Good Smile Company Tenshi (Ascii Media Works) - Tenshi no Doki Doki!

Hello peeps!

It's been a little while since last time, looking at my last photo shoot that would be just a week under two months.

Why the long gap? Well, the primary reason is simple, I was waiting for this awesome, cute, lovely figure. Good Smile Company and Ascii Media Work's Tenshi from Angel Beats!

We all know who the lovely Tachibana Kanade, as she is sometimes known, is right? Lovely mysterious possibly angelic, at least at first anyways, girl whose actions drove the plot of Angel Beats for a while.

She sure was nice, favorite girl of the show for me and fairly popular that Good Smile Company would go on to make this figure even after so many years since the show ended.

This is actually the first scaled figure I have received this year all thanks to the factory sharing debacle with GSC and Alter.  I wonder when will I get those two Alter figures I have on order, the vague "after May" release is kinda worrisome. Then you had the figmas from Max Factory getting delays not one but two or three months some getting delayed more than once. This year getting stuff on time or at least with the usual one month delays seems to be just not happening at all. At least from GSC and their umbrella and Alter.

Which is why I'm actually quite surprised this Tenshi was released on time, I suppose being an exclusive helped. This figure was sold exclusively through GSC's web shop and Dengikiya, luckily enough ordering through the GSC shop made it easier and cheaper for people to get a hold of this figure. Even more so if you went for group orders and all that jazz.

Except that... I... was not one of those people, since GSC didn't exactly announce they were gonna sell Tenshi through their shop I got it through a proxy. I ended paying quite a bit more thanks to the mark up, more expensive shipping costs and paying up front when the Yen was much stronger. Even if I wanted to just cancel and order through the GSC shop my choice of proxy had a 15% cancellation fee which would negate any savings.

So, GSC announce right away when you are selling things through your shop ok?

Some of you might remember but this is actually GSC's second Tenshi, the first came out a few years back. That original Tenshi caught my interest since it was one of the figures GSC used 3D modeling in an effort to save on productions cost for the figure. True enough that did reflect in a slightly lower than usual price for the figure. This figure on the other hand did go for a straight 8000 yen coupled with GSC's flat shipping that was at least 10K a pop. If you were like me who got it through a proxy even more.

To be honest I think this is a very beautiful figure but also a bit over priced.

One of the reasons I really liked this figure has to be it's most noticeable element. Some figures sure are visually commanding to me, Tenshi is one such figure. Her wings just draw your eyes to them, when I was taking these pictures I couldn't help but to keep glancing at them.

Good Smile, being Good Smile did their usual craftwork and the wings certainly look the part. The variation on the feathers, the gradient in the coloring all make for a great looking effect. Compared to GSC's original Tenshi's these wings are way sturdier, those felt like cheap plastic in my opinion these feel like nice soft PVC.

There were also the well known issues with the pegs that resulted in a very flimsy hold that would make with the slightest of touches. These wings are easily and securely attached to Tenshi's upper back, so securely in fact that when I was putting away the figure I was afraid I would end up snapping the peg.

As for the rest of the figure, it looks the part. Tenshi carries a nice serene expression befitting of her imagery and personality, her modest smile and slight blush just make for absolutely lovely package. Add to that her hand as if flicking her hair adds a nice casual air to the whole image for me.

The hair looks appropriately good with several individual strands, the shading with the sculpting adding some nice volume to it.

Her dress has some nice details, rather than being some plain boring featureless piece of white cloth the blue ribbons and buttons accentuate the overall color scheme. The creases of the clothing and the shading add nice depth and features to it. When I looked at the figure in person, the dress felt like it was appropriately flimsy for this type of imagery.

Interestingly enough, the dress is not sculpted into the figure but is instead a separate piece with Tenshi's body sculpted normally underneath. I should mention you can also remove the head from body. You might be thinking, the dress is can be cast off. The answer to that is both yes and no, you can if you make some permanent alterations to it along one of the seams, but you might not be able to get the dress on properly again.

You can do it, but it seems it wasn't really intended to making wonder why GSC went and did this separate two pieces in the first place.

Moving down along the figure, Tenshi has some nice slim and girlish legs and her bare feet are so cute. If you are the kinda person who is into all of that stuff this should tickle your fancy even if she is no Erio or Menma.

Quite simply from head to toe this is one very beautiful figure, she will be a mainstay in my collection. Tenshi will be one of those figures that I probably wont ever sell. There truly is nothing for me to complain about besides the price even then as an exclusive figure that comes with the territory I suppose.

Except, for one thing, one part of the figure that I have omitted, do you know what that is?

The missing element has been added...

Sigh... why GSC? Why would you do something like that?!

Good Smile Company is the figure manufacturer that has brought us things like Bakemonogatari's Shinobu with a nice elaborate base reflecting the illustration she was based on. Unique, full of detail, makes the figure stand out so much more. GSC didn't have to make it, they could have done something simpler and easier but they went the extra mile.

Which is why this base bothers me so much, I know GSC can do much better, even if it's not as elaborate as with Shinobu. This base is supposed to be what I believe a sandy beach upon which Tenshi is walking. Honestly this doesn't look any better than the Beach Queen's iconic bases. Not to look down on Beach Queen's but those are 3,000 yen figures, so expectations are of course lower.

Yet GSC gave us just that base for a figure that cost twice as much and was an exclusive to boot, quite simply I expected better and not some cheesecake!

Besides that silly base, which sadly I can't display the figure without, this is one of my most well liked figures in my collection since she has arrived.

As a fan of the character it is perfect in both looks and personality. It is a great complement to my original Tenshi figure and I'm glad I own both.

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!

A look at Good Smile Company's Tenshi

Alright, who is up for some scaled figure pictures? Let's take a look at GSC's Tenshi shall we.

This year I haven't been very good with doing photo shoots of scaled figures even though I gotten more scaled figures than ever before.

I must say last year was more prolific in that regard if you look at past scaled photo shoots. I essentially did one a month mostly because I didn't own or planed to buy that many scaled figures.

If you look at this year's track record I ended up doing 3, really far apart from each too. Plus, I was some in sort of slump and ended up forcing myself, which in my opinion made them end up pretty meh.

I have to thank exilehero acquiring a DSLR and joining as a co-author, having someone also take figure pictures is quite motivational for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what better way to amend that issue? Well, go out and take pictures. I've been wanting to do more photo shoots outside and Tenshi was perfect for it as I had this idea for a photo for ages.

Plus combined with that I recently bought a new lens, a Macro lens that allows me take pictures I couldn't before.

I must say, unlike the standard 18-55mm lens this one takes more conscious effort on my part to take the pictures I want.

In case you are wondering I got, a Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR Lens for my Nikon D3000. Nothing too fancy, but quite affordable and it does allow me to take closer pictures than I could before.

Thanks to this new lens, I can take pictures that take a closer look at the details of figures in general, I can get closer and fill up the frame with figures in way I couldn't before.

Although, I must say, the depth of field I get with this lens is pretty shallow most of the time. Should really get around to learning how to use this lens properly and all that silly technical photography stuff.

About the figure itself, we get Tachibana Kanade aka Tenshi from Angel Beats. Tenshi along with Yuri were the first figures to be produced based on 3D digital models instead of the traditional approach.

You can have a nice read about using such method by reading a recent article on Mikatan's blog regarding Millhi from Dog Day's that uses the same method.

I don't remember many people talking about this figure. Was it not popular or was I just not looking in the right place? I only remember Fabrice talking about it from the top of my head.

The figure itself is what we all expect from GSC, no major problems with painting, sculpting or quality. There is one big problem I have with the figure though, I did hear some people talk about it on MFC as well.

That would have to be the wings, there is something wrong with the pegs if you ask me. They don't quite fit into the appropriate holes in Tenshi's back. Because of that they are quite flimsy and can easily fall off, as both me and exilehero discovered.

Apart from that I'm quite happy to own my favorite Angel Beats girl in figure form. I do wish her wingspan covered less area, got some really big space problems for my hobbies lately.

I mentioned earlier how I wanted to do more outdoor shoots right? One of the reasons is because the sun allows me to try out stuff I simply can't do in my inside environment.

As such I tried a bunch of stuff, playing with all the usual settings but also with the way I block or reflected the sunlight.

Plus as time went on and the sun started to sink lower into the sky it led to some rather interesting effects in my opinion. Taking pictures outside is quite fun, should do it more often.

I don't think I had this much fun doing a scaled shoot since I did that Biri Biri one outside about a year ago.

I also mentioned how there was this one idea I had in mind for Tenshi, it was this picture.

I quite enjoyed myself taking these photos as you can probably tell by the lengthy post showing so many of them. They are not even close to being the full list, you can take a look in flickr for the almost hundred photos I took.

Still, I hope you all like scaled photo shoots ;D...

It's nice to have a job

No worries about whether I will have money for this and that really gives me peace of mind.

The lack luster list from last time.

May

Rei sure has been delayed a lot, heck figures that where announced after her ended being released first. I hope it's not because of some production troubles or anything like that.

I wonder if I'm the only one that liked Kirino, every one else seems to be on the hate wagon when it comes to her. I have a theory that people dislike her because her mannerisms when it comes to otaku antics hit to close to home for some people.

Anyways, I do hope those crossed arms of hers fit other figmas. There is at least one other bossy girl I would like to use that pose with.

I really like this figure, it's simple,  elegant, doesn't pop up too much. Just like Kanade herself, plus because it is a simple a figure the price is not too high either.

June

This is probably the first and last Mirai anything I will buy as I'm not fond of her design that much.

I find this Mirai to have come back in full circle for me. If I hadn't stumbled across Danny's site 4 years ago, I don't think I would have gotten into figure collecting at all. It was because he got his hands on the original figma Yuki that I became interested in figures, 50+ figmas latter here we are.

July

This is gonna be Nanoha figure number 5, 6 if you count my Nanoha dollfie. All of those, dollfie aside are of Nanoha in several variations of her barrier jacket. A Nanoha figure in her uniform is a nice change of pace plus she has hair down giving her a different feeling.

August

I'm not a big Miku fan, I only own the original figma version after all. For some reason I found this version incredibly cute. Hell, I'm not even into glasses or anything.

Next up is the next figma in the Touhou line. The drunkard oni that loves to party, I look forward to many fun pictures with her.

Still, stupid Otacute, what's with the high mark up?

September

Finally we got Yukari, I like this figure, so Yukari like.

I been following this figure since I saw the unpainted version at some event. I was happy to see she was available at AmiAmi as well since Chen wasn't. I do hope though that as my first Phat figure she doesn't disappointmt me.

There you have it, these figures I will get for sure since I can't actually cancel any of them.

Might add some more if money is available.

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