Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Figma Kenshin Uesugi Part 1

It's supposed to be cutesy, not creepy

Starting a new review series on an action figure from the Figma series to squeeze in a cutie before the end of the month. ^^

Figma Kenshin Uesugi
Production company: Max Factory
Release date: March 2012
Price: 3,619 Yen (exclusive of tax).
Merchandise link

Much like the previously reviewed Inori Yuzuriha from the same action figure series, I have no idea about the backstory of Kenshin Uesugi (this Samurai girl version, not the actual historical character) before getting the figure. ^^ The character's image of being a katana-wielding, Samurai armor-clad girl is most appealing to me, ^^ and since she's also an action figure, the ability of having her in various action poses with her sword just makes her even more interesting. ^^ I think I have a few other action figures in my collection that I bought just out of those simple "reasons". ^^

Front view of the box.

Unfortunately, the default face part of Kenshin wasn't attached to the head securely when the figure was packaged, and had fallen out on the tray. ^^;
Instead of being cute, Kenshin looks really creepy now. ^^;

Come to think of it, the story behind the purchase of Kenshin Uesugi is pretty close to that of Meiya Mitsurugi for me. ^^

On the other hand, I must say that I was quite surprised when I found out the origin of this character. ^^ I never played "Rance Quest", or any of the "Rance" titles, so the inclusion of a well-known Japanese warlord from real history as a female character in an ero game is quite bold of the designers to say the least. ^^ Then again, perhaps that is to be expected, since it's Japan we're talking about here. XD When even actual battleships, aircraft carriers, submarines and others can be turned into cutesy girls, the design with historical figures actually seems pretty normal. XD

However, just in terms of character design, I'm glad that Kenshin is given the image of powerful warrior, much like the actual historical figure. ^^

Product label

Merchandising seal of Alice Soft, the game publisher responsible for the release of the entire "Rance" series.

Except for its set of option hand units and Figma stand, the content of this Figma figure can be seen easily through the front window.

Typical Figma design on all sides of the box.

Introduction of the figure on the back of the box.

Box open.

Instructions (in Japanese text ^^;) on how to swap between the face and fringe parts.


Front view of the tray without the backdrop.

Tray content without the top cover.

Just so that the content images can be less awkward-looking, Kenshin's loosened face part is re-secured to her head. ^^

Closer look at the content.

Rear view of the tray.

Closer look at the details.

A clear plastic holder that separates Kenshin's hair from her back is meant to keep the figure's neck joint in an upright position, and to prevent the different parts' colors from sticking to one another perhaps.

Two of the three swords are placed in a smaller plastic container that separates them from the third one on the main tray.

The folded instruction sheet from the content.

The instruction sheet shows the content list, and configuration methods for the helmet and sheath.

The backdrop design certainly matches the figure's color scheme. ^^

The cover skin cutout section intended for di:stage display base.

Straight out of box display of Kenshin Uesugi. ^^

A look at Figma Kenshin Uesugi's accessories and option parts in the next posting. ^^

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