This is Sakura of Sakura Taisen (Sakura Wars) by Max Factory and she is an itty bitty 1/10 scale figure. I watched Sakura Wars in my first couple years of watching anime and didn’t really like it, I pretty much picked out this series because I thought the character design of Sakura was absolutely beautiful and I wanted to know more about her. I was let down by the anime but I still admire her character design quite a bit. I wonder if I played the video game if I’d like everything a bit more?
I’ve been waiting to get this figure for a long time (for the price I wanted) and I finally got to pounce on her. She isn’t entirely perfect, there are a few a few ugly mold lines, but they don’t really hurt the overall beauty of Sakura too much. I absolutely lover her pose and the way her hair and outfit flares out. The beautiful long ponytail with the nice girlie bow…sigh…I’m thinking more and more every day that I have a ponytail fetish.
I’ve been collecting the Final Fantasy Mini Trading Figures since they were first announced, we’re on volume 3 and the above was what I pre-ordered (the two thumbnails below are volumes 1 and 2). I have to admit that I’m unhappy that all these sets are emphasizing FF 12 over all the other games, but there is no denying that Balthier and Fran look darn cute. Plus they’re now officially out of FF12 party characters so I’m wondering what they’ll do next. Will they stop releasing these, or shift their focus of the sets to characters from another game? I’m determined to collect them all, these are the only trading figures I actively collect. The fact that they’re so detailed and so small makes them completely awesome in my eyes. Honestly if they were bigger I probably wouldn’t like them as much. I guess the theme for this haul could be that “bigger isn’t always better”.
So…this is what I got. Apparantly SquareEnix decided that people in the US would prefer to know exactly what figures they’re getting EVEN THOUGH the set will be incomplete. Ya screw that! The first 2 sets were all mystery boxes and they changed the 3rd set without warning! Next time I buy trading figures I’ll buy from a store in Japan to be safe. I could see how something like this is more appealing if some casual figure fan was glancing through the figures at a Newbury Comics and their eyes came across this package. But it sure doesn’t suit my needs. I bought Rikku off eBay for $13 (after shipping) which is about what the entire set cost but everywhere else was sold out.