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.
So I may have a thing for cute catgirls. Slightly less safe-for-work than a majority of the figures in my collection, Funwari Neko to Isu is manufactured by Embrace Japan and part of the line of Neko no Wakusei (Planet of the Cats) books by Mamecchi (まめっち). With a retail price of 13,800 yen and a height of only 120mm, this is on the slightly pricier end of the 1/8 scale. Justifying this price however are many nice touches including cuff chains which can be positioned based on your preferences, a fantastic base which takes the form of a chair, and a lot of attention to detail.
That said, there are a few weaknesses which keep it from being a fantastic figure. The most notable is her tail, which both lacks in detail and has an ugly shade of yellow when compared against her blonde hair. While it could be argued the source artwork also had a slightly different shade of blonde, the difference was nowhere near as significant. Secondly, while it was nice that they included a white cat to complement the base, it lacks much detail compared to the actual figure and could have easily not been there.