Hello, and welcome to All Your Monies, where The Glorio Blog’s resident toy and figure collecting crew (and Iro) will run down the last week’s new pre-orders, turning a loving or scathing all-seeing eye over what’s been put out for you to spend your hard-earned cash on. This week, we’re back after a medical emergency forced a last minute cancellation last week. Luckily that’s produced a pretty awesome lineup.
Mumei (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)
Good Smile Company, August 2017, ¥12.037
Zigg: This definitely has the wow factor down pat, but there’s something awkward about that pose. Normally I’m the biggest advocate for insane action looks, but Mumei here is just stretched out while she’s….jumping? Dodging? Dancing? It’s just not very clear. That’s a shame because the girl herself looks ace, with an excellent face and a bright, highly detailed take on a cool outfit. I can’t say I’m 100% sold though and at that price it needs to be and all-in.
Jel: That’s got to be one of the most impressive uses for a base that I’ve seen in a while. Assuming she doesn’t need any extra support (which I really don’t know), it makes for a very impressive flying through the air effect. As for Mumei herself, I’m kind of indifferent on her character design but her totally not Attack on Titan gear looks really cool and well detailed. Nice work.
Iro: As goofy and chuuni as Iron Habanero is, this is a pretty impressive figure, assuming the base is enough to keep it actually standing. Did Kabaneri even have the flying around like Attack on Titan did? Hm.
Zigg: Deku is simply adorable and both of these figures are really good at capturing that. I probably lean a little towards the figma since it captures his lanky teenage awkwardness better, but the usual problems of price versus what you get rear their head. The Nendoroid probably has the better add-ons, especially the tears face, which is super important since Deku spends more time crying than doing anything else.
Jel: Between the cartoonishly oversized hands and feet and the knee and elbow pads, Deku translates really well to both nendoroid and figma forms. As to which one you should get, it’s kind of a tough call. I love the look of the figma, but the nendoroid has the better accessories, particularly the crocodile tears face. The tie breaker might be the price as we are once again forced to bring up the ridiculous cost for figmas these days, but it looks so nice that it might be worth the extra yen.
Iro: Oh Deku, you are just the cutest. His swamp-green costume is still kind of silly, but look at those faces! He’s adorable!
ARTFX J May/Haruka with Mudkip (Pokemon)
Kotobukiya, April 2015, ¥8,500
Zigg: As much fun as Megahouse’s G.E.M. range has been, I’m glad that we’re getting some bigger, higher quality stuff. Problem is, all of the iconic Pokemon character designs are from the anime, and while I think most people would recognise Red and Blue, beyond that it’s pretty tough going. Haruka here looks great, and I love the design, I’m just not really attached to the character in any way. I do like Mudkips though.
Jel: Hey, more Pokemon characters I don’t know! At least it’s not more Digimon… anyway, this is on the higher end of some of the figures we’ve been seeing lately, and while the girl is cute I guess it’s Mudkip that steals the show. OK, I mostly just love that water splash.
Iro: I think I said last time on this feature that I like May more than other female Pokemon protagonists, and her redesign for Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire is cutesy enough. Mudkip is clearly the star here, however.
ARTFX J Takashi Natsume & Madara (Natsume’s Book of Friends)
Kotobukiya, March 2017, ¥13,800
Zigg: I don’t know anything about the show itself, but I know a spectacular figure and this is definitely one of those. I’ll restate my often repeated love for detailed, flowing cloth, and the high detailing here brings even a boring black school uniform to life. Then there’s the gigantic wolf-dog thing in the background. Definitely a standout.
Jel: Talk about visually striking, this takes what could have been a pretty subdued and boring figure and makes it DEMAND your attention. I’m not sure what the actual size is, but the scale between the two characters makes it look huge and imposing. The sculpt is really nice, I love the swirly bits at the bottom, and while the color palette is a bit muted the rest of the figure compensates for it. Really nice work.
Iro: “Hey guys, have you ever played Okami on the PS2? It’s a really good game you guys.”
Belldandy: Me, My Girlfriend and Our Ride Ver. (Ah! My Goddess!)
Good Smile Company, August 2017, ¥12,778
Zigg: This is a lovely figure with beautiful colouring but it is simply so excessively phallic I am unable to take it seriously.
Jel: My surface knowledge of Ah! My Goddess does not cover what in the world is going on here, but I like it. Belldandy looks awesome with a great sculpt and whatever she’s riding has that kind of mid-20th century Sci-fi rocket ship feel that I can get behind. The colors are obnoxiously bold, but I think in a good way, with her cool blue outfit contrasting well with the pink on everything else. Is that three consecutive nice things in AYM? What is going on here?
Iro: This looks like one of those really nice figures that are completely and utterly out of character. Granted, I don’t have much knowledge about Ah! My Goddess, but Belldandy doesn’t seem the type to wear skintight bodysuits, let alone unzipped skintight bodysuits. The dumb retro sci-fi rocket bike is fun, though.
Nendoroid Mega Man X: Full Armor (Mega Man X)
Good Smile Company, April 2017, ¥4,445
Zigg: I’ve never played Mega Man X and at least from my perspective he looks super over-designed compared to the iconic simplicity of the original. I definitely do want the hadoken effect though so I can use it with all of my other Nendos.
Jel: For my money Mega Man X is one of the best action games ever made one of my personal all time favorites, so needless to say I really like this. The classic blue Mega Man design may be more iconic, but the upgraded X armor is pretty recognizable in its own right. As with most robots, it translates perfectly into a jointed figure, and if looks alone aren’t enough the inclusion of the hidden hadouken attack is an inspired move. I might end up buying this.
Iro: I gotta say, including the Hadouken pushes this over the edge into awesome territory. If you’re a crazy person like Jel and think Mega Man X is one of the best games ever, you should probably pick this up.
figma Phoenix Wright (Ace Attorney)
Phat Company, May 2017, ¥6,800
Zigg: This is pretty much perfect except for the fact that the goofy grin face is a GSC store exclusive.
Iro: It’s too much to hope for an English “OBJECTION!” bubble, but the rest of the accessories are pretty spot on, allowing you to recreate all of Nick’s classic poses. It even has the coffee mug, used once in the third game for a particularly somber moment. The price is fucking nuts, though.
Jel: This is about as good a Phoenix Wright figma as you could possibly hope for. He looks great and comes with a surprising amount of accessories by today’s figma standards. I know it will never happen, but I feel like it needs an “OBJECTION!” in English to truly be complete though.