Double Review: Figma Kurisu Makise Lab Coat ver. & Okabe Rintarou

A double review? What on earth is a double review? Well, it’s just what is sounds like: today we’ll be looking at two figures at once! And these figures are two who are so similar(you could even say inseparable) that I felt it would be a crime to not showcase them together. I present you: figma Kurisu Makise Lab Coat ver. and Okabe Rintarou by Max Factory!

*note* These figures are separate releases. Do not expect to find them bundled together*

Okabe and Kurisu come to us from the visual novel-turned anime Steins;Gate. Not being a VN player, I was introduced to Steins;Gate by the anime, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Steins;Gate was the first anime I watched weekly(something I still try to do but often fall behind on) which greatly contributed to the suspense in the second half of the series. The story has to do with time travel and features and intricate and tightly woven plot with outcomes reliant on what are sometimes miniscule events in the past. If Steins;Gate teaches you anything, it’s that you shouldn’t mess with the past unless you’re prepared to fix it. The very nature of the story makes it an excellent candidate for re-watching, but what draws audiences to Steins;Gate is not just the plot, but the characters. The show’s cast is made of remarkably colorful characters who manage to always feel genuine. At the heart of the story are the interactions between Mad Scientist Okabe Rintarou and actual scientist Kurisu Makise. Okabe is a slightly nutty gentleman who operates his own lab/hang out spot in a rented room above a TV shop. One of his most identifiable traits is his mad scientist persona which is complete with a lab coat, faulty experiments, a maniacal laugh, and even fake phone calls to a nonexistent organization. On the contrary, Kurisu is a the daughter of a notable scientist and has had her own research published. By the choice of Steins;Gate, the two meet and are united by their affinity for lab coats and Dr. Pepper among other things. Of course the their interactions are not without bumps as Okabe is prone to teasing and Kurisu possesses tsundere tendencies. These are just a few things which help to make Steins;Gate so grand.

A figma of Kurisu in her casual garb was released at the time the anime aired, but it was not until the movie that we were treated to a figma of Kurisu in her lab coat along with the long awaited and greatly demanded Okabe.
Being a fan, I immediately added these two to my collection.

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Gears are a recurring motif in Steins;Gate, so both boxes are appropriately covered in them. Okabe’s is light brown while Kurisu’s has a pink and blue combination.
It is important to note that although released after Miku 2.0, Okabe and Kurisu number before 200 which means they still use the pegged hands and classic box design.

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Figma News Fridays 6/14/13

It’s time once again for Figma New Fridays. This week offered a good amount of figma news. Not only was there information on release dates like I’d hoped, a new figma went up for preorder and we got a sneak peek at one in the works. So let’s get started!

Monday

Asuna Delayed
Asuna preview page
As expected, Kirito and Asuna will not be coming out in the same month. We can now expect Asuna in July.

Egashira 2:50 Release Date Announced
Egashira 2:50 preview page
Egashira and his tights will be out June 22nd

Gon Freecss Release Date Announced
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Gon will also be out on June 22nd

Killua Zaoldyeck Release Date Announced
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Killua’s release date in June 22nd

Kirito Release Date Announced
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Kirito will be release on June 22nd
He’s my only item for this month ^^’

Wednesday

Kurisu Makise: White Coat ver. Preorders Begin
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From the popular game Steins;Gate which has been adapted into an anime and recently a movie, comes the genius scientist Kurisu Makise! Rather than her casual jacket, this figma features Kurisu in the white coat she wears in the lab. Equip Kurisu with one of her three brand new faces, crossed arms, or Future Gadget #12 for more fun. Her slippers are even removable! Kurisu retails for 3619 yen and is scheduled to be released in November.

I’m happy with the figma itself, but as for everything surrounding it, not so much. For starters, she barely comes with anything. The faces are just what I’d hoped (way more fitting than those of the first figma in my opinion), but could they really not think of anything else to include? Maybe the microwave, headphones, a metal oopa, or a manila envelope(maybe Okabe will some with some of these things?) The other thing is her price. Figmas are definitely becoming more expensive because 3619 yen is a lot for a figure with so few accessories. BUT none of this matters because I’m totally getting her. I’ll be waiting for you, Christina!

Okabe Rintarou Sculpted!
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Okabe? Oh yes! To go along with Kurisu, the Mad Scientist is now sculpted. We’ll see him at Wonderfest at the very least, and he better come with some good stuff! And I better get a job…

Well, that’s all for this week! Do you have any figmas to look forward to on June 22nd or are you happier to see the zombie go up for preorder?

Figma News Fridays 5/24/13

Hello and welcome to Figma News Fridays! I apologize for the late post, but I had my graduation today(the is one of the last times you’ll have to hear me talk about it) and feel a strange mixture of joy and sadness. Strange how that happens isn’t it? But I wasn’t the only one with a busy week! With last week’s busy figma schedule, I was expecting things to be slow this time around, but Max Factory did not cease with the figma fun and had several announcements along with releases and glorious scans. So let’s get started!

Monday

Sonico Released
Sonico Preview page
Sonico was set to be released last month, but in a bizarre turn of events, was delayed to this month. Hopefully this means a better Sonico for those who ordered her!

Thursday

Kurisu Makise White Coat ver Partial Reveal
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A lab coat version of everybody’s favorite scientist was announced was announced about a month ago, but all we were allowed to see was her back. Now Kurisu is being revealed along with her three faces(normal, happy, and blushing). She also has a pair of crossed arms and an October release date.

I labeled this a “Partial Reveal” for two reasons. First is because she is not yet painted, so it cannot be called a full reveal. Second is because I really really hope this is not all Kurisu comes with. The new faces are great, but the first Kurisu came with the selenium saber and a cellphone. Surely this one can have a manila envelope or maybe the metal oopa?

Kurapika Preorders Begin
kurapika preview page
Kurapika joins the figma world as the third member of the HunterXHunter line. Included with Kurapika are chains to recreate his signature attacks along with expressive faces to express his anger while fighting. Kurapika retails for 3619 yen and will join the other HUnterXHunter figmas in September.

Kurapika? Pika Pika! Pikachu!
Er…Anyway, this sure came out of nowhere! Upon first glance, I though we were getting a figma of prototype Saber! As you can probably tell, I’m not familiar with HunterXHunter, so I’ll be passing on Kurapika.

Link Rerelease Preorders Begin
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Great news for anyone who missed him the first time was about to fall victim to his high aftermarket prices. Or bad news for anyone who preordered the costly RAH to compensate(although I think it looks better…). Either way, Link has earned himself a rerelease and will be conquering your collection in a second wave this September.

Samus Aran Rerelease Preorders Begin
http://samus preview page

Also joining the rerelease club is Samus Aran! I have no idea why these two were so randomly rereleased, but I’m sure it has made many people happy! Samus will be back in stores in September.

Friday

Yuno Released
Yuno preview page

Well, that’s all for this week! Next week is the official start of summer for me, so I’ll definitely get to those Mami and Sayaka reviews!
But what did you all think of this week’s figma selection? Did you preorder anything or are you just happy to see Yuno released and some development on Kurisu?