It’s that time of year again! After going through the truckloads of images, I’ve selected my top five picks from Summer Wonder Festival 2012. There were plenty of gorgeous figures from the current anime seasons, and you’ll find one of them in here, but most of the figures that really took the cake either don’t come from anime period or are blasts from the past.
5. Belldandy with Holybell - Aa! Megami-sama (Good Smile Company)
Although I’ve never seen Aa! Megami-sama, I’m familiar enough with the premise and the characters to appreciate how absolutely stunning this figure is. There’s a great sense of movement and elegance in the broad strokes building from the base up to Belldandy’s dress. It’s difficult to see the faces, since the scale of this figure is probably pretty big, but I wouldn’t doubt that they’ll be gorgeously detailed. We already see a sense of peace from Belldandy and a sort of fierce yet kind protection in Holybell’s face.
I’m sure that as amazing as this figure is to me, it’s even more incredible to fans of the show.
4. Akaza Akari - YuruYuri (Alter)
I love a good moe character done right. Akari is a precious girl, and her design is absolutely charming. Although she’s the character “without presence” in the anime, she’s the YuruYuri figure I was the most attracted to. Her figure is simple, so it’s hard to explain what attracts me to her so much. I like that her pose isn’t a traditional peace sign or hands laced behind her back (and there’s no toast in her mouth).
Alter takes simple character designs and just executes them to the nines; the lines are clean, the proportions are perfect, and I know based on their previous work that she will positively glow when she gets colored. I don’t usually get statue figures, but Akari is one of my favorite moe girls, so I’m sorely tempted to get a reserve in on her ASAP.
3. figma Ultimate Madoka - Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Good Smile)
Madoka is a relatively bland character as far as design goes, but Ultimate Madoka (or Godoka) is just absolutely dazzling. Good Smile has already released an absolutely breathtaking Godoka statue figure, and I was honestly not expecting a figma adaptation. Her coloring is a bit flat, but she’s a huge figma (arguably the biggest yet) and is only a prototype, so I have high hopes for the finished product.
Godoka has such limited screen time at the end of the series, I’m beside myself with excitement to see what kind of expressions and extras they’ll put in the box with her. This is a must-have for me.
2. Bayonetta - Bayonetta (Phat! Company)
Bayonetta is the kind of dynamic, fluid character that I thought would be difficult to convert into a solid, unmoving figure. The entire game involves her twisting and moving fluidly through her environment, and Phat! Company did an absolutely phenomenal moment of just hitting the pause button and translating her style of movement from the game to this figure.
That and the staggering attention to detail would make this the gem of anyone’s collection whether or not they’re a fan of the game.
1. figma Henrietta - Gunslinger Girl (Good Smile Company)
My number one choice shows my bias towards articulated figures and old manga. I’ve been a Gunslinger Girl fan since the first volume was released in the US, and the nostalgia punch I got from this figma made me screech like a little girl. I love that figma is starting to release older anime characters (like Kagome from InuYasha), so imagine my pleasure when I saw this blast from the past sitting amongst this year’s pictures.
Henrietta is my favorite of the Gunslinger Girls, and I know that Good Smile is going to make her absolutely stunning. Her guns will probably be incredibly accurate, and hopefully we can see more of the girls to come.
[photos from wcloudxkumo]