It was easy for me to choose who would be my first Real Action Heroes figure. I have a penchant for frill dresses, and who can be better at making Lolita outfits than Baby the Stars Shine Bright?
This brand has collaborated with many doll makers, modelling clothes for Dollfie Dream, Blythe and Pullip, and in 2014 they worked with Medicom Toy! Even though Nuigulumar Z wasn't a smash hit (I doubt that a live action film about a Gothic Lolita turning into a bear warrior could be successful at all), I was happy to grab this RAH Ayukawa Yumeko at Mandarake. She's a limited release, so it's impossible to find her in regular anime shops.
According to the image on her box, Dameko doll is so realistic that she can be compared to Hot Toys releases. Another picture on the back of the box recreates a scene from the film.
It's my very first RAH, and my constant fear was, "What if RAHs aren't dolls at all? It seems that their clothes aren't removable; what if they're like Figmas with some textile glued onto them?" When I opened Dameko's box, I thought of Figma again, because the accessories were arranged in a similar way, and she also had a set of hands. Well, OK, PureNeemo have hand sets, too, and nobody will argue if PureNeemo are dolls.
The box includes the figure, her hat, five hand pieces (odd number, hmm), Busuke the extraterrestial teddy bear and fluffy nunchaku (everything is odd here, I admit). Even if the dress is glued it looks fabulous.
My Dameko has a defect - a dark spot on her right cheek, but the resemblance to the living person is amazing. The eyes are particularly well-detailed to every single eyelash. The mouth has, unfortunately, a sloppy painting job. The prototype had parted delicate lips; the finished product has a thick grey line across the mouth, and that doesn't look convincing.
Some people complain that Dameko's face is weird. I think it's not the fault of Medicom Toy, it's the film character that makes a strange impression. Nakagawa Shoko, Dameko's actress, is 30; however fine she may look, she's still a little too old for Lolita fashion.
Back to the figure. All RAHs have plastic hair, and Dameko is not an exception. Her twintails can be pulled out.
She's fully undressable (she's a doll, whoa!), and I can only sigh in awe and show you the amazing detailing of her frill dress.
I think that her shoes are not removable or very hard to remove.
Her hat only sits straight, I couldn't bend it the way Dameko wears it in the official pictures.
She even has a petticoat. Good job, Baby the Stars Shine Bright!
As far as I started undressing her, I had a look at her body and joints. She has a soft bust - no idea if it is a standard size for RAHs, but probably it is unified. Her arms, hands, legs and feet can be twisted and detached. I don't like the shoulder joints; they look allright under the clothes, but I remember RAH Saber Lily whose dress leaves her shoulders open, and it's a disturbing sight.
Accessories testing: hands...
... and the bear. The Luna of this new Sailor Senshi. Now that I think about Nuigulumar Z, it's probably not bad at all - as a parody.
The set includes a clear stand, but Dameko can also stand on her own:
As well as sit, of course:
Overall, I'm very positive about my first experience in RAH. I appreciate the effort Medicom put into modelling and making of this doll, and, once again, the outfit is fantastic. Will I get another RAH? Yes, sure!
Dameko with other dolls:
And I love her.