Aisaka Taiga by Kotobukiya

15 thoughts on “Aisaka Taiga by Kotobukiya”

  1. OOhh ! I’am jealous, I am waiting for her so much (she will be mine this week probably). She is really cute, adorable. I love her swimsuit (I want the same) and the buoy (It’s the good word?)is so kawaii ^^ Your picture are beautiful Aka, congratulation !!!

    1. A Buoy in English is generally used to describe a floating object in the water that directs boats towards or around hazards in the water.

      But it works in your sentence as well due to it’s various meanings. Generally people will just call it a ‘tube’ though I’ve been calling it an innertube, such as the tube inside a tyre.

      Whatever floats your boat!

      She’s definitely cute, I wish though that a better company had taken her onboard, just due to the little defects I mentioned and the lack of shading. But that’s not to say she’s not great, just that I think she could have been better.

  2. Drossel captures my feelings about Taiga perfectly. Awww.

    Taiga looks to be simply a wonderful little figure. It’s unfortunate that Kotobukiya will sometimes not carry through on skin finishing, but like you say the overall shade is pleasant. Does she stick out from the others in your collection because of that lack?

    Really odd she didn’t come with a base. I think you’re right in saying it doesn’t really matter, but a number of figures in similar scenarios (swimsuits and/or sitting down) have come with bases. Some of those even done by Kotobukiya.

    You really have an eagle eye for defects, you know that? You say it’s the macro but I think there is more to it than that. Almost like you’re trying to convince yourself to stop buying these wonderful little figures! I see through you!! 😉

    LOL, I kid, I kid. Great photos. What did you do to make the base semi-reflective like that?

    PS. She’s on eBay, you say? 😀

    1. Recently I’ve been shooting on a piece of plexiglass from an old picture frame we’re no longer using. It creates a nice reflection. I got the idea when shooting pictures of Alpha x Omega’s CC as she has a clear plastic base that would always reflect her bum. So I thought hmm… where can I get something like that, searched around the house and came up with a picture frame.

      I have to be careful how I shoot though and place lighting correctly. The plexiglass will reflect anything. Additionally if the lighting is wrong, you’ll see the edges of it and it’ll ruin my infinity line.

      Taiga does stand out, but not due to her skin tones or anything like that. She stands out because she’s fricken small! With her sitting down like that she’s smaller than even figmas. She looks very much like a child compared to the rest. Even when compared to another short/loli figure, Melissa Seraphy. If you imagine Taiga standing, she’s definitely shorter, at least in my imagination.

      Did you notice in the gallery how after Drossel hugs Taiga, she steals her innertube and uses it herself? It doesn’t really flow that way in the actual post though.

      I think I am subconsciously trying to convince myself to stop buying. But don’t worry, I wont listen.

      Yes, I saw Taiga on ebay when posting this article. She’s not cheap, but she is cheaper than what I paid by $10 or so. At least as of posting this article.

      1. That’s a neat little trick. It really adds a classy look to the (otherwise kind of boring) white background.

        I did see that! What you do with Drossel and the amount of character you put into her when you do your galleries give her so much character. I have no idea if that lovable piss-ant show-boater you make her out to be is really her character or not, but that’s what I think of every time I look at her on my desk. You’re pretty much the only reason I bought one for myself, lol.

        I hope you won’t listen to your subconscious, so I’m going to keep egging you on. Just in case. 😉

      2. Egg all you want, or don’t, I think I’m in for life. Recently I think I’ve convinced myself that I like figmas too.

        I definitely portray Drossel in an entirely different character than I remember her being in the series. You can watch it btw, it’s quite short, it’s maybe a little longer than a single normal anime ep. I think I just do with Drossel what I would like to do myself 😉 (I can’t remember what I’ve done with her and how bad that remark will come off on me now lol).

      3. YES! Next you need to convince yourself of the awesomeness of Nendoroids! 😀

        I figured you were portraying Drossl differently. I think I’ll hold off on watching Fireball – I’m perfectly content with Drossel being what you’ve made her to be.

      4. No. Figmas always had this one thing in the back of my head “they’re poseable” to egg me on. But Nendoroids suffer the same issue that any chibified character does for me. I can think they’re cute in some ways, but I find them mostly distasteful. So I don’t think I’ll ever convince myself of them.

        I did consider buying the Horo ones, but only for a sense of completeness in my Horo collection. But that would also mean buying other things, like the Horo doll and that terrible cold cast nude Horo by whatever company that is. Another request I have, a Horo Dollfie. Sure then my friends can actually make fun of me for collecting and playing with Dolls but well, it’d be awesome. Though stupidly expensive!

        lol thanks about my portrayal of Drossel. I never really thought I was building up a character for her. Now I feel like I have to be more conscious of the what I make her do.

    2. Your version of Drossel is somewhat silly and goofy, I think if you’ll think of her portryal you’ll lose her charm, let her keep doing the stuff she does 😉

      1. Probably for the best, if I started to think about it I’d over analyze and refrain from a lot of stuff probably.

  3. I agree, the only real word that comes to mind is “Adorable”.

    In my reviews, I don’t do an average, but “overall”, and as such, Satisfaction has a much higher weight than most other things. Even if it’s technically superb, if I’m unhappy with it, I’d get rid of it, and vice versa.

    She’s so adorable 🙂

    Toradora! is the next anime on my watch-list, or I might finally start Gunslinger Girl instead. We’ll see.

    1. I never finished watching Toradora, and I don’t like Taiga’s character lol… but this figure’s adorable.

  4. Small but soooo cute. I like her face and the buoy that seems real.

    Personally, I do not mind that there is no base provided; I certainly exposed Taiga without this base … except, if this base was special (sand)

    It is unfortunate for you to have this finger print and the shiny mark.

    1. Thanks, bordom does wonders for creativity! lol

      It’s not really an issue the finger print, it’s not even obvious enough that I could get a photo of it. But I can still see it myself. The shiny mark though is a pain, you can see it even with the innertube on her. Bleh.

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