Oh let’s see here… What’s this? Another post? — And a review nonetheless! I feel like this has been waaaaaay overdue so I decided to make another review post since I doubt anyone is interested in my comments for upcoming figures. ~_~; I have a huge backlog of unopened figures since I haven’t done any reviews in a long while, so I decided to start again! I’m trying out a different review style in this post, so please do comment on it. The subject of this review is the cute Nendoroid Nao Staccato ver. from the online game Mabinogi.
||Nendoroid 073: Nao (Staccato ver.)|
|Manufacturer:||Good Smile Company|
|Origin:||Mabinogi (Korean MMORPG)|
Funnily enough, I don’t know anything about Mabinogi besides that it is a Korean MMORPG that has Nao as its staple moe mascot. I still caved in and pre-ordered her from Tokyo Hunter because I simply adored her outfit, cute faces and her fashionable bag. Some of you may know that Nao already had a nendoroid that was released in 2007 that’s quite difficult to find nowadays since nendoroids back then were not as widely popular as they are now.
Nendoroid Nao Staccato version is a magazine and online shop exclusive. Which is why I enlisted the services of Tokyo Hunter to get her. I paid 6880 yen for her inclusive of EMS shipping. When I think of it now, I paid quite a high price for her, but back then, I wasn’t confident enough to use other proxy services like Goody Japan. She’s my second exclusive nendoroid which I got in November last year… and which is why this review is WAAAAY overdue ^^;
Packaging is the usual standard-issue packaging for nendoroids. They’re secured in the fitting plastic case, wrapped in plastic wrap for protection. The box shows the standard poses for the nendoroid as well as other information from GSC. But there’s no need to fear of getting any bootlegs, since Nao isn’t a very popular character, it’s unlikely that this nendoroid will ever get pirated.
Nendoroid Nao Staccato only has two faces. Her smiling face, and her tsundere face. The accessories that come with her is her bag and a pair of glasses. Aside from that, she comes with three alternate hands, five alternate arms and her standard issue base. Considering that I had to pay a premium for her, I’m not that happy that the amount of items she has is quite underwhelming.
Here is Nao finally out of her box after so long. I like the design for her uniform. It seems like it’s been straight out of an eroge game, not that I’ve played any ^^; You can also notice that Nao also has nendoppai, which is quite accurate because she’s depicted as a very busty mascot.
Nao is a twintailed character and so it is expected that you can move her twintails. Unlike Nendo Kagamiku and Miku though, Nao’s twintails can only move sideways because her hair ribbons are quite large and limit the movement of the twintails. I was quite disappointed when I found out because changing twintail angles sometimes gives a nicer, more natural effect to the pose of the figure.
Nao’s base is the standard-issue nendoroid base complete with a buttrest since she has a skirt. The peg for the base is a joint peg, but I seriously feel that it’s not really useful. More on the base later.
Here’s Nao’s alternate face: the tsundere face. I think this face has an appeal to tsundere fans, especially when paired with the glasses that she has on.
Nao’s glasses don’t have any sort of pegs on it. The only way to put them on Nao is to wedge the glasses into the hair on the sides of her face.
One of Nao’s alternate hands is specifically designed to hold her bag. It’s somehow shaped like a hook, but the bag itself doesn’t really snap it place. You have to ‘hang’ the bag on her hand in order for you to achieve this pose. When I tried making this pose, the bag fell a couple of times.
I’m unsure if this bag was ever a game item, but I have a hunch that it must be a game item because it was featured quite a bit during previews and announcements of Nendo Nao. The design suits the overall outfit nicely and it’s pretty detailed for such a small item.
The only thing that I’m unsure of with this bag is that the back portion has a weird paint job on it. I am unsure if it is intentional or not. The gray portion is bulging a bit in the back like there was too much paint that had dried on the bag, but I’m thinking that it might be intentional since there is no indication that it might have been a mistake. Also the right gold plate in front lack some paint in the corner. It’s not too noticeable far away, but it can be seen even if you don’t look for it.
Nao’s other pair of alternative hands is used for the “kung fu” pose (as seen in the back of the box) and can also be used for poses with Nao lifting her glasses up. It can also be used for greeting aliens.
A pair of Nao’s alternate arms are used specifically for a pose which lets her put her hands behind her back. The pose can be seen as illustrated at the back of Nao’s box, but the actual execution is something else.
It is not seen in this photo, but Nao’s buttrest actually is a great obstacle in achieving the pose of Nao hiding her bag behind her back. The buttrest, strangely enough has a panel where there’s a hole where you can put the peg in. But because of that panel, it is difficult to place the bag on Nao’s hand and let it stay there. As I have stated earlier, the bag does not snap into Nao’s hand, it just hangs there. Because of the design of her base, it is virtually impossible to do the pose that was shown in her preview photos and her box. I feel that her buttrest was supposed to have been like the other nendoroids, where the buttrests are inserted into the pegs, but this design has come up. I feel that this is a major flaw in the design since it does not allow the owner to pose her hiding the bag behind her back — which is always shown as one of her poses in official photos.
The above is a photo of Nao’s base, just to show those who are wary of possible bootlegs what the base of this nendoroid looks like. I still do not like the design of Nao’s base at all.
One good thing about this nendoroid is that her clothes look very nice, and it looks adorable on other nendos, like Kagamiku! But enough of that, let’s get on with the grades.
|Standard Issue packaging, not much needs to be said|
|Nao is a very cute nendoroid. Her outfit and her accessories are cute too|
|The poses that can be done for Nendo Nao Staccato are very limited. It does not help that her base limits other standard poses that she can do as well|
|It was very hard to pose Nao and even though she is definitely cute. All her limitations put a damper in my enjoyment.|
|Value for money:||★★★★★|
|Being an exclusive figure, I expected to get a lot more than this.|
|Considering the amount of money I had spent on her, and that she is an exclusive — if I had a choice, I would have bought a standard issue Nendoroid instead. The amount of limitations on her for an exclusive is not even funny. The only redeeming factor she has is that she’s cute and her clothes can be used on other nendos too. But that’s already a given with all nendos.|
Well, that is it for my review. This is the first time ever that I had such a low grade for the figures that I reviewed, but that just shows how disappointed I am with Nendo Nao Staccato. I’m just sad that because I am disappointed in her, I don’t want to sell her off at the same price I bought her with. Sad, isn’t it? :c
That aside, I’d like to know what do you think of my new review format. Comments and suggestions are always appreciated! Thank you very much and have a good Sunday! ^^