Incoming New Trigun Figure, Hanna-Justina Marseille Rivalry And Poor Nendoroid Suction Cups

Hanna-Justina Marseille Alter

First we get a release date for that awesome Trigun figure. Next, we check out Alter’s answer to Volks’ Hanna Justina Marseille figure. And then I rent a bit about Good Smiles not-so-ideal new Nendoroid suction stands and clip stands.

Vash the Stampede ARTFX J 1/8 Figure from Kotobukiya

Vash3

Remember that good looking figure of Vash from Trigun we go a glimpse at during Wonder Festival 2012? It now has an official release date: late January 2013. So ok, this is more like a release window than a release date, but the figure is up for preordering right now on J-List and AmiAmi. It comes with a little cat figure evidently called “Kuroneko Sama” (Lord Black Cat). Even though Vash is always trying his best not to harm his adversaries the base of the figure looks like a puddle of spilled blood. You won’t be getting the red cloth or the bullets that the prototype model had for its display, but both are easily procurable products. Especially the bullets, which every respectable household keep in one drawer or the other.

Alter fight Volks back with its own Marseille figure

Hanna-Justina Marseille Figure By Volks
A few month ago I talked a little about the impressive 1/8 Scale Strike Witches 2 Hanna-Justina Marseille figure Volks is preparing for us (You can see a picture of it above). Alter didn’t remain idle for long and announced its own version of Marseille. Here’s how it will look:

Hanna-Justina Marseille Alter
The figure is available for preorders here. As you can see both figures are strikingly similar, which means if you are a Strike Witches fan you’ll probably choose one based purely on your subjective taste. Personally I tend to sway in favor of the Volks figure because it looks more energetic, and also because the tail on the Alter figure has a strange angle to it. At any rate both are high quality so I’m sure there will be many who will just fork over the money for both and be done with it.

Good Smile Company is selling you freebies

Nendoroid More: Suction Stands
Back in the beginning of 2012 Good Smile Company hired new employees and gave them a mission – to come up with a product that will “display figures more ideally”. Ten months later they announced the Nendoroid More: Suction Stands (above) and Nendoroid More: Clip Stands (below). This is where I’m supposed to pat the GSC employees on the back and say how neat their little freebie stands are. There are only two things holding me from doing so. 1) GSC is actually selling these instead of giving them away at events. And 2) These stands will never work.
There is only one constant truth about suction cups – they will inevitably lose to gravity after a while. It might take a day or a month but eventually that precious Nendoroid you have hung from your door/window using the Nendoroid More: Suction Stand will fall. A display solution that is guranteed to fail? Now that is one laughable “solution”. Don’t get me wrong, I think the idea is nice, just not practical in the real world.

Nendoroid: More Clip Stands
As for the Nendoroid: More Clip Stands these are clips so their use is very limited. Most monitors are fat enough to render the clippers irrelevant and you certainly can’t use them with your average book shelf frame. It’s meaningless. I have no idea where I could clip one around my house.
“So what is your idea of an original figure displaying solution?” you might ask. I’ve seen some truly creative and useful figure stands in the past. Third parties are selling miniature display cabinets for Nendoroid Petites on Amazon Japan, complete with mirrors and tiny LED. There’s even this one company that’s offering transparent PC cases with a special box inside for displaying Nendoroids. A PC with Nendoroid compatibility? Now that’s what I call an original solution!

 


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002311654299 Maia Kasoya

    Concerning the Nendoroid stands, I think they’re meant to be used on things like tables, desks, and whatnot.
    For the suction stands, they can be stuck on the desk, and then connected to the Nendo.
    For the clip stands, you could clip them on the edge of a table, and display the Nendo there.
    Yes, they do have limited uses, but they’re not completely useless.

    • Kazuo

      I don’t know about using them on a desk. Why don’t use the stand included in your figure box instead?

      The clips are completely useless in my case. I took some normal clips about the same size as those from GSC and tried to see if they can clip onto my desk/drawer/book shelf. They just can’t. My shelf edge is 2 cm and my desk edge is 4 cm. These aren’t considered big frames and yet they are way beyond the width of the clips. Clips are used to hang things on thin strings or to close thin bags. They are not meant for thick wood or glass surfaces. But hey, I’m sure these are useful for some people. I’m not the only Japanese person with a big Nendoroid collection out there on the net.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002311654299 Maia Kasoya

        I’m sure they’re useful for even someone out there. But certainly not for those retards at MFC, who are just using these clips as another excuse to insult and bitch about GSC.

        Aside from that, care to maybe share about your Nendoroid collection? Maybe in the next post?

        • Kazuo

          Sorry for the late reply (was studying for one of my tests). I have 12 Nendoroids. I know it’s not as big of a Nendo collection other people might have but figures take space…
          The thing is I only have time to post here once per two weeks or so (and Nadav usually proof-reads my posts to fix my grammar mistakes before the post goes up) so I usually save this spot for reviews of new figures or nice news. I have done a few Nendo reviews as well in the past. Maybe if I have more time in the future I’ll go back and review my entire collection.

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