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Review: Dead Dead Demon's (GSC)Review: Dead Dead Demon's (GSC)Review

galabluegalablueIl y a 3 mois
おはようございます〜! (*^▽^)/

Or should I simply say "good morning"? I'm in an intensive 7 week long Japanese course and just finished my second class. It goes from 5:30AM to 9:30AM ... (ごぜんごじはんーごぜんきゅうじはん)and I'm trying my best to stay awake and keep up with my vocabulary ... also trying out my keyboard!

Well, the day couldn't have been any better ... yesterday I finally received one of my holy grails, ITEM #549426 -- Inio Asano is one of my favorite manga-ka's, and I can't wait to dive right into this review!

BACKSTORY

Oyasumi Punpun is my favorite manga. I read it at just the right time in my life for it to have helped me through a hard time. Of course, I looked into Asano's other work ... I wasn't much for Solanin, but when the flashy cover of "Dead Dead Demon's Dededestruction" jumped out at me, I had to buy it. And who can say no to that name?! I really love the manga and have enjoyed re-reading it while waiting for the rest of the series to come out. So, when I saw that there was a Dedede figure ... WOW! I was in shock. It's definitely not as popular in my opinion as Punpun, so I was very surprised and knew I had to have it.

Well, I almost bought this figure for my birthday NIB from Solaris for a whopping 400USD -- but man am I glad I waited! No clue why but this and several other old figures were available on GSC's website in some kind of "flash sale". I just happened to be browsing figures while bored in class and saw it. It was for sale around original price! All in, I got it for just under 200USD. I could not believe it, it was my lucky day. I got all hot and rushed to buy it, and well, Covid hit and it got stuck in port in Japan. It finally got to me, and I was so excited to open it!

Unfortunately, mine did not come with an original short manga, but I still feel lucky to have gotten this figure NIB at original value.

BOX

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OK guys, this figure is tiny, and so is the box. I actually really like the box design despite it's minimalist approach. There are no windows, there are no colors, there is no original art, and there are no product shots. There is just text and a silhouette of the figure. The compact size helps with shipping costs ... and storage too!

Check under the cut for a 360 of the box.

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The blister packaging was very nice. When I opened the box everything was in tact despite being stuck in transit for so long.

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There's a set of instructions to tell you how everyone fits on to the mech. However, the figure comes 100 percent put together. I found these instructions useful however to understand how to get some of the blistering off, example: the blistering on Ouran's pony tail that fits in with Isobeyan (there is a peg there!). Also, the instructions come in English and in Japanese.

FIGURE

PLEASE NOTE! Due to the figure's design, some of these shots could be seen as "NSFW", as the girls are flying down and their underwear is showing. GSC does a pretty good job of blocking Ouran's underwear in the product shots, but it's a fair warning that you might see her underwear peeking out at some angles.

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Check under the cut for a 360 of this magnificent figure!

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Starting at the base ... well, this is what bases should be! It's an interesting design that shows the back story of the figure itself. Peeking out from below are one of the aliens in the story as if the mecha is running through the streets of Japan.

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I particularly like the shading and details on the base, the grass/moss looks very realistic to me. I like how the blue on the alien stands out from the red theme of the figure.

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I am so surprised at these soda cans. They have so much detailing on them that it makes me want to get up close with a magnifying glass.

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My only complaint and gripe about the base is such: it is not even. I think you can see it best in this picture when I went to put it on a temp shelf, but the base does not sit flat along the shelf. On the left side, there is a rather large gap where the base "wobbles". I am curious if anyone else with this figure has this problem with the base, or mayhaps it is warping from time? It looks more sturdy when placed on a book rather than my glass shelf.

Back to the figure...

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Looking at the mech itself, the paint job is pretty incredible. It has that shiny metallic feel exactly where it should, and the candy apple red paint job is awesome.

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The robot is very detailed, with every little bit of it looking like it could jump off the base and come running at you!

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Just look at that sticker application on the "SES". There are warning labels exactly where you think they should be. I am amazed at the quality.

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The front of the figure does not light up but it looks like it could. Very nice attention to detail with the difference in materials.

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The inside of the mech has so many details that they were not required to do but did to make this figure pop from all angles. It looks like an old school bicycle inside. I love how the seat looks, it really looks like a leather car seat to me.

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Starting with Kadode's shoes, I find that these are probably the least interesting thing on the entire figure but they are still done well.

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Kadode's sweater is so super cute with her scarf blowing in the wind. I think the paint job on her outfit is really amazing, and the baggy sweater is just like the manga.

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I love how her personality shines through here. I love her wide mouth expression. Her glasses are replicated perfectly. Also note the cuffs on her sweater and how well the paint job is done.

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Like all of the hands in this figure, Kadode's hand is sculpted well and there is no gappage with the figure. Since she is attached by peg you would think that there would be, but it really looks like she is putting her weight on the mech and holding on!

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Now, for the crazier of the two girls. Ouran's shoes are just what I'd expect from her, and in a yellow/red/white combo that matches with Isobeyan perfectly. I think they are cool, high tech sneakers.

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Ouran's underwear is hidden here, but if you peek just a bit she'll flash you. You really can display this figure in all sorts of ways. I think they did a great job differentiating the girls and their outfits.

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I notice something weird underneath Ouran's left armpit, like some material is stuck on there. I will have to investigage. Ouran has her drooling expression that she is known for. I'm happy the drool is not that noticeable on the figure as I was worried about its color. I especially like her little skull hair ties!

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Kadode's hands look delicate and outstretched, with each finger being sculpted separately.

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Our mascot Isobeyan is just along for the ride with these two girls! He is carefree and dancing on the mech.

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The back of the girls is done well, with Ouran's pigtails weaving around the figure.

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The top of the figure also looks dynamic. Kadode barely has a hair seam, and although Ouran has one, I think it is miniscule.

COMPARISONS

This figure is about 7 inches tall and is the smallest figure I own for certain. So, instead of another figure to compare them to, I grabbed some stuff from my shelf where they will one day be displayed.

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The figure is definitely taller than the manga I have for the franchise, but maybe when it's done printing it'll be as tall as the figure?

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The figure goes well next to my (unofficial) merch of Oyasumi PunPun. It's a good size and the color contrasts well.

FINAL THOUGHTS

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I am very happy with this figure. The only issue I have with it is the wobbly base, but maybe I'll stack it on top of something else in order to make it more stable. All in all, I am completely in shock and awe over this figure -- the detailing is amazing and makes me raise my bar for the figures that I own and want. It also makes me want to look into other Wonderful Hobby Selection figures. I am so glad I got this grail! Now, excuse me while I go admire it...

EDIT: Thank you MAJESTICOTAKING for helping me find my included bonus!
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StereomanIl y a 3 mois#79493588This is one of my all-time favourite figures too. I got it a couple of years ago and mine has a wobbly base too.

YAY! Glad you found the manga. Majestic Otaking was kind enough to explain to me exactly where in the box it was ... I was so happy to find it! I now am displaying the manga next to the figure.

I can see what you mean about the shading on the girls. To me, the set piece is definitely the mech they are riding. I really like the coloring on their cuffs on their sweaters, and I'm fine with the shading on them ... I'm just really glad that the drool isn't as noticeable as it was in the promo pics, lol!
Il y a 3 mois
This is one of my all-time favourite figures too. I got it a couple of years ago and mine has a wobbly base too.
I actually have a few complaints concerning the figure but I still love it and consider it one of the best because overall, it is really nice and I love this manga.

My complaints are that the colouring on the girls themselves isn't dynamic enough in contrast to the rest of the figure as well as the WHS-line. I have other figures (ITEM #287758 and ITEM #287700) from the WHS-line, one of them being my absolute number one. It is a shame the shading on the girls is basically not there. In the promo-photos, the girls have highlights but in reality, they don't. But still, it's not something I think about unless I'm close to it.

I also had no idea the box included a manga. I've had this for years and didn't know! I had to run to find the box among all of them to dig it out. It came with the manga!
Il y a 3 mois
MajesticOtakingIl y a 3 mois#79493294So I didn't think I had it (I didn't even realize it was supposed to come with it), but I just double-checked my box and found it! It's behind the cardboard insert inside the box. If you can't find it, try taking every removable piece out. If it's still not there, I'd contact GSC and see if they happen to have extras. Good luck! Hope it's there!

Thanks I'll double check right now!
Il y a 3 mois
MajesticOtaking Odayaka janai!
galablue
Question for everyone that JUST bought it, did you guys all receive the additional manga? And if so, where did you find it? I just looked around in the box it came with and it looks like I don't have one in there, so I am wondering if it didn't come out with the re-shipment of it.


So I didn't think I had it (I didn't even realize it was supposed to come with it), but I just double-checked my box and found it! It's behind the cardboard insert inside the box. If you can't find it, try taking every removable piece out. If it's still not there, I'd contact GSC and see if they happen to have extras. Good luck! Hope it's there!
Il y a 3 mois
SerpentyleTorcIl y a 3 mois#79493148Nice! I'm glad you managed to get it at a good price!
Mew-MewIl y a 3 mois#79493171Great to see a review of this figure! I have it, and despite its small size it's still a favorite. <3
MajesticOtakingIl y a 3 mois#79493129Congratulations on your grail!

Woot woot for all of us receiving this grail because of that flash sale! Thank you to everyone who answered about the base, it is a bummer that all of ours are wobbly.

Question for everyone that JUST bought it, did you guys all receive the additional manga? And if so, where did you find it? I just looked around in the box it came with and it looks like I don't have one in there, so I am wondering if it didn't come out with the re-shipment of it.
Il y a 3 mois
Great to see a review of this figure! I have it, and despite its small size it's still a favorite. <3
In regards to the base, mine is also wobbly and unstable. Also, fwiw I thought my figure didn't come with the bonus manga either, until I found it was located in a very small slip inside one of the box's panels. It's incredibly easy to miss, so just a heads up to check there if you haven't already!
Il y a 3 mois
Nice! I'm glad you managed to get it at a good price!

Mine also has a wobbly base so i think it might be an issue with all of them.
Also, be careful when moving it around, Isobeyan can come dislodged from the peg on Ontan's ponytail and he starts to lean.
Il y a 3 mois
MajesticOtaking Odayaka janai!
Congratulations on your grail! I ALSO received this grail in the mail yesterday and am just so incredibly happy with it! For the record, mine is also wobbly in the same way, so you aren't alone. My guess is that all of them somehow are uneven on the bottom, though I don't understand how that got past QC. I can't find a single other thing with this figure that I would call a flaw, though; it's amazing!
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