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Beagle 1/7 "Chris" (Range Murata)

Not too long ago, I was just casually browsing AmiAmi's preowned section and what before my eyes should appear? Why, one of my grail figures! Isn't that a great feeling?

So today we'll have a little Christmas in September and review Beagle's figure of Chris, an original character by the inimitable Range Murata. Because of her pose, there will be a fair number of pantsu shots in the photos below, so you've been warned...



About the character: Chris is an original character by the well-known Range Murata. As far as I can tell, Chris' origin traces back to 2004 when she appeared as one of Murata's illustrations PICTURE #17201 in the magazine Character Design Bible by Graphic-Sha. This particular figure was released in December of 2008.

Since Chris is an original character, she doesn't have much in the way of backstory, so let's get right to the review!

Packaging----------9/10

The minimalistic design of the box complements Murata's art style very well.

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Murata's designs often feature cutouts with a regular geometric pattern (this figure is no exception), and as we'll see the round holes bring to mind certain features of this figure. Murata's designs also tend to have distinctly art deco features, and so this design is perfectly appropriate.

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The window in the back of the box is a slightly unusual feature, but if you keep your figures in the box, no doubt this feature would be appreciated.

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Chris inside the blister.

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The figure requires little in terms of set up, other than to attach Chris to the base. Because her snowman-friend is meant to face forward, it's pretty clear how she is supposed to attach to the base, but the two different sized pegs remove all doubt.

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Set up and ready to deliver some Christmas cheer!

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The box is a little bit on the large side and Chris' acyrlic cube base does add some weight to the package. The box measures 30 by 22 by 15 cm and the whole package weighs just shy of 600 grams.

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

Chris' pose is certainly unique, as she seems to be falling. She's dressed like Santa Claus, and Santa flies through the air, so this seems logical enough, I guess. She also seems quite happy, so I guess it's a controlled fall!

Let's have a look at her.

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The pose is not generic and boring, so that is a big plus. The combination of the pose and her short Santa suit makes for some very prominent pantsu, so if this is an issue, you might move my rating down a point or two. As far as I'm concerned, the only real knock on the pose is the somewhat limited range of angles from which she can be viewed.

Sculpting----------9/10
Painting----------9/10


This was the first figure I'd ever bought made by Beagle, and I wasn't sure what to expect. As it happens, Chris' overall paint and sculpt is excellent and she has some very interesting features to boot.

Chris is just as cute as a button, that's for sure, and her blue eyes are quite striking. Maybe I'm imagining things, but her design reminds me a little bit of the character Alvis Hamilton ENCYCLOPEDIA #4414 from the Last Exile anime (whose character designs were done by Murata). Maybe it's her double-bun hairstyle...

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Despite the fact that her hair is short, Beagle gives it plenty of detail. She has a big forehead but it's kind of cute all the same.

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The holly leaves on her hair buns are a cute nod to the Christmasy theme of the figure. If you're being picky, you might note there's kind of a messy spot where the two pieces of her bangs meet, but I didn't even notice that until I was looking closely at these photos.

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Chris' hair must be pulled tightly into those buns! I like the shading on the back of her head, and those little pieces of hair on the back of her neck are cute, too.

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Beagle gave a surprising amount of attention to detail to Chris' bag. You can see where there would be small boxes in the bag, so this is a nice subtle little detail!

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I like Murata's choice to give Chris mittens instead of regular gloves, as this plays up her cuteness.

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Remember those round portholes in the box sides? Those seem to be channeling the design of Chris' belt. I like the little brass piece on her belt as well!

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Interestingly, the holes in her belt go all the way around it!

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Of course, it's impossible to ignore the way that Chris is flashing her panties, but I find this particular pantsu flash to be more cute than anything else. It's also worth noting that there are a couple of variants of this figure (ITEM #5073 and ITEM #16465), and in both of those Chris is depicted with striped panties, but I rather prefer the plain white in this variant of the figure.

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Many of Murata's designs feature characters wearing rubber boots. Usually this gives an industrial feel, but in this case it makes perfect sense that Chris would be wearing rubber boots. After all, if she's playing Santa, she must be trudging around in the snow, right? The thick seams suggest that the rubber material must be quite heavy.

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Before I saw this figure in person, I thought Chris was wearing stockings, but these are in fact thigh-high boots. Since you can see the shape of her calves, they're obviously quite tight, and combined with the thickness of the material, I'm guessing it would take a lot of effort to put these on! If she were standing, the combination of the short outfit and the thighhigh boots would make for quite the zettai ryouiki effect.

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As you can see, the design on the bottom of her boots is quite elaborate. The horseshoe-shaped heels have a very art deco feel to them.

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

Beagle really came up with a clever and functional base design. The base is sufficiently tall to keep Chris from disappearing on the shelf and the clear material helps support the illusion that she is in mid-air. Plus, the little snowman is cute, and the softly falling snow is appropriate given the Christmas theme.

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The text on the base references Murata, the manufacturer, and from what I can tell "Futuregraph" refers to a series of doujinshi to which Murata contributed. Fell free to correct me if I'm wrong about that...

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All in all though, it's a well done base. The clear acrylic material gives it a minimalist feel, which is consistent with Murata's art style.

Scale Comparison

At her tallest point from the bottom of the base to the sole of her foot, Chris spans about 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) at her tallest point. If she were standing, I estimate that she'd be just over 7.5 inches (19 cm) tall. At 1/7 scale, that would make her about 4'5" (133 cm) which seems consistent with her appearance.

Here is Chris along with Alter's Muse of Range Murata ITEM #186018. Muse-san is 1/6 scale for comparison. It also occurs to me that Chris looks like Alvis Hamilton, and Muse-san has some design similarities with Lavie Head ENCYCLOPEDIA #8847 , also from Last Exile.

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Chris with another Chrsitmasy figure, Max Factory's Yui Hirasawa ITEM #61388 . Yui is 1/7 scale, and you can see that Chris is comparable in scale.

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I'd assume that Mina Tepes ITEM #27853 and Chris are pretty similar in stature, and being 1/6 scale you can see how Mina is somewhat larger. In Dance in the Vampire Bund, there is something of a movement to integrate vampires into mainstream society, but I kind of doubt they celebrate Christmas...

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I think Ayu ITEM #2 and Chris complement each other well. Ayu is 1/8 scale for comparison.

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Yotsuba: Hey, look! It's Santa! The camera needs a picture!

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------9/10

Arguments for: Despite the popularity of Range Murata, there aren't all that many figures based on his designs, Chris is adorably cute, overall excellent quality, attractive and functional base.

Arguments against: Her pose means that there is a fairly limited range of viewing angles, and if you are averse to having conspicuous pantsu on display there's really no getting away from that.

Over the last year I've been on a mission to track down some of the figures based on Murata's designs, and I've also been trying to build a little mini-collection of Christmas figures, so this figure was an insta-buy when she popped up not long ago on AmiAmi. Generally, I keep my other Christmas figures boxed up for most of the year, but Chris here is so cute it looks like she'll be on display year round!

Availability (as of this writing)

Not Common.

She's not impossibly rare, but you might need some patience and be prepared to pounce when she pops up pre-owned. Of the three color variants, this one seems to be the scarcest, but it looks like all of them seem to fetch about the same price. My Chris set me back 8900 yen, and it looks like somewhere in that 8500-10000 yen range is what it will take to make Chris yours.

THANKS FOR READING!

Thanks to everyone who voted in my recent poll blog/23942 as well.

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

Alter 1/6 Muse of Range Murata blog/17400
Max Factory 1/7 Yui Hirasawa (K-On!!) blog/11454
Kotobukiya 1/6 Mina Tepes (Dance in the Vampire Bund) blog/16798
Kotobukiya Yotsuba Koiwai model kit (Yotsuba&!) blog/10241
Max Factory 1/8 Makoto Sawatari (Kanon) blog/11493
Embrace Japan 1/8 Shiroi Neko (Planet of the Cats) blog/23289
Alter 1/7 Santa Sonico blog/18598
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victorviper (2 years ago) #3856511Well, why not add some Murata figures into the mix with your Shimada collection ;).
This figure really is quite great, and she exceeded my expectations. The only thing that really could have made the figure better was if she had twintails like in the color variant ITEM #5073 .


Haha, well, I used to own tons of trading figures from Murata, but I ended up selling/trading almost all of them. I don't regret getting rid of them, but I have to admit I still think about them once in a while. xD Maybe one or two Murata scaleds can fill up that emptiness? xD

I feel like the color variant is missing the Christmas theme a bit. You got the red-white panties, you got the snowman, you got the bag with presents...and then the girl herself doesn't look Christmas-y at all. This figure you reviewed is I think a better choice. :)
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Maakie (2 years ago) #3823208Ahhh, she so cute! She has especially a really nice and cute face I want to pinch those cheeks. I don't own much figures from Beagle, but the quality in details they give you for their price is really nice! My ENCYCLOPEDIA #23362 set is absolutely perfect in my eyes (but I'm a bit prejudiced of course). ;D
Also the base is super cute and you're tempting me so much to buy this figure, urgh!
Nice review again!


Well, why not add some Murata figures into the mix with your Shimada collection ;).

This figure really is quite great, and she exceeded my expectations. The only thing that really could have made the figure better was if she had twintails like in the color variant ITEM #5073 .
2 years ago
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Ahhh, she so cute! She has especially a really nice and cute face I want to pinch those cheeks. I don't own much figures from Beagle, but the quality in details they give you for their price is really nice! My ENCYCLOPEDIA #23362 set is absolutely perfect in my eyes (but I'm a bit prejudiced of course). ;D

Also the base is super cute and you're tempting me so much to buy this figure, urgh!

Nice review again!
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hiyelo (2 years ago) #3664587It has been my grail figure for some years too, until I found one a few months ago on Mandarake for 2000 yens more than yours and I decided to get it. And I don't regret it, she is amazing and beautiful, and I love Christmas figures! :3 BTW, you can open the base of the snowman with your nails, it's not glued :)
I think there is another one on Mandarake yet, if someone more is interested.


When I first scanned your comment, I thought you'd found this figure for 2000 yen. That would be an awesome grail find :).

Yeah, I noticed that the bottom plate on the base where the snowman is attached can be removed. I guess that's so if someone got creative, they could display some little props (little gift boxes, Christmas accessories) inside the base? Anyway, I'm not that creative...
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It has been my grail figure for some years too, until I found one a few months ago on Mandarake for 2000 yens more than yours and I decided to get it. And I don't regret it, she is amazing and beautiful, and I love Christmas figures! :3 BTW, you can open the base of the snowman with your nails, it's not glued :)


I think there is another one on Mandarake yet, if someone more is interested.
2 years ago
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Celestrial (2 years ago) #3653772Thanks heaps for this review! Big Murata fan and i absolutely wish there were slightly more figures based on his designs/artworks. I was never a big fan on this one, but your in depth review shows there is certainly a great amount of detail gone into this. I love her eyes and her hair - but the detail on her shoes is probably my favorite feature.
Unfortunately though, i will probably give this one a skip as her pantsu is just a bit to prominent for my figure liking. If only she was wearing red shorts or something instead.
At any rate, fantastic review - very in depth and honest opinions with some amazing photos to go along side it. Thanks for sharing and congrats on obtaining a figure grail.
- Ry


Considering how prolific Murata has been, it is sort of surprising that there aren't more figures based on his work. This figure, though, made me confident enough in Beagle's work that I might have to try to hunt ITEM #2434 , 1/10 scale and all.

I'd never really noticed the neat design on Chris' shoes until I got the figure in person, but that really is a fantastic detail.

Thanks for the comments!
2 years ago
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Celestrial #1 BRS Fan
Thanks heaps for this review! Big Murata fan and i absolutely wish there were slightly more figures based on his designs/artworks. I was never a big fan on this one, but your in depth review shows there is certainly a great amount of detail gone into this. I love her eyes and her hair - but the detail on her shoes is probably my favorite feature.

Unfortunately though, i will probably give this one a skip as her pantsu is just a bit to prominent for my figure liking. If only she was wearing red shorts or something instead.

At any rate, fantastic review - very in depth and honest opinions with some amazing photos to go along side it. Thanks for sharing and congrats on obtaining a figure grail.

- Ry
2 years ago
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chiechie (2 years ago) #3634687great review! chris looks really adorable, though normally I am not one for overly christmas-y type figures I might have to hunt down this variant ITEM #5073 since it's a little more toned down (from the christmas theme) but still holds a lot of the features that makes this figure interesting and cute...
I hope we see more of Murata Range's illustrations turned into figures in the future


I do kind of wish that this variant twin ponytails like ITEM #5073 . That figure was actually the one I was hunting but then this version appeared, so I figured I'd better grab it.

I'm with you on getting some more Murata figures. Since Murata recently did some illustrations for a couple of Attack on Titan novels, that would seem to be fertile figure ground. On a side note, I've got ITEM #4649 waiting to ship with my September AmiAmi order, so please look for a review of her as well!

unRyo (2 years ago) #3634575Man, that's a killer fig. It's truly worthy of being a grail. That said, Murata Range's illustrations are absolutely fantastic. His rendering is Syd Mead level. I'd be overjoyed to own figs of his design as well.

That's interesting. Syd Mead is one of those people where I've seen plenty of his work, and I knew the name (trying to think where I learned about him-the commentary for the first Star Trek movie, maybe?) but I hadn't realized how prolific he's been. Until your comment prompted me to do some research, I didn't realize he worked on the movies Aliens and 2010, for example. You learn something new every day on MFC!
2 years ago
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great review! chris looks really adorable, though normally I am not one for overly christmas-y type figures I might have to hunt down this variant ITEM #5073 since it's a little more toned down (from the christmas theme) but still holds a lot of the features that makes this figure interesting and cute...

I hope we see more of Murata Range's illustrations turned into figures in the future
2 years ago
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Man, that's a killer fig. It's truly worthy of being a grail. That said, Murata Range's illustrations are absolutely fantastic. His rendering is Syd Mead level. I'd be overjoyed to own figs of his design as well.
2 years ago
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