When Kotobukiya first announced their new Cu-Poche line, I was a bit apprehensive. I mean, when it comes to figures in their chibi-fied forms, Good Smile Company has prime time real-estate in that market. However, once I learned of the unique features Kotobukiya was offering with the Cu-Poche line, my apprehension quickly dissipated and turned into anticipation.
Now, the first figure to debut the Cu-Poche line has been released, and it's none other than the happy go lucky Haruka Amami from the popular game turned anime series The iDOLM@STER. So, how does the idol cutie look in her chibi sized form? Well, you know the drill.
Hit the jump to catch her full review!
Figure Name: Cu-Poche Huraka Amami
Figure Maker: Kotobukiya
Available at: Koto US
Haruka’s box is decorated with some pastel lines that run across the front. There is a nice-sized round window that allows you to get a sneak peek at Haruka, along with some of her accessories.
The back of the box features Haruka in various poses, along with close up shots of her additional facial expressions. All in all, you have a nice and compact box, great for any collector that likes to keep their boxes.
Inside the plastic tray, we have Haruka, two face plates, angel wings, a halo, an extra hair piece (which allows you to attach the halo), microphone stand with its accompanying mic, and a magnetic base. Hidden underneath the base is Haruka's additional three sets of hands. Kotobukiya also includes a plastic bag, so you can easily keep all the accessories in one place, just in case you’re not fond of storing your boxes.
Here’s Haruka free from her plastic confines, and placed atop her magnetic base. She has an exuberant bright smile, poised and ready to go! I decided to pose her as if she were about to blow a kiss to one of her many fans. She has great articulation thanks to those elbow joints.
From behind, you can instantly spot some additional joints along the back of Haruka’s knees and her ankles; there is also a plug hole located on the top section of her back.
One of my biggest concerns was how well those magnets would hold up against the weight of the figure. The magnets themselves are located at the balls of her feet, and although they might seem small they work exceptionally well at supporting Haruka. Even in a running pose or at a slight angle, there were absolutely no issues of her falling off the base.
Kotobukiya does provide an arm with an additional extended claw so you can attach to the base, but honestly, the magnetic base does a great job of holding her firmly in place. However, the arm does come in handy for some cool mid air poses.
Haruka is wearing a pink vest with a white crop top underneath, and a light blue pleated skirt accentuated with a white and gold belt. To complete her outfit, she is sporting some cute pink and white boots. The paint along the gold embellishments of her outfit is very well done, particularly along the gold notches and the heart belt buckle.
My one compliant though is the noticeable gap between her torso and her hip piece. I'm not sure if this is an overall design issue or maybe I just happened to receive one that had this particular flaw. However, the gap does appear a lot more pronounced in the pictures more so, then you look at her with the naked eye.
Pantsu! I’m sorry; I just couldn’t resist removing her skirt to get this shot.
Doesn't Haruka look absolutely adorable with the angel wings and halo on? The angel wings are easily attached via the plug hole on her back while the halo is attached to the extra hair piece. To swap out the hair piece, you remove the head from the neck joint, and simply pull along the hair seam to remove both the hair and face plates (if you’d like). This was my favorite way to pose her, but what do you say we get ready to sing?
Now she’s ready to belt out some tunes in front of her mic. What do you think, Mr. Producer?
Her winking face really brings out her all around cheerful personality as she grips her microphone.
Haruka’s final expression captures her clumsy side. This was my favorite facial expression out of the three; it just says: “I meant to do that.” Besides, who could resist that face?
I admit I had my doubts at first, but after handling Haruka, any doubt I had was put to rest. There were no glaring paint issues, which is always a plus. Of course, my favorite aspect of the figure is the articulation. You can easy re-enact a scene from the anime or take some interesting pictures, thanks to the possibility. Regardless of whether you're a fan of The iDOL@STER or not, Haruka is a welcome addition to any collection. Honestly, I can't recommend her enough!
I'm thoroughly impressed with the debut of the Cu-Poche line, and I can't wait to see the other upcoming releases in the series. I believe Kotobukiya has a hit a home run with their new line, and honestly it can only get better.
Don't forget to check out the image gallery for pictures that didn't make the review.
[Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Tomopop with this review sample!]
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