All Your Monies: August 5th, 2013

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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’re feeling supernatural

Hatsune Miku Type 2020 (Vocaloid)
Max Factory, January 2014, 9500JPY

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Zigg: I really enjoy it when companies change up the Miku design and go for something a little different and this is  definitely an example of that. The outfit is stylish without being overblown, the pose is great and I’m loving those huge twintails. The boost to 1/7 scale is a nice bump as well and Max Factory means that high quality is assured. Sure that price is pretty high but at least it appears you’re getting what you pay for.

Lifesong: I love Miku’s outfit and hair, but her face has this sort of ghostly look to it and I can’t decide if I like that or not.

Jel: It takes a lot for a Miku to catch my attention, but this is one of them. Shirow Miwa is no stranger to Miku designs and applying the really cool 7th Dragon 2020 aesthetic only makes this figure better. From the color choices for her dress to the stylized, almost cartoonish flow of her hair, it’s just a really great figure to look at.

Nendoroid Colossal Titan (Attack on Titan)
Good Smile Company, December, 3870JPY

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Zigg: This is a double win in my book. First the nendo itself is a superbly gross/cute rendition of the character, something which must have been pretty hard to achieve but works perfectly. And then there’s the epic playset, which is stuffed full of really neat, well thought out extras. I can’t wait to see the first shots of Mikudayo towering over that wall.

Lifesong: Vore for all! Now available in cute chibi form.

Jel: I don’t care much about Titan but this is unquestionably the greatest set of nendoroid accessories since Sena’s TV and PS3. Talk about going the extra mile, they even included clouds! The titan himself also strikes a similar “creepy and we know it” vibe to Mikudayo, but let’s be honest, I’m still way more terrified of that monstrosity. 

D-Arts Elizabeth (Persona 4 Arena)
Bandai, November, 4080JPY

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Zigg: I’ve never understood the crazy affection for Elizabeth. Sure, she’s a great character but Persona 3 is stuffed full of great characters. In any case, it’s nice to see her getting a figure, but D-Arts have never been the highest quality of figures, and that shows a little here alas – check out that flat silver hair. The chair is a nice touch, that price much less so.

Lifesong: A bit pricey, but I like this Elizabeth. The chair is a great touch.

Jel: I appreciate this figure more for the fact that it exists than the actual craftsmanship involved. The fact that Elizabeth is a human (or at least human looking) character in the D-Arts line is kind of interesting, but it shows in the harsh joints, seams, and barely average detailing. That being said, I’d probably spring for this if it wasn’t already sold out so here’s hoping we get around to seeing a figma someday.

Kuroneko (Oreimo)
Chara-ani, October, 6620JPY

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Zigg: Nasty. For a start that pose is extremely…questionable and absolutely not something I’d put on a shelf. All the dimensions seem wrong too – her limbs are way too stubby and her head is too big, basically giving her toddler proportions. We’re spoiled for choice for excellent Kuronekos at the moment, so there’s no reason you’d pick this up.

Lifesong: She looks like she either needs to pee or just got molested.

Jel: I hate this and I don’t want to talk about it, but THE SHOW MUST GO ON. Putting aside the fact that her pose looks like she just fended off someone trying to forcibly undress her (a pretty pertinent fact), her face is wide and ugly, her hair is chopped and chunky, and overall I see little redeeming value in this when there are ton of far superior Kuroneko figures out there. Avoid at all costs.

Eucliwood Hellscythe Bunny Ver. (Korean Zombie Desk Car)
FREEing, December, 15,200JPY

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Zigg: I’m not entirely sure why this exists to be honest. While Korean Zombie Desk Car was a decent show there’s far, far more obvious choices for girls to put in the ears and by using this costume you’re essentially robbing Eu of her distinctive look, one of the most memorable things about her. Anecdotally I’ve heard these things are well made and sharply painted but the fact remains that’s a lot of money to fulfill a specific kink, not to mention how crazy the shipping must be on these things.

Lifesong: Kind of want just for the smiling Eu. She makes a really cute bunny girl, but what I really want is Eu in her armor, not a bunny suit.

Jel: Is there any rhyme or reason to FREEing’s choice of 1/4 scale bunny girls? Yuu actually looks pretty good with decent hair for the size and her bit of armor always adds a unique touch. It’s a decent rendition overall, but these figures are definitely a niche within a niche interest.

Real Action Heroes Saber Alter (Fate/Stay Night)
Medicom, April 2014, 16550JPY

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Zigg: Alter has always been my favourite Saber design after the ‘normal’ version so I’m chuffed to see her get the RAH treatment, and they’ve done a customarily great job on her armour. Those spiky boots and gauntlets look killer and while it’s not the most detail-rich design it’s a fantastic rendition nevertheless. Price remains an issue with RAH figures – needless to say that they’re for superfans only – but those who’ve been holding out should be pretty happy.

Lifesong: And Saber Alter looks appropriately pissed. This is a good looking figure for what it is. As always with Saber Alter… needs more hamburger.

Jel: I’ve always had a thing for Saber Alter’s design so I do appreciate the appeal of her figures. The dark metal and EVIL black and red sword are very striking and would no doubt look great in contrast to any other Saber’s you might have. No surprises here as she gets the RAH treatment, with not many accessory options to speak of. I’m sure there are plenty of crazed Saber collectors out there that will be happy to add this to their collection, but this seems like a pretty boring release in itself.

 

2 thoughts on “All Your Monies: August 5th, 2013

  1. I’m not much of a figure collector myself (though I would be if I could spare the cash), but I enjoy reading these articles.
    I’m not even a Miku fan and I like that alternate take on her. Probably still wouldn’t buy it though.
    Saber Alter is another thing though. I’ve never understood the attraction of her visor, but she looks great without it and her armor (especially the boots) is excellent. Is that skirt actually fabric? I’ve never seen that before on a figure. Then again, I don’t see many so I suppose that’s to be expected.
    I agree about Elizabeth too. The chair is nice, but the figure isn’t and i’ve never really been a fan of Elizabeth anyway.

    • Thanks! We do try and keep these interesting for both fans and window shoppers, so it’s gratifying to know you’re enjoying them.

      Real Action Heroes do indeed get actual cloth clothing – it’s one of the advantages of working with the large 1/8 scale. Obviously the amount of cloth used varies depending on the figure – while Saber Alter’s skirt and top will be cloth, her armour will be PVC. Cloth clothing is standard on dolls, but we don’t cover them in this column – Real Action Heroes are sort of in a halfway house.

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