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Sega 1/6 Sakura Kinomoto

Today, we'll be going all the way back to 2005 to review Sega's prize figure of Sakura Kinomoto.

About the character: Sakura Kinomoto is the title character from the Card Captor Sakura anime. Sakura is an ordinary young girl who stumbles on an arcane book bearing the name "The Clow" in her father's library. The book contains a set of tarot cards, and when Sakura reads the name of one of the cards (the Windy), the cards scatter to the wind. Keroberos, the guardian beast of the Clow, emerges and proclaims Sakura the card captor, tasking her with the retrieval of the Clow cards.

Now on to the review.

Packaging----------7/10

The front of the box is pretty plain, save for the Card Captor Sakura logo. The tab with the string attached suggests that this figure could be obtained as a UFO prize.

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The sides of the box feature cute artwork of Sakura.

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Larger image of one of the sides.

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Overall, the box is fine and there's some cute artwork there.

Posing----------8/10

Sakura's pose is quite simple. She is just strolling along in her summer uniform looking cheerful. Cheerfulness is Sakura's invincible power after all...

Let's take a look at her.

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Sakura's staff is conspicuously absent. I suppose that could be viewed as something as a negative, but CCS is really about the characters, and so it doesn't bother me too much that Sakura just seems to be going about her daily business.

Sculpting----------7/10*
Painting----------7/10*


*-these ratings take into account the fact that this is a prize figure, and one from 2005 at that.

For an older prize figure, Sakura's finish is not too bad. There are some pretty obvious flaws, but there are some things that Sega did quite well.

First we see Sakura together with some of the artwork from the US DVD release of CCS. The design of her summer uniform is recreated nicely, with the black skirt and black stripes.

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Her hair is a little chunky in places, and there's a pretty obvious seam line running right down the center of her neck.

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I don't know if this is a big deal, but her nose looks a little strange from certain angles. It's almost like she has no upper lip. You can see a few sloppy spots in her hair as well.

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There are a few spots in her hair where paint from the hair spills on to her barrettes.


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Her skin is quite shiny, which is a common issue in older figures. It's also worth noting that Sakura is made out of soft vinyl, so maybe that's a contributing factor as well. The material bends quite easily, so I'd be even more careful than usual to keep her away from heat and sunlight.

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This figure features Sakura in her summer school uniform. Its design is a little bit fancy, with the tails on both the collar and on the hat.

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The painting on the various black lines is okay, but it's not perfect. Not that you'd expect it to be, anyway. The Tomoeda logo is a nice detail.

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A closer view of the Tomoeda logo.

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I think the design of the hat is quite cute. I seem to recall Kero talking about it in one of the Leave it To Kero segments at the end of the show, after making some comment about how the characters have switched over to the summer uniforms.

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There's an obvious seam on her arm, and on the front of her blouse.

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Her fingers look pretty good, although there's not much detail on her fingernails.

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The area around her shoulder is kind of a mess.

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Those seams on her legs are pretty noticeable.

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The painting on her shoes is pretty clean for the most part.

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Overall, her finish is not too bad for a nine year old prize figure.

Base----------5/10

Probably the biggest negative with this particular Sakura concerns her base.

As you see here, Sega includes an instruction sheet to help get Sakura set up. A small arm attaches to the base to hold her in place, and you can see a single attachment point in the base for the arm. However, there are no attachment points to actually keep Sakura herself held in place. Rather, she simply stands on the base, and she relies completely on that arm to support her.

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Sakura "attached" to her base. Aside from the obvious worries about paint transferring onto her leg, I'm crossing my fingers that this base design will hold up in the long run. Maybe they didn't put pegs in her feet because of the soft material she's made from, but that base design definitely concerns me.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------8/10

Before we get to the wrap-up, let's discuss her scale.

Sakura and Kotobukiya's Nono Nekomiya ITEM #209. Nono is 1/6 scale, and she's probably not too different from Sakura stature-wise.

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Sakura with some of the Railgun gang. Mikoto is 1/6 (although she's certainly much taller than Sakura to begin with), Kuroko is about 1/7, and Saten is 1/8.

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I measure Sakura at about 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) in height, not including the base. If she was 1/6 scale, that would make her about 4'3" (129 cm) in height. I've seen her height listed anywhere from 4'6" to 4'8" in height (138-143 cm), so she's not quite 1/6 scale, but she's pretty close. At one point in the show, Tomoyo points out that Sakura has gone through a growth spurt, so this must explain the range of heights. In any event, because of her small stature, she'll be comparable in size to many 1/7 scale figures.

In summary...

Arguments for: Her quality is pretty good, especially considering that most of the Sakura figures out there are of similar vintage, her outfit is faithful to the source material, she is quite large, and it's Sakura!

Arguments against: She has some pretty obvious issues (the shiny skin in particular), that base worries me, and she doesn't come with her sealing staff.

I jumped at the chance to get one of these when a couple showed up on AmiAmi, as Card Captor Sakura is one of my all-time favorite anime and a Sakura was notably absent from my collection. There just aren't that many Sakura figures to be had, so I'd strongly recommend this figure if you'd like to add a Sakura to your collection.

It's a good time to be a CCS fan, as now we've got a Nendoroid Sakura ITEM #136458 and another prize figure ITEM #183247 that will be getting released in the near future! Even with those figures are on the way, the large scale of this figure makes it a worthwhile purchase in my opinion.

Availability (as of this writing)

Not common.


There just aren't that many older Sakura figures circulating around, and so this figure might take some looking for and patience. An A/C one set me back around 2000 yen, so I'd say somewhere in that 2000-3000 yen ballpark should be able to fetch you this Sakura pre-owned. It might take some patience to find one, though.

THANKS FOR READING!

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Scores7/10

Sculpting
Painting
Posing
Base
Packaging
Enjoyment

12 comments

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Seravy (2 years ago) #3171021Sold mine because this type of PVC gets a very sticky surface over time which makes the figure too hard to clean, and my room is quite dusty.
Betting on Furyu releasing a figure with this outfit in the future to replace this one because I definitely liked it.


To my surprise, the base/stand has held up on this figure, but because of that and the sticky finish of the figure I handle her as little as possible. I wouldn't dare display her out of a sealed case!
2 years ago
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Sold mine because this type of PVC gets a very sticky surface over time which makes the figure too hard to clean, and my room is quite dusty.
Betting on Furyu releasing a figure with this outfit in the future to replace this one because I definitely liked it.
2 years ago
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Maakie (3 years ago) #1989788Her quality and detailing are about the same as ITEM #1081 and ITEM #1080 I own. :) I'm glad since this figure is slightly older!
Shame about the base, though! I really don't like those leg-grabbing pegs. :( Keep a good eye on her to make sure she doesn't start leaning in the future! >.<


I'd love to find that Tomoyo to go along with Sakura.

MoeAddict (3 years ago) #1990529Amazing how technology and detailing has changed in 1/2 decade. The figures details don't look anything like the ones back then. I hope they will do a rerelease of the show as they did with Sailormoon and new updated characters!

There seems to be a renewed interest in CCS, so fingers crossed!

sailormatlac (3 years ago) #1990558Thanks for the review of this vintage PVC, always fun to go back a little bit to see how things changed so much in so little time. One must remember that garage kits were the norm in the late 90s / early 2000s. Sakura was one very popular character back then, having literally hundred of different models. But true, the PVC offering is far to be of the same quantity and quality. Shiny flesh tone on SEGA prize figure is quite common, even on more recent offering. Often, they just didn't bother about painting it, just molding the part in a flesh carnation vinyl.

Yeah, the quality of PVC figures has increased significantly during that short time. Sakura doesn't look too bad though.

Seravy (3 years ago) #1991836I managed to fix my broken arm base with super glue today. I hope it'll last for a while. Thanks for the review, it reminded me to try this as well while fixing my other broken things.

I've already decided that if that stand ever goes, I'll just get a metal doll stand to hold her in place...
3 years ago
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I managed to fix my broken arm base with super glue today. I hope it'll last for a while. Thanks for the review, it reminded me to try this as well while fixing my other broken things.
3 years ago
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Thanks for the review of this vintage PVC, always fun to go back a little bit to see how things changed so much in so little time. One must remember that garage kits were the norm in the late 90s / early 2000s. Sakura was one very popular character back then, having literally hundred of different models. But true, the PVC offering is far to be of the same quantity and quality. Shiny flesh tone on SEGA prize figure is quite common, even on more recent offering. Often, they just didn't bother about painting it, just molding the part in a flesh carnation vinyl.
3 years ago
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Amazing how technology and detailing has changed in 1/2 decade. The figures details don't look anything like the ones back then. I hope they will do a rerelease of the show as they did with Sailormoon and new updated characters!
3 years ago
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Seravy (3 years ago) #1989304"2005"
Are you sure? The database entry says "Release date 1999-11".

victorviper (3 years ago) #1989338The date on the back panel of the box does say 2005, so I'm not sure if the figure got a second run or the database has an error.
I'm willing to bet it's an error. I have the other Sakura that Sega released around the same time (ITEM #9216 - she has the same box design as this one), and it's based on an older Clayz figure (ITEM #9276).

Looked real quick to see if there was a Clayz predecessor in this case, and there is (ITEM #68031), so I'm going to check up on the Sega version's release date and edit the entry, if necessary. (ETA: Done. This Sega figure is a 2005 release.)
3 years ago
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Her quality and detailing are about the same as ITEM #1081 and ITEM #1080 I own. :) I'm glad since this figure is slightly older!

Shame about the base, though! I really don't like those leg-grabbing pegs. :( Keep a good eye on her to make sure she doesn't start leaning in the future! >.<
3 years ago
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darkrose (3 years ago) #1989448Hmm i am just curious whether the shine is natural. I read that when old vinyl figures starts to shine (oily), that means there is some degradation process to the plastic etc.

Well, her previous owner had never taken her out of the box (it was still sealed and all the parts for her base were still sealed in a bag). On the other hand, she doesn't feel particularly tacky to the touch.
3 years ago
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Hmm i am just curious whether the shine is natural. I read that when old vinyl figures starts to shine (oily), that means there is some degradation process to the plastic etc.
3 years ago
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