I like to do preorder posts every three months or so, and as it’s been exactly three months since my last such post, today is an auspicious day to write one up. While putting this list together, I was surprised to find that there aren’t any Alter figures that I’m looking forward to that I didn’t list in the previous post, and that there are five Good Smile Company figures in the list despite me having not bought a single figure that GSC released this year thus far. There’s not a single Max Factory PVC figure in the list either, though as they seem to mainly do Figmas these days, that’s not too surprising. As usual, most of the pictures come from Hobby Search, my favorite figure store.
Kyoko Kaneda from Personnel Section Drop
This office lady seems like the sort of figure I’d preorder instantly, but I haven’t done so yet, and I’m not sure if I will. I like everything about this figure but the coloring; I don’t really dig the pinkish-red hair and salmon suit, and I’m hoping Orchid Seed will chuck out a recolored version. They’ve done three versions of their Hustler and Rider figures, so I think there’s a reasonable chance it’ll happen.
Kaori Saeki from Bible Black
I’ve got Kaori preordered. She’s 1/6 scale, which means she’s out of scale with fellow classmate Shiraki, but that’s okay; she’ll be the right size for the president, and her pose will make photography very easy. Her school uniform looks a little shabby, but I’m not buying her for her to keep her clothes on, anyway. Akibahobby has the pictures of her sans uniform. One odd thing about her; she looks like she has some huge hands. Those are some thick sausage fingers, too. Kinda strange for an anime girl, but maybe not so strange given the sort of anime she comes from.
Kyou Fujibayashi from Clannad
I’ve got Kyou preordered too, and this’ll be my second figure of her. The first also had her in her gym suit with a confident smirk on her face, but this version shows her a good bit more vulnerable. And on all fours. And she’s 1/6 scale. I’m thinking the same idea that’ll work for Saeki will work for Kyou. Yeah, it won’t be original but hey, I monitor this site’s traffic stats, I know what y’all perverts want.
Tamaki Kousaka from Manaka de Ikuno!! Final Dragon Chronicle
It’s another Tamaki figure. Kaitendoh’s Tamaki is one of the most popular pages on this site, and the picture of her with the president and US flag might be my most-downloaded photo. It’s even been posted on Danbooru, though it got deleted pretty quickly. That reminds me, I still need to review Max Factory’s Tamaki; maybe I’ll trot out the commander in chief for that one, too, since my Kaitendoh review isn’t really that great. Anyways, this version of Tamaki is a bit different than most, dolling up the fiery redhead in a belt, boots and battle bikini ensemble. She reminds me a lot of Lightning Warrior Raidy, which I enjoyed, so I’m looking forward to this figure. I’m hoping they also do a figure of Sasara in this vein; Sasara’s outfit looks a lot like Tyris Flare from Golden Axe, which is really cool.
Nanoha Takamachi from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
This is one of Good Smile Company’s actsta figures, which are 1/8 scale action figures. I’m not really certain how poseable they are or whether they’re any good overall, but I’m gonna preorder this figure anyway. Not because I care much for Nanoha – I don’t – but I know somebody who does. And when she gets here, Nanoha’s got a date with the foot-long Mothra larva. And the Master Chief. And some mysterious guests. Getcha condensed milk ready.
On an unrelated note, while I’m generally unfamiliar with the Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha franchise as a hole, Nanoha’s coolness rating has gone way up in my view after she’s changed up her weapon’s appearance to what appears to be a gigantic three meter-long hand cannon. And gotten older. I approve.
Nadeko Sengoku from Bakemonogatari
Despite the considerable amount of hype and esteem Bakemonogatari gets, I haven’t seen it and don’t really know anything about it. Nadeko is very cute, though, so I’ve preordered her. I really like her hat. I don’t like the removable legs gimmick so much, since she’d look very odd with amputated legs while placed next to all my full-bodied figures on my shelf. I’ll probably use the amputated legs to take a couple of photographs and then toss them back in the box and forget about them.
Tamaki Kousaka from To Heart 2
Every Saturday during the fall, I tune in to watch my alma mater’s football team. And inevitably, I wind up disappointed because my school’s football team really sucks and we haven’t been any good in years. We got beat by a I-AA team last year, and we’re headed for the bottom of the standings this year. There’s some good individual players on the team, and we’ve got a lot of alumni in the NFL, but on the whole, the team stinks. And yet I watch every game because I’m an idiot like that.
That’s also kinda how I feel about this version of Tamaki. I’ve got one figure by BEAT, which isn’t all that great, and I also know of their Chouun Shiryu figure, which was also pretty bad. This figure of Tamaki is going to suck, I know it. And yet I can’t help but like it. It looks great in the promo photos. She’s got some great curves. She’s got a great rack and a great butt. BEAT will somehow find a way to screw things up but I can’t help but preorder Tamaki anyway.
Lily from Vocaloid
Yet another Vocaloid figure and I think I like this one the best out of all of them, so far. She’s got a very nice body and looks like she’s got a bit of attitude, which is a welcome change from all the generic Miku figures I’ve seen.
Yagyu Jubei from Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Girls
Yagyu Jubei has accomplished the impressive feat of having three figures of her announced before her anime was even broadcast. This version is perhaps the most risque, as she is wearing not pants, not panties, but a bandaid. Racy. I’ve got this figure preordered from Toyslogic, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that they’ll be able to fulfill it.
Eleanor Mercer from Honey Blonde
I can’t say I’m all that impressed by the quality of this figure. The hair paint looks really flat, her navel isn’t very convincing, and she’s got the same salmon-colored clothes that Orchid Seed’s other figure has. And yet, I’m gonna preorder this one. How can I not?
Super Sonico from Nitro Plus
Yamato has a couple of Super Sonico products coming up, this figure and a vmf50 doll. Actually, there are two version of this figure, one with just the girl and one with the girl and a guitar and a refrigerator and a teddy bear. Those extras will cost you over fifty bucks, which I don’t think is worth it, so I’m just gonna preorder the girl. I might’ve rolled with the other one if the guitar were a Jackson or something but it’s not.
Black Cat from Spider-Man
My main complaint with Kotobukiya’s first few Marvel Bishoujo figures was their small size. Listed as 1/8 scale, they were more like 1/9 or 1/10. It appears that Kotobukiya has gotten the message since starting with Felicia Hardy here, they’re bumping up the size to 1/7. This rendition of the Black Cat makes her look very young; she’s got a lithe, spindly body build and kind of a flat butt, which makes her look very girlish. It’s a pretty cool look so I might get this one.
Junko Hattori from Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou doesn’t seem to have made a huge impression on the anime fanbase, at least outside of Japan, but I guess it did well enough that fundoshi-clad tsundere girl Junko Hattori got her own Queen’s Gate book. And like many of the Queen’s Gate girls, she also gets her own figure, though this one comes courtesy of Good Smile Company rather than MegaHouse or Kotobukiya. Like many castoff-able figures, her sculpt is a compromise between looking good while clothed and looking good while nude, and GSC has gone with the former; she looks a bit anorexic with her clothes off. However, her ass is in full view even with her clothes on, so I don’t mind. She’s a limited release like all of the Queen’s Gate figures but I’ve got her paid for already.
Kaguya Nanbu from Super Robot Wars OG Saga Endless Frontier
It’s another figure by Volks of the buxom princess. The first was okay but not spectacular, and I don’t know that this one will be, either. Nonetheless, I’ve paid for it too. The tits did it. I really can’t turn them down. Unfortunately, she’s 1/8 scale rather than 1/7 like the first Kaguya Nanbu figure so she’s out of scale with another version of herself from the exact same manufacturer, which I don’t really understand, but that’s the way love and life go.
Fate Testarossa from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
Here’s the fourth of GSC’s actsta figures from the Nanoha series, and presumably she’ll sell the best out of all of them. I’m going to order this figure since there’s not much point in getting Nanoha without also buying Fate to backstab her. I mean, to work alongside her. Crap, what did I just say? Oh, and it doesn’t look like Fate’s suit has a thong back which is kind of messed up, since it’s canon. Canon, I tell you.
Ziska from Brandish
I was a bit surprised to see Orchid Seed make a figure from one of Kill Time Communication’s ero-manga, since KTC’s stuff is a bit hardcore, but here’s Ziska replicating her pose from the cover of volume 2. I’m not sure if I’m going to get this one; for some reason, I’ve got a bad feeling about how it’s going to turn out. And it’s sorta sucky how her thong doesn’t seem to go all the way around. I’ve also got a feeling I’ll cave in sooner or later. Incidentally, I don’t think the Brandish that Ziska comes from has any relation to the Falcom video games but I could be wrong on that.
Ms. Marvel from the Avengers
After they announced Psylocke, I had hoped that Kotobukiya would do a figure of Ms. Marvel, and here we have the superheroine, Air Force officer, and rape victim in all her glory. She looks absolutely fantastic, with a great backside and a solid action pose. Trivia note: Shunya Yamashita is actually the second Japanese artist to produce official art of Ms. Marvel. The first was Sana Takeda, who worked as the series artist of Ms. Marvel’s solo book through much of the second half of its run. She also drew this controversial cover of Heroes for Hire #13, which a bunch of wimps cried and shouted over. Chumps. I don’t understand what they were fussing over, personally.
Wonder Woman from DC Comics
Kotobukiya is also doing figures of DC Comics heroines. I’m not a fan of DC’s books, but I do like Wonder Woman’s look. I’m not really sure why her navel is visible through her belt or why her neck is so long, but she looks very nice anyway. I’m gonna have to think about this one, but it definitely has its charms.
Saber Alter from Fate/stay night
If you look through Hobby Search’s product page, you’ll see the following comments:
“this figure is a halloween joke.”
“Not again a fighting Saber! So boring!”
“feels bland to be honest.”
I don’t get it. This figure looks like one of the best of 2011. I think it looks like one of the best Sabers ever made and one of the best figures Good Smile Company has ever produced. Heck, I think it looks like one of the best figures ever, period. I guess I must be missing something. Anyway, I’ve got Saber Alter preordered and I can’t wait for her.
Chie from the Art of Ishikei
Chie is another figure that I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time, and I’d have preordered her except the Tokyo Hunter guy is not responding to my e-mails. And he hasn’t updated his website in a long time. Does anybody know where the Tokyo Hunter guy is? He’s not dead, is he? Cuz if he is, it’s gonna be really hard for me to get my money back on Junko and Kaguya. Hopefully he turns up before preorders are closed off because otherwise, I’ll have to get Chie off of Yahoo Japan or something and I would prefer to avoid that.