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Figma Megumin #407 Kono Suba w/GSC Bonus ReviewFigma Megumin #407 Kono Suba w/GSC Bonus Review

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Well, GSC decided to release the next character in the "Kono Suba" series for Figma, and so comes another Kono Suba girl!



From the "Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! / Kono Suba" anime, this is Figma Megumin (with bonus):





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Here's her in the box:

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As #407 in the Figma figure series, Megumin is the latest in the ever-growing and increasingly popular Figma figure series! I have already reviewed Figma Aqua as well as Megumin's original Nendoroid form and her school uniform Nendoroid.

Like all Figma's, Megumin comes in the new, much smaller standardized box. She's got most of her parts displayed in the window as well as the figure itself. It also has all of the normal information on it, like the series logo (in the top left corner), Good Smile Company (GSC)'s logo (top right corner), and of course the figure's name, number and image on the bottom.

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There is also a GSC bonus with this release; which I will cover in more detail at the end of the review.

Back of the box:

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Megumin is one of the main heroines/girls in the anime, "Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o!"; which is often abbreviated as "Kono Suba".

Just like the front of the box, the back has all of the usual information, logos and images that have become standard to Figma figures recently. The background for Megumin's box is a dark color with some of her alternate parts and accessories shown in use.

She comes with a fair number of parts; so most of her poses and accessories are shown here on the back of the box (or on the sides).

Instructions:

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I apologize for the instructions not being scanned; my scanner is not with me at the moment.

Keeping up the standard (as it is now) of Figma (and Nendoroid) figures; Megumin's instructions are in both English and Japanese. The English is on one side, and the Japanese is on the other. It is the same on both sides, otherwise.

The instructions show all of her parts, including the standard how to change the face parts directions and how to brace the figure on the stand directions.

There are a few special parts with Megumin that are featured in the instructions, which are her hat, staff, her eye effect and her explosion effect.

Parts:

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Megumin comes with a good number of parts; both for her body and accesories. Here's the list:

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-- Standard Figma base with stand
-- Extra joint part
-- 3 sets of alternate hands (thumbs up, grabbing hands, & closed fists; both left and right)
-- 1 split finger hand (right hand only)
-- 2 alternate faces
-- Eye effect
-- Alternate front hair with eyepatch
-- Staff weapon
-- Alternate ball for staff
-- Alternate tip for staff
-- Explosion effect
-- Chomusuke
-- Hat
-- Instructions


Also there is one more part, but it's not included in the plastic inner core. Instead this one is actually only available if you ordered the figure directly from Good Smile Company (during the pre-order period). This extra part will be covered in more detail at the end of the review.

Out of the box:

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Megumin comes ready to go out of the box once her protective plastic pieces have been taken off. She comes with her happy expression in place as well as opened hands. She is also wearing her normal outfit she always wears in the anime.

As with all Figma's; the arms, hands, and legs are interchangeable and very easy to swap out with other arms, hands and legs. The same holds true for the face and the base as well.

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Megumin's base attaches like a normal Figma base with a jointed peg; but this time it plugs into the cape. However, it plugs it at a very odd angle. Instead of plugging in straight and level as one would expect, it goes at a downward angle into the cape.

With hat:

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Well, the hat is...not a great accessory. While the hat is something that Megumin really needs as an accessory; the design of the hat's attachment is really bad.

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For some reason, the design they used to put this hat on her head is a piece of plastic sticking out from under the hat. This is a bad design for several reasons: First the face and hair bangs have to be separated (or removed completely) in order to get her hat on...if it can be even done. It is hard to line the plastic up between the hair bangs/face and the back of the head, and push them together while keeping the hat on. And that leads into the second reason: If the hat isn't lined up properly, the plastic piece gets bent. And it's really hard to bent it back into shape...the plastic is so flimsy, almost like those plastic pieces that are removed from battery compartments before batteries are put into something. Lastly, that piece has to go between the hair bangs/face and the back of the head, since it will make the hat ride up on her head strangely if not; like it's floating on her head a bit.

Basically, the design is really bad. A peg-and-hole system or a better slot design would have worked so much better. Honestly, for the rest of the review, I just had the hat rested on top of her head instead of trying to get that plastic in place.

With staff weapon:

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Unfortunately I couldn't remember if the staff has a name (I couldn't find anything on it either); but this is one of Megumin's weapons she uses in the anime for her explosion magic.

She comes with 2 hands to hold the weapon, so she can wield it with one hand (either left or right) or with both hands at the same time. The staff does split apart in the middle to allow the hands to slide onto the shaft instead of trying to force the staff between the thumb and fingers.

It should be noted that changing the hands for Megumin seems to be worse than it was with Figma Aqua. The hands are really hard to push onto the pegs (especially the ones with pointy fingers, as they hurt the fingertips of your hands to push them in because you need to push so hard).

Chomusuke:


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One of the accessories with Megumin is her familiar, Chomusuke. He looks just as good with this release as with the Nendoroid version, though this version is more of a solid piece than the other version was.

(It seems that Chomusuke has two mouths printed on him. I am not sure if this is just an issue with my particular item or a running error, though).

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Chomusuke works best on the ground next to Megumin, but can (sort-of) be held by her, with the open hand accessory.

Eye patch/alternate bangs:

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The next accessory with Megumin is an alternate hair bang piece, with an eye patch attached to it. The eye patch is a part of it...which really makes the cut in the bangs above it rather odd. I'm not sure if it was originally meant to be detachable (or swappable for hair bangs without the eye patch) or if it was necessary to do it that way for the gaps between the eye patch and hair bangs when molding it...but it looks really out of place, especially since she has a normal hair bangs piece as it is.

Also seen in the above photo is both of Megumin's closed fists as well as Chomusuke on the ground next to her.

Eye effect/Pose:

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The next accessory is another not-so-great one (in execution); the eye effect. It is a very small piece of pink plastic that honestly could have just been molded into the hair bangs like the eye patch was, as the method to attach is really hard to do. It has to be lined up just right (which is difficult, with the small size of the piece) in order to look right and stay attached to the bangs. And depending upon what face it's used with, it doesn't even line up properly sometimes (like the open mouth face, shown above).

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It's actually better to just not use the eye effect part and have Megumin make the pose without it; using the split finger hand pose for her right hand.

Open mouth expression/Explosion effect:

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While shown in the last section, it was somewhat obscured. So the 2nd expression with Megumin is her open mouth face, to simulate her yelling. Of course this is best used with her staff, but not just as it is normally, but rather...

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...with the explosion effect in place. This effect is made with a few different accessories: The alternate top of the staff (with the clear extension), the purple colored orb and the explosion effect itself.

The biggest problem with this is the orb. Instead of having the clear plastic peg attached to the orb, it is attached to the staff. This means that the orb is just that: An orb, with a hole in it. And as a tiny piece, it loves to roll around and can be very easy to lose that way; not to mention that it is hard to orientate it properly so the hole is lined up to go onto the peg. And this applies to both orbs (red and purple), naturally. Also the tip is somewhat difficult to pull out of the staff extension as well.

Without cape/Alternate face:

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This is personally my favorite expression of Megumin's, as it is the most expressive (and cutest) to me. This perfectly represents when Kazuma does something to shock/surprise/disgust her (like stealing her panties, for example).

And yes, this Megumin figure does have anime-accurate black panties (unlike her Figma counterpart, Aqua, who HAD panties in the first place...something I am still unhappy about). However Megumin's panties are difficult to see from any angle that's not directly under her, due to her clothing being one solid piece (belt included).

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The cape comes off as one piece (it consists of three pieces attached as one, with the sides of the cape on joints). Once removed, there is a new hole for the base to plug into. However, again, this is a really odd hole choice. Instead of being level (like a normal hole) or even angled up (like the cape's hole was); the hole in Megumin's back is angled down. So the stand has to be adjusted between her poses with and without the cape, and drastically so, in order to plug in.

Good Smile Company Bonus:

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As promised; the last item to mention is the Good Smile Company bonus that comes with Megumin! It comes in a sealed black bag; similar to previous GSC exclusive bonuses in the past.

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Taken out of the bag; it's easy to see what it is: An alternate face! This one is an indifferent expression with closed eyes and open mouth.

GSC bonus in use:

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The face is a pretty nice accessory. It gives her just a little more variety and works with most poses (such as a shoulder shrug).

With Aqua:

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Of course Megumin can be posed with the only other Figma out for Koba Suba so far, Aqua. And they do look really good together! Unfortunately they don't have any accessories for direct interaction between them, however.

Overall:

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Well, for a change, I can't say that Megumin is another great example of the kind of quality that's to be expected from Good Smile Company, like with my previous reviews. It seems that GSC has been starting to phone it in, in terms of quality (like with Nendoroid Nanachi). There are numerous problems with this figure:

- The hat's attachment design (terribly done, with a flimsy, easily bendable plastic piece that is very difficult to attach)
- Very stiff hand pegs (making it hard to push the hands on; especially with the pointy fingered hands)
- The staff (it comes apart a little too easily at the mid-point, falling apart unexpectedly at times)
- The explosion effect (the orbs on the staff really should be connected to the plastic shafts on the staff, and the end of the plastic extension to hold the explosion effect is really tiny and somewhat difficult to line up on both the staff and the effect at the same time when re-attaching it)
- The peg holes (why neither are just straight and level is beyond me...much less why one plugs in downwards and the other plugs in upwards)
- The eye effect/alternate hair bangs (don't understand why they had to put a big cut-out piece in the front of the bangs above the eye patch, and the eye effect is really tiny and hard to put in place properly, and it only looks right with the normal expression).
- Chomusuke (the printing error might be just with mine though).

There are some good aspects to her, of course, like the GSC bonus expression and the sculpting in general. But really, this is quite a step down from previous GSC Figma figures, if I have to be honest. As someone with 22 other Figma figures currently (not to mention ones I had in the past and sold); I feel I am qualified in saying that.

I can only hope that the next character in the series, Figma Kazuma is not going to suffer the same fate as Megumin!

Only recommended for someone getting the full set of Figma Kono Suba figures (honestly there are a lot of better Megumin figures out there, I'm sure). Lots of play value and display value with a bunch of options.

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1pt
foo woomy!
Tsuden (1 month ago) #51611491and the staff... well mine has already snapped in half...
Mine snapped too :( I was trying to pose her holding the staff with the hat on her head, and had to keep dealing with her wrist coming off, her face plate & bangs falling off, and hoping her hat would stay put, and this is before putting her on the table to pose her. At some point the staff's top peg that sticks into the shaft broke off and got stuck in the shaft.

I've never had such a finicky figma before.
1 month ago
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whobdaplaya (1 month ago) #51663418Thanks! That comparison photo is extremely helpful!

You're welcome, whobdaplaya! ^^ Glad I could help!
1 month ago
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ReflexDinobus (1 month ago) #51663403https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/thumbnails/ReflexDinobus1550446313.jpeg
Well, I can't comment on the Bell Fine ones, as I don't have them and I don't see the sizes of just Chomusuke alone listed anywhere, but since the Megumin figures appear to be about twice the size of the Figma version (in height), I can only assume that the Chomusuke with the Figma figure is only 1/2 the size of the Bell Fine versions. As for the Nendoroid version vs. the Figma version; I have included a photo (Figma on the left, Nendoroid on the right). Hope that helps. ^^

Thanks! That comparison photo is extremely helpful!
1 month ago
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whobdaplaya (1 month ago) #51662628Thanks for the detailed review!
Can you comment on the size of Chomusuke relative to the ones in :
- Nendo : ITEM #662298
- Bellfine 1 : ITEM #396601
- Bellfine 2 : ITEM #644655


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Well, I can't comment on the Bell Fine ones, as I don't have them and I don't see the sizes of just Chomusuke alone listed anywhere, but since the Megumin figures appear to be about twice the size of the Figma version (in height), I can only assume that the Chomusuke with the Figma figure is only 1/2 the size of the Bell Fine versions. As for the Nendoroid version vs. the Figma version; I have included a photo (Figma on the left, Nendoroid on the right). Hope that helps. ^^
1 month ago
1pt
Thanks for the detailed review!

Can you comment on the size of Chomusuke relative to the ones in say :
- Nendo : ITEM #662298
- Bellfine 1 : ITEM #396601
- Bellfine 2 : ITEM #644655
1 month ago
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Tsuden (1 month ago) #51611491I just got mine in today and everything you said is spot on. Its a real let down, the hat is terrible, the eye effects are a pain and the staff... well mine has already snapped in half... Also is it just me or is her neck alil off, like its a bit to far forward, I feel like she is hunched over. Loved the Aqua figma, this one not so much. I won't be getting the Kazuma figma either since he seems to have the same hunched issue.

Oh wow, the staff already broke on yours? That's even worse than mine!! >_< That sucks so much...sorry to hear that!

The neck does seem too far forward, I agree. She's got a bit of a hunch; something I didn't mention in the review, but you're right.

Thank you so much for the comment, Tsuden! This really made my day to read; I am glad you felt my review was spot-on! ^____^ Though I am really sorry to hear that you had the same problems I did with my Figma of her though... T_T
1 month ago
1pt
I just got mine in today and everything you said is spot on. Its a real let down, the hat is terrible, the eye effects are a pain and the staff... well mine has already snapped in half... Also is it just me or is her neck alil off, like its a bit to far forward, I feel like she is hunched over. Loved the Aqua figma, this one not so much. I won't be getting the Kazuma figma either since he seems to have the same hunched issue.
1 month ago
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yurii (1 month ago) #51555769Thanks for the review, I'm currently waiting on mine to arrive.
Does Chomusuke have two mouths printed, or is that just the photo?


Yes, Chomusuke does have two mouths printed on him. I assumed that it was just an error with my figure only (not a running error with every single one), so I didn't mention it at all in the review. But it is a good point to address, so I made note of it now.

Thanks again for mentioning that, yurii! ^^ I hope your Figma of her doesn't have the issues mine did!
1 month ago
2pt
Thanks for the review, I'm currently waiting on mine to arrive.
Does Chomusuke have two mouths printed, or is that just the photo?
1 month ago
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Enola (1 month ago) #51541887I want to say thanks to this review because I preordered this figma and it's good to see more than official pictures, but it seems you don't know how to pose a figma, so before judging the sculpting or any other characteristic, try to make an effort with the accessories. I don't want to be unkind, but the pose in a figma is something very important and make 75% of the work. Still good work and good luck for the next review :)

Well I do appreciate constructive feedback, so thank you for that. As for Figma posing, I just do the minimum needed for the review. I don't want to take a long time doing poses just for a photo; I just do enough for the pose or accessory I am reviewing for that photo, to judge it. I do pose them a lot more when I put them on my shelf after the review.

When I mention the sculpting in the scores, I mean the accessory sculpting (like the plastic piece on the hat and the tight hand joints), not the overall sculpt. They don't have a scoring option for every aspect, to review. Hope that helps explain my methods of reviewing a bit more. ^__^
1 month ago
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