Kotobukiya is an organization that’s excellent at producing fashions that may be very easy for individuals of any talent stage to construct, however can nonetheless look actually nice and be enjoyable once you do the naked minimal. Whereas Its Body Arms and Megami Gadget traces generally is a bit extra sophisticated and contain sci-fi kinds of characters, the brand new Sousai Shojo Teien line is extra all the way down to earth. Every certainly one of these Kotobukiya characters appears to be like like an atypical schoolgirl, and the Madoka Yuki mannequin kicks issues off. She additionally occurs to be a simple and pleasing construct.
The very first thing to notice concerning the Madoka Yuki Sousai Shojo Teien mannequin equipment is that the ensuing determine isn’t going to be all that dissimilar from the Body Arms and Megami Gadget traces. Issues just like the heads, fingers, and equipment may very well be interchangeable generally, and the equipment even comes with a separate neck half to make sure it may work with heads from different Kotobukiya mannequin kits. She comes with extra hairstyles and faces than the opposite kits, however doesn’t provide the identical stage of articulation. There’s no glue required for her both, although I’d advocate a dab for a few of her errant strands of hair in her pigtails and ponytail hair choices. You will have nippers, a file, and tweezers for the waterslide decals and fourth clean faceplate. But it surely’s very manageable and never intimidating, particularly since there are below 200 items right here.
Actually, essentially the most difficult half about placing collectively Madoka Yuki is engaged on her three hairstyles. She may be displayed along with her hair lengthy, in pigtails, and ponytails. For an added sense of realism, there are a variety of terribly tiny “strands” you’ll have to pop into place. The tiny curls for the lengthy coiffure are the smallest, however are best to pop into place on account of having a number of floor space to carry whereas attempting to put them. The ponytail is the simplest, however the twin strands that connect to the highest have a behavior of coming out on their very own. (Just a little dab of glue helps with that.) The pigtails are essentially the most irritating, as a result of the angle of the hair makes it tough to correctly place the whole lot.
Her hair can also be one of many three locations the place you may need to paint the equipment. (You truthfully don’t have to use paint anyplace else to make the Madoka Yuki mannequin equipment look the way in which she does on Kotobukiya’s web site.) She additionally has two raised traces for “barrettes” in her bangs, which might require paint and don’t have waterslide decals. As a result of dimension, having painter’s tape and working towards with one of many three bangs components offered within the equipment can assist fairly a bit. Even then, with the right supplies I nonetheless couldn’t get it proper and ended up with one “large” barrette, so hold that in thoughts. The opposite two components which may want some paint, when you felt so inclined, are her mobile phone’s digicam/display and the straps and zipper of her bag.
When you get to constructing the remainder of her physique, it’s truthfully actually easy and pleasing. Elements come collectively simply and it’s a really pure construct. All the pieces suits collectively properly as-is, and I didn’t expertise any joins that have been too unfastened or stiff. The one “tedious” half is that her fingers are terribly detailed. Each has a cuff half that goes with it, since this Madoka Yuki Sousai Shojo Teien mannequin equipment has her in her winter uniform with a barely outsized sweater. In lots of circumstances, there are various levels of the cuff going over her wrist and hand. It’s a implausible element, nevertheless it takes a while matching issues up correctly.
The totally different stage of articulation additionally means you could’t simply pose Madoka Yuki sitting such as you would a personality from the Body Arms Lady or Megami Gadget mannequin equipment line. She really has a separate skirt, for poses the place she’s standing nonetheless or transferring, and a complete further backside half for if she’s sitting. Which is a superb element! However the draw back is, her waist half is tough to snap into place in comparison with the additional head components. That is due to the joint within the skirt and the way her sweater hangs over her skirt. I discovered it difficult to get issues line up and, whereas she’s a fairly sturdy equipment, I used to be nervous about doable injury since I couldn’t actually see what I used to be doing. So… my Madoka Yuki stands or “leans” as an alternative.
I’m going to be frank. There are two different the reason why I’m an enormous fan past this being a enjoyable and fast construct. One is that En Morikura is behind the character designs for every Sousai Shojo Teien character. (Morikura did designs for characters like Kizuna Ai too.) The field for this customary model of the mannequin equipment even has a beautiful image of Madoka Yuki on it. However the different is… I really like the alternatives for doable enjoyable scenes. For instance, she’s about the appropriate dimension to pose with figmas, only a tad taller. So I may pose her with the Astolfo/Rider figma and faux she’s a Destiny/ collection Grasp. She’s additionally the appropriate dimension to pair up with sure Bandai’s Pokemon mannequin kits to turn out to be a Pokemon Coach Lass. Perhaps I’ll finally use the Megami Gadget Bullet Knights Lancer mannequin’s head with it and faux she’s a robotic attempting to faux to be a standard highschool lady? She works in a variety of conditions.
Principally, I really feel just like the Kotobukiya Sousai Shojo Teien Madoka Yuki mannequin equipment is an ideal “first” equipment for individuals who need to construct a figma-like determine. There are a really manageable variety of items. You truthfully don’t should do any portray. (Her bangs look tremendous with out the barrette accents.) She’s extremely versatile, due to coming with three ready-to-go faceplates and hairstyles. The ultimate determine has components that match flush and joints that match collectively completely, although swapping between her sitting and standing decrease physique components is perhaps a bit harrowing with that fiddly joint. It’s a extremely enjoyable construct and the ultimate determine provides you so many show alternatives.
The Sousai Shojo Teien Madoka Yuki mannequin equipment is out there in customary and Dreaming Type Contemporary Berry variants for $56.99 every. The subsequent characters within the line are Koyomi Takanashi in her winter uniform and Ritsuka Saeki in her summer time uniform.