I spent some time this evening shooting pictures of Tsukino Azusagawa, and I wasn’t really feeling the way they turned out. Guess it’s back to the drawing board there. Since I have no pictures to post, and since it’s been a while since my last preorder outlook post, I figure why not do one of those? As usual all images are shamelessly taken from Hobby Search (a great place to buy figures from) and AmiAmi (I’m sure they would be a great place to buy figures from if they shipped internationally).
Miku Hatsune from Vocaloid
I’ve got this figure preordered and in all honesty I’m not sure why. I remember getting interested in the software four or five years ago when they had a voice named Miriam sing some example songs. I was a broke college student at the time so I couldn’t afford it, and so I forgot about it until recently when suddenly I found that it’s become crazy popular because of a green-haired mascot character. Most strange.
Mio Akiyama from K-On!
I’m really only buying this figure because she’s holding a bass. I think she’d look cooler holding a Stingray but I suppose this will do (I’m not a big fan of the Fender headstock shape).
Lucia from Pangya
Now this one I’m looking forward to. Bare midriff, chunky high heels, and a pink golf club, what’s not to like? The club looks a little bit short, but I’ve never played golf, so what do I know.
Seena Kanon from Shining Wind
I like Orchid Seed a lot, and the prototype images of Seena are utterly stunning. I’m really hoping that the production figure matches the sample, because this is one of the figures I am anticipating the most. Trivia note: the AmiAmi product page has fifteen pictures of Seena and none of them feature a panty shot, despite her abbreviated skirt.
Aaliyah from Ikusa Otome Valkyrie 2
I suppose I don’t need to explain why I’ve got this figure preordered. I have one Gigapulse figure and I’m really not expecting this one to be any good. I’m hoping that this figure gets me a lot of traffic off of Google Images from people searching for something quite a bit different than a pervy plastic figure.
Saber from Fate/stay night
The Saber that you love to hate! I remember seeing the painted garage kit over on Heisei Democracy last year and feeling a bit ambivalent about it, but she’s started to grow on me these past few weeks. I’m really looking forward to this figure now, and I wonder if I’m the only person in the western hemisphere who feels that way. I hope that you can take off her clothes.
Kanu Uncho from Ikkitousen
Alter is re-releasing this figure in November, and while I remember wanting it rather badly (but not being able to afford it) at the time of its initial release, I’m not so certain it’s held up all that well over time. Part of the problem is that there are so many Kanu Unchos out there, including Daiki Kougyou’s superlative Vol. 13 version, and Alter’s version loses a lot of its distinctiveness as a result. Still thinking about it though; opportunities to pick up something you missed out on the first time don’t happen often in this hobby.
Risty from Queen’s Blade
I was very impressed by Risty’s amazing sculpt when I saw the initial prototype pictures, and I thought that I didn’t need to preorder early because nobody was going to buy it. I mean, she doesn’t have huge eyes, she’s massively musclebound, and she holds a decidedly unsexy morning star. She’s pretty much the inverse of moe, so who was going to buy her? How wrong I was; she sold out faster than just about any other figure I’ve ever seen. I have to admit that my faith in humanity was restored a bit by that. I’ll keep an eye on HLJ and Hobby Search and see if they open preorders back up as her release date nears.
Seira Orgel from Chaos;Head
I don’t have a clue who this character is, but Orchid Seed knows how to do the ecchi, so I’ll be preordering her. Apparently Chaos;Head was released on the Xbox 360 in Japan; why don’t we ever get games like that on this side of the world?
Sora Kasugano from Yosuganosora
I kinda feel like I’m betraying a cause here by ordering this figure (looking through the figure gallery, I don’t have many figures that could be classified as moe. At least, I don’t think I do; I don’t actually really know what moe means. Is it defined by the Potter Stewart test?). Moe or not, this figure is adorable and preordered.
Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier
Being that I like MegaHouse’s first Sheryl Nome and that I am a pervert, how can I not get this figure? Face looks a little bit weird but oh well, it’s close enough for government work.
Enka Oudo from … something
I like big figures and Enka Oudo passes the size test at over a foot tall, but I don’t like her color scheme much. Yamato loves doing repaints, so I think I’ll hold off on this figure and wait and see whether a recolored version makes an appearance.
Canaan from, uhh, Canaan
I like girls with guns, and I feel that it’s almost my duty to support this dwindling genre but I don’t really like Canaan’s character designs. She looks sorta like a more androgynous version of Burst Angel’s Jo. I’m waffling on this one but I’m leaning towards giving it a pass.
Velvet from Odin Sphere
I’m waffling on this figure too. I like the character design and the sculpt, and while I don’t think Yamato is as bad as they are sometimes made out to be, I’m not sure I can justify shelling out $100 for this figure. Doubtless I’ll find some way to rationalize doing so in the intervening time, however.
Dizzy from Guilty Gear X
Already paid for. It’s about time someone turned Dizzy into a PVC figure.