It’s been a couple of months since the last preorder post and I was a little worried that this post would be overly long. To my surprise I only found six figures that have gone up for order that I am interested in, or at least interested enough in that I’ll pay a full-price preorder rather than wait for a price drop. I figured I’d get this post up anyway, though, and then I’ll post the long-delayed favorite figures of last year post early next week, and that will be followed by some porny Tony Taka figure reviews, of which quite a few are in the queue.
Mu-12 from BlazBlue Alter Memory
Alter’s Mu-12 is certainly a figure that I’m looking forward to, and I’m pleased that she looks as good as she does. I didn’t know that Mu-12 shows up in the anime but now I suppose I might have to give it another look. I do wish that Alter’s version of Dizzy had been 1/7 scale so that these two figures would match more closely, given their thematic and stylistic similarities, but I guess one can’t have everything.
Isuzu Sento from Amagi Brilliant Park
I enjoyed Amagi Brilliant Park, though perhaps not as much as everyone else did. Isuzu was one of the best things about the show and I’m looking forward to all the figures she will inevitably be getting. The first from a major manufacturer is this one, by Kotobukiya. It looks nice, though I’m a little disappointed at how assiduous they were in concealing her underwear (contrast their photographic philosophy with Alphamax, who would probably dispense with censoring if it were legally permissible). I’m expecting there to be better figures of her, though, and I’m thinking that it’s not a great idea to jump on the first thing that comes along.
Jack the Ripper from Fate/Apocrypha
Ahh, the Fate/stay night franchise … so classy and sophisticated compared to the borderline pornography that constitutes so much of contemporary anime. That’s a little ironic considering that Fate/stay night is itself a porno game. It’s amusing to observe the extent that this property distances itself from anything that might be considered fanservice while heaping loads of it onto its spinoff properties. We can see that here, with this character being an assassin (I’ll refrain from making the obvious and immature joke) of some sort from some related Fate series. I don’t really know much about Fate/Apocrypha, though I’ll assume that it reprises the same silly interpretation of history as its parent series. Without the Type-Moon sycophancy, what’s left is to judge this figure on its merits, and those merits are very visible, and I guess they’re enough to get me to order this figure.
Wang Bailong from Blade Arcus
I’m not really sure what Blade Arcus is, but a YouTube check indicates it’s some sort of poorly-animated 2D fighting game. Fortunately the character images are much better, as expected from Tony’s work. It helps that Bailong (or Won Pairon, I’m not really sure how her name should be romanized) looks a helluva lot like Final Fantasy’s Tifa Lockhart. I’m pretty sure that I’ll order this figure, even though she is rather pricey for a 1/7 scale figure with a relatively simple pose and outfit.
Matsuri Tougetsu from Comic Aun
Of all the developments in the figure world in the last couple of years, Alphamax’s enthusiasm for producing ero figures through their SkyTube imprint might be my second favorite (the improving dollar/yen exchange rate, of course, is the first). This is the first figure they’ve produced of Misaki Kurehito’s artwork, from what I remember (his work is also visible in the ongoing anime Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata). It is, obviously, a lovely figure that combines exquisite elegance with mind-boggling lewdness. I’m still impressed that they made this figure at all. That it’s 1/6 scale just makes it that much better.
Leviathan from The Seven Deadly Sins
I kinda like these secondary figures of these Sins girls better than their primary figures. This is particularly the case with Leviathan, though I guess her appearance here isn’t drastically different compared to her first figure, unlike Lucifer, Asmodeus, and some of the other characters. Obviously the fanservice is ramped way up here, particularly with her accessory parts, which are pretty cool. Leviathan is definitely going to be a preorder for me, and I guess I really should review Lucifer and Asmodeus already. (Considering that this figure became available for preorder months ago, a November release date is just ridiculous, though.)