The world of figures you’d have a hard time displaying in public saw another entry recently in the form of this pint-sized O-ji / Toy’s Planning collaboration, called “trial edition” as she was produced as the provisional first in a series of figures bundled with mini-artbooks (Weekly Dearest My Brother, anyone?). As the Toypla blog is now reporting that the series is to continue (pictures below) I thought it would be a good time to whip out the camera and see what it’s all about. The rather work-unsafe results of a detailed inquiry follow:
Original Design: O-ji (Noantica)
Sculptor: JUN (E.V.)
Scale: N/A (8.5 centimeters tall)
Release Date: April 3rd, 2007
Production: Toy’s Planning
Price: 1,659 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: Hobby Link Japan (low stock)
I stumbled upon this figure a few days ago when notice of its release appeared on Amiami, and I wavered for a day or so before deciding to pick it up – at which point I checked Amiami’s stock, and they were out. In a panic I ordered it from Hobby Search for 500 yen more than it would’ve cost at Amiami, only to see it go back into stock at Amiami that night. I wavered another day, didn’t hear back from Hobby Search aside from their initial automated reply, and decided to cancel the Hobby Search order and go with Amiami after all. I then finally got an email from Hobby Search saying that they’d already shipped, and if I wanted to cancel I’d have to send it back to them. *deep breath*
To make a long story short, Hobby Search is a shitty store that doesn’t communicate with its customers before it sends them things, and I now have two copies of this figure sitting around. I’m trying to figure out a creative way of getting rid of the extra one that involves actually sending it to someone instead of putting it in a padded mailer and letting it sit for months on end. Something may come up regarding this soon.
- Value for the price. I’m a sucker for nice things bundled with other nice things, and if you offer me a nice little full-color artbook along with a cute figure for less than 2,000 yen I’ll take it, regardless of subject matter. In my opinion this is the sort of value proposition that makes everyone happy – the maker gets a profit, the fan gets a quality product without bruising the wallet (unless you accidentally order two of them), and the girl in question gets a warm home where she won’t need to worry about a persistent lack of underwear.
- While at 20 pages the artbook isn’t much more than a pamphlet, it comes with a separate dust jacket – unusual for this sort of book/figure combination item, and a nice touch.
- When you take the price factor out of consideration, it’s hard to say more for this sculpt than that it does the job. A figure of this size is never going to really hit you with the shock and awe factor.
- Critical failure in the photography department. For the first several shots of the packaging I forgot that I didn’t have auto focus on, resulting in the hideous train wreck you see above. My lighting setup is gradually taking shape, and when tweaked in Photoshop as the header and footer are it can result in some quite becoming pictures (if I do say so myself). Still a lot of work to do in that department, though. We struggle on.
Overall Score: 8/10
A satisfactory price/performance ratio along with solid sculpting, beautiful Noantica art and the unexpected inclusion of a dust jacket for the artbook bring this kit to the point where I would recommend it to anyone without an extreme aversion to flat chests or girls without underwear. Being burdened with neither I am eagerly looking forward to the next two installments in the O-ji Collection series, pictured here as promised: