Featured Figures #01: Zero Suit Samus, Super Saiyan Goku and more

Note: After writing this for Anime Vice and then posting it to Comic Vine as well, I thought I may as well post it here too. Should be interesting to see how much/how little interest there is, but you guys might dig the Samus figure at least. Best viewed in blog form. Original post here.

Welcome to Featured Figures; a blog feature highlighting a handful of figures, my thoughts on them, the dents they'd leave in your wallet and maybe even links to sites you can buy them from. Let me know what you want to see from these blogs and I'll see what I can do.

Son Goku SSJ, 1/8th scale, Clear Hair Ver. (Medicos Entertainment)

Screaming, as usual

This is easily one of the most bad-ass Dragon Ball Z figures I've seen, and boy has there been a lot of DBZ figures over the years. Not only does this Goku figure have really great looking clothes--all the folds and highlights look really great--but look at that hair. Dude has glass hair, well... I imagine it's really semi-transparent plastic, but it certainly looks the part.

This is version 2 of the figure, with the original featuring boring not-awesome hair, so clearly this is the version to get. The equally awesome Super Saiyan aura around Goku's feet is also a great touch.

What do you think? Is glass hair cool or weird?

Goku is listed at ¥9,200 on Amazon Japan (approx $112 or £71) and $117 on Hobbyfan but currently out of stock.

Samus Aran, 1/8th scale, Zero Suit ver. (Max Factory)

Sleek Samus

I have a weird relationship with Metroid games. I acknowledge that they're great, in fact I think very highly of them, but I don't think I've ever finished any of them. Particularly whenever I take a crack at Metroid Prime, I just don't get on with it, not really sure why. Maybe I'll finish one eventually, in the meantime I'll just admire gorgeous figure renditions of Samus like this Metroid: Other M figure from Max Factory. If it's too hard to tell Samus is a woman with her power suit on, there's certainly no question when she takes it off.

I love how sleek this figure looks, I don't know if Samus normally looks as tall as she does here, but I guess I haven't played Other M so maybe one of you knows better than me. There's some nice detail on the gun, and the Metroid looks great too.

Samus can be pre-ordered for $103 on Hobbyfan (approx £65) or $130 on J-List (approx £82)

Kobato Hasegawa & Maria Takayama, 1/7th scale (Max Factory)

Super cute

Okay, I haven't watched Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai yet, but these figures are adorable. These are sold as two separate figures, but as you can tell they obviously go together, which is a classic trick to get twice as much of your hard-earned money from you.

I literally can't find fault with either of these figures. They're cute, the hair looks good (while not quite as glassy-looking as Goku's hair, it's similar) and their outfits look especially great. I appreciate it when sculptors put in extra effort to make the clothes look separate from the figure, you know, like actual clothes. Like the "Zero Suit" Samus is wearing, these playboy-style catgirl outfits are super glossy.

These figures can be pre-ordered for $88 each on Hobbyfan (approx £55) or $105 each on J-List (approx £66)

Chifusa Manyuu, 1/4th scale (A+)

Skimpy Samurai

For those with more risqué tastes we have Chifusa Manyuu from Manyuu Hikenchou. The biggest figure in this selection at 1/4th scale making it more of a statue than a figurine. Chifusa comes with a katana and completely removable attire that already barely covers her expanding bust (in the show, the figure itself doesn't expand... that would be weird).

I'm not really sure why her hair is so blue, I'm pretty sure it was black in the anime, but I like how... soft she looks. That probably sounds weird, but it's easy for figures to look very solid since they're made of plastic, and this doesn't. If you're looking for something a little lighter on clothing and bigger in size, this may be the figure for you. With that sword it would probably make a pretty good letter-opener too I guess.

Chifusa can be pre-ordered for $210 on Hobbyfan (approx £132) with extra shipping fees.

What do you think of these figures? Ready to order one? Or are you like me, preferring to appreciate them from afar instead?

Daniel Newton is a moderator for Anime Vice and Screened. Follow him on twitter: @Daniel_Newton and @AnimeVicers

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Posted by Daniel_Newton

Note: After writing this for Anime Vice and then posting it to Comic Vine as well, I thought I may as well post it here too. Should be interesting to see how much/how little interest there is, but you guys might dig the Samus figure at least. Best viewed in blog form. Original post here.

Welcome to Featured Figures; a blog feature highlighting a handful of figures, my thoughts on them, the dents they'd leave in your wallet and maybe even links to sites you can buy them from. Let me know what you want to see from these blogs and I'll see what I can do.

Son Goku SSJ, 1/8th scale, Clear Hair Ver. (Medicos Entertainment)

Screaming, as usual

This is easily one of the most bad-ass Dragon Ball Z figures I've seen, and boy has there been a lot of DBZ figures over the years. Not only does this Goku figure have really great looking clothes--all the folds and highlights look really great--but look at that hair. Dude has glass hair, well... I imagine it's really semi-transparent plastic, but it certainly looks the part.

This is version 2 of the figure, with the original featuring boring not-awesome hair, so clearly this is the version to get. The equally awesome Super Saiyan aura around Goku's feet is also a great touch.

What do you think? Is glass hair cool or weird?

Goku is listed at ¥9,200 on Amazon Japan (approx $112 or £71) and $117 on Hobbyfan but currently out of stock.

Samus Aran, 1/8th scale, Zero Suit ver. (Max Factory)

Sleek Samus

I have a weird relationship with Metroid games. I acknowledge that they're great, in fact I think very highly of them, but I don't think I've ever finished any of them. Particularly whenever I take a crack at Metroid Prime, I just don't get on with it, not really sure why. Maybe I'll finish one eventually, in the meantime I'll just admire gorgeous figure renditions of Samus like this Metroid: Other M figure from Max Factory. If it's too hard to tell Samus is a woman with her power suit on, there's certainly no question when she takes it off.

I love how sleek this figure looks, I don't know if Samus normally looks as tall as she does here, but I guess I haven't played Other M so maybe one of you knows better than me. There's some nice detail on the gun, and the Metroid looks great too.

Samus can be pre-ordered for $103 on Hobbyfan (approx £65) or $130 on J-List (approx £82)

Kobato Hasegawa & Maria Takayama, 1/7th scale (Max Factory)

Super cute

Okay, I haven't watched Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai yet, but these figures are adorable. These are sold as two separate figures, but as you can tell they obviously go together, which is a classic trick to get twice as much of your hard-earned money from you.

I literally can't find fault with either of these figures. They're cute, the hair looks good (while not quite as glassy-looking as Goku's hair, it's similar) and their outfits look especially great. I appreciate it when sculptors put in extra effort to make the clothes look separate from the figure, you know, like actual clothes. Like the "Zero Suit" Samus is wearing, these playboy-style catgirl outfits are super glossy.

These figures can be pre-ordered for $88 each on Hobbyfan (approx £55) or $105 each on J-List (approx £66)

Chifusa Manyuu, 1/4th scale (A+)

Skimpy Samurai

For those with more risqué tastes we have Chifusa Manyuu from Manyuu Hikenchou. The biggest figure in this selection at 1/4th scale making it more of a statue than a figurine. Chifusa comes with a katana and completely removable attire that already barely covers her expanding bust (in the show, the figure itself doesn't expand... that would be weird).

I'm not really sure why her hair is so blue, I'm pretty sure it was black in the anime, but I like how... soft she looks. That probably sounds weird, but it's easy for figures to look very solid since they're made of plastic, and this doesn't. If you're looking for something a little lighter on clothing and bigger in size, this may be the figure for you. With that sword it would probably make a pretty good letter-opener too I guess.

Chifusa can be pre-ordered for $210 on Hobbyfan (approx £132) with extra shipping fees.

What do you think of these figures? Ready to order one? Or are you like me, preferring to appreciate them from afar instead?

Daniel Newton is a moderator for Anime Vice and Screened. Follow him on twitter: @Daniel_Newton and @AnimeVicers

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Posted by Baillie

I shall spend £132 to make sure any girl that gets near my bed will leave as soon as she sees my lovely Chifusa figure!

Posted by NegativeCero

I don't have the space or money to collect figures like these, but I will say they can look cool. Also, that Goku figure looks like it could do some damage with that hair.

Posted by James_Giant_Peach

I remember when figures were just GI Joe and He-Man... why do people have to insert sex into absolutely everything.

Posted by Wikitoups

That metroid is thinking "dat ass"

and are cat outfits are the new bunny outfits?

Edited by believer258

Those last two - well, the latter three, but at least Samus is an adult - represent at least one of the reasons why admitting to enjoying anime often gets a person funny looks.

Honestly, those kids are not cute, they look like fucking sex dolls.

Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish

Why does the boobie samurai look so pissed?

Posted by Dagbiker

I almost bought that Chei figure, but i didnt have enough money. Im not opposed to buying figures but i probably wouldnt collect them.

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Posted by GunslingerPanda

That Goku is fucking sick as fuck. I am jealous.

The rest are kinda gross, especially the pedophile one.

Posted by Doctorchimp

That Goku is cool. Not 117 dollars worth though.

But wow those last 3...jesus. Are the cat girls supposed to look 13?

Posted by NegativeCero
@believer258

Those last two - well, the latter three, but at least Samus is an adult - represent at least one of the reasons why admitting to enjoying anime often gets a person funny looks.

Honestly, those kids are not cute, they look like fucking sex dolls.

Agreed.
Posted by ESREVER
Posted by Commisar123

Whatever wierdo, now excuse me while I go back to my comic books and action figures

Posted by Hailinel

I just preordered the Samus figure.

It should look good on this shelf:

Sorry, Tepig. As pimpin' as you are, you might need to find a new place to sit.

Posted by Sin4profit

Man, that last figure is why no one can take Anime all that seriously...

...but yeah, i clicked on damn near all of those pictures.

Posted by EchoEcho

I admit, I would totally buy that Goku figure if I had money to waste. The Samus one would be more appealing if she was in her armor, not a fan of the Zero Suit. Also don't like how lanky her proportions are in that figure.

"I literally can't find fault with either of these figures." ...you mean aside from the part where they're sexualized twelve-year-olds?

Edited by WinterSnowblind

I see your anime figures and raise you a MonsterArts Godzilla with fully articulated tail.

And don't worry, Rodan is being released in July.

Posted by EchoEcho

@WinterSnowblind: Okay, now we're talkin'. Godzilla can hang on my shelf any day of the week.

Posted by Grixxel

@Hailinel: Don't you dare move Tepig!

Posted by Demoskinos

I find it fucking hilarious that everyone is so freaked out by the cat girl figures. Yall are taking shit way to seriously.

Edited by SuperWristBands

I happened to be doing a quick look over the new stuff on amiami and I noticed that Samus figure which then led me to some sweet Durarara figures that I really want but I can't justify spending the money.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 I own only two figures (Aegis and Kurisu Makise) that are both Figma. They aren't expensive (~$30 after shipping) and look pretty good but have visible joints and what not so they don't look as good as any thing that has been posted in this thread.

Edited by countinhallways

That Goku figure is legitimately awesome. I shall now begin to trawl the internet looking for places where it is not sold out.

The creepy cat girl ones are creepy; the samurai boob-lady figure is hilarious. That is all.

Posted by Demoskinos

To actually ad something of some value to the coversation. I gotta say.. I really want this figure but.. last I checked it was $250 and I just can't part with that kind of money for something that is going to just sit on a shelf. Still.. damn awesome figure and would keep my Ryu Hayabusa figure company. =p

Posted by Daniel_Newton

Huh, guess it totally is worth posting these over here. Cool. I'll definitely turn the dial further towards the bad-ass side of things and away from the risqué side, I guess I'm pretty desensitized to that sort of stuff so it's great to get feedback so I know the sorts of things people are interested in. This first one was a test-run of sorts anyway.

@Vegetable_Side_Dish said:

Why does the boobie samurai look so pissed?

Probably because some enemy samurai ripped most of her clothes off. That'd be my guess.

@ESREVER: Those are some of the weirdest looking guns I've ever seen. They're so... rectangular.

@Hailinel: But Tepig is clearly the coolest thing on that shelf.

@EchoEcho said:

The Samus one would be more appealing if she was in her armor, not a fan of the Zero Suit. Also don't like how lanky her proportions are in that figure.

Yeah I guess she is a bit too tall after all. Someone on one of the other sites said the same sort of thing, guess it wasn't just me then. Maybe the sculptor just decided to "stylize" it a bit.

@EchoEcho said:

"I literally can't find fault with either of these figures." ...you mean aside from the part where they're sexualized twelve-year-olds?

I meant from a quality standpoint, but yeah, I can see what you guys mean. I'll go for more bad-ass figures next time I put one of these blogs together.

@WinterSnowblind: Dude that Godzilla figure is dope. Wonder how big that thing is...

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

Those figures are pervy as hell.

Posted by artgarcrunkle

Pro-Tip: Spray your pedo anime figurines with Pam before you ejaculate on them for easy cleanup.

Posted by ADV215

You know what? More than 20 years later, Goku is still awesome. And he is still powering up...

Posted by Daniel_Newton

@Demoskinos said:

To actually ad something of some value to the coversation. I gotta say.. I really want this figure but.. last I checked it was $250 and I just can't part with that kind of money for something that is going to just sit on a shelf. Still.. damn awesome figure and would keep my Ryu Hayabusa figure company. =p

I'm guessing that's a bigger figure like the Chifusa one, otherwise that sounds waaaay overpriced.

Posted by WilltheMagicAsian

So how many of these figures come with tubes of semen-like substance?

Posted by SeriouslyNow
@James_Giant_Peach said:

I remember when figures were just GI Joe and He-Man... why do people have to insert sex into absolutely everything.

She-Ra was equally sexualised.  As was He-Man.  As was Leia in her slave outfit.  I think your memory is failing you.
Posted by CookieMonster

lol

Posted by TheCreamFilling

I have no interest in Dragon Balls, but I must admit that Goku figure looks badass.

Posted by kalmia64

Screw booby Zero Suit Samus. I want my power suit thank you very much.

Posted by Demoskinos

@Daniel_Newton said:

@Demoskinos said:

To actually ad something of some value to the coversation. I gotta say.. I really want this figure but.. last I checked it was $250 and I just can't part with that kind of money for something that is going to just sit on a shelf. Still.. damn awesome figure and would keep my Ryu Hayabusa figure company. =p

I'm guessing that's a bigger figure like the Chifusa one, otherwise that sounds waaaay overpriced.

It might be but it could also be that it might have been a limited run sort of thing. Not sure.

Posted by Jay444111

@Daniel_Newton: I would say one pervy figurine for every 3 badass ones would be a good idea IMO.

Also... is it sad that I know which anime character the booby samurai girl is from?

*Looks around at all the duders looking at me funny* What? Don't look at me like that! If there is an anime I will watch a bit of it... for that show... I just had to see how fucking ridiculus it would get in terms of the amount of pervyness... I always made sure to watch at a time when no one was around though... kinda like Sekirei...

Posted by RandomInternetUser

I'm not sure if I should be ashamed to find that Goku figure to be pretty badass.

Posted by Demoskinos

@Jay444111: Sekirei actually as a genuinely interesting premise though unlike Manyuu Hikenchou which seriously revolves everything it does around tits. Sekirei's nudity is not entirely overbearing to the point where it destroys any value the plot has. Well, except the OVA but... thats not even really part of the main story anyways.

Posted by Jay444111

@xobballox said:

I'm not sure if I should be ashamed to find that Goku figure to be pretty badass.

Don't be. Everyone can admit that the figure looks awesome... I wonder if they got any gurren lagann ones now... I better check...

Posted by Jay444111

@Demoskinos said:

@Jay444111: Sekirei actually as a genuinely interesting premise though unlike Manyuu Hikenchou which seriously revolves everything it does around tits. Sekirei's nudity is not entirely overbearing to the point where it destroys any value the plot has. Well, except the OVA but... thats not even really part of the main story anyways.

But you still would not want to watch Sekirei with anyone else though (mainly by family or girlfriends.), that is what I was saying. However, I do agree, the story is awesome in Sekirei and the nudity is a bonus... hell, it is shown uncensored on YOUTUBE of all places as well... I shouldn't have said that... I just realized...

Anyways... hoping that no one reads that. I agree with you on all that.

Posted by 49th

wow thanks! i've been wondering where to get a big titty anime girl toy!

Posted by Ravenlight

That metroid is clearly underaged!

For realsies though, I've got to be more of a jerk and watch more anime this summer.

Posted by Bigheart711

I might as well share my opinion on here too.

Anyway, I thought all of them looked great, especially the Goku figure (There's a certain term for that, but i'll just say that he looks cool as hell.) and the Chifusa figure. (So sue me! ...I like it. *blush*) I also agree that the Samus figure looks like it's out of proportion with her legs, but that's more of a manufacturing issue than anything else. Note me if I'm wrong about that, though.

Posted by AdzPearson

That's a nice set of figures you've got. Most of them aren't to my taste (and a bit pricy for my liking), but I can always appreciate well-sculptured models.

I have a quite a collection myself. Games-wise, I have figures of Sazh (FF13), Vincent (FF7), Marcus Fenix (Gears of War) and KOS-MOS (Xenosaga). I also have models of scenarios from Resident Evil and Chrono Trigger. I keep them on top of the unit where I store my games.

Posted by Daniel_Newton

@Ravenlight said:

That metroid is clearly underaged!

I found that funnier than I probably should have. Well done.

@AdzPearson said:

I have figures of Sazh (FF13), Vincent (FF7), Marcus Fenix (Gears of War) and KOS-MOS (Xenosaga). I also have models of scenarios from Resident Evil and Chrono Trigger. I keep them on top of the unit where I store my games.

Nice. I've definitely been tempted by a few Gears figures I've seen before, particularly the locust figures.

Posted by StarvingGamer

@Sin4profit said:

Man, that last figure is why no one can take Anime all that seriously...

...but yeah, i clicked on damn near all of those pictures.

Sounds like the same caliber of thought that leads people to condemn video games for images like this:

Edited by Daniel_Newton

@StarvingGamer: I just hope enough amazing custom characters came out of that game to make up for all the pink dildos.

Posted by Hailinel

So, yeah. Resurrecting this thread because you guys remember this?

You must. For Tepig is a pimp.

Welp...

I found her outside in a cardboard box with the mail. Lessons from Solid Snake, I presume.

Yeah, just wanted to let you guys know that I wasn't joking. But before anyone questions it (and I know it must be on all of your minds), Tepig is no less of a pimp than he was before. You may lay your concerns to rest.

Posted by RainbowRaccoon

@WinterSnowblind said:

I see your anime figures and raise you a MonsterArts Godzilla with fully articulated tail.

And don't worry, Rodan is being released in July.

Dude, rad