Hatsune Miku – Hanairogoromo – 1/8 scale by Stronger

Long time no post (again!).
Hopefully I’ll make up for the break with this post.

And so, today’s topic will be one of the most awaited figures of the past year -Hanairogoromo Miku! ANIPLEX announced this figure long ago and it was instantly certain, that it’ll be one of the most popular releases of 2016, despite the fact of being exclusive, hard to get and all that means expensive! The prototype was very promising and the painted figure made great impression on the collectors.

This time however, ANIPLEX thought about the common collectors, who don’t have much experience with using proxies (which is usually the only way to get an exclusive figure). This beautiful figure was made available to collectors outside of Japan through AmiAmi! The price wasn’t so bad either (considering current figure prices) – 12800 yen incl. tax. Fortunately the box fits in small packet, so the delivery price was also OK (I paid 2430yen for registered air mail). Of course customs fees added to the overall cost, so in the end I spent exactly 700 PLN on her, whis is about 20 000 yen (half of my monthly salary xD). And so she’s the most expensive figure I ever got >< Was she worth it? Let’s see!

Let’s start with the box.

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There’s a little too much happening on the box imo, but it’s not annoying either. COuld be better, but it’s just a box so who cares! The contents are what matters!

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The background is beautiful too! The same motif was printed on the base.

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These flowers are the weakest point of the whole conception. They look unnatural and a little cheap.

When I wanted to attach Miku to the base, I thought I would cry! I couldn’t shove in the peg. The openings in Miku’s shoe and foot, where the peg should fit, were misplaced by 1 or 1,5mm and so I couldn’t get the peg go through both holes. Since the figure was so expensive, I didn’t want to break her, but I didn’t have much choice. While holding the shoe still, I had to push the foot a little until the peg went through. It took me a while and was really nerve-racking, but fortunately nothing bad happened and Miku is standing stable on her base.

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Let’s see some details of the kimono before attaching the umbrela. The kimono is the best part, it’s really beautiful and I love the colours and the crane motif used.

Unfortunately there are some painting issues 😦 Actually two, maybe they’re not visible at the first glance, but if you spend so much money you expect the best quality. Especially if the thing is supposed to be an exclusive collectors item.

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Otherwise the paint job is clean and very impressive.

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Ok, let’s move to the umbrella. It looks really nice and it’s a perfect addition to the figure.

There’s no particular way to attach it, it’s just leaning on her shoulder, but it’s quite stable.

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So, was she worth the money? Well, if not for the customs… All in all yes. Despite the small painting issues, she’s really beautiful. It’s not surprising thet ANIPLEX announced the whole series, 2 of which are to be released soon (Kaito and Meiko), 1 available for pre-order (Luka) and the other 2 already announcer (Rin and Len). I decided to pre-order Luka and maybe I’ll get Rin too, but I’ll pass on the other 3 for now, since they’re just too expensive. The whole Vocaloid team will look stunning for sure though.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

Greets!

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Kaori Miyazono 1/8 scale by GSC

Hello!

Because of work and lack of time I haven’t posted anything for the past few months, so it’s high time to write a review.

And today’s main topic is a lovely character from anime Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – Kaori Miyazono. It’s easily noticable, that she’s a young violinist. The story is simple, don’t expect too many plot twists and dynamics, yet beautiful. It’s a story about love, music, sorrow and much more. It makes you smile, laugh and cry. I don’t know anyone who didn’t like this series.

Kaori is definitely the strongest asset to the series. She’s very charismatic, talented and optimistic.

Currently there are only 3 figures from the series and one coming (recently announced by Aniplex). Unfortunately only this one is a standard release manufactured, by Good Smile Company, other 3 are Aniplex’ exclusives.

Let’s take a look at her! The box comes first. It’s simple, but fits the character of the series very well.

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Fortunately the figure doesn’t require much assemblying, you just have to put Kaori on the base and that’s it. I’m glad because attaching the violin could be pretty difficult. The pose is not very natural, but it’s cute, like Kaori was floating in the wind. The base is also very simple, but what more do we need?

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It’s a decent figure. The paint job is very good, the details and the sculpt are nice. She’s about 20cm tall. Her face is really lovely. What I like the most though is the violin.

The only thing that could be improved is the seam on the hair

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Can you say no to these eyes? I’m sure you can’t 😉

Thank you for reading!

Clalaclan Philias (white) – 1/8 by Kotobukiya

After a month long break the time has come to post something new.

A figure that I don’t own anymore, but loved when I got it – Clalaclan Philias from a japanese game Shining Wind. There are two colour versions of this figure: black and white, wchich I’ll be reviewing today. I always liked this one more. The figure was released in 2008 so it’s already 8 years old! Let’s take a look at Koto’s quality from that time.

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The base is a veeeeeeeeery simple and plain piece of plastic. As you can see the figure isn’t screwed to it like usual. You have to attach the figure and the shield to it.

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The figure is 20cm tall.

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It’s possible to display her without the skirt (something for panty-lovers).

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I think she is absolutely worth both the current (about 2500)and the original price (5800). The colours are really nice and Koto caught the character of Philias very well. I believe this would be a nice addition to any collection. As for a 8-year old figure she’s pretty well made (better than some newer figures by Kotobukiya). I like the sculpt, especially her waivy hair. The paint job and shadowing also look very nice. The hair has a pearl touch to it. The only problem is, that the torso can be easily disattached, so be careful while getting her out of the box.

Greets!

Gundam UC – Audrey Burne – 1/8 scale

Hello everyone!

Today I want to review my holiest grail ever! The main (and the best) character from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn – Audrey Burne, or rather Princess Mineva Lao Zabi. I won’t spoil the fun of watching the series so let’s stop the introduction at that. I bought her at Mandarake, for a quite decent price, incl shipping she cost me 10k yen. I was looking for her for around a year and I’m so glad I finally got her. She’s manufactured by Alpha x Omega – a collaboration of MegaHouse and Alter, which is rather surprising since Alter is like a guru in figure manufacturing and MegaHouse, whose quality is decent, but can’t even be compared to Alter’s. Let’s see what we get out of this collab!

The box is rather simple, but the colors are nice.

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She comes with two bodies, two haros and two pegs to attach them.

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The base is transparent and blue with Gundam UC logo on it. Audrey is attached with one leg, but the figure is very stable, or rather was because I was stupid enough to break one of the two pegs while changing the bodies :v Still, even with one peg she is quite stable.

I like figures with more than one display option, but sometimes the parts aren’t easy to change, or you can’t remove them at all. This figure has absolutely no issues with that.

The pose is just beautiful. Audrey looks so delicate and looks like she’s floating in the air.

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The details are just like expected of Alter. Everything from the sculpt to the painting is just perfect. At least about Audrey, Haros aren’t this perfect, but not bad at all. Let’s take a look at them first.

The black lines are uneven and there’s almost no shading. But Haro is not so important for me.

Audrey is soo beautiful. I love her the most of all my figures.

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Aaaah, I love everything about her. Her face is really beautiful. It was definitely worth waiting so long to get her. I must say, this is probably the first fugure I was ready to really overpay for. I really hope there’ll be more decent Gundam UC figures in the future, I especially wait for Banagher. As for Audrey, I give her 10/10, she definitely deserves it.

Greets!

Oshino Ougi 1/8 scale

Hello all!

Today’s review: Oshino Ougi! The figure was released by Kotobukiya. Ougi is a side character in Monogatari series, that seems to play an important part though. And she actually does, but no spoilers! Ougi claims to be Oshino Meme’s niece. The figure looked very promising from the beginning and the price wasn’t too high (8200 yen). And as a big Monogatari fan I had to get her!

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Ougi is 20cm high. The base design is awesome! It’s very detailed and looks simply stunning.

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Ougi is attached to it with one leg only, but the construction is very stable. No need to worry about the figure falling.

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The pose is great too. Ougi looks dynamic with her windblown hair and clothes.

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She’s sculpted and painted nicely. As usual Koto could put more effort in the shadowing, but still the figure looks good. Only the hair could be sculpted better, it doesn’t look very natural, but also not too bad either.

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She looks good alongside Senjougahara made by Kotobukiya too!IMG_3377

Her current price isn’t as low anymore, but it’s not horrifying either ~9000k for used one. I’m glad I got Ougi, she looks gorgeous and was relatively cheap. Good that Kotobukiya decided to make her and put much effort into making her. She doesn’t look too interesting in the anime, I’d say her looks’re quite plain, but Koto made her look stunning!

I hope you like her too!

Greets

Arpeggio of Blue Steel – Takao – Ques Q

Another Arpeggio figure today.

This Takao is my first Ques Q figure. I missed the first release because I wasn’t sure of the quality of this company and like most times I regreted later… Fortunately Ques Q announced a re-release of both Takao and Iona. I already had two Iona figures at that time so I only pre-ordered Takao. Well the price of both is OK today, but due to the BREXIT the currency exchange rates are going crazy in my country (everywhere in the world I guess), so I won’t be getting Iona anytime soon.

Nevermind Iona, let’s take a look at Takao!

I like the box, it has two layers and is transparent.

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The base has Takao’s sign on it. It’s thin and also a little transparent. I like this transparency allover the design.

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Takao is about 20cm high. She’s based on this illustration

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Actually I think the figure looks better. The pose is more natural, the angle on the illustration is a bit strange.

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The hair is probably made of plastic, but the ends of it feel like rubber and are a little elastic so I’m not sure. You can see that hair gets transparent on the ends too.

I think painting and sculpt are very detailed. Takao’s face is so cute too! There are many things that make this figure appealing to me and I’m really glad I got her. I guess Ques Q is one of better manufacturers. Their quality is high,  they have good ideas and choose nice poses for their figures. I think you can pretty much depend on them, the figure you’ll get won’t turn out too dissapointing, which often happens to Kotobukiya. I think they should start making a bit more complicated bases to make figures even more interesting. All in all I’m very happy with this purchase and maybe I’ll get Ques Q’s Iona too (that would be my 5th Iona ><).

Greets!

 

Marida Cruz – Excellent Model RAHDXG.A.NEO

Hello, it’s been a while!

Since my beloved Gundam Unicorn got TV anime this year, I thought of reviewing a figure from this series. And so let’s have look at Marida Cruz by MegaHouse. It took me a while to get her. When she was up in amiami’s pre-owned section for a decent price I had another expenses and I decided to buy her later. Unfortunately her price went up quite a bit and I wasn’t very happy with it so again I decided to wait. After some unsuccessful orders at Mandarake (they got cancelled every time) I found this figure for satisfying price and placed an order with little hope to really get the figure. I was pretty sure I would get a cancellation e-mail, but to my huge surprise I got a payment request! And so Marida was my very first successful Mandarake order. Since then none of my orders was cancelled so I guess my bad luck ended. Before I get to the review I want to share some thoughts about Mandarake services.

As mentioned I wasn’t very lucky with ordering from this shop and so my impression was quite bad. I think it’s really unfair to online customers that the status of the items isn’t up to date. There is very little chance to find an item sold in online store only. Most items are sold in one of Mandarake shops in Japan. I’ve ordered from several shops already and one thing that angers me are the shipping methods. Each shop has it’s own shipping policy. Some offer various shipping methods and even if not all are stated they offer you the cheapest possible shipping and you can chose the one you want or they will accept if you ask for another method. Other ship only with EMS and won’t agree to change to other methods even if you send hundred mails… In terms of shipping I like AmiAmi much more. AmiAmi also has better descriptions.  I remember paying over 3k yen for a tiny and pretty light package, because they didin’t agree to ship with other method than SAL parcel (which AA uses for oversized or heavy pieces) or EMS. Mandarake’s are sometimes difficult to understand and not always accurate. Sometimes I feel like I’m taking up a risk with purchasing product with vague description. Their prices are usually cheaper though. All in all I’m quite satisfied with Mandarake services. I’m not buying from them very often, but I cannot complain about their customer service or packaging.

OK let’s come back to the main topic. After few weeks I got my very first package from Mandarake. The inside was secured with paper and the figure additionaly with bubble wrap.

The box was marked as damaged, but I didn’t notice any damages at all. The box design isn’t very interesting, but it’s not the box that truly matters.

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The base is dark-blue and quite simple. There’s only a Gundam UC logo on it.

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There are two other parts that you have to attach on your own.

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Putting the helmet in her hand was really hard. It’s not stable and falls off easily.

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The details aren’t stunning, but I think they are good enough for the price. I like the sculpt and Marida’s face. The paint job is nice, the shading is quite good too. I think it’s a decent figure for the price and a great one for every Gundam UC fan. I’m really happy I finally bought her and I’m sure you will too be happy with this figure!

Greets!