Hello, and welcome to All Your Monies, where The Glorio Blog’s resident toy and figure collecting crew will run down the last week’s new preorders, turning a loving or scathing eye over what’s been put out for you to spend your hard earned cash on. This week, it’s THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF NANOHA FIGURES
Nanoha Takamachi Fortress ver. (Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force)
FREEing, March 2013, 14240JPY
Dragonzigg: This is one of those designs which I don’t feel really translates too well into an actual 3D thing. Sure, it’s got big impact value, but really all those various bits and pieces flying about look like something of a mess, and will certainly be an utter pain to find shelf space for. And that price! FREEing are a decent company but that’s beyond Alter money. At half the price I might consider it, but as it is this is firmly off the table.
Jel: Alright, this does look cool, even if it is more Nanoha and makes no practical sense whatsoever. The detail on the mecha bits looks fantastic, although I wonder how the final product will look once you get all the necessary stands and supports hooked up to it. Price tag is super high but that seems to be fair market value for a figure this elaborate.
Aqua: Oh great, another Nanoha. This, however, is a rather stunning looking one. Nanoha’s battlizer form comes with a wide array of completely over-the-top weapons, such as a spiky sword, what I assume to be a spiky shield and other spiky things that probably shoot lasers. Sadly enough, all this spikiness goes a bit to waste when you can’t actually play with it. Nanoha herself doesn’t look exactly ready to kick some ass either, which makes this super-powered form look a bit underwhelming. For a figure that is essentially every Nanoha figure ever with some more spikes, 14240 yen is an absolutely insane price.
Timmy: Man, I swear this series’s designs keeps getting farther away from the magical girl genre and more mechish with each iteration, not that that is a bad thing though. Change is always fun and is definitely a good way to sell more figures. its really too bad Freeing is charging an arm and a leg for her as I would have loved to pick this up. Oh well, maybe her aftermarket price will drop like a rock so I can pick one up.
Lifesong: Nanoha is looking pretty fantastic here, but I am not tempted in the least. Perhaps there is a demand for more Nanoha figures, but it is not coming from me. There are plenty of characters with awesome designs out there just waiting for a figure; sadly Nanoha seems to be more highly in demand.
The Seven Deadly Sins – Lucifer
Orchid Seed, June 2013, 8530JPY
Dragonzigg: Not really in love with this one I must admit. The design is disappointingly generic fantasy and there’s a lack of the punkish edge we saw from earlier figures in the series. That staff is really nice, but I’m not much of a fan of the big, translucent…petals(?) that are attached to her skirt, and overall it’s just kind of bland to my eyes. Worth noting though that this is the first figure in the range available on general sale.
Jel: Does her outfit remind anyone else of Gwendolyn from Odin Sphere? I love the semi-transparent…. things coming off her skirt and the hints of feathers and horns all keep things interesting. Probably not my first choice out of the Sins line but good work nonetheless.
Aqua: The third in the 7 Deathly Sins series arrives, yet sadly enough, it does not look as memorable as the last one. Aside from my usual gripes with the whole cast-off thing, Lucifer’s design looks like a crossover between Angewomon and a Queen’s Blade runaway, and for being part of a series of badass, raunchy, evil-looking girls, she looks surprisingly sweet. Nice details like the angelic wings and the snake show that Orchid Seed did do the research and the obviously fake marble stand is a sweet extra, but overall, this figure seems to be more about what’s underneath its clothes than about the actual design.
Timmy: Lucifer is the one from this line that I have been interested from the start and boy am I ecstatic to finally order her. Didn’t have to go through a proxy to do so that was a nice surprise. The princess of pride looks great and I can’t wait to have her on my shelf along with the rest of the Seven Sins line.
Lifesong: I love anything Nishii dreams up, and Orchid seed have done a fantastic job of capturing his artwork here. This is the figure that first made me want to get into collecting this set so as you might imagine I ordered her pretty quickly. I don’t even know where to start with what I like about this figure, the sexy armored boots, the angelic wings on the front of her skirt, the awesome spear, and even the ever so slightly sadistic smile she wears on her face, I love all of it.
Kuroyukihime (Accel World)
Kotobukiya, February 2013, 7250JPY
Dragonzigg: Not a huge fan to be honest. The pose seems to be designed entirely for maximum leg exposure/panty shot potential, and while the giant wings are cool in concept there’s not enough flair or detail on them to escape the fact they’re just giant bits of plastic. I do rather like piggy Haruyuki though, it adds a light touch to the fiure that brings life to it.
Jel: Looking at this figure COMPLETELY OBJECTIVELY and not considering the source material, this looks great. I can’t deny I like the Accel World character designs, and this would certainly make a striking addition for any fan’s collection. It would have been nice to see some finer detail on the wings, perhaps with some transparency effect or something like that, but I suppose if you made them too realistic that would just be creepy.
Aqua: Ugh, not her again. The piggie can get cute girls because he’s good at videogames, yet playing videogames will not make you the 7000 yen required to get this anorexic lady on your shelf. Not forever yours, too bad.
Timmy: I must say this turned out lovely, although would it be that hard to throw in a second set of arms to give her a less wierd pose if you chose not to display her with porky? Eh, you could have her clutching an mini dakimura or something I guess. That could be fun. If I wasn’t already getting both Kuroyukihime figmas I might be considering getting this right now.
Lifesong: Kuroyukihime looks absolutely stunning here, and the price for this is pretty amazing all things considered. The piece of art this was based off has been beautifully captured, and I will be sure to add this one to my collection.
Sakuya Mode:Crimson (Shining Blade)
Kotobukiya, February 2013, 9680JPY
Dragonzigg: Incredibly striking to look at, mostly a result of that stunning colour scheme. I’m always a fan of big, bold colours on figures and so this was a quick favourite. I’m not super enamoured with the character design itself, but the excellent detailing – the translucent scocks, the pattern on the blade, the hair – make it a great figure to look at. Price is steep, but that’s sort of understandable given the work on display here.
Jel: I’ve always thought the Shining characters were nice to look at but this may be the first one that totally bowled me over. The giant sword, the fire effects, the spiraling hair, it all looks fantastic. I’d almost be tempted to break my “no characters I don’t know” rule but that is a steep price tag. Have fun paying for this one guys!
Aqua: Wow, she sure has a huge, heavy, flaming hot… bosom, doesn’t she? Anyways, some girl from some game has a figure now, and her design looks pretty solid, safe for the enormous, distracting… sword. Bonus points for the exquisite “leather” look on her dress and the semi-transparancy on her socks, though seriously, it’s hard not to laugh at the sheer size of that… hair.
Timmy: I gushed about this on the wonfest post so in summary encompassed figures get me all hot an bothered so you bet your ass Sakuya has me fired up. The 1/6th scale made me hesitant but in the end I caved and ordered. She looks great and I can’t wait.
Lifesong: Wow this girl sold out fast; I know nothing of the source material, but she is clearly popular. I love the design as I usually do with anything Tony Taka, but she was long gone before I had a chance to really consider her so I’ll be letting this one slip past.
Nendoroid Tsubasa Kazanari (Senki Zessho Symphogear)
Good Smile Company, January 2013, 2880JPY
Dragonzigg: Symphogear was a terrible show, but Tsuabasa’a crazy armour was pretty cool, and this certainly helps the Nendoroid stand out from the crowd. It’s all about that face of course, which treads a fine line between funny and creepy, aand does so very well, but overall I’m going to agree with Jel and say this is one where you’d be better off with the figma.
Jel: I didn’t make it past the second episode of Symphogear so I can’t say for sure but, is that face a spoiler? I can’t tell if I find it more hilarious or disturbing. I know nendo faces and accessories try to capture the character’s most memorable moments but that just seems a little out of bounds for something so tiny and adorable. I do like Tsubasa’s design but I think it might be better suited for the figma, go check that out.
Aqua: Oh, Symphogear, you and your hilariously generic attempts at cashing in on Madoka‘s success to sell CDs with generic J-Pop on them. Nevertheless, this show will be fondly remembered for all its hilarious attempts at being dark and dramatic. Who doesn’t remember Miyuki Sawashiro running around naked while talking on the phone in hilariously broken English? What about Hibiki’s transformation into evil singing Taokaka? One of these memorable moments – resident whinebag Tsubasa crying tears of blood – is now immortalized on this chubby little fellow’s face. I love just how self-aware nendoroids are sometimes.
(Disclaimer: Symphogear contains no actual footage of a naked Miyuki Sawashiro. Sorry, Marlin.)
Dude, I know. I actually watched that show. And it’s Life that came up with that tag, not me.
Timmy: I still am uneducated in the source material so I still don’t know who this is but I loved her figma when it went up a couple weeks ago and now this nendo isn’t much different. And oh man that face! I would love to get her but for now the budget won’t allow another figure from a show I know nothing about.
Lifesong: Symphogear is probably the worst anime I’ve enjoyed in years. I liked the designs from the show, but not enough to go out and buy figures based off them. That said I find this nendroid hilarious. I am not sure how they managed to take something so tragic from the series and make me laugh, but they have done it. I can’t wait to see what some of the more adventurous figure photographers do with this face.
Figma Henrietta (Gunslinger Girl)
Max Factory, January 2013, 2880JPY
Dragonzigg: This is one of the blandest figma designs in recent memory, but considering they have to work from the source material that isn’t really max factory’s fault. They do try and compensate with fantastic accessories though, including that adorable miniature P90 and the chair and teacup combination. The special ‘kneeling’ legs are also a nice touch although I have to question how useful they’ll be recently. Nice to see MF dipping into the backlog for something to make too.
Jel: I never got into Gunslinger Girl but I am more than happy to see the figma line tackle slightly older material. Plus those are some FANTASTIC accessories. It’s not the first time we’ve seen a chair and tea cup set but I’m pretty sure it’s the first time we’ve seen a P90 submachine gun in a violin case. The fact that you get BOTH makes this a great deal.
Aqua: It’s Henrietta! The world’s most adorable killer cyborg this side of Aigis finally gets the figma treatment, equipped with her trusty violin case and her gun of which I, as a Gunslinger Girl fan, really should know the name, but do not. Sadly enough, the actual figure is rather lame. It uses Henrietta’s dumbed down Il Teatrino anime design, rather than the infinitely more adorable manga one, and her clothes lack in details. As usual, it is hard not to look past the joints and her facial expression lacks all of the emotional complexity that makes Gunslinger Girl so interesting in the first place. By the way, where is her camera?
Timmy: I loved Gunslinger Girl but I am quite surprised it has taken this long to see figmas from the show. Glad MF has decided to do them though as Henrietta looks great. I could always use a figma tea set as well as another weapon to the growing arsenal so I am no doubt considering having her join my figma collection.
Lifesong: As someone who is not really in the know about this series this just looks boring to me. Grey, black, and brown are just not a flattering combination of colors anyway you spin it.
Dragonzigg: I really do like the effort Wave has made to distinguish these four, going with very different swimsuit colours, designs and poses to make them all stand out from each other, and judging by this they’d display very well as a set. But are people even really into Beach Queens anymore? As I’ve said several times now, I feel they’re overpriced for the size and quality, and the creepy factor ensures I’d never even consider these.
Jel: As the only Glorio team member that watched Natsuiro in it’s entirety, I feel obligated to tell you this dear reader: It’s a train wreck, don’t watch it, and these are terrible, don’t by them. I suppose the swimsuit designs, particularly Natsumi’s, are a little more creative than usual but the quality seems sub par even by Beach Queens standards. And in case I need to repeat our weekly reminder, they are ALL FOURTEEN YEARS OLD.
Aqua: I have to give the sculptors credit for coming up with some of the most creative swimsuit designs in Beach Queen history, but there is something wrong with most of these. Natsumi’s pose is off, Rin’s hair looks like chewing gum and Saki is simply a HUGE BITCH. Yuka looks the most fun of them all, with her rubber band, yet in the end these are still Beach Queens based on some of the most unlikeable characters in anime history.
Timmy: What can I say? I know nothing about these four other then the fact Wave has made some nice Beach Queens figures out of them. I have to wonder if the quality will suffer as a result of them pushing these out all at once. Not that Wave is known for its stunning quality or anything though.
Lifesong: They are very colorful; I think we have every portion of the rainbow represented here, and I’m not sure if that’s good or not. I don’t really do beach figures in general so this is an easy pass for me.
Hatsune Miku ‘World is Mine’ ver. (Vocaloid)
Good Smile Company, January 2013 (Reissue), 6660JPY
Dragonzigg: I…look, it’s a really nice figure, well sculpted and with a really neat display solution. It’s a classic that tons of people want to get their hands on and I’m glad it’s seeing rerelease, especially at such a (relatively) resonable price. But I’m sorry, I don’t like it. I think the frame gimmick is dumb, I hate the clashing red background and I think the ‘come hither’ look she has is just flat out creepy. I prefer my Miku a little more cartoony, and as such, this isn’t something I can get into, sorry.
Jel: Based on one of the original Supercell redjuice illustrations, this figure is as classic as you could possibly call something no more than four years old. There’s a lot to like here, from Miku’s appropriately bratty princess look and the incredibly unique base that many collectors have hanging on their wall like a painting. You might wanna grab this one as soon as possible, I’m sure this re-release will be gone fast.
Aqua: This is a one-of-a-kind figure with a unique and stunning design. It falls into the rare category of figures you would not be ashamed to show to your mother (save for the panty-shot that is… actually, just scratch that), and the price tag, 6660 yen, is pretty cheap for a fully clothed static that even comes with a nice frame. The uniqueness of this panorama, plus the stunning detail on Miku’s waving hair and glossy socks make this rerelease a must-have for diehard Miku or Supercell fans.
Timmy: Rereleases are always nice to see and Miku here no doubt deserves one. She looks great and I love how you can hang her on the wall like a normal picture frame.
Lifesong:I’ve never been a fan of this figure; I don’t really have anything bad to say about her, just the whole picture frame thing isn’t working for me. If I want to frame artwork I’ll do so, but I don’t have any desire to hang my figures on my wall, at least not like this.