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New Pre-Orders & Planned Expo Visit

MCM London Expo: 22 – 24 May 2015.

Details and tickets: http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/
Firstly the Expo, I will be attending the MCM London Expo, if anyone would like to arrange a meet or something please send me a PM via FTV.

New Pre Orders!

AKA where has all my money gone xD (or will go!)

Its been a while since I did an update, so I thought I’d share what I have on pre order, some of these I placed a long time ago, some just recently.

figma – Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]: Rin Tohsaka 2.0(Pre-order)

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Price: 4,460 JPY / $37
Made by: MAX Factory
Released (exp): late Sep-2015
Get yours at: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-011502
Comment:
A new Rin figma? Took less than 10 seconds for me to secure that xD

Fate/stay night [UBW] – Messenger Bag: Rin Tohsaka

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Price: 4,536 JPY / $37
Made by: COSPA
Released: mid May 2015
Link: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?scode=GOODS-00027804
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I already have two anime bags… but its Rin…can’t resist xD

Real Action Heroes No.698 RAH Sword Art Online II – Sinon

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Price: 22,940 JPY / $191
Made by: Medicom Toy
Released: late Aug 2015
Link: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?scode=FIGURE-009247
Comment:
The RAH figures are just amazing, and Sinon with her Hecate II gun which is moveable and having real clothes, I had to get it.

Fate/stay night [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS] Master Figure -Rin Tohsaka- (Game-prize)

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Price: 1,460 JPY / $12
Made by: FuRyu
Released: late Aug 2015
Link: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?scode=FIGURE-010634
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I have no idea what this is, no picture, no info other than its something to do with Rin Tohsaka and is approx 19cm tall. At $12 I figured it was worth a go anyway, and might be a bit of a mystery!

Black Raven Series – Lilia / White Raven III The Stardust Nightmare. -Samayoeru Tamashii-

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Price: An eye watering 48,000 JPY / $400.
Made by: Azone
Released: late Mar 2015 (available now)
Link: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?scode=FIG-DOL-7733
Comment:
This is the single most expensive anime type thing I have ever purchased, and yes it scares the crap out of me how I actually gave in to those red eyes and pressed the ‘add to cart’ button. I spent days debating about this (after having it on my watch list for months), but it looks so amazing and so detailed. Seriously, do not buy one of these unless you can afford it, I can and I still felt like crying at the price. Yes I am insane, now officially certifiable. There are 2 versions, there is the Black Raven V which is also available at: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIG-DOL-7789  and is almost the same price. However, that is not the worst of the problem, these terrible Azone people show no mercy and have created the ultimate in temptation, yes, they made a Rin Tohsaka version as well…  http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-011436   – for the moment, I have only (ha?) ordered the White Raven III, and not the Black Raven V or the Rin Tohsaka version. Personally, the Rin version doesn’t actually seem to look as good as the RAH / Real Action Heros version ( http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-008790 ) which is considerably cheaper at 22,810 JPY / $190 and that comes with 2 costumes, and lots of extra parts (hands, faces etc). Time will tell however if my insanity should get worse and I end up buying one of the others. I will post some pics and do a review when it(she?) arrives (at that price, rest assured I will be getting a blog post out of it!). And also, yes this is technically a doll, and its the first time ever I considered actually getting one, but I feel the look is very much anime style and really not much like a doll, the great costume and the big sword help too, although I admit I do feel a little uneasy, and embarrassed, just because its over that line from figure to doll, the reality is that its exactly like an RAH figure but has soft hair, its amazing what effect social stereo typing can have.

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Real Action Heroes No.661 Fate Testarossa Blaze Form & No.669 Saber Lily

So I kinda got pulled into the Real Action Heroes series after seeing the Rin Tohsaka one which is on my wish list (here), but as that is so far away (July 2015) I wanted to find out more about these, so I decided to look over the rest of the series, and that’s when I found Fate in blaze form. I just had to get it, I’m not sure why exactly, but it looked so good, and I mean seriously how the hell can the sword be that big? And how can she stand with that thing? I had to find out xD.

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Available from AmiAmi here: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-004430
Price approx: $207

Mine arrived a few weeks ago. I didn’t know much about these and there wasn’t a lot of info on what exactly they are, if you already know then fine, for those who don’t, these are basically an anime figure that’s pose-able, with real clothes on, and they are 27-30cm tall – without the sword! The hair is stiff plastic like a normal fixed anime figure, the front part of the hair comes off and they provide some variations in style as well as the face, again with several versions, all inter-changeable. The large tails in her hair are moveable, they can be in close, far out and they rotate around. All the limbs are fully moveable, the knees are amazing, they have not one but two joints, yes, she can sit down 100% properly, like a human. And she has balance, as I write this mine is free standing on my desk, and is very stable.

The clothes are literally real fabric, the pink skirt and the brown belt are the same item, and its removable, the black under that is a short dress, it goes right to the neck. Also can be taken off, but you will need to remove her head – CAUTION!!! Do not try to pull the head off, it is screwed to the neck, if you want to remove it, firstly remove the top front hair, then the face, then you can see the screw. Use a small cross head screwdriver to carefully remove it, then then the head is removable. To remove the dress you need to remove both arms (they just pull out) and the cape. The cape is very cleverly attached, the 2 golden clips on her upper front are in 2 parts, the visible part is fixed to the dress, the second part just under the cape is a press fit into the other part. To remove it, go under the cape and gently separate the clip outward, away from her chest to her front. There are 2 blank clip parts included in the box so she looks correct even without the cape on. There is also Velcro just below her collar on her back to make the cape sit correctly. And yes, she has real pantsu on under the dress, and yes you can take them off if your so inclined.

The thigh highs are also real, and you can move them around, or down or even off along with the boots, but they are kinda meant to be part of the foot. The foot will come off at its ankle joint, and the foot will be in the boot with the thigh high still on the foot, so the whole lot comes off in one go. If you really want to go further, the base of the boot will come off, but this appears to have a very tiny amount of glue on it, I suspect after making it they found it was too loose. Therefore I don’t recommend this, I found out by accident when trying to put a foot back on, and it pushed out the bottom of the boot, which will now not stay on the boot, and I’ll have to find a tiny amount of glue to keep it on. The feet are actually shaped and even have toes. The main body is actually a very soft sort of rubber, and is shaped with the appropriate curves and details, including belly button, there are gaps for the legs and arms of course, but its very well done. Its quite a surprise when first picking up one of these, I went to grip around her middle, sort of between chest and tummy, and the body actually goes in and feels soft almost like a real body, you kinda feel like your picking up something alive xD.

The sword is included, and is actually so big it comes in 2 parts which slot together. They also provide several different pairs of hands, one of which will hold the sword. I have not tried to balance her free standing with sword in hand, I doubt its possible! But they do also include a stand and a sort of stick to help her make that ‘crushing blow’ type of pose in the picture. I didn’t try this yet xD.

Now, pre-ordering a Rin Tohsaka and buying Fate is not really being pulled in to it now is it? …..which is why I also need to say that I pre-ordered the Saber Lily with initial production limited dress style parts… xD

Real Action Heroes No.669 RAH Saber Lily (w/Initial Production Limited: Dress Style Parts)

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Available from AmiAmi here: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-005111
Price approx: $207

The limited production dress style parts means it comes with both the armour and the dress parts, including the shoes and white stockings / thigh highs (can’t be 100% certain from the picture). These are going fast, and they actually sold out of them while I was browsing the site. They have since confirmed more availability and they are back on sale again.

The full range of Real Action Heroes can be seen and ordered here at AmiAmi: http://slist.amiami.com/top/search/list?s_seriestitle=Real+Action+Heroes&pagemax=40

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Hyper Japan July 2014

Another expo another pile of goodies? Well this time I got so much stuff, I actually had to buy 2 additional bags to carry it all in !

First of all, please excuse the picture quality, these are literally just pulled out of the bag from the expo and put in front of my mobile so you can see them.

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These are the 2 extra bags I bought to help me carry all the stuff home, as I had an excuse to buy a bag (or 2) I got these, and I’m really happy with them. I’ve not seen or heard of the bag on the right, but it looked so nice I just had to get it. And it was the last one they had. The High School of the Dead (left) has Velcro to hold the flap closed and take the weight to the top carry handle. The shoulder strap takes the weight via the center side supports. The bag on the left actually has 2 plastic locking clips on short straps, and did a great job of carrying lots of heavy anime art books xD. I really like the design on it too, even tho I didn’t recognise the anime.

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A figure and a blue ray. Although I am aware of the shining wind series, I don’t really know anything about it, but this figure looked so nice I got it anyway. The anime to the right looked good and sounded funny on the back, so I got that too, quite randomly. Also, do not be alarmed by the stickers, all of these are in plastic protective wrapping, so the stickers are not touching the books inside.

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These are the art books, some of these are quite thick and heavy. First two are Type Moon / Fate Stay Night second one having a CD and 2 posters apparently, third is a Navel book.

Lower row, first three are various ToLoveRu books, and the third one looked familiar but I don’t quite remember it, but It looked good so I got it also, and it seems to have a blue ray in it.

At this point you maybe wondering how come I buy things without knowing what it is, well its simply, this is how I find new and interesting stuff, If I like the artwork, then there is a good chance I’ll like the anime or manga or anything else related to it. Most of the time the vendor lets you have a look inside, so you know what it is even if you don’t know the anime/series its from.

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Now for the most amazing part. These are items I got from Raynart’s stall. Starting from the top, a huge plastic poster, this thing is really thick and the quality is lovely, normally costs £30, but I got it for free, because I won it. Next is a paper bag, quite possibly the most beautiful paper/card bag ever, but it actually comes in 4 versions, you get an idea on what the others are like from the prints in the later pictures. Next is the art book, no surprise after seeing how amazing the art is I had to get the book. The key chain I think I got for free because I bought the collection / special set (more on this in a moment).

The first image on the second row here is the collectors special box set featuring  his short stories, the box is designed to take the next set as well which are not out yet. The next picture shows two approx A4 size prints, again these were free as I won these too. The final picture is a set of postcard size prints, I won 3 of these, and he gave me the 4th to complete the set, which was nice.

So, how did this come about? Well I initially looked at one of the short stories, it looked good, and I already really liked the look of the art. He then started showing me various things, (the items above) and pointed out that I could buy a package set for £65, that included the collectors box and 2 stories, the art book, the bag and maybe the key chain. BUT it also included 3 chances to play the dice to win something. Basically he has two D10 dice, and I get 3 throws. Each throw makes a number, which matches up to various items. He told me someone yesterday won one of the big plastic board posters, and so I decided to go for it. I also bought the third story so it came to £70. First throw got me the postcard prints, the second got me the huge plastic board poster and the third got me the 2 larger prints. Considering that the large board poster usually sells for £30 on its own, that was quite a deal there. Obviously he must have factored in the chances and costs, but even so I did feel quite guilty to do so well. I really hope he does well.

This was probably the biggest spend at an expo so far, and it was certainly very tiring, but I’m really happy with the things I picked up and it was worth the trip.

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Oh and I stumbled upon Yun*Chi singing the Log Horizon ED as well which was quite awesome xD (pics taken just after the song during the talk).

 

 

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Fate/Stay Night Mega Delivery + DC III R

A picture says a thousand words so I’ll start with this…

DSC_0022Excluding the mouse mat just visible on the left and the monitor in the background (and the desk obviously) all this arrived today from AmiAmi in one huge box. Heres what it is:

  • Fate/Stay Night + Hollow Ataraxia combo set, says 10th anniversary on it and is very heavy, feels like there might be an art book inside.
  • Rin Tohsaka Figma – this one is ‘pre owned’ but it appears to be unopened and still has the original tape seal on the outer box.
  • Saber Fantasy Maid – also pre owned but again appears to be unopened. This is designed to fit into the base of my Rin Tohsaka maid figure (not pictured).
  • Rin Tohsaka Magical Girl version – this is huge, it is by far the biggest figure I have and I had no idea it was this big. Also pre owned and again appears unopened.
  • D.C. III R – X Rated – Da Capo 3 with the X-rated content included, this is supposed to be the final/complete one but its Circus so maybe more.
  • February Issue of Genki G’s Magazine.
  • Little Busters Ex fluffy towel, Mio maid version.
  • Culture Japan Moe Kanji – I already have the Moe Kana and the booster pack.

Now some close up pictures…click to enlarge.

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I will do some un-boxing pictures in a later post.

 

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Yukiho Hagiwara & Saber Figures

I’ve always been a big fan of Yukiho from the the [email protected] games, and after they changed the VA for all of the Second Vision series of games and the anime it just wasn’t the same, one of the main points to games are their voices, as the whole thing is about idols and you being their producer. That’s why when I found this little figure of the original style Yukiho on eBay, i had to get it. Also in the picture is Saber from Fate / Stay Night and Fate / Zero, this little figure came with an issue of Denki G’s magazine.

The Saber figure was part of the magazine’s feature on Fate / Zero, the figure was in a small flat box and required a small amount of assembly only. The Yukiho figure was in a box like the To Love Ru figures in my previous post, and only required fitting to the base. Both are only around 10-12cm tall, Saber being the taller and slightly bigger but on a smaller base. Yukiho was $49 from eBay, a little steep for a figure this size, but its quite old, a little rare now and it was one I really wanted. I also really want the Haruka red version to go with it ( see my wish list ) but that was too much. Build quality is very good, and the detail is very nice as well.

I have a reasonable collection of [email protected] things, including all the Xbox 360 games, the limited special edition of IMAS 2 on Xbox and PS3 with the first Blu-ray of the anime, a film strip and a telephone card as well as the PSP Wandering Star game, all of which I’ll maybe put on the blog at a later date. I’m also starting to become quite the Type Moon fan as well, and I recently got a limited edition of the Fate / Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Blu-ray complete with art book, sketches and film strip. It dosn’t have subs of course, but I wanted it anyway for the limited edition goodies. The US release is on Blu-ray this month, which I’m intending on getting as well.

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MCM Expo London May 2012

This was originally written on the day of the event, and extends the post on the forum here.

It had been a long and tiring day, it was way too hot, too crowded, the trains were totally full and their air conditioning was broken, it was a hell of a trip… but once I got their it was good and I did end up with some nice stuff…


In total, £160 on everything in the above pictures, I also spent another £5 on three issues of MYM magazine as they had a special offer on, I have issue 1 now and the other two come in the post later.

Notice the two Evangelion ‘maid’ figures, these are almost certainly fakes – I spent around an hour going to all the stands looking at these, and they were all of horrific quality, damaged boxes, stains and marks – big ones – on the figure, damaged and missing paint, really bad. I managed to find these too which seemed to be the best, I’m hoping the defects wont show from a normal distance and most of the paint issues were on the back. Its mainly Rei that seemed to have the issues, the other was fairly ok.

The only box out of all of them with any kind of ‘official’ sticker is the Saki maid – pink box, top right of first and third image, therefore I wouldn’t be surprised if more of them are fakes as well – they were very cheap, and there weren’t any better versions available at the expo. I wouldn’t normally get a fake (or a suspected one) but these were so nice I got them regardless – and only paid minimal amounts for them.

The large Rin Tohsaka figure – biggest by far – was interesting, one stall had the last one left of their stock, no box as it was a ‘display’ one, and she was leaning badly onto the next box, when he showed it to me, it fell over no less than four times, it would not stand up for long at all. It also looked very poor quality, and had damage to her legs. He said normally £65, due to no box £59. I decided to hold off, and keep looking, 2 stalls further down, I found the one you see in the picture, boxed and taped, looks fine condition, and only £38. £38 for a potential fake (its a bit too cheap) of my favourite character in such a big size that still looks great? Sure why not. Normally anything Type Moon has an official hologram logo sticker on it, and usually a second from the manufacturer, in this case Good Smile Company if its genuine, this has neither.  I could get these off eBay, but then you can’t see what the exact one your getting is like, this way I can at least see it for myself and decide.

After unpacking them all and getting a better look at them, the two Evangelion ones are definitely fakes,  the big Rin figure is most likely fake as well, but its a hell of a good one, the extra swords fit into the base, she has extra hands and a dagger to hold and the build quality is quite good. Paint is a bit glossy, and there are a couple places it doesn’t quite match, but you have to look close to see it. An original is around the £200 mark, and that’s without shipping or import duty.

I think all the others are actually real, the quality is perfect, material and paint colour and detail etc. The Luka Vocaloid figure was a Sega ‘game prize’ one and was offered at £34, I got it a bit less as I bought 2 others at same time and the seller rounded it down by about £4. It looks really good. Reviews of all these figures will come in a later post, once I clear the backlog of reviews that is :).

This trip to the Expo was a bit rushed, I had less time as I had to pack for a trip away for work, and I didn’t take any pictures this time, take a look at the previous years expo post for some pictures of the event in general.

As issue 2 of the MYM magazine arrived while I was editing this post, here’s a picture of issues 1 and 2 together.

[P.S. Anyone who caught my post really early and are now wondering where the post about Yukiho & Saber went, I swapped the posts out as this was more time based, the other will be back in a couple of days]

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To Love Ru Figures

Originally I had been looking for a figure of Magical Kyouko, something which I had expected to be almost impossible, especially as shes a background character based off another show (Black Cat), however I stumbled across a Gasphon set of To Love Ru figures, and not only is there one but two Magical Kyoukos!

They come in set of 6 boxes, each with one figure in a series of plastic run-on bags separating the parts, after unpacking there easy to assemble as they just slot together. They also include a stand and a support, which you don’t really need but its nice to have it. Assembly done, they look really good.

And now for the group photo…

My favourite being the 2 Magical Kyoukos, both have removable hats and cloaks.

I got the whole set for $38.50 off eBay, a real bargain to get 6 great figures, the Kyouko figures are the tallest due to the hat at 15cm. The quality is really good considering their size and they are well built, the hats do fall off fairly easily, but if you fiddle with it and push it on just right, it will sort of stick, and you can even put them upside down without it falling off. At first glance it might seem the two Kyoukos are the same body with a different head, but the arms are fixed, and as if to prove a point, they both have different underwear, which seems a slightly odd detail to go to the length of changing when you only see it during assembly, unless there expecting collectors to keep flipping her upside down a lot, which thinking about it might explain the sticking hat feature as well.

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A Certain Maid-Shaped Railgun & New Stuff

New Stuff

Arrived today from AmiAmi Japan…

Yes, Maxima has finally arrived !
This is the picture taken a few moments after opening the outer box, everything still has its cellophane wrapping on.

In this picture:
Maxima from Shining Hearts 1/8th scale figure by Kotobukiya (Re-release).
Dog Days Blu Rays Volumes 2, 3, 4 and 5.

I’m sticking to reviewing these by order of arrival, so before I go into the the new stash lets looks at my second figure…

A Certain Maid Shaped Railgun

A 1/6th scale figure by Kotobukiya based from an illustration of Misaka and Kuroko inspired from the one episode of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun where Misaka dresses up in a maid costume. This figure surprised me by its size, shes 26CM tall ! The size really helps to make it stand out on your desk. The detail is lovely, the hair, collar and bow tie are very well done. Misaka’s eyes are perfectly painted, even with just a little shine, and she has ever such a little red blush on her cheeks as well to match her tsundere personality.

Very well constructed and very solid, attached to a nicely designed base with a screw into the heal of her shoe.

Purchased via pre-order from AmiAmi (item page) for 6,070 yen, their picture (right) does a far better job of showing off the quality of the figure, and be sure to look at the 22 pictures on their site for more detail. Originally released in late August but is still available now as a back order, so hurry while shes still available if your a Mikoto fan! This a must have and well worth getting.

All items are fixed in this figure, so you cant change anything, and for those wondering, she of course  has her trademark shorts on under the maid uniform.

If you want to complete the scene then you’ll need a ‘Maid outfit Teleport’ aka Kuroko as well, also still available on back order from AmiAmi for the same price here, although I didn’t bother, as I’m not really a fan of Kuroko as much, and I didn’t think hers was quite as good.

Above image also from AmiAmi, 13 in total on their site (see above).

While discussing Railgun related goodies, this is a good time to show off this…

A Mikoto / Railgun desk clock, this came as an extra with the April 2011 Issue of Denki G’s magazine. I think this is just awesome and is the best extra I have got so far. The LCD display has 3 electric sparks that flash with the time display. Unfortunately mine no longer keeps correct time,  so I wouldn’t recommend using it as your main time source. The Mikoto image part is actually a high quality photo type print which is shrink wrapped and is removable. The back of the clock opens up like a picture frame allowing you to change the picture if you wanted, the front even has a plastic cover, like how a picture frame would usually have a pain of glass. I kept the shrink wrap on the picture to protect it, and if you look closely at my photo, you can just see the join on the lower part of the photo, I decided that minor distraction was worth keeping it pristine.

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Zero no Tsukaima: Siesta 1/8th Figure (Alter)

Despite being an anime fan for quite some time, I’ve never really bothered much with any of the merchandising and never bothered with a figure before. However, my accidental discovery of a figure of Maxima from Shining Hearts got my interest and I started paying more attention to them, as it turns out I missed the first pre-orders for Maxima, but I’m on the second production pre-order, so Maxima will appear in a later post (when she arrives late Nov).

My first figure was actually Siesta from Zero no Tsukaima, one of my favourite characters from one of my favourite animes, a sure safe start for my figure collection. This figure is quite old having been originally released in 2008, however I was lucky enough to find an ebay seller still stocking unopened originals for a reasonable price. Buying from ebay is not always a good choice, there’s clearly a lot of copies and fakes on there, so if your doing the same make sure its from a reputable dealer, comes from Japan (not China) and has original packaging. Its also worth mentioning that if the price is too good to be true, its most certainly a copy. That dosn’t mean you should pay $300 tho, there are a couple of extortionate sellers on there to avoid as well.

The picture above is from my own Siesta, apologies for the poor lighting, I may take some better photos later. Take a look at HobbyShop and their pictures which are far better, and even include the obligatory pantsu angle for your pleasure should you wish.

The stand is a quite simple design, and has two stumps which slot into the underside of Siesta’s boots, the fit is good and she dosn’t fall off. The detail is good, nice design on her boots, the dress/uniform and her eyes, and I think has a good likeness to the character. The white apron is made from a softer material and is pliable, however its designed to stay in that position. There are no movable parts and the pose is fixed.

Overall a very likable figure, and she takes pride of place in the centre of my desk, well worth the buy if your a fan of Zero no Tsukaima.

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