Without a doubt, my most anticipated figure in my May box of goodies was Good Smile Company's Tomoe Mami from the series Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Since her early preview back in November, my excitement for this magical girl simply could not be contained. Although she was originally scheduled as an April release, Mami suffered from the dreaded delay bug much like her figma counterpart months before.
So, was the beautiful, magical girl worth the wait? Hit the jump to find out.
Figure Name: Tomoe Mami
First things first, let's take a quick look at the box that encases our lovely lady. The front is adorned with two half-circle patterns that add a subtle decor along the green roses that weave around the large circular plastic window.
The back of the box has Mami pictured in her default pose with a backdrop reminiscent of the labyrinth from episode three when she battled against Charlotte the Dessert Witch. I'll stop right there, in lieu of moving into spoiler territory.
Packing wise, Mami comes with her base, an extra set of hands, and two muskets. I was secretly wishing that Good Smile would have included five additional muskets to decorate around her base. What can I say; I'm a geek that way. Enough about her packaging lets finally take this lovely mahou shoujo out into the world.
Once she is out of her plastic prison you simply just place her into the pegs on the base, and you're set. I was a little concerned about the figure possibly having some future leaning issues, but Good Smile instantly put all those fears to rest with an additional metal pin on the base. The metal pin is inserted along the ball of her foot for that extra support.
There are two ways in which you can display Mami: happy-go-lucky default look or armed with her two muskets. Regardless, of what you may choose, Mami is truly breathtaking. From her curly cork screw twin tails to her cowboy inspired boots, she truly is a sight to hold. The sculpting is very faithful to the original illustration art by Aoki Ume. It probably sounds as if I'm jumping the gun with all these praises; so, let's take a closer look at Mami-senpai.
Let’s begin with Mami's beautiful face; her smile immediately draws you in. Her placid eyes have a slight crease that is accentuated by a brown line over her eyelashes. The blush marks along her cheek line heighten that gentle angelic look. Of course, I have to mention her bangs that frame perfectly around her round face. Simply put, she is gorgeous!
Mami has some cute hair accessories which emphasizes her moe hair style, along with her brown hat. Above her right twin-tail, she has a small flower hair pin, which is painted in a metallic gold color. Along the golden floral hair pin, there are etched hair creases, a very nice detailed touch. Her most important accouterment, her soul gem, is over the left twin-tail. It is elegantly done with the soul gem itself made out of an orange transparent plastic. The outside flower petals are painted in the same metallic gold as the hair pin. Behind her jewel, you can catch a glimpse of bouncy feathers that are attached to her brown hat. From these profile shots, you can easily spot the dreaded seam line. However, once you place Mami on your shelf, you won't take notice.
As we move along to the bell sleeved blouse, it's safe to say that Mami is certainly the most well-endowed out of all the Puella girls. As for the top, it has a mandarin collar with yellow trim down the center of the blouse, along with three small flat-back buttons. A yellow bow is nicely tied around her neckline. I love the fact that the bow isn't simply pasted flat onto the blouse; it playfully pops out to coincide with the movement of the figure.
Looking at the sleeve, there is a small button etched onto the center fold. I always love spotting those tiny details. The seam and folds along the side of her blouse is a very realistic touch. Her arm warmer has a small paint spill that runs onto her arm, but it’s nothing that you can detect with the naked eye. I only took notice of it once I saw the pictures. Her fingerless gloves also have detailed folds along the palm her hand, which accentuates the position of her hand.
The corset is painted in a dark brown hue with three belt buckles that decorate the front. The belt buckles themselves are painted in a lighter shade of brown which make a quite a nice contrast. The yellow trim from her blouse seamlessly continues onto the corset. Here, again we have a minor paint run from the yellow trim into the brown corset. But this is a case of the micro lens catching the tiniest of detail. The corset is also decorated by two white trims along the top and the bottom of the corset which are embellished with a nice pattern design.
As we reach her skirt, the pleats are well sculpted and give it a lively look. There is some nice shading in between the fold of the skirt. It's subtly done and well blended with the matte mustard color. No complaints here.
At last, we arrive to her phenomenal legs. Her striped brown thigh highs are painted in a matte color just as her skirt. Usually, I really don't particularly care if the stocking has a glossy or a matte finish, but in this instance, it would have made a huge difference. The western inspired boots are well molded to her legs. There's a slight crease along the top of her left ankle.
Finally, Mami is ready to battle any witches with her two trusted muskets. Placing the muskets onto her alternate hands was very easy. I actually placed them in her alternate hands before I switched them out. She looks absolutely impressive holding her weapons.
The muskets are very well detailed. The stock and barrel bands of the musket is painted in a glossy, pearl finish while the frame around the butt, trigger, barrel and muzzle are in a silver paint. A black and silver design is blanketed over of the barrel. An orange plastic enhances the lock and breech area, another great detail. You can also see from the pictures that Mami's nails are also painted in a light pink tone as she clutches the stock of the musket.
You probably thought that I would forget the most important pantsu shot, but rest assure here it is. I think the picture speaks for itself. Mami has quite the nice butt!
So, was the wait worth it? Absolutely! Even if you aren’t a Madoka Magica fan there's no denying that this figure isn’t breath taking. Out of all the Puella girls released thus far, Mami wins hands down. The figure is not without its slight imperfections, but it doesn’t take away from the overall beauty of the sculpt. I can't recommend her enough. Besides, wouldn't you want to make a contract with this lovely mahou shoujo?
Don't forget to check out the gallery for some pictures that didn't make the review.
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