It's pretty much common knowledge by now that I have effectively three major pillars in my hobby (well, two big ones and one slightly less major one). First, I love mecha. Gundams are all well and good but I have a real soft spot for the more vintage, less popular stuff like Patlabor and various '80s super robot shows (one day, I plan to find and buy a studio halfeye perfect change Dangaioh!) and my love of the Five Star Stories is well known. Second, I love garage kits. That won't come as any surprise, given that much of what I post on these very pages revolve around garage kits. And finally, I love Sheryl Nome, the Galaxy fairy from Macross Frontier!
Regular readers will also note that when I talk about various Sheryl figures, I frequently mention adding new ones to "the army" which is a collection of the various Sheryl figures and whatnots I have collected. Well, for this Show and Tell, before we get another influx of recruits due to the new Macross F movie coming out soon, the army has decided to break cover and reveal itself!
This is by, no means a complete collection of all the Sheryl figures out there (I may have gone a little overboard with my Sheryl expenditure, but I'm not obsessed!), but it should provide a fair snapshot of much of what has been available to buyers. Hit the jump to take a closer look before the army comes for you!
First, let's start at the end by looking at the (mostly) empty boxes left over. Just to give an idea of what to expect. And pay no heed to the large art panel at the back. As I said before, this is far from a comprehensive collection of all figures Sheryl But I do have at least one of pretty much every major figure release so far, save for one.
Breaking it down ...
Let's start off with one of the earliest and (still) best figures of the Galactic Fairy, the Alpha x Omega Sheryl in her "Admiral Stripper" costume. I even went and got the "last Frontier" version! Normally, I'm not one to go for recolours. I find them to be a waste of time but since HLJ were doing a sale on the last frontier version a little while back, I though "why not?" It also allows me to pose one with and without clothing!!
Not much difference between the 2 other than the obvious different coloured costume (not pictured) and a small pearlescent sheen on the hair of the last frontier version.
Next up we have the *ahem* memorable Nose Art version and Emotion Style Sheryl figures. I have to say that the Emotion style Sheryl is easily my least favourite figure in this army. The stare is just freaky and there's a serious balance issue with the figure. She just won't stand up straight without additional support, which the manufacturer provides in the shape of a rod and catch to hold her up by her waist but it's really unsightly!
Oh, and if anyone has forgotten ...
The NA version is castoff-able!!
For round 3, we have the SQ figure Sheryl Nome which I reviewed recently and the Lucky Star X Macross Frontier cross over figure. Miyuki cosplaying as Sheryl, which was thought up purely because the 2 characters share the same voice actress, the ridiculously cute Endo Aya!
Now, I must admit that I loathe Lucky Star (and K-ON! and any other moeblob show where nothing actually happens. Unless it's by Azuma Kiyohiko) but I saw Miyuki at the MCM expo a while back for a reasonable price and my "Sheryl Acquisition" mode kicked in so she found her way into the army. Sadly, she's not castoff-able.
On to round 4 and here we have my (so far) only garage kit of Sheryl as well as the only prize figure Sheryl I bothered to take out of her box! Quality isn't too great but given the price, she's a decent addition. With regards to the GK, I will openly admit that she's not my best work. She's a kit from a maker who goes by the name of Hihumi. At the time, it was the only Sheryl figure which depicted her in her last concert costume, which is my favourite costume so I went and got her. The problem was that the parts were far from stellar and the kit took a considerable amount of work to get to even a passable level.
Truth be told, this kit isn't actually finished yet. There are several things I want to go back and redo eventually but when I got to this stage, I just wanted to get to the stage where she was "presentable" and then move on to something else. The amount of work I had to do to clean up the parts had taken their toll. Eventually, I'll go back and finish her off properly, but it won't be for some time! And I'm still on the lookout for other good Sheryl GK. Hopefully, those will prove to be less of a pain to build.
And for the interim. Here are the Sheryl figures which I have not bothered to unbox. It seems a little pointless to unbox the prize figures and you can clearly see the santa Sheryl so there's no real need to unbox her. I might do so when I get around to buying the white version though. They're sufficiently different enough to not be considered a simple recolour.
Next we're onto the big stuff!
Starting with the two LAFC Sheryl Nome figures from Megahouse. Now, before anyone even THINKS about mentioning the "D" word (You know which one!!), I'll just place these pics here ...
Even the manufacturers call them action figures! With that out of the way, we can proceed!
One could say that the army came into being when I acquired these 2 figures. The first one I ordered was the concert version, after seeing a post about her ordering requirements on Tokyo Hunter when I was browsing around. A Figure.fm community member by the name of Yunamon then posted up the details regarding both Sheryl and the Ranka figure on the site and I mentioned that I was thinking about getting the concert version of Sheryl. Yunamon then contacted me personally to ask for a favour. Turns out that Yunamon was a fan of Ranka Lee (well, nobody's perfect!) and there was a special offer whereby if you ordered both the Ranka and Sheryl figure, you got a special costume for Ranka: the "Ninjin loves you" carrot costume. So, after a little discussion, we both ordered from Tokyo Hunter and asked him to combine the order so Yunamon could get the costume.
For reasons unknown, the hat for Sheryl is several sizes too small! Sufficed to say, it doesn't usually stay on her head for too long.
And I know people are probably asking this question already...
Yes, she strips!!
Wanna see more? Tough!!
The casualwear figure came around by accident. While placing an order for the concert version, he mentioned that he had one of the casualwear Sheryl in his possession (I guess it was a canceled order or something) and asked if I wanted it for the retail price. I decided to go for it!
It's a little sad that very few Sheryl costumes outside of her concert dresses ever makes it into figure form. I would have rather liked to see her blue casual costume being made into a figure of some sort (the one with the Blue Beret, seen when she arrives in Frontier).
And yes, you can strip this one too!
Finally, we have the 2 biggest and recent arrivals for the army, the Ichiban Kuji Black and White bunny Sheryl figures!
OK, that last bit was a bit of a lie. The SQ Sheryl arrived after these two but they are pretty much the centrepieces of the collection right now. I have to admit that I was very impressed by these 2 figures, especially since the first Ichiban Kuji Sheryl figure was an abomination!! but Black Bunny quickly made her way into my list of favourite figures of last year! White is good too, but Black is where it's at!
The White Bunny Sheryl is one of the original releases from early last year. There have been several recolours since then, with some reaching as high as ¥100,000 for a set on the resale market!
On the other hand, the Black Bunny Sheryl was part of the Encore re-release which was basically the same as the original but with brighter and more vibrant colours. The Encore White Bunny was pure white as opposed the the light green/blue shade you see above.
That pretty much covers all the standard figures from the army but there are a few other little items which don't quite fit in so I'll cover those now.
First up, we have the chibi bunny Sheryls and a single gashapon I was able to randomly find. I don't have anything against these types of figures, but I just don't like spending ¥5,000 or so on a set of blind box figures if I only want 2 from the entire set. If I see them separately though, then I'll snap them right up. That's what happened here.
Then there's the VF-25 with Sheryl decals. It was part of a limited offer when the TV series was airing so I went for it. And I'll say this now, I HATE DECALS!!! Despite whatever measures I tried to prevent damage to the decals, they still got damaged! They should have at least packaged the decals with a non transforming kit to prevent damage from the moving parts!
They're doing a similar thing with the VF-29 kit, which is a new unit that appears in the new movie. I don't really want to have to go through the pain of making something like this again but something tells me that I'm going to anyway...
We also have the Sheryl Nome custom base which originally went with a special chrome VF-25 jet (non transforming) but I use it as a base for my figures instead. At the moment, Miyuki is on it. The base was a special item which was on sale at Chara Hobby, before the event folded.
And last, but not least, we have the Sheryl Visual collection book. According to AmiAmi, there will also be a second visual book to be released in April! I guess that makes another item to add!!
And to finish off this weeks show and tell, here's a pic of the whole collection on display. As I said before, this is a far from complete collection and I have chosen to stay away from simple recolours (for the most part) but the army is continually growing and will continue to do so until they stop producing new figures of the Galaxy Fairy ... so not for a long while then!!
Well, that's fine by me! My army is always recruiting!