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.
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.
Straight from the box, Tsukihi is sporting her blue mini yukata and an adorable short haircut.
The mini yukata has often confused me. They seem popular in anime, but I’ve had difficulty finding photos of real people wearing them.
On her head, Tsukihi bears the signature Araragi ahoge along with the fried egg ornament that her sister also has.
The egg has a nice glossy finish
With the exception of the sleeves, the entire yukata is made of soft PVC with printed flowers.
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.
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.
The obi is pretty and simple. It looks like a big yellow butterfly!
The slit in the back gives her legs a slightly better range of movement.
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.
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.
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
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!
Both hair do’s are quite cute, I can’t decide which I like better!
She also has an awl.
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.
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.
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.
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…
*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!
Check out those fall colors!
One of my favorite ever photos.
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.