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[NSFW] Vintage Figure Review: Tenshiko by BEAT[NSFW] Vintage Figure Review: Tenshiko by BEATReview

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ATTN: This review is tagged as NSFW due to the subject matter, and it is image-heavy.

Background
Although I've been a member of MFC for several years, this is my first figure review. I had hoped to start writing figure reviews earlier, but getting adequate photos of my figures has always been a hurdle for me. However, with the recent quarantine situation, I finally had some time to make a homemade light box, and I got started photographing some of my figures. I'm using a Nikon D3100 with a tripod, and I'm using GIMP for white balance correction and cropping.

BEAT
The first figure I'm reviewing is by BEAT (ENTRY #7705). According the MFC database, BEAT has manufactured 144 figures, with their first release in 2002. Prior to buying Tenshiko, I owned one other figure by BEAT, Dancing Girl Nile (ITEM #1947) which appears to have been BEAT's first castoff figure. Their most recent release was back in 2017, and it's unclear if BEAT is discontinuing its figure line, or just taking an extended break.

Original Character - Tenshiko - 1/7 (BEAT)
ITEM #177833
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Tenshiko is an original character sculpted by Fujii Takashi (ENTRY #10681). This 1/7 scale figure was released in 2014. I couldn't find any further details about the character. Based on her youthful appearance, Tenshiko is probably in her late teens or early twenties. Meanwhile, her outfit combines a cropped sailor/schoolgirl top, neckerchief, and short skirt along with protective arm guards, leg guards and boots. It also appears that she's in a wet environment, as her top is painted to appear semi-transparent. Perhaps she was caught in an unexpected rainstorm? From her weapons, Tenshiko appears to be skilled in both firearms and martial arts use of the katana. A skull emblem is present on her arm and leg guards, suggesting the possibility of a sinister connection to dark forces: supernatural, demonic or otherwise.

It's also worth noting that her leg armor and boot design is very similar to ones worn by Gal Mako (ITEM #15975, ITEM #112766) and Akumako Yagi (ITEM #15974, ITEM #115231) which suggests these characters may exist in the same setting. Based on their horns, Gal Mako and Akumako Yagi appear to be devil girls which seems to reinforce that Tenshiko could have a connection to dark forces.

Box and Packaging: 7/10
The box has window panels on the front, top and one side, and the incoming light these provide is sufficient to show the figure inside, but the size of the front panel is narrow enough that it doesn't show the alternate arms or the weapons.
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The back side features some official shots of the figure, likely from a prototype.
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Meanwhile, the side pictures confirm that the figure supports castoff.
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There are BEAT tape seals on the top and bottom flaps.
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The figure and base are enclosed in a 3 layer blister package. The back layer firmly holds the round base in place, and the other 2 layers hold the figure and accessories in place. The figure and accessories are further protected in clear bags to prevent accidental chipping or paint transfer.
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Base 3/10
Let's start with the low point of the figure. Tenshiko's base is a plain black disk with two pegs.
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I prefer bases with at least some degree of sculpting or texture, but this one is just plain. One of the pegs is on an angled block to fit Tenshiko's lifted foot. Both of the pegs fit really tight, and it also required squeezing the legs together slightly which will in turn put sideways pressure on the pegs. I was worried that the pegs might break off while manipulating the pieces of the figure for these photos. As a result, in the pictures, the figure is not fully pressed onto the pegs. Although it holds the figure secure, I'd prefer a different base for the figure. As a result of the lack of detail and the stiff pegs that need pressure to align exactly with the figure's feet, I'm awarding only 3 stars for the base.

Parts and Accessories
The figure is comprised of 12 pieces, plus a separate base. The main part of the figure includes the torso and legs which do not detach. The head is connected with a ball socket style connector, but the head doesn't swivel very much. There are alternate arms for the left and right side featuring a bent or straight elbow option for each, and different hand positions. Her gun and sword can be used in 3 of the hands, while the 4th one is open an unable to hold an item. The arm with the open hand also has the arm band separated which doesn't make much sense. In a later photo I'll see show why this is a problem.
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Her top, skirt and panties are each separate pieces allowing Tenshiko to be displayed fully clothed, topless, skirtless, pantyless (aka nopan) or full nude.
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The figure
Let's first take a closer look at the assembled figure without the weapons to get a better look at her overall details.
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Painting 8/10
One of the high points is the paint job. The details on the armor, buckles and buttons are fairly sharp and defined, while the silver coloration looks metallic.
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The leather belt and straps are also well done. Overall, the color segregation is good, and the paint appears to have been applied cleanly without bleeding across detail lines.
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Her panties are plain white with small ties at the sides. They do not fit very snugly, especially after being cast off and put back on. While doing these photos, I tried to be extremely careful with the straps and small pegs at the sides that hold it in place, but I managed to break one strap while trying to reattach them. There's a photo of that later. Fortunately, the panties can be cast off, which is my preferred way to display Tenshiko.
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This viewing angle provides an ample view of underboob peeking out from under her short top.
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However, I dislike her top's fake semi-transparency. It's obvious they were going for the wet look, but dark materials don't tend to become that transparent when wet. I've seen better attempts of a wet-look on other figures like Yuki (ITEM #42386). Alternately, they could have opted to use semi-transparent plastic. For this reason, despite the otherwise good paint job, I give it an 8 for painting.

Posing 8/10
With the alternate arms it's possible to display the figure several different ways and hold the weapons in alternate hands or positions. In the default configuration, both of Tenshiko's arms are bent at the elbow, and each hand can hold either weapon.
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The secret of Tenshiko's fighting prowess has been revealed. Nopan fighting technique is less restrictive and enhances her mobility in combat. Furthermore, this style scores major bonus points for appeal.
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The alternate left arm works best for holding the sword outward. The gun doesn't look right in this hand since it would point downward. Instead, the gun can be used in the right hand with the default arm.
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The combination I find most visually appealing uses both alternate arms, with Tenshiko holding the sword, but not the gun since the hand on the alternate right arm is unable to hold anything.
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Unfortunately, the peg on this arm is too short to securely hold the arm below the armband ring, and it easily falls off. I don't understand why they made this arm different from the others. If the armband is removed, the main arm will stay in place better, but then there is a visual gap where the armband should be. It would have been better if they'd made all 4 arms similar with the armband as part of the arm.
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The variety of poses offered by the alternate arms is a great feature, and combined with the various castoff options, Tenshiko has a wide range of display options. However, that one arm doesn't stay on very well. Because of that, I can only give it 8 stars for posing.


Sculpting 7/10
To cast off the top, we need to behead Tenshiko! Thankfully it's a painless operation, and once the head is removed, the top lifts off easily. Be careful when removing or replacing the head, since ball style joints like the one on her neck are notorious for breaking at the narrow point if too much force is applied. Since her head barely swivels, it would have been better to make this a thick peg joint instead.
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When displayed topless, Tenshiko can fully show off her beautiful breasts.
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From her right side, the slight gap between her head and neck is more obvious. From this angle, the side profile of her chest looks quite lovely.
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From the rear, the contour of her back is revealed. The asymmetrical contour lines don't seem to be from musculature. I thought they might be intended to line-up with the straps from her top, but the lines don't appear to align with those.
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From this image of her left side, the quality of the painting is even more apparent on her boots and leggings. The color segregation between 3 different tones of grey, and the black, silver and white are all sharp without any paint crossing into adjacent areas. Meanwhile, the body coloration and slight tinting to add definition below the the breasts looks very natural.
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There is a small white mark on her skirt below her belt buckle. That was due to an accident shortly after I first got the figure and cast her off. One of my fingernails had a rough edge and it scratched that spot while putting the skirt back on. It's just a tiny mark, but from certain angles it is more obvious. This photo also reveals the contour of her nipples very well. Their coloration and sculpting is well-done and visually appealing.
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Here is a view with the skirt off and panties on. This was taken after the side strap was broken, but it still holds on fairly well despite that. However, they still seem rather plain and unattractive to me.
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The tie on her panty's right side conceals a tiny snap that opens and closes, For people with large fingers like me, these can be difficult to manipulate.
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From the backside, it looks like her panties are sagging, but that's about as high as they go. From this angle, it's not obvious that the left side strap is broken.
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Here's a look at the broken side strap. Despite the break, the loose ends still hold their position fairly well. The tiny snap is located beneath the tie next to the break, but there is probably no way to fix this due to where the break occurred. Of course an even simpler solution is to display her without panties.
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Let's have a look at Tenshiko displayed nude. The contour of her torso and hips look fairly natural.
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Tenshiko appears to be very fit, and her legs and butt are very shapely.
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Unfortunately, the sculpting lacks much anatomical detail beyond a very simple pudendal cleft. When this figure was released, other companies making cast off figures were adding significantly better definition in that area. Also note that from this angle, the skull emblem is clearly visible on the inner part of her leg protector.
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With this angle and lighting, the the anatomical detail seems even less defined.
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Overall, there's a lot to like about the sculpting of this figure. The body and breasts seem well proportioned. However, the strange lines on her back and lack of anatomical detail are significant drawbacks. Also there is a visible gap between her head and neck from certain viewing angles. For this reason, I give the figure 7 stars for sculpting.

Enjoyment 8/10
One of the best ways to enjoy figures is to set them up with other figures with similar themes. Ideally figures of the same scale should be similar in size to one another, and their overall appearances should not detract from one another. I apologize about the lighting on these next pictures - I had to adjust position of the lights for the extra figures, and the right side lighting somehow got misdirected and it ended up darker on that side.

Here is 1/7 scale Lala (ITEM #8646) alongside 1/7 scale Tenshiko for a "Girls with Guns" theme:
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This time it's 1/7 scale Sera-Chan (ITEM #1648) paired up with Tenshiko for a "Blonds in Sailor/Schoolgirl Outfits" theme.
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And here's 1/6 scale Lynx Girl Amethyst (ITEM #1164) teamed up with Tenshiko for a "Girls with Katanas" theme.
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Finally, there is that matter of what to do with the broken panties. Tenshiko has an idea:
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PVC is a form of plastic, so the responsible thing to do is recycle them. Way to go, Tenshiko!
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We can applaud Tenshiko's efforts to reduce (getting rid of those unneeded panties) and recycle. She's an inspiration to us all!

Since Tenshiko supports being fully cast off, and has multiple display options, I find this to be an enjoyable figure. Issues like the arm falling off can be remedied with adhesives. Overall, I rate the enjoyment 8 stars.

Final Verdict 7/10
With a better base, this could have been an 8/10. I got lucky a couple years ago and bought this figure new in box on Ebay for about $65 USD. If you like collecting older original figures or castoff figures, Tenshiko is worth considering. Due to it's age, it's a bit harder to find now, but there are listings for her on various auction sites and resellers, usually ranging from between ¥8,800 to ¥12,800.

What's next?
I hope you enjoyed this review. I plan to do more reviews that focus on older figures, especially ones that may not have many pictures in the MFC database. Also, if you have tips on how I can improve my review or my photos, please let me know. My goal is to make enjoyable and informative reviews that people will like to read.
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vgadict2 mese/i fa#77783281The Goat Daughters design has held up pretty well in certain regards compared to newer figures. For example, their poses, gear design and painting look good considering their age. I'll definitely be doing a review of them at some point in the future to discuss more about them.
The MFC database shows that BEAT had releases all the way back in 2002, whereas Keumaya's first release was in 2005. Based on that, BEAT predates Keumaya, so it's not a case of rebranding. It is possible that they merged, and the the properties and employees of Keumaya transferred to BEAT.
I noticed that as well - many of the offerings are from Q-six. Native has been extremely successful in becoming a distributor for several other 18+ manufacturers, so it's plausible that BEAT is attempting to do something similar. Being a distributor allows a company to get a slice of the pie, so to speak, without incurring all the risks and costs that the manufacturers bear. It's the reason why a company like Amazon can be so successful, but in this case BEAT or Native are doing it on a much smaller scale for a much more niche set of products.


Cool! I'm looking forward to that review! :)

Hrmm, I wouldn't take everything in the database as 'evidence'. The database started in 2011 and in my experience everything released pre-2011 has a higher chance of being incomplete on here. At one point I was pretty active with trying to get a lot of GK's from the 90's and early 2000's in the database and it was surprising how much new entries I was making considering the popularity of the series and characters. Anyhow, I've seen circles becoming actual manufacturers, or circles being merged with manufactures before, so I don't think it's an outlandish theory. 0:)

Yeah they might have switched that way, but it doesn't seem like any of those brands are exclusive to them, so it seems a bit more like a regular wholesale/webshop. Maybe they will climb up in popularity over time. :)
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Maakie2 mese/i fa#77771708For some reason, at least to me, the Goat Daughters don't look that old fashioned. Well okay, maybe their faces do a bit, but I didn't think that until you pointed it out in your reply. ;)
The Goat Daughters design has held up pretty well in certain regards compared to newer figures. For example, their poses, gear design and painting look good considering their age. I'll definitely be doing a review of them at some point in the future to discuss more about them.

Maakie2 mese/i fa#77771708Hrmm I find it hard to find info online, but could it be possible that Keumaya rebranded itself to BEAT and it's the same manufacturer? Especially because Keumaya is referred to as an circle, while BEAT is a manufacturer. That would let me think that it upgraded from being fanrun to becoming an actual commercial company.
The MFC database shows that BEAT had releases all the way back in 2002, whereas Keumaya's first release was in 2005. Based on that, BEAT predates Keumaya, so it's not a case of rebranding. It is possible that they merged, and the the properties and employees of Keumaya transferred to BEAT.

Maakie2 mese/i fa#77771708Something else I did find during my search was that BEAT their current website beat-hobby.com/, seems that BEAT became a wholesaler (but maybe also normal webshop?)beat-hobby.com/... for multiple 18+ manufacturers. Nothing seems to point anymore at them making their own figures.
I noticed that as well - many of the offerings are from Q-six. Native has been extremely successful in becoming a distributor for several other 18+ manufacturers, so it's plausible that BEAT is attempting to do something similar. Being a distributor allows a company to get a slice of the pie, so to speak, without incurring all the risks and costs that the manufacturers bear. It's the reason why a company like Amazon can be so successful, but in this case BEAT or Native are doing it on a much smaller scale for a much more niche set of products.
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vgadict2 mese/i fa#77754629It does seem like an older design. I mentioned the similarity to the "Goat Daughters" Gal Mako (browse.v4.php?t...) and Akumako Yagi (browse.v4.php?t...) toward the beginning of the review, but it's also worth noting the BEAT's versions from 2013 were essentially re-issues of the original Keumaya versions from 2009. It's plausible that when BEAT obtained the rights to produce the figures that it included other designs that Keumaya had never released such as Tenshiko. According to the MFC database, the last figure that Keumaya released prior to the BEAT re-releases was in 2011, which seems to support the idea that Keummaya stopped producing figures and then transferred their properties to BEAT. If that's true, then the design work for Tenshiko figure may have been started many years before it was released, and due various hold-ups that may have occurred while transferring the designs, any work on Tenshiko may have been temporarily put on hold until after the re-release of other Keumaya figures.
I plan to eventually review my Keumaya figures, and if I track down any other details about the Keumaya relationship with BEAT, I'll include it.


For some reason, at least to me, the Goat Daughters don't look that old fashioned. Well okay, maybe their faces do a bit, but I didn't think that until you pointed it out in your reply. ;)

Hrmm I find it hard to find info online, but could it be possible that Keumaya rebranded itself to BEAT and it's the same manufacturer? Especially because Keumaya is referred to as an circle, while BEAT is a manufacturer. That would let me think that it upgraded from being fanrun to becoming an actual commercial company.

Something else I did find during my search was that BEAT their current website beat-hobby.com/, seems that BEAT became a wholesaler (but maybe also normal webshop?)beat-hobby.com/... for multiple 18+ manufacturers. Nothing seems to point anymore at them making their own figures.
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Maakie2 mese/i fa#77754117Very nice review! I actually never saw this figure before and her design reminded me right away of Sucker Punch. ;)
Beat has been a bit of a weird manufacturer in my opinion and I'm not really sure what to think of this figure either. The figure feels very old school while she is only from 2014!

It does seem like an older design. I mentioned the similarity to the "Goat Daughters" Gal Mako (browse.v4.php?t...) and Akumako Yagi (browse.v4.php?t...) toward the beginning of the review, but it's also worth noting the BEAT's versions from 2013 were essentially re-issues of the original Keumaya versions from 2009. It's plausible that when BEAT obtained the rights to produce the figures that it included other designs that Keumaya had never released such as Tenshiko. According to the MFC database, the last figure that Keumaya released prior to the BEAT re-releases was in 2011, which seems to support the idea that Keummaya stopped producing figures and then transferred their properties to BEAT. If that's true, then the design work for Tenshiko figure may have been started many years before it was released, and due various hold-ups that may have occurred while transferring the designs, any work on Tenshiko may have been temporarily put on hold until after the re-release of other Keumaya figures.

I plan to eventually review my Keumaya figures, and if I track down any other details about the Keumaya relationship with BEAT, I'll include it.
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Very nice review! I actually never saw this figure before and her design reminded me right away of Sucker Punch. ;)

Beat has been a bit of a weird manufacturer in my opinion and I'm not really sure what to think of this figure either. The figure feels very old school while she is only from 2014!
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galablue2 mese/i fa#77675026I am so happy that you've finally done your first review! Very informative and great pictures. I agree, I really dislike the fake transparent shirt, it just makes it look strange. I wish they would have gone with solid colored instead. My favorite pose she can make is definitely her sword shooting straight out, it is really striking.
Can't wait for the next review!

Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. That pose with the sword extended is very striking, and I'm glad they included the alternate arm to support that. I'll try to get another review out in the next week or so.
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I am so happy that you've finally done your first review! Very informative and great pictures. I agree, I really dislike the fake transparent shirt, it just makes it look strange. I wish they would have gone with solid colored instead. My favorite pose she can make is definitely her sword shooting straight out, it is really striking.

Can't wait for the next review!
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Moeromoero2 mese/i fa#77668113Nice to see reviews on vintage figures.
Diversifying NSFW contents on MFC might be a great idea to promote this hobby.
Vintage NSFW is such an interesting topic.
Thanks for showing us an adorable battle angel.

Thanks! I suspect there are newer collectors that may be unaware of the charms of various older figures, and adding reviews may help enlighten them.

salvo_one2 mese/i fa#77671079You got all of the things I like to see in a review in there, great job and I hope to see more of them. I really enjoy reviews of older or lesser known figures, they've definitely influenced my purchases before and will continue to do so.
Thanks for the feedback! I agree that reviews are extremely helpful in making purchase decisions. I find there are many reviews of newer figures, but it's often difficult to find details about certain older figures. Collectors owning those older figures are in the best position to help rectify that.
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You got all of the things I like to see in a review in there, great job and I hope to see more of them. I really enjoy reviews of older or lesser known figures, they've definitely influenced my purchases before and will continue to do so.
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Moeromoero Chinese Dress Hunter
Nice to see reviews on vintage figures.
Diversifying NSFW contents on MFC might be a great idea to promote this hobby.

Vintage NSFW is such an interesting topic.

Thanks for showing us an adorable battle angel.
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