Cospa is one of those manufacturers that I don't know too much about except their stuff could be a bit pricey, but I gave them a chance with this particular figure of Kirino because the pose was perfect. I love that we finally got a grumpy figure of her with some attitude, although I definitely don't mind the huge amount of figures there already are of Kirino where she's smiling.
The big question, though, is would she be good enough for your own collection? Click through for my review!
As usual we'll get these box shots out of the way. Her box isn't any bigger than it needs to be, which is a blessed relief. It's a simple box with some pictures of the figure and all the other usual stuff.
The company was cool enough to throw in a button with the purchase, so here's the one I got! I was lucky to get a Kirino one, because Kuroneko and Ayase were other button options that could have landed in my box. I'm sure I would have liked any of them, really, but hey.
Once you're ready to pull her out of the box, it's just a matter of taking the plastic off and attaching her to her very thin and round base. I'm really pleased with the fact that it barely takes any more space than it needs to, and also appreciate that it's a shiny one. Besides that, she's a relatively plain figure. She's posed in her uniform and that's it!
Bonus/side note: She doesn't actually need the base to balance, but for the sake of this review I kept it on the entire time.
I like how the face looks. She's got a hint of blushing there and a pouty face going as she gets ready to toss her hair.
Her hair came out looking great, too. It's all it needs to be: simple, well-molded and shaded. Her hand is pretty much the same story: simple and not overly-detailed. Nothing too bad to be seen her in the paint splotch department and the seam also isn't horrendous. Yay!
There is one drawback, though. It only really looks good from the front or back, or at certain angles, but sometimes the hair just looks weird if you're looking at her from the side. I don't know about you, but it certainly distracts me! I know it's the movement and all that, but yeah.
Looking a bit further down, this is one feature I always like: clothing that isn't plastered onto the figure, giving more of a feeling of hanging loose. I like it when you could see through the gaps of clothing and whatnot, and this shirt may not be the best example, but I did like that it's loose on her.
The rest of her skirt and shirt are clean and simple. Again, nothing botched, and I'm sure what's on her skirt there is just some dust because I was shooting under some rain clouds (it seems much brighter and calmer in the images, but I was battling some heavy wind here!).
Now ,let's check out her legs and feet. The only issue I had was one little scuff mark that you'll notice in a little bit here when I show you what's under her skirt!
The feet are just her socks and loafers on the shiny base, though. There's nothing special here, just the continuing theme of clean and simple that I've seen in this figure.
When you remove her skirt, you get Kirino in her panties! There are torso-less images in the gallery, but I thought this shot would be funnier for the actual review article.
There is some heavier shading on her skin around the panties themselves and then the rest of her legs are simply pale. I'm not sure why this happened and it frankly looks a little bit odd! You can't tell too much in the image, but under different lighting conditions it's more obvious.
Then again, I don't exactly plan on posing her without her skirt on, so it's not like this is that much of an issue for me. This image just above also shows that one little mark I got on her right leg. I haven't tried cleaning it off yet, but I don't think it's permanent.
Alright, alright, let's put your clothes back on properly...
I personally really enjoy the figure for its simplicity and all that. I appreciate the clean and smooth work consistent throughout my piece and despite the colors being a slightly dull (particularly with her hair) I still enjoy it because the pose and expression are both great.
Is she worth all that money? In retrospect, she's probably more worth waiting post-release for a sale. She doesn't exactly match up to the kind of standards we've come to expect from such companies as Good Smile or Kotobukiya, though still a great figure to have. If you're not into girls in school uniforms being continually added to your collection, then maybe this just isn't the figure for you.
I'm happy with her, though! If you're a big fan of the character, you probably will be, too. It's refreshing to just enjoy something without too many details, and it helps to have a subdued color palette so I could brighten things up with my colorful stars as a background! In terms of the paint application I have no complaints, so it's really about your personal tastes. Be sure to share your feedback in the comments section below!
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