Mahiru Inami from Wagnaria/Working!
Anime , Collectable / August 27, 2016

If you enjoy collecting anime-themed figures, then you know you generally have to choose between budget and quality. That’s why you’ve only seen two reviews from me so far: one for Rory Mercury by Kotobukiya (you can buy it from Amazon here) and one for Kiss Shot Acerola Orion Heart Under Blade from Good Smiles Company (which you can buy here from Amazon). Both of these feature beautiful details and solid quality, but for a relatively high price. I have to buy food for my family, after all! And there’s no money tree growing in my back yard! Anime News Network recently reported that Wagnaria/Working! is going to get a fourth season. That reminded me that you don’t always have to drop a bundle to get a good collectable. Consider Mahiru Inami by Sega (which you can purchase here from Amazon). It’s a figure I bought almost a year ago, and it’s still available and worth a look! If you’ve watched Wagnaria, you know that the series follows Souta Takanashi as he starts working at the restaurant Wagnaria. During his first day, he is nearing the end of his shift, and he thinks he might be fitting in. He’s feeling pretty good about himself. That’s when he meets Mahiru Inami in…

Kotobukiya’s Rory Mercury Figure – As Awesome as Rory Herself!
Anime , Collectable / June 16, 2016

I pre-ordered Rory Mercury from CDJapan late in 2015. Why? Because Gate was (and is!) one of my favorite series, and because Rory Mercury is one of my favorite characters in that series. She’s over 960 years old, she’s the apostle of Emroy (god of death and darkness), and the tension between her calm and composed persona and her amazing power really appealed to me. So when the box from Japan arrived the other day, I was really excited to see what the figure looked like! Opening the Box The figure was packaged in clear plastic that makes it almost impossible to injure the goods. The plastic has a hole for Rory’s face, and it almost looks like she’s bored and ready to leap out of the box and start causing trouble. The box itself’s taped shut. After slicing through the tape, it was easy to pull the packaging out of the box. The two halves of the plastic packaging is held together with tape at all four corners. After splitting them, Rory’s in one half, and her axe and stand are in the other half. There are thin plastic sheets between parts of Rory’s clothing, hair, and the axe and the plastic packaging….

Kiss Shot Acerola Orion Heart Under Blade Figure: Worth the Cost?
Anime , Collectable / February 25, 2016

Back in May 2015, Crunchyroll offered the pre-release of the Good Smiles Company Kiss Shot Acerola Orion Heart Under Blade. She’s the vampire from the Monogatari series. The member cost was $104.99 (which is the same cost as it now). I received it late last week. Was it worth the price and wait? How’s it Look? It’s a big figure. The figure sits on a base that’s 8 inches in diameter; the figure’s five inches tall. With a price tag over $100.00 US and the size, you might expect a lot of detail. And you’d be right! It’s beautiful. Figure 1 shows how the Kiss Shot looks from the front. The figure depicts her crouched in orange/red tinted water, leaning on her sword, a look of determination in her eyes. In Figure 1, you can see the level of detail in the sword hilt; you can almost see the stitching in the fabric (except, of course, that the whole figure’s made out of PVC). Figure 2 shows Kiss Shot from her left. You can see her hair streaming out behind her; you can see some stones in the water on the left. When the figure arrived, it was in four major pieces: the base, the…

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