It’s been too long since the last preorder post and there are way too many figures to discuss. I’ve left off Japan-exclusive figures, since there are so many that I haven’t yet looked at the ones that I might be interested in. It doesn’t help that I don’t yet have a reliable source for ordering exclusive figures, though Nippon-Yasan is currently packing up my Bikini Warriors pally figure and I’ll see how that goes.
Sakura Saber from Fate/Grand Order
Once upon a time, there was a Saber in a blue dress. Sometimes she wore just the dress, but most of the time, she wore panniers of cast iron on top of it. Then a few more Sabers followed; one with a ponytail, one that put her in a peculiarly masculine business suit. And then an impressively diverse array of Sabers followed, including some that bared her buttcrack and some that squeezed her into booty shorts, and then there’s this one, which re-imagines her as a ninja. And well, why not? She obviously has an appealing design. Really the only complaint I’d have here is that given how so many of her recent stylistic cousins emphasize their backsides, it’d be nice if her ninja incarnation had a bigger ass.
Escalayer from Beat Angel Escalayer Reboot
Once upon a time, manufacturers enthusiastically produced figures based on Alicesoft’s games. The very first PVC figure review on this site featured an Alicesoft character – one with a connection to Escalayer, in fact. Beat Angel Escalayer was popular enough to receive a number of figures, a pretty solid anime adaptation, and a spiritual successor in the form of Beat Blades Haruka, which was just localized into English by Mangagamer (I bought it a week ago after confirming that Mangagamer no longer bothers with their irritating, perpetually-resident DRM program). It’s great to see a manufacturer adapting their work again and I’ll need to give ordering Escalayer some thought.
Yuko Sagiri from Triage X
I really wanted to like Triage X; it has many of the ingredients that I look for in anime, namely violence, sex appeal, and a somewhat less generic plot than so many of the light novel adaptations that pervade anime (not that that’s difficult to do, and not that Triage X is an exemplar of originality, either). However, it was a markedly joyless show that left the impression that it should have been better – or at least more fun – than it was. That’s not too detrimental to the appeal of its merchandise, though. I didn’t plan on buying the first version of this figure, which had her wearing a white outfit, but the black pants seem a lot more appealing, and I’m thinking about picking it up mostly for that reason.
Nina from Breath of Fire
This is a very lovely figure from Kotobukiya, who’ve made a number of extremely attractive figures in the last couple of years. The only qualm I have about it is the price, which is very high for a 1/8 scale figure. I also have no familiarity with the Breath of Fire franchise at all. Nonetheless, it is quite a nice figure and it’s one I’ll need to consider, particularly since June appears to be a relatively empty month in terms of figure releases that I am interested in.
Master Arturia from Fate/stay night
Yet another version of Saber, and I don’t know anything about this one, aside that she resembles a schoolgirl. I assume this smartphone-age student is still an interpretation of King Arthur, not that it really matters for purchasing considerations. In truth, I probably wouldn’t be interested in this figure if it weren’t a Saber figure, but I think this will be a nice addition to my Weird Saber collection.
Black Odile & White Odette from T2 Art Girls
These two ladies are being both sold individually and as a pair. Being that I like them both, I’m going to just buy the set, even though I don’t think it will save me any money (and as far as I know, the only advantage is that they throw in an extra base that can accommodate both figures). While many, many great Tony Taka figures have been released in recent times, these two look to be amongst my favorites.
I’m a big fan of Cobra Kai’s sculptor Toshirou, the man who sculpted Fate, Kanu, the second vmf50 doll I bought (Miu, whom I’ve never reviewed), and of course, gangsta lean Saber, whose review has been pending here for over half a decade. His style is readily evident here, from Maria’s heavy-lidded eyes, prominent lower lip, and muscular build, though his idiosyncrasies seem to not be in held in as much disdain here as they were with gangsta lean Saber, for some reason or another. At any rate, this was one of my favorite figures at the recent Wonder Festival convention, and it’s one that I am very much looking forward to.
Aoi Tenjiku from T2 Art Girls
The two ballerina girls sport a veneer of respectability and elegance; this figure, also from SkyTube, evinces nothing but lewdness. The manufacturer has made a number of figures that are similar in style and theme and they’ve all been good, and there’s no reason to expect that this figure will not be of identical quality.
Fate T. Harlaown from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
It seems like it’s been a while since we’ve gotten a Fate figure. I guess it hasn’t been that long – Alter recently released one that nobody seems to have paid any attention to – but they used to come out more frequently. So did Kanu Unchou figures – I wonder if anyone remembers her? This is a nice figure but suffers even more from questionable valuation than the Nina figure; Fate is 1/8 scale and costs a whopping 20k yen. I remember when gangsta lean Saber went up for preorder and everyone was agog that she was 25k yen, even though she was a 1/4 scale figure with a relatively small production run. September’s already looking like an expensive month, and I’m not sure there’s room in the budget for Fate, even though she’s my favorite Nanoha character by far.
Hazuki Kuryu from Lewdness
Just your average figure of a young girl getting milked. Joking aside, it’s amusing to observe that this isn’t the first figure to feature a character hooked up to a milking machine. I’m not a big fan of the cow motif but I suppose I don’t hate it either, and with everything that this figure has going for it, I’m certainly going to buy it.
Marie Mamiya from Starless
Strangely, Marie can also be purchased as a set with Hazuki. I’m not sure why, as they aren’t particularly similar figures, other than that they’re based on Sei Shoujo artwork from Empress eroge. Regardless, Marie looks great, too. Just don’t speculate about what’s in the cup.
Ran Kohinata from Comic Aun
No stranger to producing sexualized figures, Skytube’s Ran Kohinata is amongst the most pornographic that they have yet manufactured. There’s overt bondage, incontinence, and a strong inference of rape, which is phrasing it charitably, being that she apparently comes with a little nightstick that can be inserted into her vagina. Tasteful. Even I might be a little squeamish about this sort of concept, if this weren’t a little plastic anime figurine. Ahh, who the hell am I kidding; this figure is awesome! Alphamax deserves big huge props for daring to make a figure such as this.