It’s the fiftieth preorder outlook post! That number is not of any particular significance other than that people like round numbers like that, but I really did not think this site would be running long enough to get to the fiftieth such post. Nor did I expect that when I sat down to write this post, there would be over twenty figures listed in my notes; it seems like a dozen appealing figures have gone up for preorder in the last few weeks. Therefore, I’m cutting this post to the first ten on my list and I’ll write about the remainder in a week or two.
Akeno Himejima from High School DxD BorN
I believe this is one of the first figures to hit the market from Grand Toys, which I think is some sort of successor company to Griffin Enterprises. That’s not exactly an encouraging circumstance but I’m willing to give a figure from almost any new company a look. Looking at the promo photos, it looks a lot like a Griffin figure but it does have the virtue of having a full castoff option, which is a little surprising; even figures from blatant fanservice series often shy away from featuring full-frontal nudity, but Grand Toys seems to be going for the adult market, a bit like Alphamax did when they reinvented their product catalog. Akeno wasn’t my favorite character from the series but I do like the design of this figure a lot, and the price isn’t too exorbitant for a figure with of this size and design.
Rias Gremory from High School DxD BorN
Obviously all of the factors regarding Akeno apply to Rias as well. Akeno has the advantage of standing upright but I like Rias’s character more, which I think is the more important consideration.
Ai-On-Line from Tony’s Heroine Collection
This appears to be the next of Kotobukiya’s fairy girls, though this one isn’t just clad in panties like the first three. There is s a noticeable seam in the side of her skirt, though, so maybe it’s removable. She looks a ton like Miku Hatsune, which is a little weird and also a bit off-putting, as I have no need for another Miku figure in my collection, but I’ve ordered her anyway since I liked the previous figures so much.
Celia Cumani Aintree from Walkure Romanze
It’s another figure from Walkure Romanze. Most of Celia’s previous figures had her flashing a friendly smile, but she looks fairly stern here, despite the attractive castoff options provided by the sculptor. I’m not a huge fan of the helmet and I don’t think it’s removable, but as a fan of the series and Celia, I’m pretty sure I will be getting this figure.
Kunoichi from Bikini Warriors
This is a figure of one of the characters from Bikini Warriors’ second team. She doesn’t really look like a kunoichi to me but then, I suppose the typical conception of such is mostly a fictional thing, anyway. Like most of the figures from the series, she’s only available from a proxy service or a specialist retailer, but that’s not particularly unusual these days, I guess.
Maya Suma from Issho no Shiyo
Here’s the sort of figure we’re seeing more and more of – a character from a hentai publication drawn by a well-known artist. The artist in this case is Saitom, who has had quite a few of his character designs adapted into figure form as of late. This figure looks great – and that’s really all I have to say about her since she literally only appears in a few pages in a comic anthology.
Sakuya from Shining Blade
It’s another Tony figure depicting one of the Shining series girls in a bikini. Quite a few of them haven’t interested me but I really like Sakuya’s design. She seems to come with a different outfit which I don’t care too much about, but her basic black swimsuit is very attractive.
Akane Indo from Homare Artworks
I didn’t expect anyone to ever make a figure of one of Homare’s characters, but I’m very glad that someone did. I would’ve preferred that they would have sculpted one of his female warrior characters but this is good, too. That this figure is 1/5 scale just makes it that much more appealing.
Ayako Hiiragi from Walkure Romanze
This is the third Walkure Romanze figure sculpted by Toshirou and the fifth one manufactured by Daiki Kougyou. I already own their Celia and Bertille figures so I might as well get this one, too. To be honest, I don’t think that the resemblance between the figure and the game and anime artwork is all that apparent here; I really did not recognize who this character was when I first saw the preorder page, but I suppose that’s not a big deal. I wonder why Noel and Lisa have been frozen out by figure makers? Noel got a ton of screen time in the anime and she seems reasonably popular so her lack of figures is puzzling.
Renge from T2 Art Girls
It looks like Alphamax is also getting in on Tony’s fairy girl series. Hopefully Renge won’t look too out of place with Kotobukiya’s figures. She does look really good, as most of Alphamax’s figures do, so I have no qualms there.
I still have nine more figures on the list, so a second preorder post will go up soon. The next two figures in my notes are “Snow” and “Yukio” and I’m trying to remember who those are …