It’s May already! The weather is quite nice here– even if my horrible habit of sleeping in late and then working all day means I do not get to enjoy it as I’d like.
The beginning of May also marks the descent of a black cloud of silence over our hobby which is known in Japan as…Golden Week! Yes, Golden Week, that group of holidays in which our favorite hobby stores shut down and our precious packages still trapped in their homeland may or may not move for a while. But our favorite companies and stores are always hard at work providing us with things to drain our wallets with, so why not give them a break? There probably will not be much news to share next week, but until then let us enjoy these tasty figure tidbits. I thought there would be just one piece of news this week, but two others popped up which are sure to make some fans quite happy.
Origin: The Avengers
From the film ‘The Avengers’ comes a figma of Captain America!
•Using the smooth yet posable joints of figma, you can act out a variety of different scenes.
•Great attention has been given to the smallest of details and painting of his armor, giving the figma a heavy, metallic appearance.
•Careful thought has gone into the articulation of the chest and other areas, keeping the Captain’s unique style in mind and still allowing for various action poses.
•A number of hand parts as well as his impenetrable shield are included.
•Like figma Thor, his eyes are moveable allowing you to change the direction he is looking.
•An articulated figma stand is included, allowing various poses to be taken.
Captain America retails for 6111 yen and will be released in September.
There are many famous captains: Captain Hook, Captain Courageous, Captain Crunch, Captain Obvious, Captain Morgan… but the Captain we’re here for today is the Avengers’ very own Captain America!
Like all of the Avengers figmas, Captain America sports a well executed realistic sculpt. However I feel that also like the others in the line, Captain America’s accessories are rather bare bone. As if merely sculpting the characters was enough and mind melding for impressive accessories was not necessary. For your money, you will receive Captain America himself, hands, and his shield. He lacks extra faces, but this is partially remedied by the fact that, like Thor, her has moveable eyes(on a side note, I’d like to try out the moveable eye mechanism, but seeing that only manly man characters have gotten it so far, I don’t see that happening). It is true that the figure features some detailed paint work, and perhaps the license cost is so high that additional accessories would raise the price even higher, but effect parts and maybe even a second head sans mask would make this figure much more of a hot commodity.
In the end, all I can say is that fans of the Captain will surely love him, but observers such as myself may be feeling lukewarm. In a very unpatriotic move, Captain America is a pass for me.
Haruka Nanase Painted
It looks like Max Factory is finally making proper progress on the Free! line. Haruka is finally colored, and is looking better than before, but perhaps a little far from perfect.
First the good: check out ‘dem muscles! Somehow shirtless male figmas(uncommon as they are) always suffer from “moobs”, but Haruka’s pecks appear much less ample and a lot of detail is in his abdominal muscles.
Now the bad: swimwear is probably still not the best attire for action figures. Swimsuit Sonico left me pleasantly surprised with her well integrated joints, but Haruka sinks me back into reality by reminding me that the action figure world is not yet, and may never be, fully ready for characters with minimal clothing. Have you ever flipped over a ladybug? If you think the ladybug is pretty, just don’t touch it, because what’s underneath that ruby red shell is not so pretty. In other words, unless you want to see weird breaks in the sculpt, a slight diaper butt, and very obvious knee joints, don’t flip Haruka around!
But I like to be optimistic, and now is too early to pass judgment on poor Haruka because I have a feeling that the accessories will make or break this figma. We’ve already seen a few, but I am waiting for the full colored package before determining whether or not Free! figmas is a good thing.
Makoto Tachibana Announced
I said the Free! line was moving along, didn’t I? Makoto is next in line, and I only wish the boys had been figmatized in their jackets and swim shorts instead of just shorts.
That concludes this week! What had you on your toes? Was it Captain America and his impenetrable shield, or the charming boys of Free? I only wish my wallet was impenetrable.