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Nendoroid Mink by Orange Rouge!

Hello everyone! My June Amiami order took a little bit to get here, so I'm writing this review later than I'd hoped. >.< I bought a lot in June, so I'm probably going to make a big ol' loot post once everything gets in... Anyway, that's neither here nor there.

Today we'll be looking at my much-anticipated 99th figure...
Nendoroid Mink and Tori by Orange Rouge!
ITEM #512154

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*lays down* *tries not to cry* *cries a lot*

I can’t believe he’s real and i’m holding him???????

I’ve been wishing for a Mink nendoroid ever since I got into dmmd and fell considerably hard for Mink (who I did not expect to ever fall for??? but kuuderes are my weakness it turns out). MinAo helped pull me through a particularly rough post-college patch and they remain very close to my heart, and yet, my hopes for a Mink nendo were extremely low. After all, he’s easily the least popular love interest, for pretty obvious reasons. (If you came to inform me that I should not like Mink because he’s Problematic, please leave, you’re not going to change my mind). As the months and WonFeses passed with not a peep, I pretty much lost all hope of ever seeing Mink in nendoroid form. DMMd seemed to be winding down as a franchise, and I resigned myself to a Minkless existence. At least my other DMMd best boy (Clear) got a nendoroid, so my Aoba didn’t have to be alone. And I did find a tiny Mink figure (ITEM #218491) during my last trip to Japan, so I supposed that would suffice.

When GSC announced that Mink was finally getting a nendo I literally cried real tears, haha....

-20 minutes go by as Magu gets too emotional to even type coherent words-

Anyway, enough blubbering, time to get to the review, which is what you all came here for

As you can see in the above photo, he comes with a cardboard background depicting his room from the game. Aoba and Clear both came with similar backgrounds, as well as Koujaku and Noiz (who I don’t own). While I personally would have liked his room from DMMd Re:Connect, this room fits this version of the character much better. (I prefer Re:Connect Mink overall, but I’m not about to be a choosy beggar!!)

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Here he is from the side. Tiny details like his bracelet, the rips on his coat, and the chains just barely poking out from his sleeve have all been captured faithfully. Unlike my other Dmmd nendos, I had no trouble getting Mink onto his base.

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From the back. The seam on his coat and the buttons are both there. His ponytail is also sculpted nicely, and it's fitted with a joint so that you can pose it at different angles. Mink has quite a bit of presence from the back!

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From this side, you can see his bare arm. The chibi form doesn’t have much leeway for muscles, but you can see that there is a very slight shape to them. You can also see that a few of his dreds are tucked behind his ear. I didn’t get it in this shot, but just below his ear you can see the faintest hint of his braids.

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For such a tiny figure, he’s very detailed–it’s just like Orange Rouge to get all the details down. However, like with Aoba, his collar isn’t actually attached–it falls right off anytime you remove his head. I know this is done to preserve freedom of movement, but it seems a clunky choice when OR has made such good use of flexible plastic on other nendos. Luckily, unlike Aoba, it’s possible to switch his expression without removing his head–minimizing the amount you have to deal with his collar.

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His little boots are so detailed!! It’s hard to tell in this photo, but his jeans are also torn just like on his official art. You can also see that his coat pinches in just slightly at the waist. The details are amazing! Sorry for the quality of some of these pics lmao.... I was too excited to focus on getting good shots

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A closer view of his hair. The gradient in his dreds is really nice, but I kind of wish they were more matte…. (though the light in my room is pretty strong)

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Like Aoba, Mink came with his All-mate, Tori (or Huracan, for those who read that far!). Mink came with a stand for Tori too, but he’s actually balanced enough to stand by himself.

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Tori’s head is articulated, so you can pose him just slightly. I can just hear his knowledgeable-sounding voice now...

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Here's all the parts Mink came with. Many hands holding tiny things! He came with only one extra expression for himself, and the other is for Aoba. I’m a little sad they chose to go that route, as I really would have liked to see a smiling expression (like this one) in the mix, and Mink’s skin color makes it hard for him to face swap. I wonder if they were worried he wouldn’t sell without some kind of incentive, orz….

from this angle both of those faces look vaguely sexual lmao…

Alright, let's take some of these parts for a spin!

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First, the pipe! Probably my favorite accessory. It looks really cute in his hand! But it's so little, I'm worried about losing it, haha...

Though, trying to pose him also brought up a slight issue: his hair isn’t made of flexible plastic either. His dreds really limit his range of movement ><

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I kind of wish he was flexible enough to display it off to the side a little, but oh well…

In this shot, you can see that his nose is sculpted more prominently than that of other nendos. It gives him a slightly more mature look, doesn't it?

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When I was setting up for the next shot, the little knife fell right out of Mink’s hand–it turns out it’s not actually attached! I bet I can make other characters hold it too…

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The knife and folded arm are for recreating the scene where he finally gets his revenge on Toue! (I couldn’t find a good resolution of the alternate ver where his eyes are closed, whoops). The blood on the knife is almost sickeningly lifelike!!

The interesting thing about this expression is that it can be used to convey a variety of different emotions. From this angle, it almost looks like he’s praying for forgiveness….

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…. but from this angle, he just looks angry! Or, rather, exasperated. Maybe he’s tired of Aoba’s antics…

Side note, I love how his lil fingers are sculpted ;u;

Now, on to the Aoba expression!

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What a look! It’s of course based on a pivotal scene in Mink’s route (fair warning, image in that link involves blood and choking)

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Behind the scenes of the previous shot lmao… The nendos’ proportions make more complex shots a little harder (see also: me trying to make them kiss)

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It required a bit of fenagling to get this shot to line up. Since their bases are too wide, I had to go without…

Overall, I don't think I'll be getting much use out of these parts going forward. That scene in Mink's route is pretty hard to watch as it is.... It hurts seeing Aoba so uncomfortable :C

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However, the “strangling” hand has other uses too! Used like this, it looks like he’s extending a hand to help Aoba with something!

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Here he is reciting shakespeare (lol)

While I've mostly been sticking to the example poses thus far, I look forward to seeing how best to utilize all the parts he came with!!

I'm not going to do any part swaps this time, because Mink's unique skin color and design make it so that very few parts could swap with him successfully. (I actually have another dark-skinned Nendo, ITEM #236189, but they don't really resemble each other at all....) I will say, however, that I'm glad Mink's headband is part of his hair. (I say this in comparison to Nendoroid Yukimura, ITEM #13757, whose headband is painted onto his expression parts. It makes it hard to swap parts with him!)

Anyway, since we're not swapping parts, let's move on to the silly skit portion!

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It’s fun to have all three of them together, too! Though since Clear’s so bright, it can be hard to get the exposure down–either Clear’s washed out, or Mink is obscured in shadow lmao…

Clear: Aoba-san, be careful! That kind of scary person is here…
Aoba: Oh!! Mink!! I’ve been waiting for you!!
Mink: Oh, it’s you. And, uh… your friend?
Aoba: You’ve met Clear before, Mink.
Tori: That’s the one you used to call “Gasmask”.
Mink: …. oh. right. I think I remember someone like that. (doesn’t really care)
Aoba: You haven’t seen Clear without his mask on before, have you? No wonder you didn’t recognize him.

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Clear: Hm, well, if Aoba-san doesn’t think you’re a threat, then… Mink-san, I hope we can get along from here.
Aoba: Ahhh, it’s so good to finally see you! I’ll have to catch you up on everything, and there’s tons of stuff I have to show you–!
Mink: Um–it’s fine, but t-thank you…. (isn’t used to being welcomed)
Tori: Sigh… You can relax once in a while, Mink….

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Mink: Can I… ask you about something?
Aoba: Sure.
Mink: Why the warm welcome? You can’t have forgotten what I did to you.
Aoba: Well, no…
Mink: Then… why? After all I did to make sure you’d hate me; that there would be no one to mourn me after–
Aoba: Hey, hey, Mink, hold it.

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Aoba: There’s no use wallowing in a past that can’t change. It’s been three years, and I know you’re not that horrible person anymore. So… let’s get a fresh start, alright? Now that you’re here, I’m looking forward to getting to know the person you really are. The “real” Mink.
Mink: I don’t…. what
Aoba: After what happened, I felt like I didn’t understand you at all. It was really, really bothering me, because I’m the kind of idiot who needs to know why people act the way they do. I want to get closer to you, and understand you better. So… I guess that’s why I want to help you feel at home here.
Mink: …. you deserve better than me…. Aoba…
Aoba: Maybe. But you’re the one I want, so, tough.
Mink: ….. ///////

Ah, now I want to watch Mink's Re:C route again....

Anyway, now let's tally up the scores!
Sculpting: Overall, a 9! Incredibly detailed, down to the tiniest buttons and seams. OR included several details that are probably not even noticeable in normal circumstances; it's a testament to their dedication to quality. It's only short of a perfect 10 because I'm going to start taking points off for detached parts where flexible plastic would be a better solution :/ (his collar), Would also have been nice to have flexible plastic for some of his hair, too...
Painting: Also gets a 9! Clean paint lines, even on tiny details, and the airbrushing/gradient work is just superb. Tbh I think he came out the best out of all the Dmmd nendos...
Posing: I gave this one a lower score because, although he comes with many optional parts and has many potential poses, his hair really limits what you can do with them. I'd like to keep exploring, though, and see Mink's full potential!
Accessories: 8! All the accessories he came with match his character well, and bring to mind scenes from the game. Not a lot more to ask for here! Though I wish he'd come with a third expression for himself...
Enjoyment: really, do we even have to ask? 10! 100! For something I never expected to own in a million years--he's above and beyond expectations. He's absolutely perfect, and he looks even more perfect next to Aoba ;u; I can't wait to start doing photoshoots with him! In particular I'm looking forward to taking him home to Colorado (which is where I headcanon Mink living in re:c, haha....)

Here's how I've decided to pose him for now!
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He looks so majestic... Those intense eyes of his are really something!

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A family can be 2 boyfriends and 3 robots, one of which is also a boyfriend. It's complicated

It'd be nice to see a Ren nendoroid, just to finish out the boyfriends--but if it took this long for Mink to arrive, I'm not sure what the chances are on Ren... For the sake of my friends who are Ren fans, I'll keep hoping for him as well!! (idk if I'd buy one though; I'm less attached to Ren than I am Mink and Clear)

Maybe one day I'll track down ITEM #72164 and mod myself a re:connect Mink nendo....

Anyway, enough going off topic. If you made it this far, thanks for reading! I'll be back later in the week with a review for my 100th figure! God, I never thought I'd make it into triple digits....

The summer of many figure purchases continues....
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    Scores8/10

    Sculpting
    Painting
    Posing
    Accessories
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    gwendal738-2 (28 days ago) #23675978I never cared for the game or the series much, but Mink and Clear are also my absolute favorites!!! <3 I am planning to get their nendos soon and this review just sealed the deal for me. Thank you!
    No problem! Thank YOU for reading! :D They're definitely worth every penny!
    28 days ago
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    I never cared for the game or the series much, but Mink and Clear are also my absolute favorites!!! <3 I am planning to get their nendos soon and this review just sealed the deal for me. Thank you!

    I also want a Ren nendoroid. I hope it happens. ToT I'm not a completionist and I don't care much for Aoba, Koujaku, or Noiz but. I really do like Mink, Clear, and Ren ToT
    28 days ago
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    Lehst (29 days ago) #23658612I'm glad we got some other fans that like Mink, or at least like his figure. I've said it before but back when GSC had that big survey, I wrote in I wanted nendoroid Mink. I had bugged them about it before then too, but I had assumed it would al be in vain. But nope! His colored prototype suddenly showed up one day and I was totally floored.
    Thank you for the lovely comment, and happy to meet another Mink fan! I also wrote in to GSC for Mink back when they did that survey, but I didn't put a lot of stock in that hope. I'm so glad our prayers were answered XD

    Bearcat (29 days ago) #23651330Ren would be great to get too, maybe one day >_< I'm hoping for a series of petites or anything new really XD (scales...ales....ales......*echoes away*)
    Same!! I would love to see new merch for DMMd (that isn't super limited to a cafe or live show) ;-;

    SkyBlue (29 days ago) #23645453I love re:connect's Mink too and hopefully we'll get Co-de or maybe another nendo altogether?? A girl can dream right :P Fingers crossed for more DMMd boys! Thank you so very much for the lovely review~~!! This cinnamon roll deserves much more love~❤❤❤❤❤
    Aaaahhh a nendoroid co-de for reconnect mink would be so perfect! ;-; and easier on my wallet. Thank you for the comment!!
    29 days ago
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    SkyBlue (29 days ago) #23645453 But Mink's super detailed for a nendo! If only they included his bike thoGah I totally need a tiny bike now!

    ok so here it is, the progress pic. some of the parts used are temporary, and obviously some need to be painted... orz. PICTURE #1795805
    29 days ago
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    Great review, I loved the skit! I did finally receive my Mink figure a few days ago but I've been too busy or tired to take him out of the box! ...because I know when I do, I will want to pose my other DMMd boys too and that is just going to be a lot of work lol.

    I'm glad we got some other fans that like Mink, or at least like his figure. I've said it before but back when GSC had that big survey, I wrote in I wanted nendoroid Mink. I had bugged them about it before then too, but I had assumed it would al be in vain. But nope! His colored prototype suddenly showed up one day and I was totally floored.

    You know what. I'm busy right now but I'm going to finally get all the DMMd boys (including some unfinished customs) out and take a progress pic. (^o^)/ Ho!
    29 days ago
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    Very nice review :) I honestly didn't expect to see Mink either, like ever XD but he should be arriving to my home today as a matter of fact :D so your review has made me even more excited to see his little '_' face
    Ren would be great to get too, maybe one day >_< I'm hoping for a series of petites or anything new really XD (scales...ales....ales......*echoes away*)
    29 days ago
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    Nice review!!! I really like this nendo as well.
    I would have preferred a little bit more red shading on the hair but he is so perfect that details don't really matter :)
    I love his more prominent nose, and now I like Shakespeare lover Mink^^
    29 days ago
    2pt
    He turned out really great which makes me so happy! Aoba fp was a nice bonus and probably GSC's insurance or some sort to entice more ppl to buy Mink. Not that it matters to me as I'll get anything everything DMMd X'D Mine doesn't really fit sadly like there's a tiny gap between Aoba's fp and hair... But Mink's super detailed for a nendo! If only they included his bike tho
    I love re:connect's Mink too and hopefully we'll get Co-de or maybe another nendo altogether?? A girl can dream right :P Fingers crossed for more DMMd boys! Thank you so very much for the lovely review~~!! This cinnamon roll deserves much more love~❤❤❤❤❤
    29 days ago
    Buy from Japan. Easier than ever.

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