Ya-hallo guys! hitagicrab27 here bringing you another review! I was supposed to do a different review, but I figured I'd bump this review's star up the ladder mainly because she just came out. I'm gonna be doing this from now on. Meaning, if I receive an item that is just a few days old, I'll be reviewing that first.
Well anyway, as the title suggests, we'll be reviewing Alter's Kotori Minami 1/7 Figure! She's the VERY FIRST pre-order figure in my current collection, so you can imagine how excited I was. I'd like to thank AmiAmi for their stellar packaging and very prompt replies to some questions I've asked!
Character Name: Kotori Minami
Series: Love Live!
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Release Price: ¥13800 (approx. 115 USD)
So she's my second Alter figure (my first being ITEM #72252). Her price seems alright to me mainly because I trust Alter and their quality. However, I kinda wanted her to be a liiiiittle bit taller for a 1/7 scale figure, I guess. But she looks like she's on the right size. It's just me wanting her to be taller than the stated height (240-245mm woulda been nice :p). The release date was actually supposed to be July, so I was kinda frustrated that she didn't get released a month ago. However, I found out after reading the comments that this was a normal thing for an Alter figure. So eh, I just went along with it. Regardless, I have her now so I'm just super happy.
So here it is, the AmiAmi box! On the outside, you can see that it doesn't have any major damage.
(Also, Penguin sheets!)
We're greeted with AmiAmi's card, as usual. Covering the whole box is a good amount of paper. Enough packing paper for stability. Like before, I tried moving the box with some effort, but the packaging was so solid that I never felt anything move inside. Again, kudos to the packing team @ AmiAmi! Now it's time to remove the papers and reveal Kotori's beautiful box!
And there she is! Alter made a beautiful and fitting box for her! Sasuga Alter. Just as I'd expect from one of the god-tier manufacturers. I can already feel that she'll come out beautiful.
This is the bare box with the packing papers. The bottom is less cushioned, as you can see. But it didn't pose any problems. In the end, she still arrived safely. We'll be taking a closer look at the box now.
Musical notes everywhere! So the box's color scheme is white and mint green. And you know what? It looks amazing! Of course it's just following the figure's set of colors, but even without the figure... even without knowing what Kotori's color scheme would be, it still looks amazing!
We got a huge cutout/plastic cover in front so we can see her inside.
The sides have magnified illustrations of Kotori (front and back).
The back has a small cutout so we can see what she looks like from the rear
And then we got the top cutout that followed the front cutout's typography.
All in all, the box is really well done and it does a great job at displaying Kotori before you even get to display her. She looks really well-made, if I'm just making an observation without taking her out of her box. I bet she'd look even better once I get to take a closer look! Excited? Well so am I!
Now she's out! She's still trapped inside her plastic cage, but she's definitely out. You can see there are only 3 components in this figure. The figure itself, the base, and the hand accessory that you'll have to manually attach to Kotori's hand. Time to free her off her confines!
Here are the three components of this figure. The attachment and Kotori herself are both wrapped in plastic to prevent paint transfers. It's probably less convincing how Kotori's plastic covering looks right now, but she's actually wrapped well inside the plastic case. The thing just came off when I got her out, so yeah. She even has her outstretched arm wrapped as well!
So I also had a closer look at the attachment and wow, that's pretty detailed! While I was working on it, I noticed I had glitter on my hands. Then I realized that the ribbons that are wrapped around the attachment have REAL glitters on them. Always be careful when handling stuff that has glitters. Make sure they don't get in your eyes!
Honestly, I was ready to give this base a lower score due to the fact that I reaaaaally wanted her to get a scenic base or at least something more grand than a plain, round base. However, the typography looks really neat and clean! And the diamond-patterned design seems to fit as a whole after you attach Kotori to the base! Plus it's not taking attention off of Kotori. I guess I could interpret this as the designer's motive, which is totally understandable.
I don't know about you, but there's something weirdly alluring when it comes to mismatched leggings. This is also why I like Makina (Grisaia series). Kotori isn't any different as well. She probably wouldn't be just as gorgeous if she had matching pairs. But that's probably just me.
Her crown is also wonderfully detailed. It doesn't have glitters like the ribbons, so you're safe. :p
I think her pose is really good. It certainly fits her cute demeanor and makes her look playful and jolly. The attachment complements that as well. And as far as I'm concerned, this is the best Kotori figure to date. I'm very, very satisfied with the purchase.
Ah, the closing remarks. The drawing of the curtains. The last call. Looks like we're about to wrap things up here. And I don't know if you've noticed, but there aren't any panty shots this time as well. And you know she don't need one to capture our pure hearts! She's simply adorable and well-crafted! She's also my very first idol figure (no IDOLM@STER or other Love Live figures yet), and I'm glad she's my first choice! Uh, wait, does Sonico count?
Anyway, I'll probably try and get more in the future. But for now, I'll enjoy having her company and her bright smile. :3
Thank you so much for reading and if you think an improvement is necessary or that it's lacking, please let me know. And don't worry. The next review DOES have panty shots. Till next time guys! :p