More about SHF review but, it will focussed on S.H.Figuarts Sakura Kasugano from Street Fighter (SF) Series! Sakura Kasugano is a video game character from the Street Fighter series, first appearing in Street Fighter Zero/Alpha 2. She is a Japanese girl with an intense fixation on Ryu, having copied and learned many of his techniques, and chasing him around the world to prove herself to him. Well, it’s been a long time I haven’t review more of Street Fighter series, the last one I reviewed is Play Arts KAI Sakura Kasugano but, this Sakura came from a different toy company. Which was made by Bandai Tamashii Nations under the line of SHF series. Her front box was overally colored white with some slight pink tone with shading and shows 1 large promotional picture of the product, the box doesn’t actually come with inner tray inside the blister but, it was actually a backdrop mount of Sakura’s stage from Street Fighter IV. The rear box got printed her backdrop mount with the promotional pictures of her including SHF Ryu as her sparring fight while the lower one is white containing the product warning and customer service contact only for Japan customer. There’s a gold Capcom sticker attached on it showing Megaman head with some Japanese kanji printed in black. Well, judging from the backdrop mount and one of her artwork on the side of the box, she was definitely based from her Street Fighter IV series. Is there any different between her design in her other appearances? Yes but, once again just a minor change which people won’t even notice. Sakura was a regular release and it was released in July 2018. Okay, time to unbox her!
Sakura comes up with 2 extra faceplates, 2 option hand parts, Hadouken FX part with stand set to display it and backdrop mount paper.
Just like her PAK version which based from her Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter X Tekken appearance, Sakura wears her school’s uniform, a short-skirted sailor uniform (seifuku) with the collar popped and red bloomers underneath. She also wears red Converse-esque shoes, a midriff-baring red top under her uniform, red sparring boxing gloves, a yellow bola tie, and a white headband that was given to her by Ryu before the events of Street Fighter Alpha 2. Her fuku is blue with single white linings in each sides and navy blue socks. Sakura used to wear white socks and red sparring gloves that only have 1 single straps in her other appearances but, her white socks and her traditional sparring gloves returned in Street Fighter V as her nostalgia costume. Like other SHF figures, she’s fully articulated approximately 21 points but, some of her articulations are made quite different from any other SHF figures I used to play and she was made from a complete hard plastic except her headband tie and skirt. The final product seems there’s no significant change from her promotional photos, this Sakura looks solid in every way.
Sakura has short messy dark brown hair which flows to the right and there are 2 strands/ahoge hanging, she also has her white headband tied around her forhead and she has dark brown eyes with some shading. Her face is… More anime-ish feel as to be frankly she looks nothing from her SF IV counterpart not even her artwork from the box. However, in most of her other appearances Sakura does have anime looks even some of her artworks actually does looked like this figure so, I can’t exactly complain with this. Sakura’s hair is a little too dark more like black haired but, it was like this in her recent appearances. Sakura is included with 3 faceplates in total, the default one is her standard smile expression which shows her cheerful cuteness. You can use this for recreating her fighting stance pose. The 2nd one would be a cheerful grin showing how happy/excited Sakura during her fight. And the 3rd is her yelling expression for recreating her hadouken shout or other battle scenes you like. Well, frankly speaking, I’m gonna repeat this once again… Just like SHF issues on making most of anime girls, she feels lifeless with that flat looking expression. However, atleast her face is still alot better than the PAK one. The overall paintjob was done very clean, I think I didn’t spot anything that is bothering atleast I’m grateful of her quality wise.
Compared to her concept art, she’s very different in her skin color and her face. However, her CVS2 Capcom groove artwork actually almost resembles although, the artwork has complete brown hair and comparing CVS2 SNK groove artwork is completely different as the artwork was drawn in realistic feel. But, atleast recreating the pose was very easy task. In CVS series, Sakura also dons her classic sparring gloves and her white socks just like most of her appearances.
Sakura’s paintjob on her sailor uniform was done in white with some slight blueish shade, while her blue skirt was added with dark gradation the rests was done all in solid color. The overall paintjob is very clean, as I did not find any paint defect on her. Sakura’s proportion was a typical high school girl around 15-16 and she doesn’t look too busty, perhaps due to her uniform or she’s still haven’t grown yet. There’s a peeled plastic on her right side of her knee, it may hurt a little to look closely but, I believe it’s just an exclusive issue to my Sakura so, you won’t need to worry much. Anyway, to specify on what I said earlier regarding her articulations, Sakura got different body format and according to the box the body was called “Fighting Body” series. Which was based on the concept of faithfully recreating techniques unique to hand to hand combat characters while integrating new gimmicks not found in the conventional SHF format. The series challenges the limits of figure articulation and modeling expression in order to produce 1/12 scale figures which embody the “fighting characters” that have perfected their bodies and fighting abilities. Really? Let’s see how she’d perform her movements then.
Her bloomers look more like swimsuit/panties to me. Actually, in most of her appearances including SFIV, Sakura’s bloomers was entirely covers her butt but, I guess she’s having a tight fitting on it. Her skirt has flexible material, you can even lift them to make her kicking pose with revealing bloomers.
So far… Nothing’s really different except some of joint handling is different especially her crotch one which is made to be more realistically less jointed but, the problem of this joint is I can’t move her crotch completely dynamic due to the joint inside easily pop off and reattaching them back is pretty hard thus, I can’t make a good cross legged sitting pose for Sakura, all I see is bloomers instead of sitting lol. To be frank I still prefer the usual crotch articulation of other SHF figures. So far, the rests of the articulations worked pretty much the same, except there is no butterfly joint on her arms which is very lame… She really need this to recreate a perfect hadouken pose but, didn’t her promotional photos shown that pose? Well, yes… But, seems not accurate enough for me. Another worse part is her knee articulation wasn’t made to be double jointed so, you can’t make a bended leg pose or deeper crouching pose. Heh, so much for the convincing words from Bandai of their “Fighting Body” format.
Of course, like Ryu Sakura is also iconic with her Hadouken move so, she’s included with Hadouken FX part with stand. It’s an easy attachment just by attaching the peg joint to the hole joint but, you can also attach the FX into Stage Act 04’s peg on the triple jointed stick. With this, you can even make her hadouken diagonal version or Gou Zankuu. Yeah right… I’m thinking those hadouken stand wasn’t that necessary to be included, 1 Stage Act 04 display stand will be more preferable aside you can make various hadouken attack, we need the stand claw to hold several of her posing especially Shouoken and Sunpuu Kyaku pose. The lifeless FX is bigger than I expected and majorly got transcluent light blue plastic material and the front one was painted white with light blue shading. Of course, to recreate hadouken pose you’re going to need her alternate hands, since Sakura’s arms doesn’t have butterfly joint it was hard recreating a perfect pose of her hadouken.
Sigh… Sakura only comes up with 4 option hand parts in total and out from the box, Sakura has her 2 fistful hands attached for battle stance or punching pose. The rest is only open splayed hands mainly for recreating hadouken pose. That’s it? Yes, that’s it… Owh, come on, Bandai… Sakura should have been included with more hands to recreate more of her pose from the game such as pointy finger for taunting her opponent or for her winpose in SFIV game.
Backdrop Mount, eh? Well, at first I thought this is just an inner tray of her figure box but, you can use them for recreating Sakura’s background stage scene with the figure. They’re just 2 pieces of papers. Each paper got 2 fold that must be folded straight up to make them stand together. Yeah, right… They messed up on packing them as the papers got some several scratches, looks like they just force them to fit into the box without handle with care. The scratches are quite troublesome whenever I want to put them stand together but, you can just solve it by using paper clip and you’re done. Frankly, I don’t consider this as part of her accessory and thanks to that scratches, they felt like a trash imo so, I take it as her box’s inner tray.
SHF Sakura almost stand tall as Figma Kyo but, Kyo seems smaller from Sakura’s hands and even their legs. While in CVS, Sakura is obviously smaller than Kyo but, they’re from different toy line so, there’s nothing we can complain about it as they’re not made to be faithfully scaled. Atleast, Tyranno Ranger is still slightly taller.
Comparing between her Play Arts KAI Sakura, the size clearly tells us but, unlike PAK one SHF Sakura show less of her midriff and her skirt is slightly longer. Both of the figures are based from SFIV design but, their face and hair are completely different, SHF one tends to be more anime-ish while PAK is more like based from her SFIV ingame graphics and one of her artwork. Their skin color is also made to be completely different as PAK one was done with red-ish shading and gradation finishing while SHF is just plain pale flesh colored. For hadouken posing, since PAK got butterfly joint, I could crossed her arms close between 2 palm together quite easy while SHF doesn’t which I cannot cross her arms but, thanks to her fuku/bicep cut I could manage to do it. The posing looks good if we look from side angle but, it’ll look weird if in bird view. So, I still prefer PAK one when it comes to recreate better hadouken arm pose. However as for footing position, SHF Sakura can do the footing position perfectly compared to PAK due to ankle and toe articulations that allows us to make tip toe position on her foot. You can see her ingame SFA/SFZ sprites and SFV 3D animations, her footing position on the right leg is shown doing a tip toe footing during executing the move. As for the FX, I’m surprised that the SHF FX is even bigger than PAK version but, PAK tends to have more darker tone, precisely cobalt blue. The SHF one got better sculpt in every way but, in most of her SF games, Sakura’s hadouken is smaller than Ryu or even Ken but, still alot bigger than Dan’s Gadouken lol. However, it can be assumed this Hadouken FX would meant for Sakura’s EX Hadouken (the charged up version) or maybe for her Shinkuu Hadouken version in SFIV. Not only that, this large Hadouken FX also works for her regular hadouken in Marvel Super Heroes VS Street Fighter or Marvel VS Capcom 2, although the shape and size is a little different.
Standing Low Kick
Standing Close Heavy Kick
So far, she plays pretty solid but, very disappointed by her crotch and the missing butterfly joints of her. However, I guess that’s the only thing I don’t like from her articulation wise but, I still did some of her move lists pretty easy. Despite that, she’s still fun to play. SHF Sakura’s price are currently drop, I even got her for only 3500 yen unopened and that’s 3520 yen cheaper than her retail price which is 7020 yen but, I heard she’s still dropping to 2500 yen now. Guess, she either got overstock or something else that made people became less interest on her, I feel sorry to those who preordered her. However, it’s not like I don’t recommend you, I personally think this is one of the best Sakura action figure ever made after PAK, probably. However, both version got different looks so, it depends on your preferable choice.
- Solid sculpt work and details.
- Clean Paintjob.
- flexible skirt.
- Currently one of the best Sakura action figure ever made.
- Some paint problem but, it’s tolerable.
- Limited movements on her crotch.
- Missing butterfly joints.
- Lifeless face expression.
- She needs Stage Act 04 for recreating several poses.
- Backdrop mount scratches thanks to a poor packaging.
- Peeled plastic on her right side knee but, it’s not a mass defect.
Small Parts: 2/5
Accuracy sculpt: 4/5
15 minutes later
Ouch!! That’s pretty expensive you know!
Don’t tell me….
OMG!! She destroyed the Mini 4WDs just like how every Street Fighter characters destroys car!!
Totally how I feel….