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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 Olivia

Figure Review: Dark Angel Olivia by Kotobukiya

Since I’ve reviewed Forte, I thought I’d do a photo shoot for Kotobukiya’s Dark Angel Olivia as well. Both figures can best be described with the word “grand.” While Forte sports a pair of irresponsibly pointy lances, Olivia has twin swords and angel wings. The design is eye-catching enough in 2D, but Kotobukiya turned it into a figure truly worth owning.

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Kotobukiya Forte

Figure Review: Dark Dragoon Forte by Kotobukiya

I’ve never played Rage of Bahamut but I’ll be damned if there aren’t some fine character designs in that game. Kotobukiya has produced some excellent figures for the property, including the Dark Angel Olivia that originally turned me on to this game. I’ve also reviewed Max Factory’s Cerberus which is perhaps less awe-inspiring than just cute/sexy. In early July I received Kotobukiya’s Dark Dragoon Forte, which kind of looks like a sister piece to Olivia.

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Alter Gwendolyn

Snapshots: The Demon Lord’s Valkyrie

Odin Sphere hit the Playstation 2 way back in 2007. This makes me feel REALLY old. At the end of 2008, Alter released this Gwendolyn figure for the first time. This was way before I started collecting, but from what I gather this figure was quite ahead of its time in terms of the sculpt and quality. It became a grail figure for many, to such an extent that she was re-released in 2010 (before re-releases became a somewhat common practice). I missed out on that one too, but then the powers that be ordained that Odin Sphere would get a remake for the new console generation.

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Velvet with Cornelius by Alter

Snapshots: Alter’s Odin Sphere lineup

It took a while but Alter’s revisiting their Odin Sphere line. They’ve re-released Mercedes and Gwendolyn, but the most exciting thing is no doubt the brand new Velvet and Cornelius set.

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Phat Company Rise Kujikawa

Figure Review: Rise Kujikawa by Phat Company

If I have a video game obsession it would be Persona 4. Something about that game and its characters resonated with me in a way that I had never felt before. Obviously I’m not the only one, as Persona 4 became a huge hit… and then the bizarre spin-offs started coming. I guess it’s fitting though because the world of Persona is bizarre. But what I wouldn’t have dreamed of is that there would be a dancing rhythm game using the characters and settings of Persona 4. That brings us to Persona 4: Dancing All Night and Phat Company’s Rise Kujikawa.

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Yamato Velvet

Snapshot: Looking back with Velvet

This week’s Figure Friday Challenge involved the theme of looking backward. I do have a few figures with an over the shoulder glance, eventually settling on Yamato’s Velvet for the challenge.

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Max Factory Misty

Figure Review: Misty Swimsuit ver. by Max Factory

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…

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figma PLUS school route set

figma PLUS school route set

Oh look I’m actually following through on something I said I’d do for once. As you might know there are two figma PLUS sets. Last time we had a look at the classroom set, now here’s the school route set.

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Melty by Alter

Figure Review: Melty by Alter

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.

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