Mini-Review: Max Factory’s Drossel von Flügel figma

My First figma! I honestly am not sure how to go about this review. With the posability and all the little extras it’s hard to catch every angle. On top of that I find it hard to pose her just how I want her. She can do it just about any pose for sure, but getting her there seems to take some patience which I apparently lack at this point in time. So with that in mind I’ve decided to do a mini-review first and just give some first impressions then consider doing a gallery and more full review later.

figma-max-factor-drossel-vol-flugel-02 As can be seen on the back of the box there are a number of different head pieces, poses, extras and even 5 sets of hands! Ok, maybe you can’ t see all that on the back but quite an impressive set of bits for such a small little item measuring in at perhaps 14 cm tall. Nearly everything on her is poseable except her fingers, though those additional hands come in handy there. The degrees of freedom in her joints are rather impressive as well. I particularly like how you can pose her hips, adding for a bit more sex appeal. Which I admit sounds a bit strange to say given she’s pretty robotic looking, but she’s a cute robot for sure, no where near the uncanny valley thank god.

In the past I’ve always looked at figmas and seen their joints and focused on them and thought just how unattractive they seemed. I think they work with Drossel due to her being a robot, which means I likely wont be swayed to purchase any other figmas in the near future still due to this issue. Though I am impressed with the hardware and can imagine how fun it could be to build up scenes of various characters as many others have done.

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Drossels components and body all feel very strong indeed, much stronger than PVC figures feel. I imagine this is due to the fact one will be moving around arms and legs and clicking on and off different hands and head pieces etc. Because of all this she feels quite substantial for her size and gave me a lot of confidence when trying to jam the stand in her back. Which did take considerably force I thought.

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So far I’m impressed with Drossel, she’s cute, robotic enough to deal with “doll joints” and poseable enough to make her do just about anything. I forgot in the picture above that I can rotate her feet to match Horos better, and I suppose her head isn’t tilted correctly. Oh well, still seems a fitting pose next to Horo.

-Aka

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Comments

  1. Leonia says:

    The only figma that i like ^^ Drossel is really funny ^^

    • Aka says:

      She’s the first figma I really liked. Though the Kyon figma is growing on me. I think it would be great to have facepalm Kyon on my desk for when I’m frusturated.

  2. Rico-sama says:

    Glad you like Drossel but a little disappointed she/it didn’t change your mind about figmas in general. 🙁 Guess the joints are a pretty big deal for you, huh?

    As much as I like figmas, I have to agree about the difficulty in deciding how best to show-case them in a review. Too many possibilities. At least you’re brave enough to attempt. >.<

    PS. Love the way you set things up this time.

    • Aka says:

      Why ‘it’? Drossel is a she! Even if it er uh I mean she’s a robot.

      I’m terribly unfond of doll joints. I think what started it was 4chan and Rozen Maiden porn. The idea of turning doll joints into a fetish all it’s own turned me off. And I guess that transfered over into figmas.

      I didn’t attempt too hard though, more of a post containing pictures just illustrating that I have her, only 2 poses and no use of the extra parts.

      I’m glad you liked how things were setup. It started as laziness lol. But I also thought the white background wouldn’t work well with Drossel due to her being nearly entirely white. Also, I thought the white background was getting boring. So I threw in lots of naked Horo and called it a day 🙂

      • Rico-sama says:

        Just didn’t want to assume her gender. Robotic equality and all. XD

        Laziness is often how the best ideas come about. 😛 Seriously, it reminds me a little of Danny Choo’s set-up, but better because you don’t remove the monitor from the frame. Plus naked Horo is infinitely more interesting than a purple Mac cloud.

        Oh, and yeah. 4chan ruins a lot of things. A lot of things.

  3. HektikLyfe says:

    SO DISAPPOINTING!

    I bought one from a place called Japanimeshop from Amazon and they sent me a knock-off! I just received it tonight and I used your photos to verify that mine was a fake. I’ve been trying for YEARS to get one at a good price and I finally thought I found one. 🙁

    I already felt guilty about being an adult and buying what is essentially a kids toy but there is something so cool about this one.

    Anyway thanks for your review and pictures. They will help me get my money back I hope!

    • Aka says:

      That’s really too bad! And don’t feel guilty about being an adult buying ‘kids toys’. Drossel really isn’t a kids toy, she’s too fragile to be one. She’s definitely for collectors, and she’s also the cutest Robot ever.

      Just a note, this post is over 3 years old 😛

      You’re very welcome, you can find further examples in my Bandai Drossel review which should be in the related posts below.

      Wish you the best of luck in finding this version of Drossel, have you tried Mandarake? I see some for sale there, albeit none are brand new but check it out from time to time!

      • HektikLyfe says:

        Yeah I knew this post is over 3 years. I didn’t expect anyone to reply to it because of that but its one of the few English posts I found of someone who purchased one.

        I picked it up from Amazon because I thought they wouldn’t have a fake but I guess I was wrong. I checked out AmiAmi which I believe you mentioned in another post but they are also sold out. 🙁

        I’ve literally been trying so long I had all but given up until I saw that post on Amazon.

        I was able to get this tiny little Tomy Gashapon Drossel figures which are fine and all but they lack the details from the larger versions. They don’t even have lines!

        The Bandai one looks AWESOME and I would definitely get it if I could afford it. Even if I could get it at the price you got which was about $75 US right? Last I checked it was over $350! XP

        I don’t even care if it isn’t new as long as its taken care of without any damages. Most of all, original. I’ll try there thank you!

        • Aka says:

          You may also watch this entry on MyFigureCollection.net. Sometimes those selling will post about it, additionally you can check the site for sales in the ads section.

          As for Amazon and fakes, I don’t think they have a huge amount of control over the resellers who use their service. I imagine you can complain, but I don’t know what will happen.

          • HektikLyfe says:

            You know if it was priced right and they were open about the fact that it was fake…I think I would have been OK with it. But I paid regular price for a knock-off and that’s just not right.

            I mean damn…she has TWO RIGHT LEGS! 🙁

            Thanks for the links Aka I will continue my age-long search for Drossel.

            http://myfigurecollection.net/sale/11194

            I found this one on the site you mentioned but New Zealand…I’ve never bought anything from there let alone an individual he demands PayPal and doesn’t have any feedback. How reputable is this site would you say?

          • Aka says:

            I buy on there semi-frequently. But you do take a risk, though PayPal should cover you on most things. They usually request/demand PayPal because of it’s simplicity and because they don’t want to be receiving cheque’s and money orders etc..

            That sale looks stale as well, 10 months old.

            Keep lookin’!