Monthly Archives: September 2008
Physically Enkidu may appear to have less to it than a normal Revoltech because it doesn’t have a head as such, and instead has a removable scythe like weapon. The awesomeness of this figure more than makes up for the lack of a head though. Enkidu has to be one of the most unusual looking Revoltech’s so far (just wait until you see Enkidudu next month).
The previous Enki is and extremely good and well painted figure and Enkidu looks set to be more of the same, even though it comes with less accessories. Enkidu is also being released along side Doko Demo Issyo’s Pierre. Hopefully two releases of Revoltech Yamaguchi per month will carry on into 2009, although one must think they must be getting short on ideas or licence’s by now (hope not).
For those people who grow tired of seeing brightly coloured happy, smiley, cute anime characters being made into figures, don’t despair. The latest Bible Black figure is about as dark, evil and creepy as anime figures get.
This 1/6 (27cm) figure of Imari Kurumi depicts her in a scene from Chapter VI of the Bible Black series, being attacked and molested by a devil that has grabbed her through a mirror. Imari’s terror filled expression seems to scream out of the figure itself.
One of the things that makes this figure unique is the way the devil is emerging from the mirror, the effect is very impressive. Also the semi-transparent wings are a nice added feature. As usual, in C-Works Bible Black tradition the bra and skirt can be removed, revealing Imari’s blue and white panties. Perhaps the panties are the only cute feature this figure has.
Xenosaga’s Kos-Mos is one of the most popular anime character figures available and is eagerly sought after by collectors. Now fans of this sexy lady are being treated to a 1/6 scale pvc figure by Alter of her wearing little more than a sci-fi swimsuit.
Alter’s past track record of putting popular anime characters in swimsuits is very good, with the fate/Hollow Ataraxia’s Rider and Saber being some of the best, Kos-Mos looks set to better these with its fine translucent hair and stylised swimsuit that isn’t too skimpy and compliments her nature nicely.
Measuring about 30cm tall she will dominate any of the other Xenosaga figures released so far. And expect excellent skin shading and highlighting with the usual Alter quality paint application. She also comes with an optional dagger that can be attached to her anklet. The buns in her hair, ties around her legs and arms and the blues of her ornate bikini all compliment the coolness of Kos-Mos perfectly. Her nose and mouth also look very well sculpted resulting in her looking sophisticated and cute at the same time, with her dark brown eyes.
Cocona is a big classy figure that certainly has a presence about it. Have it on any display and it is the one figure your attention is always drawn towards.
Despite her cheeky face Cocona, like many other Shunya Yamashita works, is not a girl figure,but more of a woman figure. She is very busty and big thighed.
This figure is posed in a nice solid position and is well balanced even without the display base. Her dominating sword is a sight t behold, measuring 26cm in length and exquisitely detailed, this has to be one of the biggest anime figure swords ever.
Her thumb resting behind her belt and the ribbon blowing from her back give the figure enough of an impression of movement to keep it looking alive.
The colours used on Cocona are unusual to say the least. Her silver armour has a pinky-purple pearlescent effect to it. This is visable in bright rooms, however, if the figure is being displayed in a dark room the amour can look just grey and very flat. The pink used on her clothes is fairly dark compared to other Shunya Yamashita figures, but the dark pink is one of the factors that draws your attention to this figure in the first place. This can be a double edged sword though as you can find your attention being drawn to her arms, that use alot of this pink, rather than other parts of the figure.
Cocona’s hair is a spectacle to behold, the choice of colours is fantastic and really comes alive. The transition from deep, rich blue to light, aqua blue is wonderful. Cocona’s hair is the best figure hair I have seen n some time and is complimented nicely with two pink flowers.
Despite all the Shunya Yamashita figures being of busty ladies with huge swords, they always manage to have something fresh and original to each character and this one is no different, and is one of the most eye catching out of hem all.
The packaging for Cocona is an odd one, it seems to be the only figure that doesn’t state Shunya Yamashita on the box. I find that unusual as I would have thought it a good selling point for Movic’s first figure of this kind.
One big downfall with this figure, and it’s a failing of many anime figures, is the display base, it’s huge and ugly. Made of thick translucent white plastic and measuring 21cm in diameter. It looks like it should be used for microwave cooking.
Eye on Asia SCORE: 4/5
It’s here at last, Native Creator’s Collection volume 2. And this figure is going to raise a few eyebrows for sure.
This poor little space girl has been caught in a rather compromising position be evil intergalactic space tentacles and they are sure to have their way with her, that’s if you want them to anyway.
This figure has got some impressive credentials to its name. For a start it is 1/5 scale meaning this is a big figure (about 23cm), all the better to admire the finer details. Secondly, almost all the items of clothing and accessories on the character can be removed, revealing ALOT of flesh. Also the figure is based upon an illustration by Akiman and sculpted by Tsuyoshi Hamazaki, one of the finest figure sculptors. The figure should also be shipping with an illustration card by the original artist.
This delightful Emuko Kousoku figure is due for release January 2009 in Europe and is only available to persons over 18 years of age.
Arts Storm’s Shunya Yamashita Character Series continues this December with the release of Nasca, one of the more unique figures based upon Yamashita’s works. For collectors of Yamashita figures Nasca may look familiar to some and she does have many similarities with Revoltech Fraulein Pocco released by Kaiyodo. If they are based upon the same illustration or if they are supposed to be similar I don’t know.
I especially like the pose for this figure it is very sensual and revealing at the same time. The colours are also very soft made more so with the use of Art Storm’s excellent use of shading and highlighting.
As with all figures based upon Yamashita’s works there are the usual trademarks that make this figure a step ahead of the rest. These include the massive sword, sharp dazzling eye’s, revealing costume and erotic pose.
2009 is going to be a fantastic year for Shunya Yamashita fans, with most of the major manufacturers continuing their lines, Art storms Character Series (including Mine Yoshizaki) is looking to be the best in my opinion.
Measuring about 18cm tall she also come with two different head pieces. One with the typical anime style expression and the other with a more natural, human expression. The level of detail that has gone into this figure is stunning. The armour is the shiniest I have ever seen on a pvc figure and looks almost chrome plated, you really can see reflections in this armour. Also, the effect of the underskirt is very good too. It has been made out of a thin, almost frosted, piece of plastic that gives it a very delicate and light effect as if it is being blown in the breeze.
November sees the release of Revoltech Yamaguchi Enkidu and Pierre. The new Enkidu figure looks stunning, the original Enki figure, released this month was cool, but this one looks even better. And this won’t be the last we see of Enki as a Revoltech either. Pierre is the latest instalment in the Doko Demo Issyo range of Revoltechs, he also seems to be the best in the series.