Pre-order list: the mid year edition!

I’m feeling all partied out and too sleep deprived to actually go take pictures. So I will give you a pre-order list instead.

Here it is my and exilehero’s pre-order list for the next chunk of the year.

The previous list from February.

June

To start off an exclusive from the Good Smile Shop. I love me some Homu Homu. I, like many, was disappointed by the lack of weapons in the Homura figma. It all became clear when this figma was sold as a Wonfes exclusive, the more guns for Homura the better. I look forward to it even more so since it includes that lovely hair bow.

No, you can’t have enough Puella Magi as long as it is Homura!

 

 

Don’t you have enough Puella Magi already? Though I suppose I do like homura better with her school uniform. Maybe I just think those sock boots are too silly. But what do you do with a non-magical version of a magical girl? Make them eat cake? Actually scratch that, it might be a good idea. We’ll make millions!

The lovely Chie from Persona 4 my second favorite girl from that game. I’m so happy that the anime managed to garner enough attention from Max Factory to make more Persona figmas. Chie is so nice I love her tomboyish personality. I gotta say though after the anime I don’t think the English VA will be able to match Yui Horie even though it was a really good dub in the game.

 

 

I thought the English VA was very good when I was playing the game, then I watched the anime, there’s just no comparison. Can’t go back to the game without cringing anymore. Anyway I didn’t like the way they did her face. I know it looks more like in the game art but I got used to the game model and anime version. She seems more playful there. She has spats under that right?

The clumsy piece of moeness that is Rorona, best clumsy alchemist ever. Until Totori came around anyways.

MegaHouse went and did this depiction of the titular character from Atelier Rorona and it looks spot on. Still not close enough to Kishida Mel’s illustrations but not bad at all. Never gotten anything from MegaHouse so I look forward to see how it is when exilehero gets her.

Also, go play the Atelier games on the PS3, they are really nice.

 

Eh, I take insult to you belittling Rorona next to Totori. I think they’re a little too different to compare.

Promo shots look fine for her, hope I’m not disappointed. Only thing off with her is that I think her breasts are a little too big compared to the in-game character and art. Though I just think to myself that it’s Rorona form later on in the game where she finishes blossoming through puberty.

 

This stupid idiot, while I did not end up keeping up with Akibarangers in the end it is a nice show from what I did watch. It is really nice if you like super sentai stuff since it plays with and against the usual tropes and cliches associated with it.

I never gotten anything other Precures from the SH Figuart line so I wanna see how good it is with this stuff after exilehero gets the set.

 

 

I watched Akiba ranger and I really liked the show, so I’m getting the figuarts. I think they have great potential to do comics with. It’s too bad I couldn’t get the Z-Cune transformation gun though, it was sold out when I woke up. I’m not that bummed out about it though since it was really darn expensive.

 

 

 

July

Sanya is my favorite girl from Strike Witches, she is also the only who wears any sort of bottoms and doesn’t run around pantless.

After Miyafuji it seem there wouldn’t be more figmas from Strike Witches but I’m glad the line continues. I don’t plan to get all of them but for the girls I like Sanya there is no question. After all just look at her cute demure expressions.

 

 

Sanya is boring, she’s wearing normal clothes. I still like her though and the rocket launcher is a nice prop. I’m a little surprised you’re not just getting them all, you’d be just like 2 away from getting them all.

 

I hate this guy, he should burn in hell and suffer eternal torment. If I ever did a top ten list of my most hated characters he would be in the top five may be top three.

Nice figma though.

 

 

 

If you already have Gutts why not get Griffith? Well Griffith figma has a prettier face than even girls, it’s insane. Promo shots make him look very detailed, hope he comes out alright. He’ll make a really good villain.

This Fate is awesome, nice and sexy. I do not mind so much that the figure differs from the illustration. Although I suppose a big deal of appeal is Fate’s pleasing behind. Not that it matters since I’m quite happy with Alter’s swimsuit clad Nanoha.

 

 

 

 

Fate’s ass is the miracle of the universe and all but lately Nanoha’s not far behind. I recently found out that it’s actually Nanoha with the bigger butt and fate with the bigger boobs, according to official details anyway. I don’t think the lecherous artists from pixiv focus on just one thing of any of the girls though.

Anyway the figure looks great to me so far, maybe I’d wish it was a bit more interesting. When you put it next to Nanoha she looks a bit plain. I’m hoping to like her more when I see her in front of me.

The second member of the Akibarangers. She is blue and tsundere and the one sane person. Looking at these, they sure are more detailed than actual official super sentai.

 

 

 

 

Now that you’re comparing them, Akibarangers seem to have much more interesting costumes than the normal Sentai, which are just wearing spandex. Akibarangers have armor! It helps that designs are made by the Tiger and Bunny guy.

 

 

 

 

August

Giant figure of loli Nanoha in a bikini. I see no reason not to buy this. Just look at those slims legs, the delicate budding chest, the cute frilly two piece, the 1/4th scale. It’s so awesome.

 

 

 

 

You are just a lolicon.

Yukiko, the resident yamato nadeshiko of Persona 4. Yukiko and Chie must be together so buying them was a no question. Hmm... come to think of it, the Persona 4 crew sure use some questionable weapons like Yukiko’s fan.

My only complaint is that there is no expression of when Yukiko goes into one of her laughing fits.

 

 

I like the Yukiko figma better than the Chie one since she looks a bit more like the anime. Wonder if they’ll come up with summer uniforms or like shadow versions and such, since she doesn’t seem to come with the shadow face.

I’m still a big Precure fan and I’m still a big Heartcatch fan in particular. So I ended getting this exclusive release of Cure Blossom in her Super Silhouette form. If there is one thing I loved about Heartcatch is how expressive the girls were. The chance to get more expressions for them is a big plus for me.

 

 

 

Bigger hair and bigger costume, good luck trying to balance that one. Wonder if they come out with some of the smile girls. They seem like they’d fit that form well. I just remembered that I’m so behind watching Precure. heart thing on the background, since it looks kinda CGed in. I would actually like if they made figuarts.

 

 

 

The last of the Akibarangers, the silly cosplaying woman. Ever since I saw her I still can’t get over the twin tail helmet thing.

Apparently these are very popular as they sold out almost instantly. Aren’t you happy you managed to pre-order them before?

 

 

 

Apparently it’s normal for sentai stuff to sell out that fast, just look at the Moe Moe Z-Cune that sold out like nothing I’m camping for the robo itasha since I really do want that one.

 

 

 

 

September

I get the impression that people did not like Symphogear. I don’t quite understand why, since it had a nice set of characters, some yuri, Mizuki Nana, music by Mizuki Nana and a nice decent storyline.

Since I really liked it, that means I go buy the merchandise like this lovely figma of the protagonist, Hibiki. I find it interesting that this figma has four different faces when the norm is two or three.

 

This figma actually looks really clean and you can’t see the joints that people like to complain about. I wanted to get her too but in the end I didn’t go for it. Guess I don’t like Hibiki that much. I might go for Tsubasa or Chriss though.

You can’t have Sanya without Eila trailing too far behind so here we go. Eila is the other sensible dressed girl, it almost looks like she is just wearing a really short skirt with that coat of hers.

I look forward to some yurilicious scenes between Eila and Sanya.

 

 

 

I don’t think Eila gets enough credit, everyone seems to focus on Sanya. Eila is one of my favorite witches though I’m not sure she fits well as a figma since she’s not very expressive. I guess I like how she acts more than how she looks.

T-elos is cool, she is what I call deliciously evil. Unlike her counterpart, evil Kos-Mos sure showed more personality ranging from arrogance to outright hatred.

I did not particularly like her after Xenosaga but because of the Super Robot Wars spin off Endless Frontier that changed. I look forward for her and Kos-Mos to be together and “become one” all over again.

 

 

Hmm... her skin tone looks a little too dark to me. I also think that Kos-Mos has the better exploding breast thing. And I also wonder if the legs are sculpted from the same mold, Kos-Mos’s butt/tights seem to be more alluring because she wears a skirt. Look at me nothing but complaints about T-elos, then again i don’t really know much about her.

Heartcatch in general was very expressive but all that pales in comparison to Cure Marine here. If Bandai decided to include all her expressions show on the show she would need dozens and dozens of them. Much like Blossom a chance to get more of them is worthwhile enough.

 

 

 

Super Silhouette is kinda silly now that I look at it. They just cram the girls with frilly clothes, I guess that’s the best way to show that they powered up. Though I’m not gonna complain about the elbow-gloves.

 

 

 

 

 

There you have the next batch of stuff we are buying. There is still some stuff that was delayed or hasn't been released yet from our last list, if you wanna see those you can read them up.

A certain Decepticon's sunny day out

OTL.... this is too much work... like seriously... good thing I had a helping hand this time. Anyways, enjoy this "high production" figure story and make sure to see those two gifs.

A continuation of this other figure story.

Now, behold the power of animation!!!

City gets attacked again? Sounds like a scoop to me.

Aya, diligently performing her work as usual.

A little to flashy with that title there Aya.

That sounds more like some MC building hype than reporting if you ask me.

Did I ever mention the Pretty Cure franchise is really awesome.

In paritcular Heartcatch is my favorite show so far. It's like mixing Casshern Sins, Kamen Rider and magical girls.

You know, this bugs me to no end. Why is Precure not popular in the west? It certainly has great appeal for various audiences.

I mean, if you like stuff like Nanoha, any Super Sentai or Kamen Raider show then Precure is for you. Also goes for magical girl fans in general, heck Precure is made by the same studio that brought Sailor Moon to the world.

Enough ranting about that.

This sequence of events is pretty typical for a Heartcatch episode.

In case you are wondering for the reason behind the attack, it's just some ploy to overthrow Megatron... or steal energon... or something or other that Starscream would do.

So I learned that for being such a distinct sound effect, that transforming sound has no consensus as to what the onomatopoeia for it is.

As one comment on flickr put it, legendary dialogue... legendary indeed XD.

exilehero helped me out with some of the special effects. It's so nice to have help with this stuff, while not necessarily hard to do, it is time consuming.

Hmm... I don't think I have a comment for this one.

This is the sunny in the title, the third Heartcatch Precure girl. She is cool, she knows martial arts and stuff.

Yes, Precure fight using tactics and strategy every now and then.

Now this is one of the things I love the most about Heartcatch... the finishing moves and the combos using them.

I wanted to add sound to this animation, but exilehero was telling me that would be making a movie rather than some gif animation.

Boasting, the number 1 cause of defeats for evil doers everywhere.

These girls so totally did this in the show proper as well. Really awesome plot relevant episode.

Poor Starscream totally got hit head on by the attack. This means only one thing.

Bad guy explodes!

Go Starscream, explode all Megaman X Maverick boss style.

Indeed it was Aya, this is how Precure roll.

One last thing to mention, when I first watched Precure this is exactly how it was for me.

I watched Futari wa Precure first, I did expect something like Doremi but boy did I get something else.

I'll catch your heart

This kinda stuff is too much work =_=... This post is on the image heavy side.

I'm sorry, I totally stole this one from you, it's fine since we are like buddies and stuff right? ... Right?

It was just so cool and Aya like that I ended liking too much.

Fastest yes, honest? Well that's questionable as always.

In case you forgot she is CNN9's field correspondent.

So, who wants to bet on the answer?

Robots or little girls of mass destruction?

Also, typo... sigh.

Hey, that description sounds familiar!

If you are a Touhou fan anyways.

Totally meaningless cameo...

Rumble?

So nostalgic, that totally dominated my childhood for a while. Among other things anyways, yay for the 90s!

While doing my silly crappy effects I came across this video compilation.

So awesome!

Saving people is not her job apparently. Who will save the city then?

Once again wanna guess? Another robot or little girls of mass destruction?

A challenger has appeared? Who could it be?

Dropped kicked with high heels... that must suck.

They did call out your attention, that's like a warning and stuff right? Besides who gives warnings when they attack someone?

Nana Mizuki voices her, she also voices a certain other magical girl by the way.

 She is my favorite Precure ever.

Flowers are a big motif throughout Heartcatch Precure.

Let me talk about these two figures a bit. They are from Bandai's S.H.Figuarts line, I like them quite accurate to the show.

However, Bandai thought it would be a good idea to make their hair solid PVC. Because of that they are very top heavy and impossible to balance without using a stand. As you might or might not know, usually I either don't use them or hide them with different angles and other tricks.

In this case, that was impossible for me, not apparent at least with my limited time.

I really like Cure Marine, she so cute and spunky.

I somehow managed to miss that until it was pointed out to me. I wonder how I was like 20 something episodes in.

Hoh?

I bet getting kicked in the gut with high heels must also suck.

Yes, the Heartcatch girls totally gang up to beat up their enemies. Perfect example is the awesomeness that was the last battle with the big bad villain.

Nice dodge!

Too bad it was the only one.

Smart people? Why needlessly endanger yourself? Finish off your enemies quick.

That's why gloating villains never win, they always wait for the good guys to get up again.

Exactly!

Only good guys get a free turn. That's why they can transform, combine, call out their attacks and so on without getting attacked midway.

Sorry, this time your the bad guy Mighty Morphing Megazord. Hmm.. did that title also apply to the Megazord or only the rangers?

Crappy special effects start now, be warned.

Also some robot mutilation.

A similar thing happened in the show proper... no dismemberment there though.

By the way that's not blood, it's like Megazord oil or something.

Yes, Precure occasionally attack you with your own weapons and/or body parts.

Again, that's not blood.

Yes, once they beat you down and maim you Precure will typically use their finishing move on you.

Again, crappy special effects incoming.

Finishing move sequence part 1.

Part 2.

I really like this finishing move, it's pretty cool.

Part 3.

It gets even better with the third Heartcatch Precure.

Part 4.

That's supposed to be a fortissimo sign as in music and stuff I think.

Part 5.

They cover themselves in flower power(?) and shoot themselves at their enemy.

Part 6.

Usually their enemies end up watching helplessly as the Fortissimo approaches them.

Part 7.

Followed by promptly getting pierced by the Fortissimo.

Part 8.

The enemies heart is then captured by the Precure, thus the show name: Heartcatch Precure.

Part 9.

Yes, at the end the enemy blows up.

Hmm... now that I did a play by play of the Fortissimo, I can't help but find it a little messed up. Get's even better with the Shining Fortissimo and the Heartcatch Orchestra, the next two tiers of finishing moves.

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Now then I will leave you off with the first Heartcatch ending.

This is my favorite Precure ending watched it every time, which means I watched it like 30 or so times by the time the second ending was used.

By the way Heartcatch is my favorite Precure show so far.

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There wasn't supposed to be another list...

I can't believe I forgot how delays are so not cool. In theory, the last list should have been the last list of pre-orders for the foreseeable future since everything should have been out by February.

Alas, I should have known better but it was not to be.

Anyways, onto the list.

March

Since Asuka got delayed I should have been expected for Rei to be as well. Oh well.

The first new addition to the list.

Originally I was holding out on pre-ordering the Heartcatch girls since I did not know if Bandai's S.H.Figuarts line was up to par.

After I bought the original Pretty Cure pair my doubts where dispelled.

I can't wait for Cure Marine to be in my posession. She is my favorite Precure ever from among all the different Precure shows I watched.

April

This is the delay that made me really sad, I should have been enjoying my Kos-Mos figma by now. It pains me so much when this figma is a dream come true for me.

Hey, guess what? I still haven't gotten my hands on a Marisa figma. I blame the high yen, when I think of the money it would cost me to get from Mandrake I always get discouraged.

Although, I did find a listing for her in Tsuki-Board but I am wary as it is a private transaction.

Everything except Kos-Mos has a late March release date so I hope to get a nice package from AmiAmi including everything together.

You might notice that this short list is only for March. While I do want many, manymany figures being released in the coming months I will have to wait. Can't really go and pre-order them when I have no idea if I will have money to buy them.

Sigh... someone should totally hire me...

Or not... Hey would you look at that I got a job offer, which I accepted since I last wrote this. This is what happens when you write posts in advance.

Oh boy, next pre-order list is gonna be fun.

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