’m buying more figures than ever before, actually. Unfortunately, I’m also playing more gacha games than ever before; they’re an incredible time sink – though, thankfully, not a very large money sink for me, as I don’t spend a lot of money on them, at least relative to some of my other hobbies.
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Mona from Genshin Impact (Astral Reflection Version)

Mona from Genshin Impact

Happy New Year to everyone. We recently – relative to my pace of updates, anyway – looked at Raiden Mei from Honkai Impact 3rd, and we will on this first day of 2023 take a look at a character from the game that elevated Mihoyo to international renown. That game is, of course, Genshin Impact, and this character is the perpetually-penniless astrologist and water mage Mona Megistus. My impression is that she was one of the most popular of the game’s early group of heroes and she’s still very much a fan favorite, but other characters like Raiden Shogun, Ganyu, and Hu Tao may have since eclipsed her in popularity. Nonetheless, she’s one of the first Genshin Impact characters to get a figure, and I don’t think that anyone can make an argument opposing that choice.
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Raiden Mei from Honkai Impact 3rd (Herrscher of Thunder ~ Lament of the Fallen Standard Version)

Raiden Mei from Honkai Impact

Gacha games have, for better or worse, exploded in popularity in recent years, and Mihoyo’s critically-acclaimed title Genshin Impact has played no small role in the growth of this genre. However, Genshin Impact’s predecessor is noteworthy in its own right, having sustained a large measure of success since its release in 2016. Today we’ll be taking a look at Raiden Mei, one of the primary characters in Honkai Impact. Many gamers may now know her principally for having inspired the design of Genshin’s Raiden Shogun, but she, like the series she comes from, has earned its own consideration.
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