Today, we'll be reviewing an older (2011) Native figure that mixes things up a little bit for that company, their offering of Nana Chigusa. Nana is an atypical Native figure because she does not have any cast-off features, but her red bondage outfit will make for a number of shots below that could be considered moderately NSFW.
About the character: Nana Chigusa is one of the title characters from the Nana to Kaoru manga. Nana is portrayed a perfect girl, popular and admired by her peers, although she is perceived as being out of reach by most of the boys she knows.
She and neighbor/co-protagonist Kaoru Sugimura were childhood friends. Kaoru is something of an S/M otaku, and although he has no real experience, he is rather interested in the idea of someday having a BDSM relationship and therefore he collects a variety of bondage gear and accessories, all the while pining for Nana. One day, Kaoru's mother confiscates his collection of gear as a punishment and for her own inscrutable reasons she hands it over to Nana for safekeeping; Nana is sufficiently intrigued by one of the items (a locking bodysuit) that she tries it on, only to find the key is missing...
With some manufacturers, the packaging is a mere vessel to transport the figure safely from point A to point B, but Native invariably makes the box an integral part of the experience, and this is true for this figure.
Nana is a pretty elegant figure, and the all-red design of the box is quite classy, too. The crisscrossing lines on the box subtly reflects some of the features of her bondage outfit, which is kind of neat.
The other three panels of the box are essentially identical.
Nana's outfit is locked on her, so the lock on the top panel in the box is a really clever design choice! I bought Nana preowned and her previous owner was kind enough to keep the lock and not lose the keys :). The lock itself just has a plastic body, so if you got one of these figures sans keys removing it wouldn't be too difficult...
Even though Nana is 1/6 scale, the box is not outrageously large, although it is long and skinny. The box measures 35 by 14 by 14 cm and figure+box weigh approximately 700 grams.
Nana's pose is fairly simple, but I think it works well enough. After Kaoru's mother gives Nana his collection of bondage gear, she decides to try on one of the outfits but she neglects to observe the first rule of solo bondage play (always know where the keys are!). As a result she ends up locked in the suit, and therefore Nana's expression could reflect the fact that she's not sure what to do next. Of course, she could have could have just grabbed a heavy pair of scissors and cut her way out of the outfit, but then the rest of the story never would have happened...
Let's have a look at her.
Even though the pose is rather ordinary, Nana looks good from a number of angles, so I have no complaints here.
Generally, people have high expectations for Native figures, and Nana compares favorably to most figures of similar age (she was released in 2011). There are a couple of sculpting quirks, one of which is quite obvious, but overall I'd say that if Nana was released today, she'd still be considered above average quality-wise.
I really like Nana's facial expression. The way she's tilting her head a little bit makes her look rather nonplussed, which is understandable given that she's just locked herself inside a bondage suit with no immediate means of removing it.
The beauty mark is one of Nana's key features, and I really like how Native sculpted her lips! They look very delicate and soft.
I always appreciate nicely sculpted collarbones, but what I was trying to capture in the shot below was the fact that Native could have done better sculpting the straps on Nana's outfit. The straps look like they are growing out of her body, and while it's not super-noticeable from afar, it's one of these things you can't un-notice...
The sculpting and painting on the various buckles on the outfit is good, and I like how Native includes small rivets at various points on the outfit. Further, this suit is meant to be constrictive and you can see how it is compressing and lifting her breasts.
You can see those thin straps on her back have the same issue where it looks like they're growing out of Nana's body. The painting on a couple of the straps is not 100% uniform, too.
I really like how Native sculpted Nana's hair. Given the fairly static pose, the convex shape of her hair is quite interesting, and all the texture is a neat feature, too. Additionally, the bow is a critical element of the figure's appeal. The white bow would usually signify purity, and before she and Kaoru start indulging in their bondage adventures, Nana has a high purity level. Thus, the combination of the white bow and the bondage outfit is a very interesting combination!
There are a number of interesting things going on in the shot below. The ribs on the outfit give it a suitably heavy appearance. The material that covers her stomach is made of fabric and not plastic, so some care will be needed to not snag it when moving her around on the shelf. The lock is the critical piece of the whole outfit, and Native did a great job both sculpting the lock itself and the d-ring at the locking point. It would be easy to make both the lock and the d-ring way too big, but the scale is spot-on.
There's also a significant cameltoe effect, as the outfit is meant to be a tight fit. The tight fit would increase the security of the outfit, thereby ensuring that the subject cannot slip out of it until the keyholder removes the lock.
I like how Nana's garter doesn't just melt into her body. It's too bad that Native didn't sculpt the shoulder straps in the same way...
Her hands are nicely sculpted.
Thongs are one of my moe points, and the sculpt of Nana's backside reflects a trim and fit physique. Native also did a really good job sculpting the thong back. For this outfit to work, the strap/belt around her waist would have to pass through a loop on the back so that it could be locked on the wearer, and you can see there's a piece riveted on there which allows this function.
Low-angle shot. Notice that the thong does not pull a disappearing act, which is always a sign of attention to detail.
This outfit is obviously made of a fairly heavy gauge leather as opposed to latex or PVC, and thus you'd expect a little slack in places.
The base is almost certainly the most disappointing feature of this figure. The pink color is kind of a weird choice, and the base is covered with a fuzzy material. I've never been a fan of fuzzy bases, as even when figures are inside a closed display case, dust will find its way inside, and such bases are not easy to clean!
Does the base seriously detract from an otherwise excellent figure? Not really, but it's sort of a head-scratcher all the same.
Not factoring in the base, I measure Nana at just a hair under 10 inches (25 cm) tall. At 1/6 scale, that would make her approximately 5'0" (150 cm), and while I couldn't find her canon height anywhere, it seems as if she's at the small end of 1/6 scale.
Nana and Daiki's F-ism Shoujo ITEM #422432 go very well together, as they give off similar vibes. Nana is portrayed as a fairly straightlaced and inexperienced young lady who proceeds to discover that she enjoys bondage, and you could imagine Shoujo-san following a similar trajectory. That figure is listed as 1/6 scale, but she might actually be more like 1/5.5 sitting on the shelf.
On the other hand, Nana and Rocket Boy's Shing Shokko ITEM #464771 give off totally different vibes, but they both look good in red! Sling Shokko is 1/6 scale.
Sonico ITEM #198576 is also rocking a bondage-styled outfit, although her outfit appears to be more for show, while Nana's outfit is more shall we say functional. Sonico is 1/6 scale.
When I first got Yuki Itoguchi ITEM #464891 I was kind of at a loss for how to display her, but then I realized that the combination of her pose and red bondage outfit makes her pair perfectly with Nana! Yuki is also 1/6 scale.
With its skintight rubbery appearance, you'd be forgiven for thinking that a Gantz suit is actually a bondage costume, when in fact it's a supersuit constructed with some advanced alien polymers. Union Creative does not list a scale for Reika Shimohira ITEM #463088 but she is 1/6-ish in scale.
Nana with an old Yamato figure, ITEM #1262. Kemonomimi features and a bondage outfit, what's not to like :)? Cloe is 1/6 scale.
I like how these two figures look together, as Nana and Tira Misu ITEM #6512 are total juxtapositions of one another. Nana's black hair and red bondage suit contrast nicely with Tira's red hair and black suit, and of course Tira is a dominatrix, while Nana is a submissive. Chara-Ani's Tira is 1/8 scale.
Overall verdict and enjoyment----------9/10
Arguments for: Nana's outfit is nicely detailed, the figure captures a key moment from the source material, cool packaging, overall good quality, and despite the bondage theme, she is really quite elegant and classy.
Arguments against: Not many. The two biggest issues are the sloppy sculpting on the shoulder straps on Nana's outfit and the rather odd choice to cover her base with a pink fuzzy material.
This figure was a long overdue addition to my collection, as I'd had my eye on Nana for a while. She's really a great figure and I like the fact that she doesn't fully cross into 18+ territory, which is a rarity for Native figures. I like her enough that she's become the centerpice of my "red bondage" subcollection (along with ITEM #464891 and ITEM #319503, both of which *are* squarely in 18+ territory, and ITEM #520673 which will be joining them [I hope!] soon). Highly recommended.
Availability (as of this writing)
Not too hard to find preowned.
Most Native figures have healthy production runs and therefore they are not too hard to find secondhand with a little persistence, and Nana is no exception. Original retail back in 2011 was 9000 yen, but like many Native figures, Nana has slightly appreciated in price since then. I paid 13500 yen for a B/B one, and her MFC page lists prices of anywhere from 9000 yen (C-grade probably?) to 19000 yen for an unopened "S" grade Nana. Given how simple 1/8 scales can go for 10000 yen these days, the 13500 yen I paid for Nana seems like a pretty good deal...
Nana also has a variant with a black outfit ITEM #62024. Although the black one seems marginally more common, both the red and black Nanas seem to fetch similar prices these days. Personally, I think the red one has a bit more flair, but that's a matter of taste, I suppose.
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If you liked this review, here are some of my other reviews you might also find interesting:
Rocket Boy 1/6 "Slingshot Swimsuit Girl" BLOG #38618
Wing 1/6 "After the Party" Sonico BLOG #20463
Union Creative Reika Shimohira "X-Shotgun" (Gantz:O) BLOG #32708
Chara-Ani 1/8 Tira Misu (Sorcerer Hunters) BLOG #18302
Toy's Works 1/8 Sanae Nakajima (Sumomomo Momomo) BLOG #34139
Skytube 1/6 Meiko Shiraki (Prison School) BLOG #31999
Volks X-Brand Ayu Daikuuji "Black Bondage" (Kimi ga Nozomu Eien) BLOG #30960
Chara-Ani 1/7 Akane Suzumiya "Samba" (Akane Maniax) BLOG #29184
Skytube 1/6 Matsuri Tougetsu BLOG #25817
Atelier Sai 1/6 Silfietta Lashia (Meishoku no Reiki) BLOG #20914
Yamato 1/6 "Tandem Twin" Brenda BLOG #22397
Yamato 1/6 "Tandem Twin" Alma BLOG #22092
Here's a question I've asked before, but it's an interesting question, and I'm interested to see if the distribution of answers will be similar, so here goes.
Nana is an unusual Native figure because she does not have any cast-off features. So the question is...