Monthly Archives: June 2010

Figma’s Kagura Tsuchimiya from Ga-Rei Zero

Figma’s Kagura Tsuchimiya from Ga-Rei Zero is a nice action figure, just like its companion Yomi figure.  The box is pink with black chains.

Inside the box is the figure, sandwiched between two plastic containers.

There’s the Michael 12 sword, the dagger, a right hand with Kagura’s red cell phone, two extra faces, a display stand, a chain for the Michael 12, a hand holder with different hands, and a bag to hold everything.

Unlike Yomi’s figure whose head is vertical with her body, Kagura’s head is slightly tilted.

Here’s Kagura with the Michael 12 sword and her smiling face.

Here’s Kagura in an action pose with the mean face.

The display stand has a peg that fits into a hole in Kagura’s back.

Here’s the dagger.

And here’s the Michael 12 with the chain attached.

Finally, here’s Kagura next to Yomi.

Macross Chronicle Issue 47

I can’t believe it.  Only 3 more issues of Macross Chronicle remain after Issue 47.  That’s right–Issue 50 will be the final one!

Issue 47 doesn’t disappoint.  It has nice cover art of a VF-1A.

The first “mechanic sheet” is for the VF-1A, and it’s a fold-out!

There’s a “goods sheet” of Yamato’s 1/2000-scale SDF-1.

There’s a nice drawing of Minmay from DYRL.

Finally, the back cover advertises a book with VF-1 illustrations by Tenjin Hidetaka, “Art Works of Macross Valkyries”.

Figma’s Yomi Isayama from Ga-Rei Zero

I finally received Figma’s Yomi Isayama figure.  This is my first Figma action figure, and I’m impressed with its articulation, many hand choices, accessories, and line art accuracy.

The box has a nice blue/black color scheme.  The action figure is protected from the plastic container by some thin plastic wrapping.

The left side panel shows chains and the blue butterflies from Kazuhiro, the evil boy.

What’s inside?

Besides the action figure, there are several hands, two other faces, a head piece with a long pony tail, Yomi’s sword and sheath, the Douglas 28 iron, a display stand, a nice plastic bag for holding everything, a small instruction sheet, and a hand holder that holds 8 hands.

How tall is Yomi?  She’s about 5 inches tall, about as tall as a Yamato VF-1S Gnu-Dou!

How do you change the faces?  Each head (the long hair one and the pony tail one) has notches to fit first the face, then the hairpiece that includes the bangs and the sideburns.

Pony tail head face and hairpiece mounts

Face mounted onto pony tail head, and notches on hairpiece

Yomi’s sword and sheath are beautifully painted and detailed.

The pony tail pivots/rotates on back of Yomi's head. See the hole in Yomi's back? That's for the display stand.

Here’s how the display stand peg fits into the hole in Yomi’s back.

The display stand base is not wide enough, in my opinion, for poses that require Yomi’s feet to be widely apart.

There’s a nice cell phone accessory–Yomi used her cell phone a lot in the series.

The Douglas 28 iron comes with a chain!

In Episode 4, Yomi had to fight briefly with the Douglas 28 when her sword underwent maintenance.

Here’s the hand holder.  It holds 8 hands.

Overall, this action figure is very nice, minus a slight PVC plasticky smell.  It’s highly articulated at the ankles, knees, hip, shoulders, elbows, and even most of the hands.  In most poses, you can have Yomi stand up without the aid of the display stand because the ankles are articulated.  If you need to use the display stand, it’s easier to use it with the pony tail head, because the display stand peg needs to be plugged into Yomi’s back, and doing this with the long hair head is difficult.

I bought it from Hobby Link Japan, but it’s now strangely marked as Discontinued:

Did Figma make enough of these?