Even though I already have a wired doll (see the review here), I have always been eager to get a Kiwidoll made by Kiwi House. This is a doujin manufacturer usually making a limited number of dolls and showing them at festivals and events. Mascot dolls, though, are made in batches and distributed via the commissioner's website. One of the examples is Sunoko-tan (or Sunokotan), a humanised heat exchange radiator. Marudai Corporation, the owner of the mascot, now sells Sunoko-tan Kiwidolls together with other souvenir items. I couldn't buy a doll there, so I got mine from Mandarake.
The box reminds of those used by garage kit circles at Wonder Festival, with a touch of amateurism. At the same time, it also speaks of limited edition. The girl on the box is no other but Sunoko-tan.
Inside there are lots of bubble wrap and a note from the manufacturer, with the mascot of Kiwi House instead of a signature.
The doll looks painfully twisted, I hope her neck isn't broken. She is also strangely heavy.
However, Sunoko-tan turns out to be perfectly fine. I think she has a metal skeleton, hence her weight, and her silicon skin is soft and... well... a bit of jelly-like.
She only has one seam on the left side of her body.
Her head is hard vinyl with a carved mouth and decal eyes.
I was initially afraid I was going to have hard times with her hair, but, surprisingly, it's not rooted. It must be a wig glued onto her head, which makes me hope she won't be losing her hair.
The neck is the only place where Sunoko-tan's wiring can be made visible.
I have to say it works very well: it doesn't let the body bend uncontrollably in unexpected places, but it allows the doll to pose in most natural ways.
I suppose she would even be able to cross her arms - an ordeal impossible for most dolls - if it wasn't for her cuffs which are made of plastic or something like polymer clay (as well as her boots, slider and radiator hairpins).
All these details are neatly made and the clothes are well-sewn. Interestingly, her dress can't be taken off.
I've tried to make Sunoko-tan stand on her own but it's very difficult to find the right balance. So I'd say she can't do it. In the picture she's leaning on the window in order to stand.
Overall, I'm really happy with Sunoko-tan. She is an interesting doll, and her quality is amazing. If I could, I would own more Kiwidolls, but I'm afraid I can't afford them: at Mandarake, they're ¥20,000 each.
- Written by Yoruno
This article was initially published by solluxcaptor at MyFigureCollection.
As somewhat of a enthusiast of the Medicom Real Action Heroes line, I managed to get my hands on one of their older pieces and one of my favourite characters at that!! This won't be much of a review so I'm just going to call it a loot post/showcase.
I went through a proxy to buy this and got a real deal on it (3.6k yen!) so thank you to everyone who gave me their reviews and advice when I asked about proxies a few months ago.
The character I'll be showcasing here is Joe Yabuki from Ashita no Joe, a series highly underrated in the West but a personal favourite of mine that moved me greatly and will probably continue to inspire me for the rest of my life. Please do check it out if you aren't familiar, it is an absolute masterpiece and it has a very influential position in anime history so you are likely to have encountered references/influences of it many times without even realising! This RAH is #35 in their line, and they have made many MANY more since, currently at #762. It came out in 1997, from what I can gather it was the first scaled figure of Joe Yabuki.
First off I'll show the box!
This is VERY basic compared to what they make today, but it is classy looking in its own way. The more recent boxes feature a 'window' and a door that opens with magnets, so they really levelled up their game but I like this more simple looking box too.
Other things to note in this picture is that I got the version with the limited edition item inside and the most obvious flaw of Medicom's earlier RAH is very obviously apparent in this picture, which is the gap between the neck and the body. More recent RAH have a seamless transition from body/neck/head as the head is connected to a full body with a neck, while their earlier approach was obviously to have the neck/head be one entire separate piece to the rest of the body that looks kind of jarring when you have it tilted at a certain angle, luckily this can be 'covered up' to look natural with some careful positioning which you'll see in my later images.
Inside the box:
Honestly I have no idea if the previous owner ever removed anything from this box because it looks immaculate. The accessories are tied up in little bags on the side, and the figure is held down by stretchy ties. Entirely different from their current approach of using a huge plastic blister to hold everything but the simplicity is nice in it's own way :D
A closer look at the accessories:
Sorry that I didn't take the ones on the left out but they are the shoes for his boxing attire (yep, this RAH includes a whole other outfit! They don't seem to do that anymore), red boxing gloves and a clenched fist hand. On the right are the limited edition extra item yellow boxing gloves, reaaally nicely done shorts, his bag and hat. The hat is made out of a kind of rubber/silicone material so it fits nicely onto his head and isn't awkward looking like a rigid plastic piece would be!
There are also some jointed, plain hands included with the manual. His wrapped up hands don't have joints on them and just slot on over his wrists but I think they look nicer, I like that they give you the choice though.
Overall I think they were very generous with the accessories!! I'm amazed that they give you the option for a whole other outfit, even though sadly the older bodies aren't the most convincing or aesthetically pleasing to look at so I probably will never change him into the boxing outfit that shows almost all of his body. They've really come a long way with their RAH bodies since then, though it went through many stages to get to where we are today.
And some photos of him out of the box, in his regular attire complete with hat and bag!
I REALLY love the way that they sculpted his face, it looks spot on! Same for his signature large bangs hairstyle, and the clothes themselves are very well made too. I'm really impressed with him and think he is beautiful! *__* <3 The body is very well articulated despite the age and he's definitely become one of my favourite figures in my entire collection.
Another thing to note is that unlike modern RAH, he doesn't come with a stand, but you can still get him to stand up if you take a bit of time to balance it.
I hope this was an enjoyable article, I thought it would be something interesting and different to write about :D
- Written by Yoruno