During my November trip to Japan, one thing I did a lot of was figurine shopping. I ended up bringing back about thirteen awesome figures, some won and some purchased. I’ve seen a few bloggers do figurine and merchandise reviews and thought it’d be fun to have a go of it. For my first figurine review, I’ll be look at the Iroha Tamaki SQ Figure. This figure came out in April 2017 as a prize figure (meaning you had to win it in an arcade). I managed to score this figure from a second-hand shop in Tokyo, for a sweet 880 yen (about $8 USD and $11 AUD).
Series: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record
Company: Banpresto – SQ Figure
Distribution: Prize Figure
Where to Buy: Amazon (Affiliate Link)
There’s no denying that this is an adorable figurine. I personally haven’t had the opportunity to play the Magia Record game, I purchased this figurine in preparation for the anime adaptation coming out in 2019. But from the soft eyes, sweet eyes and blush I can already tell that Iroha is a character I’m going to like. Her character seems to be sweet, and graceful. I particularly like her hand positions as though she’s steadying herself from a gust of wind, it all just screams adorable. I also want to point out the attention to detail that went into including her necklace and even the golden dots on her belt.
However, as many seasoned figurine buyers can tell you – prize figures aren’t known for their quality. Overall I found the figure had a messy paint job. The black line on the back of her head was fuzzy and bleeding into the white of the hood, and the white lacings of her boots were again, quite messy. Perhaps my biggest concern with the figure are the clothing folds around Iroha’s waist and along her arms. They just looked awkward and more like she had something protruding from underneath her clothes, than the clothes themselves folding with her body movements. Furthermore, the figurine is significantly smaller than her other Madoka Magica counterparts. Making it hard to have cute photoshoots together!
As I only paid about $11 for the figure, I’m not sorely disappointed with it. It’s very cute, and I’m excited to see what Iroha Tamaki is like in the anime series. However, I know that the poor paint job and the small size of the figure will continue to irk me. Every time I see the creases / folds of her clothes I just think a bone has popped out of her! Because of the reasons above, I’ll have to give this figure three paws out of five.
How did I do for my first figurine review? Let me know in the comments ☺️