Comiket 83 is underway and and Max Factory didn't come empty handed. As promised they brought along Sword Art Online's Asuna to give the public it's best look at the new figma. The sculpt still looks great to me, but the hand painting on the prototype is pretty sloppy. Looks like someone had trouble with the red paint bleeding into the white. Don't let that dissuade you, though, the production release should be much cleaner. The accompanying Kirito figma is also looking better outside of the studio lighting. His skin looks lighter (though still not quite there) and his clothes almost have a softer quality to them. I already liked the figure, but maybe this new look will change some minds?
Finally being seen in color for the first time is Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse Cryska Barchenowa who we only just saw in early prototype form last weekend. I have to say that despite being mostly dark colors it still manages to be very colorful. As mentioned before this is also a rather large figure, standing at over six inches it towers over many male figma. That might also include Cobra from Space Adventure Cobra which we've seen make the event rounds a few times, but are getting a good look at in full color now. He was recently seen in color at some event around two weeks ago alongside Lady Armaroid, but with few details and only a blurry video capture to go by. He's mostly red so it's kinda hard to mess up his colors, but I think the overall figure is exactly what it should be. He does have the added benefit of the rare toe joints which should really be standard by now I think.
Now normally I would have started this post by talking about the newest figure and only figma to be revealed for the first time at Comiket 83: Hidamari Sketch X Honeycomb's Miyako. However, if the previously announced Yuno is anything to go by then I have a hard time feeling anything but cold towards it. Sure it might be decent on its own, but in all likelihood this is going to be another case of 'what you see is what you get'. Yuno was a sub-par effort and I have no reason to believe this will be any different. Now if they wanted to give Miyako a boat load of accessories to make up for Yuno's lack of any I might be convinced to change my opinion, but I won't hold my breath.
Final piece on display from Max Factory is the 1/7-scale Lineage II Elf which recently went up for pre-order. The official pictures gave us a look at a really stunning figure, but I'm having second thoughts seeing it on display. The hair is just too glossy, it's almost wet looking which isn't very appealing. I also think the armor would have looked better with a pearlescent coating rather than just glossy white. Eh, maybe that's just me, but the hair really bothers me!
That's it from the Max Factory display. Not huge and only one newly announced figure, but Comiket isn't really designed to showcase stuff from large companies anyway. Besides, gotta save something for Wonder Festival 2013 [Winter]!
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