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Brave Witches - Karibuchi Hikari - 1/8 scaled figure by AlterBrave Witches - Karibuchi Hikari - 1/8 scaled figure by AlterReview

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Review originally uploaded on the 2nd of May 2019. Image hosting lost in December 2019. Fixed most of the image hosting on the 23rd of June 2020. If image hosting is (partially) lost again, let me know and I will look into fixing it again.

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This is a review of a figure in an outfit that can be considered NSFW !

Welcome to my review! Today I will be talking about a figure of Karibuchi Hikari ENTRY #109956 from Brave Witches ENTRY #109955 ! This figure ITEM #520672 is made by Alter ENTRY #7619 .

I will start off with telling some more about her background.

Background

Brave Witches is an anime series following up Strike Witches ENTRY #2 / ENTRY #20629 . We have a new cast from another Fighter Wing, this time the 502nd. The anime was meant as a continuation of the World Witches universe. Brave Witches has a very different tone than the earlier Strike Witches. There is a lot less fan service and it's really clear that they want to focus more on the personal aspects. I was personally very pleased that shortly some ground-based Witches were shown (my favorites, the 'tank' girls!) as that might give some chance of ever seeing those girls animated in full one day. Unfortunately Brave Witches was followed by a lot less raving reviews than Strike Witches and while maybe not really to be called a 'flop', could not match to the quality of the first series. This has also resulted to in comparison to the 501st, a low amount of figures and merchandise to have been made from the characters of the 502nd.

Karibuchi Hikari is a Witch from Fuso (the World Witches universe version of Japan). In the series we follow her getting enlisted to the 502nd and see her slowly getting better and better. That sounds familiar to Yoshika ENTRY #2026 in the first series? Well, it is! Yoshika and Hikari also share a lot of similar traits both in looks and personality, which could also have a big influence in the 'flop' of the Brave Witches anime. Once you get into the anime, you will notice quite some difference between the girls and when put next to each other their looks are pretty different, but these girls could have been sisters for sure. Anyhow, Hikari is a cute, but a bit clumsy girl. She's very optimistic and upbeat. Hikari has great stamina, but lacking magical ability. She does have a special skill called 'Contact Eye', but as she needs to touch enemies to use it, it is deemed as too dangerous to be put in use.

The reason why and how I got her

User MOONSTARFC mentioned in a blog a while ago that she got ITEM #520672 in error from a shop and wasn't interested in keeping her, so I asked if I could buy it off her. I got a great deal and a couple of weeks later Hikari arrived at my place!

Original art

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There is no specific artwork this figure was modeled after, but it is clear that she was modeled after her anime design instead of her original character design looks. Above image comes most close to the posing of this figure.

Video

For people that prefer the box shots, first look and first shots of the figure as a video, please take a look at the inserted video below. For the people interested in pictures: keep on scrolling!



Parts of this video will also appear as gifs during this review!

The Box

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Hikari comes in a very big square box, which has a more stylistic design compared to the earlier boxes for the Strike Witches figures by Alter.

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The box is sealed off with some round tape.

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The box comes with an Kadokawa seal of authenticity. As far as we know, no bootlegs are made of this figure.

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There is also an H Japan sticker of authenticity.

First Look


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Hikari is a very widely posed figure that comes with a few extra parts.

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She comes with a small instruction sheet explaining how to let her hold her gun and how to switch out the propellers and put her on her base.

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Hikari comes with the following parts:
- Main figure
- Her Type 99-2 Model 2 Kai machine gun
- Base
- Metal rod to attach her to her base
- Two alternative non-spinning propellers Why Alter still feels the need to add these even with the newest figure in this line, will remain a mystery to me.

Display option 1: No weapon and non-spinning propellers

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Hikari's expression is really fierce and one of the things that stand out when you see this figure for the first time. She can be displayed without her gun, although her right hand will look a bit weird when viewed from up close this way.

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Hikari's face and mouth sculpt is really nice. Her eyes are nice looking quality decals.

I'm happy to finally see that with this figure, Alter decided to put more details in the sculpt of her ears, instead of keeping it also to decals there.

I would also like to give some special mention to the green hair pin, which has a glossy shine.

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Hikari's hair has a minimal amount of brown shading. The sculpt of the hair itself is also looking nice.

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I really love the work the sculptor did on her sailor shirt, there is a really good feel of movement going on.

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A high amount of shading on the shirt can mainly be seen from the side.

While I was moving Hikari around for the review...

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...I unfortunately found out that her right arm is prone to falling off. This is quite bothersome as that is the arm that is holding the gun. It is recommended to touch this figure the least amount possible when displayed and keep this in mind as a weak spot when cleaning.

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Continuing the flow of her shirt, it's all really nice looking. Her ribbon and collar also have very clean lines painted.

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Hikari's sukumizu is painted with similar colors, but looks slightly more transparent. I like how tight-fitting the seams of the swimsuit look.

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The same can be said about the behind of the swimsuit.

Hikari also sports her tail here. Her familiar is a Fuso squirrel. Like with most Witches, she was originally designed with a tail that looked more like her familiar animal, but in the anime they use more generically shaped tails that rather remind of a wolf or fluffy hound.

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Her Striker Units are really nicely painted and have a lot of neatly applied decals.

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I especially like the decal of the 502nd logo.

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My specific copy of this figure has a small scuff at the white decal at the bottom of the leg. I do like how so much really small details are implemented in the leg, like the small valve next to it.

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Notice how the bottom leg has more issue with the top and bottom part keeping together (probably caused by gravity as the upper leg has none such thing). It almost seems like the round inner part of the propeller is supposed to be inserted in the above piece (where it can not move further), but the peg is too loose for that to fit.

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There are so much more little valves, screwed plates and other small details in the sculpt of the Striker Units that earlier Strike Witches did not have.

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Hikari's base is similar to the earlier ones in this line, it also mentions multiple stats of the character.

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As an extra detail the base is engraved with the 502nd logo, but it can only be seen when held into a very bright light (or in this case, bright sunlight). It will not show up in your average display cabinet even if you have a lot of light in there.

Display option 2: With weapon and spinning propellers

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And here we have Hikari in her full glory! Having the propellers spinning and her holding her huge gun is really the most effective display method!

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Hikari's gun is definitely an eye catcher. Unfortunately these shots also already shows what I find the biggest downside of the gun: The wooden stock at the back has a really lazily painted wood pattern.

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You can see this same effect at the wooden grip at Hikari's right hand. Luckily the rest of the gun is detailed a lot better and there is some visible fake wear.

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These details also continue to the front and what seems like a better overall paint than before, so I shouldn't become as worried about the paint flaking here as I did with my Mio BLOG #42610 .

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The strap around the gun has nice details and movement, although it's a bit simple.

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The spinning propellers definitely look a lot more cool than the non-spinning ones and the slight see-through effect adds some realism.

The Points

Positive
- Really solid figure in paint and sculpt.
- A small step up from the amount of details and quality to the earlier figures in this line, but not as big up that she is mismatched with the rest.

Neutral
- Fitting issue with the propeller in the bottom Striker Unit.
- Could be personal issue, but I was expecting a bit more when you compare it to the last Strike Witches figure made by Alter 4 years ago.

Negative
- Right arm is prone to falling off.

The Scores

Sculpting 8/10
The sculpt of this figure is amazingly done and there are a lot of nice details at many places, such as a really big improvement in the Striker Units, the ears and the clothes. I do have to deduct some points for the bad fitting right arm and the fitting issue with the bottom Striker Unit's propeller.

Painting 9/10
Overall amazingly painted with small details like the white borders on her collar well done, but has a few small downsides such as the (in my opinion) lazily painted wooden parts.

Posing 8/10
Very in-character and cool-looking. It's nice to have Hikari displayed in the moment when she is more trained in her skills.

Base 9/10
Definitely an improvement over the earlier bases in this line, although it's hard to see the embossing in the base when displayed normally.

Packaging 8/10
A small change compared to the style of the ones in the Strike Witches line, but still fitting with the rest. Big, but colorful and matching in looks with the character.

Enjoyment 8/10
I think my expectations were maybe a bit too high, making my enjoyment an 8 instead of a 9 or 10. I was less wow-ed than expected. I still really enjoy getting this figure for a good deal and I'm happy that she is a part of my collection. It's unfortunate that we'll probably see no other Brave Witches figures from Alter. Luckily she blends well with my Strike Witches.

Conclusion

A very nice and high quality figure. In general I recommend her if you want to (continue) collecting from Strike/Brave Witches or are in general into this aesthetic.

Availability

Hikari was released a bit more than half a year ago for the very steep price of ¥15,800. Now, the quality is definitely there with this figure, but that price is huge, especially if you compare it with the last Strike Witch in this line (Lucchini ITEM #78645 ) released in 2014 for ¥9,800. Combining that huge price with the lower than expected success for Brave Witches, meant she lost quite some of her value when the aftermarket opened up. You can find a sealed copy now for ¥9,5-14,5K. If you got interested in buying this figure because of this review, her current best price I found was ¥9480 on HLJ hlj.com/1-8-sca... , I don't think she will drop even more anytime soon (maybe in a couple of years?).

And to finish it!

I first was a bit scared that she would look very out of place when displayed with the 'older' Strike Witches, but she matches quite well!

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Having her next to Yoshika also confirms a bit more the differences between these two girls.

The biggest difference in quality when you see them displayed like this is that Hikari has a lot of the vents and small details on her Striker Units sculpted, while they are mainly painted on the others. This is not too big of an issue unless when they are looked at from very up close.

For those who read all this way, thank you! My next review will be about Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Ash ITEM #600025 from Evil Dead!

I hope you enjoyed this review, you could also check my other figure reviews when interested! Here are a few of my recent ones:

Akazukin (Little Red Riding Hood) - 1/8 - POP Wonderland (Alter, Happinet): BLOG #42658
Strike Witches (2) - Sakamoto Mio - 18 (Alter): BLOG #42610
Silent Hill 2 - Bubble Head Nurse - Figma #SP-061 (FREEing): BLOG #42598
Strike Witches (2) - Sanya V Litvyak - 1/8 - Rocket Booster ver. (Alter): BLOG #42569
Mini Review - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles - Giant Crab - Final Fantasy Creatures Archive -Chromium- (Square Enix): BLOG #42558
Evangelion Shin Gekijouban - Souryuu Asuka Langley - 1/7 - Ballerina Style (Kotobukiya): BLOG #42516
One Coin Grande Moeru Eitango ~Moetan~ trading figure set by Kotobukiya: BLOG #42470
Biohazard (Resident Evil) - Chris Redfield - Nendoroid #681 (Good Smile Company): BLOG #42455
PC Shoujo - Shoujo Ripple - 1/8 (Kotobukiya): BLOG #42419
Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~ - Hokuhou Seiki (FuRyu): BLOG #42406


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Wyniki8/10

Sculpting
Painting
Posing
Base
Packaging
Enjoyment

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pauldy9 mies. temu#68457686Yes, the images no longer appear ^^;
..which is sad.. I guess it's just my preference back then, but I think Hikari was more believable and likeable overall. She didn't seem to be an OP character something and that ...the Brave Witches series as a whole, has far less fanservice crotch zoom in shots, etc..
I guess it's impossible since every characters in World Witches would inevitably
be just under the shadow of Yoshika. All of them making references about or praising her .. :(
The only way around that would be to rebuild the Witches Story from ground up..
Except the Girly Air Force stuff, ..I got rid of them all. I just have a handful of newer figures who's designs I really like. I might end with MaxFac Suzuya.. being my last confirmed preorder item.
Though I'm wishing someone would make Girls Frontline AUG & P90 figures.. but it seems that won't happen anytime soon.
..lastly I really wish for Girly Air Force figures & models.. but it's so sad, since I didn't do well both inside and outside Japan.. (with Kouya no Kotobuki Hikotai making it look more lame..)
and almost no one is in to it.. :(
I guess it's unlikely GAF will have figures made in this lifetime.. :( xD
I used have that Me109 Girl too.. Looks awesome for it's time(2004) and she did have nice propeller blades.
She's one of the first figures i sold off in favor of newer Strike Witches Figures back then^^. My display space is limited.
Yep, Francesca looks beautiful. I just disliked the fact that the handle of her Browning Machine Gun kept falling off.. xD
That's a nice jewelry too.. Kinda subtle but definitely looks Strike Witches. ^^
Yep ALL of them ^^ I finally got turned off with the "pantsless character designs" after all..
I'm no longer following any of the World Witches anime now ^^;


Blegh, I made a note at this blog and most of my others about the lost image hosting. I will fix them someday, but right now I don't have much free time.

Yeah, I think the Brave Witches anime improved a lot of things over the Strike Witches anime, but at the same time I sometimes felt that the anime was more bland? Not that I'm a huge fan of all the over the top fanservice, but it somehow made the first series very unique. For example, I watched the Kantai Collection anime a couple of months before Brave Witches and I find them to have a lot of similarities, while Strike Witches stands as more unique to me.

Anyhow, about rebuilding everything, I've been dreeeeeeaaaaming about them just giving the Ground Witches a chance. It would be perfect for a retry in the same or similar universe. But it's like a niche of a niche, so I'll just continue dreaming... :')

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I'm not sure if they are still working on the Idol Witches, but at the same time I don't expect it to save the franchise...

To be honest, I've heard of Girly Air Force, but without seeing/reading the series and just looking at the designs...I see why Kotobuki 'beat' that series in popularity. >.<

Talking about planes by the way, I recently got ITEM #751916 and the model kit is way more extensive than I expected, but super cool! I hope I can build it in the next year or so. :)

The older Mecha Musume designs are something I don't think I would ever let go off in my collection. I rather see myself selling my Kantai Collection stuff or items from Witches that are not my top faves, than getting rid of the oldies. :0) Something about those old designs is so charming, even though their quality is 'low'.

Oh! My Francesca doesn't have problems like that. My Sanya is the worst offender in falling apart and Minna the easiest to get damaged...

Hehe, I'm still very careful with wearing that jewellery in more formal situations, but I had one formal occasion where I tried out showing it and the convo just went like:
"Oooooh, your necklace, what is it?"
"They're plane parts."
"Wow, very unique. Neat."
Will never tell someone the actual thing they are hahah. But I think people will keep on buying the 'plane parts' explanation. :) I'm still too scared to show it at work though. xD

And wow! But yeah I can understand you there, it feels tiresome to always talk right to people about them being pantsless. ^^''
7 mies. temu
Maakie9 mies. temu#68285905Thanks for liking the review! :) No problem at being late, I'm also late on replying back. By the way, I hope this is just temporary as I've had some trouble with image hosting before. Are the pictures at this blog working for you right now?

Yes, the images no longer appear ^^;

Maakie9 mies. temu#68285905
I think that in general the whole 502nd flopped...the anime has not been getting as good ratings as with the original group..

..which is sad.. I guess it's just my preference back then, but I think Hikari was more believable and likeable overall. She didn't seem to be an OP character something and that ...the Brave Witches series as a whole, has far less fanservice crotch zoom in shots, etc..

I guess it's impossible since every characters in World Witches would inevitably
be just under the shadow of Yoshika. All of them making references about or praising her .. :(
The only way around that would be to rebuild the Witches Story from ground up..

Maakie9 mies. temu#68285905
Oh, since we haven't spoken in a while, you quit completely? Are you actually getting rid of your collectibles or you just don't buy (much) new stuff anymore? That last part is happening with me. Less time for anime and video games also equals less interest in acquiring merch for it.

Except the Girly Air Force stuff, ..I got rid of them all. I just have a handful of newer figures who's designs I really like. I might end with MaxFac Suzuya.. being my last confirmed preorder item.
Though I'm wishing someone would make Girls Frontline AUG & P90 figures.. but it seems that won't happen anytime soon.

..lastly I really wish for Girly Air Force figures & models.. but it's so sad, since I didn't do well both inside and outside Japan.. (with Kouya no Kotobuki Hikotai making it look more lame..)
and almost no one is in to it.. :(
I guess it's unlikely GAF will have figures made in this lifetime.. :( xD

Maakie9 mies. temu#68285905
The idea you have for the static propellors is quite nice! Those I would understand, but I just don't like the very basic non-spinning propellors that come with the figures in this line... ITEM #4714 has more interesting propellors already. ;)

I used have that Me109 Girl too.. Looks awesome for it's time(2004) and she did have nice propeller blades.
She's one of the first figures i sold off in favor of newer Strike Witches Figures back then^^. My display space is limited.

Maakie9 mies. temu#68285905
The best one when it comes to detail in the Strike Witches line is ITEM #78645 for sure, but most of her detail is in the gun rather than the Striker Units. Talking about Striker Units, I got a super cool collectible on it's way to me: ITEM #871418 . I'm not much of an jewellery person, but these I'm going to wear to as much occasions as I can! ;)

Yep, Francesca looks beautiful. I just disliked the fact that the handle of her Browning Machine Gun kept falling off.. xD
That's a nice jewelry too.. Kinda subtle but definitely looks Strike Witches. ^^

Maakie9 mies. temu#68285905
Ah yikes, you sold off all your SW already! Didn't you at least want to keep your favorite? :'(

Yep ALL of them ^^ I finally got turned off with the "pantsless character designs" after all..
I'm no longer following any of the World Witches anime now ^^;
9 mies. temu
pauldy10 mies. temu#65946432Nice & Detailed Review :) (yeah i know i'm late, i just browsed tsukiboard lately..)
It's kinda sad it seems there won't be more of the 502nd girl figures, considering to the sales of this Hikari..
I prolly wanted a Georgette or Aleksandra but then.. I kinda quit anime all together now xD
"Two alternative non-spinning propellors Why Alter still feels the need to add these even with the newest figure in this line, will remain a mystery to me."
Perhaps it's for those (like me i guess lels..) who like aircraft details. I wish the static propeller blades were made opaque instead and painted in the same colors as the real life warbirds' propellers their striker units were based from ;) (e.g. Black with yellow tips, etc..)
"There are so much more little valves, screwed plates and other small details in the sculpt of the Striker Units that earlier Strike Witches did not have."
I think the earlier witch figures did have these to a lesser extent or perhaps my memory is already blurry now..
Striker units had lots of those Access Panel things. ALTER did great jobs for their striker units and guns.
That coupled with superb sculpt and paint job.
I already sold off all of my SW figures so i can no longer check. xD


Thanks for liking the review! :) No problem at being late, I'm also late on replying back. By the way, I hope this is just temporary as I've had some trouble with image hosting before. Are the pictures at this blog working for you right now?

I think that in general the whole 502nd flopped...the anime has not been getting as good ratings as with the original group, merchandise in general is lacking and this figure also had a lot of things against her (such as the price) on top of that... Poor Hikari. It's a lovely figure.

Oh, since we haven't spoken in a while, you quit completely? Are you actually getting rid of your collectibles or you just don't buy (much) new stuff anymore? That last part is happening with me. Less time for anime and video games also equals less interest in acquiring merch for it.

The idea you have for the static propellors is quite nice! Those I would understand, but I just don't like the very basic non-spinning propellors that come with the figures in this line... ITEM #4714 has more interesting propellors already. ;)

The best one when it comes to detail in the Strike Witches line is ITEM #78645 for sure, but most of her detail is in the gun rather than the Striker Units. Talking about Striker Units, I got a super cool collectible on it's way to me: ITEM #871418 . I'm not much of an jewellery person, but these I'm going to wear to as much occasions as I can! ;)

Ah yikes, you sold off all your SW already! Didn't you at least want to keep your favorite? :'(
9 mies. temu
Nice & Detailed Review :) (yeah i know i'm late, i just browsed tsukiboard lately..)

It's kinda sad it seems there won't be more of the 502nd girl figures, considering to the sales of this Hikari..

I prolly wanted a Georgette or Aleksandra but then.. I kinda quit anime all together now xD

"Two alternative non-spinning propellors Why Alter still feels the need to add these even with the newest figure in this line, will remain a mystery to me."

Perhaps it's for those (like me i guess lels..) who like aircraft details. I wish the static propeller blades were made opaque instead and painted in the same colors as the real life warbirds' propellers their striker units were based from ;) (e.g. Black with yellow tips, etc..)

"There are so much more little valves, screwed plates and other small details in the sculpt of the Striker Units that earlier Strike Witches did not have."

I think the earlier witch figures did have these to a lesser extent or perhaps my memory is already blurry now..
Striker units had lots of those Access Panel things. ALTER did great jobs for their striker units and guns.
That coupled with superb sculpt and paint job.

I already sold off all of my SW figures so i can no longer check. xD
10 mies. temu
Maakie1 r. temu#58304581 I hope you still enjoy the ultra deluxe Barkhorn figure. :)
Sure! She's one of my most favorites figures :D
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ZoidsFanatic21 r. temu#58324404I’ve been a bit fan of the World Witches series since about 2011 which was also when I found Brave Witches and liked them due in part to being more “fallible”. Unlike the 501st, who is seemingly perfect (and why I hated the Isle of Wright series), the 502nd are more grounded I found. Plus the anime did a good job of showing the Neuroi not just being massive idiots. We see witches get shot down and hurt. We see Neuroi attacks have consequences. I like all of that (not so much the lack of yuri). But yeah, it’s not common to find people who are aware of the wider works the World Witches series. Which is a shame, it’s a very interesting series.
For popularity, while I don’t have any hard statistics I tend to run by ear with this blog. Granted it’s biased, and in Japanese, but seeing as there are still events going on with the cast of both Strike Witches and Brave Witches I can be fairly certain there is still popularity (there is likely some websites that list the Blu-Ray sales as well). Granted this is all speculative. You’re talking to the guy who uses fanart as a bar-o-meter of who’s likely going to get figures.
In truth after Summer WF 2017 I decided to throw in the towel for the Brave Witches merchandise I wanted (action figures). With all the new World Witches stuff coming out I don’t think it’s impossible for that stuff to be made but I’m not holding my breath either... and trying to just make them myself. From what I understand, the Japanese take their contracts very seriously so what may have happened was GSC wanted to do Brave Witches figures but did not like the terms and conditions given to them and walked out. Or it could have been vice-versa and Kadakowa walked out.


I can't put an exact year on it, but getting my Elizabeth figure ITEM #2136 in 2008 was the main point of getting into the World Witches universe, so probably a few years before that I got into the World Witches. :)

I guess the World Witches universe is a bit hard to get into, for me it was falling in love with the Mecha Musume trading figures and buying artbooks from Humikane Shimada (which are (almost) all untranslated as well) as a first introduction. It's pretty hard for me to recommend people any stuff in English as the translations of all those things are not really complete.

Anime-specific events in Japan are interesting, especially because some events seem to be so small and/or exclusive. To give an specific example, this t-shirt which I bought recently ITEM #770959 was specifically released for a commemoration event of the release of this item ITEM #442971 . Really makes you think that for something like that a whole event was set up! Even if it would have been small scale.

Thanks for linking that site by the way! It was interesting to read some more information about Idol Witches. :) And merchandise-wise I guess they are now aiming to see what they can do with Idol Witches. The released designs so far are cute, but I'm really hoping to see some of the mecha musume come back in them, will they transform into something cool looking when they sing? I hope so! :)
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Maakie1 r. temu#58321158Ah no problem again, no apologies needed. I was just hugely confused by the message at first, that was all. :) I think we spoke before a couple of times on your earlier account (I've also been a bit inactive for a while here and only got more active here in the last couple of months again), it's quite rare to find people that know more about the World Witches universe outside of the anime. :)
Personally I'm not really about wanting the Strike Witches back, my personal favorites are the ground witches (especially Elizabeth), but I see the chances slim of them ever getting an anime. Until your comment I had completely missed out on the Idol Witches announcement and I'm reading up on it now! So I guess that is the next Witches-related animated series we can look forward to. :)
Interesting! I found the information online about the success of Strike Witches to be quite lacking, I mainly found people reviewing it a bit lower than Strike Witches and people having a bit more dislike for it's cast compared to SW.
This is just from my observations and speculations: But with the higher market prices for almost all merchandise nowadays, and Japanese incomes not getting higher that fast, the fans also in Japan are buying less merchandise. If you look at this specific figure, she is more than 150% of the price of the previously released Witch by Alter. I think in general anime merchandise sales and anime merchandise production is down in Japan and the higher prices keep the companies afloat. Less risks will be taken.
And well, in case my above theory is incorrect, we can also keep in mind that most Alter releases had quite some time inbetween them, so we shouldn't give up hope fully yet. :) Although I have to admit I gave up hope partially on more BW merch...


I’ve been a bit fan of the World Witches series since about 2011 which was also when I found Brave Witches and liked them due in part to being more “fallible”. Unlike the 501st, who is seemingly perfect (and why I hated the Isle of Wright series), the 502nd are more grounded I found. Plus the anime did a good job of showing the Neuroi not just being massive idiots. We see witches get shot down and hurt. We see Neuroi attacks have consequences. I like all of that (not so much the lack of yuri). But yeah, it’s not common to find people who are aware of the wider works the World Witches series. Which is a shame, it’s a very interesting series.

For popularity, while I don’t have any hard statistics I tend to run by ear with this blog. Granted it’s biased, and in Japanese, but seeing as there are still events going on with the cast of both Strike Witches and Brave Witches I can be fairly certain there is still popularity (there is likely some websites that list the Blu-Ray sales as well). Granted this is all speculative. You’re talking to the guy who uses fanart as a bar-o-meter of who’s likely going to get figures.

In truth after Summer WF 2017 I decided to throw in the towel for the Brave Witches merchandise I wanted (action figures). With all the new World Witches stuff coming out I don’t think it’s impossible for that stuff to be made but I’m not holding my breath either... and trying to just make them myself. From what I understand, the Japanese take their contracts very seriously so what may have happened was GSC wanted to do Brave Witches figures but did not like the terms and conditions given to them and walked out. Or it could have been vice-versa and Kadakowa walked out.
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ZoidsFanatic21 r. temu#58319775Ah, got ya. That was one thing that bothered me with Brave Witches was seeing some going on about how they disliked the “new” characters and wanted the old ones back. Sorry, I misinterpreted what you were saying. My mistake. However you’re also not wrong in comparing and contrasting the 502nd and 501st given they do have plenty of similarity... and that with the Brave Witches anime the interesting bits was once they stuck Tamaki in a coma because before that it was a near carbon-copy of Strike Witches (I love Brave Witches but hoo boy can I tear into it and point out every flaw).
From my understanding, Brave Witches did fairly well all things considered. Why they never did a bigger push merchandise wise I have no idea. But here in the West the World Witches series is rather unknown outside of just Strike Witches. And even then, just Strike Witches; the first one. While I’m glad the series finally moved away from being the butt of anime jokes it still doesn’t have much in the way of... anything really in the states. Not that this matters in Japan, given they mainly focus on their own region. Seeing as Strike Witches is on a roll with new context including the Light Novel reboot, the mini-series, the third season next year, and then Idol Witches the year after it wouldn’t be too surprising if Brave Witches got a second season or at least some OVAs. But that wouldn’t be until 2022/2023 at the earliest. So I consider that a good thing... even if the figure department has been lacking these last few years.


Ah no problem again, no apologies needed. I was just hugely confused by the message at first, that was all. :) I think we spoke before a couple of times on your earlier account (I've also been a bit inactive for a while here and only got more active here in the last couple of months again), it's quite rare to find people that know more about the World Witches universe outside of the anime. :)

Personally I'm not really about wanting the Strike Witches back, my personal favorites are the ground witches (especially Elizabeth), but I see the chances slim of them ever getting an anime. Until your comment I had completely missed out on the Idol Witches announcement and I'm reading up on it now! So I guess that is the next Witches-related animated series we can look forward to. :)

Interesting! I found the information online about the success of Strike Witches to be quite lacking, I mainly found people reviewing it a bit lower than Strike Witches and people having a bit more dislike for it's cast compared to SW.

This is just from my observations and speculations: But with the higher market prices for almost all merchandise nowadays, and Japanese incomes not getting higher that fast, the fans also in Japan are buying less merchandise. If you look at this specific figure, she is more than 150% of the price of the previously released Witch by Alter. I think in general anime merchandise sales and anime merchandise production is down in Japan and the higher prices keep the companies afloat. Less risks will be taken.

And well, in case my above theory is incorrect, we can also keep in mind that most Alter releases had quite some time inbetween them, so we shouldn't give up hope fully yet. :) Although I have to admit I gave up hope partially on more BW merch...
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Maakie1 r. temu#58304649I don't remember ever claiming that these characters were new...? :') Many of my blogs cover other World Witches media, so I'm just a bit thrown off-guard here by this comment (apologies accepted :') ). Anyway the 'Strike Witches guy' is called Humikane Shimada (sometimes written as Fumikane).
Are the other BW characters so popular in Japan that you think that making other characters their merchandise would have worked? I feel with at least the fans over here nobody knows too much about the general World Witches Universe and only saw the anime. So it's maybe a Japan-thing only or is this franchise also so much bigger in the USA?
*edit* Oooh, now I see why it might have looked like I claimed the characters were new. Nah, I rather meant that the 501st and 502nd are a bit too similar in build-up, but that could be, like victorviper mentioned, also because of the huge amounts of character designs mr Humikane made for this franchise.


Ah, got ya. That was one thing that bothered me with Brave Witches was seeing some going on about how they disliked the “new” characters and wanted the old ones back. Sorry, I misinterpreted what you were saying. My mistake. However you’re also not wrong in comparing and contrasting the 502nd and 501st given they do have plenty of similarity... and that with the Brave Witches anime the interesting bits was once they stuck Tamaki in a coma because before that it was a near carbon-copy of Strike Witches (I love Brave Witches but hoo boy can I tear into it and point out every flaw).

From my understanding, Brave Witches did fairly well all things considered. Why they never did a bigger push merchandise wise I have no idea. But here in the West the World Witches series is rather unknown outside of just Strike Witches. And even then, just Strike Witches; the first one. While I’m glad the series finally moved away from being the butt of anime jokes it still doesn’t have much in the way of... anything really in the states. Not that this matters in Japan, given they mainly focus on their own region. Seeing as Strike Witches is on a roll with new context including the Light Novel reboot, the mini-series, the third season next year, and then Idol Witches the year after it wouldn’t be too surprising if Brave Witches got a second season or at least some OVAs. But that wouldn’t be until 2022/2023 at the earliest. So I consider that a good thing... even if the figure department has been lacking these last few years.
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ZoidsFanatic21 r. temu#58304638Sorry, it’s Brave Witches so you know me I have to show up screaming. The 502nd wasn’t new believe it or not. As in, they did not start from scratch. All the characters had existed for many years before having first shown up in a Twitter story by the, um, Strike Witches guy who’s name I still forget. In the original Twitter story we follow Sadako as she is first transferred over to the 502nd sometime in 1943. Sadako is much more different this time around, as if you ever saw episode 13 of Brave Witches when Rossman brings up her “sickness” of cute things, that was the original Sadako. Not perverted but very eager to hug anything she found cute. Typically Georgette.
Anyhow, with the actual anime Hibiki and her sister Tamaki (who I really don’t like) were new unlike the rest of the 502nd who were established characters by now. I personally liked Hibiki but would have much preferred Sadako as the main character. Granted that wouldn’t have worked because the writers wouldn’t have had a chance to drag in Yoshika. I also think this is what may have killed off all Brave Witches merchandise was a focus on the her and not all the established characters fans knew and love. I’ll avoid going over my tirade about my lack of Nikka and Alessandra action figures.
OK, so tirade aside. Again, sorry, it’s Brave Witches and I wouldn’t be Zoids Fanatic 2.0 if I didn’t scream about it every now and then. Again, really sorry.


I don't remember ever claiming that these characters were new...? :') Many of my blogs cover other World Witches media, so I'm just a bit thrown off-guard here by this comment (apologies accepted :') ). Anyway the 'Strike Witches guy' is called Humikane Shimada (sometimes written as Fumikane).

Are the other BW characters so popular in Japan that you think that making other characters their merchandise would have worked? I feel with at least the fans over here nobody knows too much about the general World Witches Universe and only saw the anime. So it's maybe a Japan-thing only or is this franchise also so much bigger in the USA?

*edit* Oooh, now I see why it might have looked like I claimed the characters were new. Nah, I rather meant that the 501st and 502nd are a bit too similar in build-up, but that could be, like victorviper mentioned, also because of the huge amounts of character designs mr Humikane made for this franchise.
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