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!

Tiger & Bunny - the movie the 1st

This city has a cancer, the cancer is crime. For years a single sentinel has stood against it.

Heroes! Champions of justice that protect the innocent and weak!!! Champions of sponsors big and small!!!

This summer, an unlikely combination...

... a hot blooded veteran hero, a rookie hero with a cynical view on life...

... will be forced to put aside their differences...

... and become the greatest hero combination of all time!

Faced with different views, their sense of justice will be tested!

BUT THEN! An unexpected twist! A murder of a high ranking official! The prime suspect...

... a hero, in the wrong place at the wrong time. An innocent man, framed for a murder he did not commit.

Forced to battle against his former crime fighting comrades.

The bond between partners stretched and tested to the limits.

So, recently I listened to a podcast about Tiger & Bunny and I thought, hey this sounds interesting. So after getting over the yaoi bait stuff and my extreme weariness of anything western mainstream anime fans like, I watched the show. I liked it, quite a bit, I loved how it plays with the usual super heroes tropes both in how they are applied and subverted. My only complaints are the two hanging plots that were Lunatic and ouroboros.  I hope the movie and other stuff takes care of that.

Then, I bought the Tiger & Bunny figuarts and this idea happened.

One last thing, to the person who complained that I hadn't done a silly thing like this in a while, I hope you are happy now.

Pre-order list: the mid year edition!

I’m feeling all partied out and too sleep deprived to actually go take pictures. So I will give you a pre-order list instead.

Here it is my and exilehero’s pre-order list for the next chunk of the year.

The previous list from February.

June

To start off an exclusive from the Good Smile Shop. I love me some Homu Homu. I, like many, was disappointed by the lack of weapons in the Homura figma. It all became clear when this figma was sold as a Wonfes exclusive, the more guns for Homura the better. I look forward to it even more so since it includes that lovely hair bow.

No, you can’t have enough Puella Magi as long as it is Homura!

 

 

Don’t you have enough Puella Magi already? Though I suppose I do like homura better with her school uniform. Maybe I just think those sock boots are too silly. But what do you do with a non-magical version of a magical girl? Make them eat cake? Actually scratch that, it might be a good idea. We’ll make millions!

The lovely Chie from Persona 4 my second favorite girl from that game. I’m so happy that the anime managed to garner enough attention from Max Factory to make more Persona figmas. Chie is so nice I love her tomboyish personality. I gotta say though after the anime I don’t think the English VA will be able to match Yui Horie even though it was a really good dub in the game.

 

 

I thought the English VA was very good when I was playing the game, then I watched the anime, there’s just no comparison. Can’t go back to the game without cringing anymore. Anyway I didn’t like the way they did her face. I know it looks more like in the game art but I got used to the game model and anime version. She seems more playful there. She has spats under that right?

The clumsy piece of moeness that is Rorona, best clumsy alchemist ever. Until Totori came around anyways.

MegaHouse went and did this depiction of the titular character from Atelier Rorona and it looks spot on. Still not close enough to Kishida Mel’s illustrations but not bad at all. Never gotten anything from MegaHouse so I look forward to see how it is when exilehero gets her.

Also, go play the Atelier games on the PS3, they are really nice.

 

Eh, I take insult to you belittling Rorona next to Totori. I think they’re a little too different to compare.

Promo shots look fine for her, hope I’m not disappointed. Only thing off with her is that I think her breasts are a little too big compared to the in-game character and art. Though I just think to myself that it’s Rorona form later on in the game where she finishes blossoming through puberty.

 

This stupid idiot, while I did not end up keeping up with Akibarangers in the end it is a nice show from what I did watch. It is really nice if you like super sentai stuff since it plays with and against the usual tropes and cliches associated with it.

I never gotten anything other Precures from the SH Figuart line so I wanna see how good it is with this stuff after exilehero gets the set.

 

 

I watched Akiba ranger and I really liked the show, so I’m getting the figuarts. I think they have great potential to do comics with. It’s too bad I couldn’t get the Z-Cune transformation gun though, it was sold out when I woke up. I’m not that bummed out about it though since it was really darn expensive.

 

 

 

July

Sanya is my favorite girl from Strike Witches, she is also the only who wears any sort of bottoms and doesn’t run around pantless.

After Miyafuji it seem there wouldn’t be more figmas from Strike Witches but I’m glad the line continues. I don’t plan to get all of them but for the girls I like Sanya there is no question. After all just look at her cute demure expressions.

 

 

Sanya is boring, she’s wearing normal clothes. I still like her though and the rocket launcher is a nice prop. I’m a little surprised you’re not just getting them all, you’d be just like 2 away from getting them all.

 

I hate this guy, he should burn in hell and suffer eternal torment. If I ever did a top ten list of my most hated characters he would be in the top five may be top three.

Nice figma though.

 

 

 

If you already have Gutts why not get Griffith? Well Griffith figma has a prettier face than even girls, it’s insane. Promo shots make him look very detailed, hope he comes out alright. He’ll make a really good villain.

This Fate is awesome, nice and sexy. I do not mind so much that the figure differs from the illustration. Although I suppose a big deal of appeal is Fate’s pleasing behind. Not that it matters since I’m quite happy with Alter’s swimsuit clad Nanoha.

 

 

 

 

Fate’s ass is the miracle of the universe and all but lately Nanoha’s not far behind. I recently found out that it’s actually Nanoha with the bigger butt and fate with the bigger boobs, according to official details anyway. I don’t think the lecherous artists from pixiv focus on just one thing of any of the girls though.

Anyway the figure looks great to me so far, maybe I’d wish it was a bit more interesting. When you put it next to Nanoha she looks a bit plain. I’m hoping to like her more when I see her in front of me.

The second member of the Akibarangers. She is blue and tsundere and the one sane person. Looking at these, they sure are more detailed than actual official super sentai.

 

 

 

 

Now that you’re comparing them, Akibarangers seem to have much more interesting costumes than the normal Sentai, which are just wearing spandex. Akibarangers have armor! It helps that designs are made by the Tiger and Bunny guy.

 

 

 

 

August

Giant figure of loli Nanoha in a bikini. I see no reason not to buy this. Just look at those slims legs, the delicate budding chest, the cute frilly two piece, the 1/4th scale. It’s so awesome.

 

 

 

 

You are just a lolicon.

Yukiko, the resident yamato nadeshiko of Persona 4. Yukiko and Chie must be together so buying them was a no question. Hmm... come to think of it, the Persona 4 crew sure use some questionable weapons like Yukiko’s fan.

My only complaint is that there is no expression of when Yukiko goes into one of her laughing fits.

 

 

I like the Yukiko figma better than the Chie one since she looks a bit more like the anime. Wonder if they’ll come up with summer uniforms or like shadow versions and such, since she doesn’t seem to come with the shadow face.

I’m still a big Precure fan and I’m still a big Heartcatch fan in particular. So I ended getting this exclusive release of Cure Blossom in her Super Silhouette form. If there is one thing I loved about Heartcatch is how expressive the girls were. The chance to get more expressions for them is a big plus for me.

 

 

 

Bigger hair and bigger costume, good luck trying to balance that one. Wonder if they come out with some of the smile girls. They seem like they’d fit that form well. I just remembered that I’m so behind watching Precure. heart thing on the background, since it looks kinda CGed in. I would actually like if they made figuarts.

 

 

 

The last of the Akibarangers, the silly cosplaying woman. Ever since I saw her I still can’t get over the twin tail helmet thing.

Apparently these are very popular as they sold out almost instantly. Aren’t you happy you managed to pre-order them before?

 

 

 

Apparently it’s normal for sentai stuff to sell out that fast, just look at the Moe Moe Z-Cune that sold out like nothing I’m camping for the robo itasha since I really do want that one.

 

 

 

 

September

I get the impression that people did not like Symphogear. I don’t quite understand why, since it had a nice set of characters, some yuri, Mizuki Nana, music by Mizuki Nana and a nice decent storyline.

Since I really liked it, that means I go buy the merchandise like this lovely figma of the protagonist, Hibiki. I find it interesting that this figma has four different faces when the norm is two or three.

 

This figma actually looks really clean and you can’t see the joints that people like to complain about. I wanted to get her too but in the end I didn’t go for it. Guess I don’t like Hibiki that much. I might go for Tsubasa or Chriss though.

You can’t have Sanya without Eila trailing too far behind so here we go. Eila is the other sensible dressed girl, it almost looks like she is just wearing a really short skirt with that coat of hers.

I look forward to some yurilicious scenes between Eila and Sanya.

 

 

 

I don’t think Eila gets enough credit, everyone seems to focus on Sanya. Eila is one of my favorite witches though I’m not sure she fits well as a figma since she’s not very expressive. I guess I like how she acts more than how she looks.

T-elos is cool, she is what I call deliciously evil. Unlike her counterpart, evil Kos-Mos sure showed more personality ranging from arrogance to outright hatred.

I did not particularly like her after Xenosaga but because of the Super Robot Wars spin off Endless Frontier that changed. I look forward for her and Kos-Mos to be together and “become one” all over again.

 

 

Hmm... her skin tone looks a little too dark to me. I also think that Kos-Mos has the better exploding breast thing. And I also wonder if the legs are sculpted from the same mold, Kos-Mos’s butt/tights seem to be more alluring because she wears a skirt. Look at me nothing but complaints about T-elos, then again i don’t really know much about her.

Heartcatch in general was very expressive but all that pales in comparison to Cure Marine here. If Bandai decided to include all her expressions show on the show she would need dozens and dozens of them. Much like Blossom a chance to get more of them is worthwhile enough.

 

 

 

Super Silhouette is kinda silly now that I look at it. They just cram the girls with frilly clothes, I guess that’s the best way to show that they powered up. Though I’m not gonna complain about the elbow-gloves.

 

 

 

 

 

There you have the next batch of stuff we are buying. There is still some stuff that was delayed or hasn't been released yet from our last list, if you wanna see those you can read them up.

A certain Decepticon's sunny day out

OTL.... this is too much work... like seriously... good thing I had a helping hand this time. Anyways, enjoy this "high production" figure story and make sure to see those two gifs.

A continuation of this other figure story.

Now, behold the power of animation!!!

City gets attacked again? Sounds like a scoop to me.

Aya, diligently performing her work as usual.

A little to flashy with that title there Aya.

That sounds more like some MC building hype than reporting if you ask me.

Did I ever mention the Pretty Cure franchise is really awesome.

In paritcular Heartcatch is my favorite show so far. It's like mixing Casshern Sins, Kamen Rider and magical girls.

You know, this bugs me to no end. Why is Precure not popular in the west? It certainly has great appeal for various audiences.

I mean, if you like stuff like Nanoha, any Super Sentai or Kamen Raider show then Precure is for you. Also goes for magical girl fans in general, heck Precure is made by the same studio that brought Sailor Moon to the world.

Enough ranting about that.

This sequence of events is pretty typical for a Heartcatch episode.

In case you are wondering for the reason behind the attack, it's just some ploy to overthrow Megatron... or steal energon... or something or other that Starscream would do.

So I learned that for being such a distinct sound effect, that transforming sound has no consensus as to what the onomatopoeia for it is.

As one comment on flickr put it, legendary dialogue... legendary indeed XD.

exilehero helped me out with some of the special effects. It's so nice to have help with this stuff, while not necessarily hard to do, it is time consuming.

Hmm... I don't think I have a comment for this one.

This is the sunny in the title, the third Heartcatch Precure girl. She is cool, she knows martial arts and stuff.

Yes, Precure fight using tactics and strategy every now and then.

Now this is one of the things I love the most about Heartcatch... the finishing moves and the combos using them.

I wanted to add sound to this animation, but exilehero was telling me that would be making a movie rather than some gif animation.

Boasting, the number 1 cause of defeats for evil doers everywhere.

These girls so totally did this in the show proper as well. Really awesome plot relevant episode.

Poor Starscream totally got hit head on by the attack. This means only one thing.

Bad guy explodes!

Go Starscream, explode all Megaman X Maverick boss style.

Indeed it was Aya, this is how Precure roll.

One last thing to mention, when I first watched Precure this is exactly how it was for me.

I watched Futari wa Precure first, I did expect something like Doremi but boy did I get something else.

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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