This past weekend was Wonder Festival and San Diego Comic Con weekend, which means a lot of cool new stuff was shown off to the world. Accordingly, it seems like a good idea to look at some cool new figures that have gone up for preorder in the last month. Sometimes I include figures in these posts that I give only a marginal chance for me to order, but this month, I’m quite fond of all of the figures listed here, and it’s going to be difficult to pare the buy list down.
A programming note: reviews have been very sparse here the last couple of months. That’s partly due to my innately lazy nature but it’s also due to some real-life issues that unexpectedly popped up early last month. That caused a great deal of stress but fortunately things seem to have stabilized. Unfortunately I have less time to do figure reviews now than I used to, which means that I’m not going to bother with elaborate backgrounds for a number of my figures. This is the way I’d prefer to do it, anyway, since complicated backgrounds introduce a number of problems in taking pictures and divert attention from the figure, which is something I’ve never liked. With this in mind, I’m hoping to get around to some reviews for some older figures; there are a bunch where I had some ideas in mind, but I don’t think they are practicable, and I might as well unbox them and get their photos done already.
Charlotte Dunois from Infinite Stratos
Charlotte seems to be the most popular character from Infinite Stratos, at least with respect to merchandising, and I noticed a couple of figures of her in the coverage of Wonder Festival. Predictably, neither figure had her in her pilot suit. This one doesn’t, either; it doesn’t look much like her at all, at least in regard to her anime design. That’s not to say it looks bad; it looks quite nice, which is doubly surprising since it’s a Griffon figure. I don’t recall that any of the IS girls are known for dressing up in lingerie but Charlotte’s outfit looks great, and it’s a big selling point. Unfortunately, it’s hard for me to get over my apprehension regarding Griffon’s product quality, but maybe I can squeeze this figure in as it’s the only figure on this list due out in September.
Ashikaga Chachamaru from Fullmetal Daemon Muramasa
This figure’s charms are apparent, and while I don’t know much about Wing, this figure is cheap enough that I’m willing to give it a shot (as opposed to their Neptune figure; I don’t actually know how that one turned out. I probably should check around and see if people liked it.). This figure has a much pricier edition which comes with some sort of armored spider tank; it looks pretty cool, actually, but it’s twice the price and I’m really only interested in the girly figure, so I’m going to go with the cheaper version.
This is one of those figures that I kinda hate, because it’s a much superior version of a figure I already own. That figure is, of course, Orchid Seed’s figure from a few years back, which has these strangely stunted legs that bother the hell out of me. This figure has no such problem; Sonico looks great and even though I already own a ton of her figures (and one big-ass doll), I’m inclined to get this figure.
I should be getting Gift’s huge Sena Kashiwazaki figure soon, and that’s another figure that provokes this feeling, as it’s a far larger (and thus, in my mind, far superior) version of Alphamax’s bikini Sena. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with Orchid Seed’s Sonico and Alphamax Sena.
Aines from Busou Shinki
This is a figure I’ve had my eye on for a while, ever since seeing photos of the unpainted prototype, where its sculptural qualities were still apparent. Unfortunately I didn’t think it’d be as expensive as it is. I’m also not sure how large it is; it’s only listed as being 20 centimeters tall, even though Aines looks to be a couple of inches off the ground. Admittedly, her pose does shorten her height somewhat. I’m also not too familiar with Ques Q, though I do own one of their figures (Neptune, which was amusingly placed backwards in her box, so that her rear was facing outwards; of the hundreds of figures I’ve ordered, that’s the only one I’ve ever seen packed that way). Regardless, I’m pretty sure I’ll order this figure and hope for the best.
Lene from Busou Shinki
Aines and Lene are both scheduled to drop in the same month, which makes a purchasing decision more difficult, as she’s no cheaper than her partner. She also doesn’t have the eye-catching ass-centric pose that immediately grabs your attention, but she still looks nice in her own right. I’m just not sure if she’s worth nearly 20,000 yen by herself; just looking at the promo photos, I’m not too convinced that this is going to be a high-quality figure.
Maria Saotome from Sex Life
Toshihide Sano’s illustrations have gotten a few figures, with Princess Milk having been released fairly recently. This figure is also based off of his artwork, but it’s not easy to tell as his style hasn’t carried over too well here. Normally I’d have no problem with that – I’ve said several times in the past that I wished sculptors would deviate from source artwork more often – but this time, I wish they’d stuck closer to his style, as I’m a big fan of his work. That said, Alphamax’s ero figures have all been good and though I might be a little less fond of this figure than I otherwise would be, she still looks really nice.
Shinon from Sword Art Online II
This figure looks great; the character is attractive, her outfit is distinctive and revealing, and she’s carrying a big gun. However, I’m having a difficult time getting over my dislike for Sword Art Online. This attitude is all the more irrational being that I’ve never actually seen Sword Art Online, but I’ve seen Accel World and it’s tainted my opinion. This one is a maybe; I’ve heard SAO is better than its sister series so perhaps I’ll check it out sometime.
Mio Shinonome from Seito Kaichou de Amaenbou na Onee-chan wa Suki Desu ka?
Daiki Kougyou has been doing ero figures since before almost anyone, and they’ve picked a really random title for this one. As far as I know, the visual novel that Mio comes from is a really brief game from a doujin group that hasn’t produced anything in over three years. Strange. She does look really nice, though, and it’s nice to have a straightforward figure of an ero schoolgirl who is standing up; surveying my collection, a lot of Native’s, Orchid Seed’s, and Alphamax’s figures have their subjects sitting down. The only thing that bugs me about this sculpt is how wide her shoulders are, but I guess I can just leave her with her shirt on.
Miku Hatsune from Vocaloid
I don’t think I need another Miku figure, but this one is really cute, and it also depicts Miku in a very skimpy costume, which is a big plus. I think that … ehh … man, you know what, it’s another Miku figure. She looks pretty nice and I’m leaning towards buying her, but I’m tired of writing about Miku. Next!
Misty from Shining Hearts
I’ve got several Max Factory figures of the girls from the various Shining games in swimwear, and I wasn’t sure that I needed any more, and then I noticed that Misty looks amazing and is wearing a thong, and now I know that I certainly need more.
Saber Extra from Fate/extra
I was curious to see what Good Smile Company’s Saber Extra would look like; their previous Fate/stay night figures have been fantastic, and given the generous body modifications that Fate/extra imparts to Saber’s basic design, I expected that such a figure would look great. What I didn’t expect is that I’d like a Kotobukiya figure more than GSC’s; having seen both, I think I’m more inclined to go with Kotobukiya’s, which I think has a nicer face and a superior pose (superior because it makes the ass cutout of her dress more conspicuous). I’ll be interested to see pictures showing them side by side, but I’ll only be getting one.
Yuno Narukami from T2 Art Girls
Yuno is a 1/8 scale figure, which is disappointing as Alphamax’s Tony figures have generally been 1/6 or 1/7 scale (and now that I think about it, most other manufacturers’ Tony figures have generally been larger than 1/8 scale as well). This figure is also staggeringly expensive for a 1/8 scale figure. All that said, she looks superb, and I’m certain I’m going to order her. I just wish that she were 1/6 scale, because she’d likely become one of my favorite figures in my collection. Maybe she still might; we’ll see.
Wo-class Aircraft Carrier from Kantai Collection
I haven’t been too enthusiastic about most of the Kantai Collection figures that have gone up for order, but I really like this one, and not just because she’s wearing a tentacle hat. She has a really striking design, as do most of the adversary girls, with her blue eyes standing out in the otherwise black and white color scheme. I’m a little surprised that they didn’t give her glowing eyes like they did with all their Black Rock Shooter figures. Speaking of which, does anyone remember Black Rock Shooter? Remember when the figure community was full of nothing but hype for Black Rock Shooter? Yeah, me neither.