I'll just say it up front. Nagato Yuki from The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi does not interest me at all as a character. The only reason she wins me over is because of her hair style and the glasses. That's it. Strangely, I have never purchased a figure of her. No trading figures, poseables, or standard scale PVC figures. It was not until she made her appearance in the movie The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi that I decided that I must own a figure of her. With the addition of that snazzy coat and scarf, my internal point system for her shot up.
Unfortunately choices have been slim with the movie version of Yuki with her coat. There was the exclusive release by Kyoto Animation that didn't interest me for the pose and opened coat. Banpresto's version
had a face I didn't like and it's Ichiban Kuji so it can go screw it self. I decided to settle on something small and went with Good Smile Company's Nendoroid release
. At least I could mix up the pose whenever I wanted.
Then Sega Prize would reveal their Premium Figure version of Yuki and it seemed pretty decent and the pose, though generic, worked for me. It would also be cheap because it's a prize figure. Little did I know what kind of surprise I would be in for.
The Disapperance of Suzumiya Haruhi
Premium Figure Nagato Yuki
by Sega Prize
When I received the shipping box from the post office, I thought Hobby Link Japan was going to a bit of an extreme of protecting a prize figure with the size of the box they chose to ship it in. Boy was I surprised when I opened that shipping box to reveal the size of the product package for Yuki. Just coming under 10.5 inches, I started to wonder exactly how big this figure is.
The box itself is a simple design featuring the complete figure of Yuki on the front on top of a winter style background.
On one of the side panels, you get a close up of Yuki's face with her name spelled incorrectly as "Ngato Yuki". above her. I now want to put cat ears on her and refer to her as "N. Gato Yuki" with the N meaning "Nyan~".
Finally opening the package, I saw why everything is so big on this figure. When I think prize figure, I think small. Something like 4 to 5 inches tall. Not this figure. Yuki stands at just a hair over 8 inches tall which would explain why this is a Premium Figure.
Just because it's big doesn't mean it's the greatest thing ever. With its low price, quality did have to be take a back seat. I do love the way the hair was styled on Yuki but look up close at it you can see that detail is lacking with some of the edges being rough and the hair looking like blobs in most areas.
The same can be said about her thick glasses and scarf. For me, it's no real issue. These figures sit in a display case that I look at in the distance and from that distance, they are fine with me. The only thing that irks me about the face is that she's smiling. Something that I'm not use to with Yuki. I haven't seen the movie yet so I'll have to see if that smile will make sense after I watch it.
Clothing. I love looking at different kinds of clothing. I know I would look awful in all types of clothes that are not plain so that is one of the reasons I'm into figure collecting and dolls. What wouldn't look good on me I can transfer over to those. ...well, granted that most of the stuff are for females and... ... I... better get back to my review.
As stated earlier, the coat and scarf finally sold me on a Yuki figure. There isn't much to look at since it's just a basic coat but Sega did their best to at least give it some definition. The folds are nicely done but again, you have rough edges. To be expected with the price point. And that price point quality stands out the most in the mold of the scarf. But I am not complaining. You can at least tell it is suppose to be a scarf. Could be far worse.
Surprisingly, the hands came out great for the mold. There is some paint bleeding going on but still. The shape looks wonderful along with the added depth to draw out the fingers.
Yuki is posed with her school bag in her hands. It looks good with the seams and base nubs of the bag being accounted for in the mold. The zipper is painted silver with a line down the middle to give it that zipper look.
Little can be said about the shoes. The seams are included in the mold and the soles painted a different color. Makes me think of some kind of chocolate cake shaped like a shoe. The socks also include a crease to add something to what could have been something plain.
Overall, for such a low price, it's a satisfying figure at a scale that was very unexpected. If you don't own a Yuki figure and are looking for a starting place, I would highly recommend this one. Well, unless you want your starting place to be her in a swimsuit, gym uniform, kimono, or something else. BUT! If you're looking for her in her winter coat and scarf, again, recommend Sega Prize's version a place to begin.
Sega Prize has impressed me with my first prize figure from them and I look forward to the next one I have coming at the end of the year. If that satisfies me as well, I may have to add Sega Prize to my list of favorite manufacturers. Well, budget manufacturers.
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