Saturday, May 12, 2012

Review: [Banpresto] Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica DX Figure 2: Miki Sayaka

Figure Information
Manufacturer: Banpresto
Origin Series: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Scale: Non-scale
Height: Approximately 16cm tall
Original Price: 1,600 Yen (HLJ based)

Figure Packaging:

While the packaging isn't something worth praising since it has no windows and all and the how the figure itself looks like is just cut and pasted there in front; the background is certainly notable especially for the silhouettes of the Magical Girls below and if you happen to flip it to the backside, the witches also have their silhouettes there. So, it is pretty fun background wise. 

The figure itself is just stored around 1/2 or 1/3 the box height since you'll need to "assemble" Sayaka first to display her.

Figure Details:

While Prize figures are not that notable for details since they pretty much lack it most of the time; I must say that Banpresto did quite a neat work on trying to improve the quality of prize figure details; while everything else is painted at an average satisfactory level, there enough frilly parts going on; and I love how the blue in her chest area turns out to be glossy as it should be XD The choices of blue are are pretty much spot on for Miki and the gold trims really do stand out.

While being worth on the paint apps, I must comment on her skirt; it really is well done and it gives a great texture look with it; they also did not fail to include the crescent on her belly; though it could have used a better color since the shade of blue used feels kind of odd.

Lastly, the base! I'm impressed with it actually, aside from slipping away from the usual plain and boring thin round bases, this actually has that sort of elevation included. And to outrun the incoming dullness of a semi altered round base; they actually made some details and with the character's Soul Gem in the center along with the character's name. I do think it would be better off without the name though but yeah, personal preferences. XD


Banpresto did a wonderful job on capturing Sayaka's energetic side and the face though not a 100% accurate does give Sayaka justice for being her first bigger scaled figure. While the pose is somewhat dull, it does give Sayaka a cute feel around her; making the pose a somewhat part of the figure's pros as this certainly compliment her face. Alternatively, covering her face also gives the twisted Sayaka feel in some cases and that is definitely cool.

I guess even if the pose was a con; I can't really complain about it since prize figures do get as dull as they can most of the time; and Sayaka certainly is above the totally dull posed prize figure.

Final Thoughts:

It is pretty rare that I take a liking to prize figures and I must say Bapresto's Sayaka is a pretty figure; definitely worth the price tag for a fine made prize figure. The pose might be dull to me and some others but that doesn't entirely kill the potential of this figure. And collecting her with the other 4 would definitely be neat to look at. Sayaka fans, I'd definitely recommend picking this one up, it's just a waste passing up on such a cheap wonder.

I'd rate this figure a 4 out of 5

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