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Plum 1/7 Sakura Kinomoto

Today we'll be reviewing a figure that has stirred up quite a lot of discussion over the last few weeks, Plum's Sakura Kinomoto.

About the character: Sakura Kinomoto is the title character from the much-beloved Card Captor Sakura franchise. Sakura is a seemingly 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 aloud 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.

Packaging----------8/10

Since this figure depicts Sakura-chan hatching from an egg, the egg-shaped window is appropriate.

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The sides of the box are both basically identical, but because of the way Sakura sits in the blister, you don't really get a great view of the figure through either of the side windows.

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The back of the box has a large shot of the figure.

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Sakura in the blister.

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Sakura's base will need some assembling before she's ready to display. As you can see, the cloud that supports the figure splits into two pieces and those pieces will need to be assembled around that attachment point.

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Her base actually has another part, but once the cloud is assembled, she'll stand just fine.

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Set up and ready to go.

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Although Sakura is only 1/7 scale, this is quite a heavy figure. The box measures 25 by 18 by 17 cm and figure and box weigh just under 700 grams.

Posing----------9/10

Sakura's pose is interesting, as her pose makes it look like she's hovering in mid-air. As we'll see, this pose was directly inspired by one of CLAMP's illustrations of the character.

Let's take a look at her.

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The only significant complaint about Sakura's pose is that there is a fairly narrow range of angles from which she can be viewed.

Sculpting----------7.5/10
Painting----------7/10


Overall, I'd say the overall quality of the figure is good, but she does have some obvious issues particularly on the painting front. In addition, the finished product differs from some of the prototypes in subtle yet significant ways.

Now, Sakura's face is cute, and it certainly looks like the character, but by comparison with PICTURE #1245815 you can see how the finished figure differs from one of the prototypes. In particular, the subtle blush of the prototype is absent from the finished product.

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There's a pretty big gap where her pigtail meets her head, too.

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Her hair color is completely flat. Also you can't tell this from looking, but the finish of her hair (the bangs in particular) feels very rough to the touch. Thus, I'd say Plum could have done better in this area.

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On mine, her crown had a little chunk missing.

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However, I do think Sakura looks quite quite cute in profile!

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When viewed from the side, this figure is quite narrow, and I was initially concerned that perhaps her face would have little depth, but this fear fortunately was unfounded. The head-to-neck transition is okay, too.

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Of course, it's impossible to ignore that the dominant color of the figure is yellow. This is totally consistent with the design of her outfit, but the yellow color can make for some photography challenges. In particular, under harsh fluorescent lighting, her outfit could potentially look very electric yellow (see PICTURE #1289505). However, I think she looks better in person than she does in photographs, but YMMV in that regard.

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A couple of key features of this outfit are the huge puffy bloomers and the frills around the tops of her gloves. You can see that her gloves and dress are a pale yellow in color, and the color becomes more saturated towards the edges.

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Sakura's stockings have the same frilled-top design as her gloves.

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One huge positive of the figure is the clever way that she is made to appear to float in mid air. Her skirt and the "eggshell" are made of a hard and rigid material, and they support Sakura's weight. One downside here is that the rigid plastic is not light, and there's a lot of material in the skirt/eggshell. The first time I picked up the figure, I was amazed at how heavy she was!

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Because of the design of the figure, this really couldn't be avoided, but it's very obvious where two distinct pieces are coming together in the shot below.

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The yellow color also becomes more saturated in those spots where her dress bunches together.

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Possibly my biggest complaint with the figure involves how her skirt was painted. If you start at the top of her glove then look straight down, there is a spot where the finish on her skirt is very smudgy.

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Another smudgy spot.

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Like many of Sakura's costumes, this one features CLAMP's signature angel wings.

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The wings also appear on Sakura's shoes.

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Base----------9/10

Plum did a much better job coloring the cloud which supports Sakura. It looks sufficiently cute and puffy.

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There's actually one additional part to Sakura's base, although she will stand just fine without it.

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Sakura looks fine with or without the disc base, but I always appreciate it when there is more than one way to display a figure.

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Whichever configuration you prefer, Plum has designed a clever and functional base. I particularly like how the cloud hides the point where the figure attaches to the rest of the base.

Scale Comparison

At her tallest point, Sakura sits about 7.25 inches (18.5 cm) tall, and the figure spans slightly more than 5 inches (12.5) cm side to side.

For comparison, here is Sakura with ITEM #183247 and ITEM #246236 . Both of those other Sakuras are approximately 1/8 scale. One thing that bothers me, however, is that if you compare the Plum Sakura to the FuRyu "Lovely Kitten" Sakura ITEM #246236 , the FuRyu Sakura might actually be better in some areas (cuter face, better painting on her outfit) even though that was a cheap prize and the Plum figure had an MSRP of 12000 yen!

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When Nagi ITEM #4911 comes to the human world, she becomes something of a fan of magical girl anime (and she even buys a staff not unlike Sakura's!). Nagi is 1/7 scale, so you can see how Sakura compares.

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I suspect that Kirino Kosaka ITEM #42349 would be a big fan of Card Captor Sakura. Kirino is 1/8 scale, and how can see how Sakura compares.

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

Before we get to the final wrap-up, there is one last point to address. Your enjoyment of this figure might depend heavily on whether you have a strong preference one way or the other for art style of the CCS manga versus the anime.

If you prefer the anime Sakura, you've no doubt already noticed that the hair color on this figure is nothing like that of anime Sakura.

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On the other hand, the hair color and overall appearance of the figure is much more consistent with manga Sakura. This figure accurately duplicates an illustration from one of the Art of Cardcaptor Sakura artbook. Specifically, illustration is from volume 2 ITEM #44305.

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Looking at figure versus illustration, one quickly notices that Sakura's hair is a little bit on the clumpy side, though!

So in summary...

Arguments for: Clever pose, giving the illusion that Sakura is floating in mid-air, and the Plum did an excellent job bringing the illustration which inspired this figure into figure form.

Arguments against: Some sloppy painting, the rigid material for her dress and the eggshell makes for a very heavy figure, limited range of viewing angles, there are some obvious differences between the finished figure and the prototype, high price point.

Overall, I have conflicting feelings about this figure. I like how Plum tried to do something different and they did an excellent job duplicating the illustration which inspired the figure, but comparing this figure with some of FuRyu's prize offerings, I can't help but feel like this figure is overpriced.

Would I recommend this figure? If you are a CCS fan, certainly; it's a cute and distinctive figure. If on the other hand you are a more casual fan, there are certainly other Sakuras I'd probably consider before obtaining this one, such as the recent wave of FuRyu prize figures, and possibly Kotobukiya's most recent Sakura ITEM #236143 .

Availability (as of this writing)

Easy to find.

She's still in stock at AmiAmi, HLJ, and Amazon Japan among other places. MSRP was 12000 yen, but about 10000 yen is what you'll pay. I'll be interested to see what happens to her price on the secondhand market...

THANKS FOR READING!

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

FuRyu Sakura Kinomoto "Lovely Kitten" blog/20832
Sega Tomoyo Daidouji blog/19864
FuRyu Sakura Kinomoto (Season One OP) blog/14214
Sega 1/6 Sakura Kinomoto (Card Captor Sakura) blog/12760
Sega "Fruits Punch" Rei and Asuka (Evangelion) blog/15384
Aoshima Kooh (Pangya) blog/20261
Phat! 1/8 Meruru (Atelier Meruru) blog/9178
Kotobukiya 1/6 Nono Nekomiya (Yotsunoha) blog/11598
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Maakie (2 years ago) #3057480Oh yeah of course, especially with the dress having to keep the sturdiness there are not that much options. It's just that I didn't expect it to be this...extreme. :P
And yeah, exactly that. 8K yen is what I in general pay for Kotobukiya figures and I'm a lot more forgiving with them. xD


Also, that ugly seam is the back of her dress, so it's not too obvious at a glance.
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victorviper (2 years ago) #3053511Of course, in fairness I don't see how to make the "dress morphing into the base" concept work without making her dress in two pieces. The price still kind of bugs me, though. If she was 8000 yen instead of 12000 yen, it would be a lot easier to overlook some of the flaws, that's for sure!

Oh yeah of course, especially with the dress having to keep the sturdiness there are not that much options. It's just that I didn't expect it to be this...extreme. :P

And yeah, exactly that. 8K yen is what I in general pay for Kotobukiya figures and I'm a lot more forgiving with them. xD
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Maakie (2 years ago) #3053029Her eyes look incredibly beauitiful! :O But I could see already multiple small errors from the shots without zoomed in parts... :/ And then the huge seam where the dress and base come together, yegh! Not a bad figure overall, but quite disappointing considering her price to be honest.

Of course, in fairness I don't see how to make the "dress morphing into the base" concept work without making her dress in two pieces. The price still kind of bugs me, though. If she was 8000 yen instead of 12000 yen, it would be a lot easier to overlook some of the flaws, that's for sure!
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Her eyes look incredibly beauitiful! :O But I could see already multiple small errors from the shots without zoomed in parts... :/ And then the huge seam where the dress and base come together, yegh! Not a bad figure overall, but quite disappointing considering her price to be honest.
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autumnlucks (2 years ago) #3043115Great review!
Back when this figure and the Koto figure were up for pre-order, I wanted both but was tight on money. I ended up choosing the Koto Sakura instead. I forgot the reason why I got the Koto figure instead, lol, but I have no regrets. In your honest opinion, which Sakura figure do you like better overall?


Between this figure and the recent Koto Sakura, I'd still pick the Plum figure simply because the design is interesting. Plus, something about the Koto Sakura isn't quite right IMO. Something with her face is a little bit off...

Yoruno (2 years ago) #3043396Thank you for the review. It's the first time I noticed that her base was made of several pieces and they had a visible gap... Now I feel relieved I refused to buy her.
It's strange how all manufacturers use only one colour for her hair, no shades at all. Koto tried to improve this ITEM #236143, but their figure has some other flaws.


Well, with the base I didn't try too hard to make the pieces fit super-tight, as it is a little tricky to ge the base assembled, and I'd read some comments about the pegs in the cloud part wanting to snap off.

ciro (2 years ago) #3043538I was waiting for a review on this figure, thanks for this! I like the execution of the clouds here better than on the one by Koto. The shiny gold finish on her outfit is so pretty!

The cloud base is one of the more interesting features of this figure.

jkb (2 years ago) #3043847Nice review !
A quite nice figure, very close to original illustration, like it.


Despite all its flaws, the saving grace of this figure is how well the illustration was recreated in figure form. There are so many illustrations of Sakura and friends that need to be made into figures...
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Nice review !
A quite nice figure, very close to original illustration, like it.
2 years ago
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I was waiting for a review on this figure, thanks for this! I like the execution of the clouds here better than on the one by Koto. The shiny gold finish on her outfit is so pretty!
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Thank you for the review. It's the first time I noticed that her base was made of several pieces and they had a visible gap... Now I feel relieved I refused to buy her.
It's strange how all manufacturers use only one colour for her hair, no shades at all. Koto tried to improve this ITEM #236143, but their figure has some other flaws.
2 years ago
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Great review!

Back when this figure and the Koto figure were up for pre-order, I wanted both but was tight on money. I ended up choosing the Koto Sakura instead. I forgot the reason why I got the Koto figure instead, lol, but I have no regrets. In your honest opinion, which Sakura figure do you like better overall?
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Ose_93 (2 years ago) #3041249Great review, I am still waiting on mine and I can't wait until she gets here. The painting job is a bit of a bummer and I hope my crown isn't chipped, but these are small details that I can look past.
The overall design is what sold me to get her (despite ordering the Kotobukiya version as well) and the fact that she can be displayed with just the clouds is nifty!


The design of the figure is definitely the best selling point of the figure. When I was looking through my CCS artbooks to find the illustration which inspired this figure, I found so many other illustrations that should be figures!

Akira (2 years ago) #3041358Nice review!
I personally don't like the faces of those Furyu prizes ^^; But I do recognize they are pretty nice.
Oh, and, actually this figure is based on a GK. It makes it more disappointing to me when I look at the painting problems she has :( Is almost as If they were lazy with this one. But I don't know If poor painting is a common issue with Plum or not (or maybe more like a trademark. A very bad trademark).
I feel responsable about the DIY blush since I posted the link to the blog entry that explained how to do it lol, so I want to help clarify a little: If you use standar pastel chalk (not the oily ones), and you happen to mess up or whatever, you can actually remove it with some water. Is not a permanent thing, but If you don' feel safe by doing it is fine too.


Using the chalk-blush solution, I'd still be terrified of staining the figure.

As far as PLUM figures go, somehow this was the first one I'd ever bought (although there are a few on my wish list) and some of the paint issues with this figure (and your comments) make me wonder if that's a common problem with their products...
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