Figure Review: Shihou Matsuri, my #1 female of 2007

July 28, 2008 | Author: | In: Anime Blogs, Figures, Merchandise, Photography, sola

Just over halfway through 7 figures over 7 days, and it’s actually time to take step back to 2007. This is one figure I’ve been meaning to take photos off for a LONG time and this post will finish off all the figures I purchased for 2007. So hit the jump to check out photos of what I consider to be the best female character of 2007, Solid Works Shihou Matsuri.

My Da Capo fandom isn’t anything new, but I guess I should really elaborate on that a bit more. Pretty much anything Nanao Naru related is instant win for me and I have no hesitation when it comes to purchasing merchandise. With sola being one of Nanao Naru’s works it was also an instant win so I would say buying this Matsuri figure has more got to do with pure fandom. And that fandom is like a reflex.

However there are times that my fandom can also be my downfall and make me cry waterfalls. And this is one of them. Now to not ruin my perfect visionary of Matsuri I’ll put this nicely. This figure could have been better. All those things you get from quality figures like no seamlines, clean paintwork, a face that looks exactly like it’s anime/game counterpart, even a small simple base you just get none of that in this figure at all.

Remembering the quality of all the 6 ARIA undine figures produced by Solid Works before as well as seeing this reminds me why I should probably never buy a Solid Works figure again. Having checked my pile of loot, this is definitely the last Solid Works figure. The one thing that disappoints me the most about this figure is Matsuri’s face. It just doesn’t look right with the way it’s sculpted and with the two blushes under her eyes. It almost makes her look sleep deprived.

Unfortunately for me Matsuri is attached to the base with a screw, much like the ARIA figures. But why is the base so large. Anyway with Matsuri’s character design being a very simple one, the accessory to go with her is a can of tomato shuriko. I find this rather amusing but very fitting as well. Her skirt is also removable, but upon inspection I found that so of the paint from the inner section of the skirt had rubbed onto her skin. Also no photos of her skirtless. I think Matsuri has gone through enough what with a poor construction.

Product: Shihou Matsuri
Anime/Game: sola
Produced by: Solid Works
Scale: 1/8
Material: PVC
Release Date: October 2007
Price: ¥5,524
Available: HLJ (out of stock)

Normally with a figure of this quality I would be upset and curse why I bought such a thing. Or in some cases I would love the figure no matter how much of the quality has been deprived from it. But with this Matsuri, I’m stuck in the middle. It’s the fact that this is Shihou Matsuri and my love for this character is as great as my love for Asakura Otome. Yet I can’t deny the fact that this figure could have been done better in many ways that could’ve made me worship her. Though there are two things that redeem this Matsuri figure. First is her slim figure. She seems so petite and cute when viewed from certain angles. The second thing is the zettai ryouiki, that’s just pure sex right there.

In the end there is only one choice to make, I probably won’t be buying a Solid Works figure again. Much like how I decided not to buy Yujin figures. So for even the hardcore fans of sola, you’re better off holding onto your precious gold until something better comes out. But lets hope they also make an Aono figure.

Photography Notes:

It’s amazing how much of a difference the photos can look when you actually play around with the camera settings. With the Corti figure photos I kept getting weirded out colour schemes from the images. This time I changed the white balance settings and by god it makes a difference. Just goes to show that I should really stop being so lazy with the figure photography shoots and keep in mind the settings being used and the amount of lighting.

14 Responses to Figure Review: Shihou Matsuri, my #1 female of 2007



July 28th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Nice review (actually reviews over the past days). I am a major fan of Matsuri but I don’t like the eyes on this figure. Looks like shes been standing the midwatch for too long. To me, the face is the most important aspect for a figure and everything else comes after that.

Dang, I didn’t know you had all the Aria figures. Good photography on those. I currently own Aika and my brother has Alicia. I saw Athena in stores once but couldn’t buy (no locker room) and haven’t seen her since…

Hey, does anyone question you or say anything when you buy these kind of figures? I am also around the 24 year old range and recently bought the Lucky Star shrine maiden twins. I got jokes or looks from all sides (family, friends, Gamers clerk, and the people packing my package). I’m still going to buy figures when they appeal to me (I seldom buy them) but I was kind of curious to if you all are getting grief from this hobby.



July 29th, 2008 at 12:24 am

I guess it was my imagination:p sorry but she’s not as good as the others,but hey she’s still kinda cute:)
and yeah those blushes totally look like she’s been playing MGS4 for days XD
Not the best paint work but it’s meh,but then again it’s by solid works,I understand the quality wouldn’t be as good as Alter or GSC.
Oh,yeah,Great Photo Shoot^^

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July 29th, 2008 at 4:19 am

Curious I thought, what would be your best #1 female of 2007, as I didn’t recognized the characters name. My gosh, it’s from Sola! The can of tomato juice is awesome, way good thinking. For that alone, I need to have her.

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July 29th, 2008 at 4:54 am

Oh wow!!!!!
I want this figure!!!!!!
I was planning on getting it earlier but sadly I didn’t cause of the price.
I might get it in Japan!!!!!!
As always, love the pictures!!!!!

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July 29th, 2008 at 6:36 am

If I saw her for a very cheap price, I’d get her. (Because she’s cute, and my penchant for figures standing on one legs is increasing…)



July 29th, 2008 at 7:53 am

too bad about the face, i totally agree it looks really off ;_; the tomato shiruko was a nice touch thou ^_^ any other figures of matsuri floating around? sola was so great and yet i have nothing in my collection to reflect that… ;_;

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July 29th, 2008 at 9:17 am

Punynari: The face is definite the one thing that helps me decide on buying figures. But of course promo pictures can only show you so much until you actually purchase the figure itself, or see reviews of them.

The only person that questions me purchasing figures is my oldest sister. though she moved out of home before I got into the otaku thing s it’s a little hard for her to comprehend that this is a hobby of mine. My other sister’s friends are actually all amazed at the stuff in my room and actually like looking at the things that I buy. On a social level I do tend to hold back my otakuness but I make it known that I am into anime etc. It’s rther strange that you get looks from Gamers or clerks in Japan as I’m sure they would be used to seeing middle aged guys buying stuff.

Blueplains: Yeah well it’s good to throw in a not so good figure now and then. Gives people an idea of the kind of figures that some should avoid.

Hirvine & Rin: Don’t be deceived by the photos, I usually take photos to get the better side of the figures I purchase so you’re better off waiting for a different one to come out.

Meimi132: Well if it was for cheap then I guess it would be ok. It’s still not the best figure but the fact that it’s Matsuri is enough for me.

meronpan: Unfortunately there aren’t any other sola figures around. Lets pray that the big 4 decide to release one.



July 29th, 2008 at 10:35 am

nice figurine, true that large base is quite annoying.. take up spaces ^^;

IMO, white balance is very important (especially for white bg..), that’s why every time I start my photo session I always took a white paper photo for that particular lighting set and set it as my white balance :)

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July 29th, 2008 at 12:02 pm

I was surprised that I never saw this one in your collection before, given we have some similar tastes. It seems like all my favorite anime females are Nanao Naru designs, especially Sola and Ef, so I had to get this one when I saw it. I kinda see it as a stylized version of Matsuri, so don’t really have any problems with it, but I will say she looks best from the back! Add in the fact that it’s the only Sola figure I’ve seen to date. Now I want a Chihiro!



July 29th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

According to your photos those Solid Works Aria figures aren’t that bad.Perhaps it’s your photo shooting technique has mitigated some unfavourable parts.I believe to 100% re-manifest Nanao Naru’s characters by means of factory manufactured PVC isn’t possible.



August 1st, 2008 at 1:38 am

When I heard she was announced, I was joyful then sad when I saw the final product.
Sola was a bit hit but this figure is not. Her is face is just off.
I feel that ur shoots just makes her glow just more compared to the promo shots.

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August 1st, 2008 at 4:00 am

ron~: I just had a read through your tutorial on white backgrounds. Looks like I’ll need to visit IKEA after Japan.

Immir: I’ve had it for a while, but I kept holding off from taking photos, or it was just pure lazyness.

HisuiIBMower4: I think it’s possible to make a Nanao Naru character into PVC form. THe Halloween Girl was done impressively well. Same with the Resinya’s Kotori. It’s just that the overall quality of Resinya isn’t very good.

Optic: Well photography is an art form after all. I try to bring out the best of things in my photos.



August 1st, 2008 at 4:39 pm

If you like to paint your own figures, as I do, I just saw e2046 will be releasing a Kayori figure.


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July 30th, 2009 at 11:33 am

wow matsuri…hmm i love this series a lot…and i have watch more than 30 anime,but this story still be my number one..i have watch kanon,clannad and air and h20 and other… but i still choose this series as my first favourite!!!

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