I’ve mentioned elsewhere how it seems a lot of figure review sites are drying up. You wouldn’t guess that seeing how many figures are getting trucked out these days, though. It’s barely been a month since I wrote my last preorder post and there’s already around a dozen new figures that have caught my eye. And since I need a filler post – because I’ve got a nice streak of seven posts per month going on and my obsessive-compulsive disorder tells me that I need to maintain that streak – now’s a good time to take a look at them.
Saber from Fate/stay night
Saber is a staple of the figure collecting hobby and Alter gives us her latest incarnation. There’s a couple notable things about this one: she’s wearing a tank top and shorts and she’s cheap as hell. She has a pleasant summer look that I’m sure will be inappropriate when she gets her inevitable delay into autumn. Or winter. It’s hard to turn down a nice-looking figure like this so I’ve got her preordered. I’m still wondering whether this is Saber or Saber Lily, and I’m wondering if those two characters are actually separate people or entities or whatever.
Curiously, it seems Alter hasn’t ever made a figure of Saber in her iconic blue dress and armor. Odd.
Rin Tohsaka from Fate/stay night
Alter is also doing this Rin Tohsaka figure, which is clearly meant to complement Saber. Presumably they’ll be released at the same time, too. I’m waffling on Rin since I don’t really like 1/8 scale figures that are sitting down. All of the ones I have are really small and I don’t like small figures. Rin looks pretty good but she’s not the most exciting figure I’ve seen, so I’m leaning towards passing on her. She’s inexpensive enough that I might change my mind, though.
Kenshin Himura from Rurouni Kenshin
Anybody who takes one glance at this site can guess that I’m far more fond of female figures than male figures but of all the male characters in anime, Kenshin definitely deserves a figure. And even though he’d hardly fit in my collection, I find it hard to turn down the Hitokiri Battousai. I haven’t watched a ton of the television series but I enjoyed the Samurai X OVAs, despite the regrettable renaming. I’m pretty sure Kenshin is going to be the first male PVC figure on my shelf.
This doesn’t look like the sort of figure I would normally buy but there are several things that catch my attention. One, it’s sculpted by Vispo and I have a few of his figures, including a couple Keumaya ones and Shiratori Amane. Two, she’s got a big axe. And three, she’s wearing a thong under her skirt, and her skirt is removable. I think that’s reason enough for me to buy this figure. Oh, her wings are nice too.
And here is Miss Gothic’s counterpart. When two figures are clearly meant to be displayed together, I don’t always feel the need to buy both of them, but in this case I do. She’s 1/6 scale and she also has pretty underwear, though she’s lamentably not wearing a thong. Oh, and she has nice wings, too. I’m leaning towards buying both Raquels but if I only get one, it’ll be Gothic.
Blanc Neige from Shining Wind
Yet another girl from Sega’s Shining games, and one that’s been the subject of several figures already. Max Factory has made a few figures of the Shining girls in swimwear, as has Kotobukiya, but this one is 1/7 scale. That’s kind of an odd size since their upcoming Maxima and Kaguya figures are 1/8 scale and their previous Elwing and Xecty figures are 1/6, but hopefully Blanc will be sized similarly to Max Factory’s products. Anyway, this figure is pretty nice – a winning smile and a thong bikini provide a solid foundation for any figure. I think I’m going to get this one, as she’s not that expensive and should fit in well with my other figures.
Yukihime from Satanikus Enma Cerberus
This figure was unveiled in garage kit format last year and now Yamato is doing a PVC version, which looks fantastic. I really like her colorful clothing and laid-back pose, and it’s also interesting how her obi sash and dress have seam lines down the side, suggesting they might be removable. I’m really looking forward to this figure; she looks great, she seems to be big, and she’s got anal beads dangling from her collar. How thoughtful. Moeyo’s got a preview up with more pictures of her, including the requisite pantyshots that they love to take.
KOS-MOS from Xenosaga III
Well, well, well. I didn’t think Alter’s initial Almecha action figure would ever get a release but here it is. I had planned on ordering this one instead of Max Factory’s Figma version but now that I can see both, I don’t know if that’s a wise move. For one, Alter’s toy isn’t as large as I hoped; I guess she’s 1/10 scale, so she’s a bit bigger than a Figma, but while Figmas are all in scale with each other, Alter’s KOS-MOS is out of scale with virtually everything besides Wave’s figures. Also, I don’t see any extra faces, and the manufacturer has gone with a very neutral facial expression for KOS-MOS. I suppose that might make sense since she’s an android and all but it doesn’t make for a very interesting toy. On top of all that, she costs twice as much as the Figma. So I dunno, I’ll probably take another look at the Figma and likely pass on this one.
Senhime from Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls
When it comes to figures, Yagyu Jubei and Senhime are unquestionably the most popular characters from Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls. That’s sort of unfortunate since I didn’t like either of them all that much but at least this rendition of Senhime looks pretty good. The item description says she’s wearing a swimsuit and I guess that’s what it is but me, I agree with Chag in that she’d look more at home stroking and licking a stripper pole than building a sand castle. She looks nice and doesn’t cost too much so I’ll probably pick this one up, and I already know how I want to photograph her.
Yuuka Yoshii from Tsundero
Here’s another swimsuit figure, though being from Orchid Seed, it is considerably more risque than Kotobukiya’s. I’m not actually certain if I want this figure; her breasts are a bit over-large for what I usually like and I don’t like how the item description keeps making references to the word “tsundere.” I’m going to think about it some more.
You know, I passed on Orchid Seed’s Kyoko Kaneda hoping that they might do a recolor, and now that figure is out of stock everywhere. I might’ve made a mistake by skipping her.
Sasara Kusugawa from Manaka de Ikuno!
The Final Dragon Chronicle part of Manaka de Ikuno! seems to be a very popular source for figure makers this year. Volks is doing this version of Sasara decked out as a paladin, with the requisite body armor and sword and board style. And something that looks like rabbit ears. It’s anime, I guess. Volks’s PVC stuff is hit or miss in my experience and tends to be closer to miss, but I think I’m still going to try to get this figure. I always play paladins in role-playing games so it’s hard for me to turn down Sasara when she’s a member of my favorite class. And besides that, I think she looks great, with her cocked head and wide stance showing off the curves of her body to her best advantage.
Senhime from Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls
Another Senhime, this one being derived from her Queen’s Gate appearance. I’m not sure who the artist is on her book but the style looks like Yoshikazu Miwa of Synthetic Garden. I really like his artwork and I own a number of his doujinshi, so I’m naturally interested in this version of Senhime, if he is in fact the artist. Unfortunately, Moeyo showed off some prototype shots and the quality is equivocal. Rather, it’s downright terrible. I’ve never seen a figure come out so flawed. It’s so bad that I can’t possibly imagine the final production figure looking like this, but I wonder if that’s merely wishful thinking on my part. I mean, seriously, look at this. Look at that hair. Look at the inside of her right elbow; what’s that supposed to be, a second-degree burn? Why is her face melting off? Is leprosy fashionable in Japan these days? Will the actual figure look like this? I dunno. I’m probably going to be dumb enough to order this figure, which presents a problem since it’s a Hobby Japan exclusive and not only would I have to pay up front, I’d have to pay a proxy fee as well.