Review: FP / TAKIs terrible Horo Figure

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, we’ll just say massive disappointment.

Warning, contains nudity.

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.

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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 the 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

-Aka

Pros

  • Cute pose
  • It’s Horo

Cons

  • Expensive for the quality received
  • Shiny skin & poor paint quality, “shit” stains on her knee
  • Sculpting defects and seams everywhere
  • Less detail than Barbie when cast off
  • Very poor balance
  • Boring base

Gallery

Comments

  1. balance says:

    sigh that sux when you pay that much you expect excellent quality…
    better luck next time

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  5. Quazacolt says:

    wow… to start off, i feel sorry for your first figure not being one from the “big 4” and having so many “issues” with your taki horo. that said, good to know you’ve never given up on figures just cuz of this mishap ^^;

    $120 for taki horo, yeap, 100% isnt worth it. should’ve just waited for bargain bin (well, cant be helped, your first figure) like i did. for $120 to me its around 430 MYR (malaysian ringgits) and the taki horo i got just recently is around 220 MYR using SAL shipping from Hobby Link Japan as they had her on bargain (and still do as i am posting this http://www.hlj.com/product/TKI55038)

    also for the defects you’ve mentioned, if you dont mind getting dirty with some Garage Kit works, heres what i plan for my horo:
    – nipple painting
    – thinnering the defect paint marks (aka your mr hanky)
    for me, its just one very tiny dot, unlike yours which is much more severe. however a defect is still a defect and a simple thinner removal isnt hard.

    do look for specific modeling thinner if you feel like doing it. DO NOT use standard industrial thinners as the next thing you’ll get is horo melting XD

    for her arms, advice is to hold either her shoulders, or her hips. and slowly push the arms in until you can barely see the seam lines. that way her fingers wont bend when you put her on display.

    as for the REALLY badly made clothing, im still trying to figure out how to mod it XD
    ill definitely do something bout those 3x really badly done clips, or at least minimize the seam line preferably removing it almost completely

    • Aka says:

      Yeah, I really should have waited. I keep seeing it on sale for considerably less now. But at the time I thought it was great, I couldn’t find any pictures available really so I based my decision on very little.

      You bring up some good ideas, though I worry about trying any of those things because I don’t feel confident enough. I think I’ll ruin something.

      Even if I push her arms on as much as I can, the bare set still seem to be slighly longer than the sleeved set. So they’ll always bend.

      Thanks for the ideas though!

  6. Quazacolt says:

    well, if ur afraid of damaging the figure, a best way is to get some RL friends (if possible, else just look up online heh) thats into resin/GK (not necessarily figures, gundam builders would do too, in fact ur better off with then :P) and you can get them to help out.

    also try to *very slightly* twist the arm in left/right direction while pushing it in (again, very slightly, or you have some twisted arms :P) if the seam line is still really visible (which will result the arm being longer than the base allows and ultimately finger bending) then you may have to sand/cut the molding joints in so the arms can fit in better.

    oh ya one more thing i forgot to ask, does your taki horo comes with black removable panties?

    • Aka says:

      She does not. She’s bare under those clothes of hers. Interesting addition if those sold now come with that. But it doesn’t interest me too much.

      I don’t think I have any RL friends who are even remotely into this sort of thing. One collects Transformers, but those don’t require touch up, nor does he remove them from their boxes (what fun is that!).

  7. Quazacolt says:

    o_O
    wow, so i got a free… horo pantsu XD
    amusing, to say the least, lol.

    and huge awww to ur friend. IINM those transformers toys are articulated and you know, full of their transformation gimmicks… what a pity to not have them out for poses/displays and stashed in their boxes 🙁

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  9. GGT says:

    I know you like Horo a lot but I didn’t know you you spent that much for this Taki one! (@@.
    btw, where did you order the GSC Melissa? I want one so badly too.

    • Aka says:

      Haha yeah I spent a lot because I’d pre-ordered her, so there weren’t a lot of great pictures out there.

      I got the GSC Melissa off eBay. I’d made some saved searches or whatever and had eBay email me when something new was posted in those searches. Found Melissa as well as Makoto that way, both for about the cost of what seems to be the going price of just one of them after shipping, somewhere around $170 for the two.

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