A great deal of time has passed since I last posted about the status of my collection. In that time many many items have arrived, and just as many ordered. I’ve already posted some that have arrived since the last update such as E2046’s Gathering series Horo, Alter’s Kaminagi Ryoko as well as Kotobukiya’s “Plug Suit Style” Ayanami Rei, so I wont address those.
For a good time I’ve been trying to reduce the number of figures I have on pre-order at any given time. I’d managed to do this for quite a while having 2-6 figures on order for months and months, Wonder Festivals went by and I didn’t feel obligated to buy everything I saw. Then something happened, suddenly there were a bunch of figures everywhere I wanted and I couldn’t not order them. So the following is what happened…
Also known as Godoka, she’s probably the most expensive normal production figure I’ve ever ordered. I enjoyed the series, though I really didn’t like the character designs much, mainly their wide faces. Thankfully Godoka doesn’t suffer much from this design issue and looks quite good. Since she went up for pre-order she’s been hugely popular, already 414 photos posted on MyFigureCollection and not a single owner yet! Well, except 8 dirty liars that is. Her MSRP is as equally impressive as she is at ¥14,095 / $177.46 CAD, though AmiAmi has her for ¥10,960 / $138. The most impressive aspect of Godoka has to be her dress, I hope it looks as good in person as it does in photos. Don’t screw it up Good Smile Company.
Another expensive figure with an MSRP of ¥11,800 / $148.57 CAD, but dat ass. I tried to think this one over, which is very unlike me I’m usually quite impulsive. But even so, I still couldn’t talk myself out of it, I simply had to have that ass. Perhaps more interestingly, the bicycle seems rather intricately detailed, so much so I thought she must be larger than 1/8th scale which made the price seem better in my head. Nope, 1/8th scale, so it’s a quite surprising amount of detail, at least in photos. How many accessories like this has Alter made in the past?
Accel World was pretty difficult to get through at times, pig-boy whines a lot and then wins fights with happy thoughts and determination. It’s written by the same author as Sword Art Online, but I think he’ll be better remembered for SAO than Accel World. That said, I really liked the look of this figure, even with pig-boy in it, though he’s removable just in case. Maybe I could find something else for her to hug instead, something that doesn’t remind me of whining. I’m not sure how her clothes stay on, her dress is backless and strapless. I suppose since it’s her avatar in the digital realm it doesn’t have to obey the laws of physics. Of the three so far she’s the most reasonably priced at ¥9,000 JPY / $113.31 CAD, then again, she’s produced by Kotobukiya so that’s again quite expensive.
Like Amane Suzuha, I tried to think this figure over and waited and waited and convinced myself I probably wouldn’t want it in a couple of months. Then I couldn’t pre-order it and thought yay, an excuse not to get her! And then a user on MyFigureCollection posted that she was for sale at Big Bad Toy Store. Damnit. Charlotte Dunois was probably the best character in IS: Infinite Stratos, possibly because she was pretty sane by comparison. I think I’d like to get a Fang Lin Yin figure as well to go with Char, but the rest perhaps I can ignore. Char’s a bit of an odd scale, 1/7th, like Kotobukiya’s latest Evangelion figures. If she’s as good as them, then I’ll have no issues with her. Also, dat ass.
Honestly, I’m not a fan of Strike Witches, seriously. Yes, all three items are all Strike Witch figures, but there’s a reason. Pants, their lack of any. Also not really a fan of weaponry generally, but it works here in that strange anime way. What I really miss though in Strike Witch figures are their legs, airplane attachments are kind of cool, but they’re not really that sexy. All being Alter figures I don’t have to worry about their quality just their delays which will all be a month later than they anticipate I’m sure. These three, Hanna-Justina Marseille, Gerturd Barkhorn and Erica Harmann all have some fairly heavy artillery they’re holding, but they don’t quite match the power of Sanya V Litvyak’s rocket launcher. Now that I’m collecting so many, I almost feel bad that I didn’t catch the rest of the set. Oh well.
Everyone seems to think it’s a bad thing she looks like she’s parachuting with that pose of hers, but I love it. Sure I’d like the stairs that should be included to be included but I think she’ll look great hanging from a parachute if I were to ever be so creative and make one. Unfortunately there were no parachutes in the series itself though, but despite that the series was quite a good slice of life anime, even if the grandma was kind of a bitch for much of it. Without the stairs or the parachute this figure of Ohana is a little on the boring side compared to the above figures with their massive wings, fancy dresses, delicious bottoms and large weaponry but I think the simplicity works and I hope I continue to think so after she arrives. Ohana was a cute character and I look forward to the movie whenever it comes out on Bluray.
Swimsuit figures are quite often cute, but static and boring. Kirino here is far from static, stripping off her clothes as if there’s no time to spare like the ocean might disappear before she gets to it. Quite the dynamic swimsuit figure, I’m trying to think of any other dynamic swimsuit figures, I’m sure there are some but I can’t think of any. The only really unfortunate thing about this figure is Kirino’s breasts, Hashimoto Ryou has decided that they needed some enlargement over her usual bust. They’re not unfortunately large, just unfortunately wrong, at least from the material I’m aware of. Been debating on getting Kuroneko to go along with her, but so far I’m holding out for a deal after release.
Frequently I refer to Nadeko as “everyone’s favourite little slut” but that’s really not fair. She only throws herself at one guy, not many. She’s very forward anyway, without outright saying anything. Anyway, this figure of her by Alter is rather adorable, especially when she’s winking with her jacket hanging over her shoulders. Perhaps like Ohana, she might be a little expensive for what’s received, but figure inflation etc.. I need to re-calibrate constantly and perhaps I’m out of touch right now.
Having already purchased Kotobukiya’s Plug Suit Style Asuka and Rei, I felt somewhat obligated to purchase this Mari as well. Additionally, I wanted a figure of Mari in her prototype plugsuit, while I don’t understand where those tubes are going into the concrete she’s standing on, she still looks quite good. There are a couple figures that look similar to this one, Megatech Body produced a garage kit like it, Kaiyodo’s exclusive figure as well as SEGA’s figure. This is of course because like Asuka and Rei, Mari here is based on a piece of artwork by Sadamoto Yoshiyuki. Of the bunch though, I think Kotobukiya’s looks to be the best, but then SEGA and Kaiyodo aren’t really the best be compared to.
I’m not a fan of Wave’s Beach Queen series of figures, they’re pretty unimaginative, seem to be pumped out as fast as Nendoroids and of course they’re always swimsuit figures. Oh yeah, and they’re 1/10th scale, they’re tiny. But, that said, I ordered this Dengeki 20th Anniversary Festival exclusive figure. I think I’m feeling a little bad after selling both my other Misaka figures, GSC’s and Wave’s previous Beach Queen Misaka. Unlike those however, I think this one is particularly cute, GSC’s was kind of plain but nice enough and Wave’s previous had a strange face and that frilly swimsuit. This one is frilly but not to the extreme of the previous, and looks a little like an older Last Order. Wave is of course making a Last Order swimsuit figure as well, but I do not want it.
I may not want Wave’s Last Order, but their Misaka Imouto is cute in the same way as the above Misaka Mikoto. Just with the dead eyes the sisters all seem to have and the goggles, which probably aren’t the right kind of goggles for the beach to be honest. Perhaps I should order a bunch of these so I can have the proper army of them, but I’m not crazy. I wonder if their heads are interchangeable? Would be kind of nice to swap them from time to time.
Another Horo! Somewhat unfortunate however she’s another E2046 Gathering series Horo. But, it’s Horo, E2046 does do a reasonable job, and she’s naked! The original sculptor is Ibuki from the Rasetsu Nakobakaya circle. The sculpt looks much better than Global’s nude Horo, and given I was crazy enough to buy that knowing full well the quality, there’ll be no argument here from me. Besides, it looks like she should be easy enough to paint, just skin tone everywhere, hopefully that means they can pay more attention to her hair and tail then.
Unlike the pre-orders above, I’m not going to talk much about the items that have arrived in the past year. There’s too many of them to break down in the same fashion so here’s a photo of all the boxes instead with a list below. The list is ordered from left to right in columns top to bottom.
- Hatsune Miku Append (figma) by Max Factory
- Hatsune Miku (Romeo & Cinderella) by Kaiyodo
- Hatsune Miku (Lat type) by Good Smile Company
- Hatsune Miku (Cheerful Japan) by Good Smile Company
- Melty de Granite (Sorbet) by Kotobukiya
- Louise François Le Blanc de la Vallière (Gothic Punk) by Alter
- Sayame (Birdcage Girl) by Questioners
- Hasegawa Kobato (Catgirl) by Kotobukiya
- Horo by Alpha Max
- Kousaka Kirino (Swimsuit) by Ques Q
- Izulha by Max Factory
- Asuka Langley (Plug Suit Style) by Kotobukiya
- Yuzuhara Konomi (Innocence) by Kotobukiya
- Kousaka Kirino (Memories) by Kotobukiya
- Kousaka Kirino by Kotobukiya
- Xiao Mei by Kotobukiya
- Honma Meiko [aka Menma] by Alter
- Gokou Ruri [aka Kuroneko] (Memories) by Kotobukiya
- Aegis (Art Works) by Alter
- Hanakawa Tsubasa by Good Smile Company
- Trunk Girl by Native
- Saber Alter Maid by Alter
- Kasugano Sora by Alter
- Ayanami Rei (nude) by E2046
Sales & Trades
As previously mentioned, I sold Good Smile Company’s Misaka Mikoto so she’s gone, in addition to her though I also sold Alter’s Dizzy and KOS-MOS. I somewhat regret having sold them, Dizzy because she was so awesome but just not my taste and Misaka because she’s just cute. I sold them all at or around par for the course for their condition so I was pretty happy with that. Also, Mr Chag at Hobby Hovel swapped a Kirino figure + some monies for Max Factory’s Kureha swimsuit figure. He graciously decided to give up Kirino immediately after he dropped her on the hardwood floor of his bedroom. She wasn’t harmed, but it was still amusing.
Hell of a post, almost like writing up a Wonder Festival post it was so big. I think I covered everything… I think.