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Welcome to the first installment of what I hope to be a weekly feature, my fellow AnimeVice members. For this our first preview of new, available, and upcoming anime figures, we will be taking a look into three different figures and a nendoroid featured from the pages of Play-Asia. The line up for today, as follows:
 
  1. Guilty Gear XX 1/8th Scale PVC Accent Core: Dizzy (ALTER Corporation)
  2. Angel Beats! 1/8th Scale PVC: Tenshi (GoodSmile Company)
  3. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1/7th Scale PVC: Fate Testarossa (ALTER Corporation) 
  4. Ragnarok Online Nendoroid PVC: Archbishop (GoodSmile Company)
 
I will give readers a preview of each figure, complete with image, descriptions, price, and thoughts on if I would recommend it to others. 

Guilty Gear XX 1/8th Scale PVC Accent Core: Dizzy

Produced by the ALTER Corporation and officially licensed by Arc System Works, the 1/8th Scale PVC Guilty Gear XX Dizzy figure is expected to see global release around April 2011 in Japan and on Play-Asia's site for roughly 11,750 Yen (excluding taxes). It is crafted by talented figure sculptor Yagyuu Toshiyuki for the ALTER Corporation.  
Figure Preview: Guilty Gear XX Dizzy
Figure Preview: Guilty Gear XX Dizzy
Personally, I feel that this is another excellent, high quality figure from the sculptors at ALTER Corporation. I never got into the Guilty Gear franchise, but of the several characters that I am familiar with, Dizzy is one of my favorites. From the innocent, fragile appearance of Dizzy to the sinister spirit Necro and protective spirit Undine that protrude from her back in place of her wings, Dizzy is one figure that ALTER has put great effort into, and it really shows. The price is a little steep for my taste (the most I have paid is $119.90 for the 1/7th Scale Selvaria Bles figure I purchased in late 2010), but the high quality and intricate details make up for the high cost.  
 
Height: 310 mm (31 Cm)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently for pre-order on Play-Asia)
Price: 11,750 Yen (roughly $139.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of the Guilty Gear franchise, Guilty Gear XX, Dizzy, or anyone who is looking for a figure of high quality and does not mind the hefty price tag. 

 

Angel Beats! 1/8th Scale PVC: Tenshi (Angel)

Produced by the GoodSmile Company and licensed by the joint association of P.A. Works, Dengeki G's Magazine, and Aniplex, the 1/8th Scale PVC Angel Beats! Tenshi figure is expected to see global release around May 2011 in Japan and on Play-Asia's site for roughly 5,870 Yen (excluding taxes). It is crafted by figure sculptor Sanjigen for the GoodSmile Company

Figure Preview: Angel Beats! Tenshi (Angel)
Figure Preview: Angel Beats! Tenshi (Angel)
As a fan and follower of the hit anime Angel Beats! last year, I was pleasantly surprised when GoodSmile started taking pre-orders for this Tenshi figure in the closing months of 2010. Created with a highly sophisticated 3D/CG rendering program, the sculptors at GoodSmile have managed to create a greatly detailed take on Tenshi and her angelic wings that she begins to use towards the end of the anime. From the faint smile and quietly hopeful expression on her face to the overall detail of her outfit and wings, this is one figure that any Angel Beats! fan should look into for their collections and display for all to see. The wings are removable for displaying preference.
 
Height: 190 mm (19 Cm)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently for pre-order on Play-Asia)
Price: 5,870 Yen (roughly $69.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of the Angel Beats! franchise, Tenshi, or anyone who is looking for a reasonable priced figure of great quality to add to their growing collections. 

 

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 1st 1/7th Scale PVC: Fate Testarossa (Phantom Minds)

Produced by the ALTER Corporation and licensed by NANOHA the MOVIE 1st PROJECT, the 1/7th Scale Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st Fate Testarossa figure is expected to hit the market later this month in Japan and on Play-Asia's site for roughly 11,330 Yen (excluding taxes). It is crafted by figure sculptor Tsumetsuka Hiroyuki for the ALTER Corporation

Figure Preview: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 1st: Fate Testarossa (Phantom Minds Version)
Figure Preview: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 1st: Fate Testarossa (Phantom Minds Version)
As a complete newbie to the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise and mostly unknown to me, I needed to look it up at first to better associate myself with the series and Fate Testarossa, who ALTER has captured her aggressive nature as she makes her battle jump to strike at her enemies. What I like about this figure is the amount of detail and effort that ALTER has put into Fate, from her swirling cape and hair down to the minute details on her device Bardiche. This version of Fate features several changeable arms that changes Fate's overall pose and has three weapons that can be swapped depending on what the collector wishes to display. Overall, it is a high quality figure that most people would love to see displayed in their collections, but the steep price hurts the overall appeal to the average figure collector who isn't willing to invest quite so high for her.
 
Height: 420 mm (42 Cm); With Weapon: 550 mm (55 Cm) 
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently for pre-order on Play-Asia)
Price: 11,330 Yen (roughly $134.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise, Fate Testarossa, or anyone who is looking for a high quality figure to be the new centerpiece of their collection.
 

Nendoroid Corner: Ragnarok Online PVC: Archbishop

Produced by the GoodSmile Company and officially licensed by GRAVITY Corporation, the Non-Scale Ragnarok Online Archbishop Nendoroid is currently on the global market since it was released last month in Japan on is currently on Play-Asia's site for roughly 3,600 Yen (excluding taxes). It is crafted by the joint efforts of figure sculptors Oda Tsuyoshi and Takano Meishi for the GoodSmile Company

Nendoroid Preview: Ragnarok Online Archbishop
Nendoroid Preview: Ragnarok Online Archbishop
To my complete surprise, I discovered last week from my fellow Anime Gamer Clan members on Playfire about the hit Ragnarok Online game, which started in South Korea in 2002 and has since expanded globally. GoodSmile recently released this Limited Edition Ragnarok Online Archbishop last month and I thought that as my first look into a Nendoroid figure, Archbishop would be a perfect fit. She comes with her holy staff and has several changeable arms/legs that allow for multiple poses, items, and expressions that can be easily swapped to the collector's desired tastes. The quality and effort that GoodSmile has put into her is apparent, from the smallest of details on her outfit to all of her changeable limbs and items. I am not fond of Nendoroid figures, but for the collector looking to make a quality addition to their collection that is friendly on the wallet, Archbishop is a great option for you.
 
Height: 100 mm (10 Cm)
Availability: Extremely Limited (Limited Edition, currently 2 copies left on Play-Asia)
Price: 3,600 Yen (roughly $42.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans/Players of the Ragnarok Online game and those who are looking to add a high-quality Nendoroid figure to their collection.

 
This concludes Weekly Figure Preview 1-13-11. Look for Weekly Figure Preview 1-20-11 next week when we look into K-ON!!, Angel Beats!, and Black Rock Shooter figures along with a Steins;Gate Nendoroid
 
(Written by Will Anderson)
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