Hype for Gurren Lagann was high back in May when this Yoko figure was announced, and given my enthusiasm for the show I made the rather foolhardy decision to preorder her sight unseen. Luckily when the first images of the kit emerged my decision seemed vindicated, and it was just icing on the cake to learn earlier this week that her top was castoffable. Yoko’s popularity and the castoff gimmick notwithstanding, now that the show is over how does Konami’s craftsmanship hold up to scrutiny? Not too badly at all, in my estimation – but not particularly amazingly either.
Original Design: Nishigori Atsushi
Source: Gurren Lagann (anime)
Scale: 1/8 (20 cm tall)
Release Date: September 27th, 2007
Price: 5,775 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [KNC] [HS] [TL]
Support HD!: [PA] (possibly incorrect) [YA]
Yoko is the impressively bosomed, sniper rifle-toting female sidekick in Gurren Lagann, Gainax’s latest giant robot tour de force. In the show’s initial episodes she doesn’t show much personality, though apparently later on she develops a coat with which to shield herself from the harsh elements of outer space (I’m going to catch up on Gurren Lagann eventually, honest).
This being the first Yoko PVC incarnation we don’t have much to judge her against, but figure-wise this is an item that screams “decent, but not exceptional.” Well, it doesn’t so much scream as speak it in reserved tones. Anyway, the sculpt (by anonymous – come on Konami, credit your staff properly) captures her character well enough, and though the face is a bit off it’s cute enough in a punky sort of way to be forgiven.
The coloring is ok (though a different painting method on the bra to avoid layering yellow on black would’ve been appreciated), the pose is fine, the production quality and artistry involved all seem satisfactory enough. The fact that the bra part is a separate piece of plastic was quite a surprise in a figure based on a Sunday morning cartoon, though the unpainted bosoms beneath are rather silly.
If I had to make one complaint it would be that there is no method for securing her gun in her hand or to the base, so it’s virtually impossible to position it in her grip without auxiliary support. An attachment hole in her hand (or even better a hole in the base) would’ve been much appreciated.
Overall Score: 7/10
+ surprise separate bra part
+ nice boots!
o average production values
o average pose
o cute but unfaithful face sculpt
– nearly impossible to pose with the gun
– unpainted nipples, no easy castoff procedure
I’d recommend this figure to hardcore Gurren Lagann fans and Yoko devotees, but perhaps not to the fan on a budget – there are sure to be many more Yoko kits in the future, many of which will likely be superior to this. I can’t recommend it to [ERO] figure collectors either, unless you don’t mind a bit of mod work to make her anatomically correct.