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REVIEW: Apex Yae Sakura Chinese Dress VersionREVIEW: Apex Yae Sakura Chinese Dress VersionReview

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REVIEW: Apex Yae Sakura Chinese Dress Version
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Warning: Picture-heavy review.
Note: This figure is not and cannot be listed in the database (in case you are not aware of the MFC rules) as it is of a combination of a non-Japanese character and manufactured by a non-Japanese figure company.

Welcome to yet another review of the newest addition to my petite collection (my 70th figure) - and the second of the I-changed-my-mind-gonna-get-her-after-all figures XD (the first would be the Myethos Zhen Ji figure, which took me 6 months' deliberation before I finally purchased her XD I reviewed her here BLOG #45384)

So this one is a figure by Apex X Mihoyo released in December 2019 and features the character Yae Sakura from Honkai Impact 3. Again, an unfamiliar character from an unfamiliar game for me, but that didn't stop me from fully appreciating the beauty of this figure. The figure is based off the character in a qipao or a type of Chinese dress - and this was actually one of the factors that turned me off from purchasing the figure when it was initially released. The qipao is traditionally a long elegant dress, and the (super) short one featured here is more of a nightie than anything else (I get the fan service aspect totally though).

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I told myself I wasn't going to get this figure but despite my misgivings, I found this figure very unique and had been keeping her on a get-if-you-see-her-cheap list, and as my luck would have it - I saw her being sold brand-new for an irresistible price so I immediately put in an order (the bonus acrylic stand was not included but I am definitely not complaining!) She arrived just two days ago and I immediately set about unboxing her.



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THE BOX & PACKAGING: 10.0/10
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I will just come right out at the start and say it: This is HANDS-DOWN the BEST figure box I have ever purchased so far, and also the HEAVIEST. Mine had small damage over one of the top sides - but I am not an absolute nitpick so I wasn't pulling my hair out over it.

The plastic cover is a good outer protection - and I really love how it doubles as a decorative pink overlay on the white background. I thought it was very nicely designed, and the fading pink gradient and floating petals adds a lot to the beauty of the box. I was instantly smitten the moment I took the box out from the parcel.

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The back of the box is left bare, with images of the figure and some standard text.

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Nicely printed pink words on the plastic shield over the top.

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Upon removing the shield, the box material is thick and sturdy - the surface is matte white with glossy patterns of flower petals (I am not sure if my camera phone caught it). The box has a sort of minimalist design and they cleverly used gold against white, instantly making the overall appearance classy. Also I am a total sucker for figure boxes without windows - so this box was hitting all the brownie points for me. XD

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The box initially opens like a book - there's Velcro to fasten the two surfaces together. As it opens further up, it turns out like a magnificent folding screen that hugs the main compartment containing the figure.

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I would have bought the figure just for the box, and I am not even kidding. I already knew the design of the box from when it was released with all the unboxing videos and photos - but I still went woaaahhhh when I unfolded the box in person.

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The art on the folding screen part of the box is beautiful - with a big artwork of the figure on the left and a Tori gate and gold Chinese characters spelling Honkai Yae Sakura on the right. I love the creativity that went into the design of this box - that the walls of the box form a folding screen that can double as a pretty background display - as opposed to the standard paper background inserts we commonly get in figure boxes. Whoever designed this box was out to prove something and really went all out to great effect.

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The figure and its components are encased in three plastic shells - one level for the figure, the second for the branch and the bottommost for the acrylic stand window. There is a manual included to show the proper steps of putting the figure together.

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The protection for this figure is really good - there is even bubble wrap over the front of her head to prevent the figure from forward damage, and all the standard small plastic over fragile areas / areas of friction.

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There's really no marks to give this box except FULL marks. Everything from the outer plastic shield to the white foldable layer box design is done so beautifully. Forgive my gushing, but this was probably the first time that I had only opened the box and not even gotten to the figure - and I had already felt that the purchase was completely worthwhile.



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THE BASE: 9.5/10
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Similar to the box, the base is also one unique component of this figure. The base is made up of three separate parts - the base proper, the traditional window attached to an acrylic stand, and the flower branch. The base is a circular pink-and-white plastic base with flower petals motif, and it is not unnecessarily large.

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The acrylic stand is thick, and functions to anchor the window to the base and also to hold up the flower branch (and by extension, the figure itself). I had a lot of trouble initially to get the acrylic stand into the base (might have been my own jitters too, I was terrified I would damage the base somehow) - it is a tight fit and I am not even sure I got it all the way in but I appreciate how snug the stand fits in the base for better stability. I faced much less problem getting the stand out of the base, so it could really have been jitters after all. XD

The concept of putting the acrylic stand into the base is fairly simple, you just line up the stand according to the ridges on the base and then push it in.

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And the base is half-done, before adding in the flower branch.

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The window is done well with the frame patterns much like a real traditional one. The background of the window is done in layers giving it a 3D look.

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The flower branch goes in very easily onto the metal peg on the acrylic stand - it will snap in place at the end and then you know you are good to go.

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The sculpt and paint over the flower branch is done quite roughly in my opinion, the style reminds me instantly of the tree in Stronger's Hanairogoromo Megurine Luka figure ITEM #467223, which I also own. I like the cloth hanging over the branch though, the changing gradient of colours and translucency definitely elevated the aesthetic appeal of the branch.

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The completed base is a very beautiful and unique one, and I give it a 9.5 out of 10 - small marks off for the rough work on the branch. I am also actually anxious about how well the branch will hold out over time - because the Yae Sakura figure herself is pretty heavy.

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THE SCULPT: 9.0/10
THE PAINT: 9.0/10

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Of all the aspects of the figure, I like the face and expression of Yae Sakura the least. This is just my personal preference, but I never liked figures that are given a plain and very small sculpt for the mouth, it makes the figure's expression very bland/spacey somehow - as how this figure is for me (it is however accurate to the illustration). Her eyes are painted very nicely.

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Her ears are done very nicely, I like the changing tone of colour and the texture of the inner ear. The seam line over the top of her head is very obvious.

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I love the pink colour gradient of Yae Sakura's hair, and the flow of the hair is sculpted very nicely. One small minus point for me was that the hair tips are rather blunt, especially over the upper part of her hair.

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The gold-and-black paint over her white dress is very sleek. The Mandarin collar is done well, and the gold design over the front appears nice and intricate. On closer inspection, the gold flower crest is a bit rough on the sculpt.

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Her gold arm band and red bracelet are detailed well (the lower bracelet is even movable). The pink tassel of her dress is a separate accessory and fastens via a small peg, and I like the nice colour contrast it adds to the predominant white and gold.

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Yae Sakura's heels are definitely one of the prettiest features of the figure. I love the detailed gold design over the back of her stilettos!

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The left heel fastens to the branch via a small metal peg to hold the figure more securely in place.

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The second removable accessory of this figure is her ornamental fan. The fan is also detailed well with gold designs and a flower tassel. It has no proper fixing spot, you just need to push the fan in between her hand, and that leaves a lot of options on how the fan can be positioned.

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THE POSE: 10.0/10
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I adore the pose of this figure - it is very feminine, dainty and sexy at the same time. Yae Sakura perches on the flower branch via a magnet, with additional stability by the peg insertion in her left heel. I also love that they did not utilize any support poles to hold the figure up, I think it's impressive considering how high she is from the base (and I hate pesky transparent plastic poles!). But as mentioned earlier, I do harbour slight worry about the possibility of long-term damage (the tree branch and the involved peg seems very stable, but the figure is heavy).

In her default pose, Yae Sakura actually faces sideways (accurate to the illustration) - and the base needs to be rotated slightly to bring her face into direct frontal view.

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FINAL THOUGHTS
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This month of June marks an exact three years of my collecting hobby, and I am absolutely delighted I received this figure to coincide with the anniversary :) She is a real beauty and I am really glad I decided to get her in the end. This is my first purchase from Apex, and I am thoroughly impressed with the company. I think this figure just oozes art and creativity - from the phenomenal box design to the unique base to the gorgeous figure overall. I had been having a sort of crappy May - one of my resin figure orders was screwed so it's almost certain now that I will lose my initial deposit money (not much by most, but still...) - but the arrival of Yae Sakura certainly helped take a majority of the disappointment away.

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Shipping fee may be a nightmare with her weight (mine wasn't too costly, but it was definitely above my usual shipping price). Other than my small gripe with her mouth and small areas of rough sculpt, I think she is a really awesome figure and would highly recommend her. I would rate this figure a 9.5 out of 10.

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And I guess that is it for my review, welcome to drop a comment on what you think! My next figure supposedly due for payment is Kotobukiya's Tanjirou ITEM #813035, but my dealer seems to be taking their time to contact me to pay up, so here's to hoping that I do end up getting him this month. Till the next review then :)

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PROS
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- Eye-catching design
- Beautiful colour scheme
- PHENOMENAL figure box
- Very unique base


CONS
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- VERY HEAVY (you may balk at the shipping fee XD)
- This is a con of personal preference but... small, expressionless mouth sculpt.
- Possibility of long-term damage (?)
- Aftermarket prices may not be pretty depending where you get her
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Komentarze21

negativezero5 d. temu#80126560Great review and thank you for the pictures, I saw her on a site and ordered her immediately.
And thanks for reading and dropping a comment! Enjoy your Yae Sakura ;)
4 d. temu
negativezero Time enought at last...
Great review and thank you for the pictures, I saw her on a site and ordered her immediately.
5 d. temu
Cloudberry1 mies. temu#78824428Arrrrg. I'm always 50/50 about her; she's amazing and beautiful (and that box art tho) but after stewing in my own feelings about not preordering her, I'll *eventually* get over it by not having Yae... But damn it, she still one of the prettiest figure and for the price, I think she's still amazing deal.
Which one do you like more, Yae Sakura or Zhen Ji?

I love them both and I can't decide XD

In terms of craftsmanship, I feel Zhen Ji is better... but Yae is probably more eyecatching due to the pose and base design.

Actually, the major driving force for me to get Yae was the opportunistic cheap price XD, I would not have gotten her otherwise.
1 mies. temu
Arrrrg. I'm always 50/50 about her; she's amazing and beautiful (and that box art tho) but after stewing in my own feelings about not preordering her, I'll *eventually* get over it by not having Yae... But damn it, she still one of the prettiest figure and for the price, I think she's still amazing deal.

Which one do you like more, Yae Sakura or Zhen Ji?
1 mies. temu
evenstar881 mies. temu#78764317You are welcome and thanks for reading! :) I love that the Chinese companies are giving their older Japanese counterparts a run for the money, I will gladly give these companies my constant patronage if they keep churning out beauties like this one :) Definitely same. I actually have their Skyfire figure on order for the end of the year (hopefully), and tbh I'm even more excited about her since seeing Yae first hand.
1 mies. temu
billowsandsmoke1 mies. temu#78763525I also got her recently! (RightStuf restocked a few so I nabbed her new for like $200 shipped). And tbh, if I'm going to spend $200 on a figure, this is what I should expect. The three (imo generally overpriced) A's (Alter, Aniplex, and Amakuni) can eat their damn hearts out. In fact, Yae also got me thinking about Shibuya Scramble and their whole "premium figure for a premium price" business model. Like sorry guys, APEX (and Myethos) already know how to treat a girl right, and they aren't trying to shake me down for it.

Anyway, thanks for the review! (Among other things, I'm glad you spotlighted her shoes--they're also low-key my favorite.)

You are welcome and thanks for reading! :) I love that the Chinese companies are giving their older Japanese counterparts a run for the money, I will gladly give these companies my constant patronage if they keep churning out beauties like this one :)
1 mies. temu
evenstar881 mies. temu#78731719 it amazes me that your favourite figure is something that can be considered as a polar opposite, I think that's fantastic!

I amaze myself somedays lol

I decided to send photos to a hardcore metal head today when he asked what my latest figure was. It isn't my latest but I wanted to gauge his reaction. I fully expected to be teased mercilessly, but his response was "that's a lot of pink mate, but actually she's my favourite so far, I will deny it and hunt you down if you tell anyone I said that though!"
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evenstar881 mies. temu#78730440And thanks for reading!
When I initially fixed the heel to the branch peg, the figure did move forward slightly - but then I adjusted her back into place (all the while with the foot peg still attached) and then she sits securely :) Just mind the figure while doing so to prevent any damage or that small metal peg snapping off.


I am damaged when it comes to "bending figures". Oh! The trauma! The foot snapped clean off! I can't think about it!
1 mies. temu
I also got her recently! (RightStuf restocked a few so I nabbed her new for like $200 shipped). And tbh, if I'm going to spend $200 on a figure, this is what I should expect. The three (imo generally overpriced) A's (Alter, Aniplex, and Amakuni) can eat their damn hearts out. In fact, Yae also got me thinking about Shibuya Scramble and their whole "premium figure for a premium price" business model. Like sorry guys, APEX (and Myethos) already know how to treat a girl right, and they aren't trying to shake me down for it.

Anyway, I also was super nervous getting the acrylic plate installed--that thing would not go in and I had to stand up and use my body weight. I'm pretty sure my heart stopped a little haha~

CloudKingdom1 mies. temu#78729874Have you experienced the same? Maybe I have just been unlucky in some way, but I just tried again when I saw it on your review. I am legit scared she's gonna tip off the branch when her foot is attached to the small branch - lol.I also encountered this. I think I wiggled her around so that she's on the peg and mostly on the magnet, but I don't know that I got her quite the way they intended. I think she's mostly stable though.

stars_n_kisses1 mies. temu#78730444But as soon you mentioned Yae is heavy and the branch might likely bend down after a while, I sadly have to hesitate...Just offering my opinion, but I personally didn't think she was heavy. As evenstar said, you can never really know how a figure is going to hold up, but I will say that the acrylic is so hefty and the peg on the branch fits so tightly into it that I suspect at the absolute worst it might start sagging over time.

Anyway, thanks for the review! (Among other things, I'm glad you spotlighted her shoes--they're also low-key my favorite.)
1 mies. temu
Skinny_Neko1 mies. temu#78731375snip
Thanks for reading, and for the comment! :D And it amazes me that your favourite figure is something that can be considered as a polar opposite, I think that's fantastic! About the mouth... to each his own ;)
1 mies. temu
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