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Sega Tomoyo Daidouji

Card Captor Sakura is one of my favorite series, and I'm always looking for new figures of Sakura and friends. Today, we'll be reviewing a figure I was lucky enough to just stumble across not too long ago, a Sega prize figure of Tomoyo Daidouji, released all the way back in 2006.

About the character: Tomoyo Daidouji is a primary character from the much-beloved Card Captor Sakura franchise. As the best friend of protagonist Sakura Kinomoto, Tomoyo is initially the only person who knows that Sakura has become the card captor. Tomoyo likes Sakura very much, and she takes every possible opportunity to videotape Sakura in action with her trusty camcorder. Further, she takes it upon herself to be Sakura's personal clothier, insisting that the world's only card captor cannot wear plain, ordinary clothes while on the job.

Packaging----------8.5/10

The box contains a single large window.

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One side features a very cute illustration of Tomoyo!

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Sakura-chan makes an appearance on the opposite panel of the box.

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The back panel of the box is pretty plain.

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Tomoyo requires very little set up, as she's ready to display out of the box. The blister is a little bit flimsy, but it seems adequate to protect the figure.

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This Tomoyo is not a small figure, and the box is correspondingly large, measuring 10 by 7 by 5.5 inches (25.5 by 18 by 14 cm), and figure and box weigh in at just over 400 grams. Thus, your shipping cost for this figure could be a little more than anticipated.

In any event, the packaging is fine, and I really like those two big panels of character art. Interestingly, when I found her on AmiAmi, their item description for her was "Madison Taylor"; I had to chuckle a little bit at that reference to the much-maligned English dub of CCS :).

Posing----------8.5/10

Tomoyo has a very cute pose. When Sakura is around, Tomoyo is known to go into dreamy mode, and her pose certainly seems to depict her this way.

Let's have a look at her.

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Sculpting----------8/10*
Painting----------8.5/10*


*---these ratings take into account the fact this is an inexpensive prize figure and represent ratings relative to other prize figures.


I wasn't at all sure what the finish of this figure would be like, since it is after all a prize figure made in the dark ages of 2006. As it happens, this Tomoyo turned out quite nice.

I think Tomoyo-chan's facial expression is just so cute. Her crush on Sakura means she has many moments in dreamy-mode, and her facial expression (in particular the way she's cradling the side of her head in her hand) perfectly captures this element of her personality. Her eyes are very expressive, too.

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She has a couple of flaws in her hair, and Sega paints on some rather weird highlights. It's not a big deal, but those highlights do look a little strange in person.

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Overall, her hair is one big mass, but Sega did a pretty good job sculpting it so it's not just a big blob of hair. There are a couple of spots where it looks like she just has pieces of hair tacked on, though. Further, she's not really doing anything with her right hand, so it would have been cool to have her holding her signature camcorder. That's how I would have designed this figure, anyway...

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The Tomoeda winter uniform is a common sight in CCS and one of the uniform's key features is this big puffy hat. The way the ribbons are fluttering gives a slight sense of movement to the figure.

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The hat is really quite thick! The placement of the hat does help hide seams that might be lurking in her hair, so this was a good design choice.

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Like any prize figure, there are some flaws to be found in her finish. There's a seam on her shoulder and some excess material there, and you see a little excess paint here and there, but the various stripes on her seifuku are acceptably crisp, particularly considering the fact this is just a prize figure.

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The sculpt of her fingers is okay, but you can see that Tomoyo's skin is quite shiny. This is pretty commonplace in older figures, prizes especially.

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Another key feature of the Tomoeda winter uniform is the white pleated skirt. I think Sega did a pretty good job with the effect, although the finish of the skirt is a little rough around the bottom edge.

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It's almost hidden under normal viewing, but the Tomoeda emblem on her shoulder is a nice touch.

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Like many prizes, Tomoyo has a noticeable seam running up her leg, and you can again see the shininess of her skin. The little crease in her sock is a nice subtle detail, though.

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CCS is generally a very family friendly anime, and although there's really no pantsu shots to refer to in the anime, Sega still had to do something in this area. It almost looks like they gave her a sukumizu to wear under her skirt.

View spoilerHide spoilerhttp://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/victorviper1423953450.jpeg if you need to see what this looks like.

Base----------7/10

Sega goes for a rather odd design, giving Tomoyo a square base. The texture of the base looks like Sega was trying to simulate a leather finish. Additionally, Sega was channeling their inner Griffon with the nameplate on the front of the base.

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The base is larger than I expected it to be, measuring about 4.5 inches (11.5 cm) on a side. Here is the base on top of a standard DVD case for comparison.

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Tomoyo is attached to the base by a single peg in her foot, and that peg will rotate in the base, so she can be oriented on the base however you like.

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The faux-leather finish and the name plate are a little weird, but the base seems at least functional.

Scale Comparison

This Tomoyo ended up being larger than I expected. Below we see Tomoyo with ITEM #3585 , and that Sakura is approximately 1/6 scale. A common anime trope has characters swooning over their crushes when the summer uniforms make their annual appearance, and it wouldn't exactly strain the imagination for Tomoyo to react in this way...

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Tomoyo with FuRyu's Sakura ITEM #183247 . That Sakura is approximately 1/8 scale for comparison.

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Yuki Katase ITEM #39772 has some features which are similar to Sakura Kinomoto. That figure is 1/7 scale for comparison.

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I'd assume that Tomoyo and Henrietta ITEM #39 are very similar in terms of their height and overall stature, and you can see how Tomoyo is significantly larger in scale than the 1/8 Henrietta. Tomoyo herself (factoring out the hat) is about 8 inches (20.5 cm) in height, and I've seen her canon height listed anywhere from 136 to 140 cm (4'5" to 4'7"), so this would make this Tomoyo on the large side of 1/7 scale. Base and hat included, she's a little more than 9.25 inches (23.5 cm) tall.

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Arin ITEM #192 kind of strikes me as being very similar to what an older Tomoyo might look like some day, as they have many similar features! Arin is listed at 1/8, but she's more like 1/7, and you can see how Tomoyo compares.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------8.5/10

Arguments for: Surprisingly good quality for an older prize figure, large scale, Tomoyo's expression is perfectly in character, cute box art, and I'll take all the CCS figures I can get!

Arguments against: The usual flaws with prize figures, the box is big and heavy, might be hard to find.

CCS seems to be riding a new wave of popularity, but Sakura is getting most of the new figures, and so when I found this Tomoyo, I instantly grabbed her since who knows if she'll get any new figures. As it turns out, she's quite cute and if you're building a CCS collection, this might be a good addition.

Availability (as of this writing)

Not common.

She doesn't seem impossibly rare, but tracking down 9 year old figures can take some patience. My B/B one set me back 1700 yen, but keep in mind that shipping could be more than expected because of the size and weight of the box.

THANKS FOR READING!

If you liked this review, here are some of my other reviews you might also find interesting:

FuRyu Sakura Kinomoto (Card Captor Sakura) blog/14214
Sega 1/6 Sakura Kinomoto (Card Captor Sakura) blog/12760
Good Smile 1/8 Arin (Pangya) blog/14918
Sega Hatsune Miku blog/12993
Sega Azusa Nakano (K-On!) blog/14321
Sega Yoko Linner (Gurren Lagann) blog/11286
Alter 1/8 Amy (Burat Angel) blog/18742
Kotobukiya 1/8 Kamio Misuzu (Air) blog/16945
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victorviper (2 years ago) #2722039I was definitely surprised to see how substantial she was in person. I've been piecing together a review of another Sega prize figure ITEM #198588 and she's light as a feather compared to Tomoyo!
I hadn't even noticed how small ITEM #12332 is. That's too bad, since otherwise she'd go really nicely with ITEM #3585 which is quite large. In any event, I don't think I've ever seen that Tomoyo out in the wild, so I doubt she'll ever find her way into the collection!


Oh yes, I was shocked by size and weight too! I picked up these figures locally, so I went with the bus and only had this regular sized shopping bag with me. They didn't fit in there, haha!

All those SEGA Sakura prize figures from around 2005 are pretty small. Still a lot bigger than a trading figure, but smaller than even most prizes nowadays...

Those seem pretty rare to buy and when I see them up for sale, only as complete set with either 3 (the specific set) or 9 (all 3 sets together). I have actually been thinking about selling (parts of) my Sakura Collection and I think I would also only sell them with 9 together, it could be really hard to sell them otherwise I'm afraid (and that's probably also what other sellers are thinking).
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ASH-Hikari (2 years ago) #2722506So excited for that one! At first I wasn't hopeful, looking at the other items that company has put out. But the teaser picture looks too good to be true. I can't wait.

I'd never really heard of the company Break before and they don't have too many items in the database, but some of their offerings look pretty good. In any event, it'll be interesting to see what her outfit looks like. It almost looks like Sakura's trademark pink dress with the wings; that would be kind of cool.
2 years ago
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victorviper (2 years ago) #2721866I'm interested to see what this ITEM #276963 is going to end up looking like.
So excited for that one! At first I wasn't hopeful, looking at the other items that company has put out. But the teaser picture looks too good to be true. I can't wait.
2 years ago
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Maakie (2 years ago) #2721935Ah, A Tomoyo I also own! I was amazed at her size and weight when I got her myself!
I saw you mentioned ITEM #12332 in the comment below, and watch out, that one is quite small! Around half of this Tomoyo!


I was definitely surprised to see how substantial she was in person. I've been piecing together a review of another Sega prize figure ITEM #198588 and she's light as a feather compared to Tomoyo!

I hadn't even noticed how small ITEM #12332 is. That's too bad, since otherwise she'd go really nicely with ITEM #3585 which is quite large. In any event, I don't think I've ever seen that Tomoyo out in the wild, so I doubt she'll ever find her way into the collection!
2 years ago
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Ah, A Tomoyo I also own! I was amazed at her size and weight when I got her myself!

I saw you mentioned ITEM #12332 in the comment below, and watch out, that one is quite small! Around half of this Tomoyo!
2 years ago
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ASH-Hikari (2 years ago) #2721691Great review! Tomoyo-chan is one of my favourite characters. I generally try to stay away from prize figures (so my collection doesn't end up overflowing), and I don't love how large and shiny she is, but if I happened to come across this in person I would probably pick it up. Can't resist my Tomoyo-chan ^_^

I'm always amazed at how few good CCS figure there are in general, Tomoyo in particular, so that's why I was willing to gamble on this one. ITEM #12332 would have matched up better with Sakura in her summer uniform, but you don't hold your breath on decade-old prize figures. I'm interested to see what this ITEM #276963 is going to end up looking like.

Uke (2 years ago) #2721698Nice review~
I wouldn't pick her up because of the way how shiny she is, but otherwise a pretty good figure.
<3


The shininess is really obvious under bright light, less so under normal conditions. Kind of par for the course, really. Given how few good Tomoyos are out there, it's probably a fair tradeoff.

Thanks for the comments!
2 years ago
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Nice review~
I wouldn't pick her up because of the way how shiny she is, but otherwise a pretty good figure.
<3
2 years ago
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Great review! Tomoyo-chan is one of my favourite characters. I generally try to stay away from prize figures (so my collection doesn't end up overflowing), and I don't love how large and shiny she is, but if I happened to come across this in person I would probably pick it up. Can't resist my Tomoyo-chan ^_^
2 years ago
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