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Posted by Leah Bayer on December 7, 2013 | 2 Comments
If you read Plastikitty even moderately regularly, you probably know that I have a serious Tony Taka addiction. I’ll buy pretty much any figure that he’s done the art for (with the notable exception of Griffon’s recent figures, shudder). My very first Tony Taka figure was Kotobukiya’s Elwing, who was one of the first PVC figures I ever bought. This was quickly followed up by their Kureha, and then… Celestia! I think she’s what really got the addiction going, probably because of dat hair sculpt. She also has the honor of being the figure that got my mom into collecting: she loved Celestia so much, she bought her own! And it’s actually the one I used for this shoot, since mine is still in a box… somewhere.
Celestia still has a special place in my heart, even if Max Factory, Alter, and Kotobukiya’s new takes on TT art greatly surpass her in quality. Looking at her critically (which is hard, due to my nostalgic fondness) I can see some issues: the stiffness of her hair around the ears, the perfect and unrealistic circle created by her skirt. But she still has some beautiful aspects that override everything else, and taking her out for a shoot rekindled my love affair with Celestia. You’ll always be one of my favorite elves!
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 21, 2013 | 7 Comments
Koromo Amae, an Alter release from back in 2010, is one of the hidden gems of my collection. I’ll admit that when perusing over my figures in my head, I’d never jump to her and think “oh yeah, Koromo, she’s one of my favorites!” But every time I see her on a shelf my heart just melts and I’m reminded of how truly special she is. Leave it to Alter to pull off a straight-up loli figure with total, adorable class.
While thinking of figures to shoot a few weekends ago, there were many “fancier” (aka more popular) options, but I just couldn’t resist this cutie once I saw her face peering up at me. And of course the theme was obvious once I got her outside. With her wide, almost lost-looking eyes, the stopwatch and her pose filled with curiosity we just had to go trapsing through Wonderland like a little Alice and her (very) giant White Rabbit/photographer! So hit the jump and come along on our adventure~
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 7, 2013 | 1 Comment
If you read this site with any regularity, you probably know that I am obsessed with Airou from Monster Hunter. Actually, it might be fair to use the word addicted. I have Airou plushes, Airou slippers, Airou mugs, my purse has Airou on it, heck–I even have stemless Airou wine glasses! Well, people: this is where it all started.
In my first few months of PVC collecting, HLJ had a massive sale. Tucked in among all the scantily clad ladies were four little kitties for $20 a pop. I picked up two of them, and the descent into Airoumania began. I mean, just look at them. They’re so friggin CUTE. I’ve wanted to do a photoshoot with them forever, but it’s only recently that I felt skilled enough to do these cuties justice. So check out the gallery to see what these two scams got up to!
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 5, 2013 | 3 Comments
Buddy was one of the first figures I can remember wanting despite knowing absolutely nothing about her character or origin. Which I’m pretty sure is true for most people, since she’s an obscure character from an obscure eroge. I mean, she’s not even someone you can pursue a relationship with in Kimi ga Yobu, Megiddo no Oka de. She’s just kind of there for a few scenes.
But knowing nothing about a character’s never stopped me before, and it didn’t all those years ago with Buddy! I’ve wanted to shoot her practically forever (or, you know, for like 3 years), but until recently I’ve been a little intimidated by Stephen’s photography. But after doing a billion review shoots (or, you know, like… 8 or something….) I decided it was finally time! Also my Korean dogwood is freaking beautiful this year and it’d be a sin if there were no pictures of those gorgeous leaves.
There’s even a bonus kitty pic! We’ve featured the 3 younger kitties on the site before, but so far the old man Albert has remained elusive. No longer, because I got him to stay still for one (!!) picture! I know, right? Impressive. But seriously he’s really grumpy and moves around a lot for a 17 year old kitty.
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 20, 2013 | 1 Comment
Cryptozoology, the study of animals that may or may not exist, is a pretty interesting subject. On the tamer ends it includes things like black tigers, and on the more extreme it deals with creatures like Bigfoot… or jackalopes! For a (pseudo)science field there’s a surprising amount of crossover with the toy world, maybe because imaginary animals are totally awesome. I’ve always been a fan of jackalopes… I mean, what’s not to love? A cute little bunny with deadly horns on its head, ready to look cute and mess up your stuff. Sadly we don’t get as many jackalope-inspired toys as we do with things like Yetis and such, so I jumped at the chance to buy Frombie’s adorable Kami toy.
Kami comes in a couple colors, and is available still on their website, but being a lover of all things girlie I obviously went for the pink version! I’ve been meaning to take him out for a romp in the garden, and with summer winding down it was basically my last chance to do a shoot without fall leaves everywhere. So hit the jump and see what trouble this jackalope got into!
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 2, 2013 | No Comments
With all the PVC coverage we do on the site, it’s easy to forget that Stephen and I own a lot of vinyl–well over a thousand pieces (you may have noticed we’re not the best at keeping track of things). In fact, given that they tend to be on the smaller side compared to PVC as well as both harder to come by and more expensive, we often forget ourselves! There’s really nothing better to help you get re-aquainted with your collection than a photoshoot, so I decided to take one of my favorites out in the garden: ESC-Toy’s Yarn Shroom.
I’m a big fan of pretty much anything with cat ears, even if they are on my least favorite vegetable (though whether fungi are really plant, animal or somewhere in between is always up for debate!). It seems I generally have a fondness for mushroom figures–I guess because I don’t have to think about eating their gross slimy flesh. And Yarn Shroom is anything but gross: cute, devious, beautiful, fascinating to look at in the light, but far from icky. So check out his adventures in the gallery, and expect a visit from his green cousin to pop up later this fall.
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 1, 2013 | 1 Comment
Every collector has to start out somewhere: Stephen and I spend so much time reporting on the new that we often forget about our earlier purchases, but we’re working on remedying that! Believe it or not, some of our first PVC ladies (and vinyl purchases as well) remain among our favorites, even though they are 6 or more years old. Newer doesn’t always mean better, plus older figures have the bonus of sentimentality attached to them. For our first look into the past of our collecting history I’ve chosen one of my personal favorites, and one that made a big impact on my collecting habits: Alter’s Fauna! So hit the jump and let’s take a trip down memory lane.
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 24, 2012 | 5 Comments
Leah: I am kind of obsessed with Christmas figures. I’m not really sure why, but we have tons and I tend to keep them on shelves year-round. So how could we not do a Christmas shoot? Okay, that’s a bit of a fib: this is an older shoot that we actually did before we were at Plastikitty, but we didn’t finish it in time for the actual holiday so it got shoved to the side. But now Tama-nee and Mikuru are back better than ever!
Stephen: It’s weird to go back to a shoot from 2 years ago and bring it back to life here, but looking through these older pictures again as well as the accompanying ones of giving Leah our first Dollfie ever were just awesome. I still adore these figures to these day and it’s great to sometimes take a look back at where you’ve been so as not to forget all of the figures you’ve accumulated over the years and still appreciate every single one. Also, it was fun to see how terrible my original edits of these pictures were and fix them up so that they look nice and pretty to get you all in the holiday spirit!
Merry Christmas from Plastikitty!
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 6, 2012 | 1 Comment
This year at New York Comic Con, mph is going to have the wonderfully creepy Chris Ryniak Misfortune Cat at their booth. In honor of this, we’re putting up our shoot of the original release of this figure, done two years ago before the SDCC release! This is one of my absolute favorite vinyl pieces and has everything I look for: an original concept, a great sculpt, perfect quality control, and of course that excellent blend of cute and creepy. Stephen did a great job on this shoot, really highlighting all the aspects of this eerie kitty. If you’re on the fence about getting the NYCC one, hit the jump to check out Misfortune Cat in action! Or, you know, if you just like pictures of headless cats wandering around a foggy garden.
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 19, 2012 | 1 Comment
You might remember that I was originally quite unenthused with DDS Mariko, and actually preferred Millhiore in that Dolpa. Due to licensing, Millhi wasn’t at the place where we usually enter for dolls so we went for Mariko instead. It ended up being quite fortuitous, as Volks’ shots are quite misleading and the final Millhi just isn’t my style. Mariko on the other hand I instantly fell for! Her pale skin and sad eyes are so lovely and delicate.
Of course we had to give her a makeover, starting with her name. We don’t often rename dolls (with Sakuno/Sakura being the exception) but Mariko was changed almost instantly to Rose. Then she got a new wig, a new outfit, and some lovely flowers & ribbons in her hair. She’s become one of my favorites in our large family of dolls, with a sweetness that I find so endearing! Check out Stephen’s lovely shots of her in the gallery.