Happy Christmas everybody. The end of the year is usually a slow time for both figure releases and preorder launches. That’s highly beneficial for me being that my review queue is absurd and even if I decided to stop buying new figures, I’d have no shortage of material to photograph for years. Nonetheless, it’s been a few months since the last preorder outlook so let’s take a look at some figures I’m thinking of buying in 2018. I might squeeze in one more post – maybe the Kuroinu dakimakura cover post that I’ve been sitting on for a couple of months – before the usual five favorite figure post on New Year’s Eve (I think I’ve got my list set; I’m sure it will surprise no one to learn that it’s very heavy on hentai figures).
Cammy from Street Fighter Alpha
This is the second bishoujo Cammy figure, the first being reviewed here a while back. It was a good but not great figure, which is a consistent characteristic of Kotobukiya’s bishoujo series. I think this figure looks better than the older version, particularly in the design of the face, but I’m less of a fan of Cammy’s Shadowloo outfit as I am of her Delta Red uniform. Nonetheless, I like Cammy in general, this figure is relatively cheap, and for some bizarre reason, bishoujo figures apparently have some of the best resale appreciation in the hobby.
Momo Nekoyanagi from Comic Aun
Considering my enthusiasm for SkyTube’s porno figure lineup, this figure ought to be an instant purchase. I’m having a difficult time reconciling my dislike of animal ears on anime characters, though; that sort of thing is usually a disqualifier and the fact that I’m considering this figure is a reflection of how nice it is otherwise.
Nagisa Sumikawa from the Art of Kazuya Kuroda
This gymnast appears to be an original character, though when I first saw it I thought it might be one of the girls from the old hentai OVA series Shintaisou Kari (released in the US as Princess 69, a title that hasn’t aged very well). I like the theme a lot, as I’m generally a fan of cute anime girls in sportswear, and the 1/6 scale is good too. As Lechery’s Akane Indou figure turned out very nicely, I’m looking forward to this figure.
Arusheiru from the Art of Takahiro Tsurusaki
This is another original figure based off of artwork, and another figure I’m certain to order. Amiami has a version with an extra head for another thirty dollars are so, and while I’m not sure it’s worth the additional money, that’s probably the version I’ll order, being that there’s really nothing rational about buying half-naked girly anime figures. I also feel like I need to find an orc statue to go with this figure, given the risque appearance of this female elf.
Daisy from Tony’s Heroine Collection
Kotobukiya’s first figure of Daisy is amongst my favorite figures, so buying this second version of her does not require a great deal of thought. She appears to have dropped the “Peace Keeper” moniker; it didn’t make much sense but I kinda liked it anyway.
Jin Lian from T2 Art Girls
Here’s another 1/6 scale figure based off of Tony’s art, but this one looks even more enticing. The normal display configuration looks fantastic, but the hentai option is amazing. This figure has all-time favorite potential.
Mikoto Kisaragi from the Art of Homare
I wrote about my fondness for Homare’s artwork just recently when I reviewed Akane Indou, so it’s serendipitous that another figure based on his illustrations is being released relatively soon. And 1/4 scale, no less. She’s fairly expensive and I was sort of thinking I might skip her just because of that, but her 24,800 yen price tag on the Native store doesn’t actually look that bad now considering some of the smaller figures I’m planning on ordering come in at over the 15k yen mark. Like the next three here.
Misae Suzuhara from Magical Girl
I have to admit that while I generally like the theme of Magical Girls, Raita’s style isn’t always to my liking. His characters generally exhibit elongated necks, spidery limbs, and absurdly large breasts, and this style generally carries over to the figure adaptations of his work. This figure is just a little less stylized than most, however, and so I like it more than I think I otherwise would. Her anatomy is still highly exaggerated but not quite as much as one might expect. Her price is the main deterrent to a preorder, as the idea of shelling out over twenty thousand yen for a 1/6 scale figure is enough to give me pause. That said, being that this is an Orca Toys figure, she will almost certainly not be released on time, and so I guess I can count on having the required payment deferred past July.
Erika Kuramoto from Magical Girl
The second Magical Girl in this post and the fourth of the eponymous Magical Girls to be released by Native is big-breasted tsundere idol Erika Kuromoto. She seems to have a more conventional body design than the other three Native-sculpted Magical Girl figures, which I appreciate very much. Unfortunately, she’s listed as 1/7 scale, which puts her a little smaller than the Orca Toys Misae, but I guess them’s the breaks.
Ishtar from Fate/Grand Order
This is the second figure of Rin Tohsaka that Aniplex has released in recent times, except I guess this isn’t really Rin Tohsaka and the previous figure had her in bikini armor cosplay. This figure shows just about as much skin but the pose is more dynamic and the outfit is at least equally as attractive. Ishtar is unfortunately an Aniplex product and thus that means she won’t be sold at Amiami, Hobby Search, or HLJ, but being that I already ordered her from Nippon-Yasan I guess it’s too late for me to worry about that.
Miyu Edelfelt from Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya
When Amakuni released Illya and Chloe, I wondered why Miyu did not get a figure as part of the same set, being that she is putatively one of the central protagonists of the show. Well, it took a couple of years but she’s finally getting one. And she looks great. And sexy, which isn’t something one ought to think of a character who looks this young, but anime fans have doubtless long since reconciled with any misgivings they might have regarding this sort of impropriety.
Saber Bride from Fate/Grand Order
Another figure from Type-moon’s highly successful (and profitable, presumably) mobile card-based RPG and another figure where Saber is shedding clothes. (Yes, yes, I know this is Roman Saber and not British Saber.) This combination of leotard and wedding dress and bondage suit is amongst the best costumes worn by any of the myriad of Saber variations, and so I suppose I’ll be picking this one up. Strangely, despite the huge variety of Saber figures available, I actually only own one Saber which depicts her in her iconic blue dress and plate armor, and that’s the gangsta lean Saber released by Daiki Kougyou to scathing criticism so many years ago.
Lala Satalin Deviluke from To Love-Ru Darkness
Another figure of a To Love-Ru girl getting married in her underwear! I own them all and yet I haven’t actually reviewed any of them (I guess I did review Mea a while ago but she’s not wearing a wedding veil). I’ll be getting this one as well. Hopefully the review comes a little faster than those of her sisters and castmates.
I don’t really have a lot of interest in Idolm@ster and Love Live! figures, but I’ll make an exception when the character is dressed up in some sort of latex bondage outfit. I looked at a bio of this character and found that she’s not particularly exceptional at anything, but this kind of costume puts her a step above the other idols in my view.