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Painted look for your photos

Challenge: Getting a painted look for your photos

Hey folks! Sorry about the long wait since the last post… I’ve been too busy to do full-on figure reviews. But I’ve been active on Instagram working on my 365 project! Anyway, this weekend things finally started to wind down so I thought I’d work on some kind of project with my figures.

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Phat Company Kongou

Figure Review: Kongou by Phat Company

Let me tell you something: Kongou is the greatest. Her boisterous personality, random use of English, and ability to destroy the shit out of anything that stands in her way makes her, objectively, the greatest. However in the realm of anime figures, none of them really grabbed me. I missed out on the Nendoroid, and the other options ranged from slightly-too-rapey to straight up creepy. Eventually Phat Company came along with a Kongou figure that looked juuuust right, and we are all better off for it.

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Kotobukiya Shinobu Oshino Panaino! ver.

Snapshot: Donut loving vampire on a sunny day

Despite the stormy weather forecasts, we got a beautiful day here during this long weekend. I wanted to take some shots of my most summer-y figure enjoying the sun!

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Kotobukiya Shinobu Oshino

Figure Review: Shinobu Oshino Plain Clothes ver. by Kotobukiya

I admit I might have a problem. As I write this there are eight Shinobu figures on display behind me. Well, technically one is Kiss-Shot but yeah, same thing. While the character didn’t really become relevant until the very end of Bakemonogatari, she has kind of become the ultimate moe character for me. Kotobukiya’s rendition here isn’t their first, but it is their most recent. It got a bit lost in the shuffle as I was working on some home improvements when it first arrived. But finally I had the inkling to do a real photo shoot.

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Good Smile Company Kaori Miyazono

Snapshots: Kaori Miyazono by Good Smile Company

I was feeling the itch to do a quick figure shoot today, and it felt like Good Smile Company’s Kaori Miyazono would be fitting for springtime. Although we just had snow here like two days ago so…

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Nendoroid Christmas Party

Nendoroid Christmas party!

Merry Christmas to all you figure collectors out there! Christmas seems like a particularly Nendoroid-ish holiday, so I decided to do a special photo shoot with mine.

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GSR Racing Miku TT Zero 13 Kai

Snapshots: ex:ride Racing Miku TT Zero 13 Kai

Although Max Factory pumps out a lot of figmas, they’re a bit lacking in the “giving them stuff to do” category. Individual figmas may come with certain character-specific accessories, but you rarely get accessories/play sets designed to go with any figma. That’s why I jumped on the figma PLUS sets, why I got excited for the figma horse, and why I ordered this figma-sized motorcycle. Dedicated hobbyists may opt to build their own play sets and accessories, but to be honest I’ve always been a “buy it from someone else” kind of guy 🙂

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Hachikuji, Shinobu, and Canti

Snapshots: Robot babysitter

There’s nothing quite like taking advantage of some beautiful weather to get some outdoors figure shots. At worst, you don’t get the shot you want but the day still doesn’t feel wasted.

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Alter Black Hanekawa

Figure Review: Black Hanekawa by Alter

Time to look at an oldie! Alter’s Black Hanekawa was first released in 2011, which is probably when I got it. Yeah that seems like something I’d do. It also had a release in 2013, probably coinciding with the return of the Monogatari series. For those unfamiliar with the character, Black Hanekawa is the possessed form of Tsubasa Haneekawa, a cat demon who sucks energy from her victims. I think her popularity is due to her sexy/cute attributes, as I didn’t find her story arc in Bakemonogatari to be all that great. If you’re Alter, though, story is but a trifling matter next to the character design.

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Wave Beach Queen Misaka Mikoto

Snapshots: Hitting the beach

Summer so far has mostly consisted of rain and overcast skies for me :/ But I did get one sunny day over the weekend, so I took some figures to the beach. I had some ideas for some beach shots, but unfortunately didn’t prepare well at all.

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Daiki Kougyo Ryomou Shimei

Revisiting Daiki Kougyo’s Ryomou Shimei

I’m no Ikkitousen fan, but for some reason I have two Ryomou Shimei figures. The first one I got was Daiki Kougyo’s, mostly because I really like Shunya Yamashita’s interpretation of the design. It was one of my earliest reviews, though, and I don’t much like the result nowadays. So I decided to revisit this figure with some fresher photos.

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figma Mikasa Ackerman

Snapshot: Mikasa defending the fort

I’ve been doing some location scouting in my spare time as I’m always on the lookout for photogenic areas around Chicago. This shot happens to be at Fort Sheridan, once a Civil War-era fort that has been converted to houses (I’m guessing for very rich people). At the heart of it is this tower. The architecture and theme really fit Attack on Titan well, so I wanted to bring along my figma Mikasa and get some sort of AoT-esque shot. I think this is a site worth revisiting with some more AoT figmas.

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