Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Dark Magician Girl Cu-Poche

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With the first two Cu-Poches we reviewed, Madoka Kaname and Haruka Amami, I wasn’t exactly in love with the characters. Combined with the fact that the line was brand-new, we focused instead on more practical aspects like quality control, poseability, and face/headswapping potential. You know, the nitty-gritty details.

Now, though, the line’s built up some speed and we’ve finally got to a character I totally adore. Dark Magician Girl! Though I’ve left many of my anime-watching days behind, I still have a deep love for all things Yu-Gi-Oh (thanks in no small part to the Abridged Series… and watching the show a hundred times over with my brother).

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A box! Wow, such box. Much sturdy packaging, so compact. Wow. (Yes, from now on I will caption all box photos in Shibe. It will quickly become annoying but I don’t even care. such is life, wow)

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Bonus cat interfering with photoshoot picture! Yes, there will be kitties on the site tomorrow. No, I can’t do a shoot without cat pictures. I have a problem.

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Unlike the previous two Cu-Poches we’ve looked at, Dark Magician girl is very top-heavy (thanks to her chunky hair & hat) so it’s a bit harder to pose her with the metal base and magnets. But I’ll be damned if I ever use a stupid hole-in-the-back stand again! Cu-Poches are freedom from ugly plastic stands, and I’m never looking back.

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She’s so cute I can’t even

I mean look at her

It’s just

So cute

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Of course there’s more than just adorableness: she’s got some lovely detail work, like the shading in her hair and the clean pink lines of her magician hat. Pretty impressive for a chibi figure!

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For some reason I never noticed that Dark Magician Girl (or Black Magician Girl, if you want to be all true to the source material and stomp on my childhood) has a ruffle cape. I literally own a 1/7 scale figure of her and never noticed this. And I am obsessed with ruffles. Wow, good job, me.

I think they’re a lot more evident here since, well, they take up more space! Also how cute are they. (Warning: wondering how cute she is is going to be a dominant theme for this review. Head back now if you can’t handle the cuteitude)

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While the line work on her hat and outfit are pretty much impeccable, there is a small paint mistake on her shoes. Which are, you know, the size of my pinky finger and you can only see up close under a macro lens. I never expect perfection from smaller figures so it isn’t an issue for me, especially since it’s on her feet: I wouldn’t be so forgiving if there was a big smear on her hat or some such!

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Of course the best part of (pseudo) action figures is the accessories and face options! Dark Magician Girl’s second face is a winking one which is just…. so cute! (Bet you didn’t see that description coming) She’s also shown here with her staff/wand/whatever, which comes apart at the head so you can slide it into one of her optional holding hands.

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While the Cu-Poche line is obviously going to draw a lot of comparisons to the Nendoroid line, DMG comes with a feature I’ve never seen on a Nendo (or any kind of chibi figure!). She comes with little parts to put in her hat: one star, which is shown here, and a pink heart. They’re much like the little sparkling effects that would be shown in a manga panel. I think the Nendoroid More line has something similar, and we did get the flowers for Nendo Menma, but I really like this touch actually being included with the figure and as a physical part of it (rather than as an accessory).

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Yes, her hat comes off! It’s so…. adorable. Ooh, descriptive curveball.

She’s shown here with her third face, a startled/upset one. I love the exaggerated eyelashes, very in keeping with the character. She also comes with the Magic Formula book (and not Toon World as I originally thought, sigh) which you do actually need a stand to display. Unless you want it, like, laying on the ground. And hey, I’m not gonna judge. You display your DMG however you want!

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Probably the best thing about Magic Formula is that you can actually open it. Quite an impressive detail!

Like the other Cu-Poches, DMG has some Nendoroid capability: their heads can fit on her bodies. Which means… head swapping fun times.

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Dark Mikugician!

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Why can’t I hold all this cute

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Yoko, however, was not happy about the costume change.

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I think she has anger issues.

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Basically, this figure is super friggin cute and you should totally buy her. Unless you don’t like Yu-Gi-Oh or something, in which case we can’t even be friends anymore. *sob*

I’d like to thank my furry assistant Sam for knocking over Dark Magician Girl every two seconds because apparently paying attention to any other thing, even a plastic inanimate object, is so totally terrible that it requires an act of fuzzy, adorable violence.

Purchase At: KotoUS | Big Bad Toystore | AmiAmi

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

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