Dog Days was one of my favorite shows of last year. It had a little bit of everything: great voice actors, combat, drama, fan service, and what really brought it over the top for me was the singing performance by the female lead. Musical anime are always special to me, because they deliver treats for the ears as well as the eyes.
When we announced that pre-orders were available for Good Smile Company's Nendoroid version of Millhiore F. Biscotti along with Harlan — her Cercle, a chocobo look-a-like riding bird mount — were available I jumped to order her! Millhi represents a lot of fun and silly anime stereotypes all rolled into one character, from her pink hair, to her doggy tail, and her chocobo-like mount, there is a lot to like about her.
Hit the jump for lots of photos and an in depth look at this Nendoroid!
When I came home from work one day, I found a box waiting on the front porch. I knew it to be Nendoroid Millhi. I had expected her to arrive much earlier than she did as not only had her production been delayed, but so had her shipping. Still, I couldn't wait to see for myself what was inside. Gleefully, I ripped open the cardboard box and pulled out a very pink and purple box containing my newest Nendoroid, Millhiore F. Biscotti.
This is largest Nendoroid box I have ever seen. The box is about a foot wide, and really you could fit two Nendoroids in there couldn't you? Well there are two Nendoroids here, Princess Millhiore F. Biscotti, and her cute bird mount, Harlan! So, let's take a look inside the box shall we?
Millhi sure is cute, I love those little ribbons on the back of her hair, and her tail! That's one thing that makes this Nendoroid kind of special to me: she is my first furry figure!
Here we get a better look at her accessories. There are tons and tons of parts! Some of the usual are included such as three faces for Millhiore: one energetic face, an unsure face, one with her eyes closed, as well as a microphone, a sword, and a little emblem spell effects piece. Collectors of Nendoroids will instantly notice that instead of her being super pose-able such as HMO Miku was, Good Smile Company decided to include lots and lots of parts, hands, arms, shoulders, even a sitting lower half part to change her poses around. She even comes with interchangeable reigns for her mount and two different stands! All of this is a bit much to take in at once so we'll be taking a look at everything bit by bit as we go along.
One of the first things I look at when I open up a new figurine is the base. Included in this box are two bases, one to use to display princess Millhi while she is on her mount, Harlan, as well as a base for her usual standing pose. These little plastic bases might be cheap, but it was nice that both were included. I was pretty impressed at the strength of these bases, because with all the parts the first thing I wanted to do with Princess Millhi was to see if her stand could support her weight!
Good, no need for you to lose any more weight Millhi! Now that I removed from her box and placed her onto her stand, I started to think about posing her and how to use her accessories! First, let's take a closer look at some of her parts. Millhi, please forgive me for this upskirt shot; it just kinda happened!
Here are some of the main parts that need to be switched out often when posing her. All of her shoulders and arms, and hands can be de-attached from each other and recombined in different ways. Her different shoulders let her be posed with her arms closer to her body, or angled away from her body, then she has bent arms for holding things, as well as clasped hands, and a straight arm not pictured here.
Millhi has several hands too. Her gripping hands are really good for holding onto things, and not just her microphone and sword: she can hold any of Miku HMO's leeks very easily as well as Yuki Nagato's book with these grippy hands of hers. In addition to her grippy hand, Millhi also has a spread finger hand, as well as a hand with a spell emblem accessory on it.
Her tail and legs need to be swapped out from her standing half to her sitting half when changing positions, all this works pretty well but my only complaint is that her tail fits so much better into her standing half than her sitting half.
Still, at least in my opinion she takes a little more planning to pose her than some Nendoroids; however she does seem more stable, and fell apart less than other ones I have owned. So, enough blabber! Let's get to posing shall we?
I just had to make her hover with her hands clasped, so cute looking.
Here she was in her singing pose, pretty cute really. Oh, by the way her tail and her hair buns can swivel quite a bit, allowing you to pose her perhaps just a little bit more cutely for certain shots.
All of these poses were easy to pull off. The above pose was my favorite of the lot with her holding her sword in both hands, I didn't expect that she would be so easy to pose like that but it worked great! The biggest trick to posing her is learning how to switch out her her shoulders correctly. They are less obvious to change than the arms, but matter so much! One set of shoulders lets you orient her hands inwards to hold something close to her, another set pushes her arms outwards, for example you can't have her arms clasped together while using the outward shoulders, some poses only work with certain parts!
So, moving on. I know back when we announced pre-orders for this figurine many of you had commented that if you were going to buy this figurine, you would buy it for the chocobo-like bird mount, Harlam, and a review of this Nendoroid really could not be complete unless we took a good long look at the other special Nendoroid figure included in this box. So here we go! Round two, fight!
Here we have Harlan. She has a really nifty design, she looks great, but what I found more impressive was how much she can move! Her neck and wings move on ball joints, and her legs swing forward and backward, though I wish her legs were fixed so she would be easier to place people on. More on that later, but for now I wanted to point out that they were strong enough to support Harlan so that she can stand on her own without her stand, of course, but as soon as she has a rider she wouldn't be able to support herself. What fun is a mount without a rider though?
I know I didn't do this perfectly, but I swapped out Harlan's reigns with riding ones and on my first try I got HMO Miku riding on her back, fully supported. She doesn't quite fit perfectly, but really works well enough. I figure with a little play it would be easy to get a Saber on her back, or any other super poseable Nendoroid. Unfortunately, my little Yuki couldn't really sit on Harlan's back properly.
Here is my little gang of Nendoroids. I like to provide shots pictures of my figures together, that way if you own any of the ones I am displaying here you can get a better idea of how these will look when displayed together. I do like all of their colors and how they contrast, but I have always bought figures based on if I like the character more than anything else. Of course, quality craftsmanship always helps, and at least in my opinion, Millhi looks just as good as any of the other Nendoroids in my collection.
With a little magic from Millhi's emblem, she popped right up onto the back of her mount! Oh, if only it really was that easy. Unfortunately, I had to get an extra set of hands to get her placed properly onto Harlan's back. It almost worked out, but her legs kept sliding forward when I tried to apply pressure to fit the clear stand piece into Millhi's back. A friend of mine actually did it for me while I just held the legs steady. In the end, I think it was worth the effort.
Princess Millhi looked so cute posed like this that I just had to use this pose as her main one for my display. Speaking of which, whenever I post a review I always try to provide shots of my new figure within my collection, in perhaps not quite perfect lighting conditions to give people a feel for how the figure may look in a typical setting.
Millhi seems a little bit alone here because she is my only Dog Days character right? Well, not really, she just has lots of figures to make friends with now, and she will always have Harlan!
In the end I am more than pleased with my new Nendoroid Millhiore F. Biscotti. She is super cute, my first furry character, and I am always happy to get more pink hair into the collection. Seeing her on the shelf is also a nice reminder that season two of Dog Days should be coming out this summer; I can't wait to see what happens!
What do you think, Tomopeeps? Did any of you pick up this pink haired, sword weilding, spell casting, singing doggy princess girl? If you did, were you only interested in her bird, Harlan?
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