The week after New Year’s is the saddest week of the year: the lights go out, the trees get thrown in the garbage trucks and hauled away, the sales go quiet, and it’s months before the next fun holiday. Nonetheless, 2015 has dispersed into the ether of yesterday but before we look forward, I will observe my annual ritual of decreeing which five figures I liked the best from this past year (only a week and a day late). As I always say, the ranking here is based solely on my own preferences, with absolutely zero regard for whether a figure was popular with the masses or came from a popular show or was made by a popular manufacturer. Popular opinion does not move me much.
The fifth spot is always fungible; I generally like most of the figures that I buy, since I’d obviously not spend my own money on them if I didn’t. But why not celebrate one of the raunchiest figures around by placing Matsuri here; she’s an excellent figure, huge and unapologetically lewd. I’m not a big fan of the hairbuns, but this figure obviously needs to stick to the Chinese motif. Alphamax’s rise to prominence is one of the two best recent occurrences in figure collecting (the other, of course, being the weakness of the yen).
#4. Excellen Browning from Super Robot Wars
For the fourth spot, I’ll go with another Alphamax product, albeit from their mainstream line. This figure is not that much more modest than Matsuri, though, as she’s all but naked. Add to that fact that she’s big – 1/6 scale – blonde, buxom, and American and this is definitely a fine figure.
It never seems quite right for this list not to include an Alter figure but happily, they released one last year that I liked quite a bit. Mu-12 is a fantastic representation of the former antagonist from BlazBlue. Like every other figure on this list, this is a big sculpt, made even larger by the elaborate base, and the character design is very attractive. For me, this is the most memorable figure that Alter has released in a while.
#2. Annabel from Tony’s Heroine Collection
Daisy was my favorite figure from a couple of years ago, and Annabel is a superb figure as well. Any other year, she probably would have been number one on this list. But this year, I’m going to go with something a little bit different, something that’s, well, not even Japanese.
#1. Kerrigan from StarCraft II
Surprise! Heh. Usually this slot might be taken up by some doe-eyed anime girl in thighhigh socks, but not this year; this year I’m going with this figure. StarCraft holds a special place in my heart, as do many of the games of its era, and no character from the series is more notable than Sarah Kerrigan, the Queen of Blades. This figure is a spectacular version of one of the most famous – and infamous – characters in video games. And it is, of course, very large. Amongst all figures released in 2015, it stands preeminent in my esteem.