Not sure if you're all aware that I "collect" comic and gaming superheroine figures. Most recently, I found a deal on a wonderful statue of DoAX2's Kokoro on Amazon. Of course, the thing was over a year old by then, but still, $60 instead of $90 is pretty nice. Here's a picture of my figure shelf...
"Collect" is in quotes because...my gosh...these things are expensive. I buy maybe one a year, or if it's a good year, one every six months. Seriously, they're ridiculous. See Brandy down there, in yellow? She's from my favorite comic, Liberty Meadows, and she cost me $180. I got a talking-to from the wife because of that. I was in Seattle at the time. She was not fun to drag back home on a plane, either. Totally worth it! Otherwise, from left to right, top to bottom, we have the top shelf: Black Widow (Marvel), Tifa Lockheart (FFVII), Jessica (DQ8), Kasumi (DoA2), and Rogue (Marvel); middle shelf: Batgirl, Power Girl, and Wonder Woman (all DC); bottom shelf: Kokoro (DoAX2), and Brandy Carter (Liberty Meadows).
Anyway, only two figures (that I'm aware of) have caught my eye in the upcoming year. The first to release, supposedly this month is Kasumi from DoAX2, from the same company that did Kokoro:
I don't know if I'm totally sold on her. The face just seems off to me, like her features are too small. I'm gonna have to see the figure in person before I make a decision. Also, and this is important, she's reportedly $100, which is a tough pill to swallow, so I'll probably end up waiting until the price drops on Amazon like I did with Kokoro. The second figure is a bit more reasonable, though: $50 for Psylocke, from the same people who brought me Rogue and Black Widow:
I don't think she releases until June. For both figures, I'd probably have to special-order through one of the local comic shops. I've consistently had better luck getting the figures sooner from A-1 Comics & Collectibles than Bosco's, which is disappointing, because A-1 is like a half hour away, whereas Bosco's is ten minutes away. The Marvel girls people are also coming out with a version of Phoenix that I like a lot except for the crazy hair. This is another figure I'll have to see before I buy...if somebody in town accidentally orders it and I stumble into the store at the right time. That's not gonna happen, so I'll probably rely primarily on figure reviews on blogs when she comes out.
Now, onto my figure wishlist*: Jill Valentine, Mai Shiranui, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Big Sister (Bioshock), and Samus Aran...in her Zero Suit, not her Varia Suit. One of these things is not like the other...one of these things just doesn't belong...
*In many cases, there are already figures of some of these characters. Mai Shiranui, for example, has countless figures. However, exactly NONE of them appeal to me. Ame-Comi just released a version of Poison Ivy, but she looks like a friggin' wood nymph.