Pre-order list: the I'm super glad the world didn't end edition!

DonationCropIf the world totally ended last year that would mean that I would never get any of the cool stuff that I have on my pre-order list. Now that it is 2013 and it has been more than six months since the last pre-order list is time to see what the new year has ahead for me.

February

First up is my beloved Nanoha, she is the one character I have the most figures of. A trend that I will probably mention more than once with this list is how for a great deal of the figures listed pretty much every single one has been delayed. Nanoha is one such case originally this figma was to be released in December but now it ended being delayed twice to this month.

That aside, yay more Nanoha figma goodness! Although I do question why I decided to buy this figma, I mean it is like 99% the same as the movie version that I already own. I do suppose a great deal of my desire is that she comes from the movie adaptation of A's arguably the best Nanoha show and my favorite.

If you get Nanoha you totally need to get Fate too!

I was never a fan of how Fate looked in the original show or the movie; however, her updated look in A's and now the second movie is more up my alley. I already received the Sonic Form version figma and now wait for Fate's regular form. I do find it kinda odd getting the alternate form before this one though but like I mentioned before delays! Oh so massive delays!

I'm super glad that I am an Aigis fan, if I was bigger fan of any of the other girls from Persona 3 I would so be getting the short end of the stick. I don't know why but figure manufactures sure love making figures of Aigis. I'm glad they do because I was able to get awesome figures like the ART WORKS ver. I reviewed before. Heck just with Max factory alone this will be the third figma they do of Aigis after her Persona 3 and Persona 3 FES looks.

Since she looks as how she appears in Persona 4 Arena I totally hope she is in scale with Yukiko and Chie because the previous two Aigis figmas totally weren't!

March

First up for March is a figure that most people are probably really familiar with, Yagyu Jubei from Hyakka Ryouran.

I admit I have yet to go past the first episode of the show but I always been a fan of the visual design of the characters and the show itself. Orignally when this figure was released I simply did not have enough moneys to get her at the time. When Alter did a release my indecisiveness led to the figure being sold out even if she was available for a while. Now the third time around I pre-ordered her immediately!

Although due to a changing financial situation I will most likely end up cancelling her.

Now say what you may about Infinite Stratos as a show but I found the girls to be very darn appealing. This is one of those situations where my favorite figure manufacturer, Alter, makes a figure of my favorite girl from a show, Laura, in a costume I really like, maid uniform.

When Laura first went up for reservations a lot of people complained about her price, including my figure blogging friends. Although a bit higher than usual it is Alter, they will deliver no doubt, and Laura comes with a variety of display options. Then again this could be my bias talking.

Again with like Yubei I might cancel Laura even with as much as I like her, she is simply the most expensive scaled figure in my pre-order list. However, if the USD/Yen ration continues as it is I might reconsider and still get her.

You know what I hate? Exclusive figures. You know what I hate about exclusive figures? Paying a mark up to a middleman to get one. You know what I hate about committing to buy with a said middleman? Not being able to cancel without a fee.

Which is what I would have done if I didn't get charged 15% of the cost of the figure and a permanent ban from the store, geez! After I ordered Tenshi she was promptly listed for a cheaper price on the Good Smile Web shop.

Alas, nothing I can do now but that's ok because this is a very pretty figure! I really liked GSC's previous Tenshi and I find this one even more appealing. It really plays on Tenshi's angel imagery much more than the other figure and for some reason the dress is castoffable.

I just hope the wings are not a pain in the ass like before.

I don't particularly like Madoka all that much so I was not crazy and/or stupid enough to go out and buy GSC's scaled figure. However, a figma of Madokami? That I am willing to buy, after all I already own all the previously released Madoka figmas and would like to complete the set.

One thing worries me about this figma though, her skirt. I get the feeling nice dynamic poses with Madokami wont be something that will be able to be done.

The figma line has been very nice to me over the years. Several times I thought to myself, I sure wish this one character got a figma, and you know what? Several times it has happened, Henrietta is one such case. Why now so long after the anime aired I have no idea but I am glad it happened.

When I first started actively watching anime Gunslinger Girls was one of the shows that had the most impact on me, Henrietta was the same. I talked about that a bit when I did my photo shoot of GSC's Henrietta. As such, I'm super happy she is getting a figma, even if she got delayed by two months. Plus this figma will fulfill another of my figma wishes, a figma sized P90, I love that gun!

After I got my orignal Guts figma I thought to myself, man it would be really awesome if Max Factory did a Berserker Armor Guts. Then it happened...

This figma is actually bundled with the upcoming volume of the Berserk manga, which is pretty cool. I'm also glad I was for once camping AmiAmi to pre-order it as it quickly became sold out not only there but essentially everywhere in matter of hours.

April

I have found all the Madoka scaled figures pretty darn boring, the ones that I did like where usually garage kits. One time I saw one such garage kit in a Japanese blog I follow and lamented that it was one.

Luckily enough for me Gift came to the rescue and decided to make a figure of that garage kit. This figure is not everyone's cup of tea, much like Gift's Sabers, it is a stylistic affair different from the normal. As for me, I love it, it wouldn't be the first time I bought a Gift figure where the style of the face was a big issue with people.  While this will probably scratch my scaled Homura figure itch I do still wish GSC or Alter would do one of her as she appears in the epilogue with the witch like wings.

I really don't care much for Beach Queen figures but I will admit that individually some of them are quite nice such as Exilehero's Cecilia. I actually own the BQ rendition of Biri Biri in her frilly swimsuit and as such getting Misaka-imouto to complement her seems like a good plan to me. I don't know why though but I find something about this figure so appealing, so very Misaka-imouto like.

Although, she might be one of the figures I cancel but even then since she is a BQ getting her later shouldn't be too hard or expensive.

Next up is the self proclaimed student council president from Persona 4 Arena. You know, there is something about the way Shigenori Soejima designs his robot girls. They are a very nice mix of robot and girl not too much or too little of either.

He really is one of my favorite character designers lately and as a fan of the Persona series and Persona 4 Arena getting Labrys seems like a must for me. It does suck though that she was originally scheduled for this month but now I gotta wait an extra two months for her.

Mami, everyone's lovable headless sempai! Because of her I decided to go and collect the uniform versions of the Madoka girls. Mami ended up being a regular release after Madoka and Homura where exclusives making it easier to complete the set.

One of the things I like about characters getting more than one figma is that this result in a greater degree of playability due to more expressions and accessories. Finally people will be getting their tea cup, which apparently was a very big omission on the original since people kept complaining about it.

Pretty obvious right? Of course I'm getting Sayaka too. One of my disappointments with figma Sayaka is that no crazy face was included. Sadly neither does the uniform version but it makes up for it for that stupid smirk of hers, I really like that expression. Plus she comes with a surprised expression so now she can be aghast at the situation together with Madoka.

Now all that is left is for Kyouko to be announced, although I do wonder if she will get her casual clothes or a uniform.

Did I ever mention I am a really big Precure fan? No? Well, I am!!!

You wanna know how much? According to my newly created MAL profile, feel free to add me, I have watched 348 episodes and eight movies and spend nearly 100 days of my life doing so. Mind you I'm still missing two of the shows and accompanying movies since they have yet to be fully subbed.

Among those Heartcatch is my highest rated Precure show with a score of 10, masterpiece. So if there is one Precure show to watch it is that one, even the most critical of anime fans will agree.

Bandai went and released figuarts of the girls which I bought as I shown you all before in some of my photo stories. Then Bandai went and released the powered up versions as exclusives which I bought as well with only Cure Moonlight here being left.

May

Did you guys watch Sword Art Online? Best 14 episode show I watched last year!

I really liked how SAO actually felt like a real MMO, unlike say .hack where The World really is more like a straight up RPG than an MMO. I saw some people complaining about how the figma didn't really look like Kirito. I think he looks just fine though, pretty much how he did in the promotional material.

Originally I wasn't planning on getting Kirito, not a big fan of him, but that changed because...

June

... I really liked how figma Asuna looks! That pouting face of hers totally sold me plus I think the sword art skill effect is pretty neat too.

Yup, this figma realy showcases how nice Asuna was in that 14 episode anime. A capable fighter who would solve murder mysteries, kill the guy attempting to murder her boyfriend and she even cooked delicious virtual meals! Definitively much better than some damsel in distress that ends up locked in a cage like a bird just waiting for an invincible Gary Sue hero to rescue her.

I should really stop being obsessive about getting sets now that I think about it.

Fall 2013

I'm also getting another Dollfie... sigh...

I always told myself I will never buy another Dollfie, that's just silly. Even when my favorite Reimu got a Dollfie I did not buy her, not even when I got a job and had lots of disposable income. I don't have the space for another one, I barely even take pictures of Nanoha I told myself.

Then Volks dropped a bomb on me. They made a Dollfie of my all time favorite character, even more so than Reimu. Only reason I don't own more Kos-Mos stuff is because it's so darn expensive to buy it on the second hand market like Alter's V4 Kos-Mos or Volks 1/4th version for example.

In addition to that for once Volks produced a face sculpt that actually looks like the character, this Kos-Mos dollfie looks just like she did in Xenosaga Episode III.

With all that said I'm so getting another Dollfie. I look forward to it, I always liked fan art putting Kos-Mos in casual clothing and stuff like school uniforms. I also was curious about a Dollfie with a bigger bust but never felt the need or desire to get one for Nanoha. Although I will probably leave Kos-Mos as is and not change her wig or eyes.

 

 

This list has much more stuff than I would like, then again for a good chunk of it I should have already gotten it by now or by this month. Sigh... why did GSC have to go and change factories and why did Alter accept their offer to go along too?

Wonfes should also be going around the time this post is published I wonder what we will see there. Honestly, I been pretty uninterested in the latest scaled figure releases and reservations with a handful of exceptions and there hasn't been a show or game where I really wish I could get a figure of character in a while either.

With that this list is done, until next time peeps!

Stalking is a crime so you shouldn't do it!

You shouldn't stalk and secretly take pictures of cute little girls, just sayin'.

How did that saying go? "Today's enemies are tomorrow's friends." Or was that the other way around, I'm not really sure actually.

One of the cool things about having a lot of figmas is that I can do nice stupid crossovers like this, I love it.

Laters peeps!

Let's do a quick unboxing - PSP Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable

Today we'll take a look at this nice bundle.

This is the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable special edition bundle which includes a variety of items along with the game.

When I first received this bundle I was surprised with how big the box was. Here next to HomuHomu you can appreciate how big it is. I suppose to carry all the nice goodies it couldn't be that small to begin with.

Apparently the box illustration was made specially for this bundle. I find it a nice illustration showcasing one of my biggest unfulfilled wishes from the actual show, seeing the five girls together. If you are a Kyouko fan it also gives you an opportunity to see her in a school uniform.

Compared to previous figma and PSP game bundles it is a meatier release with more things included. Previous releases I gotten as a figma + game where essentially the PSP game and the bonus figma included in a wider figma box, at the very least that was the case for the Index and Railgun games. Other games such as the Nanoha PSP games have also gotten nice big boxes like this.

The back of the box shows you information typically found on the back cover for game releases as well as the contents of the box. Most importantly for me, it shows the included school uniform version Madoka, the primary reason I bought this bundle in the first place.

Here you can see all the contents of the box. The PSP game, a blu ray disc with bonus material, a handkerchief, a pouch, and a special clear card.

Let's take a closer look at the contents.

Here are the game and the blu ray disc, both share the same cover illustration featuring all five girls.

The blu ray disc includes bonus content such as voice actress interviews, promotional videos, illustrations, the game soundtrack and wallpapers for the PS3 and PC.

The game, is what I find very interesting. It is a collaboration by Bandai Namco, Nitro+ and Shaft. You get the producers who were responsible for games such as God Eater on the Bamco side and Steins;Gate on the Nitro+ side with collaboration with Gen Urobochi for the scenario and Shaft providing the illustrations.

The game is a combination of a visual novel with fully voiced dialogue and branching path with a variety of routes and endings for the girls, one route for each of the five girls plus a final bonus route. The other part is a Roguelike RPG played in a first person view with dungeon crawling, battles and boss battles. Not only do the choices you make throughout the visual novel affect the routes and endings you get but also your actions in the battles as well.

The game contains a lot of interesting fan service and I mean in the form of providing interesting material for fans to experience rather than the erotic kind. You get to experience a lot of "what if" scenarios, for example what if Sayaka was saved from her fate as a witch or Mami survived her encounter with Charlotte.

I think this game is way more fulfilling than just a straight up visual novel as anime adaptions tend to get. Here you can watch a trailer for the game.

In case you were wondering what that Kyubey face was it's a nice pouch. The pouch is made from a furry material on the outside, a way to emulate Kyubey's fur? Although because of the color and the material I suspect it would get dirty and stained quite easily.

As you can see the pouch is a fair size, enough to carry a PSP to play the game with as well as few other things such a figma for example.

The handkerchief included is adorned with an image of a cat and pink in color. It is also listed as Homura's handkerchief, I don't particularly remember but did she use one like this in the show?

Oddly enough the clear card includes only half of the illustration, as you can tell by Homura's hair it has been cut off. Weirdly enough I seen photos of a clear card including the whole illustration, I don't have any idea why I only got half of it.

The figma is of course the main focus for me as my enjoyment of the game is hampered by lack of Japanese proficiency.

As you can see this figma is pretty skimpy in terms of accessories, only two alternate expressions for Madoka, the school bag and an attachable Kyubey to go on the shoulder. Although I see it more as an extension of the Puella Magi version more than anything else.

When you remove the figma from the box you get a nice surprise with the background illustration! I didn't take pictures of it but Kyubey's face also adorns the UMD for the game.

Over all I'm quite pleased with this special edition of the game Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable, a nice collector item for fans with quite a bit of content.

I actually had no intention of buying this at all. That changed though, when Max Factory announced they were doing school uniform versions for Mami and Sayaka, and I suspect a casual clothes version for Kyouko as well. I already owned Homura's school uniform version after I bought her from the GSC web shop. I started to look into buying Madoka as soon as possible before the others released and she came to be in bigger demand.  As I was looking for a good deal I came to notice the game bundle with Madoka was still in stock in AmiAmi at a discounted price, essentially half off around 5000 yen. A price that was very close to what the figma was going for alone at Mandrake at the time. I figured, if I'm paying the same price might as well get all the other goodies as well.

With that I now own the two exclusive releases, Mami and Sayaka school versions are regular releases, so is Madokami and probably Kyouko as well. I own the five Puella Magi versions already giving me the chance to collect the whole set of Madoka figmas in a nice and easy manner with nice retail prices.

Alright folks, I'll catch you later!

Madoka shows her love to Homura

Alright, here is a vaguely related late Valentine's post.

No, no, no Madoka, Kyubey is not the right person(?) to ask for advise about anything.

Ok, this is totally made to pander to all those Kyubey hating folks. I hope you like it.

I love it when Nanoha stomps things. Just like she did when she blasted Quatro away on StrikerS.

Yes, if anyone is an expert about befriending magical girls look no further.

Everyone knows about Nanoha's interesting way to "befriend" correct?

Sorry Madoka, you are not Madokami yet to go save yourself or something... I guess? I don't know what I'm saying.

Do you really wanna know what happened there Homura?

Alright, who didn't see this coming? I mean, Nanoha and befriending, teaching Madoka about it.

Well, finally got to do this, been wanting to do since I knew there was gonna be a Madoka and Homura figma. Somewhere along the line I got this idea into my head, so I am satisfied to finally getting it done.

Until next time, don't forget to subscribe to the RSS feed for more posts.

Pre-order list time!

This time it's not too long of a list.

The list from last time.

July

The lone figure for July, can't wait to own her as the good Nanoha fan that I am.

August

Still got the cutesome Lat Miku on my list and look forward to her as well. This is one Miku figure I can actually understand the hype for.

I look forward to good ol' Suika, good some neat ideas for a few photos featuring her.

I can't believe this is actually happening, It's Robocop, a figma Robocop, Robocop!!!

Funny though, I watched the movie as a kid a lot. When I watched it when I was older I was quite surprised it's definitely not for kids.

I bought the three other Cures from Heartcatch gotta complete the set with the elegant and strong Cure Moonlight.

September

Still makes me happy I can buy her at AmiAmi, I think out of all the figures on this list this is the one I want to see in my hands the most.

Then there is Madokami, I'm betting on there being a Homura figma otherwise I will find this too be not as appealing.

At least I will be able to take a picture of Kyubei and a certain other magical girl.

This is my tentative list until August anyways.  There are plenty of other figures that I would like to pre-order but with August being a heavy month I will wait. I'm hoping for some delays to spread out things a bit more.

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