Beach Queens Misaka Mikoto and Misaka-imouto - I'm seeing double!

Hey peeps, how are you doing this week?

With the awesome A Certain Scientific Railgun S airing I figured it was the perfect time to look at these two cute looking Misakas from Wave's Beach Queens line.

I actually have had this super lovely and cute Biri Biri for ages now, don't remember for how long. When she was released I never really paid attention to the Beach Queen line at all, always seemed kinda boring and I was dubious of their quality due to their cheap price and the rather small 1/10 scale.

Luckily enough for me this changed when Exilehero got his Cecilia Alcott from Infinite Stratos, thanks to that I was able to finally see one up close. And you know what? They aren't half bad, sure the size is a bit small but not too small, still bigger than a figma and the quality while not perfect is more than what I expected for the price.

However, that still left one problem, I still found most of them boring.

Then this lovely Biri Biri came along and I just found her irresistibly cute! I wasn't the only and she pretty much sold out everywhere fairly fast so I wasn't able to get one. Luckily for me Fab from Wieselhead was parting with his and sold it for me for a fairly low price.

Because Biri Biri was a second hand woman figure I never really felt like doing a whole photoshoot for her, even more so since Fab had already done a wonderful job with her.

This is where Misaka-imouto comes in, when I saw this Beach Queens I was in love with a Misaka once again and an idea hit me.

Sure, don't really feel like snapping pictures of Biri Biri by herself but with her little sister? Sure, I'll go take pictures of them together. With that decided when I was invited by Exilehero to go this park he discovered I figured that would be the perfect chance.

Plus it had just rained the day before, perhaps I could even find some water! This was gonna be perfect!

Alas there was none, it was actually kinda dry, lots of death so to speak... hmm kinda creepy in some parts too. Totally didn't help we were the only two people there...

However, when I saw the loosened soil from the rain I thought it would work for my designs. The texture that it had kinda reminded me of a sandy beach so I went along with that plus in that location there was some nice green stuff around us.

This is actually the same location where Exilehero did his latest photo shoot for the ever so cute Kuroneko, or as he called her, the only reason to watch Oreimo. Poor Kirino and everyone else.

Anyways, I found it quite interesting when looking at his photos how different they ended up from mine, even though we were only a few feet away from each other. This one of the reasons I love figure photography both as a producer and a consumer. Same location, same lighting conditions and yet we ended with quite different looking photos. This is why I find looking at different photos of the same figure from different people fun.

Are you guys enjoying Railgun S? I sure as hell am!

I been waiting since I read the Sisters arc in the manga to see this adapted into anime! Originally I was hesitant at first when it started since revisiting the same arc could end up boring but boy was I wrong.

It started normally enough and then bam! Got super dark and cruel for poor Biri Biri. Surprisingly enough JC Staff has managed to do a very good job about it so far. With the last two episodes of the anime that introduced Misaka-imouto and Accelerator I was super happy with the quality all around. Here I'm hoping they keep the atmosphere going.

I think what has surprised me the most is how good the music has been those episodes. Usually the Raildex stuff goes for the techno-ish side of things. But those ending songs for poor Misaka-imouto's fate and Biri Biri rushing accelerator at the end were great. Then the following episode flashback with one of the Sisters going outside for the first time with the nice piano arrangement was so nice.

I just can't believe JC Staff is doing such a great job, I guess they finally leveled up as a studio!

I look forward to rest of the arc, if JC Staff keeps up like this it should be great. Biri Biri being crushed by the world, Biri Biri blowing things up, this version of the Touma vs Accelerator match. Man so many things to look forward too, no wonder this is my favorite arc in both Index and Railgun so far.

Contrary to what some people say though, I doubt the opening reflects what will happen in the show. JC Staff is probably not gonna make big major changes like that, and will keep events mostly the same. A bit hard for me to comprehend why some people are so worried.

Oh I should mention that I'm very surprised with how well received this set of pictures was in flickr. I never get that many amount of favorites or views for my sets. Now the hard part for me is trying to figure out why people liked them so much so I can apply that to future photo shoots.

Ah, the joys of figure photography, I just love it. Can't really phantom enjoying my figures as much as I do without taking pictures of them. Then again it's probably because I been this sort of stuff for years now.

I shall leave you guys with this very appealing shot of a couple of Misaka tushies. I think I have found out a place where the clone might be better than the original. May be it is the shimapan bottoms but there is just something about Misaka-imouto's tushie that I really, really like.

And on that pervy note, until next time folks.

 

Cecilia Alcott - Swimsuit Beach Queen

It's summer and it's damn hot here! To keep with the summer theme I'm gonna talk about another swimsuit figure: Wave's Cecilia Alcott of the Beach Queens line.

Cecilia is from the light novel and anime series Infinite Stratos, think mechas and harem. At first I was disappointed with the anime because I expected something like sky girls, but then suddenly a guy shows up. Thankfully the cast of female characters are so quirky and fun that I soon came to love it.

This is actually the first Beach Queens figure I've ever gotten and I gotta say I'm impressed, then again I wasn't really expecting much.

First off her face is actually really nicely modeled, her eyes have pretty good detail, her cheeks have really cute blush and she even has a bit of gloss on her lips, which fits her ojou-sama vibe well. One thing to note on her head is that her headband feels like it's sorta just pasted on top of her fringe. You can see how it's just slightly too small to fill the valley that forms on her front hair, there's a bit of hair peeking out on either side of it.

Cecilia wears a very simple 2 piece bikini with a towel or something over her waist, a little too simple for a high-class lady like herself, I'd say. Where are the frills, the lace?! I guess the headband has a bit of that.

Of course like any good ojou-sama she has hair drills! Ah the allure of those golden spirals, symbols of wealth and status, though that's probably not why I like her. The reason probably has to be that she is voiced by Yukana, which plays the ditzy sheltered girl to a T.

One thing that's interesting about this figure is that she can stand fairly easily without the use of a base. Also notice the nicely sculpted abs and navel.

Her sash thing can be cast off to reveal a very skimpy string bikini bottom. Hmm... her boobs can look a bit unnatural, almost floaty, from a couple of angles.

One great thing about her tiny swimsuit is the way it digs into her, must be uncomfortable haha. I also like the way they sculpted her butt, as it shows a little Y forming between the cheeks, quite sexy.

Her head swivels and can be taken off. 

Her hair is surprisingly crisp with little to no excess plastic left from the molding.

Detail of her earring. Incidentally that right there is also the mecha she uses.

Overall I'm pretty satisfied with wave's Cecilia. She was pretty cheap, quality is good and she wasn't as tiny as I expected her to be for a 1/10th scale figure. I'd definitively get another Beach Queen's figure if it was a character I like.

I'd go as far as saying that Beach Queen's might be a very good starting point for anyone interested in getting into the figure collecting hobby. They have pretty accessible prices and the variety of characters available is pretty big, perfect for someone who's not ready to commit a good chuck of money for a pair of plastic tits.

 

Till next time~