I’m back with another review! Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve changed my personal posting requirement from one a day to one every other day. I was hoping this would give me more time for things like sewing, but in fact it has decreased my productivity ten fold. Oh no! So even if it results in a doll kimono post every other day, I’m going to get back on my one post a day schedule! And what better way to start up again than by reviewing something I’ve been waiting for for a long time: figma Kirito by Max Factory!
Kirito is from the fairly recent anime Sword Art Online. Kirito is a player in the virtual reality MMO known as Sword Art Online that he and several thousand other players were unknowingly trapped in. Partially by choice and also because of an accident he was involved in early on, Kirito is a solo player throughout most of his time in the game. This allows him to achieve a high level and master sword fighting.
I’ve always loved Kirito(my laptop is named after him >_>). Even before the show started, I decided to watch it just because I thought he was cute. And whether it be because of his cool black coat(you all know I love those) or his wittle chubby cheeks, my love for Kirito has driven me to purchase things I really don’t need just because they have his face on them. Aesthetically, he’s everything I could have hoped for, but sadly it stops there because after intently watching SAO, I have to report that he just isn’t that interesting. Although there was potential in his character(like just about everything in SAO), he comes off as very bland. From the start, Kirito is set aside as the hero of Sword Art Online, and whereas most stories see their heroes grow, Kirito just never does that. He’s trapped in an eternal state of perfection not because he is perfect, but because the story says he is, and this honestly becomes laughable after a while. In the ALO arc I could even say I dislike him, but unless we end up getting an ALO Kirito figma, I will spare you of that rant. As with all Sword Art Online related things, I like to pretend everything past those first few episodes was a bad dream.
In spite of my disappointment regarding Sword Art Online, I never could turn my back on Kirito, so I still gleefully collect his merchandise. My most recent review was on his unbearably cute nendoroid, and now I’m happy to finally be back in my element with a figma. Will figma Kirito be everything I want him to be, or fall flat like the anime version? Let’s find out!
Due to several consecutive rainy days, I was unable to review Kirito outside like usual. This review was photographed inside with the piece of equipment I’m most reluctant to learn to use: the off-camera flash
Kirito’s box is dark blue with a digital theme. The stray pixels and honeycomb pattern reinforce the cyber context of the anime while making the box appear quite masculine.
When the prototype was first previewed, there was some concern over his skin being too tan, and although he is definitely more tan than the nendoroid, I’m happy to see that Kirito’s complexion turned out ok.
There are some bizarre seam lines from the side, but that is excusable since he’s 1/12 scale.
Also notice the overall lack of gradient. His hair is pretty much straight black. This isn’t necessarily bad, just something to notice.
Now get a look at those muscle–oh sorry, Kirito. He is rocking that “V” neck though.
The lines on his coat were hand painted and are fairly precise. The metal part of his scabbard strap does not utilize metallic paint like usual, but is plain grey. Interesting.
And although this is a bizarre critique, I wish that instead of sculpting him with a tucked in shirt, they’d have made it free flowing so that his stomach could be seen a little underneath(figma Kirino is like this). I’m not exactly after Kirito fanservice, but I think this would have added additional dynamics to his all-black outfit, and if you look at official Kirito artwork, his shirt is sometimes depicted this way.
The collar is made of soft PVC to allow for better head movement and his shoulders have little cuts in the soft PVC to let him move his arms. This is essential for a sword fighter!
Also notice the folds around the metal plate oh his sleeve. It’s like the metal is displacing the fabric! I love these subtle details~
With Kirito himself thoroughly scrutinized, let’s move on and see what he comes with!
The neutral face took some getting used to. It’s definitely neutral, but I find it almost too neutral. The face is completely void of emotion and is actually quite womanly if you stare at it for a while. Just a slant of the eyebrows to convey some emotion would have made this face more versatile.
When looking at the prototype, the angry face was my least favorite. But seeing it now, I think it resembles anime Kirito the most. I’ve found it to be most useful for fighting scenes or comedic purposes. Sadly it doesn’t work so well for “cool guy standing” poses which I find myself doing more often.
The embarrassed face is what I like to see on figmas since it brings out personality in the character beyond the obligatory happy and serious faces. This face is great fodder for abuse and will make Kirito much more fun to combine with Asuna. I can’t wait!
Just because Kirito has gloves and is limited to using the hands he came with, I’d have liked to see one more pair. Maybe pointing?
It’s also helpful to know that his sword gripping hands(they’re pointed down more) are very tight and to avoid breaking the sword, need to be loosened up a bit before inserting it.
These accessories are standard figma fair, so let’s see what makes Kirito different: his character specific accessories!
Elucidator looks good, but I did have a problem with it. Remember my warning about loosening up the hand before inserting the sword? Well, I didn’t do that…and Elucidator broke. The snapped handle was easy to fix with crazy glue until it broke again. The second time, my hand slipped and Elucidator became Egluecidator. The sword is ok now, but it’s handle is weak and needs to be handled(ahaha) with care.
Being the protagonist, Kirito eventually becomes the only dual swordsman in the game, so he also has his second sword.
Dark Repulsor! Contrary to it’s name, Dark Repulsor is neither dark nor repulsive.
And to aid in displaying both swords on his back, there is a double version of the earlier piece. The scabbards slide easily into their respective places and one side can be twisted to ensure the placement is correct.
To avoid breaking anything, I’ll just show one of the effects which still looks cool!
But do be careful not to push the sword too far into the part or it could get stuck. I had to break out the hair dryer.
These swords gave me a lot of trouble which is unfortunate since they are very important accessories for Kirito and I’d like to use them without fear of breakage.
His accessories are fine, but there could have been more. Why was there not a menu screen or teleportation crystals? And where’s that sandwich?! He has the bare minimum, but could have been better.
Now that we’ve seen Kirito and everything he comes with, let’s take him out for the fun part: his photo shoot!
I’ve been waiting for Kirito for a long time, so I wanted to do my best on this shoot. But I’d really like to start putting more effort into my photo shoots overall, so I made sure to test myself to do the best I can!
The fun thing about having a figma and nendoroid? You can put them together and take adorable photos!
I call this one “Daddy and Me”. I think the matching scarves really cement their relationship. Yes.
This is where the effort came in! I took a similar photo way back with different figures but wanted to do it better this time. At first I just set Kirito and baby Kirito up in the playset with some stuffed animals and the same blanket I always use. But then I thought “No! I’m going to try this time!”. So I sewed the quilt(not doing that again for a while) and curtains and gathered more props. This is the most time I’ve spent setting up a picture, and although I wish the light was more sophisticated, I’m pretty happy with it!
Anime BRS is still the coolest figma I have. I just love how she poses >_< Her review can be found here in case anyone is interested.
I bet he’s the secret lovechild of BRS and Kiritsugu Emiya
Quality wise, Kirito is a great figma. He’s solid, well painted, and poses well. But when it comes to playability, he’s what you make of him. I had a lot of fun because I’ve been wanting him for a long time, but I could easily see him being boring for someone who is less entranced. I’m looking forward to bringing him back for Asuna!