The exchange rate is tanking – thanks UK – but the business of purchasing figures continues apace. I’ve left off a bunch of exclusive figures since I’ve lost track of most of them, but I may wind up getting them down the line, if I remember to order them. In the meantime, it’s been a fairly busy month due to real-life stuff but reviews should be continuing soon.
Sasara Kusugawa from To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers
Kotobukiya is following up their Tamaki figure from a few years back with Sasara. She looks just as good in her bikini armor, though her choice of armament – a battle axe and a shield – is a little unconventional. Despite having preordered the Orca Toys version of Sasara, I’m really looking forward to this figure.
Valkyrie from Bikini Warriors
Continuing with the bikini armor theme, MegaHouse is producing this figure of the Valkyrie from Bikini Warriors, sans armor. The Valkyrie is quite pretty and Tony’s design is quite nice, and that goes a long way in making this figure more interesting than many other swimsuit figures (of which there is certainly no shortage). Oddly, this figure is available for order from Hobby Search’s international site, whereas all of the other Bikini Warriors figures required going through a proxy or a specialized retailer.
Succubi seem to come in two forms in anime and manga: the petite, flat-chested loli or the willowy (or sometimes thick-bodied) and mature woman. Astacia obviously belongs in the second category. I like this figure quite a bit, though I’d like it more if she were standing up rather than doing a kimchi squat; I think her body line would appear more flattering that way.
Irohahime from Sengoku Taisen
It’s yet another figure from Kotobukiya based off of Tony’s work and like the fairy girls, Irohahime is scantily-clad and is 1/6 scale, which is great. And Irohahime looks great as well, though I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of the straight-across haircut (it’s why I didn’t buy the Native figure of a Tony Taka girl with a similar haircut).
Saber Alter from Fate/stay night
Saber is more popular than ever, thanks to the endless variations of her that have sprouted up with Fate/grand order and similar spinoffs. Strangely, I don’t recall that any manufacturer has made a figure of Saber in her iconic blue dress since Clayz’s version so many years ago, but Alter is making one of her Sith lord analogue in her somewhat less-iconic black dress. It’s quite a nice figure – pricey, given its simplicity, but still very attractive, particularly for people who like their women pale and corrupted.
Honami Aihara from Ima Ria
It’s another ero-figure of a girl doing a squat, this time with her hands showing which part of her deserves the most love. This figure is rather reminiscent of a Native figure based on Hiromitsu Takeda’s artwork – I own that figure but I haven’t yet gotten around to reviewing it (mostly because I don’t know how to apply the body writing decals or if they do any permanent damage to the figure). It’s a pretty good-looking figure with a distinctive pose and an attractive face, and it’s hard to go wrong with a SkyTube product.
Sora Kasugano from Yosuga no Sora
I was really excited when I saw the unpainted version of this figure; Sora is one of the more notorious brother-fucking loli girls in anime, and this figure does a great job pairing her more youthful traits with her very prominent ass. I was a little disappointed to find out that this figure (and the artwork that it is based on) has her wearing pantyhose rather than going about bare-legged, but the figure still looks great.
Hina Sakura from the Art of Misaki Kurehito
Any time SkyTube makes a figure based on Misaki Kurehito’s art, the purchase decision is a pretty easy call to make.
Umr from Wixoss
I know nothing about Umr or her background, being that I have no familiarity with Wixoss (or any other card battle game system) but she looks pretty amazing, with her big hair and bondage-style outfit. This figure unfortunately is going to be quite expensive, given its evident complexity, its intricate base and background, and of course, the requisite proxy fee, but I don’t think I will regret spending the money on it.