Friday, May 24, 2013

The Figma of Haruhi Suzumiya

I've been coveting the super-detailed, fantastically articulated Figma figures ever since I saw them at my first anime con. Oh how I wanted one! But alas! They were $50 and up, even when I watched for them on eBay! And if you wanted a character you were interested in... well you might as well give up! Then finally, I struck gold. A Summertime Haruhi Suzumiya! And the opening bid was only $26, with FREE SHIPPING!

I took a chance. And I WON! I *never* win things like this, so it was a momentous event! I finally have a Figma of my own! Let's take a look at Haruhi, but first let me show you Rapunzel's new dress I mentioned last time.
Do not adjust your set, that really IS Daphne Blake's groovy getup from Scooby Doo. The funny thing is that Rapunzel looks pretty good in it. Just give her hair a flip at the ends, and she'll be ready to stumble into danger with the best of them.

Alright, let's have a look at Haruhi. I have to apologize for my pictures, they're worse than usual because the focus seems to be only working intermittently on my camera. Here's Haruhi with Rapunzel, to give you an idea of scale.
This Haruhi comes with two interchanging face plates, two heads/hair style sets, her desk plaque, a camera, her club leader arm band, five sets of matching hand sets, two extra unique right hands, a clear plastic stand, and a bag to store it all in.
Time for everyone's favorite game: Detachable heads!

Haruhi's hairstyles are her typical style (down), and a ponytail. Her face plates are a mirthful closed-eye laugh and a look of utter annoyance.

Here's how the head pieces break down. The neck plug is in the back of her "hair style" piece, the heads are made with slots that fit into those, and the front hair pieces are uniquely fitted to each hair style. You can't swap one set of bangs for the other, but you can trade face plates easy. You could even swap heads between different figures!

Haruhi is articulated at the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, (slightly) at the waist, hips, knees and ankles. Her lower legs have a bit of an odd bow to them which can make some poses such as having the legs straight down look downright weird from some angles.
They look fine for the most part though, and a pose where they look odd is easily fixed by angling one leg behind the other.
Wait, wait! Now I get to take a picture of YOU!
The skirt, collar and ribbons on her uniform are a soft plastic, so they can accommodate being pushed around a bit during posing.The range of motion for her upper arms and legs is hindered a bit by these pieces, however.
These are Haruhi's extra hands, which come with a nifty little holder. Two hands are made to hold something, but she didn't come with anything to fit in them.
Remove her arm band, and Haruhi can actually touch her face.

I'm pretty happy with Haruhi! Some things, like the weird slant of her legs, initially disappointed me. However, it became clear very quickly that she was very well made and extremely versatile. She's the perfect size to hang out on your desk at work or on your night stand at home. For the price I paid, she's an amazing value. Really, instead of quenching my desire to own a Figma figure, she's just made me want more. Mami Tamoe from Madoka Magica would be my next choice for one. Until she comes down similarly in price though, she's outside of my "crazy toys" budget.

The removable stand is a fantastic piece on it's own, allowing you to leave your figure posed in pretty much any outlandish way you can imagine.

A word of caution though, while eBay stalking for the past year looking for a Figma, I noticed that there are several fakes, sometimes labeled in the auction as "Chinese version". Be wary of your seller and check out their feedback thoroughly. I was prepared for this figure to be a knockoff or bootleg, but I'm pretty sure now that she's legit!

Bro-fist! Yeah!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Another Thrift Store Thrill Ride!

I've made a few good discoveries on my last rounds of the local thrift shops. Some things for me, and a few for my existing toys. Let's start with this really cool teapot. I'm not really sure who it was made by, since the maker's mark on the bottom is a chinese(?) logo/name in red, but it's very pretty.

I thought I could get the gold tones in the pattern to show up by using the flash, but unfortunately it looks washed out instead. Camera novice mistake number one million and something. The image is a bit reminiscent of Chokin style decorative items.

There weren't any cups with it, which is kind of sad. I'm not sure if it's a decorative item or a functional one. On one hand, it's really beautiful and has that gorgeous gold on it. On the other, it has a strainer.
Leaf tea, here we come.
 I'm divided on the notion of trying to use it without knowing. Sure I just have $2 invested in it, but I don't want to ruin it! 
I also found this pretty lunch (bento?) box. The lid doesn't seal on it, but if you had something nice and level to carry it in, it would be a gorgeous way to carry your lunch. It's made of plastic, but I'm not 100% sure if it's microwave safe. Another $2 find.

I also found this really neat little school desk for $1! The legs and shelf are metal, and the entire desk is nailed/glued to the wooden base. The ink well and apple are glued to the top. Poking at the apple revealed that it's actually sitting in a round notch cut for it. So much for the idea of pulling those off and using it without!

It's just about perfectly scaled for 1/6 dolls, and very sturdy. A bit of prying reveals that at least some of the nails and glue holding it to the base seem to be coming loose. (yay!) Of course, that leaves you with the problems of getting the painted-on marks off the desk AND finding a chair to match. No luck on a matching seat, but I did happen upon a bag of recently-donated Barbies in cheaply made dresses which included these chairs:
There were two of these plastic chairs, which appear to be promotional items since they have the name of a business on them. They're not all that sturdy.
They're also underscale, but they DO stack very nicely! The dresses on the Barbies ended up being almost entirely unsuited for Rapunzel, they gap badly and are kind of ugly in general. There is one that she can wear though. Watch for that next post!

There was also a bunch of nursery stuff in that bag, along with a cute metal washtub. The rocking horse is missing the handles, but I think that could be repaired with some glue and a small dowel. The entire bag set me back a whopping dollar.

Last but definitely not least, I found this cute calico cat plush! S/he is missing the shorts or maybe skirt from the outfit. I think it *might* be from Build a Bear, or at least a similar store. $.25

This isn't from the thrift store, but I'm throwing it in anyway. This is the Iron Man 3 Heroclix figure given away for Free Comic Book Day this year. I think Eugene may end up being a Marvel Movie-verse fan, so he'll probably get this as a decorative model. Gotta give the poor guy something, right?