Hi everyone! Here’s TanTango’s third figure review (still lagging in the reviews!). Today’s subject: the adorable Nendoroid Kagamiku!
Note: all photos in this post are linked to my flickr. Click on the images to see larger views
Most of us are no strangers to this particular nendoroid, especially if you have been following different blogs of fellow figure collectors. I’ve been wanting my own Nendo Kagamiku for sometime now, thankfully, I was able to get the very last one from Wasabi Toys just this Thursday. I wasn’t able to get figma Yuki (Bad witch ver.) tho ;A;
Here is the complete set of Nendoroid Kagamiku. She comes with three faces: her default smiling face; her ‘puzzled’ face and her ‘sick’ face. She comes with three alternative arms (but only two have hands with them) and one alternative leg, which is bent. Kagamiku’s accessories are her customary leeks and a sheet of stickers for different expressions. Also, the stand has been tucked away at the side. I wish the packaging for other nendoroids have the stands tucked at the side as well. It looks better that way.
Here is Kagamiku in the flesh, with her default smiling face. I really love Kagamiku because of her lively expressions — compared to figma Kagamiku who seems to depict meekness (and a sudden burst of anger from time to time), Nendo Kagamiku is very bubbly — which is why a lot of people fawn over her. Nendo Kagamiku also seems to be very photogenic for some reason. Nendo Kagamiku has a very smooth finish, no bad seamlines in sight and details are pretty good. Comparing her colors to figma Kagamiku, Nendo Kagamiku has duller colors, but they still look good nonetheless. I do love how they did Nendo Kagamiku’s eyes.
Here we see an eagle’s eye view of Nendo Kagamiku… but, she seems to have spotted me. Notice that her stand has more text in it than other nendos — that’s because Kagamiku is owned by Lucky Star, and since she’s cosplaying Hatsune Miku from Vocaloid, that has to be credited too. This is probably the reason why the anime sometimes bl**ps some words like Play***tion and other things — or they just do it for kicks.
One of the perks of having a twin-tailed Nendo is that you can make her stand without her stand as long as she has support. The above photo shows a good example of this.
A downside to Nendoroid Kagamiku is her lack of accessories, her only accessories are her leeks, but GSC tried to make up for that by adding this sheet of stickers to add on different expressions for Kagamiku. I don’t really want to use them since they’re just a few stickers. I might in future shoots though.
You can also switch Kagamiku’s hands from their sleeves. I changed her left hand so she can show you one of her leeks. To be able to distinguish her left arm from her right, Kagamiku’s left arm has the “K★H” tattoo right above the sleeve.
Here’s Kagamiku being a little tsun-tsun since she doesn’t want to do a leek dance for us.
Well, actually, that’s Nendo Shana’s “urusai” face. I just tried to use it on Kagamiku for kicks. It doesn’t fit in Kagamiku’s hair though… which is sad :c Also, you can remove Kagamiku’s earphones — so you can display her without them. If you do want her earphones on, you need to keep taking them off when you switch faces.
Here’s Kagamiku’s “puzzled” face. I do think that it sometimes looks like an “annoyed” face (which is probably why they added ‘popping vein’ stickers). I think this can also serve as a “sad” face.
This is Kagamiku’s “tired” face. Kagamiku’s expressions are one of the things I love about her, not only are they adorable, but they vary a lot and can be used in different situations for shoots. Unlike Nendo Yoko who has quite some similarities with her “moe” face and her default smiling face, or Nendoroid Nagi where her “melancholy” face isn’t really very flexible when it comes to shoots.
Kagamiku is my favorite Nendoroid to date (followed by Nagi). I love her and figma Kagamiku. Also this figmaxNendo pair is one of the few figmaxNendo pairs I’m trying to have. Nendoroids and figmas are just awesome!
And here’s my grade for Nendo Kagamiku:
Sculpt and Painting: 5/5 Excellent sculpt, no unseemly seam lines in sight. Details are good. Shading and colors are nicely done.
Accessories: 3/5 Would have liked it if Kagamiku had something like a microphone, but her current accessories do suffice.
Posing: 5/5 Kagamiku’s faces are one of my favorite aspects about her — all the faces vary and can be used in different scenes. Kagamiku doesn’t lock in to her stand much, but her twintails can support her without a stand.
Overall: 4.5/5 Kagamiku is a very lovable nendoroid. She gives off a very bubbly personality and is very photogenic. If you collect Nendoroids, or love chibi figures, buying her is definitely worth it even if you are not a Lucky Star or Vocaloid fan.
To those who have reached the end of this review, thank you very much for reading! Also, the above photo is how my setup was for the photoshoot. I did tweak the colors using photoshop for this review though — because for some reason, the colors of the photos are not as vivid as I had wanted. I might post an entry soon about photoshopping. Comments about the review and the photos are very much appreciated!