It’s that time of the month again. No, not that time, it’s time for me to discuss the figures I’m thinking about possibly preordering. Figure makers were busy showing off their new goods at Wonder Festival last month and we’re starting to see some of those goods go up for order. Hard to believe that there’s stuff up for sale that won’t be released until next February, but that’s the way collecting goes.
Girlfriend from Houkago Play
God I want this doll. She’d fit in perfectly with my collection, and given that my doll collection will be expanding in the future with big-ass Saber arriving next month (hopefully) and maybe Inori Yuzuriha coming out next year, I could use another aggressive, dominant-looking doll. The trouble is, she’s pretty expensive – as most 1/3 scale dolls are – and, despite her fearsome appearance, she’s actually a fairly anodyne character. That’s the trouble with getting dolls based off of existing characters, it can be difficult to overlay a new personality on them once you know what they are supposed to be like. But even so … damn, I want this doll. It’s only around 38,000 yen. That’s not a whole lot, in the long run. If I sold off a half dozen figures, I’d probably make most of that money back. Damn.
Sasara Kusugawa from To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers
Ever since manufacturers started making figures of the To Heart characters in their Dungeon Travelers outfits, I really, really wanted someone to make a figure of Sasara in her bikini armor outfit. Fortunately, my wish has been granted; unfortunately, Griffon’s the one who has granted it. She’s not really looking that great here, which is a real shame. Sasara deserves better. Hopefully somone else will make an attempt at it.
This reminds me that I ought to take samurai Sasara out of her box one of these days.
Yozora Mikazuki from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Quite a few makers have showed off figures of the Haganai characters, but I haven’t been very impressed with many of them. That’s a shame since it’s a great show with attractive character designs and a lot of material for figure makers to work with, but thus far all we’ve seen are swimsuit figures and school uniform figures. Griffon is looking to change things up, and their version of Yozora looks really cool. In fact, it might be the best Yozora figure I’ve seen thus far. How sad would that be, if the best Yozora figure on the market is made by Griffon? Judging from the photos – never an exact enterprise, to be sure – she seems to be better-made than their Sasara figure. I think I’m going to order it and hope for the best.
Elsa from Diskvision
Now this is a figure that I’ve been waiting a very long time for. I really like Diskvision’s (D-zou’s) figures; their Iroha figure is one of my favorites (a very underrated and overlooked figure, in my opinion), and I also really like Eve (which, curiously, is the most popular post on this site by a substantial margin). It should come as no surprise that I’m going to get this figure, even though it comes with a really, really big flaw: like Eve, she seems to have no genitals. That’s a shame. Hopefully the production figure will be more explicit, but I’m not counting on it.
Nanoha Takamachi from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
You know, I don’t even have a thing for bunnygirls, nor is Nanoha my favorite character amongst her show’s cast. Even so, I’m interested in this figure and I’m leaning towards picking it up. For one, Nanoha still looks pretty sexy, and for another, it’s a 1/4 scale figure. I like the leotard and the fishnets. Don’t really like the tail or the bunny ears so much, but sometimes you can’t have everything. Also, the corresponding Fate figure looks really cute. It seems like it’d be a crime to separate Fate from her enemy/buddy/partner/lover/wife.
Saber Lily from Fate/unlimited codes
Saber (and her various incarnations) sure does get some odd designs. She’s gotten a very masculine business suit, a red dress with a curious ass cutout (anyone who screams “That’s a different Saber!” in the comments is getting banned), an awesome white catsuit with a bridal veil, and this one, which is Saber Lily minus the armor. Instead, she’s got some high heels and a shoulder-baring evening dress. Even though I already own Saber Lily, I put in an order for this one, too; I think she looks substantively different enough from the armored figure so as to be able to stand out on her own. Moreover, I really do not like the photoshoot I did for Saber Lily and I’m hoping to do something better for this version of Saber, who really deserves much nicer.
Speaking of weird Sabers, I’m still waffling as to whether I should review this one.
Sena Kashiwazaki from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
I bought GSC’s Yozora but I don’t think I’m going to get Sena. Sena has the same boxy face shape as Yozora, which I don’t think I like, and I’m not sure why she’s wearing that odd, somewhat constipated-looking scowl while she’s running (actually, I suppose that description provides its own explanation). Her left leg also seems to be curved in a painful manner. I’m going to stick with my original plan of displaying GSC Yozora with Alphamax Sena.
Yoko Ritona from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
I’m not a big action figure collector (though I do have the T-elos Figma preordered), but Yamato’s Neuromancer line of poseable toys looks pretty neat. I’m not too bothered by ball joints, and they appear to be around the same size as a 1/8 scale figure. That mitigates my biggest beef about most action figures, which is that they’re too small. On the other hand, these toys are really, really expensive, and I never really do much with them; my Figmas are literally lying in a big pile on one of my shelves. Maybe the larger size of the Yamato figures will compel me to pose them with my static figures.
Fate Testarossa from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
It’s yet another loli Fate Testarossa figure. It’s no secret I am a big Fate fan and I am thus obligated to give this one its due consideration. I’m not really digging the face too much, and that’s probably going to weigh against ordering it. I do like the way her clothes are all tattered, though; if she were more naked, I’d get this figure for sure. I’ll get this figure and if those superpowers show up in the second season of the anime, I’ll give it another shot.
Medaka Kurokami from Medaka Box
I was compelled to watch the first episode of Medaka Box by the titular character’s breasts. However, even those two sizeable factors weren’t enough to keep me interested. Nor was the curious thing I heard about the original manga’s later chapters, which was that the main characters got superpowers or something. Man, this figure looks great, though. The colors are bizarre, but somehow all those shades of blue come together perfectly.
Fate T. Harlaown from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
I was surprised when I saw that Alphamax would be doing 1/6 scale figures of Fate and Nanoha. But then, I shouldn’t have been; Alphamax has very quickly gone from being a manufacturer of niche polystone statues of characters nobody has ever heard of to making tons of PVC swimsuit figures of very popular anime characters. And who’s more popular than Fate and Nanoha? Alphamax’s figure looks pretty good, but Alter’s figure is coming out in a week or so. I think my interest in Alphamax’s figure is going to be dependent on how much I like Alter’s figure (and being that I’m still very concerned about Alter Fate’s, uhh, visible package size, I may have reason to dislike Alter’s figure).
Nanoha Takamachi from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
My interest in Fate will also depend on whether I get Alphamax’s Nanoha. She’s looking great, but being that I have Alter’s figure – which I very much like – I’m not sure whether I’m inclined to get the Alphamax figure. I do really like the fact that she’s standing up and doesn’t have a squished-out butt, though. And I don’t recall that Nanoha is quite so racked but I wholeheartedly approve regardless. Thinking about it some more, I’m kinda thinking I might pass on the two Alphamax figures and make FREEing’s Fortress Nanoha the next Nanoha figure I get, with the hope that they’ll do a Fate figure from Nanoha Force in the near future.
Leviathan from the Seven Deadly Sins
I was feeling like I might have made a mistake about ordering Asmodeus. I like her outfit but she’s more heftily-built than I typically prefer. However, the next two figures in the Seven Deadly Sins series look fantastic and have me feeling much better. Leviathan has a very attractive pout and her outfit reminds me a bit of Mizore Shirayuki’s, whose design I like a lot. I think that I’ll probably order her. I’m definitely planning on ordering Lucifer, who looks amazing.
Miu Ousawa from Hagure Yuusha no Estetica
Miu comes from the show Hagure Yuusha no Estetica, which is a pretty dumb anime that I (kinda) enjoy anyway. I can’t really explain what it’s about because from all I’ve seen, it’s about a guy and a girl who come to the normal world, enroll in high school, and get into fights. It’s probably not worth spending time pondering its significance, being that it is strictly meant to stimulate the penis rather than the brain, but at any rate, Hobby Japan is making a figure of the twintailed pink-haired lead girl. She looks sorta cute, although she doesn’t look like she does in the anime. Actually, her face looks pretty blank, like there’s nothing behind her eyes. I suppose that’s appropriate given the sort of show that she comes from. This figure is a Hobby Japan exclusive and thus will require going through a proxy service, and so I’m not sure whether I am going to get it. The thing is, she hits on my affinity for scantily-clad fighter girls, but well, the face is almost always the most important aspect of a figure in my consideration. Looking at her face again … ehh, I dunno. I’ll think about it.
Tamaki Kousaka from To Heart 2
We can’t go a month without at least one Tamaki figure coming out, it seems. Though Tamaki isn’t one of my favorite character (disregarding the number of her figures that I own) and though I’m not really a big fan of Clayz, I think I’m going to get this figure. Tamaki’s outfit looks fantastic; there aren’t enough figures of anime girls in lingerie (versus plain white panties). The pose looks great too, though I’m kinda concerned that she might faceplant herself one day (though then again, I’ve only had one figure that ever faceplanted and it was an Alter figure).