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Kamui - G.E.M. - 1/8 (MegaHouse)Kamui - G.E.M. - 1/8 (MegaHouse)

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Hello, today I will review 1/8 scaled figure Kamui from the Gintama series.

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Kamui is a member of the Yato Tribe. He is the older brother of Kagura. He becomes Housen's pupil. Due to his excellent fighting skills, he becomes Captain of the 7th Division of Harusame's Thunder Guns, the most powerful combat unit within the said group, and Overlord of Yoshiwara after Housen's death.

This figure was made by MegaHouse and was released on June 25th, 2012. It was sculpted by Moriwaki Naoto.

Let's begin with the box!

Packaging: 8/10

Dimensions:
Height: 31.2 cm (12.28 in)
Width: 26.4 cm (10.39 in)
Depth: 18.1 cm (7.12 in)

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Here we can see a rather big package but it can be shipped with SAL, depending on where you are buying it. The box was made of corrugated cardboard with a window at the front that allows us to see Kamui and his umbrella with detail. The box was decorated with a dark blue cloudy pattern that contrasts with Kamui's colours. The front has the name of the character, MegaHouse's logo and the series logo, The G.E.M. series logo and shots of the three different faces the figure can be displayed with. At the back we can see the figure displayed at full body with some warnings and a description of the character in kanji, with the official Sunrise "sticker" (actually printed in the box).

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The sides of the box also have small windows to catch extra details, with the figure displayed with and without its cape and umbrella and, again, using two of the three different expressions in their shots.

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The top of the box has a circular window as well as the name of the character in kanji and romaji, following the previous shape windows from Takasugi and Katsura, its circular shape makes reference to his big umbrella. Nothing worth mentioning about the bottom.

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A typical two-piece blister was used to protect the figure. Tape was used to avoid the blister opening by itself and, with so little joining points, this was appreciated. Plastic was used to prevent any kind of paint transfer but the two extra faces and the umbrella did not have the same treatment.

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A view of the sides.

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Here we can see Kamui's full body and extra faces inside of the blister. No tape was used to hold them and all depended on the strength of the blister but they suffered no damage nevertheless.

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Hare we have Kamui's face inside of the blister and the umbrella.

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The insides of the box had a nice red and purple pattern that contrasts nicely with the rest of the box as well as the character's name in romaji.

Base: 8/10

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As expected from MegaHouse's G.E.M. Series, they used a round base for Kamui. The pattern is extremely simple but the base does not take too much space, which is a good thing and the name of the character was written in both kanji and romaji.

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My figure came with the pegs a little out of place so in order to mount him I had to force his left leg a little so it could fit correctly. Luckily, nothing was broken in the process and he still holds tightly in there so I guess it was just a production mistake and nothing to really worry about. Be careful while unmounting him as always!

Sculpting: 9/10
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Starting with his hair, it was executed nicely. His ahoge is not detachable so be really careful not to break it while posing him. The typical line that divides the two pieces of hair was nicely hidden and his messy hair at the back of his head was executed greatly. His face shows us his calm side, with big blue eyes and a peaceful yet threatening smile.

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His ponytail has a very dynamic posing buy it was not made of soft plastic so there is a high chance of breaking it if one is not careful enough. I would not recommend playing around with it too much.

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His black clothes match nicely the anime character design. The creases all around his chest and back look realistic and I loved the way his pecs stand out from his clothing. MegaHouse could not again find a way to join the arms to his torso without that ugly gap showing but fortunately it is not distractive at all and it is hidden by the cape if you feel like displaying him with it.

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His beautiful hands are of the same size and were nicely sculpted. The knuckles on his right hand are really nice to look and but the right hand holds a problem that I will talk about later. On the left hand we can appreciate some nice nails and I loved how the tendons were sculpted.

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Kamui's head is detachable for a proper installation of the cape. No gap is visible because of the skilled way the collar of his shirt hides it. Some union lines can be seen on the neck but they are not really distractive when you display him with his face facing you so nothing to really worry about.

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No issues to report near his hips' zone. The piece of cloth that holds his Chinese clothing looks nice and does a great job hiding the gap that joins the torso to his legs. It was really hard to get a shot of his butt because of the way the cloth bends so I just could shot a little tease.

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His Chinese clothing have a really nice flowing with the wind effect that make them stand out nicely. The cloth bends beautifully and there is not a single crease out of place. Its only fault is that Moriwaki Naoko may be sculpted it a bit thinner than showed in the anime character design but, of course, that is nothing to worry about while displaying this figure.

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His trousers up to his ankles look extremely nice and extremely comfortable. The creases all around give them a nice texture and look natural. Shadows were painted with care and there are no big issues to report from it.

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I loved how the trousers make the knees and back of the knees barely noticeable and still look like a pair of nice legs.

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His shoes look nice but I had some issues with them while installing him onto his base. It was like his legs where too close together to fit the pegs so I had to force them a little so they will install properly. Fortunately, nothing was broken and no accidents have happened so far.

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There were a few inconsistencies with the painting but in general there is nothing to complain about his feet. The details were outstanding with the bone from his ankles showing nicely through his smooth skin and the transition from his trousers to his legs was well-hidden.

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Kamui comes with three different expressions; standard, smiling and smirking. All are numbered for your convenience. The installation of the three different pieces is really straight-forward so you will not have any kind of troubles with that. While uninstalling the two pieces of hair, please be sure that the ponytail does not break in the process.

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You may have to put a little pressure to assure the head will be firmly attached to the main body so be extra careful to not cause any kind of paint transfer in the process. As always, MegaHouse was sure that the gap would be well-hidden within his clothes.

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While I consider Kamui's cape to be an optional accessory, I don't really would display him without it. First, because it looks really nice and second, the umbrella does not look good and bends in a not really pleasant way but I'm going to talk about that later. The installation of the cape only requires you to remove Kamui's head and put it on his shoulders.

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The way the cloth bends with the wind was nicely performed and the painting job also gives the sensation of an old and used cape, perfect for a traveler like Kamui.

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No soft plastic was used with the pointy parts of the cape so be extra careful in order to not break something while mounting him.
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The umbrella is obviously the main attraction of the figure. The poll was made of metal and not PVC to avoid any kind of bending because the umbrella is somewhat heavy to only be hold by plastic so a metal poll was a wise decision. While installing it, I recommend first installing the poll and after that place the rest of the umbrella. If you are displaying the umbrella and cape together, be careful not to cause any kind of paint transfer between the umbrella and the cape.

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The umbrella was sculpted in PVC and it is faithful to the anime character design. It is really big so you probably will need a little more space to display him as opposite of the other Gintama figures of this series. The painting job was nicely done and they really put all their effort on the umbrella because there are almost no flaws on it.

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Painting: 9/10

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MegaHouse did a pretty nice job with the painting with this Series as always. The colours matched perfectly the anime character design and no mayor faults were found. I particularly loved the way his cape and trousers were performed, with a sensation of old and rusty cloth. My only real complain was the lack of shadows on his hair but that is just my opinion.

Posing: 9/10

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The main attraction of this figure was the umbrella so a pose that makes you appreciate it was needed. I believe the sculptor did a great job with it and the different expressions that were included really helped to capture his character perfectly. You can choose between a pose with his cape or without and, if you do not have enough space you can choose not to display him with his umbrella but he will certainly look weird without it.

Enjoyment: 8/10

Even when the figure was performed nicely, I only bought him to complete my Gintama set. I don't really feel any strong affection towards his character whatsoever. He hasn't really shown up a lot in the anime and I haven't catch up with the manga so I don't know if he has a bigger role. I honestly recommend getting him only if you want a complete set and I highly recommend getting him if you're a fan of the character.

If you had doubts about getting this figure, I hope this had helped you.

Next review will be Banpresto's Nagisa Kaworu Christmas Ver. so look forward to it!

Here is Suzaku's review BLOG #4059

Have a nice day!

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My only knick pick is that he is skinnier than he really is >=[
and his face is not accurate to his anime counterpart.
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I'm not a fan of Kamui, so I didn't get this GEM despite already owning Okita, Hijikata and Katsura (and getting the re-release of Gintoki this month). I'm caught up with the manga and so far he isn't getting a bigger role, btw.

Anyway, wonderful review! So many great photos and so much information! Thanks a lot, I'm sure this will help lots of people :)
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Great review! I was considering getting him since I'm a fan of Kamui, but I'm thinking the rather static pose makes me hesitant.

In any case, great pictures! This was really helpful~
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