Bakemonogatari is popular. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past two years, chances are you've noticed the steady onslaught of figures from this light-novel-turned-anime series. Between the scaled figures, action figures, trading figures and everything else inbetween, I've long lost count, and with the upcoming summer Wonder Festival, you can bet top dollar that there'll be even more (I'm looking at you, Karen and Tsukihi!). Yet in spite of all that, these two non-scale figures from Ques Q are sure to turn some heads.
Based off of Ueda Hajime's illustrations in the anime ending sequences, Ques Q's Hitagi and Mayoi certainly are different, to put it mildly. With their elongated silhouettes and sharp, angular features, these two have set themselves apart from the other Bakemonogatari figures -- as well as any other bishoujo figures I can think of for that matter. And I gotta say: these two make me excited, and not like the way Native figures make me excited either. It's not often that we see such a radically different approach to bishoujo characters in mass-produced figures, and I sincerely hope these two succeed, if only to encourage figure makers to take chances with oddball bets.
These two are retailing for ¥4,400 yen, which translates to under ¥4,000 at virtually all online retailers. At first I was a little dubious of the price, but then I noticed that Senjougahara is 180mm tall. This puts it on on par with most 1/8th scale figures, the prices of which have been hitting the 5-digit zone lately. Sure, these two may not have much in terms of heft, but given their lower price point, this seems like a pretty reasonable trade-off to me. What do you think?
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