Seein as how I’ve been watching Shana (first season, which I’m going to be finishing up tonight then moving on to Shana II), I think maybe the timing of the preorder announcement for this figure is trying to tell me something!
I dunno what illustration, if any, this 1/6 scale figure is based off of, but she sure is pretty cute here. Sittin there with such an expression with her hand on her hip as if tryin to say “….Well? Your order…what is it?” She even comes with a pair of headphones if she doesn’t feel like listening to you lol.
I’ve always kept my eye on this figure ever since she made her appearance first in a Hobby Japan (or was it Dengeki Hobby?) preview, then at the WonderFest, so I may end up picking this one up. In addition to the apparent tsun-ness hiding her cute dere side underneath, I also like her crossed legs with the garter on one. ^^ The more I get into figure collecting the more I realize the particular qualities I like to see in them. Garters and garter belts has always been a favorite a mine, and I think crossed legs might be creeping up on me lol. They call this black color version the “Noir” version, and is the standard release.
There’s also this limited edition sweet “Alice Blue” version of her that’s a tiny bit more dere, but sadly it’s an Amiami online shop exclusive only, meaning unless you live in Japan, have a Japanese contact, or get a third party service to order for you, most of us probably wouldn’t be able to see one in person. 😦 Shame because I think her red eyes/red hair on pastel blue color scheme work really well together, though I’m not sure how I feel about the striped stockings. I know it’s probably really, really weird to say this, but every time I see striped stockings like that, I get the urge to throw up a little. I don’t know what it is….just some kind of reaction to something I guess my mind vehemently rejects unconsciously lol. I mean it doesn’t look that bad on Shana, so I don’t know exactly what the deal is haha. She’s got a slight blush on her face that I like a lot though (and can’t see on the Noir version), and everytime I see that face it actually makes me melt… Damn you japan exclusives! 😦 edit: I think the blush is the same on all three versions, just that I think the red in her hair in the exclusive versions tends to bring out the blush a bit more than her black hair lol.
The figure is sculpted by Hiroshi (so far I’ve liked all of this guy’s work), and is released by Cospa, under their figure arm Resinya. She’ll be makin a July release. Being a 1/6 scale and with the recent trend of rising figure prices, she comes in at a hefty $70 to $85 before shipping.
Saw this over at Heisei Democracy. There’ll also be a “Strawberry” color variant, limited for release at japanese online shop GEE! only. GEE! also has an alternate, lighter color Horo (think I prefer this more to the more to the regular edition deep solid color version) and a black nighty version Louise… 😦
Akiba Hobby‘s got a bit more in depth photo look of the three different color variants in a sample review (Noir | Alice Blue | Strawberry). The more I look at these three versions, the better I think it would be to own all three of them and line them up, cuz frankly I think they look great together.