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iMaria and Kobato 1/7 (MaxFactory)8.83/10    Readers' selection (2013-04-07)

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Today we'll be taking a look at two lovely ladies from MaxFactory. On the left you have Takayama Maria and on the right you have Hasegawa Kobato. These two cuties are from the light novel series, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, written by Yomi Hirasaka and illustrated by Buriki. The series is still on going but various mangas, games and anime have sprung up since. So who are these girls? I guess you could say they are rivals for the affection of Kobato's older brother.

Both girls were standard releases in August of 2012. They both retailed for around 6,000 Yen and are sold separately. However I just don't see any reason why you wouldn't complete the set so this review will cover both girls considering both came from the same company and the same sculptor worked on both. At this time you'll probably have to look toward the secondary market or foreign stores that stock figures if you want either one. The goal today is to take a closer at both of these vixens and see what they have to offer.

Please understand a score of 10 will never be given as there is always room for improvement no matter how perfect a figure.

Packaging: 9/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡
MaxFactory usually does a nice job with their packaging and this isn't any different. Just one of the figure boxes by themselves look good but if you actually look at them together you'll see what they were aiming for. You can actually combine the boxes just like the figures. The design and layout mirror each figure box perfectly. The color schemes used gives each figure their own thing but also compliments each other nicely. The front window panel gives you a decent view of the figures within. I love how their placement matches up nicely with the pictures used on the front. If needed you could probably leave them in the packaging for display purposes as it seems clear they designed the packaging to be displayed together. I loved the thought they put into this as the attention to detail really shows.

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Packaging weight and dimensions:

Weight: Roughly 500g
H: 222 mm
W: 221 mm
D: 170 mm

As usual a lightweight non-corrugated cardboard was used for the packaging. This helped keep the weight down while providing minimal protection. The size was reasonable considering the contents. Speaking of size, both packages are identical in dimension as well. Compression resistance is fairly decent and some effort would need to be made to damage the figures within. Either figure should get to you safely without breaking the bank.

A typical two piece blister was used to cocoon the figures. Note the area around their faces were flattened to give you an undistorted view of their faces. Barely any plastic was used to protect the figures from rubbing and paint transfer. However the tolerances on the pockets were good enough that it shouldn't be an issue. A second set of blisters was used for the bases and they were nestled behind and within the first blister set further increasing the overall strength. The blister sets were also taped together to further secure the figures and add to structural integrity of the packaging.

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I loved the job they did with the looks especially with the execution on the design with the matching pair in mind. My only gripe is they did not include the original illustration this pair was based on. If they did that then I would have said it was near perfect. In any case they did a nice job and either figure should get to you safely with minimal cost. Expectations were met and possibly exceeded.

Sculpting: 9.5/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡
Sculpting credits go to YOSHI who has been working with figures for over a decade for the various figure makers. He has an impressive number of lovely ladies under his belt and below you can see some of his work for an idea of what he is capable of creating. You can definitely see a gradual improvement in quality and execution with each project.

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Not really sure about the back story on the stuffed bunny but the detailing can't be missed. The stitching is actually carved into the bunny. It's not just decals but you can actually trace and feel the stitches. The various parts of the bunny were put together very solidly and it looks quite realistic. Basically the attention to detail is apparent here so that only means good things for the main attraction.

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Oh and the bunny isn't just for decorations or looks. It actually serves a purpose as Kobato needs to rest her hand on the bunny to stay level and avoid tipping over. This makes me wonder if the bunny was an afterthought to address a possible mistake in the figure stability? I mean you don't see the bunny in the illustration. Or maybe I'm just reading too much into it? Maybe they just didn't want her to have freakishly long arms?

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In any case on to the main attractions!


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I don't know about you but neither girl seemed to have any sculpting issues to point out. The only thing I can say is they look better in person as the pictures just don't do them justice. If you look below you can see that YOSHI was pretty spot on with the sculpt of both girls especially if you consider the fact my angle on the shot is probably off.

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Let's start with their faces. Maria's face looks accurate to the illustration, YOSHI did a a great job with features and contour. I really love the job they did with her mouth. It is nicely defined and stands out against the rest of her features. I love the job they did on her fang. Her jawline looks great and the transition from it to her neck was seamless and natural looking. She looks great from various profiles.

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Kobato also seems accurate to the illustration. I love the job they did on her mouth as well and of course her fang. I love how the pair has their fangs showing on mirror sides to compliment each other. Her jawline looks great as it transitions to her neck seamlessly and naturally. She looks great from various profiles as well. I can't say it enough, YOSHI did a great job with their faces.

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Moving on you can see their hair is just as detailed and great looking. I love the individual strands on their fringes and detailing in the hair overall. I love the job they did with the tails and how they hid the typical seam line at the top of the head for both girls with the kitty ears. The only thing is their hair is VERY rigid. Care should be taken or you will break something off. And like their faces the hair matches up fairly well with the illustration.

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Moving on down to their skimpy outfits. The same level of detailing can be seen here as well. For the most part the outfits and their svelte bodies match up very nicely with the illustration. Their outfits look quite realistic and it really looks like they are wearing them. I love the transition from the outfits to the flesh as they spill out of them quite nicely. It looks very natural and realistic looking. I love how the outfits conform to their curves showing off their bodies as well as how the outfits wrinkle and bunch up adding to the details. They look great from all angles, you just can't get a bad view of them.

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Speaking of bodies spilling out, I don't think you can miss Kobato's lovely cleavage. They look great and of the two girls Maria who is younger is actually supposed to have larger breasts. But from what I can see it's actually the other way around with the figures? As for the illustration it's difficult to see who has the larger breasts but according to the series it's supposed to be Maria. Even though it's not accurate I think the girls look fine the way they are. And no, I don't see how Kobato could have used some tissue to stuff hers since there is really nowhere to as there is barely enough material to cover their breasts.

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Moving on, look at how graceful and elegant of a job they did on their arms. They look quite natural as well as the transition from flesh to the bracelets. They seem accurate to the illustration and I love the job they did on their bare shoulders, back and defined collarbones. The bow ties just seal the deal on their lovely frames.

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Their kitty tails look accurate to the illustration and I love the job they did with the little bows on each. They appear to be attached securely and should resist some damage but I wouldn't test it.

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Moving on down to their legs, you can see they are accurate to the illustration as well. The transition from their hips to thighs was done well and again look natural. Their legs are sleek, long and curvy. I love the job they did on their heels and it definitely makes them look like sexy little vixens. Their rear ends are well defined especially with the curves that just reinforces the fact they have butts that just won't quit.

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From head to toe, YOSHI and MaxFactory did a fantastic job with the girls. They are nicely detailed and seems pretty accurate to the illustration in regards to the sculpt. The fit and finish is top notch and there really isn't much more they can do. Expectations were met and possibly exceeded. YOSHI and MaxFactory did a great job and I can't wait for their next project.

Painting: 9/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡
MaxFactory usually colors their figures competently with all the tools available available, these girls are not any different. As you can see below for the most part they're accurate to the illustration if you can forgive the quality of the photo as it does not do them justice.

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Let's start with their faces, the biggest thing for me is both girls have their blushes. I still see many manufacturers including MaxFactory doing the old bait and switch.

Their eyes were placed precisely and look absolutely lovely. They appear accurate to the illustration and I love the job they did on their mouths. Just like the sculpting work the paint job they did on their mouths matched up perfectly. They also did a nice job on their fair complexion that makes their lovely blushes stand out even more.

Now for me the hair doesn't seem as accurate to the illustration but I don't really think it's possible to match the color and highlights in figure form due to the materials. They would have to use actual "hair" to match that sheen and color. Looking at the limitations the tinting they did with the translucent hair was "close" enough I suppose. In any event I guess the important thing is their hair looks fine.

They did a nice job on the girls' flesh but as you can see it doesn't match up exactly with the illustration. However my pictures don't really do the figures justice so they actually do look better than the pictures. In any event if you just look at the figures on their own the flesh tone on the girls look good. The various subtle shades and accents found throughout their flesh breath life into them. The details also assist with the transition to their outfits. The girls just look lovely. You can especially see it in their busts and cleavage.

Last but not least I love the job they did on their outfits. Now if you take into account how my pictures were shot the outfits match up pretty nicely with the illustration. I love that shiny/glossy look that makes it look like their outfits are really made out of material. Even the way the outfits and those lovely legs of theirs reflect the light match up nicely.

All in all, I'd say they did a decent job matching up with the illustration based on the limitations of the material. Expectations were met but they probably could have refined it some more in some areas such as the hair and skin tone.








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Posing: 9.5/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡
I think it's better to let the picture do all the talking. As you can see below YOSHI and MaxFactory did a nice job recreating the illustration especially if you forgive the angle of the shot I took and the placement of the figures. Everything basically lines up nicely. You basically can't get any closer so I just have to give them top marks.

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Now as for display options the girls are not sold as a set so they can be displayed on their own. But it would really be a shame since they seem to be best displayed together. Now display wise they look great at eye level or slightly above. You can't really display them low since they are looking downward so their lovely faces would be obscured. Now it's really up to you on how close they should be but kitties should be nuzzling their faces together and purring in my opinion.

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Nothing more needs to be said. They did a fantastic job bringing the girls to life. They can be displayed on their own but look best together just like the illustration. Expectations were met and exceeded.

Base: 8/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡
Not really much to say about the bases. They get the job done and the themes picked for each girl seem fitting. The checkered pattern looks good with Maria and the furry white just caresses Kobato. The bases are bigger than they need to be for one figure but it looks like that was because they wanted to give you the option to display both girls together on either base. As much as I like the furry one, the checkered works best for me as nothing is obscured. If you're going to display both girls together the bases work just fine. If alone, you're probably better off not using the bases then due to their size.

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Not much else to say. The bases get the job done. There's enough room for both girls on either base and the patterns picked seem fitting for their respective girls.

Enjoyment: 9/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡
So we've taken a closer look at the girls and what they have to offer. I have to say I do not regret getting both girls. They were both worth the price and if I had to do it again, I would without a second thought. However that's for both girls. If I had only gotten one I think I probably would have regretted it no matter which girl. For it just had to be both girls. YOSHI and MaxFactory did a fantastic job with details and overall execution bringing the illustration to life. If you are considering them, I highly recommend getting both as it's just not the same with only one. Expectations were met and exceeded with these vixens.

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See you later.

Which do you prefer?

  • 15.89%
    Maria
  • 35.51%
    Kobato
  • 48.6%
    Both!

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01 year agoChloe-tsundereChloe-tsundere The louise otaku
notchristine (1 year ago) #1448402I would really like to own these some day, but I would be a little nervous about displaying them as there are a lot of people who would get "the wrong idea." Nevertheless, both of them are really cute, and the review was very in-depth and helpful! Personally, I prefer the figure of Maria but both of them are adorable.

My mom found kobato very cute, i doubt this can be seen the wrong way..

Yeahboobs look too big but might be just push up xP AA with push up looks like this
01 year agonotchristinenotchristine
I would really like to own these some day, but I would be a little nervous about displaying them as there are a lot of people who would get "the wrong idea." Nevertheless, both of them are really cute, and the review was very in-depth and helpful! Personally, I prefer the figure of Maria but both of them are adorable.
01 year agoJejuneJejune
StarshipPooper (1 year ago) #1447875The younger the girl, the bigger the boobs in Anime. 8Þ
ffffffff- there's truth in that xD
01 year agoStarshipPooperStarshipPooper
Jejune (1 year ago) #1447812These figures are amazingly made and look fantastic. The bases are really nice as well. The only thing that stops me really enjoying them is how sexy they're supposed to be considering their ages. And really how is Maria going to have bigger breasts when she's like 10 years old (unless that's outdated)? o.O I guess that's why I like Maria better, she just looks adorable. Also her colour scheme.

The younger the girl, the bigger the boobs in Anime. 8Þ
01 year ago (1 year ago)JejuneJejune
These figures are amazingly made and look fantastic. The bases are really nice as well. The only thing that stops me really enjoying them is how sexy they're supposed to be considering their ages. And really how is Maria going to have bigger breasts when she's like 10 years old (unless that's outdated)? o.O I guess that's why I like Maria better, she just looks adorable. Also her colour scheme.
01 year agoChloe-tsundereChloe-tsundere The louise otaku
You stole my poll lol!
Anyways nice review im still looking for them,both!

I prefer kobato, as i liked her in the serie plus chromo eyes, color-wise id say maria
01 year agoCupcakez89Cupcakez89 The quiet one
I bought Maria back when she first came out, but still have yet to buy Kobato! I really need to, especially after seeing just how GOOD they look together rather than separate.
01 year agoAmyInWonderlandAmyInWonderland
You just made me want these two really badly. The pictures of them are are so lovely I can't wait until one day I can see them in person.
01 year agoStalkingStalking Loli hunter
Reading this makes me even happier with my Kobato :D I'm still not sold with Maria though, she looks perfect, but she bores me... >: I don't know, I can't get my finger on what annoys me about her;;

Great review as always!!
Although due to the coloring of the original artwork, they would match up a bit better with warmer lightning imo.
It's hard to get a shot that shows all of her beauty though (at least with Kobato, I never had the chance to shoot Maria so :P)
01 year agoiTheShirtiTheShirt Seasonally Otaku'd
WindsorSeven (1 year ago) #1446133I think this might be my favorite review yet! Seriously man, great job. These two look stunning, and you did a great job highlighting them.
Seconded!

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