Same face, different name. That pretty much sums up Tony Taka, leading illustrator of two-dimensional women. Today we’ll review a character from his Tony’s Heroine Collection in “Fairy Garden” Annabel which is a figure following Daisy who was crafted from the same concept; two original characters both sharing a transparent gown and two large butterfly wings on their backs. While I regret not getting Daisy I find that Annabel has a more interesting facial expression for the kind of photography that I prefer.
Outfit aside they also have a common manufacturer in Kotobukiya, a company I have limited experience with and that single experience was far from optimal. With this figure however any lingering doubt is quickly cast aside; Annabel is a beautifully crafted 1/6 figure, a scale that is often considered a gem among figure sizes. At a height of roughly 27 cm (10.53 in) coupled with the two majestic wings blending fuchsia and periwinkle the figure makes for a stunning display.
I’d have to be very picky to find any kind of flaw and the only one I can think of is that there’s no information on which parts can be detached when you’re removing the plastic wrappers nestled around the head, neck, wings and torso when unboxing the figure. For reference, you can remove the head and wings although I wouldn’t recommend doing the latter as they’re particularly fragile.
Recently there was a third character shown off during an event which most likely will please all the hebeflies out there. With Kotobukiya continuing to shine in the 1/6 segment one wouldn’t be too surprised to find future joint projects with Tony Taka considering the response they’ve been getting from these figures. Praise well earned if you ask me.
With 2014 behind us which was a huge disappointment figure wise for me, this year is already off to a great start with Annabel being one of those great pieces worth waiting for. Things are looking promising ahead as well with SkyTube carrying the torch, Native redeeming themselves and Alter revisiting a manga I’m quite fond of.