Is Global’s Horo a contender for my worst figure ever or a pleasant surprise? She was definitely not a cheap buy and far from a recommended buy but lets see how she fared.
Global, normally a small garage kit outfit, has opted to ‘mass produce’ a pre-painted and assembled version of their Horo figure. I say mass produced but I assume she was only available in fairly limited quantities in a similar fashion to their other release, Horo (A Rest in the Forest Version) which was limited to 100 total produced. Surprisingly, Global’s Horo must have sold well enough for the group because after their first run in November ’09 they decided to re-release her in March ’10, and that’s the run that mine originates from. As well as she may have sold for Global, I don’t think I’ve seen a single picture of her, let alone a review and I appear to be the only owner of her on MFC. I imagine this is because I’m crazy.
Global’s Horo was contained within the most incredible box I’ve ever seen. The box was so incredibly plain that it almost disappeared into my white background never to be seen again. Fortunately it’s outline was visible and I was able to remove Horo from her position within. But lets focus back on this wonderful box and what was provided with Horo. On the front we can see they’ve used a portion of a picture by Sasaki Masashi, one of my favourite Horo pictues and one I’ve used as a wallpaper for seemingly ever now. In addition to ripping off this artwork, there’s some nice colourful shredded paper inside and a yellow handkerchief covering the figures base. Horo herself is sheathed in your average bubble wrap which seems to have done a sufficient job in her long trip from Japan to Canada. All in all the presentation was somewhat poor, but how does the figure stand up?
With the low key presentation of the box and items within it my expectations were lowered somewhat as I unwrapped Horo. First thing I noticed wasn’t how she looked but how she smelled, she smelled very much like the modelling paint you’d find at an art store. The next thing I noticed was how she felt, I kept thinking she had to be wood, she felt light and solid and unlike a PVC figure. This must be what a cold cast figure feels like, it’s definitely different. Following those observations all that was left was how her appearance struck me, and it did strike me. She’s like the girl you meet in a nightclub, under the seizure inducing flash of strobe lights she looks amazing. As closing time nears and the house lights come on, it slowly dawns on you that the hot girl you were dancing with wasn’t quite the looker you thought she was. What’s that? It’s never happened to you? Oh of course, me neither.
It was quite known from the one picture provided on all order pages that this Horo wasn’t going to be top quality workmanship, and despite that I spent the $125 CAD required for her purchase, because she was Horo. But is she really Horo? Well let me share some objective criticism with you on their choice of design. With breasts that large and a tail that small she really can’t be Horo, Horo’s breasts have been shrinking with each volume of the light novel, not getting larger. One of course could then say this Horo comes from before the novel’s take place so her breasts could be any size and I suppose that’s a fair theory, but I refuse to acknowledge it as truth because of that additional point. Look at her tail? It barely looks like it would go past her knees! Horo’s tail is much bigger than that. Additionally, if you’re going to model after the picture you put on the box, include the furs she’s sleeping with in your design. The key advantage of this for me would be to hide those poorly made breasts that are on Horo’s chest. I can understand the adjusted tail position to make it easier to censor, but the lack of furs is just annoying, it makes her pose seem a bit awkward. Thankfully though, finding the power in my mind to ignore those quibbles, her basic design is rather cute and since those breasts aren’t really visible from most of my viewing angles I can overlook the tails smaller size as well.
Horo’s build quality also suffers from some considerable downsides, she’s definitely not a figure one’s meant to view from a close proximity. While her skin tones are quite good and her hair shaded acceptably well, and even the finish on the skin is acceptable in that it’s luster isn’t overly glossy, the figure overall lacks the care of even Taki Corporation. Yes, I said it, Taki Corp has done one better than Global here in some respects. While I would love Horo to colour my soul, I would prefer her colours not paint me externally, Taki Corps Horo managed to do that quite fine, why not Globals? Global’s Horo passed on some of the darker browns in her hair onto my hand. It could possibly have been some excess as I didn’t see any issue with the figure, but there was no mistaking the colour on my hand. The seams on Horo are overly noticeable, I’m not sure why they couldn’t have hidden them better even the ones in plain sight should have been hidden more. The seam in Horos right arm at her elbow is annoyingly apparent as is the seam in her left arm, and head. I don’t have much more to say about her build quality aside from, what is the base supposed to be, because that’s not wheat.
I feel kind of bad at the moment because I’ve typed nearly 1000 words about this figure and I haven’t really said that many positive things. I’ll give that a shot right now though, I’m sure there’s something good to say about her, she is Horo afterall (or is she?). Oh yes, I’ve got one. Horo’s rump is quite splendid indeed, I was rather taken aback when mine eyes viewed it for the first time. It’s so pleasantly shaped and accentuates her sexy figure remarkably well with her narrow waist. While this isn’t and wont be the viewing angle in which Horo will be presented, it is a very nice angle, in fact her bum is excellent from I think every angle. Hmm… what else is good about this figure, oh it’s Horo, did I mention that? Oh I did? … Well ok I guess the only positive things are Horo’s waist and bum.
However unfortunate the figure may be overall in terms of quality and craftsmanship I’m actually somewhat pleased with it, more so after taking those last few pictures. She was definitely over priced but since the manual labour involved was likely not a modern production line I can understand how the cost would be higher. It’s much like paying someone to paint your garage kit and assemble it for you, in fact it’s entirely like that except it comes straight from the manufacturer. It’s this sort of quality though that makes me generally fear doing something like that, paying a large sum of money for something inferior. This time ’round though I knew what the outcome would be a head of time and did so anyway, and honestly, viewing Horo from a distance she’s quite pleasant. Due to this prior knowledge of quality I don’t have the same hate for this obviously inferior Horo as I do Taki Corps where I felt mislead at the time. I look forward to receiving Globals Horo (A Rest in the Forest Ver.) in the future and comparing the quality between the two, as the pictures provided for both figures by the manufacturer seem to indicate a substantial difference in quality. Here’s hopin’!