Figure News: A certain ⑨, and IRON MAN
06 Jan 2011 00:44:04
Well, the Japanese New Year celebrations are over, and life is slowly returning to normal over in moonland. The retailers are adding new listings, the manufacturers are preparing new unveilings, and things will probably back to their normal rate of information within a couple of days. But until the figure industry "wakes up" from the holiday, I'll have to resort to posting somewhat older news. But I think it's worth it, as I present to you, FREAKIN' IRON MAN!
Kaiyodo has proven themselves to be by far the most unpredictable of the three major posable-figure manufacturers. Bandai will usually stay with tokusatsu and Shonen Jump properties, whereas Max Factory caters more towards the moe side of things. Kaiyodo, meanwhile, appears to be choosing their licenses using a dartboard - as they recently opened preorders for their next Sci-Fi Revoltech, Iron Man. Based on his appearance in the 2007 movie, Tony Stark packs all the articulation of the average human Revoltech - he can even do that pose.
Can he walk at all, Or if he moves will he fall?
There's also a base designed to depict Iron Man in flight, as well as an assortment of hands and two repulsor-blast effect parts. Not a jackpot of accessories, but Hasbro and Toybiz's takes on the character weren't exactly blessed with bountiful bonuses, either. Anyway, Tony ships in early March (Amiami-speak for the last few days of February). But there's also something for those whose interests are a little more... Japanese.
Without a doubt the strongest figure in the line.
Liquidstone's Mameshiki series of garage kits has proven to be a hit, selling out at most events where the kits were offered. So far, about 12 Touhou characters have been given the super-deformed treatment, from mainstays like Reimu, Marisa, and Youmu to less-featured characters like Sanae and Kanako. The Cirno kit has proven to be a particularly popular item (no doubt due to Cirno's memetic appeal), resulting in Amiami deciding to offer a PVC version for those who don't like assembling garage kits or simply wish to save money. Like most of Amiami's PVC Mameshikis, the accessories are slightly different from the original resin versions. The icicle and extra limbs (which, like Nendoroids, are used instead of elbow or knee joints) remain intact, but the frozen frog from the first kit has been replaced with a sword made of ice and two pointing hands. While it's a slightly disappointing tradeoff, it certainly beats the 9000Y cost of the kits combined with another 2000-3000Y for importing them. For about 3700Y, PVC Cirno ships in April.
So, anyone planning to grab Tony Stark to go fighting crime and drinking excessively, or perhaps have Cirno chill (pun not intended) with their figures? Sound off below!