Well another post nearing the end of the year. But this won’t be an end, this will be a start as i have finally started jumping into the static scale figure realm. But do note that suddenly out of nowhere one of my flood light’s bulb died… hence the poor and weird lighting… So let’s review Review Phat Company’s Senran Kagura (閃乱カグラ) – Hibari (雲雀).
As you can see nothing too unusual with the box, it’s always the same between most static scale figure boxes. Windows here and there, blisters and such and so on and so on. But what i do want to make clear is that for some odd reason that Phat!’s boxes seemed more sturdier in design. I tried hitting it with my hand (after Hibari is out of it of course) just to see how the box would handle shocks. It feels like i’m hitting a smartphone box, thin yet sturdy and needs quite a bit of force to even leave a dent on it (dents, not scratches and or rub-outs).
So anyway let’s move on with the actual figure.
Now before you ask, no she’s not cast-offable. She’s from Phat!, not from Orchid Seed. Quite a disappointment maybe for some people.
Personally, on a glance, the first reason i wanted to get her is because this is so her. As in “yep that’s Hibari alright”. Static scale figures, every once in a while tend to “not get” the character. As in you know, didn’t catch the character’s charm really well. But Phat! got her charm dead on, despite a very generic and plain pose.
The base is a transparent emblem of the Hanzo High, despite how it looks you cannot connect them with other Phat made Senran Kagura figure. It does its job, being sturdy and having a peg that doesn’t require you to blow your own head off trying to put it in place. Giving the pose of Hibari and the pegs, she is quite stable and there is no way she will bend. It’s just the way that her legs spread out, her right footing and the whole weight distribution can give you a peace of mind that she will not have bending issues.
As you can see from the close up shot, her face is pretty detailed down to her eyes (i will not explain further about it ‘ -‘)b ). It really sticks to her cheerful and lovable self that even Haruka of the Snake fell for. It’s really detailed and crisp, and from a distance everything looks perfectly blended. Excuse the bad lighting because this is where i found out one of my lightbox’s lamp bulb died.
As you can see from the angle here, even the Hanzo High emblem is crisp. One more thing, the angle as this emblem is not weirdly positioned on her training jacket… Suffice to say she is “so healthy” that the emblem that was suppose to be sitting on her chest facing forward got “pushed” up there along with most of the jacket fabric.
Now this is not a fanservice shot, although it might be one. My point here in this shot is to show the detailing on her jacket’s zipper. As you can see it’s perfect, zero bleeding.
Moving on to her head, this is where i start my complaining. I try to give it some “slack” but that sculpt line, i know you have to split her hair to put her head into it, but can’t they figure out another place where it is less visible?
When you display her in-line with your face it isn’t visible, but if it’s a little bit lower than your line of sight then you can see it.
The ribbon though, is another thing. I love the fact that they didnt leave any obvious marks of overpaints and or mould marks.
Well another thing is about her shoes. From afar you can’t really make out how the paint bleeds are, it looks perfectly normal. But get up close and it will show that the bleeds are there, i consider it a natural bleed since painting such parts can be a killer, unless you have have a machine with godlike precision and speed or manually paint each and every one of the products before shipping them yourselves.
There is a slight defect on my Hibari though as the front side of her right shoe is slightly chipped. Not a big one and it’s not really noticable but dang, a chip? Have they been throwing this around allover the place during the production/boxing process?
Other than that i love the way her leg warmers crumple up, it looks natural though her left leg warmers has a slight overpaint issue there.
Cute ass… Anyway moving on to her accessories.
As you can see she came with an extra arm that can be replaced for an alternate yet generic and almost the same pose as before. I was expecting a dual hand replacement with her holding her ninpo scroll. But ah well, maybe next time lol.
The problem here is the extra part, although looking perfectly snug and fit from the front…
Are quite visible from the back, and also that the lining on her sleeves are not perfectly aligned… Minor detail i suppose but like i said, I’m a detail whore. Some i can forgive, some -like this- could’ve been avoided.
So this is where things change. Whereas i usually give verdicts with badges, for static scale figures i will give a report card.
So here is Phat Company – Senran Kagura (閃乱カグラ) – Hibari’s (雲雀) card.