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Tomopop Review: Devil Survivor 2's Hibiki Kuze Nendoroid

Jun 19 // Rio McCarthy
Figure Name: Nendoroid Hibiki Kuze from Devil Survivor 2 The AnimationFigure Manufacturer: Good Smile CompanyRetail Price: ¥3,619Available at: HobbyLink Japan  Taking a look at the box first, as per usual, we see that it's... very boring. It's a clean box with a window showing Hibiki and his accessories, but all that the box shows is a few photos of the figure itself. Granted, it does the job that a box is supposed to do, and that's what matters. Here you can see his plastic prison that houses all of his accessories. It, too, does what it's supposed to, which is a good thing. Several pieces are wrapped in thin plastic sheets for protection, which I always welcome. Ah! Here he is out of all of that nasty plastic garbage! He seems to be enjoying himself out by the rocks. Granted... *cough* I probably would too if I were a Nendoroid and had that big of a bulge. HELLO Hibiki. Moving past that, I'm glad that they were able to get the Shin Megami Tensei style across while putting him into a chibi form. Oh, look! It's such a nice day out, he thought he'd stop and smell the roses. ...But then he put on the bunny hood and tried to sing it a death metal ballad or something. I'm not sure how the flowers felt about that, but hopefully he's having fun. As you might have noticed in the previous picture as well, his hood doesn't exactly stay pushed together that well on my copy of the figure. In fact, everything seemed really loose. The arms and legs would stay in their positions you put them in, but if you barely touched them it seemed like everything wanted to fall off. I'm really hoping that this is just mine, and not a mass release issue with everything being so loosey goosey, but who knows. My favorite thing is the fact that he comes with a white tiger, which is my favorite animal. However! This isn't just ANY white tiger, this is Byakko, one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese Constellation. You have to admit, that's pretty badass, no matter what way you look at it. He's not super detailed, but he's an adorable chibi white tiger who could kick your butt. What else could you ask for? I seriously love his angry/serious yelling face. However what I don't love is the jagged edges, and weird scratches inside and on the blue effect piece that goes on Hibiki's arm. To put it on, you pull off the hand, and put it between the hand and the arm, as if he were wearing a bracelet. Switching out his leg to look like he's running or jumping is pretty neat too, however those seam lines look like his legs were severed at the upper thigh. It's especially noticeable with how it doesn't line up at all with his right leg.  His cell phone actually looks really nice, and he, thankfully, can hold onto it relatively well. However, it IS really small, so I'd be sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn't come up missing. The stand does hold him up pretty well when he's not being contrary, so at least you don't have to worry about that being loose. Byakko just stands beside him on the base, or wherever you'd like to put him since he doesn't require a base to stand on. Actually you can see where I had a problem. I actually forgot to put the bunny hood back on around his neck! When you remove his head you just put the necklace-like bunny hood on before you put the head back down. After remembering to put the hood back on, this is how I'll most likely display him. I'm generally a fan of Nendoroids, but this one has had more problems than I usually find with them. I can't say it's a release-wide issue, but I know how loose the pieces were for my copy, and I can only say I hope they're not all like that. I've also seen them do much better with effect pieces, so if you get a chance, you might look at the figure in person first before purchasing if you can. If not, at least he's not the most expensive one out there, so it's at the very least worth the gamble for sure. [ A huge thank you to HobbyLink Japan for providing us with this review sample! ]
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Grab your bunny hood and let's get ready for battle
"Everybody's weak. That's why we rely on others. We live by helping one another. We can say, we need one another. I've been able to survive because I have you and the others."— Hibiki Kuze, Devil Survivor 2 The Animati...

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