Holy moly April’s already over? I think I only got two posts out the door this month (ignoring this one). I’m updating my collection more than I am my website these days. Someone send some enthusiasm my way!
Another slow month for pre-orders and again like March I’m thankful. I really .. REALLY need to cut back, my “gotta catch ’em all” mentality has had it’s way with me far too often and I need some will power to resist all these cute girls. Sometimes I wonder if I’d gotten into another hobby would I be so inclined to continually purchase items I have no connection to but reside within the realm of my hobby. I highly doubt it. There are studies that say if a man sees an attractive woman before being presented with an item for purchase they’re more likely to do so. Anime figures are one and the same, they are the attractive woman! It’s impossible to win!
It is truely unfortunate that CM’s Corporation is the company that has decided to pick up where others have left off and produce another Horo figure. I have no issue with another Horo figure, the more the better I say. It’s just, there are three or four really great companies that haven’t done so and I would have really preferred they produce one rather than a third-tier company like CM’s Corp. Alter would be an excellent candidate for a Horo figure as would Max Factory, Megahouse and Alpha x Omega. I of course would love for each of these companies to release their own Horo but even just one would have been nice. That said, I’m very happy someone is paying attention to Horo and I’m happy that they’ve produced her in her birthday suit. She’s not afraid to get naked and it’s a shame the only figure to feature her like this was produced by Global and came out rather poorly if I do say so myself. Adding to the insult of having a third-tier manufacturer is her price, she’s 22 cm tall and costs ¥9,500 / $110 CAD which reminds me all too much of Taki Corporation’s Horo. My first Horo and the very reason this site exists. However I’m crazy so of course I’ve ordered multiple copies of this figure regardless of quality or price. As I said on Twitter on April 17, “Why don’t more figure manufacturers produce Horo figures? I want to give you money, don’t you want my money? I purchase indiscriminately!”
Trunk Girl’s an odd one for me. Nishieda, the artist of the artwork on which this figure’s based, isn’t even in my top 10 list of favourite artists. He’s no doubt a skilled individual but his artwork often doesn’t resonate with me. Nor are guns really an interest of mine. And even worse her breasts are definitely not my type. So why do I want her? Because she’s naked under that apron of hers? Maybe, but I think it’s a bit more than that. She’s kind of unique, she has a very different feel from all the figures I’ve purchased in the past, both in style and content. An ero figure I don’t have to be afraid of. Afraid of being judged wrongly or viewed as a deviant, or at least no more so than any other guy with a Playboy magazine. She’s obviously a woman and I don’t need to convince anyone of that. I think she’ll also be the second figure I own which can be classified as an adult outright, Katsuragi Misato being the other, though perhaps Ryougi Shiki was an adult however I’m unsure. The rest are either ambiguous of age or obviously not adults, though they’re not ero either. That appeals to me and on top of it she has nice legs and an interesting base, if you want to call it that. Trunk Girl’s an exclusive figure from the Native store and of course will require a proxy of some kind through which to purchase.
Photos courtesy of Hobby Stock.
Upon seeing her for sale on MyFigureCollection.net I impulsively sent off a message to the seller stating my interest. She’s not the Alter Saber Alter (Maid) I continue to desire but I figured, if I ever did get Saber Alter (Maid) I’d want Saber (Maid) as well so I’ve preemptively purchased her for that reason. Hopefully at some point in the future I’m able to find a reasonably priced Saber Alter (Maid) however I somewhat doubt this. She came without her box but did ship with the plastic packaging you’d usually find within the box. This annoys me only a little bit and only for the reason it’ll be hard to identify the plastic packaging in the future when I’ve forgotten and am moving and need to pack them all away. However when everything else is packed and that packaging remains well, the powers of deduction will have run their course.
Some last minute arrivals for the month, Alter’s Dizzy and Kotobukiya’s 1/7th Ayanami Rei. Unfortunately upon arrival I was presented with a bill for duty fees amounting to around the same as shipping putting the total at $100 which meant shipping cost 58% of the contents contained. Very much an unreasonable sum of money and why I always always try to avoid shipping via EMS. Due to size and weight however EMS was ‘cheaper’ than SAL Parcel and I opted to try it out. Good job Aka. Complaining aside I’m definitely interested in getting these two out of their boxes, Dizzy’s quite a spectacular looking figure and Rei’s of course her cute-sexy self.
Other items to have arrived this month were Max Factory’s Xecty and Wave’s Misaka Mikoto. Xecty I almost couldn’t care less about, she’s taken far too long to be released and she’s not an interesting enough figure to care about after all that time waiting. Not like the first Black Rock Shooter, sure she took 81 days longer than Xecty to arrive, but she was damned interesting. Xecty’s a boring girl in a swimsuit. Misaka Mikoto’s a cute little thing, though another swimsuit figure. I think these are the types of figures I should reduce in my collection, I already have like 20 girls in swimsuits. Perhaps I should get the two maids from Kotobukiya, Misaka and her lesbian friend Kuroko. They might go somewhat well with Saber (Maid) as they’ll be similar scales.
That appears to be it for this month. 80% of me hopes that next month has nothing I want to pre-order but that’s unlikely. I already want Kotobukiya’s Shining Hearts
Blanc Neige Hayane Fubuki because she looks really well done, very vibrant for Kotobukiya. Another Kotobukiya figure I’m interested in is their Dancer Maaryan figure, though I’ve managed to hold off both these figures for now. Here’s hoping that willpower continues.
Please. I beg of you. Volks, please do not make a Horo Dollfie, I like having money…