Happy Black Friday to everyone. Unfortunately for me, the most attractive deals I’ve found have been discounts on character services for a couple of free-to-play MMOs, which is a little depressing. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have anything to spend my money on, and so instead of pursuing instant gratification, let’s take a look at some upcoming figures that are available for preorder.
Arianrhod from T2 Art Girls
Perhaps my most anticipated figure on this list and it’s not hard to see why. It’s pretty funny how Dragon Toy didn’t bother censoring the figure’s anus in the promo photos; I suppose they didn’t think it was all that explicit. It does provide an indication of what sort of products they want to create, at least.
Cecilia Alcott from Infinite Stratos
When I saw pictures of the unpainted version of this figure, I really had no idea that it was supposed to be Cecilia from Infinite Stratos. I thought that it was some random eroge character, like Scarlett Togo from Alicesoft’s Daiteikoku. I’m assuming that this figure is based off a scene from the recently-released OVA, in which Ichika – or his evil twin – gropes up Cecilia’s ass. The show would’ve been much, much better if it had more of that sort of thing. Anyway, Cecilia looks nice, though I’m still not sure how good Griffon’s figures are. I suppose I should look around and see how their Charlotte Dunois figure turned out.
Alisha from Tales of Zestiria
Alter is fond of the Tales franchise, though apparently not fond enough to make a figure of Judith, the best character in Tales of Vesperia. Nonetheless, Alisha looks pretty nice. I’m pretty sure I’ll order her, while still hoping that they make Judith someday.
Hana Inamura from World Girls Soldier
Anime girls in uniform are pretty neat, but anime girls flashing their traditional-styled underwear while their uniform tumbles off their bodies are even better. That’s the main reason I’m considering this figure. I’m not really expecting this figure to be all that spectacular, and it’s relatively expensive, but I still like the way it looks.
Sakuya from Shining Ark
First she was Maxima, now I guess she’s Sakuya. New name but she’s got the same hair, a lot less clothes, some flappy wings and a formidable new price tag. While the nudity is appreciated, the price is a major obstacle, even though she’s a decent 1/6 scale. I mean, Daisy and Annabel are also Tony figures, they’ve got wings and are also manufactured in 1/6 scale, and they cost about 60% of what Sakuya is listed for. While Sakuya looks very nice, I think I’m inclined to wait and see if she moves into the bargain bin.
Cover Girl from Comic Aun
To be an anime fan these days is to be a pervert, or at least to accept a certain level of perversity in cartoons. I mean, even nice magical girl shows like Fate/kaleid Prism Illyastar have scenes of forcible lesbian sexual assault. Still, sometimes one has to think that things have gone too far, particularly when one sees a figure like this. But then, going too far is a great tradition in anime, so why not trample over the bounds of decency? As it is, I don’t think I’m going to order this figure, mainly because I don’t like her hairstyle, but I have to be impressed by Orchid Seed’s audacity.
Irisdina Bernhard from Schwarzesmarken
I was hoping that Kotobukiya would make figures of the girls from the Muv-Luv spinoffs Alternative Chronicles, The Euro Front, and Schwarzesmarken, though a swimsuit figure wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. Nonetheless, Irisdina is a good choice and she looks very nice. I’m a little hesitant to preorder her since every Muv-Luv figure that Kotobukiya has put out has, to my knowledge, hit the bargain bin at some point, but her price isn’t all that bad. Her underboob is very nice, too. I really wish she had some feature that would identify her as a Muv-Luv character rather than a generic blonde girl in a bikini, though.
Kobato Hasegawa from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Azone’s 1/3 scale dolls tend to underwhelm considering how expensive they are (though I’m quite fond of their Inori doll). I don’t think I will buy Kobato but the one reason I’m even thinking about it is that I could dress her in a skanky leather bondage suit, and I think Kobato would look really cute in that sort of outfit. That idea is probably not worth nearly five hundred dollars but it’s a nice thought.
Musashi from Kantai Collection
Generally, I like the battleship girls of Kantai Collection the best. Musashi is one of the game’s more distinctive characters; I don’t recall that any of the other characters are dark-skinned, for instance. Her figure is also distinctive in that, unlike Max Factory’s Yamato and Kongo, Musashi is standing upright rather than sitting down (though, technically, this is a Good Smile Company figure). Her price tag is also more reasonable. I’m leaning towards ordering her, though like Kotobukiya’s Irisdina, I’m wondering if Musashi will be discounted after release, as it seems like almost every Max Factory and Good Smile Company figure hits the bargain bin very quickly.
Inshun Hozoin from Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride
Alter’s Samurai Girls figures are very good, and I’m sure this one will be no exception. The anime was dreadful and I hardly remember anything about this character, but she still looks nice enough to order. The only thing I’d wish for would be for her panties to be a little less modest, given how visible they are, but it’s all good.
Satan from The Seven Deadly Sins
I rather like this version of Satan better than the upcoming Orchid Seed figure, and I’m guessing that this portrayal is a more accurate depiction of what these characters are supposed to be like. Unfortunately, she’s an exclusive so I’ll have to find some proxy service or specialty retailer to order her from, but that won’t be too hard.
Yurisha Iscandar from Space Battleship Yamato 2199
Alright, I like the Yamato 2199 figures and Yurisha is no exception. Her dress reminds me a bit of that old Rei Ayanami figure. But what I notice most is that the photographer left a light reflector in all of the product photos. How the hell does that happen? I mean, even if you’re just doing product photography, you have to take at least a little pride in your work.