Figure Review: Nagato Yuki cosplaying at Supanova

November 2, 2007 | Author: | In: Anime Blogs, Figures, Merchandise, Photography

What the? Another figure review so soon?? Yes indeed. My quest to get through the backlog of everything is in full swing so keep an eye out for more in the next few days. Anyway, having attended Supanova just over three weeks ago, and it being at Olympic Park, I figured that I should take a figure or two to do some photos with. And with a bunch of people cosplaying, what other better figure than Max Factory’s Nagato Yuki. Hit the jump to check out the rest of the photos.

I remember WAY back the promo pictures of Yuki came out that it was going to be another figure added to my ever growing collection. But when the time came of her release, I totally forgot about it until she arrived at my doorstep. But then that’s been happening a lot recently, lol. Anyway Yuki is a girl that needs no introduction, she is the humanoid interface of the Integrated Data Entity, but for this shoot, she thought she should dress up a bit.

Personally I’m not too much of a Yuki fan, but I am amazed at the quality of Yuki, but that isn’t to be too much of a surprise given how well produced the Suzumiya Haruhi figure was made. Yuki here can be presented in two ways, the first being in her school uniform with blazer carrying a book. She also comes with two pair of glasses that she barely holds in her right hand. No wonder they gave her two, in case clumsy otaku hands drop them. I was thinking in case Haruhi came and took them.

Dont like the bookworm look? Want something much more awesome? Well luckily you can change Yuki into something more appropriate since we’re at Supanova. Simply don on her witch’s hat and robe and viola, Witch Yuki. This is the reason why I bought this figure of Yuki. Max Factory have done well in making the robe and witch hat look authentic with the fold and creases on the hat and robe. And to top the costume off, she even comes with a wand.

Just like the Haruhi and Mikuru, Yuki comes on a standard white base with the H symbol and her name printed on. I’m not too sure whether Yuki would be susceptible to bending with the weight of the robe and hat, but given that this is Max Factory, I think it’s safe to say that this is a solid figure.

Product: Nagato Yuki
Anime/Game: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
Produced by: Max Factory
Sculptor: Koshinuma Shinji
Scale: 1/8
Material: PVC
Release Date: June 2007
Price: ¥5,524
Available: HLJ (in stock)

Yuki here costs just a little bit more than Haruhi, but is it worth that extra little money?? Normally I would think it depends on how deep your pockets are, but as a collector, yes and no. Yes in which the quality I would say is better than that of Haruhi, and of course she comes with the witch costume. But no in that she is a rather boring figure. If it weren’t for the witch costume, I would have definitely given this figure a pass without a second thought. Overall build quality is what you would expect from Max Factory where there are no visible seams, except for the clothes, and the paintwork on both her school uniform and costume are done well and not give off a glossy, but matte look.

However the accessories such as the two pairs of glasses and wand are a different issue. Everytime I picked up the glasses or wand, it felt very fragile to the point where I nearly broke one of the glasses from placing it on Yuki’s hand. The same could be said about the wand. Attaching the robe as well shows concern of the two pieces rubbing and leaving a mark, but I’ve been luckily so far since I haven’t placed it on too tight. But despite these minor flaws, I have to admit, this is such a realistic representation of Yuki. The size of her head and the roundness of her chin are in proportion with her hair, and it shows us a balanced look, making it look more natural. The Haruhi I found her face to be a bit flat and her hair a little too large to match her head. So in essence, Yuki is a significant improvement over Haruhi.

So if you’re a Yuki fan, this is the figure for you. But for others, you may want to spend your gold on something else.

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Photography Notes

Lately my figure photos have been centralised around Olympic Park. Let’s just say that this will be the last one there for a while. I usually don’t like going to the same place twice for a shoot. Moving on, these photos were taken on the Supanova weekend and it was the perfect place to take photos of Yuki, given all the cosplayers around. Location this is The Dome, where Supanova is held, and later this year, Autosalon Final Battle.

This has got to be the lowest amount of photos I’ve posted for a figure review. If Yuki didn’t have the witch costume, I’d be struggling to get more than 5 photos, if even that. This set of photos is actually from two separate photo shoots on the same day. Initially I did it around lunch time, but found it too bright and came back later in the afternoon. This shoot I also had photographer parter Bubby there and teach him a few things about figure photography. But I was somewhat surprised to not have many people come up and ask what I was doing, given the fact that I was right outside the convention.

Again, pictures taken in P mode, but I think I’ll start using Manual mode more soon as I’m planning on getting the macro lens in a few weeks.



16 Responses to Figure Review: Nagato Yuki cosplaying at Supanova

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khardic_paladin

November 2nd, 2007 at 11:02 pm

“But no in that she is a rather boring figure”

But it’s in her character so be rather static, unfortunately. Then again, Atelier Sai’s 1/6 White Bunnygirl Yuki was pretty static too but omg I want it… then again, Yuki fan = me XD

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Bubby

November 2nd, 2007 at 11:17 pm

like kp said…its her character, also, I thought she was the best out of all the Yuki’s out there.

should I start calling you sempai? :p

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shinohai

November 3rd, 2007 at 7:26 am

Nice pics. Even as you mention that there were lots of cosplayers around, it’s amazing that almost no people managed to sneak into your shots. Almost as if You warped into a “closed space” just for the shoot XD

I actually enjoy this Yuki figure the most, the figure of her in the bunny suit is sweet as well but I’m not too used to seeing her in a bunny suit ^^; And yeah on the fragility of the accessories, I was freaking out when trying to squeeze the wand in her hand, lol -_-”

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HisuiIBMower4

November 3rd, 2007 at 8:17 am

As far as I remember when changing that Nagato’s costume her head shall be removed am I right?lol

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koko

November 3rd, 2007 at 10:06 am

Max Factory produces some pretty interesting figures. When I heard they were making a Suzumiya Haruhi figure, I was praying for a Nagato Yuki figure. Unfortunately… it didn’t turn out to be what I was hoping for… sure its a highly detailed Yuki but it lacks presence… it just didn’t look all that interesting… thats why I’ll opt for another Nagato Yuki whenever Max Factory decides to make one… or any other figure companies. Well… I actually do have a Yuki figure but it was actually picked out at random. I was hoping for a Tsuruya in her maid costume instead… I tested out a new lens using her and found it to be quite interesting despite taking it in low lighting and during the night indoors.

http://kokost.deviantart.com/art/50mm-f1-8-test-68397018

Just out of curiosity, what camera do you use? If it is a digital SLR, what lens?

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koko

November 3rd, 2007 at 10:10 am

I didn’t get the Max Factory Nagato Yuki because it felt kind of boring… I was hoping for a figure with a bit more self explanation like her reading a book or an embarrassed look… instead she seems a little too static. I actually have a Yuki figure but I got it at random. Heres my little test shot of it while testing out a new lens

http://kokost.deviantart.com/art/50mm-f1-8-test-68397018

Just out of curiosity… what camera do you use? If it is a digital SLR, what lens?

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ron~

November 3rd, 2007 at 10:36 am

Agree that she is the best yuki figurine at the moment, and also more expensive (and boring..) compared to the max fact haruhi and mikuru.

I find that most of the photos are abit blurry, not as sharp as your other figurine photos :( not using macro filter this time?

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hiero_yo

November 3rd, 2007 at 10:47 am

Well Hobby Search is selling it for 2762yen (sans shipping) http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10057048 and that was to good to pass up for me – though Alter’s swimsuit version looks much more dynamic…

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Adun

November 3rd, 2007 at 2:47 pm

khardic_paladin: True that may be, but at least I know someone I can sell Yuki to if the need ever arises.

Bubby: Please do!

shinohai: I couldn’t imagine Yuki in a bunny suit either as it just doesn’t fit her character. Though I would have to say that if it weren’t for the witch costume, this probably wouldn’t have sold as well, although I could be wrong about that.

HisuiIBMPower4: That is correct. But any character that has a robe or cape would hav to have it’s head removable. It’s just the way to put it on.

Koko: You’ll be waiting a long time for a decent Yuki figure. The fact that she is a static character in everyway, I don’t think we could see anything dynamic about her. The equipment I use is a Canon 400D with a 18-55mm standard zoom lens. The same crappy standard lens that comes with the 400D body.

ron~: I haven’t used a macro filter for the past 3-4 figure shoots, I think. But yeah, I only noticed last night that some of the photos were a bit blurry. Well we can’t always get it perfect. Plus I kind of did this photo shoot in like 20 minutes.

hiero_yo: I saw the promo pictures of the swimsuit Yuki, but still not enough to make me buy it. Like I said, I’m not really a Yuki fan.

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lu-k

November 3rd, 2007 at 8:26 pm

Haha I know that feeling about forgetting figures until you receive them… a bit frightening isn’t it? :p
I definitely prefer this figure with her witch costume. But the only thing missing is the cat on her shoulder… I wish I could have grab the special pack sold at summer WHF2007 T_T

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Aya Kyunik

November 3rd, 2007 at 9:52 pm

Ah~

Lovely photos again~
This Yuki is nice but…I think I may go for the swimsuit Yuki…

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super rats

November 4th, 2007 at 1:13 am

I really like this figure a lot, but it doesn’t really provide a whole lot of jpeg bait.

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AS

November 4th, 2007 at 3:48 am

I’m not much of a Yuki fan so I decided to pass on this one. The detail is nice but she’s a bit blah to me in a overall perspective. Have you seen the swimsuit version of Yuki by Alter? That looks like a Yuki I’ll give consideration to. http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10064987

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Adun

November 4th, 2007 at 6:43 am

lu-k: That’s another thing that it missing, the cat!! I knew there was supposed to be something else.

Aya Kyunik: Yeah I’ve heard people want to get the swimsuit version.

super rats: Very true, that’s why this photo shoot took me 20 minutes to complete.

AS: I have seen the swimsuit version, but still not a fan of Yuki so I’ll give it a pass.

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Jacky

November 4th, 2007 at 1:30 pm

I got mine at standard retail price at Animate in Hong Kong back in july. It came out around that time and I picked one up because it was one of the only figurines that were in stock which I wanted at the time. Fortunatly, the next day I visited the store again down in Mong Kok, all of their Yuki stock was raped. None of their chains stocked it and the other stores jacked up the price lol.

Such is journey for supply and demand.

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leoboom

November 23rd, 2007 at 11:00 am

Nice shots again.. i bought the discounted Yuki at HobbySearch and looking forward to it after seeing your shots.. haha

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