A late-90’s staple of Enterbrain’s TECH Win PC hobby magazine, OS Idol Win-chan finally makes her PVC debut. Coming from the production team that brought us the Himekuri Image Girl back in January the decision to pick this up was a no-brainer; read on to find out if she stands up (or lays down) to the precident.

Original Design: Yoshizaki Mine (吉崎観音)
Sculptor: Enoki Tomohide (榎木ともひで)
Source: TECH Win Magazine
Scale: 1/7
Material: PVC, magnets
Release Date: April 12th, 2006
Production: Kaiyodo / Organic
Price: 3,990 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: Low Stock

Color Composition: 9/10
Paint Job: 9/10
Pose: 7/10
Character Fidelity: 8/10
Final Verdict: 8/10

The Yoshizaki Mine / Enoki Tomohide combo strikes again with this little bundle of PC-mascot joy, as faithfully reproduced in PVC by the wizards at Kaiyodo / Organic. The pose is the weakest point of the kit, as there’s only so much that can be done with a prone figure; this is offset somewhat by the ability to stick her on any iron surface (aside from a computer, of course, which is more ironic the more I think about it). This is the first new release to hit store shelves from among the pool of items introduced at last February’s Wonder Festival, and if they continue at this level of quality I’m predicting a whole lot of happy figure fans (and sad wallets) to come in the next several months.

Who is Win-chan? Is she an OS-tan?

Win-chan isn’t an OS-tan, and in fact predates the 2chan OS-tan craze. She was a regular feature in Enterbrain’s TECH Win magazine from October 1998 to April 2002, illustrated by Yoshizaki Mine of Keroro Gunsou fame. The complete TECH Win Win-chan art series along with several extras has been collected in the mook Sky Blue, available from amazon.co.jp here (HLJ has a listing with pictures, though it’s out of stock there).

Win-chan has been rendered in resin several times, including two versions by Enoki Tomohide of circle eyewater, one by Tohn of Ame no Hare no Hi, and one by Aoi of Night Blue (as crappily assembled and painted by me). Here’s hoping for more PVC versions to come, to spare everyone the horror of my nightmarish paint jobs…