I may have been away for a number of months but that surely didn’t stop me from collecting and pre-ordering. So to finish off the month of Febtober I’ll be recapping what I likely posted on twitter as things arrived and/or were ordered, some of these items date as far back as November 11th, 2010. Yeah, it’s been a while so this’ll be a longer list than usual.
Since my last pre-order back in December there have been a few things I’ve added to the list since. Many of the items below were also featured in my ‘better late than never’ WF2011W post from last week. It’ll be fun to see if my opinions have changed since that post and the release of the official pictures.
Since posting about her in my WonFes article there’s been much love revolving around the Internets about her. I have to admit, my enthusiasm for her has subsided a little, she’s adorable of course but I’m no longer as enthusiastic. In the preview shots provided by Good Smile Company we learn that her glasses are removable as is the microphone. That’s not really much of a gimmick as I think the glasses are required to make this figure work. It’s interesting to see what other figures Akeji, the sculptor, has worked on and it seems even he is tired of working on Black Rock Shooter figures. He did 3 then moved on to Takamachi Nanoha and then this here Miku. Miku Lat’s expected to be 17 cm tall at 1/8th scale (tiny girl!) and retails for ¥5,500 / $66 CAD. Oh, and for those wondering and don’t already know, yes, they’re striped and low-leg to boot!.
There are never many official pictures around of SEGA’s prize figures so you always have to rely on convention coverage. Adding to the difficulties is confusion, you’re never sure what you’re ordering is the figure you saw at the convention because the sites that list SEGA figures tend to show just a place holder image. Additionally every website has a subtly different name for the figure and to top it off with Hinagiku here, there’s two figures of her in swimsuits from SEGA. Which one am I getting? I hope it’s the one pictured in this post! Along with that bikini clad Hinagiku is their maid Hinagiku. I felt Maria was in need of company, poor lonely Maria, you can do better than cross dressing Hayate, you can do Hinagiku! Being prize figures their non-scale though likely in around 1/8th and dirt cheap comparatively, both figures came in at ¥3,980 shipped (shipping was ~25% of that price). They’ll likely arrive late next week. You can see even in the prototype figures they’re not very high quality, paint issues and what not.
(Photos from moeyo.com)
I love that figure companies seem to keep trying to one up themselves. As time goes on they’re all getting more proficient at their craft and pushing the limits of mass manufactured goods. Houmei here seems to be one of those very figures for Alter. As they advance and make more dynamic sculpts, I keep wondering if they’ve done their research, if these figures are going to last. Their prices keep rising but will they stand the test of time? My feeling is no, they wont, despite that I keep collecting. I just know a certain someone is going to claim I’m only buying Houmei for her feet but that is simple just not the case, though I suppose they’re nice feet. How many times do you think Alter will delay her? Set to release in June for ¥11,800 / $141 CAD I think she’ll be delayed until August, that’s my guess place your bets.
Shortly after Wonder Festival ended Good Smile Company opened up pre-orders for the next figure in their Bakemonogatari DVD cover series of figures, Kanbaru Suruga. I love her nonchalant look, she’s fully aware that you’re there but smugly continues to read her book (which apparently has nothing written in it). I’ve come to really hate the school uniform from Bakemonogatari, it’s kind of really ugly in fact. It would be nicer to see her in something else but regardless the pose is excellent, I don’t think I’ve got any figures with their legs crossed. I suspect it’s often avoided because it tends to block that one view all figure collectors expect to see regardless if they actually desire to look. The view Koto’s Kanbaru (below) offers up freely. Kanbaru retails for ¥9,800 / $117 CAD and is expected to be released in June.
There has been a debate on MFC about what Saber & Rin are wearing, is it just a tank-top and shorts, pajamas or lingerie. While the argument is probably moot I’d already decided what they were wearing as soon as I saw Rin. The original artwork depicts them outdoors on a secluded hill in the country and while that’s a cute and pretty scene, I much prefer the thought that they’re wearing lingerie. It floats my boat a little better. They’re reasonably priced at ¥4,800 / $57 CAD each, with discounts to be had cutting that down further. I’ve ordered the two as a ‘set’ because I feel you can’t have one without the other, besides they’re both sexy. I hope they ship the same month, they’re currently scheduled to ship June but I don’t think one can ever believe those projections.
Numerous figures have arrived since the last update of such, thirteen in fact. Some were impulse purchases and others pre-orders from long ago. We have Alpha Max’s Cover Girl, Alter’s Asuka, Buddy and Sanya V Litvyak, Good Smile Company’s Black Rock Shooter (Anime ver), Dead Master (Original) and Hitagi, Beagle’s Chris (2009 Santa ver.), Kotobukiya’s Kanbaru, Hot Toys’ Matrix Sentinel, Phat Company’s Lily, Wave’s Asuka and last by not least Yamato’s Kiki Oki.
Beagles Chris was a bit of a mis-order, I’d placed her in my cart as I did have her on my wishlist then went off elsewhere and came back and ordered Alter’s Buddy because of Tier’s review over at Tentacle Armada and all his praise for her in his best figures of 2010 post. However in doing so I’d forgotten about Chris and she came along for the ride. One would have thought I’d have noticed the rather large discrepancy in price but I’ve become accustomed to ignoring the price tag and just hitting “buy” due to the costs of some items these days. I wish however that I could have accidentally ordered the better Chris figure, oh well.
The Sentinel feels like something I must have featured in the past in some way but I can’t recall the post, so here it is again. I became interested in this item because of Tier, Tier is a bad influence I might add. Tier did a review of one of his vmf50 Dolls, and within this review I saw the best use of a Matrix Sentinel I’d ever seen. See for yourself, however be aware that it’s Not Safe for Work and very befitting of his sites name, Tentacle Armada. Now I just have to get creative one day.
At the start of this year I decided that I would clean out a couple of figures that I no longer wished to own. The list wasn’t long just four figures, and only two have sold so far and it was sad to see them go. I’m not one to sell anything I own, in fact I believe these are the first 2 items I’ve ever sold to anyone. The first figure I sold this year was Kotobukiya’s Louise Françoise Le Blanc de la Vallière, sold for $40 to a member of MyFigureCollection.net, hopefully she’s found a happy home there. She was an odd figure in my collection anyway, because I absolutely despised her character yet owned her anyway. However I have my eye on another Louise figure if I can ever find her for a reasonable price, Alter’s Goth Punk version. She’s cute like Louise, but I can imagine that she’s a different character and thus not a complete bitch.
The other figure I sold was a bit harder to let go, Good Smile Company’s 1/6th scale Saber Kyuujitsu ver. She just ended up being too big to fit alongside the rest of my Fate/Stay Night figures. She was too simple and lacked a partner so she had to go unfortunately. I liked many of the pictures I’d taken of her, the silhouettes turned out remarkably well. Sold her for the same price of $40 to another member of MyFigureCollection and fellow Canadian. I believe she’s yet to arrive at her destination, hopefully she does so safely.
The two remaining figures for sale are damaged in one way or another and are really quite hard to sell. Orchid Seed’s Corticarte Apa Lagranges cost me $82 but the best price anyone has offered so far is $25 and I’d like to sell her for $40. Her problem of course is that she started to lean rather short into her life in my collection and has sat in a box ever since. I’m aware that she can be fixed with a little work but she’s tainted in my eyes and I don’t want her. The other figure is Max Factory’s Al Azif, she’s not what I expected, was really cheap from Max Factory and arrived with a broken part and visually damaged translucent brick wall (It’s obviously bent). It isn’t the fault of the store, Mandarake, as they’d described her as damaged and I took a gamble hoping perhaps it was just the box or something but this turned out not to be the case. I would like the $20 I paid for her as it still seems reasonable, but I suspect that she’ll never sell and will have to be gifted, thrown out or just ignored in a closet.