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Maakie's Collection #11 Moetan + Mecha Musume Vol. 2 trading setMaakie's Collection #11 Moetan + Mecha Musume Vol. 2 trading setReview

MaakieMaakie11 days ago
Hello MFC! And welcome to another blog in my collection series! These blogs cover figures from my collection that have been in storage for a long time due to my emigration. I also use this as an opportunity to practice with my new camera and also appreciate the items I have been owning for a longer time!

The figures we are going to look at today:

Moetan - Nijihara Ink - 1/8 - TV Color Ver. (Kotobukiya) ITEM #738
Mecha Musume Vol. 2 trading figure set ENTRY #25241 (near complete, missing the most rare variants):
x M4A3 Sherman ITEM #7242
x M4A3 Sherman - Rocket Launcher Equipped Ver. ~Calliope type~ ITEM #993246
x Fujibana ITEM #9235
x MiG-60 ITEM #9230
x Re2200 Italia-san White Swimsuit Ver. ITEM #993251
x Re2200 Italia-san Repaint Black Swimsuit Ver. ITEM #9380
x Re2200 Italia-san ITEM #9232
x A Type with bonus attachment parts ITEM #9231


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Moetan - Nijihara Ink - 1/8 - TV Color Ver. (Kotobukiya) ITEM #738

I purchased this figure new and sealed in late 2019 and mentioned her in this loot blog BLOG #45784 . A lot of my Moetan collection is about Pastel Ink, so this classic Nijihara Ink figure was really missing in my collection! I was excited to unbox her!

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I love the text bubble window!

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Just like the other Kotobukiya scaleds, this figure comes with a set of empty learning cards.

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Instead of it being empty I would have loved it if all cards were pre-printed with phrases from the Moetan books! But I won't complain about it, as it was an unexpected bonus the first time I got one of the Moetan Kotobukiya scaleds.

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I was surprised to find this bag all around Ink, Kotobukiya doesn't package their figures like this anymore (I was the first person to unseal this figure).

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What a cutie! This figure makes me feel so nostalgic to 2000's series. It was the era in which I watched the most anime.

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Such an adorable face!

The figure is not without flaws and the age shows. The hair is rough at some parts and some of the paint application is not what you would see nowadays. Overall, she is definitely what you would expect for the age and price and I mean that in a good way!

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The biggest paint flaw on my copy of this figure is the brown paint on her left sleeve bleeding on the white parts. I'm going to try to remove that later.

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The skirt and the buttons are so cute!

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I love the wrinkly socks and the shoes!

My specific copy has quite a chunk of plastic missing from the shoe on her left foot. It might be that more/all of them have this and it is due to how the figure was removed from the mold.

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Just like in the anime, Ink wears white panties with a small red ribbon.

I also think it's funny how this shot shows the 'anime magic' of outfits, it's impossible to have dress being so wide unless you would wear a huge petticoat or insert some sturdy boning. I can attest to that as I have cosplayed Ink in this outfit.


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Mecha Musume Vol. 2 trading figure (near complete, missing the most rare variants):

I got most of the figures from this set as part of this loot BLOG #25997 , where I bought a randomized box of volume 2. Later I also bought multiple of these figures loose, some without box, but all of them new and sealed. I didn't have the chance before to open them all, so this is my first time unsealing them!

M4A3 Sherman ITEM #7242

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Based on the American Sherman tank and looking absolutely amazing! I love how wefts of her hair come out of her helmet!

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The amount of details on her is astonishing! From the emblems on her arm, to her bags and all those belts, where do I even start looking?!

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Just...wow! And then all those clasps and belts at the front are so cool as well!

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Although the tank legs themselves also pack quite some detail, it's not as important as with other Mecha Musume characters because of how high in detail the upper half of this figure is!

M4A3 Sherman - Rocket Launcher Equipped Ver. ~Calliope type~ ITEM #993246

M4A3 Sherman has 2 variants, one is a recolor and the other comes in an additional rocket launcher version. I do have the recolor, but it's in another box, so for now I'll look only at the rocket launcher variant. The recolor has a slightly lighter color than the original version, but is not much different.

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She looks even cooler than her regular version! Actually, it makes her regular version look a bit basic in comparison!

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The bag on her back looks has a completely new look, looking like some kind of mechanical hub. It can probably move the angle of the launchers in the design.

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Such a nice figure!

Fujibana ITEM #9235

Although I am not 100% sure, I think this figure is based on the Fuji FA-200 Aero Subaru monoplane.

Just like Ms-462 ENTRY #4300 this character looks rather like a helper rather than a fighter. I would think Fujibana helps out in the hangar.

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Again, there is an impressive amount of details, her glasses look so cute as well!

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The plane looks very good!

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Love the pattern on her outfit!

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So cute!

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Although not meant to display like this, the plane can be fully assembled.

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Nice pleating in the skirt as well, this set is definitely a lot more impressive details-wise compared to the older Volume 1 I discussed in my previous blog BLOG #47296 .

MiG-60 ITEM #9230

Based on the Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 airplane, MiG-60 also got a scaled figure a year later ITEM #4716 .

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I was surprised to find mine leaning a bit to the left after assembling her. Looking at pictures of other people that own her, this seems to be common/expected with this figure. I am not sure if this is a defect with all mass produced pieces or that they changed design from the prototype.

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Her hair and all the wrinkles and pleats in the outfit look so good!

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I love the wiring on the back of her knees!

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Those knee socks with garters sticking out from above her plane legs are very nice!

Re2200 Italia-san White Swimsuit Ver. ITEM #993251

And now we have arrived to the character where it seems like every couple of years someone find another very rare variant of! Italia-san is based on the Reggiane Re.2000 Italian monoplane. This character design was also popular enough to receive a scaled figure ITEM #4715 a couple of months after the release of these trading figures.

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In this version we see Italia-san wearing a crop top with a white swimsuit underneath.

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The details on the plane are very good and I love her shoes!

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Re2200 Italia-san Repaint (Blue Swimsuit Ver.) ITEM #9380

Officially this one is just called the 'repaint'. It uses the sculpt of the White Swimsuit version, but has a Blue swimsuit and...wait. Only now I realized...mine has the wrong color top compared to the other user pictures and the prototype image! So does this mean I have another variant or do I have as a factory defect the wrong top included?

Anyway, a quick spin around the figure:

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Re2200 Italia-san ITEM #9232

And now we get to the 'normal' version of Italia-san! Here her top is of normal size and instead of a swimsuit, she is wearing regular underwear underneath.

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She really looks like a prototype Francesca ENTRY #2039 from Strike Witches!

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Including the shimapan!

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A very rare variant of this figure I would love to own at some point as well is the Chinese Dress version ITEM #9381 , which also comes in 2 color variants.

A Type with bonus attachment parts ITEM #9231

All of the figures in this set come with an additional piece that you can attach to the basic figure of A-type, to make her a huge mecha! I always loved this design and I'm happy to have the full set so I am able to do this. I also have a duplicate loose A type somewhere else that I will later assemble and also display with this decked out variant.

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Isn't she bad-ass?! I love how she is wearing double mecha legs!

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A downside of this figure is that she easily comes loose from the outer legs, the pegs need a lot of force to stay in place.

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Something similar happens to her left arm. This figure really seems like a design nightmare to make it work on such a small size!

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Lots of details and shading!

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Loving the 'impossible' feet!

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So much details!

And to finish it!

Except for a few loose variants and the Figumate set, here are all my Mecha Musume trading figures set up!

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The highest step on the right is waiting for my Elizabeth ITEM #2136 to come up in one of my storage boxes!

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And to think that this is only a small part of all Italia-san variants...!

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As I'm still unboxing other items that will be on these shelves, I am also thinking of on purpose not displaying variants next to each other. I'll have to see what the best look is once my set-ups are more complete!

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For those who read all this way, thank you! My next blog will be another entry for this blog type!

I hope you enjoyed this blog, you could also check my other ones when interested! As promised, for every new blog I would fix the image hosting of an older blog. As we were talking about Moetan here, I have fixed another Moetan related review:
Moetan - Pastel Ink - Nendoroid #037 (Good Smile Company) review: BLOG #43194
If you also have any you would like me to fix, let me know!

My other entries in the "Maakie's Collection" blogs so far:
Maakie's collection #10: Mecha Musume Vol. 1 + SW prize figures!: BLOG #47296
Maakie's collection #9 A random assortment of trading figures!: BLOG #47226
Maakie's Collection #8 Some Strike Witches figures and merchandise!: BLOG #47175
Maakie's Collection #7 YGO Duel King!! + Mecha Musume Beagle Moon Toys: BLOG #47117
Maakie's Collection #6 Lucky Star x KC prize series + Yami Yuugi: BLOG #47115
Maakie's Collection #5 YGO Vol. 2 ~Ancient Duel~ + Baccano! + SW : BLOG #47080
Maakie's Collection #4 MegaHouse Lelouch + Mecha Musume Vol. 3: BLOG #47079
Maakie's Collection #3 YGO Vol. 1 ~Duel Start!~ + Kan Colle + SW: BLOG #47027
Maakie's Collection #2 Yagami Light + Hideyoshi + Yoshika: BLOG #46489
Maakie's Collection #1 Panty and Stocking + Mai HiME: BLOG #46025


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momo-san3 days ago#89992248Hello Maakie
The 5shikisen figure was from Solaris Japan and unfortunately cost 12134 yen (14800 yen post inclusive). That is a lot to pay for her but as I haven't ever seen one for sale I just bought it. Same old story, who knows when you'll see one next?
Brings to mind there is a Busou Shinki figure named Asuka I've been looking at for a very long time. ITEM #11657 Problem is I can only find them on ebay for more than I paid for 5shikisen.
Who would be your favourite Strike Witch?
Mine is Heidemarie Schnaufer ITEM #167194
Regards
Momo-San


Hi! :)

And wow, that is quite a price for 5shikisen! But on the other hand, she barely comes up for sale and always seems to go for quite high, so it sounds like something you just 'had' to do to add her to your collection! ;) I remember also looking for her for years after completing the rest of the Toranoana set.

Ah, Busou Shinki also seem to be very high priced on the aftermarket. I hope you'll find Asuka for a good price one day, maybe you'll have some luck with a second hand one.

In general or the figures? :) In general it's Sanya ENTRY #2031 and from the figures it's Alter's Francesca ITEM #78645 ! ^^
1 day ago
Hello Maakie

The 5shikisen figure was from Solaris Japan and unfortunately cost 12134 yen (14800 yen post inclusive). That is a lot to pay for her but as I haven't ever seen one for sale I just bought it. Same old story, who knows when you'll see one next?

Brings to mind there is a Busou Shinki figure named Asuka I've been looking at for a very long time. ITEM #11657 Problem is I can only find them on ebay for more than I paid for 5shikisen.

Who would be your favourite Strike Witch?
Mine is Heidemarie Schnaufer ITEM #167194

Regards
Momo-San
3 days ago
momo-san7 days ago#89735295You are certainly creating a great shrine to the god of mecha musume!
Regarding Fujibana ITEM #9235 the disassembled aircraft she is pushing on a trolley is not a Fuji FA-200 Aero Subaru but a Mistubsihi J8M Syusui (Autumn Water) rocket powered fighter.
I have the panzer dark yellow coloured version of your ITEM #9231. I think one of better the figures in this series is the M4A3 Sherman ITEM #6953
Have been finally able to get my hands on a 1/9 5shikisen ITEM #9874
I'd like to see how you finally group and display all these figures.
(You wouldn't happen to have a "spare" Bf109G Rabbit? ITEM #9370)
Cheers, Momo-San


With the god, you mean Humikane himself? Haha, well a big part of my collection in general is a shrine to him. xD

I see! As not always the boxes or descriptions of the characters say it, I have to go by linking the characters' name to something on the internet (I like Mecha Musume, but am not at all an expert on tanks/planes/etc.)

My favorite of M4A3 is her rocket launcher version ITEM #993246 . :) As for completely favorite it has to be ITEM #9231 with all her additional parts.

Ooh! That's nice, 5shikisen is one of the hardest to find. If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay for her? I wonder what her market price is nowadays. I can't remember the amount I paid myself, but it was a lot more than all the other Toranoana Mecha Musume's.

I don't even own one Rabbit. ^^'' I sometimes see a loose one for sale, but find them so expensive for what you get...
5 days ago
You are certainly creating a great shrine to the god of mecha musume!

Regarding Fujibana ITEM #9235 the disassembled aircraft she is pushing on a trolley is not a Fuji FA-200 Aero Subaru but a Mistubsihi J8M Syusui (Autumn Water) rocket powered fighter.

I have the panzer dark yellow coloured version of your ITEM #9231. I think one of better the figures in this series is the M4A3 Sherman ITEM #6953

Have been finally able to get my hands on a 1/9 5shikisen ITEM #9874

I'd like to see how you finally group and display all these figures.
(You wouldn't happen to have a "spare" Bf109G Rabbit? ITEM #9370)

Cheers, Momo-San
7 days ago
victorviper11 days ago#89518091It would be interesting to see something like ITEM #9231 , with the elaborate mecha frame, as a detailed model kit, like Koto has done with the various Frame Arms Girl model kits.
Seeing the packaging on ITEM #738, I'm glad Koto quit using that annoying sticky wrap on their figures several years ago. I can't believe that the sticky whatever-it-is used on the plastic wrap could possibly be good for paint, particularly when the wrap stays in contact with the figure for months or even years.


Yeah that would be so cool! Or a proper scaled figure! :D I would buy both! Still I am very impressed with what they ended up making for only this small trading figure!

When I was unpacking her, I was very careful as I was a bit afraid of ripping along paint together with the removal of that wrap! But luckily there was no trouble. Very happy that the figure itself also doesn't suffer from the plasticizer stickiness that some older items have.
11 days ago
It would be interesting to see something like ITEM #9231 , with the elaborate mecha frame, as a detailed model kit, like Koto has done with the various Frame Arms Girl model kits.

Seeing the packaging on ITEM #738, I'm glad Koto quit using that annoying sticky wrap on their figures several years ago. I can't believe that the sticky whatever-it-is used on the plastic wrap could possibly be good for paint, particularly when the wrap stays in contact with the figure for months or even years.
11 days ago
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