All Your Monies: April 21st 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 a long-lost figure is finally here, and true evil lurks lower down.

figma Archer (Fate/Stay NIght)
Max Factory, August, ¥4,060

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Zigg: It’s incredible that this thing has taken so long (for those of you who don’t know, Archer has been floating about in prototype form for about four years) since it’s a smart but relatively unremarkable figma. I love the careful paint and texture on the swords and the basic character design is as striking as ever. The cloth texture on his trousers and his big flowing jacket are both sterling examples of great sculpting. A little disappointed there’s no Unlimited Blade Works accessory, but otherwise a good looker who’s sure to make a lot of people happy.

Jel: It’s been a long time but it looks like Archer was worth the wait. His sculpt is fantastic and details like the burnished steel belt and boots take this to the next level as far as figma paint work goes. What really surprises me is the prices, which is nearly 33% higher than your average figma. I’m guessing his long coat will put in him in the larger size standard figma box, but aside from that and his trademark weapons there’s not much more going on here.

Timmy: It’s great to finally see Archer reach the production stages. While he doesn’t have an expansive set of accessories he is still pretty neat, and while the price is a bit higher for the figma, it’s probably justified with that cape. Pretty solid buy if you are a FS/N fan.

Lifesong: Archer looks as badass as I could have hoped. I love the way the joints aren’t too obvious. I do wonder how poseable he is, but I’m not spying any obvious issues in the photos. Is it wrong that I’m more excited for the swords than the figure itself? I don’t plan to buy this, but I remember reading the various plans other people had for the weapons. I hope we will get to see some fun photos in the near future.

Cu-Poche Rikka Takanashi (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! REN)
Kotobukiya, September, ¥3,440

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Zigg: The more I see of the Cu-Poche line the more I like it. The cartoonish style and added poseability is perfect for Rikka and Kotobukiya have a done a good job of picking some cool accessories and combining them with an excellent sculpt that packed with detail. Very much recommended.

Jel: I’m still not sold on this fake Nendoroid line with their robot joints and what not, but Rikka does look pretty cool. The open AND closed umbrella seems like appropriate overkill, although there is a distinct lack of magic circles. She looks about as nice as a Cu-Poche Rikka can look but not enough to overcome my distaste for the line.

Timmy:  I still don’t care for the fact Kotobukiya puts little effort in hiding the joints on the figures of this line, but I will admit there is some neat stuff going on with Rikka here. I are digging the faces and the accessories are pretty neat as well. Also still not digging the Nendo/Figma hybrid ness going on here but that is mostly personal taste. If you like that though she seems to be a good buy and not to pricy either.

Lifesong: I can’t decide if this is cute or not. I hear it a lot from uninitiated family members, nendroids look like children. If Nendroids are children these are teenagers and they look every bit as awkward. Are teenagers cute? I just… I don’t know. Rikka has all the right accessories and looks like this line allows for good poseability. I do like Rikka, but not enough to buy this. I need to see a character I really love get this Cu-Poche treatment before I decide if I like them or not.

Mio Honda New Generation ver. (The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls)
Good Smile Company, October, ¥7,320

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Zigg: Not a big fan of the pose – it’s a bit too comic cover/pin-up for me – but otherwise this looks to be another solid entry in what’s become a very impressive line. The eye-searing orange is distinctive if nothing else, but look closer and there’s a gratifying wealth of detail. The recurring star motif is handled outstandingly here, and I love the earrings and belt chain. A pretty targeted figure, but one I can definitely appreciate the craft of.

Jel: These Cinderella Girls figures continue to look more impressive than anything from the main Idom@ster cast. Mio almost looks like a playfully exaggerated parody of what an idol is supposed to look like. Her sculpt is flawless and the bold color choices burn your eyes in the most appropriate way. I’m also kind of digging the incomprehensible, psychedelic base which only amplifies the massive amounts of energy coming off this figure. It’s certainly not as elegant as some of the other Cinderella Girls, but doesn’t seem to the point. I’d say it’s another great addition to the line. 

Timmy: GSC really needs to stop making these before I cave and buy one of them as this entire New Generation line has been pretty amazing. Mio looks great here as expected and in particular her face, the stars all over her, and the orange paint of her outfit all stand out to me. She looks great and will certainly be a coveted purchase for any fan of the series or character. Also well as being yet another temptation for me.

Lifesong: In figure news that tempts me to buy three of the same figure every time I see it we have Mio Honda. Those stars are fantastic. I don’t know the character, but those stars make me wish she had literal stars in her eyes like anime figures sometimes do. I love everything about this figure. The way she is posed shows her to be a high energy character and the movement of her accessories confirm it. The overall design is gaudy, but I think being gaudy and overstated is part of the appeal. She even has her name embroidered on her chest so that no one will ever have to stop and wonder who this star covered girl is. She is Mio Honda and while I don’t know much about her this figure is full of personality. Maybe that is why I like it so much.

Kuroneko (Oreimo)
Pulchra, November, ¥7,980

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Zigg: Cute, but that’s mostly a function of good character design. In all the ways that matter this figure is as dull as ditchwater. Furthermore it’s not  that detailed or well made and yet costs more than the lovely Mio just above. There’s a billion great Kuroneko figures out there, grab one of those instead.

Jel: This might be cute as a trading figure or something, but the quality isn’t quite up to 8000 yen standards. I would call the paint and sculpt work competent at best, with her hair particularly lacking in detail. I do kind of like the pose and the fact that it’s actually an outfit from the series and not a random fetish as most Oreimo figures have been post-anime, but then I just get sad remembering how badly they ruined this particular moment.

Timmy: Kuroneko is pretty cute here and while I think the hat and outfit both look nice, they have trouble justifying the price. Yes, she is 1/7th scale but she still feels underwhelming for a 8k yen figure.

Lifesong: Boring even by cute embarrassed anime girl standards. No thanks.

Super Sonico “Young Tomboy Ver.” (SoniAni)
Wing, August, ¥6,420 

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Zigg: 

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Jel: I hereby officially declare this the worst thing ever featured in AYM. I am actually worried we are all going to be arrested for writing about it.

Timmy: A cute idea marred by bad execution. The food is really the problem for me here and while a little bit of it with maybe a little messiness on her face would be cute, but making it look like she is shoveling sweets into her mouth while spilling cream everywhere just is over the top in not a good way. I do like the standing parts being thrown in but it’s not enough for redemption. At least the price is alright I guess. Chances are you have this on order already if you wanted it.

Lifesong: I think that maybe we are all guilty of seeing what we want to see here. What does that say about us? What does that say about this culture we spend so much time with? By no means do I want this figure, but that is clearly cake she is covered in. I can see an honest expression of childish mischief in this figure and find it endearing. That is what I would expect a good-natured person to see. I can also see the exact same thing the rest of this blog sees… Good-natured or not it takes a level of either genuine or perhaps willful ignorance even I do not posses to have any interest in buying this Sonico.

6 thoughts on “All Your Monies: April 21st 2014

  1. C’mon guys this is the BEST SONICO EVER. And I’m dead serious. I don’t care that the cakes look fake as hell, more like pieces of sponge. I don’t care that they splashed cream all over her in an obviously sexualizing way. She still looks cute as hell. Not at all sexy, just cute. Just the cuteness overload is enough for me to seriously considering buying it.

    The only thing that I would complain is the name. Doesn’t look any tomboyish to me. Maybe because she lacks boobs compared to adult Sonico?

    • I can only guess based off my limited understanding of Japanese gender perceptions, but my guess is that “Tomboy” is probably meant to reflect her being a troublemaker. Something I think is generally more associated with young boys than young girls, i.e. she is a tomboy for getting into the cake and smirking about it. That is my best guess at any rate.

    • It wouldn’t be as bad if it was a stand alone character but the fact that it’s a take on a hyper sexualized character automatically makes your mind go there

      • You’re right. It is only creepy when you look at it IN context: a loli version of a sexy character made by an industry that is infamous for lolicon pandering. If you look at it out of context then it’s just a little girl enjoying her sweets.

  2. “If you look at it out of context then it’s just a little girl enjoying her sweets.”

    I don’t think the people who would be on these sorts of sites looking for these sorts of products would take this out of context.

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