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Pulchra 1/6 Mikan Yuuki

victorvipervictorviper6 months agoReview
Today, we'll be reviewing a figure of one of my favorite characters, Pulchra's Mikan Yuuki. I'd never bought a Pulchra figure before, so I wasn't too sure what to expect. How did she turn out? Well, I guess you'll just have to keep reading...

About the character: Mikan Yuuki is a character from the To Love Ru media franchise. Mikan is the younger sister of protagonist and resident harem-attractor Rito Yuuki. Mikan is very smart, independent, and reliable, and once Yami ENCYCLOPEDIA #1875 decides she's not really going to assassinate Rito (probably not, anyway), she and Mikan become good friends. Further, Mikan shows a little bit of a brother complex every now and then and so this coupled with her independent nature makes her what I would consider an archetype of what might be called the modern imouto character type.

Packaging----------7/10

Pulchra goes with a pretty strightforward package design.

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It's always kind of funny when manufacturers put these little wraparound windows in their boxes that really don't do much of anything...

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Pulchra goes for a solid panel on the other side of the box.

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The back panel features a couple different shots of Mikan along with a wall of text which ostensibly explains all the requisite commonsense consumer warnings. Don't try to stick this figure in your ear!

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Because of Mikan's kneeling pose, the box is pretty compact, measuring 18 by 16 by 16 cm and the package weighs just north of 400 grams.

It's a functional enough package, but it's not the kind of thing you'll consider keeping on display.

Base----------6/10

Mikan doesn't really need a base, but Pulchra includes one anyway. It's just a plain boring black disk, and honestly I sometimes wonder why figure companies go to the trouble of including a nondescript base with figures which don't even need one. Why not just omit the base altogether and pocket an extra dollar or two of profit per figure?

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

We'll see that Mikan has her share of issues, but Pulchra did a pretty good job with her pose. This figure attempts to realize an illustration PICTURE #1639934 from the Harem Gold artbook ITEM #418449 in 3D form, and I think generally a good job was done in this regard.

Let's have a look at Mikan.

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As you can see, from this angle PICTURE #1751482 the figure pretty much duplicates that illustration, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that Mikan looks good from other angles, too. For example, I think I prefer the way she looks viewed from this PICTURE #1751477 angle.

You may have noticed that Pulchra's attempt to bring that illustration into figure form results in a couple of oddities in Mikan's sculpt, but we'll get to that in the next section.

Sculpting----------7/10
Painting----------5/10


This is the first Pulchra figure I've ever bought, and therefore I wasn't too sure what to expect in terms of overall quality. As it happens, Mikan has quite a few issues with regard to paint and sculpt and I would say the overall quality of the figure is below average. Further, Pulchra's attempt to realize a 2D image in figure form results in a couple of quirks on the sculpting front, too.

This shot illustrates one of the best things about Mikan's design as well as one of the worst elements of the figure. One of the things I like best about Mikan's character design is her pretty amber eyes, and I think Pulchra did just fine on that front. What I ***really*** don't like, however, is how Pulchra handled Mikan's mouth. The original illustration PICTURE #1639934 gives her a pretty neutral expression, but I have no idea what is going on with the way she's kind of puckering her mouth. It looks really strange from certain angles, and I could see this as being a potential dealbreaker. It looks just a little bit creepy...

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In fairness, that issue is not so apparent when Mikan is viewed from other angles. However, note that from this angle you can see several areas where her hair is discolored. It looks like little blotches of excess paint from somewhere.

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I think Mikan looks best from this angle. Also observe that there's quite a bit of variance in the color of her brown hair. Because she's wearing a gym uniform, one could almost believe that she is supposed to be outdoors and the color variance simulates bright sunlight shining on her, but Mikan is supposed to have dark brown hair, and so her hair color does not look quite right IMO. Some MFC users have reported getting a Mikan whose hair color was a little too orangish-brown, and looking at these photos, I can believe that.

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You can see some sort of a mold line in Mikan's ponytail and another area of discoloration there. Note that the top of her bangs are in fact a distinctly orangish shade of brown.

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The transition between her bangs and the rest of her hair is not too smooth.

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Those little sprigs of hair on the nape of Mikan's neck are quite cute, but at the same time they might be a little chunky. Also note the sloppy painting on the collar of her shirt.

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I think it's a well-established fact that figure collectors tend to be a rather demanding and perfectionistic lot, sometimes a little excessively so. However, considering the suggested price of this figure was 12000 yen, even the most unreasonable collector would still be justified in complaining about these big globs of glue on Mikan's collar! Further, considering the simplicity of her outfit, it's really disappointing to see more sloppy painting there on her collar.

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My Mikan also had a big spot of brown paint on her hand.

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So far, there have been a lot of negatives, but I do like how Pulchra sculpted Mikan's shirt, the way the material bunches up.

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The illustration that inspired this figure features a little bit of forced perspective, making it appear as if Mikan's lower torso is closer to the viewer than the rest of her body. It seems as if Pulchra tried to realize this 2D effect in 3D form and as a result her thighs seem much larger than you would expect to see on a petite girl like Mikan! This feature does not really bother me, but I could see how it could also be a little bit off-putting.

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The color variation on her bloomers does look pretty good. I suspect these would be made from a spandex-y material with a little bit of a shine and so Pulchra did a pretty good job there.

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The soles of her shoes are consistent in appearance with the illustration, but they look a little...I don't know...dingy?

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Before taking these photos, I left Mikan sitting on her base overnight, and that was long enough for the base to discolor the bottoms of her legs. This cleaned up with a Magic Eraser, but this is something of which to be aware if you decide to look for one of these figures preowned.

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Scale Comparison

With her kneeling pose, Mikan is just shy of 5 inches (12.5 cm) in height. If she were standing, I think she would be about 9 inches (23 cm) tall. I've seen her canon height listed as 4'11" (149 cm), so she's about 1/6.5 scale. Pulchra lists her as 1/6 scale, but because Mikan is a petite girl, she'll look more like 1/7 sitting on your shelf.

My current Mikan sub-collection, consisting of this figure, Alter's ITEM #166752, and a Sega Prize Mikan ITEM #446644. Comparing this figure to the Alter Mikan, there is a huge difference in overall quality!

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Mikan with her BFF Yami. Mikan and Yami are pretty similar in terms of their overall physiques, and Alphamax's Yami ITEM #137123 is 1/7 scale, so you can see how Mikan's scale does look more like 1/7 than 1/6.

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In the shot below, you can see Mikan's thighs look more like what you would see on a buxom character like Super Sonico!

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Mikan and Sonico ITEM #198576. Sonico is 1/6 scale, and you can see how Mikan looks somewhat smaller than her advertised 1/6 scale.

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Mikan with another one of my favorite characters. That Sega Asuka ITEM #1156 is 1/7-ish in scale for comparison.

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These two look kind of cute together! Like Mikan, Kasumi Yashiro ITEM #166169 is quite petite and she also is at the small end of 1/6 scale.

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Mikan with an old Griffon figure of Sasara Kusugawa ITEM #653. The Griffon figure might actually be a little better in terms of its overall quality...

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Mikan with a FuRyu prize figure of Sonico ITEM #182227. That Sonico is a really good prize figure, and it too might be marginally better in terms of overall quality.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------7.5/10

Arguments for: Pulchra did a fairly good job translating the source illustration into figure form, Mikan's eyes are really quite pretty, and if you're a Mikan fan, there really aren't that many figures from which to choose.

Arguments against: There's a few. Her mouth looks really weird, Mikan's thighs are a little out of proportion to the rest of her body, quite a few issues with sculpt and paint, high price point.

Overall, I'm pretty conflicted about this figure. I like Mikan, there aren't that many figures of her to choose from, and this figure is not without some neat features. On the other hand, there are certainly *better* Mikan figures available now as well as a whole slate of Mikans which are on the immediate horizon. For example, ITEM #166752 is a far superior figure (and it's also cheaper!), and ITEM #464638, ITEM #443197, and ITEM #543899 loom on the horizon as almost certainly superior alternatives.

Further, the figure's suggested price is 12000 yen which is a really steep price for what you're getting, but a lot of these have started showing up preowned. My Mikan cost me 9500 yen, and for that price I'm not exactly gnashing my teeth, but I also think it's still a little too much for what you're getting. I think with this figure, it comes down to how much you like the character. If you're a huge Mikan fan, and the price comes down a little more (which I suspect it will), I'd say go for it. On the other hand, if you only need one Mikan figure in your life, I'd probably suggest going with one of the alternatives.

Availability (as of this writing)

Easy to find.

If you decide to make Mikan part of your collection, I see no issues with sourcing one of these figures. AmiAmi's preowned section has had a steady supply of these figures and the price is trending down. Right now, a preowned Mikan will set you back about 9500 yen, and with the number of new Mikans on the horizon, I'd guess that within 6-8 months, you'll see prices of about 5000-6000 yen for this figure. If not, I'll deny ever making this prediction :).

THANKS FOR READING!

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

Max Factory 1/6 Haruna Sairenji (To Love Ru) blog/25644
Aquamarine 1/8 Konjiki no Yami (To Love Ru Darkness) blog/25276
Alter 1/6 Lala Deviluke (To Love Ru) blog/27180
GSC/Wing 1/6 "After the Party" Sonico blog/20463
Sega Prize Asuka Bunny (Evangelion) blog/12330
Griffon 1/7 Sasara Kusugawa (To Heart 2) blog/12606
FuRyu "Chatting Time" Sonico blog/14898
Plum 1/7 Saki Nagatsuka (Ro-Kyu-Bu!) blog/25051
Embrace Japan 1/8 Shiroi Neko (Planet of the Cats) blog/23289
Max Factory 1/6 Galko-chan (Oshiete! Galko-chan) blog/32401


POLL TIME!!!

I have a lot of sitting/kneeling figures, and I seldom use the bases for such figures. So, the question is...
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Scores6/10

Sculpting
Painting
Posing
Base
Packaging
Enjoyment

With sitting/kneeling figures, what do you do with the base?

  • 14%Don't need it. Back in the box with you!
  • 50%I'll use the base if and only if it's attractive or if it complements the figure.
  • 26%I always use the base, no matter what...
  • 11%It depends...
  • 66 votes

Comments17 comments

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Akira (6 months ago) #21077577Nice review! Sucks she came out with a weird looking mouth, and the messy paintwork in some parts of it.
Personally I think the overall shading is great, but what really disappoints is how she looks with that price : / I have seen better figures coming from Pulchra after their epic disaster with Levi, so this is kinda shocking specially with how simple she is.
Oh well, she is not bad by any means, just too pricey for what it is.


The mouth is certainly the worst part of the figure. It's almost as if this was forgotten about until the final step of the design, and then they just threw something together. If this was a prize figure, it would be forgivable, but not for 12000 yen...
6 months ago
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Nice review! Sucks she came out with a weird looking mouth, and the messy paintwork in some parts of it.

Personally I think the overall shading is great, but what really disappoints is how she looks with that price : / I have seen better figures coming from Pulchra after their epic disaster with Levi, so this is kinda shocking specially with how simple she is.

Oh well, she is not bad by any means, just too pricey for what it is.
6 months ago
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Maakie (6 months ago) #21065712Woah, I don't even know where to start on this one. Rather than calling her out for 'Griffon material' (lol), I would rather say that the paint and face reminds me of older Lechery figures. Especially that mouth, not even those nice thighs can help this. I'm sorry, but there are just too many things wrong with this figure and I get annoyed the longer I look at it. >.< Nice review, though! I hope you don't regret buying her too much. >.<

The funny thing is that I don't really dislike the figure; it's just that in the hands of a company like Alter or Max Factory this would have been a really great figure.

I don't regret buying this one, but if I had it to do over I probably would wait until the inevitable price drop to around 5000 yen happens.
6 months ago
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Woah, I don't even know where to start on this one. Rather than calling her out for 'Griffon material' (lol), I would rather say that the paint and face reminds me of older Lechery figures. Especially that mouth, not even those nice thighs can help this. I'm sorry, but there are just too many things wrong with this figure and I get annoyed the longer I look at it. >.< Nice review, though! I hope you don't regret buying her too much. >.<
6 months ago
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Stalking (6 months ago) #21014152I love kneeling figures with a passion; it's too bad Pulchra underperformed so much. Hard to believe they wanted 12000 for this figure... I think around 8000 would be a fair official price for this quality.
If you look at it from a little distance she's not that bad, thankfully.


Yeah, the problem with this figure really comes down to the high price, especially considering that some of the other good Mikans are less expensive; heck, even ITEM #464638 is less than the Pulchra figure.
6 months ago
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Stalking Loli hunter
I love kneeling figures with a passion; it's too bad Pulchra underperformed so much. Hard to believe they wanted 12000 for this figure... I think around 8000 would be a fair official price for this quality.

If you look at it from a little distance she's not that bad, thankfully.
6 months ago
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victorviper (6 months ago) #20988281That's a good way of summarizing the comparison to that Griffon figure :).
Although, that Sasara figure is more like *nine* years old (it got a re-release back in 2012).


I thought it was five but it's really nine?
Now that's even sadder. XD
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jesmagicchild (6 months ago) #20987500I've no doubt that's true.
Don't worry though, I by no means dislike Griffon,
I'm just being mean to them for the sake of a joke.
It still doesn't change the fact that this figure is being compare to a figure that was made five years ago, by a company infamous for it's hit and miss quality, and still struggles to be on par with it.
( again, just a mean joke on my part. ;) )


That's a good way of summarizing the comparison to that Griffon figure :).

Although, that Sasara figure is more like *nine* years old (it got a re-release back in 2012).
6 months ago
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victorviper (6 months ago) #20978863In fairness, that Griffon Sasara is not a bad figure (it's one of Griffon's better offerings as far as I can tell), but that's kind of what I was going for :).

I've no doubt that's true.
Don't worry though, I by no means dislike Griffon,
I'm just being mean to them for the sake of a joke.

It still doesn't change the fact that this figure is being compare to a figure that was made five years ago, by a company infamous for it's hit and miss quality, and still struggles to be on par with it.
( again, just a mean joke on my part. ;) )
6 months ago
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jesmagicchild (6 months ago) #20977332The Griffon figure might actually be a little better in terms of its overall quality...
BUURRRNNNNN...


In fairness, that Griffon Sasara is not a bad figure (it's one of Griffon's better offerings as far as I can tell), but that's kind of what I was going for :).
6 months ago
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