It’s the end of the month and that means it’s time for me to think about which figures I am contemplating ordering. I didn’t think there would be too many candidates this month but to my surprise, the figure companies have been very busy. There’s Daisy’s sister, a girl in a dominatrix pose, a girl with no name, a many-tentacled god, and of course, a couple of Kantai Collection figures, though it’s a little discouraging how few of them impress.
Alisia Heart from To Heart 2 Dungeon Travelers
Throughout the years, Dungeon Travelers has been a popular (though intermittent) source of inspiration for figure makers. This will be the second figure of Alisia Heart, the first having been released by Kaitendoh not too long ago. The older figure doesn’t look nearly as pretty as Alter’s figure, but it did have the virtue of showing more skin. Alter’s Alisia is really cute and I do like anime-style fighting girls, but I don’t think I feel compelled to buy this figure. I am curious to see whether Alter makes their December release date, though; I can’t say that I’m optimistic.
Tomoka Minato from Ro-kyu-bu!
I actually already own this figure, or rather, I own the one with the pink outfit, and I hope to review it soon. However, I really like this one much more; Tomoka is quite cute but there’s something about a loli in black latex that strongly appeals to me. I’d feel a little silly owning two versions of this figure but maybe I can sell or give away the older figure after I receive this one.
Yuki Mori from Space Battleship Yamato 2199
I own MegaHouse’s earlier Yuki Mori figure too, though that at least is a completely different figure so I wouldn’t feel reluctant to pick up this figure. And I’m pretty sure I will since she looks quite nice. I’m not so sure how much fanservice Space Battleship Yamato 2199 has – I sort of imagine it to be a fairly serious show – but it’s pretty obvious that Yuki is meant to be eyecandy here, what with the way you can look right down her suit. She looks great, and I think I’m going to preorder her, even though I know I’d feel really silly if her figure got the same sort of price cut that some of her shipmates have gotten.
Event Staff Girl
Despite being one of the better-respected and longer-tenured ero-anime artists out there, Ishikei hasn’t gotten a lot of figures based on his work. The most well-known would certainly be Native’s Chie figure from a few years back. This figure – based on promotional art created for one of the Comic Market conventions from a while ago – probably isn’t going to be as high-quality but it still looks very nice. I guess this will be my first figure from Wing, unless I come across that Neptune figure they released a few months back; I never did check up to see how that one turned out, now that I think about it. If it was good, hopefully Event Staff Girl will be good, too.
Nyaruko from Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W
Gee, I own Max Factory’s earlier Nyaruko figure and I haven’t reviewed that one, either. Depressing. FREEing’s figure is, of course, much larger than Max Factory’s figure, being 1/4 scale, and is also considerably more covered up. Nyaruko seems to be in the same vein as all of FREEing’s earlier bunny figures – big, not too detailed, but still pleasing to look at. I wouldn’t say Nyaruko is a high priority but maybe if stuff gets delayed I might put in an order for her, or perhaps she’ll hit the bargain bin and I can pick her up there.
Shirley Warwick from Amairo Islenauts
I was a little surprised to see a character from Amairo Islenauts get a figure, since not too many companies make figures of obscure characters from random eroge anymore. Shirley is made by Broccoli, though – if I remember correctly they make a ton of anime merchandise but I am not at all familiar with their figures. She does look very cute and I like how her pose is so showy; a lot of companies try to minimize pantyshots in their promotional photographs. I’m not sure why; I would think that they would want to emphasize that if they want to sell as many units as possible, but I suppose they just like playing coy. Anyway, I like how Shirley looks and she’s not too expensive. I’ll need to look around and see how Broccoli’s figures turn out but I’m kinda leaning towards ordering her.
Mikan Yuuki from To-Love Ru
I skipped Alter’s earlier Mikan since I wasn’t too enamored of her prone pose. This one, though, I like. Well, sort of; I’m not really a big fan of the archetypical school swimsuit but it looks nice on Mikan. Everything looks nice on Mikan, though. I’m also happy to see that this figure is a little larger than I thought it would be, though it’s a unfortunate that it’s not 1/6 scale, which is the size of Max Factory’s Momo and Mea figures. Regardless, I’m pretty sure I’ll get this figure. I see that Alter also put up a dual-figure package of Charlotte and Cecilia from Infinite Stratos looking all friendly, but I’m tired and this post is already over-long (they posted up Mikan and the IS girls as I am finishing up writing) so I’ll write something about them next month. I’ll just say that my first reaction is that it would look cooler if they were grabbing each other’s ass.
Annabel from Tony’s Heroine Collection
I was a little surprised to see this character get a figure so soon, as usually we see pictures of the painted sample before the figure actually becomes available for order. I’m not complaining, though, as she looks fantastic. Daisy is one of my favorite figures and I’m sure her sister will be, too.
Elizabeth Mably from Freezing Vibration
I’m ordering Satellizer’s partner without a doubt; she looks great but the two of them together are definitely special. I just hope Elizabeth’s perch upon Satella’s backside is stable.
Mutsu from Kantai Collection
For some reason there have been a host of Kantai Collection figures produced by companies that most collectors wouldn’t consider top-tier. Such is the case with Mutsu and Nagato, both produced by Penguin Parade. Not to say that they are a poor manufacturer, but it does force a decision as to whether I want to buy the first possible thing or wait and see if a company like Max Factory or Alter produces a higher-quality figure. On top of that she’s got a really high price tag, though the improving USD/JPY exchange rate mitigates that a bit. Her ship parts don’t really look all that impressive, either.
Nagato from Kantai Collection
I guess I would say Nagato is my favorite design amongst all the Kantai Collection girls, and I hope someone will make a really nice figure of her. I don’t think that this one qualifies, although it does look nice – just not superlative, which is what I am hoping for. The same sort of criticisms and apprehensions apply here, and I have the feeling I’m better off seeing whether Nagato hits the bargain bin or if Max Factory rolls one out (and I mean a scale-size one, not that weird Figma-sized midget stuff they are doing now).