Back to anime related figure again, it’s about Furyu Noodle Stopper Figure: Haruna Sairenji from To Love-Ru: Darkness! Nah, it wasn’t actually focussing much of this line because in here the main review is another custom figure called Variable Action Heroes: Haruna Sairenji! Firstly, Noodle Stopper Figure (NSF) is a PVC figures at the right weight and size to perfectly hold down your instant noodle cup lid developed by Furyu. Furyu is a Japanese entertainment company based in Shibuya, Tokyo. Their businesses include publishing and development of video games, mobile games, photo-booths, figures and multimedia content. While Haruna Sairenji is a character from manga/anime called To Love-Ru: Darkness, she is one of Rito Yuki’s (the main protagonist) classmates and the girl of his affections; Haruna has similar feelings for him, she lives with her older sister in an apartment and has a severe fear of ghosts and the supernatural, the exception being Oshizu, to an extent. When frightened, she has a habit of grabbing the nearest thing around her – typically Rito – and swinging wildly, in an attempt to get rid of whatever frightens her. Alright, time for the review! NSF Haruna was made for a prize figure and was released somewhere in 2017 with 2 variant color of her bikini which is red and white, her box was designed with blue with white motives background while the center part of the entire box was printed with light blue with purple combinations. In the front view, we get to see 1 promotional photo of the product and is the white bikini version. You can see the box stated “white”, the rests we get to see printed logo of Furyu, Jamma & To Love-Ru: Darkness. There’s also large printed “Noodle Stopper Figure” on the front of the product photo, while the back view mainly printed with the “warning” sign for the figure all in Japanese and there’s 1 gold colored sticker with printed “Approved by Shueisha”. The figure was made in China, yeah… Not surprising at all. Okay, It’s time to unbox her!
Inside the box it was only comes up with Haruna figure herself but, since this is also featuring a custom articulated figure so, I added other accessories such as alternate body for Haruna, sunglasses, 8 interchangeable hands and mini display.
Well, as the title stated… Yes, I put the figure ontop of the noodle cup lid and you’re done with it. Then, you just have to stare at her during the wait? Meh, I seriously don’t see what’s so fun in this… Well, screw this, I’m no Otaku on the begining so, I don’t understand the fun on this… Instead, I don’t want to imagine what will happen with the figure accidentally falls to the hot water lol… In this figure, Haruna is wearing white bikini with 2 silver colored armbands on each of her biceps and there’s red hairclip on her front bangs. Haruna is in sitting position with her hands holding her lifted and bended right leg while her left leg was in lower position. It’s like she’s sitting on the swimming pool but, in this figure it was for sitting on the noodle cup lid. The figure was made from PVC material and she’s completely unarticulated. Most of her plastics are hard material but, there’re some semi soft one such as her bikini strings tie and her front bangs. You can also put the figure onto any objects that can hold her position, even your own hand would work.
Haruna got purple colored hair and eyebrows which was painted dark a bit blue-ish but, in this photo I still using flash without any light box so, she may looked way too bright due to the flash. Because, I tooked the photos before I got my own light box. Like her hair, Haruna’s eyes are also colored in purple with some white lights, while her expressions tends to show some gentle looks but, kinda sad due to the very slight open mouth like she’s mumbling. Although, this expression is pretty typical for anime character expressing their flat/poker face. Haruna’s hairclip was 1 mold with her hair and painted red. The overall head sculpt looks accurate enough to Haruna’s original counterpart, Furyu did a tremendous job on recreating the 2D character into real life. Although, due to her long bangs we cannot see her face from side view but, interestingly despite her long bangs Furyu still sculpted both of her ears. Also, I have to admit despite her flat expression she doesn’t feel lifeless but, if she’s made with a smile she’ll be damn perfect.
BONUS: PERVY SHOTS
Well… For this figure I actually loved how they sculpted her back so well detailed. And by looking on her armbands, I can clearly see that her armbands and lower arms has a cut, meaning her lower arms are separated pieces which were glued. Her figure may not that special but, for a prize toys she’s more than better imo. Although, I’m sure there’s still alot of other figures better than this one out there. I actually bought the figure for 800 yen from a Japanese reseller not directly from the official prize.
Okay, we go down to the bonus! In this review, I made a little customizations on her which I swapped her body with Variable Action Heroes body figure! Firstly, Variable Action Heroes (VAH) is a fully articulated figure that was made and released by Megahouse, they mostly focussed on One Piece series and the figure I used for my Haruna’s alternate body came from VAH Nami (Summer Vacation) body where she only wears bikini. Yes, I know Nami’s body is completely nowhere from accurate to Haruna’s actual body but, surprisingly their scale sizes and skin tones are very much the same. To be frank I never been a fan of One Piece series so, I replaced Nami’s head, it wasn’t an easy custom because both of Haruna and Nami’s head are originally unremovable from their body but, I used hair dryer to remove their heads and for Haruna’s head, Nami’s body was added with extra joint to allow her head attachment and her head’s mobility. Lastly, Nami’s bikini was repainted by Cluster Modelkit to have metallic blue colored lined bikini with pearl white and metallic blue colored polkadots, her bikini coloring was referenced from one of Kentarou Yabuki’s artwork of her. I’m loving this so far, Haruna looks alot better with this body and the custom went perfectly matched. This VAH Nami body was released in 2018 and entirely made from PVC and ABS, and she got approximately 20 points of articulations.
Yes, the same head but, now using light box and her hair was also repainted to have glossy looks and feeling to touch. The reasons of the repaint is because her original head suffers some paint loss/scratches during the head removing process so, I asked my friend to repaint her hair too. So far I’m loving it and her hair looks so shiny, very nice color choice I must say.
Before the repaint treatment, Haruna’s body got Nami’s trademark Arlong Pirates tattoo on her left arm but, I removed that tattoo to make this body became less identical to Nami’s portrayal. The only thing’s left is her bracelet which I couldn’t remove it at all, I can actually swap her wrists with other VAH figure’s wrist maybe with VAH Nico Robin but, VAH Nami already cost way too much for my money and I ain’t buying whole figure just for swapping wrists. In this body, Haruna possessed bombshell proportion such as big boobs, curvy and slender appearance, her body got orange shading on several part and thanks to Haruna’s short hair we can clearly see the back body since Nami’s hair is long enough to cover her back. Although, I kinda agree without the long hair, the cut on her back shoulders are kinda bugging to look at but, doesn’t really matter to me. Atleast, the short hair allows more mobility for her articulations. On the contrary, they cleverly hides her front shoulder cut thanks to her bikini strings. Most of her articulations uses ball joint and socket joints but, not quite a fan of the looks since several joints shows visible gaps. Now, let’s see how her articulation works!
Haruna now got rotatable head 360 degrees.
As well as bend her head and chest to the side, up and down very little.
VAH figure also got ab crunch for her but, in my figure she cannot swivel her chest at all due to the very stiff joint. I assumed he can do even better than this picture shown but, it’s just I’m either still not used playing this line or scared for being broken especially, she’s not friendly enough for my wallet.
Atleast, she can do crossing arm pose very smoothly thanks to her butterfly joints although, not fully able to do crossed arms due to her large breasts.
VAH’s articulations was done very posable like SHF and Figma so, we can create many dynamic pose on her. The main problem is she suffered very loose left crotch so, her left legs always pulls off by itself. She can bend down her chest a little but, thanks to the very stiff joint I can’t go deeper. She can rotate her arms for 360 degrees and she can move her legs this range.. Good enough to make her does a knee kick. Haruna can also bend her ankles up and down pretty good.
Haruna can move her arms, wrists up and down to the side dynamic as figma does but, her high kick pose could actually do better than this, since my VAH body suffered very loose joint on her left leg she tends easy to fall of the ground. However, her ankle pivot are not swivable so, we cannot make her feet touches the ground in side split pose.
We can also make her does a crouching pose like a stripper but, she cannot do cross legged sitting pose but, she can atleast sit with her open legs on the ground.
Sunglasses… Well, not like Haruna use this in the series but, this is just another bonus for her and it was actually taken from Nami’s alternate fringe which her sunglasses was glued. Surprisingly, her fistful hands got fittable gap to insert the spectacles temple tip. The sunglasses was made from a semi clear dark plastic like a sunglasses lens and the spectacles was painted in dark pink. You can also put the sunglasses on her head but, she cannot wear it to her face. I need to tell you, the photo when she’s wearing sunglasses was actually a photoshopped.
Haruna’s VAH body comes up with total 8 option hand parts. Originally, out from the box this VAH body was already attached with open splayed hands. Her alternate hands consists, a pair of fistful hands, 1 pair of chopping hands, a pair of hand grip for grabbing something but, in this review I used my Goku’s custom Nyoibo pole and surprisingly perfectly fit for her hand grip, 1 right “Okay” gesture hand and 1 pointy finger left hand. All hands are sculpted pretty detailed and her fingernails are painted in lavender color and that includes her feet as well, the wrists uses the same joints as the recent figma figure which is good and easy to swap as well. Well, all of these hands are originally meant for Nami to recreate her anime portrayal but, in Haruna case everything is just my imaginations on posing her but, some takes from other series. Because in the anime, Haruna’s role isn’t really iconic from her hands but, she’s also one of Rito’s main accidental perverted positions.
Megahouse also included this VAH body with mini base for maintaining the figure’s positions.. All you have to do is to attach her left foot peg hole to the base’s peg, then you may rotate the base to maintain the figure’s balance position. Well, despite the small size, it can actually withstand this large figure position but, not like the base is able to withstand some extreme posing. You’re going to need a bigger display stand if you want to display the figure with extreme posing, Stage Act Vol. 04 or Play Arts Kai display stand would be a better options for this.
VAH’s size is actually smaller to Diamond Select Toys figure but, their scale looks very fittable to be paired together However, Haruna’s head tends to be bigger than Peter because of her hair. Yes, SHF is shorter than both but, several part of ShadowMoon’s body seems to be equal to Haruna’s body. It’s because of VAH’s female body was depicted to have smaller appearance than male body. I guess it’d be a different case if I reviewed VAH’s male body….
Loved the figure and loved the custom as well although, one of the body remains headless but, I’m keeping Haruna’s head on VAH Nami’s body because I prefer articulated figure instead of static figure. Actually, VAH figure could be my favorite figure but, thanks to the loose joint on her left leg that’s kinda disappointing. Yet, VAH did not accept customer service outside Japan which is very suck… So, it discouraged me for wanting to buy more of their product. On the other hand, the Noodle Stopper Figure is pretty satisfying, everything is perfect. If you love To Love-Ru series or personally being Haruna’s fan or as whatever you call it, then this is one of my best recommendation.
Noodle Stopper Figure: Haruna Sairenji
- Good sculpt work, paintjob and materials.
- Accurate looking face of Haruna to her anime counterpart.
- Nice slender build proportions.
- Good for money.
- Some paint issues but, very tolerable.
Variable Action Heroes: Haruna Sairenji:
- Good sculpt work, paintjob and materials.
- Nicely made large boobs and curvy looking proportions.
- Fitting accessories.
- User friendly on dealing several parts.
- Unremovable bracelets due to 1 mold to her wrists.
- Very stiff joint on several articulations.
- Very loose joint on her left leg.
- Completely not good for money.
How did BLACK do that?!
If you see the Ghostbusters, then there’s something strange in your neighborhood lol.
Lol… Look at your perverted face, Peter.
Lol inside her boobs?!
Ouch… That really hurts….
And Egon is being a complete ignorant….
Well, I think walking with big boobs does indeed tiring lol….
100% agree with you, Peter… She doesn’t smell like a threat with those large boobs but, it will definitely cause a huge nosebleed for certain people.