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[2P] Neko to Isu 1/8 (Embrace Japan)[2P] Neko to Isu 1/8 (Embrace Japan)Review

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Welcome to the first 2 Player Figure Review by Wayfinder (profile) and Beani (profile)!

We've decided to do our reviews a little differently! The following is a direct audio transcript of an in-person conversation between us, as we review the figure before us (think podcast, except our recording equipment is too horrendous to post listenable audio).

Be warned, when we love a figure we geek the fuck out on it and go into lots of detail... and we loved this figure - so the Sculpt section is very long. We'll be doing much shorter reviews in the future, so please think of this as a pilot-length episode. :)

Note: Unfortunately, we had no idea that the formatting behind the scenes would result in the post being clipped until we actually posted the review, so we had to split it into three posts. Apologies for the inconvenience!

All photos included have not been altered in any way (i.e. no saturation tweaks, contrast shifting, etc.) except for the occasional crop where the lens could not get close enough (no macro lens in our arsenal yet), and have been calibrated for white balance to attempt to give the most true-to-life representation of the figure as we can.

For this inaugeral Joint Review, we reviewed Neko to Isu by Embrace Japan.

Enjoy!

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TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

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…but you’ll edit it afterwards so it’ll sound better, right? So, you know, if we’re just randomly rambling on for a while you can take it out.

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Yup. Anyway - so, I’m WAYFINDER and this is BEANI.


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Yes.


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Say hello, Beani.


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Hello!


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We’re going to be doing one of what will hopefully be a few figure reviews, to be published on MyFigureCollection.


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They already know where it’s being published, because when we post it that’s where they’ll be reading it.


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So we’ve decided that we like figures, quite a lot. We also like figure manufacturers that are not really as well-known as the majors.

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We like the majors too.


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Yeah, I know we like the majors. But, y’know – no one needs to review the majors any more.


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You can’t put that in – then we can’t review any of the major ones!


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Well, I - oh, fine. Whatever. Today, we’ll be reviewing a figure by one of the not-majors which is


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A relatively new company!


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Yes, a relatively new company called “Embrace Japan”. We’ll be reviewing one of their 18+ figures, that is


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Dirty.


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Indeed, a naughty figure known as Neko to Isu which is “Cat and Chair” which I think is a pretty accurate description of what the figure is.

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There’s a cat – right here; it’s small and blue. And there’s a chair. There’s also this catgirl thing, on top of the chair?

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Which is not in the description.


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No. I’m not sure what she’s doing there; but she’s really the most eye-catching part of the figure so most of our attention is going to be devoted to her rather than the cat.

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Background

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Mm! Along with a new one I’m thinking about: Lechery. They're making a Catgirl and Piano sculpture at the moment.

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That sounds interesting. Maybe I’ll be able to collect a series of catgirls and furniture. I had a look at Embrace’s company profile and according to them, they employ 3 people.

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That’s small. They’ve recently ramped up their rate of production, from one new figure every six months now to their current release rate.

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I think I’ve seen something else by them…


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A demon girl - Diabolus Inclinatus - the one with orange hair (they also released a recolour). It was pretty popular but they had a very nasty mishap where they glued the clothes onto her, even though she was supposed to be cast-off.

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Ouch.


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They had to recall their first run.


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That’s a bad start.


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So we’re lucky they’re still around.


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We are lucky, because in my opinion this is a very nice figure. It’s based off an illustration by Mamecchi, who according to the database is also the sculptor of the figure.

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I’m not sure if someone put that wrong, or maybe they actually meant to say Illustrator?


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Since Comiket 76, Mamecchi started releasing a series of doujinshi called Neko no Wakusei (“Planet of the Cats”). Judging by the covers, the series is quite appealing.

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It is – a different figure was based off that first cover.


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Yes, the third figure the company released (ITEM #79038) was based off the cover illustration for Volume 1. It could be that one of the three people in the company is Mamecchi themselves, assuming that they are both the illustrator and the sculptor.

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Mmm.


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I’d really like to see the rest of the illustrations in the original doujinshi, so if anyone knows where to find it…

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Let us know!


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That’s about all I can gather from their site. They aren’t terribly forthcoming about exactly who is what.




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Overview

http://sadpanda.us/images/956130-WK5UVU4.jpgSo! Let’s start talking about the figure itself. We’ve got here a catgirl – black hair, white hair ribbon, sitting in an antique-looking chair with velvet-backed cushion upholstery. She’s sitting on the chair with her right leg raised over the chair’s arm, with buckled cuffs on both wrists.

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Are these here the default cuffs?

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Yes, plus there are more cuffs which we’ll get to in a little while as part of her cast-off form.


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Mmm-hm.


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We also have some appealing navy, uh, I think they’re black thigh-highs.


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Yeah, I think they’re supposed to be black.

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There’s also a little blue cat…


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We call him ten-dorrar cat.

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Yes, we call him ten-dorrar cat for reasons that may become apparent later.


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Now, what we’ll do is cover the sculpt, the pose, the paint job, the enjoyment we get out of the figure, the base – which we are choosing to count as the chair.

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They don’t actually give another base.


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Where cast-off is strongly in the nature of the figure, we’ll go through the sculpt with clothes on and then with clothes off. How’s that sound?

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MmmmmMmmmm, yeah. If we cast-off during sculpt we can still cover the paint job on the discarded clothes afterwards. We can talk about how they’re sculpted and how they work together at the sculpting stage.



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Sculpt

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Okay, let’s cover the sculpt. The girl herself.

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So, what do you think, Beani?


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Well, from my angle (since I’m looking at her from the side at the moment) unfortunately what glares out at me is one of her major flaws of her sculpt, which is that her cast-off dress doesn’t seem to actually pin together properly.

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http://sadpanda.us/images/956130-WK5UVU4.jpgI did notice this - her clothing (which is made of a highly softened, flexible PVC with quite a lot of detail and multilayering) doesn’t actually connect properly. There doesn’t seem to be enough material, so it pulls apart. When left to its own devices – this is how she arrived in the box and I’ve cast her off once and recently put her clothes back on – in both cases, the pins that run up either side of her dress don’t bind properly; they’ll pull free.
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Which is unfortunate.


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Very unfortunate. On the plus side, when you display her at the default display angle, which is with her facing you…

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Yeah, you can’t really see it.


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Other than that, let’s start at the top shall we? At the top of her head, we have her hair – which I like!


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Yeah, they’ve done a good job with evoking the details - especially where it parts.


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The crown of her head, I can clearly see the sculptor’s knife as he’s gone down and carefully formed it into a long part. What would you call her haircut?

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Probably blunt bangs, long hair with long blunt bangs and a fringe. They’ve done a good job of hiding the seam, given the smooth-topped haircut.

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Our catgirl has a hairband. It’s actually a hair ribbon in the illustration, but on the figure it looks more like a hairband.

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They’ve done the band thicker than it would be, so it looks like a bow on a headband rather than being a tied ribbon. I have a feeling that the reason it’s there at all is so that there’s something to break up the detail when she’s cast off.

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It’s pretty decent. It’s nice that they have a bit of detail there – it’s not overly detailed, but it’s something.


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They’ve not painted the inner fur of her ears a different colour – it’s also black.


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Which is not a bad thing, I think white or another colour would have been a bad idea.


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Yeah, it would distract from the hair which is supposed to be framing her face. Which is the next thing: What do you think of her face?



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http://sadpanda.us/images/956129-VMMYRQI.jpgI think the expression she has is really quite rare. I’ve seen people refer to it as a “bored” expression, but not in the type of bored where they’re waiting for a bus. It’s more a “get on with it” face - it’s got a lot more emotion and character behind it.

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I think that with this one they seem to have put a lot of detail into her scrunching up the mouth, it’s not just a line or anything like that.

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It shows they’re definitely aware that it’s a big part of the figure’s character and they’ve taken the effort to get that right. That shows an admirable attention to detail.

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The hair of her fringe also covers the very tops of her eyes. You can always see the purple of her eyes gleaming through the gaps in her fringe, which is lovely.

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The gap also shows the eyebrow being scrunched up and helps convey her expression – without those gaps, it just wouldn’t come through. The fringe really frames her face and calls attention to it.


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Okay. We’ll cover her clothing in a bit. The sculpting on her cuffs is a little bit rough.


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I think it’s not so much the sculpt that’s rough; it’s looking rougher because of the paint. The cuffs themselves are actually okay.

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On the solid cuff, there’s a seam line visible here. They haven’t chosen to hide or obscure the seam line – instead they’ve tried to make it seem like a natural part of the cuff.

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I’m not sure I agree. If you know it’s a figure and you see a seam line, then it’s a seam line. There’s nothing you can do about it once recognised. It’s not a bad seam line, but it’s there.

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Moving down, the thighs!


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I really like how they’ve done the thighs.


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What do you like about the thighs?


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They have a good shape to ‘em. I think they could probably have had the thigh-highs biting in a bit more – on some of the higher-end makers, you’ll see that.

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Ah, a little bit of pinched muffin-top? I like that.


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I think it adds a lot to figures when they have that, so having thigh-highs and not doing that is a bit of an oversight in my eyes.

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But she’s a slim girl!


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http://sadpanda.us/images/956129-VMMYRQI.jpgIn fact, the thigh-highs are actually a bit higher. It’s not a bad thing, but I think that with this sort of figure – especially when she’s cast-off – that kind of detail adds a lot more. It not being there doesn’t take away, but knowing that it could be there… you miss it.
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I agree. I also agree with you on the shape of the thighs – they’re curvy! Especially where her thighs become her butt…


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Yes, that little bit of detail is nice, where it casts shadows.


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Her calves have a nice shape to them, nicely detailed and covered up by the stocking as they are. What do we think of the shoes?

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I think the shoes are nice. Stilettos are always good.


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The buckle of the shoes is sculpted in.


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Yes, they’ve sculpted the buckle and the strap but I kind of feel like it’s not quiiite there. It’s a good try though – it’s definitely obviously sculpted rather than just painted on. So now we’re turning her over?

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Yes, let’s turn her over.



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So – the back of the hair?


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It’s got a nice flow to it. They’ve put enough detail in it that it actually looks like hair.


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It’s not like hair is the focal point of the design. Unlike, say, the Aoshima foxgirl where the hair is a big part of composition.

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One thing that’s nice is that because she’s sitting down her hair needs to sit in a different way – it’s blunt here, but over here they’ve actually got it swirling down and you can see how it’s hitting the chair, which is a nice little detail.

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Even though you’ll never see that part when she’s actually sitting on the chair.


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Part of why they’ve done it is that you might be able to see it from some angles when she’s sitting, When she’s cast off, it might be visible past her arm.


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I like her tail. It sits flat on the chair and dangles over the edge nicely. It has a ribbon, and you can actually see the ribbon cross over itself – it’s sculpted.

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It also has quite a nice bow. There is a little bit of extra plastic in there which could have been avoided, but it’s nice that they put the touch in. It even has the crease of the ribbon formed by tying the bow.

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Since we’re near her underwear, shall we talk about it?


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Yeah, let’s cover the clothing and then cast off.


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Okay, so an issue I have with this one and a lot of the issues with this figure come from the clothes when on is this here – you can see where the underwear doesn’t connect to anything.

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No, the underwear itself is not a complete piece. It only extends as far as the clothing will cover it – so there’s no option, for instance, to cast off the top and leave her underwear on.

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Which I think is a bit of a failing. It just seems a little bit lazy. I know you can’t really see it when she’s sitting down, but the right side here, you can’t see that it’s not a full piece whereas on the left it’s very very obvious.

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I do like here, how they’ve put a small amount of frill around the tail.


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Yes, on the top of the T-back. You can actually see here, how they’ve sculpted it to have the tail be displacing it downwards.

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Which is nice, it’s a good bit of detail.


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It’s interesting, with catgirl eroticism – a lot of it is actually emphasis of the cat qualities rather than the strictly erotic qualities.

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Otherwise it’s just a girl. It’s important.


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Something small like having the tail slightly push down the back of the T-back is, I think, a perfect example.


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It shows lovely attention to detail. If the illustrator is the sculptor, that sort of thing is very believable. They were probably thinking of that when they drew the original illustration.

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Well, they have drawn five volumes (that I know of) of catgirl erotica. They love catgirls! Love is important in a sculpt.


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While we’re back here, the way the tail displaces the dress upwards is also quite nice.


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Ah, yes! I didn’t notice that until you pointed it out. Niiice.


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Now, this might cross into Paint and we’ll cover it there too – the sculpt on the underwear, I feel, is a little bit lazy.

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I hate the front of the underwear. Really.


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The lace at the top is quite nice. A bit rough because of the scale and material, but decent. Now, the front panel of the underwear covering the vulva…

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I don’t even know what that’s meant to be. What is that?


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See the central line down the middle, and the creases inwards? That’s meant to be fabric, clinging to her.


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Are you sure?


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I’m sure.


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It looks like the top of her head.


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Flattering.


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It does, look! It’s got the same pattern as the hair does. It works really well for hair, but not so much on underwear.


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Either the sculptor, or maybe in this case it was a fault in the injection mold, it didn’t quite come through.


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Can I see the illustration? I’d like to see what it actually looks like, maybe they were trying to show a certain texture?

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Here we are, it’s not… oh.


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The cat’s there. You can’t actually see the underwear at all. I think the underwear is the worst part of this figure. It’s fine, because the cat is designed to hide it.

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In the illustration, you can’t actually even see any…


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I don’t think she’s wearing any. I think they must have added it to keep “decency”.


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http://sadpanda.us/images/956129-VMMYRQI.jpgWhen you think about it, the cat – which is designed to hide her genitals when displayed if you so choose – is actually in a different part of the blister pack. You would be able to see absolutely everything when she’s in the box, if the underwear wasn’t there.

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If it wasn’t there, you’d see everything. As we’ll show you later, there’s quite a bit of everything to see.


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I wouldn’t be surprised if they added it at the last minute saying “shit guys, they can see everything through the box window – better put something there”.

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That makes sense. As I mentioned before, you can’t display her with panties and no top, but you can display her with top and no panties!

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As in the original illustration.

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Close?


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Shall we talk about the clothing?


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Apart from the seams…


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We’ve already covered those, so we’ll now pretend the problem doesn’t exist and go on just the sculpt of the clothing – which is actually quite high!

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The amount of detail they put into something that’s probably just going to be ripped off straight away…


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You assume.


http://sadpanda.us/images/956129-VMMYRQI.jpgIt is. Because of the seams, people probably aren’t going to leave it on – which is a real shame, because the lacing and fabric particularly around the bust and the neck is amazingly detailed for something like this. It pinches in all the right places, it’s got some buttons on there, some lacing, pretty much all over the way the cloth bunches is correct, it’s got good depth to it, they’ve done a really nice job!

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There’s an inner silk trim on the edge of her dress.


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Is it a dress? It seems too short. It looks like at one point she had a skirt, but not anymore.

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We don’t mind.


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No, we don’t mind.


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Not one bit.


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Speaking of, let’s take her panties off.


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Okay!



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The panties themselves are very easy to take off…

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They fall off. We’ve now come to the conclusion they’re not meant to be there anyway.


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Yup, only there to appease Article 175 of the Japanese Penal Code. The inside of the top of the panties is interesting. Is that…? No, that’s got to be accidental.

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Oh, you mean the marking inside th… yeah, that has to be accidental. <laughter>


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Let’s put it away. I think she looks much better with her panties off, and not for the reason that all you out there sniggering right now are thinking of.

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She does. I think it’s how the figure is meant to be viewed, if you go by illustration.



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Now that the underwear is off, shall we look at…?


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Yes! This is the cat.



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I like the cat. I think it’s a good cat. I mean, it’s just a little cat – there’s not much you can say about the sculpt. What’s that? Is that a maker mark?

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My guess is that it’s an injection site.


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http://sadpanda.us/images/956129-VMMYRQI.jpgEither way, it’s got this mark on the back of its neck. You’ll never see it because you’ll never face the cat towards her. It’s a small cat – it’s got two legs and the other two are sculpted in as part of its butt. It’s got a bow, but there’s not much detail on it.

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He’s a symbolic cat. He’s very characterful.


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He’s very cute. I love his big cat-y eyes. They’re really big.


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We named him earlier, didn’t we?


http://sadpanda.us/images/956129-VMMYRQI.jpgTen-dorrar cat. The idea was that he seems to be looking at you saying “I’ll give you a look for ten dorrar”. Ten dollars and he’ll move. It’s a bit different than the look on the illustration because the illustration looks more like he’s suddenly noticed something like the door has just opened. This looks more like a player-cat than a surprised cat.

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Yes, indeed. I like him.



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Okay, let’s get the rest of this off.


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Aren’t we going to talk about the sculpt… there, now?


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Not yet.


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I thought we were talking about the sculpt of the genitals.


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We will, once it’s full cast-off. I’ll do the cast-off now.



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The steps to cast-off are outlined in a little piece of paper, with very clear instructions. I found them very easy to follow. The only difficulty was that this is a very tightly-fitting dress. No wasted space.

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First you take off her tail. Then you remove the head, which I consider to be the least attractive part of casting off any figure.

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It’s always kind of surreal when they don’t have their head.


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The neck stump, euuugh. Then you detach her arm at the point where it meets the sleeve…


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<makes noises while “walking” the detached head around>


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Don’t do that. That’s fucking terrifying. It’s like that Tsuruya that stands up on its own.


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It’s more like that Miku.


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Euuuugh.



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The actual fit of the parts into their sockets is quite tight. Very secure. It’s necessary to do a bit of wiggling and very slow pull.

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This was the socket where you found a flaw…


http://sadpanda.us/images/956130-WK5UVU4.jpgYes, there was an extra flake of PVC still attached from where it separated from the mould. It’s not the kind of thing you can pick up during QC, but that actually stopped her arm from going back on properly. I had to take some tweezers and a scalpel and very carefully remove it. Once I removed it, the fit was very good. It’s got a tensioned socket, so the part clicks in nicely and you know when you’ve pushed enough. For that same reason, it’ll come off quite suddenly in a pop so you have to be careful you don’t hit any of the other parts of the figure. Then you remove the wrist of her right arm. So now both the wrist cuffs are removed. So now she’s got two stumps and a stump for the head.

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Next you pull the dress apart.


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Carefully.


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Pull the back of the dress backwards, the front of the dress forwards, separated those pegs that are united. The pegs that go in go in well, and they stick. The dress splits to form a cover over the ….

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http://sadpanda.us/images/956130-WK5UVU4.jpgSo, you separate them and you pull the dress up and over her shoulder and neck. This to me one was of the nerve-wracking parts, because I didn’t want to leave any scores or scratches on the figure. As I mentioned before, it’s a very tight fit. You actually have to be very aggressive in getting it off.

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I had a similar experience with my Tama-nee, in that the cast-off is tight and you’re terrified you’re going to wreck her because it really hugs the skin. I think that’s part of the soft PVC they use.

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It’s nerve-wracking. Maybe that’s part of the excitement of undressing a catgirl, I don’t know.


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When she’s cast-off, there are more cuffs that go around her upper arms and the first of those two cuffs is not splittable – and look in here, see how there’s two shaped chocks? Those orient the cuff on her arm as well as hiding the join.

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It’s very clever. The only issue is that you can’t display her cast-off without that upper cuff. As clever that it is, it’s unfortunate that you have to have the cuff there.

http://sadpanda.us/images/956130-WK5UVU4.jpgI disagree. I think that in terms of design for manufacture this was a very good decision. This part here would make the injection mould significantly more complex, because it would have the part curl over itself as a complete piece. By separating her they’ve made the main mould a body without arms and a head socket, and then the two forearms as well as the hands are separate parts. They’ve actually reduced the complexity of the mould for themselves and that makes it much simpler to manufacture.
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Yeah, they’ve clearly thought about it – and it works.


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In terms of figure engineering, it’s quite good.


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But it does limit your options, even though there’s a good reason.


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The other cuff goes on as a snap-on piece with a socket in the back of her arm to guide its placement.

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http://sadpanda.us/images/956130-WK5UVU4.jpgThe instructions are very clear about the presence of these sockets and the fact you should be lining them up. The only bad part of this cuff was that I had trouble closing it up, as the pin’s quite awkwardly positioned so that the join ends up hidden. The pin is right next to her right breast, so there’s not a lot of room to move. The cuff is very tight-fitting and doesn’t immediately marry up, so it’s quite fiddly. But once it’s in, it’s in – it doesn’t have the same problem as the dress.
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It’s a hard pin to get in. I’ll just put the head back on.


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And I’ll put her tail back on.


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There! She’s cast off.


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What do we think of the sculpt?


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Mmmhmmhmm! The sculpt of the body shows another reason why I believe they didn’t design this figure to have clothes on.


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Yeah. It’s really nice.


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They’ve done a good job of nipples, belly button, breasts…


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Look very closely at the left side – they’ve sculpted in a little bit of skin ripple as her waist bends inward. It’s consistent with the body as it would be. It’s not a line – there’s flesh there.

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That’s important because the pose is kind of unusual.


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You don’t see a lot of figures with their spines curved or curled sideways.


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The way the stomach sits and the waist works are going to be a bit different.


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It’s asymmetric, too – she’s got her body slumped and tilted. The skin on her left side is stretched out and on the right side there’s slack.

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They’ve sculpted that very well.


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I’ve just noticed this, too – you can see the ribcage there, but now look at the belly. It’s just very slightly rounded. Soft.

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Yeah. It’s very nice.


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Let’s look at the back. Not a lot of detail here.


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They can get away with that – most is covered with hair and hidden by the chair. The tail is a feature, and there’s the curve of the butt, but there’s not a lot else going on back here.

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Overall, as a sculpture of a body this is really nice.
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A very good review! I apreciate it!
I bought this figure for 40€ at a convention, and I was told it was a fake, but the details and finish of it are way to good to be a bootleg. The vendor provably thought it was fake due the the dress not closing.
I must say, the best part of the figure is her expression!
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