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S.H. Figuarts – Ranma (Female)

Getting Sailor Moon Figuarts was a surprise.  But not a huge surprise when you consider there was a new redesigned series put out recently.  Getting Ranma 1/2 Figuarts was the real surprise.  For the most part the anime Figuarts I see tend to be based on newer anime and manga that I’ve never heard of.  But here we are, with Ranma 1/2 in glorious highly articulated plastic form.  Sadly it kind of seems like we’ll never actually get Panda Genma who was featured when these were announced.

The first release is the female version of Ranma.  In case you are unfamiliar with the premise, Ranma is a harem comedy anime series and manga, which follows the various romantic relationships surrounding Ranma and his crazy pack of friends and enemies.  The gimmick of the show, is that a lot of the characters carry some sort of curse, generally originating from the Jusenkyo Springs where they change into a different form and back when exposed to hot or cold water.  In the case of the title character, Ranma transforms between a boy and girl due to Ranma falling into the Spring of Drowned Girl.

That’s a pretty gross oversimplification, but that’s the general idea.  Originally shown in the announcement were both male and female Ranma as well as a giant Panda Genma, Ranma’s father.  Ranma here is pretty awesome, probably my favorite Figuarts of all of the ones I own (though Tuxedo Mask is a close second).

A lot of what I like is just how well balanced she is, which is really essential given the martial arts nature of the series.  Part of the plot of Ranma is that everyone has some sort of crazy martial arts fighting style.  Being able to pose Ranma doing martial arts moves really helps sell the figure.

She also has a great selection of alternate faces.  There’s a big smile, a small smile, a frowny serious face and the embarrassed face.  That last one is a lot of fun since as one might imagine, a dude turning into a girl could result in a lot of embarrassing situations.

There is also a good assortment of accessories and alternative hands.  The female version of Ranma also includes a hot kettle, which compliments the cold water bucket included with the male counterpart.

In case you can’t tell, I really like this figure.  Probably the biggest downside is that she’s a little boring without some of the other Ranma Figuarts to go with her.  Also, if you’re not a fan of the source material, there really isn’t a lot of incentive to pick her up.  This is definitely the best Ranma figure available, since it both looks good and is loaded with articulation and parts, in traditional Figuarts style.

Weekly Wednesday Haul – Ni Hao Edition

I’ve been looking more and more into ordering some toys direct from Japan.  Generally speaking, the shipping costs aren’t worth the mild savings by having less mark up.  Sometimes things are cheaper even with pricey shipping but I don’t care to bother with the longer shipping times.

I’d been browsing through AmiAmi and it turns out they were having a sale, or maybe just marked downs, whatever the case, I ended up ordering both Ranma and Shampoo and even after paying shipping I still saved a significant amount versus ordering them domestically.


Weekly Wednesday Haul: Cold Water Edition

Marvel Legends Iceman

Marvel Legends IcemanI’m getting real close to finishing up the Juggernaut Build a Figure now after picking up Iceman.  All that’s left now is Jean Grey.  Honestly both of these last two are kind of hard to swallow, they really are the more boring figures of this wave, especially Jean.  I’ve never been a big fan of Jean/Phoenix/Marvel Girl whatever you want to call her.  Iceman is alright, he’s just a little bland.  He’s got a lot of good pose ability, he’s got an interesting clear ice design going, he’s got little spiky bits and toes.  By all accounts, he should BE INTERESTING at least a little.

But he’s just… not.

This is really a case where a lack of accessories on these figures hurts, especially when so many figures in this wave had quite a few accessories, like Cable and Deadpool and Kitty Pride.  Some sort of Ice weapon or frozen display base would have been nice.

S.H. Figuarts Ranma Saotome

S.H. Figuarts RanmaI’m really enjoying the way Bandai seems to be bringing in old Anime/Manga lately to give them nice high end figures.  Well, they’ve probably been doing this, I just have noticed because they are doing shows I like.  Somehow I doubt I ever see a Figuarts for Iria or Gunsmith Cats, but I can hope.

Ranma seems to be slated for a pretty good line up, the first was the girl version of Ranma, the second seems to be Shampoo, then Male Ranma and Akane.  I really hope they continue and put out Ukyo and Ryoga.  I believe there was also a Figuarts Zero Panda Genma, but I’m not too keen on Statues.

I mentioned last week when talking about Figma Motoko, how I prefer Figuarts to Figma.  Getting Ranma so soon after Motoko really drives this down.  Motoko is a nice figure, but Ranma is definitely better.  Ranma has a slightly nicer sculpt, about the same amount of accessories, generally better joint design, and she is also a lot more stable and solid than Motoko.  Every time I remove one of Motoko’s hands, the join comes off with it from the wrist, and I’ve found her hair piece tends to fall off sometimes.  I haven’t had these problems with Ranma.

I’m not saying that the Figma is bad, I’m just saying, back to back, it really drives home why I prefer Figuarts.

Anyway, I don’t want to turn this into some full on review.  Also, this isn’t part of my other import figures that I teased last week.