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Asuna -- Sword Art Online - Toy's Works -- REVIEW 24Asuna -- Sword Art Online - Toy's Works -- REVIEW 24Review

HappyakrzHappyakrzIl y a 8 mois
Happy Sunday Funday!
The tree is up, the lights are strung, and now the kids are putting the ornaments on and laughing their heads off with A Christmas Story in the background.

I figured I’d take a few minutes and write up the review for the second figure from my recent purchase …

Back Story
When I purchased the figure from my most recent review (REVIEW 23 NSFW - BLOG #44379), I was able to combine two figures in the actual transaction, and I don’t know that two more opposite figures could be shipped together. Compared with the Kanna figure, this second figure that I’m reviewing today is as tame and innocent as is possible. At the time, I don’t think I realized the vast difference between the two figures, but now that I’ve had them both on the shelf for a couple of weeks, and have done the photography for both, I’m VERY aware of the disparity in their “social agendas”.

About two months ago, I watched the three seasons of Sword Art Online that were available on Netflix. I was instantly caught up in the story, and really loved the character development and emotional/psychological hurdles around which the story revolved. I liked that the subject-matter wasn’t like any other “cartoon” I’d ever seen, and it was a good introduction into the world of animé. I associated a lot with the main male character, Kirito, and was excited to experience a story that wasn’t just a Saturday morning kiddy cartoon.

Asuna, the female lead character, is one of the most true-to-nature females that I’ve seen so far in the anime realm. Don’t get me wrong .. she is a powerful and confident fighter when that aspect of the show puts her in difficult sequences, but I appreciate her feminine personality, her sisterly & motherly nature with some of the characters, and her dedication and love for Kirito. While watching the show, I found myself thinking of her as a realistic young woman in her early-to-mid-twenties – even though she’s actually supposed to be in her early-to-mid teens. She’s mature for her age, lovely in her outlook on life, and I found myself drawn to the character.

The next little bit has a minor spoiler to the story of SAO, so read only if you don’t mind knowing what happens after season one …

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This figure isn’t a representation of her within the Sword Art Online game – it’s closer to her portrayal from the second season, after she and Kirito escape from the deathmatch and find themselves going to a prep school for kids who lost three years of their lives within the game.


I liked this figure enough to make an offer to the seller because even though you don’t get to see Asuna in this manner very often, it is part of her true nature – she’s a young, lively, spirited, bright & beautiful young woman who brings joy to those around her. Though I would never refer to Asuna as “innocent”, she does possess an innocence that is refreshing when it comes to some of the more mature subject-matter of the world. The late teen in me crushed hard on Asuna, but I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t have had the nerve necessary to introduce myself and talk to her if I’d shown up at the prep school.

This figure is my most innocent so far, and I treasure it for that aspect.

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Toy’s Works
Yuuki Asuna – Sword Art Online – Ordinal Scale -- ITEM #464805
Sculptor: Pon (Toto Tatta) -- ENTRY #69192
Vendor: private MFC seller ($90.00 in November of 2019)


The Box
The box is a bright and colorful package displaying Asuna through multiple windows in the front, sides, back, and top. This is actually the first time (shy of the fully plastic boxes) that I’ve seen a box with windows on all sides, and I think it really shows off the figure beautifully. The photos and wrap-around style of design keeps the viewer continuously turning the box and appreciating the view of the figure within.

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The blister packaging is firm and secure, protecting the figure more than adequately.

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The Figure
The base is an interesting take on a puddle (through which Asuna is hopping?). In general, I like the design as it’s better than just being a plain disk of colored plastic, but it doesn’t go quite as far sculpt-wise as other similar figures (see the comparisons at the end of this review) to give a more realistic presentation. I like the water rings, nonetheless, and the base creates a strong foundation for the figure.

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Asuna’s body comes in two sections: the body and her head. The figure stands on its left leg, and an additional section of transparent blue plastic has been added to the bottom of her shoe to ensure that her assembly to the base is solid.

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The hole in her neck is perfectly sculpted to accept the molded peg that stems from her head.

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I’m doubting that all of the copies of this figure were packaged with the intent of having the head break down into its three primary parts, but in my case, once I removed the head from the figure, it literally came apart in my hand. I’m guessing that poor gluing during assembly is the fault, but fortunately, after taking these shots, I was able to get everything back together tightly and there hasn’t been any further issue with any breakage.

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Reviewer's Notes
Overall Sculpt
While this is really a pretty simple figure, I like the sculpting of the pose, and I think the presentation of her body and wardrobe are really strong. Unlike other figures of this type, I feel like Asuna has been given more detail that adds a lot of character. She’s definitely a step above the basic “beach queen” style, and also as definitely, not quite as intricate as the other figures in my current collection. She’s probably the perfect example of the quality and detail matching the price point – she was a mid-range cost, and falls mid-range on the detail scale, in my opinion.

The areas of the figure that best showcase the skills of the sculptor are in the wardrobe. The penny loafers on her feet have great detail and look natural as the base for her school uniform.

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The level of accessory detail in Asuna’s skirt and shirt are wonderful. I love the gold buttons on the front of her skirt, along with the flare of the pleats matching her skipping movement. The short-sleeved dress shirt that acts as her uniform top is also beautifully sculpted with folds and movement to indicate the body within and the motion she is presenting.

The small red bow at her collar is a great little bit of detail, as is the school crest over her left breast.

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I like the detail of the buttons on her shirt as well. This seems like an easy addition that really stands out in this figure.

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Over Asuna’s right shoulder is a school bag/purse that is a really great addition to the complexity of the figure. The strap and zipper opening are beautifully presented, and there is a strong sense of the leather texture in the shape and tone of the addition.

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I’m not 100% impressed with the sculpt of Asuna’s hands, though they aren’t awful. I feel like there could have been a bit more detail involved, and they seem disproportionately small to me, but for the movement and the tone of the figure, I think the position and pose of the hands is good. I wish they’d put a little bit of polish on her nails, as this seems like a natural ingredient for a girl in school.

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As we’ve already seen, Asuna’s head is a beautiful sculpt that really showcases some beautiful movement in her hair. There are a couple dozen strands of hair that are floating in several directions, and their flow and texture is really well done.

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As I’m doing my best to be informative, while at the same time avoiding all pervi-ness, I include the following picture (in the spoiler) as a great example of the sculpt of Asuna’s hair from beneath. It also happens to show the cute pink knickers that the artist/sculptor have included on the figure.
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I really like the braided “crown” that encircles Asuna’s head. It’s a great feature that breaks up what would have been a pretty simplistic hair styling. The seam at the top of the head is quite visible, but once I got everything back together again, it seems tight and isn’t as noticeable on the shelf as I’d worried it would be.

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What I like best about this figure from a sculpting perspective is the manner in which the artists created an upward sense of movement or floating. Asuna on the shelf really feels like she’s in a perpetual jump from which she won’t ever need to return.

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Painting
The painting on this figure is pretty solid, but then again, there isn’t a lot of detail in which mistakes could have been made. The buttons on the skirt are quite clean, as are the cross-stripes on the shirt collar. The decal of the school emblem is clean and crisp, and the details on the bag are near flawless.

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I love the fact that they used two colors on her shoes (one for the sole/heel, and the other for the upper portion of the shoe). I think they also did a great job of creating the “aged” effect of the leather on the loafers by air-brushing darker tones at the seams.

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The deep navy of Asuna’s skirt is beautifully matched to the light sky-blue shirt, and those are both perfectly countered with the orangey-brown tones in Asuna’s hair. There has also been a bit of texture air-brushing in the hair, and it does a wonderful job of creating depth and dimension to the figure.

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Asuna’s face is well-crafted, but I’m not 100% satisfied with the 3D transition from the anime presentation. There is a “flat-ness” that feels over-exaggerated – perhaps it’s in the distance between her eyes – I’m not sure – but her face feels very “cartoon-ey” to me, while the rest of her body is much more realistic.

I DO like the solid painting of her mouth and eyebrows, and I like the presentation of her bright brown eyes.

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Overall Presentation
Overall, this is a really nice figure that shows off a bit of detail without going to the extent that the cost would become prohibitive. It’s a great pose with wonderful movement, and I like how she displays on the shelf with some of the other “more tame” figures I have – Miku, especially.

Comparisons
The three figures I’ve chosen for comparisons with Asuna show not only her size and scale to other figures, but they also give a good feel (I think) of how different the personality and presentation of a character can be in this format.

The first comparison is with Velvet Batrass – Shining Ark - Velvet Batrass - 1/8 (Alphamax) -- ITEM #161261

This is an interesting pairing as Velvet is a 1/8 scale, and Asuna is 1/7 scale – but they don’t look all that far off in size from one another. The biggest difference is in the size of Asuna’s face, and I’ve already mentioned that I feel like it’s a bit over-sized to begin with. I like how Velvet looks so laid back and sexy, and Asuna looks hyper-active and energetic.

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The second comparison is with Sonoda Umi – Love Live! School Idol Project - Sonoda Umi - 1/8 - Natsuiro egao de 1 2 Jump! ver., Swimsuit ver. (Kotobukiya) -- ITEM #166885

These two figures are MUCH better suited to one another, even though Umi is showcased in a swimsuit. Again, though, there is a strange scale difference – Asuna being a 1/7 scale and Umi being a 1/8, I would have expected a bigger difference in size, but they’re pretty close to the same height (if Umi straightened her back a little). I have to say, the designer NAILED the water on Umi’s base, whereas the base for Asuna looks a little more “zen”. Who knows … maybe Asuna was using some Kung Fu and was “spriting” across the face of the water!

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The third comparison is with Angela Balzac – Rakuen Tsuihou: Expelled From Paradise - Angela Balzac - 1/8 (Alphamax) -- ITEM #279274

What I like about this comparison is the level of detail in the two figures – it’s interesting because I would have expected Angela to have cost me a LOT more with the level of intricate details involved, but she actually cost me $8 less than Asuna! Maybe that’s indicative of a bad purchase on my part, or perhaps it speaks to the popularity of Asuna’s character over Angela and the market demand for SAO figures. Also, without resorting to the hyper-sexy SkyTube figures I own, I like how these two compare on the sexiness scale – Angela is smoking in her skin-tight bodysuit, while Asuna is totally adorable, innocent, and appropriate in her school uniform.

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Lessons Learned
I’m still continually concerned about the apparent age of the figures that I purchase and the level of sensuality/sexuality that they present. As I’ve been burned in a previous article by making “bold statements” about specific genres, let me instead make a simple declaration of opinion – I like loli to stay pure, innocent, and untarnished by sexuality, and in this figure, I’ve gone as far to the loli side as I’ve gone so far. I don’t want to think of this figure as “hot” or “sexy” – that’s not what she is to me. She is the epitome of the Asuna character who is loving and pure.

Combining her in a purchase with Kanna, who is on the extreme opposite side of the spectrum sensuality-wise, was an interesting circumstance, but I don’t feel that it presents a dilemma for my collection. The range of emotions and flirtation in the figures I own is wide and diverse, and I feel completely comfortable with who and how I am displaying them.

I think that’s the real trick for all of us. We all have different opinions, tastes, and preferences. Finding a zone in which we feel comfortable is a constantly evolving search, and mine just widened to include figures on both ends of the field.

As always, please feel free to reach out with questions or comments! I love hearing from you all!

Until next time!
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Commentaires7

HappyakrzIl y a 8 mois#71567831
I'm actually getting into a little bit of a panic right now because I'm winding down to the last couple of figures that I currently have ... and I have nothing in the mail or on order right now!!! What am I going to do?!?!? Write reviews of other people's photographs of the figures?! I need to make a LOT of money FAST so I can fill up another display case with these beauties!! Or beg some distributor to start shipping me samples of everything they sell!! I'll ship them back when I'm done!! I PROMISE!!
Tee hee!


i'll start sending my figures over immediately, forwarding all of my preorders to you ... this man is having withdrawals, send him figures STAT!
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galablueIl y a 8 mois#71539785before everything gets out of hand, loli is simply defined as anyone who looks young regardless of their age, and looking young is totally subjective. i might not define asuna as a traditional loli, but is she young enough where i might be a tiny bit uncomfortable if she was in an, ahem, lewd position? probably.
figure wise, she is definitely cute, and probably my favorite asuna (i like ITEM #397154, but the face is a little messed up). i had separating issues with ITEM #133961 (BLOG #43965), which was totally lame. i haven't "fixed" him yet, but i guess there's bound to be a few figures in every batch that have a glue issue!
i particularly like her collar on this figure, with the blue detailing. i never noticed it before just now. her book bag is also nicely sculpted. overall, she seems like she's on her way to class as she passes you.
umi is a great comparison for her because of the puddle effect, which i think umi succeeds in much better. however, this made me think that umi's base should have been the same blue color as the water, because it would have been even better.
great review. i don't know how many figures you have left after this one, but as soon as you're on a more "dry" spell with your collecting, i'll be wishing for the days of rapid reviews!


Thanks for your words, Gala! LOVE hearing from you!

I agree about the Umi figure water color -- I wish it hadn't been quite so ... teal .. maybe the puddle had a small algae bloom or something .. maybe it was tadpole season .. maybe some off-scene little boy had just tinkled there (OOOO, GROSS!!) .. who knows! :)

I'm actually getting into a little bit of a panic right now because I'm winding down to the last couple of figures that I currently have ... and I have nothing in the mail or on order right now!!! What am I going to do?!?!? Write reviews of other people's photographs of the figures?! I need to make a LOT of money FAST so I can fill up another display case with these beauties!! Or beg some distributor to start shipping me samples of everything they sell!! I'll ship them back when I'm done!! I PROMISE!!

Tee hee!
Il y a 8 mois
Nice to see a review on a Toy's Works figure! I honestly didn't know what to think of that company because reviews on them seem to be limited. They're the few companies to make a figure for Muramasa. (ITEM #605013) If only she gets released, sigh. The company doesn't seem to be active strangely. According to the database anyways.

Off topic, but whenever I think of that iconic leg lamp scene from that movie you mentioned, I think of the beautiful figures I want to show off! XD
Il y a 8 mois
before everything gets out of hand, loli is simply defined as anyone who looks young regardless of their age, and looking young is totally subjective. i might not define asuna as a traditional loli, but is she young enough where i might be a tiny bit uncomfortable if she was in an, ahem, lewd position? probably.

figure wise, she is definitely cute, and probably my favorite asuna (i like ITEM #397154, but the face is a little messed up). i had separating issues with ITEM #133961 (BLOG #43965), which was totally lame. i haven't "fixed" him yet, but i guess there's bound to be a few figures in every batch that have a glue issue!

i particularly like her collar on this figure, with the blue detailing. i never noticed it before just now. her book bag is also nicely sculpted. overall, she seems like she's on her way to class as she passes you.

umi is a great comparison for her because of the puddle effect, which i think umi succeeds in much better. however, this made me think that umi's base should have been the same blue color as the water, because it would have been even better.

great review. i don't know how many figures you have left after this one, but as soon as you're on a more "dry" spell with your collecting, i'll be wishing for the days of rapid reviews!
Il y a 8 mois
josephirothv2Il y a 8 mois#71528465Asuna is not a loli.

Ha ha ha

I understand that Asuna wouldn’t typically be considered loli, but I used the term because she’s definitely closer to the loli genre than any figure that I’ve added previously to my collection.

I know that by the strictest of terms, she’s quite different in design and presentation to loli, but I’m mostly referencing her youthful innocence in design.

Thanks for your input, though. :)
Il y a 8 mois
Asuna is not a loli.
Il y a 8 mois
Thanks for the great review. I already own the figure but still enjoyed reading your impressions.
Personally I do wish that the detail on the fringe and face were a little sharper but I love her form. Simple yet dynamic and elegant.
Il y a 8 mois