Previously previewed at Comiket 83, Max Factory's Good Smile Company distributed Sword Art Online Asuna figma is now available for pre-order ahead of its June release and viewable in full.
Meanwhile, Good Smile Company's Mika-tan blog has posted previews and commentaries for their 1/8th scale Nisemonogatari Karen Araragi and large (41cm) Kuroko Shirai & Mikoto Misaka: Bunny Ver.
- with Mika-tan commentary
This must be one huge figure!! Let’s take a look!!
It’s the bigger of the twin sisters!!
This lovely figure of Karen-chan debuted at the previous 2012 Summer WonFes, but now she’s fully painted!
|From the popular light novel and anime series ‘Nisemonogatari’ comes a 1/8th scale figure of the girl who was stung by a bee, Karen Araragi!
The figure is based on the cover illustration used for the 1st volume of the Blu-ray & DVD: “”Karen Bee: Part 1″, which features Karen wearing her trademark yellow jersey. Even the huge road roller in the illustration a part of the figure, and the valiant pose has been faithfully reproduced in figure form – Karen truly looks like a ‘hero of justice’!
The road roller adds an incredible presence to the figure, but first I’m going to take a closer look at Karen-chan herself!
“I’m not playing around! I’m a hero of justice!”
The expression suits Karen-chan’s active personality nicely – the confidence in her eyes would put most men to shame! The teeth you can just see at the top of her mouth are also a very cute feature!
Her side ponytail blowing in the wind!
The unique kinks and twists in her hair have also been faithfully preserved in the figure! The way her hair is blowing about adds a really dynamic feeling to the figure!
She also has the egg-shaped hairpin that matches with her sister, Tsukihi-chan’s hairpin! The hair sticking up at the front (which has always been passed down in the Araragi family) also looks great on the figure!
Another great part of the figure…
Are the folded arms! (´ω｀＊)
Just look at the little gap it leaves around the nape of the neck!
This figure is great at giving subtle glimpses like this!!
A beautiful S-shaped body-line from her back to her hips!
One of the most amazing things about this Karen-chan, is that even though she is wearing lots of clothes, you can still make out her body line clearly!
Even though the ends of the clothes are rather baggy, there are contrasting areas that are very tight which keep the shape of the body very clear!
More subtle glimpses!
Karen-chan is always exercising, and this little section gives us a teasing look at her shapely stomach! You can even see her belly button in the little gap between her tank top and stomach, it must have been very hard to sculpt that… it’s also very hard to photograph, but it’s there!!
Once you’ve picked her up for yourself, you can take a look for yourself! ^^
The hip area looks fantastic!!
As I said earlier, even though she is wearing fairly baggy clothes, you can still make out her body so nicely! It’s all thanks to the amazing sculptors that we can enjoy Karen like this!!
Karen’s beautiful long legs!
On New Year’s Eve last year Nekomonogatari aired, where we found out that each morning Karen jogs a full 42.195km marathon with ease! These legs are truly amazing for more than one reason!
You can also see her socks are clinging tightly to her legs, depressing the skin – which just goes to show how soft a girl’s legs are! （´ω｀＊）
Even more subtle glimpses!
The pants and her leg are made as separate parts in the sculpting process, so you can see her fit, shapely legs all the day down into the baggy shorts!
Anyway, now that we’ve taken a good look at Karen… we’ll move onto…
The Road Roller!
The figure is based on the cover illustration of the 1st volume of the Blu-ray & DVD: “Karen Bee: Part 1″ included this impressive “road roller” which has made its way into the figure as Karen’s pedestal!
Definitely one of the most unique figure stands ever!
It has a really heavy look to it!
The indicators and headlights are both made from clear parts, and the detail put into the rest of the machine is incredible – from the hooks to hold up wires and other things to the bolts scattered throughout the design!
All the parts where two pieces of the roller connect together also have their edges painted a slightly darker color. It looks just like a real piece of heavy machinery!
The road roller has clearly been hard at work!
You can see by all the scratches and dents along the roller that it has been used on countless occasions. The step on the front is most likely a safety device, and even that has been sculpted so intricately!
I’ve shown the road roller all by itself here, but note that it’s still undecided how Karen will be joined up to the roller, so you may not be able to separate them completely like this in the final release. While we have them apart though…
Here we have Karen-chan’s back without the roller:
Ooh! She looks just like a super hero from this angle!!
The shape her body forms really is lovely! Just look at how her hips swing into it! The jersey blowing about has quite a different feeling when you look at it from the back – it gives the whole figure such a dynamic feeling, as if the wind really were blowing across her!
The reverse side of the roller is flat, for ease of display!
It was a a little too much to include an entire road roller, but the figure does include everything you could see on the original illustration. By making the back flat like this, you can easily put her on display up against a wall.
The road roller stand is easily one of the most stable pedestals ever, but if you put it up against a wall it’s even safer! The flat end also saves some space seen there are no extra pieces sticking out at the back!
again, with Mikatan commentary, but this time from substitute blogger Gou
From Toaru Kagaku no Railgun:
Kuroko Shirai: Bunny Ver. & Mikoto Misaka: Bunny Ver.
Not only is a second season of Railgun on the way, but we also have the Toaru Majutsu no Index Movie coming up in February! It’s clear the series is still as popular as ever, and FREEing has made these lovely figures for fans to enjoy, so today I’ll be taking a closer look at them – starting off with this one:
Kuroko Shirai: Bunny Ver!
|From ”Toaru Kagaku no Raingun’ comes a 1/4th scale figure of Kuroko Shirai, the Judgment member who attends Tokiwadai Middle School together with Mikoto Misaka. She is dressed up in a bunny girl outfit with tights made from real fabric, and her trademark twin-tails have been faithfully sculpted together with a sexy pose that really lets her to show off her body!
She comes with two different expressions – her standard expression, as well as a expression with a broad grin across her face, allowing you to choose which expression you prefer! Mikoto Misaka is scheduled to be joining her shortly, so you’ll be able to enjoy both the girls together!
The shiny black bunny girl outfit definitely suits her personality nicely! The sexy bunny suit also mixes nicely with her slender body-line and is quite a treat for fans!
And if we take a look at the back…
We have a lovely bunny tail!!
That white ball of fluff really brings the outfit together, and the sexy pose shows off her thighs very nicely!
She also comes with an alternate grinning expression!
Just by looking at this wonderful expression I expect to hear her shout out ‘Oneesama!’ at any second! Another thing to note is the twists and twirls in her hair – even at 1/4th scale they look great and add some nice volume to the huge figure!
But that’s not all for today, I’ll also be taking a look at the Ace of Tokiwadai – Mikoto Misaka!
Mikoto Misaka: Bunny Ver.!
|From ”Toaru Kagaku no Raingun’ comes a 1/4th scale figure of one of Academy City’s seven Level 5 espers, ‘Mikoto Misaka’, wearing a cute, white bunny girl outfit! Her net tights are made from real fabric for a realistic effect. The chair she sits on is also included, and allows you to display her sitting comfortably with one hand near her breasts in a slightly suggestive pose.
She comes with both her standard expression as well as an embarrassed expression, allowing you to decide how you’d rather see her! Be sure to display her together with the previously announced Kuroko Shirai: Bunny Ver.!
Mikoto-chan has a white bunny suit and red ribbon which make her look absolutely adorable! The colors also contrast very nicely with Kuroko, which means displaying them together looks amazing!! The slightly embarrassed look on her face is also lovely!
And if we spin her around to the back…
Just look at all the soft skin the bunny suit leaves open to enjoy!!
She comes with an embarrassed expression!
Mikoto is best known for her more vigorous side, but seeing her with a slightly worried, embarrassed expression makes her look so innocent!
Hmm… it seems Nagaizumi-san, the head of the sales team has brought some boxes…
This photo shows the way her shoulders are slightly bent over, and also shows the curled finger she is idly waving around.
It’s nice how the positioning of the finger and hand manage to show she isn’t all that comfortable – I guess she isn’t exactly used to wearing an outfit like this! Be sure to take a closer look if you decide to pick her up!
The net tights have been on a number of FREEing’s figures in the past, but I think this is the first time we’ve seen garter belts!
The cute frills that end the stockings suit Mikoto’s love for cute clothes, not that she’ll ever admit it! The detail on the frills as well as the net tights are both so impressive!
You can even see the way the tight garter belt is pressing against her skin… FREEing puts so much work into perfecting these outfits!
Mikoto is quite well known to wear shorts under her skirt, but this outfit actually lets us get a peek at what she is hiding under those shorts! This area will definitely catch a lot of fans attention, particularly when compared to figures of her in her school uniform.
The sculpting of her hair looks so soft, and the slight bends in the twintails look great. The soft, airy hair actually contrasts against the tight bunny girl outfit very nicely!
her stomach area looks very tight from the shiny outfit – seeing this makes me wish I was a member of Judgement myself! The whole shape of her body from the one arm brushing through her hair down to these lovely curves is absolutely beautiful!