Ciel Phantomhive Nendoroid Review

Ciel Phantomhive is the 12 year old main character of Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler). He is a child and the head of the Phuntom toy company. He also has a contract with a demon. Sebastian, the demon butler, will help Ciel gain revenge in exchange for his soul. Ciel is one of my favorite anime characters; he is focused on what he wants, even at the expense of everyone around him, and will do anything to achieve his goal. He may look like an innocent child but shows a determination beyond his years.

I pre-ordered this toy when it was first released at Ami Ami for about $35. This is nendoroid #117, and is produced by Good Smile Company, sculptor Abe Takumi. This toy was originally released in 09/2010.

Well this nendoroid comes in standard nendoroid packaging. The box is shaped like the rest of the nendoroid boxes and matches nendoroid Sebastian’s box.

Accessories: Ciel comes with quite a few accessories. He comes with an armchair, a sitting body, a tea set and arms for Sebastian, a base for his standing body, a red rectangle (what is this?), and sadly only one extra faceplate.

Sculpt: The sculpt on this toy is really good. He looks just like the chibi version of ciel seen in the credits of the anime.  One of the most impressive features of his sculpt is the bow tying his eyepatch together on the back of his head. His suit is also done very well. They paid alot of attention to detail on this nendoroid! He even has his family ring on his right hand and the other golden ring he wears on his left.

Paint: Ciel is painted very nicely, and there are almost no mistakes. His eye looks perfect, but the eye-patch has some shiny scratched looking areas on it. His hair is a shiny dark gray plastic, and his suit is a matte blue. Even the small details such as the buttons on the coat and the rings on his fingers have no paint bleeds. No complaints about the painting here!

Pose-ability: Ciel can either be posed sitting down or standing up. His face can be relaxed or angry, and this leads to only  a few posing options. His sitting body is very character appropriate featuring crossed legs. The only problem with the sitting body is that the crossed legs prevent him from sitting on ledges other than his chair; he tends to fall over!

Base: This nendoroid’s standing base is one of my least favorites! It has two places for the legs to go in, and a small prop that is supposed to go up each pant leg. He is incredibly difficult to put on the stand! Its not worth the effort so I always display him in his armchair. The one time that I did display him standing up, he toppled over.

Overall, this nendoroid is way cuter than I was expecting from the promotional pictures and a must have for Black Butler fans! But, I can think of a few accessories that would make this toy way better. He needs his cane, and his top-hat! If they ever make another Black Butler nendoroid (please Grell!) they need to include an extra faceplate with his eye-patch off displaying his contract eye! (then they would also have to include a new head of hair since the other one has eyepatch ties on it) We can only hope!

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2 responses to “Ciel Phantomhive Nendoroid Review

  1. Oh my gosh Ciel is sooooooo cute! I do have to admit that his hair is VERY detailed. Too bad I’m to young and my mom won’t let me go out and buy a L or Ciel Nendo with my $50…well at least I have a cheap $20 counterfeit one. Well I’m not a collector soo… I absolutely adore that last picture! L totally stole Ciel’s chair! (Give him a strawberry and maybe he’ll get off) 😀

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