It’s the end of the month and that means it is time to look at some figures that I am thinking about ordering. This past month’s Wonder Festival saw many great figures make their public debuts, and though not many of them have shown up at retail websites yet, there’s still a lot of nice stuff that is now available for preorder. Let’s take a look at a few of those figures.
Nymph from Sora no Otoshimono
One of Plum’s very first figures was a rendition of Nymph. It was one of the earliest Sora no Otoshimono figures to be released, which gave it some additional appeal, but looking at it now, it leaves quite a bit to be desired. Plum’s second Nymph figure (curious that they’ve chucked out two Nymphs but no Ikaroses) looks a huge deal better. She’s depicted in a similar bent-over pose which enhances her obvious qualities (also curious, being that Nymph seems best-known for her jailbait loli appeal rather than having a sexy rear). It’s already a great looking figure but Plum sweetens the deal by making her in 1/6 scale; she’s listed as 29 centimeters tall, which I’m sure includes the outstretched arm but even so, she looks like she’s going to be pretty big. I’d probably say Nymph is my least-favorite female character in Sora no Otoshimono (which, of course, is not the same thing as disliking her) but despite that, I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting this figure.
Sean Ari from Bastard!!
The third figure from Bastard!! by FREEing, Sean’s offers the same type of specific appeal as Nymph, though she can’t make any pretense of innocence as Nymph can. That’s fine with me, of course, and being that I’m not that familiar with the manga or its various adaptations, I’m pretty much judging this figure by its looks, and I surely do like what I see. I’m leaning pretty heavily towards getting this figure, even though I forgot to order Ashes Nei before her preorders closed up everywhere. (I’d be even more inclined to get this figure if her clothes are removable; they look kinda like they are, but there’s no confirmation that a castoff feature is implemented here.)
Sena Kashiwazaki from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Next
Sena seems to be the fan favorite of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai – it’s either her or Kobato, I think – and fittingly, she’s gotten a bunch of figures over the last half year or so. This one comes from the second season of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, which I haven’t yet watched. This outfit definitely piques my curiosity, though, and I love how the front part of her loincloth is opaque and the rear part is transparent. Unfortunately, I really don’t like her skinny neck, and being that it’s listed as only being 17 centimeters tall, I think that for now, I’m going to be sticking with the one Sena figure that I own.
Asuka Langley Shikinami from Neon Genesis Evangelion
After a spate of figures featuring Asuka in her test plugsuit, Kotobukiya is going back to her classic look, albeit with an eyepatch. It’s nice that they’re doing so, since after this figure, I’m thinking that most companies will be making figures of the Evangelion characters in their new plugsuits. Me, I think the original plugsuit look is by far the best, and Kotobukiya’s done a great job giving Asuka some attitude here, too. They’ve made a number of Evangelion figures already and they all seem to be pretty good; I’m expecting Asuka to be as good as her predecessors.
She seems to be sold out at Amiami and Hobby Search already, but US customers can order her over at BBTS and other domestic stores.
Erika from Diskvision
When I wrote the Elsa post, I mentioned that I was hoping that Daiki Kougyou (or Dragon Toy) would make more PVC figures from Diskvision’s sculpts. In particular, I would like to see a figure of Angelica, but I specifically didn’t mention Erika. However, she’s going to be the next Diskvision figure to be mass-produced, but I’m not sure that I’m going to get her. She’s got a very tall, stretched-out look, which works okay for a figure like Katanako, but looks strange on a figure with a relatively realistic body build. I’m probably going to skip this one and continue to hope that Angelica gets a figure.
Nanoha Takamachi from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
Alter is making this figure of Nanoha, presumably to go with their figure of Fate, which was released well over a year ago. As I already have a very similar-looking figure, I don’t think I’m going to get this Nanoha, but I thought it was interesting that Alter’s 1/7 scale figure is listed as 24 centimeters tall, just four centimeters shorter than Gift’s 1/4 figure (admittedly, the base counts for a centimeter or two on the Alter figure). And it’s about 60% of the price. If I didn’t have either, I know which one I would get.
Aozaki Touko from Mahoutsukai no Yoru
This is the second figure of Touko from Alter, the first being this one, which came out back in 2009. I thought about getting that figure back when it was released, but passed on it because I despise cigarettes and cigarette smokers. I know very little about either Kara no Kyoukai nor Mahoutsukai no Yoru, other than that the latter has at least one really cool doujinshi (a suggestion: do not click on that link if you are in a public space). This figure looks pretty nice, though, and it’s nice to see Alter making a figure of a visual novel character. I might get this one, though I’m on the fence, and I might need to do some research on the character to solidify my opinion (I’m certain there are a number of Type-Moon fanatics out there who can offer some insight on the character and the game).
Saber from Fate/stay night
Saber! What a great character. She is dignified, beautiful, powerful, and faithful – the very epitome of a strong female warrior. Furthermore, she’s also a rare instance of a successful female character whose sex appeal is almost always deemphasized in favor of her personality and abilities. However, in spite of all that, she’s also a main character in a porno game, in which she is depicted as completely reliant on (and literally subservient to) one of the most tiresome and annoying male wankers to ever appear in a video game. And despite normally being presented as strong, aloof, and elegant, her appearance is readily adaptable to commercial requirements. Need an evil Saber? Done! Need a slutty Saber with big tits and with her asscrack hanging out of a hole in her skirt? You got it! * Need a girly mascot for your company’s tenth anniversary? Here you go! Okay, moving past the editorial, Saber looks pretty good – more girly than I would like, though, I’d like this figure more if she kept her sword – and she’s 1/7 scale, which matches most of Good Smile Company’s Fate/stay night figures. I was recently thinking very hard about buying the Banpresto Saber which wears this same outfit, so I should probably consider this release to be serendipitous.
Manami Ichijou from Menkui!
Apart from a curious and short-lived ban on foreign sales at Amiami, Orchid Seed has been fairly quiet the last year. They’ve rolled out a bunch of re-releases (to be fair, so has everyone else) and for a while, it seemed like their most exciting product developments were the artwork they kept showing at Wonder Festival conventions. But finally, we’re seeing some of those figures come to market. I’ve had my eye on this figure for a while, being that I like the source artwork, but I’m not sure I like the figure so much. Something about her thighs and the way they connect to the trunk of her body looks kinda off to me. Not sure if it’s just me or not; if you want to decide for yourself, there’s a sample review over on Akibahobby.
Miku Hatsune from Vocaloid
Being that every high-profile Good Smile Company figure invariably hits the bargain bin, if I were inclined to get this figure, I think I’d wait for the inevitable discount.
Yui Takamura from Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse
There just aren’t enough figures of the Total Eclipse characters in swimwear so Hobby Japan is stepping in to fill the void with their own offering. Unfortunately, it’s a Japan-exclusive, as all of Hobby Japan’s stuff is, but there are ways around that. It’s a cute figure with a lot of personality, and I might have gotten it if it were available through normal retail channels. I still might get it, if I can find it at a reasonable price, but otherwise, I’m not sure if it is worth it.