Friday, March 25, 2005

Sega Gals report 3 of 4

You can say this next pair are two sides of the same coin, it’s Honey from the Fighting Vipers series! The one on the left is the standard Honey that is part of the core set of six figures, and the less clothed one on the right is one of two chase/secret figures.

Standard Honey looks great and is based off her costume from the first Fighting Vipers game (her FV2 costume would probably be too complex for a figure at this scale). There’s nothing bad I can say about the costume as I’m a huge FV fan. This future punk take on the maid outfit is original and hasn’t really been copied much over the years. The problem with this figure lies with the pose; while it’s a great pose by itself, it just doesn’t look good combined with so many large armor pieces.

The secret Honey mimics what happens when her armor gets knocked off in the game. Without the armor, you can appreciate the sculpting care they took with her features. The pose works much better here as well.

Standard Honey – 8 out of 10
Secret Honey – 9 out of 10
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Monday, March 21, 2005

Sega Gals report 2 of 4

The next pair are Arsha & Peperogu from Monster World IV and Hibana from Nightshade. According to importer NCS, Hibana doesn’t automatically come with two heads (one with mask and one without mask and flowing hair), but the toy dealer I bought it from included both so who knows. I only posted the above shot of the masked head, but I have others I'll post later that highlight the latter.

Hibana’s outfit is one of the coolest original costumes of recent years. Sleek, stylized, and very sexy. I’m actually surprised that such a heavy fetish-looking outfit made it into a mainstream game. The figure captures almost all the important details, but it would require a more expensive paint job to accurately convey all the little touches. For a figure this size though, it’s a great achievement. Plus that pose is totally sweet.

Arsha & Peperogu look pretty cool too and are constructed very well. They did a good job of making Arsha’s costume bright and cute. The solid nature of the figure make the billowy pants appear less fluid and make like Arsha has some seriously thick legs.

Hibana – 9 out of 10
Arsha & Peperogu – 8 out of 10 Posted by Hello

Sega Gals report 1 of 4

Released this past February was the second collection of figures (produced by Yujin) based on popular gals from various Sega games. Initially, it wasn’t in the CostumeGet! manifesto to feature figures, but the value of these for outfit fans is undeniable. So for figures, costume grading is based on the design of the outfit and how well the plastic/resin model realizes it in 3D.

There are six main figures in the collection with two “chase figures”. Our first two featured characters are Elwing from Shining Tears and Tyris Flare of Golden Axe. The quality of the figures is really good and Elwing in particular has a lot of small details worth examining. I’m not familiar with the game yet so it looks like a straightforward forest elf outfit to me.

Tyris' costume could be considered bland since it’s just a bikini with matching boots and gauntlets. However, nostalgia is a big factor and unlike Shining Tears, I was a huge Golden Axe fan. To be fair, Shining Tears comes out tomorrow (3/22/2005) domestically so I may yet become enthralled. The only disaapointing thing I can say about the Tyris figure is that made her butt looks sort of flat.

Elwing – 7 out of 10
Tyris – 8.5 out of 10 Posted by Hello

Friday, March 04, 2005

Best and worst costumes of Tekken 5

Without a doubt, Tekken 5 is my favorite in the series by far. A brief history: 1 was ok, 2 was great, 3 was above average, Tag was a stopgap, and 4 was a big disappointment. I could go on for days about Tekken 5's finely tuned engine, sweet music, and awesome story scenes, but we’re here to talk costumes and that’s just what we’re going to do.

We’ll divide the characters into Best, Worst, and Near Miss categories. If a character is not listed, it means the outfit is neither great nor terrible, which I guess can be considered bad in a way.

Best dressed
No surprise here as the space forest ninja is always the most outlandish character in any cast. His P1 costume is crazy and intimidating at the same time and his purchasable Alternate outfit is equally bizarre and cool. His P2 get up is a bit too close to one of his earlier looks, but we’ll let that slide this time Yoshi.

For the first time in series history, Jack actually looks like the scary ass robot you don’t want to mess that he's supposed to be. He usually ended up looking like a human with disproportionate head and arms.

P1 outfit is pretty standard, but P2 is pimp dope. The black robe goes perfectly with many of the bonus accessories, the chief being Armor King’s mask. I like how it’s been shown that King is clearly wearing a mask, yet talks like a tiger and has a real tail.

This is the way to debut a character. I love when they aren’t afraid to offer totally different styles between P1 and P2 outfits. The latter looks like a totally different person.

Christie Moteiro
You could argue her two outfits are just strategically placed bits of cloth, but it fits with her character. Christie's before and after fight comments tell you she uses her sexuality to cloud the opponent’s focus so of course she has to wear next to nothing.

Jin Kazama
His outfits haven’t changed much except for a different look for his Alternate costume, but his P2 jogging suit with hood gear is still the shit. Two words. Bad. Ass. Plus no one pulls off the glowing gloves of death look like Jin.

Near Miss
Asuka Kazama
This is painful because she is my favorite character in the new game. So generic. P1 is just ugly, but it can be saved if you change up the colors in the customize mode. P2 is over used in other fighters and I hate its inclusion here. Alternate outfit 1 is your average schoolgirl look and that’s very average too. BUT Alternate outfit 2 is AWESOME. Yakuza style look complete with tats on her inside thighs. She looks like she should be presiding over an illegal dice game. Oh mama!

Nina Williams
Her P1 outfit is very cool, but P2 really drags things down. Perhaps having an Alternate costume could have elevated Nina’s status but she didn’t get one. Hello? She had like 5 or something in Death by Degrees; they should have brought one of those numbers over.

Anna Williams
Like Her sister, P1 is great, very elegant and sexy. P2 is just a pain to look at though. Is she like someone’s grandmother or something? It can sort of be saved with color swaps. Her Alternate outfit is also bizarre. I’m still torn whether I like it or not.

Julia Chang
Okay, both her outfits are a bit tired, but they FINALLY modeled her face correctly. She is now the cute native Indian girl you knew she could be. Poor Ganryu.

Ling Xiaoyu
Every outfit Xiaoyu has is new and they're all really fun, but something is missing. The assortment lacks that one stand out number that puts her over the fashion hump.

Worst dressed
Brian Fury
I guess being a super villain means you don't care if you look ultra generic. He’s a murderously insane cyborg for crissakes! Give him something that says “seriously fucked up in the head guy”.

Heihachi Mishima
C’mon Heihachi, you totally went back to your aging closet instead of busting out with something fresh. You came back from the dead dammit, rise from your fashion grave too.

Paul Phoenix
Another guy that went retro in a bad way. That thrown off top with the white shirt from Tekken 4 was a great step forward for you. What happened?