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Mizuki Himeji - Premium Prize TAITO Figure ReviewMizuki Himeji - Premium Prize TAITO Figure ReviewReview

feathermemefeathermeme2 months ago
BAKA AND TEST - MIZUKI HIMEJI PREMIUM PRIZE FIGURE REVIEW
In turn with my previous review, here's the second Mizuki in my collection: The Mizuki Himeji Premium Prize Figure from Taito!

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Larger images here!

As just mentioned, this is the second Mizuki of my collection of five that I bought for $30 total from JP Mercari. Just like the last one, she's in her school uniform!

Note: I don't have the boxes for any of these, so I'll be leaving that section out of the reviews for Mizuki figures.


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THE SETUP

This figure comes in two pieces, the base and the figure. The base has a small bit of raised plastic for her back foot, and two long pegs sticking out of the base for her feet.

Usually you don't really see this sort of thing, where the pegs are coming out of the base rather than the figure's foot. Either way, the figure fits nicely into the base and doesn't wobble!

★★★★★

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THE FACE

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Mizuki has her eyes open and she's glancing to the side. She has an open mouthed smile and large blush marks on her cheeks.

This is kind of a trend throughout the figure, but the skin is pretty terrible looking. It's kind of a muddy peach and it's pretty shiny, almost like it's a bootleg. It's kinda cheap looking. Her eyes are also too saturated, and the blushmarks on her cheeks are done pretty messily, like they were just sponged on there instead of using an airbrush. Her head looks kind of tall, too.

That being said, I think the expression is pretty cute. It's a little stiff looking, but she doesn't have an ugly face like most bootlegs or SUPER old figures do.

I really don't like the shiny face and the tall head, so I'm giving it three stars.

★★★☆☆

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THE HAIR

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Mizuki's hair is in it's normal style, with somewhat messy fringe and the hair spilling over her shoulders. She has a small bunny clip in her hair.

It's only somewhat visible in the photos, but the color of her hair does not match her character. It's close to this color, while Mizuki's actual hair color is closer to this.

Other than the very obvious color difference, her hair is sculpted beautifully. Her hair is nice and thick, accurate to the original style, and looks pretty cute! Something else I will mention however, is that her head looks really tall—It's likely because the top of her hair is sculpted very thickly as well. It's not really noticeable, but I think it could have been done better.

★★★☆☆

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THE CLOTHES

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She's dressed in her school uniform again, this time without her black blazer. She wears a short sleeved dress shirt with black details, a short red necktie, and a high-waisted red skirt. She also has short white socks and brown school shoes.

The painting on the clothes is pretty terrible, honestly. It's mediocre, but there's a lot of issues with the lines, like on the right sleeve. The color of her skirt is really bright and the buttons on the front aren't painted a different color. There's no shading or anything. Her socks look really thin with lots of folds, and her shoes are shiny.

Despite the coloring issues, the sculpting is pretty good. The clothes follow the form and her body doesn't look weird at all. Her sleeves could be done better though, where the fabric meets her arm.

★★★☆☆

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THE BASE

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The base is a large circle shape, with opaque yellow coloring.

I... Don't know why they thought yellow would be a good choice for this. She doesn't have any yellow on her at all and the rest of my figures of her have either white or black bases, so she really stands out. It's also really big for some reason, when I think a small one would have sufficed. There's nothing on it, either. It works though, and it's made well enough.

★☆☆☆☆

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THE POSE

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Mizuki stands on one foot, with her other foot having her toes touch the ground. She's leaning slightly to the side, with one arm holding a basket of cookies and the other arm bent, hand holding a cookie by her chest.

I really love this concept, honestly! She's so cute and very sweet, so it would make sense that she's made lots of cookies to give out to her classmates. Not to mention, they're heart shaped, which is just adorable.

But that's about as far as my praise goes for this part. Her arms are AWFUL! Like what were they thinking?? They look plasticky and super shiny (in certain light), and the sculpting is almost incomplete-looking on her fingers.

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The color here looks even worse than the rest of the figure, too. Her legs are okay, but they're really thin even though this character is meant to look a little "thicker".

I guess this is an old figure. But wow I hate the look of the skin so much. I'm giving it two stars because I like the pose, and the figure doesn't look deformed or anything.

★★☆☆☆

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CONCLUSION

Overall, a less-than-mediocre figure. It's not ugly or anything, so if you happen to find it in a set for a deal, I'd say go for it. But definitely not a figure to buy on its own for $30+. If anything, it's worth maybe like. $20 at most.

I'm giving this figure two stars. It's fine, it's cute enough, it looks pretty okay on my shelf. But the sculpting and color on the skin isn't good, the hair color is wrong, the painting on the shirt is bad, and the face isn't so good.

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