I had a surprise arrival yesterday evening in the form of three parcels all in one go! One I was expecting that day, the other I had been expecting within the next few days and the other was quite a bit earlier than I expected.
Yesterday’s arrivals: Figma Canaan, some bits and pieces from Volks, and… my brand new Super Dollfie!
Note: this post is very image-heavy and contains censored doll nakedness.
I finally received my first scholarship payment yesterday (or rather my first three, as the previous payments had been delayed) and decided that a trip to Akihabara was in order! It was a short trip this time, as although I had planned to spend most of the day there and make a trip to Volks, a friend of mine had some tickets to a couple of films at the Tokyo International Film Festival, so I went along to that in the afternoon.
A couple of hours wasn’t long enough to fully explore Akihabara, but I did visit the big anime stores and a few smaller ones as well, and I’ll have a better idea of my way around on my next trip (which should be pretty soon as I want to order myself a doll from Volks while I have the money for it, and while I’ve got enough time for their Full Choice System wait time which is currently about two months).
I just have pictures of the spoils of my trip this time. Next time I’ll be taking some pictures of Akihabara itself.
From top to bottom, left to right: Figma Kagamine Len, Azone Ryougi Shiki, trading figures from Togainu No Chi and Sengoku Basara first and second sets, an Azone biscuit freebie, clear files from Kara No Kyoukai and Canaan.
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Max Factory had quite a few new Figma action figures on display at WonFes, some previously announced and others a surprise.
Previously seen only as a silhouette, Figma Ein was on display in full colour. She looks just as good as expected, and I’m looking forward to seeing the other parts she’ll come with. I hope we might eventually get a Zwei Figma to match as well.
Over at the Figma blog (take a look at the blog for more photos) there’s a new post about Figma Cute, the Queen’s Blade limited edition Figma being bundled with the PSP game. The makers had previously been alluding to something called ‘shift body’, and they’ve now explained what it actually means.
As the image shows, they’ve done something rather interesting with this Figma. Previously the Ikki Tousen girls had come with exchangeable parts to make their outfits look battle-damaged, and Figma Rin came with an extra lower arm, but they were standard exchanges of parts. This one has gone a slightly different route, clearly in the name of fanservice. It seems her whole torso and upper legs can be exchanged for a static part that looks like it belongs with a PVC statue rather than an action figure. The main problem some collectors have with action figures tends to be the visibility of joints, and the tops of most action figures’ legs can often look a little awkward and certainly weren’t designed with showing off the figure’s assets in mind, but this extra part provided with Figma Cute gives her a smoother sculpt at the sacrifice of pose-ability (which is no problem since it’s an optional part).
It remains to be seen whether this is a one-off special because she’s a limited edition (and from a fanservice-y franchise like Queen’s Blade) or whether other Figmas may include similar features in the future, but either way it’s an innovative little extra to include.
Figma Ein Prototype!
From the Japanese magazines comes the surprise announcement of a Figma version of Ein from Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~, the new Bee Train anime based on a suspense visual novel. It’s practically inevitable that she’ll get a PVC or two (I’d love one of her and Zwei in an action pose or something, but it’s probably unlikely given the aversion most figure companies have to male characters) but a Figma being announced first was definitely unexpected.
I can’t wait to see the coloured version. From the silhouette she’ll be wearing her yellow shirt outfit. It looks like she’ll only be 10cm high as well, which is really tiny. I know she’s not a tall character, but it that’s especially small, so looks like Max Factory might be experimenting with different sizes of Figma? The only accessory clear so far is her gun. I hope they’ll include her mask as well. I can’t imagine they can do much for alternate faces given she only has one expression most of the time.
I really hope they do a Zwei Figma as well. They’re a great team, so I feel like it would be a shame to only have one of them – with both of them there would be even more potential for neat action scenes, especially with the newly announced di:stage sets. They’re pretty good with making male characters as well as female, so maybe there’s hope.
From the GSC blog here’s a nice photo of the Love is War (恋は戦争) Figma Miku custom that was made for the photo contest they ran:
Lots of interesting figures surfaced at WonHobby 9 and the few days before it – there’s only one I’m absolutely getting, but several I’d like to have depending on how much money I have.
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