An official site opened today for Figma, a collaborative project between maker Max Factory and sculptor / technician Asai “APSY” Masaki. Asai is famous for his work on fixed-pose and action figures alike, especially for his dynamic natural poses and inconspiuous points of articulation, and this looks like Max’s answer to projects such as Kaiyodo’s Revoltech, Konami’s Busou Shinki and Atelier Sai’s Duel Maid series. It will stand or fall based on the strength of its lineup, which is currently listed at three items; the first two are characters from the early 80’s manga and anime Puraresu Sanshirou, the progatonist’s fighting robot Juoumaru and the presumed love interest’s robot Sakura-hime. While the premise of this show sounds wicked cool (like a BURNING SPIRIT version of Angelic Layer), what is probably going to put the project in the black is the third model, that of a certain YUKI.N. She was scooped in the August issue of Dengeki Hobby Magazine, on sale today, and I’ve taken the liberty of reproducing that scoop below:


Max Factory and Asai Masaki present Yuki Nagato Figma action figure from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu Max Factory and Asai Masaki present Yuki Nagato Figma action figure from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu

Also listed as selling points are the figures’ relatively small (13 cm) size and the interchangeability of parts between the figures. Given the size I’d be surprised if they retail anywhere other than the 2,000 – 3,000 yen price bracket, though no price has been announced.

No word on release dates or preorder availability yet either, but this is one we’ll be keeping an eye on for sure. The Dengeki article notes that the other SOS-dan members are in production as well, though in keeping with the fantasy robot fighting lineup I’d love to see some kits based on the robots in Angelic Layer. Asai has done work on other Clamp properties, so hay, a fellow can dream…