Black Magician Girl  1/7 (Kotobukiya)Black Magician Girl 1/7 (Kotobukiya)Review

StarshipPooperStarshipPooper9 years ago
Today we'll be taking a look at the Dark Magician Girl from the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe. Yu-Gi-Oh! means "Game King" or "King of Games" and first started off as a manga created by Kazuki Takahashi. There has since been numerous video games, trading card games and anime based off of it. This 1/7th scale figure was released by KOTOBUKIYA in March 2011 and retailed for 6800 Yen. At the time of this article she is still available for purchase from various stores. Do you possess the cards in your deck to beat her cuteness?


Please understand a score of 10 will never be given as there is always room for improvement no matter how perfect a figure.

Packaging: 7/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡♡

The layout and design of the box is interesting. The front, left and rear sides have window panels. The left and rear have heart shaped window panels while the front has a typical window panel you would expect. The right side has no window panel and actually looks like something you would expect at the rear of the box not the side. I don't know about you but I think what they did was pretty cheesy job with the right side. The color and tone for the rest of the box seemed lacking as well. In any case you have a good view of the contents and the figure and you could probably leave her in the box if needed.

Dimensions of the box:
H: 9 inches
W: 7 5/8th inches
D: 7 6/8th inches

Like other KOTOBUKIYA boxes, this one is made of light weight non-corrugated cardboard. It's a fairly compact package considering the contents and light. Strength wise, it looks like it has sufficient integrity to get her safely to you. All in all, OK protection and light enough that shipping should not be impacted that much if at all.

Front & Rear View
Right & Left View
Top View
Bottom & Inside View

She is suspended in place by a multi piece blister as well as her various accessories and extras. However, at least for mine they did not pack everything correctly. The key chain was actually loose and bouncing all over the place. I really don't know how it could have come loose based on where I found it but I'm assuming they just tossed it in after the fact instead of properly packing it. Normally for an item like that they would use tape to hold it in place. And for your information the tape was there... so it again makes me think they realized they forgot to pack it and tossed it in afterwards... unless mine was Houdini and escaped his prison! A generous amount of plastic sheets was used to protect her from rubbing and paint transfer.


Instructions are provided showing you how install the staff and swap her faces.


A mini poster of the illustration this figure was based on was included as well.


KOTOBUKIYA veered from their typical packaging which is a mixed bag. I appreciated the extras such as the key chain and mini poster. The compact and light packaging, but at the same time the design and layout could have been better it just seemed half-hearted. In any case, expectations were met and the important thing is she got to me safely.

Sculpting: 9/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡

Sculpting credits go to Tsukuru Shirahige who has been sculpting for KOTOBUKIYA for almost a decade. It should be noted Kazuki Takahashi did supervise the making of this figure. Tsukuru has respectable body of work which appears to improve with each figure. Below you can see a sample of Tsukuru's work to give you an idea of what to expect.


The figure consists of 8 pieces as well as a Kuribo key chain and mini poster. She is 5 1/2 inches tall without her hat and 6 1/2 inches tall with the hat. Her staff is a little over 3 1/2 inches long.




There really isn't any sculpting issues to point out. As you can see, two different faces are provided. They both look great, but the second is my favorite. The shape and contour of the faces look great and a especially a job well done on the mouth.


Her head detaches of course so you can swap the faces. As simple as it looks, once you attach her hair it's actually a bit confusing on how her head re-attaches. If you notice, her neck has a notch to help retain her head once you attach it. Personally, I do not like that design as repeated removal of her head will eventually cause it to wear out so that it no longer catches. Also, care should be taken with that side bang that's part of her head as you could easily break it off while handling the heads.


Tsukuru put a lot of detail into her hat, probably more than needed which is appreciated and noticeable. Looks may be deceiving but it's actually one single piece and it's pretty sturdy so I do not believe you'll break it unless on purpose.


It is a pain to install initially until you get the hang of it. However, once installed it's pretty secure so can be moved around without much risk of it falling off. If you look at the pictures above and below, you can see how the hat attaches. The only downside to this design is you have that hole in her head... The hat was big enough and the design would have allowed it to just rest on her head. Yes, the balance would have been an issue but I think they could have shaped her head differently or weighted the front of the hat. In any case, if the hole is an issue, you can still display her as long as it's from the front and sides only.


Her hair seems pretty spot on when referring to the illustration. Also, they are as pointy and sharp as they look. Care should be taken with them as they are quite sturdy and rigid so they can poke you. She could probably use her spiked hair as a weapon instead of having to summon a beast. The spikes/strands of hair are detailed and have textures running throughout. Even though her head separates into a few parts there seems to be a few lines/seams that could have been avoided. However, since it looks like the sculptor intended her to wear her hat full time that could probably explain it as they are hidden with the hat on.


Her staff is somewhat easy to install. However, the head of the staff is a very tight fit so care should be taken when trying to seat it in all the way that you do not damge the figure or the staff.


Removing the staff is a different issue. As mentioned the head is a very tight fit and there is no room to maneuver. Before even attempting, it's highly recommended that you use plastic sheets either that came with the figure or anywhere you can find it to put it on both of her thighs. If you do not, you will scratch her thighs as well as transfer paint due the rubbing that you will incur fighting that tight fit on the head.


Her cape and skirt are actually quite detailed if you look up close. There are subtle creases and folds throughout both but especially at the skirt. Both are somewhat flexible, the cape more. Care should be taken with the cape as you could probably break it off if it catches on something. The skirt not so much as it's quite secure. note the ends of both the cape and skirt are sharp and can poke you.


If you look at her bracer, you can make out excess material from the piece being in the mold and spilling out. You see that for most of her outfit and in some places there are actually gouges from too much material being removed when trying to clean up the excess material. For the most part it's not noticeable and you usually see that with some PVC figures which is disheartening but that's the price you pay for mass production. More than likely results will vary between figures as some may be worse or better. Again, unless you are really looking for it it's not an obvious issue.


It's pretty hard to miss the various clear stones inset into her outfit. The execution was very well done for mine but examining them I can see this possibly varying between figures. Hopefully that's not the case.


If you angle the stones just right, they actually look like they're glowing.


Tsukuru Shirahige has met my expectations for this sculpt. There were no surprises except for the fact that I loved that alternate face even more than I thought I would. KOTOBUKIYA also met my expectations, which is good and bad in regards to the excess materials and gouges. In any event, as mentioned they were trivial non issues and it doesn't change the fact she is quite a lovely and cute figure.

Painting: 9/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡

KOTOBUKIYA almost without exception heavily tint their figures with limited painting. It looks like we have the exception in this case. Her hat is tinted blue of course, but the pink lines were hand painted. Results will probably vary from figure to figure but over all at least for mine, they did a good job.


Of concern was they did not treat under her hat meaning there could be paint transfer of the pink paint to her hair.


The decals used on both faces were applied precisely and look great. The limited painting they did, specifically to her mouth also looks well done. Results may vary between figures but I just can't see them messing this part up...


Her hair received some attention with the varying shades giving it more depth and dimension. Her flesh was airbrushed all over bringing life to her flesh. The accents and highlights really added to the figure.


Her outfit for the most part was tinted blue and pink. The pink stripes were again painted on. One distraction is the pink stripes do not match the pink of her cape and skirt. Even though it's actually the same color, the base they painted on was blue that fouled the color. It they applied a white base first before painting the pink on I think they would have matched better. However, that would have been extra work which may have distracted them from other areas that needed more attention and possibly increased cost. I think this is forgivable and again results may vary between figures. All in all, they did an Ok job on the lines.


As mentioned, when you try to remove her staff you will transfer paint/scratch her thighs if you are not careful. They should have treated the paint to help prevent this instead of assuming once you install the staff that it will never be removed. As long as you take the precautions of covering up her thighs and panties it shouldn't be much of an issue.


KOTOBUKIYA for the most part has met my expectations of them and even exceeded it in some areas such as the generous airbrushing employed on this figure. The decals were applied perfectly and look so vibrant. She is what I expected when I saw the official photos and more.

Posing: 9/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡

I'm usually a stickler for accuracy but I am so glad Tsukuru Shirahige wasn't. If Tsukuru had tried to replicate the illustration exactly, you would not be reading this right now. However, that is a pretty racy pose especially with her second face... such naughty thoughts running through her mind and mine...


Expectations? Well, I guess if I was a fan of the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe, I'd probably would have mixed feelings. However, I'm not and I appreciate this take on the character and I'm glad they went this route. She's what I expected from the official photos and more. And what a naughty pose!

Base: 7/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡♡

It's obvious they put some effort into the base and it definitely adds to her theme. It's not particularly over-sized.


There really isn't much to say, since there was no base shown in the official photos I didn't have much to expect. They could have gotten away with releasing her with no base or just a pillow like some other KOTOBUKIYA figures. All in all, I think they did an OK job.

Enjoyment: 9/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡

As mentioned I do not follow the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe. I do not intend to but that doesn't change the fact I do enjoy this figure. If she had been more accurate to the illustration, I more than likely would have passed on her. Suffice it to say, to me, Yu-Gi-Oh! really plays no part in why I acquired her. There really isn't a negative thing to say about her, the "issues" are ones you encounter with other figures due to the nature of mass production. They are minor and her good outweighs the bad in my opinion. I think she was worth what I paid for her and I do not regret acquiring her.


See you later.

Default Face / Expressive Face
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Which Face do you prefer?

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Chloe-tsundereagree with tairoW, if you only look at that shiny paint job with the hair .. that turned me off especially so she would be a 7 to me

If I ever did do a 2nd look review at the figures I already reviewed, this one probably would get a lower rating in some areas. I'm not as forgiving anymore after seeing the same "issues" over and over again.
9 years ago
Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
agree with tairoW, if you only look at that shiny paint job with the hair .. that turned me off especially so she would be a 7 to me
9 years ago
Scores don't really mean much to me. Either I like a figure or I don't. You can't really quantify it. It's like asking someone how much you love them. You can't put a number on it.

However, when I apply the score I try to compare it against both the manufacture, the sculptor and industry practice and other things. I used to go into detail on how I score things but I found it makes my reviews too wordy and from what I can tell, no one cared about my reasons since it's different for everyone.

That's one of the reasons I started to use symbols and try to make them stand out more than the score...

TairoWvery interesting, but i don't agree about the 9 in the sculpting, im not a long time figure collector but as i could see, the sculptor done more interesting sculptures.
9 years ago
very interesting, but i don't agree about the 9 in the sculpting, im not a long time figure collector but as i could see, the sculptor done more interesting sculptures.
9 years ago
Nice review! She's marvelous, even more than the official shots... I wish I had enough to take her now :/! Thanks for the shots :]
9 years ago
I own her as well, and I can say that everything looks top notch on mine.
Good review :D
9 years ago