If any of you have ever seen my personal room, then you know how much I love collecting figures, statues and toys. It is one of my biggest and most expensive hobbies. Ever since I got married back in 2006, I have had to cut back on exactly how much I spend a year on these such things, and it kills me because the figures I used to by based on manga and anime series from Japan really make quite an impression on me. The level of detail and the craftsmanship that goes into each figure is astounding. Well, just because I can’t buy ten figures a month anymore like I used to doesn’t mean that I still don’t keep my eye out for what’s new coming out of the east. Every month, there are several beautiful pieces being unveiled for pre-order for fans of such collectibles. So I have decided to start a new, monthly blog here on Pop Cults about the ten best figures announced for certain months. This time, I will focus on the figures announced in December 2012 and tell you a little bit about each figure. Be advised, while there are several quality sites out there that have these figures available for pre-order, I trust using JList the most. I have never had a bad experience using them and they provide the most complete information for each figure being sold.
Best Japanese Import Figures of December 2012
Insane Black Rock Shooter figure: This beautiful piece will be available in June 2013 by the Good Smile Company, but you can already see previews for it across various anime store sites that are taking pre-orders for it right now. This one would look perfect on my wall or next to my PS3 on the stand I have it on. The black colors of her outfit really stand out and the craft of her armaments is really beautiful.
Sword Art Online Kirito figure: Due out in May 2013 by Max Factory, this multiple articulated piece featuring the protagonist of the anime Sword Art Online is also available for pre-order from various websites. If you haven’t checked out the anime series yet, you should; it can be a bit much some times, but overall it is a quality anime series that I hope gets licensed here in North America soon.
Bastard!! Kai Harn figure: Remember that classic anime Bastard!!? Well, the lovely wizard warrior Kai Hard is set to get a new figure out of the market in April 2013 thanks to the people over at Speedy. Pre-order yours today. This was one of my favorite manga and anime back in the day as it seemed to be heavily influenced by the D&D crowd and style. This is one I am definitely getting for myself.
Panty and Stocking Scanty figure: Hey PSG fans! Were you wondering when they would finally release a Scanty figure to go along with your Kneesocks figure? Well she will be due out in May 2013, courtesy of Alter. Pre-orders are available now. When she is finally released, you will have out complete collection of PSG characters to display as you see fit. Well, they still need a Garterbelt figure…
Mawaru Penguindrum Princess of the Crystal figure: Alter is also releasing a Princess of the Crystal figure straight from Mawaru Penguindrum in May 2013. She will be accompanied by three little penguin pals. Pre-order yours today. I mean, how can you not? Look at those cute penguins holding up that apple even as the Princess shows off everything in front of her skirt.
Monster Hunter Sena Kashiwazaki figure: Due out in February 2013, Sena Kashiwazaki from the Monster Hunter franchise is being made by the people over at Griffon Enterprises. Carrying her usual company of armaments, she is available for pre-orders. If you are a fan of the Monster Hunter franchise, this one has to be a must buy for you.
Mayo Chiki! Masamune Usami figure: One of my favorite characters from the Mayo Chiki! series, Masamune Usami is being brought to fans by Freeing in April 2013. Pre-orders are now available. Look at how cute she is there in her outfit. Ero fans also love that the appearance of a breeze lifting her skirt up just a bit more than it should. Not quite an ero-figure, but close enough.
Highschool DxD Rias Gremory figure: Busty red-headed Rias Gremory is also being release in April 2013 by Freeing. This particular ero-figure will enable the owner of the figure to remove certain parts of her clothing if they so desire. You might want to pre-order yours now. Something tells me those hardcore ero fans have already snatched up more than their fair share of the pre-orders.
Twilight Figure C.A. Cabin Attendant Yoko figure: If sexy flight attendants are your thing, you might want to look into the Sexy Flight Attendant Yoko figure, available in February 2013 by Lechery. This figure will come in two colors, red or blue, so choose according to your preference. Pre-orders are available. And just so you know, this is no disguising that this is a purely fan service type figure.
Atelier Meruru Meruru figure: If you are looking for a cute figure to complete your collection, look no further than the Meruru figure from Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland, due out May 2013 from Phat Company. Now available for pre-order, especially if you are already a fan of the series. This one should be on your pre-order or pull list from the moment it was announced.