Girls with guns is one of my favorite figure genres, and so today we'll be reviewing such a figure, FunnyKnights' Suomi from the Girls Frontline franchise. There are a few shots below that could be considered mildly NSFW...
About the character: Suomi (a.k.a. KP-31) ENTRY #159570 is a character, designed by the well-known illustrator Anmi ENTRY #32241, who appears in the mobile game Girls' Frontline ENTRY #159568. The game is not unlike Kan Colle, where the player assumes the role of a military commander, tasked with going into combat with various "tactical dolls". Tactical dolls are androids, each of whom is a moe anthropomorphism of a famous weapon, and Suomi is the personification of the Finnish KP-31 submachine gun.
The KP-31 is a historically significant weapon, as it saw extensive use in the brief 1939-40 Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union. In part because of the effectiveness of the KP-31, the Finns were able to inflict significant losses on the much larger invading Soviet forces, and an argument can be made that this emboldened Nazi Germany to consider the possibility that an attack on the Soviet Union could actually succeed.
Additionally, the KP-31 has a good rate of fire and it is very accurate when taking into account the fact that the weapon's design dates back to the 1930s and these facts are reflected in Suomi's base statistics in the game.
The front of the box has a fairly busy design with the FunnyKnights logo, those diagonal lines, the Girls' Frontline logo, and the photo of Suomi in the bottom right corner.
One side panel features a large shot of Suomi.
The other side panel recycles that same shot cropped as a "bust-up" shot.
The back panel features a montage of shots of Suomi.
Suomi inside the blister. There is something amiss here, can you spot it?
As you can see, Suomi's pigtail had broken off during transit...
It's a small piece and it was a fairly clean break, and so I was able to simply glue it back on without having to fashion a makeshift pin.
I don't think the packaging was to blame for the broken pigtail; it's just one of the hazards that can occur when shipping moderately fragile items across an ocean. The box measures 28 by 22 by 14 cm and figure+box weighs just over 600 grams.
Suomi's base is quite neat. The staggered hexes definitely make for a distinctive look, and the grey gunmetal color complements the military element of the figure.
It should be noted that the base is quite thick (about 0.5 inches/1.25 cm).
An interesting feature of this figure is the way Suomi is not actually holding her signature KP-31 rifle; it's as is it's floating in mid-air. As you can see the magazine of the rifle sits on top of her cloak and its stock wedges between her knees.
You can see that quite a bit of paint transferred from the rifle onto Suomi's stockings. If you buy one of these figures pre-owned, I'm guessing there is a very high probability you will see some paint transfer in this area.
Set up and ready.
Suomi's pose is quite interesting. The figure attempts to realize an Anmi illustration of the character in 3D.
Let's have a look at her.
All in all, I would say that the illustration was nicely translated into 3D. It is not 100% clear to me, however, if Suomi is standing in the source illustration or if she is supposed to be lying on the ground.
Overall, Suomi is a little bit of a mixed bag in terms of finish. The design of the sculpt is generally good, but there are a number of issues on the painting front.
Overall, FunnyKnights did a fine job with the design of Suomi's cute face. Her sapphire blue eyes are very striking!
One complaint is that her skin looks very, very, pale. Granted, she is Finnish and would likely have very fair skin, but she does look kind of pasty. This will be apparent when she is displayed with other figures.
This could be unique to my figure, but note the smudge in her hair. It almost looks like someone handled the figure before the paint there had dried.
The little bunny/snowflake hairpin really plays up her cuteness.
The coloring of Suomi's orangish-blonde hair was done well enough. Note how the color of her hair is somewhat less saturated near the tips.
The fluffy collar turned out pretty well, but note that discoloration of Suomi's jacket near her armpit.
I would say that her chest size falls into that "large-medium" range.
Presumably the strap running between her breasts and her belt would be made of leather, and the leather looks realistic enough.
Like Kan Colle, when the characters in Girls' Frontline take damage, their clothes get tattered. In Suomi's case, there is that big hole blasted in her cape, and her stockings and skirt have also taken damage.
The singed effect on Suomi's cape is very well done.
There is also quite a bit of detail on her cape. The material looks suitably heavy, and note the blue highlights on there. The bluish highlights were a good choice, as this accentuates the various creases and folds in the material.
I don't know why this caught my attention, but it did. They tried to differentiate Suomi's thumb and fingers with some grey paint, but the painting there is quite messy.
FunnyKnights did a good job sculpting Suomi's tattered stocking tops, the way all the holes there are pressing into her flesh.
I'm not sure what's going on with that yellowish color on her stocking. At first, I thought that maybe that was a feature in the source illustration (residue from whatever blasted that hole in her cape?)...
...but if you look at the source illustration, there's no yellow coloring there.
That brings us to a difference between figure and the source illustration that might disappoint some buyers of this figure. In the original illustration, Suomi has a few nicks and scratches, including a fairly prominent red mark on her butt cheek, but these details do not appear on the figure. I could imagine some owners of this figure trying to do a mild customization here.
When I first saw this figure, I thought Suomi was wearing thong panties, but that is not the case. Rather, her panties have simply taken some damage.
From this angle, you can see that her panties are pretty much shredded, but at the same time, there are not any truly naughty bits on display.
Suomi's weapon, the KP-31. I like the cherry color of the rifle's stock!
If you're being picky, you can see that some paint from the rifle's stock ended up on the trigger mechanism.
The detail on the barrel and the magazine are good, and the metal finish looks realistic enough.
Suomi herself stands about 8.75 inches (22.25 cm) tall. 1/7 scale would make her about 5'1" (155.5 cm) tall, which seems consistent with her appearance. I could not find her canon height anywhere, so maybe some fans of Girls' Frontline will educate me? As we noted, the rather thick base will add some height, too, making her span about 9.25 inches (23.5 cm) at her tallest point.
Here is Suomi with one of my very favorite figures, GSC's Triela ITEM #13765. Triela is 1/8 scale, and you can see how Suomi compares.
These two have a few things in common, although since Suomi is Finnish, and Inia Sestina ITEM #96904 is Russian, they would have been on opposite sides of the Winter War. Skytube's Inia is 1/7 scale, and you can see how the thick base can make Suomi look somewhat larger than 1/7 scale. It should be noted that Inia's sweeping hair and Suomi's cape made it difficult to get these two posed together.
It almost appears that Suomi doesn't know what to make of Reika Shimohira's ITEM #463088 bodysuit and futuristic X-shotgun. Union Creative's Reika is approximately 1/6 scale.
For whatever reason, these two seem to pair well together. Alter's Lynette Bishop ITEM #78644 is 1/8 scale for comparison.
Girls' Frontline and Kan Colle have some similarities, so here is Suomi from a character from the latter, Gambier Bay ITEM #734174. Gambier Bay is about 1/7 scale.
Overall verdict and enjoyment----------8.5/10
Arguments for: At least for me, the girls with guns theme is a powerful moe combination, the figure effectively realizes the illustration into 3D, interesting base, and if you are an Anmi fan, there aren't too many figures of their work, and Suomi might be the best of the bunch.
Arguments against: A number of small issues on the painting front, the figure's design differs in a couple of significant ways from the source illustration, and the thick base together with Suomi's cape can make it difficult to display her on a crowded shelf.
This is not a perfect figure to be sure, but it is one that I like quite a bit anyway. I like Anmi's work, and Suomi certainly checks a lot of my moe boxes. There are surprisingly few Anmi figures, so if you are a fan of their characters, this might be a good addition to your collection.
Availability (as of this writing)
Not too hard to find preowned.
I don't think there will be too much of an issue finding one of these preowned. I paid 9500 yen for a preowned Suomi. She also has a limited variant with a winking face ITEM #867972, although interestingly it looks like at the moment the regular release seems to command higher preowned prices than the limited version. As I write this, Mandarake has a couple of the normal ones listed for 13000 yen, and one of the limited ones priced at 12000 yen.
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