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Kotobukiya 1/7 Mikoto Misaka Beach SideKotobukiya 1/7 Mikoto Misaka Beach SideReview

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Today we'll be reviewing Kotobukiya's "Beach Side" figure of Mikoto Misaka. This is a swimsuit figure, so if you consider such a thing to be at all NSFW, now's your chance to turn back...

About the character: Mikoto Misaka is the main character from A Certain Scientific Railgun. She, like most of the students in Academy City, is an esper; in fact, she is one of only a handful of level 5 espers in the city. She is known as the Railgun and she possesses a tremendous power to wield electricity and manipulate magnetic fields. Mikoto has a strong sense of justice, and she will often act impulsively. And, most importantly (for this review at least!) she has a bit of a weakness for cute clothing.

About this figure: Unlike many swimsuit figures, Mikoto actually appears in this swimsuit during the course of the Railgun anime. This swimsuit makes an appearance in episode 13, interestingly named "A Bikini Divides the Eyeline Between Top and Bottom, but a One-Piece Shows Off the Figure, so They Only Flatter the Slender". In this episode, Mikoto and Kuroko are approached by two of their friends, who solicit their assistance with a swimsuit modeling shoot (the purpose of the shoot is quite nebulous, save of course to set up the obligatory beach episode of the show). Mikoto is rather noncommital, but since Kuroko would like nothing more than the chance to see her onee-sama in a swimsuit, she helps the two of them guilt Mikoto into participating.

The shoot takes place at a technologically advanced holosuite of sorts and each of the girls is told they may pick out any swimsuit they like. Mikoto's eye is drawn to a frilly polkadot suit and Saten and Uiharu tell her it is very cute but Mii makes a remark that the suit looks somewhat childish, thereby rendering Mikoto too self-conscious to wear it, and thus she chooses another swimsuit.

However...(extremely trivial spoiler ahead)Pokaż zawartość spoileraUkryj zawartość spoilera...after the shoot is concluded, Mikoto sneaks back to try on the cute, frilly bikini. She is overwhelmed by its cuteness.


And that is how this figure came to be. On to the review.

Packaging----------8/10

Consistent with the other figures in their "4-leaves" series, Kotobukiya uses a light green box with a large window.

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The sides of the box are rather plain.

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The back of the box features a large shot of Mikoto.

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The box is fine, but those who like to keep their figures in the box might be disappointed since there's only one window through which to view the figure. In that case, why not just set Mikoto free and let her out of the box? The box measures about 29 by 20 by 16 cm, and according to HLJ, weight of box and figure is about 590 grams, so she might cost a little bit more to ship than you expect, particularly if you order her from an overseas source.

It takes a little effort to get Mikoto ready to display, so let's walk through the process.

Mikoto inside the blister. You can see she does not come attached to her base, and there will be a lot of plastic sheeting to unwrap.

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There are a couple of different ways Mikoto can be displayed, and she attaches to her base in a somewhat unconventional manner, so Kotobukiya provides some instructions to get her properly set up.

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There are three main components of the figure: Mikoto, her base, and the extra little "splash" of water.

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To get her set up, first the upper layer of the base is removed.

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Her foot then slides under the water layer of the base and attaches to the peg below.

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You can see a notch where the "splash" of water attaches. You can also see that the paint job on the front of my base was a little shoddy.

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Assembled and ready to go!

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Posing----------9/10

Her pose is clearly derived from the illustration below. This illustration appeared as the backdrop to one of the menus in the US DVD release of Railgun, and presumably it also showed up somewhere on the Japanese DVD release.

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So without further adieu, let's take a look at her!

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Her pose is faithful to the illustration it was based upon, and it really does convey the impression that Mikoto is splashing around in the water having fun. Thus, I think Kotobukiya did a fine job here.

Sculpting----------7.5/10
Painting-----------8.5/10


I had a little bit of a hard time in assigning these ratings, as we'll see that the overall sculpt is good, with really only two or three major issues and several picky issues. One of them, however, might be moot depending on how you choose to display her.

A close-up of Mikoto. The first time I saw her, I wasn't completely sold on her facial expression, but I changed my tune upon realizing that it's almost a spot-on match for the illustration she's based upon.

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There's a fair level of detail in her bangs, and the way her hair is parted helps hide the seam attaching the front of her hair.

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From the side, however, you can see a really messy spot in the finish of her hair, the seam where the bangs attach is much more noticeable, and her hairpin is messy and not very detailed. You won't typically be looking at this part of the figure, but still...

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Mikoto's hair from the back. It looks generally okay to me.

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Here we get a good look at Mikoto's bikini top. You can see the straps have some depth to them, which is good. Maybe the pink lines could be painted a bit sharper, but that's probably getting really picky. You can however, see a couple spots on her top where some excess paint found a home, and there are a couple places with a little excess material that probably should have been sanded more. On the plus side, the colors look correct, and the frills just exude cuteness.

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The spot where the right strap attaches is a little bit messy.

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Another view of her swimsuit. I like the way her collarbones are sculpted.

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Her skirt is faithful to the original illustration, including the pink bow. There is some wisdom in the episode title as well, as the eye does get divided between the top and the bottom of her swimsuit.

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Here we see a rather odd design choice. Mikoto separates at the waist and the skirt portion of her swimsuit can be removed. In my opinion, the cute and frilly nature of the suit is the whole point of the figure, so I really see no reason to display her this way.

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With her skirt removed, the seam where she separates at the waist is pretty conspicuous.

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With her skirt removed, from this angle she looks very awkward. Kotobukiya's Kirino Kousaka ITEM #117546 had a similar issue.

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However, with her skirt in place she looks just fine from that same angle.

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The sculpting on her hands is okay, and you can see her nails are painted pink.

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Her toenails are also nicely painted.

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I would have liked to see a little more detail on her shoulders and back.

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On the other hand, there is some nice detail on the back of her knee.

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From this angle, her leg looks a little bit awkward.

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I've been quite nitpicky so far, but this is because there are not really that many huge, glaring flaws in the overall finish of the figure. Let's summarize the highs and lows.

Pros: Spot-on faithfulness to the illustration, her swimsuit is very cute, and the water effect on the base is really well-done (more on that in a minute).

Cons: Some sloppiness in the sculpt of her hair, the option of displaying her without her skirt is unnecessary.

Overall, I think Kotobukiya did an above-average job with Mikoto's overall finish.

Base----------9.5/10

Here, let's give credit where it is due. Kotobukiya did a really, really nice job with the base on this figure. As we saw earlier in the review, the water effect is really quite well done. It's not the first time Kotobukiya has attempted such an effect, so here's your chance to test your figure identification skills.


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Can you identify the other figure?

Pokaż zawartość spoileraUkryj zawartość spoileraIt's Koto's Ayane from Dead or Alive. The water effect is much better done on Mikoto's base. On her base, it really looks like she's standing in the water, while with Ayane it looks kind of like her foot is encased in ice. So, it's always nice to see a company refining their craft over time.

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The only negative about the base is that it is *huge* for a 1/7 scale figure. I measure it at approximately 5 inches (12 or 13 cm) in diameter.

Overall verdict and enjoyment----------9/10

Overall, Kotobukiya did a fine job on this figure. She oozes cuteness and she is paired with a very creative and functional base. This, coupled with the fact that there really aren't that many really good Mikotos out there makes this a figure I'd highly recommend to Mikoto fans.

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Let's finish the review by looking at her scale and addressing a couple of points that have been discussed on the main MFC page for this figure.

First, there have been some comments that she is too similar to Kotobukiya's Kirino Kousaka figure.

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From these shots, there are some similarities between the two figures to be sure, but I think they are sufficiently distinct from one another. I'll let you be the final judge.

In terms of scale, Kotobukiya lists Mikoto's scale at 1/7. She stands right about 9 inches (23 cm) in height, which at 1/7 scale would make her about 5'3" (161 cm) in height, which seems consistent with data that I've seen about her vital stats.

Mikoto with Kotobukiya's 1/6 maid Mikoto, for comparison.

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Availability (as of this writing):


Still available new through retailers in Japan and the US.

Her MSRP is 7600 yen, but you can find her for around 6150 yen. The good news for US residents is that Kotobukiya figures are often cheaper to buy through US stores and Mikoto is no exception. If you live in the US and you're a savvy shopper, you can probably make her yours for about $70, shipping included. Quite a bargain, I'd say.


THANKS FOR READING!


If you liked this review, leave a comment or check out my other reviews:

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Komentarze9

A great review of a cute figure!

I like the base and splash of water!
8 mies. temu
victorviper7 l. temu#1676452You make a good point. I guess there is something to be said for when the figure actually ends up looking the way it did in the very first promo shots. I'd agree that unless you're familiar with the character, there might not be that "wow factor" that makes this a must-buy but as I mentioned in another comment, it really does capture a certain scene from the anime.
Of course, since you like props and weapons, you could always pair her up with ITEM #63701 . Although in fairness, I'm not sure I'd recommend the latter figure.


Thanks for your advice, but to be honest ITEM #63701 never did it for me... :( I think it's mainly the blank stare on her face and lack of details in her uniform. :(

When looking at Mikoto figures the only one I have wishlisted is ITEM #135150 at the moment, because of the cute expression on her face! :)
7 l. temu
Raithos Stagnant
I love your clear photos, master~
7 l. temu
terramishu7 l. temu#1676032Great review! I really love the base. The water effect looks SO real! x__x
It's a shame that the paint job wasn't really perfect. Well, it's Kotobukiya ~_~


In fairness, most of the issues in painting aren't too noticeable unless you're shooting macro photos or you're looking at her very closely. On the other hand, lots of the Koto figures I own have at least one prominent mold/seam line lurking somewhere (arms and legs are the usual culprits), and I really couldn't find anything like that this time.

Maakie7 l. temu#1676332I absolutely loved her base from the first moment I saw it, and even with your pictures, it looks just as good as in the prototype!
But for me swimsuit figures are a bit plain (I'm the type that loves big outfits and props/weapons a lot). So with the swimsuit figures I have bought...all of them were bargains. Misaka feels a bit more special, but still...hrmmm. :I


You make a good point. I guess there is something to be said for when the figure actually ends up looking the way it did in the very first promo shots. I'd agree that unless you're familiar with the character, there might not be that "wow factor" that makes this a must-buy but as I mentioned in another comment, it really does capture a certain scene from the anime.

Of course, since you like props and weapons, you could always pair her up with ITEM #63701 . Although in fairness, I'm not sure I'd recommend the latter figure.
7 l. temu
I absolutely loved her base from the first moment I saw it, and even with your pictures, it looks just as good as in the prototype!

But for me swimsuit figures are a bit plain (I'm the type that loves big outfits and props/weapons a lot). So with the swimsuit figures I have bought...all of them were bargains. Misaka feels a bit more special, but still...hrmmm. :I
7 l. temu
terramishu7 l. temu#1676032But I guess in the female figure world, there are more unpainted nails than painted?
If you were referring to RL girls, I don't paint my toe nails. I seldom paint my fingernails.


I don't know for sure if more figures don't have painted nails. Most of mine don't, and I often wish they did. I actually don't always paint my nails, just sometimes, but I think it's pretty on figures.
7 l. temu
Great review! I really love the base. The water effect looks SO real! x__x
It's a shame that the paint job wasn't really perfect. Well, it's Kotobukiya ~_~

SailorSarah7 l. temu#1675976Nice review. This figure is really cute. I love her swimsuit. Not enough figures have painted nails in my opinion. I think a lot of girls usually paint their toenails at least. It is a nice touch on a figure.

I think painted nails is a nice touch but it's not necessary for me. I would get tired of always seeing shiny nails :o But I guess in the female figure world, there are more unpainted nails than painted?

If you were referring to RL girls, I don't paint my toe nails. I seldom paint my fingernails. It's a combination of lazy, troublesome-ness, and not being able to paint cool colors thanks to my desk job ~_~
7 l. temu
SailorSarah7 l. temu#1675976Nice review. This figure is really cute. I love her swimsuit. Not enough figures have painted nails in my opinion. I think a lot of girls usually paint their toenails at least. It is a nice touch on a figure.

Painted nails were something I never really paid much attention to before I started shooting photos of my figures, but now it's a detail that I tend to look for.

Not only is she really cute, but Mikoto's personality shines through as well, as in the anime she's just giddy to be wearing that swimsuit. In addition, the figure really brings that scene from the anime to life.
7 l. temu
Nice review. This figure is really cute. I love her swimsuit. Not enough figures have painted nails in my opinion. I think a lot of girls usually paint their toenails at least. It is a nice touch on a figure.
7 l. temu
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