It’s Friday! And just like on every Friday, it’s time to see what wonderful figma news the week has given us. This week we had not just release dates, but an unusual three figmas go up for preorder. I’m interested in at least one of these figmas, so let’s get started!
Hayate Yagami: The MOVIE 2nd A’s ver. Release Date Announced
Hayate will be ready to join your collection on July 27th.
Miyako Release Date Announced
Miyako will be released on July 27th
Strength TV Animation Ver. Preorders Begin
From the television retelling of Black Rock Shooter’s story, comes Strength: the ogre armed menace. Included with Strength are her giant arms which are fully pose able down to every finger. Equip parts to transform her fingers into guns and arm her with any of her three remarkably expressive faces to have the ultimate showdown! Strength retails for 5800 yen and will be ready to smash her way to victory in January 2014.
There’s no denying that Strength is a cool figma. Not only does she have gigantic metal arms, those psycho faces *cough Sayaka cough* are to die for. Yet I have no desire to own her. In the past, I most likely would have gotten her just because I watched the show, but I do not collect that way anymore. Although her faces surely did make me like her more, I think that what is holding me back the most is that I was not satisfied with the original Strength figma. I bought OVA Strength for the reason mentioned earlier, and partially due to my inability to make action poses, found her boring. The ogre arms were clunky and I found relatively few things to do with her. I still have my Strength, but kept her for cuteness purposes. I also vastly prefer the original design to the anime’s. Those white socks just don’t have the same appeal. So if I were to buy this Strength, it would be for the psycho faces, but at 5800 yen retail, that’s unlikely. A pass for me.
Spider-man Preorders Begin
Swinging from the theatres and straight into your collection is The Amazing Spider-man’s hero: Spider-man! Complete with a metallic finish, amazing pose ability, and realistic webs, Spider-man looks just like a hero. He even has a backpack and smartphone to aid in his crime stopping escapades. Spider-man will be released in December for 4800 yen.
I prefer to collect anime figures, so Spider-man is a figma I never would buy. But I can still appreciate him! He looks freakishly pose able and I like the more pedestrian additions to his accessories. Especially the smart phone. Kurisu and Okabe are behind the times! It’s also bizarre to be seeing non Japanese characters being made into figmas, and even more so that I have no interest in them. The only American show that I’d definitely buy figmas from is Avatar the Last Airbender. I love that show. But the chances of that happening are virtually nonexistent…
Oh, and as much as I hate to show that I think like this, I’m afraid of what combinations there will be with Spider-man’s webs and Revoltech Woody.
A pass for me.
Miku Hatsune 2.0 Preorders Begin
With number 200, the figma series has reached yet another milestone. And what better way to celebrate than with a greatly needed upgrade of the famous virtual diva, Miku Hatsune? With more lively sculpt, cute new faces, and original accessories, Miku has everything to continue her career as the one who’s captured the hearts on millions. But this update isn’t just for Miku, it’s for the figma series as a whole! Being number 200, Miku is the first to feature new posing options such as ball jointed wrists as well as a jointed neck. This enhances her pose ability to make figmas more life like than ever! To further celebrate this occasion, all orders made from the Goodsmile Shop or Café will include a special checkered di:stage as a present! This brand new Miku retails for 3900 yen and will be available in October.
3900 yen. How clever, 39 is Miku’s number! I’d rather she be 39 yen though
Being a fan of any new Miku figma that comes out(I think the figma line is lacking in Miku compared to nendoroids), I’ve been watching this blue haired cutie since she was announced. Although I was impressed by the new accessories(even though those angel wings do seem random), she failed to wow me when put up for preorder. But now knowing that this Miku features updates to the figma design which I definitely was not anticipating, I am considering her once again. There’s no question that I will get this Miku, the question is how. Having nothing else for October, should I order her via amiami for a discounted price, or should I toss frugality out the window to combine Miku with nendoroid Yukata Miku, nendoroid Maiko Madoka, and possibly Tsukihi Araragi all in favor of flat rate shipping but at the expense of paying full price? Decisions decisions.
Oh, and I wonder if the figma line will receive a new box design as the nendoroid series did.
That’s all for this week! Did you preorder any of these lovely figmas? Or did you dislike them? And what do you think about my Miku preordering debacle? 😄