Tag Archives: Anime

Is that for me?

Three of my great loves, bikes, anime, and figures.   And they are all in one figure?

I was poking around over at Entertainment Earth just to see what was upcoming and new.  And the little graphic of a bicycle caught my attention.    Turns out it is a bike messenger girl.   Way too cute.   It is based on designs by Suzu (Atomic Bom).    I think it would be a must have, but has a $109 price tag attached to it.   I am going with a maybe on this one… but boy is it tempting.


Unicorn Gundam progress


He is getting there. A few busy days makes for slow work. I am amazed at how cool the design work is to allow parts to move.

So, head, upper torso, lower torso, and one arm complete. I have the other arm, both legs, and the weapons to go. Then the decals which I think will really bring this character to life.

There are a few really busy days coming up with family visiting for Christmas, but hopefully I can get some more done. I may have to steal away for a few hours in some family down time.

Watching: Patlabor The Movie 1 & 2

Being on vacation is great. I get to catch up on reading and movie watching.

Today was a double-feature. Patlabor The Movie 1 and 2.

The first movie has a special place in my heart. It was one of the first anime I ever watched, and the first to feature mecha.

The art is getting pretty old looking, but as with most of the movies of this era, it is what makes them special.

One of the best things they did was to show computer graphics when they were interacting with the computer programs. Boy, the future of computers looks pretty tired. 🙂 It was great for the time period, and the ironic thing is that the second movie takes place in 1999. Too bad, we are WAY past that and we still don’t have robots walking around. Boo! Ah well, something to look forward to in the future. For now, more movie watching. If you have not seen Patlabor before, check it out. And if you have, I bet it’s been a while. Enjoy!

Bome Volume 26 – Akira

She is from an anime called Sukapon-Do.  I have no clue what it is about, who this character is, or much of anything else other than I thought it was a great looking sculpt when I saw it on Amazon.com.  She has beautiful pink hair.  Okay, the hair color is not really the beautiful part, but something to be expected with an Anime figure, right?

The base is not a part of the figure, thank goodness.   It is nice and all, but I wanted to put her in my display case, and the base would block light to the lower shelves.   Her clothes are very detailed with lots of waves and folds.   Speaking of clothes.   I did not know until I got her in the mail that she has cast-off clothing.  I was a bit surprised by that, but not necessarily a bad thing.  😉

Thankfully though, the clothes do not fit poorly or have funny seams where the clothes have to come apart to come off.   With Akira, her body comes apart at the waist, and her top comes off, as does her skirt.   Under, she is wearing a corset and a thong.  The corset does not leave anything to the imagination.   Hence why you don’t see a picture of this here… since I do actually write sometimes on my lunch break at work.

In all, a really nice figure.  Not too small, with great design.

Tough ladies in strong rolls. Any genre.

I am a huge fan, and I mean a HUGE fan of the tough ladies.  I like ’em independent, but not without feelings.  Girls that don’t take garbage from anyone.

Growing up in the 80s, we had Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman.   As we moved into more modern times, we were graced with Buffy and Xena.  TV produced some majorly tough ladies.

Video games were no different.  Lara Croft?   She could beat up just about anyone… and with her TV sisters, she generally looked good doing it.  How about the big surprise.  Samus from Metroid.   Surprise!  It is a girl under all of those armor plates.  I have to say, that was a good one.

Not to mention countless movies with strong female leads.   Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Underworld, and countless others.

I know, you are wondering why I am going on about strong female leads, on a toy site.   Well, after I was looking around on one of my favorite go-to sites for all things anime based toys, http://myfigurecollection.net.   It has a lot of great pictures and the ability to store your collection online to keep track.

Well, it was while I was looking around there that I saw a new-to-me version of Yoko Littner from the Anime series Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann.  Now she is what I think of when I think of a strong female.

Sure, I know what you are thinking.  Of course he would pick a girl like this.  Big boobs, big hair, and little clothes.   It really does not have anything to do with that.   She has a heart of gold, would do anything for her friends, and in one flashback episode of the show, she shows how far she will go to protect her students.

Maybe that is why I like her so much.  She gets out of the gun business for a while and takes up teaching.  We teachers have to stick together. 😀

I think these companies have to make the girls marketable.  On the list I made above, there is not an ugly girl on there.  Who wants to follow a show or give up a few hours to watch someone who is not beautiful and able to kick some booty?  They do have to sell the idea to the mass market.

I guess that is why reading a book is better sometimes too.  Jane Austin write some of the best, and strongest female leads, but they were not necessarily beauties.   Of course, in their portrayal in the movies they tend to be.

The strong female lead.   She can take charge, get things done, not be afraid to sacrifice herself for her friends, and generally speaking she does show she has a heart.   The best female leads have to end up being nice.   They don’t have to start out that way, but at some point they have to do something that melts the heart of the audience.  Usually she falls in love.

PS There is a saying that sex sells.  Well the statue I was looking at turns out to be ¥7800.  For those of you keeping track that would be about $98.   Expensive to be sure, but most things we get imported are expensive.  But getting a good mold and a really nicely built figure can bring a premium.  Prices have jumped to ¥15000 or about $180.   Talk about your inflation.  Phew!  Guess I will have to gaze upon one of my favorite female heroes from afar.

MLiS: Ame-Comi Wonder Woman (version 2)

On Wednesday I was able to get my hands on the two new Ame-Comi figures produced by DC Direct, Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl. I will be starting with Wonder Woman, for no better reason than she came out of the bag first. She is the second version of the character, taking a much more artistic approach of the character while the first version was much closer to her current look.

She has the look of Wonder Woman, but this is not the modern Wonder Woman we know. She has been designed in a 40s style and has a bikini of sorts, instead of her trademark corset. No whip this time, instead, hefting a giant battle axe in one hand and the head of Medusa in the other.

She comes with reversible hair which really changes the character. The version with her hair blowing up is the standard we have seen for months and months. When I got to the store, I was a little shocked by the hair being down. I quickly flipped to the back and found that it could be changed.

The photoshoot includes both versions. You be the judge. It is very interesting that the same piece of hair can really make her look different. With her hair up, it looks more mystical, as if she had just cut off Medusa’s head. While in the hair-down version she looks like she just climbed out of a pool of water.

The sculpt is very nice, and for those of us with multiple Ame-Comi, it is a nice variation from the other figures, and very different from the first version of Wonder Woman.

She was a lot of fun to photograph, and I have uploaded a lot of photos on my Flickr account, so click HERE to go to the set and see all of the pictures. I promise you will not be disappointed. Just remember to come back again for the look at Wonder Girl.

In case you missed it above, there are a lot more pictures HERE.

MLiS: Ame-Comi Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl

Today I made it over to my go-to place for nearly all of the Ame-Comi I have.  Today’s purchase was Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl.  If you read my earlier  post, I have been waiting for a long time for these girls to come out.

Thankfully today was the day.   I do not have a lot of time for a photo shoot today since I am off to see Iron Man 2 on a date night with my wife in a mere few hours.  My table is set-up and ready to go for tomorrow though, so look forward to that.  These ladies are beautiful.  I can’t wait to get them out of the packaging.

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