Figure Review: Shihou Matsuri, my #1 female of 2007
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
Produced by: Solid Works
Release Date: October 2007
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.
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.