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.
While they are not the lead characters of their series (Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World – Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活), there is no shortage of pre-painted scale figures both released and in-development based on Rem and Ram – the two twin maids of the Roswaal mansion. With so many options available for the pair, you are best off looking at all your available options and choosing one which suits your taste in attire and post. There is a good chance there is at least one option meeting your preference – from their traditional maid attire to swimsuit to cosplay.
One of the options, combining both individual figures in one bundle, is the “Osanabi no Omoide” collection manufactured by FuRyu w/ sculpt work by Design Coco. These figures are based on the younger designs of both characters, introduced during Episode 11 of the TV anime. It depicts the pair as they were growing up in the Oni Village, wearing traditional kimonos in their respective colours, bearing expressions and poses which hint at their original personalities. Coming in at 18cm (180mm) in height each, these are 1/7 scale figures which originally came as a set for approximately 17,000 yen in July 2018 – or approximately 8,500 yen apiece
Fortunately, at this point in time, it will not be difficult getting your hands on these figures. Available as a set, these will both be receiving a re-release in September 2020 (currently). While you might be able to find these pre-owned, unless you manage to snag a good deal on the set (or perhaps prefer only one or the other), may want to wait and get these brand new.