This is the weekly Figure Friday post, covering the figures released, announced and such during the past week. There will be the best figures of the week and the worst, as well as news, delays, releases and re-stocks.
As always, click on the first picture to go to a site with more information on the figures, and the pictures after the description for the Flickr page (you must be logged in, due to some photos in the set being R18), where bigger photos can be had. As always, post is NOT entirely safe for work, be advised.
I’m growing rather fond of Orchid Seed.
Really like this figure’s garters, and her face is nice, the skirt has some dynamism. It’s not a great figure from any perspective, except how she’s dressed under the skirt, and yet, the gestalt is bigger than each of the individual components. Her skirt does reach a bit too high for me, waist-line wise. For those who dislike over-brown figures, at least the shock of red hair and the powder-blue wrist-ribbons offset it.
January 2010, 220mm, 7,429 yen. Reserve.
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Alphard is the other figure that goes with Canaan which we’ve covered before (##link). Personally, she’s not as cool, and I think her tank-top isn’t that hot, nor am I too fond of the muted blue of her cloak. But design wise, dynamism, etc? All great. If you display her with Canaan, or alone, she’s even looking aside, so you can have her looking at you. So if you display her with Canaan, I’d display them at an angle, with Canaan to the back, so you’d be able to see both of their faces. And yet, I won’t reproduce the original picture they’re based on, as you lose some of their figures that way.
March 2010, 200mm, 8,381 yen. Reserve.
I’m quite fond of the Beat Blade Haruka figures I’ve seen reviewed, though they were mostly by Alter, which is held in higher esteem than Griffon. Anyway, I quite like this figure, and she also seems pretty close to one of my favourite characters, Tokiha Mai (and she’s not too dissimilar to Alice L. Malvin from Pumpkin Scissors). I like the figure, I like the replaceable damaged front (which is what I suspect it is). The “Hair-bow” which I often hate, how in one line the hair rises like a crest is better here cause there’s actually a hair-bow to explain it. I am not sure how keen I am on the straps which circle the figure, making it look too “closed”, and I worry about potential balance issues, and since Narika was by Alter, I can’t trust one figure doing well that so will the other.
December 2009. Around 200mm tall, 7,600 yen. Reserve.
There are so many pictures here I want to post, and so many of them are NSFW, that just click on the first picture above to see them. I love her hair, the little snowmen on her shoes are adorable, she looks great, with her clothes, and as you slowly remove them. If I were to look for an ecchi figure, I’d buy this one. Very good.
December 2009. Around 150mm tall and 250mm long (included base), 11,429 yen.
I’ll begin with the sad facts: Not only is this a Hobby Japan Magazine Mail-Order exclusive, but there will be only 1,500 copies printed, so those who order it will participate in a raffle for it…
Reservations will run until November 24th.
This figure’s hair feels a bit flat to me, and the sword held in her cleavage seems a bit weird, but, do I really need to explain why this figure is here? I also really like her sandals. I also happen to like her normal version better, so the limited availability of this figure doesn’t demoralize me ;)
March 2010, 6,980 yen.
I’m used to Rei getting her face butchered, so this time it was Asuka’s turn, I guess. Aside from the face being horrible (they didn’t think of painting her lips?), the hair is not too great either, and I dislike both the painting quality and the sculpting (from close-up) of the top part. And how she looks under her skirt looks half-assed as well, sculpting wise.
The base is somewhat nice, but it doesn’t really have anything to do with the figure. Aside from having her name on it.
January 2010, 285mm (included base), 14,800 yen. Kit is prepainted and completed.
The face is not great, but somewhat ok. The skirt is badly done, with the ruffle in the center looking bad, her legs are ill-proportioned (the proportion between the top and bottom halves), the seam lines are way too noticeable, and the body is a bit too thin. In other words, Trading Figure Quality.
January 2010, 165mm tall, 3,800 yen. Reserve.
Though it’s from a preview, so not a lot of pictures yet. The face is badly done. Sadly for Mio, her hair-do is such that it looks pretty crappy in real life on real people, and results in pretty bad figures. The face is bad, the hair is bad, and her head looks too big behind it. The guitar is nice, and the skirt would’ve been nice if it weren’t somewhat translucent. But the face! And as is, the skirt is a near-miss.
January 2010, 7,140 yen. Reserve.
4+5. (Mouse-over for captions)
Taken from Kumo’s blog.
Figma Saber Casual version. October 2009> November 2009.
Figma Emiya Shiro Casual version. October 2009> November 2009.
Max Factory Yoko Real Version, September 2009, second delay to November 2009.
Restocks and New Releases:
- New Items:
- Fullmetal Alchemist Alphonse by Kotokubiya.