1980s, Part Two

Apologies in advance, but this is actually a pretty short-on-content post.  I should have traded out one of these two with Orange Blossom so Part One would have been lesser, and this would have been greater, making them (more or less) on even footing.  But I wanted to roughly follow chronology, so this happened.

This is Iris, from the very short-lived Rose Petal Place line by Kenner.  It was only around in 1984, but I’m pretty sure I had one as a kid.  (I’m not sure which, though…probably either Rose-Petal or Lily Fair.  Nah, it had to be Rose-Petal.  She’s the only one who gives me a “familiar vibe” when I look at the pictures.  (Speaking of those pictures, make sure to visit that link and scroll down to the pictures of the dolls who were announced but never mass-produced.  I would love to have some of those!))

She has a sweet little face, and I love her iris-hat.  (I do love irises…)  That dress of hers is problematic, though:  the elastic is old and giving way, so it likes to droop down towards her waist.  Admittedly, this is not a doll who was sculpted with breasts, so it’s not like it’s revealing anything, but it still looks bad on general principles when it does that.  (Actually, if they had given them breasts, that would probably go a long way to stopping the dress from drooping.)

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Not quite what I intended…

These didn’t quite work the way I wanted, so they’re being slammed into the same post. 😛  (Don’t worry, the last post of the month will make up for it. 😉 )

Haruka: Well, don’t you look lovely, koneko-chan?
Catra: Mrr? (trans: I’m not familiar with the kind of thing I’m seeing here.)
Michiru: *giggle*

Given that Haruka tends to call girls she’s flirting with “kitten”, how could I resist having her flirt with Catra?  But She-ra dolls don’t pose very well (especially if you want them to not fall over) and writing flirtatious dialog is not a skill I possess.  Still…I like the idea…

The intention here was a post called “Unrequited”…

The idea was that Yuffie was hugging Tifa from behind, with the general message that she didn’t need Tifa to return her love, as long as Tifa understood that she was loved…and that she had an alternative to the spiky-haired jerk.  Not that there’s anything in the game to suggest Yuffie is lesbian or bi, but there really isn’t much in the original game to say that she isn’t, either.  (Dirge of Cerberus, of course, is another story entirely.  And a different Yuffie entirely, having changed from Tezuka’s Dororo to Slayers‘ Amelia.)  In any case, though I generally like the canon (and semi-canon) hetero pairings for these two, I also have a soft spot for pairing them with each other.  (After all, Cloud’s pretty dull apart from his hair.  Tifa can do better.)

Anyway, the problem here is that the original Play Arts figures don’t actually pose very well.  (And although I do have a Play Arts Kai of Yuffie, I don’t have one of Tifa.  And they’re a totally different scale, so I can’t use one of each  Probably wouldn’t help the basic problem that Tifa’s rigid hair was completely and utterly in the way of the pose, in any case.)  So I couldn’t put them in a pose anywhere near what I had visualized.  Different angles helped a little, but not really enough…

This one looks like Yuffie’s offering her a tissue.  (It also makes it very evident that they didn’t scale these properly.  This Yuffie is much too close to Tifa in height.)

This one is awkward, because the eye reads the image as if the hand Tifa’s holding in front of her face is actually Yuffie’s hand.  Also, maybe it’s just me, but something about the profile of Tifa’s breast seems lewd here…

…though that’s nothing compared to the front view of her breasts!  Ugh.  They should have been slightly less faithful to the original character design there.  (They should also have made her skirt longer.  Like with the Sailor Senshi, it’s hard to avoid panty shots.  Only in Tifa’s case they actually are panties, rather than the lower section of leotards.)  As a romantic shot, this one works best, but it looks more mutual than unrequited, so it’s still sort of a failure.

Puppy Love

These two were so cute together in Season 3!  And they were definitely acting like burgeoning childhood sweethearts.

These little figurines are what seems to be called “desktop figurines” that are intended to interact with everyday objects on the space of your desk.  So Chibi Moon is supposed to be on the edge of a glass, while Saturn would be sitting on a book or a computer monitor, or whatever.   I got them in a set of 5, but I haven’t assembled the fifth one yet.  (The other two you’ll be seeing later on.)

Is it just me, or is Saturn one of the most under-merchandised characters on the show?  I’ve come across very little of her, and her SHFigurarts’ price has already skyrocketed to somewhere in the neighborhood of $95.  (Even more expensive than Jupiter!)  Makes me want to pick up the Dal version even more, but then I’d want to have someone customize a Yeolume into Chibi Moon.  (I can’t help it; she needs to be smaller than Dal!)


Orbee Americana

Yeah, lame, I know.  I just can’t seem to get any pictures taken these days.  (Also, I’ve been doing July CampNaNo, and spending huge amounts of time writing for the last four days, which hasn’t helped me catch up on blogging any. :P)  If I’d had the pictures taken, I could have done an “Unfair Comparison” between the Pullip and DC Superhero Girls Wonder Woman dolls.  (Though maybe that should wait until the Barbie version with the Made-to-Move style joints becomes cheap enough so I could add her to the mix.  Her outfit needs to be repainted with, you know, color, so I don’t wanna pay anywhere near full price…)

I’m going to to try to get those Figma photos taken in the coming week.  On top of the Attack on Titan pictures I need to take, I got a new Figma in the mail on Saturday, and I’m looking forward to getting her out of the box. 😀

(BTW, the date on this photo and the date on the previous photo I’d taken are precisely one month apart.  That’s kind of scary.)


I came across Yvonne rather inadvertently.  I was searching on Kickstarter to see if there were any dolls or toys being Kickstarted, and found a line of action figures that didn’t entirely interest me, but I was curious what else the manufacturers (Zica Toys) had made.  That led to going to the Web site, where I found a picture of Yvonne, but they were out of stock in their own store.  But I was able to follow a link in the comments to another site that still had some in stock.  I bookmarked the site and said “maybe at some point” because she looked pretty interesting, but I didn’t feel the need right that second.

Obviously, I did eventually order her, though. 😛

This is what she looked like when she arrived:

Yvonne 1

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Xenosaga, Episode I

Yup, another video game themed post.  But no screen shots this time. 😛

Xenosaga 1

I’ve been wanting to pick up some KOS-MOS merchandise ever since I found out there was such merchandise, but it’s hard to find any that I find appealing.  Because the visual aesthetic in Xenosaga Episode I was entirely different from the aesthetic in the other two games.  And since the first one is the one that’s actually good, I wanted one that matched the original, more anime-like aesthetic.  (Okay, to be fair, Episode II is still a pretty decent game.  Not great, like Episode I, but decent.  It’s Episode III that’s horrible.  Seriously, having both played the game given the subtitle Also Sprach Zarathustra and read the original book by Nietzsche, I can without question say that you will absolutely be served better to read the book.  Sure, it won’t tell you how the story of the first two games ends, but you can make something up that’ll be better than what Namco came up with.  (It really shows that they fired the series creator during Episode II…)  More importantly, the book is actually entertaining, and it will take far less time.)  The one exception to my “only Episode I merchandise” policy for KOS-MOS is that I would totally love to have the Dollfie Dream of her, even though that’s from the horrible Episode III.  (But I’d still rather have the Dollfie Dream of Miku…though any talk of Dollfie Dreams is just idle, because I cannot afford to spend roughly a thousand dollars on a single doll.)

Xenosaga 2

Here’s the back of the package, which helpfully shows how you can use/attach some of the pieces she comes with.  I call this “helpful” because it lets me know what it would look like, as I don’t intend to open her. 😛  Anyway, interesting thing about this figure:  as far as I could tell from the Mandarake page (of course that’s where I got her! 😛 ) she would seem to have been a pre-order bonus for the original game.  I am so jealous of that!  You know what I got for pre-ordering the first game?


There was a pre-order bonus for the second game, though:

Xenosaga 4

That’s a DVD containing all the CG cutscenes from the first episode.  With the wonderful-yet-unfair feature of being able to select the original Japanese language.  “Unfair,” of course, because the games themselves don’t have that option.  So if you watch the DVD in the original, and get used to what the characters are supposed to sound like, then you’re crushed by returning to the game and being forced back into the English voices.  (Though, honestly, the dub isn’t that bad.  It’s…okay, actually, I haven’t revisited any of the games since being disgusted by the final one (first major RPG I ever sold back immediately on completing it) but I recall it being serviceable.  Certainly there were no characters whose voices made me want to stab myself in the eardrums, and I can’t say that about all dubbed games…)


Okay, this post seems to have devolved into me soap-boxing my views on certain subjects, when it’s supposed to be about the figure.  So I’ll just shut up now, and present one last photo:

Xenosaga 3

Not the greatest sculpt in the world, but I’ve seen worse.  (Okay, yes, I know I said I’d shut up!)

BTW, if you’d like to see the gallery — though the only additional photo in it is a shot with the game’s soundtrack in front of the package — it’s here.