Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s 1/8th Fubuki

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If you actually think about it, Kantai Collection is an absolutely bizarre phenomenon. I mean, it’s ships as cute girls. And not made-up ships, oh no–all of the characters are based on actual WWII ships. It’s already kind of a weird concept (especially since the ships are Japanese/German/Italian), but then there’s the fact that some of them, like Kitakami, carried Kaiten (the Japanese suicide torpedoes). It’s downright morbid, guys.

But the combination of cute girls with bizarre weaponry is an instant recipe for success in the anime & figure world, so of course it’s crazy popular. We practically have more figures of the KanColle girls than Sabers, and they’ve only been making them for two years! And there are so many characters that we don’t get a ton of overlap. And the character we’re looking at today, Fubuki, only has one scaled figure! So let’s hit the jump and get started.

Kotobukiya's 1/8th Fubuki

In terms of complexity, Fubuki is one of the simpler girls in the game–but, for some reason, she’s the main character of the anime. That baffles me. Why not Shimakaze or Yudachi? A mystery for the ages.

Kotobukiya's 1/8th Fubuki

Her outfit is a pretty traditional Japanese school uniform with a navy and white color scheme. Hehe, navy. Cause she’s a ship.

Kotobukiya's 1/8th Fubuki

While she might be lacking in outfit pizazz, she still has all her weaponry! Guns and, um, the thing on her back. A… smokestack? I know literally nothing about ship architecture, if you hadn’t guessed. It’s ship parts! They do some stuff in the ocean!

The cutest thing about her ship-accessories is the little anchors at the bottom: they’re not glued on fully but hanging, so they swing around when you move her (or, you know, bump into the shelf she’s on.) Pretty adorable! But for real, those anchors are way too tiny to be effective. Fubuki, you are not very good at being a ship.

Kotobukiya's 1/8th Fubuki

There are torpedos on her leg, and they actually swivel around so you can face them forward and stage little mock battles with your KanColle girls. The detailing on all of these “metal” parts is very nice, with a matte-metallic finish and some scuffing from battle damage.

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the anchors on her socks. Little anchors! D’aww

Kotobukiya's 1/8th Fubuki

While I’m not a huge fan of Fubuki’s character design, Koto really did a great job with her face. There’s a subtle flush to her cheeks and her eyes look focused and determined.

Kotobukiya's 1/8th Fubuki

Let’s take a second look at the baby anchors! I dunno what it is, guys, I just really like them. So tiny, so cute, so ineffective. It’s like Fubuki is trying so hard to be a real battleship and gets close but not close enough.

Kotobukiya's 1/8th Fubuki

There’s a kind of disconnect going on detail-wise here. All of her ship-parts are covered in detail, and have lots of paint-added effects to make them look realistic and gritty. It’s a weird contrast with her outfit, which is super basic both in paint and sculpt. I mean, that’s kind of the point of KanColle (cute girls, killer weaponry), but a lot of them have more elaborate character designs than Fubuki. Who’s just, like, causally chillin with her guns after getting home from school. “Hey mom, can you make me a sandwich?” *casually blows up the neighbor’s house*

Kotobukiya's 1/8th Fubuki

Base time! I’m sure you all a bit worn out by my constant focus on base sizes and design, but hey, deal with it! I just… I really like small bases. And ones that actually fit the character (though it looks like the days of white circle bases are nearly at an end). Fubuki’s is a bunch of clear blue hexagons that add an ocean-y feel but also kind of make it look like she’s standing on a computer-generated low res battle field.

Kotobukiya's 1/8th Fubuki

But that’s not all, it comes apart! LOOK AT HOW LITTLE SPACE IT TAKES UP WHEN YOU REMOVE THE MIDDLE PART. That’s a maximally small base. Literally it can’t get any smaller. And not only can you take it apart, but she comes with extra extenders so you can change around its placement or (presumably) hook her up to the rest of their KanColle line.

Kotobukiya's 1/8th Fubuki

Kotobukiya's 1/8th Fubuki

Kotobukiya's 1/8th Fubuki

Kotobukiya's 1/8th Fubuki

Since I’m not a big fan of Fubuki (okay, not even a small fan, I find her design super dull), it’s hard for me to get enthused by this figure. I can appreciate all the work that went into making her ship-parts so detailed, though, and I do love the recurring anchor details and her adorable face. So if you like Fubuki, this is definitely a good representation of her! And, well, the only scaled one–we do have a prize figure and Nendo from other companies, along with Koto’s Cu-Poche.

Thanks as always to Stephen Donaldson for taking these shots!

Purchase At: KotoUS | AmiAmi | BigBadToystore

[Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Plastikitty with this review sample]

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