I've had the beloved Goth Mik-...erm, Black Rock Shooter for a few days now, and I've kinda held off on talking about her on here since I figured someone else would review her by now, since I know my fellow Tomopeeps here are totally obsessed Mik-....Black Rock Shooter. But the sun was out today and I had some time to kill, and no one's talk about her since she shipped, so I decided to go out onto my porch for some photos.
So...wow, this is a pretty cool Figma, huh? It's all here; the stubby ponytail on one side, the super long one on the right, the star on the front and back of her jacket, the scars, they're all present. I shouldn't really be surprised; her design isn't quite as intricate as say, Aigis' joints, and there aren't any microscopic details to paint on like with Miku's sleeves, but it's still impressive.
What's worth noting, as you'll see throughout the post, that Miku(WOAH okay...that one really WAS on accident this time. Sorry guys.) is really, really shiny. About as shiny and black can get.She even beats Iron Man as the shiniest thing in my collection.
Another shot from the side. I kinda like the shape of her boots. They're pretty unrealistic, but the shape looks really cool. You'll notice her coat tails are separate from the rest of her jacket.They're actually jointed.
I know, black on black is hard to see. Bare with me. If you look close enough, though, you'll see each piece uses a standard figma joint. Pretty nice, but occasionally frustrating when you're using her stand to hold her up, as her jacket's pretty long.
Her articulated jacket and lack of skirt means she's one of the few figmas capable of actually SITTING!
The belly on BRS is something fierce. Aigis and Brave Haruhi are a little toned, but dayum. This photo doesn't do it justice; it's an oddly well defined stomach. This, combined her her nonexistant breasts are sure to make you as uncomfortable as possible! Pedophiles, of course, being the exception.
You'll notice, on her right inner thigh (stage left), there's a black mark, and if you look real close, a blue mark near her lower scar. The problem with the figure is that she's really, really pale, and her design means lots of plastic rubbing against lots of plastic. She'll get marked up, so keep this in mind (and a wet q-tip in hand. They rub off pretty easily.)
Also, worth noting: the figma has two joints on her torso; one at her chest (just underneath the bikini top) and another at the belt of her hot pants (yay japanese character designs!) The thing is, the hip joint on mine gets stuck at an angle a lot, due to the shape of her stomach, and it'll be frustrating trying to even it out. Especially since you need to be careful: some people are reporting that the torso joints are prone to breaking, and are made of that cheap clear plastic. The other think is that the waist joint doesn't really add much articulation at all.
Most of the bending her is done by the upper joint, not the waist. It's kinda useless to be honest.
On the plus side, the hair, like Miku's, uses a stanard figma joint and not the clear ball joints that are infamous for breaking (Kagami, Drossel, etc.) I personally prefer this, so I'm quite happy about it. Again, sorry for the bad photo of dark colored plastic joints.
So, accessories. It comes with five sets of hands (three shown here, another on my figma, and I'll get to the last set later...) The hands feel really different from a usual figma, since they're also really shiny, and the plastic feels a little more bend-y. This is a nagging problem, which I'll get to later. The chains weren't something I expected and are a nice touch: they're actual metal chains. Small and cheap, but actual metal regardless. It also comes with a second stand and a "claw" to hold up the Rock Shooter, which is pretty large and heavy. And of course, her sword from the previous photos.
Close-up of her other two faces, as well as her second hairpiece with the eye flame. I'm gonna be honest and say I think the blue eyeflame thing is absolutely stupid as hell, but they included it for all of you who disagree, so hey, everyone wins. Her eyes are actually really well painted and detailed, right down to the weird marks they have in the pupils.
So...the Rock Canon...I really hate this thing. Not because I think it's silly (I do), but because it's really, really frustrating. So, let's jump right in.
First, the handle is a big issue. There are two bars at one end of the canon. She's supposed to hold the bar that's furthest in. However, the bar isn't removable from the gun, so putting her hand on it means doing something a little unsettling:
See, her hands are made of bendy plastic. What you're supposed to do is push her hand against the bar until the fingers bend over it. Or use your fingernails to bend the fingers out and slide it on. Either way, it's pretty nerve-wracking, I've never broken a figma hand before, but I've heard stories, and I don't want to start now. This IS figma number 13 for me...
Once you've successfully attached the hand to the bar, you need to attach the peg to the arm. And that's another problem. The peg is on a hinge, so it's going to bend. When I slide it in, it inevitably bends, and I need to spend time straightening it out and trying again. Annoying. Then I realized that the hand peg on both gun hands fit in her arms like a hot dog down a long hallway. Using clear nail polish to thicken the pegs usually works on any figma, but this has actually required two coats of it, and the polish is having problems sticking to the shiny plastic. And of course, since the gun is large and heavy, this makes posing the figma with this hand even more frustrating. Every other flaw with this toy is pretty easy to either ignore or fix yourself, but this gun kinda hurts it for me.
Size (and sheen!) comparison.
The chains, again, are a nice touch and add a lot of detail to the figure. I just wish they were a little lighter in shade; they blend with the black jacket, hair, gun, etc.
The gun is frustrating to pose since it needs its own stand to hold it up. Balancing it on the stand is tricky, and the claw doesn't grab it as well as I'd like. Plus, since both stands use separate bases, it's even harder to set up poses of BRS and the gun together. This is where a Di:Stage would be welcome. I could have sworn this thing was originally coming with one, but I was REALLY bummed to find out that they didn't pack one at all (yet included a checkerboard Di:Stage insert anyways...)
I went ahead and put the cannon under BRS' arm in that photo. Just seems to make more sense to me given the size, you know? Looks kinda cooler too.
Oh! Right! This came with a DVD too! It's the Black Rock Shooter OVA. It comes in a (rather cheap) paper envelope glued shut. Not that I mind it being glued shut. I mean, I don't WANT to watch it. Sooooooooooooooooo.......
(Awww I'm just kidding. But seriously there's no way I'm opening it.)
I know I spent a lot of time complaining about the cannon and her joints, but really, it's not a bad toy. It's quite awesome. It's got all the stuff you expect from Max Factory, and hey, it's BRS, so most people are going to buy it anyways for crying out loud. It's a fun toy, and I really lik-...
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