Figure Review: Aisaka Taiga and her little friend

July 26, 2008 | Author: | In: Anime Blogs, Figures, Merchandise, Photography

Number 2 of the series of 7 figures in 7 days. This figure I would have to say is one of the cuter figures of my 2008 purchases in many ways. This is also the first figure to arrive at my doorstep for 2008 and we’re off to a good start to the Moé Moé Rabu empire of 2008, but we also take a step back and bring back some wonderful additions to go with this figure. So hit the jump to check out more on Max Factory’s Aisaka Taiga.

Aisaka Taiga is a character from the light novel Toradora!, though personally I don’t know much about the novel itself, but upon seeing the promo pictures of her many months ago, it would be a nice addition to the collection. Not to mention I usually like figures that are sitting down as they take up very little space in the cabinet.

The one thing that caught my attention with this figure is her negative attitude expression, or in other words the tsuntsun look. For a character of such small physique and long wavy hair, she makes a huge impact that is standoff-ish, but cute at the same time. Reading her character profile on Wikipedia, it states that she is also a clumsy type but for me personally I can’t see it. I see her more as the easily angered little princess, but when she gets angry at you, you can’t help but laugh it off due to her small stature. Although I’m not one to speak of small stature since I’m not all that tall myself, lol.

Taiga’s long wavy hair is what I like most about her. I truly believe a girl’s hair is what can make them different to other girls. The sheer volume and luscious brown colour makes her one of the gorgeous figures out of my collection. I would even say that she gives Tsuruya-san a run for her money. And at least with this Taiga, her hair didn’t prick my hand.

Of course if we only had Taiga sitting by herself, that would be rather boring. So she’s accompanied with a little friend and strangely enough it’s also a little tiger. Well it’s either that or a very strange cat. Having it sit in the palm of her hands just makes it even more cute but I think it reflects Taiga’s personality quite well. Small and cute, but ferocious. And to complete Taiga, her skirt is removable as well. How many wish you were that small tiger?

Product: Aisaka Taiga
Anime/Game: Toradora!
Produced by: Max Factory
Scale: 1/8
Material: PVC
Release Date: January 2008
Price: ¥5,524
Available: HLJ (available)

There have been other releases of Aisaka Taiga but this one is the one that is the best of them all. Being a Max Factory product you’d expect quality, and you get exactly that as Taiga is pretty clean with the exception of a smudged on her left leg near her thigh. But this is a very simple figure and it’s pretty hard to make simple figure into something terrible, and if that was the case, I’d be crying about it. If there is anything about this figure that displeases me is probably her eyes. I know that it’s part of the design but they seems so deep yet almost lifeless when looking at certain angles. But I guess it adds to the tsuntsun look. This figure is based on the front cover image of the first volume of the light novel as seen below:

For Max Factory to produce something that is an exact replication of the source is amazing. A cute figure and something a figure collector of the cute should add to their collection.

Photograph Notes:

When I mentioned taking a step back at the start it was to bring back a particular favourite from the early days of figure photography. Yes the Barbie furniture is back for a second time. Many of the more recent visitors to the site might not know but I first used the props in my Fujibayashi Kyou photos and back then I didn’t have the same setup. Well I decided to try again but had a little trouble with the reflection of the felt couch. Still, nothing like a little Photoshop can’t fix.

One of the original ideas for this figure was to shoot outside during a full moon. Since Taiga has her hands out I wanted to have her holding the moon in her hands. Due to her hair and the angle it proved difficult, not to mention I haven’t tried photographing figures outside at night time. Perhaps another time.



12 Responses to Figure Review: Aisaka Taiga and her little friend

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Danny Choo

July 26th, 2008 at 10:51 am

Shes really cute!
Max Factory heh?
GET.

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Blueplains

July 26th, 2008 at 10:57 am

Awesome photo shoot Adun,She is adorable but she looks as if she’s spoiled,haha idk…
anyways cute figure and the color of her hair is beautiful,although the shape of it looks a little weird from a front view,almost like a weird wig:P the cat looks cute too^^,and well done with the props,but maybe a red or brown colored sofa would hit a home run rather then purple…But it’s all good:D
Thanks for showing the pictures,really enjoyed her expression^^ can’t wait for your next installment;)

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suguru

July 26th, 2008 at 11:59 am

Ah, Taiga from Toradora–that and Kannagi are the two fall anime series I’m looking forward to the most. Great pictures, if I were to start collecting figures, I’d definitely buy this–read the first two novels that have been translated so far and Taiga is a great character.

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Optic

July 26th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

I haven’t read the novel but I know an anime series is in the works atm based on the novel. So that means she is currently a ‘random’ figure and to ensure I don’t go broke, I don’t buy random figures. Well, I really try not to. lol
She really looks cute and I hope the anime turns out well because she’s already in my “To Get” list. xD

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Rin

July 26th, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Okay, once again, another to add to my long list of stuff to get at Japan.
I lovee the pictures!!!!!

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ron~

July 27th, 2008 at 3:58 am

very nice props there :)

I need to get some barbie stuffs later :D

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Koshiko

July 27th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

She (and Tsuruya) makes me miss my long hair u_u~
Looking quite endearing, I can see how she could pull off the clumsy aspect, and then get all flustered and deny anything happened heheh~

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Adun

July 28th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Blueplains: Well you know how it is with Barbie furniture. They all have to look funky. But I like that kind of look especially when matching it with a school girl type figure.

Optic: You should try buying a random figure. Sure there is the chance of it being not what you expected, but it’s still worth it.

Rin: Long list is long.

Koshiko: Out of my figures, most of them are all long haired with only a select few with short hair.

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Eve

August 3rd, 2008 at 8:39 pm

I also like Taiga’s hair, it’s the best part of the figure in my opinion, great pictures by the way, I like it.

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Pudding

August 6th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

hehe… probably my 2nd favourite figure i got this year… just behind the nendoroid miku and just beat the saber i bought…

i read the novel… and yeh… taiga’s character is just… not much to say..
and yeh… it is definately the hair and her attitude that catch ppl’s attention

if she gets angry.. it is scary btw… hehe

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Leonia

May 25th, 2009 at 7:16 am

Oh ! She is really cute in yours pictures ! Great job for this presentation !

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joemel

December 24th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

It’s adorable, The figure is almost an exact copy of the cartoons… but I am really confused if it was a tiger or a cat, these kinds of figuring will really fit my daughter’s bedroom furniture sets

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