All Your Monies: March 25th

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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 boys, girls, hammers, swords, guns, bikinis…everything a toy fanatic could want! Beware, the final item is a spoiler for Kamen Rider Wizard.

 Real Action Heroes Link (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword)
Medicom, November, 15800JPY

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Lifesong: RAH Link is looking pretty good here. He cost more than I am willing to spend but that doesn’t stop me from wanting one.

Aqua: It is easy to see the sheer excitement that arose when this guy was revealed less week. One of the most iconic game characters of all time, in arguably his most colourful and detailed incarnation up to date, being given the Real Action treatment! Despite their many accessories, large scale and awfully lifelike clothing, the line has not really blown me away up to now. Their Yuno Gasai was marred by some really silly faces and their Homura looked a bit too much like a Barbie doll. This Link, however, is absolutely breathtaking. As detailed as a static and as poseable and well-equipped as the best of figmas, there is really no reason not to get thi- If you spend that much money on this, I spit on you.

Zigg: I bought this. Prepping for my shower now.

Jel: Real Action Heroes usually impress me but something about the actual cloth and detailed accessories starts to push them into creepy doll territory. For some reason that’s not the case with Link, who looks completely natural converted to RAH form. Sure the price is steep, but you get a lot of neat extras and this is one of the most recognizable game characters of all time were dealing with here. If you got the cash, go for it.

Timmy: Woah, and here I thought the Figma was pretty cool. I have always liked the RAH line despite it always being a bit more then I am willing to pay so this Link gets a pretty easy thumbs up from me. While the sword and shield are pretty much just beefed up versions from the Figma, that tunic and chain mail look great as actual material. If I had the spare cash I would definitely consider getting one as it looks to be very worth the high price.

Panis Angelicus (Shining Ark)
Kotobukiya, August, 6280JPY

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Zigg: She’s very cute, but all the Tony Taka girls sort of blend into one for me. It’s an elegant design and the base is an excellent change from the norm, but while I get why they went for an all white palette, it does make her a little bland. 

Lifesong: Panis is one of the cuter Tony girls to get a figure of late. Her wing options are a neat touch and I love her outfit.

Aqua: No All Your Monies without a weekly reminder that Sega considers Tony Taka to be their new Sonic. In other words, You will think this bloke is cool, or else we will beat your brains to pulp with baseball bats shaped like the good man’s genitals. Speaking of which, I think Tony’s porn doujinshi might even be more creative than his character designs. How many derivative, frilly, pastel-coloured and samefaced RPG companion girls have we seen in this feature so far? Hair scalped straight off Nadeko from Bakemonogatari‘s skull, a bland colour palette and a pose so inoffensive it becomes offensive again. Is this literally the best this dude could do when he was asked to design an “angel”? Is the figure well made? Of course it is, but  so are all Tony Taka figures. When the rate at which his brain farts get turned into plastic catches up with his already entirely dried-out imagination, Mister Tony will have to resort to other measures to continue his eternal conquest against intelligence, creativity and the accurate portrayal of female intellect in popular media. At the very least, I wouldn’t have to deal with him anymore.

Jel: Assuming you made it past Aqua’s rant there I’ll try and actually talk about the figure. I’m really impressed with the sculpt on the wings, which can be something of an achilles heel for other angel-type figures. The color scheme is really monochromatic though, which may match the pure angel design they’re going for but it makes it kind of boring to look at. I’m also not sure what’s going on with the base, is she standing on soft serve ice cream?

Timmy: Unlike a certain someone here I actually enjoy Tony’s girls (even if I do admit can get rather repetitive sometimes.) Digging the light color scheme with the blue and gold highlights  as well as the simple yet elegant pose as both seem fitting for an angelic character. The additional black wings and the fact they are attached via magnets are also nice touches. Not sure if I will get her but she is sure to weigh on my mind in the coming months at the very least.

Hibiki Ganaha – Angelic Island- (The iDOLM(at)STER)
Kotobukiya, August, 6280JPY

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Zigg: I like it. It’s a pose full of energy, a smart sculpt from a company who I trust to deliver the goods and it’s attractive without approaching NSFW territory. If I have a complaint it’s that white is again sort of flat and uninteresting – I think a splash of colour would have really complemented the playful pose much better.

Lifesong: I love the inclusion of Hamuzou. This figure captures Hibiki’s energy in an impressive way. I wish her top looked a little more like a shirt and a little like a bra but you can’t win them all.

Aqua: Great, from Tony Taka to Small I All Capitals Dollm At Ster in one and the same week. Zigg really must hate me. Anyways, could this possibly be the brash tomboy of the group? Gee, I have no clue. We do get a neatly crafted figure here, with an energetic pose and attention to detail… where necessary. I especially like the little rodent on her head mimicking her pose. Sadly enough, this is once again not a Beach Queen, so expect to cough up the full price. In exchange, you do get a half-naked girl as tall as a ruler. Also, is it the quality of the image, or is that bikini a bit too translucent?

Jel: Hamster aside this is a really plain rendition of Hibiki, although from what little I know it seems they really nailed her character with the face and pose. What little bit of clothing she does have looks really well sculpted, especially the wrinkles in her shorts, and the translucent finish is a nice extra flourish. Probably not going to snag any new fans here but hey, if you want Hibiki in a skimpy outfit you got it.

Timmy: Ah, Hibiki was probably my second favorite behind Miki while watching the anime so its always nice to see her get some figure love. Cute energetic pose and I love Hamuzou but it would be nice if she was wearing something a little more significant for a top.

Figma Hayate Yagami (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha THE MOVIE 2nd A’s)
Max Factory, July, 2840JPY

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Zigg: I’ll leave all the jokes to the others and just note that this appears to be a fantastic reproduction of Hayate’s pretty complex design. Also, in a cool new feature for figmas, her barrier jacket can be removed entirely for a much more casual, stripped down figure. There’s even a full replacement set of arms included to complete the look. A very nice touch and a smart figure overall.

Lifesong: Hayate is looking pretty good. Great attention to detail and all the right accessories, what more could you want?

Aqua: Okay, screw it, I’m out of here.

Jel: Wait there’s more Nanohas than Nanoha and Fate? Is this the combat butler one? OK I apologize that was a really bad joke. As always the figma looks great with really detailed weapons and I like the pseudo-metallic gold paint going on there. Assuming you have any monies left from all the Fates and Nanohas, go for it.

Timmy: Surprise! Nanoha A’s has more girls than just Nanoha and Fate! In fact a lot more, which makes me wish Max Factory would have moved on from the main heroines a lot sooner then they did. Rants aside Hayate looks fantastic and seems to come with some pretty cool accessories as well. Definitely picking her up for completion’s sake but I would really be considering it anyways if that wasn’t the case.

Naoe Kanetsugu (Hakka Ryouran Samurai Girls)
Alter, July, 6990JPY (re-release)

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Zigg: This is a horrible messy car crash of character design that is, as ever, elevated by the simply stunning quality of Alter. I’d never buy this in a million years, but it’s impossible not to be dazzled by the gorgeous hair sculpt, or that fantastically detailed hammer. But yes, this is Timmy’s wheelhouse, not mine.

Lifesong: No Timmy, I am not going to buy this figure. I don’t care if you align the stars in the sky to say “Buy Naoe Lifesong” I am not doing it. She looks great and that Hammer is awesome as ever but I can’t let myself slip into trying to collect this set. My wallet cries just knowing that I am looking at these figures again.

Aqua: I wonder what Timmy ever did for Alter to justify all these Samurai Girls figures. Hammergirl looks great, though, as always with Alter. A big-ass hammer like this one of course greatly limits the possibilities for posing, but they did manage to gracefully solve that problem. Well, as graceful as you could possibly make a blatant panty shot, that is. Speaking of panties, Naoe must be the only Samurai Girl who actually wears clothes on the lower half of her body. I like her cherry blossom stockings, even.

Jel: Wait, didn’t this come out already? Ah well, she’s here now. The Alter Samurai Girls line never fails to impress and this might be the most interesting of the bunch. Look at that cool hammer! Look at those awesome color choices! And she even looks totally not pervy from this angle (don’t turn her around…)! The price will limit this to the more hardcore collectors (I’m assuming no one actually likes Samurai Girls aside from the character designs), but I’m sure she looks great on a shelf.

Timmy: Its always nice to see Alter rereleases, especially when the figure in question costs an arm and a leg in the aftermarket. Long story short I love my Naoe and if you are interested in her even the slightest now is a great opportunity to pick her up before the price skyrockets again. You should also remind Life to not miss this rare opportunity as well.

Nendoroid Rin Natsume (Little Busters!)
Good Smile Company, July, 2620JPY

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Zigg: I really like those baseball glove and ball hands, they’re absolutely adorable. Otherwise, business as usual with a schoolgirl in uniform, but it’s at least a distinctive design (I like that blazer a lot) and bundled with a decent range of acessories. It’s Nendoroid 101 but that’s no bad thing.

Lifesong: Shy, angry and covered in Kitties, they nailed Rin’s expressions here. I don’t buy full sized nendroids very often but I am considering this one, she looks great.

Aqua: Nice to see the Nendoroid line is back in full force after a rather uninspired few months where figures often came with very little fun accessories. Rin comes with three expressive, be it rather stock facial expressions, baseball equipment and two funny feline friends, one hilariously chubby and one able to hang from her arm, similar to the Kyubey that comes with the Madoka Nendo. Oh, and she also comes with an alternate hairstyle that gives her kitty ears. Painfully generic, but it’s nice to see Good Smile Company are back to putting effort in their moneymaking machine.

Jel: The accessories do steal the show here as those kitties and the baseball equipment could easily be passed around to other nendoroids. Other that there’s nothing too distinctive about Rin herself, but like all nendoroid schoolgirls it’s all about whether you care about the character or not. It’s pretty much exactly what you would want from a Rin nendo.

Timmy: I am sadly not invested in Little Busters enough to know anything about Rin. Because of that I pretty much see this as another case of a cute nendo with cute faces and some fun cute accessories (kitties!) being really freaking cute, something I can very much get behind.

Figuarts Zero Super Saiyan Son Goku (Dragon Ball Z)
Bandai, August, 4200JPY (Tamashii Web Shouten exclusive)

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Zigg: Awww yeah. My major knock on the Figuarts Zero range is that they’re way too small and too pricey for what you get, not helped by the fact that Bandai have decided to make this exclusive. Having said that, this is about everything you could want from a Goku figure – cool energy effects, super torn up clothing andf, most importantly, radical hair. The detail looks impressive for this scale too. Very tempting.

Lifesong: Hey it’s that Dragonball guy. Not my thing at all but I can appreciate the attention to detail here and at a good price too!

Aqua: Bandai has been giving us a royal treatment these past few weeks. Right in time for the brand-new Dragonball Z movie, they drop a static Super Saiyan Goku, and while this one is only about as tall as your average Beach Queen, the sheer badassitude of it is just jawdropping. From the oversaturated details on the muscle to the determined glare, the masterfully crafted ripped clothing and the intimidating light surrounding Goku, this democratically-priced masterpiece is a must-have for people who still hold Dragonball dearly. I know you’re out there.

Jel: I’ve kind of been casually waiting for a great DBZ figure to pick up and this might just fit the bill. What could be more iconic than Super Saiyan Goku himself? My only issues are the size which is a little smaller than I’d like, and then more  importantly my budget at the moment. Hmm maybe I can find some spare change in the sofa for him…

Timmy: Bandai has themselves a pretty awesome Goku on their hands here and for a pretty good price as well. I just hope they can keep the production quality bar high enough for people to enjoy him. I would expect minor flaws but it probably won’t be a big deal.

S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Beast Hyper (Kamen Rider Wizard)
Bandai, August, 5000JPY (Tamashii Web Shouten exclusive)

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Zigg: Yes, it looks completely bugfuck ridiculous but the Rider ultimate forms have a tendency to do that.  I kind of like it myself, with the Tutankhamen style striping around the face and the cool lion’s head breastplate. Not so sure about those tassles on the wrists though. Also, this is another exclusive, meaning one of the main draws of S.H. Figuarts – their temptingly low prices – is stripped away. Shitty move Bandai.

Lifesong: Didn’t bug-man go up for order last week?

Aqua: Good news, fans of Kousuke Nitoh! You can now pre-order a sweet figure of your favourite Rider’s ultimate form before it has even debuted on the show! Because who gives a damn about spoilers, am I right? Anyways, silly hair metal sleeves aside, Beast Hyper looks way cooler than the Ancient Wizard’s regular form, with sweet armour based on a lion and enough gold to make sure you know this is an ultimate form. I don’t get why his weapon is a gun, though. Doesn’t this do away with the whole matador theme? And where are his stupid mants? By the way, why would you ever give Kousuke Nitoh a bloody gun? Do you have a death wish or something?

Jel: Is Beast the one that sucks? (Zigg’s note- Yes) Am I learning? Why would you want a figure of the guy who sucks?

Timmy: Because he has shiny gold and blue armor and looks like a badass. That’s why, Jel.

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