I started collecting anime/game figurines in 2006. I think of the pieces in my collection as works of art, and I'm very discriminating as to the quality of the pieces I include. So as not to tempt myself and build up a collection larger than I'd like, I only buy figures that I see while browsing in physical shops, though I still admire images of releases that I see online.
I got this one along with the Rei in swimwear, and it too is quite good for its size. This piece seems to be a good companion to the other, with the kimono giving a different impression than the white bikini, and her oddly smiling here. Odd if you're familiar with Rei's character, but that makes it all the more pleasant to see. The kimono and fan suit Rei very well, much like the swimwear does, and it's not hard to imagine her wearing these costumes in the anime. Believability always improves a figure's value.
I love this figure. Yes, like most swimsuit figures, it provides a spicy flair to the room, but it's also a great representation of a great character. Sakaki's breasts are quite large (and a well-known cause of embarrassment to her), and honestly not what I look for in a figure, but it just wouldn't be Sakaki without the mature, sexy exterior that masks a shy and gentle personality. The swimsuit and pose appear to be based directly on a scene from the anime, and they really capture Sakaki's voluptuousness in a way wholly in line with my particular tastes. Yellow and black make a really striking combination. My favorite aspect of Sakaki is the fine detailing on her piercing blue eyes; they reveal just a hint of her kind, cute-loving self.
This is a small 'NGE Portraits' figure from Bandai. I either didn't like or was unable to obtain other figures of Rei in swimwear, but this one really drew my admiration. It's small, but quite well-detailed for a prize figure. The white bikini is simple, fresh, and attractive for a stoic character like Rei, without being inaccurately sexy (she's 14, guys!). Also of note is the ever-so-slight contrapposto of her stance, which looks quite graceful along with her raised arms. I don't ever collect figures for pure titillation value, and this piece is about as tasteful as it gets to a depiction of one of my all-time favorite anime characters. It's just so... pretty. Non-collectors question it, but I feel no shame at all in owning such a work of art, even if it features Rei Ayanami in very little clothing.
I wasn't so keen on the original design of this piece; black was too drab, maybe. This red version of the Goth Loli Rei was found by me entirely by chance, as I had never known that the figure had an alternate color scheme. It's very charming, even with the obvious pantyshot at certain angles, and the crimson goes with Rei's eyes very well. It's not hard to imagine the quiet Miss Ayanami enjoying a high-society tea decked out in this Victorian wear.
Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
Flay Allster was a character I disliked intensely when I first watched Gundam SEED, but more recently, I've come to appreciate her flawed character for its tragedy, and for the impact she has on the plot. Flay has quite a striking character design, as well. This figure shows her after having shed half her uniform to better enjoy the sunshine during a lull in the fighting, as well as to tempt a certain Gundam pilot getting too close to another girl... Interestingly enough, this Flay figure was part of the Gundam Archives release from MegaHouse, which came out at the same time as my Cagalli figure several years ago. It's lucky that I came across this one by chance much more recently, when I have a new appreciation for the character.
Anime: Hayate the Combat Butler
This piece holds special value to me, because it's the only one I bought when I was in Japan some years ago, during a trip to Akihabara. I enjoyed that vacation immensely, and there were so many things I did and saw that weren't anime-related that I'll always treasure. I wasn't even a fan of Hayate the Combat Butler when I bought Hinagiku, but she was just so well-crafted that I knew I had to have her. The color, the pose, everything about this figure is so bold and lovely.