It’s been a while since I’ve written up a list of figures I’m interested in, so I figured I’d go ahead and take a look at some of the stuff I’m looking at. Pictures are shamelessly borrowed from Hobby Search which, despite their annoying removal of porno goods from their English website, is still a great place to buy things from.
Tamaki Kousaka from To Heart 2
I’d like to get this figure since it’s cute and I like Griffon’s Sasara figure, but I’m not certain that I like her face all that much; her chin looks like it could punch open a can of evaporated milk. Despite that, I think there’s a good chance I’ll wind up putting in an order for Tamaki.
Haruka from Beat Blades Haruka
Here’s another Griffon figure where I’m not certain whether I like the face. The pose isn’t all that interesting either, although in some cases I don’t mind a simple pose. What I want to know is, what’s that she’s standing on? Haruka comes from one of those porno games where she gets raped by monsters all the time, so is that what I think it is?
Rider from Fate/stay night
There aren’t nearly enough Rider figures out there, which is a damn shame, and there are only a few that depict her in her combat outfit. Now, the problem with this figure is that Griffon seems to be going for a cutesy look and being that I hate nendoroids, that’s not something that should appeal to me, but in this case, it does. Maybe I can pretend that this is Rider at twelve years old, which brings me to …
Tomomi Aizawa fro Pia Carrot 3
Oh god I feel dirty from just looking at this figure. I’m not certain that I’m perverted enough to buy this, even though I really want it. I’ve got a feeling that if I wait, this is the sort of figure that you’ll see in the discount section in a couple of months, but on the other hand, she could sell out and then I’d feel really dumb. I just don’t know if I can compromise my personal purity by buying something like this.
Izulha from Rulilura
This appears to be a recolor of an older figure, which foo-bar-baz reviewed and gave a middling grade. I like her new colors a lot, and if sheâ€™s the same figure as the 2007 version, you can take off all her clothes, which always makes a figure worth looking at. Iâ€™ll have to give this one a bit more thought.
Birdy from Birdy the Mighty
Uplark made another Birdy figure and sheâ€™s still on sale over at HLJ, but I donâ€™t think I like that figureâ€™s face all that much and Iâ€™m not certain I like this figureâ€™s face much more. I do like the character design in general, though, and I wouldnâ€™t mind owning a figure of Birdy. However, given that this figure is going to cost upwards of 10k yen, I donâ€™t think this is the figure Iâ€™m waiting for.
Spica from Skytube
This figure looks fantastic, and if it werenâ€™t for the $150 price tag, Iâ€™d be getting this for sure. As it is, Iâ€™m pretty sure I canâ€™t afford this, as nice as it looks.
Vanessa from The King of Fighters
Vanessa isnâ€™t as well-known as Mai and Yuri and Athena, but all the SNK fighter girls are awesome. This figure is from a manufacturer called A-label and I know nothing about them, but Akibahobby reviewed a sample and Vanessa is looking really nice. Sheâ€™s also not all that expensive for a 1/6 scale figure, so Iâ€™m leaning towards preordering this one.
Kakouen Myousai from Ikki Tousen
Preordered and I canâ€™t wait. Itâ€™s about time that someone made a figure of Myousai (incidentally, does anyone know what her first name is? Iâ€™ve never been able to keep name order straight with any of the Ikki Tousen characters). I really hope that the next season shows Kanu giving up her pursuit of the bespectacled bookworm and hooking up with Myousai in the hottest anime lesbian pairing ever but I know that ainâ€™t happening.
Ryomou Shimei from Ikki Tousen
I might skip Ryomou Shimei, but Iâ€™m not certain of that. Sheâ€™s not one of my favorite Ikki Tousen characters – and Iâ€™ll admit that her portrayal in the English adaptation of the manga is a large factor in that – and I donâ€™t really have a big huge maid fetish.
Sister Hell from Prism Ark
I do, however, have a big nun fetish, and being that I liked First Classâ€™s Spider Girl, I’m thinking about preordering this figure. My real hope, however, is that Teresa from Seikon no Qwaser gets a bunch of figures, as the greatest anime of all time deserves to have lots of merchandise put out into the marketplace.
Kasumi from Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
Dead or Alive is a big franchise, having spawned a ton of video games and even a live-action movie, but for some reason, there aren’t a ton of figures of its characters out there. That’s a bit odd, seeing as how its major claim to fame is its cast of bubbly, bouncy females. I like the Kokoro figure in this line, but I don’t think I’m digging Kasumi much – her face looks a bit like she has Down syndrome. No offense to anyone who actually knows anyone who has Down syndrome.
Hattori Hanzo from Hyakka Ryoran
I liked Jubei, but I don’t like this reimagination of Hattori Hanzo all that much. As I said, I don’t have a big huge thing for maids (is it me or are there a ton of maid figures coming out this month?) and her pogo shoes and especially her expansive forehead and eyebrows don’t appeal to me.
Lineage elf girl from Lineage II
Preordered already and she looks amazing. foobarbaz has a review up already and she truly is mighty fine. This elf girl might be the figure I am looking forward to the most right now.
Alphard from Canaan
I know I can’t be the first person to think that Alphard looks like Sei’s evil twin sister. Does anyone know if there’s a reason why Canaan and Alphard look like less sexy versions of Jo and Sei from Burst Angel? I’m probably passing on this one since I don’t like the face a lot, but the pose is awesome, with her coat flapping upwards and her gat held gangsta-style.
Amanda Werner from Blassreiter
Oh my god Becky, look at her butt. It is so big. She looks like one of those rap guys’ girlfriends.
Haven’t preordered this one yet, but I’m pretty sure I will. I don’t care much for the horns but I surely approve of everything else.
Elwyn from Shining Tears
Elwyn (Elwing?) is preordered already, and the promo shots look great. 1/6 scale is good, too. I’m hoping that the complementing Xecty figure turns out as nicely.
Psylocke from the Uncanny X-Men
Psylocke is my favorite character in all of Marvel comics so this figure is preordered. I’m not sure that her face looks all that great; her mouth particularly looks a bit strange. It’s all good though, I can hardly pass up a Shunya Yamashita-designed Psylocke figure.
Tamaki Kousaka from To Heart 2
Preordered already and this looks like the best Tamaki figure of all time. Her breasts are about at the upper limit of what I’d find attractive, but she still looks outstanding. Her 1/6 scale size just makes this figure all the more appealing.
Senhime from Sengoku Rance
Also preordered; April is shaping up to be a great month, if these figures come out on time (and I know they won’t). Senhime is one of my two favorite characters in Sengoku Rance, and being that FREEing is sculpting her in 1/5 scale, I can hardly pass up this figure. Plus her clothes can be taken off, as Akibahobby’s review illustrates. Her head looks a bit large while she is half-naked, but I suppose one can’t have everything.
Rika Shiraki from Bible Black
I’m not too familiar with Miyabiya’s work, but this figure looks awesome. I like the character designs in Bible Black a lot, but there haven’t been too many figures from that series that I like. Rika’s probably going to be the first Bible Black figure I get. Curiously, there’s a limited edition version exclusive to Amiami that they’re selling for a couple of bucks less than the ordinary version. I think I’d rather have the regular version though, since I really like the red, black, and white clothing color scheme.
Ayane from Dead or Alive
It’s nice to see a figure of a Dead or Alive character in her normal fighting costume rather than a bikini (and I do realize how strange it sounds for me to say that). Ayane’s pose looks a bit awkward here, although she does have an eccentric fighting style. I’m waffling a bit on this one but depending on whether I owe the tax man money this month, I might add her to the preorder list.
M.M. from Kemeko Deluxe!
I am unfamiliar with this show and character, but anything with tentacles and a cute girl will instantly get my attention. Kaitendoh’s sort of a strange company; they’ve done a Tamaki figure that I like a lot, and then they’ve done this figure which inexplicably has two versions that are both sold out at Hobby Search. I’ll have to think about this one, but I really want a good tentacle figure and this might fit the bill.
Black Rock Shooter from, uhh, Black Rock Shooter
I’m pretty sure that one Black Rock Shooter figure is enough for me.
Nothin’. Maybe MegaHouse will surprise me and announce an Irma figure for release this month? Ha! Yeah right.
Miku Hatsune VN02 from Vocaloid
I really like this figure, except for the banana hair. She’s got a great face, but given the price, I don’t know that I can compromise on the hair. I’ll have to give it some thought. Max Factory’s other upcoming Vocaloid figure (the one of that blonde girl) needs a lot less thought, as it looks awful. Rin looks anorexic and why do all these anime bass players use picks?
Preordered, or it will be, when Native opens up the preorder period. She’s looking great, as all of Native’s figures do. I’m still waiting on Shoujo M, who is due for release in March.
Saber from Fate/stay night
I was bored at work this past week so I went looking through Animenano for some interesting stuff to read, and I kept coming across blogs with whole posts written up celebrating this Saber figure’s preorder opening. I guess that means that a lot of people like this figure. Me, I can’t get over the fact that when I see this figure’s face, I see Emiya Shirou.
I want to take his face … off. Eyes, nose, skin, teeth. It’s coming off.
Shirou’s one of those anime characters that if he were a real life person, I’d punch him in the balls until he fell over and then defecate on his head. My view of this Saber is thus necessarily tainted, and I’m not sure I can get over that.