Immediately after seeing this figure posted on AmiAmi for such a reasonable price from Alpha Max, I pounced.
I’ll start by saying, there are way too many To Heart figures on the market, 191 completed PVC, 123 of which are from To Heart 2 such as this Maaryan figure. Now sure, To Heart 2’s no Evangelion with it’s 353 figures but it’s close enough. Of these 191 figures, 61 of them are Tamaki, I dislike her breast size so we can rule all of them out, leaving 130. We can also rule out 33 from pre-2007 because there’s nothing I feel worth mentioning there let alone purchasing, leaving us with 97. I can further rule out Kusugawa Sasara and her remaining 19 figures because like Tamaki she’s got big unattractive breasts. Having narrowed down the selection to 78 we can still see that there’s some work to do and still way too many To Heart figures.
Lets rule out manufacturers I wont buy, 3 from Clayz, 1 from Art Road, 2 from Cospa, 2 from Griffon, 5 from Kaitendoh, 1 from New Line, 3 from Orchid Seed, 1 from Plum, 5 from Taki Corporation, and 1 from Toy’s Planning. Jesus christ I’m only down to 54. Even after removing 137 figures I simply wont even look at based on sweeping generalizations the To Heart franchise has too many figures. Why on earth are there so many figures from this one franchise? Why can’t other franchises get more attention (Spice and Wolf)? Because even I have 19 figures from post 2007 in the To Heart franchise I’d consider purchasing, and here’s one of them.
Alpha Max’s Maaryan, she’s 1/7th scale and measures 13.5 cm tall in her kneeling pose, her MSRP is ¥6,800 / $83 CAD and will be released in January 2011. As you can see, she’s in a state of undress and as this isn’t a prudish company like Kotobukiya, her top is removable.
Maaryan seems to come out of no where for me, I’d not seen this figure posted anywhere until I saw her on AmiAmi. I think if I were to complain about anything with this figure, it would be her shiny thighhighs, but I think I can deal with and look forward to receiving her. Having never purchase Alpha Max in the past, I do wonder what the quality will be like, but I’m willing to take the dive and see. Perhaps if she’s reasonable or better, I’ll start pursuing Alpha Max’s Horo, even if her chest is a bit strange.