For three days now, this poor figma has been waiting to be reviewed. Even with the review already written, it seems the world has been against her getting a proper review. Well she’s been patient and her wait is finally over. It’s time for figma Sayaka Miki by Max Factory!
Sayaka is the best friend of Madoka Kaname in the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Sayaka is a friendly girl who always wants to do what’s right–even when it’s not best for her.
Sayaka is the fourth Puella Magi to be figmatized(behind Madoka, Homura, and Mami) in her magical girl costume. So far this is her only figma, but since Madoka and Homura have already gotten school uniorm versions, we just might see another.
With the basic information out of the way, we can take a look at Sayaka!
Even with the occassional overpainting, I’m very happy with how she looks. The sculpting is clean and the figure looks just like Sayaka does in the anime.
Asthetically Sayaka is everything I hoped for, but I cannot say the same about her articulation.
After opening and playing around with this figma, I got the impression that she was very stiff. Usually this stiffness is only because the figma is new and goes away with time. Unfortunately for Sayaka, her problems are the result of design. The problems are with her skirt and waist joint.
The majority of skirt wearing female figmas have a split in the side of their skirt so that the skirt does not restrict leg movement. The problem with Sayaka is that her skirt does not have this split. Look at the picture below to see what I’m talking about.
Above you see Kirino Kousaka(a school girl) who has the split and Sayaka(a fighting magical girl) who does not have it.
This may seem like nitpicking until you see the movement allowed by the skirt split.
Here is what the split lets Kirino do:
Mighty Kirino Kick! Look at how high up that leg goes!
Do you see why the split is important now? She also cannot sit. Considering Sayaka is a fighting character, the only reason I can think of to emit the split(Hey! That rhymes) would be design. Perhaps it was not possible with an assymetrical skirt? Who knows…
Now for my problem with the waist joint:
The problem with Sayaka’s waist joint is that she does not have one. Instead she has a chest joint. Since there is no waist joint, her lower body movement is hindered severely and this combines with her skirt to make her very stiff from the chest down.
Aside from these issues, Sayaka has the standard figma joints and they move beautifully.
Ok, ok I’m done complaining. Let’s move on to the accessories now!
The faces are good quality. They are printed cleanly and none are too loose or tight, but I do have to question whether they were the right choice for Sayaka. Fans of Madoka Magica will know that Sayaka’s experience as a magical girl is not exactly pleasant and a lack of faces to express that is dissapointing. Perhaps we will see more fitting faces on the school uniform version I’m hoping for.
To help you emulate the unique atmosphere of Madoka Magica, Max Factory has provided a circular base to display the swords on.
The base is cardboard, but is of high quality and should stay in tact if you are careful with it.
Well now that we’re acquainted with Sayaka, let’s see what she can do. It’s time for some fun shots!
I did alot more complaining in this review than I intended, but despite that complaining I still love my Sayaka. She’s a must get to complete the Puella Magi set and is a cool looking figma in general. The shortcomings in poseability are minor if you really love her.