Today we'll be taking a look at a GOODSMILEC☺MPANY figure, Makise Kurisu aka Christina, from the Steins;Gate series. The anime series first started out as a visual novel developed by 5pb and Nitroplus in 2009. The game was actually part of the "science adventure game" series by 5pb and Nitroplus. The characters were designed by Ryohei Fuke, aka 'Huke', who also worked on illustrations for the Metal Gear and the Black Rock Shooter series. There was also a manga adaptation in 2009. The anime adaptation first aired in 2011 and there is even a movie that aired in 2013. I don't think I can really talk much about the series without spoiling things so best way I could describe it is it's a time travel/sci fi/mystery story. I've only seen the anime series so I don't know if the story changes much in the novels or games. What I do know is I enjoyed watching the series from beginning to end and I also liked all the characters including Kurisu.
This particular figure was released by GSC in March of 2012. She retailed for around 6,000 Yen and if you want to acquire her you'll probably have to look toward the secondary market. There is an exclusive variant being released later this year in 2013 where she's wearing a lab coat instead of her trademark jacket.
The goal today is to take a closer look at Kurisu to see if she should be considered in your collection. There are not that many Kurisu figures out there but if you must have one let's see if this is the one.
Please understand a score of 10 will never be given as there is always room for improvement no matter how perfect a figure.
Packaging: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆
GSC went with a tower design and layout for their figure box. You can find a window panel on almost every side of the packaging with an extra one at the front to show off one of the bases. I thought this was a nice touch as GSC tends to put some effort into some of their bases so they definitely should show it off. You're given a decent view of the figure but really don't think you could leave her in the packaging for display purposes even though the packaging does look very nice. The choice of pictures highlight the main features of the figure very nicely and the pictures themselves look fantastic. The colors, patterns and background used supported the theme of the character and series very nicely. I especially love the "Laboratory Member 004" found throughout the packaging. The background looks inspired from parts of the opening/ending theme from the anime series. Overall they did a fantastic job as it really looks like they put some effort into the packaging.
The packaging is made of lightweight non-corrugated cardboard which kept the weight down. Protection does suffer somewhat at the front of the packaging due to the window panels that cover almost the entire front section as well as the lack of support due to the design of the blister within. Otherwise compression resistance is acceptable from the other sides. As mentioned due to the light materials used weight isn't an issue and considering the contents the size of the packaging is reasonable. For the most part they achieved a decent balance between size, weight and protection. As long as she's packed carefully she should get to you with little risk at a reasonable cost.
Packaging weight and dimensions:
Weight: 460 gram
H: 340 mm
W: 150 mm
D: 150 mm
A typical two piece blister was used to secure the figure and her accessories. The pieces were further secured by four pieces of tape. Note her cell phone and Metal Oopa are further secured in place by an additional piece that sandwiches the two items which is also taped as well. The area around the face is flattened to allow for an undistorted view of the figure's face while still in the packaging. Plastic sheets were used to protect the figure from rubbing and paint transfer.
GSC did a very nice job with the packaging. It looks great, protection is sufficient and shipping cost should be reasonable. Expectations were definitely met and possibly exceeded.
Sculpting: 9.5/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆
Sculpting credits go to Tokunaga Hironori who has been working with figures for well over a decade. Looking at his body of work you can easily see a steady and gradual improvement in detail and quality with each succeeding figure. Below you can see some of the girls he's worked on recently. The figure is 1/8th in scale and over 250 mm tall if you use the staircase base. She only comes with two accessories her phone and the metal Oopa that plays a very critical role in the series. If you seen some of the pictures from GSC they had where she is wearing glasses. I really do wish they would have included a pair as well to further accessorize her.
Below you can see the metal Oopa which appears to be in scale with the figure. As you can see the Oopa is nicely detailed and looks likes the one from the anime. her phone is also nicely detailed as well and it fits in her hand without issue. Results may vary between figures but I doubt it.
In any case let's get on with the show.
She looks good, right? Well just so you know she actually looks much better in person. There were really no sculpting issues to mention or point out at all and hopefully you could see that in the pictures. In any case let's get started taking a closer look at her and the work Tokunaga Hironori and GSC did with her.
Let's start with her face. Her features especially that jawline seems accurate to the illustration that inspired the figure. I especially like the job they did on her mouth and nose. As for her jawline the transition from it to her neck was seamless and seemed natural. Basically it looks like they were faithful to Huke's art style especially that angular chin of hers. She looks great from various profiles and I just don't see any flaws.
Moving on to her hair it seems accurate to the illustration just like her face. The tips of her hair are somewhat flexible so they should resist damage but the further you go in and the more stiff her hair becomes. I love the job they did with her bangs and the typical seam line where the front and back pieces of her hair meeting isn't too distracting. The details seem sufficient and accurate to the illustration. It really looks like her hair is blowing around behind her as she rushes down the stairs which makes the figure look more dynamic and lively.
Moving on down look at the lovely job they did on her shirt. It really looks like she's wearing that shirt the way the material appears to conform to her svelte frame showing off her lovely form. Look at how the shirt wrinkles and bunches up as well as stretches, very realistic and no seams in sight. I love the detail and execution on the tie but care should really be taken as it's fairly rigid and I have to imagine it'll probably be the first thing broken on her if you're not careful. The details just overload your senses as you can see detail after careful detail from all sides of her. The transition to her jacket and shorts was well executed as it looks very natural. I just can't get enough of how her physique shows through that shirt leaving little to the imagination.
Moving on to her trademark jacket you can see the same level of attention to detail was paid to it from the straps on her arms to how the jacket wrinkles and bunches up as it billows up behind her chasing to caress her. It seems accurate to the illustration and also quite realistic in execution.
Moving down to those shorts of hers you can see they are just as detailed. You'll have to forgive the photographs as they were darker then I intended so it's somewhat difficult to see all the details put into them. It looks quite realistic in how the material seems to conform/hug those hips of hers and how it wrinkles and stretches in just the right spots. The transition from her slim waist to her hips and legs was seamless and very natural looking. For such a slim frame she's got a butt that just won't quit.
Moving on down you can see Huke's trademark long legss that you see on some of his other girls. They are the envy of any primo ballerina or super model. They may be long but they still retain their femininity in curves and overall shape. I love the job they did on her boots especially with the transition from her legs to them as it looked very natural and realistic. The boots themselves are just as detailed as the rest of her and they freaking look neat. I'm not familiar with what the style is called but I'm used to associating them with female thieves and elves which seem in character with her lovely physique.
As mentioned, there were no sculpting issues to bring up at all except for the overload of details. From head to toe she was painstakingly detailed which cannot be missed. She makes for a very dynamic figure which seems accurate the illustration as well as being faithful to Huke's art styling in all respects. Her fit and finish was top notch and she should be an example of what to do right. Expectations were met and possibly exceeded.
Painting: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆
GSC usually colors their figures competently with all the tools available and this figure isn't any different.
Starting off let's look at her lovely face. First thing is those big, deep eyes of hers. They were placed precisely and look great on her, quite hypnotizing actually. Her mouth was colored precisely and she actually has a blush. Time after time a lot of manufacturers including GSC play the old bait and switch but fortunately they didn't this time. Her fair complexion makes those eyes and her blush stand out even more. Also the rich colors used in her hair contrasts very nicely with that pale face of hers. As you can see her hair isn't one flat color but a lovely mix that accentuates the details and gives it more depth and dimension with the use of shading.
Look at her shirt with the use of the off white color and subtle shading that brings out the details of the shirt making it look even more realistic. The same can be said for her tie as it isn't one flat color but a nice mix to give it more dimension and further enhance how dynamic it looks. Note the white star on the belt buckle. I didn't notice it in the anime but I couldn't help to think of BRS when I saw that so I'm wondering if that's supposed to be an Easter egg? Speaking of her belt I guess that's only the area on mine that probably could have used more refinement. If you can see the belt was hand painted and rather precisely but some of the edges were still rough. It isn't distracting and as mentioned still pretty precise. The over all job they did with the shading was top notch. It really added to the overall details and made the figure look more realistic.
GSC did a lovely job with her fit and finish. You can see the attention to detail they paid to her from how precisely and realistic the various straps and metal buckles look. To her lovely legs sheathed in a translucent embrace to the expert use of shading and the rich colors employed. Almost nothing on her was just a plain tint but instead received attention from a brush or air brush as well. Expectations were met and possibly exceeded.
Posing: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆
Below you can see the illustration mentioned a few times already which came from one of the BluRay covers which inspired this figure. I say inspired since it does look like they deviated somewhat from the illustration but kept within the spirit. If I had to choose I'd say I'm happy with their interpretation as the illustration is kind of boring when compared to the figure.
As mentioned plenty of times she possesses a dynamic pose. It really looks like she is making her way down a flight of stairs at a pretty quick pace as the air blows her hair and jacket back. They captured the moment in time perfectly and she looks great from all angles.
You're basically given two display options in regards to the base to use. You can either use the staircase or a regular base. Considering they are both similar in foot print I really don't see why anyone would go with the plain base unless height was an issue. She looks best around eye level but you can go slightly above or below if needed.
Not much to say, she looks good. Her pose is dynamic which gives you more flexibility on how to display her since she looks good from various profiles. Expectations were met.
Base: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆
A good figure with a bad/average base is still a good figure. A good figure with a good base is an even better figure. GSC gave you the option of both... The biggest thing for me is they used a metal rod for the foot peg for both bases. I really wish they would do this more often especially MegaHouse, are you listening MegaHouse? Her legs are already nice and strong but the use of the metal rods definitely assures me there should be no issues any time soon. The staircase fits in perfectly with the narrative of the figure and isn't just supporting the theme but is part of the figure. The figure just wouldn't be the same without that base. Look at the attention to detail they paid into it just like the figure. I really wish they could keep up this consistency that should be followed by others.
As you can see either base isn't that big so you should be able to find a place for either one. The only thing is the typical round base is very unstable and you will find the figure falling over at times so that's another reason not to use it.
As mentioned the figure just changes depending on the base used. I just don't see a reason to use the round base as the figure just doesn't look the same to me. I appreciated the choice they give you though.
What can I say? They gave you a choice on what to use and one of those choices adds so much more to the figure making her an even better figure. The attention to detail cannot be missed and I loved the use of the metal rods. She just wouldn't be the same without that staircase. Expectations were met and possibly exceeded.
Enjoyment: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆
So we arrive at the end after having taken a closer look at Kurisu and what she has to offer. Hopefully you can see the lovely job Tokunaga Hironori and GSC did with her. The attention to detail could not be missed as well as the excellent fit and finish. The figure was colored expertly and the base made a good figure even better. Her pose and character design seemed faithful to Huke style as well. Enjoyment of a figure is subjective and varies between any two collectors. For the purposes of this review enjoyment for me is if I feel she was worth the cost of acquiring. Considering I pre-ordered her and obtained her at the regular price I'd have to say I definitely think she was worth the cost and do not regret it. If I had to do it again I would get her again especially looking at how much in demand she is now. Part of this is probably from having seen the series and falling in love with all the characters and not just her. Below you can see both this and another Kurisu figure. This one is of course inspired from one of the BluRay covers from the anime series while the other is based off of the illustration from the game. If I had to choose between the two I'd probably go with this one. Even though the other appears to be a very accurate recreation of the illustration while this is an inspired interpretation, this is my Kurisu.
See you later.