Wonfes 2017 Summer

Hello there!

Unfortunately I don’t have much time to post more reviews, but I’ll try to get to it soon.

For now some of Wonfes ups and downs for me!

Twice a year every figure collector holds his breath and awaints the newest announcements. One of these days has come today.

I must say, that there aren’t many announcements this time that made me really excited. But there are figures that took me by surprise and figures that completely destroyed my hopes.

I’m not surprised that this Wonfes is too dominated by Fate series. GSC, MF, ALter and more announced tons of Fate figures. Other than that there’s a lot of KanColle (again), Saekano, tons of new Mikus and of course Touken Ranbu. Fortunately the companies didn’t forget about less popular series.

As every top list you can find on this blog this one is also a subjective choice of mine.

Let’s start with the very end of my tops

11# Odin Sphere – Mercedes (Phat! Company)

I just love these Phat’s parforms. They are so cute I can’t say no to them!

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10# Oikawa Tooru Unifor Ver. nendoroid

Tooru-chan striking again!

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9# Slayers -Lina nendoroid

Finally some love to one of my beloved childhood series!

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8# Nier Automata – YorHa (Square Enix/Flare)

Finally SE lets someone else make their figures. Flare is a great choice here!

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7# D.Gray-Man – Kanda Yuu (Aniplex)

Another Aniplex exclusive coming! They really know how to get my money.

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6# Fate/Grand Order – Ishtar (Aniplex)

And again exclusive. Announced some time ago and finally with a prototype! I know I won’t get her, additional costs like shipping and customs would make me a beggar. Still she looks amazing!

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5# Kakegurui – Jabami Yumeko (Kotobukiya)

An amazing looking prototype. I got hooked on the anime, it’s really exciting (a bit strange though) so I’m happy to see a fabolous Yumeko so soon.

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4# Fate/Grand Order – Lancer (Orange Rouge)

Finally a proper scale of the second best servant ever ❤

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#3 Odin Sphere – Gwendolyn (aquamarine)

The best Gwen so far. The pose is just awesome, so dynamic! Can’t wait to see the painted prototype. Do your best Aquamarine!

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#2 Fate/Stay Night – Matou Sakura (Aniplex)

Please Aniplex stop…you just know that I love kimonos, don’t you?

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1# Fate/Grand Order – Gilgamesh (Myethos)

Ok, Myethos wins the whole show. The most  exciting piece of this Wonfes’!
Myethos is a chinese company, so most of their products aren’t on the MFC database, but they are a really fascinating company. Their projects are really creative and the quality is also very good. I think you could compare them with Kotobukiya. Anyways, just take my money Myethos!

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But unfortunately there are some complete failures too. Actually I think this is the first time ever I felt so dissappointed with Wonfes’ announcements

A super Sexy Gilgamesh, that was announced last year I suppose, finally gets a paited prototype! Just take my mo….Uhm…..what the hell is this?!

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And a figure that I got just too excited about and that is the biggest let down ever.

I love Code Geass and C.C. is my holy waifu, so I was really happy about getting a proper figure with some lovely pose from the anime…Well, MegaHouse crushed all my hopes. I know that boobs sell the best, but making a character look secy at a push is just not my taste. MH tends to do that too often lately. Just a big NO!

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In the end there’s nothing too unexpected about this WF edition. But out of all the figures announced I was able to find the ones I really love. Fortunately not too many, my wallet is still safe!

Hope you also found some exciting figures this time!

Greets

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Play Arts Kai – Sephiroth AC ver.

Hello again!

Hope you and your collections are fine 🙂

Today I’ll review another Play Arts Kai figure I own. After getting the AC Cloud I didn’t even think twice and PO’d Sephiroth. The promo pics made a great impression on me and I was extremely excited to finally get him! Earlier I also got PAK Noctis (FF XV), but its quality wasn’t very good. Still not so bad to stop me from getting Sephiroth. And he was totally worth it!

The box is really big, much bigger than Clouds. Its conception is pretty much the same. The only change is that the front part closes with magnets not with burr. It’s much better imo.

IMG_5211IMG_5212IMG_5213Sephiroth is 28,5cm tall. What I like about PAKs is that they don’t really need the stand for most poses. With Sephiroth you’ll usually need it though. Let’s take a look at the figure!

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There aren’t many paint transfers and generally the quality is really high. The joints are easy to move and let you pose the figure in various ways. The hair is made of soft and elastic material.
Sephiroth comes with the most recognisable accessories from the movie: a huge wing and a huge katana. There are some additional hands too.

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It took me a while to put on the wing. You have to move the joints a lot to get the right pose. Otherwise it’ll just get detached. I wasn’t sure either how to put it on his back too. Square Enix thought up a nice solution here. One element on the back is removable.

IMG_5231 The sword is also easy to put in his hand. Posing Sephiroth is really fun!
With the wing on the figure takes a lot of space so prepare your room for him 🙂

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Unfortunately I couldn’t pose him the way I really wanted to and that’s the one:

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The figure is just too heavy, especially with the wing. But Sephiroth is just too badass to worry. He’s really well made, the quality is great overall. He looks amazing next to my two Clouds (yeah I also bought the remake ver. ;)) Many people complain about SE quality. Well I’m not surprised. It’s just a pure luck I guess. Some of their figures are great like this one, some are average (like Noctis or Static Arts Vincent) and some are terrible (gladly I don’t own any of such quality). Usually it’s better to wait for users photos, but you never know if the figure will go up in price after the release or not. Well I suppose I still would risk it with the PAK series. In the end I wasn’t completely unhappy with any of SE figures. Well the Static Arts Vincent isn’t a complete disaster like many claim, but it’s far from high quality. Definetely not worth the price I paid for it…Well my mistake I guess.

All in all Sephiroth is really amazing and getting him won’t be a mistake for sure. Hope this review will help you make the right decision.

Greets!

Hatsune Miku – Hanairogoromo – 1/8 scale by Stronger

Long time no post (again!).
Hopefully I’ll make up for the break with this post.

And so, today’s topic will be one of the most awaited figures of the past year -Hanairogoromo Miku! ANIPLEX announced this figure long ago and it was instantly certain, that it’ll be one of the most popular releases of 2016, despite the fact of being exclusive, hard to get and all that means expensive! The prototype was very promising and the painted figure made great impression on the collectors.

This time however, ANIPLEX thought about the common collectors, who don’t have much experience with using proxies (which is usually the only way to get an exclusive figure). This beautiful figure was made available to collectors outside of Japan through AmiAmi! The price wasn’t so bad either (considering current figure prices) – 12800 yen incl. tax. Fortunately the box fits in small packet, so the delivery price was also OK (I paid 2430yen for registered air mail). Of course customs fees added to the overall cost, so in the end I spent exactly 700 PLN on her, whis is about 20 000 yen (half of my monthly salary xD). And so she’s the most expensive figure I ever got >< Was she worth it? Let’s see!

Let’s start with the box.

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There’s a little too much happening on the box imo, but it’s not annoying either. COuld be better, but it’s just a box so who cares! The contents are what matters!

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The background is beautiful too! The same motif was printed on the base.

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These flowers are the weakest point of the whole conception. They look unnatural and a little cheap.

When I wanted to attach Miku to the base, I thought I would cry! I couldn’t shove in the peg. The openings in Miku’s shoe and foot, where the peg should fit, were misplaced by 1 or 1,5mm and so I couldn’t get the peg go through both holes. Since the figure was so expensive, I didn’t want to break her, but I didn’t have much choice. While holding the shoe still, I had to push the foot a little until the peg went through. It took me a while and was really nerve-racking, but fortunately nothing bad happened and Miku is standing stable on her base.

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Let’s see some details of the kimono before attaching the umbrela. The kimono is the best part, it’s really beautiful and I love the colours and the crane motif used.

Unfortunately there are some painting issues 😦 Actually two, maybe they’re not visible at the first glance, but if you spend so much money you expect the best quality. Especially if the thing is supposed to be an exclusive collectors item.

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Otherwise the paint job is clean and very impressive.

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Ok, let’s move to the umbrella. It looks really nice and it’s a perfect addition to the figure.

There’s no particular way to attach it, it’s just leaning on her shoulder, but it’s quite stable.

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So, was she worth the money? Well, if not for the customs… All in all yes. Despite the small painting issues, she’s really beautiful. It’s not surprising thet ANIPLEX announced the whole series, 2 of which are to be released soon (Kaito and Meiko), 1 available for pre-order (Luka) and the other 2 already announcer (Rin and Len). I decided to pre-order Luka and maybe I’ll get Rin too, but I’ll pass on the other 3 for now, since they’re just too expensive. The whole Vocaloid team will look stunning for sure though.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

Greets!

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Kaori Miyazono 1/8 scale by GSC

Hello!

Because of work and lack of time I haven’t posted anything for the past few months, so it’s high time to write a review.

And today’s main topic is a lovely character from anime Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – Kaori Miyazono. It’s easily noticable, that she’s a young violinist. The story is simple, don’t expect too many plot twists and dynamics, yet beautiful. It’s a story about love, music, sorrow and much more. It makes you smile, laugh and cry. I don’t know anyone who didn’t like this series.

Kaori is definitely the strongest asset to the series. She’s very charismatic, talented and optimistic.

Currently there are only 3 figures from the series and one coming (recently announced by Aniplex). Unfortunately only this one is a standard release manufactured, by Good Smile Company, other 3 are Aniplex’ exclusives.

Let’s take a look at her! The box comes first. It’s simple, but fits the character of the series very well.

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Fortunately the figure doesn’t require much assemblying, you just have to put Kaori on the base and that’s it. I’m glad because attaching the violin could be pretty difficult. The pose is not very natural, but it’s cute, like Kaori was floating in the wind. The base is also very simple, but what more do we need?

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It’s a decent figure. The paint job is very good, the details and the sculpt are nice. She’s about 20cm tall. Her face is really lovely. What I like the most though is the violin.

The only thing that could be improved is the seam on the hair

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Can you say no to these eyes? I’m sure you can’t 😉

Thank you for reading!

Code Geass: Nunnally in Wonderland; C.C., Nunnally, Anya

Since I already own all 3 figures from this line I decided to review them together. This line is based on illustrations from Code Geass side series Nunnally in Wonderland. The manufacturer is Banpresto, so you can guess these are prize figures. The scale is not mentioned, but the figures are quite big, about 1/7 scale.

Let’s start with the main character, which is Nunnally Lamperouge. She’s 18cm high.

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The base is quite cute gravings and character’s name

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Nunnally sits on a mashroom that you attach to the base
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I think the figure looks very much like the illustration it’s based on. The colors are nice, the details too. There are some seams and smaller faults, but they’re not disturbing at all. She is very cute and lovely. Her skirt is supposed to be removable, but I couldn’t take it off so I gave up, I didn’t want to display her like this anyway.

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Next comes C.C. my beloved character from Code Geass. She is big – 25cm.

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The base is very similar to Nunnallys, well all three have similar bases, which is understandable, since they all are from one line.
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As you see she comes with extra face and an instruction how to put it on. But seriously I don’t like it at all. I know it’s supposed to be cream, but…but…it just doesn’t look right xD

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Again she looks just like on the illustration, very detailed. Like with Nunnally, there are some small mistakes, which however don’t have any bad influence on the looks of the figure itself. I think C.C. is the best of all 3. The shadowing and the details are very well made.

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You can take her apart and display in many ways
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Without the skirt and apron

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With skirt alone

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With apron alone

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Let’s move on to Anya.
I bought her not so long ago (a month maybe).

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She comes with extra face (she looks even more pervy than C.C. ><), and with a cake. She’s 15cm high.

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I like the transparent skirt
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You can also display her without skirt and apron

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I think all 3 figures are made really well. I love the sculpt, it’s really beautiful. These are prize figures so you shouldn’t expect them to be perfect, but still they’re worth the current price (Nunnally and Anya ~2-2,5k, C.C. ~3,5-5k). I wish we would get all Code Geass characters in their original design. There are mostly spin-off designs like these here. I love them, but I think characters other than C.C. and occasionaly Lelouch should get more love from the companies. I hoped for more figures with the announcement of the Gaiden series, but both the series and the figures were somehow forgotten.

A bonus!

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Hope you like them too!

Greets

Arpeggio of Blue Steel – Takao – Ques Q

Another Arpeggio figure today.

This Takao is my first Ques Q figure. I missed the first release because I wasn’t sure of the quality of this company and like most times I regreted later… Fortunately Ques Q announced a re-release of both Takao and Iona. I already had two Iona figures at that time so I only pre-ordered Takao. Well the price of both is OK today, but due to the BREXIT the currency exchange rates are going crazy in my country (everywhere in the world I guess), so I won’t be getting Iona anytime soon.

Nevermind Iona, let’s take a look at Takao!

I like the box, it has two layers and is transparent.

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The base has Takao’s sign on it. It’s thin and also a little transparent. I like this transparency allover the design.

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Takao is about 20cm high. She’s based on this illustration

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Actually I think the figure looks better. The pose is more natural, the angle on the illustration is a bit strange.

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The hair is probably made of plastic, but the ends of it feel like rubber and are a little elastic so I’m not sure. You can see that hair gets transparent on the ends too.

I think painting and sculpt are very detailed. Takao’s face is so cute too! There are many things that make this figure appealing to me and I’m really glad I got her. I guess Ques Q is one of better manufacturers. Their quality is high,  they have good ideas and choose nice poses for their figures. I think you can pretty much depend on them, the figure you’ll get won’t turn out too dissapointing, which often happens to Kotobukiya. I think they should start making a bit more complicated bases to make figures even more interesting. All in all I’m very happy with this purchase and maybe I’ll get Ques Q’s Iona too (that would be my 5th Iona ><).

Greets!

 

Hinata and Kageyama nendoroid #528 & #529

Good day everyone!

Today I want to share with you my first experience with GSC shop.
When I saw these Haikyuu nendos with alternative school look I knew I have to order them no matter what. Of course they were GSC exclusives so the only option to place an order was to use the official GSC shop. There are no price reductions and there’s only one shipping option: EMS, which costs 2000 yen. But knowing the usual after market price of exclusive items I didn’t hesitate much and pre-ordered them. The total price with shipping was 8000 yen, fortunately no custom fees. Still a lot for 2 nendos with almost no additional parts. But the price today is even higher so I’m glad I got them ><

I heard a lot bad things about the careless way GSC sends the orders so I was expecting my package to be wrecked. Fortunately it seems they started to care a little more. The order was secured well with paper.

I thought the boxes would be bigger, but they are tiny! In comparision with a standard nendo box:

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The way the boxes open is something new too, quite a nice change

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As you can see there’re almost no accessories added. Both nendos come with a bag and 2 arm parts and that’s it.

Let’s take a look at Hinata first.

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To put on the bag remove the head and one hand

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Of course you can change expressions with the nendos released before. There are no flaws as far as I noticed.

Tobio now!

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Again no flaws here. The parts are easy to change and the painting is well done too. I really like these nendoroids. It would be nice to get some more parts though. They are a must for Haikyuu!! fangirl like me ;P

A bonus photo!

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See you!