Hello! My comments are sparse, but I've been visiting Tomopop almost everyday for a little bit over a year. Truthfully, there's nothing too interesting about me; reading, drawing, and browsing the internet is what I mainly do. I live in North Carolina and only started collecting in 2009 after I bought an issue of Replicant
with a beautiful garage kit of Rozen Maiden
's Barasuishou on the cover. Currently, I have:
Banpresto Jessica and Maria Ushiromiya Deformation
GIFT Reimu Hakurei
And Alter Mitsuru Kirijo, as mentioned in the title. I hope I won't become a hindrance to people with my rambling.
Here I go!
This isn't really a review, at least I wouldn't call it that. It's basically amateur pictures of my unboxing with comments of mine.
Persona 3:FES is one game I will never regret playing; I spent so many hours and I truly enjoy everything about it. The only thing I regret is picking it up so late. I have a memory of seeing the original in Best Buy packaged with an art book. With that included, I considered buying it, but never did. Years later, a friend was having fun with Persona 4 and FES happened to be only $20 at GameStop. After I started playing, I went searching for figures but they weren't available at their original prices at regular sellers. I like everyone in the game, so I wasn't picky about which character to buy
I managed to get Mitsuru at a good price on eBay around a month ago. There were no problems; the seller was very kind (she 'hoped I would enjoy Mitsuru-senpai') and while I found the price a bit high since it was only coming from Georgia, the package came in a day! It was not the estimate given on eBay at all, so it was a pleasant surprise. A picture I took the day it arrived:
Previously, I had a large bookcase/desk I displayed my figures, but after I moved (down the street and around the corner), it was replaced with a smaller one. I suppose I could arrange them on my dresser, but I don't feel it would be safe enough long-term. I hadn't unboxed Mitsuru at all until today, and got the idea to make a post during it.
I don't have many figures, but my Reimu is 1/8 so I expected Mitsuru's box to be around the same size. It was shocking to compare their box sizes once I got her!
People have said that Alter's boxes are pretty plain and just throw them away, but I think they did a good job with her box. It's simple and is similar to the original opening video of the game, covered with Latin phrases and lines of color. Having only three pictures of the figure overall was a nice move (one of each pose on the sides and something I'm not sure what to call on the back)
When I went to take out Mitsuru, I saw she truly was mint-in-box. There was yellowed tape around the key edges that wasn't hard to take off, but they left a bit of sticky residue. Not too much of a problem. There was also tape on the sides of the plastic blister.
Another surprise! Once Mitsuru was out, I noticed a silhouette of her persona inside the box! What a nice touch. I wonder what it looks like for the other P3:FES figures. I'm sure Aegis has a silhouette of her persona, but what of Elizabeth? If anyone would be so kind to comment and tell me, I would greatly appreciate it!
Finally, Mitsuru is free! She seems to be pretty popular both in-game and real life. A lot of people refer to her as Marin-Karin but I never had a problem with her AI in FES (but that could be because I stuck with Junpei, Yukari, and Akihiko as my main team).
The hair's pretty pointy when you hold her. Her base looked like wood when I saw some photos online, but it's just a red disk. A little disappointing... I find putting figures on their bases or balancing them with their displays to be nerve-wracking. Mitsuru's right foot was a bit stubborn and I got a little paint on the pegs from the inside of a hole, but I managed to get her on. It wasn't as bad when I had to put Reimu on and take her off. I thought I would really break Reimu's leg! A similar problem was with Mitsuru's evoker. At first the jewel on her belt seemed too big, but I somehow got it to fit without a problem.
Someone wrote that her face came out nicer than the prototype since she looks like she's smiling a bit rather than having a stony face. I have to agree It's small, but when you compare the face with the prototype pictures, there really is a difference but she looks pretty regardless.
She can certainly afford a prosthetic arm. But it should have a hook for a hand to match her dad!
The distinctive pose of a S.E.E.S. member.
This is really a nice figure.
I wish I could keep out her some more, but I'm not prepared to wake up to Mitsuru's torso broken apart from her legs on my bedroom floor :| Regardless, I actually had a lot of fun setting up a character from my favorite game and writing about her here! I hope this wasn't too TL;DR for anyone reading this. Hopefully, if I make another post, it might be with either Yukiko or Rise! read