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Tonikaku Kawaii - Yuzaki Tsukasa - Pop Up Parade Figure ReviewTonikaku Kawaii - Yuzaki Tsukasa - Pop Up Parade Figure ReviewReview

ReflexDinobusReflexDinobus9 days ago
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I think I am understanding now why people are wary of the Pop Up Parade figures...





From the "Tonikaku Kawaii" series, this is Popup Parade Yuzaki Tsukasa:





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Here's her in the box:

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This is still a completely new figure series for me; this is only my 2nd figure from this line after Junko Enoshima from Danganronpa. This was made by GSC. who also makes Nendoroids and Figmas as well.

The front of the Popup Parade box has a small informational blurb on it in English talking about what the line is, saying that each figure is about 17-18 cm tall and are easy to collect with speedy releases and easily affordable prices. The character's name is also on the box in both English and Japanese as well as the GSC and Tonikaku Kawaii logos.

Back of the box:

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The same English information from the front of the box is on the back of the box as well. The back also contains some warning labels, as the bottom of the box only has the scan barcode on it.

The entire box is just a clear plastic shell, with the figure in a plastic inner core and a small cardboard insert for the background. It's quite different from Nendoriod and Figma boxes, which are cardboard on the outside with a small plastic inset window to see the figure through.

Parts:

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This is as basic as it can get for a figure...just her. The only accessory with her is the bouquet of flowers...no instructions, no base, no other parts or accessories with the figure at all.

Out of the box, without bouquet:

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Tsukasa comes ready to go out of the box, as one piece put together with no assembly required. The figure is one piece, but feels very light because it is hollow inside. The figure is put together from parts, but the inside is empty.

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The bottom of the figure does have her feet sticking out, lined up so that they match with the body of the figure. This is also where the manufacturer's copyright information is as well.

With bouquet:

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Putting the bouquet of flowers in her hands completes the figure, as she looks like she is missing something without them. Since there is no base, there is no designated front to the figure...but usually that is determined by which way the character is facing in cases like this.

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The inner packaging of the box can be used as a backdrop/base for her...but it really doesn't work that well in this case.

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The back of her headwear is done in a shiny plastic-y finish. Tsukasa looks good from most angles...most being the key word there.

Alternate angles:

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The problem is that some of the areas of the figure have gaps. The gaps are really easy to notice once you see them; they stand out a lot once you see it for the first time. Some areas that have these gaps are the bottom hem of the dress, the bow tie on the dress (at the bottom), and where the flower band meets her hair.

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Normally GSC is really good with quality control, but I had heard rumors about the Pop Up Parade figures not being up to par with their standards. I was not sure why, because the Junko figure I have seems fine (even upon a 2nd examination now, after getting this figure). So I'm not sure why Tsukasa has so many gaps...it seems like the parts were just quickly put together without any real sense of fitting them together better or filling the gaps with something like paint or putty or something similar.

Close-up:

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The details of her face are fine, they look good. But the flower band across her head shows lots of line gaps when viewed up close. It's easy to see that the band is made of two pieces on top of each other from this view, and while this angle doesn't show the gap between her hair and the band, it is there.

Size comparison:

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It also doesn't help that Tsukasa did not come with a base. She can stand very easily without one...that's not the problem. The problem is that she seems shorter now compared to Junko (another figure from the same line), and also she looks less complete without a base to be displayed on.

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She is still bigger than other GSC figures like Figma and Nendoroid figures though, as seen here compared to two Megumin figures.

Overall:

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Well...Pop Up Parade figures cost more than prize-type figures do, but they seem to be of a comparable quality...at least that's how I felt with Junko. But this figure seems to have a lesser quality to it. It's not the worst figure I've had, but those gaps are not something I expected from GSC. Also the lack of a base and accessories really hurts this figure...the bouquet is not enough.

Honestly I wanted to have a figure of Tsukasa for a while, but I wanted one of her in her normal clothes. But they only made 2 figures of her; both of them being in her wedding dress (this one and a Nendoroid). As I wanted a scale/not-chibi figure of her, this left me with the Pop Up Parade figure as my only option. If they make another figure of her with normal clothes, I'd get that one instead, most likely.

Not really recommended. No play value, only for display.

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ArianeEva8 days ago#103978665I feel like the same thing

Glad you agree, ArianeEva. ^^
8 days ago
Rushnn9 days ago#103968104Hopefully you can find a way to display her with the least amount of gaps! You could also possibly make a custom base considering she can stand on her own. A paint raised plastic lid would probably doo the job haha.
Enjoying your reviews! Your Junko one was great and it's nice to see a review include some flaws like this one. I look forward to more!


Turning her does show less gaps, so it's not too hard to find an angle that doesn't show the gaps. As for the base...not sure what I could use, but I could probably find something like that pretty easily. Thanks for liking the Junko review too! I will surely do more reviews as I get figures in! ^_^
8 days ago
Samcampoverde9 days ago#103966407Oh Wow, Nice Figure You Got, I'm Very Proud Of You!

Thank you so much, Samcampoverde!
8 days ago
I feel like the same thing
8 days ago
ReflexDinobus9 days ago#103966264I agreeing completely. She really would have benefitted from a base like you said; either of those designs would have been great for her. The overall quality isn't bad...it's just those gaps that really deter from the overall quality. I guess it is a luck of the draw type thing with these PUP figures. Thanks for the feedback, Rushnn!

Hopefully you can find a way to display her with the least amount of gaps! You could also possibly make a custom base considering she can stand on her own. A paint raised plastic lid would probably doo the job haha.
Enjoying your reviews! Your Junko one was great and it's nice to see a review include some flaws like this one. I look forward to more!
9 days ago
Oh Wow, Nice Figure You Got, I'm Very Proud Of You!
9 days ago
Rushnn9 days ago#103966110Oh wow aside from sitting figures I don't think I've ever seen one without a base now that I think about it, let alone a PUP. I think the idea they were going for having her be able to stand without one is nice but I actually think she would've benefitted from a white or even pale blue base. Maybe one to match her flowers. Sorry the quality isn't up to par for you :/ most PUPS seem pretty alright quality wise but there's always some that slip. You can get one perfect PUP and one ehhh

I agreeing completely. She really would have benefitted from a base like you said; either of those designs would have been great for her. The overall quality isn't bad...it's just those gaps that really deter from the overall quality. I guess it is a luck of the draw type thing with these PUP figures. Thanks for the feedback, Rushnn!
9 days ago
Oh wow aside from sitting figures I don't think I've ever seen one without a base now that I think about it, let alone a PUP. I think the idea they were going for having her be able to stand without one is nice but I actually think she would've benefitted from a white or even pale blue base. Maybe one to match her flowers. Sorry the quality isn't up to par for you :/ most PUPS seem pretty alright quality wise but there's always some that slip. You can get one perfect PUP and one ehhh
9 days ago
Second hand waifus deserve a second chance at laifu!

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