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Magic Knight Rayearth - Fuu Hououji (Break)Magic Knight Rayearth - Fuu Hououji (Break)Review

Ruben77Ruben77Il y a 4 ans
MAGIC KNIGHT RAYEARTH
Fuu Hououji
(Break Prize)



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“Wind of the Phoenix Temple” is the translation of her full name. Hououji Fuu is the balancing stone that keeps the Magic Knights on the ground. This particular figure was the second of the MKR set break size to be released earlier this year (May 02, 2015). And we’ll check her now.



Box

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It is not surprising that Fuu’s box received exactly the same treatment as her previous comrade BLOG #23615 . The template was the same, with the only change being the green color to match the character. So there isn’t much to add to the comments here.


Packaging
Again, this time we find the good use of bubbles and cardstock to protect both the figure and the sword. This careful package protects her properly.

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The sword’s bag also contains Fuu’s glasses, carefully manufactured in metal. A paper with the instructions on how to fold the temples is provided. The hilt of the sword is detached and packed in an individual plastic bag:

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Fuu is wrapped in bubble plastic, and inside the bubble bag she’s protected by another plastic bag. We can notice that the foot stand is already attached to her right boot:

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Even in the bag she already looks to be a fine figure.



Pose
Fuu is a shy, mild-mannered girl who rarely loses her temper. But when it comes to fight for her friends, she doesn’t doubt for a second to combat with all her heart. For this figure, she’s represented in one dynamic action pose, probably in the beginning of a fight. It was difficult to source an image used for the inspiration of this pose, since nothing similar is seen in any of the official illustrations of the manga, or in any of the anime designs. There is, however, one obscure and rarely seen image: the cover of the first LaserDisc (first release) not used anywhere else. She’s seen in the background behind Hikaru. That image is the closest that I could find to the figure’s pose (and I’ve seen thousands of Rayearth images!)

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So, as for the pose, it is an interesting an unusual one. Probably not what I expected to see, but certainly a good one to match Umi.


Sculpting
The sculptor recreated Fuu in the same hybrid way as Umi: borrowing from Mokona’s manga drawings, and from Atsuko Ishida’s anime designs. That’s why the final result is not an exact replica of any given illustration, but more an interpretation (or maybe idealization) of Fuu’s image. Which is not bad at all, since it satisfies fans of both the anime and the manga XD (although probably a purist may feel a bit uncomfortable because of that happy mixture of sources).

Again, the sword is directly sculpted from Mokona’s sketches, not from Ishida’s drawings.

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The difference in the details between the hilt and the guard are minimal, and have to do with how properly it is disassembled. Since I’m not a purist, I really don’t care, and see no reason to take points out of the sculpting because of this. And being a prize figure (not a scale) accuracy should not be an issue here.


The Hair
Unlike Umi’s figure, Fuu’s hair is not a complete mess. That’s helped by the fact that she has short hair. But, where in the manga or the anime does Fuu sports ahoge hair? Never, ever!

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Notice also that the front bangs are a lighter shade of yellow than the rest of the hair.

If it was an attempt to portrait “wind action” in her hair, it failed. It looks more like that stereotypical antenna so common to many characters. I really don’t understand the ahoge in this figure. That’s the only flaw I find in her hair, since the rest is actually nicely sculpted and resembles accurately CLAMP's drawings of her.

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Unfortunately, Fuu’s hair (being more simple) is not as clean as Umi’s in terms of details: seam lines are more evident, and the front part of the hair is not completely flush with the rest of the head as you can see in the side photos.

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Details and painting:

I’m sad that this particular figure was not as detailed, or as finely finished as Umi. When exhibited alone, Fuu looks fine. But besides Umi, the defects are evident. The fingers are not so detailed, and the paint job leaves something to be desired in certain areas as you can see in the photos below.


The wrinkles in her right boot are great!
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Her left boot, however, shows a mold defect. Which is sad. And if we remember that Umi’s thig-high boots were almost perfect, this mistake in Fuu’s small footwear is actually huge.
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But I hope you also noticed the shading in her skin behind the knee. Fuu's legs are nicely painted, and give her a nice tone.


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The ribbon is small, and not so perfect, but it looks alive.


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The armor and its jewels are nicely done. The painting is good, with some minor mistakes here and there.


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The pommel is not perfectly finished. But details are too small.


The sword blade used a nice silver paint, but the job was negatively affected by dust. Probably this defect is only particular to this figure, and may not be present in other copies of Fuu.

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Fingers are not as sharply detailed as Umi's.
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The face is nicely done. The mouth is quite good despite being so small.

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I believe the green plastic used to mold her clothes is mostly without additional paint. There is little (if any shading), and it all feels like hard plastic.


At first I thought her eyebrows were too thick. In the photos of the prototype the also looked too dark: picture/&so... But in person the eyebrows are lighter, and if you compare her face to the original designs, they are quite close to the original.
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This is the sword in all its lenght:

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Notice that once you put the sword in Fuu's hand, the point will touch the floor. Try to avoid moving it too much when attached to the figure, or you will end chipping the silver paint.

Also, my copy of this figure doesn't have a thigh fit between the hilt and the guard when assembled. It tends to fall sometimes. I don't know if it is a mold problem common to all the copies of this figure, or if it is just mine.


Scale
Fuu's height is 156 cm (5' 1'').
This figure is about 17 cm in height, so it gives a 1/9 scale.
When put together with Umi and Hikaru they look almost the same height.



Now, more photos!


The base. Not so simple, not so detailed.

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Fuu's glasses. A nice detail!

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Frilly underwear. Notice also the subtle shading of the skin, and her beautiful shapely legs.
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Another view of her back. I kind of like how she's sculpted. Her shoulder blades are nicely detailed, but not too prominent. The wrinkles in her jacket and her skirt add to the dynamic sensation of the pose.
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And now a 360º:

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Enjoyment
This set of Magic Knight Rayearth Figures is actually quite good. Fuu is a nice addition and even though she’s not a natural fighter (she’s mostly a defender), this figure looks natural. Her dynamic pose and details allow for many hours of admiration, and the enjoyment doesn’t fade. It is a pleasure to see her alone, or together with the other Magic Knigths.

I confess Fuu isn’t my favorite character from Rayearth, but I loved this figure. It almost compels you to read the manga again or to re-watch the series (which I will probably do in the near future ^^¡)

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Reviews of this set of figures:

Break figure - Umi: BLOG #23615
Break figure - Fuu: BLOG #23920
Break figure - Hikaru: BLOG #24054



Thanks everyone for reading :)


Shine on, and be careful with Ferio!

[R.M.]


PS 1: You may have noticed the background is not consistent in the photos. Actually I tried 5 different color cardstock sheets to shoot the photos. I had a very hard time trying to get decent photos with my camera (a very old and basic Canon PowerShot A3000S), and in the end I had to pick the better images from the different sessions. Strange, since I didn't have so many focus and noise problems when shooting Umi. Probably the lighting was not the ideal, or the camera sensor is getting old.

PS 2: I will be reviewing Hikaru from this same set in the near future, so stay tuned!

Previous review: Umi Ryuuzaki Break Prize figure: BLOG #23615
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Scores7/10

Sculpting
Painting
Posing
Base
Packaging
Enjoyment
Hair
Box

Commentaires10

OceanRoostIl y a 4 ans#3439441I felt so bad for you when I saw the pictures of her boot. I got mine a few days after she came out and I don't have that flaw on mine at all, nor the ones on the sword blade either. It's a shame because I think the boots are one of the best parts of these figures.
I really liked this one the best out of the three I think, though a bit hard to display. I'm not sure if it's just how the figure is or if I didn't put it in right but for me, her sword extends beyond the base. I've got her on a pedestal now so it's not bad, but displaying her without one made me nervous. Did you happen to have as much trouble with her glasses as I did? Once they got into place they were fine but before that it was a nightmare trying to move them. I also really liked how her foot was already attatched to the base part (too bad Hikaru didn't get the same treatment)


Thanks for your words :)

This set of figures really have some nice features. The boots and swords are really great in them all! Probably my copy just suffered from a careless quality control. I can turn the blade and make the damaged side of the blade face backwards. The boot is more difficult to hide.

The glasses have a very thigh fit. Mine were also difficult to remove. Not impossible, but they do need a precise angle to move, and a bit more of strength than expected.
Il y a 4 ans
I felt so bad for you when I saw the pictures of her boot. I got mine a few days after she came out and I don't have that flaw on mine at all, nor the ones on the sword blade either. It's a shame because I think the boots are one of the best parts of these figures.

I really liked this one the best out of the three I think, though a bit hard to display. I'm not sure if it's just how the figure is or if I didn't put it in right but for me, her sword extends beyond the base. I've got her on a pedestal now so it's not bad, but displaying her without one made me nervous. Did you happen to have as much trouble with her glasses as I did? Once they got into place they were fine but before that it was a nightmare trying to move them. I also really liked how her foot was already attatched to the base part (too bad Hikaru didn't get the same treatment)
Il y a 4 ans
CrimsonPumpkinIl y a 4 ans#3438702Even when Fuu is not my favourite girl from MKR I must say she looks really pretty here and this figure does justice. Her pose is fantastic and not something you expect from this character. My favourite girl is Umi but after reading both reviews, in terms of quality, Fuu wins (especially with the hair).
I can' wait to read your review on Hikaru!
I really wanted these figures but I wasn't sure about the company and quality, furthermore, I'm more eager to see the Figmas prototypes of Hikaru, Umi and Fuu.
Thanks a lot for this detailed review Ruben!
Un saludo!!


I hope the Figmas will depict them properly, as they deserve. By the time being, and for the price, this set is not bad at all ;)

I just need some time free from real life to finish Hikaru's review.

Un abrazo!
Il y a 4 ans
Even when Fuu is not my favourite girl from MKR I must say she looks really pretty here and this figure does justice. Her pose is fantastic and not something you expect from this character. My favourite girl is Umi but after reading both reviews, in terms of quality, Fuu wins (especially with the hair).
I can' wait to read your review on Hikaru!
I really wanted these figures but I wasn't sure about the company and quality, furthermore, I'm more eager to see the Figmas prototypes of Hikaru, Umi and Fuu.
Thanks a lot for this detailed review Ruben!
Un saludo!!
Il y a 4 ans
victorviperIl y a 4 ans#3438510Ah, Fuu. My favorite Magic Knight. The hair looks better than did Umi's, but the glasses are a little off. The frames look way too thick.
It's too bad they didn't make her weapon a bow!

I agree with the frames being a bit too thick. Also, this are round, while the originals had a a bit of an ovoid shape. I wonder if they could be re-created with photo-etching. That may be an option :)

I've always wondered why they chose to depict them with the last stage swords, and not with their first weapons. The Bow was very nice!
Il y a 4 ans
Ah, Fuu. My favorite Magic Knight. The hair looks better than did Umi's, but the glasses are a little off. The frames look way too thick.

It's too bad they didn't make her weapon a bow!
Il y a 4 ans
mickeydeerhoIl y a 4 ans#3438481I enjoyed your review. Hikaru is my personal favorite, bit from the three, Fuu looks the best.
I'm patiently waiting for the MKR figmas


Thanks for your words :)

I'm not so patient waiting for the Figmas, I want them now!!!! XD
Il y a 4 ans
Ose_93Il y a 4 ans#3438438I was so tempted to pick up this set, but I just couldn't look past Umi's hair... I wish they hadn't tried the wind blown effect to such an extreme if it was going to turn out like that...
Fuu looks very cute though! I look forward to seeing Hikaru.


Fuu really turned out very nice in this set :)

I'm already preparing Hikaru's photos ;)
Il y a 4 ans
I enjoyed your review. Hikaru is my personal favorite, bit from the three, Fuu looks the best.

I'm patiently waiting for the MKR figmas
Il y a 4 ans
I was so tempted to pick up this set, but I just couldn't look past Umi's hair... I wish they hadn't tried the wind blown effect to such an extreme if it was going to turn out like that...

Fuu looks very cute though! I look forward to seeing Hikaru.
Il y a 4 ans
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