Figure Review: Aisaka Taiga and her little friend
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
Produced by: Max Factory
Release Date: January 2008
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.
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.