It’s the end of the first month of a new year and it’s also preorder outlook time. First, though, a bit of administrative commentary: I usually do a post enumerating my five favorite figures of the previous year. I think I’m going to roll that into my site birthday post next month since I do not actually know yet what my five favorite figures of last year might be. As sad as it might sound, I haven’t actually opened most of the shipping boxes containing the figures that I purchased and thus haven’t actually looked at many of the figures I bought, and I feel I ought to actually consider them in person before I decide if they are amongst my favorites of the year.
I had intended to cut down spending on figures this year, but rising prices and the rampant proliferation of porno figures and 1/4 scale bunnygirls is severely testing the mettle of this resolution. Accordingly, it seems like many of the figures on this list are either lewd or are sporting leotards and cottontails.
Utaha Kasumigaoka from How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
This is a sort of re-release of an earlier version of this figure, subtracting both the tights and a healthy number off of the previous version’s price. I think I like the FREEing bunnygirls better without the pantyhose, to be honest; aside from the appeal of bare legs, the omission also removes the threat of unsightly fabric stains on the figure’s surface. I had contemplated buying the earlier version but decided against it, in large part because she sold out rapidly and her price from secondary retailers rapidly approached the absurd, but I think I will get this re-release.
Eriri Spencer Sawamura from How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
The same story applies to Eriri, in spite of how appallingly dreadful the source material the two of them come from is.
Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion
I remember when Rei could make a strong argument for primacy of place amongst all the girls of anime. It’s inarguable that Asuka has superseded her lollipop-maned counterpart in popularity in contemporary times, which is a little sad to me as I like Rei quite a bit more. Consequently, we’ve seen relatively few figures of Rei in recent years; it’s thus nice to see a new one coming out this year. The relatively reasonable price tag makes it all the more appealing.
Shizuku Kamino from the Art of Parsley
The appeal of this figure is obvious, though it does remind me that while I have a thing for anime girls in bridal-themed underwear, I don’t recall that I’ve actually reviewed a figure espousing this theme. I know I’ve never reviewed any of the Max Factory To Love-Ru wedding lingerie figures nor Ashikaga Chachamaru. That’s a little shameful.
Wet JK from Sex Symbols
This unfortunate girl does not even get the courtesy of a name; instead, she’s just “Wet High School Girl,” apparently. She looks very cute, nonetheless; she reminds me a bit of Fumika from one of the Idolmaster series.
Fairie Queen Elaine
I’m still a big fan of the butterfly-winged Tony Taka girls that Kotobukiya did some time back, so I’m very happy to see Native making a figure in much the same vein, except with fewer clothes. I was surprised to see that this figure is 1/5 scale; it’s unfortunate that this figure won’t fit in size-wise with the aforementioned Kotobukiya girls but I’m never going to argue against a larger-scale anime figure.
Hurdle Shoujo from the Art of Kekemotsu
Another girl with no name, the appeal of this figure is also obvious. I wish she were 1/6 scale like so many other SkyTube products but them’s the breaks.
Muramasa from Soukou Akki Muramasa
Despite owning a number of figures from Nitroplus video games, I don’t think I have a figure of Muramasa. That’s not for lack of interest; there are a lot of them that I’ve liked, but I think I like this one the best, for obvious reasons.
Yuzuka Takayashiro from Amakano ~Second Season~
This is a somewhat rare 1/4 scale figure that’s not a bunnygirl. This is yet another reminder that I need to take Olga out of her box one of these days. Yuzuka looks great, even if the fake semen looks more like pastry frosting instead.
Rio from the BINDing Creator’s Opinion
Here’s a 1/4 scale figure that is indeed a bunnygirl. While I prefer figures that are posed in a standing position, I appreciate this sort of pose when it’s featured in a figure of this size. I don’t have a lot of shelf space capable of displaying a standing 1/4 scale figure, so I should be able to make some room for Rio when she arrives.
Rindo Kobayashi from Food Wars
This is the second bunnygirl figure by FREEing from Food Wars; unfortunately, I missed out on the first one due to waffling and I’m thinking it’s going to be too expensive to procure after release. Too bad, since Erina has an extremely impressive bust. I’m not going to make the same mistake with Rindo, despite my total lack of familiarity with the source material. FREEing’s bunnygirls tend to lack an emotive component but that is not the case here, which is a nice bonus.
Yukino from the BINDing Creator’s Opinion
Yukino is apparently meant to accompany Rio, so I’ll be buying them both. I’ve noticed in photographs of BINDing’s released figures that they are often lacking in anatomical detail, which is too bad but not surprising. That’s made me a little less enthusiastic about buying their figures, but I’ve missed out on a few that I greatly regret not ordering, so I figure ought to get the ones that I do like. They seem to hold their value reasonably well, at least.
Prinz Eugen from Azur Lane
Sixteen months from its scheduled release and featuring an eyeball-popping 37,800 yen price tag, this figure really stretches both my ambition and resolve as a figure collector, no matter how fond I am of Azur Lane (which is quite fond, if anyone is curious). As much as I like this figure, I do not think I can justify that price tag when I can probably get two much larger bunnygirls for the same price or save up for my other collecting hobby (purchasing wristwatches). My gut quails at the knowledge that Alter is going to make a figure of St. Louis that I am not going to be able to resist. I do not know whether I should hope that they get the rights to Baltimore and Essex or not.