I've been saving this post, because I hope that you all got Yotsubas for Christmas this year. In a perfect world, all of you guys, indeed, everybody in the world, would be familiar with Kiyohiko Azuma's Yotsuba&!. Unfortunately, this is probably not so-- you slackers get on that immediately. Yotsuba&! is the simple story of a strange child of indeterminate origin, and her adventures in the real and very mundane world. It's about simple pleasures: seeing Yotsuba start a newspaper or imitate action movies with her water gun or crusade against global warming or befriend a cardboard robot that runs on money. Nothing much in particular happens, but that's not the point. Like it says in the back of the book, you're supposed to enjoy everything.
I enjoy Yotsuba so much that I went out-- ie: to HLJ-- and bought the only figure that was available at the time: a little tiny figure that came with an issue of Dengeki Daioh a couple years back. I hear it's worth a lot of money now! I don't know where I put mine! I guess I can't take that picture of it sitting at my tiny toy arcade cabinet!
Mini-Yotsuba was nice and all, but thankfully Kaiyodo saw the market's need for a real Yotsuba action figure. Yotsuba's been released as part of the Revoltech line, a line typically reserved for robots and badasses. But Yotsuba needs to move around too! Yotsuba is an action kinda kid, and to that end, she moves everywhere. The shirt is actually a flexible piece of plastic, to allow for an even wider range of movement. Yotsuba can kick you in the face! Yotsuba can hold up Devilman for his change! Yotsuba can imitate Noriko-- but she can't really cross her arms effectively!!
(devilman and noriko not included desu~)
As you can see up there, the accesories loadout is wonderful. Yotsuba comes with a replacement angry face, her water gun, a stick of ice cream, replacement hands to hold them with, and a spare joint that I didn't really check where it goes. You want to re-enact the "you can tell me in hell!" scene? You got it.
All in all, this is a pretty brilliant figure: the sculpt is spot-on to Azuma's color illustrations, the accessories are all perfectly series-appropriate, and you're a fan of Yotsuba at all you should probably have one. Next in this line: the mighty Danboard! I'm waiting for the US release, but Japan's already got it. Hell, they've even built Great Danboard out of five lesser Danboards. Amazing.