Good Smile Company has been very good lately at anticipating the needs of collectors. Anticipating… and then charging a fair bit of money. In December they released two diorama sets under the figma PLUS name, both of which I picked up recently at ACen.
I’m thinking of doing a full review later but for now I just wanted to play around with some figmas. Unlike the wonderful ladies running Kixkillradio and Love, Pinkcheeks, I’m not super pro at building my own sets. The closest I’ve gotten is making some shitty terrain for miniatures gaming.
The nice thing about figma PLUS is that you don’t need to do a whole lot. The pieces come on runners but are easy to assemble and don’t really need painting. They can snap together without glue. You’ll also get two base plates, some connectors (which allow you to connect base plates on all four sides), and a backdrop printed on card stock.
You can pick up one of these sets for under $30… it’s not exactly cheap but not outlandishly priced either. The only negative I want to point out is that the size is a bit small for photography. It makes a fine mini-diorama but with the wide 3:2 aspect ratio used by most cameras, the figma PLUS sets aren’t wide enough to fill up the frame.
There are actually a generous amount of accessories in each set. For the classroom set you get two desks and two chairs. I wish they’d include more base plates as all these items can get crowded on just two.
I really want to double up on these sets. It would be easy enough to print different backdrops on card stock too. And for a more custom look, I’m thinking about finishing off and painting the accessories.
The other set is a school route set, basically a model of a Japanese road. I’ll be taking pictures of that soon!