Comrade Akihabaka is launching his new site and as we countdown to his launch date, he is hosting some nice giveaways on figure.fm. His site isn’t up yet so I will link to his figure.fm profile. It’s currently on day 3 (more like a week actually) of 7 so be sure to check it out.
As for me, I won Day 1 of the giveaway, and the prize I own was a Revoltech Fraulein Tousaka Rin. I am not into Frauleins so I didn’t join for the prize, odd that I won. ^ ^;
Now this I didn’t expect, I got the package, and returned to my room and opened it (the tape was hard to pull, should have just cut it ^ ^;). Then…
Much to my surprise, the box got some major damage…Pretty terrible…
I opened the box and straightened everything out. Nothing is damaged except for the box itself so that’s a relieve.
And here’s everything that you get. How much did this figure retail for?
The stand for Rin. Looks pretty decent. The name isn’t backwards but they went with the localization of using the H instead of a U…
And here are the problems when you put her on, the stand is too tall for her. So she can’t even stand up properly…
And her hair gets in the way of the stand. And what’s with the double ball joints being right next to another?
Some easily fixable, critical design flaws there, did the designers even test this thing out?
As for the figure itself, I played around with it for a bit. It’s ok I guess, not really up to my standards. 1st the problem with the head, I think that many of you would agree if I said that the face isn’t attractive.
Now why? It’s because of a combination of things:
- The head is too small for its body. This is anime we are talking about here!
- The head is dis-proportioned with itself. She have a big forehead and not much of a head above it, so her head seems flattened.
- Her eyes are too far apart. I think this should have been obvious…
- No nose. It’s not as noticeable in the front but it looks like a night from the side.
- Hands are too big. It’s way too big…bigger than my 1/8 scale figures…
- Ears are too big. Not really noticeable but it should toned down.
- That frown. Some characters are made to frown, but Rin is not.
And here is one of the biggest hinder to articulation, the arm can move only that far apart. I noticed this within a minute of holding the figure.
The 2nd thing I noticed, a huge ugly gash…that and it easily pops off.
So this is the way the arm is attached…quite stupid really…even I can design something better…
While the elbow joint is not as noticeable, the knee joint is quite unattractive.
So yeah, a 17 year old just pointed out many big design flaws to you paid designers who made this figure…That said, this figure isn’t too bad and you can make some great poses with her. But you have to keep in mind of a few rules:
- As the face is an unattractive part, do a pose and blocks or hides the face from view.
- Because of the design of the base, aerial action poses are the best choice.
- When doing a back view, be caring of exposing the hip joint. It’s quite…hideous (I was shocked when I saw it).
It’s an ok figure. I liked the clothing sculpt but I can’t say much else. The sword/dagger thing is a little loose. And I don’t get why I have to de- and reattach the sleeve when changing hands. Also, I usually love the smell of opening a new figure but when I opened Rin, she smelled like a hardware store instead…urg…
Overall, it’s a great experience handling this figure. It allowed me to explore more figures and it’s my 1st time seeing a Fraulein. I know that the new ones are better and I am glad that I get to know the feel of a Fraulein.
So many thanks to Akihabaka for the giveaways. I will be joining the future ones too if I can. I wonder if there will be a prize that I really want…
[All photos were taken on the Nikon D5000]