Tuesday, October 30, 2012

More Tony Taka Figures? More Tony Taka Figures.

Shogun Taka's all-out assault on the savings accounts of otaku everywhere shows no signs of relenting, and, miracle of miracles, they're not all from the Shining series...most, but not all.

First, Tony's artwork has frequently graced the cover of E2 Magazine and the magazine's mook series Girls Girls Girls!  Tony made the cover of the third volume of the mook with this sukumizu-clad maid:

Thank you to bedetheque.com for the image.

Sculptor Takeshi Miyagawa has created a 3D version for purchase, which has just recently debuted on AmiAmi:

This is not the first time that Miyagawa has tackled Tony's cover girls in scale form:  back in March 2010, the catgirl maids of the first Girls Girls Girls! were rendered in 1/6 scale with remarkable results:

Thank you to baudattitude.com for the image.
Photo montage from amiami.com

I regret to say that I will refrain from ordering this piece--it seems that the figure version seems a little chunky, overly endowed in the chest.  The colors of the figure seem completely off, as the skin tone seems far too pale and the hair color looks purple, rather than the black of the original, all in all devoid of the warmth of the original girl.  The facial expression somehow lacks the coquettish charm of the original illustration, and the clunky spoon dangling from her mouth is a poor representation of Tony's slender sculpt.  I'm very disappointed, because I truly enjoy Tony and Miyagawa's first collaboration, but this is far too removed from the original to abide by.

Much more to my interest was this image of a magazine scan shared by Tomopop presumably showcasing the first in the newest line of Shining girls in swimsuits, starting with foxy handmaiden Rouna.  I have not declined any of this line of figures save for the Urayakuhime version, which was a miserable and blatant reskin of a previous Blanc Neige, and will most definitely order this once it's available. 

From a definite no, to a definite yes, to a definite maybe, the folks at Volks displayed a 1/7 scale maquette of Amil from Shining Hearts, heretofore unreleased in figure form.  I love Amil's character design and am very intrigued, but I have yet to purchase one of Volks' Moekore PLUS figures and wonder if she'll fit in well with the previous releases of the series from Kotobukiya.  Thanks to the good folks at Akiba Hobby and Moeyo for the following images:

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