Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Figure Delays

Just noting a few figures that will be delayed for June and July.

The June release of Mio Akiyama and Saber alter's figmas have been delayed to July and the July release of Clalaclan Philias armored for August.

Im quite happy that Saber Alter was delayed to July, now i can combine the shipping of my Reisen scaled with her :3

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Megurine Luka Figma by Max Factory

Max Factory - Megurine Luka Figma
Release Date: October 2010
Price: 2800 yens
Size: 14 cms
Rating: 9/10

I know i've said it often, but this is a beauty of a figure!!!
Megurine Luka's figma has been carefully sculpted by Max Factory into this beautifull figure, shes is breathtaking with her long salmon colored hair flowing on the wind and and her shining outfit based on the chinesse cheongsam was already a great sight in the official art but this is just a superb rendition.

Luka comes with a normal and singing face, a huge Tuna as per the Vocaloid tradition to mix each character with a foodstuff item and a vintage golden microphone as per her image of a mature diva. Even if i find it superb however, i think its a bit unatural to have her hair always floating in the air like this (her clothing as well), i can understand its an issue with the figma stand but it was also the case with Tsuruya's figma and the peg was plugged in her hair which wasnt a problem.

Overall, this figure is one of the rare masterpieces amongst figmas and a must get!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My Room

Wanted to do something a bit different this time.
I will show everyone what my room looks like right now :3

Let's start with a quick round, i'll follow with close ups.

The north wall, covered in with lots of lamines and posters i made myself in my reprographic class, the 2 eva posters are xmax gifts from a while ago. I love the Suigintou lamines and Touhou posters especially :3

Next is the library on the north east, its full of figures, mangas and boxes that i dunno where else to place, more on it later. You can also see a Tales of the Abyss poster on the closet's sliding door, it comes from a japanesse Tales of magazine and its dual sided. :o

The east wall doesnt have much except a dresser with some figures and plushies, here you can see my Kero, Saber Lion and Azusa plushie as well as my Saber Alter figure.

From the same dresser here we have more of my figures, Sakura, Karen, Shiki and Tomoyo. That Tomoyo figure is really magnificent for a sega prize item and that Shiki figure is so awesome ne?

Above that dresser is a big poster of Hatsune Miku i printed at my reprographics class, i got it free when something like that would have cost me 50$ o.o

Next is the south wall, bearing 2 beautifull wallscrolls of Chii and Saber, also pictured my really huge Pikachu plush lookin all cute.

Next is a picture of the flood of posters above my computer desk, yes i know theres a lot, a piece of note is the Suiseiseki wood lamine wich i did in my reprographics class. You can see some figures but i'll come back on em.

To the south-west are several posters as well, most notably these two my friend Au-chan of Kawaru wa yo gave me when she returned from animenorth 2010, the Black Rock Shooter one owns!!!

The west wall sports these 3 beautifull wallscrolls of Saber, Asuka and the Haruhi trio. I love the Saber and Asuka ones.

Now for some up close details.

The upper Layer of my library holds a few figures, my Mokona plushie an all my anime and game pins, the small Rei figure is a souvenir bought in japan by a friend who went there last year and the Tohno Minagi scaled figure is a x-mas gift from my friend Meruko. Sadly the Suigintou here is a bootleg wich i bought at otakuthon 2009. Here's a tip, do not buy anything from wasabi manga, their table held nothing but bootleg i fear.

The second level of the library holds almost all my trading figures as well as a few scaled figures, the Saber figure here is my first scaled. Most of the trading figures were bought from ebay when i started to get serious about figure collecting. Also i display proudly here my Rei and Asuka mermaid (ver.3) figures wich are real beauties despite being sega prizes. You can also see part of my manga collection at the bottom.

Continuing is a close up of one of the glass shelf over my computer desk, on it is an almost complete collection of Nanoha StrikerS figmas and a full collection of Vocaloid nendoroid petits. I'm really proud of whats on this particular shelf :3

On my computer desk itself is quite a bulk of my collection, here are 8 of my nendoroids in all they're glory, i've also paired em up. Those nendoroid are some of my most precious pieces of my collection, 2 of them being limited and exclusive Touhou project figures. Also they are soooooo cute, its like a small world in itself is on my desk!!!

On the right you can see some more important pieces of my collection, the Noumi Kudryavka figure wich i previously covered and the magnificent Xecty wich was given as a bday present by my grandfather last month. The Saber figma is there until i decide to move her somewhere else once again and the Saber maid figure in the back, while still a good piece, may end up being but on sale very soon (message me if interested).

On the left are some more precious items, namely the goodsmile Hatsune Miku figure wich is one of my favorite pieces as well as my scaled 1/6 goodsmile holiday ver. Saber, as well is the beautifull KOS-MOS figure that was given to me by friends for x-mas 2008 and the elegant Blanc-Neige from shining wind.

On the direct right agaisnt the wall is another glass shelf with my sublime figure of Kuonji Shinra wich i also covered on a previous article, with an assortment of figmas, Mikuru is in trouble isnt she?
The two Fate figmas here as so adorable, especially the school uniform version. ^^

And to close this article is my smaller library filled to the brim with the mangas that are from series i like in particular, as you can see i have a lot of Ken Akamatsu's work (Love Hina and Negima) . I really should finish the Fruits Basket series however...

Well thats it, hope you like the tour of my room. ^^

Monday, June 14, 2010

KOS-MOS ver.4 by Alter

Alter - KOS-MOS ver.4
Release Date: December 2007, Re-released November 2008
Price: 6800 Yens
Size: 21 cms, scaled 1/8
Rating: 10/10

Perfect, this is about the quickest way i can describe this figure.
Alter are masters when it comes to making big and highly detailed figures.

KOS-MOS ver.4 is detail full and none was forgotten, every single piece of metal, cloth and weaponry was reproduced faithfully to the original. Metal pieces have been given an opaque yet shiny metalic paint, the clothing a beautifull white and blue looking tightly wrapped around the character's figure and wrinkles have been made hinting that the character is in movement.

Her Triple Vulcan gatling gun looks realistic and menacing, the whole suit is full of small details like decals on the helm, laces around the high socks and straps and buckles at appropriate areas. Her face, with the deep red eyes, as this intimidating yet gentle look and her beautifull flowing long blue hair are slightly transparent giving this space age android look.

It is one of my greatest regrets to never have aquired this figure, its a masterpiece from head to toe.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Reimu Hakurei figma by Max Factory

Max Factory - Reimu Hakurei figma
Release Date: January 2010
Price: 2800 yens
Size: 14 cms
My Rating: 9/10

Made by max factory, this beauty of a figure was the first in the line of Touhou series figma.
By far this is one of the highest quality figmas to date, her dress full of small but beautifull paterns, pretty and bright colors, with a solid build and well thought out design.

She uses the new system for the hands whitout a lil ball at the end of the peg, making it easier to take out or put it and making risks of breaks null. Her accessories are plentifull, broom, 2 hands with talismens, her trademark wand, sake bottle, bowl and tea cup. 3 faces are included, the default basic one, an angry face and a goofy face wich can symbolize her happiness or being drunk.

I really love her ribbon on her head, it was faithfull to her original design and makes her stand out amongst other characters. My only complaint with this figure are her sleeves, they should have added an extra joint to make them more movable, it is a bit hard to make her stand in a natural way with those always being straight and going agaisnt gravity.

Sadly for those who couldnt manage to get one from a proxy during her initial release will have to pay a high price to obtain one since it was a limited and shop exclusive item, thus prices for her will inflate highly over time thanks to rarity and this being a Touhou series merchandise.

Bonus: funny picture of my Reimu figma with my Saber casual figma.