The bases for the Persona 4 cast all have these yellow trapezoid shapes. They interlock nicely and allow for some interesting cluster shots. They are textured like steel flooring is in warehouses. They are kind of cheaply made compared to the figures. Often they are slightly warped or the foot pegs don't sit flush on the base. A minor complaint to be sure.
Truth be told, it was Yosuke that sold me on these. I have enough Yukikos and Chies to last me a long while. Yosuke however? Well Bandai fucked up a good thing by not getting a Zero Art of him to market. I couldn't pass this up.
A couple of things to note, this is the first figure in a long while to actually make me worry about figure-lean. We'll see if she keeps upright over time. The pose she takes is at a significant angle for the small connection she makes with her base.
On the side view you can see that her skirt is two-toned. The figure was fun to shoot because it really is a different shot from different angles. That sounds painfully obvious but it's a depth thing. The front shots of her hide the depth of the sculpting and angles in the arms and hair.
Ah, my mechanical maiden...this is one of the more lovely renditions of Aigis that I own. You can notice the small changes to her that make up her P4A version here. (headband guns, hip thrusters, tie in place of bow)
Unlike the other figures in the set, Aigis hovers on her stand. It's work pointing out that her stand is completely different from the other figures. Disappointing in a way as it makes her stand out, but somewhat appropriate too if you're familiar with her game mechanics.
Kanji threatens with his weapon from the game, a folding chair, and looks rad doing it. The details on this guy are great. From the quality stitch work to his nose ring, they really pulled out all the stops.
Here you can see a close up of her cost...and the small problems she suffers from. Mostly it is a paint issue. White paint applies poorly to dark colors. More expensive figures can have multiple coats applied or a slower hand at the application. I suspect that the small degree of sloppiness here is the result of her production as a prize figure. Still, it's only noticeable from certain angles and I only bring it up because this is the kind of thing that really tweeks some people off. You can also notice a small smudge on her coat. The other figures might have marks like that, but I don't remember seeing any.
Lastly a close up of our fair skinned beauty. I wish I had been able to get a better shot of her face, but the eyes and subtle tilt of her head are still compelling.
Conclusion: If you're a Persona fan, for the price, these are well worth your money. Nicely sized, scaled, and detailed; I would easily recommend them.
One thing to consider as you purchase...Taito for all their good work, nearly ruins each figure with sub-standard packing. Each figure has had varying degrees of bubble wrap but ultimately just jostles around in the box. By the time I got Naoto and Kanji, I was emailing sellers and assuring them that I did not mind them opening and securing the figures prior to shipping. I advise you do the same lest they get scuffed or damaged in transit. Many of their finer points could be damaged if mishandled.
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