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Love Live! - Sonoda Umi - 1/7 - White Day Hen (Alter)Love Live! - Sonoda Umi - 1/7 - White Day Hen (Alter)Review

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Hey there fellow mfc-members!

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This time I’ll be looking at the second figure from Alter’s White Day Hen set from Love Live, namely ITEM #743163 Sonoda Umi. And this is a figure I fully intended to skip even after my decision to get both Kotori and Honoka. I had other plans for my display and didn’t like a few things about her (the long skirt and red butterfly accessory for example). I pondered if that was the right decision until her release and when the first pictures of this beauty came up, I regretted it instantly. So here we are now…
Let’s get to the actual review. (๑❛ꇳ❛๑)

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Umi arrives in a slightly bigger version of Kotori’s box. A full plastic one adorned with feathers and soft hues of blue near the bottom. Again, they emphasize the soft and angelic vibe of the figure (and the set as a whole). The cardboard inlay features the only picture of the figure (not that it’s really necessary since you can admire the actual product from a lot of angles already). Meanwhile the bottom has the usual information and warnings.
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Not for the blister… with Umi’s skirt being quite bulky ofc it has to be big but inside the outer blister is a smaller one holding the skirt in particular. That’s all well and good, the piece of styrofoam between that blister and the base is weird, but ok. The piece of plastic atop her skirt though is just laughably dumb. Once you remove the sellotape your faced with the task of removing that round cover and it has just one cut… I could say a lot about that but… just be careful not to scratch the figure while removing it… the edges are quite sharp….

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Once more the base is a round disc with a soft blue color gradient on one side with small bubbles and hearts on the rims. Seeing how it has a diameter of 20cm it’s good that the base is optional (it’d be mostly be covered by the skirt anyway).
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Spin around…
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Umi with her soft expression, the big eyes and slight blush looks very beautiful and feminine. The open mouth and very pronounced glossy lips make her seem a little seductive as well, although in a more distant way. Like the type of person, you only admire from afar but don’t dare touch (she gives me very princess-like vibes in general)).
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Her long dark hair cascades down her back and it's beautifully made. Stray strands of hair play around her shoulders and the shading is on-point. The seam atop her head is quite clean, though it is very noticeable. Similar to Kotori Umi’s white hair clip looks a bit wonky, although not as bad (but it’s in plain sight again). About the butterfly accessory… I still don’t like it… there are no flaws but that shade of red really doesn’t go well with the rest of the outfit.
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Umi is wearing white fluffy earmuffs hidden by big frosted looking roses. The color gradient and glitter effect on them is cute and well-made. Yet the ribbons underneath look kind of shoddy in comparison with some rough edges and no nice details to speak of.
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Nothing to complain about the mic here, but there’s nothing to highlight either.

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The big ribbon on Umi’s high-collared dress immediately draws your attention to it and that’s all well and good. The sculpt is immaculate as is the paint (especially the gold-trim on the lacey bits). What’s with that black line/smudge though? I sure hope that’s exclusive to my copy (and I’ll try getting rid of it later ofc).
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Other than that, there’s literally nothing on her top I could possibly complain about. The creases look realistic for thicker fabric, the frills framing the button border are perfectly adorable and the little cape(?)-like thing attached to the ribbon looks so light it almost seems feathery. This impression is a combination of the semi-translucent plastic enhanced by the iridescent blue/violet finish (which is kinda hard to capture on pictures) not to mention the subtle lace decoration.
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Also note the little heart on her right arm (seems like all the girls will have it somewhere)~♡

Around her arms Umi is wearing frilly gold and white bracelets adorned with white ribbons similar those Kotori wears around her leg. They’re not as loosely tied, although you can see the one on her right arm come undone. Another little highlight is definitely the small gem/petal (not sure here but seeing how it’s very thin I’d be inclined to go with the latter) in Umi’s hand with its deep shade of blue. Speaking of her hands they sure look pretty. I like her long slender fingers and the beautiful pink nail polish.
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Ofc Umi has the signature wings typical for the White Day set an they’re stunning. From the multi-layered and stylized feathers, the glitter-effect to the color gradient (more violet/blue instead of white this time) there’s literally nothing I could complain about.
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The big bow underneath, or to be more precise it’s shimmering finish looks gorgeous and works fantastic with the way the fabric creases.

Umi’s skirt is another main reason why the figure gives me princess-like vibes as it’s very bouffant, almost like a ball gown’s. Plus, it looks simply magnificent. The glitter gives it a very classy vibe while the gold-trim and flowery decorations are just exquisite. The white lace at the cut-out really completes the overall impression perfectly.
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Ofc we can’t forget about the little accessories. Despite the roses with the additional layers of glittery, see-through fabric looking flawless, the gold chain again suffers from some rough spots and seam lines running along them. I also quite like the gold bangle around Umi’s leg of which we can catch a glimpse when taking a closer look at the skirt’s cut-out.
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Umi has a beautiful pair of legs hidden beneath that skirt (which is kind of a shame, especially with the smooth skin finish). This is also one of the few figures I own where the look under the skirt isn’t NSFW seeing how she is wearing a cute, yet simple frilly pair of purple bloomers. Whether you like them or not, you can’t deny that the shading and sculpt is spot on.
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The garters and lacing around her legs look good overall (especially the garters), unfortunately the paint on the lacing is somewhat uneven and blotchy. I do like the subtle sculpt here though, despite the ribbons hugging her legs tightly.
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As expected Umi’s feet are quite beautiful and delicate (again with the nail polish), However, I’d still argue that the flat underside of her right foot’s toes makes the whole thing look weird.
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Now onto some size comparisons…
Since Umi is kneeling I didn’t measure her (can’t figure out her scale’s accuracy that way). Alter lists her as a 1/7 scale figure and while ITEM #143923 always seemed a bit smaller than 1/8 to me I never doubted ITEM #78406 in that regard. Seeing how Shinobu can still be displayed next to standing 1/7 figures without looking totally out of place comparing her with Umi makes the size difference quite obvious.
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Even ITEM #501857 another seated 1/7 idol (also made by Alter), does look a bit smaller if you just pay attention their faces. It’s not that bad though and definitely dependent on the angle/placing.
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Ofc, she looks the best next to ITEM #742658 seeing how they’re from the same set. Yet, again, Umi looks a bit bigger, which can partly be attributed to her outfit being more voluminous.
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And sure enough, figures closer to 1/6 like ITEM #740175 & ITEM #645872 are possible combinations that don’t look at all out of place.
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I feel so very dumb for wanting to skip this gorgeous beauty right now and also glad that I was so easily convinced to get her in the end. X3 It does feel like Umi suffers from a few more tiny flaws than Kotori (although that may just be me). In the end her quality is still very high so I can’t be bothered to dwell on the small hiccups. A worthy and stunning addition to my collection, though I’m having a little trouble with my display now because of her since it was planned differently. X3

That's it for this review!
If you've got any thoughts on the figure feel free to share them in the comments.
Thanks for taking your time to read this! I hope you have a nice day! :3
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Commentaires14

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lotusIl y a 6 mois#74318761Yeah, I usually don't make a lot of big purchases, and just end up enjoying figures from (user) pictures instead. Fortunately, I don't get hung up on things too often when I miss out, so that helps too, and when I do, it's a sign I can splurge for once, haha.
As far as I know, we don't have a lot of local shops that carry figures, but of the ones I do know, they are mostly overpriced that even with customs and fees included, it's cheaper to order online.
Nowadays I tend to do that as well with figures that didn't make the cut for whatever reason (mostly money, space or the fact that a given figure doesn't fit in with the rest of my collection). I kinda get that feeling, if you're hung up for a long time that's a good sign you want a figure. :3
Yeah, it's the same over here, although we do have quite a few shops. In very rare cases it can bea bit cheaper to order from a local shop, but in the end I mostly stick to overseas (for preorders) beacause I'm a very impatient person. x3
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broken-ToyboxIl y a 6 mois#74258051Thank you! :3
The set is really something else with it's beautiful color-scheme and vibe. :3
They are and you're right about the prices increasing, more often than not I see myself passing on new figures these days because I just can't justify paying that much. While I have my preferences in this set as well that's decision only you can make. Collections are a highly individual thing after all.
Customs... well, I've always calculated prices with that in mind since my packages always get caught (I refuse to use certain shops and mostly use EMS shipping for figures). But I get not wanting to bother with that. Are local shops an option for you or are they grossly overpriced?

Yeah, I usually don't make a lot of big purchases, and just end up enjoying figures from (user) pictures instead. Fortunately, I don't get hung up on things too often when I miss out, so that helps too, and when I do, it's a sign I can splurge for once, haha.

As far as I know, we don't have a lot of local shops that carry figures, but of the ones I do know, they are mostly overpriced that even with customs and fees included, it's cheaper to order online.
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lotusIl y a 6 mois#74257341I only recently came across this White Day set, but I love the soft pastel colors and outfits so much! I don't buy a lot of scale figures because I feel they are quite pricey (and are often only getting more expensive), but I'd love to add either Kotori and/or Umi to my collection. I'm mostly debating which to buy first, as I prefer Kotori's pose, but I really like Umi's dress :3 (I would probably wait a bit though, as lately a lot of my family's packages have gotten caught by customs.)
Thanks for sharing all your pictures and your thoughts on the figure, I really enjoyed reading your review! :>
Thank you! :3
The set is really something else with it's beautiful color-scheme and vibe. :3
They are and you're right about the prices increasing, more often than not I see myself passing on new figures these days because I just can't justify paying that much. While I have my preferences in this set as well that's decision only you can make. Collections are a highly individual thing after all.
Customs... well, I've always calculated prices with that in mind since my packages always get caught (I refuse to use certain shops and mostly use EMS shipping for figures). But I get not wanting to bother with that. Are local shops an option for you or are they grossly overpriced?
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CloudberryIl y a 6 mois#74257281Thanks for the pictures and review! Umi is gorgeous and I really like her pose; the way she is sitting with her dress covering her legs and holding the petal is very fairytail and princess-like *^.^*
I really like her garter frills and ribbon on her arm! I didn't think they were necessary on Umi but since her legs are pretty much covered, seeing it on her arms made her extra cute and didn't make her too tacky.
My favorite, besides her frills, is her leg bangle. It adds an extra elegant dimension to Umi <3
Ikr? I wouldn't be surprised to see her on a field of flowers with little fairies flying about. ꈍ .̮ ꈍ
I don't think they're necessary either, but they're not too much either (always a tricky balance to maintain).
The bangle also kinda connects the other little gold accessories/highlights with each other imo. They sure went all out with her design.
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I only recently came across this White Day set, but I love the soft pastel colors and outfits so much! I don't buy a lot of scale figures because I feel they are quite pricey (and are often only getting more expensive), but I'd love to add either Kotori and/or Umi to my collection. I'm mostly debating which to buy first, as I prefer Kotori's pose, but I really like Umi's dress :3 (I would probably wait a bit though, as lately a lot of my family's packages have gotten caught by customs.)

Thanks for sharing all your pictures and your thoughts on the figure, I really enjoyed reading your review! :>
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Thanks for the pictures and review! Umi is gorgeous and I really like her pose; the way she is sitting with her dress covering her legs and holding the petal is very fairytail and princess-like *^.^*

I really like her garter frills and ribbon on her arm! I didn't think they were necessary on Umi but since her legs are pretty much covered, seeing it on her arms made her extra cute and didn't make her too tacky.

My favorite, besides her frills, is her leg bangle. It adds an extra elegant dimension to Umi <3
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BHEITHIRIl y a 6 mois#74194289Lol i guess we know what each others have been through, then. XD
That's right! I'm just wondering a lot on how and since when i get into this 'Idol-ish' & 'beautiful-colored' figures? Usually i'm easily tempted by bewbs but i found out that there's still so many that deserves a try! Now i'm hooked with Love Live! lol XD
Well, exerting control too much always seemed kinda boring to me, so it's fine this way isn't it?^^ I actually feel like I'd have missed out massively if I wasn't into impulse (pre)orders.
Haha, judging from your collection I assumed as much. x3
While writing my reply yesterday I wondered the exact same thing about the idols though.I was also pretty sure ITEM #501857 was the first idol figure to make me succumb but she was only the first one I didn't even know as a character. ITEM #549458 & ITEM #549455 were my first idol figures (still favs to this day, especially Rin). But honestly there are so many great idol figures I'd love to get. (πーπ)
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broken-ToyboxIl y a 6 mois#74193168The wings are great as well, love all the sparkles. ♡
Errr, well... about half my collection is based on "ohmygawd he/she looks so pretty aljfbkbfk.bfdhkbfkyduhf!!!" so I know a thing or two about being easily tempted as well. x3
Nothing wrong with that if you like her and can afford her though, right?
Lol i guess we know what each others have been through, then. XD
That's right! I'm just wondering a lot on how and since when i get into this 'Idol-ish' & 'beautiful-colored' figures? Usually i'm easily tempted by bewbs but i found out that there's still so many that deserves a try! Now i'm hooked with Love Live! lol XD
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BHEITHIRIl y a 6 mois#74192904True! The blue is so eye-candy! Not forget to mention her pretty Ribbon. <3
Well, it's good for you since that's the problem with me. I'm an easily tempted person. T_T
I've just ordered her from Amiami T_T
The wings are great as well, love all the sparkles. ♡
Errr, well... about half my collection is based on "ohmygawd he/she looks so pretty aljfbkbfk.bfdhkbfkyduhf!!!" so I know a thing or two about being easily tempted as well. x3
Nothing wrong with that if you like her and can afford her though, right?
Il y a 6 mois
broken-ToyboxIl y a 6 mois#74190658Thank you! :3
She does, especially the skirt... it really grew on me (love the different shades of blue).
If Nozomi would fit in with other figures in my collection I'd have caved long ago, because she looks beautiful, but somehow I actually do have some restraint.
True! The blue is so eye-candy! Not forget to mention her pretty Ribbon. <3
Well, it's good for you since that's the problem with me. I'm an easily tempted person. T_T
I've just ordered her from Amiami T_T
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