Did you know that the pre-order for Nendoroid Noumi Kudryavka: Summer Uniform version had been available since August 2010? That’s about 9 months ago, and she has just been released early this month (May 2011). Yes, she sets the record of being Nendoroid with the longest duration between pre-order and actual release date. ^^;
So who is Noumi Kudryavka? Her name suggests that she has a mixed blood between Japanese and Russian. Yep, she is actually a quarter Japanese and three-quarters Russian. Her grandmother is Japanese, and her grandfather -despite being Russian- was crazy about Japanese culture, and that’s why she came to know much about Japanese culture, including the language.
Kud appears as one of heroines in the original Little Busters! and Little Busters! Ecstasy. However, she gets her own game and becomes the main heroine in Kud Wafter, a spin-off game of Little Busters! Ecstasy.
If you have been following Nendoroid-related news since last year, you should have known that Nendoroid Noumi Kudryavka: Summer Clothes version could only be pre-ordered via mail-order in the October 2010 issue of Comptiq magazine and October-November 2010 issue of CompAce magazine. Yes, this Nendoroid is a limited and exclusive product … with a non-standard price tag as well – 4200 Yen. So, does she worth the price tag? Let’s find out!
OK, first up is her box design:
Nothing extra ordinary there, except for the Comptiq and CompAce logo being printed on the lower-right corner of the box, instead of the usual “Good Smile Company” writing there. ^^
Parts and Accessories
Anyway, here are the included parts and accessories:
The usual listing:
- 3 face plates (one is attached)
- 3 left arms (one is attached)
- A right arms (attached)
- 2 removable capes
- A removable hat
- A dog
- A ribbon – for Kud’s uniform when she doesn’t wear the cape
- A plug-in type stand base
So what is so special about this Nendoroid? Well, here are some unique features of Kud (in my opinion):
The first thing that struck me when I saw Kud for the first time is … well, her eyes. IMHO, Kud’s eyes are one of the most beautiful eyes I ever seen in a Nendoroid. The blue gradient color of her eyes is simply stunning, and you can also put it into other Nendoroid as well for some more awesomeness (see the pics later on). ^^
As you have seen in the parts and accessories listing above, Kud brings two capes with her: one has shoulder-cover, while the other one does not. If you want to pose Kud with her hand raised, then use the cape without shoulder cover, and vice versa. ^^
Yes, her hat is removable, so you can pose Kud without wearing her hat as well as letting other Nendoroid to wear Kud’s hat. However, the size of Kud’s hat is quite big, and I was having a little problem to find a suitable storage for it. ^^
Actually, Kud has two dogs: a large female Siberian Husky named Strelka and a small Schipperke named Belka. Yes, as you have guessed, the one included in this summer version of Kud is Strelka; Belka is included with the winter version. ^^
Anyway, Strelka has a rotating head joint similar to those found in Nendoroid Petits. Yes, you are able to exchange Strelka’s head/body with other Petits’ head/body if you wish – though I don’t think they will look good. ^^
Well then, here are some pics of Kud’s default pose. ^^
Well, isn’t Kud-chan really adorable!? I like all of her expressions there. Somehow it reminds me of Nendoroid Sharo‘s epic faceplates. ^^;
I didn’t have much time to create a photo-story for this review, so consider the following pics a bonus gallery, okay? Well then, here you go …
So … is she worth to get? Sure, the price might be a bit steep (4200 Yen + other fees, since she is an exclusive product), but her expressions (especially her blue eyes), Strelka, along with the hat and capes are good enough for me. Well, if you want a cheaper alternative, then you might want to take a look at the winter clothes version of Kud.
Well then, that’s all of my review on Nendoroid Noumi Kudryavka: Summer Clothes version. Comments, suggestions, and corrections are welcome!
Oh, and there is one more bonus pic for you, Nendonesian. ^^
Isn’t Yuki Miku looks adorable with Kud’s eyes and glasses? ^^
Anyway, see you again on my next review, Nendonesian!