Good Smile Company’s simplistic Misaka Mikoto figure arrived a week and a half ago and I have to say, I’m a little underwhelmed. But there are some external factors at work here.
Misaka, the star of two series, A Certain Magical Index as well as her very own show A Certain Scientific Railgun. Misaka rose to fame in Magical Index probably because Index herself wasn’t all that interesting a character, and that half the series seemed to focus on Misaka and her story instead (thankfully). Part of me wonders what the appeal of Misaka is, on the surface she’s somewhat bland and tomboyish. Her school uniform is plain an unassuming, her hair is short and simple and she wears shorts under her skirt. But when you get into her character she has some fun quirks, her love of cute, childish things, her insecurities, her thousands upon thousands of clones created for military-grade combat. Wait, what? Seriously? 20,000 to be exact, many of whom are killed, but lets not spoil too much.
Good Smile Company’s Misaka Mikoto has been sculpted by Yokota Ken, which you may remember from last weeks review of Ogata Rina as he sculpted her as well. Misaka being a small Japanese middle school girl makes for a rather small 1/8th scale figure. Only 18 cm tall which, if you do the math means she’s 144 cm (4’8″) in real life. Being such a small figure GSC offered her for a lower price than the average, ¥5,800, which in her release month of July was averaged at $69 CAD, still rather expensive for what you get I think. Personally I snagged her for $52 CAD from AmiAmi, a bit of a deal against the usual prices of figures but again, a bit much. Though, looking back I did feel she was offered a good price…
Before I continue I should probably mention the external factors that have influenced my opinion of Misaka. Misaka arrived with two other figures both of whom are not only more interesting, but better produced as well. Max Factory’s Seena Kanon, as well as Alter’s Momohime. Two figures that are rather hard to live up to within their respective genres. While I would not have liked to break up the shipping for cost reasons, part of me wishes I had as then Misaka arriving alone would have left a better impression on me from the start.
With the bias disclosure out of the way lets get to the nitty gritty. Misaka’s got some problems, seams, she has them. Visible on both her legs, including her puffy stockings, there are seams running up both sides and this is a problem. Being the simple figure she is, one isn’t as distracted by accessories or dynamism and instead drawn more towards the attributes of the characters physique most closely. Enjoying me some legs, I of course checked them out, admired those slender projections protruding downwards from her torso, but continually was distracted by a ridge running up them. It didn’t seem to matter much on lighting and angles as they were on both sides of both legs, ever so annoying to my eye. There is however good news, that’s it, that’s the only true fault in Misaka. I examined her entire body (er… um…) and that’s the worst I could find.
Everything else about Misaka is actually rather well done, which I suspect is a side effect of her simplistic nature. The paintwork on Misaka is what you’d hope to expect, everything is finely painted and within their respective confines, the shading of colours is adequate for effect but plain enough to maintain the drab nature of her school uniform and shorts. The pose is about as dynamic as her uncreative character design as is the ancillary arm and included weapon. Furthermore her pose isn’t out of character like many figures receive. Overall Misaka seems like an average figure that’s been produced with some extra care, something I wish Rina had received a little more of during her creation.
Before Wonder Festival I felt this figure seemed an acceptable Misaka figure, she was much better than the others I’d seen such as cockmongler Misaka as Chag called her or everyone’s favourite figure manufacturer, Taki Corps verison. But after this sculpt by the garage kit producer Sakura Zensen I can hardly like GSC’s. Sakura Zensen’s adds character and casualness to Misaka, she doesn’t feel posed at all and much more candid, a look I really prefer in my figures. It’s one of the main reasons I prefer Volks Horo over Good Smile or Kotos which could arguably be better done, or World is Mine Miku over standard Miku. Casualness is sexy. Be it clothed or nude a casual completely natural and comfortable pose will always be my favourite.
Would have been fun if Misaka came with a pair of proper girls underwear instead of a second arm… for her to wear! Not me!
- Shorts and puffy socks!
- Cute simplistic appearance
- Well painted
- Plain school uniform
- Kind of expensive for her size
- Seams in her legs