Double Review: Figma Kurisu Makise Lab Coat ver. & Okabe Rintarou

A double review? What on earth is a double review? Well, it’s just what is sounds like: today we’ll be looking at two figures at once! And these figures are two who are so similar(you could even say inseparable) that I felt it would be a crime to not showcase them together. I present you: figma Kurisu Makise Lab Coat ver. and Okabe Rintarou by Max Factory!

*note* These figures are separate releases. Do not expect to find them bundled together*

Okabe and Kurisu come to us from the visual novel-turned anime Steins;Gate. Not being a VN player, I was introduced to Steins;Gate by the anime, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Steins;Gate was the first anime I watched weekly(something I still try to do but often fall behind on) which greatly contributed to the suspense in the second half of the series. The story has to do with time travel and features and intricate and tightly woven plot with outcomes reliant on what are sometimes miniscule events in the past. If Steins;Gate teaches you anything, it’s that you shouldn’t mess with the past unless you’re prepared to fix it. The very nature of the story makes it an excellent candidate for re-watching, but what draws audiences to Steins;Gate is not just the plot, but the characters. The show’s cast is made of remarkably colorful characters who manage to always feel genuine. At the heart of the story are the interactions between Mad Scientist Okabe Rintarou and actual scientist Kurisu Makise. Okabe is a slightly nutty gentleman who operates his own lab/hang out spot in a rented room above a TV shop. One of his most identifiable traits is his mad scientist persona which is complete with a lab coat, faulty experiments, a maniacal laugh, and even fake phone calls to a nonexistent organization. On the contrary, Kurisu is a the daughter of a notable scientist and has had her own research published. By the choice of Steins;Gate, the two meet and are united by their affinity for lab coats and Dr. Pepper among other things. Of course the their interactions are not without bumps as Okabe is prone to teasing and Kurisu possesses tsundere tendencies. These are just a few things which help to make Steins;Gate so grand.

A figma of Kurisu in her casual garb was released at the time the anime aired, but it was not until the movie that we were treated to a figma of Kurisu in her lab coat along with the long awaited and greatly demanded Okabe.
Being a fan, I immediately added these two to my collection.

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Gears are a recurring motif in Steins;Gate, so both boxes are appropriately covered in them. Okabe’s is light brown while Kurisu’s has a pink and blue combination.
It is important to note that although released after Miku 2.0, Okabe and Kurisu number before 200 which means they still use the pegged hands and classic box design.

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Side by side, the height difference between the two is quite noticeable.

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On a side note, character design for Steins;Gate was done by Huke who is perhaps best known for Black Rock Shooter. A glance at the character’s eyes is sure to dispel any doubt of this.

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The two look professional from the back at least.

Now why not get a better look at those details? First is Kurisu.

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When compared to my first release casual Kurisu, the lab coat version’s hair is actually lighter. There’s also a small “chip” in her hair paint which hopefully won’t be too noticeable in shots taken farther away. For whatever reason, I find hair “chips” to be common among Kurisu figmas.

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The casual figma has hard PVC hair in the back, but lab coat Kurisu’s back hair is made of soft bendable PVC. This may very well be the cause for the lighter color.
As for sculpt, her hair has a lovely sweeping effect to it. Maybe not the overall most detailed figma hair I’ve seen, but it looks silky at the ends!

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Kurisu’s white top, red tie, and lab coat are made entirely of soft PVC. This prevents the tie from snapping, but sadly does leave it susceptible to bleeding into the white shirt. To help avoid this, I’d recommend never placing your fingers over the tie while holding her torso and changing pieces since the pressure could cause the tie to bleed(it happened a bit with my other Kurisu). Instead, place your finger under the tie so that it does not touch the white shirt. Just make sure your hands are clean!

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The white coat hugs her body near the top and flares out around her legs.

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The bold colors on her belt look even better with the lab coat, and her shorts have nice wrinkles sculpted into them. The portion of the shorts attached to her torso are made of soft PVC while the part on her legs is hard. The soft PVC aids in sitting, but be careful not to leave her sitting for too long because the soft PVC stretches out a bit and does not hug so closely to her torso.

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I feel there are few who can successfully pull off the shorts/tights combo, but anything works in anime.
Kurisu’s legs are long and slender which is greatly accentuated by the black.

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As mentioned before, her entire coat is soft PVC with the back being a solid piece. Most figma coats and capes have joints in the back which help them to sit, but Kurisu’s coat has no joints. This makes sitting difficult if not impossible for her which was a disappointing revelation during her photo shoot.

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Kurisu wears a white coat only while in the lab, so instead of her black boots, this figma sports green indoor slippers. The slippers are her only foot wear and can be removed.

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The removable slippers are both great and a nuisance since they provide the option to have tiny slippers but are also very easy to lose track of if you’re not careful(I display Kurisu without to slippers to avoid losing them).
At least the slippers cling decently to her feet. I also find her feet sans slippers to be painfully cute which is another plus.

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As for pose ability, Kurisu’s is akin to that of the average figma with only sitting and looking up being majorly restricted.

Now for Okabe.

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Okabe features a slicked back/spiky hair do and even has stubble on his face! How manly.
After Kiritsugu, Okabe is my second figma with stubble.

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His spiky hair and sideburns can be better seen from the side.

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Such spiky so hair

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Okabe’s shirt and the top of his coat are soft PVC.

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In his breast pocket is a red pen.

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The stand fits comfortably into his back.

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Okabe’s pants are khaki and the bit of his belt that hangs down is soft PVC to prevent breaking.
Unfortunately my Okabe’s left leg is far from perfect as it is quite loose and often falls out of the socket. Some would ask for a replacement, but it would be too much trouble for me as I don’t see it as too serious a problem.

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Whereas Kurisu’s back coat was a single soft piece, Okabe’s coattails are hard and jointed. Thanks to these, he can be more dynamic and is able to sit.

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Okabe also comes with a pair of removable green slippers. They can easily be differentiated from Kurisu’s because Okabe’s are obviously larger.

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However, Okabe’s slippers are a far greater pain because at least one of them does not want to stay on his foot. I eventually had to remove them during the review.
Without the slippers, he has the figma potato feet we’ve all come to expect.

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Without long hair and with a jointed coat, Okabe’s pose ability is in a great spot as far as figmas go.

But with their zany personalities, our mad scientist pair deserves a host of accessories, so let’s see what they come with.

First is Kurisu!

Three faces are included with Kurisu:
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Glaring, embarrassed, and satisfied

This version’s faces are vastly superior in my opinion. One problem I had with the original Kurisu was that her faces(stern, yelling, and winking) did not really reflect Kurisu’s true personality, or at least the fun parts of it. But with these faces, it is much easier to create faithful scenes.
I like all three faces equally(notice that two of them are my favorite sideways glances), and even the glaring face which is similar to original Kurisu’s default face adds some life to the expression by making her look angry. These faces were just what Kurisu needed, and combining them with the casual version’s faces provides a great selection.

Kurisu also has five pairs of hands
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Okabe also has three faces
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listless, confident, and worried

Not a face was wasted for Okabe. Being the mad scientist he is, Okabe has many memorable scenes and expressions, and Max Factory did a great job at picking the essentials. With such liveliness, Okabe is sure to be a fun character to photograph.
My only complaint is that the second two faces somehow appear crooked. This may very well have been intentional since they are silly faces, but it can sometimes throw off a photo.

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Okabe also has five pairs of hands, several of which are for use with his accessories.

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There is also a sixth hand which does not have a partner and is also meant for an accessory.

Now for the character specific accessories which are a must for any figma!

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First is what GSC’s website refers to as Future Gadget #12 ‘Darling no Baka’. Both figmas and their accessories are officially from the Steins;Gate movie which I by all means intended to watch before writing this review, but never ended up doing. I’ll get to it one day, and hopefully it will not fill me with deep conflicting emotions like the Madoka movie did.

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The Future gadget itself is attached to an optional forearm which means that Kurisu’s regular arms must be removed to put it on. Thankfully, the arm comes off very smoothly and my heart rate did not spiral out of control while inserting the new arm.
The Future Gadget is attached to the forearm only, so a hand must also be inserted. The default hand is a relaxed one, but in case you want to use a different hand, a small soft PVC piece is included.

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Using the small piece, Kurisu can point and wear the gadget. Woohoo

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Next is a pair of arms that allows Kurisu to put her hands in her pockets like a real scientist!

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These accessories are also separate forearms. And if you hoped otherwise, I might as well tell you now that all of Kurisu’s accessories are arm related. Arms are important!

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My favorite part about arms like this is how silly they look when taken out of the pockets.

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Kurisu’s final accessory? What did you expect? We have crossed arms!
Kurisu is my third figma with the crossed arms accessory but the first where I’ve actually used the arms.

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Crossed arms look great, but often worry me because not only do you need to remove both arms entirely, you need to push them together in a way that feels super risky. However, if you have faith that they’ll come together, you’ll see that it’s quite easy, and using the arms after that is not nearly as nerve wracking.

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A close up of the sculpted wrinkles on the arms. For those curious, my other figmas with crossed arms are casual Kurisu and Kirino. Both Kurisu figmas come with arms like this because Kurisu is  this way on the Steins;Gate box art. The more you know.

Now for Okabe who thankfully has not nearly as many arm related accessories.

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First for Okabe is a cell phone! Much of the VN gameplay relies on the phone and Okabe uses it often to receive messages and answer calls from the “organization”. In fact were it not for this phone, much of Steins;Gate wouldn’t have happened.

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Steins;Gate takes place in Japan in 2010, so there are no smart phones to see here. In fact Spiderman is the only figma I can think of with one.

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The next accessory is another from the movie: ‘Bit Particle Cannon’.

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The bit cannon is very colorful and makes a vibrant accessory. It uses the sixth partnerless hand shown earlier and can be removed from the hand.

Okabe also comes with his own Future Gadget #12 which looks just like Kurisu’s, but is not attached to an arm making it very easy to lose track of.

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Another accessory of Okabe’s? Arms!
(Strut Okabe, strut!)

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The arms operate just like Kurisu’s and fit into Okabe’s pockets which are deeper.

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Okabe’s final accessory is none other than a pair of shoes!
Unlike Kurisu, Okabe wears his lab coat outside, so these shoes are needed for properly recreating any scenes of him outside the lab.
(Pose, Okabe, pose!)

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The shoes are simple brown with sculpted details. Th put them on, simply remove his bare feet, and put the shoe feet on.

As far as accessories go for both, my only major disappointment is that neither comes with Dr. Pepper. Only original Kurisu had a bottle, and I think it’s a shame that at least Okabe does not have one as well.

Now that we’ve rigorously reviewed both Okabe and Kurisu, let’s get them ready for not just a photo shoot, but a double photo shoot!

For Kurisu and Okabe, I wanted to do something special. I received these figures in December which is in the midst of my yearly winter blues in which I feel like the creativity has been leeched from me. Not wanting these two to have the simple generic photos I often resort to producing in the winter, I decided to try set building. Many wonderful figure photographers build their own sets and create equally wonderful photos, so how hard could it be? That was the question I regretted asking as I realized that set building actually is not so easy– especially when you may not necessarily have the proper tools or are straight line impaired. Still building the set was fun, and it looks decent from far away which is not a bad start. Now with this one project under my belt, I can research how to build one properly and perhaps know what I am doing.

The set I made for Kurisu and Okabe is a lab just for them! Instead of attempting to recreate the anime version, I just decided to make up my own room with lab inspired decorations.

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I painted the doors and other wooden things red to compliment Kurisu’s tie.

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The winking face is of course from casual Kurisu while the pen hand belongs to Hitagi Senjougahara.

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Okabe takes some time to relax.

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Making new discoveries together.

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Energy for science!
Fun fact: the chalk board behind them is a vinyl label that can be written on with real chalk!

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Together Okabe and Kurisu utilize the power of science to answer the age old question of what really happens when you give a mouse a cookie.

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Lab rats.

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Professor Kurisu!

I had many ideas but after a month or two of never getting to them, I figured it was best to just publish the review with what photos I had taken, and in the end I am happy with what I have.

Final Words

If you’re a Steins;Gate fan, these two are a no-brainer. Both represent the characters well especially with their faces and make a perfect pair. Kurisu adds a dash of cuteness that was not present in the original figma, and Okabe has expressions that anyone can appreciate. Fans are sure to love them, and those unfamiliar can decide for themselves whether or not the accessories make these two worth a buy.

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8 thoughts on “Double Review: Figma Kurisu Makise Lab Coat ver. & Okabe Rintarou

  1. This is a very weird coincidence, since my little sister just got theses two a few hours before your review popped up. What timing

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  2. A Review, do my eyes decieve me! Aw man, I haven’t seen the new Madoka movie yet, but no seems to like it, do you think I should bother? I like these two a lot, they’ve got personality to their figmas, something I find great for photos and display. Nice photos, you’ve sure prepared an elaborate dio, I’d say. Sewing and customizing is what’s in these days, though you’ll never reach my level, hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe!

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    • Don’t rub it in XD These two have been just lying around for months. Same for Ui and Nodoka =_=’

      What makes watching the Madoka movie tough– at least if like me you thoroughly enjoyed how the series ended– is that it smashes up everything the series ended with. I believe a reviewer for Anime News Network phrased my thoughts quite well, so I’ll quote him rather than trying to explain it myself.

      (begin quote)”Well, let’s say that Madoka Magica, the story as concluded by the TV series or the first two movies, is an ice sculpture, flawlessly crafted with all the loose shards of snow brushed away to reveal a pristine creation with precise edges and curves in all the right places. It is a finished work of art. However, the powers-that-be decide that more entertainment can be gotten out of this sculpture, even if there’s no more work to be done on the surface. They have two options. They can watch it melt, slowly, (through episodic installments of the girls fighting the darkness, introducing new magical girls, Shonen Jump-style, ad infinitum.) Or they can stick a charge on that baby and blow it up. Rebellion blasts the franchise sky high, which results in an experience about as satisfying and horrifying as that sounds, and demands to be seen, although not necessarily enjoyed.”(end quote)

      I think it can be agreed on that the series’ end was rather conclusive with little more to elaborate on other than playful theorizing. There was an unfortunate sacrifice in Madoka’s wish, but I found it beautiful and the scene where Madoka’s arrows pierce distance and time to give magical girls hope admittedly makes me tear up every time I watch it. There was also a sense of purity in Madoka and Homura’s friendship as both selflessly protected and fought for each other. Obviously the movie focuses a lot on the two, and the end result taints a lot of those feelings and twists what the original series presented as genuine motives.
      The movie itself has wonderful animation and is a joy to watch, and had it not been for the last 15 or so minutes, I would have loved it just like everything else Madoka. The very end felt like a fanfic, and I was actually shocked when it ended like that.
      Because of how unsatisfied I was with the ending, I’m treating it as an alternate story, but not the true end to the series for my sanity’s sake. I’ll just end by saying, don’t take the title “Rebellion” lightly.

      I always love seeing personality in figmas which is why I love the Cinderella Girls line(even if I don’t have any of them). Sometimes releases are so bland.

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      • It’s fine, I got hooked on your site because of your reviews, I’ll always read them. That’s dissapointing to hear about the Madoka movie considering this is one of my three favorite anime of all time. Your analysis struck an interesting point about how a work should be left alone, and the way big businesses work.
        I feel that the Madoka franchise just became too popular overnight, that no one expected it. Urobuchi didn’t even achieve this sort of popularity with Fate/Zero which was related to one of the most popular visual novels. I guess Nitroplus saw how popular the franchise was and thus licensed it to death. Even if it wasn’t for Rebeliion, they would of gotten rich of off the other two films, which were essentially just HD rereleases. A good example is the Madoka PSP Game which was released back when it wasn’t as popular had depth and creativity to it, with new plot threads that don’t interfere with the main plot.. The new PS3 game is just a quick gimmicky beat me up cash in that brings nothing new to the table for both Madoka and video games.
        A good example of a movie done right off a franchise is the Evangelion Rebuild Films, which offer up a retelling. Rather than try for some awkward continuation of either the TV or original Film series ending, thy added new characters, changed some scenarios to keep it interesting, took out most of the fluff, and toned down some of the more extreme personalities to fit something more realistic. It kept the same basic themes, and plot, while adding some complexes and not giving you a strong sense of Deja Vu.
        The main reason I buy figmas is because they have more personality than most other lines. When I used to buy lines Marvel Legends I was disappointed with how they would always have the same blank headsculpts. It usually didn’t show the personality of the character and make them look as vanilla as possible. If you have to pick up one Cindarella Girl, I’d recommend Mika. I like her because all of her faces represent something different. Even her default smile has personality, a big playful grin, in contrast to some blank default faces like Yuno’s figma. Labcoat Kurisu and Okabe are great examples as their faces don’t just match up with the show but highlight their personality’s. Kurisu’s default face works for anger, annoyance, disgust, determination and other emotions depending on how you pose her. I particularly like the way that the eyebrows are cocked unevenly as it makes her seem more natural, like she just moved her facial feature. With her arms crossed and her head cocked, she looks like she’s seconds away from screaming “Okabe, you dolt!”. Another one of my favorites is Medicom’s Yuno, who has lots of personality in all three faces. Her default smile even looks slightly unhinged or uncanny reflecting her personality. Her angry face can also be used to represent a variety of emotions like disgust and jealousy. In short, I love faces which represent multiple facets of a character’s personality.
        Your analysis on the movie was interesting and I’d be curious to see your thoughts on the Steins;Gate movie when you do see it.

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    • Oh my gosh you must watch it! Especially if you already have the figures! The first half is a little mundane, but you have to pay attention to it for the awesome second half that it’s setting up for!

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  3. Haha, the “give a mouse a cookie was hilarious, in my opinion >w< Another great review! And your setup looked awesome, by the way ^w^

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