Could it be? A post that’s not Figma News Fridays? And it’s a review?!
That’s right! Today we’ll be looking at some figures I have owned for a long time now and even photographed months ago, but just haven’t had the time for: figmas Eren Jaeger and Mikasa Ackerman by Max Factory!
Eren and Mikasa come from the series Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan which has garnered worldwide popularity. Attack on Titan takes place in a world where humanity’s existence has been threatened by human-like monsters known as titans. To avoid being devoured by these beasts, humans built strong walls to live within which granted a century of peace. However a disastrous breach results in the destruction of Eren and Mikasa’s home town and the eventual loss of one of the walls which reminds humanity of life’s fickle nature and forces it to combat titans once more.
As the main character, Eren possesses the will to destroy all titans and he and Mikasa become soldiers to learn to fight them. While Eren is impulsive and reckless, Mikasa is composed and strong. Her desire is not to destroy all titans, but to protect Eren and this desire with her inherent skill groom her to become a top soldier. These figmas depict the pair half way through the anime series when they join the Scouting Legion which is known for its low survival rate and striking green cloaks.
Attack on Titan figures attacked Wonderfestival following one of my bouts of not watching anime(I’m in one now by the way *sigh*). When I first saw the figmas, I did not plan to pursue the series. However, when I saw the anime on Hulu, curiosity drove me to see what the fuss was about, and I was quickly hooked. A few episodes in, I knew that the figmas would eventually be added to my collection, and a few months later, here they are!
Boxes! Red for Mikasa and Blue for Eren.
I should also add that while my Eren is from his first release, Mikasa is from her second.
Both boxes are of the new simplified design and utilize the double wide layout.
The designs are by no means dynamic, but I like the colors combinations and they kept the figures protected.
Rooftop di;stages were given out as a GSC shop preorder bonus, but ordering from them raises the price a lot if you’re only ordering a figure or two at a time, so I opted out of the bonus.
Decked out in white pants, a brown jacket, and brown knee high boots, these two are ready to take on any titan that comes their way!
Shirts are the only thing distinguishing each uniform as soldiers wear their own. Mikasa also has her scarf.
Although the figures wear the same uniform, they have their own charm as individuals, so let’s look at them more closely. Ladies first!
Mikasa’s boots are jointed at the toe. Several figmas have been made already, but Mikasa and Eren are my first with toe joints. This is a great place to have articulation for characters like Mikasa and Eren because they need to be put in all kinds of action poses.
Both characters also have their own set of faces, hands, and other accessories. First up is Mikasa!
Clenched teeth is usually my least favorite expression for a figure since it makes the character look needlessly harsh. However harsh isn’t a bad way of describing Mikasa who is one of the best titan slayers around. All three faces do a good job at conveying Mikasa’s standard stoic expression and the other faces she might make mid kill or when a fight is not going as planned. The three faces might not be pretty, but they’re quite in line with Mikasa who’s strength defines her.
Eren’s expressions also reflect his character well. And I like that both open mouthed faces have his teeth showing which is important for posing Eren mid titan transformation. It’s a shame that we didn’t get a bloody hand accessory.
My only complaint is with his third expression, which while sculpted well to show his anger, makes him look cross eyed and a bit silly.
Unlike Mikasa, Eren has no individual accessories. I understand that the shared accessories(coming up next) are adequate, but at least one character specific item would be nice for each character. Eren could have come with a key or bitten hand and Mikasa could have had a scarf to cover her mouth.
Now for the accessory shared by both of them…3DM Gear!
The 3DM gear and all accessories for it come with both Mikasa and Eren.
Attaching the gear is easy, but can be annoying since the pegs don’t always want to stay in. This is partially good because it would be bad for the pegs to break off inside the figure, but be prepared to have to put them back in over and over again.
I suggest looking at the included instructions to help you with the 3DM gear. They are in Japanese, but the pictures are easy to understand!
But the 3DM gear isn’t just cool on its own. It has lots of accessories to help you act out different poses.
Both attachments are very useful since you can hang the figures off of anything!
The peg attachments are especially useful if you have GSC’s nendoroid more clips. I meant to buy some before I got any Attack on Titan figures, but forgot to…
And now for the last accessory!
Green cloaks! These and the wing patches identify members of the Scouting Legion!
Come to think of it, the only Attack on Titan figmas are of Scouting Legion members. *conspiracy*
That finally brings and end to all of these accessories. But the best way to appreciate these figures is to see them in action, so let’s take Eren and Mikasa out for a spin!
Since this is Attack on Titan, and we have gear for swinging around on rooftops, rooftops are a must! But I do live in the middle of nowhere in the South, so real tiled rooftops are rare. That meant I had to make my own figma sized ones. I first wanted to make several, but after cutting an gluing all of the pieces, one was enough. If you look at a lot of Attack on Titan key images, you’ll notice that reddish brown is a widely used color, so while I only had one roof, I made sure to get lots of good ‘ol red clay in the background to at least capture the setting with color.
The roof is an amiami box with cut popsicle stick shingles. I colored the shingles with different shaded brown markers and the added texture with black and red paint. I anted the roof to look worn and varied. It’s not completely series accurate, but I like the variety of colors.
My first day finished there since it was getting dark. The next day, I moved up the hill into an area with less vegetation.
Good thing rooftops aren’t the only place characters swing around. The second half of the show is set in a gigantic forest which is more my style.
Mikasa and Eren pack everything needed for awesome action figures. 3DM gear with ample accessories allows many scenes to be recreated and faces included with the figures are fitting.
However, they lack many character defining accessories and some may find working with the small pieces aggravating–especially since they are fragile.