Moon Toys is going to release the Fumikane Shimada Collection ( 島田フミカネコレクション ) vol.2 German Panzer II Mechanized Infantry ( ドイツ陸軍2号戦車機械化装甲歩兵 ) African War ver. ( アフリカ戦ver ) 1/10 PVC figure from the original character by “Shimada Humikane” ( 島田フミカネ ). Will be release in June 2011. Around 160mm tall, 4,800 yen.
For those who don’t know, Fumikane Shimada is the character designer of Strike Witches, Sky Girls, and Busou Shinki Vol. 1&8. He is really well known for the Girl + Machine design + nopan design. In fact, Shimada Humikane owns the copyright of the term “Mecha Musume” (メカ娘).
The right term for the “half girl half machine” is actually “Heiki Musume” ( 兵器娘 ). Shimada Humikane is just too popular for this kind of design, so people just call any “half girl half machine” design “Mecha Musume”. It’s just like we called every portable cassette player “Walkman” and CD player “Discman” back in 80s and 90s.
Unless you’re a really big fan of Shimada Humikan or you have too much money to spend, otherwise I wouldn’t recomment these figures for you. The quality of Moon Toys is pretty bad. Don’t be fooled by the prototype photo, their final product is really really bad. If you really went to get them, I think you should wait for them to come out and see the final products first before you make your purchase.