All Your Monies: April 8th 2014

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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 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, Timmy’s running the show again, which means a bunch of questionably dressed women! And a few decently dressed ones, for a change.

Asuka Langley Shikinami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Alter, September, ¥9,540

Assuka

Timmy: I have been pretty good about avoiding Evangelion and it’s related merchandise save for picking up some UCC coffee figures ages ago, but man have these recient Asuka figures been hard to resist. Alter eagerly adds another to the mix, and as expected their Asuka looks superb. I especially like the hair and face with the expression that seems fitting for what I have heard of Asuka. The jacket and its contrast with the plug suit both color and texture wise is pretty neat too and of course mentioning that butt seems mandatory. A fine and somewhat unique addition to the otherwise pretty crowded Evangelion figure scene.

Jel: Pirate Asuka almost made me reconsider my long standing personal boycott of the Evangelion movies. The jacket, the eyepatch, the kitty ears on her hat, all awesome. The sculpt is top notch as well, although the pose is kind of boring. Sure Asuka looks tough and cool but it’s a pretty basic Maximum Butt Appreciation deal. Overall it’s a gorgeous figure though and a cool new take on a classic.

Lifesong: About time Alter made this figure. I’ve been waiting to see this since I first saw the design at the end of the second movie. I am a little surprised to see a highly detailed butt while the eye patch is hidden away, but that oddity doesn’t ruin the figure. This is Asuka alright and she looks great.

Tart (Tears to Tiara II)
Vertex, June, ¥10,760

Tart

Timmy: I wasn’t sure how many here were actually interested in Tart, but she presses enough of my buttons that I had to make sure she was included. I am really digging her asymmetry, with the glove and buckled pant leg pulling the visual weight to her right side while giant blue flower adds a splash of color to her head. The details all look great too with her hair and face looking especially nice. Color wise I really like the blue in the outfit, especially the toe nails and the giant red flag adds a nice contrast and a neat backdrop. These are the kind of over the top fantasy RPG outfits I love to see. Vertex’s price is a tad high though, especially when they aren’t exactly known for their quality.

Jel: Tart’s design is visually interesting, particularly the massive flag that adds great deal of dynamics to it. My problem is the color choices, which are all over the map. The baby blue outfit, purple dragon sword thing, and aforementioned red flag smash together in gaudy mess.

Lifesong: I don’t know this character, but I’ve fallen for her design. The colors are gaudy, but there is so much personality here I just don’t care. The shading work on her face and hair is fantastic. I love the vibrant, over-sized flower in her hair. I can’t be the only one amused that she has 3 belts on her leg and none on her too tight pants? I love the flag barrier motif in general. I almost ordered this, but the price has me on the fence.

Nendoroid Yukari Akiyama (Girls und Panzer)
Good Smile Company, August, ¥3,410

Yukari Akiyamanendo

Timmy: Yukari comes with some pretty fun accessories but otherwise there isn’t a lot here, though GSC isn’t charging too much for her by nendo standards. It’s also interesting that they went with the tankery uniform instead of the school uniform Miho came with. Part of me screams inconsistency but the other part appreciates them mixing it up.

Jel: Another boring nendo saved by a great accessories. I wonder if you’ll have a complete tank if you collect all the other girls in the series. I can’t see any other reason why you would want this.

Lifesong: I’m sure Girls Und Panzer is awesome and I do plan to watch it eventually. These character designs just make for boring nendroids.

Figma Akagi (Kantai Collection)
Max Factory, August, ¥4,050

Akagifigma

Timmy: Like it or not Kantai Collection is here to stay and like most of the other girls, my interest in Akagi is mostly thanks to how bizarre the ship elements of her design are. Everything appears to function real well though and she looks like she would be a lot of fun to pose and play with.

Jel: Akagi has one of the dumbest, laziest designs ever and yet from a sheer technical standpoint this figma is amazing. I’m very impressed with the level of detail in her accessories and unlike some other KanColle girls at least she’s fully clothed.

Lifesong: This is both ridiculous and somewhat boring. I’m not sure if I like it or not. She is a ship who literally has her ship on her arm and feet. Otherwise she is just dressed up for some archery. This personification just seems lazy to my eyes.

Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica)
Aniplex, October, ¥9,999 (Aniplex+ Exclusive)

Aniplexhomu

Timmy:I am still trying to wrap my head around Aniplex making figures and the fact they, nor the start up associated with them, Stronger, has any figures released to give us a good quality versus price comparison. I still very much want this Homura though, and she is looking even better painted. Currently waiting for her to pop up in Aniplex’s US store before I decide to throw down the cash.

Jel: Even though I don’t trust the quality of the final build, this is a really cool figure. There’s a nice attempt to add some motion to the pose and how awesome is the dead Kyubey? If this was from a better company at a better price I might consider it.

Lifesong: More stoic Homura… yay? A year ago I may have been impressed, but I’m entirely burned out on Homura at this point.

Beelzebub  (7 Deadly Sins)
Amakuni, December, ¥12,800 (Hobby Japan Exclusive) 

Beezelbub

Timmy: Last in the line to go up for order but certainly not least, Beelzebub has gone from one I will buy to complete the set to one of the figures I look forward to seeing in person this year. Her hair, face, transparent skirt things, and the pumpkin and meat she is standing on are all highlights for me. That bight yellow base concerns me a little, but there is always the option to ditch it if it is too much.

Jel: I guess we haven’t run out if sins yet huh? I do appreciate the irony of making Gluttony the loli, as well as the incredible sculpt. Her hair is particularly impressive, and I say it’s a worthy addition to the line.

Lifesong: Irony is the name of the game here. She looks fantastic as expected, but more than anything I am happy to finally finish collecting this line.

S.H. Figuarts Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
Bandai, July, ¥3,180

SNEAKYORANGENINJA

Timmy: I am not sure what kind of pose able Narutos are already out there but I am sure one more can’t hurt. He seems alright, though I really don’t dig the gaping joints in some of those shots. And I like the part where buying two is heavily implied, if not outright mandatory.

Jel: Wait is this really a new release? I’m sure someone has done Naruto before. That said, this is a pretty boring figure but Naruto is one of the few iconic characters that will sell simply by existing. Now one of you guys make a “BELIEVE IT!” joke.

Lifesong: Naruto looks like he is covered in dirt. I guess that is appropriate for the character, but it feels… dirty. Lucky me I wouldn’t be buying this either way, but having a figure that always looks like it needs to be cleaned would drive me mad.

Zelda (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)
First 4 Figures, October, $349.99 (Limited to 2,500 Pieces)

Zelda

Timmy: Pretty, but also pretty pricey. Makes me wish some one like Max Factory would make some PVC figures based off of Twilight Princess’s designs, since they were among my favorite in the series.

Jel: Looks decent but that price is waaaaay too high. Nintendo figures have been hot commodities, so it would be nice to see someone make a better Zelda for less money.

Lifesong: Zelda doesn’t look so great here. Her face lacks emotion and her pose is stiff and boring. That price tag just makes me laugh…

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