The second part of my December 2009 pre-orders from HobbyLink Japan arrived in the mail today in the form of two boxes, each one containing a different figurine that I've pre-ordered.
The first of the two figures is of Mio from K-On!
Considering how K-On! is one of my favorite anime titles of 2009, it's no surprise that I've been on the lookout for various pieces of K-On! merchandise (see here
about a couple of K-On! plushies that I got in the mail last week). When it came to figures, this was more of a "wait and see" thing, as I prefer to get those that seem to attract my eye (i.e. something that is either really cute or very sexy). Hence, when I saw pictures of Wave's "Beach Queens" figure of Mio, it definitely attracted the later part (AKA the "sexy" interest) and thus I decided to pre-order it.
The second figurine is another "Beach Queens" figurine. This time it's of Fate from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS.
While I haven't seen any of the Nanoha anime yet, one thing that I've learned from it is that Fate is one hot girl, especially when she grows up. Hence, it would be obvious for me to be interested in a figurine of her in swim attire. While I am very familiar that there's a bigger figurine of Fate in a bikini currently out, I also knew that the following figurine is most likely over $100. Hence, to play it safe money wise, I decided to pre-order this smaller version of Fate (which is just as sexy as the bigger one). However, that didn't mean that was not interested in the bigger figurine, as I did try to search for it at Anime USA last month (but with no avail). Heck, if I see it at a convention sometime next year, I'll most likely buy it (and move the smaller figurine upstairs into my room, while the bigger one goes into my cabinet of anime figurines).
With these items coming into the mail, that ends my list of anime figurine purchases of 2009. To mark an end to this, here's a picture of my anime figurine cabinet as of today. Please note that I still have more figures in my room.