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Figured As Much Photo Collection #5 – Fushigi no Kuni no Alice – Alice – POP Wonderland


Figured As Much Photo Collection #5 - Fushigi no Kuni no Alice - Alice - POP Wonderland 1

Building a collection of anime and video game figures is an expensive hobby. The small collection I have (some of which have been covered on The Otaku’s Study) has easily cost me a few thousand dollars to acquire over the last couple of years. Therefore if you are someone whose favourite characters shift with every season or prefer mainstream characters, and don’t have some form of disposable income, then it might not be the hobby for you. While the most popular figures will sell out during their pre-order period, in situations where you do have the luxury to do so, knowing a figure is tailored to your preferences is essential to ensure you get value for money.

As I have had to pull back from purchasing any new figures for the past couple of months, rather than write reviews of new releases, I would like to share a look at my current figure collection through this new photographic series. I hope my sharing these may help you in deciding whether purchasing a particular figure is a wise decision or note.

One of the first book reviews on The Otaku’s Study back in January 2011 was of Dark Horse’s English localised publication of Alice in Wonderland. More specifically, this was part of a trilogy of POP Wonderland children’s fairy-tale books featuring artwork by Japanese artist POP. Known primarily for their work on the book series turned anime Moetan (もえたん), this was one of the artists only forays into the children’s publication space, as they focus on incredibly cute but not fully safe-for-work artwork. While it was a pricey option for a children’s book adapted from an iconic, public-domain literary work, it was still a great option for those willing to splurge.

In early-2008, Alter and Happinet manufactured a figure based on POP’s artwork of Alice, which to this day is still a rare find pre-owned and coveted by some collectors. As with the Little Red Riding Hood figure in the same series, there is an impeccable amount of detail which goes into every element – from the grassy base with the caterpillar (Unnamed in the original novels and Absolem in the live-action films) to the layering of the dress which Alice lifts up slightly. It’s quality rivals those manufactured more than a decade later, and is still a prize of my personal figure collection.

Founder of The Otaku's Study. I have been exploring this labyrinth of fandom these last fourteen years, and still nowhere close to the exit yet. Probably searching for a long time to come.


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