Figma Shimakaze, or as some put it, Figma Rensouhou-chan with bonus boatgirl figure. From the second coming of
Christ Touhou, Kantai Collection ~KanColle~. A game I haven’t even played because fuck region locks and lotteries just to get in. I’ll wait for the anime or maybe that Vita game or whatever.
I don’t feel particularly confident about these pictures or this post, but I suppose it’ll be better than the Girl Diablo post which I feel bad about.
Fancy picture made with mild sorcery. Stuck her in front of my Surface with a picture I took of Pearl Harbor when I was in Hawaii (well, it’s relevant…) and used one of Paintshop’s filters that’s supposed to emulate older photography.
Full body shot. Admittedly, I wasn’t entirely sold on Shimakaze’s design when the Figma first went up for pre-order, though like just about everyone else I though the Rensouhou-chans were the best, so I didn’t pre-order her initially. The design started to grow on me over time, or maybe it was like some kind of Stockholm Syndrome, and I finally decided to put a pre-order down right after GSC closed the web sales and everyone else was sold out. Luckily, figinstock was there to save me and I managed to grab an opening on Amiami.
I think Shimakaze’s design is pretty eccentric, I think that’s also why I came to like it. It sort of reminds me of some Queen’s Blade designs. Like all other KanColles, Shimakaze’s outfit is a mix of clothing and boat parts, similar to stuff like Strike Witches or Fumikane’s other work. I also like that Shimakaze isn’t wearing very “regular” clothing; rather than a normal naval outfit, it’s just some thing based on one. I’m pretty sure that skirt and thong aren’t regulation. I’m not sure if I’ll get other KanColles, though. I think Akagi and Kaga look boring compared to Shimakaze and I don’t really like the way the other various aircraft carrier girls look. I might be more tempted on the battleship girls, though, since a girl with all those cannons stuck to her is ridiculous and neat. Hopefully they’ll do Musashi or Kongou…
This is also my first “2.0” Figma, so I finally get the experience the changes they made to the Figma formula.
She’s rather flexible around her torso, although this is a bad example shot. I think this is one of the main benefits the 2.0 body was supposed to bring. Shimakaze gets extra flexibility out of having very little clothing volume in excess of what would be her normal bodyline.
This is important. Shimakaze’s ass is apparently a marvel of modern engineering and it seems Max Factory spared no effort recreating it in Figma form. She gets great range on the hips between the nearly non-existent skirt and 2.0 stylings.
The other major 2.0 change is to a new wrist type, in a similar style to the way Figuarts have done their hands. So now there’s a kind of ball joint setup instead of just hinged pegs. Increased flexibility at the cost of not looking quite as good, or “tumor wrists” as some have taken to calling them.
Of course, Shimakaze’s most prominent accessory is her compliment of Rensouhou-chans. Each comes with its own stand, though they are all more or less capable of standing up without them. Only the largest one has any significant articulation, though.
The flippers on the big Rensouhou-chan use hinged pegs, the guns can move up and down independently, and the head actually uses another shoulder joint for maximum range. The two smaller Rensouhou-chans, however, only have rotating heads and no other articulation.
And then there are hands. With a slightly redesigned hand thing! Amazingly, none of the hands seem to be recycled standard Figma hand sculpts, but I don’t know if that’s because Shimakaze has smaller hands or they just redesigned all the hands from scratch for 2.0. Besides the default fists (on Shimakaze), there are, from the top, splayed hands, “saluting” hands, pointing hands, and holding-things hands. Curiously, the fists seem to have a bit of a locking mechanism to them, while none of the other hands seem to.
Fists again. My left fist seems to have some sort of random imperfection. Also meant to show the default face, whatever that expression can be called. Should also point out Shimakaze’s goofy anchor hair ornament thing, though it looks a bit muddy.
Annoyingly, Max Factory put Shimakaze in their larger box, even though she doesn’t really warrant it. A lot of other KanColles will likely need the larger box, though, so I guess they wanted to be consistent, like with the Touhou Figma boxes.
Now for random pictures.
Shimakaze and her Rensouhous are pretty nice. Have to try and get some pictures of her with a World War 2 boat sometime…