Sawatari Makoto by Max Factory

11 thoughts on “Sawatari Makoto by Max Factory”

  1. I knew you would’ve paid: for some reason I trusted you (which still strikes me as odd, lol 😛 ). Besides, I figured that if I found her MSIB at a con I could’ve gotten a pretty penny off eBay if you changed your mind.

    I also would’ve harnessed the power of polyvinyl to crush OMGWebsite, but that’s beside the point. 😉

    Glad you found her! You gave her as high an overall score as Horo, so I guess that mean’s you’re happy with her, lol.

    She looks fantastic for not having come in a box. It’s bad enough sometimes where even MSIB doesn’t assure the quality of the figure, but it looks like the previous owner took enough care of her (aside from the dust). As nice as the one I have.

    PS. Your pics are really nice. Make me want to go back and redo my old gallery of her, lol.

    1. I guess even through the internets I’m a trustworthy person! I must give off some kind of “trust me” vibe.

      I’m definitely happy with her, but if you look at the scoring, the only thing that brought her down was cost. Had I bought her for her original MSRP she would have been a 5 on cost, and thus an average that would round up to a 5 overall!

      I hope Volks’ Horo can give me my first 5, though already her cost is high.

      Makoto came in a box, check the last few pictures. She came in the exact packaging she originally would have, minus the saran wrap.

      I’m getting pretty good at the pictures now I must say. I used to take a lot and select a few, now I take less and take out just a few that didn’t work out. Saves me a lot of time. Additionally since I’ve finally figured out the white balance settings for my lights, I automated the task and all my pictures have the same white balance now.

      I think one thing that helped me out is using manual focus and my 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Kodomut suggested I stick to my prime and he was right. Crisp pictures and never a misfocus.

      Oh yeah, don’t redo your whole old gallery, just add a pantyshot! haha

      1. That’s what I get for posting late at night. I mistook “open box” for “no box” and didn’t go through the entire gallery. ^^;;

        One could interpret that as you liking Mikoto more than you like GSCs Horo, but that can’t be what YOU of all people are implying. 😉

        Interesting. White balance is an area I haven’t been totally able to get 100% consistent across my galleries. I think it’s because my lights are pretty non-symmetrical with respect to the tent, but the patterned/colored backgrounds also make it a challenge. What type of bulbs do you use again?

      2. Liking Max Factory’s Makoto better than GSC’s Horo doesn’t mean I like Makoto better than Horo. Just Max Factory’s interpretation of the character better.

        The bulbs I use are Philips Daylight 23w CFLs. They’re supposed to be 6500K lights. But I find my white balance is almost always in around the 5600K +38 in the Tint. So even if I were to change the backgrounds etc… as long as I used the same lights I’m good.

        The area I had issues with before was using these lights along with my flash. The flash has a different colour than the lights, ugh.

  2. Aw man, lucky you. This is probably the Max Factory release I want the most together with Fire Haze Shana. I have yet to find Makoto for sale, and Shana for a reasonable price.

    This is certainly a nice figure to get from what I seen.

    1. She’s definitely hard to come by at anything reasonable. And even if you’re willing to pay some of the unreasonable prices she’s still hard to find on english sites.

  3. Very nice figure. I’m surprised you didn’t remove the dust, from her skirt, for instance. The paint job on the front of her hair seems less than stellar, with those “dots”.

    Adorable pose, and yes, I’m also a fan of such poses 😉

    1. You’d be surprised how much dust I DID remove! But it was next to impossible to get rid of it all with my simple methods. I’ll have to research some better cleaning techniques I suppose, I was just using a can of compressed ‘air’.

      You’re right about the dots on her hair, but they’re almost non-existent to the naked eye. The macro shots really brought them out though. Maybe I should stop doing them, they keep bringing out flaws you can’t always see otherwise!

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