Figure Review: Ibuki Fuko powered by starfish
Still on a roll, No.5 of 7 figures over 7 days. This time we take a trip to the other side of my fandom for moé which is the Visual Arts/Key side of things, but the focus for this post is Clannad. It’s been a while since they released any Clannad figures (the last one I bought was like 2-3 years ago) but with the recent success to the Clannad anime series, it has sparked an influx of merchandise. Well here’s one of them and it’s none other than Kotobukiya’s Ibuki Fuko. Hit the jump to check out more.
When I started my journey into otakudom, Visual Arts/Key games were the first renai type games that I ever came across and at that time, Clannad was going to be released in a few months. Even after the game was released, I was really only a Nagisa, Kyou and Tomoyo fan, but after watching Fuko’s route in the anime series, I had a change of heart, and love her just as equally. Plus she can be really cute at times.
Now I own a number of Kotobukiya figures and I usually find them to be a miss or hit. I usually don’t understand why Kotobukiya can be like that as I know they can make some quality figures, and with this Fuko it’s an inbetween. The overall figure is great and I love how small she is. I love how her legs are so close together and how she is grasping the starfish ready to hand out to you. But I must disgress, the standard face just seems to not do it for me. Well only from certain angles.
But that isn’t there is all to Fuko. Just when I thought her being just like this was cute, she becomes even cuter once you attach the accessories to her. Clannyad version Fuko! Such a peppy young girl and her being a dog fits her really well. Just like the Nagisa figure, her ears are attached by magnets and they only fit on one side. I found this out when the forces of nature decided to fling one ear elsewhere and took me about 30 minutes searching the floor for it.
Although I say that I don’t like the standard face that come with Fuko, fear not, for you can change her face as the other accessories include two other faces. Personally I like the last one the best but either one are really cute, just hard to choose which one to show, but for me, I’ll stick with the standard face and leave her in Clannyad mode. Also I don’t think her skirt can be removed. I kind of forgot to try and I can’t be bothered to find out either.
Having saw the promo pictures before made her look to be a pretty bad figure and I went ahead and ordered one anyway. But you know what, I actually quite like this Fuko. Sure it doesn’t compare that much to some of the other recent figures that you have seen over the past few days, but knowing that after watching the Fuko arc in the anime series had made me cry, I can probably appreciate this figure a bit more. But because she is also small in stature, it just makes her that much more cuter. Having the ability to change her face on a whim is great as well (though I kind of don’t see the fun in that with nendoroids) and it’s a great compliment to Fuko overall. It’s not a great figure, but it’s not a bad one either.
Having learnt my little lesson in white balance, again the reslts of these photos turned out well and with me having to edit very little. Also I should start looking for more backgrounds once I get back from Japan as seeing the same colours gets boring. Either that or I should do more outdoor figure shoots.