Alright lets get this fire going!!! - Max Factory's Flame Haze Shana

Man, I'm seriously rusty doing this stuff.

So what better way to fire me up than Shana herself.

To be honest I have been in a slump for a while, ever since December or so. If you will look at the right you will notice the Yui photo shoot was done back in November, that was right before my slump. Then I did the self depreciating uninspired Biri Biri shoot during my slump.

Mind you this slump only applies to scaled figures. I'm quite content taking pictures of my already too large collection of figmas.

I began to find my scaled photos a little plain. You have several interesting people doing cool stuff with theirs, using props and interesting lighting among several things.

So I decided to do something about it, I increasingly found myself not finding anything to my liking. Experimenting was nice and all but compared to my usual photos I found it to be a step down.

So I simply stopped doing the typical photo shoot for a scaled figure. I tried to force myself out of my slump such as with Biri Biri to no avail.

I find photography to be much like drawing and the like, without inspiration the results will be pretty mundane.

Which brings us to today, I will let you know this was my second attempt to shoot Shana. My lighting was pretty bad during the first, my attention wasn't fully on taking pictures.

I like to practice what I preach, one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to figure photography is people who complain. People who complain and make excuses for bad lighting, out of focus or badly composed photos. If you realize your mistake or are not happy with the results, why not simply retake them? No one is being forced to post them somewhere right then and there.

With that said, I redid the photo shoot, tried a slightly different lighting set up and a different background. Mind you, I still think my lighting is a little inconsistent but much better than before for sure.

Then I realized that I was out my slump, what was the cause? Why of course this cutesome Max Factory Flame Haze Shana.

The one scaled figure that I wanted before I even cared for photography, before I cared for collecting figures, the figure collecting community, before I cared for blogging.

There is only one other figure I want this much. In fact if you ever see it for sale at a reasonable price totally let me know.

Thanks to a nice fellow from Tsuki-Board I got her for a price close to what I would have payed for her including shipping back when she was released.

This is my first scaled figure from Max Factory, ever since I started collecting figures they focused more on my favorite figma line.

I been wanting this figure for so long, I don't even remember why I wanted to own it so much.


Perhaps it's Shana's sexy navel...

...or her tiny skirt and her awesome display of zettai ryouki... or...

the fact that you can take of her skirt?

This makes Shana my second cast off figure.

I recall that way back when I first started getting to all this figure business I found the concept of cast off figure hilariously amusing.

I really like this figure, she is simple but so Shana like which all that really matters me to me.

Other than some paint transfer here and there she is in perfect condition.

I'm quite pleased with her face, I like my other Shana figure, but this one captures her confident fiery personality more.

This figure is so nice, makes me wish Max Factory laid off making figmas for a bit and concentrate of making scaled figures again.

That's it, got nothing else to say other than this. In the end I came back in full circle, this is the same reason I don't really write figure reviews. At the end of the day I just like to do what I like to do. Much like writing reviews elaborate photo shoots are not my thing, sure I might try it now and then but not all the time.

I will just leave you off with the remaining pictures now.



Summer = Girls(Lolis) + Swimsuits - Kotobukiya's Candy Bikini Shana

Still summer in my side of the world and boy has it gotten way hotter. What better embodiment of summer than a fiery flame haze.

Last time I gave you a look at the sexy curvaceous Kos-Mos.

This time I though I would go to the other side of the spectrum and give you the cute lolicious Shana.

This lovely "Candy Bikini" Shana was released way back in early 2008 by Kotobukiya for a price of  4,800 yen at an 1/8th scale.

Man, how I miss those kind of prices for figures nowadays then again Shana is quite tiny for figures her size.

This figure is quite special as it was not imported like the rest of my collection.

My friend went to Japan for a summer so I asked him to bring me some souvenirs in the form of figures. I asked him for a Shana figure and this is what he bought me.

I'm quite pleased with how Shana's face and expression came out. Out of all the Kugimiya Rie loli tsunderes, Shana is my favorite, I think she is the cutest.

I do prefer her with her regular black hair and eyes over her flame haze colors though.

One thing I love about Shana, in many figures of female characters as well, is the nice curve along her back thanks to her posture.

For some reason, I find that curve along the back makes the figure's pose seem more natural.

People always seemed to have issues with Kotobukiya releases, never really understood why.

This time though, I do have one complaint, as you can see there is a difference in the color of Shana's swimsuit and the ribbons on her hips.

The ribbons are the original color of her two piece swimsuit; however, the green color has faded in the two years I owned her.

Speaking of which Shana wears her two piece swimsuit quite well. It shows off her delicious flat chest and her petite features really nicely if you ask me.

I like the inclusion of Alastor as if swaying because of Shana's movements. It gives in my opinion a more dynamic look to the figure overall.

Shana came with a circular base that simulates a sandy beach. You can place her trusty sword, Nietono no Shana, on an orifice on the base.

Shana however, is not attached to the base and you merely place her on top of it.

I got nothing much to say other than it's still hot.

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Behold my version of what fellow comrade Tommy from the Inferno Project christened Wall-o-Figures. It's nice to finally being able to display my figures in a nice manner like this.

This also gave me the chance to finally open a few figures I had yet to unbox due to lack of space.

Although not as stylish as with glass shelves I'm quite pleased with the result. After all it was relative cheap and still leaves with space for future purchases.