Review: figma Tsukihi Araragi

The reviews continue! Today I’ll be looking at figma Tsukihi Araragi by Max Factory.

Like the Araragis before her, Tsukihi comes from the “Monogatari” series. Although she makes brief appearances in Bakemonogatari, Tsukihi along with her sister Karen, is given a more prominent role in Nisemonogatari. When together, the Araragi sisters are known as the “Fire Sisters”–a title well deserved by the fierce pair. Although she may appear gentle, Tsukihi is described by her brother as “hysterical” and is known for her fits.

The fact that all of my scaled figures are wearing kimonos should make it obvious why I purchased Tsukihi. But aside from her appearances, I do prefer Tsukihi over her sister Karen. She was also necessary to complete the Araragi figma family!

Moving along, let’s go ahead and look at the figure.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
As with Karen’s, the graphics on Tsukihi’s box duplicate her special anime opening “Platinum Disco”. This box is another favorite of mine. I love the brown and blue contrasts.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Straight from the box, Tsukihi is sporting her blue mini yukata and an adorable short haircut.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The mini yukata has often confused me. They seem popular in anime, but I’ve had difficulty finding photos of real people wearing them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
On her head, Tsukihi bears the signature Araragi ahoge along with the fried egg ornament that her sister also has.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The egg has a nice glossy finish

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
With the exception of the sleeves, the entire yukata is made of soft PVC with printed flowers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The yukata flap is secured with the same adhesive used on figma blazers. The hold is secure, but I’d suggest not spreading her legs out too much.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The sleeves were sculpted to look as if they are fluttering in the wind which adds a dynamic touch to an otherwise static outfit. The only issue with this is that in some poses, Tsukihi’s sleeves appear to be defying gravity.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The obi is pretty and simple. It looks like a big yellow butterfly!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The slit in the back gives her legs a slightly better range of movement.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
A simple pair of geta completes the summery look.

Tsukihi’s soft PVC yukata was implemented well, but as with a real yukata, leg movement is noticeably limited. I don’t see this as much of a loss though. Tsukihi isn’t much of a dynamic character.

Now let’s take a look at Tsukihi’s optional accessories! Tsukihi comes with the standard three faces.
faces
Smiling, upset, and angry

Thanks to my affinity for sideways glances, I adore the smiling face. It has a simple charm, and I know I’ll be using it a lot in photos. The upset face is a close second, but I’m having difficulty finding anything to like about the third face. Something about the eyes, eyebrows, and mouth(in other words, the whole face) just isn’t working for me.

To compliment her faces, Tsukihi has a wide selection of interchangeable hands.
hands
Top row: fists, open hands, and cupped hands
Bottom row: Hands for holding one of her accessories, special hands to link with Karen, and hands to hold whatever you can think of.

In addition to the standard accessories, Tsukihi also possesses various character specific accessories.

First is a pair of feet so she can be barefoot
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
As with all removable figma feet, they are applied by removing the old feet and slipping the new feet onto the peg left behind.

Next is something every Monogatari figma apparently needs to have: a second head of hair!
second hair weeee
Both hair do’s are quite cute, I can’t decide which I like better!

She also has an awl.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
I actually was not sure what an awl was, and had to look it up. The simplest definition of an awl is a long pointed spike(thanks Wikipedia!). It’s used for making holes in things like wood, but Tsukihi uses it to threaten people.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The awl has a glossy yellow handle and the point is painted with a metallic finish. It fits snugly into her hand.

Next is the pot lid and knife combination Tsukihi wielded after seeing Shinobu in the bath with her brother.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The pot lid is shiny and fits into a special hand. Unfortunately the hand holds the pot rather loosely which makes posing Tsukihi with it rather difficult.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Like the pot lid and awl, the knife also has a metallic finish. A while ago, I would’ve been excited to get a figma knife, but after Yuu Kawamura, I’m afraid they’re not as special to me.

Now that we’ve seen Tsukihi and everything she comes with, let’s take her out for a photo shoot!

The weather is fickle as ever, but on this particular day, it was warm enough for some outdoor pictures! Of course whether or not there’s anything to photograph is another story…

straw

*Update* This was the only photo really salvageable from my original shoot, but thanks to her outfit, Tsukihi has had many photo opportunities since. This includes an Autumn camping trip and spring photo fun!

autumn tsukihi 1
Check out those fall colors!

forest tsukihi
One of my favorite ever photos.

tsukihi parasol

tropical

serenity

earthen crystals

Final Words

Tsukihi may not have exceptional accessories or pose ability, but her cuteness and diverse selection of faces bring a simple charm that can be appreciated regardless. I’d say she’s one of those figmas that doesn’t need to be part of a set, and can even be loved by those who aren’t familiar with the character. I’d recommend her for new collectors(as long as you’re careful not to separate her yukata flap), fans of Nisemonogatari, or anyone who just wants a nice figma. A solid figma release.

5 thoughts on “Review: figma Tsukihi Araragi

  1. Pingback: Swinging into Spring | Never Outgrew Toys

    • Honestly, I’m not huge on either XD I don’t really love any of the girls from Bakemonogatari personality wise. For design and figma, I much prefer Tsukihi though. She’s cute, and I love her yukata ^^

      Like

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s