2 Month Loot Bonanza

It’s been a while since we’ve had a loot post hasn’t it?

Usually I compile all of my goodies with figures into a single loot post. However this summer, I received many things when my room was a total mess from redecorating. Rather than trying to get all of those things together again, I’ll refer to that batch as “The Lost Loot”, and just move on to my most recent loot batch which is this one! Those other items will pop up in reviews eventually anyway.

Moving on, these are my items from June and July!

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Tamaki’s Yukata

From the time that I preordered my beloved Tamaki to the when I finally got her, I had a lot to think about. One thing was why on earth I was buying a doll, and the other was what I wanted her to wear. After poring over Azone’s promotional shots, and considering Caster’s backstory, I decided that I wanted her to dress in a traditional Japanese style. This would call for one of my favorite clothing items: kimonos!

Somehow figure collecting has helped me develop a fascination for kimonos and outfits inspired by them. I believe this love was awoken by Fractale’s bubbly Nessa(too bad the show didn’t live up to the hype. I’d have like more Nessa figures), but wherever it came from, this fascination has greatly influenced my scaled figure collection(my rule is that they all need to be in something resembling a kimono) and myself to the point that I actually purchased a yukata to wear to conventions.

Since Caster’s default costume is reminiscent of a kimono, I knew that retaining that Japanese vibe would be ideal for keeping her in character. The problem was that not only were the majority of Azone’s Pureneemo kimonos sold out, they cost around $30 each. Considering my collection, this may be a shock, but I am painfully frugal. Figures are pretty much the only thing I buy, and spending $30 on clothes that aren’t even for myself is out of the question. My solution to this problem was to make clothes for Tamaki instead! I’d almost given up hope on finding a suitable kimono pattern when a user on figure.fm posted a Dollfie Dream kimono that they’d made. They graciously mentioned where the pattern was from, and using a copy machine, I was able to shrink the pattern to Pureneemo size.

So now Tamaki finally has her very own yukata! I ended up making a yukata since they’re very casual and I don’t have the proper fabric to replicate a fancier type of kimono.

I have to give credit to my mom for actually sewing this one together, but I made the obi(had to use an obi pattern different from the one supplied for a more authentic look) and will be sewing Tamaki’s next yukata.

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I wanted to make a white yukata first so that it could serve as underclothes for any future colorful yukata to avoid staining.

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The only white fabric we had was super cheap and kept falling apart, so I ended up going with this predominately white floral pattern.

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Tamaki’s yukata is put on just like a real one. This makes it a little hard to keep on, but I’m still happy with it.

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I made several other obi, but this blue one works best. In case anyone is interested, the kimono pattern is from Undead Threads. The only modifications I made were to the obi(used my own pattern) and making the entire kimono longer so there could be a fold at her waist.

Now that Tamaki finally has a new outfit, a photo shoot is in order!

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Fox in a tree~

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The hills are alive~

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The azaleas match her hair!

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What I really like about having dolls is that all you have to do is change the outfit for a whole new look! I have a feeling I’ll be doing a lot of doll photography this summer when I run out of figure ideas.

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I’d never been too keen on sewing, but making things for Tamaki is very fulfilling. I’m already in the midst of creating a new outfit for Kagura

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So many flowers >///<

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These photo shoots make me very eager to complete my DD!

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This yukata is long, but I’ll be making her some knee length ones as well.

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So, what do you think of Tamaki’s new look? I already can’t wait to make another yukata, but poor Kagura has been neglected long enough, so next will be a spring dress for her.

Review: figma Tsukihi Araragi

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!
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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!

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Check out those fall colors!

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One of my favorite ever photos.

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Final Words

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.