Christmas Figure Wishlist (2009)

December 13, 2009  |  Blog, Figures

Christmas is fast approaching, reminding me that I really need to get out to a mall and do some shopping for family and friends! But more importantly, reminding me of things I wish I had myself. Ok, I’m maybe just a teensy bit self-centered, but lets ignore that for now. The list contains 10 figures I’ll likely never obtain, the vast majority of which seem to be garage kits, and two are very much just wishful thinking on my part, very wishful. A true wishlist!

(Contains Mature Content)

figure-gsc-hatsune-miku-01Hatsune Miku

Series: Vocaloid
Company: Good Smile Company
Sculptor: Yoshi
Scale: 1/8
Release: September 2008 / May 2009
Price: ¥5,239 / $52 CAD (Sept ’08)
Notes: Also has an alternate version with her eyes closed.

I’ve wanted this particular figure for quite some time but some how missed both releases! First release I was still recovering from the purchase of Taki Corps Horo and very skeptical of purchases and asking lots of questions, so I never even considered purchasing her at the time. 2nd release however I tried to find her but she was sold out everywhere before I even got there. Months after her re-release Miku is still in high demand, commanding hefty prices on eBay, sometimes reaching and even exceeding the $300 mark! At prices like those I’ll likely never own this version of Miku, she’s not dear enough to my heart to spend that much on such a standard release PVC figure. I’ve seen open boxes of Miku around the internets going for considerably less money than eBay, but always ran into some issue such as no being able to ship to Canada or the seller not responding to emails. Maybe I’m just not meant to own GSC’s Miku.

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doll-volks-tohsaka-rin-01Tohsaka Rin

Series: Fate/Stay Night
Company: Volks, Inc
Scale: 1/3
Release: May 2009
Price: ¥50,400 / $600 CAD (May ’09)
Notes: Limited Run. Alternate clothes can be had for an additional ¥10,290 / $122 CAD
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Thanks to many links off foo-bar-baz’s website to many different sites containing pictures of Dollfies I’ve become quite attached to them as well. But their price is astronomical, their clothes alone cost more than the clothes I wear everyday! These dolls aren’t small either, they’re 1/3rd scale making them I believe upwards of 60 cm tall! But size isn’t a worry, I can easily find space for Rin to sit on one of my shelves. I do however wonder what friends would say when they saw them, the figures can be tossed off as being statues and perhaps slightly more manly that way, but $600 poseable dolls? eek! Plus I’d have to take up sewing to make more clothes for her. An additional note, if $600 wasn’t enough for you, she seems to be going for $3,000!!!! on eBay. Who’s that crazy?

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doll-volks-saber-10Saber / Dark Saber

Series: Fate/Stay Night
Company: Volks, Inc
Scale: 1/3
Release: April 2008 / December 2008
Price: ¥54,600 – ¥99,750 / $740 – $1350 CAD (Dec 08)
Notes: Both are limited run and have additional sets of clothes that cost between ¥9,240 / $125 CAD and ¥13,440 / $182 CAD.

Like the above Tohsaka Rin Dollfie, I found these thanks to foo-bar-baz. And like the above Tohsaka Rin go for obscenely expensive prices on eBay ranging between $2,300 to $4,200 CAD. One really has to be dedicated and/or rich to purchase these dolls. I certainly could not set aside that kind of cash on a 60 cm tall doll. That doesn’t stop me from wanting to be able to however, they’re definitely cute. I’d like to see one in person, it’s hard to grasp just how big 1/3rd scale is, I’m always surprised when I get a 1/6th scale figure and how big they seem to be. It’s no wonder Volks, Inc made $50 million in 2008.

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gk-vispo-asuka-langley-01Soryu Asuka Langley Bike Ver.1

Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Sculptor: Vispo
Scale: 1/6
Release: 2005
Price: $82 USD / $86 CAD
Notes: Unofficial Garage Kit, though can be found pre-assembled and painted for $260 USD / $275 CAD.

I’ve come across this one a number of times over the years and on and off I’ve wanted it. However there were never any good pictures (and I might argue still aren’t many) of finished models. One issue is they all seem to have terrible cameras (some how all worse than cellphone cameras), but another issue is each one is different due to the manual labour involved in painting and assembling. Each person adds their own touches and changes making each unique. A site with a reputation for not being exactly the most legitimate company, e2046, has this kit available in both unassembled unpainted garage kit as well as pre-painted and assembled. I’m not willing however to purchase a $275 item, especially with the poor quality pictures available on the internets. I eventually found this site, which had some decent-ish pictures of this figure and I re-fell in love with it. She’s by no means a perfect Asuka, I have plenty of issues, I think her breasts are too large and her face awkward, but given the figure in it’s entirety, it’s not very cannon anyway. The thing that stood out for me though was the tight leather racing suit she was wearing and it’s profile from her left side, and how nice it makes her bum look. Very appealing, that’s the side I would display for sure.

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gk-tsuru-no-yataka-horo-01Horo

Series: Spice & Wolf
Sculptor: Turu no Yataka
Scale: 1/7
Release: May 2008
Price: $30 USD / $31 CAD
Notes: An unofficial Garage Kit.

This garage kit by Turu no Yataka has been around for about a year and a half, however I’d never come across pictures of her so well painted so far. This person whomever they are has done an exceptional job painting Horo, I would love to own this figure with this sort of paint job. I’ve often considered buying the garage kit from e2046 but well, laziness and lack of skill prevent me from doing so. I have one minor complaint about the sculpt though, both her ears are nearly identical in shape, they should differ somewhat. It makes them look overly fake, where as with Good Smile Company and Volks, they have one ear tilted or positioned differently which seems to add some realism to it for me.

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horo-on-motorcycleHoro Bike Ver

Series: Spice & Wolf
Company: n/a
Scale: n/a
Release: n/a
Price: n/a
Notes: My own idea, may not fly with others.

This is a true wishlist item as it will never ever exist, and as such I unfortunately only have this extremely poor photoshop I made of Ann Yosh’s picture. I got the idea after seeing the above figure of Asuka on a motorcycle and a picture of Horo cosplaying as Hatsune Miku (source) the thought crossed my mind, Horo in racing leathers! If I could get a figure with Horo in a similar pose to Asuka’s pose above on a Ducati showing off her tightly leather wrapped bum and exposed tail (ok, not very safe at the race track, but appealing none the less) I would be willing to fork out some rather large bills for it’s acquisition, assuming proper build and paint quality. Maybe one day I’ll be creative enough to modify or produce my own figure, but the possibility of that happening is slimmer than someone else producing it without prior knowledge of my request. Personally, I’m not much of a motorcycle person, I’d definitely kill myself on a bike because I drive rather quickly and aggressively as it is. But Horo in a car just isn’t that appealing, because of a car’s general enclosed nature and you’d never know it was her anyway due to her sitting on her tail. So a bike works out perfectly in this respect! Odd request no?

gk-atomicbomb-ayanami-rei-01Ayanami Rei

Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Sculptor: Atomic-Bom
Scale: 1/6
Release: n/a
Price: $32 USD / $34 CAD
Notes: Garage Kit

Getting back onto something a bit more normal, Ayanami Rei (Rei, normal? oxymoron?). There are a number of Ayanami Rei garage kits out there I’d like to get, among them is this one by Atomic-Bom. Rei is quite cute chained to that cross with her dress falling off, sounds like I’m into bondage… Unfortunately since this is a garage kit I can either pay $34 and then try to paint it myself and fail miserably, or I can spend way too much money to have someone else do it and trust that they’ll do it acceptably well. So the likelihood of me getting this is fairly low, like just about everything on my wishlist. None the less, a cute Rei!

Additional photos are from 瓦礫な部屋 as well as Clover Note.

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life-sized-drosselDrossel von Flügel

Series: Fireball
Company: Honda?
Sculptor: n/a
Scale: 1/1
Release: n/a
Price: A lot
Notes: Way cuter than Asimo

A life size Drossel would be far better than Asimo, Honda should give up on that robot, poor thing can only walk, ‘run’ and fall down stairs. Drossel would be a far better product, the market for Drossel is huge right now, it would be smart of Honda to capitalize on that while it’s still hot. I imagine it might be difficult to get to market so quickly though, Drossel would be fairly complicated to construct. But, if Honda were to do so, I’d buy one for sure! I mean, who wouldn’t want a life-sized Drossel?! I suppose there’d be a bit of an issue with her trying to destroy humans… but I’m sure we can convince her not to! I wonder how much a life-sized Drossel would cost? Asimo costs $1 million USD, but there are only 100 Asimos out there. Drossel would be so much more marketable and in demand, they could easily produce more than 100 and bring the cost down. I’ll definitely need more than my recent raise to purchase one though.

Picture is by ヤマの旅.

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18 Comments


  1. Beautiful whislist ^^ Dark Saber is really beautiful ! Shad had Soryu Asuka Langley Bike Ver.1. I believe that E2046 proposes the Gathering in pre-order(expensive price). Horo Miku version is an adorable Fanart, I would like an figure adaptation !!

    • I really like Dark Saber, her clothes are just adorable. A Horo cosplaying as Hatsune Miku figure would be so bought my yours truely. But then so is anything Horo.

  2. Some interesting choices there, Aka. Looks like you’ve created a true wishlist like you set out to do as a lot of those aren’t easily had (some don’t even exist, lol).

    A friend bought a Dollfie. I teased him about it until he showed her off to me. I still tease him, but now I’m secretly jealous. Rin would be my top choice as well (wasn’t she a lottery item?), but I also like the Yoko Dollfie that’s floating around. :3

    I’m with you when it comes to GKs – see a lot of models I want, but with no real skills to it create it myself I’m left with a choice between paying exorbitant amounts of money to have someone else do it or not…then always falling on the “not” side. For me though the Bike Ver. Asuka is a (close) second for the most desirable GK – Bubba Space Yuki comes first. 😀

    I’d buy a Horo Bike Ver and I don’t know why. I guess it’s mostly because you’re the biggest Horo fan I know and you say it would work so it must, lol.

    I wouldn’t want Honda messing around with Drossel. Just because it would be Drossel still doesn’t mean the engineers would make her work right. Last thing I want to see is that video replayed with Drossel instead of Asmo. >,< No, let Sony build the robot! 😀

    I didn't even know that Rei existed, but now I want her. Atomic-Bom one I mean. I knew the naked one existed. 😛

    The only one you really lost me on was the cat girl.

    PS. I didn't believe you about original GSC Miku until I checked eBay myself. 0.0

    • Not sure why you got marked spam again, how annoying!

      I’d tease your friend on the amount he spent on the Dollfie and less likely the Dollfie itself. They’re mad expensive, I can’t believe it. But I’m now jealous of your friend. I’m not sure if Rin was a lottery item, perhaps that explains some aspect of the high prices on eBay.

      I think I’d go for the Bubba witch yuki where she’s sitting cutely. But Space Yuki is nice too, very nice bum if I recall correctly as well.

      I’m not really sure why I think a Horo Bike Ver would work… I’m just into motorsports and getting Horo on something modern, powerful and just as sexy as her seemed like a win win situation for me. I just couldn’t think of a car that would work well.

      Hmm Honda or Sony… Honda makes really reliable cars and machinery though, I used to have a 5.5 hp Honda motor on my go-kart, that thing probably still runs, and I got that thing originally 15 years ago, and it was used then! But Sony seems to have to neat dancing robots and such. Perhaps they should combine efforts? But I can definitely see your point, I don’t want to see Drossel looking as stupid as Asimo, poor little guy.

      I saw the Atomic-Bom Rei a while back, I’m not really sure where, but finding her again was fairly simple when searching something like “綾波 レガレージキット” (Ayanami Rei Garage Kit) with Safe Search turned off of course.

      The catgirl one I’m almost positive I originally saw on danbooru with absolutely no info at all given about it. Eventually saw it again like a year later on some Japanese website, so I started to just grab Japanese text surrounding the picture and start searching and searching. Eventually came across the creators site. So far as I know the figure is just named “Cat” or “Neko” or something.

      • No biggie, it happens.

        My friend got a standard release one so it wasn’t so bad comparatively. Still high yes, but not Rin or Saber crazy.

        I don’t do a lot of searching in Japanese, but with results like you find I’m gonna start doing it more. :3 And someone needs to make Atomic-Bom Rei into a figure. Preferable Alter, but Kotobukiya would also be acceptable.

        And my choice of Sony was a not so obvious reference to MegaTokyo. The writer had an android character that was built by “Sony” as a next-gen PlayStation. Like Chi but you could also play games on her. Way cuter than Asmo (but as cute as not Drossel).

        • Oh you were referring to Ping. It’s funny because I’ve been reading Megatokyo for years now, but so little has happened in the past… 2 years? I’ve sorta glanced at it weekly without paying much attention to it. Fred’s updates have also gotten pretty sparse as of late, for someone who I though quit his job to produce the comic, he’s slackin’ pretty hardcore.

          Yeah I suppose standard release Dollfies are probably more affordable, I’ve never really looked though. Only at character Dollfies, which all seemed to be small fortunes in cost. What does a standard release Dollfie go for?

          Atomic-Bom Rei needs to be made by a good company, Alter for sure, but not Kotobukiya. I know Kotobukiya has done a fantastic job on their Rebuild of Evangelion Eva figures, but they’re too hit or miss on most of their products. I’d prefer, Alter, Max Factory or Good Smile Company to produce Atomic-Bom Rei.

          I don’t necessarily do a lot of searching in Japanese, but when I’ve seen an item on a Japanese site and want more information, I’m usually forced to do so. For garage kits it’s almost impossible to find info on them in English, and then translation via Google is always suspect as well. I wish I could download Japanese into my head like in the Matrix or something.

  3. interesting wishlist especially the dollfies 🙂

    volks does have the license for spice and wolf releases, and with the recent mashiro release (which imo, its just not up to par.) its almost certain that sooner or later that horo dollfie would be released too

    • I have to agree, the Mashiro dollfie just didn’t do it for me, and Mashiro’s a damn cute character.

      I’d be happy (and hateful) if they did release a Horo Dollfie. But it’s nice to know they do hold a license to do so.

      • pretty much same feeling, since, dollfies dont come cheap LOL

        furthermore me living in a country thats ‘considered’ 3rd world (inb4flames) with pretty piss poor currency, it’ll be really difficult for me to acquire one should they release her.

        simply put, an avg dollfie is at least MYR2k, and thats pretty much 2/3 of my pay/month already lol.

        • Yeah they’re about that price here as well. Which isn’t 2/3s of my income but still enormously expensive. In addition to the fact we’d have to win a lottery just to get the priviledge of being able to purchase her, or is that just for Volks USA? And if I didn’t win said lottery, I’d be forced onto the auction stage, where Saber goes for thousands of dollars, and I just can’t ever justify that kind of money on something that’s as useless as a 2 foot tall doll, even if it is a Horo doll.

          • well, in a nutshell, a dollfie is about 5-7 PVC worth of money, so yeah lol.

            the lottery thing is only for volks USA, and thats provided IF volks japan got excess dollfies from their launch/events (like dollpa22, for mashiro/mai)which usually they should have.

            The whole idea of using the lottery system is so it further enforces their idea of making every damn dollfie they release super limited, and somewhat (not really i guess lol!) thwart auction sharks.

            if you want a secure way to get a dollfie, get directly from japan via proxy/someone inside. auction stage = killer, and im sure you’ve already witnessed yourself.

          • I could see spending 3x a figure for a Dollfie, because she’d be 3x as tall. Beyond that is asking too much!

            Lotteries are annoying because I never win. And it seems like this sort of lottery isn’t really a ‘win’ like a usual lottery. A usual lottery the winnings out weigh the cost of participating, such as $1 for the lottery ticket to win a car. But a free lottery that costs you $500+ to get your winnings seems backwards in some way, but whatever.

  4. I bought that Horo-Garage Kit as prepainted Gathering Version, and an unpainted Version too. I think I will complete here in the next week and write a review about it.The Gathering-Version ist quite awesome.

    • I too ordered the pre-painted Gathering Version (knock-off) from e2046. I have yet to open the package and don’t expect much, but will be happily surprised if she turns out well. I think however she wont turn out anywhere near the quality of the work featured in the post here by whom ever runs that “sakuraikumi” blog. So she’ll be a bit of a let down I think, but I still had to own her.

      • well, she’s good enough, of course if you compared to the original GK it is definitely not as good. I think the main “flaws” if you put it that way, is how the skin tones/blushes are painted/sprayed on the E2046 ver as opposed to the original GK.

        not sure how much difference you can tell from a random un-flashed phone camera pic, but heres it if you dont mind: http://twitpic.com/8vu6re

        • She looks pretty much exactly like e2046 shows in their photos. The tip of her tail isn’t white enough (too yellow?) is the first thing that stands out for me. But then, neither is the version in the above photos in the post.

  5. I built a few garage kits during the last year and yes, its hard work.I hope the gathering version will be quiet as good as the refference pictures, if not, maybe I will sell her and try to make the garage kit as good as i can. Maybe I will change the shape of one ear using a hair dryer or something.

    • I was referring to the reference photos in this post. e2046 will never do that well, but they match quite well with their own reference photos. So if that’s what you expect then you’ll be happy.

      The ears definitely need work though, been one of my long standing complaints for this garage kit.

      How will the hair dryer work, seems like the material would be hard and too brittle.

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