Hello, and welcome to All Your Monies, where The Glorio Blog’s resident toy and figure collecting crew (and Aqua) 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 I (Zigg) have returned to restore some order to this feature. And by order, I mean here’s some more Love Live and Fate.
Nico Yazawa Picnic Girl (Love Live!)
Good Smile Company, March 2016, ¥9,260
Zigg: Despite all my best efforts, I actually really like this. I love figures that have a bunch of energy and motion to them and this fits the bill perfectly. Nico is wearing clothes that an actual teenage girl might wear and there’s the usual great detailing from GSC – check out the creases in the denim, or those marvelous shoes. I want to own this figure and for someone who thinks as little of the franchise as me, that’s high praise.
Jel: In a vacuum this is a nice figure but I can’t help but feel it’s all part of Love Live’s overall creative bankruptcy. As Iro will point out in a second, this looks a lot like some other recent figures, and Nico’s boring character design is sadly one of the more unique ones in the unoriginal cast. All that aside I will again acknowledge it is a nice figure. I love the pose and the huge smile and those shoes are great. But it still kind of feels like a cheap knockoff to me.
Timmy: I have really been digging all these great overdone idol figures that have been coming out lately, and Nico here isn’t any different. I really like how the dynamic pose really spices up what could have easily been a cute but otherwise mediocre affair. I would be able to easily recommend this to any Love Live fans if Alter didn’t also have an outrageously extravagant figure of her in the pipes that you should clearly buy instead.
Marlin: If your idol did THIS…. would it mean anything to you?
inobu Oshino Plain Clothes ver. (Monogatari)
Kotobukiya, January 2016, ¥7,800
Zigg: Cute and adorable, until you get to the disturbingly sexual dangling shoe. So basically the same as always for Monogatari. It’s Kotobukiya so it’s bound to be a solid figure but personally I prefer their earlier white-dress version over this. Gotta love that cushion though.
Jel: I guess it was only a matter of time before we got the black dress version of Shinobu as she appears later in the series. It’s funny how a small detail totally changes the tone of this figure. Without the shoes it’s a pretty innocent figure of Shinobu eating her trademark donut, they even have the decency to keep the frills of her dress covering all the appropriate areas. With the shoes though, it adds just the slightest hint of sexuality that kills the mood. I guess completionists who need every outfit Shinobu ever wears will be interested in this, but otherwise I feel there are better options.
Timmy: Definitely another cute Shinobu. The frilly black dress looks great as is the doughnut cushion she is sitting on. There is really not much else to say about here though so if you need another cute Shinobu in your life here you go.
Iro: That pose makes me feel uncomfortable (particularly the hanging shoe) and also makes it look like she’s wearing bizarre frilly shorts instead of a frilly skirt.
Saber Bride (Fate/Extra CCC)
Wings Company, December, ¥12,778
Zigg: What’s with that bizarre greenish skin tone? The pose is great and the burnt dress edge is pretty nice, but Saber Bride is such a totally awful character design there’s only so much you can sweeten the bill. Lot of money for a relatively unknown manufacturer too.
Jel: Saber Bride is possibly the worst Saber, but grading on that curve this is not a bad figure. I particularly like pose and how the base creatively compensates for it without having to add a lame clear plastic extension. The charred edges of her dress are a particularly nice touch but come on, that overall design is terrible. Pass.
Timmy: I have kind of liked Saber’s bride outfit but the fact figures of her wearing it with the front zipper down past her navel has always killed any of my interest. This is a pretty nice figure despite that though and the burnt cloth and sword are as cool as they always were. The rest of the outfit looks nicely executed and the base is pretty neat as well. A pretty nice Saber Bride if you don’t mind her boobs hanging out.
Iro: I was never a fan of Red Saber’s character design in Fate/Extra, but her redesigned costume for Fate/Extra CCC is perhaps the worst of the lot (maybe tied with Caster’s whatever-the-hell-this-is), though the burnt edges of the train are a cool detail. It’s also worth noting that the suit is zipped up in the game.
Nendoroid Shirou Emiya (Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works)
Good Smile Company,December, ¥3,704
Jel: Now you too can re-enact fighting with a magically charged rolled up newspaper. ANIME!
Timmy: He doesn’t come with very much but at least he is pretty cheap to compensate.
Iro: Look everyone, he’s got a jacket now! That means we can totally make a new figure!
S.H. Figuarts Bruce Lee (Real Badasses Club)
Bandai, January 2016, ¥5,500
Zigg: This has the same issue all unclothed poseables have, which is the joints are super distracting against the flesh coloured areas. Who cares thoguh because dear god Bandai have got those faces dead on and that’s really what matters. Super cool little novelty with possible breakout appeal and a damn sight better than the awful figma version.
Jel: This might be the first time I think a Figuarts looks better than the figma version. Sure the body doesn’t look as detailed or articulate, but they nailed the faces and that’s the important part. I still think the real life poseable figures have too many nasty joints to really work so I don’t think I would by one but IF I DID, Bruce would be at the top of the list.
Timmy: Janky jointiness aside this actually looks pretty cool. The faces especially all look pretty great. Now to buy him and give him lots of guns just for the fun of it.
Iro: Does this come with chest-cut accessories to replicate the final battle of Enter the Dragon?
Kurisu Makise (Steins;Gate)
Kotobukiya, January 2016, ¥7,800
Zigg: Still to this day one of the coolest bases I’ve ever seen on a figure.
Jel: I always kind of wanted this figure. I love Kurisu’s design and that is one incredible base. I have seen this in person though and it looks very, very tiny in person. I ended up buying the GSC version which doesn’t seem as exciting at first glance, but I like it better. It’s nice to see it’s getting a re-release though as it’s still a really cool figure, so depending how much love you love Steins;Gate it still might be worth picking up.
Timmy: I definitely regret missing out on Kurisu a fair bit the first time and I am really damn tempted again to get this rerelease of her, especially at that price. I am sure I am not alone in that either.