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Toy'sworks Makoto and Haruka ReviewToy'sworks Makoto and Haruka Review

SkyBlueSkyBlue2 years agoReview
Hello, MFC~

I have recently received FREE! - ETERNAL SUMMER - TOY'SWORKS 1/8 scale figures and they were so amazing that I decided to write a review on them! These lovely boys need no introduction but here's a brief one just to get things started so let's get this show on the pool road!


INTRODUCTION

NANASE HARUKA is the main protagonist of the anime FREE! IWATOBI SWIM CLUB and its sequel Free! Eternal Summer inspired by the novel HIGH☆SPEED! and TACHIBANA MAKOTO is his childhood friend who has been together ever since they were young.

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Haru is someone who simply loves water so much that whenever he sees water, he'll strip and swim in it even if its a fish tank. Don't worry though, he ain't naked as he's always wearing his swimming trunks. Even when he's soaking in the bath, under his school uniform and daily outfits and his deadly apron + swimming trunks combo~ He looks so damn sexy in that~~♡


PACKAGING

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The figure boxes are pretty much the standard flair with the origin and name of the figure along with other information on the front and the obligatory shots of the figures' highlights, JAN code, materials, warning messages and whatnot on the back of the boxes.

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Makoto box had a green motif whereas Haru had blue. One tiny thing I noticed was that I'm not sure if it was intentional of Toy'sworks to paint over Haru's face in blue or was it an error that it was meant for the background like in Makoto's case (face is in colour with green background) *shrugs*

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The bonus head part from Chara-Ani was taped on the top of the box.

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Here's a comparison of the two heads. Personally I prefer his smiling face since he rarely smiles so it's a lot more precious to me~♡


POSE

Not gonna lie but I think it's high time we get some fan-service(y) male figures like these and I'm really happy that Toy'sworks stepped up for the challenge with their Free! figures.

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Being the third one to be released after Rin and Sousuke, Toy'sworks maintained their sexy wet look for Makoto and I really love his pose! He looks so awesome with his wet shirt and that teasing with his thumb pulling his trousers down just made me weak in the knees~ And there's sexy Haru-chan who looks like he's about to strip...let's stop before my imaginations begin to run wild ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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Haru-chan's pose is apparently based on his Character Song cover while Makoto's pose seems to be an original one as it differs from his cover.

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I'd probably die from severe blood loss if they went with this pose.


Toy'sworks may have been inspired by the survival water gun battle from Free! Eternal Summer's OVA for including water guns into their figures ;D

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And here are the figures released from their plastic prisons!

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Oh, just look at how they're looking at each other~~♡♡♡ And that height difference is really killing me! (>3<)~♡

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The clear base is just a clear petri dish like base and while Makoto's base is very stable, Haru-chan's base is wobbly due to the base being warped upwards.


SCULPT AND PAINT

TACHIBANA MAKOTO

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Let's take a closer look at MAKOTO first.

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I really love how they managed to capture Makoto's face with his signature smile and cute droopy eyes. His jawline leading to his neckline and collarbones are perfectly sculpted though the neck is slightly too long imho especially when viewed from a lower angle.

The hair does not have too visible seamlines and although Makoto's hair colour is brownish-green, his hair is noticeably painted with a little more green that it should have :'D

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That unbuttoned shirt and how the lower half is pulled up to reveal his well-toned midriff had me drooling ever since his prototype was revealed. Oh God, such gorgeous pectoral muscles~ ♡.♡

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I'm obsessed with his veiny arms, he looks so masculine~♡ Not many figures have veins on their limbs so I'm glad they went for it for Makoto. Also it's nice that his nails (yup, even his toenails) are sheen painted. It always bothers me when manufacturers don't paint their figures' nails or worse, some don't even bother sculpting them.

Further down south though and I can't help but notice...

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WHERE'S YOUR BULGE, MAKOTO?

With all those attention to detail for his muscles and veins but they forgot the most fundamental part of him 0A0?! I'm not expecting some raging hard-on but that's just...too flat. It's as flat as the asphalt on an airport runway. The colour of his undies from the prototype was changed and I vastly prefer this colour over the green one but that's just my personal preferences. That thumb in his undies though *q*

His trousers has some nice tiny little details like the zipper on the inside, the belt buckles and back pockets. Also, they did a nice job sculpting the rolled up part of his trousers with all the folds and creases.

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And God I remember how everyone was guessing and speculating where's Makoto's tattoo! Whoever suggested to place the tattoo there deserves a bonus like just imagine how many are dying to be in that lucky orca's position lmfao

He doesn't come with any instruction but the water gun in his hand slides in with ease (the gun is sitting quite loosely though). The water gun feels kinda cheap as the paint lacks shading.

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The biggest challenge for Toy'sworks was probably recreating that translucent effect of a drenched white shirt and the material they chose looks like some sort of soft plastic or something.

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From the back, Makoto looks really good with his broad shoulders (all that backstroke swimming paid off ;D) and I would be lying if I said I wasn't tempted to remove the damn shirt so I can admire his back muscles and shoulder blades. Maybe I should get a second one... ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)


NANASE HARUKA

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Now for HARU-CHAN's close-up evaluation. His hair is nice enough but there were some excess on top of his hair as well as his front bangs for the Chara-Ani bonus head. The normal head was fine though :'D

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Haru with the normal head.

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Haru with the bonus head.

I'm so amazed by his blue eyes...they look like sapphires and a very faithful rendition of his anime counterpart. That subtle precious smile was oh so wonderful~♡

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As Haru-chan pulls on his wet shirt, his dolphin tattoo can be seen on his chest and for those who are curious, both of them officially lack nipples. Just like in the anime ;A; As consolation, Toy'sworks had the courtesy to bestow Haru-chan with some bulge. Oh, the irony with Makoto! X'D

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Haru's right hand fingers aren't exactly touching the shirt though apparently even the prototype was the same so most probably that is a manufacturing / production limitation?

Another thing that I noticed when I first received Makoto was that the necktie wasn't sculpted all around underneath the collar but rather just at the ends of each other collar.

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It bothered me to no end when the initial plan for Toy'sworks was for Haru-chan to wear normal undies as everyone knows that Haru-chan always, always wears his swimming trunks all the time. So for him to wear anything else but swimming trunks is just unthinkable. Preposterous even. Thankfully someone must've pointed it out and Toy'sworks quickly changed his undies to the rightful trunks.

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The material used for the shirt is the same with Makoto for that translucent effect but my biggest gripe is that shirt knot is of different material. How is it possible that the shirt is drenched but the knot is not? o.0?! Even the sleeves ends are the same...

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Not even surprised with the cheap paint on the water gun :'D

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I love how they made Haru-chan lean but still muscular and can I just say what gorgeous waist and hips this boy has? *q* Look at that sexy butt cleavage~♡

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OVERALL

All in all, they're really great despite the minor drawbacks and while Toy'sworks may not have the greatest quality in their figures, I applaud them for their willingness to be different and experimental with their design and pose.

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Bring on moar sexy strip-tease male figures! Wait, did I just say it out loud? *blushes*

Both Makoto and Haru-chan would be a great addiction to anyone who's a fan of Free! series or likes male figures in general. Wet boys, anyone?


SUMMARY

I'm really grateful that after a few years, there are still Free! figures being announced / made and ALTAiR's Sousuke looks delicious already :9

Guess I can still keep my hopes of seeing the rest of the cast being made eventually and perhaps maybe Free! nendoroids will be revealed one day? Cute as the Kisekae Action! Niitengo may be, I simply can't justify forking out so much for them ;A;

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Please give me merman Haru-chan~


Thank you very much for taking the time to read my humble review and I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Till next time, MFC. Take care :D

SkyBlue
12 June 2017

BONUS POLL TIME!
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Scores8/10

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If you can decide the next Free! figure, which will it be?

  • 12%Nagisa (Water gun ver.)
  • 7%Rei (Water gun ver.)
  • 4%Momotarou
  • 1%Nitori
  • 26%Haruka (Merman ver.)
  • 10%Makoto (Firefighter ver.)
  • 18%Rin (Police ver.)
  • 2%Nagisa (Astronaut ver.)
  • 5%Rei (Scientist ver.)
  • 15%Sousuke (Police ver.)
  • 0%Haruka (Pattisier ver.)
  • 82 votesVotes are public

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Sekhmet (2 years ago) #22303555Tell me when you post these things!!!! I almost never look at the articles T_T But! Lovely review!!! I'm in for a long wait for Haru, I just know it >.< It will be nice to have all the boys lined up, can't wait for Altair Sousuke!!!Lmfao I must be getting old...I forgot to inform ya again :P Haru-chan will be worth the wait. He's adorbs~♡ So freaking glad Alter decided to continue with their wet boys ;D
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Sekhmet Killing Stalking
Tell me when you post these things!!!! I almost never look at the articles T_T But! Lovely review!!! I'm in for a long wait for Haru, I just know it >.< It will be nice to have all the boys lined up, can't wait for Altair Sousuke!!!
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Maakie (2 years ago) #22190727Thank you for this review! It was very nice to see them for more up close! Although they are not perfect in execution, I do love their looks! <3Thank you~~ My thoughts exactly. Really love where Toy'sworks are heading towards to with their Free! figures! ;D

Futaba (2 years ago) #22217418Thank you for the review SkyBlue! I'm always super excited when it comes to MakoHaru so I enjoyed to read your review! They are so sexy, gazing each other like that, so much love (´∀`)♡. I love their expressions, poses, unbuttoned wet shirts, and their lower halves ♡, and despite some quality defects, Toy'sworks did a good job overall.Thank you too for your pic! I still clearly remember having a rough day that day and seeing your pic made it a million times better. Yes! So glad to be able to add them to my MakoHaru collection (^3^)~♡
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Thank you for the review SkyBlue! I'm always super excited when it comes to MakoHaru so I enjoyed to read your review! They are so sexy, gazing each other like that, so much love (´∀`)♡. I love their expressions, poses, unbuttoned wet shirts, and their lower halves ♡, and despite some quality defects, Toy'sworks did a good job overall.
2 years ago
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Thank you for this review! It was very nice to see them for more up close! Although they are not perfect in execution, I do love their looks! <3
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okami34 (2 years ago) #22151398Lol, poor Makoto was "Ken-dolled". XDLmfao tell me about it X'D

feuilgarde (2 years ago) #22153396I love reading reviews and learning new tidbits like what you've mentioned here with the inspiration images!! <3 Thanks for the detailed rundown and all the close-ups! I lost it at the "as flat as the asphalt on an airport runway" part HAHA.Thank you~♡ That was the first thing that crossed my mind when I saw it :P
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I love reading reviews and learning new tidbits like what you've mentioned here with the inspiration images!! <3 Thanks for the detailed rundown and all the close-ups! I lost it at the "as flat as the asphalt on an airport runway" part HAHA.
2 years ago
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Lol, poor Makoto was "Ken-dolled". XD
2 years ago
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harukaa (2 years ago) #22118201Nice review!
I've always wanted to buy them but I was a little hesitant, but seeing them now, they are not bad!
Will probably buy the Haru one, he looks great & his smiling face is really cute ♡!!
Thank you much for sharing (^^)!
Thanks so much! I hesitated myself as I've never bought their scale figures before and the previous comments from Rin and Sousuke figures wasn't helping either but I decided to get them in the end and I'm really glad I did :D Looking at them smiling at each other on my shelf gives me life~♡
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Kirenisa (2 years ago) #22110655Very nice !Thanks! :D

murdoch (2 years ago) #22116930Makoto's ass tattoo tho. :o
Thanks for posting, I've been really curious to see the quality of these two. Toy's Works did a good job with the translucent shirts, I was assuming they'd turn out fucky but they look pretty damn nice.
And his butt crack ;D It was pretty hard to capture its translucent / see-through effects on camera (this is the best my shaky hands and old camera phone can do XD) but they look much better in person and with the right amount of sunlight, they're gorgeous~♡
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