Hi everyone~ I’ve been meaning to post another figure review for a while now… so, without further ado, here’s my review for Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid Yokoppai.
Here’s my Yoko still inside her box. I’ve taken her out from her box once, and I left her moe face on… if you buy Yoko you should see her default smiling face first. There is quite a number of Nendoroid fakes out there, so for those who are concerned, as far as I know, there haven’t been any fakes of Yoko so far (and I hope there won’t be!). Also she’s my very first nendoroid, and was actually an impulse buy when I saw her in the actual store of Wasabi Toys.
Also, if you wish to see a larger view of any of the photos here, just click on the photo and it will direct you to its flickr page.
Nendo Yoko has the following with her: her rifle gun plus an extra strap, sunglasses/goggles, two alternate faces: one angry face and one moe face, three alternate arms, two alternate legs and her base. Her default face is placed at the bottom left of this photo.
Since Yoko was my first nendoroid, I had to struggle in assembling her stand. It was quite troublesome assembling her stand and it was annoying that one of the ‘claws’ for her stand was tougher to adjust than the other one. It was also troublesome to balance her because she keeps leaning… in the end, I settled with her slightly leaning to the stand for this review shoot.
Nothing much can be seen from the back. I do have to remark that her hair pins have a strange greenish color on photos that I could not explain.
We can see the trademark ‘rift’ that splits a Nendoroids bangs with the rest of its head. It’s customary for one to be able to switch a nendo’s face. I don’t have any problems with this since the cut is always clean outside, but there are some who are bothered by it. Also, much, much love to Yoko’s skull hair clip. It would have been more awesome if the hair clip can be changed, like the Kotobukiya Yoko figure.
While taking shots of Yoko, I noticed that her hair had strange grooves and lines that I’m sure are not from the actual sculpt. It makes me wonder if Yoko was a bit damaged to begin with or it was due to my handling when I first took her out from the box… Nonetheless, it’s quite sad :c I also found that a little portion of her scarf is chipped, but it’s at the back, so it’s not noticeable. This goes to show that one must be very careful when handling their Nendoroid daughter.
For those who know of Yoko, we all know that she’s quite famous for her oppai. She’s one of the few nendoroids where you can actually see oppai — or “Nendoppai” as some call them. Majority of the Nendoroids to date usually are flat in the chest area. The only nendo with Nendoppai I could think of at the back of my head would be Kannagi’s Zange-chan.
Here, I equipped Yoko with her two accessories, her sunglasses/goggles (I honestly forgot what they were in the series ;A;) and her trademark rifle. It took me 30 long minutes to get the rifle pose right, and I felt stupid because I know I did this pose quicker the first time I did it. When equipping Yoko with her rifle this way, you cannot do it diagonally because her nendoppai will get squished and repel the rifle away!
No, just kidding. Actually, they had an extra strap for the purpose of strapping the gun to Yoko for this kind of pose, or strapping it on her back. The strap is just a tad longer than the strap that’s on Yoko’s rifle by default, and the length of the does not permit Yoko’s rifle to be placed on top of her oppai. It’s quite a fuzzy explanation but I hope you understood. OTL
Here’s a closer look at Yoko’s rifle. I actually like the details on the eyepiece… The overall look of the rifle lacks on the realistic department… but… it’s supposed to be a cute figure! So not much demerits for that part. I also love how her eyepiece looks on her. And if you’re wondering how to put those on Yoko, there’s actually a slot on the back of her hair for you to place it. I forgot to take photos of that… and the gun assembly. /phail
What is special about this pose is that they really had a spare arm for Yoko for this… although it’s quite sad that this is the only purpose it serves. This particular arm actually has a slot in the hand so that the gun could appear to be held this way.
Another problem that I keep having with this pose is that her right arm almost always pops off… but then again, my Nendo Yoko seems to have “weak joints”. The ball of some of the joints split into two parts, and some joints just don’t hold too well. Are fellow Nendo Yoko owners experiencing this too? or did I just end up with a bad Nendo Yoko?
For those who are curious… here’s the back view of Yoko when she’s wielding her gun. Phail macro focusing is phail.
This is actually one of my favorite poses… but you still can’t take away the fact that re-creating this pose is quite tedious.
And here, we have Yoko’s other alternate face, the moe face. Isn’t it just cute? I don’t recall seeing it in the series though… do you? Still, cuteness cannot be denied.
If you have noticed, I have strapped Yoko’s rifle to her back in the moe photos. You have to let the strap run in between her oppai to be able to let it hold properly. The downside of this, is that her left arm sometimes falls off.
And here’s moe Yoko without her sunglasses/goggles. LOL. Sorry, ran out of things to say.
Overall, here’s my grade for Nendo Yoko:
Sculpt and Painting: 5/5 Lovely shading of the hair, good sculpt, details are good for an SD figure.
Accessories: 3.5/5 Yoko’s trademark rifle is awesome, the sunglasses are okay, but I would’ve preferred alternate skull hair clips.
Posing: 2/5 The faces are nice; most alternate hands are for one-pose use only, same with the legs; Making the epic poses are tedious; Balancing Yoko on the stand is also tedious; Posing with the gun also causes potential damage to the Nendo if the owner is not extra careful.
Overall: 3.5/5 She’s definitely loveable eye candy especially for Gurren Lagann and Yoko lovers out there, but if you’re just looking for a cute Nendoroid to take with you and take photos of, you might want to consider another Nendo.
Well, that’s pretty much it for my Nendoroid Yoko review. I thank the readers who endured my walls of texts to reach the end of this review! Forgive me for some of the blurry photos, as I was testing out a new lighting setup that makes me not depend on the flash anymore. For the photography junkies out there, I would also like to hear your input if I had improved a little from my figma Kagamiku review, and if you have other comments about the current photos as well. Thank you!