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Review: Griffon's 1/8 Isshiki Akane (swimsuit ver.)Review: Griffon's 1/8 Isshiki Akane (swimsuit ver.)

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♥ ♥ Welcome to my third review! ♥ ♥


It's been a long long time since I last wrote one of these, but I've been wishing to do so for a few months now, so here I am!
I apologize in advance if any pictures are blurry or just plain bad; I'm not the best photographer, but I try really hard to not suck at least haha;;


Let's get going~

♥ ♥ Introduction ♥ ♥
As plenty of you may already know, Griffon isn't one of my favorite companies; they are in fact my most dreaded one, always butchering nice characters with bland poses and terrible "bread faces" (I swear that sounds funnier in Spanish haha). But when it comes to Lucky Star, Moetan and Vividred Operation, I just.. I just have to have everything, so I had to have her too~.
I didn't pre-order, I knew she'd bin sooner or later, and she did! her final product pictures weren't as bad as I was dreading, and Plamoya had her on sale (40% off)... I couldn't handle the pressure of NOT OWNING HER so I just snatched her after just a couple of minutes of consideration. She costed 5,580jpy (shipping included). After some taxes she came up to a total of 7550jpy, which is just as much as her retail price so I guess that's fair..?

She was my first Griffon figure, but was she worth getting out of my comfort zone?
Let's find out~

This review contains plenty of NSFW shots, which will be hidden in spoilers. You have been warned :0

♥ ♥ Packaging 6/10♥ ♥

Packaging is quite important to me; even living in a country where boxes tend to arrive all crushed, wet, and destroyed, I do appreciate and take care of mine.
Akane's box wasn't treated so badly during shipping, let's just take a look at it.


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All in all, I find it pretty... unappealing. All the sparkles, the picture editing, it just doesn't have much to offer. It is sturdy enough to protect the figure, but it's not nice enough to scream "DON'T OPEN ME, I'M PRECIOUS". Not even close, actually.
Well, it does its' job, so it passes. Barely, but it passes! I did feel like it was a bit too big for her, but it's not such a big deal. It fits snugly in my cupboard heh

♥ ♥ Sculpting 8/10 & Painting 7/10♥ ♥

Let's check out how she looks ,overall~

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I must say I was a bit impressed when I got her! Her face and specially her swimsuit are really nicely sculpted.

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She looks fairly nice from most angles~ Also, her fringe and ahoge are perky and sturdy, you'd probably have to break them on purpose, so fragility isn't really a problem.
Her twintails are also nicely sculpted and fairly detailed. I wasn't as glad with the back of her head, but her design actually works like that, so I won't take away any points because of it.
She does look like Akane so I'll give them that!
The inside of her mouth is also nicely sculpted and detailed;

As for painting, her flesh in overall looks like it needs a bit more red; more life. Her hair, although nicely sculpted, is shaded a bit too dark in some places. The inside of her mouth is perfect, yet the decals on her eyes are so shiny they put me off ):

Moving over to her body; her swimsuit is just spot-on!

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Each and every one of the wrinkles are just perfect, they accentuate their body in the most exquisite way~ it's a perfect fit and she looks amazing on it~!

If you compare the delicious job they did on her swimsuit (and her butt, which I'll address soon enough), you'll realize how much of a lazier job they did on the rest of her; if her torso was bad then I don't think there would be any saving grace for this girl!

Moving on to her butt; which is mainly the selling point of the whole series: (kind of NSFW!)
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Half the money was spent on getting the butt right, to say the least hahaha
And they did do a pretty nice job, she looks very very cute, accurate from almost any angle, but maybe a bit too much pointing upwards? I feel like my spine hurts if I stare at it too much.
I do feel like there's some sort of flaw in that area; or is it just me? Was it on purpose? Whatever it is, it just looks funny (look under spoiler tag)

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The coloring is also very nice, with highlights and shading just where you need it... Or so I wish, since she has quite many places where she just bleeds blue onto her skin ):

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It really is a pity. Also, her right arm has some residue where it connects to the swimsuit, on the front. It looks a bit nasty so don't stare at it too much.

Her hands on the other hand, look pretty nice; except that from certain angles they look like they are just hovering over her knees; I'm sure they could've sculpted them in a better way so that they'd be pressing against her skin...
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When you zoom in you can also see some seamlines and that her fingers are kind of sausage-d together. The exact same thing happens with her feet.
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I appreciate the fact they painted her nails, but does it have to be that weird pink color? Maybe I'm just being stingy.

Overall, painting and sculpting are nice, but they have a few mishaps.

♥ ♥ Posing & scale 6/10 each ♥ ♥

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I honestly don't know what they were thinking. This pose, if executed correctly, can look very stylish and appealing. However, Griffon's execution was stiff and mildly awkward.
This leaning forward while still looking to the front was executed flawlessly by Alpha x Omega with their Alice
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Even Kotobukiya's Asa Shigure, who is supposed to be caught in an awkward moment, looks more natural ITEM #2837

They also could've added a slight bend on the knees, like on Wave's Konata ITEM #6488 , it would have increased her cuteness by a million.

But no.
Let's
Let's just have
just haver stick her butt out
and look like some sort of butt monster from behind
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HOI HOI HOIIIII

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"Well, at least she's a nice 1/8 instead of a 1/10 Beach Queen, right? Bigger is better?"

Maybe. If she were any bigger... AT ALL.


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She is NOT 1/8. SHE'S 1/10.
END OF DISCUSSION.


Also, for those who are wondering, she is best displayed at eye level or lower;
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She does look decent enough from higher angles though. Excuse the dreadful pictures, my hands got shaky.

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♥ ♥ Base 6/10♥ ♥

Not much to say here; Typical Griffon BBB:
Big
Black
Boring

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She is secured by three pegs. Won't fall, nice grip, but just unnecessarily ugly. I feel like the extra height they add with the base is trying to make up for her small size. It's not really working though :)

♥ ♥ Enjoyment/Final thoughts ♥ ♥

What can I say?
Maybe I just got her because I need to have everything Akane. Maybe she isn't worth the money?
I don't regret getting her, she fits nicely with my other Vividred girls, but I don't think I'd get her if I wasn't such an Akane lover.
She does look good with the Himawari from the same line though

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Although displaying them together makes you see how much of a better job they did on Himawari's everything, which kind of annoys me.

If you are debating on whether getting her or her Beach Queen counterpart; I'd say go for the BQ. She is worth her price, and even though she doesn't have such a detailed swimsuit, she still has the assets :P


Hope you enjoyed reading this review (or just browsing the pictures).

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♥ ♥ See you around! ♥ ♥
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Punteggi6/10

Sculpting
Painting
Posing
Base
Packaging
Enjoyment
Scale/Size

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Stalking (3 anno/i fa) #2524425Looks like I probably got lucky; or maybe you got unlucky :P
Some people hate the line, but I quite like it. It's gotten expensive lately, and none of their new characters spark my interest so I don't know how they are doing lately :P
My Astarotte is a great example of how NICE Beach Queens cna be. Se has her mistakes, but she is SO NICE you have to look hard to find her! Maybe I'll review her as well.. ITEM #75575
I'll sure try and review more often ´v` I'll have a few free days this week (I'm having a wisdom tooth removed so I'll have to stay at home), that'll probably give me time to take a few pics and write a blog or two~


I got quite some comments on my profile and on the blog of the review about people being shocked at the glue leftovers to be seen and likewise small errors, because their BQ's don't have mistakes like that. Maybe it's just Tenshi being a bad one in the line?

For "small" figures I also think they got too expensive, but their quality is still very nice. I have multiple characters that have BQ's that I like, but no top-favorites got a figure from that line, so I don't think I will buy another one soon. XD Astarotte is nice, though! Her figures all look so cute!!! The only thing is that I didn't watch the series she's from (yet). xD

Ah, my review writing and photographing is mainly on free days too. xD Currently I'm very busy, but I tried to read all/most of the blogs, so if you finish another review I'll see it for sure! Good luck! ^^ Also with the removal of the tooth, had to do that twice myself, urgh.
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Maakie (3 anno/i fa) #2524349So far I only own one Beach Queen and was pretty disappointed in her quality BLOG #5713 ...a lot of people told me I was just unlucky and most BQ figures don't have this much mistakes. But it lowered my interest in the line. :/
You own a lot of items I'm interested in and/or want to own, so please continue! I understand it can take a long time and a lot of motivation, though. :P My own blog gets a lot of different amount of posts depending on how busy I personally am. :P


Looks like I probably got lucky; or maybe you got unlucky :P
Some people hate the line, but I quite like it. It's gotten expensive lately, and none of their new characters spark my interest so I don't know how they are doing lately :P
My Astarotte is a great example of how NICE Beach Queens cna be. Se has her mistakes, but she is SO NICE you have to look hard to find her! Maybe I'll review her as well.. ITEM #75575

I'll sure try and review more often ´v` I'll have a few free days this week (I'm having a wisdom tooth removed so I'll have to stay at home), that'll probably give me time to take a few pics and write a blog or two~
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Stalking (3 anno/i fa) #2518121She is really really nice! I also own the Himawari BQ and have Rei on the way (Aoi and Wakaba will join soon enough!), their Beach Queens turned out REALLY nice, I don't think there's any waste in getting them :)
- Thanks for the comments, everyone! I'll try and post reviews more often, since there are plenty of figures I own that have yet to be reviewed~


So far I only own one Beach Queen and was pretty disappointed in her quality BLOG #5713 ...a lot of people told me I was just unlucky and most BQ figures don't have this much mistakes. But it lowered my interest in the line. :/

You own a lot of items I'm interested in and/or want to own, so please continue! I understand it can take a long time and a lot of motivation, though. :P My own blog gets a lot of different amount of posts depending on how busy I personally am. :P
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Natsumisan (3 anno/i fa) #2518297I love Vividred Operation <3 you have a nice collection ;D
I wish there will be more figurines with Wakaba Saegusa too than just the Beach Queen-figurine~


Wish so too; There's the Charagumin, but she isn't a finished thing you can just display so I don't know;(I will get her too eventually too!)

haro (3 anno/i fa) #25187707,600 yen? She looks like a prize figure...
Yeah, Griffon puts insane price tags and then deliver something worth maybe 1/4 of the original price;

As I said before, she doesn't look so bad until you put her next to any other figure, really.
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haro mizu no akashi
7,600 yen? She looks like a prize figure...
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I love Vividred Operation <3 you have a nice collection ;D
I wish there will be more figurines with Wakaba Saegusa too than just the Beach Queen-figurine~
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victorviper (3 anno/i fa) #2517895Nice review. The figure itself looks like Griffon being Griffon. I've thought about picking up this figure along with Himawari from time to time, but your review convinced me that maybe I should save that impulse buy for something else.
The scale issue is unfortunate. Her pose makes her look even smaller than the BQ figure!
It's too bad, as the character designs from Vividred Operation are attractive, and there are some neat features of this figure (like the No Push button!).


The BQ has a bigger head in proportion to the body, but they are both roughly the same scale! Beach Queens seem to have gotten bigger lately;

CrowMaiden (3 anno/i fa) #2517898It's terrifying that if no one had told me, I would have assumed the Griffon was the Beach Queen and vice versa. o_O
Nice review though!


When you look at Griffon's on her own, you may not realize how bad she actually is! She looks cheaper than some prize figures I own, I don't know what they were thinking giving her a 7600jpy price tag!!

renuac (3 anno/i fa) #2517999Very interesting review with very lovely pictures!
At the beginning of your review, I was thinking that she looked amazingly good considering Griffon's reputation - that thought lasted until the close-ups of the paint flaws. I don't think I've ever seen so much paint bleed on a figure. And as for her siez... Your comparison with the Beach Queen made me laugh out loud from disbelief.


Certain angles really compliment her, but there's always something slightly off about her, sadly. The BQ has less sculpting "details" in some areas, but you have to nit pick A LOT to find flaws; I'm planning on doing a review for her as well, since I ended up taking a bunch of pictures while reviewing Griffon's!

Maakie (3 anno/i fa) #2518038I thought she didn't look that bad and then I saw the comparison with the BQ figure and wow... I wouldn't say this quickly about the BQ line, but the quality and size is so much better than the other figure! The shading in her hair, the effect on her swimsuit, her face, her thighs and behind!!! This review made me want her BQ! >.<
Anyway, nice review, Stalking! :)


She is really really nice! I also own the Himawari BQ and have Rei on the way (Aoi and Wakaba will join soon enough!), their Beach Queens turned out REALLY nice, I don't think there's any waste in getting them :)


- Thanks for the comments, everyone! I'll try and post reviews more often, since there are plenty of figures I own that have yet to be reviewed~
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I thought she didn't look that bad and then I saw the comparison with the BQ figure and wow... I wouldn't say this quickly about the BQ line, but the quality and size is so much better than the other figure! The shading in her hair, the effect on her swimsuit, her face, her thighs and behind!!! This review made me want her BQ! >.<

Anyway, nice review, Stalking! :)
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Very interesting review with very lovely pictures!

At the beginning of your review, I was thinking that she looked amazingly good considering Griffon's reputation - that thought lasted until the close-ups of the paint flaws. I don't think I've ever seen so much paint bleed on a figure. And as for her siez... Your comparison with the Beach Queen made me laugh out loud from disbelief.
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It's terrifying that if no one had told me, I would have assumed the Griffon was the Beach Queen and vice versa. o_O

Nice review though!
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