For a first blog entry, I decided to jot down my most anticipated PVC figures as of September 2017. There are a few more I haven’t included that are a bit more iffy; a bad paint job might turn me off from buying them completely, so I wanted to just cover the ones I’m sure I’ll adore either way.
Let’s start with a Lala!
I don’t have much experience with TLR beyond owning the Venus artbook, adoring Kentaro Yabuki’s artwork, owning the Alphamax bikini Lala figure, and playing the Deviluke sisters-centric deck in Weiss Schwarz, but I’m eagerly awaiting the painted prototype of her anyway. Lala is cute, bubbly, wants to get along with other girls, and has a great body. She’s a dream wife, and I’m a sucker for wedding-themed clothing.
Ideally, I’d like to own all three sisters from this set. I’m still hunting down wedding Momo, but I have wedding Nana preordered.
So far, I’ve really adored the warm skin tones on the previous figures in the line, as well as the slight gloss on their clothes. The curves of their bodies and legs are so reminiscent of Yabuki’s art style that it’s surprising.
It looks like Lala’s hand is curled into a gentle bent-at-the-wrist pose so as to keep the flow of the original illustration while also giving it a natural look when displayed alone. I only wish Lala had roses on her design, too!
And, since we’re talking about Lala, we can lead into the second figure on my list.
This Lala figure is based on an illustration Yabuki did for TLR’s 10th anniversary (which is based on that famous photo of Marilyn Monroe).
It looks like there’s no tiny Rito hanging onto her dress hem for dear life, though.
This is the only figure on the list I might pass on if the paint job doesn’t wow me. I’m not personally familiar with Ques Q’s figures, and I think it might run the risk of looking boring or plain if the paint job isn’t colorful and bright. I’m hoping that she’ll somehow have that extra peachy shade in her hair, as well as the warm and cool shades in her dress, but I might be placing my hopes too high.
The dress sculpt doesn’t look noticeably stiff, and her smile doesn’t look awkward or forced in this prototype. I’m staying hopeful, at least.
Next up, we’ve got Good Smile Company’s Emilia.
No prototype sculpt at all yet, and not even a specified piece of artwork that the figure will be based on, but I’d trust GSC with my first born child if I had to, so I’m not concerned. I’m really excited to see what they’ll make.
Despite the Rem craze and Re:Zero’s popularity, Emilia fans weren’t given much to work with, merch-wise. Rem’s nendoroid came out a while ago, and Emilia’s isn’t to be released until sometime this month. Beyond a prize figure and a (admittedly gorgeous) ball-jointed doll from Volks’ Dollfie Dream line, Emilia only got one scale figure, from Kotobukiya.
While her sculpt is creative and there’s nothing inherently wrong with her, and despite how much I love crystal motifs, something about it just… kept me at bay. I was always hoping someone else would make a really gorgeous Emilia scale, so I’m super excited for whatever it is GSC’s got in the works.
And we’re rounding up our list with another wedding-themed figure! (I hope you can see a pattern…)
I’m a huge Louise/Zero no Tsukaima fan, and I have been since I was 15 or so. She’s a perfect girl for me, and was my first waifu, my first scale figure, my first cosplay… Both of my figure grails were of her. I might make a post about that later on.
Either way, she holds a really special place in my heart. It’s extremely bittersweet that the series has ended for good, so I’m really happy to see its merch line possibly going out with a bang.
Like I said, I trust GSC enough to know this figure is going to be gorgeous. I have absolutely no concerns at all. The illustration itself (which is the cover of Eiji Usatsuka’s artbook of the complete light novel illustrations for the whole series – definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the series, even if you’ve only seen the anime) is beautiful. They really couldn’t have picked a better piece of art to base it on.
I’m unsure of how frequently I’ll be using this blog, but I’ll most likely post little updates as more info comes out on these figures.