Ikaros Nendoroid Review

Hmm, once again its been longer than I intended since my last blog update! Today, I’m going to review nendoroid Ikaros! She is actually one of my favorite nendoroids and I highly recommend her. Ikaros is a main character from the show Sora no Otoshimono Forte. I can honestly say that I actually dislike the show, and despite that still love this nendoroid. This is nendoroid number 178 sculpted by Maruhige and produced by Good Smile Company, and originally released on 11-9-2011. I got this nendoroid off of AmiAmi along with Nymph from the same series.

Packaging: Yup, yet another nendoroid box. Its good…Talking about nendoroid boxes is boring so lets move on!

Accessories: This nendoroid comes with a lot of accessories! It has 2 extra faces, 2 extra wing sets, a bow and arrow, a watermelon, an extra neck collar, and extra arms. The wings are really cool, the battle wing set is a translucent blue color. The stand actually took me a while to figure out. It’s a little more complicated that normal nendoroid stands. There is a small plastic piece with two holes in it that the wings get stuck through before they are inserted into the nendoroids back. This plastic piece is then placed on the stand. So it is the wings that actually attach to the nendoroid.

Sculpt: The sculpt on this nendoroid is excellent. She was somewhat unpopular because she has large breasts. For some reason people do not like nendoroids with large breasts, and I used to be one of them. Turns out (boobs or no) the nendoroids are just as cute! Two of my favorite aspects of this nendoroid’s sculpt are the wings and hair. The wings look great and are very detailed. The hair style looks very dynamic and the ribbons twirl around each ponytail in the back. Be warned though, the ponytails fall out easy.The ear muffs (?) do come off and the nendoroid has normal ears underneath.

Paint: Great paint job! You really wouldn’t think that hair could successfully transition from pink to black but it does! The white outfit is shiny kind of like leather or metal armor? But the rest of the nendoroid is nice and matte. The lines are clean as well, no bleeds on the nendoroid.

Pose-ability: Not a super-moveable nendoroid, but many poses can be made with the available accessories. The poses include a fighting pose, her blank look pose, or a normal pose. Personally, the normal pose is my favorite. She looks so sad, but it is so cute.

Overall: I love this nendoroid! Maybe this review is a little biased because of how much I like this nendoroid. At least it is not biased towards the character. I think it speaks highly for the nendoroid that I fell in love with her based on character design and no other preconceptions. Either way, I highly recommend this nendoroid! She looks great on a shelf, despite being a little frustrating to set up.

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Strength Nendoroid Acquired

I got my Strength nendoroid! She is really cute! My Black Rock Shooter collection is finally complete! (I really hope they don’t announce more BRS nendoroids, my budget can’t handle it)

I ordered her from Figure Haven.

I have only good things to say about this shop. Their prices were extremely good and the shipping is a flat-rate of $5 for the United States. They reply to e-mails promptly, and shipped my items the day that I ordered them. The nendoroid was packed quite well! The items are legitimate (no bootlegs) and distributed from AAA anime. I highly recommend this store for any US customers!

Well enough about Figure Haven, here is my newest nendoroid:

Black Gold Saw Nendoroid Review

Black Gold Saw is a character from Black Rock Shooter. She plays a minor, and I do mean minor, role in the Black Rock Shooter movie. Her screen time is less than thirty seconds and she can be seen fighting Black Rock Shooter right at the beginning of the film.

“How does I use saw?”

I decided to buy this nendoroid because she looked adorable and pretty, and secondly because I did not want an incomplete Black Rock Shooter nendoroid set. I pre-ordered her off AmiAmi and paid a total of $50 with EMS (express and registered) shipping, she was released on 4/25/2011.

Packaging: Well its really just another nendoroid box, it matches the other BRS boxes nicely.

Accessories: Like the other BRS nendoroids, BGS comes with a lot of accessories! She has 2 extra faceplates (so 3 total) many extra arms and hands, a cliff for her stand which she can sit on, a stand, her saw, extra bangs for the chanxco expression, and legs that can be posed sitting down. One annoyance with the extra arms is that I cannot figure out which ones are for which poses, there are just too many and some have two stripes on the sleeves while others just have one thick one… on the other hand the stand is truly awesome. GSC just keeps improving on nendoroid stands and BGS’s is my favorite so far! Instead of having a peg which has to be inserted into a hole in the nendoroids back, this has a black magnet which magnetically attaches to the back of her hair! This is a very strong magnet and I feel confident carrying her around that house that she will not fall off the stand. Now if only they would combine the clear V-shaped base (like that of Hayate nendoroid) with the magnetic top part of this nendoroid, it would be the perfect stand.

Sculpt: This nendoroid has a great sculpt! and despite not being designated as super-moveable, has knee-joints in her legs! Yes, her normal non-sitting legs bend as well! The little spikes on the boots and the long monstrous hands also look great!

Paint: The paint job is done well. There are no obvious flaws and no scratch or extra paint marks on the nendoroid. My only gripe with the paint is that her legs look bizarre. They are made of a strange different plastic than the rest of her body and do not look the same when painted. The outfit has a nice shiny vinyl effect. Another big plus to the paint is that she does not look like her prototype and official pictures did. In the prototype pictures, she had extremely shiny hair. I’m glad to report that her hair is indeed matte. The painting on her horns is excellent as well! They are not translucent plastic, but instead just painted so that the red transitions smoothly into the black. If i was going to nitpick about anything, it would be that two of her faceplates have almost the same expression… bored and less bored? I feel they could have made a shouting face or something…

 

Pose-ability: If i were still ranking these categories with numbers, I would give her a 8 out of 10. I adore that her legs bend at the knees and she does come with countless different arms for different positions.

Overall: I highly recommend this nendoroid for people who are fans of BRS and just as a great nendoroid in general. She is one of the best looking nendoroids on my shelf, and is the one I usually show off to people when they ask what a nendoroid is. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that the face-plates are cross compatible btw the BRS nendoroids.

Ayasaki Hayate Nendoroid Review

Ayasaki Hayate is a character from the anime Hayate no Gotoku! I have never seen this show, so I know absolutely nothing about the character. As soon as I saw this nendoroid, I knew I had to have him. He is absolutely adorable, and my soft spot for traps only helped confirm my decision to buy him. I missed out on the preorders but ended up finding him in a local shop for $60. He was released 02/2011 and is a Max Factory product.

Packaging: Looks like that of any other nendoroid!

Accessories: He comes with a lot of accessories! The usual two extra faces, Extra arms, legs and hands, Bunny ears and tail, a butler body and additional stand for it and a magical wand. One thing that bothered me was that the box shows a picture of him with closed fists, however I did not see any closed fists in the box. He only came with fists that had holes in them to hold the wand. The stands are also different from other nendoroid stands! they are clear, and attach underneath the clothes, but do not have a round base. They don’t seem as sturdy but they are much better for taking pictures since they are not as obvious as the other nendoroid stands. The stand for the butler body attaches underneath the crotch, and the stand for the trap body attaches underneath the bow in the back. Also note that the bunny tail does not attach to the nendoroid itself but instead to the stand!

Sculpt: The sculpt on this is adorable, but not great from a technical aspect. The joints on the neck are really tight and I have to remove them with pliers because they get stuck in the bodies. The bunny ears do not fit on the head perfectly so there is a small gap. However, the wand and the trap body itself look great. The butler body looks awkward and stiff since one of the arms is just sculpted in and not movable. The legs on the butler body are also immobile. This makes it look odd and less bulky in comparison to other male nendoroid bodies. The best part of the sculpt, is the view from below. Yes, you can actually see that it’s a trap!

Paint: Wow, its got some very noticeable mistakes. I almost thought I’d gotten a bootleg! However, it seems it is just a poorly manufactured legitimate product. There are some large paint scratches or marks on one of the sleeves and other on the back of his hair! The shading in the hair is pretty terrible and the dress is just a flat red. The faces are done well though and the bell on his neck is a nice metallic gold. The lines are clean and there are no bleeds, but in comparison to the scratches, I think id rather have some uneven lines.

Pose-ability: While not a super movable nendoroid, he can be placed in several different poses in his trap body. The butler body is hardly pose-able at all. One arm moves, that’s about it.

Overall: This is a great trap nendoroid! But this product with its many flaws makes me nervous about buying other Max Factory nendoroids. None of my Good Smile Company nendoroids have this many mistakes. On the other hand, it is probably one of my cutest nendoroids.

Can you tell that I like the crying face the best? lol

Kirino Kousaka Nendoroid Review

Today I will be reviewing Kousaka Kirino, the nendoroid. She sold out very fast on her first release only about two months ago, and is already getting re-released. Since people will get a second chance to snatch her up, I thought now would be a good time to review her.

Kirino Kousaka is one of the main characters in Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, otherwise known as Oreimo or My Little Sister cant be this Cute!. Kirino is a popular 14 year old girl who is a model, and has a secret. One day her older brother Kyosuke discovers that secret. She is a closet Otaku, who literally hides her hobby in the closet. She also has a brother complex and loves younger sister themed eroge and magical girl anime. Her brother then proceeds to help her indulge in her hobby, come out of that closet, and make new friends.

I really enjoyed this anime, but didnt watch it until after I had already bought the nendoroid on impulse because she is so cute!  I got her at a local anime store for $60. She was originally released on 2/28/2011, and her re-release will be in 07/2011.

Packaging: Typical nendoroid box, the box is very colorful and fits the characters personality well.

Accessories: She comes with two extra face plates, two dvd cases, a bag, a cell phone, extra arms and a stand. She also comes with a sticker set to place on the dvd cases and bag. For the dvd case there is a magical girl sticker, and two black rock shooter stickers (shameless advertising?). For the bad there are two stickers with girls on them (I have no idea what they are from). These accessories fit her otaku personality and allow for funny scene recreations.

Stand: old style under the skirt stand. It fits nice and tight, but she still seems to lean a bit to the left.

Sculpt: She is a great chibi recreation of her anime counterpart. She is absolutely adorable. Compared to some of the newer nendoroids, she is rather plain in her school girl outfit, but I like the simplicity of it.

Paint: The paint job on this nendoroid is not fantastic, but its not bad either. The lines on her dress aren’t perfectly straight. Her faceplates are awesome. The happy, angry, and extremely happy faces look just right and have just the right amount of blush. Her cell phone is painted surprisingly well, and Im glad I did not have to put a sticker on that (because I suck at putting stickers on straight).

Poseability: She is not a super-moveable nendoroid. However, she does come with a variety of different arms that allow her to take a variety of fun poses.

Overall: This is one of my favorite nendoroids. She is simple enough that she is fun to play with, and she is cute to boot. I’d recommend snatching her up on the re-release. She sold out quickly the first time and got rather expensive. I don’t know that she’ll sell out again, and the prices will definitely drop with a re-release this soon. They are releasing her best friend kuroneko as a nendoroid, and I hope they will release her older brother as well but boy nendoroids seem to be less popular.

HMO Miku Nendoroid Review

Today I will be reviewing the HMO Miku Nendoroid from Hatsune Miku Orchestra Vocaloid. Vocaloid is a synthetic vocal program that allows the user to choose a character to sing their song for them. I have never used this program, but this Miku nendoroid was just too cute to resist.

I bought her at a local anime store for $60. She was released on 1/31/2011 and is  Good Smile Company Product.

Packaging: She comes in a typical nendoroid box, all of which are great boxes for storage or display. This box is green.

Stand: Her nendoroid stand is quite sturdy but very plain. Its a clear plastic with the same type of movable arm to hold the nendoroid that BRS has. While these types of stands are better for holding the nendoroid steady, the old style underneath the skirt or clothing stands looked better (esp for photographs). One of the nice things about Miku is that she can stand fine without a stand due to her pigtails.

Accessories: This nendoroid comes with a ton of stuff. I do not have another nendoroid that comes with more! She has extra long sleeve arms, hands, 2 extra faceplates, 2 keyboards, 1 drum set, 1 flute, 1 megaphone, sunglasses, extra headphones with cables, and 2 leeks that seem to serve as drumsticks.

Sculpt: The sculpt is quite excellent. She is really adorable and her slightly curly hair looks great. Her legs are also less stubby looking than some other nendoroid’s legs. My only problem with the sculpt is that her pigtails are a little loose and tend to fall off, and the hand replacements for the long sleeves don’t stay well either.

Paint: This is extremely disappointing. She has a lot of paint flaws for a nendoroid. Note that not all HMO Miku’s will have this problem, but quality control seems to be at an all time low these days. There is a huge scratch across her eye, and some black staining on her torso. Plus there is some slight bleed in the lines of her dress. I noticed the scratch in the eye before I bought her but decided to get her anyway.

Poseability: This is a very pose-able nendoroid, because she has the super-moveable designation. This means she has more joints than a normal nendoroid. Her knees bend, her elbows bend, and there is a joint in her torso. Her pigtails  also have some points of articulation. Not only is this nendoroid super movable, but she also has alot of accessories that allow for a wide variety of poses.

Overall: This is a very cute nendoroid, she’s fun to play with and photograph. This was a complete impulse buy for me, as it was not on my wishlist of desired figures. However, if i could do it all over again, I would buy her just the same =).