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).
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)
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.
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.
She’s so cute I can’t even
I mean look at her
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!
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)
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!
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.
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).
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!
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.
Why can’t I hold all this cute
Yoko, however, was not happy about the costume change.
I think she has anger issues.
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.
[Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Plastikitty with this review sample]