PHAT's Yakumo Yukari - You are going to get spirited away!

Hello you lovable readers! This week once again we shall take a look at the equally lovely Yakumo Yukari from the Touhou games.

I hope you don’t mind though since last time exilehero just did a post about her. After seeing his pictures I really got the urge and got in the mood to shoot this Yukari figure by the rather untested PHAT in my collecting experience so far.

exilehero already talked a bit about Yukari but I will talk about her some more, even if some of it is a repeat... because I can!

Much like with him Yukari is one of my favorite touhous, not my favorite per say but she ranks pretty high. I think she is in my top 3 for sure, possibly second right after my favorite Reimu. I suppose the border team is my favorite among the dozens and dozens of touhous.

My interpretation of Yukari is a bit more towards the darker more cunning depiction of her. While I don’t think she is malevolent it does seem to me that she tends to let others do the dirty work for her. Rather than lying or manipulating someone she gives half truths to steer them in the desired direction. Much like way too many of the Gensokyou residents she seems to be very, very bored and might instigate things to shake up the boredom a bit. I suppose when you are a few millennia old and omnipotent you tend to get bored.

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Like essentially every character that I become interested in, it was her because of her music theme. Necrofantsia is pretty high on my list of favorite Touhou songs, it’s among those that I still haven’t gotten tired of yet no matter how much I listen to it.

I really like it, I love how it is a high paced, high energy, rather dramatic affair. It really feels like you are fighting the battle of your life.

You all learned that Yukari is the hidden boss that you get to fight after the hidden boss in the 7th Touhou game, Perfect Cherry Blossom, in last week’s post. Now, I have always found this rather strange, very much strange indeed.

Usually how it goes is like this Stage 1 > … > Stage 6 followed by the Extra Stage once you clear the game without using any continues in any difficulty. Usually the Extra Stage is the apparent hardest stage and boss in the game. Yet PCB has a Phantasm Stage that goes beyond that, harder than hard so to speak. In the game it is described as “planned chaos”.

Never before and never after has there been a Phantasm Stage in a Windows Touhou game. What makes Yukari special enough to be the only Phantasm boss? In addition to that, given the typical power progression in kinda puts her at the top of the food chain.

Well, given spell cards like the infamous Boundary of Life and Death where Yukari just throws faster and denser waves of every type of bullet featured in the game is easy to see as much. Heck at the end of the battle she hasn't even broken a sweat, even the final and extra bosses usually look all beaten up and scuffed from the battle.

This is my Yukari mystery #1.

There is also her informed ability, she has the power to manipulate boundaries which can be applied in a variety of ways. One such application is her gaps, which Yukari uses for instant transportation akin to teleporting. Another example is using a reflection of the moon and manipulating the boundary between the moon and the earth to allow for easy and quick travel between the two. Her powers over boundaries kinda make her a bit omnipotent in my opinion. Yet she lets other people do the work for her when she could probably solve it instantly.

This is my Yukari mystery #2.

Speaking of gaps, why are they so freaky? They have those weird bloodshot red eyes looking from within. Are those eyes Yukari’s? She is a youkai so her true form is probably not that of a young woman. Are the gaps tied at the end with bows just to make them look cute? What in the world is inside those things, is it safe for others besides Yukari to even go in them?

This is my Yukari mystery #3.

Yukari also seems to have been to our side, outside of Gensokyou. In a written supplementary material she has shown knowledge of things such as iPods and Nintendo handhelds, not only what and how to use them but also knowing that they are trendy item in out world.

There are nods such as a Marisa’s description of Yukari using something that sounds a lot like a cellphone to communicate with her servant. There is also the not so subtle spell card where she summons a train in the fighting games to run over her opponents. Does this means she can freely cross outside the boundary that separates the real world and Gensokyou?

This is my Yukari mystery #4.

Yukari sure is a mysterious character, often described as a very youkai like youkai. Yet most of the time she is rather playful and teasing. Good thing there is no truly evil characters in Touhou otherwise Yukari would be one I would be extremely wary of, most depictions of her go for the cutesy and playful depiction.

Which is a bit unnerving considering she is millennia old, I mean an older lady acting like a teenager is kinda weird. Just don’t call her an old hag.

This figure does nothing but show Yukari in a fairly good light though.

PHAT stands for “pretty hot and tempting”, which this figure is a perfect example of. I mean look at her!

That alluring expression, a faint blush, golden locks of hair, an inviting neckline, sexy long legs! Yup, pretty hot and tempting indeed. Actually, this figure does something that I really like, it shows Yukari in an adult appeal rather than a cutesy approach. After all, I always seen Yukari as a mature attractive woman.

This figure is actually very reminiscent of Yukari’s original appearance in when she was introduced in PCB. Phat essentially reused the same pose she had in her game appearance. The only difference is Yukari is missing her parasol and fan. Much like in the game she is sitting in one of her gaps leisurely resting.

How does she even manage that?

The same thing can be said about her clothes, the purple frilly dress, the elbow gloves, the ribbon on her neck, all essentially the same as she looked in PCB. With only a few differences like the corset, the rather open neckline showing Yukari’s ample bosom, and the short hemline showing off her nice slim legs. I like the changes, give her a bit of nice sex appeal.

I found this pose to be quite fun actually, you can go for cutesy thanks to Yukari’s expression and the right angle. However, if you change the angle to be looking upwards you can almost feel like she is literally looking down in contempt. I like figures that give different vibes from different angles.

Speaking of which I always found it quite interesting when in comes to bustlines of the Touhou girls. In the games ZUN did not really draw the girls with any sort of noticeable bustline. However, in fan works you have characters depicted with different sizes, some are flat, some are big, some are in between. I always wondered how such consensus come to pass.

Much like with past Touhou figures you can remove Yukari’s hat. Hats are serious business, touhous still die if they take off their hats, don't take them off. As for this figure, while Yukari looks just fine without it I can’t help but feel she has a loss of identity. Without it she looks like an unknown rather attractive blond young woman. I feel hats go a long way towards a touhou’s identity.

I gotta say though that without it her hair looks really nice, her flocks of blond hair look gorgeous nice accentuated by the red ribbons in her hair. Surprisingly enough though for having so many individual locks of hair PHAT managed to pull it off without noticeable seam lines. Something that tends to be somewhat common when it comes to figures with several individual locks of hair.

You know one thing that I really like about this figure is? It’s Yukari’s eyes, they are nice a violet shade. I always found that a nice nod since her name essentially means violet or so the wiki claims. As the games progressed her eyes changed to yellow or gold, apparently golden eyes are special in Japanese culture.

As for me I would prefer violet, it matches her name and presents a nicer more balanced color palette her.

PHAT seems to have done a good job, never gotten anything from them so I’m happy to have a pleasant first experience.

There was only one big flaw that I found in this figure. There are two pegs on the gap where Yukari’s hands attach to. The pegs are not at the right distance so the arms have to be forced to extend outwards a bit to be able to properly match the holes in the hands with them. Not only that, the hands tend to come out easily since the arms try to return to their original position. Not a major cause for concern since the grove in the gap for Yukari’s tushie and her balanced sitting position keep her in place.

Painting seems fine as well with no problems, everything is line where it should be. I did notice some dark spots but that could just be me failing to clean the figure properly. Besides these are only really noticeable when looked through a macro lens.

In my opinion this is the best Yukari figure around. You read all about ques Q’s last week and while a good enough figure the price of admission is too high. Out of these two I find this figure to be the better made figure while ques Q’s version is more Yukari like.

Other renditions such as Koto’s seemed to be off the mark when it comes to her character in my eyes. With Griffon who pumps Touhou figures like there is no tomorrow I’m very weary. Their own Yukari turned out be very unspectacular.

In the end I say buy this figure if you like Yukari, if you are a Touhou fan, or if you simply like it as a figure. Although for non fans the price might be a little high for a 1/8th figure. If you want it you are in luck since there is a re-release set for November.

Ah! Although I suppose for a lot of people November is probably no good.

Hope you liked reading, more than you probably ever wanted, about my views on Yukari .

 

Edit: Apparently someone linked this post on Facebook and ended getting a bunch of views. I'm curious, if you come from there mind telling me who linked to the post?

quesQ Yukari Yakumo - the Border Between Posts and No Posts

If there's a touhou that comes close to being my favorite it’s probably Yukari, she’s in my avatar and all. Yukari is from the 7th Touhou game, Perfect Cherry Blossom.

Her main power, and what makes her famous, is her ability to manipulate borders, also called gaps. The most convention use of her power is just to use those gaps as portals, so she's often seen zipping in and out of scenes in the most improbable ways. However the border manipulation also extends to abstract concepts, like the bordered between life and death, or maybe the border betwe-

Yukari is the hidden boss after the hidden boss, so her stage goes beyond the normally hidden “extra” mode and is classified as “phantasm”. All of this makes you think that she’s quite strong, and well I believe she is. I tried many times to get for her stage in preparation for this review, however I have yet to get there. I however watched a lets play of her level so it’s as if I had played it... right?

It’s hard to really grasp the personality of a touhou because half of it is taken from random lines from the games and half of it is made up. So you end up getting your own interpretation of how the character is. Yukari is one of the characters whose interpretation varies widely, from very cutesy demeanor to dark and twisted witch.

But to me, because of her relationship with her minions/family, she seems a bit more like a gang boss... that’s really bored and sleeps all day... Well maybe she’s more like spoiled brat that does whatever she wants, maybe this is one of the reasons I like her so much. She may threaten to unbalance the nature of the world in itself (like she did in Touhou 7), but i believe that her intentions were in good spirits!

Anyway on to the figure! Yukari is made by quesQ, they are a company i had no previous experience before getting Yukari so I decided to give them a try.

Her hat is removable. But don't do that, everyone knows that touhous die when they are killed- I mean touhous die when if you take their hat off.

One of the better aspects of the figure is the shading, here you can see a slight brownish shade on her hair that really gives it volume. On the downside the ends of the hair a rough and you can see a molding line on the right side near her head.

Another great thing about this figure is that it's sculpted in such a way that her outfit hugs her, ahem, body really well emphasizing her figure which really brings out her perky personality.

Yukari comes with her signature umbrella. It's quite simple. Her hands lack detail aswell, though it's nothing major. The umbrella fits into a little hole in the base that at first glance seems to be chip damage but is actually a feature!

Rather shameless mold line on her other hand, tough this is rarely visible when displayed. You can also see Yukari's other signature item, her fan. This one is rather nicely made with pretty nice details. It's a little scary to pu on since you have to kinda shove it in stretching Yukari a bit in the process.

Yukari's base is a gap. It's kinda roughly made and one of the pegs scarcely helps to hold her in place since it's not tight at all. Think they could have done a better job on this. Yukari is able to stand without her base if needed.

On to more fun suff. She comes with an alternate hairstyle with her air picked up. She looks a bit more conservative but extremely cute this way. To change hairstyle you take her face off and put it on the new hair. They share the fringe though. The picked up hairstyle has its own hat to accommodate the large bun that results from picking up hair.

One of the wonder of a picked up hair is that you are able to peek into one of the forgotten points of female beauty, the nape, or the back of the neck for the uninitiated.

More fun stuff. Her skirt actually is able to come off in pieces. First off, if you cast off the bottom most piece, her outfit turns into a bit more modern skirt that goes slightly above the knees.

This is as naked as Yukari gets, no hat, miniskirt.

Taking off the final skirt peace leaves her in miniskirt mode. You can see her garter belt and everything! I think it looks very nice. Also notice the slight fold in her stockings around the knee area, aswell as the shading there, pretty good.

Miniskirt mode results in some pretty sexy shots.

I'm conflicted with what's under the curtains. On the one had details like the painted garter belt and the little dimples that result from pulling on the stockings along with he little indentations done on the flesh by the tightening of the clothes are really nice. However there's very noticeable mold lines and the panties are pretty rough in comparison with the rest of the undergarments.

Overall I wish Yukari was of slightly better quality, she has a lot of very nice features like the hair and the nice sculpt, but the lack luster quality really ends up making me wanting more for a character that I like so much.

While I don’t want to make my writing longer without a good reason, I do believe that I can make these reviews a bit more clear and give them a sort of structure. So I plan to add the following section after the regular pictures and random incoherent banter.

The good

  • Two different hairstyles, three different length of the skirt and the accessories give you a wide variety of ways to pose Yukari.
  • Good sculpting, sexy body / underwear.
  • Nice shading.

The bad

  • Molding has many rough edges and mold lines.
  • Butt’s a little small and flat, seems disproportionate to the rest of the body.
  • price is a little too much at 10,500 yen, and that’s with the amiami discount!!

The extra

  • She comes with an extra faceplate that's exactly the same for some reason.

Who should buy this?

I’d recommend you buy her only if you’re a really hardcore Touhou or Yukari fan. Anyone else might want to pass on her given the price. Perhaps consider Phat’s Yukari as an alternative, tough even that one isn't completely to my liking. I don’t think there’s been a Yukari figure that I really liked but this one and the Phat one are the ones that come the closest. I’ll continue to hope some other company steps up to make more Touhou figures, because so far it’s been somewhat underwhelming. Till next time~

Pre-order list: the "dammit dollar, why are you so weak" edition!!!

So this time, me and exilehero are doing a pre-order list together. The pre-order list from last time, which was all my stuff.

February

To start off is a figure both exilehero and myself have sought after for some time now.

Annelotte from Queen's Blade Rebellion. I know nothing about the OVA's or about Annelotte herself but all those pictures on MFC sure have skewed my idea of her.

One disappointing thing though, I had imagined her voiced by Yukana sounding just like Tessa does. Alas she is voiced by Aya Endo who couldn't be further from that high pitched cutsy voice... oh well... Aya Endo is still nice though.

 

I pretty much wanted her because of the pictures in MFC and after seening the OVA I wanted her even more, the Elf instructor included. She has such exploitable expressions, 3 really nice faces to tease her with. I also like that she's a girl knight, I think I like that sort of thing. You don't see many girls with functional armor out there. Not that she keeps it on for long, being Queen's Blade and all.

This figure makes me quite happy, Makoto is another one of my grail figures.

Been wanting her for ages but I never saw it for sale anywhere at all. A helpful soul on figure.fm directed me to a personal sale on ebay, after checking everything out and for a reasonable price no less, I bought Makoto.

Time to look forward to the likely emotional breakdown I will have reliving Kanon when I get to do a photo shoot for this figure.

 

I really don't get why you got this one at all. I just can't understand having not watched Kanon so I can't relate to the emotional response. Being relativity new to figures I see this one as kinda plain in comparison to today's. But hell whatever makes you happy. Though now that I see her from the backside in this picture she does have a rather nice fan-service-y skirt. I just don't understand grail figures.

This is a pair of figures I have been eyeing for over a year.

When they where first released last year I did not see much interest in them, only a few pictures on flickr. I can probably make a guess why people disliked them though.

Still I find them to be charming, after all they remind me of one big reason I like Touhou, everyone has their personal take on the characters. These two figures are the sculptor's take on Reimu and Marisa. I'm getting both since you can't have Reimu without Marisa and vice versa.

 

I don't really like this Reimu that much, but I like Marisa. Reimu looks kinda scrawny from the photo's I've seen, and her face doesn't look very Reimuish to me. Marisa fits the skinnier look a little better to me. She has more defined legs form what I've seen. But more Touhou stuff is always good. I'm still surprised you just went and ordered both.

 

 

 

March

Ah Mami, the ever so popular puella magi that got a bit ahead of herself.

I still plan on collecting all five girls, already got Madoka and Homura and next up is Mami.

Such a shame she got delayed from January until March though.

 

 

 

They included the angsty face even though it was just like 5 seconds or something from the anime. Poor Mami will never live it down. I like how all the Madoka girls come with a bunch of weapons. And it's a good thing it got delayed, now my March shipping costs are shared evenly, yay!

Are you all ready for a squidding invasion  ~ de geso!

Ika Musume is a type of character that makes me so happy the figma line exists. While a scaled figure of her would be nice it would not be able to give me as much fulfillment as this figma will. To be able to relieve all those memorable antics of Ika Musume's invasions would be impossible. Quite frankly, it's because she is a figma that she can live up to the potential of her character.

 

I'm also getting her. I really liked the Ika Musume anime, it's such an emotional rollercoaster, and because of it I can think of a lot of photos I want to take of her. I'm a little woried that her tentacles will get bent out of shape though.

I know very little of Sengoku Rance, one thing is that it contains interpretations of historical figures. Two the protagonist will rape any girl in sight, including a genderbend version of himself. Three it contains really cute looking girls. I remember the bigger scaled version of Kenshin that FREEing did a while back, always caught my attention but since I knew nothing about the character I never bought it. The figma is a nice interpretation, really love that cute blushing face. Good thing exilhero is buying one.

 

 

Erm, well Rance doesn't actually rape himself as a girl, that's just a Bad End, but the other two are correct. Anyway I did play Sengoku Rance and I got way more than I expected. In the end I was actually playing because it was fun rather than for, you know, ecchi stuff. Kenshin is one of the cuter girls in the game so I natually wanted to have her. That FREEing Kenshin was the first figure I actually considered buying, but I thought it was ridiculously priced at the time. I hope they make more Figmas of this series, maybe Senhime or Sill, hell Rance would be nice for funny comics.

Next up is that idiotic puella magi.

While I still dislike Sayaka a bit, I also still think she is the better looking of the puella magi in terms of her design. I look forward to her addition to my collection of puella magi figmas.

Plus that "unlimited blade works" she has going on with her cutlasses is pretty neat.

 

 

 

Ehh I don't know why you hate her so much, she was an idiot and all but I don't see it justifying so much hate. And I also don't get why you like how she looks, her design looks kinda plain to me. I still wonder what those triggers on her swords are for.

Alter's Persona 3 figures are some of my more sought after past releases, but god, those second hand market prices.

Luckily enough for me Alter came to the rescue with the release this awesome looking version of Aigis. This version is even more detailed looking than Alter's past efforts with Aigis, a perfect recreation of the illustration that this figure is based on.

Although it was annoying Aigis was delayed not once but twice, she was supposed to be released in January. I guess my lucky break of figures releasing on time is over now that 2012 has started.

This is my first scaled Aigis, only got the two figmas thank you very much.

 

Don't you already have enough Aigis figures already? I rember you had like 4 or something. Well she does look pretty nice I'll give you that. I really like how detailed she is and how striking her blue eyes are. I always thought that her robot hooves looked kinda gross though.

I have no idea who this girl is other than she comes from a visual novel from Nitro+.

I do remember debating whether I wanted to buy her. I like maids, I like the pose, I love her pouting expression, a nice tanned girl is nice once in a while too.

In the end though, I didn't have to worry whether to buy or not.

 

 

Because I decided to get it. I also don't know much about her, but when I first saw her it was love at first sight. I mean delicious tsundere brown elf girl in a maid outfit! How can I NOT have it? I was on the fence with her for a bit though. Her face reminded me of this one doujinshi where bad things happen to enslaved brown elf girls. Which reminds me of this other H anime where brown elf girls get abused some more. They just can't catch a break. But I researched a bit and found out a little more about her and now I see the face as embaressed rather than sad.

 

 

April

See this bodacious looking sexy woman?

She is one of the few things that genuinely scared me when I played a game. God this woman, I will never forget her introduction into the battlefield.

Anyways, I don't really like this figure, I think the body looks too elongated. I'm quite happy with Alter's other Selvaria which I should really take out of her box one day and snap some pictures of her.

 

Man, the only comment you make of the figure and it's a negative one. I think she looks fine really. The designs from Valkyria Chronicles are kinda like this. I think the figure follows the original drawings rather than the game's design. Raita's drawings tend to be a little exagerated in expression (and breast size), which makes them appealing to me. I was indecisive on whether to get her for a while because her boobs look a little too big and because that shower head is is just stupid. I took a good look at her face though, and I remembered why I like Selvaria so much in the first place. Anyway I can't wait to see her when she arrives later in the year.

I arrived too late to the figure collecting business by the time I got into Zero no Tsukaima so I missed out on all the cute Louise figures.

Luckily enough for me, Alter decided to re-release probably the one Louise figure I sough the most. Actually lately I been getting some nice re-releases from figure manufactures.

Anyways, I find this Louise really cute, just look at that expression. I find it quite an interesting figure as it does not depict Louise in her familiar school uniform or that well known maid outfit she wears.

 

I really like Louise. She's probably my favorite Kugimiya Rie tsundere. Violent temper aside, when she's dere she's really DERE, it just melts my heart each time she's embarassed by whatever Saito is trying to do to her. And because I like Louise so much it was hard to pass on this figure but in the end I did. I can't seem to find a Louise figure that I absolutely love.

Here we go, the last of the puella magi.

I don't know what to say, Kyouko is probably the girl I like the least. I don't hate her, I just don't like her either. I think I ended up finding her boring or something.

Well, whatever, I look forward to get her to reenact some delicious yuri with her and Sayaka. Oh man, when I get her it's gonna be so cool to finally have all five girls together, gonna make me feel quite satisfied for sure.

 

Kyouko is probably my favorite Madoka girl. I like her kinda rough personality, her long red hair tied up in a pony tail, and her character design. Not that many people like her for some reason. As much as I liker her I'm not really getting her. I can't do much with just one Madoka girl, and Miette is getting her so I'll get to see her anyway.

 

 

 

May

Much like last year the figure I look forward to the most is a rendition of Yukari. Reimu might be my favorite Touhou girl but Yukari is the one who gets the nicer figures. She comes with some nice options to display her.

Although I'm quite weary of this figure. It has a quite higher price than a similar figure her size normally goes for, plus she is by QuesQ a manufacturer that I have yet to see up close. Reviews of their figures have turned out fine so I have high hopes for their work.

 

First thing I said when when I saw her was "Ok I'm buying this", then I saw the price, and said, "Ok I'm buying this", then Miette said he was getting it too and I said, "order two". I might have been joking but she looks really damn detailed. The more I see of her the more I want her. I really really like how she looks in the photos so far so I have high hopes for her. The price tag doesn't looks so unreasonable now. Did I mention I like Yukari?

One day, I was noticing a severe lack of swim suit figures in my collection. I only have two of them. I also noticed that I was being a bad Nanoha fan and skipping on her figure releases. Finally I noticed my ratio of loli Nanoha to adult Nanoha was not equal.

Then Alter came to the rescue, not only do I get an adult sexy Nanoha to balance things out, she is also wearing a swim suit. No wonder Alter is my favorite manufacturer.

This figure is based on a poster featuring Nanoha, Fate and Vivio leaning against a wall. The inclusion of a chunk of that wall makes me hope Alter will release a Fate and Vivio to match this Nanoha.

 

 

This one looks really nice. Ever since I got summer dress Fate I've become somewhat of a Fate fan, so the first thing I thought when I saw Nanoha was, "Is there a Fate like this?". Sadly not (yet). I've been meaning to get another Fate figure but I can't quite pick one I like. I kinda wanted to get the enormous 1/4th swimsuit Fate but I'd rather wait and see if they make one to acompany this Nanoha... which was supposed to be the main focus of my comment here. Oh well.

To make sure we do not have a lack of swimsuit clad girls during the summer exilehero is buying this Cecilia. Cecilia is my favorite IS girl, I think she is a fun gal, she is also voiced by Yukana.

I been curious about the Beach Queens line for a while, never got interested in any of the figures to actually buy one. The one exception was Biri Biri but alas, I missed out on that release and re-release. Only one thing I dislike already is their size, 1/10 makes them kinda tiny.

 

I've been wanting a Cecillia figure for a while and this one was the one I liked the most from what I've seen. Miette's been telling me about swimsuit figures in the summer for a while so she takes care of a couple things at a time. Hmm I didn't even realize she was 1/10th scale. I love her drill hair!

This figure I find quite charming. I'm sure only Touhou fans, by that I mean actual fans who play the games, will enjoy this figure.

ZUN, creator of Touhou has a rather unique art style. This figure is based on his art rather than some artistic interpretation of it. In fact this is pretty much the menu screen for the twelfth Touhou game, Undefined Fantastic Object.

The figure itself is really cheap, more along a prize figure, it's also from a manufacturer that I never hear of before. Still as a Touhou fan I can't pass this up, it's just too amusing.

 

This one is just silly.

 

 

 

 

 

June

Alright, raise your hand if you didn't see this coming?

After Robocop I suppose the figma line is branching more besides cute girls and Kamen Riders.

There is also apparently a Link figma now so I wonder what other Nintendo characters will come out. Some people were being idiots on 4chan one time because this Samus is based on her Other M incarnation. I liked the game, a nice Metroid game, a nice action game, a nice gamey game.

My biggest complain is that Samus was not voiced by Jenifer Hale like she was in the Prime games.

I mean, just imagine, Samus sounding as cool as FemShep!

 

Oh don't remind me of the Prime fanboys, oh the humanity! Anyway I'm also getting her. I'm kinda glad that recently I've been seeing more video game characters getting figures. I already have a million ideas for Samus. It's easy for me to come up with stories for game characters it seems.

Here is Rita from Tales of Vesperia the game I bought an Xbox 360 for. For some reason I really, really liked the party characters a lot in Tales of Vesperia. That single handedly made Vesperia my favorite Tales game.

I did find it odd that Alter went and release a figure of Yuri, the protagonist, and Flynn, his friend and rival, before any of the girls.

Now here we are and Alter is releasing Rita, here I hope Alter does the other girls too. Give me Judy, Judy! Man I love that woman!

 

I've yet to play Vesperia. I was gonna play it and then literaly that day the PS3 version with extra content was anounced. So I decided to wait for the PS3 version to get localized to play it... AND I'M STILL WAITING! haha.. I'll play it some day.. *sigh*, on the 360. Oh yeah, only Miette is getting this one.

 

 

 

Another Ques Q figure, this time of the the titular Neptune in her goddess form as Purple Heart from Hyperdimension Neptuna.

My one disappointment from this figure is the lack of the armor that goes along with this form in the game.

That game was sure a mixed bag. A game where you play as the anthropomorphization of the current console war and their fight against piracy. If you are a person who has been gaming for years and watching anime for years the reference fest that is this game is a rather amusing experience.

Too bad playing the game itself was a pain in the ass.

 

I think she looks very nice. For some reason I really like her face and hair and eyes and body and suit. Though I've never really played Neptunia, so that really keeps me from buying it.

Pre-order list: the OMG so much $$$ edition!

It's been a while since I done one of these.

Last time it was back on late June.

October

Ergh, so annoying I was so looking forward to have Yukari waiting for me at home after I came back from my business trip. Alas, she was delayed until the end of October, I hope there is no more delays for her.

Everybody watched Working!! right? Such a fun show, out of all the girls I must say Yamada is my favorite of the bunch. Such a fun character, Alter's rendition sure displays that.

Man, I was so hyped for this figma. I mean, it's Robocop, Robocop!

Much like with Phat's Yukari Robocop was delayed until the end of October.

This is odd, I been collecting figmas ever since their introduction a few years back. All of them have been exclusively girls, now though I want quite a few guys.

I look forward to getting Touma, been wanting to continue that CNN9 report I did back in February.

So, I know how people feel about Kirino and Kuroneko but what about Ayase?

I don't really like her but just look at those faces and cuffs, she is bound to be fun for pictures. Even more so with that unluky Touma figma I'm getting.

November

November can't come soon enough, I can't wait to get Homura my favorite Puella Magi.

Although, I must say, Homura needs more guns, no assault rifles? no light machine guns? Makes me a bit sad.

For a while Kuroko was my favorite Index girl. She is such a perv, I love it.

Sadly I gotta pay extra for her much like with Biri Biri and Misaka-imouto because of bundled in game. Still I look forward to use her on that CNN9 report continuation.

December

Earlier this year my lack of employment led me to miss out on this awesome Dizzy figure.

As a fan on Guilty Gear and Dizzy, I'm happy to have the chance to rectify that.

So I hear NISA might bring the BRS game to the west, including may be that special edition from Japan.

From that game comes this version of BRS. I think she looks quite cool with the wings and the more manageable cannon.

I'm getting all the other Index figmas so no surprised I'm getting Index herself right?

I'm curious to see how the use of cloth will turn out with her and the other figmas that make use of it.

January

Joining Madoka and Homura is Mami.

Was she always this busty? I really don't remember her being this busty on the show. Anyways, I'm quite happy with the selection of expressions for Mami.

We all have figures we wished we had bought, or had the chance to buy.

The original Alter Aigis was one such figure for me, so I quickly jumped at the chance of owning this figure. After all Aigis is my favorite girl from Persona 3.

People go about how this and that character is GAR or manly but none can compare to Guts.

Just look at him, Guts kills the type of things that are final bosses on a daily basis. You want manliness go for the guy that kills Eldrich abominations as if it was a walk in the park.

February

Sigh... this girl... out of all the Puella Magi she was the one with the design I liked the most. Too bad the rest was a lost cause. Still I look forward to owning her, too bad there is no expression to go for when she snapped before she died.

March

I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait for Ika Musume next year. Everything that makes her so awesome is well represented in this figma. Plus just look at the crying face of her, so darn cute.

So there you have it, biggest pre-order list I had up until now. It's only missing one figure, the Queen's Blade version of Noel Vermillion but her exclusiveness and high price is making me hesitate to commit to buy her.

So, anyone getting any these?

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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