More Figma to review, this post will be discussing on Figma Shinobu Oshino from Monogatari series. A mysterious vampire girl who acts as Meme Oshino’s companion in the ruins of Eikou Cram School. Later in the series, she resides in Koyomi Araragi’s shadow during the day. She was formerly a human child princess named Rola who was cursed into causing anyone in proximity to her to commit suicide. She then took the name of Acerola before meeting a purebred vampire that turned her into a powerful vampire named Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade. She now takes the form of an eight-year-old girl with another new name after losing most of her powers. She refers to herself using “washi”, which is often used in fictional settings to represent characters of old age. She is the titular protagonist of four arcs: Shinobu Time, Shinobu Mail, Acerola Bon Appétit, and Shinobu Mustard. Well, she’s no ordinary little girl & she’s actually an old hag over 500 years old so, don’t judge book by it’s cover. Shinobu’s box was designed with the current box style of every figma product starts in 200 number series above, & the product number is 239 & it’s a regular release. Shinobu comes with not so much accessories like other Figmas I owned but, she’s included extra part from variant product of her that was sold separately.
Shinobu comes up with 1 alternate faceplate, 1 stand display, 3 pair of hands, 1 straw hat & sword of Kokorowatari.
Shinobu’s appearance is a blond haired young girl. In this figure, she’s wearing simple white short gown with some red laced ribbon, the same to her foot wear as well & her left wrist has transcluent green bracelet. Despite the product series marked as above 200, Shinobu’s wrist’s articulations still has the old fashioned one like Chihaya. While the materials are made from PVC & ABS, & she got 25 points of articulations. The good thing is, Shinobu’s actual product was faithful enough like her promotional pictures.
Shinobu has yellow eyes, pointy ears, sharp fangs, and long blond hair whose ends curl outward at the end. Her standard faceplate shows her eyes opened with standard mouth shut, indicating her expression seems like an emotionless girl. But, contrast to her alternate faceplate, her expression seems to be cheerful closing eyes with pink blush & happy open mouth with 1 fang. Yes, she looks like an ordinary below 10 years old kid but, don’t be fooled she actually hundred years old! Although, she doesn’t act like much being hundred years old but, she can suck blood to become older. Another thing to notice that Shinobu’s hair has a peg hole for her stand display, which is awkward to me.. They really shouldn’t bother using her hair for attaching the stand, because Shinobu looks like she just got stabbed by her own sword… But, what is done, it’s done then.. & comparing the anime screenshots, Shinobu looks also identical to her anime counterpart. This is a good improvement from GSC/MF on doing Monogatari series, because back when they made Tsukihi, her eyes looked different compared to her anime counterpart. The only thing lacked from Shinobu is, she needs more faceplates.
Her proportion was build to be a young kid under 10 years old, so she’s short & small. Probably, the smallest Figma I’ve ever owned but, despite that out from all of the character’s I owned Shinobu is the oldest one around being 598 years old!! Shinobu actually wears 2 pieces of gown, 1st as the outside one being white with red laced & pink inside, you can see on her back. The pink piece were only made half but, of course there’s no way they’ll bother to make another front piece that actually invisible to see in angles like this. Good thing that Shinobu wasn’t a big trouble for creating standing pose as she’s not easily fall, despite she’s wearing heeled sandals. Shinobu’s articulations consists movable head, visible back torso, arms, wrists & legs to feets.
Shinobu got movable head 360 degrees & she’s able to bend her chest to the side very little.
Shinobu cannot bend down & up really much due to her limited articulations because of her 1 piece gown, even she is not able to move her neck to the back because of her long hair.
Surprising that she can actually swivel her torso but, not much because of the long gown.
Her elbow articulations can do the crossed arm pose as well but, not completely perfect. Shinobu doesn’t have butterfly joints so, she cannot do close hug arms. She can also twist both of her legs to the side like this for a certain posing.
The overall Shinobu’s articulations on recreating this pose is pretty poor, as she doesn’t have movable torso since the gown was made into 1 piece plastic. But, her arms can move smoothly..
However, Shinobu can still do some extreme pose like split or high kick pose, because of the cut between pink gown & white gown. She can actually do the crouching pose but, since it’s a 1 piece plastic gown she cannot bend her torso.
Well-well, what have we here? Yes, a Straw Hat accessory! Shinobu usually wear this during the outdoor activities, looking for donuts or hunting oddities… The straw hat was made to be fitting on her head, as the hole matches to her head. You can recreate many pose of her hat position either up showing her face or maybe… You wanna create Kung Lao pose!! However, Figma with smaller head might still be able to use it but, haven’t try it….
Shinobu was also included with Kokorowatari Sword accessory, is a demon sword that harms and effectively kills oddities. You’ll need to use her hand grip part to make her wields the sword, I loled to see this sword actually far taller than Shinobu herself. It definitely looks like a big sword indeed but, it’s incredibly flat!! To be frank, I don’t really dig on this part because it’s flat & seems breakable enough if I’m careless.
Shinobu also comes up with pair of hand parts, she was included with 3 extra option hands (4 in total). Her default one is open splayed fingers, the alternate consists 1 pair of hand grip, fistful & hand grip of holding her donuts. Open splayed & fistful hand is still using the same standard of every Figma hand had but, they’re made smaller to fit Shinobu’s adolescent’s appearance… Contrast to hand grip which sculpted different, you can use hand grip either for her holding sword or her straw hat. & lastly, her hand grip holding donuts is to recreate her eating donuts with that joyful expression. The right hand Donut was made half as Shinobu is enjoying her bite, while the left one was made full round. The donuts are solid 1 piece with her hands so, they cannot be removed. Unfortunately, my Shinobu’s left hand grip with full donut has broken hinge joint, the good thing is it doesn’t make the figure loose but, the bad thing it does make her looked like she broke her hand for hunting too much donuts lol…. Also, her transcluent green bracelet is removable & easy to fall so, becareful when you remove her left hand. I guess that bracelet counts as her accessory too, & this is pretty simillar to Figma Hibiki I used to review.
Shinobu also comes with her own display stand, to recreate the pose we want & maintain the figure from falling. But, the different is the upper pole appeared to be shorter than the usual Figma stand, this was intended to fit on Shinobu’s small appearance.
COMPARISONS AND HEAD SWAP
Well, Shinobu is even smaller than I thought. She even beats Nozomi whom she’s known to be the smallest Figma figure I owned, being only tall as Nozomi’s neck… Even Shinobu’s head is small compare to Nozomi. With SHF Dragon Ranger? Yeah, Shinobu is only a half of SHF Sentai/Kamen Rider series lol.
Since Shinobu’s head uses the same other Figma peg joint, headswap is possible to do, you can swap other Figma head into Shinobu’s body, except Archetype-She Next. I take Nozomi for example, it suits her enough I guess.
This Shinobu actually has her own extra accessory of School desk but, in order to get this accessory you’ll need to order her directly from GSC online shop. Well, I must say it’s a shame for GSC… If I ordered online it’d make it more expensive, & I ain’t gonna pay more just for a small accessory that I actually already had. Yes, I uses Mikuru Adult Ver.’s school desk & chair for Shinobu’s extra accessory.
In overall I’m pretty mixed with this, it was actually a decent figure but, Shinobu lacks accessories very much… The blister still has wide open spaces to include more parts… I hate to say but, GSC is being lame on this, they used to include school desk & chair on Figma Mikuru Adult Ver. in a single box. But, in Shinobu we’ll have to order from GSC online with extra charge & you’ll only get desk for this set.. If you want to get the chair, you’ll have to order GSC online of FigFix Shinobu. But, GSC wasn’t actually being stingy, you want you can still get by buying the whole sets. Apparently, the Monogatari series prices are still standard like they used on the preorders but, some are getting expensive… I still doubting myself on buying Figfix Shinobu but, if I managed to get the cheaper one I’ll update this review. Recommended? If you love Monogatari series then this is a good choice, Shinobu is looking great & looking like how she was in the show but, if you’re looking for accessory amount & worth price… This is not my best choice but, I’m lucky enough to snagged her for only $28 & it’s brand new unopened!!
- Good sculpt work, materials & faithful enough to the promotional pictures & even her anime counterpart.
- Very intense happy expression.
- Nicely done for a kid’s proportions.
- Unique accessories.
- User friendly on dealing the parts.
- Low of accessories.
- Kokorowatari sword doesn’t really fit for her size.
- The sword is way too thin like a paper cut.
- Articulation problem due to her long dress.
- Not worthed to buy on the current prices, unless you found her a real deal.
The Rangers are giving little presents for Shinobu.
What in the…
The donuts is gone?!
– Zyuranger Theme plays –
Densetsu no senshi-tachi yo
Toki wo kakeru kibou
Kyouryuu sentai zyuranger
Man!! It’s the Microman Laser Walt?!
Wow, so fast!!
Well… Yeah, they’re wearing spandex lol….
He’s serious despite how small he is!!
OUCH!! It hits your brother instead!!
Crap!! He beat the Dragon Ranger with cool poses!!
That’s it Tyranno Ranger!! Don’t let him steal the show!!
Damn!! You fall with style!!
When things gets any worse!!
The Zyurangers are unstoppable!!
Another Donut chase!!
You’re in trouble, Rangers…..
– 3 hours later… –
Thank you for reading! 😀