It is time for the pre-Wonder Festival preorder post. Doubtless we will see all sorts of cool new goodies there – hopefully more than just the usual Miku, Tamaki, and Super Sonico stuff (no offense to fans of Miku, Tamaki, and Super Sonico) – but in the meantime, let’s take a look at figures that are already available for order.
Mitsuru Kirijou from Persona 4 Arena
Being the sort of capable, take-charge female character that I like, Mitsuru was one of the mainstays of my party in Persona 3. She was attractive then, though I guess Atlus felt she didn’t look quite kinky enough because when they put her into their crossover fighting game, they squeezed her into this leather catsuit instead. I’m certainly not going to complain, though; she looks fantastic here. I’m not familiar with the maker – Vertex doesn’t even have their own listing on Hobby Search or Amiami – but I’m reasonably confident that this figure will be good, and I preordered it right away.
Arthur from Eiyuu Senki
I’m not too familiar with Eiyuu Senki, though I’ve heard some good things about it. The artwork for the game was done by Oyari Ashito (link is not safe for work), whose style I like, and that’s why I’m thinking about picking up this figure. Certainly it doesn’t look like the sort of figure I would normally buy, but there’s something about it that I like – I think it’s her body posture, particularly her wide-spaced stance, which highlights the length and shape of her legs. I’m still thinking about it. (Even if you don’t know the artist, the figure’s style may still look familiar to you; Kotobukiya did a figure of Kasumi from Dead or Alive based off of his artwork a while back, and Native did a pretty nice figure of Morudina about a year ago.)
Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion
This version of Rei has actually been up for order for a while but I don’t think I’ve written about it before, so I’ll include it here. It’s part of Arcadia nee Yamato’s Neuromancer lineup – since renamed C:MO, I guess – and as such is a 1/8 scale action figure. I don’t know how good the Neuromancer figures are, and I guess I should do some checking around to see if anyone has evaluated them, but I’m thinking hard about picking this one up. I haven’t gotten a Rei figure in a while and for some reason, it’s really hard to find a good figure of Rei where she’s standing up as opposed to kneeling or sitting or lying down. If I do get this figure, it’ll actually be the fourth poseable Rei that I own (I also have the Figma, the original Medicom Real Action Heroes doll, and this little action figure that came with one of the manga volumes).
Rika Shiraki from Bible Black
About a year after releasing Imari Kurumi, Dragon Toy has put up this figure of Bible Black victim Rika Shiraki. She’s got a great pose and a great vibrator accessory, and she looks superb all around. Am I going to get this figure? I think you know the answer to that.
I’m pleased to see that Bible Black is getting more figures. Hopefully Yukiko will get one from Dragon Toy or Daiki Kougyou, too.
Yuria Misaki from Space Battleship Yamato 2199
I started watching anime back in the late 1980s, with shows like Robotech (Macross and a couple other series stitched together), Voltron, and Tranzor Z (Mazinger Z). Oddly, I’ve never seen Space Battleship Yamato, despite its status as one of the paramount classics of science fiction anime. But then again, I’ve never seen any of the Gundam shows, either. Space Battleship Yamato recently got a reboot, and I wonder if I should watch it, since it seems like something I would like. Certainly I like the outfits the female characters wear, which is why I’m considering getting this figure despite not knowing very much about the character. I also know that Yuki Mori’s figure is in extremely high demand for some reason, so if I pass on Yuria now, I might not get a chance to pick it up later.
Futayo Honda from Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere
Happily, we’re getting a new figure from the Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere series. They’ve been slow to trickle out, but hopefully we’ll see more at the upcoming Wonder Festival. Anyway, this one is by Kotobukiya and features Futayo Honda, the spear-wielding battler. As such, I kinda think that a more action-oriented pose would be more suitable for her but well, beggars can’t be choosers, and this pose is pretty good on its own merits, anyway. Certainly it lets us get a better glimpse of her ass, which is sort of an important thing.
Kanna Tanigawa from Waiting in the Summer
I’ll be honest, I don’t know a thing about this character or the show that she comes from, other than that one of the characters looks a lot like Mizuho from Onegai Teacher. The first thing I thought when I saw this figure was, “Cool, a new Alter figure.” The second thing I thought was, “That skirt is short as hell.” And that’s pretty much all the thought I gave to it until I saw that this figure is 1/6 scale, and thus it now commands much more of my interest. Even so, I think I would still pass on this figure, but that tiny skirt makes for a really good hook, and the price is pretty decent for a figure of this size, not to mention a figure of Alter’s quality, so I’m going to think some more about it.
Psylocke from X-Force
I was a big fan of Kotobukiya’s Marvel Bishoujo line, in spite of their numerous flaws. Now, though, I’ve kinda cooled off on them, mainly because a lot of them just don’t look very good. The early figures also had the problem of being quite small for their specified size, though as I understand it they’re now being made in 1/7 scale (I could check this for myself, I guess; I’ve got Ms. Marvel sitting around here somewhere). The thing about them now is that their eyes look kinda weird to me; a lot of them look like they’re dealing with a really bad hangover. Also, isn’t it weird how these figures are basically the only figures being made off of Shunya Yamashita’s artwork? I remember back when almost every manufacturer had a Shunya figure.
At any rate, Psylocke is one of my favorite characters in all of entertainment media, so I’m going to get this figure, even though I think X-Force is pretty lame. Her new costume is also really lame but fortunately Kotobukiya is going with a modified take based off her classic look, which is by far her best look. (Psylocke is one of three characters whose merchandise I will immediately take a long, hard look at. I wonder if anyone can guess the other two?)
(Edit: of course, the very next day after I upload this post, a new Shunya Yamashita-derived figure goes up for preorder.)
Daisy from Tony’s Heroine Collection
It’s another figure based off of Tony’s artwork. The face reminds me of another figure – Melty, I think? – which is the usual complaint when it comes to figures derived from his illustrations. That said, I really like the way this figure looks. She’s got a very cute pose, a cute expression, and most importantly, she’s not wearing any pants. I always think Tony’s best work is his ero work, and though this isn’t strictly ero, it’s close enough for government work. Oddly, this figure seems to be in really short supply; I snuck in an order at Hobby Search, but it seems to be sold out already. However, I’m guessing that it’ll show up at US retailers fairly soon. You remember Kotobukiya’s figure of Kobato Hasegawa? It sold out real fast but you can get it at BBTS still. (No, this isn’t an ad. I could still put up ads in the future but I make no money off this site at all.)
Tharja from Fire Emblem: Awakening
Fire Emblem is one of those games that I will unfortunately never get to play. A little part of that is due to my admitted console fanboyism (or more appropriately, antagonism; I have this perception, like a lot of people, that Nintendo’s titles are for kids. This isn’t fair, but my sentiment comes almost entirely from Nintendo’s art direction from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and they only have themselves to blame for that). However, most of it is because I just don’t play portable console games all that often. As such, I’ll never own a 3DS, and I’ll probably never get a PS Vita either. It’s too bad because I think I’d like Fire Emblem; Sega’s Shining Force games (the original games, not the post-Sega Saturn games) are among my favorite games, and I’ve heard that Fire Emblem is similar (though far more punishing) in gameplay. Tharja is one of those characters that amplifies this regret, since she looks great, and if I never get to play her game, at least I’ll get to put her on my shelf.