Asuka Langley Prize Figure - Crane Games Will Suck Your Blood

Hey Everyone today I bring you a figure that I have unexpectedly come into owning: Asuka Langley, and since I assume she is from the new movies she would be Asuka Shikinami Langely. She actually holds a bit of sentimental value because...

I actually won her myself in a crane game! Ok the term "won" is making me a bit guilty here. I did indeed play a crane game till I got her. However the attendant helped me a bit after he saw me struggling with to get her.

Crane games however are way more rigged than they appear. They tantalize you with boxes seemingly half in the air and colorful bars adorning the case. You are sucked in and play it the game like an idiot and before long you realize it's tricks.

The boxes are carefully position so that they get stuck at the slightest touch, the seemingly shortest path to make the figure fall is actually the worst possible way to get it. The innocuous bars that adorn the case are covered in rubber, and any attempt to slide the figure off will prove futile.

However you are already too deep in, the game has suckered you out of few thousand yen, might as well blow another thousand and get the damn figure a millimeter away from falling. Thankfully though, I think the staff is trained to help you if they see you struggling with a figure for too long. Both me and a friend who also played a crane game for a figure were helped by kind attendants to finish getting the figures. Maybe we just got kind attendants, who knows.

Crane laments aside. Asuka is not a bad looking figure. She has the usual roughness of a prize figure and in truth I've seen better Asuka figures out there but she' s a keeper.

I've always wanted an Asuka figure however I never really found any that really satisfy me. I'm very critical of the things I'm fond of, and the things I don't like as much I don't really want to get. On the good side this attitude is good for my wallet.

An interesting thing that was pointed out to me is that's she is wearing her school uniform and not her plug suit. Guess its hard to compete with a vacuum packed leave-nothing-to-the-imagination suit but fully clothed girls have their charms too!

She still has a couple nice details for a prize figure. I especially like her hair ornament brain wave thingers. The have that plug suit shine and are pretty well accentuated.

I didn't like her face at first, specifically the mouth seemed a little too roughly made. Looking at these pictures I might have to change my opinion. Her blue eyes are a striking contrast to her signature red hair. I'm even starting to like the mouth a bit.

There is one weird thing about her sculpt though. Her feet have this concave form to them, it almost feels as if they were deformed or if she's wearing clown shoes. I tell myself that that's just because she's made from old style designs to make myself feel better.

Well I just had to take one of these didn't I? It's actually quite impossible to take a panty shot from the front, the base gets in the way before you can see anything. Maybe if you had a smaller camera to snake your way between the base.

When I won her they have me this bag with this really neat illustration of all 3 Eva pilot girls, I might have wanted the bag more than the figure hah. Unfortunately in my eagerness after winning I forced it in too roughly and ended up tearing up right through Mari's face and her glasses, the box I mean.

'Till next time~

Today is April 1st isn't?

Or the 2nd for some of you anyways. If you were expecting an April fool's post too bad, I'm too lazy to actually come up with one.

Instead I will just do a lazy post with a single picture of Miyafuji sizing up Asuka.

On another note, I'm quite saddened. I had to put away brand new boxed figures into storage in my closet. I really want to display them all, it's not cool having no space.

One more thing of note, not too long I added another item to the menu up on top. A page containing all of my lovely figure stories which amount to a grand total of two. Got several ideas that I want to make in the near future. One of which is for a really special post next time.

New year, new loot

Not a bad loot to start off this year with. To start off on the figure side I got straight front the front lines in the war against pants Miyafuji Yoshika from Strike Witches.

From the epilogue of chapter of Persona 3: FES comes Metis, Aigis' little sister. I talked about the Persona franchise a bit last year.

Finally there is the well known Asuka in her lovely test type plug suit. While not a big fan of Evangelion I still liked both Asuka and Rei, specially Asuka after her display in the movies with the finale.

Also picked up the figma version of Biri Biri that just so happens comes with a game as an extra. From what I seen the game is a decent fighting game.

On the gaming side I picked up Killer 7 from the eccentric Suda 51, the man responsible of the recent No More Heroes games on the Wii.

I picked up Nier an action RPG that was released last year that has become a cult hit. I been hearing good feedback about the game from various sources so I thought to pick it up when I saw it on sale for a mere $15.

Ghost Trick is a game I had been looking forward for a while, after all it comes from the people responsible for the popular Ace Attorney series. Interesting game play mechanics, full of style and clever dialogue just as the afformentioned Ace Attorney games and I was sold on it.

I talked about the Valkyria Chronicle pins I got as a prize from Radiant already.

The last item is a mouse pad featuring Biri Biri and Kuroko, I must say though, I'm a bit disappointed. This mouse pad is way smaller than I thought it would be and also way thinner than I thought it would be. 1mm, that's how thick it is. Doesn't feel like a mouse pad at all.

There you have it, the first loot to start off 2011's loots.

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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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