Welcome to a very interesting week of PVC pre-orders! For the most part, our big-deal manufacturers are nowhere to be seen except for an (overpriced) Nendoroid Petit. What we do have is a metric ton of re-releases, a giant bunny girl, one insanely overpriced figure, and one of the strangest releases I have ever seen. So hit the jump and check out the wackiest week of 2012…. so far!
Fate T. Harlaown | 1/6 | ¥7,400 | February
Leah: This is the only figure from this roundup that I REALLY love. She’s so sweet and I adore the bikini!
Stephen: AlphaMax really knocked it out of the park with this Fate and she’s definitely the winner this week.
Erica Hartmann | AGP | ¥4,200 | December
Leah: Oh look, twice the price of a figma with what looks like a poor paint job. No thanks, Bandai.
Stephen: It’s weird that this came out so terrible when the D-Arts figures are relatively competent for the same price point.
Queen Himika | Non-scale | ¥5,800 | December
Leah: LOLWHUT. What is this? I don’t even…
Stephen: Why does she have the angry sun from Super Mario Bros. 2 on her head? I’m so confused.
Leah: I thought the sun was happy, now I’m more confused…
Hayate Yagami | 1/4 | ¥16,953 | January
Leah: God, I am getting tired of 1/4 scale bunny girls. I got the Ikkitousen duo and I have Ikaros/Astraea/Nymph on order, I do NOT need 3 more. And the sculpt isn’t even as nice as their other 1/4 scale figs…. this just feels like a cheap money grab to me.
Stephen: FREEing really needs to free themselves of these 1/4th scale figure projects as it’s just getting a bit ridiculous now especially when the quality on this Hayate here is just sad compared to the Ikkitousen line and Freezing figures, which are miles ahead of this.
Good Smile Company
Racing Miku 2012 | Nendoroid Petit | ¥2,000 | January
Leah: She’s cute, but damn expensive for ONE petit. I guess at least she’s not exclusive…
Stephen: Oh, it’s that time of year again where Racing Miku gets shoved down our throats? I guess I’m ok with it since her new design is nice, but do we really need this EVERY year?
Sonsaku Hafuku | 1/7 | ¥7,600 | November | Re-release | NSFW
Ryofu Housen | 1/7 | ¥6,500 | November | Re-release
School Swimsuit Tamaki | 1/7 | ¥7,600 | November | Re-release
School Swimsuit Sasara | 1/7 | ¥6,400 | November | Re-release
Casual Clothing Tamaki | 1/7 | ¥7,600 | January | Re-release
Sonken | 1/7 | 1/7 | ¥7,600 | January | Re-release
Leah: Jesus christ Griffon, think that’s enough re-releases? AND they had several last week. I only really find the swimsuit Tamaki appealing since I don’t have her (I already own the causal one). The matching Sasara is just meh, I do like Sonsaku’s base but the rest is blah, and even my love for Ryofu can’t make me get a figure with boobs that ugly. And Sonken… so much potential wasted by garish paint.
Stephen: Griffon: the company that lives on re-releases. Also, why in the hell are Tamaki and Sasara in swimsuits with maid outfits on top? This makes no sense.
Mikan Tachibana | 1/8 | ¥8,800 | December
Mikado | 1/8 | ¥8,500 | January
Leah: Kaitendoh, why are you suddenly a good company! Mikado doesn’t appeal to me as much as their Retia (though it is by the same sculptor) but I LOVE Mikan. She is adorable! However, I’m trying not to get too excited since I am unsure of Kaitendoh’s recent quality. We do have Retia coming soon, so hopefully she lives up to expectations!
Stephen: Mikan is amazing and I need that in my life. The end.
Hitchhiker Mimi Long Beach & Sunset Beach Ver. | 1/6 | ¥12,000 | December
Leah: I know this is supposed to be American or something but hitchhikers just make me think of uhh serial killers. Also, her sculpt is terrible. Lechery is like the company where Kaitendoh stuck all their crappy sculptors.
Stephen: Lechery, I don’t think anyone is going to be lecherous for this figure. It’s just bad and you should feel bad about it.
Bayonetta | 1/7 | ¥13,800 | March
Leah: For that price you’d think at least her face wouldn’t be stupid looking. Seriously, what the hell, almost 14k? GSC is rubbing off on their umbrella companies. I don’t even like the sculpt here: her head is too small (granted, this is an issue with the character design), and while the detail on her outfit is really nice the bizarro proportions ruin it for me. That and she’ll be the biggest freaking space hog.
Stephen: All flash and no substance. Yeah, it’s a big pose and yes it’s fairly detailed, but that doesn’t change the fact that the pose is fucktarded in the first place. I just don’t get this figure and I’m glad this giant won’t be putting a giant hole in my wallet.
Well, that’s it for our wonkiest week yet of 2012! What all did you pick up and what weirded you out the most? Let us know in the comments below!