My merch enthusiasm does not end with Splatoon. In fact, on a pure figure-by-figure basis, after figurines, Nendoriods and Nendoroid Petits, the clear front-runner is someone else: Girls und Panzer, which I have been majorly into since its premiere six (!!!???) years ago. Here’s a look at what I’ve got.
I’ve actually only got one full figurine—my most recent acquisition, in fact—but it does a whole lot of work. It is for my favorite character in the whole series: Darjeeling, commander of St. Gloriana. My girlfriend got this figurine for me as a gift last Christmas. I was not expecting it. I was extremely elated upon seeing this.
She rules. Her demeanor, her calm and steady approach to the battlefield, her look, her confusing aphorisms, everything. She is so favorite, I took the plunge into trying Darjeeling tea for the first time literally just because it was her namesake. It did not disappoint.
I even got my girlfriend to try it sometime later on. It has been one of her favorite teas ever since. How weird it is to think that anime, in a tangible way, expanded both of our taste horizons.
I also have a GuP Figma, for Miho. This was an acquisition from the dealer’s room during TooManyGames last year. Sandra saw it and pointed it out to me, and I was like “SOLD.”
I’m pretty easy to convince sometimes, when it comes to stuff like that.
It’s the only Figma I own; it may be the only one I ever own. This one’s pretty cute, though. I wanted to use both the bag and her bear for her pose. I somehow managed to make that work!
After those, that finally gets us into the grand bulk of the Girls und Panzer figurines. First up, the Nendoroids for the five members of Ooarai’s Anglerfish Team! With all in their tankery uniforms except Miho, who is in her school uniform.
I got Miho during my first-ever visit to Kinokuniya, when I was visiting New York City with a group of friends from college, all also into anime and manga. Actually, I’m pretty sure that, if memory serves me right, she was my first-ever Nendoroid. I saw her there among the collection of figures in the store, and that was when I realized that figures were in fact being made for this series. I was happy, and made the bold choice to purchase right then and there.
Also, on a sidenote, whenever I’m making a city visit, Kinukuniya is almost always one of the big stops I make. As a fan of anime and secondarily manga, it’s a pretty great place to browse with all of the manga, art books, and figurines available for perusal.
I would also like to point out that the entire set of five girls was years in the making. Good Smile Company is extremely slow to release anything, so it took a while before they got up to five girls in panzers.
This took patience!! And a dedication to making sure online preordering for everyone after Miho was made in time.
Maybe you were looking at some of the pictures above and did a double-take, wondering if things really were how they looked, and yeah, I indeed done goofed. It took a while for me to pick up that Saori’s peace sign was flipped upside down. Oops...
This was my attempt to rectify that and give her the good shot she deserved. Multiple Nendoroid limbs fell off in the act of doing this theoretically simple act of re-positioning.
Mako warranted a proper “I’m READING here!!” shot.
Finally, the Nendorid Petites. They are these little figures—indeed tinier than even the chibified Nendoroids—which randomly come from blind boxes. They’re a total pain to set on their stands, but they’re so preciously cute, it’s worth it!
I was lucky that with six
loot blind boxes, I didn’t end up with any duplicates. And it’s a solid collection! Katyusha (back left) is a decent get, and Maho (front left) is a good one that made me glad. Not sure who the two in the back center and back right are, though, outside of coming from Der Film.
Miho in her tankery uniform (front center) made me even happier, especially as it complements the Nendoroid with the school outfit. The crown jewel, however, is predictably Darjeeling in her tankery uniform (front right); unpacking that one was a joy.
Now for some closer shots. The Nishizumi sisters need their spotlight, for one.
Maho’s got the monkey going on something fierce. When I used to have a bunch of my figurines on my desk at work, one of my coworkers set her up that way to my great amusement. I’ve never set her any other way since then.
When Darjeeling is depicted with a spot of tea, there is no way she’s getting away without a picture where she sips it poshly.
I also tried to frame Katyusha’s cocky self as an imposing figure.
Finally, close-ups of the last two.
To end this, there is one last thing that must be shown. In the downstairs cafeteria at work, they have this open space where outside vendors occasionally use to sell their wares—sometimes candy, sometimes electronics, sometimes clothing, sometimes jewelry, and so on and so forth—and one day someone was there selling an array of paintings.
There was this nice small one of pretty scenery, so I bought it to use as a desk decoration. Around that same time, I was also bringing in some of my figures to additionally sit on my desk, and that included whatever I had of my Girls und Panzer Nendoroid Petites at the time.
Eventually, I put one and four together.
Complete with Maho pre-monkey.
Hopefully I’ve managed to these figurines as a whole are imbued with a good deal of history and fandom. I treasure them as such, cheesy as that sounds. Plus, they’re maybe a bit too much fun to collect.
This may not be the end of it yet!