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!

War Machine's big guns...?

Go, War Machine time to show how bad ass you are.

Also finally a chance to use the War Machine Revoltech I got like half a year ago.

I sure hope you watched Ironman 2 otherwise War Machine's dialogue might seem a bit odd for you. It was ordinarily another character who says it though, so think of War Machine just repeating that stuff.

It's also a chance to use my MISAKA-imouto figma. She is one of my favorites, really nice figma. I also would like to use her a lot considering how much money I paid for her on Mandrake. Let's just say it was more than a figma should ever cost.

I don't really know, isn't it how it's used or something like that?

I also made lots of glowy effects for this so I hope you guys like them.

Finally, a chance to use Kos-Mos as well. I'm sure everyone at some point thought, it would be cool if this one character got turned into a figma, Kos-Mos was that character for me. I was thrilled to bits about it, ever more after Bandai's rather sad attempt at a Kos-Mos action figure.

Kos-Mos sure is a pretty figma, then again that might be biased coming from me.

Oh! She was interesting when she first came out since she had a rather unique really nicely sculpted behind.

I really like MISAKA-imouto, she is really nice and fun. That silly grin of her can be used for many exploitable situations in my opinion.

Here you can see War Machine in all his glory.

I must say though, I don't like this Revoltech that much. The left side is a mess, the leg and arm always fall off, the joints do not go into the body as much as the right side. This causes the left side to be longer than the right making him a bit lopsided.

This little story sure let me use figmas I rarely play with like Miyafuji here.

Unlike last time, this time around it wasn't such a pain to put the striker units in her legs.

Yes, all that nonsense jargon sounding words are real.

exilhero looked it up, it's on the wiki, so it must be true!

I am a Homura-holic so I really, really want to use her for more pictures in the future.

Anyways, who better to show War Machine what real "big guns" are like than the one magical girl army known as Akemi Homura.

THERE IS AN AC-130 ON THE AIR!

You will only really get this last picture if you played the Call of Duty Modern Warfare games before.

For your reference here is a video on the mission in CoD4 where you get to use one. One of the most memorable missions from the game in my opinion.

Alrighty then, hopefully you cracked a smile, or face palm or had some reaction.

Laters!

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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This time it is short and sweet...

... and not just by one figure like before, but actually shorter.

The last list.

None of the figures I had pre-ordered for November got released in Novemeber with the exception of the scaled Dead Master. Instead they got pushed December, because of that though I ended reconsidering my pre-orders.

December

Metis is still my list, I like her design and having finished P3P earlier this year left me in a good Persona mood. Metis will be a nice complement to that, although P3P doesn't actually include the epilogue where she is featured.

Miyafuji also got delayed to December, still plan on getting her for sure. I do hope this means a new line of figmas with the 501st girls.

January

The lovely Asuka got delayed as well, at least now she will come together with Rei. By the way I saw the Mari figma, the cockpit really is an awesome accessory.

I should get both Eva girls together assuming Rei doesn't get delayed. Although seeing as the figmas coming out before Rei got a delay I wouldn't be surprised if she did too.

I complained about it before but do I wish the Index/Railgun figmas were not limited editions. Biri Biri here is secured and will have the honor of being the second most expensive figma I bought.

Sigh... I wonder how MISAKA and Kuroko will rank in that.

While I still haven't pre-ordered Aya I should hurry up, January is around the corner. I been thinking about getting her for a while, I probably should just pre-order her before it ends being more troublesome to buy her.

By the way, the main reason I haven't done so yet is because I plan to get her from Otacute but I still haven't forgotten their debacle with Sakuya.

February

Come hell or high water there is nothing that will make me drop Kos-Mos from this list. After all a Kos-Mos figma is a dream come true for me.

By the way...

I still haven't gotten Marisa. I gave up and cancelled my Play-Asia order of her. I did not take kindly to waiting seven months for them to get her in stock.

I seen her a few times on Mandrake but the prices are just a bit higher than what I want to pay for her. It seems though as I wont have much say in the matter as the prices have been constant. I will probably just buy the next unopened Marisa I come across Mandrake.

That's that, nothing more say other than Merry Chirstmas or happy whatever it is you celebrate or don't.

Yes! It's a shorter list this time too!!!

I need a job that pays in Yen and not American dollars for this hobby. Stupid exchange rate.

That shorter list from last time.

Still someday...

Sigh... Marisa has been on these lists for the longest time and that might actually change this weekend.

I think I will just cancel my order with Play-Asia since there is a nice unopened Marisa sitting on Mandrake right now.

November

This figure looks so pretty, I really want to get her already. Paying for it, that's another story.

I really like the Metis and Aigis figma versions, they seem almost elegant.

Speaking of Persona, a port of P2: Innocent Sin was announced for the PSP, makes me quite happy.

December is almost upon us, that's when the movie gets released on DVD and blu ray right? I wonder if it will follow the trend of having English subs like the Nanoha movie or the BRS OVA.

Anyways, I look forward to Haruhi figma number 5 in my collection.

I finished re-watching the first season of Strike Witches and was once again reminded that there will no more pantless flying action anymore.

Once again, good thing Max Factory will cheer up fans with a figma of Miyafuji.

December

Did you guys watch the Railgun OVA? I did and it made me want more Railgun stuff. Now that Uiharu has also up for reservation the chances of me cancelling Saten are pretty low.

Is there a western release of Eva 2.22 out yet? While I still haven't watched the first part I kinda want to watch the second more to see some Asuka action.

I seriously don't want this anymore, this is why I still tend to get stuff at Hobby Search, the convenience of being able to cancel orders. I wish you could cancel as easily with AmiAmi as it is possible with Hobby Search.

January

I'm too much of a fan of Index and Railgun, enough that I would choose to get the bundle of the game just for the Biri Biri figma.

Then there is Kuroko, which I will track down without the game and the Dengeki exclusive MISAKA figma. Getting these three figmas wont be cheap.

Rei and Asuka, I really can't think of them separately. That's why I plan to get both of the figmas.

No, Shinji does not enter into the picture at all if you are wondering.

February

February cant get here soon enough. Once I get this Kos-Mos figma I could happily retire from figma collecting with no regrets.

Not that I have any plans to do so.

I will probably get these too

Never before would I have thought that I would want an Uiharu figure. Then Alter comes and proves me wrong.

Of all the poses I think that choosing the snap in time after Saten flips Uiharu's skirt is perfect.

I haven't pre-ordered her yet for one reason, late March is really far away. I seriously have no idea what my funds will be by then.

I'm a really big Touhou fan and as such I would like to get all the Touhou figmas.

However, the only place I found where I can reliable get them for a decent price is Otacute. The fact that you can't cancel pre-orders and the bad after taste I ended after Otacute's mistake with Sakuya make me want to shy away from them.

With that said, if anyone knows of a good place to get Touhou figmas let me know.

This is good, this time I did not add anything at all to my pre-orders.

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