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Hikoujouki Prize Figure reviewHikoujouki Prize Figure review

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Well, it's time for another review.

I decided to buy my first Kantai Collection figure. I've been a bit skittish of going into this series for the same reason I've pretty much avoided Miku....the black hole of doom for the bank account ( I've only bought two Mikus and the temptation is great to go further ).

I decided to get my toes wet with a game prize figure ( yes...that's right, shudder, a game prize figure ). Specifically ITEM #289069. I've bought quite a bit of prize figures and I do so simply because if I see a figure I like I will buy it and I adjust my expectations accordingly. Please do so in this review with my ratings as well by taking into account that this is not a high quality figure. I also went with an Abyssal instead of a traditional character that many choose to go with. Something about her simply caught my eye. Perhaps those big, red, surprised looking eyes.

Now, let's get the boilers up to full pressure and get the props up to full rpms.

Starting with the box. It's simple and straight forward. It has only one window to see the figure, and that is in the front panel. The over all color scheme is dark and that makes sense being the character represents a sunken vessel. It's attractive in a black and red scheme. The one thing that doesn't seem to fit the period ( as I understand it, WWII ) is the computer diagram/chip/board print on the box. It gives it a futuristic "feel" that doesn't seem to match the period the ship is supposed to come from...Unless I'm way off base and if I am, someone please correct me. The box I will rate at an 8.

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The figure does actually come with instructions, which did surprise me. They are, of course, in Japanese. It's a simple one piece sheet. The only purpose is to show that the clear block of plastic supplied is to be used to support the massive set of open jaws. Obviously to prevent sagging over time. I give the instructions an 8.

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The actual packaging is straight forward. It's the standard two piece vacuum formed "container". Nothing complex. One piece of tape on each side. What was nice is that they had her pretty well protected on the inside with 4 sections of thin plastic. One each between her front and her back of the container itself, and then a large strip between the locks of her hair and the back of her base and a smaller piece between her legs and the base. Note; She does not seem to be removable from the base. I read somewhere that someone had tried for one reason or another...don't know why. Don't bother. Over all, for what you are buying and what to expect as well as cost, I rate the packaging a 10.

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Her removal from the package and all the protective plastic presents one with a simple yet nicely posed figure. The cute bugged eyed expression is somewhere between surprise and almost a "pondering" of some situation. She simply looks cute. The weapon system contrasts her with simply being ominous and deadly. Two sides of the same coin. I rate the pose a 9.

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The next few pictures will start to present the expected issues as with the majority of game prize figures. You will see small marks on her head and one on her arm. You can also make out a bit of "roughness" in the paint.

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Note; in the second picture above, the white marks which seem to be missing paint/paint chips in her outfit such as near her breasts are actually reflections of light on glossy paint.

In the following picture, the main point is to show the paint rub off on the upper cuff of her boot. It's a very sharp edge and so loss of paint on such a very narrow surface is not something one should be surprised about. You will also notice a subtle mold seam along the length of her leg as well as mold seams at the ends of the gun turrets on either side of her.

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The massive open jaw with what I assume is a weapon as well as the upper gun turret is fairly impressive. The teeth look like they have been chewing on something and thus have a bloody look to them. The paint on this portion shows a typical game prize tendency...especially the white trim work. It has some waviness, uneven application.It has a few rough spots. The usual. One can easily think of all these flaws though as battle damage and damage as a result of sinking into the depths. I consider this part of the figure the base. As such, with it's dynamic approach to how it was sculpted, the sheer ferocity of the jaws as if a separate character altogether...it receives a 9.

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Other areas where typical issues with game prize figures that really tend to show up are represented in her hair. You can see the mold seam lines in various areas. Some are right out in the open, others are along the edges but are noticeable near the tips of her hair. There are also some rough patches in the finish. Where this is due to the mold wearing out, debris getting caught in or under the paint or other factors I do not know. If this is considered sculpting related, then trying to factor in the quality of a game prize stand point...I have to rate it an 8.

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I'm going to divide the painting into two classifications. Painting and Color Scheme. There's a reason for this. I don't think the choice of colors should suffer at the expense of game prize quality. The piant quality is what it is within the expense put into it by the company. I have some game prize figures with much better paint quality. Therefore, she is going to rate a 7 for Painting. On Color Scheme, it's simple but yet it has the right tone and colors to be eye catching and imposing. It does just fine for what it needs to do. The pale colors of her skin grab your eye and then the dark colors of the base and jaws with contrasting red draw you in farther. It just works. If the painting itself was done to just a tad higher standard...she'd be a little knock out! Color Scheme I will rate at a 9.

Just for those curious, I've tossed in a pic of the bottom of the figure.

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Overall, for what you will pay for this figure and if you are looking for an entry level figure to get into this series of ship girls or simply something inexpensive for that little corner at work ( if they let you get away with this sort of thing there ), she certainly fits the bill. I rate her at a 9 for enjoyment because of the power of affordability and what you get overall for it. She's a good looking lil' lady even if she isn't top of the line.
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評分8/10

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Painting
Posing
Base
Packaging
Enjoyment
Instructions
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Color Scheme

留言7

1pt
That's really nice quality and I'm amazed at the details on the bottom of her too! :) I hope to buy this one in a while, even though I'm not actively hunting her currently.
3年前
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Yummerly (3年前) #4533305Oh, I mean I never realized her one arm looked mechanical in the design lol, I guess I never looked close enough. Considering getting these prize figures more and more since MF will most likely never make figmas -_-
Also, linked to the club! (wink, nudge)


Thank you for the link :)
3年前
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mickeydeerho (3年前) #4548224I'm really into prize figures as well and this is a pretty cool "boat girls" figure. I should watch the anime so I can start my own collection.
And I really like the lighting you used for the photos. If I am going to do more of my figure rants, I really need better lighting.


Here's the secret to my lighting on this one because I don't have a good camera. It's a simple Cannon Power Shot A4000 IS digital camera. Nothing fancy or highend.

Sooo....What I did this time to try and make up for the camera was this. I bought two pieces of white poster board. I taped them together length wise, overlapping about 1 inch. I sat those on my kitchen table and taped the edge closest to where the camera would be used down to the table. Then I took an item to be a backrest ( doesn't really matter what you use, in my case it was my "Lazy Susan" ) and propped up the other side up so that I had a neutral white background that starts out level and gently curves upward ( behind the subject to be photographed ). The lighting itself is just natural light coming through my windows and through the thin white curtains. No direct sunlight though..I waited until the sun was past that point.

As a matter of fact, I'm going to take a few pics of my simple set up and make a diary entrance under something like "Poor mans photo session set up" or something similar....
3年前
0pt
I'm really into prize figures as well and this is a pretty cool "boat girls" figure. I should watch the anime so I can start my own collection.

And I really like the lighting you used for the photos. If I am going to do more of my figure rants, I really need better lighting.
3年前
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HobbyCentric (3年前) #4533112Thanks for the approval on the review :)
By "mechanical" though..what do you mean exactly? I hope I didn't give the impression she has moving parts. If I did, then I apologize because she has no parts that do so. When I first glanced at the instruction sheet, I thought very briefly that the jaws could be closed. That was until I realized the photo showed the figured tipped up on it's back to show where it needs to be rested on the little clear block provided.
Oh, I mean I never realized her one arm looked mechanical in the design lol, I guess I never looked close enough. Considering getting these prize figures more and more since MF will most likely never make figmas -_-

Also, linked to the club! (wink, nudge)
3年前
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Yummerly (3年前) #4532829Great review! I seriously had no idea her one arm was mechanical.

Thanks for the approval on the review :)

By "mechanical" though..what do you mean exactly? I hope I didn't give the impression she has moving parts. If I did, then I apologize because she has no parts that do so. When I first glanced at the instruction sheet, I thought very briefly that the jaws could be closed. That was until I realized the photo showed the figured tipped up on it's back to show where it needs to be rested on the little clear block provided.
3年前
0pt
Great review! I seriously had no idea her one arm was mechanical.
3年前