Figure Review: Nagato Yuki cosplaying at Supanova
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
Release Date: June 2007
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.
Check out other reviews:
- Yuki Nagato by HappySoda
- Figure Review: Nagato Yuki, Maximum Delight! by RIUVA
- Yuki Nagato 長門 有希 by Toys Workz
- ~Yuki Nagato~ 1/8 by Max Factory by Obsessive Plastic Lurv
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.