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Thursday, 23 July 2009

Figma Izumi Konata Winter Uniform Version Review

I’ve finally got my hands on the rare figma of Izumi Konata, the ever popular main character of Lucky Star. It’s usually sold out but I’m glad that I managed to pre-order the restock version as soon as I heard about it. Unfortunately, I wish I knew that there was a summer version coming out at the time though. Oh well, since it comes with her cousin’s head I can have the both of the out at the same time. Hopefully they’ll have fixed the problems I’ve found in this figma.

Kagami wishes to see you...

Konata came in a regularly sized figma box and cost me 2261 yen which is about 33 Brunei dollars, without shipping that is. As you can see on the box, this version of Konata was an early model which would explain why the material felt different. By different, I mean that it felt slightly dusty and hard like plaster instead of the smoothness of later figmas.

Konata comes with the following:

1 Figma Stand
6 pairs of hands
1 XD face
1 Normal face

Specialised hands

Kagami's : Konata's : Miku's

I noticed that Konata did not come with hands to hold up stuff like my other figmas have. Instead, they gave me a pair of Karate Chop hands, a pair of three fingers up hands and a pair of cupped of hands with one holding a chocolate coronet. I suppose that would have been very disappointing if you didn’t have other figmas with such hands but for me it was a nice change since this meant I had new stuff for making scenes. The faces are both very well done this time around since they retain their Konata-ness in figma form. Just wish Konata had her eyes at an angle for the normal face since they don’t really let me take good pictures of her side.

Undefeated of the East, North, South, West and Center!!

As for articulation, I find that it has limited range for the arms. It doesn’t seem to use the same kind of shoulders joints as the rest of my figmas do since I need to move the arms to the sides first before I can move it from the front to open arms at the side. The legs move okay and the figma is surprisingly easy to balance despite the hair being really heavy. When you hook her up to the stand you have to take of this extra piece of hair that was provided to cover the hole so you actually move her body rather than her head when you adjust the pose. I don’t really get WHY they provided the hair piece, my other figmas have holes clearly visible on them and I don’t mind but this piece of hair looks really out of place on her. The long hair also means I can’t put Fate’s cape on her either. Also, for some reason the left hand slot is so incredibly tight that I have to push them in really hard to attach it properly. It’s not easy to pull them out either so I have a justified concern about breaking the hand while trying to change it.

It's like she's just about to glomp you

She's holding Domo but it also looks like she's riding on him too

Customary for all my new figmas

Very faithful to the anime designs

Now onto the main drawbacks about this figma. The biggest one is that Konata’s fringe part is too loose. It’ll fall off if I let accidently move it too quickly. It seems that it can easily be fixed if I just made for it by putting clay or letting PVC glue dry shrink the gap but I haven’t tried that yet since I don’t have either of those at home. Then there’s the slot for the figma stand, the stand barely fits into it. I have to twist it into the slot and it still doesn’t go in all the way. When I take it out, the stand’s peg looks like it’s been grinded halfway. Once again, arms’ articulation is limited by the shoulder joints and also by Konata’s hair if you’re trying to point them backwards.


Konata! (Faces are exchangeable btw)

Glomping Time!

Dere Dere!

Tsun Tsun!

Perfect Tsukkomi and Boke Pair!

However, the overall value of this figma is very high. With all the different hands and the character’s personality, you have a lot good photos waiting to happen. Considering that she’s an otaku, she fits well in ANY anime related merchandise so it’ll blend right in with all types of collections. Hopefully they’ll release an Anime Tenchou Figma sometime in the future, I need more LOL characters for my collection.

Konata: Shimapan?

Kagami: Not so fast!
Konata: No fast enough!

Konata: Plan B!

Domo: Domo?

Kagami: You again!?



*Domo has been slain... for now*

Konata: Kagami is my Waifu!!
Kagami: Yeah yeah.

This picture down here is an ad for the summer uniform version of Konata. Highlights for this version are 2 faces from the cosplay version, 1 blank face, 1 shopping bag, a new pair of thumbs up hands and her cousin Yutaka's head. I am looking forward to this new add-on to my collection.

Will be 2261 yen at Hobbysearch

This post ends right after the following bonus pictures. Also, I’ve changed my list of upcoming gundams to a list of items I wish to add to my collection – I’m too lazy to keep updating it.

Saber vs. Gaddesa

Been missing my 00-Raiser

I finally found the right pic of THE pose!
Not sure why David John takes pics of his figma with his food but I was eating this while taking these pictures but might as well while I get the chance.

I'll see you next month


And finally a translation for proof of pairing:


Right Title: Surprise Attack!

Panel 1
Misao: Tch. Liar. Just tell me…
Kagami: How stubborn

Panel 2
Misao: Ohh? Hiiragi, could it be that you’re on a diet again?
Small text: (Can’t read the subtext, too blurry)

Panel 3
Kagami: H-Hyaaaa!!

Panel 4
Kagami: So-sorry. It really shocked me

Left Title: Predictable Behaviour

Panel 1
Konata: Kagamii! Is it true you’re on a diet!?
Small text: Tsukasa said so
Kagami: Yo… Don’t shout it out!
Small text:(Author’s handwriting is too small to read)

Panel 2
Konata: Let’s have look. I wonder how much you’ve put on?

Panel 3
Kagami: I’m still not sure if I should do it or not though… Just one time. Do I need to train?
Konata: Kagami sure is brutal

Panel 4
Misao: Ayano… Is this also a discrepancy communication…
Small text: It’s not discrimination?
Ayano: There there

1 comment:

  1. the open palm hands seem to be for copying the finishing move of Ultraman where he positions his 2 arms in an L shape and a beam shoots to destroy his enemies.


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