Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Sakura Kinomoto

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When I first got into figure collecting, there was a handful of shows/series I really, really wanted figures from. Almost all of them were older, and the licenses were locked down so there was basically no hope of ever owning my beloveds in plastic form. But recently, older licenses have been busting open and we’ve been nostalgia-bombed with all the characters we always wanted. Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, and for me the number one was always Cardcaptor Sakura. Finally, finally, I own a real, not-prize-figure version of her.

I’m sure in time we will see a huge batch of scaled figures, but Kotobukiya was the first on the scene with their rendition of Sakura in what is probably her most recognizable outfit. Even though there was not a huge wait from her announcement to release, it feels like I’ve been waiting years for this! So does she live up to the hype? Hit the jump and find out.

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

For some reason I was expecting her box to be monstrously huge. Maybe because she is 1/7 scale and the wings make her seem quite large, but her box is nice and compact. It’s wide, but basically no taller than she is.

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

There’s some pretty minor assembly (fitting together the wings on her wand, sliding Kero into place) and then she’s good to go! I was kind of shocked by how heavy she was: with the base, wings, and skirt, she is a very hefty figure. Thank god we’re past the time when we had to worry about leaning!

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

Pink, ruffles, bows… she is just SO FREAKING CUTE. Like every cute trope squeezed into one figure. Her soft, dreamy color scheme mirrors the color palette of the show (particularly the first opening) amazingly well.

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

Sakura’s face was probably the only point of contention between figure collectors before her release. Kotobukiya went for the distinct CLAMP manga style, rather than the more angular anime faces. For me, this definitely isn’t an issue: I mean, she’s based off of art, so her face should match it! Plus Cardcaptor Sakura was the first-ever manga that Stephen ever read and one of the first animes I ever watched, so CLAMP’s flat-face-huge-eyes thing holds a lot of nostalgic memories for us.

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

Let’s talk RUFFLES. Sakura has them in droves, since this dress is basically rufflemania. The curves and details of the sculpt remind me of Alter’s Clalaclan, one of my all-time favorite figures. There are some visible seams toward the back, though, and if you’re peering under her skirt (she’s wearing bloomers, in case you were curious) you can see the lines where the pink over-skirt meets the ruffle-y under-skirt. It’s not a huge issue, especially since the seams are out of sight, but it’s visible enough to mention it.

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

This has to be the most impractical hat ever for flying around in. One good gust of wind and bam, goodbye fluffy pink hat. But man, is it cute.

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

Sakura has two sets of wings, though the huge Fly ones on her wand kind of overpower her teeny tiny costume wings. And I’m sure everyone knows what a sucker I am for both wings and clear PVC, so of course these huge ones made me SO EXCITED. The finish on them is really wonderful, it has a soft opalescent pink-purple shift that really makes them feel airy and light. Her under-skirt also has a slight tint (blue), so while there’s a lot of white in this figure none of it is pure, stark white. It all fits with the pastel mood.

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

How could I not mention Kero, the world’s cutest magical girl companion? Ughhh look how cute and chubby he is. His little wings also have that signature CLAMP “swirl” in the back! Which is a nice detail for something so teeny-tiny.

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

Bonus shot of “little swirly things” (the technical term) on Sakura’s wings!

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

I don’t think there’s a little girl in the world who doesn’t swoon at the sight of patent leather shoes. What is it about them? It’s cause they are SO SHINY. I always thought wearing it made me “grown up” which is funny, because it’s really a style (especially with Mary Janes, like Sakura’s shoes) associated with children. Though mine never had a bow quite as fancy as these ones.

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

Sakura’s base is a hefty little group of clouds, solid enough to keep her afloat (she’s glued to the base, so no worries about her wobbling around) without taking up a ton of space. It’s well-known how much I hate oversized bases, so when I see ones that actually fit JUST the figure and don’t take up extra room? With the bonus of being a mini-diorama and fitting the theme? I want to cry happy tears. All bases should be like Sakura’s.

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

Kotobukiya's Sakura Kinomoto

If you’re a Cardcaptor fan, you probably already have this on order. If you don’t, what’s wrong with you?! Just kidding, no judgment. But maybe a little judgment. Seriously, guys, she’s SO CUTE AND ADORABLE I JUST WANT TO SQUEEZE HER. Though I am admittedly blinded by nostalgia when it comes to all things Sakura, this is a gorgeous figure of her: well detailed, beautifully painted, and with the perfect manga-face. The only issue is the seams, and you can’t even see those from the front!

Thanks as always to Stephen Donaldson for taking these shots, and to my dad’s office cleanout for providing us with a real, fancy, “they use it in actual photoshoots!” background.

Purchase At: KotoUS | AmiAmi

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

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