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One of my favorite figure lines right now is Kobotukiya’s Marvel and DC Bishojo (“pretty girl”) series. These are iconic Marvel and DC heroines interpreted through the pin-up lense of Japanese character artist Shunya Yamashita. The sculpts are more or less faithful to his concept art. While ten or eleven Bishoujo figures have been or are in the process of being produced, I’ve only jumped at five of them. Catwoman here is one of my favorites so far. The level of detail has been increased by comparison to earlier Bishoujo girls like Rogue, and besides that, I like DC characters more than Marvel ones. View full article »

Little Red Riding Witch

 I can’t blame you if you have absolutely no idea who Velvet is. She’s from an obscure Atlas action/RPG called Odin Sphere. The fact that it’s an Atlas games means that it’s already a niche title, but Velvet was not the primary protagonist in that game and any character your mind may dredge up in association with mentions of this title are probably Gwendolyn. Velvet is Gwendolyn’s half-sister, a witch from the fallen kingdom of Valentine. Like all the other player-characters in the game, Velvet carries Psypher jewels, which absorb enemy spirits (Phozons). Phozons act as experience but also power your magic attacks. Odin Sphere is a beautiful, excellent game that is unfortunately hampered by unfortunate, dare I say gamebreaking, faults. First and foremost, the PS2 hardware can’t actually run it the game. Every time a handful of enemies gather onscreen, the framerate drops to a crawl (especially once you start attacking). Additionally, there’s way too much inventory management and alchemy/cooking crap. Odin Sphere is all about giving you options, but there’s something to be said for simplification. I’ve heard rumors of a fixed-up port appearing on PSN, but nothing substantial has come out of that. It would be nice, though. View full article »

Hello, Everyone!

First post. It’s a big step.

I’ve had three blogs in the past. My first, When Pigs Fly, was a comic-based blog. That is, I posted my own comics on it. Eventually, I started getting more into paleontology news, and the blog’s subject took a definate turn. About two years into the blog, Google decided that my password didn’t work anymore, and I couldn’t access my own damn blog. So I started a new blog, When Pigs Fly Returns: Part Deux, but ironically forgot the password literally two days later. So I started a third blog, When Pigs Fly Returns, which I’ve managed to keep alive for something like four years now.

But once again, my focus has changed. WPFR has been very on-and-off lately, due in large part to my job. I just don’t have the time anymore to devote to sit down for two hours and write a lengthy, detailed blog post about the latest interesting paleo story. So the blog has been living on random pieces of art, excuses, apologies for not posting more often, and my newest habit: collecting “girlie figures,” as I call them. I’ve always been a fan of pin-up art, and one day–many years ago–I picked up an on-sale figure of Dead or Alive‘s Kasumi (the BOME version). Something about it hooked me, and now I have fourteen such girls sitting on my dresser, with more to come. I’m not entirely sure what compels this habit, but I know I like it, and my wife doesn’t seem to mind it.

As I struggle to determine the “next step” in WPFR’s life, I know that figure reviews don’t really belong there. Hence, this new blog. My fourth, and hopefully, my most quality venture. Now, a note about the blog’s title. I had settled long ago on “Figure This Out,” but that was sadly taken. I almost went with “The Way I Figure,” but it seemed too long. Then, inspiration struck: a friend of my one the Nintendo World Report forums commented on one of my unboxing blogs that my newly-acquired statue Michael Ford (star of The Conduit) was surrounded by “dirty little statues.” I loved it. So thanks for that, ShyGuy. I changed my title to “figures,” though, because that’s generally what they’re called. Statues are big and very expensive. I collect figures.

With that, I leave you readers to it. Here’s to the future! Now let’s get with the pretty pictures…