Hello, and welcome to All Your Monies, where The Glorio Blog’s resident toy and figure collecting crew (and Aquagaze) 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 we’ve got androids, witches, robots and soul swallowing monstrosities.
μ12 (Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma)
FREEing, September, 11070JPY
Zigg: Well, it’s certainly dramatic, to say the least. I really love these huge figures with epic accessory parts and Mu certainly scores highly on that scale. The coolness of her original design shines through as well, with those badass blades and awesome robot legs. It’s too bad that that design also includes practically no clothes, and that the sculptor has decided to do a Rob Liedfeld and break her spine apart. The price is high but given what you’re getting I feel it’s justified. It’s an incredible piece of work then, but not something I’d put on my shelf.
Lifesong: I love the details of this figure. Her hair leaves me wanting but the rest of the figure looks great. Mu even has a good face, something FREEing often have a hard time with. Mu is not really a character I care to own but the high level craftsmanship tempts me to put in an order anyway.
Aqua: That’s the most clothed naked lady I have ever seen. Somehow, this figure — bombastic quality notwithstanding — truly incorporates the “warrior girl” stereotype in all its offensive glory. Chunks of armour and large spikes everywhere while keeping the girl in question prancing around in her birthday suit nonetheless? Who the heck designs a robot like this? Well, is she a robot? I’m assuming because human spines just don’t work that way.
Melty (Shining Hearts)
Alter, August, 8760JPY
Zigg: Very, very impressive, but then do you really expect anything else from Alter. The fine detailing in the ruffles and patterns of her outfit is absolutely remarkable, while whoever did the texturing on that base deserves a medal of some sort. It’s imaginative, pretty and certain to be outstandingly made – what’s not to like?
Lifesong: Melty looks fantastic. Her tsundere personality is nowhere to be seen but her love for ice cream makes this figure appropriate for the character. Alter have done a lovely job on this one.
Aqua: Whoop-dee-doo, if it isn’t Tony Taka with another pastel-coloured, frilly-outfitted teenage girl. While the man’s dubious reputation will easily lead me to assume the whole ice cream stick is some horrible, horrible euphemism, it must be said this figure is plucky enough to fool me into thinking it’s entirely innocent. Anyways, Melty is a neatly made figure for a great price, coming with a removable hat, a neatly detailed ice cream cone standard, and a familiar cute as a button. The straps and frills are about as omnipresent with Tony Taka as belts and zippers are with Tetsuya Nomura, but if I would ever be kidnapped by terrorists and forced to buy one Tony Taka figure, I’d know who to pick.
Taiga Aisaka Swimsuit ver. (ToraDora!)
Ques Q, July, 6150JPY
Zigg: It’s nice. Oh you wanted more? Well I like Taiga’s face here, a bit less pouty than she normally is and with slightly heavy lined eyes that play up her cartoonishness a bit more. It’s a smart, simple colour palette too and the shirt over the shoulder is a distinctive touch that emphasises the casual, relaxed nature of the pose. Very smart.
Lifesong: Another smiling figure based off a Kugimiya character, we are being deceived I think. Like Melty this figure looks great. I am not in any rush to put a swimsuit Taiga on my shelf but I respect the quality.
Aqua: I know that vest is supposed to be translucent velvet or anything like that, but it just looks like filthy plastic to me. Also, why the heck would Taiga Aisaka ever wear translucent velvet, let alone smile? Oh well, it’s hardly the first time a swimsuit figure has committed horrible character murder. Nevertheless, there is something oddly adorable about the Palmtop Tiger’s face here, showing a more genuine sweetness I’d take over the “oh dear, I have been exposed” embarrassment often seen on these kinds of figures. Speaking of “these kinds of figures”, this is not a Beach Queen, so you had better get ready to cough up some extra dough. Is it worth it? Yes and no. While the Beach Queen is cheaper and more recognizable, the superior quality of this Ques-Q version is immediately more evident. Swimsuit figures, ladies and gentlemen. Serious business.
Zigg: What the actual fuck is up with that face on Sora. Seriously, it looks like some sort of hideous prelude to devouring your soul. It’s a shame because otherwise these look to be pretty good examples of the somewhat up and down Play Arts Kai range – big bright colours, chunky sculpts that have some nice detail and good poseability. Riku in particular scores points for some cool shading on his trousers and for looking generally awesome. Get him and leave Sora wher he belongs, in your nightmares.
Lifesong: That face makes me think serial killer clown… No thanks.
Aqua: Like, who approved this? Who saw this Sora nightmare being made and thought “Yes. Yes, this looks good. Yes, this is a product I want my company to be represented by. This is the figure that will convince potential buyers of our attention to detail and high quality craftsmanship.” WHO?
Revoltech Gurren Lagann Box (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
Kaiyodo, June, 8980JPY
Zigg: I have the three mecha in this box and so feel completely safe in telling you they’re awesome and aside from some slightly cheapo plastic some of the best Revoltechs out there. The version of ‘basic’ Gurren Lagann you get in this box also includes the Gurren Wing, thus preventing you from having to buy two other figures to get it, like some of us did. Not heard great things about Fraulein Revoltech Yoko, but even taking that into account the rarity of these and the sheer awesome factor means I’d recommend this box.
Lifesong: I don’t collect robots but these do look pretty cool. The flair from the show seems to be well represented here.
Aqua: Now here’s value for money of I’ve ever seen any. For 8000 yen, you get 3 awesome mecha and… uhm, Yoko. Gotta honour that Wolverine publicity, I guess. Yoko is most definitely the worst one of the bunch, with cartoonish proportions and a dead-eyed expression, but the three other bots look insanely badass. With high poseablility and tons of accessories, these three are quite possibly the most badass awesomeness 8000 yen can buy. Highly recommended.
Legacy Megazord (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers)
Bandai, Out now, $59.99 US (Toys’R’Us exclusive)
Zigg: I’m a huge fan of the recent trend of rereleasing old toys with improved sculpts and sharper paintwork for adult collectors, and that’s pretty much what the Legacy Megazord is right here. Considering it’s a toy icon, a re-release was a foregone conclusion but this is a very sharp looking upgrade on the original, with new die cast parts and a far better, cleaner paintjob than the 90s one. Basically, it’s the version of the Megazord you always had in your head. Keenly priced too.
Lifesong: My inner child has died to stuff like this. I don’t understand the appeal of robots that can’t dress themselves properly. What kind of self respecting robot wears yellow, red and purple all at the same time?
Aqua: Purple? Silly Life, there is no purple ranger in the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. I am generally not a nostalgia nut, but the original MMPR really did have one of the coolest Megazords of them all, if only because it dared to be slightly more than the red Zord being the body and all the other ones forming a limb each. This edition of the original Megzord is most definitely for nostalgia nuts, though, with a high quality diecast sculpt and even some metal. If you are brave enough to completely admit you love this to bits, it doesn’t get much better than this.