Mecha Musume Figumate
SIXTEENTH POST~! Today I received my package of Konami’s new Figumate series, Mecha Musume, along with my friend’s very healthy Beat Angel Escalayer by Alter. Mecha Musume trading figures have been around for a while, being based on Shimada Humikane’s work, who I idolise greatly, which is in turn an amalgamation of moÃ© girls with various machines of war. Mecha Musume has now entered the Figumate realm! :3
These are just some photos of the items, I don’t really expect a full blown outdoor photo shoot with these lil cuties, but who knows.
The Figumate uh, figures are basically chibi trading figures similar to Pinky Streets, they have movable arms at the shoulder joint, feet at the ankle, and ball jointed head. As such, it’s possible to interchange some parts from the other figumate series.
The detail on the facial detail is SUPERB, it’s beyond “good”. The paint for the details of the face are sharp and accurate, no splotches or runs, it’s basically… perfect. It’s not just this particular series of Mecha Musume Figumates either, I have two Negima Figumates and they also exhibit this level of quality.
In the box you get ten (10) pieces, or rather, Figumates. As with most other trading figures, these smaller boxes are all random, and sets usually have rare/special figures as well. So, the Mecha Musume Figumates have 8 in the set, 3 of which are considered rare items. The specific figures corresponds to the first volume of the Mecha Musume Trading Figures, which include the “British Tank, Infantry, Mk III, Valentine”, “German SturmgeschÃ¼tz III Ausf.G”, “Soviet P-60” and others.
Oh… one of the figures didn’t come with that ball joint for the head…
If you’re a fan of World War II war machines, and an avid lover of cute lil not-so-innocent girls, then Mecha Musume might very well be up your alley. Some people are so engrossed in Mecha Musume that they even weather the figures as if they were actual scale model kits of war machines. Like me… so here’s a few pics of two of my works:
(sorry about the craptastic lighting)
First up is the British Tank, Infantry, Mk III, Valentine. Coming from the Mecha Musume Vol.1 trading figures, she’s one of the first. I picked her up in Japan, at one of those second hand stores where people put their items into glass cabinets for sale. They were sold out everywhere in Akihabara so that was the only way I could of gotten it. With this figure I decided to give the run down dusty look, since Valentines were also deployed in the African theatre.
And second is the German SturmgeschÃ¼tz III Ausf.A. She’s from Mecha Musume Vol.2, which I also bought from the same store I got the Valentine. The SturmgeschÃ¼tz III, or StuG III is the most mass produced armoured fighting vehicle of Nazi Germany in World War II. I decided to give it a generic urban weathering since the first deployment of Ausf.A (Type A) was at the Battle of France, and only 30 of this type were produced.
Anyway, there’s my lil article on the new Mecha Musume Figumates and also some of my work with the original Mecha Musume series.
Tell me if you want to see more of them, or even tutorials on how I did it ^^;
Details – Figures
Mecha Musume Figutemate Vol.1
Place of purchase
450 yen per piece
Bought it for
$42.50 AU Est. for a box of 10
Availability – HLJ (at time of writing)
Official Konami Mecha Musume Figumate Website JP
Official Konami Mecha Musume Vol.1 Website JP
Official Konami Asia Mecha Musume Vol.1 Website ENG
P.S. I use the actual wartime naming conventions of the Mecha Musume instead of the ones listed, however for fictional ones I just used the shorthand version.
P.S.S. 6th June 1944, go google it.