Yotsuba is the vivacious, green-haired heroine of Azuma Kiyohiko’s Yotsubato! manga (dubbed Yotsuba&! in its English edition). With very few exceptions the author has refused to condone derivative products based on his designs, until now; his production team has formed a very deliberate aesthetic around the franchise, and they no doubt wanted to be sure any figure version would stay true to that vision. They seem to believe Kaiyodo is the company that can deliver with a standard of quality in their Revoltech action figure line to match, and with Enoki Tomohide on sculpting duty there was little doubt this would be a solid item. But is Yotsuba: THE ACTION FIGURE fun? You damn well better believe it. :D
Original Design: Azuma Kiyohiko (homepage) (Yotsuba Studio)
Sculptor: Enoki Tomohide (Amiami search)
Source: Yotsubato! (manga)
Scale: N/A (12 cm tall)
Materials: PVC, ABS, metal prop
Release Date: September 27th, 2007
Price: 1,995 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [KNC] [HLJ] [HS] [TL] [AAA]
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Yotsuba was released today to coincide with the Japanese edition of volume 7 of Yotsubato!, and there couldn’t have been a better one-two combo (unless we’re talking about punching goats at a petting zoo). There’s little I can say about this figure that isn’t shown in the pictures; it’s Yotsuba, it’s awesome, and if you were at all on the fence on this one I highly advise that you go pick her up before she sells out, because sell out she most definitely will (though this being the Revoltech line they will likely produce another run).
I’d use this space to link to our past coverage of this figure, from her announcement on the official Yotsuba Studio page through her display at Wonder Festival, but the search function isn’t working right now (darn you WordPress 2.3!) so I’ll stick to ranting about how absolutely fun this figure is. I recommend hunting around the internets for further examples of the poses she can take, as that’s the best way (short of manipulating her yourself) to get a feel of the huge range of motion and articulation she has. You’ll know this if you’re familiar with the Revoltech line, but they’re really quite well made (though not exactly childrens’ toys; I wouldn’t recommend giving this to someone under the age of about 10 or so).
Overall Score: Enjoy everything.
When it comes down to it there are two types of people in the world: those who like Yotsuba, and those who don’t. If you’re one of the former, given the price point, set parts and production quality I can’t think of a single reason why this kit wouldn’t interest you (unless you really don’t like Yotsuba, or the touch of PVC causes you to break out in hives, or you’re against the idea of having fun).