Review: 1/8 scale Ayesha Altugle by Penguin Parade

I have been buying a lot of scaled figures lately, and today’s review showcases one of my newest. Get ready for 1/8 scale Ayesha Altugle by Penguin Parade!


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Figma News Fridays: 7/3/15

Welcome to…July?! Already? That is not ok.
But what is ok is that there were only two preorders this week! I mean, I love figma news, but I also love not being tempted by too much plastic goodness. So let’s get started!


Iona Preorders Begin
iona preorder page

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Review: 1/8 Natsume Takashi Renewal Version by Alter

Could it be? The first Never Outgrew Toys review since *checks* forever?!
This isn’t just the first review in forever, it’s the first of 2015, so let’s introduce our subject!
Today we’ll be looking at Alter’s 1/8 Natsume Takashi Renewal version from Natsume Yuujinchou.

Now to learn a little bit about this series. Let’s start out the review with some help from my good friend, Wikipedia sensei:
For as long as he can remember, Takashi Natsume has had the ability to see spirits, inheriting the power from his grandmother Reiko. Upon her death, Reiko bequeaths to her grandson her Book of Friends, a book containing the names of spirits Reiko had bullied into servitude. The Book of Friends is a highly prized item in the spirit world, and spirits haunt Takashi constantly. Whereas Reiko formed the contracts, however, Takashi spends his time dissolving the contracts and releasing the various spirits that come to him for help.

So why am I using a Wikipedia summary instead of writing one of my usual passion-filled six paragraph rants? That’s because I know nothing about the series *shot*
Now, it’s not that I have no interest in it. I’ve heard that the series has some semblance to Mushi-shi(although more lighthearted) which I adore, so I do intend to check it out one day. So how could a figure from a series I know little about bypass my strict PVC purchasing guidelines? Simply put, Alter’s Natsume is what I think of as a legendary figure.

Naturally there are few legendary figures, but those which exist are ones most can recognize. Many are even grails for people, but as I see it, a legendary figure is one which can be appreciated regardless of source material and purely for being a beautiful piece of art. Another figure I’d consider legendary is Momohime.

The original Natsume figure was released in July 2010–shortly after I became interested in figures. Natsume has since been highly regarded as a beautiful and well-done figure, and I’ve seen him in photographs many times throughout my collecting “career”. But while I always appreciated and admired Natsume, it was never enough to buy him. This was because of not knowing his origin and being content to admire from afar. However things began to change when a renewal of this prized figure was announced. A renewal was different from a re-release because it meant the figure would be entirely redone with a new sculpt and updated paint. I still paid Natsume little mind until his preorders opened. I saw him listed and clicked on his page expecting the usual 100,000 yen. So when it was ~6000 yen instead, I preordered immediately. Yes, Natsume was an unplanned addition to my collection, but as I admired his promotional pictures, I knew it was meant to be.

Fast forward a few months, and Natsume is here! Was he worth it? Let’s find out!

Oh, another first I forgot to mention. This is my first snow review!

box and natsume

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Usagi’s Preorder Forecast

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post like this, and seeing how large my preorder list has grown, and how many non-figmas are on it, I thought now would be a good time to take a look at my preorders for this year so far!

Nendoroid Elsa
Elsa preview page
Is it even a surprise that I ordered her? Mickey, Minnie, Marvel, and Star Wars characters have been made into nendoroids, but Frozen is the first Disney property I’ve been interested in figures from. Probably because Elsa is one of the Disney Princesses(well, Queens) which is doubtlessly one of Disney’s most popular and dear character lines. There are some stylistic choices I question with Elsa’s nendoroid transformation, but I’ll address those properly in my inevitable review.
Elsa is scheduled for release in May which puts her in my first batch of figures in a long time!

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Happy Miku Day 2015!

March 9th is Miku Day because in Japanese, 3/9 can be read as “mi/ku”! Last year I prepared a shoot just for the occasion, but because I for some reason refuse to acknowledge that 2015 is a thing that is happening, it slipped my mind this time. Still, Miku Day must not go uncelebrated! So instead of new photos, why not relive past memories of Miku? I’m sure you’ll see that Miku indulges in a plethora of fun activities.

Like sledding!

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Gardevoir the Elegant

Today what we’re looking at is not a figma or a doll, but something from the series always dear to my heart: Pokemon! This is a Takara Tomy figure of the lovely Gardevoir.

Gardevoir has long been a favorite of mine. I grew up thinking that boyish things and intimidating fire types were for me, yet I always had a soft spot of psychic types and Gardevoir in particular. Now that I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself becoming a lot more girly and Gardevoir along with all of those other flowery feminine Pokemon I liked have officially stolen my heart.

I don’t pursue Pokemon figures often, but one day I decided to search Amazon for some Gardevoir merch. Much to my surprise, a mini figure of Mega Gardevoir popped up, and I ordered it immediately. Takara Tomy makes nice little figures, and Mega Gardevoir has a charming design. I was happy to receive mine and decided to give Gardevoir a photo shoot worthy of its elegance.

Pokemon come in all shapes and sizes. Many are based on familiar creatures or even objects, but what I find fascinating about psychics is that some take otherworldly forms worthy of their enigmatic type. The psychic feline Espeon is easy to imagine in front of you, but what about something like Gardevoir? What does is feel like? How would one look gliding about? Where would you find one? Another detail which intrigues me about psychics is their ability to support themselves with psychic energy and not feel the pull of gravity. This allows them to be fragile yet still as powerful as their muscular counterparts. A fantastic creature like Gardevoir is veiled in mystery and seems more suited to a dream than the material world. For that reason, I wanted to avoid photographing Gardevoir in common places so as to transport it somewhere amazing and worthy of a psychic type Pokemon!

I had a dream_edited-1

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Figma News Fridays 11/21/14

Figma News Fri–Tuesday. This past week was mildly busy for me, and it all led up to a much needed week long break which I am enjoying as we speak. So with a week off of school, what other than work delayed FNF so much? Pokemon Omega Ruby, that’s what. Pokemon Emerald was one of my first Pokemon games, and I played the heck out of it along with Ruby and Sapphire which I later got as gifts. I know Hoenn inside and out, and playing through it in 3D is like visiting an old friend. For this playthrough, I EV and IV trained a super team to come along with me. And while playing tonight, I even found a shiny Machop in the grass. I’m also looking forward to relocating my old base near Lilycove!

But even with the greatest of distractions, there are still a lot of things I would like to get done this week. I would mention them, but that somehow makes it less likely I’ll do them, so let’s just get the figma news out of the way.

This past week was bursting with figma-citement as we had tons of reveals and big time delays. So let’s get started!

miku sunday 2

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Figma News Fridays 10/17/14

Welcome to Figma News Fridays! I was going to write this post earlier, but some awesome news was revealed later today which makes me glad to have waited. So let’s get started!


Terraformar Release Date Announced
terraformar preview page
Can’t wait to caress the shiny sculpted abs of a humanoid cockroach? Well you finally can on October 25th.

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Figma News Fridays 10/3/14

Figma News Fridays…is my only post so far this week!Now I truly know what it is to be too busy too blog. But FNF will never be forgotten!
This week was looking to be an empty one until Thursday when the plastic floodgates opened, and we got three things at once! There are two preorders, and an update on something from Wonderfestival that I know everyone couldn’t wait to hear more about, so let’s get started!


figmaPLUS: Classroom Set Preorders Begin
figmaPLUS classroom preview page

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