Saturday, August 2, 2014

Toy Tease: Figma MOTOKO KUSANAGI (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)

Even with all the chaos of Comic Con, the fun wasn't strictly contained to the San Diego city limits. At the same time, the bi-annual Wonder Festival was holding its second event in Japan, Wonder Festival 2014 Summer. At the event, Max Factory's Figma Motoko Kusanagi from the Ghost In The Shell manga and anime franchise was fully revealed. This figure represents her design used in the Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime. I've been a fan of the anime franchise and the Major for years and it's time she joined my toy collection. For the uninitiated, she held the rank of Major within Section 9 and was frequently referred to as "The Major."

From Good Smile's website:

    "Just a whisper. I hear it in my ghost."
  • From the anime series 'GHOST IN THE SHELL STAND ALONE COMPLEX' comes a figma of the main character, Motoko Kusanagi!

  • Using the smooth yet posable joints of figma, you can act out a variety of different scenes.

  • She comes with three expressions including her standard face, a shouting face and a smiling face.

  • Her weapons of choice, the Seburo M-5 and Seburo C-26A are both included allowing for various action scenes.

  • A flexible plastic is used for important areas, allowing proportions to be kept without compromising posability.

  • An articulated figma stand is included, which allows various poses to be taken.

I own two Figma figures, both of which represent video game icons: Link from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Samus from Metroid: Other M. They're great toys all around. The sculpts, articulation, interchangeable pieces and accessories are top-notch. They also come with stands. With all of that comes a higher price tag, which is common for import action figures. Motoko carries a price of ¥4,800 which converts to $46.79. I'll be adding her to my collection when she's released as scheduled in December. She might even serve as a gift to myself if she arrives before Christmas.

Figma Motoko is available for pre-order from Good Smile Company. She's also likely to pop up in Previews Magazine if she hasn't appeared yet. The current catalog has others listed as well as re-orders for the previously mentioned Link and Samus figures.