Category Archives: Cosplay

What is Cosplay?

If you happened to be visiting New York City over the weekend, you might have been privy to many characters standing in line at Starbucks or other eateries in the city. You may also have seen an increase of pictures on Twitter or Instagram – all thanks to Cosplay.

While not all have heard the word “cosplay” before. It is the combination of play and costume – hence the term “Cosplay”. It sees those engaging in it dressing up as characters from their favourite video games, comics, movies, manga television or anime.

The story on this is that the writer and founder of Studio Hard, Nov Takahashi had been assigned to attend the 1984 World-Con science fiction convention and was impressed by those attending who were dressed up in elaborate costumes. Upon his return to Japan, Takahashi coined the word “cosplay” based on what he had observed.

Fans of Comic Con love Cosplay

Many who attend Comic Con are fans of cosplay, and this weekend’s expo in New York was no exception. There were literally dozens of people dressed up as Iron Man, Wonder Women and Batman, let alone others such as Japanese amine characters and even some from the 90’s such as Hey Arnold.

The design and quality of the costume differed in intensity. Some are more resourceful than others and use props within their costumes. Others however simply went with over the shelf costumes versus those that went to extremes.

There are many costumes you can purchase that will not break the bank. This includes Her Dragonball Z, it retails for a mere $21 online. Yet, others often will go to online stores such as Cosplay House or Milanoo. The Dragonball Z jumpsuit was on clearance this weekend for just under $200, a small investment that can be used multiple times.

Those wishing to take it up a notch will hire others who are costume specialists to create unique one of a kind costumes. Many of those offering that type of service sell their wares on Etsy and all you need to do is send in measurements, pictures of the character you like and any special instructions.

Remember, buying costumes can become an expensive hobby. What is most important is to remember that you need to factor in the cost, the time and the quality of the costumes you want. If you want to look good, then it is going to cost you to do so and as many are only allowed one costume per event, putting thought into this is critical.

A recent panel that was put together to talk about Cosplay included Lindsey Celak. She describes to those attending the sticker price shock she felt several years ago when wanting a Giselle costume from the animated Disney movie “Enchanted. After requesting a quote, she learned it would set her back over $850. Commenting, Celak stated, “If you’re going for accuracy of the character, you’re going to pay for it. Close enough usually suffices.”

C3xHobby + other updates

Some figures updates from C3xHobby event that was held recently, for more photos and information do visit AkibaHobby.net. Most of the figures on display was already shown during Wonfesu, so I just posted some of the more interesting ones.

Photos via Akibahobby.net and Figure/GK
First look at Azu-nyan nendoroid prototype. So the K-ON! Nendoroids is now complete.

Some tako Luka thingy.

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A promo video of the soon to be release Black Rock Shooter pilot animation. The promo vid looks good.

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Black Rock Shooter, I hope she’ll be release very very soon

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Black Rock Shooter Alternate, still doesn’t have a  release date yet I think

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The DVD that contains the pilot animation for BRS, releasing next month.

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Reimu getting the figma treatment

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Valkyrie Complex, Kyrie Rason

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The girl with a chain, can’t remember her name actually haha

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Queen Blade Nendoroid

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Canaan and Alphard, too bad the base can’t be connected together

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Kokuto Azaka

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Senhime from Hyakka-Ryoran

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Megahouse Ranka “with a pau”

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Hattori Hanzo from Hyakka-Ryoran

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Looks like the new Maid Saber from Alter is the Saber Alter version.

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The very very expensive  Kos-Mos GK, 54k yen. From Volks

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Bonta-kun, I so want this.

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Yui doll from Azone

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There’s gonna be a Mio too.

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Some Bleach figures from Alpha Omega

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A magazine scan of Hot Toys Battle Damaged Iron Man Mark III, looks really awesome, click on the image for a larger version.

Iron Man Mark III Battle Damages ver

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Revoltech Saber

Saber was given the honor of becoming the first Fate/Stay Night character to be release by Revoltech, she’s also the first figure from Revoltech 2G line. I ordered Revoltech Saber from Play-Asia because of the cheaper price, she arrive on Wednesday just as I had expected. As usual there wasn’t much protection around the box but fortunately Saber’s box was not damage. Before she arrive, it was posted in forums by some people who already got her she got a broken elbow right out of the box. This really got me worried but there was nothing I could do about it as P-A already shipped her out. So as soon as I received her I quickly took her out of the box and check for any broken parts and was relieve that she’s perfect.

I had actually took some photos of her on the day I received her, but I decided to retook them after I adjusted my mini photo booth a bit. I use the background cardboard from the box for the first photo. I tried to get Saber into the same post as the picture on the cardboard and this is the closest that I can pose her.


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The articulation is pretty good as usual but I wish she comes with different set of hands so that I can make a proper pose for this shot. But still it came out pretty good.


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The skirt armor have joints that allow the legs to move around. There’s a joint between the hand and the arm as well, this makes it easier to make her hold her sword with both hands.


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She comes with a base to help her stand and also an extension to the base for jumping and flying pose but it’s not easy to pose her in the air as she’ll needs to be properly balance otherwise she’ll just fall down.


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She comes equip with two swords, one a transparent sword which should be her noble phantasm “Invisible air” and the second sword is Caliburn. She should have comes with Caliburn and Excalibur though and maybe with Excalibur scabbard Avalon as well, oh well I can dream :D .


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Quite detail face for a small figure, I should stop calling her small as she’s actually about 14cm tall standing straight, only a head plus shorter that Kotobukiya 1/8 Saber.


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Kaiyodo will also be releasing Revoltech Dark Saber in July which is even cooler looking. It seems Dark Saber will comes with Excalibur. If she do then it will be great.

Visit my Flickr site for more pictures

Saber
Anime: Fate/Stay Night
Scale and Material: Non-scale action figure
Company: Kaiyodo Revoltech
Price: 2380 Yen
Released: April 2007
Added to collection: May 2007
Availability: Hobby Link Japan
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

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More photos of Dark Saber here.

Figures collection (partial)

Took this shot on the day i got my camera. I decided to put all my figures that are not in my display cabinet back into their box because they were collecting dusts. And since I was in the process of putting them back I thought I might take a picture of them in their respective packaging. In the front row from left to right you can see FSN School Uniform Sakura, Asaba Ureshiko, Alter Black Dress Saber and Kotobukiya Saber. In the back row from left to right, MF Ignis, GSC Holiday Saber and GSC Evening Dinner Sakura.230407_figurescollections.jpg

Fate-chan is here!!!

Fate-chan have finally arrive, early than expected actually, I was expecting her to reach either Friday or next week. As I carry the huge box she came in back to my cubicle, I can’t wait to open up the package and take her out. As I open the package, what I saw was disappointing, I guess what I heard was right, that Play-Asia doesn’t pack their figure shipment with enough protection.

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As a comparison I took a picture of the package with my MG Hi-nu box at the bottom, the shipping box is huge. Opening it up reveal Fate-chan’s box with pieces of polystyrene all around it to protect the box. But because Fate-chan box is already as big as the shipping box, some part of the box are damage as only two side of the box are protected.

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Further inspection of Fate-chan box reveal that the top and the back are slightly dented. Most probably due to lack of protection and also the custom officer that opened up the box to check didn’t put it back properly. She was held in custom for 2 days before she was release, luckily tax free :D .

Biggest pvc figure box in my collection, I should take some photos of Fate-chan box with some other figures in my collection to compare their packaging size.

Fate-chan!!!

Took some photos of her out of the box using my temporary photo booth. She’s too big to fit using a single background, so I had to use two, a white as the back and blue for the bottom. I still lack proper lighting as I only have an emergency light that I use as front light and a reflector so the photos came out a bit dark.

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Due to the span of her cape, I couldn’t shoot a full view of her.

“Bardiche Assault, Zamber form”


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Actually wanted to shoot the length of Bardiche but due to lack of space only manage to take a portion of it.

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Try a top shot, you can see the detail of her hair, cape and ribbon.

Of all the Fate figures that was release, the Alter version is the most impressive, mostly due to the cape and the pose that depict her rising into the air. This is also my first and favourite Fate figure, the Movic version will come second but don’t think I can find that anymore.

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Fate Testarossa
Anime: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s (Mahō Shōjo Ririkaru Nanoha)
Scale and Material: 1/8 scale pre-painted PVC Figure 

Company: Alter
Price: 6476 Yen
Released: December 2006
Added to collection: April 2007
Availability: Available at Rightstuf
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

June purchase but where’s my Mirei-san!!

Bought 4 figures this month but only three have arrive Range Murata PSE #05 TT Butterfly, Kotobukiya 1/8 Sana Horiuchi and Kotobukiya 1/10 Lamento – Asato. Suppose to have Mirei-san as well but she won’t be arriving until either end of the month or early next month.

The PSE #05 is only 1/10 scale so she’s quite small, I am not sure how much she cost in yen but the price I bought it for is almost the same price as a 1/6 figure. The Lamento – Asato is also a 1/10 scale figure, but he about the size of a 1/8 though, comes with a grass like base, a sword and scabbard and also a drama CD. I like the transparent box he comes in, can display him without taking him out of the box. Sana is an older figure, she’s being re-release this month so I took the chance to add her to my collection. Besides figures I also manage to get two swords that I can use as props, they are quite cheap but the quality is quite good, made out of metal.


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Of Bats, Butterflies and Roses ~ The Warrior

Here comes another Ignis write-up, this time it’s Alter version of Ignis. While Max Factory Ignis focus on the feminine side of Ignis, Alter version focus on the warrior side of her. Sculpted by Takahashi Tsuyoshi, Ignis is in a battle pose that really show her warrior side.

Compare to Max Factory elaborate sculp, this Ignis is a much simpler affair. She comes with a simple white base with the game title embossed to it. The figure itself is well balance and able to stand without the base and I think she’s pretty safe from the danger of leaning.


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The first thing that collectors that already have Max Factory Ignis will notice when they pick up Alter Ignis is the color. The color on Alter Ignis is much more duller and darker. Other than that the paint job is still good. I went for a bamboo forest setting for this photo session but because I have no idea where to find bamboo that I can use, bamboo stick will have to do. Added in some weapons that I got to make it looks like Ignis was in a fight, some blood would have been a nice addition as well, but I do not have the coloring for it.


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In my opinion she doesn’t have as much nice angle that I can shot from, her best angle is direct from the front. Her left palm is also partially blocking her face so it’s was difficult to get a nice shot of her face.


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Definitely a different ass ^ ^, not as shapely


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The lantern that I use as props can actually lights up, so I decide to show that in this shot.


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I got Alter Ignis before I manage to get Max Factory version, though not as impressive as Max Factory Ignis, I like the way she’s portray in this version and this is the only Ignis that truly show her warrior side.

Ignis
Anime: None, from the game Jinkai Makyou
Scale and Material: 1/8 scale pre-painted PVC Figure
Company: Alter
Price: 5524 Yen
Released: November 2006
Added to collection: January 2007
Availability: sales at Play-Asia
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

AnimeFest @ Taylor’s University College

Went to the AnimeFest organize by Taylor’s University College Anime Club at Subang today. A friend of mine was selling his figures at a booth there, so me and 2 others collectors decided to display our stuff there as well. The event was quite small, with just 2 doujinshi booth, and 3 other commercial booths including my friend’s. We were actually expecting something bigger, so I guess we were a bit disappointed of the size but since this is the first even where we are opening a booth I guess it’s ok.

There were cosplay competition, singing competition and PS2 competition during the event. As expected of the cosplayer, most comes in cosplaying characters from Naruto, Bleach and Death Note. There were some exception like there were some girls cosplaying as Éclair from Kiddy Grade, Haruhi from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya respectively.

This was what my friend have for sale there and as expected the first one to sell of was the Max Factory Haruhi figure.


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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya group of figures on display and also Lucy from To Heart 2.


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Two Feito-chan by Alter and Good Smile Company respectively.


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Some Kanon figures.


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Figures from Pastel Chime, Lamento and Range Murata PSE Product.


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I didn’t really take a lot of pictures of the cosplayer and event as most of the ones I did try to take turn up dark because of the dim light and my PNS camera flash is not strong enough. I guess this is when I wish I have and DSLR :) , oh well this are the few shots that are of decent quality.

Some of the club members doing the Lucky Star dance, this is the first time I see this dance as I did not watch Lucky Star. I was hoping for Haruhi dance though.


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This is the hall the event as held, quite small, and the lighting is not good. There wasn’t a lot of people, maybe 200-300 people for the whole day I guess.


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This pair is the only cosplayer picture that came out ok, L and Misa from Death Note.


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The event wasn’t what we expected but we are still quite happy with what we achieve. Our booth was practically the center of attention, I think anyone that came with a camera will definitely have some photos of our booth. All the more professional photographers were taking photos of the figures one by one and there was a bunch of them too :) . So I guess we win the most photograph booth if there’s such a price ^^.

Will link to other pics that I find here:
Cosplay photos by hitokiri_sien
Anime Fest @ Taylor’s by Foxstrifer
Cosplay photos @ Demonic Error
Anime Fest @ Taylor’s University College by Cryorazor
Anime Fest 07 @ Taylor’s College by Lilkev84
Taylors College Anime Fest 2007 by Dwayne Foong
Anime Fest 2007 by yinky_xuan

Saber vs Saber

After the release of Revoltech Saber, Kaiyodo follow it up with Saber-Alter for their Revoltech 2G line. Saber-Alter came with the same packaging as Saber, only the colors are different. Included with her is an additional hair piece with her mask attached, her usual black and red sword and Excalibur. She comes with the same stand as Saber as well.


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On a barren wasteland, two warriors stood face to face unmove, until suddenly an unknown voice cuts through the silent “ACTION!!!”.


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With lighting reflexes both warriors spring to action, closing the distance between them in mere seconds, sword raise and ready for battle. The black warriors lunges with a foward thrust, easily block by the blue and silver warrior. The fight goes, both warriors slashing and parrying, thrusting and blocking, the sound of metal against metal rang continuously like a symphony of death.


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As their dance of death continues, the black warrior suddenly jumps up into the air and “CUT!!!!. Here comes the unknown voice again, and what does the voice means “Cut”, both warriors are already cutting each other and more importantly where does the voice comes from.


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And we see a head, a big head to be exact with a familiar looking yellow ribbons, who could this person be, who seems to be giving order to the two deadly warriors.

Unknown voice: No! No! No! both of you are suppose to jump together!
Warriors: Ok.
Unknown voice: ACTION!!!


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And the warriors continue to fight, bringing their dances of death to the air.


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And what is this, it looks like the blue and silver warrior is defeated.


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“CUT!!!” again comes the unknown voice. And what do we have here, we finally get to see the owner of the unknown voice. Seems like a school girl with a really big head, what are they feeding kids these days.


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She seems to be scolding the black warrior. It’s either she’s very brave or very stupid, anyway….

Schoolgirl with big head: NO!!!! You are suppose to lose remember, you are the bad guy and the bad guy don’t win, lets do this again.
Black warrior: Ooooo… I’ll get you for this.


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Seems like the situation been reserve and the black warrior kneel down in defeat. “CUT!!!!” came the voice again, I wonder what is wrong now.


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Oh it seems that this is the end

Schoolgirl with big head: Good work, Good work ^^
Blue and silver warrior: Thank you….
Black warrior: ……


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And the credit rolls… wait, where’s the black warrior ?


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Let’s zoom out to get a wider view. What’s that at the corner, seems to be the black warrior holding a very large weapon.

BAM!!!!!

A sniper rifle! this is suppose to be a medieval sets, why is there a sniper rifle????


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Oh no….. the schoolgirl with big head just lost her big head, and the black warrior is going for the blue and silver warrior now.

BAM!!!!


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As the schoolgirl with big head and the blue and silver warrior laid on the ground lifeless, we hear the maniacal laugh of the black warrior.

Black warrior: Ha ha ha, I won, hahhahhahahahha….. I have my revenge now…hahhahaa


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The End……


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Saber vs Saber
Staring

Saber as Blue and silver warrior
Saber-Alter as Black warrior
Suzumiya Haruhi as Schoolgirl with big head

Directed by Suzumiya Haruhi
Produced by SOS Dan

Note: No revoltech or nendroid figures were harm during the filming of this show.

Saber
Anime: Fate/Stay Night
Scale and Material: Non-scale action figure
Company: Kaiyodo Revoltech
Price: 2380 Yen
Released: April 2007
Added to collection: May 2007
Availability: Hobby Link Japan

Saber-Alter
Anime: Fate/Stay Night
Scale and Material: Non-scale action figure
Company: Kaiyodo Revoltech
Price: 2380 Yen
Released: July 2007
Added to collection: July 2007
Availability:Play-Asia

Nendroid Suzumiya Haruhi
Anime: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu
Scale and Material: Non-scale pvc
Company: Good Smile Company
Price: 2380 Yen
Released: June 2007
Added to collection: July 2007
Availability: Sold-out

Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Ice Queen ~ Natsuki Kuga

Natsuki is one of my favourite charater in My-Hime and I have always wanted to get a figure of her in biker suit cause it looks so cool, but alas there’s only 2 resin kit of her in biker suit with no pvc in sight. I am considering getting the resin kit and commission someone to built it for me but it gonna be costly though, so it’s still under consideration.

Anyhow, Griffon released a pvc of Natsuki sometime back, with her in school uniform holding her two guns. It was a figure that I have always wanted to get but the price is kinda expensive and she’s quite small too. When Play-Asia had her for sale at a very cheap price, I quickly ordered her, the price actually went down even more a week or two after I ordered, but wth it was still cheap when i got her.

Initial plan was to get a super bike for her photoshot, but due to Griffon strange sense of scale; Natsuki is actually the same size as my Alter 1/8 Hikaru Death Cloth, I had to scrap that plan as most die-cast bike is either too big or too small. They also don’t have a black color Ducati, which is the bike she rode in the manga and anime. In the end I just went for something simple, a super white shots hehe ^^, cause her element is ice, white should fit her nicely.


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First thing I notice when I took her out of the box is that her peg is on her foot and not the base, so she won’t be able to stand without the base. I dunno why Griffon decide to make it that way but it really sucks. Her base is the usual Griffon base with name plate and dark brown, very simple. Would have been nice if the base were to look like ice jutting out from the groud.


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The detail is nothing to shout about but it ain’t too bad either, at least the guns are nicely made.


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Something common with most Griffon figure are the expressionless face, but it kinda fit Natsuki cause she’s pretty cool and serious in the anime.


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She got a very short skirt so pantsu shots are easy to take. Pink pantsu ftw ^^.


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Overall a nice figure though a bit simple and small for something that’s suppose to be 1/7 in size. I am still hoping for a pvc of her in biker suit cause I really like that version of her.

For these shots three lights were use instead of the usual 2, my usual main light is use as underlight to light up the bottom part so I had to use an emergency light as the front light. I think that screw up the white balance a bit so had to do a bit of editing in Photoshop. All the photos level are edited in Photoshop to make it brighter.

Natsuki Kuga
Anime: My-Hime
Scale and Material: 1/7 scale pre-painted PVC Figure
Company: Griffon
Price: 5600 Yen
Released: January 2007
Added to collection: July 2007
Availability: available at HLJ
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS