Microsoft Japan are now selling figures of Azure mascot Claudia Madobe. The limited edition Claudia figure will stand 15-20cm high, is made of PVC/resin as with similar bishoujo figures, each is individually numbered, and orders close at the end of June. The figure is priced at ¥173,250 (around US$2182). No pictures of the figure have been released, but given its price and the temperament of fans, if Microsoft is sensitive to their needs it will doubtless be a high quality effort (to say nothing of the fact Microsoft staff themselves seem to love their charming moe mascots). Some other goods (bags, umbrellas, a bicycle) are also being raffled off with the package. Claudia Madobe (“Cloud Girl”) is Microsoft’s official anthropomorphisation/mascot character for its Azure “cloud” computing platform, the half-American sister character to the rather successful and undeniably appealing Windows 7 mascot Nanami Madobe. Her first appearance was in her own manga series explaining the advantages of the Azure platform to inferior competing cloud computing environments or the archaic practice of running physical servers, which should tell anyone all they need to know about Japanese developers. The figure is also bundled together with a free copy of Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN. Source: Sankaku Complex (translation), Microsoft Japan (original post).