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.
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.
Now why not get a better look at those details? First is Kurisu.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Now for Okabe.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Now for the character specific accessories which are a must for any figma!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.