November has been a spectacularly unproductive month for me, for a variety of reasons, most of which stem from the fact that I am unrepentantly lazy. Regardless, it’s been a couple of months since the last preorder post so here is a list of figures that I am thinking of ordering. Unlike most of these lists, where I don’t actually order most of the figures I write about, I’m actually thinking of ordering almost everything on this list; the only one that might not be purchased is Asmodeus.
Reviews will resume very shortly, as I have a stack of figures that have arrived recently. First up will probably the one half-naked Gantz girl and I’ve also got a figure of a half-naked loli (and another girl who could pass for a loli) waiting next.
Also, I have quite a few 1/4 scale figures from FREEing – mostly bunnygirls from To Love-Ru and Muv-Luv, but also their Elizabeth Mably and Angela Balzac figures – and a few Western statues that I had planned to review but now am not sure if I will. I have the feeling that people are not that interested in them and I’m curious to know whether anyone would be saddened if did not review them. Throughout the lifetime of this site I’ve taken the stance that I plan to review every figure that I buy, but being that they seem not that popular, I wonder if that uncompromising principle may be outmoded.
Aoi Nanami from Melon Books Tapestry
Rocket Boy figures seldom fail to impress, and this one certainly has a lot to offer, particularly to those who respect substantial asses. The high heels are a little strange for a girl who seems to be climbing into or out of a swimming pool, but it’s all good.
Eldridge from Azur Lane
I have to admit that one of the principal factors behind my lack of productivity these last two months is that I’ve been playing too much Azur Lane. There are quite a few Azur Lane figures in the works from various manufacturers – though Enterprise seems to not be amongst them, unfortunately – and one that I’m very interested in is Eldridge. I don’t have her in my fleet – she’s a PVP award and I have no idea how PVP in Azur Lane actually works – but I like her design and personality quite a bit.
Morning from kigae
This figure is sort of an odd one – it’s a one-off design based on character artwork rather than coming from an established property. She looks very pretty and of course, the fact that she’s sculpted in 1/4 scale makes her all the more appealing.
Reika Shimohira from Gantz
I like the design of the Gantz characters, and I was curious to see what Reika’s adaptation as a FREEing bunnygirl would look like. I think she turned out alright, though her pose and facial expression are less evocative than I would have preferred. Still, you can’t really go wrong with a good-looking ass like she has, even if her gun is obnoxiously blocking part of the view.
Yuu Usada from Zimakupiza
I am not really sure what is up with the bunny accessories, streetwear jacket, and the pixel art sword and base, but again, it’s all good. It’s an odd mix of styles that looks very nice, mostly thanks to saitom’s artwork and SkyTube’s superlative skill at making figures.
Mei Anayama from Petto no M-Jou
I keep saying that I’m thinking of buying one of BINDing’s 1/4 scale ero figures, but I have yet to order one, until now. Mei will be the first one I get, and she looks pretty great. She appears to come with nipple piercings or clamps, which the Native order page doesn’t actually mention for some reason, but I think it makes her all the more interesting.
Ade-Sugata Zero from The Art of Mibu Natsuki
Here’s a peculiar thing; having released Ade-Sugata I, magicbullet(s) has chosen to go backwards in their numbering rather than forwards (ostensibly because this was their original design for what turned out to be Ade-Sugata I). Another strange thing: while the first figure was 1/7 scale, this one is 1/6 scale. I like the larger size but I wonder if the size discrepancy might be annoying to collectors who want to display these figures side by side.
Lucifer from Seven Mortal Sins
I have a thing for figures from this series, even though I don’t think I’ve actually ever reviewed any of them. FREEing’s bunnygirls suffer from the fact that they tend to look very similar to each other, but Lucifer at least has the distinction of framing her cameltoe in a very prominent way, which is a nice touch. Strangely, this figure appears to not be available on Amiami’s English website, but I order almost all my figures from Hobby Search so that’s not an issue for me.
Asmodeus from Seven Mortal Sins
And here’s the second figure from FREEing’s bunnygirl adaptation of the Seven Mortal Sins characters. Asmodeus looks great here; I wish that Orchid Seed had used this sort of body physique rather than the chunkier build they went with.
2B from Nier: Automata
What will likely be the best-selling figure of 2019 will also likely be the most controversial figure of 2019. Mitsumasa Yoshizawa does not compromise his style for anyone, not even when sculpting a figure of an iconic character from a game backed by a legion of obdurate fans. I don’t mind the liberties taken with 2B’s design, being that I’m a fan of REFLECT and I own a number of figures sculpted by him, but it’s unfortunate that 2B’s lost her ass in the process. To me, that’s really what makes her so iconic.
Curiously, and perhaps humorously, there are at least a few Chinese sculptors who have created unlicensed figures of 2B. I’ve ordered one, though I have no idea how well it will turn out, or if I’ll even actually get it, being that I ordered it from a store in Hong Kong, and it requires some faith to imagine them coming through on the order.