This being the first post I figured it would be a good idea to review the first figure I purchased, Taki Corps rendition of Horo from Spice and Wolf.
Anyone who knows even a little bit about anime figures knows Taki Corp’s quality is sub-standard. I however, did not know this when purchasing their Horo. In fact I didn’t know much at all about anime figures, I bought this one out of pure attraction. Horo’s character in Spice and Wolf is just the right mix of playful and sarcastic, and of course cute. And so I purchased this figure expecting cuteness and quality, especially for the cost. Instead what I got was quality. How disappointed I was I cannot accurately describe in words…
For the small cost of just *cough* $120 USD you get a wonderful character in a pleasant pose whose clothes are indeed removable. This was something I was not aware of when I placed my order, I suppose it was a pleasant surprise. However, that’s all I have that’s positive to say about this figure, everything here on in is negative.
Where do I start… Oh yes, the biggest failure of them all, center of gravity. This figure has none, it’s not centered at all, it’s off to Horo’s right. The base doesn’t help at all, I do appreciate that Taki Corp didn’t want to place holes in Horo and disfigure her appearance, I appreciate the thought, it’s the thought that counts right? Well… no, not when I’m paying. I paid good money, extremely good money, and Taki Corp offered no way to keep Horo standing. No mounting, no curvature to the base, nothing. If I so much as look at Horo the wrong way, she’ll fall over on her right side. Always her right, because her hair weighs too much and forces her center of gravity away to the right. Her second set of arms for use when her clothes are removed make this effect even more pronounced, if that were even possible.
This brings us to the next major fault, Horo’s removable clothes. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for removable clothes, but please oh please do it right! Taki Corp does not do it right, they do it wrong. The clothes do not clip together properly when Horo’s wearing them. This leaves a massive ugly gap on her right side, which is hidden for the most part, but it’s a terrible defect. In addition to the problem of the cast off clothing, the bare arms you use to replace the clothed arms don’t quite fit right. They’re quite hard to get on, and impossible to get on all the way. This causes her fingers to curl as they have to hold up the weight, but because they hold up some of the weight they affect the center of gravity as mentioned previously. So in addition to looking at her the wrong way, small earthquakes in Tokyo can knock her over from some 10,000 km away.
Don’t worry, I’m not done yet, there’s still her poorly constructed hair, defective paint job and molding defects to talk about! On Horo’s right leg just above her knee are two vertical shit stains caused by Mr Hanky dancing on her knee. If you don’t believe me check out the pictures above. He even managed to get splatter marks on her clothes (see left picture above previous paragraph). I’m not sure why Taki Corp allowed Mr Hanky into the manufacturing plant, but surely they should have cleaned off the shit before shipping.
Horo’s hair looks mostly alright from afar, but when you really start to look at it you notice that it’s just riddled with seams and is lumpy or porous. There’s even two long gaps on both her left and right side. Her hair also seems unnatural in size, I can’t think of something to compare it to, but it just seems far too solid to be hair.
Molding defects on Horo can be seen from any angle. There are tons in her hair which can be seen in any picture that contains her hair. Her tail has a nice defect which can be seen above, it’s in the nicely hidden seam. There’s a major defect in her clothes on her left side. And the worst defect of them all is on her left leg on her calf. She looks like an animal ate a chunk out of her leg and had poorly done reconstructive surgery. Another major but lesser seen defect is a gash in her tail. Since this part of her tail is usually covered by her clothes (right? it is covered normally right?) it’s not seen, however it is a terrible defect. And of course, there are seams through just about every part of her body.
Some additional thoughts about the figure… For $120 the detail on this figure was very poor. Her tail could have used more detail, as well as her breasts, they’re like barbies, nipples are important. It seems strange to have cast-off clothes and pay little or no attention to what’s under. Her face could have used more effort as well, to be quite honest, for a good week her face creeped me out. Now that I’m used to it I don’t find much issue with it, but originally, so creepy. Her clothes perhaps couldn’t have the detail I’d like due to the cast-off ability, but they do seem bland. I’ve seen the original artwork on which this figure is based, and they’re like that there as well, so perhaps not a valid complaint.
It’s really unfortunate about the quality of this figure, really. I find the pose a very attractive one, and of course who couldn’t love Horo (I guess those who’re into the yandere thing…). There are just far too many problems with this figure to ever consider recommending it to anyone. If you don’t have an obsession with Horo and feel the need to possess everything Horo, then this figure is not for you. Of the Horo figures available currently I would recommend Kotobukiya’s rendition, it’s very cute and well made, and perhaps most importantly to some, the cheapest.