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Today we'll be reviewing a figure that I'd been on the fence about acquiring for quite some time, Saten Ruiko by Toy'sWorks and Chara-Ani. There might be a couple of shots below that are just a little bit NSFW...

About the character: Saten Ruiko is a primary character from A Certain Scientific Railgun. In the Railgun universe, Academy City is populated by students, many of whom possess esper abilities to varying degrees. Saten's esper skills are ranked "level 0", meaning her abilities are mainly latent. Saten's relative lack of esper ability sets her apart from her friends Mikoto, Kuroko, and Uiharu, and it seems like she has a little bit of a complex about this. In fact, View spoilerHide spoilerrelatively early in the Railgun canon, her lack of esper skills entices Saten to experiment with the "level upper", a dangerous experimental technology...

Packaging----------8/10

The front of the box features a large shot of the figure and the Railgun S logo. When I first saw shots of the package, I wondered if Saten's skin color was really as washed out as it appears to be in the box photo. Fortunately, the answer is no...

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The sides of the box each have small windows.

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Through the left window, there's some pantsu.

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There's very little set up necessary with this figure. Saten herself is ready to display right out of the box, and the base is packaged in a second blister behind the figure.

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Given Saten's 1/8 scale, the box is not huge, measuring 19 by 18 by 12 cm. She's a little bit heavy though for a 1/8 scale figure, as figure and box weigh about 350 grams. Even so, she shouldn't break the bank to ship.

Base----------6/10

A base is included, although because of Saten's pose, it really isn't necessary. The base is enormous, measuring 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter, so back in the box it went. Honestly, I would have preferred some kind of alternative base, such as the pillows Kotobukiya has been known to include with some of their figures, like ITEM #24814.

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Posing----------8/10

Probably the best feature of this figure is Saten's pose. Saten has a very outgoing and flirty personality (which is amplified when Uiharu is around!), and I think this aspect of her character shines through the way she is posed. Also, the figure was clearly inspired by this PICTURE #635573 illustration.

We'll see that Saten's pose also has one serious flaw, but first let's have a look at her.

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At first, I thought she'd only look good from one vantage point, but she looks cute from a number of different angles, so that was a pleasant surprise. However, while I like the pose, the way her weight is distributed makes Saten very prone to falling over. This is compounded by the fact that her palm does not quite lay flat. When I was taking these photos, the slightest bump sent her toppling over, and so I'd be very leery about displaying her on a high shelf.

It's too bad, because her pose really is quite cute.

Sculpting----------7/10
Painting----------7/10


This particular Saten is all over the place in terms of the quality of her finish. She has some neat features, but some aspects of the figure are not too good, almost prize figure-like.

First, the good. I like the way her face is rendered. Her winking expression together with a little bit of a blush makes her look ever so slightly frisky, yet still innocent.

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Now, the not-so-good. She suffers from what some call "Taiga Aisaka syndrome" (inspired by a similar issue with ITEM #99153). Her face has very little depth and this makes her look very awkward from certain angles.

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One of Saten's key features is the flower she perpetually wears in her hair. However, it's painfully obvious that her hair is composed of three distinct pieces and they don't blend together well.

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On the plus side, the rest of her hair looks okay. In fact, this part of the figure might look better than Alter's Saten, who's got kind of an Ika Musume thing going on (see PICTURE #883406 for example).

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Maybe this photo doesn't capture it well, but in that spot where her fingers come together, the coloring of her hand is very, very pink. It's pretty obvious in person.

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On the other hand, her toes are kind of cute, and the arch in her foot is a nice small detail.

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There's a nasty seam running down the back of her leg.

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With her pose, if you display Saten at eye level or above, there will be very noticeable pantsu.

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I did not realize that Saten's nightshirt is made out of a very soft, rubberlike material. The soft material makes all those creases in her shirt look very realistic, so this is a big plus IMO.

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As you can see, the material in the shirt is extremely pliable.

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Again, the material in the shirt has a lot of give, but you can see a spot or two where paint from something (her underwear I suppose) made it on to her shirt.

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If you are hellbent on unbuttoning her shirt, it looks like it's possible. However, it looks like all the "buttons" on her shirt would have to be cut to do so. Doing so would also expose this huge gap where the bottom of her bra is not at all flush with the rest of her torso, so I won't be destroying my figure today...

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It's too bad she has so many flaws, because she really is quite cute, and the oversized nightshirt is a good look for Saten!

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Scale Comparison

Because of her pose, Saten is only about 4 inches (10 cm) tall and she spans about 5.5 inches (14 cm) along the other axis. If she were standing, it looks like she'd be about 7.5 inches (19 cm) tall, which at 1/8 scale would make her about 5'0". I've seen her height listed at 5'3" (160 cm), so she looks to be at the small end of 1/8 scale.

Saten with her BFF, Uiharu Kazari. Now, if only they would have made an Uiharu to specifically pair up with this Saten...

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Saten with Alter's Saten ITEM #41616. The Alter figure is far superior quality-wise in just about every way, but I have to admit I like the pose on this figure better.

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Mina: so that vampire-kind may better understand human customs, I am going to participate in one of their strange bonding ceremonies...the slumber party. Is my attire appropriate for that ritual?

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Kotobukiya's Mina Tepes ITEM #27853 is a smallish 1/6 scale for comparison.

Sonico ITEM #182227, Asuka ITEM #22241 and Saten. In some ways, the overall finish of that Sonico might be better than this figure, even though Sonico was a cheap prize and Saten was 7600 yen new!

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Despite all of her flaws, this Saten does have does have a charm all her own, and that is the saving grace of the figure. I have to say that Saten and Taiga ITEM #99153 (a very flawed figure herself) look really cute together!

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Obligatory Yotsuba-taking-photo shot.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------8/10

Arguments for: Her pose and facial expression are completely in character for Saten and the soft material of her shirt does effectively simulate a large, loose-fitting nightshirt.

Arguments against: Marginal quality, she is quite prone to tipping over, excessively large and unnecessary base, high initial price point (7600 yen new), and while the illustration inspiring the figure depicts Saten, Uiharu, Mikoto and Kuroko in slumber-party mode, they didn't make figures of any of the other cast members!

Overall, I'm a little conflicted about this figure. Had I paid 7600 yen for the figure, she'd be a big disappointment. On the other hand, I grabbed Saten preowned (B/B) for 3500 yen and at that price, she has enough redeeming features that I'm willing to overlook her many flaws.

Availability (as of this writing)

Not too hard too find, but not exactly common.

Only 22 people on MFC claim to own her, but I've seen her a number of times on the various preowned sites, although she's not in perpetual supply preowned. I've seen quite a bit of variation in her price pre-owned, and I'd say 3000-5000 yen ought to net you a pre-owned Saten. At that lower end of that range, I'd say she'd be worth picking up if you're a fan of the character. She also has a variant ITEM #186243 where her nightshirt is white, although that figure seems to be in shorter supply than this one.

THANKS FOR READING!

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評分7/10

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Painting
Posing
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Packaging
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留言13

victorviper5年前#2629360The series is really a parody of the shonen-fighting-tournament genre, with a little bit of harem for good measure. The fanservice card gets played pretty liberally, but it's not hentai by any stretch of the imagination.
This actually explains the outfit on ITEM #12643 . In the manga, despite all the fanservice, her outfit is usually drawn in such a way so that no naughty bits actually get shown. The explanation is that a fighter must be able to endure anything, and if she can endure the embarrassment of this pony/bondage-themed outfit, she'll gain great strength. So, that explains her embarassed face. Also, the outfit grants the wearer physical strength, but its power remains constant despite how much of it is actually worn; thus the less of the outfit that is worn, the greater the power will be in those places.
Like I said, a lot of the humor is non-sequitur and it's an incredibly dumb series ;).


Hrmm, that story really reminds me of another anime I saw, but I'm crunching my brain to remember which! >.<

It still sounds interesting though, haha! But maybe that is also because I watched a lot of fighting-tournament series when I just started out with anime. xD

*edit* Wait, I think I remember! It was with ENCYCLOPEDIA #1928 ! She also had an outfit that uhm...powered her up, yeah.
5年前
Maakie5年前#2629112I'm not familiar with the series, so for me ITEM #12643 raises a lot of questions indeed. xD Not only her outfit is on the point of "shouldn't her nipples be there?" and then on top of that what's going on with her face. xD
My guess is that the series is a comedy, but this figure makes it look like it's from a hentai. :I


The series is really a parody of the shonen-fighting-tournament genre, with a little bit of harem for good measure. The fanservice card gets played pretty liberally, but it's not hentai by any stretch of the imagination.

This actually explains the outfit on ITEM #12643 . In the manga, despite all the fanservice, her outfit is usually drawn in such a way so that no naughty bits actually get shown. The explanation is that a fighter must be able to endure anything, and if she can endure the embarrassment of this pony/bondage-themed outfit, she'll gain great strength. So, that explains her embarassed face. Also, the outfit grants the wearer physical strength, but its power remains constant despite how much of it is actually worn; thus the less of the outfit that is worn, the greater the power will be in those places.

Like I said, a lot of the humor is non-sequitur and it's an incredibly dumb series ;).
5年前
victorviper5年前#2620460It's quite a dumb series, so I wouldn't call myself a fan of it, but those two figures I mentioned are kind of cool. ITEM #12643 actually showed up on AmiAmi not long ago, but while I was deciding whether or not I'd get enough enjoyment from the figure to offset all the various "what the hell is this" questions I'd get from friends visiting the house, someone else bought her...

I'm not familiar with the series, so for me ITEM #12643 raises a lot of questions indeed. xD Not only her outfit is on the point of "shouldn't her nipples be there?" and then on top of that what's going on with her face. xD

My guess is that the series is a comedy, but this figure makes it look like it's from a hentai. :I
5年前
Maakie5年前#2620279Well, if you're a fan of Sumomomo, then this looks like your only chance indeed to get some figures from it! (I'm not familiar with the series myself.)

It's quite a dumb series, so I wouldn't call myself a fan of it, but those two figures I mentioned are kind of cool. ITEM #12643 actually showed up on AmiAmi not long ago, but while I was deciding whether or not I'd get enough enjoyment from the figure to offset all the various "what the hell is this" questions I'd get from friends visiting the house, someone else bought her...
5年前
victorviper5年前#2610813It looks like they used to do more scaled figures, but these days they mostly do trading figures. I thought their Kuroko ITEM #167166 might be nice, but after seeing user photos, something about her is a little off. They do have some older figures that I wouldn't mind having, since they've made some figures from rather obscure properties like ITEM #950 and ITEM #12643 .

Well, if you're a fan of Sumomomo, then this looks like your only chance indeed to get some figures from it! (I'm not familiar with the series myself.) With the Kuroko figure...hrmm, I don't know. I personally don't like the posing, so I'm not even looking at the quality of the figure, haha! The posing just looks so awkward to me? How she lifts her shirt, but it's pretty bulky over there? Then I think ITEM #118099 looks a lot better when it comes to pose!
5年前
Maakie5年前#2610654Maybe their bigger ones are just less good looking? The only figures I personally own from them is one scaled figure ITEM #1496 and a few trading figures. The scaled figure is for age pretty okay (except for the horrible glasses). So to me it looked like average quality for her age/price. The trading figures are all Niitengo and their quality is okay for their price. No huge errors, but nothing to be impressed about.

It looks like they used to do more scaled figures, but these days they mostly do trading figures. I thought their Kuroko ITEM #167166 might be nice, but after seeing user photos, something about her is a little off. They do have some older figures that I wouldn't mind having, since they've made some figures from rather obscure properties like ITEM #950 and ITEM #12643 .
5年前
victorviper5年前#2606381Well, she's just a little bit small, but with other 1/8's you can't really tell the difference. This is the only Toy's Works figure I own, but I've kind of had my eye on a couple others. The so-so quality of this one makes me wonder if that's the norm for their figures...

With the ones I've seen from up-close (can't find them in the database, because I forgot their names) I was quite impressed in their quality, but they were more like higher-than-average-quality trading figures for me! >.< I like small figures, but I don't like paying the price of a cheap scaled figure for them. :P

Maybe their bigger ones are just less good looking? The only figures I personally own from them is one scaled figure ITEM #1496 and a few trading figures. The scaled figure is for age pretty okay (except for the horrible glasses). So to me it looked like average quality for her age/price. The trading figures are all Niitengo and their quality is okay for their price. No huge errors, but nothing to be impressed about.
5年前
Maakie5年前#2605473That pose is just incredibly cute and the stretchiness of the fabric impressive! Shame about that base, though!
In the past I had interest in some of Toy's Works figures, but one day I remember seeing them at an convention and I was just so disappointed in their sizes, that I removed them from my wishlist!


Well, she's just a little bit small, but with other 1/8's you can't really tell the difference. This is the only Toy's Works figure I own, but I've kind of had my eye on a couple others. The so-so quality of this one makes me wonder if that's the norm for their figures...
5年前
That pose is just incredibly cute and the stretchiness of the fabric impressive! Shame about that base, though!

In the past I had interest in some of Toy's Works figures, but one day I remember seeing them at an convention and I was just so disappointed in their sizes, that I removed them from my wishlist!
5年前
Eccmy5年前#2594296Great review as always! It would have fully convinced me not to get that figure if I had been unsure in the first place. I do own one Saten figure, ITEM #72670 which, while an imperfect prize figure, is enough for me as she's not one of the characters I like the most in the To Aru verse. On the other hand, Accelerator and the Sisters are my fave chars, so I'd love to get ITEM #109551, ITEM #80048, and ITEM #173926 one of these days...

Yeah, if you only need one Saten, this probably isn't the one. However, her character really grew on me over time. The fact that she's not in Judgement and she has minimal esper skills makes her feel like kind of an outsider, and I think that's effectively portrayed with her character. Plus, there's Saten's knack for discovering true urban legends, although I don't know how one would translate that into figures :).
5年前
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