Unboxing the Demon King

Today I'll entertain you with the unboxing of one of my latest arrivals :D
http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a543/daevakun3/nobu-doll01_zpsc968545a.jpgIt's Oda Nobunaga from the series Japan Samurai by the now deceased DID company.
I was lucky enough to find an "International Version" at a decent price online and I decided to buy it, since I'm a die-hard fan of this historical figure, and this is a figure that does him complete justice.

Anyway, long story short, here's the unboxing of this little jewel with jointed limbs!
http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a543/daevakun3/nobu-doll02_zps0d33e38a.jpgThe box of the "International Version" is half the size of the original "Museum Version", since obviously it contains half the things XD
"Museum Version" comes with a mini diorama where you can put Nobu in a mini camp, ready for battle, or to dance some "Atsumori"... Since I have very little space in my room and I don't think that spending over 500 bucks on a figure is healthy for my finances, I was more than happy to find this cheaper version, that featured the main figure and minimal accessories.

Here are some shots of the box alerts:

--I wasn't going to wash the hair of this figure, but somehow I'm glad that I was advised against it XD

This is how the opened box and its contents appear at a first inspection.
http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a543/daevakun3/nobu-doll05_zps021aa337.jpgA tiny artwork thing was included in the box.
I like the style of this artist, but I don't think that in this rendition Nobunaga looks very "Japanese"... He looks more like an Indian, Malaysian... What do you think?
The fact that the sculpting doesn't match the artwork is a bit bothering, too XD

Here are the main contents:
http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a543/daevakun3/nobu-doll05b_zps6130a6e5.jpgThe figure, an extra head and the kabuto divided in two parts to avoid damage.

The extra contents featured Nobunaga's set of swords:

I made a research, and I found this design associated with Nobunaga's favourite blade.
It's a nihonto that he got from his retainer Kuroda Yoshikata, designed by the katana master Hasebe Kunishige.

The other extra is Nobunaga's jinbaori:
http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a543/daevakun3/nobu-doll08_zps64acd644.jpgIt's simply beautiful and I dig the design with the Taira Clan reference ^0^ !!

Here are a few shots of the extra head, featuring a devilish grin >D

I really love this head *_* I wanted to put it on immediately but-- The figure is so heavily dressed that it's almost impossible playing with it XD

But let's go in order.

The packaging is very accurate, a bit too much in certain points: the kusazuri were packed singularly, and to keep them in place they were "scotch-taped" on a base of cardboard protecting the figure's legs.

I'm glad that they put so much effort into packing this boy accurately, but unfortunately some damage was unavoidable anyway:


--You could spot one of the kabuto's decoration popped out in one of the previous pics, and on the above pics you can see the damages sustained by the smaller, glued parts, like the details of the dou, or the connections to the two oosode.
As I tried to take the kabuto out of the box, then, one of its parts popped out XD I cursed for a while, but in the end I managed to fix anything... It was time and patience consuming, though >_>; !

Also, it was quite depressing to see that the kabuto came untied.
http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a543/daevakun3/nobu-doll12e_zps6b2e3c22.jpg--How do you expect me to make that knot x'DDDD ?!

Minor damages aside, once I got the figure out of the box I noticed that the boy was quite heavy. Consider that I placed him on a regular 1/6 plastic base and it looked like he could flip over at every movement XD I had to find a way to balance him on the pedestal's base to not make it fall!
http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a543/daevakun3/nobu-doll12f_zpsdf34e15c.jpg http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a543/daevakun3/nobu-doll12g_zpsf53d042b.jpgAnother negative point is that it can't stand on his feet.
Looking at how tiny they are it's no surprise, but I think that the problem is because of the heavy, unbalancing armoir.

In case you may care, here's a comparison to show you his height compared to other 1/6 figures:
http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a543/daevakun3/nobu-doll12h_zps9636ad2e.jpgFrom left to right: Nobunaga (DID), my Char Aznable in the making (Volks EB Neo Goh), Kamui (Hot Toys) and Rei Ayanami (RAH).
I'm amused to see that he's so tall *_*

Anyway, the point of this figure is not playing with it, but just look at its amazing details.
http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a543/daevakun3/nobu-doll12l_zps57bc3445.jpgThe armoir was executed in all its realism, and even minor details were given the due attention.
The fabric used to keep the haidate in place was adorable, and it's definitely the stupidest part of a yoroi XD !
It's important to note that under the yoroi Nobunaga is wearing a two-piece yoroi hitatare, a bushi garment to wear under the armoir *_*
I was tempted to remove his armoir and leave him like that, but since the damn thing is all tied up with traditional knots of sort I don't dare to do anything XD

Here are a little more details that piqued my interest:
http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a543/daevakun3/nobu-doll13_zpsb97205e1.jpg http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a543/daevakun3/nobu-doll14_zps2db403b8.jpg
Here's a shot of the upper armoir:
http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a543/daevakun3/nobu-doll12i_zpsd51ea106.jpg Don't pay attention to (my reflex on the mirror XD) the crappy knot on his kabuto or the fact that I tied up his hair XD I was trying to fix his nodowa before taking this pic XD

Here's a shot of the swords put in place:

And to end this post, here's a shot of the boy in all his glory:
And a proper close up:
http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a543/daevakun3/nobu-doll16b_zps5ab81009.jpg--I'm really in love with his expression... The more I look at it, the more various it seems *_*
--This anonymous sculptor sure knew his stuff ù_u !
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FellipeBr (3 years ago) #2027880OMG this is so perfect! I need it!
If you don't mind, how much did you paid for it and where did you get?

It's true, it's so pretty T_T

I bought it at this shop: route22collecti..., for around 200 bucks (+ shipping and custom ^_^;)
---It's the cheapest that I managed to find online ;_;
On Ebay it's around 300 dollars and in Japan is sold at 60.000 yen T_T ...But those are also the "Museum Version", who have that mini-diorama stuff.
I think that the original price of this figure was around 150 dollars. Unfortunately I can't tell, since the website of the manufacturer is down.
3 years ago
OMG this is so perfect! I need it!

If you don't mind, how much did you paid for it and where did you get?

3 years ago
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