Color variant options for figures…do you find having another option pleasing or teasing?
For the most part I find them teasing. Seems more often then not there are traits of both color variants that I find appealing and run in circles trying to figure out which I ultimately prefer. Usually in such a situation I’ll go for whatever color scheme the original illustration is based off of…but I’ll still feel a twinge of sadness over the existence of the other version. I rarely will buy both color variants but choosing one forces me to think quite hard and over analyze the prototype pictures. Kind of like “perhaps if I stare at the two of them long enough side by side the answer will present itself!” When it came to the Crimson or Noir versions of the Gothic Lolita Rei/Asuka sets the answer was quite obvious for me and required no thought. The Noir versions for me.
Why do I bring this up now? I’m actually facing the most difficult color variant option I’ve ever encountered and am rolling all over the floor unable to decide on one of the two with complete satisfaction. I don’t know whether to go for the Baby Blue or Royal Blue Maid Rei by Kotobukiya! I absolutely love the Baby Blue Color of the dress in the first one, but the Royal Blue really makes the second one pop. I like that the red on the dress of the Royal Blue one makes her eyes really stand out, but I think I like how the white laces on her dress blend in more on the Baby Blue one. Also don’t even get me started on the fact that a white variant exists! It’s exclusive though.
Am I overthinking this? You bet! But I can’t stop!
Clalaclan is the one figure I bought both variants of? Why? Well there are many reasons.
#1 – I love that one is black, and the other white. I’m a big fan of the sort of ying and yang visual these two present. I only wish they were mirrored, that would look really sweet to have them back to back and looking at you.
#2 – I had somehow ended up collecting all the Shining Kotobukiya ladies and had I skipped the Noir version I’d be one short of a potential complete set!
#3 – They were cheap (for a figure), each one was a US version and cost me $35.00.
Although if you’ll notice all the examples I gave above are Kotobukiya…gggrrr Kotobukiya why must you torture me so! Although they’re not the only color variant culprits out there they’re the ones that get me the most!