My Five Favorite Figures of 2018

Chronic illness and laziness have delayed this post for weeks longer than I had planned, but better late than never; here is the traditional list of my five favorite figures of the previous year. It was a great year for figures, I think, aside from rising costs and the continuing trend of manufacturers selling their products outside of the normal web stores, thus driving up the price of their figures even more. Such is the price we pay to be collectors. At least the figures have usually been worth it.

I should note that I’m only including PVC figures in this list; usually this list includes everything I’ve bought, but given that I’m a big proponent of larger figures, it’s not really fair to compare a two-foot tall, $700 statue to a typical 1/7 scale, $120 PVC figure. If I were to include statues, Aspen and the gigantic 1/3 scale Kitana that I got a few months ago would be on this list, probably at the top. A 1/3 scale statue really needs to be seen to be believed.

#5. Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion

Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion

My fifth favorite figure is here in part because I’m more of a Rei fan than of Asuka, and since that seems to be an uncommon sentiment these days, we get comparatively few figures of the First Child. Also, this figure is closely related to one of the first figures I ever bought. Add to all of that the fact that I’m a big fan of Shunya Yamashita and REFLECT, and this is one of my favorite figures of the last year.

#4. Saber Bride from Fate/Grand Order

Saber Bride from Fate/Grand Order

The second Flare figure on this list is of one of the best Saber designs amongst a bewildering proliferation of Sabers. This Saber – who is the modern embodiment of the Roman Emperor Nero rather than King Arthur, though I’m sure the distinction is lost on most (including me) – eschews all the classic elegance of the original Saber by trading her blue dress for a bondage leotard and a far more regal pair of breasts. Truly this Saber is superior.

#3. Mai Shiranui from The King of Fighters

Mai Shiranui from The King of Fighters

My top three figures of the previous year can honestly be put in any order. I’ll put Mai Shiranui third just because although she’s lewd, she’s not quite as lewd as the next two figures. I have a bunch of figures of Mai but in my mind, this one is clearly the best of them all. That said, she’s getting a couple of 1/4 scale statues in the next year or two that I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on.

#2. Oshitsuke from the Art of Ishikei

Oshitsuke from the Art of Ishikei

I’ve flip-flopped a couple of times as to whether I like this figure better than the figure I placed at the number one spot. It’s really close; obviously this is one of the best figures in my collection, and in my view, it’s the best figure Native has ever made.

#1. Jin-Lian from T2 Art Girls

Jin-Lian from T2 Art Girls

I think this Tony-designed figure is my favorite figure of the previous year. Indeed, it may well be my favorite PVC figure overall (Alter’s Dizzy and, as mentioned, Oshitsuke are in contention for that title). She looks great, the manufacturing quality is superb, and she’s being penetrated vaginally and anally – what’s not to like? This figure is emblematic of why I think SkyTube is the best figure maker in the business right now.

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6 Responses to My Five Favorite Figures of 2018

  1. Aya says:

    Unexpected choice for number one, but i still can’t get rid of golden nunchaku image in my head everytime see her XD in term of erotic Oshitsuke is perfect 😀 the dripping thing .. the squished parts whatever XD perfect pose too

    • Tier says:

      The nunchucks are awesome XD Yeah, I kinda thought about putting Oshitsuke first. It’s really, really close with those two and Mai; I keep changing my mind as to which I like best.

  2. dP says:

    Nice choice of figures! Thank you for the post. I hope your illness is something that you are recuperating from and/or that you feel better soon.

    • Tier says:

      Thanks! I finally started feeling better in early February, but I’ve had this hacking cough that I just can’t get rid of. I hope it’s not something that persists through all of March.

  3. shaggy says:

    my no1 for last year as well in terms of lewd figure. almost lost my order for forgetting to pay before the deadline, looking forward for chun mei

    • Tier says:

      I’ve lost a couple of figures because I forgot to pay, and I’ve lost a few figures because I forgot to preorder entirely (like the two Xenoblade figures that are now selling for extraordinary amounts of money).

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