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ANIME FIGURE REVIEW: Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Yuki Nagato Figma Action Figure from Max Factory PDF Print E-mail
Written by Antony Chow   
Sunday, 16 March 2008

Yuki Nagato Figma Action Figure

Product Information
Series:Figma
Product Type: Action Figure
Manufacturer:Max Factory
Year of Release: 2008
MSRP:$24.99
NAF Scorecard
Craftsmanship:A-
Representation:A
Creativity:B+
NAF Recommendation: Must Buy!

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Max Factory is no stranger to the action figure scene.  After all, this company DID release the Guyver action figure series two years ago.  Well, they're back again with a new lineup called Figma Action Figure.  First batter up: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's Yuki Nagato!

We don't know why the sculptor, Masaki Apsy, and Max Factory chose to make bookworm Yuki to be the all-important first figure in the Figma series.  But considering all the love and attention that co-stars Haruhi Suzumiya and Mikuru Asahina get from figure manufacturers, Yuki fans will be happy with this decision.

Max Factory doesn't shy away from showing off the flexibility of the Figma build.  The box itself demonstrates some of the nifty poses you could do with Yuki (pic 2, pic 3).  And fair enough, since most of these poses can be reproduced (pic 4, pic 5).  In our sample, the red book is too thick and heavy to hold onto with Yuki's hands.  Also, the brown shoes are stuck to the pegs, and we could not switch to the white shoes.

Naturally, one would be tempted to make a comparison between the Figma series and Kaiyodo's Fraulein Revoltech action figure series.  Having seen only one release from each series so far, we offer only an initial impression.  We find the Yuki release to have a lot more accessories, that make a lot of sense to fans of the anime show.  The chair, the white shoes, the books, the glasses (pic 4) show Yuki in her usual pose--reading a book in the club room.  We reward the sculptor for going out of his way to reproduce this pose by grading Representation an "A".

Stability is not a problem for this 5 inches tall figure, given the outstanding stand (pic 6) that Max Factory includes in this release.  With 3 screws attaching the pieces together, the stand allows you to display the Yuki figure without fear of her falling down on the shelf.  Max Factory gets a bonus for including a ziplock bag to hold all the accessories (pic 7).

The problem with Yuki, though, is that her Figma build looks very much like a marionette.  And a marionette is probably where the sculptor drew inspiration for the Figma build.  If you look at the knees (pic 8) for example, the joints at the knees are really ugly and noticeable.  Yuki's neck is also noticeably long and ugly.

The Fraulein Revoltech build, on the other hand, does a really good job in bending the joints into the feminine shape of the action figure.  And sometimes you just have to mentally remind yourself that Rei Ayanami, the initial release in the Fraulein Revoltech lineup, is an action figure.

Given these observations, it seems to us the market for female anime action figures may split depending on the buyer's preference.  If the consumer wants more accessories, Figma would be the choice.  If an attractive feminine figure is more important, then Fraulein Revoltech will get the nod.  Of course, some figure collectors will just buy both series anyway.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Yuki Nagato Figma Action Figure from Max Factory is an attractive alternative to the Frauelin Revoltech action figure series.  Watch out, Kaiyodo!  It's now a two horse race!

 
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