Borrowing a phrase from JFK this time to kick things off. I thought it would be good to get rid of some of the standard figure backlog before moving on to something more meaty.

This is not a sneaky way to hide the fact that I havent’t been working on Ignis recently. *whistles* She’s actually at photograph-able level now but I still think more work needs to be done. At the risk of sounding like 3D realms when asked about Duke Nukem Forever or Sony when asked about Home, She’ll be ready when she’s ready (but possibly next week. Although this isn’t a line from Sony or 3D Realms).

But for now, I thought I would show off a couple of relative oldies now. The first batch of Fraulein revoltechs Rei and Asuka! If you need help finding out where they’re from, I suggest you stop reading this blog, it’s not for you.

For the brief history lesson, Fraulein is an attempt from the Kaiyodo (the makers of revoltech) to create a posable figure which doesn’t have joints showing up everywhere and destroying the appearance of the figure. I guess their main rival would be Figma, but figma went a slightly different route.

I’ll be doing a full comparison between Figmas and Frauleins at a later date, but for today, the stage is for these 2 only.

Rei was the first Fraulein to be announced and released, and it shows. The craftsmanship and notable design points (no visible joints) are all there, but compared to later releases, she comes with very few accessories. In fact she only came with a second set of hands and a lance of Longinus.

Compare that to Asuka which came with 4 sets of hands, the doll pictured above and an assault rifle (I have no idea why) Rei really got the short end of the stick. Perhaps that’s why there is a second release of rei in bandages which comes with more accessories…

Rei, Mimicking a pose from a Shunya Yamashita figure, I think it was Rudy.

The first thing which hits you is how well Kaiyodo managed to hide the joints on the body. You don’t see a thing on the shoulders and the wrist joints are hidden by the strap. The only joints which can be seen are the ones on the ankles, but they are worked into the design and do not stand out at all!

Asuka, about to gun you down!!

Of course, nothing comes free so some concessions had to be made in order to hide the joints. And what was hit was Posability. Frauleins are fine for basic poses like the ones seen in the pics above, but there are lots of little things which prop up when you try to do things, like the body now bending forward quite enough or the legs needing just a little more lift. The poses in the very first 2 pics required a fair bit of twisting and “unorthodox” positioning to get the poses as they are. It’s not something which you can get straight away.

One thing I forgot to mention is that each Fraulein comes with a base with their names and the series they are from written on the bottom. It’s a neat little feature, although I only used Asuka’s base for this photoshoot.

The problem poses tend to be ones where you want the figures to sit down or kneel. That’s when the limitations of the system become most apparent but then, no posable figure has quite gotten that issue nailed down quite just yet.

The design for the characters also have been “revoltech-ified” as well. The faces do resemble their anime counterparts but the faces especially, are made more round for reasons unknown. I kinda like them myself but some may prefer a more accurate appearance for their figures.

Yeah, she’s pointing at YOU!!!

I’ll leave final thoughts until the Figma vs Fraulein Post but it does seem that Figma is getting licenses for more characters which people want. After the Idolm@ster frauleins, I don’t think Kaiyodo have any further long term plans, although they did recently announce a Fraulein Yoko from Gurren Lagann.

But looking at the communities, it’s almost like Frauleins are forgotten. Everyone seems to want to get their hands on the next Haruhi or Lucky Star Figma. Idolm@ster isn’t as great a pull for western collectors since they never got a chance to play the game. Our only real experience with the characters was in the anime Idolm@ster Xenoglossia which pretty much turned everything on it’s head.

But I, for one, was quite impressed with these 2 when I first purchased them and hope that Fraulein won’t simply just disappear. Having said that, They have a lot of work to do to catch up with Figma in terms of content now.