It is time for that monthly examination of figures that have recently been put up for preorder. It’s a mix of figures this time, with a few of the usual companies – Kotobukiya and Max Factory in particular – unrepresented. Hopefully they have some neat stuff to show at Wonder Festival, which is just a few weeks away already. Where does the time go? (Spent slacking off, in my case.) Anyway, let’s take a look at the upcoming cool things.
Sora Kasugano from Yosuga no Sora
The first figure in this list is, well, not new at all. Alter has been on the verge of irrelevancy as a figure manufacturer for quite some time now, at least for those collectors who have been buying figures for a while. Those who’ve just gotten into this hobby, however, are probably happy that they’ve been rolling out so many re-releases, as are those who missed out on some of their earlier products. Sora is one of their figures that I kinda regretted skipping, and now that she’s up for re-release this fall, I wonder if I should pick her up. I’m hesitating because while I like the way she looks, there’s not a lot about her that really makes me think that I have to have this figure, and with shelf space depleted and with me keeping a closer eye on expenditures, it’s a little harder to justify buying her now than it was prior to her initial release.
Travel Cat from Planet of the Cats
A while back, Embrace Japan made a couple of figures based off of Mamecchi’s artwork (Cat and Chair and White Cat). They were pretty nice – not masterpieces or anything, but the characters were quite cute and the outfits were agreeably skimpy. Travel Cat follows much the same pattern, though she has a more willowy figure than Cat and Chair and is more obviously developed than White Cat. She also has a much more friendly expression than either of the two earlier figures. Despite my professed dislike of animal ears and tails on anime characters, I actually like them here; somehow Travel Cat wouldn’t look quite right without them, I think. I’m pretty sure Travel Cat will be joining her two friends on the shelf.
Elisa from DominancE
I’ve passed on a few figures because their bodies seemed too bulky. It’s a somewhat common stylistic thing, but it’s not something I care for all that much, and as much as I like Elisa’s face, I really wish that the sculptor had toned down her curves. However, I also have the feeling that this is one of those figures that is going to be difficult to find post release, and she doesn’t seem quite as fleshy from the front, which is the only viewing angle I really care about. I’ll label this one a maybe.
Sigui from Queen’s Blade Rebellion
This is sort of a random figure, being that Orca Toys has no history at all of making Queen’s Blade figures, but then again, the pose and theme seem right in line with what they do. This is … well, there’s not much that needs to be said about this figure. It looks nice. It’s obviously pretty lewd. And it’s pretty big. It’s also fairly expensive, and Sigui isn’t amongst my favorite Queen’s Blade characters, but I think I’m leaning towards ordering this figure.
Sugie Sun from Maiden of Paradise
By now, Alphamax pretty much has this Tony Taka thing down pat; they find some piece of ero art from Tony’s portfolio that they like, they roll out a figure, and collectors buy it up. The customers are happy, Alphamax is happy, and Tony is happy. They’re almost coming out a little too fast – I’ve got Shirayukihime and Yae Shoubi still boxed up and awaiting review – but I can’t really complain about this situation. Sugie Sun looks pretty great – albeit a little pricier than Skytube’s earlier figures but these days, that’s par for the course.
Yuu Fujikura from Princess Lover!
This is another somewhat unexpected figure from Orchid Seed, a company that, unlike Alter or FREEing or MegaHouse, doesn’t seem to place a high priority on issuing a comprehensive lineup of figures from a show’s cast. I was a little surprised that Princess Lover! didn’t get many figures; I thought that Charlotte might get a few, and that Saber-knockoff Sylvie might get some as well. But then, I didn’t think the show would get a pornographic adaptation, either. Yuu is a nice choice, though her waist and hips look a little misshapen. Nonetheless I’m kinda leaning towards buying her. It’s amusing how the pictures on Amiami censor her vagina but not her nipples, while the Hobby Search pictures censor her nipples but not her vagina.
Laura Bodewig from Infinite Stratos
Strangely, there aren’t a lot of figures of the Infinite Stratos girls, particularly of them wearing their swimsuit-style piloting outfits. Merchandise peddling is almost the entire reason Infinite Stratos exists, but though most of the big figure companies have ignored the show, FREEing is rolling out a series of 1/4-scale figures, with Cecilia, Charlotte, and now Laura having gone up for order. I’m most interested in Laura, who looks really cute in her black bunnygirl outfit. She’s pretty expensive but at least she’ll be huge, and for once I don’t mind that she’s sitting down rather than standing up.
Sword Sniper Rigel from Z/X -Zillions of enemy X-
Rigel belongs to one of the anime tropes I like very much – the futuristic armored mecha musume. She looks pretty good, with a very attractive outfit and a, well, not too bad of a face. I’m really not sure about that price, though. I mean, I like eating at Five Guys but I’m not going to pay a Kobe beef price for a Five Guys burger.