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Kaname Madoka Maiko ver. - One of My Favorite NendoroidsKaname Madoka Maiko ver. - One of My Favorite NendoroidsReview

kyoukoskyoukos7 days ago
So I've recently had to pack up my collection in order to rearrange the furniture in my room to make room for a new desk (goodbye tiny art desk!), and I thought this would make for a good opportunity to showcase one of my favorite Nendoroids in my collection, Nendoroid Kaname Madoka Maiko ver.!

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She was one of my earlier Nendoroids, I purchased her at Anime Expo 2013 on Day 3. If you were in line at the GSC booth just after the Exhibit Hall opened and spotted a 13-year old kid dressed as Madoka, then you may have just spotted me. I had her for around 4 years before I sold her in order to get my Nintendo Switch, and then rebought her in September of 2019 after I began to regret selling off a lot of my Madoka collection. Now, she's been back home for just over a year and I still love her just as much as I did when I first got her!

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First, let's look at what she comes with out of the box. Going from top to bottom, we have the closed parasol, the open parasol, the base figure, two closed fists, a plaque, two bent arms, one with a hand to hold the parasol, the rod for the umbrella, two open hands, two shoulder pieces, her sitting piece, and two faceplates, one looking up and to the left and one with closed eyes.

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Here's her 'just out of the box' pose. Simple and cute.

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Here's a close-up of the detailing on her furisode and obi. I really like the rabbit in the moon on her chest and I love that they actually sculpted the flowers on her obi instead of just making them a decal.

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Here's the decal work on her sleeves, which matches the decal work on the front of her furisode. I feel that having the flowers stick up nice and tall is a good use of the space. Were they shorter, it'd feel weirdly balanced compared to how the flowers are on the front of the furisode.

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Here's the geta and socks. They're pretty well painted and very cute!

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And here's the back. The sakura branches look really cute!

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On her head, we have an Oogi Bira Hanakanzashi (Princess-style/fluttering fan flower hairpin), with cute star-shaped flowers, and a bonten kanzashi with the same flowers on the right. I've always loved the petals hanging down on the bonten kanzashi, it has a very graceful and elegant feel to it that I feel pairs well with Madoka's cuteness. The scrunchies (?) around her pigtails feel somewhat like kanoko, a type of brightly colored tie commonly used in Maiko hairstyling, but I'm not too sure.

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Here are her expressions! A wide smile, a slight smile while looking to the right, and a peaceful closed eye expression. My favorite is probably the slight smile one. It feels very... Madoka, if that makes sense, like it's an expression she'd wear often in her every day life. Gentle and sweet, just like her!

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Side note, the closed eye expression on the one I got has what looks like gray/blue (?) paint transfer, which is unfortunate but it's thankfully not terribly noticeable unless you're looking for it.

Now, let's go through her default poses and make some new ones as well!

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Here's her default pose, featured on the front of the box! Very cute and cheerful, like she just spotted her friends while out and about.

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Here's another default pose! Carrying her parasol in-hand, like she's on her way somewhere and stopped to stand in the shade of a blossoming tree.

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Another default pose, this time she's holding a plaque and sitting.

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The plaque even has some Gekidan Inu Curry art printed on it, which I've always loved. I originally thought this was meant to resemble the recipe card found in Nagisa's transformation in Rebellion Story, but it looks to be entirely original and created just for this figure. It features a Pyotr, one of Charlotte's View spoilerHide spoiler (who was revealed in Rebellion Story to be Nagisa prior to transforming into a witch during the TV series) familiars.

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It's even printed on the back! This one actually features the table Charlotte sits at when she's approached by Mami in episode 3 of the anime.

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Moving on, here's her last default pose. She's sitting and looks to be praying. Very serene.

Now for some original poses!

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Here's the one she was in at the beginning of the article. She's sitting and holding her parasol, as if posing for a picture, or sitting and enjoying a mild spring day.

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Here's another original pose. This time she's holding her parasol and letting the wind pass her by.

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and our last original pose, holding the plaque and smiling. "Homura-chan, look at what I found!"

I only have two small complaints with this Nendoroid, as the peg holes for inserting the hands into on all of the arm pieces have always felt a bit snug, as well as the hole in the parasol-holding hand. But aside from that, this Nendoroid feels perfect, especially for the price I paid for her at the time of release. I don't think I'll ever think of selling her again unless I have a major life change and move away from the hobby. Man, I gushed about this one for a while, huh.

What are your favorite Nendoroids? Or even figures in general?

Thanks for reading!
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This set of nendos/figurse are actually what made me start figure collecting... they're all so cute. The original pose at the start is how I may pose her from now on, it's beyond cute!!
6 days ago
AgentDrafire7 days ago#84900047She's so precious! So cute, no wonder she's your favourite nendoroid! Thanks for the review and for sharing! My favourite nendoroid, definitely ITEM #675861 ! He's my favourite character after all! Hehe!
Thanks!! Ooh, Joker, good taste.
7 days ago
Mitsuna7 days ago#84898940This is such a lovely showcase, she is so cute!! ^o^
Thanks so much! -v-
7 days ago
She's so precious! So cute, no wonder she's your favourite nendoroid! Thanks for the review and for sharing! My favourite nendoroid, definitely ITEM #675861 ! He's my favourite character after all! Hehe!
7 days ago
Mitsuna リトルバスターズ最高!
This is such a lovely showcase, she is so cute!! ^o^
7 days ago
kyoukos7 days ago#84895521Thanks so much! She's such a treat, I'm hoping the other kimono Madoka Nendoroids are just as nice.
she is, i can guarantee it! i like her accessories the most. you'll love her, good luck!
7 days ago
elsword7 days ago#84893064oh this is one of my favorite nendoroids! they gave me two of the same side of the bendy arm though even when i bought it straight from GSC. it's so good to see other people appreciating her!!! thank you for such a lovely review.
Thanks so much! She's such a treat, I'm hoping the other kimono Madoka Nendoroids are just as nice.
7 days ago
oh this is one of my favorite nendoroids! they gave me two of the same side of the bendy arm though even when i bought it straight from GSC. it's so good to see other people appreciating her!!! thank you for such a lovely review.
7 days ago
jumpluff7 days ago#84871866She's so lovely! Thank you for this, I'm trying not to get more Nendoroids LOL but I had no idea how cute her accessories and pose were... I never noticed the rabbit in the moon detail either :'( She's just so precious and I agree that this totally feels true to her personality, like a Madoka that could actually happen. Anyway, this was a lovely review and I loved hearing your history of how you came by her!!

Thanks so much! The struggle to resist buying Nendoroids is eternal... ;v;
7 days ago
jumpluff Pegasus Knight
She's so lovely! Thank you for this, I'm trying not to get more Nendoroids LOL but I had no idea how cute her accessories and pose were... I never noticed the rabbit in the moon detail either :'( She's just so precious and I agree that this totally feels true to her personality, like a Madoka that could actually happen. Anyway, this was a lovely review and I loved hearing your history of how you came by her!!
7 days ago
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