Pokemon + Nobunaga no Yabou (also known as Pokemon Conquest outside of Japan) made me squeal the biggest fangirl squeal when it was announced. I mean.. Nobunaga AND Pokemon? How could this possibly be bad? Then they put out a couple figures to go along with it! They had my beloved Nobunaga Oda with his Zekrom and Mitushide Akechi with his Freezer (known as Articuno outside of Japan).
While they may not be the quality of figures I'd normally be immediately throwing my money at the computer screen for, I knew I had to have them based on what the game was going to be. Did I regret that decision, or were they worth buying after all? Hit the jump to find out!
Figure Name: Pokemon + Nobunaga no Yabou - Nobunaga Oda & Zekrom | Mitsuhide Akechi & Freezer
Well, who's excited guys? Pokemon Conquest comes out in the United States this week, so to respect that title we'll go ahead and refer to the game as that from now on. Plus it is shorter, even if I do prefer Nobunaga actually being mentioned in the title. Enough about that! These boxes are the cat's pajamas! I love boxes with lots of images on them, and these fit that to a t. This side has images of the actual figures that you'll find in their respective boxes.
The other side of the box is where I'll start to squeal like a fangirl if we stay here too long. The Pokemon Conquest designs of Koei's Samurai Warriors characters look incredible. Nobunaga is so darned sexy! If he had looked like that in real life I can only imagine how many women would have been after him! Oh wait, he did have a gorgeous wife and several concubines. Mitsuhide's cute too, but well, he's not Nobunaga, so moving on.
While I ordered my figures from AmiAmi, my guess is that they are also sold at the Pokemon Center in Japan considering the logo upon the box. Once you pop the boxes open you can see you have several pieces waiting for you.
Each piece is wrapped individually in clear plastic to prevent any sort of scratching and the like. There are several pieces, but they're very easy to assemble.
Zekrom comes in several pieces, as you have to attach both of his arms and both of his wings. Nobunaga needs to have his torso and arms reattached as well. The base also has a sticker you can put on it, but since I clearly knew who both of the characters were I decided not to use it and just placed it back into the box.
The arms are very easy to attach. You just place the left arm in simply, then his right arm pops into the top and his hand rests on the area on his hip. No issues there!
Zekrom may be a little more tricky to assemble, especially if you're not paying attention. The arms and wings sort of go into the same place. With this one you put the arm in, and then the arm has another hole where you put the wing into. It's really not hard, but it's one of the first times I've personally seen a figure that has the double stacking of attachable pieces.
Once Nobunaga is fully completed he stands around 5.5 inches tall, which fits with that 1/16 scale mentioning that you can see on the box. Looking good, Nobunaga-sama!
Now we'll flip back over to Mitsuhide and see what he's up to. Well, he's obviously fallen to pieces. I kid, but we's just as easy, if not easier, to assemble than Nobunaga was. Just pop the torso on, put in his arms and put the ponytail into the back of his head.
When Mitsuhide is completely put together he's a bit shorter than Nobunaga, and actually stands just under 5 inches tall. Mitsuhide.. is that why you turned on Nobunaga? Did you have a shorty complex?
There is actual quite a bit of detail on these little figures, but there are obviously a lot of paint flaws. There are few places you can look and not see a paint flaw to be honest, but with something like this I pretty much take what I can get. I honestly doubt that we'll ever see more figures for the game, especially not released in America. In fact, I'm shocked we're getting the game at all, and even more shocked that they didn't change all of the names of the warriors!
You know, I almost take that back. The back side of the figure actually looks significantly more clean, granted there's not nearly as much detail to it back there.
Though one of the most clean parts of the figure is the incredibly awesome Pokemon version of the Oda seal. That iconic image changed to have a Pokeball-like image inside of it just makes me insanely giddy and excited. I can't wait to pick up my copy of the game!
Mitsuhide is actually pretty detailed as well, and he seems to have fewer paint flaws. Maybe it really just goes on a figure by figure basis, but it's hard to tell. The Pokemon look great in both figures, and well, if it was made by the Pokemon Company I can see why. They'd be much more attuned to making Pokemon figures than they would be characters from Samurai Warriors.
From behind Mitsuhide looks pretty good. ...Shut up. The armor on his arms looks awesome, and fits the figure well. They are very well painted, as seems to be the rest of Mitsuhide.
You can see a little easier in this photo that there are actually little Pokeball logos on his midsection armor as well. Even though the figure is small, it's nice to see that they tried to add as much detailing as possible.
What do you know? When Nobunaga stepped out to smell the flowers he must have been thinking about his beautiful wife, Nohime. She has butterflies in several versions of her image, so it was only natural that the butterfly came to find Nobunaga while he was out.
After seeing the butterfly, Nobunaga decided to pick a flower for his wonderful wife that was even bigger than he was! Zekrom, on the other hand, looks like he kind of wants to eat it instead.
Speaking of flowers, that reminds me! When you bought these figures from AmiAmi you ended up with a nice surprise. Depending on if you bought the Nobunaga figure or the Mitsuhide figure, or both as I did, you would have gotten the corresponding poster to go along with them. They're awesome little mini posters, and have that glorious artwork that I love so much on them.
There were a couple of other items that were released at the same time as the figures. The two I bought were the folder that includes images of characters relating to the Oda clan inside, as well as a notepad with Nobunaga that has some of the same images inside. There were other items like these that had the player characters on them as well, but I was more focused on Nobunaga.
Oh crud.. Nobunaga, I'm suddenly understanding why Mitsuhide burned down Honnō-ji.. Maybe you should stop teasing him like that! We don't need a repeat, okay?
Good! Now you boys behave! Anywho, as you can see I've had a great time with these figures. They may be far from the best quality I've ever seen, but they're far from the worst. If you can still happen to get your hands on them, and you're as interested in the two series as I am, then I'd suggest you picking them up. They seem to be on backorder from both AmiAmi and Otacute, so maybe you'll get lucky. Otherwise, you'll have to take to the almighty eBay and see what lady luck brings you!
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