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Tomopop Review: Parfom Labrys by Phat Company

May 04 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Parfom LabrysFigure Maker: Phat CompanyRetail Price: ¥5,500Available at: Play-Asia | Right Stuf | Hobby Search | HobbyLink Japan Labrys is the third in Phat Company's Parfom series, following Aigis and Yuudachi. I was interested in this line because it seemed to combine the cuteness of Nendoroids with the poseability of figmas. But for reasons I can't remember right now, I didn't buy Aigis or Yuudachi. So that makes Labrys my first Parfom, and I was interested to see how good these figures are. You can see the full box shot in the gallery (it's a nice, clean design) but this weird little detail caught my eye. This is probably the first figure I've gotten with a message on the box flap. Unpacking the figure took some effort because it comes with a lot of accessories. Labrys is pretty large - measuring to the top of her ponytail she can reach up to 150mm. I don't have the figma Labrys to compare, but my figma Yu Narukami is about the same height. However due to the Parfom's proportions, it ends up being a bulkier figure overall. With these kinds of figures you have a common set of expectations in terms of how to swap parts and such. Labrys comes with four face plates and an alternate hair fringe which includes her visor. It works just like with any figma: pull off the hair fringe and you'll be able to remove her face plates. The fit of the faces felt inconsistent. Her  default face was a bit loose while some others were very tight. Speaking of her default face, it wound up surprising me in a good way. Too often with anime figures, you're locked into a boring, neutral expression for the face. Part of the appeal of Nendoroid and figma is that they offer alternative expressions that might capture the spirit of the character better. Initially, I thought Labrys would just have some boring smiling expression as her default. However, the expression on this default face can look like it changes depending on the angle you view it from. In this shot, Labrys' expression is menacing and her mouth is frowning. But look at the shots above: they're all using the same face! The expression goes from neutral to inquisitive to threatening depending on the angle. This is a rare quality in figures, and I certainly didn't expect to find it here. I love faces with some nuance to them, so this was a pleasant surprise. The package comes with several accessories revolving around Labrys' weapon. "Labrys" was the Greek word for a double-bitted axe, making her weapon her namesake as well (and there are historical examples of giant versions of such axes too). The axe head comes with a peg that lets you attach it to Labrys' back. Each blade is on a swivel, basically turning them into wings. The effects pieces you see above come in two parts and clamp around the jets on the axe. I consulted the instruction sheet to see how they should be attached, but was misled a bit. Each flame piece needs to attach to a specific spot on the axe, but the order shown in the instruction sheet seems to be reversed. It took some fiddling but eventually I figured it out. Here you can see the other accessories for the axe. You'll get a separate stand and base for it in case you want to pose it flying through the air. Unfortunately there's no way to hide that peg if the stand is attached. I guess it's not the end of the world, but it still sticks out. Other accessories include a variety of alternate hands, as well as a chain that goes between the elbow joint and forearm. It's a single, flexible piece of plastic that gives a more dynamic look than a real chain would have. Of course you'll get the shadow version of Labrys as well since it's just a face swap. I would have preferred a smirking expression over this blank one. There's also an expression for Aigis included in the package, which I found weird. Parfom Aigis already has a neutral default face, but you get another one with Labrys for some reason. I thought this figure, with its chibi aesthetic and articulation, would turn out to be like a Cu-Poche. But since I don't have any Cu-Poches, I can't really say. Having played with Labrys for a while, I do think the Parfom line is pretty close to the figma line. The articulation is more extensive than in your typical figma, and the joints are higher quality (while being less conspicuous). The fit and finish is good, though for these types of figures I don't expect perfection. Still, it held up pretty well during my photo shoot, with only one of the hair flaps falling off when I didn't expect it. Generally this is a well-designed figure with a surprising amount of articulation, but doesn't feel like it's going to break or lose its pose suddenly. The paint job's decent too, with some different finishes throughout the body and axe. Phat Company's Parfom line is fairly new, with only three figures currently in the series, and this Labrys figure already feels refined and well thought out. I'd say my experience with it has won me over to the Parfom series. It's wonderful for anyone who wants the cute chibi look but with lots of creative possibilities that you may not get with a Nendoroid or scale figure. Hopefully, Phat Company ramps up the release schedule for these. Six more have been announced, but none of them have dates set for the moment.
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Class president or killer robot?
Persona 4 may very well be my favorite video game of all time. Given the number of spin-offs it has received, it seems a fair amount of people out there love it too. When I first heard about Persona 4 Arena, I thought it was ...

WonFes GSC photo
WonFes GSC

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Good Smile Company part 2 - Nendoroids


There was an actual tower of Nendos
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
If there's one thing I want to know about this industry, it's how Good Smile Company picks the licenses to make Nendoroids for. At this point their Nendoroid production line must be a well-oiled machine, possibly on its way t...
Parfom Labrys photo
Parfom Labrys

Welcome Parfom Labrys to the arena


This is one steely class president
Aug 27
// Tianxiao Ma
You know what's awesome? The Persona series. Underneath the whackiness of talking teddy bears and robot warrior maidens lie some wonderful, memorable characters. Labrys here made her debut in Persona 4 Arena, being an older g...
Nendoroid Sanya photo
Nendoroid Sanya

Nendoroid Sanya is ready for the night sky


This Nendo is no ghost
Aug 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Strike Witches fans can finally get their hands on a Nendoroid version of the nocturnal witch Sanya V. Litvyak! With Strike Witches 2 having aired a pretty long time ago and the Operation Victory Arrow OVAs already wrapped up...

WonFes 2015 Summer photo
WonFes 2015 Summer

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Wonderful Hobby Life For You


Highlights from GSC and associates
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
[ Update: Hobby Search has even more coverage of the WHL4U booth, including more Nendoroids, figmas, and ThreeA figures! ] Wonder Festival has come and gone. While it's odd to me that such a big event is one day only (wouldn'...
Kantai Collection photo
Kantai Collection

A whole bunch of KanColle stuff went up for pre-order


Poi!
Jun 23
// Tianxiao Ma
The Kantai Collection engine is steaming along nicely with five new pre-orders appearing throughout yesterday. Anime fans may not recognize the first two, which would be the Tenryuu-class light cruiseres Tenryuu and Tatsuta. ...
WonFes 2015: GSC photo
WonFes 2015: GSC

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Here are all of Good Smile Company's scale figures


Good stuff from the WonHobby 21 site
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
It's WonFes time, which means Good Smile Company (and associates) will be out with all guns blazing. As usual they've put up their Wonderful Hobby Life For You site with a summary of all the stuff they're showing off. I'm alw...
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Who would have thought cowboy boots and glasses blended so well?
Kahotan has previewed Phat Company's 1/8-scale Miki Hoshii, which is also available for pre-order. This crazy adorable figure comes an interchangeable glasses piece, allowing you to display her without or without the prop (al...

WonFes Good Smile Company photo
WonFes Good Smile Company

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company - miscellaneous


Attack on Titan, Sonico, and more
Aug 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Continuing with Good Smile Company's (and associates) apparently near-infinite display at WonFes, we arrive at some Attack on Titan figures and a bunch of Sonicos. GSC usually does a decent job with Sonico figures in that I d...
WonFes Vocaloids photo
WonFes Vocaloids

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company - Vocaloids


Not a WonFes without some Mikus
Aug 01
// Tianxiao Ma
Now that we're seeing more and more creative takes on Vocaloid designs, I'm actually enjoying their presence. It looks like the days of the same boring Miku design being made over and over again are done with. Good Smile Comp...
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Wonder Festival

Take another look at GSC's exclusives before Wonder Festival


Only a few days left to go!
Jul 23
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Well look at that, we're only a couple days away from Wonder Festival this weekend and Good Smile Company has another preview for their upcoming exclusives. Sure, you've already seen the figures they have in store, but thanks...
GSC Delays photo
GSC Delays

Delays hit Max Factory's Cerberus, Phat Company's Ryuko and more


Good Smile announces latest round of delayed gratification
Jun 23
// Martin Siggers
Ah, the Good Smile Company delay announcement post. It's like an old familiar friend at this point, popping up once or twice a month to shatter our hopes and dreams, and then riding off into the sunset. While Deep Sea Miku re...
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Kantai Collection leads the fleet
Is it really almost Wonder Festival time again? Yes, though it might be difficult to believe, the biannual celebration of all things figure is almost upon us, and as ever headliner Good Smile Company has some neat exclusives ...

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The Woman in White
[ Update - Pre-orders are go! ] We last saw Phat Company's take on scowling Kill La Kill antagonist Satsuki Kiryuuin in scans, but now Kahotan has dropped an official preview on us and she's looking great, albeit extreme...

Super Dangan Ronpa 2 photo
Super Dangan Ronpa 2

Plug in and pre-order Phat Company's Nanami Chiaki


Beware the bear below
May 27
// Martin Siggers
Phat Company seem to be branching into larger, more ambitious sculpts recently and this new figure of Chiaki Nanami from Super Dangan Ronpa 2 is one of their most ambitious yet. That's a good thign though, as ambition se...

Tomopop Review: Phat Company's Caster EXTRA

May 18 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Caster EXTRAFigure Maker: Phat CompanyRetail Price: ¥8,381Available at: HobbyLink Japan  I wouldn't have pegged myself as a fan of kemonomimi and all that, but I guess I do have a soft spot for fox girls (and wolf girls who happen to look like fox girls). Maybe that's why I ended up requesting Caster for review. The figure doesn't require much assembly, thankfully. You just need to attach her left leg to the base, and put a little paper talisman into her right hand. I totally forgot to do that so in this review, it just kind of looks like she's doing finger guns. This rendition of Caster is... interesting. She has a gothic lolita-style outfit which shows a ton of cleavage. I'm not the biggest fan of this kind of bust. The base features a set of translucent rings forming the "CCC" logo. I'm ecstatic that Phat Company decided to do something cool with the base instead of opting for a plain disc. Caster has a wonderful face full of cheer. Phat Company did a great job making this figure lively. Her tail and hair are made of translucent plastic. The effect works fine for the hair, but is less convincing for the tail. I think it already looks big and fluffy enough. If you get up close with a camera, you'll notice a few rough spots in the finish. These flaws are difficult to see with the naked eye, though. Caster was fun to shoot. I find that sometimes, if a character design looks energetic, it gives me a little extra spark too. With a cute face and quirky design, this figure has the most important qualities that matter to me. Phat Company can improve on the build quality a bit, but overall I'm happy with Caster. The MSRP is on the high end for a 1/8-scale figure, but this one is fairly large and complex for its scale. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for the review sample!]
Phat Company Caster EXTRA photo
Definitely something extra in the chest
Keeping track of the various casts of the Fate franchise is beyond my patience, so I'll just say this Caster is the one featured in Fate/Extra CCC. The original Caster in Fate/stay night was rather dour while this one is... I...

GSC Delays photo
GSC Delays

Good Smile Company delays everything...again


You should really expect it by now
Apr 21
// Martin Siggers
Man, the guys over at Good Smile really need to invest in a better calender. Just one month after a massive blitz of delays, GSC has issued the by now grimly familiar press release announcing the April releases that are being...
Idolm@ster photo
Idolm@ster

Kahotan previews Mika Jougasaki: Charisma Girl Ver.


Too soon?
Mar 13
// Scarecroodle
Oh, Mika, I wag my finger at thee! Kahotan recently uploaded a preview for Phat Company's Mika Jougasaki: Charisma Girl Ver. (currently available for pre-order). I have to confess that I'm a little worried about Mika's career...
Phat Company Mika photo
Phat Company Mika

Mika Jougasaki demonstrates some crazy-eyed charisma


Jougasaki it to me, baby!
Feb 24
// Tianxiao Ma
Mika Jougasaki is one of the Jougasaki sisters (what, you haven't heard of them?) from Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls. I don't know what her personality is like, but I do love that grin and wild-eyed stare. You could say that I...
Phat Company Aigis photo
Phat Company Aigis

Parfom Aigis is up for order, still won't talk to Junpei


She's here to hunt Shadows and protect protagonists - and she's all out of protagonists
Jan 23
// Tianxiao Ma
[Update: Added pre-order links, corrected figure name] A long time ago, we covered a Wonder Festival and made casual mention of a Phat Company line of poseable figures. Then quite a while passed without much news. Now that li...
Metallica photo
Metallica

Phat Company's Swamp Witch Metallica rocks pre-orders


Editor tries to make forgo references to the band
Sep 21
// Scarecroodle
Phat Company's 1/8 scale Swamp Witch Metallica is currently available for pre-order. This wickedly cute witch is the star of The Witch and the Hundred Knights, which released in Japan earlier this year and is slated to appear...
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Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Phat Company


Gods, Vampires and Spirits! Suddenly, an Idol doesn't seem so impressive...
Jul 28
// Chris Seto
Phat Company has certainly been keeping itself busy! Having stepped out of the shadow of its umbrella parent a little, we're getting to see more figures from the company and they're certainly starting to diversify. As well as...
WonFes Good Smile Company photo
WonFes Good Smile Company

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: See WonHobby's booth online


One handy reference for Good Smile Company et al.
Jul 28
// Tianxiao Ma
[Update: the Fire Emblem figma is Marth!] If you wanted a quick peek at everything on display from Good Smile Company and friends, then you should check out the Wonderful Hobby Life For You 18 site. It's got all the newly rev...
Nendoroid Etna pre-order photo
Nendoroid Etna pre-order

Nendoroids Etna & Flonne make a surprise for pre-orders


From the depths of hell comes Etna
Jul 24
// Andres Cerrato
Do you remember February of 2011? Odds are you don't, but that during that time over 2 years ago, a prototype for Nendoroid Etna from the popular RPG Disgaea was displayed along with Flonne. It took two plus years, but the tw...
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Pre-order Phat Company's Nendoroid Miyafuji 2.0


A striking Nendoroid -face palm-
May 29
// Jon Wills
Fans of Strike Witches and in particular Miyafuji should be pleased to hear that Phat Company has unleashed an updated version of Miyafuji's Nendoroid for the masses to pre-order. What's new? Well for starters everything has ...
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Phat! Company teases their now-painted Yoshino


May 22
// Kristina Pino
Right in the wake of Plum's own Yoshino figure going up for pre-order, Phat! Company is teasing their own 1/8-scale rendition which is now painted! We've got a back view here of the figure, which we last saw at Miyazawa Model...
Phat Company Hibiki photo
Phat Company Hibiki

Phat Company's Hibiki is just about ready to dance


That or she's going to catch a football
May 07
// Tianxiao Ma
iDOLM@STER 2's Hibiki Ganaha is looking lively as a 1/8-scale figure thanks to Phat Company's work. This prototype was on display at a Good Smile Company exhibition in Akihabara. Hibiki is running with her hands in her pocket...
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Phat Company's Minicchu Ranko gets teased


Very mini indeed
May 02
// Tianxiao Ma
This is Ranko Kanzaki from iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls from Phat Company's Minicchu line. Mikatan posted this single picture on her Twitter account. Maybe she'll be doing a preview in the near future? The tweet itself says th...
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Miyazawa Model Expo 31: Good Smile Company umbrella


Good Smile Company, Phat!, Wing, Max Factory, Gift, and FREEing!
Apr 10
// Kristina Pino
Brian already has you covered with the figma that were on display at Miyazawa Model Exhibition 31, but what about the rest that Good Smile Company et al. have to offer? Look no further than this post, thanks to coverage by Mi...
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Good Smile's WonFes exclusives now up for pre-order


Ten figures up for order until February 18, 9:00 p.m. JST
Feb 13
// Tianxiao Ma
Did you like Good Smile Company's WonFes exclusives? Now you have a chance to pre-order them! Get Snow Miku in exactly the wrong season! Or a dude whose head is on fire! Indeed Mikatan's Blog has announced that Good Smile Com...
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Wonder Festival 2013 Winter: Good Smile Company


Huge gallery for Good Smile Company and friends
Feb 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Good Smile Company's WonHobby booth at Wonder Festival was packed with goodies from several of their affiliated companies. I took the liberty of highlighting a few figures that interested me, but no mere mortal could hope to ...
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Coming in July for all you Gurren Lagann fans out there
Seems you Gurren Lagann fans, especially Nia fans, are about to get a nice surprise! Good Smile has just posted up a new entry on their website for Phat! Company's Magical Nia figure, releasing in July (just in time for Wonde...

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Good Smile previews Dekacchu Kirari Moroboshi


Because you can never have too many giant figures
Jan 30
// Brian Szabelski
Phat! Company has got themselves another new line of figures in the Dekacchu series (bigger versions of their Minicchu figures), featuring Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls' Kirari Moroboshi in a rather large-scale look. ...
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Phat! Company's next Twin Pack pierces the heavens


Gurren Lagann two-pack of Yoko, Nia coming in July
Jan 22
// Brian Szabelski
Phat! Company's latest twin pack is a double shot of Gainax: it's Gurren Lagann's Yoko and Nia designed in Panty & Stocking's style. In fact, these two were designed by Atsushi Nishigori, who did character design for...
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MOECEPTION previewed by Mikatan and now up for pre-order!
I suppose it's pretty rare to see a figure of an anime character within an anime... moe-ception?! Anywho, Mikatan's preview of this cutie came in along with the pre-orders last night, so you'll see both the retail sample and ...

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Phat Company brings us its next Persona 4 Twin Pack


Features Yu Narukami, Rise Kujikawa
Sep 25
// Brian Szabelski
Phat Company have another Persona 4 Twin Pack coming along, and the next set features two more of the cast: Yu Narukami and Rise Kujikawa. Between 9 and 12 cm tall, these non-scale figures feel more along the line of ine...
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Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: Phat! Company's Meruru


Aug 03
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Phat! Company is at it again, returning to the Atelier Meruru: the Apprentice of Arland game to finally bring us title character Princess Merurulince Rede Arls, otherwise known as Meruru! This is Phat!'s second entry in ...
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Miyazawa Model 2012 Spring: GSC and associated companies


Apr 10
// Kristina Pino
Unfortunately, I don't have enough title space to fill out all the names under or associated with Good Smile's PVC empire, but this round-up includes images of upcoming figures from Good Smile Company and Max Factory, and I'v...
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Popping up on Mikatan's blog is yet another exclusive Nendoroid bundled in with a game, Kokoro Akechi from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes. She's actually bundled in with Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2 for the PSP, and her a...

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Up for pre-order since January, Phat Company's Twin Pack DX Izanagi and Hablerie should be releasing in May, but right now, how about some shots of the color sample? If these shots are any indication, those of you who pr...


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