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 the Obon holiday makes for slim pickings in the figure world.
Max Factory, January 2015, ¥11,852
Zigg: This is really rather darling, and I’m pleased they didn’t go all the way to ‘sexy Red Riding Hood’ but instead managed to find a nice balance between a traditional design and something more familiar to Miku. Lots of frills, thigh high socks and a distinctive colour palette (I really like the clash of her aqua hair with the overwhelming red) means that this is an easy #1 this week.
Lifesong: Miku’s Little Red Ridding Hood look great. The wolf with the >.< face really makes this into something special. I love the attention to details on this figure. Max Factory have been consistent in impressing me with their work and this is just another example of a great figure from their company.
Jel: This is a really fun, cute figure as the Red Riding Hood theme translates well to Miku’s design. Little details like the yellow seams and thin flowers on her apron add an old world central European touch, and I particularly like the random kitty hanging out on her head. My only slight issue is her face, which is faithfully recreated from Sega’s Project Diva 3D model but it looks a little odd when translated to real life. That’s a minor gripe though as the rest looks great.
Teo (Lords of Vermillion III)
Square-Enix, March 2015, ¥12,800
Zigg: I have no idea who this lady is, but she makes for a pretty striking figure. The design is so over the top it looks like something 14 year old me would have scribbled in the back of a school workbook, but it somehow hangs together and there are cool individual details. I particularly like the massively oversized boots and cool face mask. Completely ridiculous, but in a fun, striking way.
Lifesong: I don’t know this character, but I can tell from a glance that has the whole crazy and evil thing down. I love her smirk. Her outfit is absolutely ridiculous. I’m not a big fan of the colors, but I do like the crazy hair horn thing and ribbon weapon… thing. A crazy figure for what I assume is a crazy character.
Jel: The design is kind of interesting I guess but the figure itself looks like the limbs are on ball joints and everything got twisted around. Maybe that’s just to make her look INSANE and EVIL? I do like the little designs on her lapels and those boots are pretty rad, not to mention the red/black/gold color combinations is pretty striking. Kind of a mess overall, but interesting to look at.
I-168 (Kantai Collection)
FREEing, April 2015, ¥21,111
Zigg: Massive, massively expensive, massively creepy, massively pointless.
Lifesong: I can’t get past the fact that I find KanColle designs incredibly boring. I certainly wouldn’t want one this huge. The seams for the castoff option are too obvious. The battle damaged version is at least more emotive, but still not particularly impressive. I assume there is some kind of amusing connection between this character, whatever ship she is based on and the tube with missiles, but it goes over my head.
Jel: This figure is 1/4 scale in case you’re wondering why the price is so high, and like many large figures the level of detail suffers a bit. I’ve said a billion times that I find most of the KanColle designs incredibly lazy, and this doesn’t change my mind at all. She’s basically a school girl that traded her skirt for a metal backpack and an inner tube. It’s an OK figure for the scale so if you really need some massive KanColle butt on your shelf go for it, otherwise wait a week and something better will be out.
Watanuki Furi: Yukata Ver. (Super Sonico)
FREEing, February 2015, ¥9,074
Zigg: Oddly enough I think I’d actually like this if they could just give her actual human proportions. The colour is smart and something we don’t see every day, I like her face and hair and the food is again something unique that helps the figure to stand out. Too bad then that we get monster boobs, a nasty butt-out pose and just a general air of distaste all round.
Lifesong: Lifesong: I am not ashamed to admit that I’m in love with Sonico and her figures. I was on the fence about getting her Yukata version from FREEing, but ultimately I liked the final produce so I ordered her. I’m loving what I see with Fuuri as well. The fact that she is prioritizing her food over keeping her clothing on while not really caring that it is falling off is just so… Fuuri. I find FREEing is such a hit or miss company. It’s neat to see two of the three out of this set look pretty great. Sadly Suzu isn’t looking so hot and suffers from some derp face. I’m on the fence again. Do I get Fuuri and Suzu and complete the group? Or just let Sonico chill by herself. My inner collector won’t let me do two out of three.
Jel: I don’t know why I find this slightly less gross than your average Sonico figure, despite her even more massive, horribly disproportionate breasts. Maybe it’s the more muted color scheme, or perhaps the lovingly sculpted summer festival food? I do like the color of her yukata, especially with the lavender highlights, but I’m going to say it’s the food.
Zigg: This thing is absolutely horrible and continues the baffling trend of people buying way way more expensive polystone statues that look like total crap compared to cheaper PVC options. Also, this is Asuka, so it’s not like you don’t have a billion other options. Hell, even in this fanservice-tastic test plug suit there are tremendous options from most of the major companies. Don’t even think about this ugly thing.
Lifesong: Derp face alert. There are so many amazing Evangelion figures on the market at this point it confuses me why anyone would bother going through with something this… awful.
Jel: NOPE. That face… that hair… how did this happen? It looks like someone’s first attempt at making a garage kit. Considering the market has been flooded with Asuka figures over the past 15 years, there is zero reason to own this.