Hi everyone! Sorry for the inactivity this past week. Here I am with one of the posts I was supposed to do… a review of the cutesome Nendoroid Reimu!
Note: all photos in this post are linked to my flickr. Click on the images to see larger views
If you do not know yet (but I’m sure fellow collectors already know this), Nendo Reimu is actually a limited release. She can only be obtained if you were at the recently concluded Comiket 76, or if you live in Japan and order her through certain websites (forgot where though ^^; ). If you don’t qualify for either of those requirements, you have to resort to deputy services, people you know in Japan, or eBay. This is my first limited/exclusive figure purchase and I chose to buy from Tokyo Hunter. People do say that his services are not cheap, and I kinda agree since his prices are almost twice of the figure — but I think he did good since Reimu arrived to me promptly and in pristine condition. I spent 7,240 yen for Nendoroid Reimu (includes EMS shipping) — her price is roughly 1.6 times the price of a normal Nendo if I bought it locally… so I think it’s not that bad.
Soooo. After all that rambling, let’s get on with the review!
There’s nothing really special about Reimu’s box. Kagamiku, however has just seen a nendo in her box for the first time. So, she’s observing, so to speak. XD
Nendo Reimu has two faces, three extra sleeves, two hands, a hand that holds her tea cup, a hand that is holding her spirit cards(?), her staff and the custom Yin-Yang base.
I was sad that Nendo Reimu only has two faces — I was expecting three since most Nendoroids have three expressions. That’s considering that they’re not limited/exclusive at all. This was ordered from a website though, are the Comiket Nendo Reimus different somehow?
Reimu out of her packaging. I really love her base since it’s refreshingly different from the transparent bases that we are so used to seeing with Nendoroids. I also love the teeny details on her shoes. My nendoroids are either on boots, or slip-on shoes so this detail was something new.
Painting on Reimu is extremely lovely. No seam lines (except for the one on her head which is necessary to swap faces) and the line details on her outfit are well done. I haven’t seen any misses on the painting. This should also be expected since she is, after all, a limited figure.
Another stand out point with Reimu is the sculpting. Notice the ruffles on Reimu’s bow, everything is finely detailed. If I was a sculptor and I needed to do ruffles, I would’ve done those curve things on the edges instead of something like this because this kind of detailing is probably time consuming. Her hair looks nice too. Also, you can remove Reimu’s bow if you wish, by removing her ponytail. Although, if you put the ponytail back… she looks like a samurai from the Edo period.
A thing to note though, some of the paint from Reimu’s ponytail got stuck on the bow… you can click on the photo to see a larger version — I am unsure if it’s just because of my own handling, or if it has happened to any other Nendo Reimu owners… can anyone confirm this?
Her skirt has some good detailing as well! The bow on her skirt can actually be removed for some di:stage action — although I don’t have the di:stage set yet, I’ve seen it from previews in Mikatan’s blog.
Also, notice that her stand has a joint — I’ve seen this first with Nendoroid Nagi — although her stand joint was broken ><; So, be careful with those stands!
Reimu is one of the few nendoroids that think white pantsu is boring. She has a more traditional kind of underwear instead…. but I think she’s not too happy that it’s revealed ^^;
You might notice the gap in her torso, that’s actually for her skirt. I do love that they even have a little belly button for Reimu there.
This shoot was actually my first figure shoot using a DSLR camera (my brother-in-law’s camera, LOL), the photos have been taken in the programmed macro setting + AWB + manual focus, while starting from the photo above until the last one in this post — they have been taken using custom settings. I fiddled around with the ISO, aperture and shutter speed but I have yet to read what they do exactly ^^;
Reimu with two of her props: her staff and her spirit paper (I’m not sure what they’re called). I was a bit disappointed at first with her limited hand options since two of her spare hands are attached to her props, then again, I thought that it would probably been annoying as hell to try and pose Reimu with the tiny props if they were separate from her hands.
THIS FACE. This was what made me cave in to find a way to purchase her — and actually, the same is happening for figma Reimu. I don’t regret buying her though :3
Another thing to note is that, she is not able to sit down like the rest of the nendoroids can. She needs a little elevation in order to sit — in this case, her base is the perfect seat :3
So… grading time!:
Sculpt and Painting: 5/5 Excellent sculpt and painting. Details are brilliant. The base is actually nice. Definitely worth the price of a limited figure.
Accessories: 4.5/5 Good amount of accessories. Attaching the tiny accessories to her hands gives the owner less hassle to pose Reimu with the props.
Posing: 3/5 Having only two faces was a major letdown for me, especially since she is a limited nendo while the normally released nendos have three faces. Being able to play with her using the di:stage and her relaxed/drunk face make up for it a little.
Overall: 4/5 Reimu is a very sweet nendoroid which would probably melt the hearts of Touhou fans. Even if you’re just a nendoroid fan, I think she is a very sweet get — especially if you appreciate very intricate details on your figures. Be warned though, she will hurt your wallet more than a regular nendoroid.
Thank you for reading my review! Comments and suggestions about the shoot and the review are very much welcome! :3