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Sega Konata Izumi "Shimakaze Cosplay"Sega Konata Izumi "Shimakaze Cosplay"

I like Lucky☆Star, I like mecha musume, and I have an affinity for meta-things (in this case a figure of a anime character cosplaying as another character who in turn is an anthropomorphism of a WWII era ship). So, today we'll be reviewing a figure that has all those features (and has generated a fair amount of buzz on MFC), Sega's Konata Izumi. Konata is cosplaying as the well-known Shimakaze from the KanColle franchise, and so there are a few shots below that could be considered a little bit NSFW.

About the character: Konata Izumi is a character from the Lucky☆Star anime and manga. Konata is a hard-core otaku, although anyone outside her immediate circle of friends might never realize this fact. For instance, she is friendly and outgoing, and she is quite athletic to boot. However, Konata is also a walking encyclopedia of anime, manga, and games, she's known to stay up all night gaming, and she frequently is seen buying figures and collectors' editions of various goods. She is obsessive enough about her hobbies that she sometimes will buy three of the same item ("one to use, one to put away, and one to spread the gospel").

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

The packaging is simple, featuring a shot of the figure and a lot of text! The number 1 indicates that Sega has planned similar KanColle crossover figures of castmates Miyuki, Tsukasa, and Kagami.

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The sides of the box are pretty plain.

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Since the packaging is windowless, I was afraid Konata would just be wrapped in cardboard or bubble wrap, but Sega uses a proper blister.

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Konata is attached to a small stand to give the appearance that she's jumping, and the stand also supports some of her turrets. As you can see that piece attaches to the base at two points.

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Set up and ready!

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This is not a huge figure, and the box is relatively small, measuring 19 by 16 by 14 cm.

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

Konata's pose is dynamic, and it's highly in character for her. She seems to be leaping in the air, and her expression suggests that she's really stoked to be cosplaying as Shimakaze! The pose also works on another level; in its day, the Shimakaze was one of the fastest destroyers in the world, and so the dynamic pose works on that level, too!

Let's have a look at her.

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Painting----------8/10*
Sculpting---------8/10*
*---these ratings reflect the fact this is an inexpensive prize figure, and represent ratings relative to other prize figures.

Konata has a couple of obvious flaws, but I'd say that overall her finish is above-average for a prize figure. However, she also has quite a few really interesting features to offset some of the flaws.

Sega did a pretty good job with the design of Konata's face. It's a faithful rendition of the character, her green eyes are quite expressive, and her beauty mark is of course one of her key features!

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The black paint on her headband spills onto her ahoge a little bit.

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You can see a few messy spots in her bangs.

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Her hair is one big mass, but given Konata's nontrivial hair to body mass ratio, that's not really a big deal. On mine, some white paint found its way onto the lower right side of her hair, though.

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To reflect the fact that she is a moe anthropomorphism of a naval vessel, Shimakaze is usually seen with an anchor attached somewhere (for example, PICTURE #885356), and there's no way that Konata would fail to incorporate this feature into her cosplay!

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KanColle fans know that the chibified turrets are another key part of Shimazake's design. One of the most clever features of this figure is that the turrets each are clearly styled after the other primary leads from Lucky☆Star.

This one is obviously Miyuki ENCYCLOPEDIA #1627...

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...the expression on this one could only be Kagami ENCYCLOPEDIA #1624, as Konata often teases her about being a tsundere...

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...and the cheerful and naive expression on this one means it must be Tsukasa ENCYCLOPEDIA #1625 ! Getting the rest of the cast involved is really quite clever, and so I really have to give credit to Sega here for a job well done!

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Shimakaze also is usually depicted with a torpedo launcher strapped to her back, and so of course Konata incorporates this into her outfit.

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There's a decent amount of detail on the chibi-turrets, like the rivets. I didn't notice until I was looking at these photos up close, but some gray paint made its way into her hair. Of course, with prize figures, YMMV as far as these types of issues go.

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Other key features of Konata's/Shimakaze's outfit are the cropped seifuku and the little brass buttons on her skirt and top.

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There's some messy painting on her glove, and her hand is just a little bit clumpy.

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If you look closely, you can see that my Konata had a little scratch on her skirt. I would have liked to see a little more detail on her stomach as well, but that's starting to ask a lot from a cheap prize figure...

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Konata's skirt fits loosely, and it can be moved around. I guess in principle it also could be removed, but removing it would definitely be a one-way endeavor.

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Another key feature of Shimakaze's design is her skimpy high-cut black thong panties (see PICTURE #885359 and PICTURE #885354 for instance), and Konata is pretty uninhibited, so I doubt she'd hesitate for even a moment to include this feature in her cosplay.

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I had to work pretty hard to get this pantsu shot, so it's not the kind of thing you're going to see from across the room. The seams on her legs are quite obvious, but you will generally not see this figure from this angle, so that's not a huge deal IMO.

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The painting on her stockings is not perfect, but I've seen much worse on prize figures (I'm looking at you, ITEM #199562 !!).

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The rudder-heels are another key feature of the design. These heels look like they'd be uncomfortable as hell to walk around in, but I guess a little discomfort in the name of authenticity is part of the cosplayers' creed, right?

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You know, I'd never really noticed before that Rensouhou-chan ENCYCLOPEDIA #54095 had a little propeller on his life preserver...

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Base----------7.5/10

Konata's base is pretty simple, but it doesn't distract from the figure itself, and that stand attaches securely to the base.

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The base is large, but not huge, measuring in at about 5 inches (13 cm).

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Scale Comparison

Konata herself is about 6 inches (15 cm) tall, and the base adds about another 1/2 inch to that. If she were standing, I estimate she'd be about 6.5 inches (16.5 cm). Konata's height is established to be 142 cm, so this means this figure is somewhere between 1/8 and 1/9 scale.

This shot is not too useful for scale comparison, but here is Konata with a teeny-tiny trading figure, ITEM #99405 . I'm kind of disappointed no one ever made a proper figure of Konata in Strike Witches cosplay mode...

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Any navy needs some air support, so I guess that would be Yoshika's ITEM #9919 role. Yoshika is 1/8 scale, and you can see how Konata compares.

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Both Mig-60 ITEM #4716 and Italia-san ITEM #4715 are 1/9 scale. I'm guessing the two of them are pretty similar in build to Konata, so you can see that Konata is larger than 1/9, but not quite 1/8 scale.

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Konata with Nendo Francesca Lucchini ITEM #5432 .

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Funco-chan ITEM #144495 is about 1/7 scale. KanColle is all about cute girl ships, and the anime from which Funco hails (Upotte!) is about cute girl rifles, but Upotte never attained anywhere near the popularity of the KanColle franchise.

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I would be remiss in my reviewing duties if I didn't include a shot of Konata with the "real" Shimakaze, in this case another Sega prize offering ITEM #263893 . That Shimakaze ended up being much larger than I expected!

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History Time!!

The pairing below has a little history behind it. Konata is cosplaying as Shimakaze who is a moe-fication of that WWII ship. Shimakaze was destroyed in late 1944 at the hands of US Carrier Task Force 38 during the battle of Ormoc Bay. Now, if you want to be picky, P-51 Mustangs (the basis for Shirley Yeager's ITEM #52704 Striker Unit) saw only limited action in the Pacific Theater, but all the players are right...

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Shirley in attack mode?

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------9.5/10

Arguments for: Many. The concept of the figure is brilliant, the cameos from the rest of the Lucky☆Star cast is a clever feature, cute face, the figure perfectly captures Konata's personality, overall good quality.

Arguments against: Her not quite 1/8, but bigger than 1/9 scale is a little bit odd.

Overall, this is quite a fun figure, and I was glad to see that Lucky☆Star is still apparently in the collective figure consciousness. Now, let's hope that Sega gets cracking on the rest of the figures in this line (ITEM #271940, ITEM #271939, and ITEM #264881 )!

Availability (as of this writing)

Not too hard to find.

These have been popping up quite frequently on AmiAmi, so you should have little trouble if you want to make Konata part of your collection. I'd expect to pay somewhere in the ballpark of 2000-2500 yen. Heck, you could follow Konata's lead, buy three, and still not break the bank!

THANKS FOR READING!

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

Sega Prize Shimakaze (KanColle) BLOG #22889
Alter 1/8 Lynette Bishop (Strike Witches) BLOG #15645
Alter 1/8 Francesca Lucchini (Strike Witches) BLOG #15177
Alter 1/8 Perrine Clostermann (Strike Witches) BLOG #14461
Alter 1/8 Hanna-Justina Marseille (Strike Witches) BLOG #8821
Sega FNC/Funco-chan (Upotte!) BLOG #13389
Skytube 1/7 Inia Sestina (Muv-Luv Total Eclipse) BLOG #11639
Good Smile 1/8 Triela (Gunslinger Girl) BLOG #9286
Sega Asuka Langley Soryu Mermaid (Evangelion) BLOG #20355
Sega "Fruits Punch" Rei and Asuka (Evangelion) BLOG #15384

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victorviper (3 years ago) #3418286I've seen comments that she's more like 1/10 scale, and coupled with the kneeling pose that would make her absolutely tiny...

She's the same size as some of my standing upright trading figures. <.> It's unfortunate I have her stored and no clue in which box, I hope I can review her soon for you!
3 years ago
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Maakie (3 years ago) #3416494Well, my first impression is that she is really really small, so I think she's pretty expensive for what you get.
I have the same doubting feelings about her and have been thinking about already selling her without unboxing her ever (whoops). But I really want to unbox her and at least do a mini-shoot to be sure about my feelings for the figure.


I've seen comments that she's more like 1/10 scale, and coupled with the kneeling pose that would make her absolutely tiny...
3 years ago
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victorviper (3 years ago) #3410591I've thought about getting Ameri many times, but I just can't quite decide. Sometimes she seems too ecchi to display, other times not so much...

Well, my first impression is that she is really really small, so I think she's pretty expensive for what you get.

I have the same doubting feelings about her and have been thinking about already selling her without unboxing her ever (whoops). But I really want to unbox her and at least do a mini-shoot to be sure about my feelings for the figure.
3 years ago
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Maakie (3 years ago) #3403546Yes! I got her in a trade a while ago, just before I moved and she hasn't been out of her box since...quite sad. I want to see her for myself too! But yeah, it can take a while as earlier mentioned... ^^''

I've thought about getting Ameri many times, but I just can't quite decide. Sometimes she seems too ecchi to display, other times not so much...
3 years ago
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victorviper (3 years ago) #3379239Ever thought about unboxing and reviewing ITEM #13798 ?

Yes! I got her in a trade a while ago, just before I moved and she hasn't been out of her box since...quite sad. I want to see her for myself too! But yeah, it can take a while as earlier mentioned... ^^''
3 years ago
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Maakie (3 years ago) #3379057If you want to see some horror, here is my list with items that are not unboxed or only quickly opened and put away again: myfigurecollect...

Ever thought about unboxing and reviewing ITEM #13798 ?
3 years ago
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victorviper (3 years ago) #3360831I know the feeling. In the corner of my living room, I've got a little pile of unboxed figures waiting to be set free...

If you want to see some horror, here is my list with items that are not unboxed or only quickly opened and put away again: LIST #32620
3 years ago
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Maakie (3 years ago) #3360144Nice review! She's so cute (I especially love her friends being Renshouhou's) and I can't wait for the rest of this set! :)
This reminds me of my crazy backlog on my own reviews and pictures stored on my computer. *sigh* I really want to pick up reviewing again... :(


I know the feeling. In the corner of my living room, I've got a little pile of unboxed figures waiting to be set free...
3 years ago
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Nice review! She's so cute (I especially love her friends being Renshouhou's) and I can't wait for the rest of this set! :)

This reminds me of my crazy backlog on my own reviews and pictures stored on my computer. *sigh* I really want to pick up reviewing again... :(
3 years ago
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Seiidaishougun (3 years ago) #3243088Yes, you can really get a good bit of quality from prize figures :D
They're always getting better and better.


Even better, prize figures have stayed pretty constant in price, while the prices of "regular" scaled figures goes up and up!
3 years ago
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