And now for another older figma~ Let’s look at figma Mami Tomoe by Max Factory!
Mami Tomoe comes from the genre-shattering magical girl anime, Puella Magi Madoka Magica. After saving Madoka and Sayaka from a witch’s deadly labyrinth, Mami becomes the girls’ mentor in the admirable yet dangerous world of fighting witches as a magical girl. Mami is a year older than the other girls which combined with her hospitality and grace, makes Mami perfect for her role. Sadly, her time in the anime is short for reasons I will leave out for the sake of spoilers. And as the show progresses, we also learn that although powerful, Mami proves to be unstable when faced with the truth.
I’ve never had a favorite Puella Magi. In fact, my feelings always drift from one to another, and reviewing the girls reminds me of just what I like about each of them. What I like about Mami is her class. She looks very sensible, and is always calm and collected(never mind episode 10). She gives off the ojou sama vibe while still appearing warm and approachable. And I really think that Mami was the perfect character to swing the show into motion.
Mami’s image color is yellow, so her box is bright yellow to match! It’s also covered in magical swirls and stars and is red on the inside. As with most figmas, the red backing contains a Di;stage punch out that can be used when displaying Mami.
And on the side of her head is a small gold hair clip along with her signature swirly pig tails. The clip is painted a metallic gold, and I feel that it’s size adds a pinch of charm to Mami’s hair without clashing with the larger pin on her hat.
And let’s not forget those drills! As with most figma hairstyles like this, the hair is jointed. But movement is limited since because a figma joint would be too large, each pigtail uses a small ball joint instead. This joint is rather fragile, so care should be taken when moving them.
Of course the jewel of Mami’s head is her hat which bears her soul gem.
The hat is a plum purple and has a fluffy white feather coming from it. The seams are obvious up close, but not so much when viewed from far away.
Her orange soul gem is encased in a gold flower, and both are painted with metallic paint. Rather than paint, a transparent orange soul gem would have been a nice touch, but I suppose that’s a detail to be expected on a scaled figure, so a painted soul gem is fine.
The front of Mami’s costume has many details to admire.
First is the cheery yellow ribbon which is able to be unraveled and aide Mami while she fights. There is also a fine yellow line which runs down her bust and into a brown corset which accentuates her waist. Notice how well the yellow lines and corset details are painted!
Breaking from Mami’s puffy sleeves are detached sleeves and fingerless gloves. Painting on the gloves is a tad messier than I’ve seen on other figmas with similar gloves. The detached sleeves have creases sculpted into them.
Not just the material, but the sculpt of the skirt improves pose ability. With it, Mami is able to have a decent amount of leg movement. Not enough to sit, but better than if the skirt had been hard PVC.
Now let’s check out some of what makes Mami shine. Her accessories! First are the figma necessities.
I really love Mami’s droopy eyes, and I think that her gentleness is well represented with the first face while her charm(especially when fighting) comes out with the second. The third is a must for recreating pivotal Mami scenes, so I’m glad it was included.
Mami fights with an endless supply of pearly white muskets. And since infinite muskets cannot be included with the figma, we get six which is still a good amount!
Anyone who has seen Mami fight would be familiar with the image of her surrounded by unused muskets. To help us create that, clear stands for the muskets are provided.
Once placed in the holder, they are able to stand up by themselves. But most likely because of their height, the guns are not very stable on slanted or textured surfaces, so you do have to be aware of where you place them.
It’s clear that the separate soul gem was included to recreate the scenes where Mami removes her hat while fighting. The problem is that with a soul gem on her hat and on her head, Mami would then have two soul gems which isn’t possible.
Mami’s final accessory is none other than
her best friend forever the Dessert Witch, Charlotte!
Although it is unfortunate that Charlotte’s second form was not part of the package, considering the sixe it would need to be to be accurate, I understand why it did not come with Mami. The same can be said for Tiro Finale.
Now that we’ve seen Mami, let’s take her out for some pictures!
This is from my Mami Tomoe Uniform ver Review. Making use of uniform Mami’s faces gives Mami even more playability. I feel that Mami’s faces are sufficient, but having uniform Mami as well is really the icing on the cake.
Uniform Mami can also use faces from magical Mami!
But having Mami pictures already on hand isn’t an excuse to not take more! Having so many figmas around, it does certainly feel like a lot of the older ones get neglected, so I like going back and giving them new life with another photo shoot. After browsing a few reviews, I realized that I’ve neglected to utilize Mami’s muskets in any action shots. Action shots have never been my forte. Aside from not being able to create any convincing fighting poses, I often struggle with choosing a background since many of my plain backgrounds do not do justice to epic poses. I lack the materials to construct a super cool background, so ended up going with plain white. I placed Mami in front of a sheer curtain with some paper underneath, and lengthened the exposure while increasing the ISO to give me a super white image. Even is it is very plain, I’m just happy to be able to work with a set up like this and it will take every fiber of my being to resist recycling it for every review of a fighting character.
Going back to play with Mami made me notice something that I’d failed to notice previously– she has a lot of personality! With a unique and well-executed outfit, Mami certainly looks different than the average figma, and her well-chosen faces add to that. Mami is a must-have for Puella Magi collectors, but I think she would work well on her own as well, and wouldn’t be a bad figma for someone new to pick up. And if you do have Mami, getting her uniform version as well isn’t a bad idea. Having more faces along with a tea cup is wonderful!