Review: EnterBrains’s Natsume Rin

I picked up Natsume Rin here for 2 reasons and 2 reasons alone, Rico and foo-bar-baz. They both made the figure seem so appealing I simply had to have her, and here we are.

… Maybe they’re not entirely to blame…

figure-enterbrain-natsume-rin-12I received Natsume Rin here way back in June on the 25th, took me a while to get around to writing up a review. The thought process went something like this, ‘everyone’s written something about this figure already, lets do this figure next instead’ and she kept getting pushed back.

Natsume is from a little known game called Little Busters! made by some company named Key. I’m not really sure who this company is but they’ve apparently been around 11 years making visual novels. Kidding, kidding, I know exactly who Key is and what they’ve produced in the past. Little Busters is getting an anime in the future (ok maybe I’m just making that up), just like many of their past games such as Air, Clannad and Kanon, all hugely successful. I prefer the character design of KyoAni to the original games, so I hope they or someone like them does Little Busters as well.

Rin’s a 1/8th scale figure like most seem to be and retailed for ¥7,600 / $89 CAD. She’s around 20 cm tall and is sculpted by ‘French Doll‘, a producer of garage kits I believe, which this figure was originally before EnterBrain picked her up.


French Doll has done a pretty good job sculpting Rin and in my opinion out does the original game’s artwork. Key has always had poor artwork, always awkward looking characters with eyes that take up 90% of their face. Little Busters! changed this up a bit, and French Doll made a few more changes of their own, and the result is a very cute Natsume Rin, much cuter than the official artwork I’ve seen. French Doll has sculpted much detail into just about everywhere, lots of wrinkles in her clothes, the skirt follows her legs in a believable manner, and her hair looks as though it’s swinging to the rotation of her body and head with the kick, well done. If one were to put on their perv goggles, they’d also notice French Doll sculpted in a nice er… line in her panties and bum, and even some butt cheek, again I say, good job!


figure-enterbrain-natsume-rin-36The paintwork on this figure might be it’s biggest downfall. The colours are well chosen throughout matching up very well to the original character, the shading in her hair is well done. But despite that there are two problems with the paint, other than her hair, there appears to be almost no shading anywhere else, giving some aspects of her a rather flat feel, namely her skirt. The other bits have sculpting that seems to help compensate for the lack of shading, but her skirt appears quite flat, unappealing and in dire need of shading. The other problem is a larger problem, the black paint of her school blazer rubs off very easily, so easily it rubbed off onto Rins leg when I was removing the plastic wrap she came packaged in. The result is something akin to a scrape under Rins right knee looking as though she fell earlier, one could perhaps argue this adds a certain dimension to the figure, but really it is a bit of an annoyance on her wonderfully pale legs. Thankfully from most viewing angles one would not necessarily notice this blight.

figure-enterbrain-natsume-rin-38 figure-enterbrain-natsume-rin-39

Overall I’m quite pleased with Natsume, she may not be the most well produced figure, but she has many wonderful angles to be viewed. She also has a very strong pair of legs and lots of endurance being able to hold Drossel up like that, quite amazing of her, I’m truly impressed. Now if only the game would be translated so that I can play it or an anime produced so that I can watch it, and hopefully KyoAni will be done trolling their fans by then and will be ready to produce another hit.



  • Out does the original artwork, great sculpting
  • Excellent dynamic pose
  • Nice legs, strong legs
  • Pantsu!


  • Rather flat feel in much of the paintwork
  • Paint rubs off too easily, marked up her leg



  1. Leonia says:

    She is nice, and really dynanmic. Your picture are great ! Congratulation for this nice review 🙂

  2. Rico-sama says:

    I had the same problem with the jacket color rubbing off onto Rin’s leg as you. It’s a shame that an otherwise fantastic figure suffered so much in the finishing department. :/

    After all this time and my own review, I hadn’t noticed the lack of shading in her skirt until you mentioned it. Now I can’t help but see it every time I look at her. XD

    Interesting thoughts on the changes from Key’s usual style to the figure. Like you I vastly prefer Kyoto’s take on the designs, and am happy that the sculptor toned Key’s style down for the figure.

    • Aka says:

      I think knowing the scuffing issue with the jacket, I should have placed the packing plastic on her leg when I re-attached her arm. But it didn’t occur to me until after the mark was already there.

      So a note to anyone who plans to get this figure in the future, always always place the plastic wrap between her leg and arm when removing/attaching. This should reduce the paint swapping on her leg.

      I wish they’d have shaded the skirt a little bit, it really stood out at me when I placed her in amongst all the lights. I imagine I wouldn’t have noticed so much if I didn’t light her up from multiple sides, the folds in the skirt would have cast a bit of a shadow and hidden the missing shading. But really, I always rush when taking the pictures, it gets way too hot with all the lights even though they’re CFLs.

      • Rico-sama says:

        I usually opt to keep the lights further away than you do so I don’t worry about the heat. The flip side is I don’t get nearly as sharp an image and don’t get as much good contrast as you do.

        I wish Tsuki-Board had info like “jacket scuffs leg” in there database.

        • Aka says:

          You can make a request in the Suggestions discussion for a feature like that. kumasanmk is usually pretty good and quite quick at implementing new suggestions, I’ve made a few myself.

          – Search for the Sale section
          – Tag aliases

          As well as a few that after some discussion weren’t implemented. Such as attaching a blog post as a review to a figure, and changing how the site parses RSS feeds for new posts. I suggested making it like pingomatic and would only update when we actually made a post, as opposed to checking the site hourly. But some blog software don’t offer this feature so some people would have been left out. And the blog attaching thing was decided against because I could just post a snippet of my blog and link back to mysite to read the rest if I wanted.

          As for the lighting, I meant more the heat for myself, not the figure, I’m usually pretty close to the lights while I shoot and it seems to get pretty warm. Though the figure might be getting quite warm as well, it’s never really been my concern though. I think I would put the lights further away if I could though, but I’m limited to the space on my desk, as it’s the only place I can really do the pictures. I need to find a better solution in the future.

          • Rico-sama says:

            Haha, I didn’t even consider the impact of the heat on you. Do you have any floor lamps you could use instead?

            Re Tsuki-board: That’s good to know. I’ll try making my suggestion to kumasanmk. Another one I’d like to see an option to “hide” tags on our profiles; I’d like to see how my tag-cloud looks without the giant “female”.

            Just need to pull myself away from Aion this week long enough to do it. That’s the tough part. >,<

          • Aka says:

            Nah, no room for floor lamps on the one side of the desk, and no where to store them.

            My friend was talking about trying out Aion… maybe I should tell him it’s a bad idea.

  3. […] School girl in her school uniform with long flowing hair, where have I seen that before? (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or any of these.) However Serizawa does differ from these examples in one way, her […]

  4. […] by Key. Having Sasami in my collection seems rather fitting in hindsight as she’s apparently Natsume Rin’s rival, liking dogs rather than Rin’s love of cats, but if I had to pick sides I’d […]

  5. […] reviews : Exelica Meteor – omgwebsite Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Enterbrain, Figurines, pvc, Review, visual […]