Jeremy Crocker here, probably better known around the net as Emerje, I'm an associate editor here at Tomopop. I've been an avid figure collector my entire life. There's no time when I can remember ever not using my allowance or paycheck to buy new toys. As a child born in 1980 I lived through the time that's currently basking in a nostalgia pop culture resurgence. Transformers, G.I. Joe, Voltron, He-man and many others were as much a part of my childhood as they are my adulthood.
In the early '90s I was first introduced to anime and have been a fan ever since. With nearly 20 years of taking part in otaku culture Japanese figures make a very large part of my daily collecting. I couldn't imagine what my collection would look like today without figma, Revoltech, and various other lines on my shelf.
Aside from toys and anime I'm also a gamer with a preference towards JRPGs and fighting games. I still have every game and console I've ever owned since the NES days with only a few games lost to the years. Even now my favorite games are 2D over 3D, I just love the look of simple hand drawn sprites, especially from back in SNES and PS1 days. I'm just as content playing through Chrono Trigger again as I am any of the newest releases.
First previewed back at Wonder Festival Winter and then later shown off in unpainted prototype form, we're now being treated to our first look at figma Karen Araragi in full color! Looking great with body joints hidden by her soft plastic hoodie and shirt, while other joints blend in smoothly with the folds of her clothes. She also comes with a nice array of accessories including two alternate faces, stocking feet, 11 alternate hands, three effect parts, and alternate short hair from Nisemonogatari. Only thing missing is her toothbrush. Seriously, no matter what happens to her in the future she'll forever be known for the toothbrush torcher (?) scene in Nisemonogatari. Maybe if they make a casual Koyomi Araragi in the future he'll come with the toothbrush and an alternate face for Karen. I can only hope.
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