Good Smile Delivers the Anime and Gaming Goods in Figma Form at NYCC
When it comes to the import figure scene, few companies are as prominent as Good Smile. The company's Figma and Nendoroid lines are perennial favorites, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone that's owned at least one figure from either line. Though the new showings at New York Comic Con were limited, what Good Smile did have on hand hinted at a very strong 2016 for the Figma and Nendoroid lines.
Gaming figures had the largest impact on Good Smile's booth, with new Nendoroids for Venom Snake and Marth being key stand outs. The Metal Gear Solid V star looks adorably deadly, but it's that Fulton device accessory that really sells it. Being able to attach it to any existing Nendoroid is a plus, and since Figma toys also have similar pegs in their backs, I wonder if it will work for them as well. Marth transitions to the chibi style rather well, which isn't surprising, the level of detail in his outfit is still impressive for the trimmed-down aesthetic.
Motoko Kusanagi's latest iteration from Ghost in the Shell: Arise's Ghost in the Shell: The Movie looks great. I happen to like the black battle suit a little better from a figure design standpoint than the previous Stand Alone Complex Figma's jacket and leotard look. If only Arise had been a bit better I might feel more invested in this figure. The new Link from the latest Nintendo 3DS adventure Link Between Worlds continues Good Smile's trend of releasing every Link incarnation known to the world. His slightly shaggier hair helps him stand out from previous releases, though he still can't hold a candle to the Skyward Sword Figma released a few years back.
Speaking of Skyward Sword, the upcoming Link statue from the Wii game looks like sure-fire stunner. The pose and the detail are on point, and it's going to be hard not to add this piece to my collection of Skyward Sword goods. It is the best Legend of Zelda game after all. As for the rest of Good Smile's statues, the James Jean Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which are already available, have me feeling green with envy towards anyone who can actually afford the full set. While Kill La Kill might be one of the more ridiculous animes to release stateside in the past year, you can't deny how stylish it is. The Senketsu version of Satsuki may have only been on screen for like two minutes, but it sure makes a great statue.