Figure Review: Suzumiya Haruhi thinking it big
Another month has passed by since the last figure review. Many reasons for such a long time such as it’s too cold, it’s raining, it’s too cloudy, pure laziness, but the major reason is because of my new job. So finally having a fine, sunny weekend, and to see if I haven’t lost my touch in figure photography, I headed out with the one figure I was wanting to do since it arrived. And so here it is, Max Factory’s Suzumiya Haruhi.
There are very few anime series that have the capabilities of not just rocking the Japanese otakus, but pretty much the entire world. But the same goes for figures. Rarely are there figures that cause so many otakus wanting one regardless of them being figure collectors or not. But with Suzumiya Haruhi, she has excelled in both aspects. With the help of Max Factory, they literally dropped a bomb on us and brought us an absolutely stunning Haruhi that required 3 runs (well as far as I know) in order to meet demands. So for a girl who likes to think big, I decided to think like Haruhi and went to somewhere big, Telstra Stadium.
Just at a glance you can tell that Haruhi is just awesome. Straight away you can feel it emitting the aura of Haruhi in everything from the way she looks, the way she’s posed, her facial expression, the dynamism of her attitude, and the charm of her beauty. From every angle Haruhi is looking fantastic.
But what is it about this particular girl who is only interested in aliens, time travelers, and ESPers that has drawn the otaku world into following this goddess? Well I’m not too sure myself but at least I have a small version of this goddess so I can worship her in all her glory, lol. Some how this is becoming a rant rather than a review, so getting back on track, everything about Haruhi is spot on. The paintwork is smooth and vibrante with a lot of detailing put in place, like the school emblem on her uniform. Even the littlest of things such as the buckle on her belt, the pin on the danchou armband, and the kanji’s for the danchou armband.
However all these things are what I’m not impressed by. What I’m really impressed by is Haruhi’s face, or more specifically her eyes. To me the eyes of a figure, well actually any person, is what really defines a character. Here Haruhi’s eyes draw you into seeing that she is just full of energy. It’s almost like KyoAni were monitoring Max Factory’s production line to ensure that they painted Haruhi’s eyes correctly.
Well we have a danchou version of Haruhi, but also want a director version but don’t want to buy another figure of Haruhi (Well if you were rich that wouldn’t be a problem)? Well fear not as Haruhi comes with accessories so you can transform her into a director. Simply remove her right hand and left arm and switch over the parts. Max Factory have done well in concealing the holes where the parts go and the pose goes well with both versions.
Product: Suzumiya Haruhi
Anime/Game: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
Produced by: Max Factory
Sculptor: Masanori Kuroda
Release Date: February 2007
Available: HLJ (unavailable)
Originally I wasn’t going to do a review for this simply because many others have already done so. However I decided to go ahead anyway but not cover too much as most people probably already have this so there’s really no point. For me, this is the second figure from the Suzumiya Haruhi series, the first being Kaiyado’s Mikuru, and the next one, that got released recently is Max Factory’s Nagato Yuki in her witch costume. Personally I didn’t get the Max Factory Mikuru as I don’t like getting doubles of characters unless they are ones I REALLY like.
So with the Haruhi figure, she is definite up there in being one of the best figures out in 2007, and the most wanted at the start of the year. She is truly a figure that Haruhi fans should get, but even if you haven’t seen the Haruhi series, she is still a quality figure to add to your collection. But really, who hasn’t seen Haruhi? If you haven’t, you should really dig yourself a hole and stay in there (joking).
Check out other reviews of Max Factory’s Haruhi:
- Shooting Haruhi Suzumiya by Not-Kyon by HappySoda
- Suzumiya Haruhi no Kentou by mukyaa.com
- Figure Review: Maxfac Haruhi & Mikuru! by RIUVA
I’m sure there are others but I can’t find them. Or other than that everyone can’t beat super rats photos.
With many figure photographers now emerging, I’m finding it very hard to do anything as awesome as those who do the indoor style photo shoots. So for the time being, I’ll stick to what I do best, and what most people are afraid to do, and that is photograph my figures out in the public. This time I headed back to Sydney Olympic Park as I thought I would find something suitable. And that I did. With Haruhi always thinking big, I thought big and something big was right in front of me. Telstra Stadium.
Today there were people setting up for an event or something, probably a rugby match, but luckily not many people watching me. Anyway you may notice my photos looking a little off colour in some or too dark. This is because I photographed these in the shade with a patch of sunlight shining through. Some turned out good, some not so, but Photoshop can fix that to an extent. This photo shoot took me about 30 minutes, I should’ve spent longer on it, but I wanted to the other figures that I had with me.
Also with it being Winter in the Land of Oz, the sun isn’t as strong compared to in Summer, due to the air being more denser, which is good since it reduces the strength of sunlight. Plus having done some photography work with wedding portraits, it’s becoming useful in figure photography now as I’ve used what I learnt, and the results are good. So look forward to another figure review soon, very soon.