Bakemonogatari - Sengoku NadekoBakemonogatari - Sengoku NadekoReview

StarshipPooperStarshipPooperIl y a 9 ans
Today we'll be taking a look at a Good Smile Company 1/8th scale PVC figure, Nadeko Sengoku from the Bakemonogatari series. Bakemonogatari is a light novel series written by Nisio Isin AKA NisiOisiN due to his pen name being a palindrome. Bakemonogatari focuses on a high school student named Koyomi Araragi and his encounters with all kinds of apparitions; gods, ghosts, mythological beasts, and spirits. A heroine is usually introduced each chapter within the series and the events and characters play an important part in the subsequent chapters. Nadeko is one of those heroines who is also a childhood friend of Koyomi. The series was well accepted and an animation adaptation was created and aired in 2009 in Japan and there is even a prequel.

This particular figure was released in March of 2011 and she was available from any retailers that normally offered GSC figures. Please understand I have not seen the anime or read the series so my perspective on this figure will be limited. The goal today is to see if Nadeko can be appreciated by someone that knows next to nothing about her or her origins.


Before proceeding, please understand a score of 10 will never be given no matter how perfect a figure is as there is always room for improvement.

Packaging: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆

GSC stuck with the same box design that they used for Hitagi. It consists of one primary window panel that allows you to see the contents fairly well, but more importantly Nadeko. The view is good enough that if you had to you could leave her in the box. There are three secondary window panels that basically allow more light into the box to facilitate viewing from the main panel.

Dimensions of the box:
H: 10 1/2 inches
W: 9 inches
D: 7 inches

The box is composed of medium weight cardboard and is very sturdy. It can bare some weight and resist crushing and impacts. However, this comes at a price as there is some significant weight to it even empty. The size of the box is small enough that would not be considered over-sized so you only need to worry about the total shipping weight when trying to account for shipping cost.

Front & Back View
Right & Left View
Top View
Bottom View
Inside View
Just like Hitagi's box, they show you how to write the character's name in Japanese.
Nadeko and her accessories are all held in place securely by several layers of blisters.
The front most layer contains Nadeko and a very fragile accessory and it's further secured by a wire twisty. This is very critical to prevent anything from shifting due to the layers of blister separating. Pieces of plastic were placed strategically on Nadeko to further protect her during transport such as at her neck and between the belt and her.
To further protect the most fragile pieces, bubble wrap is used to prevent the logs with the branches and leaves from shifting during shipping. If they did not do this, more than likely most of the branches and leaves would have been broken off. They also stuffed Nadeko's cap with bubble wrap to prevent it from shifting as well. Even though the inside of the cap is not painted, the constant shifting could still damage her or the cap. The care for the safety of the figure and accessories is noteworthy.
Instructions on how to assemble everything is provided, which is what is expected but surprisingly uncommon.

The design and layout of the box is similar to Hitagi's. The durability of the packaging and the effort in protecting Nadeko and the contents was commendable. The inclusion of instructions, useful instructions, was noted. The packaging was as compact as possible based on the contents. Putting everything together it's safe to say expectations were met and exceeded.

Sculpting: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆

The sculptor of this 1/8 figure is Hironori Tokunaga. Hironori also sculpted the GSC Hitagi figure that proceeded Nadeko. Looking at his body of work, one can see a steady improvement with each succeeding figure as the years progress. 2008 alone was witness to a number of fantastic figures by Hironori. He has sculpted figures for most of the big names, Good Smile Company/Max Factory, Alter and Kotobukiya. As of late, it looks like he's been mostly working on GSC/MF figures including this one. Based on the evidence, expectations are high.


Not including the base, there are 15 pieces. Two broken logs, two branches, two wood carving tools?, two short legs, two long legs, her torso, her head, cap, jacket and base adapter for her left foot. Without her cap she stands roughly 7 1/2 inches tall with her long legs and about 5 inches tall with her short legs.


The bigger of the two logs is about 6 1/2 inches tall. The primary piece appears to be one solid piece and is quite strong and there should be little fear of damaging it. However, care should be taken with the branches and leaves especially when installing the log and/or the additional parts onto the log. Below you can see the install points for the tools and tree branch. The two lower install points for the tools were fairly easy to access, but the upper install point for the additional branch was not and the other branches and leaves could have been damaged if you're not careful.


This is the branch that attaches to the log. The other branch attaches to the base. They are both of similar design where the leaves are glued on so care should be taken when handling them. Note the Letter "D" when you flip the branch over. This is to assist you in determine which part is which when assembling the base.


I'm not sure if these are wood carving tools or actually knives but that they decided not to give you a complete knife since it would be buried in the log. They are quite fragile and if you are not careful, you could break them when inserting them into the install points on the log.


When put together, you have detail laden accessory that would look great as a backdrop for any number of scenes. The concept and execution is remarkable.


The smaller log is under 2 1/2 inches tall and is actually more fragile than its bigger brother. It's smaller meaning there is less area to hold it safely when installing/removing it meaning the leaves are more susceptible to damage. The splintering of the wood was done well but it just cannot compare to its big brother.


Nadeko's big hat is actually quite important in regards to symbolism. It's actually supposed to symbolize a snake's head. However, I cannot go into details without giving a spoiler on why. It's very stiff and continued flexing of the hat could cause the material to crack. It's best to leave it alone if possible. The natural crumpling of the material makes it look more realistic as if it's actually being worn.


Nadeko's baggy jacket again symbolizes something, the skin of a snake. Like the hat it's quite stiff and continued flexing of it will cause the material to crack. The sleeves are glued on as well as the ribbon on the back and the collar. It's very detailed and realistic looking with the wrinkling and crumpling of the material. Again it looks like someone is actually wearing it.


This is the adapter used to allow Nadeko to be mounted on the base with her long legs. Once it's installed, you can pretty much forget about removing it without risking damage to it or her foot.


Her head is removable to allow the installation and removal of her jacket without damaging it or her. The attachment point is quite thick and sturdy so there should be little risk of damaging the figure at least accidentally.


















Hopefully you could see there was no sculpting issues at all. They did a perfect job.


Nadeko's trademark pouch is ever present, and the strap is actually a strap that can be shifted and moved around.


The attachment points for her legs is very sturdy and there is little risk of damaging them or the legs even though they fit snugly.


There are no gaps for either legs, they fit perfectly. No matter which you one choose, they both look great. They are nicely detailed with beautiful lines and curves.


The transition from flesh to material is usually done badly with detachable body parts but this proves the exception as it's quite seamless.


Her hair is very detailed and flexible with little risk of damage to it when installing/removing her head, jacket or hat.


Her shirt is very detailed with it crinkling under the strain of a tight ribbon/lace and the look of the material being stretched taut. Again, it actually looks like someone is wearing it. The wrinkles and folds rippling throughout it, a lot of detail was put into the shirt. The leaves and the ribbon were glued on.

Hironori met and exceeded my expectations, this is one of the most perfect figures in regards to sculpting I have ever encountered. Seamless transition from flesh to material. No visible lines or seams besides the forgivable part at the top of her head. Any other lines are well integrated into the design.

Painting: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆

GSC struck a nice balance between tinting and painting. An example of this can be seen in her flesh. The tint they used for her flesh would have been perfectly fine alone, but they touched it up with highlights and shading breathing life to her. Her curves and lines were accentuated as well. This also helped greatly with the transition from flesh to material.


The decals look appropriate and were applied precisely. The paint work to her face was also well done.


If note the difference of color, the area near the collar is not painted to prevent paint transfer as it's in constant contact with Nadeko when she's wearing the jacket.


The same can be said for the cap, the inside of the cap is not painted to prevent paint transfer especially with such a tight fight and constant shifting.


The use of shading and highlights wasn't limited to her flesh. Her outfit has seen the same treatment giving it depth and dimension. Various parts were "aged" making it look more realistic. The attention to detail is apparent from the individually painted buttons and button holes to the staining and yellowing of the material.


The same can be said for her shirt where they simulated it being wet and clinging to her.


Expectations again were met and exceeded. GSC tinting of the flesh rivals Native's execution. The use of shading and highlights abounds as Nadeko and her accessories were richly detailed.

Posing: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆

All I can say is I'm blown away by the different ways you can display her.


She looks great any way you want to display her from any angle. The different legs and accessories also gives you options on where to display her. The short legs and no hat lets you display her low/below eye level. While the long legs let you display her at eye level or higher. I was not expecting so many options, expectations were exceeded. The only thing to note is from my understanding Nadeko is a shy girl that always gazes downward and hides her eyes/face. So her expression is pretty uncharacteristic of her?

Base: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆

I don't think this is an exaggeration when I say this is one of the best bases I've seen yet for a figure. The impression given is that the figure was actually designed for the base instead of the other way around. It fully supports/immerses the figure in the theme.


However, there is one glaring issue with the base and figure. The only mounting point for the figure is one stubby peg. The low profile helps prevent the peg from being damaged but at the same time when you fully equip Nadeko with her hat and jacket, her center of gravity is higher causing her to be unstable and she wobbles and could fall over. The situation is worse with her long legs. While I typed this sentence I watched her wobble and shake nonstop. I do not fear her leaning as the legs are strong but the constant shaking/wobbling will put stress on that mounting point possibly causing the adapter on her left foot and/or the peg on the base to eventually break. Also, if she shakes hard enough I am pretty sure she could fall over. Aside from that the base is amazing, the figure is amazing.

Enjoyment: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆

As mentioned I know next to nothing about the series or the character. I bought her exclusively based on looks and I do not regret getting her. The base is amazing and she is amazing, the fit and finish are flawless. The only issue as mentioned is she's very unstable and will wobble and shake, aside from that my expectations were met and exceeded. She has sparked my desire for the other figures from the series and I look forward to the next GSC figure. I am also in learning more about the light novels and the anime series now as well.


See you later.
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nightray00Il y a 6 ans#2013315fantastic review, i ordered her as soon i finished reading you're review

Glad it helped, she's a great figure!
Il y a 6 ans
fantastic review, i ordered her as soon i finished reading you're review
Il y a 6 ans
Amazing review, you'll literally made me want to buy this figure as soon as I can afford it - it's been on my wish list for ages now, but your review has literally made me make up my mind.

Love the photos too - the figure looks impeccably made!
Il y a 8 ans
Great review! She looks like a wonderful figure to own!
Il y a 9 ans
Excellent review, install those figures it's like an epic battle, but they worth it.
Il y a 9 ans
StarshipPooperThanks, but still working at it. I'm not a professional, just do this for fun. Then again, most people call spending 30+ hours doing something a job...

Or the person doing it an idiot.

Well i woudn't call it a job or anything else. I cherish your work and enjoy it in every ways ^__^. I don't have any right to have any negative thinking about others' hard work at all lol
Il y a 9 ans
mangasus90Perfect review >__<. I guess you are my all-time favorite reviewer ^__^

Thanks, but still working at it. I'm not a professional, just do this for fun. Then again, most people call spending 30+ hours doing something a job...

Or the person doing it an idiot.
Il y a 9 ans
Perfect review >__<. I guess you are my all-time favorite reviewer ^__^
Il y a 9 ans
It's like the speed of light. I will never achieve it but get close to it. Too bad I can't give a 9.9/10 score oh well.

StalkingIt's the first time I've seen you give the highest qualification (9) to a whole figure...

I love your reviews! And now I wish I had ordered her <:
I'll see if i can get my hands on her later on!
Il y a 9 ans
I don't regret buying her :3 good job on reviewing this
Il y a 9 ans