Figma News Fridays: 10/31/14

Welcome to a delayed Figma News Fridays! Although this post is titled for October 31st, I am writing it on November 6th while taking a break from a paper which is part of what delayed this post by almost a week. And with November already having begun, that means that 2014 is slowly slipping behind us. What figure magic will 2015 hold? I do not know the answer, but I can at least tell you what happened this past week. We have a release date announcement, previews, a preorder, and even a new figure announcement, so let’s get started!

Monday

Link Rerelease Date Announced
Link preview
If you ordered Link this time(seriously this is his third rerelease), he’ll be on the way to you November 10th!

Wednesday

Solid Snake: MGS2 ver. Preorders Begin
snake preview page
From the popular game ‘METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SONS OF LIBERTY’ comes a figma of the main character, Solid Snake!

Using the smooth yet posable joints of figma, you can act out a variety of different scenes.
He comes with a standard expression with movable eyes as well as alternate expression with clenched teeth.
The tranquilizer gun, assault rifle and cardboard box Snake uses in the game are all included.
The assault rifle also comes with shooting effect parts.
He also comes with various hand parts including ‘hanging’ hand parts to avoid detection as well as a hand holding a cigarette.
An articulated figma stand is included, which allows various poses to be taken.
Snake retails for 7222 yen and will be released in April 2015.

GSC shop po bonus snake
Preorders of figma Solid Snake: MGS2 ver. from the GOOD SMILE ONLINE SHOP will include a ‘Handgun’ and ‘figma Cardboard Box’ as a bonus!
Orders can be placed between the 31st October 2014 (Fri) from 12:00JST and the 26th November 2014 (Wed) at 21:00JST.

As a figure, I am pleased with Snake, so let’s start with the few negatives. First is that price. A standard figma at 7000 yen? Ouch. Store discounts do bring him into the 6000 range, but such a high base price is astonishing. And if you do want those GSC shop bonuses, remember that GSC offers no discount and charges a flat 2000 yen shipping fee.

But otherwise, figma Snake is a great package(don’t tell me you didn’t read that wrong). Highly recognizable characters often receive few accessories. However Snake comes with two faces(one with moveable eyes), a weapon, a cigarette, effect parts, the usual awesome figma sculpting and articulation, and that glorious box. This great balance allows Snake to fulfill both silly and serious rolls as an action figure.
And speaking of sculpt, I have to comment that I’ve always found Snake’s body to be slightly…womanly? Those man thighs.

The GSC shop bonuses are also reasonable. Note that the regular cardboard box comes with the standard release, and it is only the special figma cardboard box that you need to order through GSC to get. Neither the gun nor box are absolutely necessary for Snake to be Snake which is how I prefer bonus accessories.

I’ll be passing on Snake, but he looks like a good buy!

Thursday

Sakura Kinomoto Painted and Accessories Shown
sakura thursday

sakura parts

Sakura mania has slowly descended on the figure world. As figures of Sakura, Kero, Tomoyo, and even Yue pop up(chibi prizes count), a figma-nendoroid pair attests to just how beloved this series is. Figma Sakura is finally appearing colored along with her unpainted accessories and faces. Preorder time is surely around the corner, so let’s inspect what we can see.

Sakura’s cheerful expression and pink frilly dress along with the cute Kero hearken back to the times when magical animal companions were to be trusted rather than feared. The colors are nothing less than I expected, and you can even see transparent plastic used for the wings on her dress.

Her accessories show off Sakura’s array of magical girl items including her original staff with and without wings and the later star staff. It is good that the second staff if not being overlooked, but I actually hoped that Max Factory would not include it and release Sakura in a different outfit with the star staff instead. Hopefully this does not completely destroy our chances of another figma of Sakura in one of her many outfits.
The retracted star staff is unfortunately a GSC online bonus like what came with the nendoroid. Unless another figure I want is released at the same time, I will most likely be passing on this bonus.
Bonus faces include a “fed up” face and cheerful smile. I can only hope that the “fed up” face hints at a future Syaoran figma.

Sakura Kinomoto Uniform ver. Announced

sakura thursday 2

Oh but you didn’t think Sakura mania was over yet did you? A Second Sakura figma, this time in her school uniform, has been announced! It is currently unclear whether it will be the summer or winter one, but seeing that it is the winter uniform featured alongside her pink dress(which the first figma is wearing)in the first opening, I am betting on winter.
Regardless of which uniform it is, as long as there are roller skates, I’ll be happy.

Sakura mania is not completely over, but for this week it is. There will be yet another announcement in the next Figma New Fridays which is due…tomorrow.

That wraps up this week! What caught your eye?

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