Review by JoshB
Just who is this Haruhi Suzumiya anyway? Why does she grab onto the hearts of Otaku across the globe. Is she simply a Moe idol, or is there much more to her?
At first glance, Haruhi Suzumiya seems scientifically orchestrated to pull at the desires of the lonely otaku. The schoolgirl outfit, the bows in the hair, the doe-eyed stare. I supposed it would be easy to dismiss here as just another pubescent obsession. Suprisingly enough, there is more to Haruhi than you might expect.
According to Wikipedia, Haruhi Suzumiya is nearly a god. She has the ability to alter reality, but doesn’t know it. She may be one of the most powerful characters that ever existed, but unless you know the show, she is dismissed as just another anime schoolgirl.
Regardless, you can’t deny the popularity of the character or the show she hails from – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The dance during the show’s end credits has become an otaku phenomenon, and it shows no sign of stopping.
It seems only natural then that the one of the first releases in Max Factory’s FIGMA line would be of Haruhi. What better way to launch a new line of figures than to start out with one of the hottest characters out there.
As I mentioned in the Figma Saber review, the Figma line is a direct competitor to the Revoltech Fraulein line. But Max Factory does it better. They just seem to have a better grasp of how to make an articulated female figure.
The Figma Haruhi Suzumiya is a great toy, even if you are not familiar with the anime. It’s solid construction, fantastic articulation, and great details.
Haruhi comes with three different facial expressions and several interchangeable hands. The hands can all be attached to an included holder, a nice touch. Each hand has a wrist joint for added articulation.
Other accessories include two different armbands one of which is a Chou Kantoku (Super Director) band (whatever that means). There is also a yellow megaphone looking thing that she tends to point at people.
The display base is really nice, featuring clear construction and an articulated support arm that attaches to the back of the figure.
Also included is a cool plastic bag with the Figma logo on it to store all of your parts. What a great idea.
So it appears Figma is taking off big time, and now is a great time to get in on the ground floor.
|Posted 4 June, 2008 - 20:02 by JoshB|