Happy New Year’s Day, or at least it will be New Year’s Day throughout the world by the time anybody reads this. Personally, New Year’s Day is far and away my least favorite holiday; it’s the formal end of the holiday season, the last holiday that I get off from work for nearly half a year, and of course, it’s a stark reminder of all the things that I failed to complete in the previous year, most of which revolve around this website. Oh well. The usual, annual five most favorite figures post will be coming along shortly, and I wonder if anyone can guess which figures will be on the list (hint: the post is delayed because I haven’t actually photographed most of those figures). Meanwhile, this seems like a good time to do a preorder post, being that the last one I wrote was four months ago. Whoops. I usually try to do these monthly, as they tend to get very lengthy if I write them less frequently, and that’s definitely the case here; therefore, I’m going to blast through these quickly and with a little less commentary than I usually provide. I know I’ve missed a bunch of figures as well, particularly ones sold directly by the manufacturer or those that are Japan-exclusive.
Ignis from Jingai Makyo
I remember when Ignis was the It-Girl of the figure industry, with Orchid Seed, Max Factory, and Alter all making very nice figures of her in a relatively brief period of time (I went with the Orchid Seed version purely because you could expose her tits but in retrospect, I think I like the Max Factory version the best, aside from its leaning problem). It’s a little odd to see her again, so long after her time in the limelight, but she still looks as good as ever, perhaps even better.
This is a nice looking figure from a manufacturer whose work I still haven’t seen firsthand (I’ve got their Mitsuru Kirijou figure somewhere around here, still boxed up). She ticks all the boxes though, and I always have a thing for busty, smart, and friendly teachers, scientists, and nurses in anime.
Leviathan from the Seven Deadly Sins
I’m really conflicted about this one, and I kinda doubt that I’ll buy it in the end, but I’m thinking about it; Azone’s 1/3 scale dolls tend to be less impressive than I’d like for the price but Leviathan’s design kinda sells itself.
Freesia from Tony’s Heroine Collection
Daisy is one of my most favorite figures in my collection (and that’s saying something given that I have several hundred figures), and it shouldn’t be any surprise that I’m very much looking forward to Freesia as well; she looks fantastic.
Mea Kurosaki from To Love-Ru Darkness
Mea looks lovely in her fighting outfit, coming very close to showing off a bit of labia. With the ladies of To-Love Ru being so lovely, I have no objection at all to the profusion of figures being released of its characters.
Velvet from Odin Sphere
It feels like Alter hasn’t been quite on top of their game for a couple of years now, but with Mea and Velvet, it looks like they’re trying to reassert themselves as the paramount makers of Japanese anime and video game figures. It will be very interesting to compare their Velvet to Yamato’s, which is a very fine representation of her, regardless of how one feels about the manufacturer.
Yuri Akasaka from Comic Aun
Most figure manufacturers play annoyingly coy with their product photos: they’ll hint at but not show a castoff option, they’ll take careful measures to avoid displaying a flash of panties, they’ll tastefully hide any glimpse of nipples or genitalia if the figure happens to be exposed. And then you have SkyTube, who really don’t mind showing everything, aside from some weak censoring (doubtlessly mandated by law). Further, they don’t pretend that their products are any less smutty than they appear; there’s no question that the white liquid-like material on poor Yuri is supposed to be semen (another figure maker would likely provide a milk bottle accessory or something, to mock up at least a veneer of innocence). My only question is, how does it stay affixed to the figure?
Marudea from … no series
I’m not sure how to romanize the name – Marudea? Maldea? I do know that I am going to be buying this figure for blindingly obvious reasons.
Eleonora Viltaria from Madan no Ou to Vanadis
I have to admit I don’t know anything about the source other than that the anime comes from a light novel, and that gives me immediate reason to think that it’s not very good, but I’m prepared to be wrong about that (its apparent lack of popularity versus similar light novel-based anime is a point in its favor). The lead girl looks very nice though, particularly in this sort of bunnysuit, which I don’t ordinarily like but they apparently have lavished a great deal of time on her ass, and that’s something I appreciate. It’s amusing how seven of the ten promo photos (including all the close-ups) are of her backside.
Signum from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Gift make more 1/4 scale figures, but Signum looks very nice. You tend to know what you’re getting when you get one of these figures: substantial size, long and lean bodies, and exposed ass cleavage. All good things, of course.
Sonia Blanche from Shining Resonance
It’s yet another Tony figure from a Shining game, and yet this one looks very nice, partly because of her interesting outfit and also because she’s posed in the middle of an action, rather than simply standing around.
Saber Bride from Fate/Extra CCC
The best Saber of all, and there are apparently a ton of them now. It’ll definitely be great to have her to go along with Saber Alter and the rest of the crew.
Kuro & Ilya from Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA
Man … I feel really dirty just looking at these. I mean, even more so than I do with most of my figures, and I’ve got some pretty lewd figures in my collection. I have to say, I really respect how Type-moon maintains the dignity of their main properties while exploiting the hell out of their spinoff series. I can’t wait to get these figures. (Where’s the Miyu, though? I didn’t watch the series but I decided Miyu is my favorite when Kurow used her as a health pot.)
Satellizer el Bridget from Freezing
I tend to think of Satellizer as more of a masochist, given her presentation in Freezing Vibration (and that sequence was a really awkward segue away from the main storyline). Regardless, I can’t really pass up a figure wearing these sorts of boots.
Sean Ari from Bastard!
I definitely can’t pass up a figure wearing this sort of outfit, either.
Isuzu Sento from Amagi Brilliant Park
I have to admit, every time I see Isuzu, I’m reminded of how we were robbed of seeing her getting pushed into the tentacle pit while dressed in a bikini and an eyepatch. There truly is no justice in this world. Incidentally, this figure appears to not be available from the usual retail outlets, but it can be ordered directly from GSC’s web store for an absurd sum of yen.