Max Factory seriously impressed me with 2013’s Dark Elf, a figure that captured everything I like about the female form. For the longest time, it looked like their 1/7 Sheryl Nome would be THE figure of 2014 – a suitable follow up to the Dark Elf. I’m really not kidding when I say “longest time”; Sheryl was originally scheduled for a 2013 release, but was delayed again and again until this spring. Well it seems like it was worth the wait.
Gotta love figures that are just given a generic race-based name. I suppose it wouldn’t do to have xXGamerGurrl92Xx as the figure name, but still it’s weird referring to this one as “Elf.” This is Max Factory’s take on the Lineage II character design, which was released last summer. While it’s a pretty figure overall, a few things have kept this from becoming one of my favorites.
I was too busy watching the Chicago Blackhawks win their fifth Stanley Cup championship, defeating the Boston Bruins on a couple of insane last-minute goals. Hockey is bad for your heart, folks. Anyway, because of that, I wasn’t able to write up my usual anime news roundup (recaps: STUFF WENT DOWN). I did have some good stuff too, but you’ll never know. Instead, I decided to share some photos of my trip to Chicago’s Botanic Gardens. My traveling companion this time is figma Sunred, the world’s worst superhero.
Max Factory’s Asuka was released near the end of 2011, but it somehow missed my review pipeline. I didn’t even unbox it until the spring of 2012, though now it’s a mainstay of my display cabinets. This figure appeals to me in many ways: tight body suit, glossy red finish, cute facial expression, and it’s Asuka.
It’s been a while since I last did a full on review, so I went to my shelf to see what I could shoot. Max Factory’s Xiao-Mei stood out because she’s so damn adorable. How could you not like that Tony Taka face? Xiao-Mei hails from Shining Hearts, which has been getting a lot of exposure recently in the figure world. I haven’t played any of the Shining games but they must be big in Japan.
When it comes to Evangelion figures, you can’t get more generic than having a pilot in a plug suit. Asuka and Rei are very well represented, but Mari figures are harder to find. I had plenty of the other two but only a single Mari Figma. Clearly, I had to add another figure of this neglected girl to my collection. Max Factory’s take seems to be the best of them, so I was pretty happy when she arrived at my house.