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Yoko Littner - DreamTech Lingerie - REVIEW 09Yoko Littner - DreamTech Lingerie - REVIEW 09

HappyakrzHappyakrz1 month agoReview
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A very happy Monday morning to everyone!
I’ve had a couple of good questions recently, and I wanted to share an insight into my reviews that I may not have made clear at the beginning of this process …

The order of the figures I review is determined by the order in which I purchased them. As this series of reviews is as much a blog of my experiences to look back on the growth of my collection and my understanding of this world as it is a showcasing of figures that other collectors may want to purchase for themselves, I have intentionally written each review as a chronological diary of purchases.

Since I started the blog process after my 18th figure purchase, I have been fortunate to have a good assortment of figures to use as comparisons at the end of each review. This is why I’ve “teased” many of the figures in my collection – it’s not that I’m holding back from reviewing those figures – it’s just that I’m going in order. Yes, I will eventually get to every figure in my small-but-growing collection. At present, I have 21 figures, and as this is Review 09, you can be assured that there are a dozen more on the way (and counting).


Back Story
When I started to build the software that I use to track figure pricing and availability, I created a grading system that would allow me to subcategorize figures into groups of focus – very similar to the lists within MFC, but used in a way that I could manage my budget and timing of purchases as well.

In a three month period, I added over 1,400 prepainted figures to my system with photos and stats pulled from multiple sources, and I ended up with a top-tier wish list of about 80 figures, ranging in price from $20 up to $400. At the beginning, a lot of figures made it onto this list simply because of their initial “look” – for me, the “IT-Factor” of a figure is predominantly based on the initial wow of the design, color, feminine style, and pose of the figure. Those that really caught my attention went into the top-tier wish list, while others fell into subsequent tiers based on similar criteria of lower standards.

This figure of Yoko Littner struck me from the first time I saw it – not because of her scant wardrobe, but because of the beautifully innocent, almost shy, yet super sensual pose. The sculpt of this figure is stunning, and it continued to draw my attention as I kept an eye on the ads that popped up in my MFC feed. When a seller finally appeared with a great price, I made the purchase, and I’m still thrilled that I did.

At the time, I had no idea who Yoko Littner was. Since her acquisition, I’ve watched a few episodes of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and though I’m not as much a fan of the story, I am definitely a fan of Yoko’s character, sass, and flirty-fun nature.

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Yoko Littner - 1/8 – DreamTech Lingerie -- ITEM #720669
Sculptor: Ogawa Youzou - ENTRY #8314
Vendor: private MFC seller ($84.45 in September of 2019)


The Box
Since this figure isn’t very large and doesn’t have any extensions in body or accessories that might make it reach out to the sides, the box is also rather small (in comparison with most of my figures). What it lacks in size, though, it more than makes up in design style and display of the figure. Based on a color family of bright red to crimson tones (including the interior), the box nicely compliments Yoko’s hair and wardrobe, with a wrap-around window that goes from one side, across the front, and around to the other side. There is another small window on top, though little can be seen through the edges of the blister packaging. Several photos of the figure on the exterior showcase her best features, and the glossy feel of the presentation makes this mid-range figure feel like more of a premium purchase, in my opinion.

The blister packaging and plastic separators were well developed for this figure, and she was delivered in prime condition.

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The Figure
The base for this figure is both a disappointment and an achievement from my perspective. The plastic foundation is nicely contoured in a circular fashion with a beveled edge, and the color is fantastic! The top surface, though, is a bit of a let-down, in my opinion. What is being used to simulate a long-shag carpeting, or fur rug, is a somewhat thread-bare furry fabric that has rather ragged edges due to the nature of the underlying weave. There really isn’t a clean edge, and in many places, the furry tidbits look as though they need to be trimmed off. To me, this was a great idea, but the execution was sub-par because of the materials they chose to use.

The metal post, on the other hand, is a great addition that creates stability and allows Yoko to “stand” atop the uneven surface without any difficulty whatsoever.

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Yoko, herself, is a one-piece figure, complete with hair and wardrobe.

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The figure mounts to the base through a hole in the left foot/shoe. The fit isn’t necessarily tight, but the peg is long enough that the figure doesn’t sway once inserted.

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Reviewer's Notes
Overall Sculpt
As stated above, Yoko stands on a rug of white fur, and the effect is quite strong. What isn’t as strong, in my opinion, is the sculpt of Yoko’s feet – the only aspect of this figure with which I was disappointed. For some reason, Yoko’s heeled feet don’t appear to be consistent in scale to the rest of the figure, and it really bugs me when I look at the figure removed from the base. When she’s assembled on the shelf, you can’t really tell as much, but her feet look abnormally small to me – especially as I’m a fan of stylish heels that should be more prominent in this figure.

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Notice the awesome little skull sculpt on the ankle strap!

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With long legs, this figure has a laid-back, yet powerful stance that is both feminine and striking. The sculpt on the rest of Yoko’s body is really strong with good definition of specific body segments (hips, abdomen, back muscles & shoulder blades, etc.).

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I absolutely love the posing of Yoko’s arms. It’s such a natural stance, but it isn’t a pose that you would typically see highlighted by a model doing “body work”. It’s more like the stance the model would take in-between sets while she’s waiting on new lighting or wardrobe. This patient and unselfconscious display is SO beautiful – definitely the highest reason for my purchase.

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Taken directly from the design of the anime character, Yoko’s chest is both impressive and a little obnoxious in its display in skimpy tops. The figure is no different, and I can’t say that I would change it at all. As it’s part of her character, she knows how to use her sex-appeal, and her display of cleavage in this figure is completely in-character.

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Yoko’s hair is a pleasant difference from the last few figures I’ve reviewed in that there aren’t a lot of delicate strands floating all over the place. The single large ponytail is a massive wave of bright red hair that is still well-sculpted enough to give the impression of texture – it doesn’t look like a blob in any way.

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The head/hair seam is cleverly concealed by the upturned wave of Yoko’s bangs, and the addition of her characteristic skull barrette is a beautiful addition that really denotes the figure as Yoko. The extra feature of her twin kanzashi (Japanese hair sticks) is really beautifully displayed, as well.

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While the best part of Yoko’s wardrobe is the painting, I have to say that the sculpting of such delicate and precise pieces is simply masterful. Every aspect of her lingerie set is perfect, and the dropped left shoulder strap is a stunning example of sensuality without stepping over lines toward lewdness.

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Painting
The painting on this figure is clean, precise, and gorgeous. The red tone chosen is rich and vibrant, drawing the eye to the figure wherever is stands in the display. As the wardrobe items are rather small with very delicate straps, I would have expected there to be more chance for smudges/bad lines/etc., but every aspect of the lingerie set is painted perfectly, including the beautiful “muted flames” design in a slightly lighter shade of red (not quite pink) on the bra and knickers (yes, I have a hard time saying “panties”). LOL

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There is a nice glossy sheen to the lingerie set, itself, and I particularly like the white lace fringe that they’ve added to the bottoms and bra.

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The matte finish on Yoko’s impressive hair is just perfect, as it draws attention without appearing overly glam. The gold finish to the kanzashi is also a perfect counterpoint to the bright red hair.

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One of the most unexpected delights of this figure is in the presentation of Yoko’s face – clean lines, great expression, and so much of her character’s energy – it’s pretty spot on, and I’m thrilled with it. With her signature skull barrette just above her smiling face, you can be assured that Yoko is a beauty to behold, but perhaps a little more dangerous than she appears. :)

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Overall Presentation
Simple. Elegant. Flirty.
There isn’t a lot of fanfare with this figure, but when it comes to Yoko, there doesn’t have to be – she IS what she is, holding little back. On the shelf, she’s the least “covered” figure that I own, while at the same time still being one of the most demure. I love that a lingerie figure doesn’t have to be lewd. I love that her sensuality doesn’t have to be presented in an overtly sexual pose.
She’s feminine, through and through.

Only the rug is a negative for me about this figure – everything else gets a score of 10!

Comparisons
I’m awaiting a couple of new figures, so perhaps I’ll add a couple more comparisons in the near future. For now, I have two:

The first comparison is with another gal garbed in red – Fate/Extra CCC - Saber EXTRA - 1/7 - Onepiece ver. (Alphamax) -- ITEM #287579

I wanted to compare these two figures because even though there is a scale difference, there are a couple of similarities that I love. With the color red being the primary tone in both figures, I’m pleased and impressed by what I feel is a perfect amount of use – the wardrobe vs. skin isn’t exactly balanced, but the color of the wardrobe draws so much attention that it could easily overpower the rest of the figure. I don’t feel it does, though. I think in both cases, they used just enough of the brightly colored outfits to balance against the natural skin tones of the character, and it comes off being a pair very attractive figures for display.

I also really admire the artists for the design and pose of these two figures. As stated above, feminine sensuality doesn’t have to be overt … it can be in the subtle pop of a hip, the turn of an ankle, the bending of a wrist … and both of these figures showcase two women who have a great deal of beautiful mystique within them.

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The second comparison has more to do with wardrobe and the personality of the figure wearing it -- Air Gear - Noyamano Ringo - Hentai Mask Ver. (Yamato) -- ITEM #493

For those of you who know Ringo from Air Gear, you’ll recognize this outfit as one of her most embarrassing moments in the manga. For those who don’t know Air Gear, this is NOT something that she would ever be caught dead wearing! But a drastic moment required drastic measures, and she did what she had to do for the man she loved.

I like the comparison of these two figures mostly because they represent the personalities with the wardrobe and the confidence they have within themselves to display them. On one side, you have Yoko who is fully aware of how appealing her body is, but choses in this case to not be overly flamboyant with her sexuality. On the other side, you have Ringo who is just about as mild-mannered as Mary Jane Watson (from Spider-man), but she has a body that won’t stop, and isn’t afraid to show it if it will help to save the day.

They’re both daring characters, full of feminine power, and there is no shame displayed here. They’re owning it!

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Lessons Learned
There really wasn’t a lesson learned in this case, but perhaps a hurdle cleared – this is the first figure I’ve purchased who was dressed in something lingerie-oriented.

It’s a funny thing to see our western culture criticize women who wear skimpy lingerie from Victoria’s Secret, yet feel fine snapping selfies in string bikinis at the beach. I’m very done with the overly-puritanical (hypocritical) perspective about women and their fashion choices these days, and I hope to see women empowered to experience their sensuality as a positive and powerful force in their lives.

To my mind, sexiness isn’t the amount of clothing you wear – it’s an attitude, and a freedom within that allows you to express that attitude in a way that feels comfortable and safe to each of us.

As always, please feel free to reach out with questions or comments! I love hearing from you all!

Until next time!
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0pt
Awesome review! I don't know anything about Gurren Lagann but I always see Yoko everywhere; she always stands out with her bright crimson red hair and the air of confidence. I can totally see why you bought her


I especially love this part of your review:

[quote=]To my mind, sexiness isn’t the amount of clothing you wear – it’s an attitude, and a freedom within that allows you to express that attitude in a way that feels comfortable and safe to each of us.


I totally love how you worded this about sexiness. I tried describing sexiness to someone at a con but I couldn't describe it exactly compared to you.
1 month ago
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victorviper (1 month ago) #69940774I've always been torn on this figure. It's an attractive figure that I've been tempted to get on more than one occasion, and I like Yoko and Gurren Lagann as much as the next guy, but I just can't help thinking that you could just swap Yoko's head for any other busty redhead and the figure would really be no different. That is, there's nothing that really connects this figure to the source material.
This is how I feel about 90% of the Freeing bunnies but you're 100% correct you're paying for the character here not the artistry of the figure itself
1 month ago
1pt
I've always been torn on this figure. It's an attractive figure that I've been tempted to get on more than one occasion, and I like Yoko and Gurren Lagann as much as the next guy, but I just can't help thinking that you could just swap Yoko's head for any other busty redhead and the figure would really be no different. That is, there's nothing that really connects this figure to the source material.
1 month ago
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i'm so glad you pointed out her feet. when i first saw your picture of them, i made a face. they're so unattractive but thankfully somehow look semi okay on the base.

as someone who has watched gurren lagann, i just have to say i don't feel like the anime does her character justice, and i absolutely love her ... so i'm glad that we have a few nice figures of her.

my favorite part of this figure might have to be her butt sculpt. it's nice to see that they maintained her sporty style. yes, she's well endowed and the anime makes plenty of jokes about that, but i like how they didn't give her an obligatory bubble butt. a lot of lingerie figures over amplifies the characters assets (i saw one with Aqua from Konosuba recently and thought "were her boobs really that big?), so it's nice to see that she still has a "normal" body.
1 month ago
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Milady-Alluca (1 month ago) #69939657You clearly love this Yoko so it's nice you could add her to your collection. I just can't get behind such a simple pose and lingerie, personally. Her bangs sculpt looks really nice but I wish her ponytail received a more interesting sculpt treatment, could have really balanced out with some more movement or volume! As for the lingerie, I suppose it follows the style theme of the show or her original outfit? But I prefer more clothing detail since lingerie is a huge aesthetic point for me!
Though I generally prefer original character designs when it comes to sexy figures such as this figure I am eagerly awaiting still! You might find her appealing as well: ITEM #676104 and/or her companion figure: ITEM #676105


I definitely agree with you about the lack of detail in both the hair and lingerie set, but I guess I have to view it from the perspective that the designer and manufacturer were working within a specific price-point for the figure. If there had been more detail, and the figure had been more of a premium offering, perhaps they would have gone to the extra effort of adding those kinds of details -- I wish they had.

In regards to the Chris & Sarah figures -- I really like them as well, and they're on my list .. just a little further down. :)
1 month ago
2pt
As much as I love Yoko (and TTGL for that matter) a lot of Yoko figures miss the mark for me (mostly cause how old many of them are) and I thought that of this one too for a while, but after seeing the in-hand pics she's really nice. Simple but nice. Definitely a future pick up
1 month ago
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Milady-Alluca Obnoxiously Wordy
You clearly love this Yoko so it's nice you could add her to your collection. I just can't get behind such a simple pose and lingerie, personally. Her bangs sculpt looks really nice but I wish her ponytail received a more interesting sculpt treatment, could have really balanced out with some more movement or volume! As for the lingerie, I suppose it follows the style theme of the show or her original outfit? But I prefer more clothing detail since lingerie is a huge aesthetic point for me!

Though I generally prefer original character designs when it comes to sexy figures such as this figure I am eagerly awaiting still! You might find her appealing as well: ITEM #676104 and/or her companion figure: ITEM #676105
1 month ago