It’s not quite summer officially but it’s sure starting to feel like it around here. So I figured it’s a good time to take a look at Max Factory’s 1/7 Mistral Nereis (Misty), one of the ladies designed by Tony Taka for Shining Hearts. There are a ton of Shining series figures and I’m usually not very interested in them. However Max Factory has a way of convincing me…
I’ve really been liking Max Factory’s releases as of late. As far as figure sculpts go they tend to be the most ambitious – or failing that the sexiest. Their latest scale figure release as of this writing is the Hatsune Miku Mikuzukin version by Grissry Panda. This became one of my favorite Miku designs as soon as I saw the prototype, and I’m happy to say that the final product lives up to my expectations.
Since Shinobu and Hachikuji are best buds now, I wanted to get a shot of them at sunrise. Not much to explain here, just exposed for the figures and tried to tolerate the sun in my eye as much as I could. Being able to get these shots is an advantage of having an east-facing apartment.
Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo line has been going for a long time – even longer than I’ve been a collector I think. The quality, especially of the sculpts, has been up and down. Some of them don’t do a good job translating Shunya Yamashita’s designs to 3D while others are less problematic (but that won’t stop fans from nitpicking!). Jubilee was released around late December/January, and the promo shots were promising. Last week I finally decided to pick one up now that I have some cash to put into figures.
Melty is a character from Shining Hearts, a game from a franchise that doesn’t get much exposure in the US. Tony Taka has been doing the character designs for the series, and while they’re all solid, I haven’t been very high on the figures they’ve engendered. I guess if anyone was going to change that, it would be Alter.
Max Factory’s 1/6 Momo was an impulse buy for me, as she’s super cute and sexy. Wedding dress-based designs are nice enough, but take the dress off and hey… Anyway, Momo has been in my display cabinet for a while. It occurred to me that I never got around to reviewing the figure, so here we go.
If there’s one figure maker with a direct line into my wallet, I’d say it’s Max Factory. Every year, I buy a handful of random Max Factory figures – not because they’re always making characters that I love, but because they consistently wow me with amazing sculpts or luscious booty. Usually their figures have both, as was the case with this 1/7 Cerberus from Rage of Bahamut.
Update: review’s up
Unfortunately, no Halloween post from me as I was doing something more important (watching basketball)… but Alter’s new Asuka figure came in and I wanted to get a photo shoot done. I really like her world-weary pissed off look as it fits her character in Evangelion 3.33 well. And hey, shiny red buttocks.