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 pre-orders, 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 an all girl lineup that spans robots, tank commanders, and fat legs.
Nendoroid Aigis (Persona 3)
Good Smile Company, April 2014, ¥3280
Zigg: Pretty much everything you could possibly want out of an Aigis nendo – great sculpt, great detail, decent accessories and absolutely adorable to boot. Given her robotic appearance this is one case where the extra joints of the ‘super-poseable’ version don’t seem out of place, and altogether it adds up to an extremely tempting package.
Jel: I’m going to have to buy this aren’t I? Despite having no regrets about buying BOTH Aigis figmas, I had every intention of standing strong and taking a pass on the nendo. After seeing it fully painted though, she is just too adorable to pass on. It was probably the charred screw that put me over the edge, I mean how can I pass on a memento from our night of weird robot sex? OK that sounds a lot worse if you haven’t played Persona 3… OK it still sounds pretty bad, I’m going to stop talking now.
Lifesong: Aigis looks pretty cute here. I don’t really want a cute nendroid of Aigis, but if I did then I would have to admit she comes with all the right accessories. I am a little bit tempted.
Fuuka Ayase (Yotsuba&!)
Chara-Ani, March 2014, ¥6970
Zigg: This immediately gets extra points for being a scale Yotsuba&! figure that actually exists, and it looks pretty decent too. It can be tough to add enough detail to very simplistic designs when they translate to 3D, but Chara-Ani have made a good effor, with some nice cloth detail, while still preserving the clean, basic art style. My major criticism here would be price – for a relatively plain figure (as befits Fuuka) it’s a bit on the pricey side.
Jel: For such a plain figure I’m pretty impressed how they’ve handled some of the details. Her socks and shoes look almost disturbingly realistic, and overall it’s a very classy, understated figure. I imagine we will all give it a few bonus points for being Yotsuba related, but even so I think it looks nice in its own right.
Lifesong: Sorry, but boring figure is boring.
Silica (Sword Art Online)
FREEing, April 2014, ¥8100
Zigg: Nice to see a lesser known character get her time in the spotlight, and Silica has a smart, attractive design that this figure captures well. But the pose is all sorts of awkward and even in these press shots there’s some distinctly treacly looking paintwork. If you’re a fan of the character then by all means go ahead, but I wouldn’t expect one of FREEing’s better efforts quality-wise.
Jel: Wait, that is not Asuna and/or Leafa? What is this madness? I guess we’ve had plenty of the medium and the large and now we need the small to complete the set? Joking aside, Silica looks great and is definitely on the higher end of FREEing’s range of quality. Her pose is perhaps a bit awkward, but I think having a dragon cancels out a lot of negatives.
Lifesong: Silica has a cute expression and her overall quality is decent, but this pose just doesn’t work. This figure looks like it is moving in too many directions at once. She looks like she is falling backwards while leaning forward while wind blows her outfit up and she is reaching out for a dragon that presumable just landed on her arm? Also, that dagger is just kind of floating there. I am worried she will hurt herself…
figma Miho Nishizumi (Girls und Panzer)
Max Factory, April 2014, ¥3930
Zigg: I love the accessories – the tank top part is a little slice of genius which should allow for some really nice posing opportunities – but the figure itself is utterly blah to me. The G&P character designs have always struck me as near parodies of generic schoolgirl character design and this does nothing to change my mind.
Jel: I’d have to put the top of a tank in the category of “strange but awesome” figma accessories, although I still can’t decide if it really works out of context. Would anyone not familiar with the show know what that is? Also I always identify the girls of Girls und Panzer by their trademark white and green uniforms, and while I think the jacket looks much cooler it kind of seems odd they didn’t match the nendoroid.
Erza Scarlet Hakama ver. (Fairy Tail)
Amakuni, June 2014, ¥9800 (Hobby Japan exclusive)
Zigg: Can we just have one figure of Erza that depicts her as a strong, kick-ass warrior like she actually is? And no, holding swords does not fulfil that remit, especially when she’s posed in a look that would not be out of place on a terrible 90s comic cover. It’s a shame because this looks to live up to Amakuni’s traditionally high quality and there’s some very neat touches, like those torn flame ends on the trousers. Which cast off. Yeah….
Jel: Normally I’m not the type to harp on *that* pose (you know the impossible one that shows off boobs and butt in one angle? Is there a name for that? Aqua, do you know?) [Aqua‘s note – Usually it’s just called “boobs-and-butt-pose”; though this might also qualify as a “centaur woman”], but that just looks painful. Like, set that girl up with a chiropractor appointment after this. I’ve only got a surface knowledge of Fairy Tail so I can’t comment on how true to character this is, but the two swords and the ripped up flame pants are pretty cool.