Beach Queens Misaka Mikoto and Misaka-imouto - I'm seeing double!

Hey peeps, how are you doing this week?

With the awesome A Certain Scientific Railgun S airing I figured it was the perfect time to look at these two cute looking Misakas from Wave's Beach Queens line.

I actually have had this super lovely and cute Biri Biri for ages now, don't remember for how long. When she was released I never really paid attention to the Beach Queen line at all, always seemed kinda boring and I was dubious of their quality due to their cheap price and the rather small 1/10 scale.

Luckily enough for me this changed when Exilehero got his Cecilia Alcott from Infinite Stratos, thanks to that I was able to finally see one up close. And you know what? They aren't half bad, sure the size is a bit small but not too small, still bigger than a figma and the quality while not perfect is more than what I expected for the price.

However, that still left one problem, I still found most of them boring.

Then this lovely Biri Biri came along and I just found her irresistibly cute! I wasn't the only and she pretty much sold out everywhere fairly fast so I wasn't able to get one. Luckily for me Fab from Wieselhead was parting with his and sold it for me for a fairly low price.

Because Biri Biri was a second hand woman figure I never really felt like doing a whole photoshoot for her, even more so since Fab had already done a wonderful job with her.

This is where Misaka-imouto comes in, when I saw this Beach Queens I was in love with a Misaka once again and an idea hit me.

Sure, don't really feel like snapping pictures of Biri Biri by herself but with her little sister? Sure, I'll go take pictures of them together. With that decided when I was invited by Exilehero to go this park he discovered I figured that would be the perfect chance.

Plus it had just rained the day before, perhaps I could even find some water! This was gonna be perfect!

Alas there was none, it was actually kinda dry, lots of death so to speak... hmm kinda creepy in some parts too. Totally didn't help we were the only two people there...

However, when I saw the loosened soil from the rain I thought it would work for my designs. The texture that it had kinda reminded me of a sandy beach so I went along with that plus in that location there was some nice green stuff around us.

This is actually the same location where Exilehero did his latest photo shoot for the ever so cute Kuroneko, or as he called her, the only reason to watch Oreimo. Poor Kirino and everyone else.

Anyways, I found it quite interesting when looking at his photos how different they ended up from mine, even though we were only a few feet away from each other. This one of the reasons I love figure photography both as a producer and a consumer. Same location, same lighting conditions and yet we ended with quite different looking photos. This is why I find looking at different photos of the same figure from different people fun.

Are you guys enjoying Railgun S? I sure as hell am!

I been waiting since I read the Sisters arc in the manga to see this adapted into anime! Originally I was hesitant at first when it started since revisiting the same arc could end up boring but boy was I wrong.

It started normally enough and then bam! Got super dark and cruel for poor Biri Biri. Surprisingly enough JC Staff has managed to do a very good job about it so far. With the last two episodes of the anime that introduced Misaka-imouto and Accelerator I was super happy with the quality all around. Here I'm hoping they keep the atmosphere going.

I think what has surprised me the most is how good the music has been those episodes. Usually the Raildex stuff goes for the techno-ish side of things. But those ending songs for poor Misaka-imouto's fate and Biri Biri rushing accelerator at the end were great. Then the following episode flashback with one of the Sisters going outside for the first time with the nice piano arrangement was so nice.

I just can't believe JC Staff is doing such a great job, I guess they finally leveled up as a studio!

I look forward to rest of the arc, if JC Staff keeps up like this it should be great. Biri Biri being crushed by the world, Biri Biri blowing things up, this version of the Touma vs Accelerator match. Man so many things to look forward too, no wonder this is my favorite arc in both Index and Railgun so far.

Contrary to what some people say though, I doubt the opening reflects what will happen in the show. JC Staff is probably not gonna make big major changes like that, and will keep events mostly the same. A bit hard for me to comprehend why some people are so worried.

Oh I should mention that I'm very surprised with how well received this set of pictures was in flickr. I never get that many amount of favorites or views for my sets. Now the hard part for me is trying to figure out why people liked them so much so I can apply that to future photo shoots.

Ah, the joys of figure photography, I just love it. Can't really phantom enjoying my figures as much as I do without taking pictures of them. Then again it's probably because I been this sort of stuff for years now.

I shall leave you guys with this very appealing shot of a couple of Misaka tushies. I think I have found out a place where the clone might be better than the original. May be it is the shimapan bottoms but there is just something about Misaka-imouto's tushie that I really, really like.

And on that pervy note, until next time folks.

 

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!

Cecilia Alcott - Swimsuit Beach Queen

It's summer and it's damn hot here! To keep with the summer theme I'm gonna talk about another swimsuit figure: Wave's Cecilia Alcott of the Beach Queens line.

Cecilia is from the light novel and anime series Infinite Stratos, think mechas and harem. At first I was disappointed with the anime because I expected something like sky girls, but then suddenly a guy shows up. Thankfully the cast of female characters are so quirky and fun that I soon came to love it.

This is actually the first Beach Queens figure I've ever gotten and I gotta say I'm impressed, then again I wasn't really expecting much.

First off her face is actually really nicely modeled, her eyes have pretty good detail, her cheeks have really cute blush and she even has a bit of gloss on her lips, which fits her ojou-sama vibe well. One thing to note on her head is that her headband feels like it's sorta just pasted on top of her fringe. You can see how it's just slightly too small to fill the valley that forms on her front hair, there's a bit of hair peeking out on either side of it.

Cecilia wears a very simple 2 piece bikini with a towel or something over her waist, a little too simple for a high-class lady like herself, I'd say. Where are the frills, the lace?! I guess the headband has a bit of that.

Of course like any good ojou-sama she has hair drills! Ah the allure of those golden spirals, symbols of wealth and status, though that's probably not why I like her. The reason probably has to be that she is voiced by Yukana, which plays the ditzy sheltered girl to a T.

One thing that's interesting about this figure is that she can stand fairly easily without the use of a base. Also notice the nicely sculpted abs and navel.

Her sash thing can be cast off to reveal a very skimpy string bikini bottom. Hmm... her boobs can look a bit unnatural, almost floaty, from a couple of angles.

One great thing about her tiny swimsuit is the way it digs into her, must be uncomfortable haha. I also like the way they sculpted her butt, as it shows a little Y forming between the cheeks, quite sexy.

Her head swivels and can be taken off. 

Her hair is surprisingly crisp with little to no excess plastic left from the molding.

Detail of her earring. Incidentally that right there is also the mecha she uses.

Overall I'm pretty satisfied with wave's Cecilia. She was pretty cheap, quality is good and she wasn't as tiny as I expected her to be for a 1/10th scale figure. I'd definitively get another Beach Queen's figure if it was a character I like.

I'd go as far as saying that Beach Queen's might be a very good starting point for anyone interested in getting into the figure collecting hobby. They have pretty accessible prices and the variety of characters available is pretty big, perfect for someone who's not ready to commit a good chuck of money for a pair of plastic tits.

 

Till next time~