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Volks X-Brand 1/6 Ayu DaikuujiVolks X-Brand 1/6 Ayu Daikuuji

Today we'll be reviewing one of my grail figures, an ancient figure of one of my favorite secondary anime characters, the tsunderific Ayu Daikuuji. This is by no means an 18+ figure, but her black bondage outfit does mean that several of the shots in this review might be considered NSFW...

About the character: Ayu Daikuuji is a secondary character from the Kimi ga Nozomu Eien anime and visual novel. Ayu is a cute but surly girl who works with protagonist Takayuki at a family restaurant. In addition to her constant berating of Takayuki (frequently punctuated with her signature phrase "go step in cat crap!"), she is also known to rip in to the occasional customer as well. Normally such antics would be a fireable offense, but as it happens Ayu is the daughter of the CEO of the company who owns the restaurant chain...

Ayu is certainly a tsundere character, as her constant verbal abuse of Takayuki seems to be tempered with some affection (she's also quite kind to her co-worker Mayu-Mayu), and while tsundere characters were certainly around before Ayu, one can make an argument that the origin of that term itself traces directly to her. Back in the early 2000's, apparently one of the first instances of that term appeared on a KgNE message board after fans speculated that behind Ayu's blunt and caustic (tsun tsun) outer persona, there was probably a warm and even affectionate (dere dere) personality.

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

The package design is quite striking with the red and black theme!

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I hope you like this illustration, as all four sides of the box share the same image.

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Ayu is made of resin, so the styrofoam block encasing the figure (and the windowless box) is sort of par for the course. Volks wisely made Ayu's twintails separate pieces.

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There's always a risk in shipping resin figures, as they can be quite fragile. However, the only damage to the figure was that part of one of Ayu's hair bows had snapped off. Fortunately, a little epoxy was all it took to repair that part.

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This is quite an old figure (2006) and the photocopied insert harks back to simpler times :).

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Ayu's chair comes in two pieces, and her ponytails as well as a bow on the back of her outfit can be glued in place, but I found that she stays together just fine without any glue. Plus that way, if I ever need to pack the figure things will be much simpler.

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Set up and ready!

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I think that Ayu's black bondage outfit and her pose gives off more of a dominant vibe, but Volks includes a metal chain that can be attached at various points should you want a slightly more submissive-looking Ayu.

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You'd think the chain would attach to the various d-rings on Ayu's outfit, but it has to clip on to one of the many locks on her outfit.

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I like the illustration on the box, and the packaging got Ayu to my doorstep (mostly) safe and sound. The box, however, is quite huge, measuring 11 x 9.25 x 7 inches (28 x 23.5 x 18 cm).

Posing----------8/10

I like Ayu's pose. The way she's cavalierly reclining in the retro-style chair and her tilted head both give off a very sultry vibe.

Let's have a look at her.

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There's a fairly limited range of viewing angles for this figure (about a 45 degree degree arc, I figure), but unlike a like of seated figures, Ayu doesn't just disappear into the shelf the way she's got her legs sprawled out. Therefore, I'd say the pose is fine.

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


This figure is a decade old, so one should not expect that it will be comparable to new figures in quality. All things considered, I'd say this figure is of about average quality taking into account its age. There are plenty of flaws that are par for the course with a decade-old figure, but at the same time, Ayu has some really neat features that exceeded my expectations.

Ayu's twintails are separate pieces, but the huge bows in her hair help to hide the attachment points. You can also see a few points in her hair where there are little indentations.

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I like the way Ayu's twintails splay out. She's a pretty petite girl, and so I'm guessing her hair-to-body mass ratio is pretty high!

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I saw a limited number of photos of this figure prior to buying it, and I didn't realize that Ayu's outfit has this little cloud shaped logo on it. That logo is the symbol of the Sky Temple Financial Group; that group is helmed by Ayu's father and they own the restaurant at which Ayu works. I guess either the Sky Temple group also owns a bondage clothing company, or she had this outfit custom made :).

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Probably my biggest complaint with the figure is evident in the shot below. Her eyes are kind of asymmetrical, as the irises do not appear to be of uniform size.

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IMO, Ayu looks best when she's viewed slightly in profile, as in the shot below. Based on the box art, it seems like this is the angle from which the designers of the figure meant her to be viewed, with one of her eyes peeking out from underneath her bangs. This way, the asymmetry in her eyes is not so evident, but you still know it's there...

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It looks like Volks gave Ayu pink lipstick. Given the bondagey theme of the figure, maybe black would have been a cooler look, but alas they didn't consult me about the matter. I do like the shiny patent leather look of her outfit, but it is not without some quirks. Since the collar and the gloves are supposed to lock, there'd need to be little d-rings there, but it's more like there are posts screwed on to the outfit; while such a thing could work in principle, it seems like it would make the outfit uncomfortable or downright hazardous to wear! For comparison, Native's Nana Chigusa ITEM #62024 wears a similar locking outfit, but the points where the locks attach is handled somewhat better.

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Note the Sky Temple logo also appears on the locks. Another quirk of this figure is that relative to the rest of Ayu's body, that lock is absolutely gigantic! Her outfit is kind of like a harness, and the way those straps are pushing her breasts away from her body while the rest of the outfit is lifting them and pressing them against her body no doubt makes for a constrictive fit (which is sort of the point) and an eye-catching look.

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There's a pretty big chunk of material missing from Ayu's hair around the ear.

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The metal studs are a nice touch, and the straps around the top of Ayu's gloves are decently executed.

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In spots, the painting on this figure is not perfect, but Volks includes some interesting details. For example, the zipper pull, the teeth on the zipper, and the slack in her garters are all neat little touches.

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I also like how the zipper extends all the way to the back of her panties.

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Volks really did a good job with Ayu's boots. The sculpt and paint on the grommets and the lacing is pretty crisp and I like how the boots obviously are a tight fit in spots, and as would be expected with a leather material, there is also slack in places.

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Since I don't own any stiletto heeled thigh-high bondage boots, I can't say for sure, but I would think that the stiletto heels and the pointy toes would be pretty uncomfortable! I guess sometimes it's better to be fashionable than comfortable...

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Base----------9/10

Ayu's slightly retro chair base is pretty neat. As you can see, a small peg in the chair will attach to Ayu's arm and this simple solution keeps her in place in the chair. It makes me wish that Kotobuikya had done something similar with this figure ITEM #27853 .

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The Sky Temple logo shows up once again on the back of the chair.

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If you prefer, Ayu can be displayed without the chair in more of a reclining pose.

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Overall, this base design is quite functional. The chair is relatively small and it also adds a little height to the figure and so unlike some sitting figures, Ayu won't just disappear on a crowded shelf.

Scale Comparison

Volks lists Ayu as 1/6 scale, but I've observed that they've tended to be a little shall we say generous when estimating scales. Seated on the chair, Ayu spans about 5.5 inches (14 cm) at her highest point, and if she were standing, it looks like she would be about 7.5 inches (19 cm) in height. 1/6 scale would make her only about 3'9" which is not realistic. My eyes tell me that Ayu is about 5'0" in height give or take an inch, and so I'd say this figure is more like a large 1/8 scale.

Matsuri Tougetsu ITEM #209601 *is* 1/6 in scale, and I think you can see the obvious difference in scale between Ayu and Matsuri!

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These two sit next to one another on one of my shelves. I tried to photograph Neko-san ITEM #287908 a couple of times with the intent of reviewing that figure, but her pose just makes her really tough to photograph! Neko-san is 1/8 scale, and you can see that Ayu is similarly scaled.

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Tira Misu ITEM #6512 is also 1/8 scale. The similarity of their outfits makes these two figures pair up very well!

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Two of my favorite characters from early 2000's franchises. Etna ITEM #153 is 1/7 scale for comparison.

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Sonico ITEM #198576 is also rocking a bondage-styled outfit, although Sonico's outfit is a little less extreme than is Ayu's. Sonico is 1/6 scale, and so once again you see that Ayu is definitely smaller in scale.

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Ayu and Akane ITEM #1179 are two of my favorite characters from Kimi Ga Nozumu Eien even though they both play secondary roles. Akane is 1/7 scale.

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Haruka Suzumiya ITEM #43 is of course one of the main characters from KgNE. She is a very gentle and kind young lady and pretty much the polar opposite of Ayu personality-wise. The difference in their outfits here seems to play up that distinction very effectively IMO.

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Here we have 2x the Ayu with ITEM #182541. That figure is listed by Volks as 1/8 scale, but in reality it's more like 1/10.

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

Arguments for: Ayu's outfit is quite cool with some really nice details (like the detail on her boots), compact and functional base, and Ayu fans don't have that many figures of her to choose from.

Arguments against: The asymmetry of her eyes can be really distracting, some quirks in the design of her outfit (the humongous lock on her collar for example!), and the resin material of the figure + a trip across the Pacific Ocean poses the usual breakage risks.

However, this figure was one of my grails as I like Ayu and her sexy outfit hits all sorts of my moe points, so I have absolutely no regrets from buying this figure.

Availability (as of this writing)

Pretty rare.

I've probably seen this figure on the various preowned sites a handful of times (there were a couple of instances where someone else grabbed her before I could add her to my shopping cart and check out!), so it's not impossibly rare, but this figure is definitely scarce. Only three MFC users including me claim to own this figure, so Ayu will likely take some hunting if you want her in your collection. With rare figures, prices can fluctuate wildly, but my Ayu set me back only 4000 yen; her original owner had stashed their shipping invoice in the box showing how they paid 20000 yen for this figure new, so that made me feel good :).

This figure also has a rather neat looking red variant ITEM #236651 although that one is even more scarce; exactly one lucky MFC'er seems to own that figure. This figure is also available as an unpainted garage kit, but unless you live in Japan and can go scouring little hole in the wall shops in Akiba, that kit will probably be really tough to find.


THANKS FOR READING!

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Scores8/10

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Got a best Kimi ga Nozomu Eien girl?

  • 36%Ayu Daikuuji.
  • 9%Mitsuki Hayase.
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  • 55%Don't know the characters...
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victorviper (2 years ago) #17958071I was looking on Jungle the other day, and they had that Komugi figure and Koyori! It made me keenly aware that I have no Komugi figures in my collection. Your review made it pretty clear that Komugi figure was much, much better than other Griffon figures in terms of its overall quality, too...

Hehe, I keep on saying it: Go and get ITEM #6210 / ITEM #12994 !!! I really want a second one myself, as my first one has visible damages...and I would also like to have them in both display options, as I like this figure so much!

Well, actually Griffon's coldcasts are just all really top-notch from what I've seen both IRL and on user pictures here. I have no clue why Griffon seems to make so many bad PVC's, while both their newer and older coldcasts are so nice!

I also own ITEM #41112 which is amazing, even if for some reason they will make more figures of Light, I don't think any can top this.

And two friends of mine own ITEM #748 , where pictures don't do her justice!

A lot of collectors are just really scared of cold casts, combine that with their higher release price and...you get this. Lol.
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Maakie (2 years ago) #17950375I have very good experiences in general with 'older' Cold Casts. ITEM #5888 for example absolutely beats other Komugi figures made from PVC around the same time. They are a bit old and crappy pictures, but here a comparison with the staff of a PVC Komugi that is 2 years newer than her: PICTURE #931343 & PICTURE #931344
About Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, I think there is a pretty hardcore following, but...that's it. It's not really mainsteam popular. I doubt a lot of people on MFC nowadays care about it, actually. :/ To be honest, even I don't know much about. I watched the anime once pretty shortly after it was released and never played the games... :T


I was looking on Jungle the other day, and they had that Komugi figure and Koyori! It made me keenly aware that I have no Komugi figures in my collection. Your review made it pretty clear that Komugi figure was much, much better than other Griffon figures in terms of its overall quality, too...
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victorviper (2 years ago) #17752781As a guy who owns exactly two pairs of shoes, even I can acknowledge that those are really cool boots :).
For an older figure, the quality of this one is really not bad and so I might go hunting for other mid-2000's Volks offerings.
I was a little surprised about how many people said they didn't really know the characters from Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. I thought that was a pretty well-known property...


I have very good experiences in general with 'older' Cold Casts. ITEM #5888 for example absolutely beats other Komugi figures made from PVC around the same time. They are a bit old and crappy pictures, but here a comparison with the staff of a PVC Komugi that is 2 years newer than her: PICTURE #931343 & PICTURE #931344

About Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, I think there is a pretty hardcore following, but...that's it. It's not really mainsteam popular. I doubt a lot of people on MFC nowadays care about it, actually. :/ To be honest, even I don't know much about. I watched the anime once pretty shortly after it was released and never played the games... :T
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Maakie (2 years ago) #17750928I love the design of the boots (although uncomfortable as you said) and the overall look of this figure! And those full-zipper panties, woah!
Nice review again! :)


As a guy who owns exactly two pairs of shoes, even I can acknowledge that those are really cool boots :).

For an older figure, the quality of this one is really not bad and so I might go hunting for other mid-2000's Volks offerings.

I was a little surprised about how many people said they didn't really know the characters from Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. I thought that was a pretty well-known property...
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I love the design of the boots (although uncomfortable as you said) and the overall look of this figure! And those full-zipper panties, woah!

Nice review again! :)
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jesmagicchild (2 years ago) #17584302It's been a while since I've posted but; yet again another great review. :)
I'm a sucker for Dom figures like this.
I wish I get her too sometime down the road... ;)


Thanks for the comment.

Good luck if you decide to hunt this particular Ayu. It took me forever to find one, but at least I got her for a good price :).
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It's been a while since I've posted but; yet again another great review. :)
I'm a sucker for Dom figures like this.
I wish I get her too sometime down the road... ;)
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chobittsu (2 years ago) #17530147I have the X-rated garage kit version (the school uniform one); I didn't know there were prepainted resin ones like this as well. Mine also has a padlock with metal chain, so that's a recurring detail.

Yeah, Volks went kind of crazy with this figure, with the black outfit, the red recolor, that seifuku variant, and GK's of both versions.

Considering that Volks made yet another Ayu figure (the waitress one), as well as a GK of that figure, I guess someone at that company back in the early to mid 2000's must have been a big Ayu fan!
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I have the X-rated garage kit version (the school uniform one); I didn't know there were prepainted resin ones like this as well. Mine also has a padlock with metal chain, so that's a recurring detail.
2 years ago
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