Goods: Natsume Takashi PVC Figure Review (Alter Atelier Natsume Yuujin Chou)
Check out the cute little butt peeking out of the window!
Title: Natsume Takashi’s PVC figure
Released in July 2010
Damage: 7140Yen (w/tax)
Animate Japan exclusive (out-of-print)
A renewal version with a more beautiful sculpt of Natsume was released in January 2015
Natsume Takashi’s PVC figure arrived early last week but I haven’t found the time to unbox it and enjoy the figure properly until now :)
Based on Midorikawa Yuki 緑川ゆき’s manga and anime adaptation, Natsume Yuujin Chou 夏目友人帳, this Amiami and Animate exclusive PVC figure has a damage of 7140 Yen (w/tax).
Released under manufacturer Alter’s Altair label, the figure is sculpted by Naoto Moriwaki and Mirano. It is my most expensive non-action-figure PVC statue to date and my first PVC figure from this manufacturer. I’ve heard good things and reviews about Alter’s predominantly female figure releases, so I’m expecting this figure to be well-made too. Come to think of it… I remember reading somewhere that said that Natsume Takashi is Alter’s first ever male figure!
Anyway, here’s a look at the figure’s box packaging… The matte-laminated box measures about 240mm x 210mm x 130mm and as you can see, the design is very beautiful and classy! There is a cut-out window at the back of the box where you can see Nyanko-sensei’s cute little butt peeking out. I find that a very thoughtful detail.
There is also a cover flap where you can lift up and view the contents inside. Very nice! Everything about the package oozes quality. I think it looks pretty enough to be displayed as it is.
After opening the box and inner plastic container, I found that the paints on the PVC give off a slight odour. However it is not very strong, so that’s a good thing :)
Natsume’s features are well-painted and crisp. I like the colour of his skin very much cos it looks very natural. Nyanko-sensei is perfect and cute. (Btw, some of photos aren’t very sharp cos I wasn’t using a tripod ^^;; so the quality of the paint-job may not come across properly)
Photo shows the bottom of the box. The inserted pic is a piece of instruction on how to remove the cast-off feature which is the kimono draped across Natsume’s shoulders. It isn’t attached or stuck onto Natsume’s body, so you only have to gently tug at it to remove it. Very easy to put it back on too.
Front view of Natsume with and without the kimono.
The figure is very well-made, from the sculpt of his hair, hands and feet to the little folds and creases of the fabric on his body, the tree branch, etc. The paint job is very well-done and clean too.
Beautiful detail. If only Nyanko-sensei was also removable lol ^^
I haven’t spotted anything I can nitpick about the figure :P
I think the size of this 1/8 scale figure (180mm) is just right for display. Not too big and bulky. For now, I’ll be keeping the figure in its box first. My room is currently in a big mess ^^;;; so there’s no space to display him.
Is it worth the $$$? Well, I don’t own enough PVCs to give an authoritative answer but I can definitely say this is indeed a quality PVC that you can consider getting and is recommended for people who love the manga/anime series ^^
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