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To Love-Ru

Tomopop Review: Max Factory's Mea Kurosaki

Dec 05 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Mea KurosakiFigure Maker: Max FactoryRetail Price: ¥10,000Available at: HobbyLink Japan  Mea doesn't have an elaborate base, accessory parts, or interchangeable pieces. I've come to appreciate figures that are simple in execution but still look great. For those who move or rotate their figure displays a lot, you'll be happy to know that unpacking and assembling Mea is easy as can be. There's absolutely nothing to do other than to attach her base. Mea is an example of Max Factory's signature style, one which they pull off better than any other manufacturer. She's sexy without being straight up lewd. There are plenty of ecchi figures out there, but I feel like Max Factory is able to make ones that fall just short of that line. There are so many examples: their Dark Elf, Cerberus, and Momo as well. They're all beautiful women with not much clothing, but they're more tasteful than similar products from other manufacturers. That's not to say this figure is in any way lacking sex appeal. Because dear lord look at that panty tug. Max Factory did a great job with the body sculpt. They maybe could have done a better job with the delicate details of the lingerie, but it's not really much to complain about. One of the notable features is the hair braid wrapping around Mea's leg. I know I spent a whole paragraph saying Max Factory's figures aren't overtly sexualized, but Mea is definitely more sexualized than their typical stuff. There are a bunch of small details that I love about this figure: the boob squeeze, the little panty tug, the braid wrapping around her leg, her coy expression. They all come together to make a great figure with an emphasis on just the character. Check out the gallery for more photos. You'd better do it, because this set was super annoying to shoot! Seriously, so many equipment malfunctions and failed ideas went into this... [ Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for the review sample! ]
Max Factory Mea Kurosaki photo
More To Love-Ru girls, please
Mea hails from To Love-Ru Darkness, and as you can probably tell, the manga has its fair share of ecchi elements. Before Mea, Max Factory has also made a 1/6-scale Momo Velia Deviluke from the same property. The two share a t...

Alter Mikan Yuuki photo
If casual wear isn't your cup of tea, how about a swimsuit?
To Love-Ru has recently gotten a couple of high quality figures from Max Factory. Now Alter is gearing up to release their second Mikan Yuuki figure. If you'll recall, Alter's first take on Mikan had her lying prone in h...

Tomopop Review: SHFiguarts Momo Velia Deviluke

Aug 05 // Pedro Cortes
Figure Name: S.H. Figuarts Momo Velia DevilukeFigure Maker: BandaiMSRP: $45.99Available at: HobbyLink Japan | CD Japan | J-List | Plamoya | Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store | Amazon Momo's box is pretty much what you'd expect from a figure box. At the very least, it uses some non-standard colors and looks pretty. Much more than you're usual Figuarts packaging. In her plastic cage, Momo looks complacently happy. In addition to her somewhat vapid standard expression, there are two other faces that you can change out. She's got three additional sets of hands and an extra one to help hold one of her two accessories. More on those later. Momo out of the box looks alright. One thing I do like about To Love-Ru and To Love-Ru Darkness are the colors chosen for the Deviluke family. I'm a sucker for short pink hair, which happens to work well with the school uniforms in the show. One of the few things I like about both shows is the design of the Deviluke family. Well, and the fanservice. Believe me, the "plot" is as threadbare as the clothing on most of these characters. Here's the first problem with the figure. Instead of a peg plugged into her back, you've got a clamp. There are by far my least favorite method of holding up a figure. Yes, the bendable post helps in putting Momo in a variety of poses, but she never feels stable. The lack of pegs on the base also prevents any sort of stability, which is a problem when the figure lacks heft and balance. At the very least, the base is pretty. Her name, the pink flowers and her tail look nice on the small heart-shaped piece of plastic. Just, you know, some additional support would've been appreciated in keeping her standing. As you may have seen in previous pictures, Momo has got a little devilish tail. It's bendable, which means that you can have her clutch it, as pictured above. Considering that tail features prominently into a lot of the service in the show, it's a nice touch that you can manipulate it. Speaking of manipulating long things, here is the other accessory in the box. It's...I'm not entirely sure what it is. I'm guessing it's a plant, as Momo has summoned some rather phallic-looking plants during To Love-Ru Darkness. You can bend it to do whatever you want with it. Above, switching to the gripped hands lets Momo grip it in frustration. It was a mirror of my face, as trying to oh-so-carefully switch out the hands is a harrowing process when you've got giant meat-hooks like me. They feel like they're going to break any moment. I'm not sure if using a ball joint was a good idea for a character as small and slight as Momo. Here's a closer shot of the aforementioned phone. It's purple, tiny and has nothing on it. That's it. You get the suggestive plant and a cell phone to have fun with. It's a pretty weak selection of items for a poseable figure that isn't particularly interesting to look at. I'm pretty sure this is why we don't get a lot of poseables from shows like To Love-Ru Darkness. There's very little you can do with those characters, besides have them get molested by Hentai Woody. It's a shame too, as Momo looks rather nice. She maintains the Figuarts quality that you'd expect, only she's lacking the things necessary to have fun with her. Now, I don't know what else they could have added to her collection, but at least give her something amusing and out of the ordinary. The pervy plant doesn't count, especially for $46 MSRP. Momo isn't a bad figure. She is well-painted, well-molded and looks just like her animated counterpart. The problem here is that there's very little to do with her. It's not like she's an action characters, where just their existence alone can lead to amusement. She would've needed some more items to have fit in with other items in your shelf. Honestly, I'd stick with static statues of her, as you're going to get something bigger and frankly better looking. Go elsewhere for your service. [A big thank you goes out to Bluefin for providing Momo for review!]
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Not the service you'd expect
You know, there's something to be said about the harem show. Sure, they're usually puerile, insipid and lacking in any sort of redeeming value. Yes, they usually rely on fanservice in lieu of good animation or solid design. Y...

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Wonder Festival

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Art Spirits

Better late than never(?)
Aug 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Art Spirits likes to take things slow. After they first announced their To LOVEru Darkness Precious Collection Momo Belia Deviluke figure it took some seven months for them to finally reveal it. The same seems to be...

Max Factory Mea Kurosaki photo
Max Factory Mea Kurosaki

Rapunzel's got nothing on Max Factory's Mea Kurosaki

Mar 11
// Tianxiao Ma
[Update: Added links to previews and more pre-order links] Max Factory's Mea Kurosaki didn't fly under my radar. It was nowhere near my radar. If Mea was a Soviet bomber and I was commanding NORAD, let's just say we'd all be ...
Vertex Nana Deviluke photo
Vertex Nana Deviluke

Vertex's Nana joins her sister in pre-orders

Vertex Dwell Nana Astar Deviluke 1/7-scale figure
Jan 31
// Tianxiao Ma
If you like Vertex's take on To Love-Ru's Momo, you can now complete the set by ordering Nana, her twin sister. This figure shows her more energetic personality compared to Momo, whose pose is more reserved. As with Momo, you...
Vertex Momo Deviluke photo
Vertex Momo Deviluke

Vertex adds Momo Velia Deviluke to their Dwell line

Pre-orders went up early yesterday
Jan 11
// Tianxiao Ma
I haven't really been keeping up with Vertex news, but it looks like they've been ramping up their releases over the last year. First announced at WonFes, Vertex's Momo Velia Deviluke figure is up for pre-order now. She almos...

Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts To Love-Ru Golden Darkness

Dec 13 // Vanessa Cubillo
Figure Name: S.H. Figuarts To Love-Ru Golden DarknessFigure Maker: BandaiRetail: ¥4,500Available at: HLJ Yami comes in a deluxe box with a window display that shows the figure. The box has a pretty flower design in pink and white with a purple buckle design outlining the figure. I actually really like this box and almost didn't want to open it up. Alas, I had to, but it was easy to open without ruining the box. So you can save it and put your figure back in it later.  This figure comes with two interchangeable hair parts, two interchangeable faces, three pairs of interchangeable hands, tegatana, book, taiyaki, and personal stand. I love when figures come with a lot of accessories, so seeing all that Yami came with left a good impression on me already. Now just looking at the figure alone, I have to say how much I love Yami's outfit! It's exactly how it is in the manga/anime; a black gothic styled dress with black leg belts and black boots. The back of her skirt is made to look like its flowing in the wind. It's a great look, but because of this, you can't get the figure to lay flat. She also can't sit down. Still, a perk about this skirt is that you can use it to help Yami stand by having her lean on it.  Of course you don't have to resort to leaning on Yami's skirt to make her stand. She does come with a real stand of her own. This stand is clear and made of sturdy plastic. The base is heart shaped and has designs of feathers and Yami's name on it.  The stand is easy to assemble and is put together with three parts. The stick is bendable in both directions so you can move the figure in more positions. However, the stand can't hold Yami in the air. She's too heavy to stay up and will fall over.  To attach the figure to the stand, there's a hole made in back of her. You connect the stick on the stand in the back of her and adjust the rest of the stick to get her to stand up. It's definitely an interesting way to attach a figure to a stand. I'm used to the standard waist clasp. This way isn't so bad, and the hole in the back isn't noticeable because her hair covers it.  Yami has three interchangeable faces; serious, angry, and crying. They're easy to switch back forth. Her front bangs are removable, so all you have to do is remove the bangs and you can take out the faces. The bangs secure the faces in place pretty well. They hardly fell off, and mostly became dislodged when I was moving her hair.  From the three different facial expressions, I feel like the serious and angry expression are hard to distinguish. The differences in the eyes I think are subtle, and the main way to see the anger in her face is by the eyebrows. That would be fine, but Yami's bangs cover almost all of her eyebrows so you can't see them. The only other difference in the two faces is the small pink flush on her cheeks.  Without a doubt my favorite expression is the crying face. I had the most fun posing her with this face and thinking of ways to make her look upset. It's funny to see because it's such a contrast from how she usually is as a character.  She also comes with three pairs of interchangeable hands so she can ball her hands into fists, show her palms, and hold items. Her interchangeable hands make it easy to tell if you’re putting a hand on the wrong arm because the hand part simply won’t fit if it’s not supposed to. Believe me, I spent some time trying to force one of the hand parts onto the wrong arm and couldn’t understand why it wouldn’t fit. Then I put it on the other arm and it went in easily.  A big feature on this figure is Yami's hair, she comes with six points of articulation in it. Her hair can move back and making it great to recreate fight scenes. Even her pigtails are able to move. You just have to be careful with how you move the hair. Moving the parts back and forth makes it rotate on a ball that's inside the head. So when you do this, you run the risk of knocking off the face and front bangs like I mentioned. Sometimes the hair can even get loose from movement so you'll have to open up the head and secure it on the ball again.  Since Yami has the ability to turn parts of herself into weapons, she comes with two additional hair attachments and a tegatana. The two hair attachments have blades at the end and can replace the first two hair pieces in the back. The blades cannot be rotated. Do not attempt to rotate the blades! When I looked at them I thought the blades were able to move, but then I just ended up breaking it off. Well, that's why they invented Gorilla Glue! The tegatana acts as a hand attachment so you can put it on either hand. This one you can rotate, so don't worry about breaking it.  Yami also comes with two other fun accessories she can hold. She comes with one taiyaki, which is a Japanese fish shaped cake. Fans will know that taiyaki is Yami's favorite food, so she can eat it all the time now as a figure. Yami also likes reading so she comes with a green book. Change her hands and she can hold the book and look like she's learning.  We can't forget that To Love-Ru is an ecchi series, so it's not a surprise that this figure would be a little perverted. Of course you can see her white underwear under her skirt. Also, what I noticed almost immediately, is that her nipples are hard. Even though logically I doubt you'd be able to see her nipples through her outfit, this makes sense for the series. I really like the articulation of this figure, it moves just how I want it to move. It’s so much better than the articulation of the S.H. Figuarts Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Green and Red Ranger. I found them difficult to move and pose how I wanted them. With Yami, I could pose her in any way easily. To me, that's what makes a good figure. So do I think Golden Darkness is a good figure in the S.H. Figuarts line? Yes, this figure moves great, looks great, and comes with enough additional stuff that makes it worth the money. I even think people who aren't familiar with To Love-Ru will appreciate Golden Darkness because of how beautiful the figure is.  [Thank you so much to HobbyLink Japan for providing these sample for review!]
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Yami moves just like a deadly assassin should
From the anime and manga, To Love-Ru, comes Golden Darkness, the first figure to be released in Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts line. Also the lead in To Love-Ru Darkness, Golden Darkness, also referred to as Yami, is the beaut...

Certainly has that younger sister feel
Mikan is a younger sister type from To Love-Ru Darkness, and now she's getting her very own figure thanks to Art Spirits. I think her face and pose are pretty cute, but there isn't anything super fancy going on. Her outfit ma...


Alphamax's Golden Darkness looks golden in this preview

The tummy is top tier
Feb 19
// Tianxiao Ma
I make no bones about it: I'm critical of swimsuit figures because to me, they're pretty lazy from a design perspective. There is, however, one thing that sets Alphamax's Golden Darkness apart. It's all about that little...

S.H.Figuarts Golden Darkness pre-orders finally shine

Star of To LOVEru Darkness finally makes her way into pre-orders for a May release.
Feb 01
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's been a bit over three months since Bandai first revealed their Golden Darkness S.H.Figuarts figure from the ecchi harem manga and anime series To LOVEru Darkness. With nothing much else to go buy some people we...

Comiket 83: Gift plushes

More variety than I was expecting
Dec 30
// Natalie Kipper
Over at Comiket 83, Gift had quite a few of their poseable plushes to showcase. Some of them (Golden Darkness from To Love-ru, To Aru's Shirai Kuroko and Misaka Mikoto, and several of the Vocaloids) weren't so new a...

Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Vertex

Exactly who is Vertex and why do they have To LOVEru, BlazBlue, and Persona figures coming?
Nov 05
// Jonathan Tubbs
It's always great to have more options when there are choices to be made. Like when a new manufacturer enters the market to bring new figures for us to be interested in. The latest is a company by the name of Vertex who made ...

To Love-Ru's Momo works her devilish charm on your wallet

Jan 11
// Jonathan Tubbs
Back at the MegaHobby EXPO in November, ALTER revealed that they would be releasing a figure of the devilish Momo Velia Deviluke from Motto To Love-Ru. It's interesting since you would think for ALTER's first foray into this ...

MegaHobby EXPO: Alter's anime ladies

Nov 22
// Jonathan Tubbs
Sure we'll get the usual figure from One Piece here and game characters there, but we mustn't forget that there will always be the cute anime girl, too. And that's what ALTER presented at the MegaHobby EXPO 2011 Autumn event....

[Updated] Nendoroid Golden Darkness hair-punches its way to you

Aug 23
// Pedro Cortes
I could never make my way through To Love-Ru no matter how hard I tried. The gags were too repetitive and didn't deliver enough ero content to make it worth my time and patience. That said, I'm quite fond of the ladies in the...

24th Annual Prize Fair: Furyu has angels from Angel Beats! and devils from ToLOVE-Ru

May 31
// Jonathan Tubbs
Quite a bit of variety is coming out of the 24th Annual Prize Fair held recently in Japan. Furyu decided to ascend to heaven and descend to hell for their latest figures. Well, not quite those locations but they have new figu...

Under the Radar: Bandai's To LOVE-Ru R-Style trading figures

Dec 17
// Jonathan Tubbs
Cuteness is not something that typically comes to mind for the raunchy manga and anime title To LOVE-Ru, especially with its current running season. However, leave it to the folks at Bandai to make it so with the release of t...

Under the Radar: Lala Satalin Deviluke Metamo swimsuit ver by Bandai

Apr 09
// Cherrycat
Impulse buys: one of my major weaknesses.  But most of the time, receiving the figure helps me get over the buyer's remorse these impulse buys cause.  A case in point is this really cool rendition of Lala Deviluke, ...

Tomopop After Dark: Puchi Chara-land's Haruna of To Love-Ru

Jul 09
// DickMcVengeance
While at Anime Expo, Tim and I pressured our photographer, Ace0fClub5, into buying something from the Expo. So, when we went over to Kinokuniya, he bought this Puchi Chara-Land figure of Haruna from To Love-Ru, one of those g...

Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji Premium for To Love-Ru announced

Mar 24
// Eva Duenas
I don't know what Banpresto is thinking of making more of these, especially because they are extremely expensive. But I guess they must be selling them if they keep making more. I wish they wouldn't sell them in bundles becau...

Shueisha's Haruna Sairenji Animal Cafe version

Oct 01
// Brian Szabelski
Sometimes, there are figures I'm on the fence about, and Shueisha's Haruna Sairenji Animal Cafe version figure falls into that category. This figure is apparently based off a scene from the To Love-Ru manga, which I have not ...

Devilishly Cute: Alpha Omega's Lala (school uniform version)

Jun 17
// Brian Szabelski
While I never got into To Love-Ru (which is odd, considering I liked Urusei Yatsura and the premises of the two shows are a bit similar), I can't deny that the characters from the series are cute. Doesn't matter if it's Harun...

Shueisha presents To Love-Ru's Haruna Sairenji

Jun 16
// Colette Bennett
I've read some mixed reviews about the young lady you see above in figure form, but I actually think she's pretty delightful. Due out in September, Haruna Sairenji is from the anime To Love-Ru and is due to release anywhere b...

Alpha Omega's Konjiki No Rami from To Love Ru

May 22
// Colette Bennett
I never really contemplate what it would be like to be blonde, but this figure is so gorgeously imagined that I have to admit for a moment I thought, would it be glorious to have flowing golden locks? The moment passed, but y...

Good Smile's To LoveRu Lala 1/8 PVC

May 12
// Colette Bennett
Plain and simple: the world needs more girls with pink hair. Don't tell me it can't be done -- enough bleach and determination can do anything. Hopefully the anything happens before one's hair turns into spaghetti and falls o...

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